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Is computer-guided implant placement really better?
December 28, 2017 -- Is computer-guided implant placement actually better than conventional implant procedures? Are guided protocols preferred for certain situations? While the technology certainly offers significant promise, a new study investigated whether current scientific evidence backs it up.  Discuss
ClearCaps accepts Planmeca scans
December 21, 2017 -- Aligner manufacturer ClearCaps has begun accepting scans from two Planmeca intraoral scanners.
Align terminates interoperability contract with 3Shape
December 20, 2017 -- Medical device company Align Technology will terminate its interoperability contract with 3Shape as of January 17, 2018.  Discuss
Fall 2017 new-product roundup from DrBicuspid.com
December 15, 2017 -- During fall 2017, new products ranging from surgical implant guides to obturators and contra angles were introduced. Here is our roundup of new products from Dentsply Sirona, Planmeca, KaVo, and other companies.  Discuss
New product: Planmeca debuts surgical implant guide
December 6, 2017 -- Dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca has introduced a surgical implant guide.  Discuss
Patterson to distribute SprintRay 3D printing products
December 4, 2017 -- Patterson Dental has signed an agreement to distribute 3D printers, resins, and other products from SprintRay.  Discuss
Case report: 2-visit implant placement and final restoration
November 30, 2017 -- Digital technology has drastically changed the world around us, and implant dentistry is no exception, writes Ross Enfinger, DMD. Gone are the days of freehand implant placement and compromised soft-tissue outcomes with less than ideal restorative results. Dr. Enfinger presents a case report of an implant placement performed in two visits using CAD/CAM and other technologies.  Discuss
New product: Roland DGA launches CAD/CAM package
November 27, 2017 -- Roland DGA has launched a new open-architecture CAD/CAM package.  Discuss
Can 3D-printed materials compete with provisionals?
November 24, 2017 -- Do provisional restorations designed with CAD/CAM software and created using 3D printing hold up in a patient's mouth, or should you stick with conventionally cured provisional materials? A new study tested 3D-printed materials against two provisional materials and reported positive results for 3D printing.  Discuss
Patterson reports lower dental sales in Q2
November 21, 2017 -- Patterson Companies reported lower sales in its dental segment for the second quarter of fiscal 2018.  Discuss
Special Feature
Study tests particle-filled resins for partial crowns

What materials do you use for single-tooth, partial-crown restorations? Particle-filled composite resin CAD/CAM materials are a promising addition to practitioner's toolbox, but do they hold up over time? Researchers tested 42 partial-crown restorations over two years to see how well these restorations performed. Read more.