Deliver High-Quality Finishes with Materials Processing

When milling in-clinic, knowing how to create realistic finishes is the final step in manufacturing lab-quality restorations.

Understand the material properties of high glass ceramic, E.max, hybrid ceramic and zirconia, and what is required to produce lifelike finishes.

Produce finished restorations that your patients love

If you are manufacturing restorations in-clinic, effectively processing these materials is key to getting a great result.

Milled restorations undergo machining operations to achieve the desired shape and dimensions, but the finishing step truly determines the final product's quality, functionality and aesthetic.

Finishing involves refining the surface texture and shape, removing imperfections, and achieving the necessary fit and aesthetics.

A well-executed finishing process ensures that the restoration integrates with the patient's dentition, provides optimal comfort, and exhibits superior aesthetics. 

Properly finishing a milled restoration is a key step in ensuring your patient gets a restoration that fits, is durable and looks great.

Benefits of Optimal Materials Processing

Improved Patient Outcomes

By mastering materials processing, you can create restorations that not only look natural but also function seamlessly, enhancing patient satisfaction and confidence.


Proper materials handling and processing can minimize waste and reduce the need for costly remakes or repairs, boosting your practice's profitability.

Competitive Edge

Differentiating your practice with exceptional materials processing skills can set you apart from competitors and attract new patients seeking high-quality dental care.

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Amazing courses, the best way to see multiple different digital scanning and milling systems in action. I can’t recommend the Institute of Digital Dentistry highly enough for dentists interested in starting digital dentistry.

Dr Amelia PatersonGeneral Dentist - NZ

Buckets of Material

WOW!!! A lot of information, but as I have come to learn, you have to know your materials. Thanks for a concise presentation.

Dr William PhillippiGeneral Dentist

The course was great. It’s been good to try out the new scanners to see what the new mills can do. The team is really enthusiastic, and I’d certainly recommend this course to anyone who would like to see what you can do with CAD/CAM dentistry.

Dr Derek GreyGeneral Dentist - NZ

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Types of Dental Material Processing

There are many different types of dental materials that can be used in your workflows. Luckily, we have free resources explaining each of them.

Impression Materials

Dental Ceramics

Denture Base Materials

CAD/CAM Technology

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3D Printing Overview

A quick overview of 3D printing in dentistry - from the different technologies to file formats.

Dental Models

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Characterizing Monolithic Restorations

This comprehensive guide is an additional resource for those who want to master processing and finishing CAD/CAM restorations.

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Materials Processing Course

Imagine if you could process all types of CAD/CAM materials in-house and produce lab-quality finishes in less time.

Whether you are a dentist, DA or technician, learn how to process all materials including zirconia, a material that demands a deep understanding of its strengths, weaknesses, indications, and contraindications. From pre-sintering coloring to post-sintering techniques, you will gain invaluable knowledge to ensure flawless execution.

Take a comprehensive look at the diverse array of CAD/CAM materials available, their unique properties, pros and cons, and the clinical indications that govern their application. 

3D Printing Course

The dental industry is going through a digital revolution. Previously, intraoral scanning was the must-have technology that massively changed clinical workflows around the world.

Now, 3D printing is taking the industry by storm.

If you are not beginning to migrate to an in-house workflow that features 3D Printing - you risk being left behind by your peers.

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The dental industry is going through a digital revolution. Previously, intraoral scanning was the must-have technology that massively changed clinical workflows around the world.

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