Interview with Giuseppe Cicero
Chief Medical Innovation Officer @ Oral3D, Forbes' 30 Under 30 2018

We are a passionate team of periodontists, engineers and data privacy experts committed to delivering innovative tools to dentists all over the world. Oral3D enables dentists to create a three-dimensional model of the oral cavity of their patients by providing an innovative package which combines a 3D printer, user-friendly software and 3D printing filaments. With Oral 3D, dentists can easily transform CT scans, CBCT scans or any STL file into a 3D model of the oral cavity. Oral3D printed model facilitates patient’s understanding of their intra-oral situation and enables the dentist to plan and prepare surgeries with more precision and comfort.
What's next for Oral3D, as well as your own career?
On next steps with oral 3D is really to arrive in every corner of the world. Trying to integrate this technology in every dental office, in every surgical room and also in all the institutions. Giving the chance not only to dentist and surgeons but also to dental students to learn how to integrate this technology today in their everyday practice. As a Periodontists, my next step is to really change this concept of relying only on a screen, on a 2D image that is not enough today. Today we really need to stop and understand that maybe a screen is not enough and we need to touch with our own hands, what the structure of the bone structure of this patient is and really have a correct diagnosis by touching with our hands and understanding that today a screen might not be enough and under a screen there might be some traps hiding that we can easily see using 3D printing. Today we made it easy for everyone. So our next step is creating this awareness and having every dental office and institution using the technology to check with making the correct diagnosis and delivering the best quality of dentistry and patient care because our patients, today, deserve that this technology is integrated in everyday practice.
How has being nominated for the Forbes' 30 Under 30 list affected your career?
For me, and all the Oral 3D team, it's a great honour to be part of this amazing and prestige group of Forbes 30 under 30. It gave us a lot of energy to continue in this direction and to continue pushing the limits of my profession of dentistry. It affected, of course, our career because it created more awareness and being part of this prestigious list also gave us the opportunity to meet amazing minds and people, brainstorm and connect our ideas and collaborate. We are really honoured to be in this group and I am sure that within this family we will grow ideas and we will try really to reach in every corner of the world with this technology and try to improve our profession which is dentistry today.
From idea to prototype, how long did it take to develop Oral3D?
It took us almost 2 years and a half from the idea to come to the last software. The great thing about Oral 3D is that the software is in a continuous update because we have a board of the youngest and brightest minds in dentistry and we get together to see what are the limits in our profession. Every month we brainstorm what's missing and we trying to make the software better. Today after 2 years we can say that we have the most intuitive and user-friendly software that converts CT scans into 3D printing models, chairside under 1 hour per quadrant. So this is really a great software out there. We’re always improving ourselves and how do we improve ourselves? By putting together the best board of young clinicians, institutions, that are really out there trying to improve dentistry and trying to make it as easy and intuitive as possible for dentists to integrate technology into their offices. So it took us now two years and a half but we still have a long way to go, but as of now our software is out there ready to provide to all dentists this unique opportunity to 3D print all their cases in order to have more predictable stable results overtime and a great practice builder where patient communication between patients and their doctors is extremely improved.
When did you initially realize you could use 3D printing to solve issues in the world of dentistry?
So when I realised that 3D printing could be a game changer in our profession was while I was doing surgery. When I was doing surgery and I realised that sometimes x-rays could not reflect really what was happening in the patient's mouth and patient communication was very difficult with the screen. So I communicated much better using 3D printing technology. When I started, I was one of the first to 3D print surgical cases for bone regeneration print and I tried to explain to the patient showing them with a 3D printed model, showing them in their hands what was happening. This really increased motivation and the patient really understanding what was going on. Patient understanding and motivation really influenced my final surgical results. On the other hand, I didn't have any surprises when I was doing surgery because sometimes when I was looking at a screen I would get surprises because it doesn't reflect what I saw on a screen when I opened the patient area for bone regeneration. This time by using 3D printing technology, everything was in order so what I was seeing on a 3D printed model, I was seeing in the surgical room. So no more surprises 3D printing, patient communication was better, time over surgery was reduced because having the bone structure of the patient beforehand I can customise everything. That's how I came to a made-to-measure protocol because of using 3D printing technology and that's how we started Oral 3D. Everything made to measure, patient communication brought to the next level and everything made simple for dentists, surgeons and students starting dentistry.
What has been the feedback from users and clients of Oral3D?
The feedback from others has been great. So far we have dentists and surgeons using a technology but also we have big institutions and universities teaching using this technology. So not only dentists but students are finding great benefits with this technology. This means that they can appreciate better the anatomy and they can learn from their mistakes before going into surgery. They can really understand what's going on under their patients own gums even before starting surgery. This is really great not only from dentist themselves but for the patients. With benefits in the feedback from users, it’s been great from the clinician standpoint but also been great from the patient some point. In that patients are extremely happy today and they are the first ones today to raise awareness of 3D printing technology in the offices. Sometimes today dentists will receive calls from patients asking if they are using 3D printing technology just because we have the created awareness that maybe a screen is not enough today and we really need to appreciate anatomy by touching it. So the feedback has been great, it has been great from a clinical standpoint, from a patient’s standpoint, institutions standpoint. Even the greatest thing that we’ve received today is it we’re going over and beyond dentistry. In fact, we have facial surgeons who have a great interest in our technology so we are really expanding not only in the oral field but in the entire face bone structure.
Could you please introduce Oral3D, and what led to your co-founding the company?
Hello everybody, my name is Giuseppe Cicero. The founder of Oral 3D. Oral 3D was born to improve patient care in dentistry, helping surgeons and dentist achieve better and stable results over time by integrating 3D printing technology in their everyday practice. So basically we make 3D printer technology extremely easy for dentists and have they not only rely on the screen, where before they were communicating with patients through X-rays on the screen, but we enable them to 3D print the X-rays in the office chairside. So this is a great benefit not only for the patients that can really understand what's going on under their gums especially when it comes a social worker implantology or bone regeneration procedures. But also for the surgeon himself to plan a more exact way of surgery, reducing procedure time and increasing predictability in their final outcomes. So really oral 3D is out there to teach and integrate 3D printing into dentistry in a very easy and intuitive way. In fact in just a few clicks were able to now convert x-rays and CT scans into 3D printed models in a very short time and chairside for all our patients and dentists around the world.