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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...
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.
Despite the fact that many lab owners have been feeling the effects of the economy in many areas of their businesses, the majority of respondents to LMT's latest survey say the implant department isn't one of them.
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LMT's LAB DAY EAST—the largest dental laboratory trade show on the East Coast—was the place to be to research digital technology. This year, of the 93 exhibitors, over 40 companies offered the latest scanners, milling and rapid prototyping machines, wax printers, software, materials and services, allowing attendees to see products up close and personal and comparison shop.
"We're looking to invest in a scanner and milling system—we'll be 'newbies'. Since I own a one-person lab and want to expand, I've been doing a lot of reading and research on new systems but it's key to...
To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
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Zirconia-reinforced materials are a new trend, and expanded options for pre-colored zirconia and ceramics for full contour restorations offer both efficiency and esthetics. Plus, a new type of material: a biocompatible, millable resin on which the final restoration can be built; there's no need for casting or pressing.
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- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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"Our business will continue to change to meet new demands. It's less about the ability to manage change and more about the strength to lead change," said Ivoclar Vivadent's CEO Bob Ganley during his State of the Industry address to the more than 700 attendees at the 87th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting held at the Westin Michigan Avenue.
One development Ganley discussed is the growing irrelevance of geographical barriers due to new technology and the increasing competition between labs because of it. "You must understand who you are and have some kind of identifiable message on how you differentiate yourself....
Vident introduced VITA Enamic, a hybrid dental ceramic combining the properties of ceramic and composite materials. Its dominant ceramic structure and reinforcing polymer network offer high fracture load capacity, high levels of elasticity and integrated crack prevention. "This innovative material has the potential to revolutionize what clinicians think about their CAD/CAM material choices and accelerate their CAD/CAM adoption rate. The simple mill, polish and place process of Enamic dramatically reduces chairtime and improves productivity," said Fred Ketcho, CEO. "And the fantastic clinical properties...
Preat Corp.'s PRISM Milling Center now offers implant frameworks with a new pearl texture surface, which provides mechanical retention and maximum space for resin for increased esthetics. The frameworks are created using selective laser melting and the finish lines and implant interfaces are then milled.
PRISM also introduced digitally designed and printed chrome cobalt removable partial frameworks. Simply scan, design and email your .stl design file and you receive a finished and polished framework ready for try-in. Design files are accepted from 3Shape, DentalWings and Sensable systems.
To meet the needs of the changing landscape of the dental laboratory industry, Argen has heavily invested in future technologies and expanded its product line to include digital solutions. "Our vision is to supply laboratories with products that can expand their product offerings. We feel that the more product options a laboratory can offer its clients, the better the chance of growing its business," explained Anton Woolf, CEO of the Argen Corp.
Argen introduced a suite of new products and services at the show:
ArgenZ: ArgenZ zirconia discs are available in two compositions: ArgenZ Esthetic offers...
The implant market isn't slowing down anytime soon. At Nobel Biocare's LAB DAY panel discussion, featuring laboratory owners and other industry experts, the company offered these statistics:
60 million people are edentulous in one arch or another.
The "nearly edentulous"—those with two or more teeth per arch—will grow to 39 million by 2015.
Projected growth for implant-supported restorations: 9.3% over the next four years.
The average lab produces about 30 implant abutments a month; 50% of them are done via CAD/CAM.
As the market grows and more and more dentists get involved, they're...
DENTSPLY Implants made two announcements at the show:
The ATLANTIS™ Abutment core file—currently compatible with Dental Wings software (DWOS) 2.5.5 or higher—will soon be compatible with 3Shape. This file is a digital representation of the outer surface of an ATLANTIS Abutment that enables the laboratory to design the coping and final restoration before it receives the physical abutment. This reduces turnaround time and labor costs by eliminating the need to scan the abutment and cast and renders a higher-precision digital file than scanning. It's available for single and multiple-unit...
- March 2013
Restoring the smile of a dentistâs relative can be particularly challenging. Here, Luke Kahng shares how he transformed the smile of a clientâs mother-in-law with two PFM bridges and one PFM crown.