Interview Lab Manager
Mr Martin, how would you describe your department?
Georg Martin: Ours is a service-oriented, flexible and high-tech laboratory offering a broad spectrum of technology and services ranging from the basics all the way to sophisticated support for implantology and zircon oxide restorations. Our approach is to work closely with the doctors and patients to find the best solution for each individual.
What are the benefits of having an onsite dental lab?
Georg Martin: The close proximity enables us to react quickly to individual patient requests. For example, it allows us to make any adjustments with respect to colour, form and appearance directly while the patient is in the chair.
What is the focus when preparing restorations?
Georg Martin: We specialise in particularly demanding technical designs, implantology treatment or aesthetically sophisticated restorations. We use only top-quality material that allows us to create restorations that perfectly mimic the appearance of healthy teeth. All materials are biocompatible, allergy tested and certified. We use high-tech CAD/-CAM technology to achieve precise and aesthetic results.
What are the advantages of the new technologies such as CAD/-CAM?
Georg Martin: CAD/-CAM technology allows us, for example, to prepare all-ceramic restorations, which weren't even available before. Crowns and bridges have traditionally been fabricated as porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) systems which must then be adjusted to fit. The disadvantages of traditional methods: PFM restorations offer a less aesthetic result, often leaving a visible thin, grey line at the margin of the crown. Irreversible tooth preparation (grinding away) and tissue sensitivity in the form of allergic reactions can also be an issue.
However, the use of ceramic zircon oxide has made this a thing of the past. The material is natural tooth colour, fully biocompatible, highly durable and strong. This high-performance ceramic makes it possible to create restorations so natural looking that they cannot be distinguished from natural teeth.
CAD/-CAM technology also offers advantages in terms of speed of production. Restorations can be created much faster using CAD/-CAM technology than with the traditional methods.