CAD/CAM Insider: Which materials maintain their strength after grinding?

Dear CAD/CAM Insider,

Maintaining a restorative material's strength after grinding and polishing is a key concern for practitioners using a chairside CAD/CAM process. However, between glass-ceramic materials and so-called softer materials, which retain the most strength after a grinding and polishing process? A new study has an answer. Read our Insider Exclusive.

In other CAD/CAM Community news, the average American drinks a lot of coffee -- 3.1 cups per day to be exact -- which poses a challenge to dentists who want to create natural-looking restorations using CAD/CAM composite resin blocks. Fortunately, newer restorative materials may prevent coffee stains better than traditional composite resins. Read more here.

Since the end of January, companies have introduced new products ranging from double-sided diamond disks to a smartwatch app, and more. Here is our winter 2017 roundup of newly debuted products, including a new line of CAD/CAM dentures. Find out more here.

In the CAD/CAM community, you'll also find the following recent CAD/CAM industry news:

  • 3D printing company 3D Systems has acquired Vertex-Dental, the manufacturer of traditional and 3D printing dental materials under the Vertex and NextDent brands.
  • Materials and equipment company Shofu Dental has launched two new products, a bur holder and proprietary hybrid ceramic materials for CAD/CAM-based restorative dentistry.
  • Roland DGA has launched a new 3D printer and a dental mill for dental laboratories.
  • 3Shape has introduced new software for digital implant scanning and new lab scanners and has also added the Straumann implant bar and bridge libraries to its Dental System software.
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