Ninety percent of Sundance Dental Laboratory's C&B work is done digitally and Owner Steve Dearien, CDT, is loving it.
An early adopter of digital technology, the 42-person, full service lab in Scottsdale, AZ, was one of the first Procera™ users and also purchased Lava™ milling machines and digital printers. Offering milling services to other laboratories and digital restorations to its dentist-clients, Dearien has successfully branded the laboratory as "a high-end, high-tech dental laboratory."
For the past year, Sundance has been augmenting its restorative options by outsourcing most of its IPS e.max restorations to Diadem Precision Technology. It's also taking advantage of Diadem's latest product offering: Diazir™ Full Contour Zirconia Copings and Frameworks. "There is a buzz in the marketplace about full contour zirconia and I can really see the Diazir product growing because it's a virtually unbreakable solution for any restoration that doesn't require the ultimate esthetics of IPS e.max," says Dearien.
Diazir is comprised of a pre-shaded, high-translucency Y-TZP zirconia that's been stained and glazed to the desired esthetic result and has a flexural strength of 900MPa. It's ideal for bruxing patients, conservative preparation indications or for cases with inadequate space for veneering ceramic; in addition, it's indicated for esthetic facial veneers in the anterior region.
The following case study of a Diazir crown that Sundance Dental Laboratory fabricated for its client, Dr. Peter Hamois, Chicago, offers an overview of the digital workflow: click here to see the photos