Top 100: Top 5 Lab Products to Know

March 21, 2012
Issue 12

Dentists and laboratories are working more closely together than ever before and technology and material developments are making that easier and more efficient. These recently launched products and the categories they represent are items clinicians should know about

Dentists and laboratories are working more closely together than ever before and technology and material developments are making that easier and more efficient. These recently launched products and the categories they represent are items clinicians should know about

PREAT Corp.
eFiber & Perma Mesh

Designed to help technicians create dentures that stop breaks before they start as well as for intraoral splinting, eFiber and Perma Mesh are translucent e-glass materials impregnated with a PMMA (porous polymer) via a silane coupler that allows for bonding to all acrylic and composites materials. The materials add strength and stability without adding weight. The translucency of the materials means they offer enhanced esthetics, and they can be either light- or self-cured to fit the clinical situation at hand.  
800-232-7732  •  preat.comZahn Dental
Zirlux™ FC

Full contour zirconia crowns offer high strength and esthetic outcomes, and Zahn Dental’s Zirlux FC stands out from other options because the zirconia discs are pre-shaded, and then the crowns are finished with stains and glazes after being milled. This means if the crown needs to be adjusted chairside, the shade goes deeper than the surface and the esthetics are easier to retain even if the occlusion must be reduced.
800-496-9500  •  zahndental.com3ShapeD800 Scanner
Digital workflows are making their way into the operations of just about every dental laboratory, and the scanner is the heart of that process. 3Shape’s latest scanner, the D800, features advanced 3D scanning technology to accurately capture details from models or impressions. That data is then fed into the company’s Dental System™ Premium software, which is capable of designing for the full range of dental indications. Labs with the company’s scanners and software can share 3D case designs with the practice as well as accept chairside scans from CEREC, iTero and Lava C.O.S. digital impression systems.
908-219-4642  •  3shape.comDelcam
DentCAD software

Designed as a complete, open system, the company’s latest CAD/CAM software suite includes accurate capture of implant position and orientation, and design capabilities for a full range of indications. The open-architecture nature of this system allows labs using it to work with a range of fabrication processes including mills and 3D printers, making just about any restoration type or material a viable option. The implant design capabilities mean custom abutments can be digitally designed for optimal support of esthetic crowns.
877-DELCAM-1  •  dental-cadcam.comCadBlu Dental
ezMill

Capable of manufacturing zirconia, acrylic and wax restorations, the ezMill line of 4- and 5-axis compact desktop milling systems combine high-speed production and precision accuracy. This plug-and-play mill can be a good option for a practice looking to add CAD/CAM production to an in-office lab. The ability to mill from a variety of materials means it can be used to create provisional or final restorations for a range of indications. Tabletop mills such as this allow smaller labs to keep some CAD/CAM production in-house, allowing faster turnaround of the finished restorations.
212-481-8700  •  cadbludental.com