Category - Laboratory

From the practice to the laboratory: the importance of the dentist-technician relationship

3 October 2023

Today, high-quality, modern dentistry must afford time and workflow optimisation, while maintaining an outstanding quality level. For this to be possible, without burdening the organisational and economic dynamics of the practice, it is necessary to establish a flawless relationship between the clinical part and the dental laboratory part, i.e. the relationship between the dentist and […]

Resin disks, characteristics and opportunities

7 September 2023

The innovation brought about by digital technologies has now partly or completely revolutionised certain workflows, not only in dental practices, but also in dental laboratories [1–3]. In dental laboratories, digital workflows have accelerated various procedures that in the past, with analogue methods, were very time-consuming for dental technicians (for further information see Digital laboratories and […]

Digital laboratories and next-generation dental technicians: past vs present

14 June 2023

Dental laboratory technology is the main auxiliary trade for the dental profession and it supports dentistry both materially and technically. It is, by definition, the art and the science of fabricating devices to correct and/or replace natural teeth [1]. Dental laboratories are primarily concerned with the production of five categories of device [2]: However, dental […]

The importance of study models in treatment planning

29 May 2023

Dental models are positive reproductions of a patient’s intraoral situation. (1) They can be fabricated using either the conventional technique, by casting gypsum inside an impression, or a CAD/CAM digital technique, by milling or 3D printing. (2) Depending on how they are used, Models can be divided into two families (1, 3, 4): Let’s focus […]

Web Marketing in the dental sector: how to communicate effectively with today’s patients

12 January 2023

Nowadays, marketing is an extremely important aspect of all professions, including dentistry.   According to a somewhat primordial definition, marketing consists in the identification and profitable satisfaction of human and social needs [1], thereby identifying a purpose to this activity.   According to the American Marketing Association, marketing is “the activity, set of institutions, or processes for […]

Gypsum models vs 3D models that can be printed: characteristics and accuracy factors compared

12 January 2023

3D printing is an additive process (AM – Additive Manufacturing) that enables the physical construction of digital models by printing layer upon layer.   It was invented in 1986 when Charles Hull filed the first patent for stereolithography (SLA), which consisted in creating objects in layers by solidifying liquid resin sensitive to the wavelength of ultraviolet […]