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Straumann has announced four new developments for dental laboratories-including new ceramics, bar components, efficiency improvements and centralized milling investments.
Straumann® CARES® Restorations made of 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia
By the year 2016, the zirconia share of the CAD/CAM, all-ceramic market in the US is expected to be 73 percent
. Full-contour zirconia is experiencing rapid growth and gaining in popularity, as dental laboratory technicians enjoy the durable, esthetic and cost-effective restorations they can provide for patients.
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The new Straumann CARES Restorations made of 3M ESPE Lava Plus High Translucency Zirconia is a material engineered for excellent translucency that allows natural, warm colors to shine from the inside of dental crowns and bridges. Lava Plus reportedly is the only CAD/CAM zirconia system that matches the VITA
Classical A1-D4 shades and two bleached shades. Lava Plus all-zirconia restorations are said to be virtually unbreakable-and without porcelain overlay, worries about chipping are minimized.
Straumann Variobase® Coping for Bridge/Bar
By the year 2020, it is estimated that some 38 million adults in the U.S. will be in need of one or two complete dentures.
The advent of
fixed to dental implants is a game-changer for many patients. To supplement the current bar portfolio and Variobase Abutment offering, the Variobase platform will be extended to solutions for screw- and cement-retained bridges
and overdentures to restore straight to strongly tilted Straumann implants. A Variobase coping is placed on top of the Screw-Retained Abutments, providing the foundation for temporary and final, multiple-tooth restorations for up to 10 implant-abutment connections for patient situations.
Straumann CARES X-Stream™ for Bars and Bridges
CARES X-Stream, the solution designed to deliver all the prosthetic components necessary for a final restoration from only one scan & design procedure, is now available for Bars and Bridges in conjunction with the Variobase coping on bone level Screw-Retained Abutments. This approach is said to save time and money for labs that are looking to compete more effectively in today’s cost and time-conscious market.
Centralized Milling enhancements in North American facility
Recently, Straumann initiated a $15 million dollar investment project in the North American centralized milling facility in Arlington, Texas. Spearheaded by the installation of new Kern and Chiron milling machines, Straumann customers will benefit from reliable production times and precisely milled prosthetics that will help dental laboratories deliver the functional and esthetic results today’s patients require.
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Steve Sheehan, Vice President Laboratory Division North America, remarks: “Straumann’s vision for the future is to become a ‘Total Solutions Provider’ for dental laboratories. Today’s announcement is evident of our commitment to provide products and services that allow us to meet the evolving needs of our dental laboratory customers. Through new technology innovations, Straumann will continue to enhance our digital product portfolio so our laboratory technicians can create solutions that are flexible, reliable, and meet patient expectations for function and esthetics for an improved quality of life.” Straumann CARES Restorations made of 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia, Straumann Variobase for Bridge/Bar and Straumann CARES X-Stream™ for Bars and Bridges are available now in the US, and will be available in Canada later in the year.
For more information, visit straumann.us or call 800-448-8168.
1 Source: Millennium Research Group. US Market for Crowns & Bridges, 2013. February 2013.
2 Douglass CW, Shih A, Ostry L. Will there be a need for complete dentures in the United States in 2020? J Prosthet Dent. 2002 Jan;87(1):5-8
3 The bridge/overdenture structure is bonded to the Variobridge solution.