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International Journal of Computerized Dentistry
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Int J Comput Dent 20 (2017), No. 2     19. June 2017
Int J Comput Dent 20 (2017), No. 2  (19.06.2017)

Page 201-213, PubMed:28630960, Language: English/German


A new milling machine for computer-aided, in-office restorations
Technology, integration, and workflow
Kurbad, Andreas
Chairside computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology requires an effective technical basis to obtain dental restorations with optimal marginal accuracy, esthetics, and longevity in as short a timeframe as possible. This article describes a compact, 5-axis milling machine based on an innovative milling technology (5XT - five-axis turn-milling technique), which is capable of achieving high-precision milling results within a very short processing time. Furthermore, the device's compact dimensioning and state-of-the-art mode of operation facilitate its use in the dental office. This model is also an option to be considered for use in smaller dental laboratories, especially as the open input format enables it to be quickly and simply integrated into digital processing systems already in use. The possibility of using ceramic and polymer materials with varying properties enables the manufacture of restorations covering all conceivable indications in the field of fixed dental prosthetics.

Keywords: CAD/CAM, milling unit, software, dental materials