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The grand opening of Panthera Dental’s U.S. office featured numerous announcements regarding the company’s growth, new restorative solutions and commitment to sleep apnea treatment.
Rafael Choi, CDT, describes his technique for using IPS e.max Press Multi to eliminate the need for layering methods and produce esthetic, lifelike anterior crowns in a predictable and efficient manner.
As part of our ongoing State of the Industry 2015 coverage, LMT Editors visited the world’s largest dental show to bring you the scoop on the latest product and process innovations worldwide—including digital dentures, laser milling and more—and what else is coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
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Valplast International Corp. previewed its new solution for fabricating digital dentures for existing CAD/CAM users. Platinum 3D enables labs to scan, design and manufacture digital full dentures in-house without the need to outsource any components and use the scanning, milling or printing equipment of their choice.
The Platinum 3D product line features Valplast’s new Platinum Series brand of multi-layered, nano-filled PMMA denture teeth, and a digital library of 3D tooth models that will be made available to all Platinum 3D denture tooth customers. The digital tooth library will be made available first to 3Shape clients for use with their full denture design module. Other systems are also being explored for use with the new digital tooth library.
Here’s how it works: the lab imports the denture tooth library into its CAD software and designs the denture. Then, the lab can mill a final resin denture base with sockets for the Valplast denture teeth which are cemented into the...
“We strive to develop product solutions to help dental professionals in providing better patient treatment,” said Tais Clausen, CTO and Co-Founder of 3Shape during a press conference in Chicago where he unveiled the company’s latest innovations:
New additions and updates to the company’s D-Series desktop lab scanner line. The new D1000 and D2000 feature multi-line scanning technology, a proprietary technology shown to increase scanning speeds by 30%. The D2000’s larger interior has room for two models and can scan upper and lower models, bite and dies in one scan. Updated versions of the D750 and D850 feature a new technology platform combined with a larger interior space and blue LED for reduced scan noise.
The new Dental System 2015 introduces several new dental sculpting tools, a streamlined design process, simplified order form, boosted scanning speeds, and more restorative component libraries and compatibility integrations with third-party manufacturers....
Argen Digital featured its latest advances at LAB DAY, including:
Its new custom file upload system which allows 3Shape users to export their designs from Dental Manager and drag and drop their CAD files—including split files—into Argen Digital’s portal for upload. Labs can batch upload files of various material types and restoration sizes concurrently, streamlining the ordering process and offering time savings of up to 80%. The upload will also soon be available for exocad and DentalWings users.
The company has also expanded its Selective Laser Melted (SLM) product offering to include long-span SLM Noble bridges up to eight units; the restorations have a two-day turnaround.
For more information, call 800-255-5524 or visit www.argendigital.com.
- September 2014
In addition to technical support, marketing personnel and a scanner repair area, 3Shape’s new east coast facility in Warren, NJ, features training rooms for technicians to test drive and learn about 3Shape scanners and dentists to get familiar with the TRIOS Digital Impression System.
- January 2014
The female patient was previously restored with less than ideal esthetic and functional results. When the old restorations were removed, the canine preps were very dark.
- November 2013
Last year, Bob Iuliano, CDT, invested about $80,000 in CAD/CAM equipment—and he hasnât looked back since.
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It's a perfect storm heading straight for your bottom line: the economic crisis, new technology, profit erosion, offshore competition and the changing demographics among your dentist-clients...
Whip Mixâs second annual Survive or Thrive Digital Forum was chock-full of advice and take-home strategies to help attendees make informed decisions about digital technology.
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- May 2013
Moskey Dental Laboratories in Cleveland, OH, fabricates four non-precious alloy crowns to help a police dog get back on his beat.
Among the newer features in digital impression-taking systems are smaller-than-ever intraoral devices and color technology. Also: several new players enter the market.
To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
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- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
The 3Shape clinic room at LAB DAY was bustling as the company made several key announcements and offered a variety of product demonstrations. Show attendees got the first look at 3Shape's latest scanner, the D900, that offers four high-res 5MP cameras and blue LED technology for excellent speed, high accuracy and color scanning using 3Shape RealColor™ Technology. A new multi-die scanning solution provides efficient batch and multi-case processing, ideal for high-volume, production-oriented labs.
3Shape also announced LABcare, a new comprehensive support, education and upgrade program automatically given to every 3Shape Dental System™ subscribed user. "LABcare is designed to give labs a competitive edge, a secure CAD/CAM investment, and plenty of added value because it directly addresses support, training and upgrading—three critical areas for labs using digital technologies," said Rune Fisker, VP Product Strategy.
3Shape LABcare customers receive:
Upgrades: A system...
In Chicago, Whip Mix introduced its Vericore milling discs. From highly translucent zirconia for monolithic full contour restorations or substructures, to PMMA burnout materials to wax, Whip Mix offers a wide variety of materials and sizes for multiple applications. All Vericore discs offer a diameter of 98mm and are available with and without collars in a variety of sizes from 10mm to 25mm.
The company also introduced a series of articulation products, including:
Two products for Denar Mark 300 Series articulators. Designed for use with the 3Shape scanner and software system, Denar® Split Cast Mounting Plates allow you to mount the model on the benchtop articulator using facebow records, arbitrary mounting stands or CR records; capture the position and cant of the patient's teeth; and then scan to replicate that benchtop positioning on the virtual articulator in the 3Shape software. Designed specifically for mounting, the Denar LabRelator helps extend the life of your current...
DENTSPLY Implants made two announcements at the show:
The ATLANTIS™ Abutment core file—currently compatible with Dental Wings software (DWOS) 2.5.5 or higher—will soon be compatible with 3Shape. This file is a digital representation of the outer surface of an ATLANTIS Abutment that enables the laboratory to design the coping and final restoration before it receives the physical abutment. This reduces turnaround time and labor costs by eliminating the need to scan the abutment and cast and renders a higher-precision digital file than scanning. It's available for single and multiple-unit implant cases; it's not indicated for bridge cases that include prepared natural teeth.
The company also introduced SmartFix™, available for ANKYLOS® and XiVE® implant systems. SmartFix is an effective and time-saving implant-prosthetic technique for immediate, screw-retained restorations in the upper and lower jaw. It allows for restorations on angled implants using either...
At LAB DAY, Nobel Biocare presented its latest innovations in dental implant-based CAD/CAM solutions, including:
NobelProcera® Abutments, now available on Biomet 3i, Camlog and Zimmer implant platforms (in addition to Straumann, Astra Tech and Thommen).
NobelProcera users can expand their business with the new in-lab scanning of NobelProcera Implant Bar Overdenture for Straumann implant platforms. These bars have been tested with a new 3D fit assessment to verify the precision of fit, reduce mechanical complications and ensure longevity.
Available later this year, the new NobelProcera 2G Scanner has a similar look and feel to the original with new elements including advanced automation features designed to increase productivity. Existing users of the NobelProcera Scanner will be able to upgrade their current scanner to the new 2G version for a modest fee.
Also later this year, Nobel Biocare is forming a partnership with 3Shape that will enable 3Shape users to access NobelProcera Abutments...
- January 2013
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
- April 2012
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
The CAD/CAM software, equipment and materials market continues to flourish and several new players were first-time exhibitors at LAB DAY, including:
Creo Dental System launched the Arum5X Milling Machine. This five-axis wet milling unit is compatible with any scanner and features a nine-unit revolving dispenser, a tool breakage sensor and an online work management website. For details, call 212-302-3860 or visit www.creods.com.
exocad® North America: Founded in Germany in 2010 and in the U.S. in 2011, exocad is quickly becoming a player in the market as 15 "system integration partners" have embraced its exocad DentalCAD software to drive their scanners and mills. Mainly focused on selling to manufacturers and large laboratories, the latest system integrators include Core3d Centres, Apex Dental Milling, Clon3d, and Sagemax Bioceramics.
Designed specifically for dental applications, exocad can be used with virtually any dental scanner, CAM, and fabrication system. "Our system is...
If 2011 is any indication, 3Shape isn't slowing down anytime soon. Last year, the company grew by 80% in sales for the U.S.; hired 65 people, including nine in its U.S. office; and filed dozens of U.S. patents.
At LAB DAY, it made two key announcements: its 3Shape TRIOS intraoral digital impression system and a new version of its software will be available by the end of the year. The TRIOS scanner doesn't require the use of spray, captures more than 3,000 2D images per second and the dentist can rest the scanner on the teeth for support as he scans.
The 3Shape Dental System 2013 offers a host of enhancements, including new indications. For instance, for the first time, the software allows users to fabricate full dentures. Users can digitally design, print or mill gingiva, and then place traditional denture teeth. It also has a new orthodontic module, Appliance Designer, that allows you to fabricate nightguards, retainers, splints, surgical bites and more.
The new version features...
- March 2012
3Shape Co-Founder Tais Clausen offers advice for maximizing your competitive edge and taking advantage of positive market trends.
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- January 2012