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- October 2014
Scan and Design Technician Barry Mahoney recently competed on Face Off, a reality competition show exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists.
- 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
- April 2014
“Nobel Biocare believes the laboratory is upfront and integral to the treatment process,” said Tom Olsen, President and General Manager, Nobel Biocare North America, at the company’s NobelProcera Innovation Forum and Reception on Friday night. “Nobel Biocare’s focus is on three value drivers: designing for life, partnering for life and learning for life.”
Joining Olsen on stage were Stefan Holst, DMD, PhD, Global Head of Research and Science, and Peter Wohrle, DMD, MMedSC, a prosthodontist from Newport Beach, CA, who is also a technician. They showcased how...
Talladium’s Luminesse ML PMMA discs are made of a pre-shaded acrylic resin for surgical guides and temporary crowns and bridges. Featuring excellent color stability and high-bending resistance, the discs incorporate three shades blended together for a natural-looking restoration. For details, call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.
Uhler Dental Supply showcased its new UDS Pour Acrylic, a dimensionally stable auto-polymer used to make full or partial dentures in alginate (Max Print) or hydrocolloid (New Flex) investment material. LAB DAY attendees were given samples to take home and evaluate the new shades. For more information, call 800-937-3753.
Dentsoll introduced Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasps for conventional denture repairs and flippers. “Made of flexible acrylic, the clasps can shorten the denture repair process significantly, to less than 10 minutes,” said Esther Kim, Director, Sales and Marketing. The clasp can be molded with a heat gun and bonded with ISO Fast self-curing resin.
Also new: Snow Rock Denture Systems Repair Kit for quick repairs on all acrylic removable applications, re-gardless of color and make. The kit includes ISO Fast in color #7α Real Pink, a self-curing repair resin that sets in three minutes and...
AD BLU Dental has added the EZMill 5.0 to its line of EZMill compact desktop milling systems. Combining high-speed production and precision, the system can be used to mill a variety of restorations in numerous materials, including zirconium, acrylic and wax. A wet/dry option is available.
The company also introduced the CAD BLU ProJet® 1200 3D printer. Costing less than $5,000, this desktop unit prints 10-12 units per hour with fine detail at an average cost of 50 cents per unit.
For more information, call 212-481-8700 or visit www.cadblu.com.
- 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...
- 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
Howard Cosner, Jr., CDT, TE, offers a step-by-step look at how to fabricate an all-acrylic, hi-impact, heat-cured Nesbit with tooth-shade clasps engineered to .01 retention.
- May 2013
"This trip will hold a special place in my heart as one of those chance-of-a-lifetime experiences," says Liz Lake, CDT, a staff member at Midwestern University (MWU) College of Dental Medicine, Glendale, AZ, who recently returned from a dental mission on the South Pacific island of Tonga.
The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of more than 100 islands, many without electricity or running water, and a large portion of the population is farmers who don't have the money for regular dental care. "The need is great, and I would estimate that 80% of the people I saw on the island are missing at least one...
Are digital dentures coming our way? Also, to meet the growing demand for removable restorations, several manufacturers introduced new teeth and other accompanying products to enhance function, esthetics and efficiency.
The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the IDS, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions that enable users to address a greater number of applications and work with a larger range of materials. In addition, the 3D printing market continues to expand.
To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
Zirconia-reinforced materials are a new trend, and expanded options for pre-colored zirconia and ceramics for full contour restorations offer both efficiency and esthetics. Plus, a new type of material: a biocompatible, millable resin on which the final restoration can be built; there's no need for casting or pressing.
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- April 2013
Preat Corp.'s PRISM Milling Center now offers implant frameworks with a new pearl texture surface, which provides mechanical retention and maximum space for resin for increased esthetics. The frameworks are created using selective laser melting and the finish lines and implant interfaces are then milled.
PRISM also introduced digitally designed and printed chrome cobalt removable partial frameworks. Simply scan, design and email your .stl design file and you receive a finished and polished framework ready for try-in. Design files are accepted from 3Shape, DentalWings and Sensable systems.
- March 2013
- November 2012
Josef Kolbeck has accomplished a lot in his 12 years in the industry. He received his dental technology degree from the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica, served as Academic Coordinator in dental technology at that same university, owned his own lab and is currently the managing director of a five-person removable department at Town and Country Dental Studios in Freeport, NY.
Kolbeck is part technician, part innovator: he continually tests new materials and techniques to improve the lab's fabrication processes and has created many original techniques, including the Kolbeck Technique featured...
- September 2012
When Aaron Hoffman, Troy Gooden and Eric Gooden, Co-Owners of Sunflower Dental Studio in Topeka, KS, first saw the impressions for a 20-implant reconstruction, they thought it looked like something from a sci-fi movie. It was the largest case Hoffman had ever had the opportunity to work on during his 19-year career as a ceramist, and he couldn't wait to get started.
1 } The Restorative Challenge
The 80-year-old patient had tremendous decay and bruxing problems and the prognosis of his natural dentition was "hopeless," says his dentist, Dr. Guy Gross, New Horizons Dental Care, Salina, KS....
Since launching AvaDent Digital Dentures last fall, Global Dental Science has milled close to 2,000 arches. The dentures are currently being marketed directly to dentists; a laboratory partnership model is in the works.
"With AvaDent Digital Dentures, we are changing the entire fabrication process for removable prosthetics. This digital platform reduces processing time for the patient and dentist; improves fit, function and esthetics; and has tremendous future potential for implants, immediate dentures, bars and integration with cone beam CT scans," says Andy Jakson, Vice President of Clinical...
Forty-five percent of respondents to LMT's exclusive 2012 Removable Survey rate the market as good and 35% classify it as fair. The majority say their removable business in the first half of 2012 is level or just slightly up or down compared to all of 2011.
At one end of the spectrum is the 9% of survey participants who say the market is booming and that business is markedly up. "All areas of our removable department are up. We had a record May and July was not far behind. As far as fixed, we are down double digits," says Gary Iocco, Owner, Dimension Dental Design, Hastings, MN.
At the opposite...
- August 2012
The NextSmile virtual technique and service offers laboratories a labor-saving way to fabricate custom-milled titanium frameworks.
Fourteen technician-volunteers bring partials and dentures to patients in need, working on about 150 arches in two days.