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The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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- November 2014
LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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- September 2014
Jean Chiha, CDT, shares his step-by-step process for fabricating a posterior, three-unit, implant-supported bridge using Noritake KATANA Multi-Layered (ML) Zirconia.
The challenging aspect of this case was that one of the implants was improperly placed between #7 and #8. Steve Lee explains how he made a screw-retained zirconia framework with pink gingiva tissue to recreate the lost gingiva and then cemented on four single crowns made from IPS e.max to the framework.
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.
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- 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.
- June 2014
Coming from 11 countries and 26 states, over 1,600 laboratory owners, managers and technicians battled a heat wave to join LMT for LAB DAY West on May 16-17 in Garden Grove, CA.
- May 2014
Established in 1983, 55-technician Van Hook Dental Studio in Tempe, AZ, specializes in full mouth reconstruction and implants and is taking the lead in the surgical support arena.
Since a large percentage of its dentist-clients are specialists, Van Hook is a complete dental imaging center facility that serves their surgical needs. The facility has a state-of-the-art I-Cat CBCT scanner that’s used for surgical and orthodontic scanning, implant planning and surgical guides.
“Starting with only a CBCT scan, we’re able to combine multiple files to design and fabricate a final restoration,”...
- April 2014
The bucolic town of Central City, Pennsylvania lies five miles down the road from the site of the Flight 93 memorial and not far from the Quecreek coalmine that trapped nine men underground for four days in 2002. It’s also home to Curt Morgese, owner of a one-person, high-end C&B dental laboratory. As of last November, he’s also the district’s borough councilman.
“Making teeth has been a life-long passion,” he says. “I am always on a quest for knowledge in my daily profession.” He is also keen on politics.
He relocated his lab to Central City from Greenburg,...
“Change, consolidation and new business models are inevitable, but survival, growth and a seat at the table are optional. Your future in the next several years is dependent on what you decide to do,” said Mark Murphy, DDS, in his State of the Industry presentation at the 88th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting. “We have tremendous control over what our role will be in the future. You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you sure can set your sails.”
Other speakers during this year’s meeting offered ideas on exactly how to set those sails. Terry Fine, President of...
“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...
Sterngold launched its new Stress Free Implant-Bar (SFI-Bar®) used to splint implants together to retain an overdenture on two to six implants in both upper and lower jaws. The quick, simple and affordable technique ensures quality and passivity without milling. Compatible with most major implant systems, the bar can also correct the angulation of divergent implants.
Sterngold also announced new low prices for its ERA Implant Abutments for most popular implant systems ($69) and its SternTek Custom Tray and Base Plate material ($49). For details, call 800-243-9942 or visit www.sterngold.com.
To help serve a growing population of edentulous patients, Straumann introduced CARES Screw-Retained Bars & Bridges for the Straumann bone-level and mixed tissue-level implant platforms. Homogenous and milled from one block at a Straumann centralized milling facility, the bars and bridges feature a direct connection to the implant; no additional abutment is required. They are available in grade 4 titanium or coron® cobalt-chromium alloy.
The bars can be used for restorations from two to 10 implants and are available for several popular bar styles. The bridges can be used for restorations...
Following an agreement between DENTSPLY Implants and Align Technology, laboratories offering ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments can order them based upon scans from the iTero intraoral scanner starting in the second half of 2014. “Moving forward in this expanding area of digital dentistry, dental scanning is a strategic business opportunity and, more importantly, we are creating added value for our customers and their patients,” said Mikael Sander, Group Vice President ATLANTIS Digital Implant Solutions, DENTSPLY Implants.
DENTSPLY Implants also presented the ASTRA TECH Implant System...
DWOS LiveLink from Dental Wings made its world premiere at LAB DAY Chicago. This technology enables technicians and dentists to work together in real time to determine the optimal position of the implants in relation to the bone, soft tissue, adjacent and opposing dentition, and the virtual prosthetic design. Any changes made in DWOS CAD software or coDiagnostiX implant planning software is simultaneously updated live in both applications, ensuring that surgical and restorative factors are considered prior to implant placement.
After the positions are established and approved by the dentist, the...
- March 2014
Owners: Ira Dickerman, CDT, and Myron Dickerman, CDT
Once a technician starts working at Dickerman Dental Prosthetics, he has a tendency to stick around. Of the lab’s 26 employees, 62% have worked at the lab for at least 10 years and another 23% have been with the lab for over 30. “Working together for so long has created a strong bond between employees and an atmosphere where the days at the lab are as valuable as days off,” says Jim Pollina, C&B Manager and Dickerman employee since 1977.
So how does this third-generation family operation...
In the early 1980s, industry forecasters predicted a boon in implant placement, a prediction that was premature for a market still in its infancy. Inadequate education, inconsistent techniques and unpredictable results contributed to resistance on the part of many dentists and laboratories.
However, by the time we entered the new millennium, implant treatment became the first choice in tooth replacement thanks to technical advancements, long-term success rates, and the abundance of manufacturer-provided education.
The advent of CAD/CAM and cone beam technology further impacted the precision of...
- November 2013
DENTAL TEAM: Gyu Cho, CDT, 3D BioCAD Milling Center, Renton, WA and Dr. Ronald Bryant, Seattle
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: The patient presented with severe occlusal wear on his natural teeth; the lower anterior teeth were also very crooked and discolored. The existing crowns also exhibited wear, tissue retraction, dark margins and uneven shades from one crown to the next. Teeth #5, #12 and #14 were missing, requiring implants.
TREATMENT PLAN: A full-mouth restoration with 28 units was proposed and had full compliance from the patient. The team opted to use gold-hue abutments to provide a very natural,...
DENTAL TEAM: Manfred Pörnbacher and Clemens Schwerin, Dentallabor Steger, Brunico, Italy and Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Professor and Chair at the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: A young female patient lost teeth #7 through #14 in a car accident and was already wearing a provisional restoration that had resulted in pronounced jawbone atrophy.
TREATMENT PLAN: The team opted for a fixed superstructure supported by six implants at sites #7 and #8 and #11 through #14. Due to inadequate bone structure, the restoration would be an occlusally...
DENTAL TEAM: Dr. William Roddy and in-house technician Steve Coles, Flow Laboratory, Fort Worth, TX
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: A 62-year-old female presented with implants on teeth #3, #4 and #5 and a PFM bridge placed by another dentist. The implants had been placed too far buccally and the patient was unhappy with the esthetics and thickness of the bridge. The patient's occlusal planes were also uneven, and she had another large-span anterior bridge on teeth #6 through #11 that was starting to show signs of decay at the margins.
TREATMENT PLAN: The team opted to remove both bridges and the remaining...
- September 2013
Thanks to the advent of digital technology, many laboratory owners and managers are discovering new business models and finding ways to reinvent their businesses and reinvigorate their careers. Here are the stories of three lab owners/managers who have done so using Sirona Dental, Inc.'s CEREC Acquistion Centers, Sirona Connect.
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- August 2013
Since 2001, Candulor has been celebrating the work of highly skilled denture technicians through its "Art of Denture" (KunstZahnWerk®) competition at the IDS in Cologne, Germany. This year's competition invited technicians all over the world to engineer and fabricate an upper denture and an opposing lower denture supported with four implants. The final cases were then judged by a panel of denture experts.
Below, Jack Edwards, BA, CDT, MDT, TF, Owner of Jack Edwards Dental Studio in Anaheim, CA, shares the case he fabricated for the 2013 competition, which won third place for Best Digital Documentation....
- 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 2013 in New York City in June.
Moderated by Patrick Rutten, MDT, Dental Technician Day featured lectures emphasizing the partnership approach to implant dentistry by international dentist-technician teams including Dr. Tristan Staas and Michiel Wouters, Dr....
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- June 2013
In 2008, Dr. Sonny Torres Oliva was profiled in the New York Times for his services and the spa-like environment in his mid-town Manhattan, NY dental office. Dubbed the "Zentist," his operatories feature soft lighting, gently vibrating dental chairs and New Age music. Patients—some of whom are celebrities—are routinely treated to hand and foot massages, hot towels, hand lotion and lip balm during their hygiene appointments.
Two floors down from this stress-free office is his in-house laboratory that employs five technicians, including Dr. Oliva's father, Sergio, a former lab owner,...
- May 2013
The coveted first-place award in Candulor's KunstZahnWerk Competition—known as the Oscars of Removable Prosthetics—went to Skender Ramadani from Zurich. Coming in 2014: Candulor's second North American "Art of Denture" Competition.