The Fabricator | October 8, 2020
Dentures haven’t changed much in the past hundred years, according to the president of ROE Dental Laboratory, BJ Kowalski.
“In the 19th century, we had vulcanized dentures, and in the 20th century, acrylic was introduced and became the mainstay material,” he said during a webinar presented in April. “But now, in the 21st century, I firmly believe 3D-printed dentures will take the main stage and be the main method for producing dentures.”
Dentures aren’t the only devices ROE 3D-prints. The Independence, Ohio, company also additively manufactures replacement teeth, including full and partial arches; temporary crowns; interior models of patients’ mouths; prototypes for final screw-retained, full-arch prosthetics; surgical guides; splints, trays, and flippers; and, since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, nasal swabs, face shields, and other PPE.