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Dental Technology is changing so fast that one who doesn't keep abreast with the same is most likely to lag backwards as the patients are very well informed these days. Patients will google anything they will find new and get innumerous results from the same. For my patients' benefits, I am posting certain newer technologies which are emerging fast as the Who's Who of Dentistry.

  • 1. All Ceramic Metal Free Crowns
    • a. IPS Empress Esthetic & IPS Emax Press with Emax Cosmopost
    • b. Czar
    • c. Procera
    • d. Lava
    • e. Cercon
    • f. Zirkon Zahn
  • 2. Captek Crowns - The Crown with the Golden Collar
  • 3. Air Flow Air Abrasion System
  • 4. BPS Biofunctional Prosthetic System or Ivoclar Ivocap Denture injection System
  • 5. Valplast Flexible Dentures
  • 6. Zoom 2 Instant Whitening System

A Metal Free Invention. IPS Emax is an affordable alternative to PFMs. This metal-free restoration provides optimum esthetics using lithium disilicate ceramic and boasts a fractural toughness of 360 MPa

Available in Chromascop & Vita Shades with following benefits:

  • Unparalleled beauty and natural vitality
  • Superior reinforced strength and durability
  • Exceptional marginal integrity
  • Biocompatibility

IPS Empress Esthetic is indicated mainly for Laminate Veneers. & Inlays, Onlays. The Cosmopost i.e. The IPS Empress Zircon Cosmopost and Cosmoingot for the Metal free core build-up down to the tip of the root.
Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 8,000 - 8,500 per Crown
Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 7,000 - 8,000 per Veneer

Czar is rooted on the use of the Dental Wings scanner, and the DWOS software for scanning of models and restoration designing. The frameworks are cut out of blocks of varied materials employing a 5 axis milling machine from Yenadent, a company with unparalleled expertise in the art of milling. The E max Ceram is used by to layer the structure and gives superlative aesthetics results.

The lifelike aesthetic appearance of the IPS Emax Ceram layering ceramicis impressive. The unique combination of translucency, brightness and opalescence is responsible for the true-to-nature light scattering and a balanced relationship between the brightness and chroma of the restorations.
Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 10,000 - 11,000 per Crown

Comes with a Lab Backed 5 year Warranty accompanied by a Warranty Card

The Procera (one of the first of a Metal free type) process utilizes a computer-aided design (CAD) system. Your die is scanned, a digital file is created, and then the high-strength coping is created from that file.

  • Strong
  • Beautiful Esthetics
  • Biocompatible
  • 10 years of clinical documentation
  • Easy to work with, saves chair time

Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 13,000 - 14,000 per Crown (for both types mentioned below)

a. Procera - Alumina: Procera (Alumina) is composed of a densely sintered high-purity aluminum oxide coping that is manufactured using CAD/CAM technology. The core has the ability to transmit light without being transparent. The secret behind Procera is its unique combination of strength and beauty. Extremely low fracture rates have been reported and the restorations serve for many years. More and more patients are asking for restorations made of material not containing metal or other alloys. It is made of a bio-compatible material (comparable to Titanium) which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions.
b. Procera - Zirconia: Strength no longer has to be compromised to achieve extreme esthetics. Procera Zirconia, made of Yttria Stabilized Zirconium (YZ) has substantial advantages compared to other dental materials: mechanical resistance, biocompatibility and fracture toughness two times greater than Alumina. The Flexural Strength of Zirconia restorations range from 900 to 1400 MPA. Conventional precious metal ceramics restorations are at 800 MPA or less. Metal ceramics cannot compete with the esthetics of Procera Zirconia. It is capable of being placed anywhere in the mouth and can accommodate 3 - 4 unit bridges. Procera Zirconia restorations can be inserted using conventional cementing techniques. Bonding is not required.

3M ESPE Lava is a zirconium oxide understructure that is pressed with a proprietary, pre-blended ceramic. Touted as one of the most esthetic restorations available, Lava is one of the most respected names in dentistry. Lava All - Ceramic System from 3M ESPE uses innovative digital technology and superior materials to help produce high quality restorations for the patients. Using the speed and precision of CAD/CAM technology, it creates all-ceramic crown and bridge substructures with Zirconia, an extremely strong, stable and fracture-resistant ceramic material. The Lava frame Zirconia understructure is made utilizing CAD/CAM technology, a process during which the pinned and sectioned model is scanned with a 3D optical scanner, the understructure designed on the computer screen, and then the restoration milled using a pre-sintered Zirconia block. This milled block is then colored using one of eight shades matched to the VITA� Classical Shade Guide. Finally, the milled Lava frame is sintered for 10 hours to fully gain its high strength and fracture resistance. Preparations require removal of less tooth structure, and cementation accommodates even conventional techniques. Colorable frameworks that are thin and translucent ensure a natural and vital appearance. The result is efficient production of restorations with excellent esthetics, enduring strength and precise fit giving you one of the most durable and esthetic all-ceramic restorations available today.
Comes with a 3M ESPE backed 15 years Warranty.
Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 15,000 - 16,000 per Crown

Cercon is a high-tech substructure ceramic which has been specially developed for a long lasting effect and is able to withstand the enormous forces present when chewing. Environmental influences affect our lives. Therefore, special attention is drawn to biocompatible and physically tolerated solutions when it comes to dental prosthesis. White and ivory colored Cercon provides a veneer which is practically identical to the natural aesthetic color of teeth so that the new tooth looks as natural as your own. Cercon has proved its worth in many comprehensive international clinical studies. Cercon guarantees secure application of crowns and bridges.
Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 10,000 - 12,000 per Crown

The copy-milling unit is a manually operated machine for the manufacture of crown & bridge framework made of Zirconia. A composite coping framework is scanned using a stylus and enlarged by a lever arm system (pantographic principle) and milled from a Zirconia blank specifically developed for this device. Any type of preparations can be milled with the Zirkograph, which are tangential, shoulder and groove preparations. Furthermore, implant-borne bridges inlay bridges, 14-unit veneer bridges, continuous beams and individual dental implant prosthesis can be milled with this device. The milled framework is then dipped in a staining liquid corresponding to the selected shade and then sintered. The coping framework is then ready for porcelain veneering

Captek was developed by a Prosthodontist and a world class dental technician to provide their patients with the optimal crowns and bridges. Now Captek is available worldwide for you to benefit your patients with. Captek is a unique metal gold composite coping for a PFM fixed partial denture. Resulting in esthetic, healthy, strong and long lasting crowns and bridges, you can successfully place in all cases, either natural teeth or implants. Captek is a highly biocompatible crown, designed to look naturally beautiful, strong and durable, and still be a healthy choice for your mouth. Captek is a unique material with unique qualities, unknown in any other dental material. It is composed of only high noble metals such as Gold, Platinum and Palladium. Fabricated to give the best results for a natural feel with any tooth crown.

Advantages:

  • Captek offers complete color control, no matter the underlying tooth structure.
  • Warm gold color mimics the vitality of living tooth structures, whereas ceramic cores are too transparent and grayish, or too white, which grossly increases the chroma.
  • Patented reflective surface refracts and reflects light. This ability to capture and scatter reflected light adds a superior vitality and blending in effect
  • Captek covers dark roots or tooth structure. Captek can give beautiful esthetics regardless of the color of the abutment, tooth or root.
  • Captek supports beautiful crown color as well as the tissue color and health.

Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 14,000 - 15,000 per Crown

Air Abrasion is a technique applied instead of drilling, for removing decayed tooth, as well as for other dental treatments. Air Abrasion Technique: The instrument used for air abrasion has the semblance of a small sandblaster. Using this instrument, a mixture of extremely fine particles of baking soda, aluminum oxide, and silica are sprayed on to the surface of the tooth. These are sprayed with force, using compressed air or gas, through the hand-piece of the instrument. As the powered stream strikes the area, the decayed particles get sprayed off. The decayed portions that are thus removed are suctioned off after that The Benefits of Air Abrasion: Air abrasion does have certain benefits over the conventional drilling of teeth. These are listed below:

  • Air abrasion does not cause sound, vibrations, pressure, or heat.
  • It lessens the need to anesthetize the area, especially if the cavity is not deep.
  • The damage caused to the healthy dental tissue is less when air abrasion is used.
  • The working arena remains dry when air abrasion is used. This is helpful when composite fillings are done.
  • Air abrasion lessens the risk of micro-fracturing and tooth chipping. This has long term benefits since it can lessen the possibility of restorative failures.
  • By using this technique a dentist can treat different points inside the mouth during the same visit.
  • It is a comparatively quick and simple procedure.

A BPS brand denture is the result of a coordinated system of products, instruments, set-up techniques and training which are available exclusively to certified dental professionals.

SR Ivocap Injection System: The SR Ivocap System produces highly accurate methyl methacrylate-based dentures. After mixing, the material is injected into the flask under pressure. Constant pressure is applied during polymerization. As the denture base material flows consistently, the shrinkage of the material is optimally compensated.
BPS Denture System Benefits:

  • Prevent sore spots caused by ill-fitting dentures.
  • BPS dentures ensure the most natural smile available today.
  • Provides optimum function while speaking, eating and/or laughing.
  • BPS dentures create the character of your smile.
  • Support your facial muscles improving overall appearance.
  • BPS dentures will restore the natural look of your lips.
  • Overall BPS dentures are life-like, comfortable, functional and durable.
  • No increase in vertical dimension
  • Homogeneous denture base
  • Optimally coordinated components

Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 15,000 per Denture Set

Flexible partial dentures are a comfortable, beautiful, and affordable choice. It was long thought that removable partial dentures had to be rigid to be effective. The innovation of the Valplast Flexible Partial allows the restoration to adapt to the constant movement and flexibility in your mouth. This is the underlying thinking behind Valplasts innovative flexible, removable partial denture. The flexibility, combined with strength and light weight, provides total comfort and great looks! The preparation is relatively simple because your natural teeth don not need to be altered in any way. The Valplast partial is virtually invisible because there are no telltale metal clasps and the material itself blends with the tissue in your mouth so that the only thing that shows is your beautiful smile. When considering a removable partial, many people find the Valplast Flexible Partial to be the most comfortable option, and the final restoration can be made very quickly! While the cost is often higher than a partial made with visible metal clasps, the results of the flexible partial are beautiful, and patient satisfaction is very high. The Valplast flexible partial involves only non-invasive procedures, and gives you confidence in your restoration while talking, eating, and most importantly: smiling!
Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 8000 - 9000 for a Unilateral Denture & Rs. 17000 - 18000 for a Bilateral Denture (irrespective of the number of teeth in either case on either side)

If you are looking for a fast way to dramatically whiten your teeth, Zoom 2 Chair side Whitening System may be the answer for you. In just 45 minutes, this safe and effective yet innovative teeth bleaching system can give you the instant results you have been wanting - an average of eight shades! A specially designed light activates the Zoom 2 Whitening Gel to gently break down stains on your teeth to put the sparkle back in your smile! Also with the new Zoom 2 system, the patients experience up to 67% less sensitivity than with the other Zoom system. Zoom offers the best cosmetic teeth whitening available. Of all the dental whitening treatments (laser teeth whitening, whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, whitening gel and trays, and more), nothing whitens better or faster. Zoom 2 has clinically proven to be safe and effective and many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Almost anyone can benefit from it.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, regular dental cleanings and occasional touch-ups with Zoom 2 Take-Home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dentist
Advantages: Faster, More Comfortable & More Effective

  • 33% Faster - An average of 8 shades in just 45 minutes.
  • 67% Less Sensitivity - Zoom 2 patients have experienced 67% less sensitivity than those treated with the original Zoom system - a system heralded for its low sensitivity characteristics.
  • Much Easier - The new Zoom 2 advanced optical guidance system ensures quick, precise patient set-up for optimal results.

Estimated Cost Approx. Rs. 15,000