Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
To help dentists reap the benefits of their chairside CAD/CAM systems, Christian Scull sets up in-office laboratories, establishes protocol and trains dental assistants to design and finish the units.
Laboratory Owner Bill Atkission explains how the Bio-copy function of inLab SW 15 copies the patient’s intact natural teeth, the temporary restoration or a diagnostic waxup to create anatomically correct restorations.
Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the number of new or improved material options for digital fabrication. LMT’s exclusive 2016 Digital Materials eSurvey asked how they are impacting workloads and uncovered three key trends.
Given all of the talk about the commoditization of our industry, the CAL-Lab Group’s focus on maximizing profits during its 90th annual meeting in Chicago was right on point. Chaired by Jim Gorgol, CDT, the meeting attracted 774 attendees and highlighted strategies for building your bottom line, offering value to dentist-clients and increasing efficiency and productivity with digital technology.
Keynote speaker Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, addressed doing business in a slowly recovering economy during his presentation Paradigm Shifts in Dentistry Influencing the State of Dental Technology. “With the economy still recovering, patients hesitant to spend and benefit plans paying less, both technicians and doctors need to look at the areas that are on the rise, such as implants, digital technology and esthetic dentistry,” he said, also offering his take on new and up-and-coming trends. “Endodontics is going to be big due to aging baby boomers, and sleep dentistry...
AvaDent Digital Dentures showcased its four latest innovations:
AvaDent SHARE™ is AvaDent’s new “insourcing” option that allows you to mill AvaDent Digital Dentures in your laboratory within two days. After you send in your impression scans, AvaDent delivers the AvaDent .stl file to your lab within 24 hours. You can then mill the digital prosthesis—ranging from a baseplate to a denture base with tooth pockets—from an AvaDent Puck made of premium denture acrylic, significantly improving turnaround time compared to outsourcing the case. Compatible milling machines include Wieland, Sirona, Zirkonzahn, Datron, Roland and more.
Advanced Base Plate: Compared to AvaDent’s traditional baseplate, the new digital Advanced Base Plate design features a ridge cutout that offers more prosthetic space for the teeth and gingival buildup, and a precise junction between the milled base and the processed acrylic that eliminates any demarcation/white lines. The new...
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary of exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY Chicago, 3Shape launched a special campaign offer for laboratories that already own a 3Shape lab scanner: they can now purchase an additional 3Shape lab scanner and receive up to five years of 3Shape LABcare™—that includes training, unlimited software upgrades, access to more than 50 training videos and global support—for free. Two years of LABcare are included with every scanner purchase and the additional number of years depends on the scanner model you purchase: an extra three years for D750, R750, D850, R850, D900L and R900; an extra year for D1000 and D2000.
“Our new 3Shape ‘Pump up the volume’ campaign gives labs a cost-effective means to meet the growing demand for digital production while at the same time, staying up to date with our latest technology,” said Flemming Thorup, President and CEO at 3Shape.
During his lecture at LAB DAY, The Latest and Greatest Innovations from...
“We’re in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution: it’s all about interoperability of devices and connectivity between dentists and labs. The end result is better patient care.” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, kicking off the company’s Evolution of Digital Dentistry Summit 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, held during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February.
After a reception during which attendees could network and visit the nearby exhibits in the museum, there was a panel discussion on digital dentistry moderated by Rich Miranda, President, Global Prosthetic Solutions and Laboratory Group, Henry Schein.
“What’s the one problem we’re all trying to solve? Inconsistency,” said Panelist Richard Harrell, CDT, Chief Development and Operations Officer of DSG. “Digital technology eliminates the human touch points and thus the primary point of introduction of variable to the manufacturing...
Is the number of U.S. labs shrinking?
Yes. The number of U.S. laboratories grew steadily from the late 1930s, peaking at approximately 11,500 labs in 1995. That number held pretty steady through the mid-2000s and then began a slow decline. Today there are just about 8,000 labs, including in-house labs; this figure is not expected to hold steady since more boomers will be retiring over the next 10 years.
How many laboratory owners will retire in the next five years?
Just over one-third of laboratory owners plan to retire by 2020. The most popular exit strategies are selling off their equipment and shutting their doors or selling to an unrelated third party, such as a competitor or laboratory group.
How many laboratories have in-house digital fabrication equipment?
58% of respondents to LMT’s 2015 State of the Industry Survey offer digitally fabricated restorations. Of that percentage:
78% have at least one scanner
59% have at least one milling machine
24% have at least...
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At the 12th Annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium, LMT got a first-hand look at more esthetic materials, new software upgrades, more powerful equipment, and more!
- November 2015
“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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- October 2015
Three years ago, CAP (formerly Custom Automated Prosthetics) began developing software to make its milling center as efficient as possible. Its goal: to automate many of the steps between each process of the CAD/CAM workflow and eliminate duplicate data entry into their lab management software and again in the scanning department.
The result: CAPZilla, a workflow automation platform that streamlines many functions within the digital fabrication process. For example:
A barcode scan of the work ticket at the model and die scan station adds all essential information into all the appropriate data fields, saving time and eliminating human error at this step.
Once scanned, a designer can scan the work ticket or select the case in the CAPZilla case overview list. The prescription and customer design preferences are displayed and then the order is opened in 3Shape Designer. After the design is complete, CAPZilla automatically moves the case to milling or prompts the designer to produce...
- June 2015
The grand opening of Panthera Dental’s U.S. office featured numerous announcements regarding the company’s growth, new restorative solutions and commitment to sleep apnea treatment.
The results of LMT’s State of Digital Technology 2015 survey are in! Eighty percent of respondents rate their all-ceramic workload as “good” or “booming.”
- 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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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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Awhile back we had an online debate, via LMTmag.com, about what’s good, better, best when it comes to man-made or machine-engineered restorations. By now, it seems the answer is clear: both. In the same way “art versus science” was the community debate of the 1980s and 90s, I think most technicians would agree that, ideally, it’s a blend.
At LAB DAY this year—as well as at the IDS in Cologne—exactly what became clear is that we mortals have been forced to recognize that machines are, and forever forward will be, our creative partners for many things, including the creation of prosthetics. There was an acceptance and understanding among attendees that being a player means incorporating advanced technologies into the laboratory environment.
Though there were a number of product introductions—among them, lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units, digital fabrication materials and digital solutions for removable prostheses—stronger,...
- April 2015
The Pala Digital Denture System from Heraeus Kulzer uses CAD and 3D software to fabricate dentures with an ideal fit and esthetics with a processing time of 10 days or less. Here’s how it works:
The dentist uses the Pala Digital Denture tray system which enables him to take the impression, vertical dimension and centric relation in a single visit.
The lab scans the impression and uploads it to Heraeus Kulzer’s Pala Digital Design Center. The try-in is digitally articulated, the teeth are setup and customized, and an anatomically correct try-in is printed.
Once the try-in is approved by the patient and doctor, the lab sends it back to the Pala Digital Design Center to be processed by Heraeus Kulzer’s proprietary injection process.
Labs must become a Pala Partner to offer Pala Digital Dentures. “As dental practices come to appreciate how powerfully our digital dentures can enhance both their productivity and their patient satisfaction, they’ll want to...
EGS, which was acquired by Heraeus Kulzer GmbH in October, presented updates for its two core products:
DentalCad 4 software now features a new “DentalCad Touch Screen” working mode, powerful wax-up functions, angled implant support, and deformation and sculpting tools.
The latest generation of the DScan 3 scanner features a unique “ghost cover”—a clear, plastic cover that allows you to see the inner components of the unit. Its blue structured light technology allows for faster and more accurate 3D scanning of the model. It works with the verticulator tool in order to scan the models in occlusion and the entire verticulator in a certain and repeatable position. Due to its new high quality optical detectors and mechanical components and the latest-generation PC installed directly in the scanner case, it operates in all light conditions, even capturing semi-reflecting objects.
For more information, visit www.egsolutions.com/en/.
Dental Wings introduced its first intraoral 3D scanner. The lightweight DWIO (Dental Wings Intra-Oral) is similar in size to existing dental handpieces and features Multiscan Imaging™ 3D scanning technology that allows for five LED projectors and 10 cameras in a very small scanning tip and captures data from many angles at once. A luminescent ring on the handpiece as well as audible signals indicate when scan data is successfully captured allowing the clinician to stay focused in the mouth while scanning. The DWOS platform allows seamless connection between laboratory and dentist.
The company also presented:
Its upgraded DWOS 5 software that features a full denture design application and live remote connectivity between lab and clinician, called Synergy, for implant planning and prosthetic design. In addition, the software incorporates several important upgrades including: customizable photo-realistic renderings; a new, modern iconography; context-sensitive online help; and a new,...
Stratasys introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage printer. Equal to the company’s 260V model in size and performance, the 260VS offers PolyJet technology with a soluble support material that dissolves easily from tiny cavities, reducing hands-on labor and reaching internal voids that water-jetting can miss.
The printer is used to fabricate stone models, surgical guides, veneer or denture try-ins, and delivery trays, and can be used with four materials: VeroDent, a natural peach-tone material; VeroDentPlus, a dark beige material; VeroGlaze, an opaque material with A2 shading and medically approved for up to 24-hour placement in the mouth; and MED610 Clear Bio-compatible for printing in-lab surgical guides and delivery trays.
For more details, call 952-937-3000 or visit www.stratasys.com.
Two new products were featured at the Cadblu booth this year:
Vivid XT Zirconia is 50% stronger than lithium disilicate and can be used for single crowns, onlays, inlays and three-unit bridges (fully anatomic or reduced). Made in the U.S., it features certified Tosoh powders, 600 MPa and is fully biocompatible.
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3510 DPPro 3D printer of which Cadblu is a distributor; click here for details.
For more information, call 212-481-8700 or visit www.cadblu.com.
Zahn Dental highlighted its range of offerings in the Exhibit Hall and its LAB DAY Ballroom:
It showcased its new relationship with 360imaging®—a U.S. leader of computer-guided dental surgery—to offer 360imaging’s state-of-the-art, proprietary treatment planning software, 360dps, and surgical guide manufacturing, training and support services to dental laboratories. The integrated suite of software, hardware and services can help increase the efficiency of participating laboratories’ digital workflow and strengthen their presence in the dental surgery segment.
In addition to an already robust digital material offering, Zahn is now the exclusive distributor of Glidewell’s BruxZir products and the company showcased its additional BruxZir® Zirconia products as well as new BruxZir Anterior. For more information on BruxZir Anterior, click here.
Thanks to a new distribution agreement, Zahn Dental now distributes 3D Systems’ micro-SLA ProJet® 1200...
Valplast International Corp. previewed its new solution for fabricating digital dentures for existing CAD/CAM users. Platinum 3D enables labs to scan, design and manufacture digital full dentures in-house without the need to outsource any components and use the scanning, milling or printing equipment of their choice.
The Platinum 3D product line features Valplast’s new Platinum Series brand of multi-layered, nano-filled PMMA denture teeth, and a digital library of 3D tooth models that will be made available to all Platinum 3D denture tooth customers. The digital tooth library will be made available first to 3Shape clients for use with their full denture design module. Other systems are also being explored for use with the new digital tooth library.
Here’s how it works: the lab imports the denture tooth library into its CAD software and designs the denture. Then, the lab can mill a final resin denture base with sockets for the Valplast denture teeth which are cemented into the...
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.