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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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Competing on price is not, of course, an unfamiliar reality—production/high volume laboratories have been the perceived competitors of small laboratories for decades. But now, with digital technology available to all size laboratories, the competitive arena enables some laboratories to make a comfortable profit via sheer volume and that is one of the causes of industry-wide price erosion.
As you see from our cover story, The Race to the Bottom is the takeaway mantra of respondents to LMT’s 2014 Fee Survey and it isn’t pretty. Because of price competition—fueled largely by...
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...
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After watching technicians drop one too many crowns and losing productivity, Ceramist Tom Greggs invented Stabiliner, which reduces the risk of slippage of milled restorations during contouring/finishing procedures.
LMT’s 2014 Fee Survey respondents offer a mixed picture of their sales and profitability. On one hand, laboratory sales seem to be slowly improving. Profits, though, seem to be lagging behind.
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A 2014 Fee Survey participant from the Midwest—who prefers to remain anonymous—offers a thoughtful take on how the rampant price competition on full contour zirconia restorations is negatively affecting the bottom line of many laboratories. Here’s what he had to say:
In the early 1980s, the price of gold skyrocketed and non-precious alloy showed up on the scene. Since it was a cheap metal, most labs didn’t even add the cost of the metal into the crown fee. However, they weren’t thinking about the revenue they had been making on gold alloys—or about the...
Jean Chiha, CDT, shares his step-by-step process for fabricating a posterior, three-unit, implant-supported bridge using Noritake KATANA Multi-Layered (ML) Zirconia.
The challenging aspect of this case was that one of the implants was improperly placed between #7 and #8. Steve Lee explains how he made a screw-retained zirconia framework with pink gingiva tissue to recreate the lost gingiva and then cemented on four single crowns made from IPS e.max to the framework.
There were several new companies exhibiting at LAB DAY this year, almost all of them in the digital solutions arena:
3DRPD USA is printing chrome-cobalt partial denture frameworks at its new facility in Rouses Point, NY. The company is working with laboratory customers only; you send an .stl file of a designed framework and the turnaround time starts at three days. For more details, call 855-373-6458, email info@3DRPDUSA.com or visit www.3DRPDUSA.com.
DOF, Inc. (Degree of Freedom) specializes in open architecture CAD/CAM applications for the dental industry. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea,...
“Nobel Biocare believes the laboratory is upfront and integral to the treatment process,” said Tom Olsen, President and General Manager, Nobel Biocare North America, at the company’s NobelProcera Innovation Forum and Reception on Friday night. “Nobel Biocare’s focus is on three value drivers: designing for life, partnering for life and learning for life.”
Joining Olsen on stage were Stefan Holst, DMD, PhD, Global Head of Research and Science, and Peter Wohrle, DMD, MMedSC, a prosthodontist from Newport Beach, CA, who is also a technician. They showcased how...
KDF introduced two new products at the show:
Cascom SE Casting Machine offers high-frequency alloy induction heating and vacuum and pressure casting. It doesn’t use flame during the melting process so the alloy doesn’t absorb gas, minimizing porosity and creating a smooth surface. The unit is user-friendly, simple to operate and offers a fast casting for various types of alloys.
Zircom Sintering Furnace features a molybdenum disilicide heater that provides clean, reliable and consistent results. Compact and user friendly, the unit works with a variety of zirconia materials and features...
Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) introduced Multi FZ, a multi-layered zirconia that makes it possible to achieve an esthetic, multi-colored, monolithic, high-strength (1,100MPa flexural strength), milled full contour zirconia restoration without dipping or green-state shading. The 98-mm discs mimic natural dentition with cervical, body and enamel shading and a “blend zone” at each shade interface. For four- or five-axis milling machines, the discs are competitively priced and come in three different colors and white in order to match 16 VITA shades and bleach shades. CAP Multi...
Argen Digital introduced its High Noble SLM substructures built from their popular Argedent Euro alloy containing 40% Au, 40% Pd and available in up to six units. “We are the only company in the world to offer High Noble, Noble and Non-Precious substructures fabricated with Selective Laser Melting Technology,” said Ashley Skitt, Marketing Manager.
The company also introduced ArgenPMMA Temps available in 16 Classic VITA shades, one bleach shade and five transitional shades. Precision milled from the lab’s supplied .stl file, these full contour temporaries are available in single...
Jensen Dental announced two enhancements to the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution:
All Preciso configurations with Preciso CAD Software now have the ability to export .stl files.
Using a patent-pending fixture, users of the Preciso M200 mill can easily switch from milling frameworks in the traditional 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ material form to milling 98-mm pucks. Customers who purchase an M200 Frame Mill—the frame version of the Preciso M200—also have the option to upgrade to a puck fixture at any time.
“As digital dentistry continues to evolve, our goal is to empower...
Zirkonzahn’s new Milling Unit Compact Line M1 includes the M1 Wet Heavy. The 5+1-axis unit features a four-fold orbit for extra stability, a necessity for milling hard metals, a six-fold tool changer as well as a wet processing function. It can process zirconia, titanium, chrome-cobalt, PMMA, wax, glass ceramics and prefabricated titanium abutments (Raw-Abutments©).
For more information, call 800-989-8931 or visit www.zirkonzahn.com.
Roland DGA Corp. introduced two new optional accessories for the company’s DWX-4 compact mill:
An automatic tool changer (ATC) that supports up to four different tool sizes for highly precise unattended milling.
A multi-pin clamp that allows the machine to mill up to four different pin-type materials simultaneously, accommodating differences in material composition and color. As a result, prosthetics for up to four different patients can be produced in a single production run, saving time, labor and costs.
“The DWX-4 is an easy-to-use, precise, on-demand production platform for digital...
GC America introduced a new addition to the GC Initial portfolio: GC Initial Zirconia Disks. The disks are cold isostatic pressed for optimized physical properties and available in two types: Standard Translucency (ST) ideal for veneering; and High Translucency (HT) ideal for full contour, monolithic restorations. For more information, call 800-323-3386 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
VITA Suprinity, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate ceramic, was displayed for the first time in the U.S. at Vident’s LAB DAY exhibit. The new-generation glass ceramic has a zirconium dioxide content around 10 times that of traditional CAD/CAM glass ceramic in combination with a fine-grained and homogeneous structure. Indicated for anterior and posterior crowns, implant restorations as well as veneers, inlays and onlays, the material will be available in the U.S. later this year for the CEREC/inLab MC XL, Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion 2 and the KaVo Arctica 2 milling systems. Call 800-828-3839 or visit vident.com.
Holly Garvin from Dental Associates in Appleton, WI (pictured) and Alex Sakovich from Smile Builders in Palatine, IL, were lucky winners of an iPAD Air in Vident’s LAB DAY Chicago drawing. Anyone who attended a Vident clinic at the show had the chance to enter to win; an entry form was included in a pre-show mailer, making it easy for attendees to choose from six Vident clinics—covering everything from full contour zirconia to removable dentures—and complete the form and drop the entry in the raffle box at LAB DAY.
B&D introduced ORIGIN® LIVETM Multi Zirconia, pre-shaded, multi-layered discs; each layer mimics the inherent gradations of natural teeth, including chroma, value, incisal effects and translucency. Since there’s no dipping or drying involved, the pre-shaded disks streamline production and are less technique sensitive than the coloring liquid method, according to B&D.
The company also demonstrated its new ORIGIN-Haas 5HD milling machine with improved milling strategies (ORIGIN CAM Plus+ powered by hyperDENT) for fabricating custom abutments, implant bars and implant...
Zahn Dental introduced seven new products to its Zirlux line:
Zirlux ST1 is an esthetic, strong, high-translucency zirconia that can be milled for full contour anterior and posterior crowns, bridges, frameworks and inlays; it’s available in multiple sizes and thicknesses.
Zirlux Temp Multi is multi-layered PMMA material for milling esthetic temporary restorations.
Zirlux Temp is a pre-colored PMMA material for milling esthetic temporary crowns and bridges; it’s...
Dental Technology Solutions, Whip Mix’s outsource service, has expanded its offering to include Vericore titanium and zirconia custom abutments. The Vericore Zirconia Hybrid Custom Abutments provide the natural esthetics of zirconia with the precision and durability of a titanium interface. The Vericore Premier Titanium Custom Abutments are polished and engraved with tooth numbers. Each custom abutment comes with a titanium platform and screw; 19 platforms for seven major implant systems are available. The company accepts .stl files with a two-day turnaround time. All milling services are...
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.