Plan for success with CAD/CAM technology

The open-interface-based CAD/CAM solutions introduce quality, cost-efficiency and precision to the daily workflow at dental clinics. Dan Burborough, marketing executive for Planmeca UK, explains how.

CAD/CAM technology has existed for many years in the form of digital impression systems. Hitting the market first back in 1987 with the Cerec 1, which used a 3D scanner and optical powder on teeth to create a virtual model, the development of both hardware and software systems has gone from strength to strength and taken significant steps towards the integrated and advanced practices we see today.

The CAD/CAM chairside solution from Planmeca offers dentists a completely integrated and digital workflow with three simple steps – ultra-fast intraoral scanning, sophisticated design, and high-precision chairside milling. All this is seamlessly integrated into the Planmeca Romexis software, so all 2D and 3D patient data is accessed through the same user interface. For the first time, one software suite is used for both X-ray imaging and CAD/CAM work.

State-of-the-art solutions for dentists

The planscan – a digital and powder-free intraoral scanner

The new Planmeca Planscan is a digital and powder-free intraoral scanner that scans the patient’s dentition quickly and accurately, producing real-time digital impressions, from one-tooth to a full arch. With only one cable, the scanner is easy to use and move and Planscan is also one of the world’s first intra-oral scanners that can be connected to a laptop, further increasing its ease of use. The scanner uses blue-laser technology to project a pattern on the surface of the teeth that is then analysed from different directions whilst calculating the distance. In this way the device is able to produce exceptional accuracy.

Planmeca also offers dentists a new kind of open software solution for 3D design work. Plancad Easy is seamlessly integrated into Romexis software, running on a ‘floating license’, meaning that it is not tied to just one computer or workstation, but rather saved on the secure and dependable Romexis servers. In this way the scanning station is used only for the scanning, whilst another station can be used for the design work. This unique way of working allows one user to continue design work, whilst the scanner is freed up for other productive operations. When a case arises that requires assistance from a dental laboratory, the open-STL format of the data can be sent immediately to a partner via the Romexis cloud service.

Planmill 40 is the extremely precise four-axis milling unit operating under the control of its own computer. Suitable for all the indications of a single tooth (inlays, onlays, veneers and crowns) the mill can manage bridges of up to five units to the posterior area, and three units to the anterior. In addition, since the mill handles mill pieces individually, several dozen pieces can be sent at a time and the device can tell what block size, colour and material should be used, allowing any member of staff to place the block.

Always on hand with learning and support

SGNcla_03101411352With the myriad solutions now available, it can be daunting to enter the world of CAD/CAM technology, and the prospect of spending hard-earned money means that you not only want the best equipment for your practice, but more importantly the right equipment for you.

Planmeca has invested in a highly trained and dedicated field team of equipment specialists across the UK to talk through your needs, with a focus on discussion and support, not hard sales.

As such you can expect that if you choose to speak to a member of our team you will receive an open and honest discussion about your surgery, the options available and what could be best for you. This is complimented by a highly trained and dedicated support team and technicians both internally and externally to ensure you always have peace of mind.

Why choose Planmeca?

All of our devices and software are designed to communicate seamlessly with each other to bring unforeseen flexibility and efficiency to your daily work. Our constant aim is to make your workflow as smooth as possible and to help you offer your patients better care through innovation and technology. As such, we invest heavily in research and development to make sure we are at the forefront of advancement and that you have all the tools at your disposal to offer the very best treatment to your patients.

For more information and if you would like to discuss how CAD/CAM technology can benefit your practice, please get in touch with Planmeca UK on 0500 500 686 or email [email protected]. To stay up-to-date with announcements and news follow us at

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