Digital Dentistry is very exciting and is rapidly changing the way we do dentistry. For the past 38 years Image Gallery has always been on the cutting edge of dentistry. As most of you know we are a boutique laboratory producing high end products using only the best materials to not only obtain extremely esthetic restorations but strong functional restorations made to last. Image Gallery has been in the digital business for over a decade and we currently produce everything in house (except the actual milling of abutments).
We have the top of the line- 3Shape Scanner – Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion2 Milling Machine—and a FormLab Form 2 3D Printer. All of these machines work perfectly with some of the most popular intra-oral scanning systems available today. It is very important to have everything dialed into what you are doing to produce the Magic of digital dentistry.
By recently purchasing the Form Lab Form 2 3D Printer, we are now able to upload files provided by your intra-oral scanner and produce models with crisp margins and contacts within +/- 35 microns! This means no more messy, in-accurate and uncomfortable impressions for your patients. The models are printed to have a smooth and matte finish, and have removable dies with a consistently tight fit. The Form 2 Printer has a powerful optical engine that was designed for high accuracy, precision, performance, and resolution.
As you know digital dentistry will make us all better technicians, but it is a process and a collaboration to produce quality work you are proud to place in your patients’ mouths. Image Gallery can help you with this digital workflow making dentistry easier, more accurate and provide a shorter turnaround time.
Please call us with any questions or concerns. We truly look forward to working with you!
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Image Gallery Dental Lab is now a Trios Ready Program lab. The program prepares the lab's connectivity to TRIOS clinics, including the reception and optimal use of TRIOS digital impression.
Digital dentistry creates the perfect foundation for the fusion of technology, artistry, efficiency and communication. This allows us the total freedom to design everything from a beautiful new smile to complex implant surgical designs to single crowns. Image Gallery has been on the forefront of implementing digital dentistry.
We can now except scans into our 3Shape from any Trios scanner. We pride ourselves in making sure you are receiving only quality artistically functional work that you will be proud to place in your patients mouths. This can be done from a single unit to a full mouth. We recently helped one of our dentists who scanned all 32 teeth of one of his patients and when placed in the mouth there were minimal adjustments! Now that’s an exciting day. Give us a call to find out how you too can become part of Image Gallery’s Digital Revolution!
There are some instances where you need to bond a zirconia crown due inadequate mechanical retention. Such as when the preparation for a full crown does not have 4mm or more of near-parallel axial walls from the gingival margin to the occlusal table, and that retentive tooth preparation should have no more than 20 degrees lack of parallelism. Crowns for example second molars or onlay; or anterior teeth that the preparation of tooth to crown ratio is inadequate.
Since zirconia oxide contains no glass, it simply cannot be etched. However, there are still ways to bond to zirconia oxide, namely through the use of phosphates. Phosphates containing primers, such as Bisco’s Z Prime Plus and Ivoclar Monobond Plus, bond well to zirconia.
Ivoclar Vivadent research shows that zirconia oxide gets contaminated once the crown is tried in the mouth and comes in contact with saliva. It turns out that the phospholipids in saliva contain the same phosphate groups as the zirconia primers. Simply rinsing the saliva out of the crown does not remove phosphate groups that are bonded to the zirconia. So instead of cleaning the saliva out of the crowns as you did in the past with other crown and bridge materials, phosphoric acid on zirconia actually worsens the problem by flooding the inside of the crown with more phosphate groups than were present in the saliva. Since the salivary phosphate is bonded to the zirconia oxide in the crown, we need to flood the inside of the crown with a greater concentration of zirconia oxide. Placing Ivoclean (the only product available today) into the crown creates a concentration gradient, so the phosphates that were bonded to the crown become bonded to the zirconia oxide in the Ivoclean. After 20 seconds, the Ivoclean is simply rinsed away, creating a fresh bonding surface on the inside of the zirconia oxide crown for zirconia primers.
Ivoclean should be used on zirconia restorations, even if it looks like you have adequate retention. Cementing crowns into place after try-in knowing there is a contamination present could cause problems later.
STEPS FOR BONDING (Not Luting) ZIRCONIA CROWNS
Preparation of Tooth Dentin/Enamel
* All three procedures are successful if done well. Self-etch and selective-etch are the most predictable relative to production of postoperative tooth sensitivity. Total-etch can cause more postoperative sensitivity if not done well. If you are currently successful with the technique you're using, don't change.
*Self-adhesive resin cements have a lower incidence of sensitivity than adhesive or traditional crown and bridge cements. Marginal staining of self-adhesive resin cements has been reported to be lower than with traditional cements. A recent survey of clinical consultants of THE DENTAL ADVISOR indicated that self-adhesive resin cements were most commonly selected for cementation of high-strength (zirconia) all-ceramic restorations.
Image Gallery would like to announce that we have bought the Ceramill Motion 2 Mill, the most versatile hybrid 5-axis mill on the market made by Amann Girrbach. This will allow us to have complete control over the work we provide to you and your patients. We strive very hard to make sure we create only the best work possible out of the best materials available. We do extensive research on all the equipment and materials we provide to your office. We will be providing you with complete translucency on what materials we use and why we are using them. As always we welcome any feedback you have so we can utilize new technology with the newest materials but keep control of the prosthesis you are placing in your patients’ mouths. Dentistry is rapidly changing; Image Gallery understands how much your world is changing in the dental office, with technology, insurance, corporate dentistry, team members, materials, bonding, FDA rules etc. We want to make your job as easy as possible by providing you the tools needed to know that you are giving your patients something that is going to last.
Each month we will provide you with research we are doing on the products we are using. If you have something you would like us to research for you let us know. This month we are providing you with information on the zirconia we are currently using. We have changed from the BioZ and CubeX2 to a more esthetic zirconia from Amman Girrbach, obviously a German Company. We are using Zolid and Zolid FX which is the higher translucent material. We also have new coloring materials and are coloring each case as to what is best for that situation. We will hand paint bridges before sintering because pontics need more coloring than abutment teeth. Darker shades need more time in solutions than lighter shades. Denser zirconia needs stronger intensity than the FX translucent shades which we can use a dimmer to dilute the solutions. Please give us feedback on the new zirconia. As always we provide you with an iDentceram Certificate so you know what zirconia and porcelain we are using.
So you can see we are at work solving solutions to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible in your office. We are also redoing our RX forms to make it easier for you to choose what materials you want to use. Please see the enclosed flyer on the new Zirconia we are using and feel free to give me call with any questions you have.
We appreciate your continued support;
Lonni J Thompson CDT
Image Gallery is known for our artistic abilities. We take great pride in hand crafting each restoration you install in your patients mouth. Whether it is analog, digital or both we do specialized coloring on each tooth. Sending pictures to the lab is encourage to help build a better crown. Pictures of the preparation are important because we can either incorporate the natural tooth color into the restoration or block it out completely. For anterior cases we welcome sending your patients to the laboratory for a custom shade. This allows us to bring character to your patient's personality and smile. Every tooth is unique and we want hue, value and chroma built into every tooth, but also their special style. The shade appointment is quick and painless for the patient, yet it assists us in achieving the perfect smile as a team.