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100% From the dolomites: Everything for your workflow

Technical research and development are in continuous evolution, constantly providing new techniques for the realisation of dental restorations.


In the heart of the Italian Alps, with the fundamental values of discipline, innovation, trust and responsibility, the family-run company Zirkonzahn provides dentists and dental technicians with dedicated, simplified instruments for a smooth and reliable workflow, from the implant planning procedures to the final restoration. Based on the accurate recording of patient data, Zirkonzahn workflows can be carried out 100% digitally starting from the acquisition of the patient's physiognomy through the innovative Face Hunter 3D facial scanner. In this way, the user can transfer the facial scan data, together with the models in the virtual articulator in relation to the axis.

Advantages for technicians, dentists and patients

With a single click, it's possible to scan the patient's face in only a few seconds. The scanner can also be used at the dental laboratory, just using a laptop. A flash system for perfect lighting is included in the equipment. Upon request, a light stand may also be provided.

3D facial scan data can bring many advantages not only to the dental technician but also to dentist and patient. Thanks to the use of the patient's real physiognomy, the dental technician can obtain a result that is much more precise, providing dentists and patients with a near-photorealistic preview of the final restoration during the consultation phase.

Concrete and realistic

The facial scan data are imported into the design software Zirkonzahn.Modellier, where the dental technician can carry out the tooth set-up based on the patient's natural teeth. Alternatively, the virtual tooth libraries available in the software can be used. In addition, the dental technician can apply different tooth sizes, display the teeth in true colour and incorporate different reference lines in the 2D images for better tooth alignment (e.g., the smile line).

The PlaneSystem® - For precise planning

Facial scans can be combined with the PlaneSystem® (MDT Udo Plaster, in collaboration with Zirkonzahn). The PlaneSystem is an innovative approach for capturing patient-specific information, which can then be transferred 1:1 into the virtual world, allowing for precise planning security and more achievable functional and aesthetic design of the restorations.

The PlaneSystem is composed of the PlaneFinder® to detect the patient's Natural Head Position (NHP) as well as their occlusal plane angle; the PS1 physical articulator; and the PlanePositioner®, a platform used to place the maxillary cast in the PS1 articulator and to reproduce the occlusal plane. The PlaneSystem is also enriched with the PlaneAnalyser II: an analysis and recording device for digital acquisition of patient's mandibular movements.

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