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3D Printed Band and Loop Space Maintainer: A Digital Game Changer in Preventive Orthodontics

  • Suhani Khanna1
  • Dinesh Rao1,*,
  • Sunil Panwar1
  • Bhaggyashri A Pawar2
  • Safna Ameen1

1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Pacific Dental College & Hospital, Udaipur 313024, Rajasthan, India

2Department of Dentistry, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

DOI: 10.17796/1053-4625-45.3.1 Vol.45,Issue 3,July 2021 pp.147-151

Published: 01 July 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Dinesh Rao E-mail:


Premature loss of primary molars often leads to loss of arch circumference in the primary and mixed dentition. It can lead to malpositioning and even impaction of permanent tooth, if not prevented. Space maintainers in preventive orthodontics, are imperative in maintaining arch integrity. Band and loop space maintainers are indicated whenever there is premature loss of primary molar. The conventional band and loop space maintainer is most routinely fabricated, but poses certain limitations. Three-dimensional (3D) printing in digital dentistry is one of the major developments in dentistry. It replicates the dental cast in the most accurate forms. This allows for supreme precision and minimal human errors. Besides decreasing the laboratory procedures, it has the least chance of failure or breakage. The current case report discusses 3D printing technology for the fabrication of band and loop space maintainer, which can revolutionize preventive orthodontics for children


3D printing; Digital; Band and loop; Space maintainers; Preventive orthodontics

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Suhani Khanna,Dinesh Rao,Sunil Panwar,Bhaggyashri A Pawar,Safna Ameen. 3D Printed Band and Loop Space Maintainer: A Digital Game Changer in Preventive Orthodontics. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2021. 45(3);147-151.


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