Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sirona’s CEREC® Connect adopted by over 25% of inLab users

Long Island City, N.Y. (August 11, 2008) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the
company that pioneered digital impressions more than 20 years ago, and the
world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems proudly announce steadily
increasing CEREC Connect users. A web-based communication platform
designed exclusively for Sirona CEREC® and inLab dental CAD/CAM users,
CEREC Connect enhances productivity by eliminating physical impressions and
electronically transmitting a digitally-scanned impression to the inLab laboratory
of their choice.

As Dr. Robert Schmidt comments, “With digital impressions, the fits are better!
You just can’t beat a computer-milled finish, whether it’s CEREC or inLab... The
predictability with digital impressions is much better and more consistent than
with physical impressions.”

Sirona has taken the concept of digital impression taking systems one step
further, enabling dental laboratories to fabricate digital restorations without the
need for a conventional physical model.

Steve Killian, CDT (President, Killian Dental Ceramics), states, “We got into
digital impressions with the goal of reducing the amount of restoration remakes.
We have not had to remake a single restoration created from a digital impression
and we are saving significant time and materials by using virtual models.”

While digital impressions are gaining acceptance over physical impressions and
models, Sirona plans to offer labs the ability to create a physical model from the
CEREC digital impression in the near future. "Some laboratories prefer a model;
our plan is not to insist on model-less dentistry," remarks Norbert Ulmer, Director
of Laboratory CAD/CAM for Sirona. "Our next step will be to offer laboratories
both options, and let them decide on their own when they're ready to transition to
the digital method."

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