Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Testing of Benco Milling Unit to be Starting soon...


the Pride Best of Class (BOC) Technology Panel has been promoting "open source" communication amongst dental devcies for a while now.

It's our opinion that if your company makes a good product and it provides a good clinical result for patients, then dentists will purchase it.  Closed systems basically "force" a doctor to only purchase equipment that "talks" and "works" with other equipment in that closed system.  That's not something that I, nor my colleagues on the pride panel, feel comfortable endorsing.  That's why we made a position statement supporting "open source".

Along those lines, my team and I are about to embark on some clinical testing of a great open source system.

We have been using the iTero digital impression system for about 5 years now and would never go back to traditional impressions.

The other great thing about the iTero is that the digital impressions are stored in the .stl format.  This means that the digital impression files can be used by other equipment that can read those files.  Recently I've been approached by Benco who is selling the TS150 milling unit.  This milling unit was developed by Glidewell lab.  It seems that that Glidewell and Benco ore looking for an iTero user to do some work with the TS150 unit and provide feedback.  Needless to say, we're excited to be able to provide that feedback.

Sometime in the not too distant future we'll be offering same day crowns and other fixed prosthetics.  The impressions will be acquired by the iTero and the prosthetics will be milled by the TS150.  Rest assured you'll be getting my feedback right here before anyone  else hears about it.

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