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LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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Are you ready to take the plunge and invest in your own digital equipment? Going digital was the name of the game at NADL Vision 21 in Las Vegas in January where speakers offered tips on how to incorporate new technology into the laboratory.
In early February, LMT traveled to Panthera Dental in beautiful Quebec City to learn more about this new high-tech production center and its digital product offerings, including zirconia and PEEK double-structure bars.
- December 2013
LMT attends the DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium to bring you
the latest developments in digital dentistry. The theme? Automation continues to streamline, simplify and improve...
- November 2013
Whip Mixâs second annual Survive or Thrive Digital Forum was chock-full of advice and take-home strategies to help attendees make informed decisions about digital technology.
- September 2013
On the heels of LMT's September special coverage, The Changing Landscape of Dentistry, about the changing demographics, business models and other factors influencing your client base, the ADA just released an in-depth report, A Profession in Transition: Key Forces Reshaping the Dental Landscape, touching on many of the same topics.
Here are some key findings from the report:
Per capita expenditures are expected to grow over the coming decades, but at a very slow rate. In 2010, per capita dental expenditures were $269. Projected expenditures range from a conservative $277 to an optimistic $325...
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- May 2013
LMT talks with Avi Cohen, Director of global Dental at Stratasys, about the potential of 3D printing in our industry and his company's newest offerings.
- January 2013
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
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- September 2012
Since launching AvaDent Digital Dentures last fall, Global Dental Science has milled close to 2,000 arches. The dentures are currently being marketed directly to dentists; a laboratory partnership model is in the works.
"With AvaDent Digital Dentures, we are changing the entire fabrication process for removable prosthetics. This digital platform reduces processing time for the patient and dentist; improves fit, function and esthetics; and has tremendous future potential for implants, immediate dentures, bars and integration with cone beam CT scans," says Andy Jakson, Vice President of Clinical...
- February 2012
A collection of Faster, Smarter, Better CAD/CAM Strategies
- January 2012
- April 2011
UCLA's Dr. Ed McLaren discusses his extensive experience with porcelain-to-zirconia restorations and how to minimize chipping.
LMT takes a look at Denmark-based 3Shape A/S, including how it became an industry leader, its role in digitizing the hearing aid market and what it sees for our industryâs digital future.
Hereâs a look at some of the highlights of 3Shapeâs new D700 scanner and CAD software that features patented adaptive scanning technology to scan both impressions and models:
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More than 80% of laboratories offer CAD/CAM-fabricated restorations and nearly two-thirds of them outsource the understructures to another laboratory. LMT talks to these laboratory owners about how to get the most predictable, consistent results.
âRapid prototyping is the future,â says Dennis Lanier, co-owner, Lab2000, a 30-person operation in Columbus, Georgia.