Astra Tech teams with Dental Wings for implants

Astra Tech has formed a strategic alliance with Dental Wings, a provider of CAD/CAM solutions with specialized development of 3D scanners, beginning in early 2010. As a result, Dental Wings users worldwide will be able to remotely transfer scans to Astra Tech's design and manufacturing centers for the production of Atlantis patient-specific abutments for all major implant systems.

"This new partnership with Dental Wings is an important step in our continued efforts to leverage technology to further enhance our customers' experience with Atlantis abutments while reducing costs and turnaround times," said Peter Selley, president and CEO of Astra Tech Group, in a press release.

The process allows scanning of implant cases in the dental laboratory using a Dental Wings 3D scanner. A dedicated interface jointly developed by Astra Tech and Dental Wings facilitates the electronic transfer of scans from the Dental Wings user directly to Astra Tech's design and manufacturing centers for precise and efficient production of Atlantis abutments. By eliminating the need for shipping case models, the laboratory is able to benefit from reduced turnaround times and cost, according to the companies.

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