The last 30 years have been the most remarkable, most revolutionary years in the history of dental technology. As LMT celebrates its 30th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the technologies, events and ideas that have shaped our community. Take a walk with us through our shared history, as we remember its most memorable moments.
Join LMT for its 15th LAB DAY East on April 5th!
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Join us for LMT LAB DAY West in sunny California on May 16-17 (exhibits on May 17 only). Online registration is now open! Avoid the long lines at the show and register today*!
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The female patient was previously restored with less than ideal esthetic and functional results. When the old restorations were removed, the canine preps were very dark. Matt Roberts, AAACD, used zirconia-based restorations on teeth #6 and #11 to cover the dark color and HT e.max for the rest of the teeth.
I’ve been traveling around the country this season and have visited a number of laboratories, manufacturers and educational institutions. When I arrived in the Phoenix area, I visited Tim Thompson, President and CEO of Global Dental Science, LLC, in Scottsdale to learn about the AvaDentTM Digital Dentures system, which is now available to laboratories to market to dentist-clients. Watch for more stories in my Road Trip series throughout the 2014 issues of LMT. ~Judy Fishman, LMT Publisher LMT: I understand you’ve cracked the code for digitizing the denture fabrication process. Can you fill us in? Thompson: For the past four years, Global Dental Science has been developing an exclusive digital platform for the design and manufacture of AvaDent Digital Dentures. It’s the result of a comprehensive process called Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) used in conjunction with CAD/CAM; CAE uses sophisticated, scientific algorithms to aid and control the bulk of design and automated manufacturing tasks. Currently, the end product is a digitally designed and milled denture base with milled pockets into which conventional denture teeth are set. However, at LMT LAB DAY Chicago, we’ll be introducing a new generation in which the entire denture, including the base and teeth, is milled to full contour from a patented, pre-shrunk, bacteria-resistant, multi-colored, polychromatic, double cross-linked PMMA puck (see photo at right). A key advantage of the digital process is the resultant AvaDent digital record which can be integrated with a CBCT scan and implant planning software and used to fabricate a variety of products for implant cases including: an immediate denture, a scanning guide, a bone reduction guide, a drill guide, an occlusal locking splint, a conversion denture and a final AvaDent hybrid prosthesis. LMT: How do labs get involved with this system? Thompson: AvaDent was introduced directly to dentists in the Fall of 2011. By building brand awareness among dentists first, Global Dental Science has made it easier for laboratories to jump on board. Now we are offering the AvaDent Laboratory Partnership Program. Our goal in creating this program is to assist laboratories in the development of a digital workflow, allowing them greater product consistency, less organizational stress and increased profitability. Instead of the dentist sending us his cases—including the impression, prescription and measurements taken with our proprietary AMD*—he sends them directly to the laboratory. The lab then scans the impression and AMD at its facility and sends the resulting digital files, along with the prescription, to AvaDent through the AvaDent Connect System. Once we receive the records and prescription parameters, the AvaDent algorithms automatically identify the anatomical landmarks and measurements and, incorporating time-tested removable principles, recommend a precise setup. * The dentist uses the AMD to determine occlusal vertical dimension, CR position, lip contour position, midline and incisal line, esthetic angle position and gingival height in one appointment.
Welcome to THE BRIDGE, LMT's online community network for the Dental Laboratory industry, a virtual LAB DAY environment 24/7. Connectivity — the buzz word of this new Century — has LMT's full attention and has been the driver of our brand from Day One. "The BRIDGE" does what a printed piece cannot do: create immediate, interactive experiences! Read More →
May 16 - 17 · Garden Grove, CA
LAB DAY West is the largest lab trade show on the west coast. Crowded with busy shoppers and buzzing with education, LAB DAY West embodies the good vibrations for which Southern California is famous.
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What do you get when you combine knowledge, patience, humor and dedication? These are just a few words to describe this year's NADL Excellence in Education Award Winner, Craig Pickett, CDT. Our Technical Manager has been...
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