Category - Laboratory

The ideal properties of stone models: the importance of basics

30 August 2022

The production of a stone model is a key part of most procedures that result in a prosthesis or orthodontic device [1]. Stone models are positive reproductions of the patient’s intraoral anatomy. They are made from negative moulds, themselves obtained from intraoral impressions made using impression materials (alginates, polyvinylsiloxanes, etc.). They are then mounted in an articulator […]

Safety in the laboratory: risks and precautions

30 August 2022

As things stand today, most rehabilitative processes in dentistry involve one or more phases distributed between the dental practice and the laboratory. The dental technician is the lab professional who works in close collaboration with the dentist and produces various types of devices starting from a replica of the patient’s anatomy, as part of a […]

Additive dentistry and aesthetic reconstruction methods

8 July 2022

Abrasion and erosion are the two most frequent causes of loss of dental tissue. Abrasion is a mechanical phenomenon caused by repeated abrasive movements, which may be either parafunctional, like bruxism, or traumatic, such as incorrect brushing techniques and, possibly, the use of highly abrasive toothpastes. Erosion, on the other hand is a phenomenon of […]

The advantages of scanning a dental impression

8 July 2022

Over the last decade, the spread of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) has led to the development of digital technologies and new workflows in the field of dentistry. [1] Dentists are making an increasing use of intraoral scanners, which produce STL files and generate three-dimensional (3D) images of scanned objects, to obtain […]

Dental veneers: materials and preparation techniques

9 May 2022

The rehabilitation of the anterior sector is one of the most demanding and risky procedures for dentists as, in most cases, these treatments are carried out on young patients with high aesthetic demands [1]. Dental veneers are very thin ceramic plates (with a thickness of 0.5-0.7 mm) that are applied to the vestibular surface of […]

Analogue and digital techniques in dentistry. Digital acquisition techniques and differences between analogue and digital impressions

10 March 2022

Digital impressions and the subsequent CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) workflows have become a common alternative to conventional techniques in the production of dental prostheses. From a clinical point of view, the precision of finished prostheses is equally essential with both types of workflow. Accuracy depends on the individual stages of […]

Photography for the dental sector

25 January 2022

Introduction (1) As a profession, dentistry can be extremely satisfying or an endless, stressful routine. Photography is an excellent way not just to document clinical cases but to enhance one’s professionalism and derive greater satisfaction from work. It improves the satisfaction of patients too, by allowing them to observe the attention and precision dedicated to […]