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How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

April 13, 2017

From Longitudes: …additive manufacturing could bend the cost curve in a number of industries, especially healthcare. Source: How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare | Longitudes The primary issue in all healthcare including dentistry is cost. Insurance would not be an issue if people felt they could pay for quality care at a […]

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Shop Open

February 28, 2017

When shopping for a digital product let vendors know that open non-proprietary systems are an important buying factor. Ask the sales person if you can transfer the digital impression to any lab of your choice or if you can load the impression into design software of your choice. In many cases the answer will be […]

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Scientists have found a drug that regenerates teeth, and it could reduce the need for fillings

January 12, 2017

From ScienceAlert: Researchers have identified a drug that can regenerate teeth from the inside out, possibly reducing the need for artificial fillings. The drug was previously used in Alzheimer’s clinical trials, and it now appears to improve the tooth’s natural ability to heal itself. It works by activating stem cells inside the tooth’s pulp centre, prompting […]

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Dental Model Digitization

January 2, 2017

Is it possible in practice to digitize plaster models using DVT instead of 3D scanners? What are the differences between the images produced by various 3D scanners and DVTs? Are 3D scanners more accurate than DVT devices? PDF of Report The linked report indicates alternative methods to digitize a dental model. Interesting but in my […]

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Comparison of marginal fit of digital impression with conventional impression

December 29, 2016

No significant difference of the marginal parameters between the digital and the conventional group was found. Source: Comparison of marginal fit of cemented zirconia copings manufactured after digital impression with lava™ C.O.S and conventional impression technique | BMC Oral Health | Full Text Click and read the whole article if you want the details. However […]

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Which intraoral scanner produces the best fit?

December 20, 2016

From ADA News: To find these results, the ADA Science Institute, in collaboration with the United States Air Force, evaluated the effect of three different finish line designs on the marginal adaptation of CAD/CAM crowns… …”The results show that the newer systems allow more flexibility in restoration margin design and still produce acceptable marginal fit,” […]

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The Future of Dentistry is ‘Amazing’ | The Digital Image Stream

December 6, 2016

From Carestream: We could make bold outlandish predictions that are exciting but unlikely to come true next year. Any dentist looking to plan ahead would be disappointed. The best alternative is to point out trends and predict how those trends will impact dentistry in the coming years. Source: The Future of Dentistry is ‘Amazing’ | […]

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VW’s Future Electric Car Will Have an Augmented Reality Navigation System

November 17, 2016

“Augmented” here refers to augmented reality, where projections are used to display information as if it’s 50 feet ahead of the driver. With this technology, the I.D. will be able to project street directions in a way that looks like they’re on the actual roads, as shown above. Source: VW’s Future Electric Car Will Have […]

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Briotech International – Beyond HOCL

November 10, 2016

This is not actually high tech but it is dental and it does present a possible improvement to our current procedures. Source: Briotech International – Beyond HOCL When you go to the page be sure and check out the biofilm removal and medical applications sections. Very interesting.

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Cancer survivor becomes the first person to get 3D printed face created using SMARTPHONE

November 8, 2016

From Daily Mail Online: HT ADA A cancer survivor whose face was ravaged by a tumour, leaving him with a large hole where his eye, nose and cheekbone had been, has become the first person to receive a 3D printed face prosthesis made with a smart phone… …Dr Rodrigo Salazar, a dentist and specialist in oral […]

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WAZER – the first desktop water-jet

September 27, 2016

Much of dentistry can be seen as a highly customized fabrication process. We make very specific unique custom made items such as crowns, bridges and dentures. We are just beginning to use new digital fabrication processes to replace the old systems. Really old systems such as lost wax casting which has been around for 5000 years or so. In […]

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X-Nav Video

September 26, 2016

Saw and tried this at AAOMS. Seems like a great system at a reasonable price. It is developed and sold by the same team that created I-Cat.

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The Goal of an Implant

September 22, 2016

“The goal of implant placement is not the implant it is the tooth we replace.” This gem is from Scott Ganz. When you hear or read it your reaction will probably be; well, of course…duh. It isn’t particularly new or seemingly even insightful. It seems too obvious to be insightful. However the fact that it should […]

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X-Nav Technologies

September 21, 2016

I saw this at the AAOMS show in Vegas…AWESOME! Introducing X-Guide™, a revolutionary new system that will extend the capabilities of your cone beam system for simplified and more accurate dental implant procedures. Source: Home » X-Nav Technologies I got a quick demo and even used the system to prepare an implant site on a […]

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Digital impressions and S-Ray

July 14, 2016

From IDT  dentalaegis.com: Digital Trays For dentists who are skeptical of scanning with a wand versus using tried-and-true impression trays, S-Ray (s-rayinc.com) and Medentic (medentic.de) are developing scanners that fit the full arch as traditional impression trays do. “A handheld wand must be moved in very specific positions throughout the patient’s mouth to scan the full […]

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How Desktop 3D Printers Are Changing the Face of Facial Reconstruction

July 13, 2016

WOW just wow: …a 68-year-old Vietnam veteran, lost the lower half of his face to tongue cancer, but a team from Indiana University has recently been able to design a new jaw for him using a desktop 3D printer. Their process, dubbed the “IU Shirley Technique,” is now being used to help other patients Source: […]

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This is what your patients are reading in the popular press

July 11, 2016

However, thanks to a breakthrough in crown technology, the thought of going to the dentist now makes VanDemark smile.“I can get a crown done in a couple of hours,” he said. “It’s a fabulous experience. There is no pain. I have had three crowns done using the new way. If you’ve ever had a psychologically […]

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The End Of Root Canals?

July 8, 2016

From Popular Science: In in vitro testing, the fillings stimulated the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells into dentin, the bony tissue that forms the bulk of the tooth under the white enamel. The researchers believes that if used in a damaged tooth, those stem cells can repair the kind of damage that often comes […]

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Old Masters

June 16, 2016

I was speaking with a dentist a few years ago (not as many as you might imagine) who was telling me about the insane levels of precision he was learning in a gold study club. There were very precise measurements of powder and liquid to create just the exact amount of shrinkage for die stones, investments […]

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Scanner Flexibillity

May 31, 2016

Most intraoral digital impression scanners are capable of creating a clinically acceptable image. If the  image is good, or at least good enough, how do you choose the best option for your office? One feature that varies greatly from one system to another and influences usability and productivity is flexibility. Many older scanners require the use […]

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