Despite the progress and developments in dental technology, many problems still persist with complete dentures.
These dentures are often ill-fitting and non-functional. Long suffering patients often have to adapt their eating habits to conform to the capability of the denture. This can lead to a decline in quality of life, and in extreme cases, malnutrition and a shorter lifespan caused vy disease.
I was introduced to the field of Dental Technology from a very young age, and came from a family of dental
technicians, with my father and uncle both being practicing technicians in Canada and Iran respectively.
Growing up as a young child, many of our close family and friends were also technicians and dentists, so our family conversations often centered on the dental field, and this always left me
intrigued about dentistry and dental technology. Visiting my fathers lab; Picasso Dental Studios in my early and late teens, also made me more familiar with what actually goes on in a dental laboratory, and all these experiences helped me choose which path to take for my future career.
A good striker can score all-important goals single-handedly, but it's even easier if the ball is passed to him accurately. It's a similar story with the color, design of aesthetically pleasing restorations. A dental technician can achieve the desired effect more easily and more reliably if the material being used provides an accurate template.
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in dentistry with just one
of the benefits being improved communication between the dentist and technician. With the use of digital alternatives to traditional or ‘analogue’ methods, more accurate restorations can be produced the first time, consequently decreasing the chance of needing remakes.
The digital alternatives also help reduce any unnecessary costs such as materials, time etc.
New technical developments in dental technology and dental medicine could permanently change patient care and work processes in practices and in the laboratory. After the establishment of the casting process for metals and the introduction of dental ceramics, three dimensional printing is ushering in another fundamental change in the manufacture of replacement teeth. In this article our authors offer an overview of additive manufacturing technologies with a focus on practice-ready 3D printers for the dental laboratory.
In dentistry, optimum aesthetics often depends upon the clinician’s ability to create symmetry across the midline. Subtle changes in symmetry are permissible as one moves further laterally away from the center line.
The interpupillary line and the smile line of the incisal edges of the teeth create an overall sense of balance and horizontal perspective in an aesthetic face. The general direction of the incisal plane of the maxillary teeth must be parallel to the interpupillary line. This harmony must be further reinforced by the incisal plane, which should follow the lower lip during the act of smiling.
In our workflow, students submit mounted models to the lab. This presents several problems in the scanning process. Until now, there were only two options for scanning
this type of situation. The first option was to take a putty bite of the opposing, and scan it with the mounted model. The advantage was keeping the models mounted; the disadvantage was the putty bite provided occlusal contact information only, no anatomy of the opposing, and no ability to use the articulator functions. The second option was to unmount the models. The advantages were that you could scan both arches and use the articulator functions.
Patient records play a critical role in dentistry. Not only are they a legal component to treatment planning, but they are a necessary component to assist with diagnoses and treatment planning. Records also provide clinical information required for patient and laboratory communication1,2. In this technological age, the clinician can decide between virtual or tangible records, which may include casts, the facebow, articulation and photographs3,4. It has been illustrated that precisely mounted diagnostic casts still offer enormous information required for treatment planning, which will impact any prosthodontic plan5.
Nowadays, information travels faster than our capacity to perceive it. Less than 20 years
ago, the internet was taking its first steps but, today, any piece of information can be found faster, and in a larger global scale than in the media, on Google, Facebook or Twitter.
The internet has had a huge impact on dentistry - not least in huge potential it offers in the way of online marketing. But, while more and more dental practices come to recognize the need for a strong web presence, many dental laboratories are yet to take this same step. One reason for this may be the fact that for many dental laboratory owners, online marketing will seem unnecessary. After all, most work comes through longestablished relationships with dentists that may stretch back many years. But with increasing competition both at home and abroad, can you really afford not to market your business online?
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seem worth the effort. However, LiSi has the potential to be big, real big.