Laserdentium – Innovative System Supplier in the Dental CAD/CAM Area From a development laboratory for physics on laser applications, Laserdentium developed to  become a system supplier within the CAD/CAM dental area. Contrary to the general trend  that systems will function only among each other, Laserdentium put greatest emphasis on the  openness of its products. Due to the consequent use of the STL format in accordance to the  industrial standard, all products may be combined in a perfect way with products of other  manufacturers, for example with all open rapid-prototype devices.   Today’s dental prosthesis are widely produced by hand. Many of those production companies  have settled in or moved to lower wage countries in Asia. The demand for mechanical and  digital production of dental prosthesis leading to cost reductions and higher quality standards  has risen due to a number of social and economic factors such as aging and wealthier  population in European countries during the past few decades. And this demand will remain  to grow due to demographics, patient behaviour as well as technology and dental-care  access. Currently, the dental industry is using CAD / CAM (Computer-aided design / Computer-aided  manufacturing) for the production of dental prosthesis of porcelain (Zirconium) material. This  is an advanced technology which allows dental labs to produce dental products with digital  assistance and machinery production. A production of a porcelain substructure is only  possible with CAD / CAM machinery, while finishing the crowns is done by veneering the  substructure by hand. The porcelain material fulfils the demand for a biocompatible and  highly aesthetic prosthesis. Currently, this is the most lucrative restoration method for dental  labs, which on the other hand is also the most expensive one for the patient. The gross  margin per hour of a porcelain crown is three times higher compared with the conventional  metal substructure. Caused by the high sales price for CAD / CAM produced porcelain,  restorations contribute only by 20 % to total amount of prosthesis in dental labs. Already, this  small portion is the motivation for a dental lab to buy a CAD / CAM system. Bigger labs are  buying a complete dental system including a scanner, CAD / CAM and a milling unit, smaller  labs only scanner and CAD software. The small labs produce the substructure in milling  centres and finish the crowns in their own lab because the leasing rates for a complete dental  system are higher than the additional profit from self-production of the Zirconium  substructures. That intention would change, if the usage for a CAD / CAM system would be  enlarged by substituting the metal based restoration with CAD / CAM restorations, which  contribute 60 % of all restorations of a lab. An innovative solution is required to increase the  amount of machinery production of dental prosthesis to reduce manual work and  production  costs and therefore establish an industrial standard of the products and enables also the  production of dental prosthesis in a dentist practice.  All companies which are already offering dental systems are focussing on the porcelain  production. So far,  none of them  is offering a solution, which would enlarge the usage of a  CAD / CAM system in a dental lab significantly. In order to overcome the above mentioned  challenges, Laserdentium presents the Full Milled Crown (FMC) method to the market. FMC  is a unique and innovative production platform for the full digital and machinery  production of  dental prosthesis, for both dental practises and dental labs. This production method in  combination with Laserdentium’s dental system reduces the production costs to 50 % of  today in half of the production time with only 10 % of manual work.  Therefore, the production  in a lab or practice lab can be done by half of the employees of today, which is a must to  increase the profit and reduce the price for dental restorations. The 90 % machinery  production portion reconstitutes the competitiveness against cheap imports from Asia and  secures jobs in Europe.  Another future technology for dental restoration is implantology. If the patient pays the same  price for a single implant based crown as for a three unit bridge, it is expected that no one  would choose the three unit bridge, which implements the violation of two healthy teeth for  filling the hole of one lost tooth. So the goal is to reduce the costs for an implant based to the  level of a stump based restoration.    
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