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CAD/CAM margins match patient presentation
May 9, 2018 -- Do digitized mucosal margins match the actual clinical presentation in patients? The results of a new study suggest they do. Researchers scanned and studied more than 250 implants and concluded that CAD/CAM appears to be a reliable tool for creating abutments.  Discuss
Biolase reports revenue decrease for Q1
May 3, 2018 -- Laser and CAD/CAM scanner company Biolase reported a decrease in net revenue for the fiscal first quarter of 2018.  Discuss
Study: 3D-printed mandibles may reduce OR time
May 2, 2018 -- Creating 3D-printed models of fractured mandibles may reduce time spent in the operating room (OR), according to a new study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The findings suggest that inexpensive 3D printing technologies could save hospitals hundreds of dollars per operation.  Discuss
New products: Align Technology adds 2 iTero scanners
April 27, 2018 -- Medical device company Align Technology has expanded its iTero line with two new digital scanners, the iTero Element 2 and the iTero Element Flex.  Discuss
The future looks bright for 3D-printed dentures
April 24, 2018 -- Less expensive but good-enough 3D-printed dentures will be a reality in the near future, according to a presentation at the 3DHeals 3D printing conference in San Francisco. Improving technologies are making denture production quicker and simpler.  Discuss
Barriers to 3D printing falling
April 23, 2018 -- With the advent of 3D printers that cost less than $5,000, one of the biggest barriers for general dental practices to use this technology has fallen, according to a presentation at the 3DHeals 3D printing conference in San Francisco on April 20.  Discuss
New product: Exocad debuts CAD/CAM software for same-day restorations
April 10, 2018 -- Exocad has released new CAD/CAM software designed to create restorations in a single visit.
Study: Novel CAD/CAM materials offer aesthetic options
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March 28, 2018 -- When creating aesthetic restorations with CAD/CAM blocks, finding a close match to the shade and color of a patient's teeth is crucial. Researchers tested the aesthetic values of three novel, hybrid CAD/CAM blocks and found the differences in the materials offer choices when it comes to patient restorations.
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AADR 2018: Can provisionals be milled with a compact unit?
March 27, 2018 -- If your practice has not upgraded to a newer milling unit, what can you do if you want to fabricate screw-retained, provisional implant resin restorations? Researchers tested the idea of using a compact milling unit to manufacture these restorations, and they presented their findings at the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Discuss
Dentsply Sirona to acquire OraMetrix
March 26, 2018 -- Dentsply Sirona has announced an agreement to acquire 3D technology company OraMetrix.  Discuss
Special Feature
Study tests particle-filled resins for partial crowns

What materials do you use for single-tooth, partial-crown restorations? Particle-filled composite resin CAD/CAM materials are a promising addition to practitioner's toolbox, but do they hold up over time? Researchers tested 42 partial-crown restorations over two years to see how well these restorations performed. Read more.