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.
- January 2015
“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.
- November 2012
- April 2012
We've got the ball rolling. We're moving the needle in the right direction--maybe not as fast or as far as we'd like--but it's moving," said Dr. James Willey, Director of the ADA's Council on Dental Practice, addressing almost 50 technicians, dentists, educators, manufacturers and association representatives at the 8th annual Lab Summit in Chicago.
The ADA's involvement in the Summit has grown substantially since the group was formed in 2005 by Drs. Gordon Christensen and Bill Yancey to brainstorm about the challenges facing the laboratory community. As in past years, the meeting touched on many of our profession's ongoing difficulties, including the aging technician population, dwindling technology programs, increased offshore competition and the need for closer dentist-technician relationships.
But this year's meeting also offered a look at what's been accomplished as well as projects in the works. For example:
•In keeping with the ADA's 2010 resolutions to encourage and improve...
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Smile Line USA introduced Flexipalette, an assortment of three photographic contrastors that have a spotless, anti-reflective black background that enhances your digital photographs. There are three different forms, each one made out of a bendable copper sheet overmolded with Plastimed, a safe medical-grade plastic rubber that's latex free and hypoallergenic. The Flexipalette Colormatch provides a neutral background when taking custom shades. The assortment is available as a complete set or individually. Call 877-755-6868 or visit www.smilelineusa.com.
- March 2012
Get the most "likes" of your photos of your upper or lower removable posted on this page and you could win $500. Contest ends July 31, 2012.
- October 2011
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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- September 2011
Though the number of accredited dental technology programs is dwindling, two programs on opposite coastsâLos Angeles City College and New York City College of Technologyâcontinue to be successful, thanks in part to the dedication of the program direc
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- June 2011
On September 9, world-renowned technician Claude Sieber from Basil, Switzerland is presenting Visual Elements Pushed to the Limits at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT).
- April 2011
Laboratory owners are using a variety of innovative strategiesâfrom digital business cards to dentists on staffâto effectively market their laboratoryâs services and technical know-how.
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Providing quality education for its dentist-clients has been instrumental to the growth and success of Jason J. Kim Dental Laboratory, Port Washington and Manhattan, New York.
Andre Michel, owner of Andre's Dental Stuio, Dana Point, CA details a case he fabricated using pressed IPS e.max crowns and bridges.
One of only 20 technicians accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Andre Michel, owner of Andre's Dental Studio, a boutique laboratory in Dana Point, California, specializes in smile design and full mouth reconstruction. Here, he details a case he and Dr. Jeffrey Barrera from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, restored using pressed IPS e.max® crowns and bridges for a male patient who had extensive wear, exposed dentin and extremely poor esthetics.
Using the records, face bow, photography and desired vertical dimension provided by Barrera, Michel created a diagnostic waxup. After the patient wore the temporaries for several weeks and adjustments were made, Michel pressed 16 crowns and two three-unit bridges to full contour. He used a minimal cut-back technique and added the internal effects and translucency using e.max ceram.
John Maguire of Maguire and Strickland Refining discusses what's behind rising gold, silver, platinum and palladium prices.
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