Both dentists and labs benefit from digital workflows when it comes to designing and manufacturing temporary and high-end final restorations. More efficient workflows offer savings both in time and money. Results are also more accurate and esthetic thanks to the digital recording of data and shade measurements during the scan.
A digital workflow usually starts with a digital impression by the dentist using an intraoral scanner. The scan is imported into a design software where the restoration is planned and designed. Thereafter the restorations are manufactured using a milling machine or a 3D printer. This would be a fully digital workflow, but even when the dentists takes an impression using traditional methods the lab can design and manufacture restorations digitally by scanning the model with a lab scanner.
Whether you are working with a lab or use an in-house milling solution, there are many benefits with a digital workflow for dentists producing crowns and bridges.
A digital workflow also brings clear advantages for labs:
By going digital, labs can differentiate themselves and even offer new services to dentists such as digital dentures and clear aligners at a highly competitive price.