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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:56 AM

8. In the Dental Lab we are using this technology everyday now

Now instead of hand waxing a porcelain crown framework, a full gold crown, an implant abutment, an all ceramic crown we use a scanner to get the patients model into the computer. We then design the crown where depending on what material we use it comes back in three days from the "printer lab" as a wax/plastic pattern that is then cast or a "zirconia" framework that has been printed and heat treated. After almost 40 years hand fabricating crowns and bridges I thought this would be BS. It actually works quite well, in fact amazing! Combined with the dentists using a scanner in the mouth to take virtual impressions... well the future is here. Its really very cool.

(it is also another nail in the coffin of a formerly all handcrafted skilled craftsman type job that will be gone and even now is not a place to start a career. ITs too bad too, it has provided a very good living for many years. Dental Technicians are going the way of carbon paper manufacturers or stonecarvers for building trades.)


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