NEW Scanning Service Now Available!
Burbank Dental Lab, at its core, has focused on being an indispensable partner to our clients. In keeping with our core values, we are heavily involved with research and development as well as investing in the latest technological advancements that deliver the best dental restorations on the market. By doing so, we can solve current issues facing the dentists we serve. With this in mind, Burbank Dental Laboratory is excited to introduce our new in-office digital scan service which utilizes the groundbreaking technology of IMetric4d’s ICam4d extraoral scanner for multi-implant restorations.
Documentation shows that in multi-unit rehabilitation cases utilizing implant restorations, the ability to take a precise impression decreases as the number of implants in the case increases. This lack of precision is due in part to accuracy limitations in implant scanners as well as conventional impression methods. But also, this is because each step in the process depends on the accuracy of the previous step. If one of the steps is off, then the master model will not be an accurate representation of the patient's mouth, and the prosthesis will not fit. An ill-fitting final fixed prosthesis leads to having to retake impressions or scans, wasted chair-time, and frustration.
Overview of ICam4d
Burbank Dental Lab’s new ICam4d in-office scanning service will eliminate this issue for multi-unit implants. ICam4d combines photogrammetric and structured light scanning techniques to capture 3D data. Unique scan bodies (ICamBodies) that are embedded with 3D coding are used to determine the position and orientation of the implants. With this service, a highly trained implant specialist from Burbank Dental Lab will come to your office and take the necessary extra-oral scan that will accurately capture the implant positions.
The results are exported to the lab and will contain the exact position, including angles, and the interrelated distances of the implants. The accuracy of these scans is within 10 to 15 microns. This system works with all standard multi-unit abutments. It can be used for any splinted implant case and is ideally suited for large span implant-supported bridges or dentures.
The first step in this process is to get the implant specialist from Burbank Dental Lab involved in the process as early as possible. An accurate record of the patient's pre-existing dentition must be retained to help with final tooth placement and in determining the midline. This record can be in the form of study models or an existing denture.
As always, a surgical guide is recommended to help determine the ideal implant placement. The guided surgery appliances from Burbank Dental Lab offer a precision fit.
Next, call Burbank Dental Lab at least 72 hours before the patient's surgery appointment to schedule one of our implant scan specialists.
Please note, Burbank Dental Lab is currently servicing the following area codes:
After placing the implants, a Burbank Dental Lab implant scan specialist will provide the special scan bodies (ICambodies) for insertion in the patient's newly placed implant sites. This step will measure the precise position and orientation of the implants.
At the same appointment, the scan bodies are removed and special healing abutments (ICamRefs) are placed on the implant sites. The soft tissue can now be scanned with an intra-oral scanner or a rapid impression can be taken and then scanned with a special scanner at the lab.
The data from both scans are then sent to the laboratory and imported to Imetric4D scanning software. The ICam4d data and gum tissue scans are aligned to become a high precision dental model that is identical to the patient's mouth.
Now the final fixed prosthesis can be manufactured. This step should be determined in the initial consultation with one of our digital specialists. The precision of the scan by the specialist will ensure a passive fit and in most cases, a turnaround time of one to two days. Burbank Dental Lab has many options when it comes to the final prosthesis. For example:
Highly skilled technicians at Burbank Dental Lab design all final prosthetics and offer superior strength coupled with the beauty of natural teeth.
Benefits for the Clinician
With an accuracy of 10 to 15 microns, the fit is perfect eliminating re-tries
Passive fit of the framework diminishes the need for prosthesis adjustments
Significant savings in chair-time due to the ease of placing the scan bodies and the relatively quick scan time
Possibility of having a fully digital workflow
Elimination of costs for impression materials used in taking conventional impressions on multi-implants
Benefits for the Patient
No stress due to the taking of the impressions. The ICam4d system is fast and comfortable when compared to traditional methods.
The measurements can be done with a lip extractor only. There is no need to open the mouth to extreme positions as is needed with intraoral scanners.
Try-ins are eliminated because parts will fit perfectly
Improved comfort of the patient due to the improved quality of the fit of the final restoration.
Possibility of shorter treatment times as early load protocols are much more feasible.
Implant dentistry is one of the fastest-growing areas in the dental industry. This growth is due in part to the fact that dental implants are one of the most widely used treatments for the rehabilitation of complete or partially edentulous patients. Achieving a proper passive fit of the implant-supported prosthesis significantly improves its longevity. If you are a clinician working with these types of edentulous or partially edentulous patients, then this new in-office scanning service will be a game-changer.