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Revolutionizing Dental Restorations: The Digital Workflow at Infinia Dental Lab

Technological advancements have revolutionized the way dental professionals approach patient care. Among these advancements, the digital workflow has emerged as a game-changer, providing more accurate, efficient, and patient-friendly solutions. At Infinia Dental Lab, we have embraced this cutting-edge approach to streamline the process of dental restorations and implant treatments, ultimately delivering a higher standard of care to our patients. 

Our digital workflow is a testament to precision, efficiency, and patient-centricity. It is divided into four main appointments, each meticulously designed to ensure optimal outcomes and a seamless experience for both patients and clinicians. 

Appointment 1: The Foundation of Digital Records

Our journey into the world of digital dentistry begins with the first appointment. This initial meeting, lasting approximately one hour, lays the foundation for the entire treatment process. Here, we prioritize the collection of accurate and comprehensive digital records, setting the stage for a successful treatment journey.

During this appointment, we employ state-of-the-art technology, including our Intra Oral Scanner (IOS) for digital impressions, Face Scans, CBCT (Cone beam Computed Tomography) scans, and the capture of a Centric Relation bite at an ideal Vertical Dimension of Occlusion using the Conmetior. These elements come together to provide a 360-degree view of the patient’s oral health and anatomy.

With this wealth of data in hand, we transition to the lab process, where the magic truly begins. Our team leverages advanced software to design new teeth, plan implant treatments, and meticulously review the treatment plan with the patient. Additionally, we fabricate stackable guides leading up to the surgery day, ensuring precision and predictability in the implant placement process. For those cases where a stackable guide is not needed, we also offer clear duplicate options.

Appointment 2: Surgery Day Precision

On surgery day, our digital workflow continues to shine, ensuring precision and efficiency at every turn. This appointment involves three essential scans that are crucial to the success of the procedure. 

Reference Scan: This step captures reference points using an ortho screw, existing teeth (if applicable), or an artificial reference screw (ARS) made by InstaRisa. In cases where existing teeth are used, this may be unnecessary, streamlining the process further.

Implant Position Scan: To precisely determine the ideal implant positions, we utilize advanced techniques, including Photogrammetry techniques (such as Icam4D or Micron Mapper) or the IOS with the InstaRisa ScanDar technique. 

Tissue Scan: A tissue scan is performed to design the intaglio (inner surface) of the temporary prosthetics, ensuring a perfect fit and optimal comfort for the patient.

Once these scans are complete, we leverage the capabilities of 3D printing technology to fabricate temporary prosthetics that are directly attached to the multi unit using rosen or power ball screws. This groundbreaking approach allows us to provide patients with immediate temporary restorations, often within the same day or within 48 hours of the surgery.

Appointment 3: Tissue Transformation

As the patient’s healing progresses, we proceed to the third appointment. Tissues that were once inflamed or compromised gradually regain their vitality. New tissue formation takes place, creating the foundation for the long term success of the final prosthetic. This third appointment involves capturing the transformation of the newly formed tissue. This step is critical for ensuring that the final prosthesis fits precisely and comfortably.

Typically taking around 30 minutes or less to complete, this appointment adds another layer of accuracy to our digital workflow. During this appointment, our team employs a combination of technology and expertise. We utilize advanced scanning techniques to capture high resolution images of the healing tissue. These scans serve as a bridge between the initial treatment phase and the final prosthesis design. The data collected during this visit is seamlessly integrated into the digital design process, facilitating the creation of a final prosthesis that aligns perfectly with the patient’s oral anatomy.

Appointment 4: The Culmination of Precision

The fourth and final appointment is the culmination of our digital workflow, representing the moment when all of the meticulous planning, digital precision, and patient-centric care come together to transform a patient’s smile. With a turnaround time of approximately three weeks following appointment 3, we are ready to insert the final prosthesis zirconia hybrid. What sets this step apart is not only the quality of the restoration but also the efficiency of our process, made possible by the precise records collected during the initial appointments. 

During the insertion process, our team’s focus is on ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. The records collected during earlier appointments guide us in making any necessary adjustments to the final prosthesis, ensuring that it aligns perfectly with the patient’s oral anatomy. 

Patient’s often express astonishment at the transformative power of the final prosthetic. It’s not just about restoring their ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence; it’s about reclaiming a sense of normalcy and self-assurance.

In summary, the digital workflow at Infinia Dental Lab has transformed dental restorations and implant treatments. Through precise data collection, advanced software, and 3D printing technology, we have created a streamlined process that prioritizes accuracy, efficiency, and patient comfort. Our four main appointments seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technology with personalized care, resulting in outcomes that meet the highest standards of quality.

At Infinia Dental Lab, we remain committed to embracing innovation and staying at the forefront of dental technology. Our digital workflow is a testament to our dedication to providing patients with the best possible experience and outcomes. As we look into the future of digital dentistry, we are excited to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in dental restorations, ultimately improving the lives and smiles of our valued patients.