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March 20, 2023

Welcome to our recap of Day 5 at the International Dental Show (IDS) - the world's leading trade fair for the dental industry.

We've been extremely busy documenting everything we saw at the event,  you can see our previous recaps below.

We had such a great time in Cologne, and it was amazing to see so many passionate dentists in one place. Over 120,000 attendees came to IDS 2023, which just showcases how passionate our industry is about innovation and providing optimal care for our patients. 

It was an extremely busy week between lecturing for Medit, Eighteeth, and Formlabs and writing these recaps, but I wouldn't want to change a thing about it. 

See you at IDS 2025!

GC - Aadva Lab Scanner 3 and 4DR 

GC look to build on  the success of their Aadva Lab Scanner 2 with the next release in the series - Aadva Lab Scanner 3. The lab scanner looks to improve on the previous edition in every way.

The company also debuted their new intraoral scanner - the Aadva IOS 200, featuring a really unique addition. GC unveiled 4DR technology. which is a stereo matching algorithm similar to what you'd find in self-driving cars and other smart technology. 

It looks like the company have recognised that AI will be a driving force in dentistry, and have decided to pivot their products to showcase that.

Amann Girrbach

Amann Girrbach's new release, the Ceramill Direct Restoration Solution (DRS) is a system that consists of several kits:

  • The Connection Kit, which includes an intraoral scanner and software to enable same-day dentistry.
  • The Production Kit, which enables the fabrication of single-tooth restorations and up to 3-unit bridges directly in the dental practice, resulting in a final dental restoration within just one session.
  • The High-Speed Zirconia Kit, which provides a fast and efficient way to fabricate highly esthetic restorations in the dental practice.

The Ceramill DRS system allows for easy collaboration between the dental practice and lab. The system components are modular and can be upgraded later. Crowns can be milled in just 15 minutes and sintered in just 20 minutes, great for anyone wanting to do same-day dentistry.

They showcased their new software platform - AG LIFE, which allows users to manage cases online, accepts third-party intraoral scanner data and improves communication between labs and dental clinics.

They also released a new Zirconia material as well, called Zolid Bion - a material that is compatible with all common milling systems.

Navident - Navigated Surgery

We've seen more and more equipment pop up that's designed to assist dentists with implant surgery. We used the X-Guide implant system earlier this year and while it's definitely an expensive initial investment, it's extremely useful if you're doing implants often.

The Navident is a similar piece of equipment that help you plan and place single, multiple and fully edentulous implants.

This system creates a virtual model of the patient's jaw using CT and digital impression data, which is prepared in just a few seconds. The implant placement plan, including the position of crowns and implants, can be modified at any time during the planning process.

During the actual surgery, Navident displays the progress of the implant or drill tip relative to the surrounding structures in the patient's jaw, allowing the surgeon to ensure accurate placement. 

It looks like we'll start to see more and more of these machines coming to market. Hopefully, that could mean the price begins to fall on select models, similar to what has happened to the intraoral scanning market. 

Clinux and the rise of third-party design software

With the prevalence of 3D printing, we've also seen a massive increase in third-party CAD design options as clinics start to look at bringing their workflow in-house.

Companies like Clinux exist to simplify the CAD design experience, vastly streamlining the process of creating crowns and bridges in-house. 

We've been huge advocates of moving your workflow in-house for years, so it's fantastic to see it becoming much more accessible to dentists everywhere.

Stratasys - J5 DentaJet 3D Printer

I got a closer look at the J5 DentaJet 3D printer, and I'm quite impressed. It's designed for medium to large dental labs, and can print up to five different resins in a single job, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

It offers full color printing and the ability to produce highly realistic replicas of a patient's mouth or print monolithic, polychromatic dentures or temporaries in a variety of shades and colors.

The company claims the DentaJet is like having three printers in one, with a larger print tray to create more parts in a compact, lab-friendly environment.

It also features unattended operation, meaning fewer changeovers, and minimal post-processing.

I've been told it sells for around 60-70k USD, and can print multiple colours on one build platform. 

Myowise - Occlusion Analysis System

Myowise is an interesting product. The company claim that it is the smallest EMG sensor in the world. It helps you detect bite and mastication problems in your patients without having to rely on conventional techniques. 

It's extremely light, weighing in at 8 grams, has zero wires and a pretty astounding 20 hour battery life - meaning you can use it all day if you choose to.

It also comes with a simple and intuitive software, which guides users through the process of using the technology. The software includes both basic and advanced functions.

The Myowise process involves four steps: applying the four sensors, calibrating the software, analyzing the data, and producing a customized report for patients.

The Myowise system seems perfect for anyone looking to move away from articulating paper and introduce something much more accurate into their clinic. 

About the author 

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who owns and has tested all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems in his clinic. Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny is a full-time private dentist in New Zealand and the Director of The Institute of Digital Dentistry (iDD), a world-leading digital dentistry education provider. iDD offers live courses, masterclasses, and an online training platform, with a mission to ensure dentists globally have easy and affordable access to the best digital dentistry training possible.

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