A look at some of the newest dental lab products from around the industry.
The SOL LCD 3D is a compact printer that is said to incorporate new technologies to deliver increased speed, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. It can produce dental models, provisional crowns and bridges, occlusal guards, surgical guides, and more. According to the company, the unit prints at 3 times the speed of standard stereolithography apparatus printers and has 5 times the UV power of previous models to match or exceed that of digital light processing printers. It reportedly offers a smooth surface finish with predictable and accurate printing over its 128 × 80 × 140-mm build plate and features the precision of 49-µm pixels and the capability to print at 4.5 cm per hour.
Why this printer deserves a look:
Designed for experienced users and those new to 3D printing, the SOL offers a user-friendly workflow with no calibration requirements. The printer’s bundled artificial intelligence software includes more than 100 precalibrated resin profiles for simple setup; instant access to resin and firmware updates; and accurate, repeatable results. An open system, it is designed to work with almost any dental CAD/CAM solution to make the printer easy to integrate into existing and new digital workflows. It also features touch screen operation, a fail-safe vat frame, a swivel-hinged UV filter hood, and an easy-to-remove build plate.
Milled from a single block of aluminum and designed for esthetic appeal and functional usability, Tray by Harvest is a mixing palette that features a 12 × 7.5-in slab of black pearl glass for mixing ceramics. Optional hydration strips are anchored in a water reservoir hidden beneath the mixing slab. The inside of the aluminum lid features black smartphone glass, and when combined with a special stand, it is designed to work as a whiteboard for capturing notes while working on the woods. The water reservoir is machined directly into the base of the tray.
Why this Tray should catch your eye:
With the sleek profile of an Apple MacBook, the Tray is among the most stylish benchtop accessories around. Its minimalist esthetic comes from being designed via a collaboration between master ceramicists from around the globe, including Jungo Endo, RDT; Hans-Jurgen Joit, MDT; J.A. Pamplona, MDT; Peter Pizzi, MDT; Joshua Polansky, CDT; Jost Prestin, MDT; and Thomas Sing, MDT. Their input helped create a functional and attractive palette for future lab creations. The Tray kit includes an iPad-compatible lid stand, a marking pen for writing on the inside of the lid, a premeasured water bottle, and 10 hydration strips.
Press and ceramic furnaces by Ivoclar Vivadent are said to feature a more modern and comfortable design. Cooling trays have been redesigned to allow for more space and better cooling. The keypad and color touch screen were designed for optimal user experience, allowing users to operate within the interface with relative ease of use. The second-generation Programat furnaces are connected to the Internet of Things to access Ivoclar Vivadent’s online customer portal. Monthly usage information is available through this customer portal, and users can optimize their experience to make work more efficient.
What’s new with these furnaces:
These Programat furnaces can be used as a modern and optimized furnace. Greater access to Ivoclar Vivadent’s network will allow Programat furnaces to collect feedback and assist more efficiently in any upkeep or machine updates. In this connectivity, workflow can be streamlined to better assist customers in receiving the best product possible.
[ Shade Guide ]
The new shade guide features tabs fabricated from BruxZir® Zirconia with the translucency of the BruxZir Esthetic formulation. This material choice reportedly makes this a more accurate shade guide for BruxZir restorations. The BruxZir Zirconia Shade Guide features 8 tabs, with 7 tabs—Z2 through Z8—matching popular shades in the VITA shade system, and the eighth tab being a bleach shade.
Editor's Choice: Shade tabs made from the material they are designed to match makes it easier than ever to get precise results with this popular zirconia.
[ Block-Out Material ]
A uniquely designed, cellulose-based material that is said to require no mixing, curing, setting, or working time, Preat Perma Block is a block-out material. It can be used on undercuts during impression procedures. It can be placed immediately and comes in a single-dose cartridge. The Perma Block contours to the shape of the instrument. It is also heavy enough that it will not move or displace during the process, allowing for efficiency, accuracy, and reduced chairside time.
[ Nightguard Materials ]
Designed to allow clinicians to design, print, process, and place night guards in-house, NightGuard Flex is a fast and comfortable 3D-printed night guard said to be pliable at body temperature. It maintains a 2× faster print speed and reduces waste in its improved dimensional stability. NightGuard Firm promises strength and esthetics for patients looking for high-strength occlusal appliances. Both materials are easy to clean, flavorless, and odorless. SprintRay utilizes its Cloud Design lab services to help dental professionals design and create occlusal guards with these 2 new materials.
[ CAD/CAM Design Software ]
Designed to enhance digital CAD/CAM possibilities, exocad’s PartialCAD 3.0 Galway is a module for removable partial denture frameworks, with new and advanced features for the design of high-quality partial dentures. PartialCAD 3.0 Galway provides experts and new users with smooth, improved integration with DentalCAD. Highlights of the new module include: accurate fits from attachment-based partial framework designs, smooth interaction of the crown-and-bridge workflow and partial framework workflow, integration of partial framework design with DentalCAD, and reverse planning with exportable teeth and gingiva.
[ Implant Software ]
The RealGUIDE™ Software Suite is designed to offer a platform that allows for implant planning and design/production of surgical guides. The suite is said to be secure and accurate to guide in minimally invasive surgeries. RealGUIDE makes it easier to place a dental implant in the intended position while enabling less invasive surgical procedures. The suite contains multiple software modules that can be customized to acquire accurate diagnoses, intended implant positioning, and advanced surgical guide design.
Editor's Choice: A powerful software suite provides the tools needed to efficiently plan implant procedures along with custom surgical guides.
[ Intraoral Scanner ]
Designed in collaboration with Studio F. A. Porsche, this wireless intraoral scanner provides mobility and a seamless user experience. Weighing just 240 g, it is said to be one of the lightest and most compact scanners on the market. The CS 3800 features a 16 × 14-mm field of view and a 21-mm depth of field to make scanning easier and faster. Compatible with the CS ScanFlow software, the scanner is indicated for a wide range of applications, including restorations, orthodontics, sleep devices, and dentures. The CS 3800 gateway is an open ecosystem, allowing images to be exported to various platforms or models.
[ Mixing Instruments ]
Dental Creations’ new Sassy Spatulas are made of high-grade polypropylene, are latex free, and autoclavable up to 270 0F. The 7.5-in-long ergonomic handle makes mixing easy for cements, porcelains, acrylics, and other materials used in dental offices and laboratories. Sassy Spatulas come in pink or blue. The spatulas feature an ergonomic handle for easy mixing by clinicians and lab technicians.
[ Sintering System ]
Designed to provide a rapid solution for fabricating esthetic zirconia restorations, the Ceramill DRS High-speed Zirconia Kit consists of the Ceramill Therm DRS sintering furnace and Zolid DRS material. With sintering completed in just 20 minutes, the system is designed for efficiency, and the furnace features programs for different indications. A high-performance heating element provides the power for the accelerated sintering process, and the furnace itself features a slim design. The Zolid DRS material meets the characteristics of a Class 5 zirconia, and results of in vitro studies show the 20-minute sintering cycle does not affect the material’s physical properties.
[ Implant System ]
This new prosthetic platform is suitable across 3 implant ranges—1 impression coping, 1 implant replica, and 1 abutment interface. It was designed to make things more efficient and cost-effective for clinicians and to eliminate the need for separate 1-stage or 2-stage designs. It is said to create predictable esthetics, soft tissue integration, and precision to offer benefits that traditional implant systems lack. This type of treatment solution can offer long-term results while reducing inventory clutter.
[ Bristle Brushes ]
These bristle brushes are designed to eliminate premature failures and costly repairs in handpieces due to dust and debris entering through openings and collets. They work by covering the opening of an exposed collet with a small metal shield to prevent debris from reaching the internal workings of the handpiece motor. The Chuck Saver brushes feature high-quality natural bristles, which are said to be ideal for cleaning and polishing denture acrylic, cleaning interproximal spaces after denture deflasking, and general laboratory or office polishing applications. They come available in soft, standard stiff, and extra stiff varieties, and all feature solid carbon steel HP mandrels for durability. They are also offered in 3 diameter options.
[ Smile Design Software ]
3D Smile Design is a chairside solution for dentists to create facially guided mock-ups in-office within minutes, making the digital workflow simpler and reliable. It enables dentists and dental labs to collaborate on patient cases directly from the software, improving communication and turnaround times. Treatment can be initiated with more accuracy by incorporating intraoral scans, 3D facial scans, and CBCT scans to predict and visualize the result before starting treatment. Unlimited 3D Smile Designs can be exported as open projects for 3D printing and manufacturing with any CAD/CAM software.
[ Zirconia Discs ]
Ivoclar Vivadent’s versatile IPS e.max ZirCAD LT discs are now available in the following 9 additional shades: A3.5, A4, B3, B4, C1, C3, C4, D3, and D4. The new shades are available in 3 thicknesses—14, 18, and 25 mm. The extended portfolio is designed to make it easier to select a disc that matches the thickness and desired shade of the clinical case at hand. The IPS e.max ZirCAD LT discs offer high mechanical strength (1200 MPa) and are ideally suited for the fabrication of stable multiunit framework structures. The material can also be used for minimally invasive single-tooth restorations, and the restorations can be completed using a variety of techniques, including monolithic, infiltration, partial-coverage, and full-coverage veneering procedures.