By investing in a scanner and 3D printer, Al Ranger has nearly tripled his lab’s production. See the steps he took before making the decision to go digital and what he’s learned along the way.
Kuwata Pan Dent, founded by Masahiro Kuwata, was one of the first laboratories in the U.S. to achieve ISO 9001 certification in 2000. Since ISO certification is an ongoing process, the Cedar Knolls, NJ, full service lab has been recertified five times since then.
Bonus: Video Tour! The 850-sq-ft space was a mess, with holes in the walls, rolled up carpeting and wires hanging everywhere, but Phil Smith could see its potential for his one-man C&B laboratory.
In 2009, Angelika Oeckl was in a tight spot after the lab where she was working shut down unexpectedly. Instead of looking for another position, she decided to start her own C&B lab, Subrisi Smile Technology in Kirkland, WA.
Rick Peebles has come a long way since he began his career as a one-man removables lab in a prosthodontist’s office more than three decades ago. His laboratory, Peebles Prosthetics Inc., has grown into a 65-person, full-service operation and, in 2013, moved into a two-story, 19,500-sq-ft, state-of-the-art facility in Lakewood, CO.
In 2012, Peter Lee wanted to grow his two-person C&B laboratory, LifeLike Dental Studio, into a larger, more modern operation, but his partner wasn’t on board. So Lee bought him out, then got to work.
Bonus: Video Tour! When it came to designing their laboratory, Matthew and Martha Martin, Co-Owners of 32-employee Triad Dental Studio in Greensboro, NC, knew exactly what they wanted: an open, efficient layout.
When John Lavicka, CDT, saw it, he knew: the beautiful, 10-acre wooded lot in Richfield, OH would be the ideal home for his laboratory, Dental Ceramics, Inc.
Over the last half century, Dickerman Dental Prosthetics has made many changes, but one thing has remained the same: at age 83, Founder Myron Dickerman still comes to the laboratory every day.
- October 2015
“Retirement can be amazing if you plan ahead… ” Former Lab Owner Jim McDermott shares his after-lab life takeaways.
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- August 2015
Lab Owner Winnie Westwood, CDT, uses her technician skills to create a garden train layout in her backyard.
- July 2015
- June 2015
Marius Vincze, CDT, MV Dental Studio, Wayland, MA, teamed up with Dr. Courtney Lavigne to design and build a 1,600-sq-ft dental practice and 120-sq-ft in-house laboratory. The duo works side-by-side for 60% of their restorative cases.
- May 2015
Marcel Fundora combines his experience as a technician and an artist to create beautiful paintings focused on dentistry.
- March 2015
- February 2015
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.
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 last month.
Attendees could not have been more passionate perfectionists, eager to be mentored, corrected and educated about ways the dentist-dental technician team can bring life-changing relief and wellness to patients suffering from a myriad of facial issues or discomfort. There were no egos at the Center and that, alone, created an incredible learning environment and enriching experience.
- January 2015
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.
- December 2014
From the initial investment to the change in technique, getting clients on board with digital impressions can be an uphill climb. Here’s how one lab is slowly transitioning its clients into the digital realm.
- November 2014
- October 2014
After meeting at LAB DAY West 2013, Sully Samartzis invited LMT’s Judy Fishman to visit his laboratory when she arrived in Arizona later that year. The laboratory is a pristine addition to a gorgeously appointed home, designed by wife Debbie, a professional interior decorator.
In 1999, Sully Samartzis had a toothache on #13. Treatment meant a root canal procedure followed by a crown. Of Greek descent, he’d only been in the U.S. for three months, arriving here from Germany with a degree in electronics and $1,400 to his name.
Intent on being self-employed and, ideally, working from home once he settled down, he determined that the way to pay for his dental work was to learn how to fabricate the crown himself. He got an apprenticeship at the dental laboratory down the hall from the dentist’s office and learned how to opaque crowns. He then took it upon himself to learn complete porcelain build up and, though a metal finisher made the post and coping, he built the porcelain...
Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.
“The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says Scott Atkin, Owner, Creative Dental Laboratory, in Scottsdale, AZ. “We know we’re moving evermore toward automated—and more commoditized—processes so, to me, that means we need to expand our services.” That’s exactly what Atkin did; in his case, offering products not to dentist-clients but to other laboratories.
It happened in one of those “meant to be”...