Desktop Health, recently launched by Desktop Metal, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of FlexceraTM Base, a proprietary resin for use in 3D fabrication of high-quality dental prosthetics. Flexcera Base along with the new FlexceraTM Smile are Desktop Health’s first formulated and optimized digital dental solutions.
“Three years ago, we set out to create a product that addressed the limitations of current 3D printed dental prosthetics – brittleness and poor aesthetics,” said Michael Jafar, President & CEO of Desktop Health. “The introduction of Flexcera marks the inception of a remarkable new era in dentistry, combining advanced Flexcera science with 3D printing technology to deliver superior strength, aesthetics, and function for patients. We are pleased to bring this innovative product to market as it represents our commitment to meet the needs of dental professionals and their patients”.
The need for dental prosthetics is on the rise, with the global dentures market estimated to reach $3.8 billion USD by 2021. In the U.S. alone, more than 36 million are edentulous, meaning they have no natural teeth, with 90 percent of those wearing dentures. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay.
Flexcera was developed with the strength of ceramic coupled with long-chain chemistry to ensure optimal denture properties. When used exclusively with EnvisionTEC 3D printers, dental providers can print up to eight customized Flexcera dentures in less than two hours, delivering on the promise of same-day, high-quality dental prosthetics. For the first time in dental prosthetics, Flexcera offers high fracture resistance, moisture resistance to prevent staining or discoloration, and an overall natural aesthetic that offers lifelike tooth translucency and a natural-looking smile.
“Desktop Health has changed my approach to personalized dentistry”, said Dr. Ryan Dunlop, DMD of Full Arch Masters, an expert in dental implants and digital dentistry. “The Flexcera resin delivers on the four cornerstones of why 3D printing works so well: strength, high aesthetics, accuracy, and speed. With Flexcera, I am now able to deliver beautiful, high-quality, and same-day dental prosthetics in record time, customized to the patient, while they are in the chair”.
Desktop Health will present the details of this new technology to dental professionals for the first time at the LAB DAY Online Spring meeting on May 12 and May 14, 2021. Flexcera is expected to launch commercially in the U.S. and Canada by the end of June.