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MedUni Vienna goes digital with dental prosthesis

(Vienna 4th June 2012) Bernhard Gottlieb University Clinic of Dentistry at the MedUni Vienna is the only dental clinic in Austria to introduce the new digital impressions for the replacement of individual teeth and for implants. Using a mini camera, two- and three-dimensional images that form the basis for the grinding of the compound are created in a matter of minutes. The procedure is much more pleasant for patients than taking standard impressions with an impression tray.  This innovation also underlines the top international ranking that the Medical University of Vienna dental clinic has won for itself.

Gag reflex, breathing difficulty and even panic attacks often accompany the process of taking a conventional jaw impression with an impression tray, which the patient must keep in the mouth for around seven minutes. With digital impressions that is no longer the case. Digital images for the production of a compound can be delivered in just two minutes. Seven minutes are only required for cases where the entire jaw needs to be moulded. 

Not only is the procedure more pleasant, there are also benefits for the production of the compound. The optical scan of the jaw can be viewed immediately on screen by the health professional giving the treatment. Adjustments can be made straight away. "This significantly improves the accuracy of the fit," says Leila Marvastian of the Bernhard Gottlieb University Clinic of Dentistry, where the smallest, most precise tool currently available is in use.

The two- or three-dimensional images are used by the technicians as the basis for the virtual grinding of the compound. This can be one or several dental caps, bridges or implants. "It's likely that in the not-too-distant future there will no longer be dental technicians, just dental designers," believes Andreas Moritz of the Bernhard Gottlieb University Clinic of Dentistry.

The production of a compound currently takes around a week, even with the new technology. "This is just the first step into the future though," says Moritz. "With the right systems in place, in future it will be possible to fit the compound within two days."


"EUROPERIO7", the 7th conference of the European Federation of Periodontology takes place from 6th to 9th June 2012 in Vienna (Vienna Conference Centre). Around 7,000 experts have registered. Further information can be found on the Austrian Federation of Periodontology website: