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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195-201

Modern digital pediatric dentistry with the advent of intraoral sensors, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, and three-dimensional printing technologies: A comprehensive review

Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University; Private Pediatric Dental Practice, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Mohammad Kamran Khan
Hamdard Nagar-A, Civil Line, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_83_22

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The conventional methods of fabrication of the dental prosthesis/appliances in pediatric dental patients pose many challenges such as prolonged and multiple appointments, discrepancy in the accuracy of the fit of prosthesis, and cumbersome dental laboratory procedures. The conventional impression-making procedures in young children are regarded as quite cumbersome and difficult due to several clinical factors in dentistry. In recent years, digital Intra-Oral Sensors (IOS), three-dimensional printing (3D-printing) technology and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) technology have been described in existing literature related to different aspects of pediatric dentistry. The aim of the current study was to review the literature related to recent innovative applications of IOS, CAD-CAM, and 3D-printing technology in modern pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dental procedures involving the modern digital technologies such as IOS, CAD-CAM, and 3D-printing in the applications for the digital impression procedure and the fabrication of various types of dental appliances have the good potential to deliver optimum oral-health care in children. Furthermore, it can help in motivating the children and also in instilling the positive attitude and behavior toward dentistry.

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