Digitisation in the dental industry is unstoppable. It heralds change and offers enormous potential. The fact that many dental technicians and dentists want to seize these opportunities is reflected by the large number of participants at AG.Live CON.
From 20th to 24th April 2021, 38 international speakers presented the blueprints for a new dimension of unified dentistry in numerous live presentations and discussions.
The benefits of digitisation are clear, as Prof Dr med dent Daniel Edelhoff explained in the panel discussion.
He stated, “In more clinical work processes, analogue steps are being replaced by digital technology, which brings about enormous advantages such as the simplification of procedures, reproducibility and a high degree of predictability.“
However, the communication gap between dental technicians and dentists emerged as a key issue in the panel.
“Laboratories have invested heavily over the past few decades and digitised in the field of CAD/CAM. However, digitisation currently stops at the interface with the dentist,” said Master Dental Technician Andreas Kunz during the panel discussion.
The experts unanimously agreed that the greatest deficit currently lies in combining all available patient data in a meaningful manner, and then using these data to provide patient-specific treatment.
More than the sum of its parts
Teamwork is the key factor for any successful collaboration.
“For a complex restoration, you need a highly competent partner in the laboratory and a highly competent clinician. Then, their combined expertise is more than the sum of the individual parts,” emphasised Prof Dr med dent Florian Beuer.
The objective must be for the two to join forces in the best possible manner.
This is precisely the mission that Amann Girrbach has set itself. After five years of development work, the company has launched AG.Live.
The AG.Live is a web-based portal for collaboration between laboratories and dentists which offers seamless digital services at all levels.
For instance, AG.Live used as a central tool for digital case management; networking; infrastructure and material management; and support and knowledge database will gradually replace the previous C3 customer portal.
In addition, the platform networks machines and materials in the laboratory, thereby simplifying processes and increasing quality and reproducibility.
However, the most notable feature is providing a link in the growing global network of digitally operating dental professionals.
This bridges the interdisciplinary gap between dentists and dental technicians and facilitates future-oriented cooperation.
In this network of optimised and new partnerships, the participants can focus on their strengths and better position themselves on the market.
Extending the digital Ceramill CAD/CAM workflow to the dentist
AG.Live also forms the basis and interface for the Ceramill Direct Restoration System (DRS), in which Amann Girrbach extends the digital Ceramill CAD/CAM workflow to the dentist.
The Ceramill DRS Connection Kit – consisting of the Ceramill Map DRS intraoral scanner, the appropriate scanning software as well as the connection to the AG.Live platform – serves as the entry-level variant.
Any order data including all the required information can be shared seamlessly and in real time, as the practice is linked fully digital to the laboratory via AG.Live.
This permits same-day dentistry for simple restorations, also with zirconia by using the Ceramill DRS High-Speed Zirconia Kit.
Supplementing the range is the Ceramill DRS Production Kit, which allows dentists to perform the fabrication directly in the practice.
Here, the laboratory can assist them in terms of design, know-how, service and advice.
The workflow results to three Ceramill Team Workflows, which can be used depending on the kit equipment and team formation.
Due to the modular design, it is possible to start on a small scale with the Ceramill DRS Connection Kit and upgrade to the Ceramill DRS Production Kit at a later stage.
Additionally, the Ceramill DRS system is fully integrated – all components are compatible with each other and originate from a single source.
Thus, Amann Girrbach takes full responsibility for service, support and the final restoration. Availability of the individual kits can be requested from the respective dealership.
AG.Live and DRS as well as all digitisation solutions from Amann Girrbach support practices and laboratories on a journey that Prof Dr med dent Jan-Frederik Güth described as, “Patient-oriented, focused, personalised, team-oriented, simplified and digital – that’s where the journey is headed.”