Dubai's DHA to start using 3D tech to print teeth later in 2017
Dubai Health Authority announces that dental department will roll out first phase of 3D technology drive
Dubai Health Authority has announced that its dental services department will begin using 3D technology to print teeth later this year.
A senior official said the use of the technology is the beginning of the authority's ambitious plans to use 3D printing in all fields of healthcare.
The authority's announcement comes as the government aims to make Dubai and the UAE a global hub for 3D printing technology by the year 2030. Research is already taking place into the mass production of hearing aids prosthetics and implants.
Humaid Al Qatami, chairman and director-general of the DHA, said: "The DHA spares no effort in incorporating the latest technology to better patient outcomes. 3D technology allows doctors to better plan their surgery or procedure and use minimally invasive procedures.
"Using 3D technology for surgeries and other medical purposes is the future and we are currently working on developing regulations for 3D printing for patients and the medical sector in Dubai."
Dr Mohammed Al Redha, director of the Office of Organisational Transformation at the DHA added: "At the DHA, we are keen to be part of the innovation and research process as well as understand ways in which we can bring and regulate the use of this technology in Dubai to benefit our population and medical tourists."
In the first phase, the Dental Services Department will begin implementation of 3D Technology in 2017, said Dr Hamda Mesmar, director of Dental Services Department.
"Using this technology, a dentist will simply scan the teeth using an intra-oral scanner, which will create a digital impression.This image is then sent across to the 3D printing machine through the intranet from different Dental Clinics within DHA, which then replicates the image as a 3D model," said Mesmar.
"The 3D image helps us with accurate planning and precision especially for complicated dental procedures and surgeries. Patients will greatly benefit from the use of this technology as it helps in better patient outcomes as well as substantially reduces waiting time and cost of care."