Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 08/05/2014
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Carestream Dental developed the components for the CS Solutions in-office CAD/CAM system with input from users. With our practice?s long relationship with the company, they knew we were experienced CAD/CAM dentists, having used all the major existing systems and scanners. Carestream Dental asked us exactly what we would want in an ideal in-of ce CAD/CAM system? and they listened. We were the  first of offce to beta test the CS 3500 intraoral scanner, CS Restore software, and the CS 3000 milling machine.

When everything arrived, we were asked to wait for a Carestream Dental technician to set up the system. Being boys, we set it up ourselves, and after three patients, we were pro cient. Everything is very intuitive.

Simple, Versatile Scanning

The CS 3500 intraoral scanner is the easiest scanner on the market. It handles like an intraoral camera, which most team members already use superbly, so there is little to no learning curve. While its intuitive design accommodates the digital impression novice, the CS 3500?s features can be appreciated by us old pros. There is not any type of  fixed prosthesis we have not scanned with the CS 3500. You can use it for anything you would use a rubber base impression for.

Carestream Dental has made a provision for dentists who want to continue to take analog impressions but still enter digital dentistry. A conventional impression can be digitized with Carestream Dental?s CBCT units, and then CS Restore software can design a single-tooth restoration, ready to be milled, in about 4 minutes.

A great advantage of the CS 3500 is open architecture; any dental laboratory that accommodates DICOM or STL  files can fabricate the restoration.

Intuitive Software, Precise Milling

I have used other design software, and CS Restore is the most intuitive and userfriendly. With its automatic tooth design, margin tracing, and occlusion management, the software directs and gives the dentist the ideal restoration in a few minutes. If I want to customize the restoration, I spend another minute using the design skills that I mastered after just two patients.

The CS 3000 is a 4-axis milling unit that takes the same amount of time to mill a restoration than the other two 5-axis mills we have in our of ce. So time and final fi t are the same, but there is only one bur to change instead of two. The brushless motor cuts quietly and without vibration, so we don?t have to hide the milling unit away in a back room.

Patient Wins, Practice Wins

We recently hired an assistant just out of school with no experience. She seated a patient who broke the mesial buccal cusp of tooth no. 19 that had been overfilled with amalgam. The patient had no decay or pain, so I treatment planned a full-coverage restoration.

The assistant had already set up the operatory, and when I came in, I asked her who took the opposing impression; she snarled and said she did. Then I asked who helped her. She said, ?No one. It was easy after I saw you use it.?

With CS Solutions, we have not had to change our treatment modality. The only difference is using the CS 3500 scanner instead of an impression tray. The benefit: by the time a temporary would be made and the next appointment scheduled, we are delivering the  nal restoration. Unlike any other systems we have used, CS Solutions was completely ingrained in our office within about a week.