Bonus: Video Tour! The 850-sq-ft space was a mess, with holes in the walls, rolled up carpeting and wires hanging everywhere, but Phil Smith could see its potential for his one-man C&B laboratory.
In 2009, Angelika Oeckl was in a tight spot after the lab where she was working shut down unexpectedly. Instead of looking for another position, she decided to start her own C&B lab, Subrisi Smile Technology in Kirkland, WA.
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.
With LMT’s LAB DAY Chicago right around the corner—February 26 and 27—it’s time to finalize your plans to get the most out of our industry’s biggest, busiest show! Here’s a look at some of the special promotions, raffles and demonstrations available inside the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
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Over the last half century, Dickerman Dental Prosthetics has made many changes, but one thing has remained the same: at age 83, Founder Myron Dickerman still comes to the laboratory every day.
- December 2015
Luke Kahng, CDT, explains his technique for matching a custom shade for a female patient in her mid-30s who needed a new crown for tooth #8 and was specifically concerned with the esthetics and color of her smile.
- November 2015
Using his Scoop Technique with IPS e.max Press MT from Ivoclar Vivadent, Rafael Santrich, CDT, restores teeth with the natural value, chroma and translucency demanded in the anterior region.
- October 2015
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.
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This article first appeared in LMT’s August 2015 edition of the LMT Insider, our monthly e-newsletter, and takes a closer look at the pros and cons of the minimum wage ordinances that have recently made national headlines.
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- September 2015
Respondents to LMT’s 2015 Marketing Survey are using new as well as tried-and-true strategies to cement client relationships, boost loyalty and increase referrals.
- May 2015
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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- April 2015
VITA North America displayed its new VITA YZ HT discs. Due to its high strength (approximately 1,200 MPa) and excellent light refraction properties, the highly translucent zirconia is ideal for monolithic crown and bridge restorations. It’s a cost-effective, tooth-colored alternative to non-precious metal and partially veneered metal restorations. For exact shade reproduction, VITA YZ HT Shade Liquids and the VITA Akzent Plus stains are available. The 98-mm discs are available in 1M2, 2M2, 3M2 or A1, A2, A3 shades, and 14-mm and 18-mm thicknesses.
The VITA VACUMAT 6000 M Special Edition furnace is now available in Jet Black, Pure White, Carmine Red, Turquoise Blue and Sky Blue. It features precision-controlled fast cooling, power failure protection and automatic temperature adjustment. It’s available in two feature-rich control units: the vPad Comfort LED features 500 programs and “one touch” operation, and the vPad Excellence LED has 1,000 programs and can control...
3D Systems (3DS) debuted the latest printer in its MultiJet line, the ProJet 3510 DPPro, that prints precision waxups; durable implant drill guides; temperature-resistant, thermo-formable orthodontic patterns; and crown and bridge molds interchangeably, with speed. It provides round-the-clock printing capabilities and features a large build volume, low-maintenance operation, a small footprint and a five-year print head warranty.
3DS also announced that Henry Schein, Inc. will market and sell 3DS’ micro-SLA ProJet 1200 and the ProJet 3510 DPPro as part of its digital dental laboratory offering. The deal expands 3DS’ reach to Henry Schein’s customers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Australia and Thailand.
For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.
- February 2015
The first part of LMT’s comprehensive, multi-issue State of the Industry 2015 coverage offers an in-depth look at the key trends impacting laboratory operators today.
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- September 2014
Nearly three quarters of respondents to LMT’s exclusive 2014 Wage Survey have taken cost-cutting measures related to personnel in the last two years, citing unpredictable workflows, pricing pressure from dentists and other low-cost labs, and an increase in business costs.
- April 2014
Owner: Dental Services Group; Area Vice President: Kim Jones
Twice named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, DSG Davis has found numerous ways to create a work environment where employees feel excited about coming to work each day. “Even though we’re owned by a corporation, Dental Services Group, management has maintained a family-like atmosphere,” says Dan Smith, CDT, Crown and Bridge Supervisor.
For example, the lab promotes work-life balance by allowing employees, when feasible, to set their own start time and adjust their schedules when they have appointments during the day. To encourage healthier lifestyles, the lab installed a new vending machine with healthier food options. In its annual walking challenges, employees receive a pedometer and win gift cards based on the number of steps they walk per month.
Employees are encouraged to showcase their artistic talents in numerous contests, including...
- March 2014
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 the Pittsburgh area, I stopped to visit Nick Hayden at Partial Foundations Dental Lab. Watch for more stories in my Road Trip series throughout the 2014 issues of LMT. ~Judy Fishman
- January 2014
Zirkonzahn’s Georg Walcher, MDT, offers his step-by-step technique for rehabilitating an edentulous patient with implants and fixed Zirconia Prettau Bridges.
- 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...
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- August 2013
What I love most about LMT’s Buyer’s Guide is that it is truly comprehensive. We do not require participants to pay a single cent to be included in this annual directory. (Of course, some do choose to enhance their listing visibility with advertising options.)
This year’s Guide includes 373 manufacturers and suppliers, 85 subcontractors—pretty much on par with last year’s numbers—and includes over 1,600 product trade names which makes us feel pretty good about your ability to find the resources you need to run your laboratory, right here in this one issue.
However, these resources are ultimately only as good as their users. All the materials and equipment in the world won’t compensate for a job poorly done. Unfortunately, I am on the receiving end of experiencing this truth firsthand and it’s one of those “shoulda,coulda, woulda” stories.
The thing is, I’m a real sucker for being a willing guinea pig for the sake...
- April 2013
At the show, Zimmer formally announced its partnership with Zfx GmbH. Zimmer now distributes Zfx products, including Zfx CAD software and scanners, and offers CAD/CAM services—including crown and bridge components, bars, and titanium and zirconia abutments—through its new Zfx milling center in Carlsbad, CA.
For more information, call 800-854-7019 or visit www.zimmerdental.com.
- March 2013
Restoring the smile of a dentistâs relative can be particularly challenging. Here, Luke Kahng shares how he transformed the smile of a clientâs mother-in-law with two PFM bridges and one PFM crown.
- January 2013
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
- November 2012
From a family of educators, Julian Infante, CDT, has both a love of learning and a gift for teaching.
He earned his Associate's degree from Bates Technical College and eventually joined Modern Dental Lab—then called Northwest Labs—in Bellevue, WA in 2006. Since then, he has earned his CDT in crown and bridge, helped develop the lab's implant and CAD/CAM departments and moved into a consulting role, advising clients on everything from materials to digital impression systems to implants—which is his true passion.
"I'm fascinated by the high level of precision that's engineered into the implant systems and the amount of accuracy that's required from the technician to complete an implant case successfully," says Infante, Technical Manager.
To learn as much as he could about the specialty, Infante has taken hours of clinical training at various conferences, is now a member of the AAID, ACP and ICOI, and plans to earn the new CDT in implants next year.
Infante also helps...
NewsWatch: Datron Dynamics Partners With Exocad, Imetric and Sescoi to Provide Turnkey CAD/CAM Solution
Open system providers Datron Dynamics, exocad, Imetric and Sescoi have formed a partnership to provide a comprehensive, turnkey CAD/CAM solution, including the Imetric scanner line, exocad design software, WorkNC® CAM software and the Datron D5 milling machine. The solution can be used for all C&B restorations but, because of its precision, is especially touted for fabricating custom abutments and implant bars.
"Our partnership offers the best of both worlds. It provides the reliability and security of a closed system with the integration and flexibility of an open system," said Neal Demazure, Account Manager, Datron Dynamics, addressing attendees at the partners' first Dental CAD/CAM Technology Course on October 19 at Datron Dynamics' headquarters in Milford, NH.
During the day-long seminar, representatives from each company explained their product while Datron's Jordan Greenberg, Dental CAD/CAM Specialist, offered a hands-on demonstration, giving attendees the opportunity to...