Dental centre sinks teeth into 3-D moulds
Plaster moulds on the way out, saving time and space
PLASTER moulds of teeth that are made for every patient who needs to have braces fitted, and then stored for years, are set to be a thing of the past.
The National Dental Centre Singapore has, since May, been producing 3-D scans of patients' teeth in place of full-sized plaster casts.
Some 4,000 patients have gone down this electronic route. Separately, thousands of moulds belonging to former patients have also been archived in a database. Not only are the digital images easier for dentists to analyse, it also helps to free up space in the public institution.
Some 90 per cent of the plaster moulds at the centre have been destroyed, while the rest are estimated to go within a year.