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More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and...
- September 2013
On the heels of LMT's September special coverage, The Changing Landscape of Dentistry, about the changing demographics, business models and other factors influencing your client base, the ADA just released an in-depth report, A Profession in Transition: Key Forces Reshaping the Dental Landscape, touching on many of the same topics.
Here are some key findings from the report:
Per capita expenditures are expected to grow over the coming decades, but at a very slow rate. In 2010, per capita dental expenditures were $269. Projected expenditures range from a conservative $277 to an optimistic $325...
Between 1986 and 2001, seven dental schools closed their doors. However, in the past several years, that trend has reversed: To meet the growing demand for careers in dentistry, seven new predoctoral dental programs opened in the U.S. since 2011, bringing the total number of active schools to 65. Add to that the fact that several existing schools* are investing in and/or expanding their facilities or programs and it's clear: dental education is booming.
The above map shows the new dental schools opened in the past two years.
*These dental schools have either recently expanded their enrollment...
Although large, professionally managed group practices still only represent a small segment (7 to 8%) of the dental profession, their explosive growth in the last few years indicates that the trend will continue. That means there's also a growing opportunity for dental technicians at these practices' on-site or centralized laboratories.
Given the size of the companies, many of these practices offer comprehensive benefits packages, training programs and opportunities for advancement that are often difficult to find in small, independent laboratories. It's also a great opportunity for technicians...
The changing demographics of the dental field could bode well for laboratories. There are more general practitioners and prosthodontists, more dental consumers and fewer laboratories. In other words, the potential client base per laboratory is growing.
Here's a look at the shifting demographics between 1998 and 2011:
The number of laboratories declined 12.5%, from approximately 12,000 to 10,500. The number of GPs and prosthodontists increased 17%, from 133,623 to 156,011. This means the ratio of dentists to labs increased from 11:1 to 15:1.
The ratio of adult patients (20 years or older) to...
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- August 2012
For me, one of the greatest highs of our LAB DAY shows is returning home afterwards, brim-full of new ideas, juiced with the energy and creative strategies I pick up from you—our participants and clinicians—when I hear your presentations or we meet on the show floor.
One thing I noticed this year in particular is that the level of competitiveness among vendors at the show has ratcheted up several notches. It was Show- and-Tell in all its glory.
For example, all of the vendors on the Ballroom Level had elaborate displays, fantastic videos, excellent presentations and mouthwatering...
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- September 2011
D4D Technologies LLC announces the appointment of Donald (âDonâ) L. Tuttle as the companyâs new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicineâs Postgraduate Prosthodontics Division is offering an advanced level of education in dental technology and related research to dental technologists.
- August 2011
Astra Tech Dental District Sales Manager Michael Reina recently competed in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Long Island Chapter's "Man & Woman of the Year" campaign to honor his uncle.
Aspen Dental, having recently opened its 300th office nationwide, donated 700 pounds of Lucitone to two dental technology schools, Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Bates Technical C
- July 2011
Founder and President/CEO of Talladium, Inc., Edward Joseph Harms, 67, died June 26, 2011, at his home in Valencia, CA.
A supporter of educational initiatives, Heraeus offers instructional videos free to dental teams and patients, teaching effective techniques and procedures.
- June 2011
On June 22, AstraZeneca announced that it has agreed to sell its Astra Tech business to Dentsply for approximately $1.8 billion in cash.
Align Technology, Inc. announces that Cadent's orthodontic full-arch scanning process can now be used with Invisalign treatment.
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).
Candulor is organizing the first North American competition, giving U.S. and Canadian contestants the opportunity to display their proficiency in the field of removable dentures.
Minneapolis-based Stratasys, Inc., a manufacturer of 3D printers and other additive manufacturing systems, has acquired Solidscape, Inc. for $38 million.
In appreciation of its loyal customers, Lincoln Dental is offering a Rewards Program.
Wieland Technik extends global distribution of Dental Wings Zenotech S50 Scanner to include the U.S. and Canada.
Thanks to three generous product donations from Cosmedent, Inc., 21 non-profit affiliates of the National Children's Oral Health Foundation: America's Toothfairy® (NCOHF) are delivering dental care to