In dental implant treatment or corrective surgery, a dental plaster model is produced to recognize the shape of the teeth. Understanding this dentition model is an important issue in prosthetic dentistry and craniomaxillofacial surgery. However, dental models are time consuming and costly to produce via traditional casting methods. We provide a method which makes dentition model from both a positive and a negative dental impression. Also we produce a system for making a digital dentition model using computed tomography (CT) data during the impression process. Additionally, the system allows the digital dentition model to be realized via a three-dimensional printer. The result simplifies production of the dentition model, since a physical model can be produced directly from an impression of the patient. Our system can simplify the dentition process and treatment intervention involved in making a dentition model. The digital model enables clinicians to manage the patient’s cumulative data and to predict changes during the course of treatment.
KEY WORDS: Dental impression; Dentition model; Implant treatment; Prosthetic dentistry; Three-dimensional printing