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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.
“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.
- October 2014
Laboratory Owner Michael Suris has recently started using Strategy Milling©’s services to mill full contour gold crowns and bridges for Dental Professional Labs, Inc. in Merrillville, IN. He offers a step-by-step look at fabricating a milled gold posterior crown.
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...
- August 2014
The R&E Tax Credit rewards companies investing resources in the development or improvement of its products, processes and techniques. If you qualify, you could receive a credit of $25,000 to $50,000 per year depending on your situation.
- April 2014
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...
exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software.
In addition, exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design.
Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics,...
- March 2014
After years of speculation, CAD/CAM came to fruition in the dental laboratory in 1998 with the official U.S. launch of the Procera® AllCeram Crown, featuring an aluminum oxide coping milled at Nobel Biocare’s production facility in Sweden. The success of Procera—and the introduction of a dozen new in-lab milling systems in the early 2000s—fueled intense interest among laboratory owners and made CAD/CAM the hot topic for the unforeseeable future.
The automated manufacturing process afforded an efficient, consistent method of production and also opened the door to using zirconia,...
- 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
I've been traveling around the country this season and have visited a number of laboratories, manufacturers and educational institutions. As I was passing through Pennsylvania, I stopped to visit Strategy Milling. ~Judy Fishman, Publisher, LMT
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
To meet the needs of the changing landscape of the dental laboratory industry, Argen has heavily invested in future technologies and expanded its product line to include digital solutions. "Our vision is to supply laboratories with products that can expand their product offerings. We feel that the more product options a laboratory can offer its clients, the better the chance of growing its business," explained Anton Woolf, CEO of the Argen Corp.
Argen introduced a suite of new products and services at the show:
ArgenZ: ArgenZ zirconia discs are available in two compositions: ArgenZ Esthetic offers...
- March 2013
- October 2012
The majority of respondents to LMT's 2012 Fee Survey are delaying fee increases in the face of price-cutting competition and declining caseloads.
- September 2012
- May 2012
John Maguire of Maguire Refining looks at the factors behind the skyrocketing cost of gold and the four types of investors driving the demand.
Eleven years after purchasing Choate Ceramic Laboratory, Co-Owners Jimmy Durham, David Fitch, CDT, and Alton Trotter, CDT, moved out of their ceramic comfort zone and into the realm of removables.
- April 2012
Noritake Dental Supply Co., Limited has integrated with Kuraray Medical Inc. The two companies will become Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. and the U.S. representative of Noritake products will be Kuraray America, Inc.
- December 2011
- November 2011
- October 2011
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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- April 2011
The Argen Corp., the largest dental gold producer in the world, has acquired the worldwide exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights for all Captek products and technologies.
LMT attends the 2009 IDS in Cologne, Germany, to find the latest innovations in dental technology that are digitizing and streamlining laboratory workflow and processes.
What recession? The crowds at this year's International Dental Show (IDS) made it easy to forget the turbulent global economy outside the exhibit hall walls. Over 100,000 attendees came to see more than 1,100 new products from over 1,800 exhibitors during the five-day event, held in March in Cologne, Germany.
U.S. attendees and manufacturers alike were dazzled by the sheer number of CAD/CAM companies at the show—a reported...
Financial Strategies: Research and Experimentation Tax Credit Program Extended, Applicable to More Laboratories
Laboratories that meet the requirements for the R&E Tax Credit can receive up to 20% of the cost of their research and experimentation activitiesâincluding the cost of laborâover a calculated base amo
Dennis Ouye, CDT addresses the importance of proper design and structural support.
Fractures in ceramic restorations have always been a challenge for technicians. Traditionally, they were caused by the lack of strength of feldspathic ceramic and insufficient bonding to the tooth.
While newer, stronger ceramics and improved bonding agents help prevent fractures, it's still important to remember that proper substructure design that provides adequate porcelain support is crucial to the success of a case, and this is as true for zirconia restorations as it is for PFMs.
Even though zirconia...
In the fall, Congress extended the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit Program through 2011. In addition, there are other key changes to the program that may make it more advantageous for labs.