Camplex partner Delcam has released new versions of its DentCAD and DentMILL software for the design and manufacture of dental restorations.
These latest programs offer higher levels of consistency and accuracy than most other dental CAD CAM systems.
As a result, they can minimise or even eliminate manual adjustment of the restoration as it is being fitted, and produce restorations that give improved comfort and are more durable.
Delcam’s expertise in the field of engineering CAM means that they have a unique perspective on the dental CAD CAM market.
In addition to improving accuracy, the range of restorations that can be designed in DentCAD has been expanded.
The new version offers automated tools for the design of inlays and onlays as well as for the creation of dental bars, customised abutments, collars and pressed crowns in addition to the previous options for copings, crowns and bridge frameworks.
Greater accuracy is essential for inlays and onlays to give a good fit with the remaining portion of the natural tooth.
If the restoration is oversize, it must either be ground down manually, which is difficult and time-consuming or it needs to be re-made.
Alternatively, any undersized items are likely to become loose prematurely.
Similarly with dental bars, high precision is important along the full length of the bar, which may need to match as many as six implants.
Any inaccuracies will push the teeth out away from the desired position affecting the appearance of the treatment and putting unwanted pressure on the jaw.
In this new release, extra analysis tools have been added to DentCAD to ensure that the designs can be manufactured efficiently and will perform satisfactorily.
In addition to the high levels of accuracy, the key benefit of Delcam’s dental software is that the programs are extremely easy to use and are ideally suited, not only to dental technicians that are already using CADCAM, but also to those that have no previous experience of computer-aided design and manufacture.
Both DentCAD and DentMILL use dental terminology and imagery to guide the user through the entire design and manufacturing process.
It is expected that many companies will want to use DentCAD alongside DentMILL.
However, in keeping with the company’s ‘open’ approach to its software, either program can be used with any combination of scanner, design software, machining software and computer-controlled machine tool.