Straumann launces CAD/CAM system

Sept. 1, 2010
New scanner, software and applications slated to be available in initial markets in Europe and North America with roll-out to follow.

BASEL, Switzerland--Straumann, a global leader in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry, has announced the initial market launch of a new CADCAM dental restoration system.

The system is the latest component in the company’s portfolio of digital solutions. The present launch comprises: advanced scanning technology, new design software, an extended range of applications and an additional material. These applications are designed to enhance workflow efficiency, precision, patient comfort, and treatment outcome.

The new system is available in initial markets in Europe and North America and will be rolled out following relevant regulatory approvals.

At the same time, Straumann has announced use of its CARES brand (Computer Aided REstorative Solutions) to cover its digital solutions range. Straumann CARES Digital Solutions include guided surgery, intraoral scanning, and CADCAM prosthetics.

The main advantage lies in the fact that the package comes from a single provider and is designed for seamless connectivity to simplify workflows and link dental professionals across disciplines. All of the products have been subject to a test program to help ensure reliability, simple handling, and customer compliance.

“The future of dentistry is digital”, said Franz Maier, executive vice president and head of global sales at Straumann.

"Without innovative, seamlessly connected CAD/CAM systems, dental professionals will struggle to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Success also depends on collaboration and partnership, which is why we have involved customers and experts in our intensive premarket test programs. The very positive responses show that we are on the right track to being the partner of choice."

The central hardware component in the Straumann CARES CAD/CAM system is a new in-lab scanner with broad functionality. The additional functions offered by the CS2 include the ability to scan solid master models, section cuts and antagonist models.

Using advanced 3D laser technology for accuracy and speed, it reduces scanning times to just 30 seconds for single dies, and three minutes for master models. In pre-market testing, customers have received the new scanner and software positively, particularly the new "morphing" capability. This automatically designs a fully restored tooth with inlays, onlays, veneers, or partial crowns despite the fact that the original morphology of the tooth is missing.

The new scanner is backed by Straumann’s support service. Automatic, down-the-line software updates and tools have been features of Straumann scanners for several years. So, too, has been an expert hotline support service. The scanner brings a further dimension to customer support thanks to an integrated online camera that enables the Straumann CARES Support Center to understand and address individual customer difficulties quickly.

To drive the new CAD/CAM system, Straumann has further developed its CAD software, focusing on ease-of-use, connectivity, and additional functionality. Features and functions include a new graphic user interface, an automatic prosthetic design feature, an advanced tool for individual design options and an expanded database library of teeth, pontics and connectors.

There is also a 2D-slice view with measuring function, which makes it possible to check important design parameters, such as prosthetic wall thickness. The software connects with the Cadent iTero intraoral scanning technology. This means that dentists using iTero scanners can transfer oral scan data directly into the Straumann CARES CAD/CAM system for the tooth- or implant- borne restoration to be designed.

To complement the existing CAD/CAM range of copings, crowns, bridges, and customized abutments, Straumann has expanded its prosthetic applications to include full anatomic inlays and onlays, veneers, and implant-borne screw-retained bars and bridges. Inlays and onlays are used to restore large defects in teeth. The company has offered partial inlays and onlays for some time, but these previously required a certain amount of finishing work. in contrast to the new full anatomic solutions.

Veneers are thin shells placed over a tooth surface either for esthetic reasons or to protect a damaged tooth surface. Veneers are fabricated from composite material (built-up in the mouth by the dentist) or from ceramics (prepared in a dental laboratory and then cemented to the tooth). CADCAM technology with central milling supersedes manual labor, helps enhance precision and makes it possible to use new, high-performance materials.

Screw-retained bars and bridges are used to connect two or more dental implants in patients who have lost a number of consecutive teeth. The conventional manufacturing process, which involves impression-taking, modeling, casting and soldering, is labor intensive. The Straumann digital solution is to design the prosthetic by computer and to mill the prosthetic components. This includes milling of bars and bridges by computer-aided manufacturing.

Straumann offers a range of prosthetic materials to cover a wide selection of indications and to cater for individual requirements, preferences, and budgets. The offering comprises polymers, metals, and modern high-performance ceramics, including super-esthetic glass-ceramics.

The latest addition is IPS Empress CAD, an established glass ceramic supplied by Ivoclar Vivadent AG and used for esthetic tooth-borne restorations (i.e., inlays, onlays, and veneers).

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