Software Update Streamlines Denture Design

Dentistry Today


DentalCAD 2.4 Plovdiv from exocad GmbH features the FullDenture module, which allows the design of removable single jaw dentures in a guided digital workflow. Now, exocad says, practically all digital full denture production methods can be mapped. 

Whether printing or milling, ready-made or individually designed teeth, digital full dentures can be implemented more easily than ever before with DentaCAD 2.4 Plovdiv, says the company. Dental technicians now can gradually prepare their laboratory for the digital fabrication of complete dentures as well, according to exocad.

“This release contains 64 new features and 45 extended functions that make our software even more attractive for every dental technician. This time, the focus of our innovation is on removable dentures and advanced implant-supported bridges,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO of exocad.

The exocad wizard guides dental technicians step by step through the FullDenture module, particularly benefitting new users, the company says. Experts benefit from the software’s flexibility, which gives them maximum design freedom via the software’s expert mode, says exocad.

The prosthetic tooth library has been expanded to include well-known manufacturers such as Vita, Dentsply Sirona, and Ruthinium. With selected libraries, exocad said, it is even possible to scale and modify the existing shapes, allowing users to manufacture their own denture teeth in a variety of production methods.

The vastly extended selection of exocad-approved prosthetic component libraries now includes more than 52,000 components. Further new and optimized software functions are available to dental technicians with DentalCAD 2.4 Plovdiv, exocad says, including:

  • Improved thimble crown design: An optimized workflow enables the creation of implant-borne thimble bridges without rescanning the substructure.
  • Model Creator: New available parameters allow dynamic adjustment of the offset around the model analogs. Significantly extended libraries for attachments also are now available.
  • Bars: Advanced dedicated workflows to design offset structures on scanned bars are now available, including a new “offset substructure” reconstruction type. With a few clicks, users can get a simple shell design in a set thickness and attach retentions according to their needs. 
  • Jaw Motion module: Digital facebow support is provided for the virtual articulator. Measures from the Zebris Jaw Motion Analyzer now can be used as a digital facebow. 
  • Virtual Articulator module: The FAG Quickmaster articulator has been integrated and is now available in the virtual library.

And, the seamless combination of PartialCAD and DentalCAD with a combined workflow now enables virtual gingiva-borne bridges on top of a partial framework design, supporting the highly automated production of removables. Users can mill or print teeth and gingiva themselves. The designs are free of undercuts and can be placed right on top of the partial framework. 

Further, the PartialCAD module has been significantly improved for the Plovidv release, exocad says. It now features extended control and new options to meet fit preferences, along with usability improvements and additional tools for customized shapes of posts. 

DentalCAD 2.4 Plovdiv is now available worldwide. All users with an upgrade contract can download it immediately. The FullDenture module is available as an add-on module to DentalCAD and as a standalone version. 

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