We are proud to be the first lab in the country to use the Lava L.C.O.S. sofware. Since then we have added Cadent iTero and Cerec Connect to the list of files we can accept. Digital files enable timely and effective communication between lab and doctor. Eliminate stone model production with highly accurate and durable stereolithography (SLA) models.


…and with quotes like this:-

“Totally utterly amazing, best and easiest fit of my life, the crown just slid on like a glove, occlusion was perfect. Prefit occlusal markings matched up perfectly, with two stops on the crown. No adjustment at all. Pt v impressed had plenty of crowns in the past, always felt tight in the past for a few days, or felt odd in the bite. took half normal time”.

Steve Lomas

“Getting bored now, nothing to do, no occlusions to adjust. Bridge was the same as the rest – perfect. Thanks guys”.

Steve Lomas

We think it will become very popular.

Intraoral Scanning

Creating the perfect byte – by CADENT iTero

CADENT iTero state of the art intraoral scanner fully replaces traditional impression taking by supporting a broad range of restorations, from single elements to bridges up to full arch. All type materials can be captures offering maximal flexibility in the treatment planning. CADENT iTero is designed for superior restorations through unique optical scanning technology, unique occlusal clearance quality control, and unique high accuracy CNC milled physical models.

itero oral scan

Designed for superior restorations

Unique precision 3D laser scanning technology

Patented occlusal clearance quality control software
High accuracy CNC-machined models

Ease of use

100 % powder-free scanning

Simple guided scanning procedure

Wide indication range

Single unit crowns through full arch bridges
Inlays, onlays, veneers
CADCAM design and conventional restoration technique supported

Why Intraoral Digital Impressions?

Digital technology ensures a more accurate impression from the start, designed to result in a better-fitting restoration.

Predictable, accurate impressions and bite registrations have always been one of the more difficult procedures to perform consistently. A host of variables present daily challenges, making conventional impression taking an inexact science.

36% Percentage of dentists that retake impressions three or more times per month*

36% Percentage of dentists that must reappoint patients for impression taking at least once per month*

The accuracy of crown and bridgework is determined by the accuracy of the many steps of the process, including taking and extracting the impression, pouring models, cutting and trimming dies, and the properties of the stone itself. Each of these steps decreases the accuracy of the clinician’s work, which leads to expensive increases in chairtime, costly remakes in the dental laboratory, and unhappy patients.

*Study performed in the USA data on file, Cadent, Inc.

CADENT iTero Models

Combining Accuracy And Utility.

The iTero model, made of a stable polyurethane material, presents numerous advantages when used in the Cadent process. As a single model that functions as both a working model AND a soft tissue model, it supports accurate and efficient laboratory fabrication of all restorations.

Advantages of the Cadent iTero polyurethane model include:

  • Resistance to wear when used in the dental laboratory;
  • The resulting model is designed for lower risk of breakage if accidentally dropped;
  • Plaster-like color similar to conventionally poured models;
  • Occlusal relation is scanned directly and effi ciently transferred to the unique iTero articulator;
  • Used with the sophisticated and easy-to-use articulator with a very accurate fixed “zero” point;
  • Straumann`s milling machines can replicate the model repeatedly with the same quality;
  • Ditching is performed on a virtual model and accurately produced by the milling machine; and
  • One model serves as a working model and a master model where the soft tissue structures can be visualized during laboratory fabrication.

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CEREC Connect

The CEREC Connect software and the Sirona Connect portal simplify collaboration between the dental practice and the dental laboratory. Once they have registered the two parties communicate directly via their respective software packages. The data model is transmitted in just a few minutes and gives the laboratory a detailed insight into the treatment situation.

Thanks to the precise digital impressions acquired from the patient’s mouth and the rapid 1:1 transmission of the model data, the dental technician can assess the treatment situation almost immediately. This means that the dentist and the dental technician can discuss important details while the patient is still in the treatment room. This is a further advantage compared with conventional impression-taking procedures.

The quality of the digital impression has a decisive impact on the restoration outcome. CEREC Omnicam as well as CEREC Bluecam and APOLLO DI deliver precise images and an unprecedented degree of measurement precision.*

* Result of a study by Prof. Dr. Mehl (Zurich University, 2008): Accuracy of depth measurement: 19 µm with CEREC Bluecam.

Prepare, capture, send – digital impression-taking is simple and easy to integrate into your practice workflow. The design and fabrication of the restoration are performed by a dental lab of your choice.

Digital impressions significantly reduce your input of time an effort. Only a few exposures are required in order to capture the preparation, the adjacent teeth and the antagonists. You can capture an entire half arch in less than a minute, while maintaining a comfortable treatment position. A further labour-saving feature is the 3D preview.

Impression-free treatment delivers greater comfort (e.g. no gag reflex) and shorter treatment times. This boosts the satisfaction of existing patients – and attracts new patients into the bargain. Digital impressions via Sirona Connect also increase your chances of attracting patients who decide consciously in favour of high-quality dental prostheses. This is an important factor in view of the growing competition between dental practices.

Digital impression-taking in combination with Sirona Connect is an innovative process that delivers optimum precision. The image data captured with the aid of one of our three intraoral scanners (CEREC AC with Omnican, CEREC AC with Bluecam or APOLLO DI) is converted into a virtual 3D model in real time and then transmitted via the Internet to the dental laboratory. In many cases the dentist can dispense with a conventional impression tray and compound, without having to modify his or her accustomed practice workflow. Instead, the dentist simply acquires and transmits digital impressions.

A new model-making process and the Sirona inLab CAD/CAM system open up new possibilities for precise and cost-effective production.

The models are produced centrally out of an acrylate plastic using a stereo lithography (SLA) process. This offers important advantages:

  • More robust than stone models: do not shatter if dropped
  • More wear-resistant than stone models: the stump shape remains unchanged even if the restoration is frequently mounted and removed
  • Already segmented: each prepared stump is its own segment
  • Already pinned to the grid plate: similar to commonly used model processes
  • Variable saw cuts: segmentation is possible even in difficult situations
  • Option of ordering and additional stump with a gum mask
  • The SLA models will be delivered to your laboratory within a maximum of three working days.

The restoration can also be produced on the Sirona Connect model using conventional methods.

Lava L.C.O.S. Software

Lava Chairside Oral Scanner

Digital files enable timely and effective communication between lab and doctor. Eliminate stone model production with highly accurate and durable stereolithography (SLA) models.

Virtually mark margins and ditch dies utilizing the exact video images doctor captured in the mouth.

Seating times of single unit crowns decreased on average by 41% when compared to traditional impressions.

Prescribe PFM or CAD/CAM restorations.

Assess preparations and margins using powerful tools unique to digital dentistry.

Patients prefer a Lava C.O.S. digital impression versus a traditional impression.

Lava Crowns and Bridges

Lava Crowns and Bridges from 3M ESPE has been around for over 25 years and they’re going from strength to strength. They provide excellent strength, translucency and fit making them an excellent choice. Lava™ is a leading brand in CAD/CAM-produced Zirconia restorations through its precise fit, proven strength and natural aesthetics.

3M ESPE has a vast expertise in materials science and systems integration to create a product that consistently meets the high standard that doctors and labs expect.

Lava Chairside Oral Scanner

Turn an uncomfortable procedure in to a simple, quick process with just one great piece of equipment – The Lava™Chairside Oral Scanner. This Scanner is an excellent advancement in digital impressions technology. The digital impression system provides a powerful connection and improved productivity for any doctor and their dental lab.
Digital impressions are the future. More and more dentists and laboratories are using them as they not only help to increase productivity they also assist in preparing your lab for the future.

How does the Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner Work?
The Lava™ Chairside Oral scanner is unique. It is the only scanner on the market which uses video footage to create a 3D impression. Using 3D-in-Motion technology the scanner captures continuous 3D video images which then build a highly accurate digital impression. This allows doctors to assess the preparation and margin before sending it to the lab. This will help to reduce remakes as well as improving the patient’s experience.

What are the benefits?
The scanner gives you the ability to outsource with confidence. It is technology which is the result of innovative, revolutionary hardware design, high-speed image processing algorithms and robust, real-time modelling software. Plus you’ll also benefit from these great features.

  • A compact lightweight design. The wand weighs just 14 ounces and the wand tip is only 13.2 mm wide – maximising manoeuvrability.
  • High Speed Image Processing Algorithms.
  • The wand contains a highly complex optical system comprised of multiple lenses and blue LED cells so it captures massive amounts of visual images in just seconds.
  • The ability to capture 20 3D data sets per second or close to 2,400 data sets per arch.
  • Being able to immediately assess whether enough information has been captured for a completed digital impression.

Do you want to know more about our Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner?

If you would like to find out more about the Chairside Oral Scanner please contact Ian Taylor and he would be happy to organise a demonstration for you.

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