When Daxton Grubb, Owner, R-Dent Dental Lab, West Bartlett, TN, began promoting the lab’s new INspire multi-layer translucent full-contour zirconia restorations, his first step was to create and promote a comprehensive guide to all-ceramic materials
Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the number of new or improved material options for digital fabrication. LMT’s exclusive 2016 Digital Materials eSurvey asked how they are impacting workloads and uncovered three key trends.
Nearly 200 laboratory owners, managers and technicians filled Jensen Dental’s Education Day lecture hall at the Swissôtel in Chicago on February 26 and an additional 200 attendees joined remotely via the streaming live webcast. Now in its 22nd year, attendees saw a stellar lineup including Peter Pizzi, MDT; Don Cornell; Dr. Brian Vence; Steve Anderson; Naoki Aiba, CDT; Adam Mieleszko, MDT; Jungo Endo, RDT; Daniele Capoferri, CDT; Luke Hasegawa, CDT; Skip Carpenter, CDT; and Thomas Sing, MDT.
Presenters explained the “how’s and why’s” behind techniques that technicians can use every day to grow their technical, artistic and business know-how and were on hand to answer attendees’ questions. In addition, clinicians held focused two-hour “master class” workshops during which they shared full contour zirconia customizing tips, esthetic techniques, zirconia layering strategies, photography and shade-taking insight and much more.
There were many companies exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY for the first time:
Based in São Carlos, Brazil and founded in 1977, Bio-Art Equipamentos Odontologicos offers a variety of small equipment, including articulators and facebows, microblasters, vacuum forming machines, curing lights, magnifiers, ultrasonic machines and more. Its Bio-Art semi-adjustable A7 Plus Articulator is made of aluminum and offers a modern design that provides greater visibility. It combines several features—including a Fixed Intercondylar distance at the average 110 mm; curved condylar guide; adjustable condylar guide angle; adjustable Bennet Angle; and Central Lock—making it easy to use. Visit www.bioart.com.br.
Chung Song (Sunburst) is a Korean manufacturer and exporter of lab equipment and consumables. It offers a wide variety of products including micromotors, polishing systems, plaster trays and more. Visit www.dentalmicromotor.com.
DDS-Pro USA launched its new DDS-3D Printer, which has a...
Dortmund, Germany-based DOCERAM Medical Ceramics has established a wholly owned American subsidiary, Nacera US, Inc., with distribution facilities in New Castle, DE. It offers multiple lines of zirconia, porcelain oven cleaning products, and single-bake ceramic products for staining, glazing and veneering.
At the show, Nacera US launched Nacera® Pearl, a highly translucent zirconia in white, pre-shaded or multi-layered in various shades for full contour restorations. Nacera Pearl Multi-Shade offers a natural and smooth transition of color from the cervical to the incisal. All Nacera Pearl zirconia has a flexural strength (biaxial) of 1,400MPa and excellent machinability for milling accurate, thin margins. “The Nacera Zirconia product line combines strength and beauty with a tooth-like, natural translucency,” said Sascha Holstein, Nacera’s Global VP of Sales & Marketing.
In addition, Nacera US and OPT-In Management have formed a strategic partnership to manage...
If you saw LMT LAB DAY attendees walking around with stickers on their lapels, they were likely competing in Jensen Dental’s new product giveaways. Once an hour, an attendee wearing an Imagine™ sticker was randomly stopped and awarded a can of Jensen’s InSync universal spray glaze, the newest member of the InSync Paste Stain and Glaze product line. It offers a quick application process that allows more units to be completed with less labor, and also eliminates a firing cycle since it’s sprayed directly over set surface stains. The thin, uniform coat preserves surface detail and occlusal anatomy and provides a smooth, glossy, streak-free surface texture after firing that enhances natural esthetics. The glaze can be used on zirconia, lithium disilicate, metal ceramic and titanium restorations.
Two sticker-wearing LAB DAY attendees were also chosen to receive Jensen’s new Imagine Veneering Ceramic Kit, which includes 20 powders, a glaze paste and three liquids...
Talladium launched the C5 MASTERmill, an affordable, five-axis unit that mills zirconia, PMMA, stone and composites. With a rotation range up to 35°, it’s ideal for fabricating models and surgical guides and holds blanks up to 40mm. Its 16-tool automatic changer has a haptic tool-usage measurement for diamond-coated tools to extend tool life. The C5 also features a powerful and precise spindle, a sealed-air working chamber to protect mechanics, and a drawer to conveniently store your tools and blanks. Call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.
The company also raffled off $500 worth of Luminesse zirconia. Entrants were collected at LAB DAY and the winner—Bill Bone, AAA Dental Studios, Omaha, NE—was announced in an entertaining video posted online; click here to see it.
Aurident’s Delta Milling Center is now offering BruxZir® Anterior Shaded anterior and premolar crowns and bridges in addition to Delta Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia restorations. At LMT LAB DAY, it also announced three specials, effective until July 31, 2016:
A free titanium scan body with your first milled custom abutment order; the scan bodies are engraved with the implant type for easy identification.
A free scan body kit with the purchase of an Optimet Scanner. A $1,925 value, the kit includes 70 scan bodies—two per implant system—for 35 implants of your choice plus an implant library.
Special abutment pricing: $99 for a titanium abutment and $109 for hybrid abutments; both come with two free screws and you can submit .stl files or models.
Aurident also introduced Helling Anti-Glare 3-D Spray for laser scanning. Its uniform thin application layer eliminates pooling and clumping that can impact scan data accuracy and it’s easy to remove by brushing, air blowing...
Zirkonzahn has expanded its milling unit line—which includes the upgradable M5 Milling Unit and the M1 Compact Line Milling Unit—with the new M4 Milling Unit. It’s equipped with built-in wet processing function and 5+1 simultaneous axes milling technology, making it easier to mill hard-to-reach areas such as undercuts and divergences.
Indicated for crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers and occlusally screw-retained bridges, attachments and bars, the unit can be used to mill zirconia, resin, wax, wood, sintered metal, cobalt chrome, titanium, Raw Abutments®, Bridge Rods, glass ceramics and composites. M4’s extra-large milling area is particularly suitable for the milling of models; up to 10 models or up to 20 complete full arches simultaneously.
The integrated tool changer function and the tool magazine allow the automatic exchange of up to 32 milling burs, enabling efficient workflow management. The M4 workpiece table has various holders. For instance, you can clamp...
Amann Girrbach introduced Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer to the U.S. market at LMT LAB DAY Chicago. Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer is a polychromatic, super-high-translucent zirconia with an integrated shade and translucency gradient. Smooth shade transitions simulate enamel, dentin and cervical shades in a naturally fluent progression without shade break lines; each Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer blank covers two VITA tooth shades.
To ensure complete shade stability, Amann Girrbach has linked the shades integrated in the blank with an intelligent nesting concept. Material-analogous visualization of the shade gradient enables the user to position the design in the blank according to the selected tooth and mill it. Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer is currently available with shade gradients 0/A1, A2/A3, 0/B1, B2/B3; other shades are in development.
In addition, Amann Girrbach now has three U.S. distributors—CAP, Benco Dental and Esthetic Professionals—and is offering the complete line...
DENTSPLY launched two new products at LMT LAB DAY:
The ATLANTIS CustomBase solution is a combination of an ATLANTIS patient-specific abutment and an ATLANTIS Core File with a screw access hole already indicated, providing a proper foundation for screw-retained restorations. Available for all major implant systems, and in titanium or gold-shaded titanium, the solution offers a customized emergence profile for soft-tissue esthetics, built-in anti-rotational features created by the patented ATLANTIS VAD (Virtual Abutment Design) software, and a retentive surface.
“By incorporating the new ATLANTIS CustomBase solution, laboratories can avoid all the confusion and any concerns related to the restriction for use of titanium blanks and titanium bases by dental laboratories who are non-510(k) holders to hand-milling only,” said Matt Gassel, Director of Marketing, DENTSPLY Implants North America. “This latest solution streamlines workflow efficiency and allows the laboratory...
“We’re in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution: it’s all about interoperability of devices and connectivity between dentists and labs. The end result is better patient care.” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, kicking off the company’s Evolution of Digital Dentistry Summit 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, held during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February.
After a reception during which attendees could network and visit the nearby exhibits in the museum, there was a panel discussion on digital dentistry moderated by Rich Miranda, President, Global Prosthetic Solutions and Laboratory Group, Henry Schein.
“What’s the one problem we’re all trying to solve? Inconsistency,” said Panelist Richard Harrell, CDT, Chief Development and Operations Officer of DSG. “Digital technology eliminates the human touch points and thus the primary point of introduction of variable to the manufacturing...
Zahn Dental’s LMT LAB DAY Ballroom was bustling with attendees eager to see the company’s new line of open CAD/CAM equipment, Novux®, for printing, scanning and milling. The printing line includes the NX 3 Print and NX 4 Print printers and the NX 3D Print Box for post-curing. For scanning and milling, options include the NX100 scanner, NX Mill4 four-axis dry mill, NX Mill5 five-axis wet/dry mill and NXS-Plus and NX M-Therm sintering furnaces. The mills are designed for a wide variety of materials, including Zirlux®, Zirlux Acetal, BruxZir®, KATANA, wax, titanium and non-precious metals. Distributed in Belgium by Arseus Lab, the system is now available in the U.S. through Zahn Dental.
The company also expanded its comprehensive Zirlux line with Zirlux 16+. These pre-shaded zirconia discs and blocks correlate with the 16 classical VITA shades as well as white and bleach shades. Demonstrating greater than 44% translucency and a flexural strength of 1,200MPa, Zirlux...
To celebrate 15 years of Lava brand success, 3M launched a new website at LMT LAB DAY Chicago dedicated to showcasing before-and-after case photos that demonstrate the esthetics and strength of Lava-brand zirconia crowns and bridges. In its 15 years of clinical use, millions of Lava restorations have been placed in over 40 countries.
“Thousands of skilled clinicians and technicians have allowed 3M to offer the benefits of zirconia to patients around the world,” said Jennifer Van Ranst, U.S. Marketing Manager. “We are looking forward to using this website to showcase the clinical success our customers have achieved with this material.”
Technicians and dentists can upload their favorite cases at www.3M.com/Lava15.
In order to offer a comprehensive suite of CAD/CAM solutions for digital dentistry, Digital Dental Lab and Dental Laboratory Milling Supplies have merged to form Digital Dental. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, the new company offers the leading brands of Crystal® Zirconia, Dental Mill machines and SinterMax ovens.
The four founders—Scott and Anna Atkin of Dental Laboratory Milling Supplies and Kim and Cameron Karpowitz of Digital Dental Lab—have been working closely for years; all are staying on at the new company and are excited about the growth opportunities ahead.
“We are entirely focused on being partners with our customers,” said Kim Karpowitz. “I believe this merger uniquely positions us to continue our leadership role in milled full contour posterior, anterior and implant restorations.”
The merger transaction also provides new capital for growth. It was arranged and led by St. Louis-based Villhard Growth Partners (VGP) which specializes...
Argen launched its ArgenZ Anterior Value Shaded Disc System, a collection of pre-shaded super translucent zirconia that covers all 16 shades of the VITA Classic shade guide with just six value shaded discs. Each disc covers two to three shades based on value and chroma, requiring less inventory and mill time. No green stage shading is needed; you simply design, mill, sinter and stain and glaze.
An alternative to lithium disilicate, the discs are 25% more translucent than HT zirconia and have a flexural strength of 765MPa, according to the company. They contain cubic zirconia, which refracts light to mimic natural teeth. Available in 98mm in a full range of thicknesses, the discs are indicated for three-unit full contour anterior bridges and single-unit anterior and posterior crowns and copings. For additional information, call 800-255-5524 or visit www.argen.com.
Many thanks to the following LMT LAB DAY Chicago 2016 exhibitors for their generous door prize donations awarded to 59 lucky attendees totaling over $15,400. And the winners are . . .
Digital technology product lines continue to expand and this year’s attendees got the first look at new scanners, 3D printers, milling units and software options, as well as a host of new materials.
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Magic Touch Software’s Dental Lab Case and Production Management™ (DLCPM) Enterprise system offers a full set of customer relationship management tools and lab production and case management features. A cloud-based software platform, Dental Lab CPM Net™, is also available.
With this year’s launch of Version 11, the company continues its efforts to help laboratories go paperless and streamline efficiency. Among the new features:
The Technician Bench App allows technicians to log in to check on their work assignments, receive notifications if case elements change or add notes about the case, all in real time from a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. This app also functions as a time clock and helps with payroll reports.
Pickup and delivery personnel can log into My Route Manager App via their smartphone or tablet and get a complete route list for the day. The driver can receive a digital signature from the dental office and the lab is notified immediately so it...
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Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC, discusses how his efforts to control the heat zone led to the development of the Wonder Z-Ring and offers advice on managing the firing process.
Thomas Wade, CDT, explains his alternative next-day technique for converting a conventional denture into a screw-retained immediate-load provisional.
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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.
Is the number of U.S. labs shrinking?
Yes. The number of U.S. laboratories grew steadily from the late 1930s, peaking at approximately 11,500 labs in 1995. That number held pretty steady through the mid-2000s and then began a slow decline. Today there are just about 8,000 labs, including in-house labs; this figure is not expected to hold steady since more boomers will be retiring over the next 10 years.
How many laboratory owners will retire in the next five years?
Just over one-third of laboratory owners plan to retire by 2020. The most popular exit strategies are selling off their equipment and shutting their doors or selling to an unrelated third party, such as a competitor or laboratory group.
How many laboratories have in-house digital fabrication equipment?
58% of respondents to LMT’s 2015 State of the Industry Survey offer digitally fabricated restorations. Of that percentage:
78% have at least one scanner
59% have at least one milling machine
24% have at least...