Optical impressions in odontology Introduction Optical impressions first appeared in the 1980s. They have now replaced conventional impressions, which were affected by various clear and recognised limitations, including stretching of impression materials, tearing, air bubbles that compromised the quality of these impressions and timeframes, as well as all processing phases required from the moulding stage, which considerably...

3D printing in dentistry Introduction: Developments in digital dentistry have seen the dental sector undergo tremendous change in recent years.In particular, additive manufacturing has enabled the dental industry to develop its use of digital technologies.The dental sector is a market driver for 3D printing technology, as it responds to the issues of customisation. A few key figures In 2015,...

Guided implant surgery in 2020   Over the last few years, the trio of modern implantology development, imaging techniques and the digital revolution have combined to spawn the growth of a new protocol: computer aided implantology (CAI), or guided implantology. This innovative technique is used to fit dental implants using a digitally made guide, without disrupting the basic...

CAD/CAM: an essential partner in modern dentistry Introduction: A brief history Initially developed in the aeronautical and automobile industry in the 1960s, in order to standardise the production of routine, repetitive forms, CAD/CAM’s dentistry application was considered an ambitious and somewhat fanciful project, each prosthetic piece being unique and specific to the individual patient. In 1973, François Duret had...

Cone Beam / CBCT : the Gold Standard in dental surgery Introduction  Establishing an accurate dental implant diagnostic involves a painstaking clinical examination, often supplemented by additional radiological exams.  Cone Beam or CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography), and also known as digital cone beam volumetric tomography, is a rapidly growing 3D sectional imaging technique. It can be harnessed...