IN PERFECT HARMONY
NEW MODULES FOR THE
FIRING SYSTEM OF THE
ONE FOR ALL
AND ALL FOR ONE!
IT'S JUST LIKE PEELING
TABLE OF CONTENTS
touch it – take it – make it S. 3
It's just like peeling an orange ... S. 4
New press ceramic pellets widen the spectrum of indications S. 5
Aesthetic long-term provisionals are gaining in importance...! S. 6
Continuity and innovation in perfect harmony S. 7
Only acrylic resin – or the love of detail? S. 8
A great tooth - not just in size! S. 9
The first step is always the hardest? S. 10
New modules for the firing system of the newest generation S. 11
Women have the advantage S. 13
Innovative software for shade communication S. 14
One for all and all for one! S. 15
Success through ongoing training S. 16
THE "TEMPO" PHENOMENON
immediately apparent, however, that this competitive advantage in the dental
refers to VITA Zahnfabrik – also for the world. You can find out more about VITA
reason that alternative meanings for the VMK Master on page 8.
abbreviation "VMK" such as "Verblend- We hope you will enjoy reading our new
Metall-Krone" ("veneering metal crown") issue of VITA Info.
have also come into usage over the years.
With best wishes
VITA Zahnfabrik was one of the first in
Europe to develop and bring a metal-
It is a well-known phenomenon that ceramic veneering system onto the
particular product names often evolve into market. Since then, VITA metal ceramic
generic terms in everyday language has enjoyed worldwide renown and, like Michael Brielmann
usage: its predecessor VMK 68 and its successor Marketing/Sales Manager VITA Zahnfabrik
To "google" (something/someone) means VMK 95, became successfully established
to search the internet, while "Tempo" on the international market.
stands for paper handkerchief. With the new VITA VMK Master, which
Well-known examples of this are the we shall present this autumn (2009) at IMPRINT
brand names Tempo, Pampers and exhibitions, we are now adding the next VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co.KG
Google. The term "VMK", short for "VITA chapter to a success story which has Postfach 1338
D-79704 Bad Säckingen • Germany
Metall Keramik" (i.e. VITA Metal Ceramic) already continued over four decades. You, Tel. +49(0)7761/562-0 • Fax +49(0)7761/562-299
became established in the dental world as a dental specialist, benefit from a high Hotline:
Tel. +49(0)7761/562-222 • Fax +49(0)7761/562-446
during the 1960s, and is still used to mean degree of reliability and ease of use, www.vita-zahnfabrik.com
metal ceramic crowns to this day. It is not which will give you the required firstname.lastname@example.org
2 VITA INFO 3.09
TOUCH IT – TAKE IT – MAKE IT
VITA ShadeAssist facilitates optimum will be exhibited. He will tell you more
shade communication between dental about this work of art in the interview
practice and laboratory – an exceeding- on the following page.
ly useful tool not only for users of the Looking forward to seeing you at the
shade measuring unit VITA Easyshade exhibition booth!
Compact. Furthermore, for the firing
system "New Generation" with the
modular structure, further innovative
Fig. 1: The new, easy way of shade taking with the VITA components are now available. In this
issue of VITA Info you will find the first
information on this produt news.
Discover the world of VITA at the
exhibitions! Art meets the dental world
Not only products and solutions for the
As at the IDS in Cologne, an exciting fabrication of dental masterpieces are
and varied programme from VITA featured at the exhibition, however.
Zahnfabrik awaits exhibition visitors – Also the extraordinary VITABLOCS
comprising the presentation of inno- sculpture Calypso by Stefan Oberhofer
vative new products, thrilling live
demonstrations and numerous interactive
specials – just as befits the the motto
"touch it, take it, make it!"
Fig. 3: VITA vPad excellence.
Fig. 2: Live demonstration.
The product presentations include,
among others, the "all-in-one" press
ceramic VITA PM 9, which will be avail-
able in future in three different degrees
of translucency, and can be character-
ised with the special VITA VM 9 ADD-
ON porcelains or with the VITA AKZENT
stains. A highlight in the sector veneer-
ing materials is the new metal ceramic,
VITA VMK Master, which is available in
the original VITA shades of the VITA
SYSTEM 3D-MASTER and VITAPAN
classical A1 – D4. The new software
IT'S JUST LIKE PEELING AN ORANGE...
Interview with Stefan Oberhofer 2,000 VITABLOCS Mark II (figs. 1 and 2)
on his sculpture containing 2,000 in his work of art. The sculpture entitled
VITABLOCS Mark II "Calypso" will be presented at this
year's regional exhibitions in Germany,
To obtain a true-to-life reproduction of and will subsequently be up for auction
natural teeth is undoubtedly an art in in the Internet under www.vita-zahn-
itself. But how does an artist approach fabrik.com. In the course of the
the subject of dentistry? Stefan following interview, Stefan Oberhofer
Oberhofer from Berlin has risen to the gives us insight into his exciting Fig. 1: The Berlin artist Stefan Oberhofer working on his
challenge and incorporated approximately creative project.
Mr. Oberhofer, what is the source of How did the work of art come into
your inspiration? being?
That depends – sometimes my ideas I used the trunk of an alder tree, carved
even come to me in a dream. The actual out the rough contour with a chainsaw,
work itself is a result of intuitively and then carved out the two resulting
approaching the subject. For instance, I "blossoms" more and more finely until I
find part of a tree trunk, remove the was satisfied with the form. For the
rotted areas and prepare it with a supporting part I left the tree-trunk in its
flamethrower before I actually begin rough form and used a steel construction
working on it. Usually I then recognise for the base. I coloured the two
the line to follow, and use a chainsaw to blossoms with bright red acrylic
expose, step-by-step, what is hidden. pigments and then polished and waxed
Once the form gradually begins to emerge, them. The final step was to complete
it is almost like peeling an orange – the the sculpture by gluing in around 2,000
essential suddenly becomes visible. VITABLOCS Mark II.
How did you first get the idea of What characterises the sculpture?
incorporating dental materials in a
sculpture? It is a depiction of contrasts: bark, bare
trunk – smoothly polished, coloured
The first contact to VITA Zahnfabrik took surfaces, light – dark, natural materials
place in autumn 2008 during my – materials that imitate nature ... In this
exhibition "HeimBrand" in the Vogthaus way a connection between related and
in Ravensburg, Germany. I there opposing elements has emerged, and
presented, among other things, my the differences between the materials
sculpture "Zahn der Zeit" ("Tooth of enabled me to concentrate particularly
Time"), and came into a conversation on the interplay between internal/
about this with Lars Kroupa, Advertising external.
and Communications Manager at VITA
Zahnfabrik. In this way, I began to Mr. Oberhofer, thank you very much
approach the subject as to how it could for this interesting conversation!
look if I used ceramic block materials as
part of a sculpture. Contact address:
Fig. 2: This sculpture contains around 2,000
VITABLOCS Mark II.
4 VITA INFO 3.09
NEW PRESS CERAMIC PELLETS WIDEN THE
SPECTRUM OF INDICATIONS
These pellets guarantee an excellent 9. Furthermore, there is also the option
chameleon effect. In addition to the HT of characterising the VITA PM 9
pellets, also the established T (= trans- restorations with VITA AKZENT stains
lucent) pellets are recommended for the (staining technique).
substructure-free pressing technique.
The O (= opaque) pellets were devel-
oped especially for the overpressing
technique (fig. 1).
VITA PM 9 is shade matched to the VITA
SYSTEM 3D-MASTER: The 0 and T pres-
sing blanks are available in the shades
Fig. 1: The VITA PM 9 press pellets are available in the 0M1P, 0M2P, 1M1P, 1M2P, 2M1P, 2M2P,
varieties opaque, translucent, and, as from October 2009,
2M3P, 3M1P, 3M2P and 3M3P. The HT
also in high translucent.
press pellets will be available in the
dentine shades 0M2P, 1M1P, 1M2P, Fig. 2: VITA VM 9 ADD-ON Kit.
VITA PM 9 (Pressable Material) is an 2M2P, 3M2P and in the enamel shades
"all in one" press ceramic and is suitable EN0P, EN1P, EN2P, ENLP and ENDP. A well-established material concept
for the substructure-free overpressing VITA PM 9 is based on the established
technique for the manufacture of inlays, Individual fine-structure veneering ceramic VITA
onlays, veneers and anterior crowns as For excellent aesthetic results, VM 9. The VITA press ceramic is
well as for overpressing zirconium oxide substructure-free VITAP PM9 restorations therefore distinguished by its excellent
substructures. Thus VITA PM 9 press can be individualised quickly and material homogeneity, high degree of
ceramic caters for a wide spectrum of accurately with the new VITA VM9 plaque resistance and outstanding simi-
indications (see table 1). Especially for ADD-ON porcelains (layering larity to natural tooth enamel. In
the individualisation of substructure- technique), see fig. 2. The low-melting addition to this, its excellent grinding
free restorations, VITA Zahnfabrik is VITA VM 9 ADD-ON porcelains were and polishing properties and good
now offering a new assortment with developed on the basis of the stability characteristics in the layering
eight VITA VM 9 ADD-ON porcelains. established VITA VM 9 veneering technique make VITA PM 9 restorations
ceramic. The eight VITA VM 9 ADD-ON easy to process. Furthermore, the
High translucency porcelains are available as from combination of VITA PM 9 and VITA VM
The VITAVM 9 press pellets are available October 2009 in different shade 9 ADD-ON porcelains features a com-
as from October 2009 in three different nuances from ADD1 to ADD8, and are pact material and shade assortment,
degrees of translucency (O, H and HT). used for the reproduction of natural which facilitates efficient processing.
With the new HT (= high translucent) colour gradients. They are distinguished
pellets for the substructure-free by their homogeneous material structure,
pressing technique, ten new shades will their natural translucency and their
now be added to the product range. excellent sintering bond with VITA PM
Overpressing technique Substructure-free pressing technique
O pellets T pellets: especially for anterior crowns
HT pellets: especially for inlays, onlays and
Table 1: Overview of the pellet types and their recommended indications. ... more on page 11 !
VITA INFO 3.09 5
AESTHETIC LONG-TERM PROVISIONALS ARE
GAINING IN IMPORTANCE...!
affinity, even after a long time in situ of
the provisional, there is no unpleasant
smell, and the material has a very high
strength thanks to its high density. In
addition, the composite also forms a
good bond to other composites.
To which colleagues would you par-
ticularly recommend VITA CAD Temp
Fig. 1: VITA CAD-Temp multiColor. multiColor?
Interview with Dental Technician The multi-colour polymer block makes it I can recommend VITA CAD-Temp
Sonja Ganz (Reichel Zahntechnik, possible to obtain a highly aesthetic multiColour without reserve to any
Hermeskeil, Germany) on VITA result virtually at the click of a mouse dental technician. Many colleagues I
CAD-Temp multiColour thanks to the fine shade nuances of the have spoken to are very grateful that for
four harmoniously matched shade layers the first time, it is now possible to
At the IDS 2009 the multi-layer block (figs. 2 and 3). In connection with the reproduce natural aesthetics quickly
VITA CAD-Temp multiColor (fig. 1) tooth database, the software offers every and simply with the multi-layer
was presented to the public for the opportunity to do this. Individualisation as structure of VITA CAD Temp multiColor.
first time. What made you decide to required for monochromatic polymer
work with this provisional material? blocks is thus no longer necessary.
Aesthetic long-term provisionals are As a user from the very beginning,
becoming increasingly important from you have already gathered a lot of
our point of view. Particularly in the experience with the material. What
case of implant restorations in the is your conclusion? Fig. 3: The provisional after milling.
anterior area with healing phases of up
to eight months, the patient expects a With VITA CAD-Temp multiColour we
temporary restoration which satisfies can achieve very attractive results
high aesthetic demands. quickly and simply. The high productivity Ms Ganz, thank you very much for
is very important for us, since provisionals the interview!
are generally not very well reimbursed.
Furthermore, we can also use the data
from the design of the provisional also
for the manufacture of the definitive
Fig. 2: Polymer block with four shaded layers matched to What differences does the high-
performance composite have in
comparison to other polymer
What advantages does the new materials?
VITA CAD-Temp multiColour block
offer in comparison to At Reichel Zahntechnik we have found
monochromatic polymer blocks? that VITA CAD Temp has less plaque
6 VITA INFO 3.09
CONTINUITY AND INNOVATION
IN PERFECT HARMONY
For more than 45 years VITA of premium quality raw materials and
Zahnfabrik has given its support to optimised production processes, by
dental laboratories worldwide with means of which, among other things, a
premium veneering materials. As from completely new type of grain distribution
October 2009 the enterprise will begin of the powder is achieved. This results,
the new chapter in the evolution of the for example, in superior processing
VITA VMK (VITA Metall Keramik) characteristics, high flexural strength
success story by offering a no- and resistance to thermal cycling, low
compromise material with regard to shrinkage and an excellent bond to the
reliability and aesthetics in the new substructure. Fig. 1: VITA VMK Master in both original VITA shade
Both of the main ingredients of VITA
The original VMK Master are, of course, natural Conclusion
VITA VMK Master was specially developed potassium and sodium feldspars. Further to the successful VITA VM
for veneering metal substructures in the Potassium feldspar makes it possible to concept component, VITA VM 13, VITA
conventional CTE range. On account of achieve ideal abrasion behaviour VMK Master is a worthy VMK successor
its firing temperature and its chemical towards the antagonist and good chemical which now forms the next chapter in the
and physical properties it is particularly resistance in the oral cavity. This results success story of VITA ceramics. The
well-suited for veneering substructures in a melt, out of which the glass phase perfect combination of high-quality raw
made of non-precious alloys. In order to and leucite are formed on solidification. materials, optimised production
enable the creation of a true-to-life The thermal expansion coefficient of processes, simple and safe handling
reproduction of all VITA shades, the the veneering ceramic is controlled via and a well-designed assortment makes
ceramic is available in both VITA the proportion of leucite content. Quartz it a no-compromise, state-of-the-art
SYSTEM 3D-MASTER and VITAPAN forms a further constituent, and is material.
classical A1 – D4 shades. This makes added in order to increase the proportion
VITA VMK Master the ideal solution, of glass phase, and hence also the
especially for laboratories who work transparency, in order to increase the
according to both original VITA shade brilliancy of the ceramic. The desired
standards. optical properties are achieved also by
the addition of metal oxides and
Well-proven handling shade pigments.
Thanks to the premium processing
characteristics, easy processing is
guaranteed. Convincing results can be
obtained quickly and reliably in the
classical STANDARD layering technique
(DENTINE and ENAMEL). Furthermore,
the VITA VMK Master assortment offers
a wide range of additional porcelains to
give wide scope for individualisation in
demanding patient cases.
The excellent material properties of
VITA VMK Master are based on the use Fig. 2: Convincing results – easy handling.
VITA INFO 3.09 7
ONLY ACRYLIC RESIN – OR THE LOVE OF DETAIL?
The detailed version of the apprehension by showing her examples of
following article by a user can be similar restorations. And because I have
ordered by e-mail from Martina many years of positive experience with
Fautz: VITA VM LC, I was able to assure her that
mail to: email@example.com given good oral hygiene, the veneer is
colour stable in the long term.
In order to achieve optimum bonding with
the veneering material, the substructure Fig. 4: The buildup completed with enamel and effect resins.
was sandblasted and conditioned with
VITA VM BOND. With the new, further
development of the opaque of the VITA Since the gingiva materials of the VITA
VM LC assortment, the basis was laid for VM LC assortment are available in
the subsequent colouration (fig. 2). Then various shade nuances, ideal conditions
Fig. 1: Primary telescope made of zirconium dioxide in the VITA PHYSIODENS denture teeth are given for individual and natural
combination with electroformed secondary parts.
were set up, in order to obtain a better design. A further advantage is that the
The patient was due for fitting of a impression of how the final situation veneering and gingiva porcelains exhibit
telescopic prosthesis. Since she did not would look. These were cemented with the same material properties.
much like the idea of visible metal in her
mouth, a construction with primary The patient is highly satisfied with the
telescopes made of zirconium dioxide was end result (fig. 5).
fabricated. In combination with
electroformed secondary constructions, Contact address:
the highest degree of comfort and simple Elmar Beckmann,
handling was possible (fig. 1). Master Dental Technician (MDT)
Furthermore, she was pleased that the Oberammergau
tertiary construction could be manufactured Fig. 3: Setup of the VITA PHYSIODENS denture teeth and Germany
step-by-step veneering with VITA VM LC BASE DENTINE.
as a palate-free construction. This was firstname.lastname@example.org
attached by tension-free cementing.
VITA VM LC. This was followed by
At first, the patient did not accept the idea step-by-step veneering of the telescopic
of the intended acrylic veneer. She was parts with BASE DENTINE, enamel and
effect porcelains analogously to the
adjacent teeth (figs. 3 and 4).
Thanks to the viscous consistency of VITA
VM LC, accurate application of the
material is simple and effective. The clear
colour coding of all materials further
facilitates the procedure. The result is
Fig. 2: Palateless tertiary construction coated with VITA VM LC convincing with regard to surface quality
OPAQUE with tension-free cementing.
afraid the material would quickly become
Fig. 5: The end result is convincing with regard to
discoloured. We were able to dispel her comfort, surface quality and brilliance.
8 VITA INFO 3.09
A GREAT TOOTH – NOT JUST IN SIZE!
VITA LINGOFORM acrylic resin teeth
now available in all 26 shades of the
VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER, the
BLEACHED COLOUR 0M3 as well as in
all VITAPAN classical A1 – D4 shades
(except B1), a new tooth size will be
added to the assortment as from
Fig. 1: VITA LINGOFORM is available as from
immediately. A new, larger tooth mould
immediately in the new size 24L.
quality are achievable goals. The with the designation 24L will now be
well-designed functionality of the added to the previous mould selection
With a choice of four different occlusal areas enhances the effect of 21L, 22L and 23L. This means that in
posterior tooth lines, VITA Zahnfabrik the ideal static alignment of the every patient case, an optimum,
offers a solution to suit every case and prosthesis in situ, helps to protect the individual solution can be found even
every indication in the field of removable tooth substance and offers an more simply and efficiently.
dental restorations. In combination with excellent degree of comfort for the
VITAPAN and VITA PHYSIODENS wearer.
anteriors, this furthermore results in
prosthetics with premium aesthetics and Wide setup
reliable function. A long-lasting After extending the range of
prosthesis and an excellent degree of available shades by making the
comfort for the wearer are ensured by
the VITA MRP procedure
material established for many years.
Now, in response to the wish of many
customers, VITA is now adding a new,
fourth size to the high-selling posterior
tooth line VITA LINGOFORM as from
September 2009 (fig. 1).
With the widest range of indications,
VITA LINGOFORM is the all-rounder
among the denture tooth lines, and is
suitable for all generally accepted
occlusion concepts including lingualised
occlusion. Thanks to the multifunctional
design of the occlusal surfaces, the
VITA LINGOFORM posteriors are quick
and easy to set up, which means that
high productivity and patient-oriented
THE FIRST STEP IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST?
Fig. 1: With lingualised setup the lower posteriors are set Fig. 2: The dominant mesiopalatal cusp of the first upper Fig. 3: The distopalatal cusp bites into the distal marginal
up, as from the second premolar, horizontally and not molar bites into the fossa of the first lower molar. ridge of the first lower molar. The second upper premolar is
lingually inclined. thus brought into contact with its antagonist in such a way
that the palatal cusp of the latter bites into the fossa of the
second lower premolar only.
The VITAPAN LINGOFORM posterior solved. Independently of which concept horizontally, starting from the second
tooth line is appreciated not only by is chosen, an essential step is therefore premolar. The upper posteriors are
experienced prosthetists. The the clear determination of the centric brought into contact with their
multifunctional tooth has become relation by the dentist. Furthermore, it is antagonists in such a way that they bite
established also in the training sector, important not to try to conform at all into one another anatomically and
since thanks to its well-defined occlusal costs to any one theoretical concept. functionally. A free space always
contacts, it is also easy, even for The question of which concept is remains between the buccal cusps.
beginners, to set up according to suitable must be asked all over again
generally accepted criteria. And so the for each individual case. VITA LINGOFORM teeth support this
old saying "the first step is always the concept: the teeth of the lower jaw can
hardest", does not apply in this case. Lingualised occlusion be set up accurately thanks to the
We are very glad to be able to give the VITA LINGOFORM teeth are suitable for convex approximal contacts. Their
new dental technicians an easier start use with every generally accepted preabraded occlusal surface relief
in the complex area of removable occlusion concept including lingualised shows the way to the optimum centric
prosthetics", concludes Eva Kerschen- occlusion (figs. 1 to 6). Here, the palatal relation. By means of the slightly deeper
steiner from Product Management/ working cusps of the upper posteriors occlusal surfaces in the upper jaw, a
Development in the product sector VITA bite into the central fossae of the lower natural effect is created without
Teeth. posteriors. The buccal cusps are out of compromising the function. On account
Fig. 4: The palatal cusp of the first upper premolar bites Fig. 5: The palatal cusps of the second upper molar bite Fig. 6: The buccal cusps of the upper posteriors are always
into the fossa area of the first lower premolar. into the fossa area of the second lower molar. situated slightly higher, and out of contact with the buccal
areas of their antagonists.
Generally accepted criteria contact. The lower posteriors are set up, of their ideal static alignment, this
For the setup of posterior teeth, the statically speaking, with the alveolar posterior tooth line is suitable even for
statics always play an important part. In ridge corresponding to a curve of Spee. the most difficult centric jaw relations.
every individual patient case it must be From a labial point of view, their
determined which problems are to be occlusal surfaces are aligned
10 VITA INFO 3.09
NEW MODULES FOR THE FIRING SYSTEM OF
THE NEWEST GENERATION
Fig. 1: Productivity to the power of four! With the control
pad VITA vPad excellence you can operate up to four firing
or combined pressing units.
At the IDS 2009 the firing system pressing furnace can be operated with Firing units
VITA VACUMAT "New Generation" with the control panels VITA vPad comfort Both firing units feature an innovative
a modular structure was presented. The and VITA vPad excellence. The official firing technology with many useful
components presented included the market introduction will take place in utility and monitoring functions, so that
ceramic firing unit VITA VACUMAT 6000 October 2009. consistently high-quality firing results
M, the three freely selectable control can be achieved. The features include,
panels VITA vPad easy, VITA vPad for instance, the automatic cleaning
comfort and VITA vPad excellence as program, an integrated function for
well as an attractive range of avoiding the formation of condensation
accessories. Now further modules and in the insulating material, power
possibilities for combination have been protection failure, automatic temperature
added to the system. adjustment at the start of every
program as well as permanent
For instance, the VITA VACUMAT 6000 temperature and vacuum monitoring.
M is available as from immediately in
two different design finishes: the user The automatic storing of firing data
can choose between the model with the serves the purpose of quality
furnace casing in a stainless steel finish management, and is useful for distance
and an elegant, anthracite painted steel diagnosis and customer service issues.
finish. Furthermore, the combined
pressing unit VACUMAT 6000 MP has
been added to the system, and is
likewise available in the two design
Fig. 2: The combined pressing unit VITA VACUMAT 6000
finishes mentioned. The combined MP with an anthracite painted finish.
VITA INFO 3.09 11
and outstandingly ergonomic use with a laboratory, so that it can, for instance,
colour touchscreen and photo viewer. be made to correspond to the ceramic
With only three clicks, the user selects materials being fired with each particular
the desired program and initiates the ceramic furnace. For easier distinction
firing process. Furthermore, these VITA of each furnace when several furnaces
vPads enable easy multiple furnace are in use, the magnetic number set
operation of up to four furnaces with supplied with the furnace (numbers 1 to
only one control panel. Thanks to the 4) can be used. Furthermore, the white
2GB photo viewer of the VITA vPad side panels are also suitable for use as
excellence, patient images can be a surface for making notes. Besides the
displayed, processed and stored directly two large built-in object trays, additional
at the workstation. It is even possible to separate object trays are available for
create different user accounts, so- increased flexibility at the workstation.
called "user profiles", with individual
program settings and favourites, when Advantages:
Fig. 3: VITA VACUMAT 6000M in an anthracite finish with required with password protection. The The innovative concept of the New
VITA vPad excellence.
programs can then be used also by Generation allows flexible individual
colleagues, but the stored solutions and is economically efficient
Both firing units feature a space-saving, parameters cannot be altered. The user to the highest degree thanks to its
ergonomic, modern design and are profiles can be transferred simply via modular design. The user chooses only
equipped with an LED status display USB stick to other VITA vPads comfort the modules which he currently requires
(LED bar) that can be easily read from a or vPads excellence. and can add further components
distance. The current operating status (furnaces, control units and accessories)
can be likewise determined with a The integrated "intelligence" of the VITA to his system at any time as required. In
choice of three (freely selectable) vPads offers assistance when entering this way, the laboratory has a furnace
acoustic signals. The variety of different or altering firing parameters. Invalid system at its fingertips which is
sounds available makes it possible, entries are automatically corrected and optimally adapted to its own individual
even when several furnaces are being the user informed. All program requirements, and with a decisive
used simultaneously, to give each unit settings can be simply and easily economic advantage compared to
its own clearly distinguishable "voice". altered on the touchscreen. It is also traditional ceramic furnaces.
possible to perform all the programming
Furthermore, the combined pressing on the computer and transfer this
unit offers freely selectable pressing subsequently to the control panel.
programs for all press ceramics Mouse and keyboard can also be
available on the market, and is suitable connected. The PDP (Personal Data
for the use of different muffle sizes. The Protection) function ensures a backup of
automatic recognition of the number of all settings, which, if necessary, can be
inserted press pellets ensures transferred to another control panel
additional safety for the user. using a memory card.
Control pads Accessories
All VITA vPad control panels are The furnace can be equipped with side
characterised by a unified operating panels in a choice of six colours (in VITA
concept based on self-explanatory icons VM shades, dark grey and white), which
and is suitable for intuitive operation by are magnetic and can be easily attached
every user. The control panels vPad to the furnace. In this way, the firing
comfort and vPad excellence offer a unit can be colour coordinated with the Fig. 4: VITA VACUMAT 6000 M in a stainless steel finish
particularly wide range of possibilities rest of the interior design of the with VITA vPad excellence.
12 VITA INFO 3.09
WOMEN HAVE THE ADVANTAGE
A current study by Dr. Helen Haddad dimensions of colour, namely value,
et al. (fig. 1) demonstrates that women chroma and hue.
have an advantage when it comes to
tooth shade determination. After sufficient training, the
participants were required to sit a final
The influence of gender and test as a basis for the evaluation. This
experience consisted of a total of 15 exercises, in
The object of the study was the influence each of which the three dimensions of
of gender and degree of experience on colour were to be correctly determined. Fig. 3: Toothguide Training Box.
the success rate of shade determination.
A total of 614 test subjects from 15 Result Comparison
universities in 9 countries aged 18 – 47 For each of the test subjects, the sum of A study conducted by Donahue et al. In
years participated in the study. This all deviations between the selected and 1991 reached the conclusion that men
comprised 305 women and 309 men, the correct shade sample were did not demonstrate a significant
and 319 students of dentistry as well as determined. The lower the value, the tendency to a more unified shade
295 dentists and dental technicians. In more precise was the shade selection than women. In a study
order to rule out colour vision determination. The result was that the published in 2006 by Curd et al., gender
deficiencies, Isihara tests were carried female test subjects generally achieved and also experience had no relevant
out. a higher success rate than the men. The influence on the success rate. The
shade determination results of the current study contradicts the studies
students, however, were not significantly mentioned above by demonstrating that
less accurate than that of the dentists gender definitely does have an
and dental technicians. influence on shade determination. The
studies agree on the conclusion that the
Furthermore, it was confirmed that the degree of experience is irrelevant.
TT and TTB make specific training in
colour perception possible. By means of
Fig. 2: The learning software Toothguide Trainer.
future studies, the potential of such
training will be further examined.
Training and examination
The participants were prepared for the
experiment by means of a general
lecture on dental shade determination
and an introduction to the learning
software Toothguide Trainer (TT) and
the Toothguide Training Box (TTB), s.
figs. 2 and 3. Whereas with the TT
images of shade samples of the shade
guide VITA Toothguide 3D-Master were
compared on the computer monitor,
with the TTB real ceramic shade
samples can be examined under
standardised daylight conditions. Using
both of these learning instruments,
shade determination is performed in
three steps according to the VITA Fig. 1: Dr. Helen Haddad.
system 3D-MASTER and the three
FOR SHADE COMMUNICATION
Fig. 5: Access to the patient database.
ShadeAssist relating to the diagnosis
depicted on the tooth contour. The
summarising of individual diagnoses to
reports makes it possible to gain a quick
overview of treatment progress in a type
of "collective folder". A detailed
description of the software functions (in
Fig. 1: Print preview of report on bleaching. German and English language) is given
beneath the menu item "Help".
Fig. 2: Photographic diagnosis. Fig. 4: Creating a new diagnosis. Fig. 6: Creating a new report.
Loss-free communication of all The basic version will be
relevant information on the tooth shade available for download free of charge as
is a decisive factor for the correct from Autumn 2009 under
reproduction and the material selection www.shadeassist.de
for the fabrication of dental restorations.
For this reason VITA Zahnfabrik has With VITA ShadeAssist (XP, Vista), dental
developed new software for optimum diagnoses can be easily documented,
shade communication: VITA Shade Assist. processed and prepared for sending to
the dental technician or patient. It can be
organised into any number of separate
patient files and printed out, e.g. the
results of shade determination with the
VITAPAN classical A1 – D4 or VITA
Linearguide 3D-MASTER shades, the
results of measurements taken with the
VITA Easyshade Compact, text comments
as well as digital photographs and
Fig. 3: Photographic diagnosis. diagrams compiled with the aid of VITA
14 VITA INFO 3.09
ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE!
such a way that the entire range of User-friendly
tooth sizes is covered with a minimum Thanks to the innovative setup concept
number of tooth moulds. This permits easy centric, even beginners can easily
lean stock-keeping with a high degree achieve an optimum occlusion almost
of economic efficiency. A range of automatically, resulting in high
twelve upper and five lower teeth sets productivity and patient-oriented
is available for the anterior area, and quality. This is possible on account of
Fig. 1: VITA MFT is the all-rounder among the denture
teeth. three sets of upper and lower teeth the preabraded occlusal surface reliefs
each for the posterior area. for minimum horizontal shear forces,
One for all and all for one! specially moulded cusps for ideal static
The multifunctional tooth VITA MFT is Aesthetic alignment and many other details. VITA
suitable for complete denture VITA MFT is a highly aesthetic and MFT can be set up quickly, easily and
prosthetics, implant prosthetics, reliable tooth with an excellent precisely according to all occlusion
telescopic and conus constructions, cost/benefit ratio. It is the only tooth concepts.
attachments, model casting prostheses worldwide which so closely follows The true-to-life anatomy of the VITA MFT
and interim solutions (Fig. 1). This tooth nature's example. A lifelike play of anteriors, the approximal contacts of
was developed for all indications in colours is guaranteed by the true-to- which are situated with a slight palatal
response to the wishes of customers nature, three-layer buildup (Fig. 4). shift in the area of the incisal third, enables
from all over the world using state-of- Opalescence, luminescence and translu- easy setup with a natural, organic effect.
the-art technology (Figs. 2 and 3). In this cency enhance the natural light reflection The slightly broadened tooth necks facilitate
way optimum results with regard to which is achieved by means of the richly not only a nature-identical setup of the
form and function are achieved, so that nuanced, individually designed mamelon teeth, but also permit age-related
choosing VITA MFT will bring structure (Fig. 5). Also details such as interdental design. A slightly convex
advantages in every respect. the whitish shaded incisal areas ensure design of the labial surfaces ensures a
Fig. 2: The development of VITA MFT takes into account the Fig. 3: The high degree of aesthetics is achieved, among Fig. 4: A completely natural appearance is created by the
wishes of customers from all over the world and... other things, by a three-layer buildup. richly nuanced play of colours comprising opalescence, lumi-
nescence and translucency.
The VITA MFT product range is the outstanding aesthetics of VITA MFT
distinguished by its well-designed, (Fig. 6). The selection of moulds and
clearly structured and economic shades guarantees individual design to
assortment. The colour spectrum ranges suit each particular patient. The mould
from the eight most frequent VITA L37LN (Long Neck), for instance, was
SYSTEM 3D-MASTER shades, plus developed especially for the reproduction
information on the best match to the of specific periodontal characteristics
corresponding VITAPAN classical A1-D4 such as occur, for instance, in partial
Fig. 5: The nature-identical design of the palatal surfaces
shade. This enables an accurate shade prosthetics. The lifelike effect of the conserves the phonetics and the accustomed tongue sensati-
on. At the same time, the whitish incisal areas enhance the
selection according to both shade denture teeth thus contributes to an aesthetic effect.
systems. Furthermore, empirical studies overall natural appearance, and results
have shown that the width of an upper in acceptance of the restoration by the harmonious design of the palatal surfaces
anterior teeth set generally lies patient within the shortest space of which helps to conserve the phonetics,
between ± 40 and ± 50 mm. Thus the time (Fig. 7). the accustomed tongue sensation as well
scaling of VITA MFT was adjusted in
VITA INFO 3.09 15
as enhancing the lip contour. The VITA efficient setup almost automatically
MFT posteriors are distinguished by their according to easy centric (Fig. 8). The
preabraded functional occlusal surfa- cuspal design leads automatically to the
ces, which minimise the horizontal correct centric relation.
shear forces and ensure the ideal static
alignment in the lower jaw. The Feedback
optimum cusp-fossa design of the "We are delighted that VITA MFT has
occlusal surfaces ensures a safe and been so well received to date by dental
Fig. 7: easy-centric – the ideal cuspal design leads
technicians at all presentations and automatically to the correct centric relation.
training sessions all over the world. The
feedback from the users is extremely
important to us, and shows that with
the development of VITA MFT, we have
produced just what the customer
needs!" as Eva Kerschensteiner and
Urban Christen from Product
Management/Development in the
Fig. 6: The lifelike effect of the denture teeth ensures patient sector VITA teeth are very pleased to
acceptance of the dental restoration within the shortest
space of time. conclude.
SUCCESS THROUGH ONGOING TRAINING
VITA Zahnfabrik supports dedicated
dental technicians in this by offering
Ceramic Foundation Courses and High-
Class Aesthetics in the VITA VM Concept
with VITA VM 7 / VITA VM 9 and VITA
Fig.: VITA training courses are planned – for further infor-
mation please contact your VITA sales representative or
Complete Dentures Courses with VITA
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