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The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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- April 2014
With Precise-Fit from Valplast International Corp., Valplast dentures can now be designed and blocked-out from any digital scan or .stl file and output to a unique printed base that can be tried into the patient’s mouth. All design is done digitally, eliminating duplicate models and traditional waxups with a trial baseplate printed using a proprietary flexible resin and 3D digital printer.
The Precise-Fit baseplate lets dentists evaluate jaw relation and tooth arrangement, as well as preview the fit of the final restoration before processing. The lab can process the baseplate without duplicating the master cast, rearticulating duplicate models, transferring the denture teeth to a duplicate model or final waxing. The digitally designed blockout and relief is taken into account along with any adjustments made to the trial base by the dentist. The resulting denture requires less time to fit and finish, saving the laboratory valuable time and money.
First introduced in 2012, the Precise-Fit...
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