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International Dental Show (IDS) 2007 in Cologne

High-tech digital systems in dental surgeries and laboratories. Latest developments in digital dental technology - Efficient surgery organisation with computer-aided processes for administration, diagnostics and treatment - Digital technology in the dental lab: Modern CAD/CAM processes for a competitive edge - Key theme at IDS.

State-of-the-art digital technology is becoming increasingly widespread for day-to-day processes in dental surgeries and laboratories. Computer technology is now indispensable to the sector. For surgical, implant-related and prosthetic aspects, digital systems have had a strong impact on everything from general surgery and lab administration to patient databases, X-ray diagnostics and intraoral imaging. The working environments of dentists, dental technicians and suppliers from the dental industry are changing due to the wide variety of digital processes available today. IDS 2007 in Cologne will therefore be a particularly valuable source of comprehensive information on digital dental technology. Patients at today's digitally networked dental surgeries will notice that computer technology has permeated many areas. Examples include reading health insurance chip cards and calling up patient data (such as records of previous treatment, X-ray images or other diagnostic results) from an electronic archive that is immediately accessible to the surgery staff. In most cases, the surgery also has an LCD screen for showing X-ray images or intraoral images (produced with a special digital camera or called up from the image archive). This can be a valuable aid for illustrating the treatment options. Digital processes such as the use of modern photostimulable phosphor systems are also becoming more widespread for X-ray diagnostics. Higher-resolution images are produced at a low level of radiation, and they can be archived with ease. State-of-the-art technology can be used to enhance other diagnostic methods as well. The results of biomolecular processes for assessing the risk of caries or periodontosis, for example, can be evaluated quickly and simply with the help of digital technology, and electronic tools can probe gum pockets gently and precisely. And thanks to absolutely accurate digital equipment, tooth colour can be reproduced at a quality that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago, even in constantly fluctuating conditions of daylight or artificial light. This represents a major advance when it comes to producing aesthetically pleasing prostheses. Today's digital technology is also having an impact on processes in the dental lab. CAD/CAM technology is making inroads alongside the conventional waxing-up technique for modelling prostheses. Stumps or models are digitised with the help of a laser, and the resulting digital information can then be edited on the computer. Conventional analogue lab procedures are gradually being replaced by CAD software for working with a digital model. These user-friendly programs enable crowns, bridges and implant superstructures to be designed to the highest degree of precision on screen, thereby saving time and money. The design of the desired prosthetic construction can be sent to the laboratory's own CNC milling robot. Alternatively, the digital data can be sent to regional or industrial milling centres to be made up, either using suitable data media or, for the fastest results, via the Internet. The lab thereby becomes more flexible in terms of production planning, which in turn represents a direct competitive edge that will in the future be crucial. Forward-looking dental technicians need to become familiar as quickly as possible with the new digital technologies in order to fully exploit the associated opportunities. One way they can do this is to attend IDS 2007 in Cologne. Demand among patients for prostheses made of modern materials, especially advanced zirconium oxide ceramics, is sure to increase in the future. This high-end material calls for digital CNC milling technology and is setting the pace for current CAD/CAM developments. Titanium is also highly suitable for automatic milling techniques, as are a number of non-precious metal alloys. Information on all aspects of digital dental technology will be available to dentists and dental technicians during the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne from 20th to 24th March 2007. Specialists from the manufacturers will be on hand to present their latest systems and technologies to interested trade visitors. Participants will of course also have the opportunity at IDS to ask questions and hold discussions with the experts. A unique international forum will be set up where trade visitors can talk to specialists about every aspect of digital technology for the dental sector. No dentist or dental technician can afford to miss out! "From 20th to 24th March 2007, the International Dental Show in Cologne - the world's largest trade fair for dental medicine and dental technology - will be the best place for trade visitors from surgeries and laboratories to talk to specialists from the exhibiting companies and experienced users about modern digital dental technology," says Dr. Markus Heibach, President of the VDDI. The International Dental Show (IDS), which takes place in Cologne every two years, is organized by the Association of German Dental Manufacturers, Cologne (http://www.vddi.dee), represented by its Society for the Promotion of the Dental Industry (GFDI). The trade fair is staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne. Note for editorial offices:
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