Taking the first step into digital manufacturing 

For the dental technician behind the Center for Oral Care in Uden, Netherlands, Okke Kamps’s journey of integrating digital manufacturing into the implantology practice was one riddled with setbacks and hurdles, but ultimately yielded better results. Hear from his experience, lessons, and advice for like-minded practitioners seeking to follow suit. 

It may be all smiles for the dental technician, but his centre’s transition into digital manufacturing was in equal measures challenging and rewarding

Based in Uden, Netherlands, the centre’s first step into digital dentures around seven years ago was unfamiliar but anchored by Kamps’s pursuit of new methods and technologies that would enable the centre to produce higher quality dentures more efficiently.

“The advantage of digital dentures is that we need significantly fewer sessions for our patients’ restorations than with conventional production,” said Kamps. 

The centre’s shift to digital production started with its first scanner, with support from a Dutch supplier, Cordent Milling Center, based in Maartensdijk, Netherlands. Despite the initial uptick, Kamps’s introduction to digital dentures was admittedly riddled with as many lows as there were highs. Computer-aided design (CAD) software and materials were not yet at today’s levels of precision and satisfying aesthetic results could not be achieved. 

The manufacturing process did not run smoothly either.

These teething pains would prove a familiar theme down the years, but Kamps understood it was a steep but necessary learning curve to become competent in a technology that offered numerous upsides. “The experience from our time as beginners was important for our progress,” said Kamps. “I am not a video gamer, but I had to really get myself into the whole digital world.”

A turning point for the centre’s venture into digital manufacturing came a year and a half ago, when a contact from the VITA dental factory provided an opportunity to produce digital dentures made of VITA VIONIC material with Cordent.

To read the full article, click here or refer to Dental Asia November/December 2023 issue.