ALPHABYTE™ is a patent-pending digital solution that provides real-time crown sizing/selection information and tooth preparation guidance to ensure a fast, predictable treatment process. For the first time ever, zirconia alternatives can now be accomplished as quickly and easily as traditional stainless steel crowns.
Introducing ALPHABYTE™ —our revolutionary digital solution for pediatric prefabricated crowns.
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In under ten seconds, enough scan data can be acquired and automatically opened in ALPHABYTE™ for immediate intraoperative use
ALPHABYTE™ uses AI to automatically select, size, and position a crown from the digital library which corresponds with your own local inventory of Kinder Krowns® preformed zirconia crowns
After optimizing crown size and position, tooth preparation can be completed quickly and conservatively using the ALPHABYTE™ visual reduction guidance tool
After adequate tooth reduction, the preselected Kinder Krowns® zirconia crown will fit passively and accurately
To increase the safety, reduce the cost, and enhance the results of the pediatric dental restorative process for both patients and providers.
Pre-formed zirconia crowns are widely available and demonstrate better biocompatibility, wear resistance, and esthetics....but still remain generally underutilized. ALPHABYTE™ helps to deliver these better solutions to a wider patient population.
Pre-formed zirconia crowns can be comparatively difficult to size and seat. ALPHABYTE™ improves intraoperative efficiency and procedural success by allowing faster, more conservative treatment in a highly marketable, technologically appealing manner.
Single Pre-Formed Zirconia Crown Example
ALPHABYTE™ Version 0 in Action
The Heron IOS device by 3DISC is a very small, lightweight, fast scanning device, and considering that Alphabyte™ only requires small-area scans (i.e. 3-4 teeth in a row) without concern for perfect retraction and/or moisture control, the initial scanning is quick and easy for patients and providers.
The initial scan can usually be completed in under 10 seconds and immediately loaded into Alphabyte™ for treatment analysis Each subsequent preparation check scan can be completed in about 3 seconds.
The Alphabyte™ software is very easy to use. In just a few seconds, 90% of the setup is completed for you automatically by AI. The provider simply optimizes the crown size and position, then validates the tooth reduction parameters. All tooth preparation refinement scan data loads automatically and immediately.
Yes, the Heron IOS is a general purpose intraoral scanner. In addition to it's functionality with Alphabyte™ , it can be used it to scan for regular crowns/bridges, partials, aligners, mouthguards, etc. just as you would with any other scanner.
For now. However, there are already features in development that will expand the functionality of Alphabyte™ beyond the single crown application into adjacent crowns, opposing crowns, anterior sextants and even full mouth treatment for both pediatric and adult patients. Stay tuned!
Dr. Andrew C. Johnson completed his dental, laboratory technician and prosthodontic training at the UTHSC in Memphis, TN. Along with his board-certification in prosthodontics, Dr. Johnson earned a post-doctoral master’s degree in dental science researching CAD/CAM restorative techniques and emerging digital dental materials.
Dr. Charles A. Davis, Jr received his dental degree from the UTHSC in Memphis, TN and subsequently his specialty training in pediatric dentistry at VCU in Richmond, VA. Dr. Davis completed a post-doctoral master’s degree through researching mechanical properties and clinical performance of early preformed zirconia crowns.
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