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“We knew we could no longer build a value proposition around technology that can be procured by anyone,” says Lab Owner Mike Hill. Read about his strategies for engaging clients on a new level.
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DTG celebrates the sharing of knowledge and techniques among its members to enhance everyone’s skills. This philosophy was palpable at the second annual DTG Symposium in August, which included the first ever World Mixed Dental Arts Championship competition.
Henry Schein’s Labnext is a cloud-based lab management software specifically designed for digital dentistry. The open system integrates with a variety of scanners, design software and practice management software packages and is tightly integrated with the company’s DDX (Digital Dental Exchange).
DDX is a HIPAA-compliant, web-based digital portal that helps labs accept digital files, manage casework digitally and create new lines of communication with clients. The dentists can submit all their digital scans, X-rays and photos via DDX. The laboratory can customize the case submission form and require the dentist to enter specific information, eliminating the need for data entry in the lab and minimizing errors and follow up.Streamline WorkflowWhen a dentist submits a case, the lab receives a notification in the DDX or Labnext software or via email and logs in to start the case. “When I get a case via DDX, an email pops up on my phone and I know right away that I have a...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 21 at 5:10 pm
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.
As part of our ongoing State of the Industry 2015 coverage, LMT Editors visited the world’s largest dental show to bring you the scoop on the latest product and process innovations worldwide—including digital dentures, laser milling and more—and what else is coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
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Industry icon Jim Glidewell shares his perspective on the future of our industry, including restorative trends, the biggest challenges you’ll face and strategies to ensure your laboratory’s success.
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Attendees at LMT LAB DAY had a chance to win big by spinning a prize wheel at GC America’s booth in the Exhibit Hall. Big ticket winner of the GC Initial Porcelain kit worth nearly $4,000 was Michael Flaws of Integrity Dental Design in Libertyville, IL. Pam Gingerich of Ragle Dental Lab in Champaign, IL, and Paul Huey of Davison Dental Lab in Flint, MI were both the winners of GC’s Initial LiSi Basic & Advanced, each worth $700 and $975, respectively.
Eight Lustre Paste sets, each worth $750, went to: Shari Doucette, Ultra-Tech Dental Lab, Saskatoon, SK; SoYoun Zepeda, Zepeda Dental Lab, Oglesby, IL; Tony Gismondi, Caruso Dental Lab, Livonia, MI; Jose Mendoza, Davison Dental Lab, Flint, MI; Chris Dugger, Dunn Diehl Dental, Minot, ND; Goran Zarov, Accutech Dental Lab, Westerville, OH; Bradley Bong, Layton Dental Lab, Pewaukee, WI; and John Sanohoz, Innova Dental, Mequon, WI.
Four GC Optiglaze color sets, each worth $650, were given to: George Gauden, DDS, Wheaton, IL; Yin...
LMT LAB DAY is always the place for new U.S. product launches and this year didn’t disappoint: attendees got the first look at new lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units; digital fabrication materials, such as zirconia for anterior use and PEEK; and solutions for removable prostheses, including some digital fabrication processes.
3D BioCAD introduced the TruMill line of precision wet milling machines. The X550 is a five-axis unit for fabricating copings, bars, zirconia, IPS e.max and abutments in ceramic and metal, and the X440 is a four-axis unit for IPS e.max, PMMA, wax and Lava™ Ultimate. For more information, call 877-TRUE-FIT (878-3348) or visit www.3dbiocad.com.
Axsys Dental Solutions offered a sneak peek at the new Versamill 5XS, an industrial-quality mill with a small footprint that was officially launched at the IDS. The open, five-axis mill can be used for wet or dry machining of wax, zirconia, PMMA, glass ceramic, lithium disilicate,...
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With today’s focus on highly cosmetic restorations and appliances, patients want functional, natural-looking removable partial dentures. Proper material selection is a key part of ensuring patient satisfaction.
By Renato Carretti
An approximately 50-year old patient presented with a fracture on tooth #9 (see Figure 1). Since the root was also fractured, the tooth was extracted and a clasp-retained provisional restoration was seated (see Figure 2).
The gingival papilla was prepared prior to placing the implant in order to ensure subsequent seamless progress of the case. After placing the implant, sufficient time was left for the gingiva to regenerate, which was in perfect condition after healing (see Figure 3).
The challenging aspect of this case was to match the transparency of tooth #8. During the first firing, the basis for the transparent appearance was created with VM 13 Base Dentine layering, first with a 1:1 mixture and then with a 1:2 mixture of Base Dentine and Neutral NT. To achieve a shade close to that of tooth #8, Interno shades were applied before the second firing, and fixed with intermediate firings.
Next, neutral powder in its pure state was applied, followed...
- November 2014
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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- 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...
“It’s people who make the difference, so my business philosophy is based on taking care of the staff first. If you do that, I believe everything else will come naturally,” says Jayme Hong, CEO and Chief Rainmaker at IDOC.
- September 2014
- 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.
- May 2014
Tra’ Chambers had no actual laboratory experience when he opened Express Dental Laboratory in Norman, OK in December 2012. Harnessing the efficiency of CAD/CAM technology, the lab touts a two- to three-day turnaround (or same-day for its mobile service) and generated over $300,000 in revenue during its first full year in business. Now, with a staff of seven, the lab serves 118 clients and 45% of its work is completely digital. Here’s more about the lab’s growth strategies:
LMT: What made you decide to open Express Dental Laboratory without any prior laboratory experience?
Tra' Chambers: After spending three years as the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-location dental practice, I had a good idea of what was important to a dentist’s success: for one thing, it’s cash flow. I realized that if a laboratory could provide crowns to dentists in three days or less, it would improve the doctors’ cash flow significantly because they would get insurance...
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- April 2014
Attendees at GC America and Renfert’s clinic programs had a chance to win big by spinning a prize wheel at the companies’ booth in the Exhibit Hall. The big-ticket winners included Rebecca Norman, Apex Dental Lab, Omaha, NE; SoYoun Zepeda, Zepeda Dental Lab, Oglesby, IL; and Andrew Tisdale, Aesthetic Dental Solutions, Lexington, SC. They each won a GC Initial porcelain system kit valued at over $5,000.
Every spin was a winner! Katie Leimbacher, also from Apex Dental Lab, won Renfert’s Basic Quattro Sandblaster valued at $1,500. Trisha Dahmen, from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, won Renfert’s Twister Vacuum Mixer, valued at $1,500, and donated it to the school’s dental technology program. Suzie Kang, Perfect Smile Dental Solutions, Wakeforest, NC, and Stan Chrzanowski, S&E Dental Studios, Algonquin, IL, each won Renfert’s Die Master Set valued at $89.
Other prizes included iPads, gift cards, and equipment and materials from both companies;...
Owner: Warren Rogers
Knight Dental Group considers its employees so valuable, they’re included in the company’s mission statement: “Our employees are one of our most precious resources; we will treat them with respect and provide a state-of-the-art facility with continuing education and a quality-centered environment.”
True to its word, the lab provides the latest equipment and materials in its sparkling, 23,000-sq-ft facility as well as top-notch training. In addition to bringing speakers in house eight times a year, managers create individualized training programs for technicians, sending them to courses both locally and across the country depending on what skills they need to acquire.
Knight is also very supportive of technicians seeking a CDT designation. For instance, in addition to hosting CDT tests, the lab offers a CDT Study Group that meets during the workday for two hours once a week for five months. It also covers all expenses—projector,...
- March 2014
Since their introduction in the 1950s, PFM restorations have been the bread-and-butter of C&B and most full service laboratories. In fact, as recently as 2005, only 17% of C&B workloads were metal-free. However, with the proliferation of metal-free materials and technologies, we’re nearing the tipping point: 45% of C&B workloads are now comprised of metal-free restorations, according to LMT’s 2013 Porcelain Survey.
The full contour zirconia trend began in 2009, with the launch of Glidewell’s BruxZir® Solid Zirconia crowns and bridges, marketed as a “virtually unbreakable” option for bruxers and grinders. Other manufacturers began to follow suit and introduce their own solid zirconia options and “Full Z” has become the fastest growing restoration in laboratories across the country.
The restorations allow laboratories to offer a lower-cost solution, and the labor-saving digital process ensures better fits and fewer remakes. There remains concern among some laboratory owners about zirconia’s increased wear on opposing dentition, although advocates say that maintaining a high polish reduces the problem.
Manufacturers continue to introduce new zirconia materials to address the question of esthetics and laboratory owners are taking note. “The days of using 20 different porcelains to build up a tooth, as the first option, are long gone. You can get esthetics...
Foreign Dental Work Put to Test, an investigative report about lead found in restorations made in China was the talk of the industry when it aired in February 2008 on Ohio’s WBNS 10TV. The story covered an Ohio woman who had experienced pain and infection in her jaw after her dentist placed an ill-fitting, three-unit PFM bridge the previous year. After learning the bridge was made in China, she had the bridge removed and tested for hazardous materials, and lead (160ppm) was found in the restoration.
In addition, the TV station ordered eight PFM crowns from four labs in China and also had them tested; one of them tested positive for lead (210ppm).
The media coverage fueled objections to offshore outsourcing and even breathed new life into the debate about mandatory laboratory certification and registration. The ADA announced it would do its own independent testing and released its findings a year later: scientists analyzed 44 different porcelain powders and 102 finished PFM crowns...
- February 2014
For years, porcelain was the material of choice for denture teeth because of its ability to replicate the appearance of natural dentition. But as we entered the 1990s, acrylic denture teeth had replaced porcelain as the industry standard; in fact, the use of porcelain teeth had dropped 50% during the previous decade.
Acrylic teeth offered several functional advantages: they were kinder to opposing dentition with less trauma to the bone and offered easier occlusal adjustment. However, earlier materials tended to craze and check and weren’t as esthetic as the tried-and-true porcelain. Over time, cross-linking techniques were refined, resulting in more durable acrylic teeth. Improved opalescence, translucency and shade consistency—especially among the new generation of composite teeth—further contributed to the growing use of acrylic teeth.
Renfert’s Cim Ozyurt explains the R&D behind lay:art style brushes, designed to fulfill all the requirements of optimal porcelain buildup.