May 15, 2010
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At the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Straumann introduced an array of integrated computer-based technologies that have been designed to increase confidence,safety, precision and reliability in implant and restorative dentistry. Under the new umbrella brand of Straumann Digital Solutions, the company now offers state-of-the-art computer-guided surgery, intra-oral scanning and CAD/CAM prosthetics to specialists, general dentists and dental laboratories in various markets around the world.
Straumann is the only leading manufacturer in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry to offer all these services. The company will also present a number of new products andfeatures that will be launched over the course of the year. With these new innovations in intra-oral scanning, CAD/CAM and computer guided surgery, a complete Straumann tooth — from implant to final crown — is now available from a single provider. Straumann’s integratedstate-of-the-art digital solutions now support implant placement, restoration and esthetic performance.
Gilbert Achermann, president and CEO,commented: “Digitalization will impact all aspects of dentistry as digital workflows supersede labor-intensive manual processes,enhancing interfaces, shortening treatment, reducing potential for error and improving quality assurance. These benefits are expected to translate into lower treatment costs, added convenienceand improved comfort for patients. Straumann is committed to bringing the new technologies to customers as part of an integrated array of flexible, reliable solutions that are designedto optimize workflows and enhance patient care.”
A major drawback facing dental professionals wishing to invest in digital applications is that equipment, such as scanners, surgical guides etc., has to be sourced from a variety of manufacturers without standardization, or is part of a closed system offered exclusively by a single provider. Customers, therefore, face being “locked in” or having flexibility without full assurance of connectivity, quality and comprehensive support services.
Straumann Digital Solutions offers the flexibility of open, state-of-the-art systems together with seamless connectivity to one of the world’s leading implant, restoration and regenerative systems, in addition to guaranteed Straumann quality, service and network support. The company’s expanding portfolio of digital solutions includes three competencies: computer-guided surgery, intra-oral scanning and CADCAM prosthetics.
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