Planmeca PlanScan

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 10/23/2014
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I was a seasoned CAD/CAM dentist, having already completed about 4,000 restorations, when I began using the E4D system about 3 years ago. I was looking not only for a powder-free system, but also a system with open architecture. Since then, I have taken the wonderful voyage with Henry Schein and E4D Technologies, initially with the E4D DENTIST, and finally into Planscan.

User-Friendly Features

When investigating powder-free scanners, we looked at the CEREC Omni- Cam because we were already using the Sirona system. Most importantly among a few limitations, CEREC was not an ?open format? .stl file system, continuing to use a proprietary ?closed format? .cdt file system. Labs want open format so they don?t have to pay extra licensing or per-use fees for model-rendering/data translation to their desired .stl file formats. Open format .stl is universal. We chose E4D, and eventually PlanScan, for many reasons.

While not all of our cases involve CAD/CAM fabrication, we select those cases that we know we can do with a high degree of excellence? because we know our great tech partners can help us. We can cut transfer time and costs all around by using PlanScan?s DDX digital data transfer portal, sending highly accurate data quickly to our lab partners. They assess the data files, render models in their chosen design software, and even coach us before the patient leaves the chair if they need further information.

Intuitive Software

PlanScan?s design software is so straightforward and logical. It takes into consideration the ?triangles of accuracy,? the actual physics of the captured details. And the open architecture is key. Although we mill about 80% of our CAD/CAM restorations in the office, the other 20% involve the laboratory?particularly zirconia restorations because we don?t have a sintering furnace in-house. And sometimes we just want the input and design expertise of our master technicians. The open architecture simplifies communication with all our labs.

Pleasing Demanding Patients

PlanScan is especially helpful for our ?particular? patients. It?s great to be able to design restorations while they watch, adjusting the nuances of every tooth in their smile. They appreciate participating, watching, coaching, selecting?all in one appointment.

A Family Affair

I teach and consult practices on the successful use of digital impressioning and CAD/CAM technology. My wife Suzanne Bechard-Yacovitch is the Digital Team Integration specialist. We tell our clients what we?ve experienced. ?As soon as you start scanning digital impressions, you become a better clinician because we see in full three dimensions exactly what our art, i.e., the prep, really looks like magnified up to 100 times. Seeing is believing, seeing is learning, seeing enhances results.?

Scanning and all that Planmeca?s PlanScan brings to our practice has been revolutionary. It?s better for patients, doctors, team members, and lab technicians. It makes my job fun and a joy.