By Stephen Schmitt, DDS, MS, and Reed Schmitt, MS
Improvements in implant protocols, digital imaging, computer-aided design and numerical-controlled milling make removable restorations a practical and good long-term solution. The NextSmile virtual technique and service offers laboratories a way to fabricate custom-milled titanium frameworks without the need for a facebow, record bases, the initial physical setup of denture teeth, or the creation of an acrylic pattern to be scanned. View the corresponding photos below to see an overview of the process:
Stephen Schmitt, DDS, MS, developed the NextSmile process to design and manufacture titanium frameworks/substructures for laboratories and dentists. He is the former Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics and Program Director for the Graduate Prosthodontics Program at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and actively involved with several prosthodontic groups.
Reed Schmitt, MS, is Chief Technology Officer at NextSmile. He has worked with Texas A&M's Pre-Dental Society, Project Smile, as well as the National Science Foundation where he assisted in creating 3D-rendered models from CAT-scan data.