Palm Beach Gardens, FL (March 2014) - BIOMET 3i is pleased to announce that it has just completed its successful Research & Technology Forum in Tokyo, Japan. The event, which was well-attended, featured...See more 18 world renowned speakers from the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Dennis Tarnow opened the meeting that covered topics such as sustainable aesthetics, bone preservation and treatment/diagnosis of peri-implantitis. Along with the latest in clinical outcomes and treatment, key BIOMET 3i Solutions that include the 3i T3® Implant and the BellaTek® Encode® Impression System were also highlighted. “This event was a monumental success,” said BIOMET 3i Japan President Noboru Ohta. “We are always excited to gather with clinicians from around the world to discuss the latest in implant dentistry and how BIOMET 3i Solutions can continue to help in the advancement of treatment.” Many dental professionals in Japan have begun using the 3i T3 Implant, which features a multi-surface topography and is designed for sustainable aesthetics. According to Ohta, BIOMET 3i Japan will soon be unveiling a host of digital solutions to help compliment the company’s strong implant portfolio. BIOMET 3i Japan is also planning to open the doors to a brand new Institute for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry in Tokyo. This learning center will include didactic, hands-on and lecture format education programs for clinicians looking to actively further their understanding of the latest implant dentistry technologies, techniques, and solutions. About BIOMET 3i BIOMET 3i is a leading manufacturer of dental implants, abutments and related products. Since its inception in 1987, BIOMET 3i has been on the forefront in developing, manufacturing and distributing oral reconstructive products, including dental implant components and bone and tissue regenerative materials. The company also provides educational programs and seminars for dental professionals around the world. BIOMET 3i is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about BIOMET 3i, please visit www.biomet3i.com or contact the company at (800) 342-5454; outside the U.S. dial (561) 776-6700.
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.
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Argen Digital introduced its High Noble SLM substructures built from their popular Argedent Euro alloy containing 40% Au, 40% Pd and available in up to six units. “We are the only company in the...See more world to offer High Noble, Noble and Non-Precious substructures fabricated with Selective Laser Melting Technology,” said Ashley Skitt, Marketing Manager. The company also introduced ArgenPMMA Temps available in 16 Classic VITA shades, one bleach shade and five transitional shades. Precision milled from the lab’s supplied .stl file, these full contour temporaries are available in single up to 14 units in two business days. Other new services from Argen Digital include: Restorations milled or printed in ArgenWAX, a hybrid wax/plastic material that’s suitable for pressing all-ceramic full contour crowns, full gold casting and wax tops for press-to-metal or press-to-zirconia restorations. ArgenWAX discs will be available soon. Printed digital models available in single die, half quad, quad, half full arch and full arch; there is no additional charge for removable dies. ArgenIS titanium and zirconia-hybrid custom abutments are currently in beta-testing, scheduled to launch this summer. ArgenIS custom abutments include a complete scan body kit and proprietary digital library, are compatible with 10 popular implant systems and turnaround time is two business days. For more information, call 800-255-5524 or visit www.argendigital.com.
Sterngold launched its new Stress Free Implant-Bar (SFI-Bar®) used to splint implants together to retain an overdenture on two to six implants in both upper and lower jaws. The quick, simple and affordable...See more technique ensures quality and passivity without milling. Compatible with most major implant systems, the bar can also correct the angulation of divergent implants. Sterngold also announced new low prices for its ERA Implant Abutments for most popular implant systems ($69) and its SternTek Custom Tray and Base Plate material ($49). For details, call 800-243-9942 or visit www.sterngold.com.
Zirkonzahn’s new Milling Unit Compact Line M1 includes the M1 Wet Heavy. The 5+1-axis unit features a four-fold orbit for extra stability, a necessity for milling hard metals, a six-fold tool changer...See more as well as a wet processing function. It can process zirconia, titanium, chrome-cobalt, PMMA, wax, glass ceramics and prefabricated titanium abutments (Raw-Abutments©). For more information, call 800-989-8931 or visit www.zirkonzahn.com.
B&D introduced ORIGIN® LIVETM Multi Zirconia, pre-shaded, multi-layered discs; each layer mimics the inherent gradations of natural teeth, including chroma, value, incisal effects and...See more translucency. Since there’s no dipping or drying involved, the pre-shaded disks streamline production and are less technique sensitive than the coloring liquid method, according to B&D. The company also demonstrated its new ORIGIN-Haas 5HD milling machine with improved milling strategies (ORIGIN CAM Plus+ powered by hyperDENT) for fabricating custom abutments, implant bars and implant bridges. The machine offers 2.5-micron repeatable accuracy and processes all types of CAD/CAM materials. Laboratories that purchase an ORIGIN-Haas 5HD are also eligible for discounted pricing on B&D’s materials, including zirconia and coloring liquids. For details, call 800-255-2839 or visit origincadcam.com.
Following an agreement between DENTSPLY Implants and Align Technology, laboratories offering ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments can order them based upon scans from the iTero intraoral scanner starting...See more in the second half of 2014. “Moving forward in this expanding area of digital dentistry, dental scanning is a strategic business opportunity and, more importantly, we are creating added value for our customers and their patients,” said Mikael Sander, Group Vice President ATLANTIS Digital Implant Solutions, DENTSPLY Implants. DENTSPLY Implants also presented the ASTRA TECH Implant System EV, designed with a site-specific, crown-down approach based on the natural dentition for increased surgical simplicity and flexibility and restorative ease. This philosophy is supported by features such as a unique interface with one-position-only placement of ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments. The foundation of the system remains the ASTRA TECH Implant System BioManagement Complex—a combination of four key features: the OsseoSpeed surface, MicroThread, Conical Seal Design and Connective Contour—well documented for its long-term marginal bone maintenance and esthetic results. For details on the agreement with Align, visit www.dentsplyimplants.com. For more information on the ASTRA TECH Implant System EV, visit www.jointheev.com.
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, CDT · 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.