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“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.
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...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 15 at 2:52 pm
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A record-breaking crowd welcomed LMT’s LAB DAY East to its new Atlantic City, NJ venue on September 19. More than 1,020 attendees flocked to the Atlantic City Convention Center for a jam-packed day of education, networking and comparison shopping.
Respondents to LMT’s 2015 Marketing Survey are using new as well as tried-and-true strategies to cement client relationships, boost loyalty and increase referrals.
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.
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Since its debut 25 years ago, LMT’s LAB DAY West has grown from a regional show with 800 attendees to the largest dental laboratory trade show on the West Coast and a truly international event. This year’s show in Garden Grove, CA, drew 1,706 laboratory owners, managers and technicians, hailing from 27 states and 10 other countries.
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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Straumann Pro Arch is a comprehensive solution including implants, abutments, CAD/CAM frameworks and prosthetic components. “This is the most comprehensive solution we have produced to date and it provides clinicians and lab technicians with the flexibility, quality and reliability to exceed their patient’s expectations for a new smile and improved quality of life,” said Andy Molnar, Straumann’s Executive Vice President North America.
The solution includes:
The new Bone Level Tapered implant designed to provide excellent primary stability and flexibility in challenging clinical and anatomical situations.
Straumann’s SLActive® implant surface offers fast osseointegration and cuts healing time in half, down to three to four weeks. As a result, secondary stability is achieved faster and the patient’s overall treatment time is shorter (as compared to SLA surface).
Straumann’s Roxolid® TiZr alloy makes it possible to use narrower diameter...
Nobel Biocare offered LAB DAY attendees a sneak peek at its new complete posterior solution (the official launch was at the IDS two weeks later). The solution addresses the common challenges in restoring a single tooth in the posterior region, including large extraction sockets, limited accessibility, tough-to-remove excess cement and high occlusal forces. It combines new wide-platform implants and restorative options, all specially designed for molar sites and enable immediate loading whenever possible.
The solution includes:
NobelActive WP, a wide platform version of the established NobelActive implant; it has a 5.5-mm diameter to better fit the large extraction sites in the molar region and a wider implant platform for an optimal emergence profile. NobelActive WP also comes in a shorter body option (7mm) to avoid critical anatomical structures such as nerves.
NobelParallel CC, a new implant system with a full range of platform diameters that also has a wide version for the posterior....
exocad made three announcements about its DentalCAD software:
It’s now compatible with Carestream Dental’s CS 3500 intraoral scanner, allowing labs to collaborate with dental practices that use the system. Using dentalshare, exocad’s cloud service, labs and clinicians can communicate more quickly and transfer even large, complex cases in minimal time.
A new interface for ordering DENTSPLY Implants’ ATLANTIS™ patient-specific abutments provides labs with an improved digital workflow including expedited order completion and cost-savings.
Attendees also got a sneak peek of an update coming in the second half of the year. Exocad DentalCAD users will have an automated import of the ATLANTIS Abutment Core file, a digital file of the total case including the outer surface of the ATLANTIS Abutment that allows the technician to design a temporary or final crown before the final ATLANTIS Abutment is delivered.
For more information, call 855-396-4223 or visit www.exocad.com.
The newest addition to DENTSPLY Implants’ digital solutions portfolio is the ATLANTIS Conus concept, an overdenture solution that provides a friction-fit, non-resilient prosthetic restoration for fully edentulous patients. It consists of custom-designed, conical-shaped abutments designed to fit SynCone caps, minimizing gaps and micro-movement. The patient-specific solution provides a stable, yet removable solution with the comfort of a fixed restoration.
The company also introduced the ATLANTIS Abutment Insertion Guide, a 3D-printed device that securely holds an ATLANTIS Abutment at the correct angle and orientation during installation. Locating the screw access hole and inserting the abutment screw is easy for dentists because the guide is designed with an oriented access channel for each abutment. Created using the ATLANTIS Abutment scan data provided by ATLANTIS VAD (Virtual Abutment Design), the insertion guide can be requested with your ATLANTIS Abutment orders.
LMT LAB DAY is always the place for new U.S. product launches and this year didn’t disappoint: attendees got the first look at new lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units; digital fabrication materials, such as zirconia for anterior use and PEEK; and solutions for removable prostheses, including some digital fabrication processes.
3D BioCAD introduced the TruMill line of precision wet milling machines. The X550 is a five-axis unit for fabricating copings, bars, zirconia, IPS e.max and abutments in ceramic and metal, and the X440 is a four-axis unit for IPS e.max, PMMA, wax and Lava™ Ultimate. For more information, call 877-TRUE-FIT (878-3348) or visit www.3dbiocad.com.
Axsys Dental Solutions offered a sneak peek at the new Versamill 5XS, an industrial-quality mill with a small footprint that was officially launched at the IDS. The open, five-axis mill can be used for wet or dry machining of wax, zirconia, PMMA, glass ceramic, lithium disilicate,...
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Fifty percent of the removable laboratory owner/manager respondents to LMT’s State of the Industry 2015 survey rate their current workload as “booming” or “good,” with another 38% saying it’s “stable.” And half go so far as to say removable prostheses are recession proof.
“There will always be that socioeconomical segment of society who won’t be able to afford implants or crowns and for whom dentures are the most logical solution; it’s that simple. Patients would rather spend their hard-earned money on other things,” says Tony Deangelis, CDT, Owner, Depot Dental Lab, Wood Dale, IL.
A laboratory owner from Pennsylvania agrees. “During my career, when the economy is poor, the amount of denture work has always increased. Patients still need teeth but can’t or won’t risk their savings.”
In the past five years, the removable prostheses for which there have been the most significant increase in dentist...
Fifty-five percent of our State of the Industry 2015 survey respondents have recently changed their business model to increase profitability, gain new clients and be more competitive. Five of our respondents share their stories.
By taking risks, going outside their comfort zone and reinvesting in their laboratory, Greg and Diane Nash, Owners of Nash Dental Lab, have managed to thrive in an ever-changing laboratory market.
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With today’s focus on highly cosmetic restorations and appliances, patients want functional, natural-looking removable partial dentures. Proper material selection is a key part of ensuring patient satisfaction.
The first part of LMT’s comprehensive, multi-issue State of the Industry 2015 coverage offers an in-depth look at the key trends impacting laboratory operators today.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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