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Ryan Hamm is the Editorial Director for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.
In 2012, DENTSPLY Implants unveiled the ATLANTIS™ Abutment Core File solution, which provided a perfect digital edition of an ATLANTIS patient-specific Abutment to the lab designing the full case. ATLANTIS Abutment Core File solution to an even wider group of scanner users, as the system now works with 3Shape scanners and has undergone updates to fit comfortably in a fully digitized workflow.
A recent update has brought the ATLANTIS Abutment Core File solution to an even wider group of scanner users, as the system now works with 3Shape scanners and has undergone updates to fit comfortably in a fully digitized workflow. Dental Lab Products recently spoke with Sean Ferguson, Product Manager of ATLANTIS North America, to learn how the Core File can evolve workflows.
Can you give a brief overview of your position and responsibilities at DENTSPLY Implants?
Sean Ferguson: The responsibilities for the Product Manager of ATLANTIS™ are for the overall product marketing aspects of ATLANTIS™ solutions at DENTSPLY Implants, North America. This includes providing input on the development of products to the global marketing and R&D teams and leading local launch efforts and support of those products in concert with the global and local marketing plans.
How have you been involved with the creation of the ATLANTIS Abutment Core File?
This product has been in development for several years. My involvement has mostly been with the compatibility of ATLANTIS™ Abutment Core File for 3Shape. Marketing works closely with R&D to guide them to what the market wants and product specifications needed. It really is a team effort-our Operations and Global Development teams for ATLANTIS™ are based out of the North American facility of DENTSPLY Implants in Waltham, Mass., which gives me access to some very talented people.
How will this technology benefit labs that have already adopted the ATLANTIS Abutment?
ATLANTIS™ Abutment Core File is a high precision digital file of an ATLANTIS™ Abutment, which can be used for designing a coping before receipt of the final abutment. This allows a laboratory to have a completely digital workflow while using intraoral scanning for ATLANTIS™ abutments with iTero or even guided surgery using SIMPLANT 16 software.
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What were you hearing from the lab industry that led DENTSPLY Implants to develop this technology?
This product was in development before the market had a chance to ask for it. Our close laboratory partners have given us valuable feedback on how it benefits their process and what systems they are using to convert the ATLANTIS™ Core File into a hard product. We are constantly improving our products and process and their feedback is always welcome and extremely valuable.
How can labs be sure that the Core File exactly matches the specifics of the case they’re working on?
The milling tolerances needed to mill an ATLANTIS™ patient-specific abutment to fit an implant with our specifications are extremely tight. We have fabricated more than 1 million abutments and have built a solid reputation on our accuracy. The ATLANTIS™ Abutment Core File is the digital file used to mill the abutment. What few people know is the optimal precision and process sophistication that is used to fabricate each abutment.
What are the advantages of working with a Core File rather than the current method?
It allows a laboratory to start their fabrication process before the abutment actually arrives at their laboratory. The benefit of a digital file of the abutment is that it reduces turnaround time and creates a much greater level of accuracy.
How can this fit into a lab’s implant workflow?
ATLANTIS™ Abutment Core File allows laboratories to reduce turnaround times and have greater accuracy of their overall product. This gives them a competitive advantage.