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Registration is Now Open for Carestream Dental’s 2017 Global Oral Health Summit

May 9, 2017

Oral health professionals of all specialties are invited to take their practice to the next level at the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit. This is a two-day immersive learning experience designed for professionals looking to enhance their workflow by either learning more about the software and equipment they already have or by introducing new technology […]

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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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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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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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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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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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CEREC SIROWORLD

April 14, 2016

Interesting meeting with some great presenters. SIROWORLD is a place filled with engaging conversations about the equipment, skills, and practices you already implement and those you’d like to explore.  It’s a place to share and learn from your collective experiences as well as to hear from top expert clinicians.  It’s a place to collaborate on […]

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The Captive Dentist

April 7, 2016

Imagine a world in which—if you owned a Volkswagen­—you could only fill up at a Volkswagen gas station using Volkswagen gas. Ford gas won’t work. You can only drive in the Volkswagen lane and take the Volkswagen off ramp. If the Volkswagen off ramp is closed for repairs, you can’t take the Ford or Toyota off ramp. That whole […]

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Carestream 3600 Scanner

March 10, 2016
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Impression Trend

February 26, 2016

This is related to the previous post on the Carestream digital impression scanner. How many dentists are actually using digital impressions with their labs? I asked that question of numerous labs exhibiting at Chicago and the range of answers was amazing. Of three large, well known national labs the first estimated less than 10%, maybe only […]

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CS 3600 Intraoral Scanner

February 26, 2016

New at the Chicago Midwinter! The CS 3600’s unique continuous scanning capabilities makes it faster than ever to acquire a scan. Continuous scanning allows the user to scan in a smooth, uninterrupted manner, greatly reducing the time it takes to capture a digital impression. This high speed makes it ideal for time-consuming dual arch scans. […]

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Using CAD/CAM to Provide Excellent Customer Service

December 14, 2015

From Digital Image Stream: Let’s face it, taking in impression is not only a pain for the staff but uncomfortable for patients. A digital scanner, on the other hand, captures images to create a digital impression and eliminates the need to fill my patients’ mouths with gooey impression material. Source: Using CAD/CAM to Provide Excellent […]

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Stratasys Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printing for Dental Labs

November 5, 2015

From Yahoo Finance: …Objet500 Dental Selection offers increased throughput and productivity, with triple-jetting capability to enable life-like color models and multiple applications to be 3D printed in a single run New 3D printer is ideal for larger labs to benefit from digital dentistry Source: Stratasys Groundbreaking Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printing Now Available for Larger Dental […]

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Impression Gremlins

November 3, 2015

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare article from Dec. 2012. An impression can distort or in some other way betray us at numerous stages along the path from the moment it is taken until the restoration is ready to deliver. Each of these items: the impression material, the stone, the wax, the investment, the metal, […]

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Computers Help Dental Implants Look Natural

October 30, 2015

An article in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology describes a simple method to recreate what is known as the mouth’s “emergence profile” with implants. It presents step-by-step procedures that the authors used successfully in the clinic and laboratory for 50 implants Source: Computers Help Dental Implants Look Natural They are using […]

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Henry Schein pledge $1.25M to develop digital dentistry curriculum

October 28, 2015

From ADA News: Henry Schein, Inc. announced Oct. 23 a new partnership with the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation to develop new curriculum that incorporates computer-aided design and manufacturing technology into the dental school curriculum… According to the American College of Prosthodontists, CAD/CAM technology was introduced to dentistry decades ago but is only used […]

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