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Interview: Planmeca hosts daily shows at IDS

Dr Walter Renne giving a lecture titled “3-D printed smile design mock-ups” at the Planmeca booth. (Photograph: Robert Strehler, DTI)

Wed. 13. March 2019


At this year’s IDS, Planmeca is exhibiting a vast range of digital innovations and is hosting a series of shows in a spectacular enclosed 360° area, featuring a large, curved LED screen, to illustrate how its products can improve daily work at the clinic. Internationally renowned lecturers are giving detailed clinical presentations on how to realise the full potential of dental technology. Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to interview Dr Walter Renne, from the Medical University of South Carolina in the US, on the major topics of the shows, current trends in digital dentistry and the Planmeca Romexis software.

Dr Renne, what specific topics are the focus?
The speakers are focusing on the power that the Romexis software has on patient care. The focus is on real-world clinical cases. This completely open software works synergistically with the platform of innovative Planmeca products, such as the Emerald scanner, Viso CBCT unit and Creo C5 printer to transform patient care. Everything, including surgical guides, smile design, milling and scanning, will be covered.

What are you focusing on in your presentations at IDS?
I am specifically speaking on Romexis Smile Design. When combined with the Creo C5 printer, smile mock-ups can be designed, printed and transferred to the patient in a single appointment. This is thanks to the new Creo C5 printer being one of the fastest in the industry. I can easily scan a complete arch and print the model in under 10 minutes.

What do you consider some of the most central trends in digital dentistry right now?
First, 3-D printing is a major hot topic right now, not just for surgical guides and models, but also for prostheses that are blurring the boundary between temporary restorations and definitive restorations. A race exists for speed, accuracy, ease of use and low cost.

Second, AI—to make our work on software easier, such as the software for the Emerald scanner, which uses AI to eliminate lips and cheeks automatically. Another major time-saver is the automatic model hollow and base for 3-D printing found in the Romexis Model Analyser module.

Last, virtual and augmented reality surgical tools. Planmeca is leading the way with the first virtual reality implant planning and surgical guide software. The company also has a fully integrated augmented reality surgical navigation technology that is built into the light of the dental unit to track movements.

How do you use the Romexis software in your daily dental work?
Romexis is the centre of everything: 2-D and 3-D images, including radiographs, CBCT and intraoral scans, are all completely integrated into one centralised location. It powers nearly everything that I do in my practice and is critical to my success as a clinician.

Thank you very much for the interview.

The daily shows start every 30 minutes, from 9:30. Find the show timetable and further information on the company’s website at, or simply stop by the Planmeca Booth (G010–H011) in Hall 11.1.

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