San Raffaele Digital Group

F. Cattoni – F. Ferrini – M. Manacorda – F. Bova

The group

Our work group was born as a section of ACRIS, which is dedicated to the study and development of digital technologies through the design and development of experimental and clinical protocols. At our Department of Dentistry (San Raffaele Hospital in Milan), ACRIS deals with prosthesis and implant-prosthesis and related digital workflows for the implementation of simple and complex implant-prosthetic rehabilitation.

The project related to the applicability of digital technologies such as smile design software, in particular Smile Lynx and CAD Lynx, is integrated into a parterre that involves the use of many other digital technologies in our Department, such as optical scanners, design software implants, 3D printers, laboratory scanners and so on.

Virtual Patient

San Raffaele University Milan together with 3D Lynx organizes the “Virtual Patient” post-graduate course from July to November, 2019.
Download the course presentation here.


Our goal

The goal of our workgroup is the evaluation of the possible protocols and the integration of digital technologies as an aid and improvement of the clinical and project work phases.

Lynx 3D software correctly responded to our aesthetic design requirements, both on individuals with natural teeth and edentulous subjects, for the design of new smiles that include both fixed prosthetic rehabilitation with aesthetics veneers or complete crowns. The software also works in cases of severe bone atrophy, for the rehabilitation of the edentulous patient through All-on-four.

Our Group is currently working – and has already consolidated – on the integration of Smile Lynx and CAD Lynx software with implant design systems, to carry out with greater confidence the rehabilitation phases of complex patients.

Francesca Cattoni

Scientific Advisor at the Odontology Department, San Raffaele Hospital (MI) (Dir. Prof E. F. Gherlone)
Associated professor at CLID- Univ Vita-Salute, San Raffaele (MI)
Associated professor at CLOPD- Univ Vita-Salute, San Raffaele (MI)
Medical Director at Smart Dental Clinic-IRCCS Policlinico San Donato (MI)

In recent years, we have witnessed a constant evolution of digital technologies in the dental industry and especially in the implant-prosthetic field.
This process involved both digital imaging and implant (computer-assisted surgery) and prosthetic design (digital smile planning and design).
Smile design has now a significant role in the preliminary planning phase of the treatment and is an excellent support tool for the diagnostic stage.

3D Lynx Software, which we proudly contributed to implementing, has proved to be an excellent aid for clinical and diagnostic design, as well as a fundamental support for the communication with our patients.
Having the opportunity to show the prosthetic result is undoubtedly a fundamental aid and communication tool, especially today, as the clinician is increasingly required to have skills that include information and digital technology.
The study of the various digital planning systems and smile design software had made us lean toward this product, as it is a solution with specific features that simplify our work and reduce our operative times. The software offers better reliability and care in terms of design and, in the case of San Raffaele Digital Group, in the research and development of increasingly digitalized workflows.
My prosthetic skills led me to such considerations in virtue of the potentiality and technical peculiarities of Smile Lynx Software and its implementation with CAD Lynx, with the goal of continuing the design and construction of “full-digital” prosthetic artifacts.