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The dentist and the technician: A love story about breaking up with traditional methods Apr 10, 2015 | Dental Lab USA

The dentist and the technician: A love story about breaking up with traditional methods

It’s time to say good-bye to the old ways of making traditional physical impressions. While once deemed the way of the future, physical impressions have become a thing of the past. In a recent presentation, dentistry experts Justin S. Marks, CDT, of Master-Touch Dental Laboratories and Apeksha Pole, DMD, outlined the advance in digital technology using digital impressions for removable partial dentures.

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Edentulous arch restored with BruxZir Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis Feb 9, 2015 | Dental Lab USA

Edentulous arch restored with BruxZir Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis

Fixed hybrid dentures have been used to successfully restore fully edentulous patients for decades. Their durability, however, leaves room for improvement. There are three issues that can complicate the long-term success of the traditional fixed hybrid denture: The acrylic teeth tend to wear; the teeth can fracture or dislodge from the acrylic base; and the acrylic base itself can fracture.

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Restoring the edentulous arch with BruxZir full-arch implant prosthesis Jun 12, 2014 | Dental Lab USA

Restoring the edentulous arch with BruxZir full-arch implant prosthesis

Fixed hybrid dentures have been used to successfully restore fully edentulous patients for decades. Their durability, however, leaves room for improvement. There are three issues that can complicate the long-term success of the traditional fixed hybrid denture: The acrylic teeth tend to wear; the teeth can fracture or dislodge from the acrylic base; and the acrylic base itself can fracture.

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Utilizing a digital workflow for provisionalization May 8, 2014 | Dental Lab USA

Utilizing a digital workflow for provisionalization

Today’s digital impression technology enables dentists to create a virtual, computer generated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth quickly and accurately using their choice of optical scanning device. As an ardent supporter of digital impressions, I make every attempt to digitize our restorative workflow.

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Reduce treatment time with digital dentistry Nov 19, 2013 | Dental Lab USA

Reduce treatment time with digital dentistry

A 72-year-old female patient complained of a loose lower denture that was painful to wear and chew with. A routine examination revealed a pronounced lack of bone volume in the lower ridge in conjunction with a relatively high floor of the mouth, making relines ineffective. The decision was made to proceed with a screw-retained, provisional fixed denture supported by four implants.

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Two-day custom abutments and crowns from intraoral scans Aug 22, 2013 | Dental Lab USA

Two-day custom abutments and crowns from intraoral scans

Clinicians are leveraging their investments in chairside digital impression systems to reduce the time and cost of implant therapy. Dental technicians produce custom abutments and crowns directly from digital impressions taken with these systems, eliminating the need for physical models. Dentists and patients alike can benefit from this simple, convenient and affordable restorative process.

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The sunny side of CAD/CAM Apr 6, 2012 | Dental Lab USA

The sunny side of CAD/CAM

Everything seems to be going digital. Photography. Music. File Storage. Even dental labs, which will benefit patients as well as the dentists who serve them. As the materials and technology available for CAD/CAM dentistry have improved, so too have the restorations patients can receive from this form of digital dentistry. Today's CAD/CAM restorations are better-fitting, more durable and more natural looking than previously machined restorations.

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Let patients test-drive their new smiles Jan 11, 2012 | Dental Lab USA

Let patients test-drive their new smiles

The decision to pursue ceramic dental restorations is a major one for most patients. There may be a concern that the results will turn out to be different from what the patient imagined — or perhaps the patient simply cannot picture the vast improvement to appearance that a well-designed dental restoration can create.

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Three-unit, full-contour ceramic bridge in one sitting Jun 29, 2011 | Dental Lab USA

Three-unit, full-contour ceramic bridge in one sitting

In the following case, the CEREC 3D system (software version 3.65) and its one-appointment capabilities played an essential part in the treatment. The patient suffered from facial myalgia and could not handle a repeat visit for a second try in/insert, owing to the potential stress it would cause. She had previously experienced involuntary facial episodes — the drill had been bitten on — causing more trauma.

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How to eliminate shade-taking variables Feb 10, 2011 | Dental Lab USA

How to eliminate shade-taking variables

As a technical advisor, I see a lot of extremes. Complicated full-mouth reconstruction cases with huge numbers of variables and challenges to solve aren’t uncommon to see several times a week. By the time I see the case, I’ve already spoken with the dentist, planned the case, and I know what to expect. Difficult at times, but also fairly routine.

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Laboratory communication: Is it possible to achieve minimal to no adjustment bonding appointments? Dec 28, 2010 | Dental Lab USA

Laboratory communication: Is it possible to achieve minimal to no adjustment bonding appointments?

Adjustment-free appointments are actually possible and can be routine. Delivering veneers, inlays, onlays, crowns, bridges and partial dentures with very little or no proximal and occlusal adjustment can be common when a laboratory adheres to a strict protocol of die handling and die spacing, and has a firm understanding of cusp to fossa occlusion and anterior guidance.

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Safety and reliability with CAD/CAM technology Dec 20, 2010 | Dental Lab USA

Safety and reliability with CAD/CAM technology

Today, dental technicians and general practitioners are challenged by an ever-increasing number of CAD/CAM systems in the dental market. In order to determine which system is best suited, various aspects need to be considered. While CAD/CAM technology was initially associated with zirconia-based restorations, advanced systems offer an extensive range of materials and solutions for both natural teeth and implants.

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