DIGITAL DENTISTRY-CAD/CAM: A MODERN APPROACH
MODERN PROSTHETIC TECHNOLOGY -DIGITAL DENTISTRY
What’s the need of switching to digital?
The conventional techniques in dental care have worked excellent for decades.
However, if dental professionals are looking for a simpler, faster, more accurate, and more efficient workflow, there is a large potential in digital dentistry.
When we start thinking about digitalization of our practice or laboratory, many dental professionals give concentrated consideration to the individual machines that they want to integrate into their practice.
The challenge is to create an individual solution that takes account of all aspects of the internal and external workflow in the best way possible.
A fully digitalized workflow brings many advantages to the table for both dentists and dental technicians but also for the patients.
Dentist happy doing digital
For a dentist, the advantages of taking a digital impression of the patient’s teeth using an intra-oral scanner are that the scanning itself only takes a few minutes and provides an immediate 3D impression with very detailed information about the patient’s teeth.
It allows for the dentist to zoom in on the patient’s teeth and discuss the case with the patient straight away.
As the impression is digital, the dentist can then send the file to the dental lab in seconds – the same as sending an ordinary email.
Welcome to the world of a much more convenient dental experience with the teeth scanned with an intra-oral scanner.
A conventional moulded impression involves bad-tasting impression material inside the patient’s mouth for quite some time, that is often uncomfortable and, worst case, activates the gag reflex.
The intra-oral scanner is much more comfortable and requires only a few minutes of the patient’s time. With direct access to the digital impression on the computer screen, the patient will get a much clearer picture of their own case.
It also allows for the patient to ask questions related to the impression and discuss further treatment with the dentist.
Digital radiography as well as three-dimensional (3-D) cone beam radiography allows an enhanced level of diagnosis and, ultimately, treatment decision-making.
An increased range of restorative options becomes available with computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) coupled with intraoral and laboratory scanners for conventional impressions.
These options include: biocompatible, high-strength, all-ceramic zirconia frameworks for full-coverage crowns and fixed partial dentures; customizable implant abutments and, more recently, milled titanium copings for titanium-porcelain crowns and bridges; milled titanium bars for implant-retained hybrid dentures; and hybrid combination abutments with titanium implant inserts and zirconia abutment bodies.
Titanium has been proven highly successful and biocompatible in implant placement, and is both economical and a biocompatible replacement for existing dental materials.
Another system, called STL (Stereolithography) and RP/RM (Rapid Prototyping/Rapid Manufacturing), can, in essence, “print” a coping using particles of zirconia, ceramic, and metals, including gold.
This process is similar to a laser printer placing powdered toner on a sheet of paper. Imagine the toner being layered by the printer”s head passing over the paper again and again.
These new systems work like that and, with each layer, a laser melts/welds the particles together. The days of wax and cast might be numbered.
The laboratory is no longer a place; it is instead to a large degree, virtual and fluid entity. It is hence no doubt to call CAD/CAM a Virtual Laboratory.
A few CAD/CAM SYSTEMS:
Ceramill Map 400+
Fast and precise, high resolution scanning data – these are all features of the fully automated stripe light Ceramill Map 400+ scanner with its high-sensitivity 3D sensors and a sophisticated and newly developed “DNA Speed Scanning“ strategy.
It reduces scanning times by up to 50 % whilst retaining consistent precision.
As a result, a full jaw scan with results for unlimited use is possible in only 24 seconds.
Furthermore, the scanner with Splitex integration offers a number of valuable and convincing scanning options such as the digitisation of Triple Tray impressions and textures, recording of up to 12 stumps (Multi Die/Multi Cap).
Ceramill Map 200+
The Ceramill Map 200+ is a fully automatic 2-axis stripe light scanner with uncomplicated handling, yet high precision, making it ideal as entry into CAD/CAM technology as well as for users wishing to generate precise scanning data cost-efficiently.
Equipped with newly developed “DNA Speed Scanning” strategies and high-resolution 3D sensors, it equals its “big brother”, the Ceramill Map 400+, in terms of precision and speed.
Together with the automated user guidance system, and offers convenience and accuracy on a compact footprint of 390x360x310mm.
It also offers an open interface so that scans (STL files) can also be loaded into other CAD programmes.
Ceramill Motion 2 (5X)
- The 5-axis milling unit combines wet and dry processing in one unit and enables the value-creation chain to be kept virtually completely in-house in the laboratory. Innovative processing procedures ensure maximum value creation (e.g. rotational milling of titanium, processing of full dentures)
Extensive onsite chairside and laboratory training.
Only system (based on configuration) that mills Porcelain, Ceramic, Leucite Ceramic, Composites, Zirconia, Acrylic, Polyurethane, Metal, Zirconia Abutments, Full Contour Zirconia, Metal & Zirconia Understructures, Wax Patterns, Models and Crown Templates. Offers a full scale digital network for restorative procedures.
The scanner combines simple operation with specific scanning strategies. It ensures flexible positioning of models and complete freedom of use. inEos X5 ensures greatest accuracy for all dental technician digitization work – from the palate to the tip of the scanbody.
inLab has achieved universal appeal in the dental lab market while meeting dentists’ demands for strong, esthetic all-ceramic restorations, and has quickly become the most widely used CAD/CAM system in dental laboratories worldwide.
The unit can scan and mill a comprehensive array of materials such as VITA YZ, IPS e.max, IPS Empress CAD, VITA TriLuxe, and CEREC Blocs.
When combined with infiniDent, clinicians will have access to more materials, offering even more design control.
inLab MC X5
inLab MC X5 is an open production unit. It is the perfect complement to the inLab components inEos X5 and inLab software
CEREC inLab MC XL
The inLab MC XL from Sirona features a modern design and solid, heavy-duty construction.
Milling precision has been optimized to a +/- 25 microns, and the burs spin at 60,000 rpm, requiring as little as 6 minutes for a crown.
It can mill 40 to 60 restorations per day, with 4 gearheads capable of milling all available materials.
The inLab MC XL can mill bridges up to 10 units, ideal for producing entire quadrants or highly esthetic anterior frameworks.
The inLab MC XL milling and grinding unit opens up a wide range of production options for the dental laboratory.
Clinicians can profit from high speed and precision.
Clinicians can also switch from grinding to milling in just a few steps.
The large milling volume and over 30 materials can also provide economic benefits.
3M ESPE – Lava™
Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S.
The Lava C.O.S. is able to capture approximately 20 3D data sets per second, or close to 2,400 sets per arch, for an accurate and high-speed scan.
Lava™ Scan ST Design System
A Journey That Starts With A Precise Scanner
The Lava Scan ST Design System lab-based scanner for gypsum model is packaged with a PC and Lava Design Software for Lava Zirconia restorations.
Restorations can be designed for Lava Milling Centers, or for rapid manufactures that produce wax/ resin patterns with approved equipment. Brochure
No more goop, gagging or discomfort.
The new technology completely eliminates the tray , putty impression where experience is comparable to a big wad of gum in your mouth.
The iTero intraoral scanner from Cadent is synonymous with high precision.
Its parallel confocal imaging technology uses optical and laser scanning to achieve highly accurate images without powder or complicated hovering.
iTero delivers speed, reliability, intuitive operations and outstanding visualization capabilities, allowing you to communicate seamlessly with Precision Dental Laboratories’ CAD/CAM systems.
The scanner will precisely capture any preparation design of your choice. .
The system will identify the tooth to be scanned and the angle at which to scan through voice and visual commands. The 3D virtual models of both arches are then previewed on the screen The scan can be evaluated from any desired viewing position using the software tools.
The digital articulator allows you to review the occlusal clearance and make any modifications necessary on the prepared tooth or opposing arch – The iTero digital impression system features a dedicated wireless internet connection.
A simple mouse click sends the patient’s scan data to Precision Dental Laboratories
The new iTero Element scanner is engineered to deliver everything doctors love about iTero scanners in a compact footprint design with even bigger capabilities.
Designed to be portable, powerful, and intuitive, it demonstrates our continued investment in clinical precision and patient satisfaction.
Simultaneously Smart and Powerful.
In addition to its sleek good looks, the iTero Element scanner features built-in intelligence designed to eliminate extra process steps during intraoral scanning.
It gives you an optimum workflow with the Invisalign system and the exclusive Invisalign Outcome Simulator.
Thus,a natural fit for Invisalign clear aligner therapy.
iTero Element 2
The new iTero Element 2 scanner comes with next generation computing power that enables 2X faster start-ups.
25% faster scan processing time, than to the current iTero Element.
The iTero Element 2 provides improved screen resolution.
Minimizing the scanner footprint due to its slim 21.5” monitor and 16:9 widescreen viewing format.
The integrated lithium-ion battery provides easy mobility from operatory to operatory without the need to plug in for power or reboot.
iTero Element Flex
The new iTero Element Flex wand-only configuration is a portable scanner for easy transport from office to office.
Allows doctors to leverage the power of chairside visualization coupled with iTero scanning precision in any location.
It’s perfect for practices with multiple locations who need a scanner that is convenient and easy to transport.
Working seamlessly with compatible laptops, practitioners can now scan anywhere, even in the smallest of operatories.
The iTero Element Flex includes a convenient, custom-designed carrying case.
TRIOS INTRA – ORAL SCANNERS
3Shape’s TRIOS uses Ultrafast Optical Sectioning technology to capture more than 3000 two-dimensional images per second.
It then combines up to 1000 three-dimensional digital pictures to create the final 3D digital impression.
The large Smart-Touch screen displays a real-time 3D image of the impression.
Motion sensor interface allows the user to virtually rotate, turn the digital impression using the handheld like a gaming controller.
Easy communication between the dentist and lab through flexible output instantly available to the lab. In addition, dentists can access virtual diagnostic wax-ups for discussion with patients.
Technologies, you can produce lab-quality restorations in hours instead of days.
With the remarkable speed and accuracy, intuitive design software, on-site milling and, of course, no impressions or powders.
The E4D system contains a high-speed dental laser that “reads” the dimensions of your tooth.
The dental laser, with a intraoral camera, sends this information to the unit’s design center.
The unit center uses the DentaLogicTM software to create a 3D model.
While a traditional workflow includes many different steps, the digital workflow only includes a few.
Minimising the number of steps also minimises the risk of errors.
Digital dentistry simplifies the entire workflow.
It also helps to improve the communication between dentists and dental technicians as well as the communication with patients.
Using the digital techniques such as CAD/CAM, allows for a faster and more efficient workflow.
Also having the patients with a more pleasant dental experience.
Nobel Biocare has recently launched in conjunction with Kavo Kerr the new DTX Studio software, which will offer powerful CAD tools with an intuitive interface. It will enable the quick and easy design of the desired restoration, whether tooth- or implant based.
Alternatively, you can outsource the design and production of CAD/CAM prosthetics to NobelProcera Scan and Design Services. Available for implant bars, abutments and implant crowns.
You can save time and avoid investment in equipment and staff training, while providing your customers with precision-fit prosthetics.