3M ESPE and Straumann collaborate to develop a streamlined digital workflow for restorative dentistry

•    Companies plan to connect 3MTM ESPETM LavaTM Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. to the Straumann® CARES® digital platform for restoration of Straumann implants.
•    Companies plan to offer new 3M ESPE CAD/CAM Restorative materials through Straumann CARES, improving the workflow from both companies.
•    Collaboration builds upon their effort to drive the adoption of Dental Wings Open Software (DWOSTM) into the leading open global standard software platform for dental applications.

Cologne, Germany, 22 March 2011: At Europe’s largest dental trade fair, the International Dental Show, today Straumann and 3M ESPE announced that they are collaborating to develop a streamlined digital implant workflow that connects the Lava Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S., to the Straumann CARES digital platform for prosthetic restoration of Straumann implants.
The goal of the collaboration is to increase accuracy, simplicity and productivity of the implant restorative procedure by combining technology solutions from industry leaders.
This new development will enable dentists to use the Lava C.O.S. to transfer digital scan information of the patients’ oral geometry to dental labs with the Straumann CARES system. This option also increases the breadth of the Straumann CARES digital offering.
In this new workflow, labs will retain control over the custom digital design of both implant abutments and final crowns. As announced earlier today, the two companies have selected Dental Wings Open Software (DWOS) as the core software behind the new Lava Design 7 Software and CARES CADCAM systems. This move allows both companies to channel their resources into developing one common software platform. This not only offers immediate benefits to the dental labs, such as simplifying choices, or minimizing training and investment risk. It also allows the three companies to focus on delivering additional indications and enhanced workflow functionality of the software to support multiple growing industry needs.
3M ESPE will continue to offer clinicians attractive restorative material solutions - from monolithic all-ceramic and hand-layered porcelain to zirconia restorations to new technologies to enhance the design and production of CAD/CAM crowns. In addition, the companies are working on offering new 3M ESPE CAD/CAM restorative materials through Straumann CARES, improving the implant workflow from both companies.


Dr. Ed Logan said…
This collabooration seems like it should improve clinical efficiency and dentist control over case results.

Edward Logan

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