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3M ESPE AND BIOMET 3i JOIN FORCES TO SIMPLIFY AESTHETIC RESTORATIONS


June 21, 2011
by Oral Health

3M ESPE announces a new collaboration with BIOMET 3i that uses the Lava Chairside Oral Scanner from 3M ESPE with BIOMET 3i’s patented Encode® Impression System to create intraoral impressions for custom abutments, resulting in simplified aesthetic restorations.

By using these combined technologies, clinicians will now be able to make an impression of a healing abutment with the use of an intraoral device that will scan embedded codes on the occlusal surface of the abutment, the surrounding soft tissue and adjacent dentition. These codes provide the necessary information to design and mill the definitive abutment. The process is handled supragingivally using the Encode® Impression System, so no removal of the healing abutment is required to create the scan.

Greater patient satisfaction may also occur as intraoral scanning eliminates the need for impression taking material; some patients find this is a more comfortable experience. Patients should also recognize a time savings as the process is shorter than the typical procedure.

“This new collaboration is a very important step to digitize implant treatment and we are excited to have another leading manufacturer like BIOMET 3i join our Lava brand Network” said Mark Farmer, president 3M ESPE Digital Oral Care. “Dentists now have the option to use Lava C.O.S. from 3M ESPE for the complete implant workflow.”

“We are pleased to offer the latest digital solutions, which will lead to aesthetic outcomes for patients.” said Maggie Anderson, President of BIOMET 3i. “This new step forward in impression making offers a win-win experience for clinicians, laboratories and patients.”

For more information, visit www.3MESPE.ca/Lava or call 1-888-363-3685.

About 3M ESPE
3M ESPE manufactures and markets more than 2,000 products and services designed to help dental professionals improve their patients’ oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. The recently created 3M Digital Oral Care Department, part of the 3M ESPE Division, aims to accelerate and strengthen 3M’s efforts to lead the digital transformation that is occurring in oral care. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products visit the 3M ESPE Web site at www.3MESPE.ca or call the 3M ESPE Customer Care Centre at 1-888-363-3685. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M, ESPE, Impregum, Penta, Pentamix, Lava, RelyX, Ketac, Filtek, Adper, Sof-Lex and Imprint are trademarks of 3M ESPE or 3M ESPE AG.

About 3M
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.ca or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About BIOMET 3i
BIOMET 3i, a division of Biomet, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of dental implants, abutments and related products. Since its inception in 1987, BIOMET 3i has been on the forefront in developing, manufacturing and distributing oral reconstructive products, including dental implant components and bone and tissue regenerative materials. The company also provides educational programs and seminars for dental professionals around the world. BIOMET 3i is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-
Pacific. For more information about BIOMET 3i, please visit www.biomet3i.com or contact the company at (800) 342-5454; outside the U.S. dial (561) 776-6700.