Laboratory respondents to our State of the Industry 2015 survey ranked clients’ impression-taking skills as their number-one client-related challenge, saying one quarter of the impressions that come into their laboratory are inadequate, a result of dentists not following manufacturers’ guidelines, delegating the task to assistants, or just not carefully evaluating the impressions before sending them to the lab.
While 94% of laboratory-respondents say they’re comfortable calling their clients for replacement impressions, they often still hear those words that make most of them...
A surge of digital technologies, the corporatization of dentistry and omnipresent insurance woes are just a few of the challenges impacting your dentist-clients. As part of our State of the Industry 2015 survey coverage, LMT polled 80 dentists from around the country to get their perspectives on these trends and more. Here’s what they had to say.
They’re hesitant about digital impressionsAlthough 41% of laboratories are equipped to accept digital impressions, dentists have been slower to adopt the technology: labs receive digital impressions from only 6% of their clients. While many...
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Although balancing esthetic outcomes and fulfilling the doctor’s desires for the most robust restorations has been a challenge, Chris Roman, CDT, has seamlessly integrated the new IPS e.max Multi from Ivoclar Vivadent into his daily workflow.
Fifty-five percent of our State of the Industry 2015 survey respondents have recently changed their business model to increase profitability, gain new clients and be more competitive. Five of our respondents share their stories.
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At the NADL’s Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas, presentations and discussions focused on where dentistry is headed in the next 10-20 years; clearly this is the topic du jour. So much has changed in these last five years that we at LMT could hardly wait to collect and analyze the survey data you so generously provided us with this past fall in preparation for our 2015 State of the Industry series.
What the future looks like is not only the $64,000 question; it’s a downright rhetorical one! In other words, who knows? Bill Gates once made the observation that “most people tend to overestimate...
CAP is now Amann Girrbach’s premier partner in North America, selling the complete line of AG equipment, material and tools, as well as enhancing training and customer support.
It was LMT’s biggest LAB DAY yet. Just over 3,500 attendees came to the industry’s busiest, most exciting event of the year to learn at 367 educational courses, shop an energy-packed exhibit hall with 241 companies, and network and catch up with their peers.
The show’s new home, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, won rave reviews from the crowd. The hotel offered more room for education and a spacious new exhibit hall that featured wider walking aisles, an attendee café and a green park-like area that featured benches where attendees could meet and recharge—literally, at...
Seeing the impending boom of digital technology, Anton Woolf, CEO of Argen Corp., conceived a plan to reinvent the company and its product offerings to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. The result? The Argen Digital Center.
By taking risks, going outside their comfort zone and reinvesting in their laboratory, Greg and Diane Nash, Owners of Nash Dental Lab, have managed to thrive in an ever-changing laboratory market.
With today’s focus on highly cosmetic restorations and appliances, patients want functional, natural-looking removable partial dentures. Proper material selection is a key part of ensuring patient satisfaction.
So many of you are driven by your love for the technology itself that I thought I’d add in my two cents about The Texas Center for Occlusal Studies [minimally invasive, full-mouth rejuvenation dentistry].
Ever since my niece was diagnosed with a Lyme disease-created TMJ disorder—and successfully repaired by Mark Piper, DDS, in St. Petersburg, FL—I’ve had a special, albeit layperson’s, interest in occlusion. So I jumped at the invitation from Lab Owners Curt Mortgese and Center Co-Founder Dan O’Rourke to attend an introductory course on Rejuvenation Dentistry...
Rejuvenation dentistry is an approach based on a model of health that considers not only a patient’s teeth but the entire masticatory system, including jaw joints, nerves and head and neck muscles, and maintains that problems occur when these components aren’t working in biological harmony.
The first part of LMT’s comprehensive, multi-issue State of the Industry 2015 coverage offers an in-depth look at the key trends impacting laboratory operators today.
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A few months ago, my son turned me on to two television reality shows that I feel have merit for anyone who runs a small business or aspires to: The Profit, on CNBC, showcasing the multi-talented Marcus Lemonis, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Camping World; and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, starring restaurateur, Chef Gordon Ramsay. Unfortunately, Ramsay retired this series at the end of 2014. Fortunately, there are 123 episodes you can watch on YouTube.
Say what you will about reality TV; these shows are like business school by proxy.
Without knowing any particular market, Lemonis attempts to...
Hosted by Quintessence Publishing and Henry Schein in October, the 1st International Symposium on Digital Dentistry: Technologies That Enhance Clinical Outcomes featured an exhibit hall and three days of lectures by digital dentistry experts.
Step ToothMaster Bay, CDT, DTG, discusses his technique for restoring the six anterior teeth for a patient who wanted to replace discolored anterior teeth with crowns that matched her natural A1 shade.
The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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By Renato Carretti
A female patient, approximately 65 years old, presented with tooth #10 fractured down to the root; it was extracted and an implant was seated. She had had a gold filling on tooth #9 for nearly 45 years, and couldn’t imagine her appearance without it.
Although the gap following implantation was not provisionally restored, the gingival situation was excellent (see Figure 1). During the intraoral try-in, the crown showed good results in the cervical gingiva as well as good fit and shade match.
Optimizing the Surface
It’s not possible to recreate the surface of a crown...January 13 at 11:14 am in How to Use VITA VM 13 for Challenging Anterior Metal-Ceramic Restorations
By Renato Carretti
An approximately 50-year old patient presented with a fracture on tooth #9 (see Figure 1). Since the root was also fractured, the tooth was extracted and a clasp-retained provisional restoration was seated (see Figure 2).
The gingival papilla was prepared prior to placing the implant in order to ensure subsequent seamless progress of the case. After placing the implant, sufficient time was left for the gingiva to regenerate, which was in perfect condition after healing (see Figure 3).
The challenging aspect of this case was to match the transparency of tooth...January 13 at 11:06 am in How to Use VITA VM 13 for Challenging Anterior Metal-Ceramic Restorations
By Renato Carretti
A patient who was approximately 45 years old presented with a devitalized tooth #10 with dark discolorations (see Figure 1). This was a classic case for a metal-ceramic restoration because the discolored tooth stump would show through an all-ceramic restoration and make the crown look grey.
With this VM 13 crown, the goal was to reproduce numerous small enamel cracks, mamelons and decalcification marks like those of the adjacent tooth #9 (see Figure 2). After the first firing, Interno 1 (white smoke) was inlaid for the small enamel cracks; Interno 2 (sand) was used to emphasize...January 13 at 10:56 am in How to Use VITA VM 13 for Challenging Anterior Metal-Ceramic Restorations
When Massoudah Faiz opened her C&B laboratory in Atlanta a decade ago, she made working chairside a core part of her business model. Currently, she works chairside for 70% of her cases.
“In the U.S., dentists and labs tend to be divorced; they need to get remarried. We’re a team and we need to understand each other better,” said Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, during his keynote address at the Argen Corp.’s Future of Digital Dentistry event in November.
- December 2014
Every now and then something comes along to add spice and extra-rich texture to the make-up of our community and that kind of energy is both welcome and contagious. If you’re familiar with the group that calls itself DTG, the Dental Technicians Guild, you know what I mean. It has an edgy cool that exudes energy and also draws it in. Its goal is to celebrate a passion for restorations that mimic natural dentition in both form and function.
Social media plays a large role in keeping members of the group active and engaged 24/7. DTG members share photos of their work on the Guild’s members-only...