Axsys Dental Solutions introduces a 4-axis version of the VersaMILL Dental Machining Center for in-house fabrication of dental prostheses. Equipped with the precision and high performance components...See more of the VersaMILL. 5X 5-axis mill, the VersaMILL4X is self-contained and rigid with far greater options than current four-axis machines. The VersaMILL 4X has wet/dry milling capabilities for material appropriate processing, intelligent four-axis machining that reaches into undercuts and the ability to handle a broad range of indications including custom/hybrid abutments and dental bars. The VersaMILL’s superior construction enable it to machine a wide range of materials including zirconia, titanium, chrome cobalt, resin, wax, glass-ceramics, lithium disilicate and more. The new VersaMILL 4X is also compatible with any open CAD/SCAN solutions providing the flexibility to seamlessly process all imported or modified design files. For more information about the VersaMILL 4X or VersaMILL 5X 5-axis mill contact an Axsys Dental Solutions representative at 1-855-687-7941 or visit our Web-site at: www.axsysdental.com Axsys Dental Solutions 29627 West Tech Drive Wixom, MI 48393 www.axsysdental.com email@example.com 1.855.687.7941
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Whip Mix is proud to offer milling services for dental laboratories. Whether laboratories are in need of back-up milling or are building their digital workflow, Whip Mix Milling Services guarantees support...See more when they need it, providing a 3-day turnaround time on all restorations. Offering full contour crowns, substructures, wax patterns and custom hybrid abutments, all restorations are milled using Vericore Milling Discs and the Roland DWX-50 milling machine. Whip Mix has a highly trained team of expert professionals that will work with laboratories to guarantee they receive consistent and predictable quality with every restoration. For more information on Whip Mix Milling Services, visit www.whipmix.com or call Margaret Overmeer at 800-626-5651 x1228.
The 22nd annual meeting of the European Association of Osseointegration (EAO), October 17-19, 2013, served as the platform for Nobel Biocare to launch several new innovative solutions, each focused on...See more improving patient treatment outcomes while increasing efficiency for both clinicians and laboratories. At the Convention Center Dublin, Ireland, Nobel Biocare showcased products and services which further highlight the company's commitment to leading innovation. All of the solutions presented will play important roles in Nobel Biocare's upcoming new seamless and fully integrated digital treatment workflow. New NobelProcera® 2G System gives laboratories the opportunity to build their business Reducing the time required for scanning by up to 50%, and with no compromise on precision, the new NobelProcera 2G System now offers dental labs multiple benefits at a level that can help them to grow their business. From single teeth to complex edentulous cases, the NobelProcera 2G System's increased automation capabilities and simplified workflows reduce the need for user interaction to a bare minimum, allowing dental technicians to focus on other tasks while scanning takes place, increasing the productivity of the lab. The NobelProcera 2G System can also now help labs to become more valued treatment partners. The new 2G scanner's solid model scanning capability allows for the production of highly precise digitized model surface information. This can inform the clinician's diagnostic process, involving the lab at an early stage in the treatment program, providing the opportunity to discuss restorative options for an optimum esthetic outcome. Nobel Biocare is running an exchange program which makes it easy to upgrade to the NobelProcera 2G System. Interested customers should contact their local Nobel Biocare representative today. New 'open access' gives 3Shape® customers the outstanding quality of NobelProcera® Abutments The industry-leading customized abutments from NobelProcera are now available for users of the 3Shape Dental System. After integrating with NobelProcera, 3Shape users can access the extensive global production network of NobelProcera to produce high-quality NobelProcera Abutments in zirconia and titanium for both Nobel Biocare and other major implant systems. Interested 3Shape users should contact their local Nobel Biocare representative. Availability may depend on the version in use and which 3Shape Partner has provided the Dental System. Learn more about the NobelProcera 2G System and open access at: nobelbiocare.com/nobelprocera Fully integrated digital workflow moves a step closer with NobelClinician™ Software and OsseoCare™ Pro iPad®-powered drill unit now connected The digital link that has now been established between the NobelClinician Software and the iPad-powered OsseoCare Pro drill unit will support optimal patient treatment, treatment file management and greater efficiency. Thanks to the new connection, users of the NobelClinician Software can now digitally transfer a surgery planned in NobelClinician to the intelligent OsseoCare Pro drill unit via Nobel Biocare's cloud-based network NobelConnect. The chosen implants in the correct positions and with the required drilling protocol are transferred to the OsseoCare Pro drill unit at little more than the press of a button. A patient-specific post-surgery report is now also sent straight from the OsseoCare Pro back to NobelClinician once the procedure is complete, significantly increasing the efficiency of implant placement. This new connection is an important link within Nobel Biocare's fully integrated digital treatment workflow which will become fully connected in 2014. Once in place, the full digital workflow will significantly increase predictability, efficiency and the quality of patient care at every step of the treatment process. Learn more about NobelClinician Software and OsseoCare Pro at: nobelbiocare.com/nobelclinician or nobelbiocare.com/osseocare
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DENTAL TEAM: Gyu Cho, CDT, 3D BioCAD Milling Center, Renton, WA and Dr. Ronald Bryant, Seattle RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: The patient presented with severe occlusal wear on his natural teeth; the lower anterior...See more teeth were also very crooked and discolored. The existing crowns also exhibited wear, tissue retraction, dark margins and uneven shades from one crown to the next. Teeth #5, #12 and #14 were missing, requiring implants. TREATMENT PLAN: A full-mouth restoration with 28 units was proposed and had full compliance from the patient. The team opted to use gold-hue abutments to provide a very natural, warm appearance beneath the restorations—full contour 3D BioCAD zirconia for all the molars and 3D BioCAD zirconia copings with layered porcelain for all bicuspids and anterior units. 3D BioCAD was chosen because of the material's esthetics and translucency; the discs are manufactured using isostatically pressed Tosoh zirconia powder under high pressure from all directions, versus uniaxially-pressed zirconia powder which is pressed from only one direction. This provides a denser zirconia that eliminates any micro-voids in the material which can ultimately lead to failure; therefore, it's capable of being used for long-span bridges and other applications not possible with uniaxially-pressed discs. FABRICATION PROCESS: The models were scanned with a 3Shape D800 benchtop scanner and milled on a Roland 5-axis milling unit in 3D BioCAD's in-house milling center. After the units were milled and sintered, Cho used Zirkonzahn's shade liquid to enhance the translucency and natural esthetics of the shade. He then used Ivoclar Vivadent e.max Ceram Glaze Paste to easily achieve a natural-looking glaze. CONTACT: Call 3D BioCAD at 877-878-3348, 425-227-4333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.3dbiocad.com.
The subcontracting market is strong, thanks to the ever-growing demand for digitally fabricated restorations and steady demand for cast partial frameworks.
"Patients don't want implants, they want teeth. Nobel Biocare is deeply committed to patient care and the dental technology profession and making the technician's job as easy as possible," said Richard...See more Laube, Nobel Biocare CEO, during his opening remarks to the 400 technicians at Dental Technician Day, part of the company's Global Symposium 2013 in New York City in June. Moderated by Patrick Rutten, MDT, Dental Technician Day featured lectures emphasizing the partnership approach to implant dentistry by international dentist-technician teams including Dr. Tristan Staas and Michiel Wouters, Dr. Jean-Francois Bedard and Joe Coursey, Dr. Stefan Holst and Patrick Rutten, and Dr. Bernard Touati and Jean-Marc Etienne, MDT. During the other three days of the Symposium, well over 100 world-renowned researchers, scientists, clinicians and academics took the stage at the sold-out event to share their insights and perspectives with more than 2,000 dentist-attendees on how to improve patient care. In addition, the company made several exciting product announcements: Fully Integrated Digital Workflow: "Thanks to the smart fusion function, with a click of a button you can easily integrate CT scans from NobelClinician Software with the scan data of the model obtained from the second-generation NobelProcera 2G Scanner. All of this data can be shared through NobelConnect, a HIPPA-compliant platform," said Hans Geiselhöringer, MDT, Executive Vice President Global Research, Products and Development at Nobel Biocare. This new, fully integrated digital workflow offers numerous benefits in that it offers better representation of intraoral tissues for diagnostics and planning; eliminates the need for radiographic guides, specific markers and scan protocols; enables the decision for guided surgery to be made at any stage; reduces treatment costs; and enables more effective communication between the dental team members. New-Generation Scanner: The NobelProcera 2G Scanner features a smart motorized holder and scan strategies that automatically position each object on the model at the ideal height, tile and rotation to obtain optimal scan data; these automation features free up the technician to do other tasks, increasing productivity. In addition, the enhanced algorithms and expanded range offer more accurate scanning. New Surgical Option: Instead of using a fully guided approach, the dentist can use the new pilot drill guide and free-hand surgery techniques. "This option is ideal for narrow clinical spaces," explained Geiselhöringer. "The surgical template can be visualized in the NobelClinician Software and is printed and delivered to the dentist ready to use." NobelProcera Angulated Screw Channel (ASC) Abutment Concept: This new abutment can be designed with an angulated screw channel that offers the dentist optimal esthetics, easier access and more screw-retained solutions. The new Omnigrip screwdriver has a friction-based pick-up function that easily connects to the screw so that tightening is possible in all situations whether the screwdriver is straight or even at an angle. The ASC concept and Omnigrip will be introduced starting with selected NobelProcera Abutments in 2014. Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation Inaugurated The Symposium marked the official inauguration of the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR)--Nobel Biocare's international initiative to promote oral healthcare and humanitarian leadership and its interactive website (www.FOR.org). "FOR provides a multi-dimensional platform to assist professional colleagues from diverse specialties and cultural backgrounds to focus on optimizing treatment outcomes for their patients," said George Zarb, Chairman, FOR. "Those who join FOR become part of a community with a shared desire and dedication to improve the quality of life of patients." The FOR network is centered on three key areas: FOR Science: Helps participants stay at the forefront of innovation and scientific breakthroughs by collaborating with leading experts and researchers from various fields. Through special "FORum" events, experts and participants have the opportunity to showcase their research and share their ideas before an international audience. FOR Education: Provides an interactive learning platform that gives participants the ability to connect with experts and peers and keep up to date on the latest advancements in patient care. Participants have the chance to share and discuss patient treatment plans with a community of experts and peers. FOR Humanity: Support for humanitarian projects and provision of free products for treating patients are integral to FOR's culture. Bertrand Piccard was awarded the Foundation's first FOR Humanity Award in recognition of his Winds of Hope humanitarian foundation that fights against Noma, a gangrenous disease that causes tissue destruction of the face. Some of the information on www.FOR.org is accessible at no charge; there is an annual participant fee for other components. Visitors to the FOR website can view "Video Insights," download the "FOR Safety Checklists" app and see selected "Patient Cases" for free. Registered participants gain all access to existing content, updates, newsletters, discounts, special benefits and future services as well as the opportunity to interact through the website and contribute new content.
"Ten years ago, we could mill copings in five or six materials with inLab; now we can fabricate copings, crowns, bridges and abutments in more than 30 different materials. That's how far inLab has come!"...See more said Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM at Sirona Dental, Inc., during his opening remarks to kick off the company's inLab Summit 2013 in Savannah, GA, on May 31 and June 1. Featuring a dynamic group of lecturers and multiple hands-on sessions, the Summit offered the over 100 attendees an information-packed event and the opportunity to network and share business strategies and technical tips with other inLab users. It also marked Sirona's official U.S. launch of four new products: Robotic Scanning with the inEos X5: This new five-axis model and impression scanner features a robotic arm; the model or impression is mounted on a magnetic plate that attaches to the arm which then moves to ensure quick, automatic positioning and scanning. "Robotic scanning is unique to the inEos X5," explained Jonathan Hill, Sirona's Marketing Manager. "The robotic arm makes the scanner faster, more precise and easier to use because there's less hands-on time for the user." The inEos X5's Point and Shoot feature gives you the flexibility to scan only a section of the model or impression, also saving time. The auto focus feature renders a scan precision of less than 12 microns*. The unit offers single or multi-die scanning, physical impression or model scanning, and has a large field of view (~30mm x 40mm). Software Upgrade, inLab SW 4.2: inLab users have been eagerly awaiting the latest-generation software, inLab SW 4.2, because of many new features including its virtual articulation feature that allows you to take all dynamic contacts into account when designing restorations, including excursive, protrusive and centric movements with corresponding occlusal relationships. "The virtual articulation is my favorite part of inLab SW 4.2; it reduces the overall finishing time for both the laboratory and the dentist," said Presenter Jay Black, CDT, Manager, Winter Springs Dental Laboratory, Winter Springs, FL. "We did a test in my laboratory and it saved three minutes per crown; the chairside time savings are even greater." The software also has new smile design features including: Move Jaw Tool that allows you to open a bite per your dentists' Rx. Incisal Variation Tool to create textures quickly and easily for anterior teeth. Virtual Try-In that enables you to import a 2D photo and generate a 3D photorealistic image of the patient's face. In addition, the upgrade now allows users to fabricate multi-layer bridges over implant abutments in addition to single-unit restorations, and the stack milling software improves nesting capabilities for more efficient block usage. 10-Minute Speed Sintering of Copings with the inFire® HTC speed furnace: Launched last year, the inFire HTC speed furnace can accommodate up to two crucibles so you can sinter 50 to 60 units—from single copings and crowns to nine-unit bridges—per cycle. "Because of the sintering time and the fact that the unit cools down quickly, using the furnace greatly evens out the workflow in our laboratory. We're able to load and sinter four to five times a day rather than just at night," said Presenter Lindy Sikes, CDT, Sikes Dental Studio, Charlotte, NC. Now, users with the current inFire HTC speed furnace can upgrade their furnace for both speed sintering and metal sintering capabilities; speed sintering enables you to sinter one or two copings and crowns in 10 minutes. The inFire HTC speed furnace is compatible with many of the materials that can be milled in the inLab and inLab MC XL units as well as DENTSPLY Prosthetics' new Crypton™ cobalt chrome block. Sintering Crypton requires an argon gas attachment. Economical Intraoral Scanner, Apollo DI: This new intraoral scanner features touch-screen technology and a small, lightweight wand. With a price tag of $19,750, it's also the company's most economical intraoral scanner. "The Apollo DI is price positioned for labs to purchase it for their dentist-clients to encourage them to get involved, or more involved, in model-less digital dentistry. Labs can recoup the cost through the savings on model making, delivery services and scanning labor," said Ulmer. "The lab owner can use the scanner's Direct Connect feature to ensure that the dentist only sends cases to his/her laboratory," said Ulmer. * Guideline VDI/VDE 2634 (Association of German Engineers/Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information technologies e.V.) page 2, "Optical 3-D Measuring Systems Optical Systems Based on Area Scanning." Material Partners Also at the Summit were several of Sirona's material partners who helped sponsor the event: 3M ESPE, The Argen Corp. and DENTSPLY Prosthetics. Through infiniDent, Sirona's central production center, inLab customers can access restorations made of Sirona materials as well as 3M's Lava™ Ultimate and Argen Digital Captek, NobleBond and Noble-Crown NF. In addition to Crypton, DENTSPLY Prosthetics previewed Celtra™, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate that can be milled with the inLab MC XL and will be available July 1. Presenter Chad Rogers, Technical Director of Professional Dental Laboratory Corp., Elkhart, IN, called Celtra "a game changer. It comes in five shades and two translucencies, mills nicely and doesn't need to be crystallized. Unglazed, the strength is 210 MPa and it gets stronger with staining and glazing, 375 MPa." A key theme throughout the two-day event was the critical importance of shifting to digital dentistry in order to compete and survive in today's marketplace. The overwhelming sentiment: If you haven't gone digital, you're going to be left behind. Several presenters shared their powerful stories of reinventing their laboratories and reinvigorating themselves through digital technology; watch LMT's August issue for more coverage.
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Steve Braykovich · January 20 at 1:57 am
How long does it take your mill to machine a (insert restoration type here)? This seems to be an area that the digital dental labs and milling centers are most concerned with and can likely be a...See more key criterion in their purchase of a milling machine. Of course machine cycle time is important but it is in reality, not a true gage of a milling machines production and effect on overall throughput and profitability. While the VersaMILL is capable of producing single unit zirconia restoration in as little as 6 minutes and titanium implant abutments in less than 20 minutes, our answer to this questions is typically: “How long do you want it to take”? This may, on the surface, appear to be a flippant answer but in reality we are quite serious. Often time sacrifices are made and indeed even tolerated in the pursuit of fast cycle times. Sacrifices that include: Decreased Cutting Tool Life Increased Manual Bench time Decreased Accuracy Inferior Surface Finish (i.e. Occlusal Surfaces) Poor Feature Definition (i.e. Margin Definition) Increased Design Time Does it make sense to be able to pull a restoration off of the milling machine in 4 minutes only to spend another 10 minutes on the bench to clean it up OR determine it is unacceptable thereby having to re-make it OR spend additional time designing the restoration to avoid machine issues OR spend additional money on expensive diamond tooling due to improper feed/speed rates, OR to sacrifice finish or detail, etc.? The achievement of high quality, in terms of work-piece dimensional accuracy, surface finish, production rate, wear on the cutting tools and economy of machining in terms of cost saving are the main challenges of modern dental manufacturing. Machine stability in terms of vibration dampening characteristics of the axes and spindle drive systems, spindle run-out, machine positional accuracy, cutting tool materials and geometry, machining parameters such as speed, feed, depth of cut and CAM programming strategies all play a factor in enabling you to reach your throughput and profitability objectives. We at Axsys not only have the PRODUCTS, we even more importantly, have the KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE to maximize their effectiveness in pursuit of your goals and objectives. With our products we can provide you with the throughput you need to be competeitve while enabling you to ship superior product to your customers while yeilding high, predictable profits. You may even find that with the VersaMILL and our expertise, an extremely quick return on investment can be realized in zirconia restoration alone; thanks to the tooling cost savings associated with our extremely long tool life (in many cases over 200 units per tool) from tooling that costs a fraction of what competitive solutions offer. Contact Us today to learn more about the Axsys Advantage so we can put our experience to work for you.
Tim Tyndall · February 15, 2012
For the last three years, I've been involved in titanium research and development with Precision Milling Center in West Valley City, UT, and read with interest Luke Kahng's recent article on titanium (How...See more to Fabricate an Esthetic Porcelain to Titanium Restoration, LMT November/December 2011, Click here to Read). The piece is well written and supported with excellent photography. However, I'd like to add some technique recommendations that are critical to the success of processing porcelain-fused-to-titanium restorations: When designing the framework, follow your manufacturer's instructions regarding minimal thickness, usually .4mm for anteriors and .6mm for posteriors. Metal preparations should always be done with SHP burs designed just for titanium. As Khang says, always cut in one direction and also use a maximum speed of 15,000rpm. Never use more than 2-2.5 bars or 30-35 psi of pressure when sandblasting titanium. Also, sandblast at a 45o angle and never use a particle size less than 120-150 microns of pure aluminum oxide abrasive. The article instructs you to blast the inside of the frame but first blast the outer surface prior to porcelain application; the inner surface of the abutments will be sandblasted after firing cycles to remove the oxide that forms internally. To clean the inside of the abutments, use a 50-micron-grit abrasive and blast at 2 bars or less of pressure; a larger grit size can damage the margins. After sandblasting, bench set the titanium frame for 5-10 minutes (not to exceed 30 minutes) to undergo the passivation process. This step is critical to the success of bonding to titanium; during this time, titanium naturally develops a very fine oxide layer that prevents corrosion and is the contributing factor for biocompatibility of the material. Failure to implement this step will lead to failure of the restoration. Avoid ultrasonic cleaning after sandblasting; steam cleaning is recommended by most manufacturers. GC recommends that its GC Initial Porcelain Ti™ Bonder be applied in a thin enough layer that the coping shines through. When applying the bonder, brush out pooling and thick streaks of the bonder for a thin, uniform coating. Properly fired bonder surfaceis dark and has a slightly shiny appearance; gray patches of fired bonder indicate the use of too much bonder. GC also recommends that the first layer of opaque is applied as a very thin wash on the Ti Bonder treated surface; apply additional layers as needed along with appropriate modifiers. Complete the porcelain buildup, finish contours, set occlusion and glaze. When polishing and cleaning titanium after the glaze, use polish wheels and high-shine compounds specifically designed for titanium. Polish the exposed titanium finish lines, wait 10 minutes for the passivation process to occur, then steam clean the restoration. This passivation process seals the surface of the titanium and prevents corrosion that would discolor the metal later.