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CAD/CAM

What CAD/CAM components does DESS offer?

  1. Lab Scan Bodies - $25 (made of PEEK Plastic, screw sold separately)
  2. Intra-Oral Scan Bodies - $50 (Made of PEEK Plastic with a fixed internal screw)
  3. Ti Bases - $39 Available in both straight and angled (AngleBase®). Engaging and Non-Engaging options for all systems that DESS offers. It includes both a wax up sleeve and a final screw.
  4. Chrome Cobalt Bases - $45 Available in Engaging and Non-Engaging for all systems that DESS offers. It includes both a wax up sleeve and a final screw. (includes both a wax up sleeve and a final screw)
  5. FREE library files for Exocad®, 3Shape®, and Dental Wings® (all approved by scanner manufacturer) under the 'downloads' tab at the top of our page.

What CAD/CAM scanner software does DESS work with?

DESS offers free library files for Exocad®, 3Shape®, and Dental Wings®. Any new library file releases have been sent to the respective company for approval before posting to our website.

The library files can be downloaded here - https://www.dess-usa.com/library-files/

What scan body solutions does DESS provide?

Currently, DESS has both lab scan bodies and intra-oral scan bodies. They are autoclavable and reusable for up to 75-100 uses.

Dental labs can utilize the lab scan bodies to scan single unit and implant bridge cases. The scan bodies can be altered/thinned down on the side walls; however the top ball with the flat side needs to remain intact. The top ball with the flat side provides the orientation, angulation, and depth of the implant. This information is then transferred to both the titanium base and the analog so that they can be virtually placed into the model in the CAD software.

The intra-oral scan bodies are shorter and narrower than the lab scan bodies. They have a fixed internal screw and are hand tightened. DESS offers an intra-oral driver should you need one.

DESS Dental Lab Scan Body

These scan bodies are not designed to be used intraorally.

DESS Intraoral & Dental Lab Scan Body

DESS Titanium Base

What are the DESS Ti Base/Scan Body unique features?

  1. Free scan library files of analog, screw, ti bases, scan bodies, and multiunit/uniabutment/1.5 abutments enable labs to virtually plan entire full mouth temporary and final restorations from implant level impressions.
  2. Scan bodies made of PEEK plastic, designed by Exocad®, with extremely high accuracy.
  3. Ti Bases/Scan Bodies include a final screw and wax up sleeve for making various solutions without the need to outsource.
  4. The wax up sleeve has an anti-rotational and step pattern so it fits exactly in one way onto the ti base.
  5. SelectGrip® surface on Ti Base/Scan Body eliminates need to sandblast surface and provides lab with a uniformed roughened surface with 3 times greater retention then standard titanium surface.
  6. All screws are tested to be torqued to 150% of nominal torque setting.
  7. Engaging, Non Engaging, and Multiunit Ti Bases/Scan Bodies available for all systems
  8. AngleBases® are available. They can be used to change the location of the screw access hole up to 25 degrees in any direction.

What type of CAD/CAM restorations can be made with the DESS ti base/scan body?

  1. Print out Wax and Cast a PFM separate from the ti base and then CEMENT it onto the ti base as either a cement or a screw retained PFM abutment crown.
  2. Print out Wax and Cast a PFM separate from the ti base and laser weld it onto the ti base as a screw retained PFM abutment crown.
  3. Mill an Emax and cure/lute/bond/cement to the ti base
  4. CAD/CAM mill a zirconia abutment and then cure/lute/bond/cement to the ti base
  5. CAD/CAM mill a one piece screw retained zirconia abutment/crown and then cure/lute/bond/cement to the ti base

What other parts are included with the DESS Ti Base?

The DESS standard titanium bases include a final screw and a wax up sleeve. The DESS AngleBase® do not come with a wax up sleeve, but can be purchased separately if needed. The ti bases have a flat side which correlates to the scan body, analog, and wax up sleeve. These parts can only be placed onto the ti base in one way (aligning the flat side on both parts) so the fit of any restoration that you create with the wax up sleeve will have built in anti-rotation.

What type of restorations can be made on top of the ti base utilizing the wax up sleeve?

  1. Wax and Cast a PFM separate from the ti base and then CEMENT it onto the ti base as either a cement or a screw retained PFM abutment crown.
  2. Wax and Cast a PFM separate from the ti base and laser weld it onto the ti base as a screw retained PFM abutment crown.
  3. Press Emax to the ti base
  4. Copy mill a zirconia abutment
  5. Copy mill a one piece screw retained zirconia abutment/crown

Does DESS have internal threaded Ti Base/Scan Body?

DESS has designed additional precautionary features into several of the conical shaped platforms that have "engaging elements" (which may possibly bend under applied pressure). This includes the Nobel Active®, Straumann Bone Level®, and Ankylos® compatible ti bases.

They have their own internal safety threads inside them. This means that the screw cannot fall out of the abutment unless the user consciously chooses to unscrew the screw from the abutment. By having this internal abutment thread to keep the screw in situ (?) then all external pressure on the engaging elements is supported by the screw and it is virtually impossible to bend them.

The instructions for use should be to ensure that the screw is threaded through the abutment whilst the restoration takes place (and before placing in the analog or implant). If this precaution is observed, the engaging elements remain safe from possible damage. If for any given reason the screw needs to be removed, place it back again in its "safe" position before applying any loads on the abutment. In order to prove the resistance of this modified design, DESS has conducted a static stress test on the 2mm high Ti bases (compatible with Ankylos®) and the results are quite impressive as the load to bend them is clearly above 500N at 30º.

So the “instructions for use” should be to ensure that the screw is threaded through the abutment whilst restoration takes place and before placing in the analog or implant. If this precaution is observed the engaging elements remain safe from possible damage. If for any given reason, the screw needs to be removed, place it back again in its “safe” position before applying any loads on the abutment. In order to prove the resistance of this modified design DESS has conducted a static stress test on the 2mm high Ti bases (compatible with Ankylos) and the results are quite impressive as the load to bend them is clearly above 500N at 30º.

How can the DESS library files be utilized in my CAD software?

The DESS library files for Exocad®, 3Shape®, and Dental Wings® provide you with CAD files of the following DESS components; Analog, Scan Body, Ti Base, Final Screw, and Multiunit Abutments.

During the scanning process the scan bodies top portion (the ball with flat side) provides information to the CAD software of the orientation, depth, and angulation of the implant placement. This information is then incorporated into the 3D model with the analog and ti base being inserted into the right orientation, angulation, and depth based on the scan body scan. The CAD file of the screw is included so you can see the depth, angulation, and insertion of the screw in the ti base and restoration. This is especially important for when you make an angulated screw solution with our upcoming angulated screw channel ti bases/scan body.

DESS manufacturers several multiunit abutments and by providing you the library files for these components you can virtually plan out any multiple implant case with our CAD file of the multiunit abutment and create, prior to insertion of the multiunits, temporary or permanent implant bridge solutions and deliver both the restoration and DESS multiunit components to the dentist at time of surgery/after healing etc.

There are several companies in the USA that manufacturer custom titanium and custom zirconia abutments and they require that you purchase their own scan bodies. DESS scan bodies only work with the DESS ti base and the fabrication of the restoration above that.

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