Keep Patients and Profits In-house with DGShape Chairside Milling

by Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, CEO and Founder of Cellerant Consulting

A look into my music room will always find equipment from Roland – a trusted leader in the music industry – that manufactures keyboards, amplifiers, synthesizers and other precision music technology. I’m thrilled to report that Roland’s sister company, Roland DGA, has brought its manufacturing excellence directly to the practitioner’s office with DGSHAPE open architecture clinical CAD/CAM milling solutions. As Dental Marketing Manager for Roland DGA, DGSHAPE Americas, Lisa Aguirre is helping me sing the praises of this robust chairside milling solution.

Many clinicians who want to have more control over treatment options have gone digital to keep more services in-house. An open-architecture chairside milling solution is a must-have for a practice that wants to offer same-day restorative dentistry. Aguirre notes, “All dentists hate that big lab bill that they get each month. The DGSHAPE chairside milling solution decreases lab bills and overall expenses – no more making messy and expensive temporaries. The process is easy – you prep, scan, mill and seat all on the same day, eliminating the extra time, expense and mess of making or redoing a temporary.”

DGSHAPE’s milling systems are all “open-architecture.” That means dentists can choose the scanner, software and materials that they prefer, and even add on new technologies. The old turnkey closed systems are usually more expensive and do not allow for choices dentists want to make for same-day restorative treatment – that risks compromising quality and esthetics.

When patients see that high level of technology, they know that their dentist is investing in innovation. It also saves them aggravation, since they don’t have to return when their temporary pops out. Imagine their satisfaction when they discover the convenience of having their crown done all in one visit.

As with any new technology, your team should be involved and informed. It’s a familiar process for offices that use an intraoral scanner. Aguirre says, “Now instead of sending that scan to the lab, they just send it to their own design software. A few clicks and it auto designs everything – pretty seamless. A bit more for patients with an unusual dentition, but for a typical posterior crown, auto designs are typically spot-on.”

“Most chairside milling solutions can mill single crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, and things of that sort,” Aguirre notes. “Our DWX 42W chairside mill also can mill up to a three-unit bridge. Also, you can purchase an add-on accessory, the AK-1 abutment kit, so you can mill custom titanium abutments. One of the new things that we’re excited about with our chairside milling solution is the ability to mill Perfit FS™ pre-centred zirconia blocks that do not require any firing or oven, which is a huge innovation and evolution for chairside wet milling.”

DGSHAPE allows you to customize your chairside milling workflow, while saving on expenses and still offering uncompromised treatment quality. And you know that your system has been manufactured by a company with a longstanding ancestry of quality and reputability.

About the Author

Lou Shuman, is the CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group, dentistry’s leading corporate incubator and accelerator. He is a venturer in-residence at Harvard’s i-Lab, co-founder of LightForce Orthodontics, a member of the Oral Health advisory board and founder of the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards. He was selected in 2021 by Global Summits Institute one of the World’s Top 100 Doctors.