Glidewell is among the world’s largest producers of custom restorative services, and recognized as an industry-leading materials and devices manufacturer. Established in 1970 by Jim Glidewell, CDT, Glidewell continues to build on its storied history of technological innovation and continuing education, committed to making comprehensive treatment more accessible to patients around the globe.

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All-Access Digital Dentistry
With Glidewell Intelligent Manufacturing (IM), the lab is able to take a clinician’s elastomeric impression and immediately convert it into a digital file. Restoration production then commences using a virtual study model within a design environment enhanced by artificial intelligence, before culminating in a computer-enhanced robotic milling and quality control center. The nearly hands-free process is faster, more accurate and more precise—and all but eliminates exposure to potentially pathogenic physical impressions or study models.

The Glidewell IM production center is a first-of-its-kind marvel of engineering and robotics designed to fabricate patient-specific restorations at scale with unprecedented precision and consistency. This Industry 4.0 assembly of interconnected motor sensors, cloud-based software, and computer-enhanced robotics is in essence a “smart factory” of the future that serves to minimize the inherent variability of human interaction with its nearly hands-free operation, while offering levels of efficiency and visibility never before seen in the dental industry.

Painstakingly devised and assembled over years of effort by some of the leading engineering minds and technologies to be found anywhere in the world, the Glidewell IM production center automates the process of restoration fabrication in myriad ways that ultimately help to ensure a better fit and faster seating for dentist and patient, every time.

Should an unexpected error arise, cloud-based file storage ensures information is never lost, and restorations can be remade without the need for a new impression—sparing clinicians and their patients an unnecessary office visit.

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