Our dental laboratories use the latest 3D digital design and manufacturing technologies (CAD CAM) and traditional aesthetic techniques to produce dental restorations that are precise, robust and beautiful.
The laboratories are on two sites to accommodate the highly technical machinery for digital manufacturing, and the more traditional artisan processes. This provides us with the highly accurate engineering that is required for the manufacture of robust structures to provide the support and strength needed for crown and bridge structures on teeth and on implants, along with the beautiful natural-looking appearance that our patients deserve.
Whereas previously most laboratory work was carried out by hand and made mostly with the use of cartable metals - notably gold alloys, nowadays most work is designed in software on computers, and then manufactured using milling machines or 3D printers. This allows us to use materials which are hard to work with by hand, such as biocompatible titanium, and zirconium, and incredibly strong cobalt chrome.
This sort of digital technology allows us to bring in data from all sorts of different technologies, for example fusing our CBCT 3D x-ray data with 3D optical scan data from our intra oral or laboratory model scanners.
Despite access to some extraordinary technology, in order to achieve the best possible appearance, the final finish is usually applied by hand, with the care and attention to detail of a fine craftsman.
Stages in the manufacture of a beautiful zirconium and porcelain crown