Scanner: 3SHAPE D2000
Getting a scanner back in 2009 was one of the best decisions we made. Our very first scanner was a Dental Wings. It did the job of scanning and designing restorations and we were content with it until it died in 2014. After much research, we decided to purchase a 3Shape scanner, D800. Not only was it smaller, quieter, and faster, but it also enabled us to scan and design implant abutments and printed models. Our current scanner, D2000, is a game changer. We are now able to skip the model work and scan the impression directly. We are still on our trial stage but we are very close to leaving the "stone age" behind us (pun intended).
Mill: NOVUX Mill 5
We purchased our mill back in August of 2016. It has the capabilities of milling zirconia, Lava, eMax, wax, PMMA, and titanium abutments. Having a milling unit in-house has enhanced our restoration quality significantly. Not only are we able to fabricate accurately fitting restorations, but we can also use high-quality materials for our dentists at a reasonable cost. We mill all of our zirconia restorations in-house and can customize colors on every single crown and bridge. We also mill some of our eMax restorations and wax patterns for PFM restorations. Ever since we got our mill, we have been designing and milling temporaries and the results are superb!
3D Printer: ASIGA Freeform Pro2
Our most recent purchase in the digital department is our 3D printer. Once we realized how much we were spending on getting models printed from another lab, we decided to purchase our own 3D printer. We have been printing models nonstop since the beginning of April 2017 and of course we did not stop at models. For implant digital models, we also print the gingiva around the implant. Recently, we successfully printed a surgical stent. We hope to print more restorations including occlusal guards and temporaries.
We are able to accept digital files from Trios (3Shape), iTero, and True Definition (3M) scanner. Please refer to the following for more info.
- Trios (3Shape)
- Register with 3Shape Communicate.
- Send a Connection Request from 3Shape Communicate to Oak Tree Dental Lab (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Once the lab accepts the request, the connection is complete.
- For every case, you have to select Oak Tree Dental Lab from the lab menu.
- Call iTero at 1-800-577-8767 (opt.2) to add Oak Tree Dental Lab (customer#:14704)
- Once the connection is established, ready to send case.
- True Definition (3M)*
*Note: Info coming soon on how to send digital cases for 3M.
We have been scanning for years now and have been using our scanner for zirconia restorations mostly. However, within the recent years, we scanned and designed cases for PFM, full-cast gold, eMax, Lava, Zirconia, PMMA, and wax. Currently, we have been scanning, milling, and printing in-house for the following materials.
- Lava Plus
- Wax (for pressed ceramics and metal restorations)
- Digital Models
- Surgical Stents
Although our milling unit is capable of milling titanium abutments, FDA has not approved a 3rd party to mill implant abutments just yet. Until then, we will be scanning and designing them in-house and outsourcing them to be milled.