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- July 2013
"Patients don't want implants, they want teeth. Nobel Biocare is deeply committed to patient care and the dental technology profession and making the technician's job as easy as possible," said Richard Laube, Nobel Biocare CEO, during his opening remarks to the 400 technicians at Dental Technician Day, part of the company's Global Symposium...
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- May 2013
From custom-milled abutments to hybrid overdentures, LMT's latest Implant Survey
covers the market's hottest trends.
Thanks to proven, long-term success rates; patient awareness; and technical advances like custom-milled abutments, implant planning software and guided surgery, the implant market continues to thrive. In fact, despite the fact that many lab owners are feeling the effects of the economic slowdown in other areas of their business, 73% of respondents to LMT's latest implant survey say the economy has not affected their implant departments (see chart 1).
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- November 2012
Brandon Dickerman never planned to join the family business, Dickerman Dental Prosthetics which was started by his grandfather, Myron Dickerman, CDT, nearly 50 years ago. "Everyone outside my family always assumed that's what I was going to do so, naturally, I decided to go the other way," he recalls with a laugh. But when he graduated from...
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- May 2012
This recession has nothing on implants. Although LMT's periodic Business Barometer surveys have reflected laboratories' sluggish workloads during the last few years, our latest Implant Trends survey finds this specialty is more than holding its own. Three-quarters of our respondents say the economy has not affected their implant business; in fact, 68% report it has been "good" or even "booming" over the last two years.
Although some respondents point out that economic conditions have resulted in more single implants and fewer large cases, most laboratory owners agree that implants have remained...
- April 2011
Mike Hennessy, CDT, took his first implant course in 1986--and was immediately hooked. "I loved it, and continued to gravitate toward implantology," says Hennessy, owner of 25-person Hennessy Dental Laboratory, Riviera Beach, Florida. "I'm a frustrated mechanic at heart, so the nuts-and-bolts of it appeals to me."
A decade later, having immersed himself in the topic, Hennessy was asked by Dr. Thomas Ford to discuss the prosthetic aspects of implantology throughout a two-year residency program for the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). It went so well that, in 2004, Dr....
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New systems and techniques are making implant placement and restoration easier and more predictable for the entire dental team. Add in long-term success rates, well-informed patients and the abundance of manufacturer-provided education, and implants have become a standard of care.
Here are this specialty's hottest trends:
A Rising Number of Dentists are Getting Involved. Many general practitioners have become so comfortable with implant work that they retain the surgical procedures in their own practices and place the implants themselves.
CAD/CAM has a Significant Effect on the Implant...
Straumann—the exclusive distributor of the Cadent iTero Digital Impression System in Europe—now has non-exclusive distribution rights to market the system in North America. The agreement advances Straumann's position in digital dentistry and increases Cadent's penetration into the U.S. implant and laboratory markets.
This is the latest in a series of partnerships between the two companies. Last year, Straumann integrated Cadent iTero scan data with its CAD/CAM system, allowing labs to receive digital impressions and design restorations without having to create a stone model. Straumann...
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"NobelProcera is a process, not just a product line," said Hans Geiselhöringer, global head of NobelProcera & Guided Surgery, during Nobel Biocare's Media Day held at its production facility in Mahwah, New Jersey, in May. NobelProcera and NobelGuide, linked through the NobelConnect Platform scheduled to be released in the next year, will provide a common communication and case planning platform for the clinician and technician, allowing prosthetic-driven surgical planning for implants and immediate placement of a prefabricated prosthetic and the option for an immediate placement of a temporary...
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Breakdown of the Average Client Base
Laboratory Service Across the Board
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Continuing Education: Attending Courses with Dentist-Clients
CLOSE UP: Restorative Options
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A 30 Year Look at Lab Marketing Strategies
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