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CAD CAM

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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Evaluation of the Accuracy of Six Intraoral Scanning Devices

October 19, 2015

From the ADA: The present study focuses on the accuracy of six currently available intraoral scanners in their ability to accurately scan a single molar abutment tooth in-vitro. Source: Evaluation of the Accuracy of Six Intraoral Scanning Devices: An in-vitro Investigation Two items of note: The general results showed more accurate impressions than previous trials. […]

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CAD CAM for Treatment Planning

September 7, 2015

What do you call a virtual wax up done with a computer instead of a plaster model and actual melted wax? How about a Vax Up? Or maybe a  DDRAP, (digital dental  restoration alternative proposal). Whatever you call it mocking up treatment on a digital model in the computer is faster cheaper and more efficient than […]

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3D Printing in Dentistry – $3.1 Billion by 2020

June 8, 2015

…is expected to grow rapidly through increasing penetration of 3D print technology and new dental applications for 3D printing related to denture frameworks, custom trays, teaching models, implants, and others to reach $3.1 billion in revenues by 2020. via 3D Printing in Dentistry Will Enable $3.1 Billion in Dental Solutions by 2020 – Yahoo Finance. […]

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This incredible 3D printer ‘grows’ objects out of liquid

March 23, 2015

WOW from TED 2015 in Vancouver: DeSimone told the BBC the printer can conceivably print teeth “while the patient sits in the dentist’s chair” via TED2015: This incredible 3D printer ‘grows’ objects out of liquid | Business Insider. CAD CAM milling machines like CEREC and Carestream CS3500 are amazing. However they are complex and expensive. […]

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3-D Printing Prosthetic Hands That Are Anything but Ordinary

February 24, 2015

From NYT: The Rivermans, of Forest Grove, Ore., could not afford a high-tech prosthetic hand for their son, and in any event they are rarely made for children. Then help arrived in the guise of a stranger with a three-dimensional printer… State-of-the-art prosthetic replacements are complicated medical devices, powered by batteries and electronic motors, and […]

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3-D technology in dental offices

January 18, 2015

From USA Today: 3-D printing is getting a toehold into the dental world as well with a growing number of companies working on implants by zapping liquid plastic with a laser, quickly hardening it layer by layer into a dental prosthetic, via 3-D technology becoming common in dental offices. A nice general interest article. (It […]

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At the ADA

October 11, 2014

I heard at the ADA meeting that Planmeca was showing a new impression scanner built into the dental unit. The Planmeca system now called PlanScan was the old E4D system. I went looking for it eager to find out more and predisposed to really like it. What a disappointment. The PlanScan instrument uses a USB […]

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Hot Technology – Digital Impressions

September 30, 2014

For twenty years there was one and only one viable company making and selling a digital impression system, that was CEREC. Last year at the ADA meeting there were at least eight, listed below. Digital impressions and CAD CAM (which are related but not entirely the same thing) has taken off in the market place. […]

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Proprietary vs. Interoperability

May 17, 2014

Definitions from Webopedia Interoperability:  The ability of software and hardware on different machines from different vendors to share data. Proprietary:  Privately owned and controlled. A proprietary design or technique is one that is owned by a company. It also implies that the company has not divulged specifications that would allow other companies to duplicate the […]

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Quick Take on Carestream Dental 3500

May 9, 2014

One case does not make a scientific study however I was greatly impressed with my one case. With the aid of Dr. Michael Kelly I did a simple single unit posterior crown using the new Carestream CS Solutions CAD-CAM system. My three major takeaways comparing this system to CEREC. It is an open system. For […]

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Groundbreaking Surgical Procedure Uses 3D Printing to Repair Injuries

March 21, 2014

In an effort to restore the symmetry in Power’s appearance, doctors refractured the bones in his face, and returned them to their correct position before inserting medical-grade titanium implants. These, along with the guides and plates used in the first part of the procedure, were 3D-printed. (video at the link) via Groundbreaking Surgical Procedure Uses […]

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