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    9 things you REALLY need to know about digital imaging

    Unpacking terms like open, closed and everything in-between.


    Plug and Play

    Some might be attracted to closed systems because they are perceived to be more plug and play than open systems. That is, since the components are all designed to work together, they should be quickly and easily connected with feature-rich capabilities.

    Cohen says whether the system is open or closed doesn’t really matter. It’s a matter of which vendor provided the system.

    “It depends on where you buy the system,” Cohen says. “If you’re working with a distributor that has integrated the products well, there’s really not much difference between closed and open other than the benefits of having an open system.”

    While devices being plug and play is appealing for the lab that wants to get up and running with a CAD/CAM solution or add a new component to its existing system, John Just, director of technical support at ETI Digital Technology in Placentia, Calif., warns that simply buying capable equipment does not necessarily make for a capable lab.

    The List: The top 5 CAD/CAM terms you need to know

    “We’ve gone through an evolution,” Just says. “When CAD/CAM first came out, the whole idea was for the dentist to be able to produce a crown while the patient was still in the chair, and it really didn’t matter what it looked like because it was mostly posterior crowns. Today, it’s a different story because everybody can create that crown. They need to know function because as soon as they get off a single crown, they’re into a three-unit bridge, and that’s a totally different animal.”

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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