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How Dental Laboratory’s Technology Affects the Dentist’s Practice

Digital dentistry concept. Input patient facial data by dental CT, then send to chair side comment. Tooth impression could be scan by CT or 3D scanner, print by 3D printer. Original design.

The progress of dental technologies and materials in the last few years is incredible. Now, more dental labs offer CAD/CAM technology, which makes it a standard in the dental industry. The lost-wax technique is quickly fading in the background. However, as all-ceramic restorations grow more and more possible, the available options, too, have grown in number. Choosing between materials and milling units, as well as the best dental laboratory to be your practice’s partner can be quite overwhelming. Still, the rewards of the recent technological innovation are great, that everyone welcomes this amazing era of metal-free restorations.


For many years, patients have always been asking for restorations that have better aesthetics. It is time that you can finally tell your patients “Yes, we have this option for you”. No longer do you have to worry about metal margins that get exposed, as you are now able to replace the old restoration types with modern all-ceramic bridges, crowns, and more.


What does ditching the traditional metal mean? First of all, it means there is no risk of galvanic current or gingival recession, which is often a result of gingiva-metal reaction. There is also no thermal conductivity discomfort. Also, now there is no need for complete crown preparation because of the all-ceramic aesthetic inlays/overlays.  As you can see, this all-ceramic option has advantages that you can never get from traditional restorations that are fused to metal.



Devices for digital shade selection developed in the last few years have greatly increased the accuracy of shade selection. It has never been easier for dental labs like Dental Laboratory Associates to communicate with dentists and their patients. Computers can now be found in dental offices and laboratories, so that once a desirable shade has been chosen digitally, pictures of the intraoral shade tabs and preparation shade can be easily e-mailed to the lab, where a matching material will be selected.


As soon as the die is scanned and the restoration is designed through the 3D imaging software, the restoration can be fabricated in no time at all.


Patients now do not need to wait for days or weeks for their restorations to be applied. They don’t need to have metal second molars or metal islands either. Also, the issue of mismatching shades and overall aesthetics of restorative materials have finally been solved. Technology has finally met the need for not just fully functioning restorations but aesthetically pleasing ones as well.


As a dentist who wants the best for your practice and the good of your patients, you have to take action now. Contact Dental Laboratory Associates – a suitably equipped lab with highly trained professionals. We can work closely with you and you’ll soon enough see for yourself, how great a difference sophisticated technology and expertise can make.



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