CAD/CAM and 3D-printing Applications for Alveolar Ridge Augmentation

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Purpose of Review: CAD/CAM and 3D-printing are emerging manufacturing technologies in dentistry. In the field of alveolar ridge augmentation, graft customization utilizing these technologies can result in significant reduction of surgical time. A review of the literature on materials, techniques, and applications of CAD/CAM and 3D-printing available for alveolar ridge augmentation was performed. Recent Findings: CAD/CAM applications for milling of customized block grafts of allogeneic, xenogeneic, and alloplastic origins have been reported, and currently only limited products are commercially available. 3D-printing applications are limited to alloplastic graft materials and containment shells, and have been mostly used in animal studies for optimizing biomaterials’ properties. Summary: While current data support the potential use of CAD/CAM and 3D-printing for graft customization for alveolar ridge augmentation procedures, additional research is needed on predictability and long-term stability of the grafted sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Oral Health Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D-printing
  • Block graft
  • Guided bone regeneration
  • Ridge augmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)
  • Oral Surgery
  • Surgery


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