Dubai Health Authority’s dental services department will begin using 3D technology to print teeth later this year.
Using this technology, a dentist will 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 DHA dental clinics, which then replicates the image as a 3D model. The 3D image helps accurate planning and precision especially for complicated dental procedures and surgery. Patients will greatly benefit from the use of this technology as it helps in better patient outcomes as well as substantially reducing waiting time and cost of care.
This use of the technology is the beginning of the authority’s ambitious plans to use 3D printing in all fields of healthcare. 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.
DHA has become the first in the Middle East to use smart pharmacy for dispensing and prescribing medication. The robot in Rashid Hospital can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispenses 12 prescriptions in less than one minute. The robot dispenses the prescribed medication with a click of a bottom based on a barcode, minimising any human error and greatly reducing waiting time. DHA will soon be using similar robots in all DHA hospitals.