Henry Schein Halas has commenced offering local dentists the 3Shape Trios® intraoral scanning solution for digital impression taking. As part of this, the company played host to the inaugural 3Shape laboratory certification program in Australia to ready local dental labs to accept and process the intraoral scans.
In conjunction with a 3Shape trainer from Denmark, this program saw an initial group of five labs from around Australia trained in how to accept scans, design restorations and order models at Henry Schein's Sydney headquarters in January.
"As a company, we recognise that this technology is moving quickly and in order for our customers to be able to utilise these types of systems efficiently and to maximum potential, they need to be highly trained," said Renee Lampreia, TRIOS Product Manager at Henry Schein Halas. "We also realise that clinicians want to be certain that their laboratory is certified to manufacture these types of digital restorations. Therefore the need to bring in a specialist from the factory to help meet these goals was a must. Apart from training the first group of Australian labs, our own Digital Specialist Staff were also trained on how to run the certification courses in the future."
Henry Schein Halas Chairside CAD/CAM Business Manager, Quentin Daniels, said that the trend in digital dentistry was continuing towards more open solutions that allow clinicians freedom to choose the best solutions to suit their needs.
"Trios fits perfectly into this model and delivers the best digital impressions we've yet seen," he said. However, in order to take advantage of these great digital impressions, we have to make sure that the rest of the picture is in place.
"The Trios captures the digital impression and 3Shape provides great software for restoration design, but how will you create the physical restoration that you've designed and of particular importance to the dental laboratory, how will you make the model you need to work on?
"Digital impression taking is exciting because a large percentage of work completed nowadays by dental laboratories already uses CAD/CAM technology to varying degrees, mostly using scans of models made the traditional way. By allowing the dentist to create a digital model of the patient's dentition chairside reduces the number of steps in the process and increases the accuracy and efficiency of the workflow. However, in many cases, the technician still requires a model to work with and in all cases, some form of manufacturing for the restoration is required.
"So before digital impression taking can be a viable solution, both of these elements need to be in place. And, in addition to all of that, we're still a long way off the plug-n-play concept with digital dentistry, so a strong level of technical support needs to be available on an ongoing basis to ensure all these technologies can continually operate in unison.
"Finally, we need to educate both clinicians and dental technicians on these burgeoning technologies that are quickly becoming game changers and continually offer training on how to take best advantage of the benefits on offer."