Advancing 3D printing and affordable restorations with BEGO

Dental Asia catches up with Tobias Speicher and Marius Kempf from BEGO as they share more about their plans for the APAC region and the latest developments in 3D printing.

Tobias Speicher and Marius Kempf
Tobias Speicher (left) and Marius Kempf (right) share what BEGO has in store for its APAC customers in 2024

During its 130-year-long history, BEGO has remained on the lookout for new and innovative solutions, offering many products and services in the dental market.

“This starts with dental implants and ends with crowns and bridges as well as our well-known partial dentures or even complete dentures as a final product. For labs, BEGO offers most of what is needed to manufacture final products, be it machines, equipment or materials,” said Tobias Speicher, area sales manager APAC at BEGO.

This spirit of innovation is engrained deeply in the company’s DNA and is credited as the driver of its success, enabling the company to provide a wholesome concept, from root to crown, for more than 20 million patients globally each year.

As the German manufacturer strives toward upholding its legacy of innovation, BEGO is preparing to launch a series of new products for the APAC region in 2024, which is seen a crucial market in the years to come.

“We have different activities planned. We just celebrated the registration of our resins in Malaysia with a great event which was attended by more than 150 dentists and practitioners. We see tremendous interest in these new technologies and their application,” said Marius Kempf, team leader of 3D Printing at BEGO.

DRIVING DENTAL 3D PRINTING

 In Kempf’s view, there are three main factors that he expects to drive dental 3D printing within the next five years.

First, the increasing availability coupled with the continuously decreasing prices of intraoral scanners will lead to an even wider adoption of this technology than what is seen today. In turn, this will encourage further adoption of digital workflows.

Second, the maturity of both equipment and material will lead to an increase in 3D-printing capacity on the market.

“I know that almost all 3D printer manufacturers will probably disagree with me when I say that the resin printers available today have no real unique selling propositions. However, from our point of view, this is a reflection of the maturity of this technology; ultimately, most models are suitable for producing dental parts that meet the requirements of the application in question. The main differences lie in printing speed, reliability, service and price, and in this respect, we expect faster, more reliable and more affordable devices,” Kempf explained.

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Kempf believes that the 3D-printing industry is primed to provide new capabilities for dental professionals

He further noted that user confidence plays a major role when deciding on a material. Acceptance of new technologies requires time as dental professionals are very careful to select restorative materials and treatment methods based on scientific data. Acting in a responsible and data driven way generates confidence from patients on treatment plans.

Third, new generations of materials are expected in the near future that will advance the use of 3D-printed restorations. BEGO’s research and development department is pushing the material properties of 3D-printed polymers to the limits of what is chemically possible. New printer technologies are expected in the next five years, including multi-material printers, which will open completely new possibilities for dental 3D printing.

NEW PRODUCTS AND REGIONAL AMBITIONS

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The launch of VarseoSmile TriniQ signals BEGO’s commitment to new capabilities in 3D printing which offers professionals with more choices for affordable and durable restorations

In 2024, BEGO will be launching various products in different markets around the world. This includes the launch of a new implant prosthetic line — the BEGO Semados Esthetic Line.

“The Esthetic Line considers the desire for a tulip-shaped emergence profile of the components and has extensive design improvements in impression and scanning as well as a complete portfolio with no exceptions that require explanation. The ease of use is supported by a complete colour coding of the components according to the implant diameter and the complete availability of all variants for all implant diameters,” Speicher said.

Another highlight of 2024 for BEGO is the introduction of VarseoSmile TriniQ, a new 3D-printing material for multiple indications. According to Speicher, VarseoSmile TriniQ goes beyond that of many other resins as it allows not only for printing crowns, but also the printing of permanent bridges.

To read the full article, click here or refer to Dental Asia March/April 2024 issue.