CAD/CAM

Roland milling machines a perfect fit for A-Ceramics

A-Ceramics has fully embraced the digital future of dentistry in its bridge, crown and implant manufacturing business and made gains in accuracy, quality and consistency that have left owner Alan Bamford hugely optimistic about the future.

In business, you only go backwards or forwards, standing still is not an option. Digital is the way forward almost everywhere you look and dentistry is no different.”

In its Oldham laboratory, A-Ceramics runs two Roland DWX-50 milling machines to make its dental restorations for practices all around the UK, quickly, easily and precisely milling wax for its metal and e.max work, and milling zirconia and PMMA (acrylic) for its temporary bridges and implant stents.

“I saw straight away that the cost-effective Roland machine would enable me to produce good quality restorations, consistently and accurately,” says Alan. “In business, you only go backwards or forwards, standing still is not an option. Digital is the way forward almost everywhere you look and dentistry is no different.”

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A-Ceramics opened for business 18 years ago when Alan left the dental lab he had been working in to take control of his own future and produce a superior job at a better price. Now he employs five people who proudly deliver a professional product with a high level of customer service, something the Roland machines have been critical to.

“Consistency – that is what my customers want and that is what I want. And the Roland machines achieve that. Working from CAD/CAM designs made by the team, these precision pieces of machinery will achieve the same results, over and over, time after time and at the push of a button,” says Alan.

Digital milling has saved time and money in the design and manufacture process for A-Ceramics. The company can mill large-span bridge frameworks in PMMA for the surgeon to try in the patient’s mouth before the final is milled out of zirconia, which saves on expensive remakes for design adjustments. They can also design a case on the computer and email the design to the surgeon for approval prior to manufacturing, or flag up any potential errors in the order information they receive, such as dragged impressions, large undercuts or unclear margins before the restorations go into manufacture.

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“It takes seconds to alter the design if necessary and once the surgeon’s happy the Roland mill will make the exact design from the final material,” he says.

Before going digital, A-Ceramics’ workload was split between 60 per cent private and 40 per cent NHS. Now it does 75 per cent private and 25 per cent NHS and clients regularly comment on the ease of fit and the consistency of the work.

Thanks to Roland we will be ready to answer their questions when they arise. Without any shadow of a doubt the Roland milling machines are the best business decision I ever made.”

Looking further into the future, Alan is keen to integrate his milling set-up with dentists’ surgical oral scanners to further speed up the process and accuracy of the operation. “The system is ready and we are waiting for the dentists to catch us up,” says Alan. “And thanks to the Roland we will be ready to answer their questions when they arise. Without any shadow of a doubt the Roland milling machines are the best business decision I ever made.”

 

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