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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...See more 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 a 15° or 30° angled ANKYLOS Balance Base or XiVE MP abutment. These two-piece abutments provide design freedom for the superstructure in terms of height and diameter. The abutment components are pre-mounted in a short, flexible seating instrument for easier handling and placement of the abutment into the implant. For more information, call 800-531-3481 or visit [www.dentsplyimplants.com](www.dentsplyimplants.com).
The transition from hand fabricated to digitally developed and fabricated indirect restorations is moving rapidly. David Avery, AAS, CDT, provides information on methods for how you can use the most current...See more technology with minimal to no capital investment to consistently produce excellent results through a centralized manufacturing process. He also reviews recent developments in the ATLANTIS™ portfolio and new solutions for implant-supported, removable prosthetics.
The Modern Laboratory's Role in Bringing Critical Technology to the Project Management of Implant Dentistry
Tissue management is one of the most critical steps to an esthetic implant crown, with the abutment connection playing a critical role for achieving the ideal emergence profile. Lars Hansson, CDT, focuses...See more on the design of ATLANTIS™ patient-specific abutments and the simplicity, precision and predictability they bring to restorative customization in today's world of ever-changing technologies.
The Daily Bite
62% of laboratory owners who responded to LMT’s Implant Survey say implants are more profitable than other prosthetic work. In 1999, only 46% said the same. Why? They are more carefully setting implant fees to reflect the extra time and consultation that go into these cases.
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