Affordable Dentures Dental Laboratories (ADDL) Vice President Mike Thomas, CDT, explains the key strategies used to teach more than 350 technicians to consistently and accurately fabricate implant overdentures.
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...
Biodenta North America launched its DentaSwiss PreFAB-4 system, an open CAD/CAM system with a price point below $30,000. Using the system, that includes the DS1300 wet milling unit and 3Shape scanner and design software, laboratories can produce CAD/CAM custom abutments in compliance with FDA regulations provided they establish a quality management system fulfilling the QSR requirement; register with the FDA as a Biodenta (contract) manufacturer; and follow Biodenta’s device master record (DMR) and specifications for production, quality check and labeling.
The company has worked closely with FDA consultants for the past six years and attained FDA 510(k) premarket notification clearance on the final product—custom CAD/CAM titanium and hybrid abutments—rather than on a closed system. “By offering transparent and university-validated CAD/CAM products and solutions, we have become a key dental laboratory industry partner who will support labs in achieving their long-term...
Aurident’s Delta Milling Center is now offering BruxZir® Anterior Shaded anterior and premolar crowns and bridges in addition to Delta Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia restorations. At LMT LAB DAY, it also announced three specials, effective until July 31, 2016:
A free titanium scan body with your first milled custom abutment order; the scan bodies are engraved with the implant type for easy identification.
A free scan body kit with the purchase of an Optimet Scanner. A $1,925 value, the kit includes 70 scan bodies—two per implant system—for 35 implants of your choice plus an implant library.
Special abutment pricing: $99 for a titanium abutment and $109 for hybrid abutments; both come with two free screws and you can submit .stl files or models.
Aurident also introduced Helling Anti-Glare 3-D Spray for laser scanning. Its uniform thin application layer eliminates pooling and clumping that can impact scan data accuracy and it’s easy to remove by brushing, air blowing...
DENTSPLY launched two new products at LMT LAB DAY:
The ATLANTIS CustomBase solution is a combination of an ATLANTIS patient-specific abutment and an ATLANTIS Core File with a screw access hole already indicated, providing a proper foundation for screw-retained restorations. Available for all major implant systems, and in titanium or gold-shaded titanium, the solution offers a customized emergence profile for soft-tissue esthetics, built-in anti-rotational features created by the patented ATLANTIS VAD (Virtual Abutment Design) software, and a retentive surface.
“By incorporating the new ATLANTIS CustomBase solution, laboratories can avoid all the confusion and any concerns related to the restriction for use of titanium blanks and titanium bases by dental laboratories who are non-510(k) holders to hand-milling only,” said Matt Gassel, Director of Marketing, DENTSPLY Implants North America. “This latest solution streamlines workflow efficiency and allows the laboratory...
Shining 3D demonstrated its new EinScan-Pro™ multi-functional handheld face scanner, which rapidly captures 3D data, including face contours for use with implant indications. The scanner features four scan options: handheld rapid scan, handheld HD scan, automatic scan and free scan. The external texture camera accessory is required to capture full-color 3D data of the object in handheld rapid scan, automatic scan and free scan modes.
The scanner records in .stl, .obj and .asc formats, which can be used for 3D printing as well as designing. It’s compatible with any 3D printer as well as a variety of software systems. Call 86-571-82999050 or visit en.shining3d.com.
Panthera Dental featured two new bars developed in collaboration with clients in order to meet their needs.
The Integrated Bar™ is a wrap-around implant bar that can be removed by the patient. Once the bar is removed, the patient only has to clean the small abutment. Nylon serves as the retention element that keeps the bar in place; it’s available in three colors and ranges from extra soft to strong retention. With its practical design, the system can be used directly on the head of the implant with an angle of up to 30°.
The Lock ‘n’ Release™ is an upgraded version of a 10-year-old concept developed by Dr. Richard Taché and André Archambault, RDT. The system initially did not include an implant bar; it was intended to allow the prosthesis to be removed by pressing two buttons. Panthera Dental updated the concept to a CAD/CAM version for a custom adjustment and now includes a bar. The simple mechanism allows patients with dexterity issues...
Digital technology product lines continue to expand and this year’s attendees got the first look at new scanners, 3D printers, milling units and software options, as well as a host of new materials.
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Thomas Wade, CDT, explains his alternative next-day technique for converting a conventional denture into a screw-retained immediate-load provisional.
What should be included in a personnel manual?
The length and complexity of your manual should be tailored to your lab’s needs and environment. You can include attendance and other employee expectations, holidays and vacation time, sick/personal time, overtime, benefits and insurance, digital device use guidelines, leaves of absence, safety practices, non-compete contracts and grounds for termination.
Experts also say two items are a must: a disclaimer stating that the manual is not an employment contract and a policy that prohibits sexual harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, age, physical ability and religion.
Once you’ve drafted your policy, have an attorney review it, provide copies to all existing employees and make it standard practice to review the manual with each new employee.
What’s the average end-of-year bonus for a technician?
+/-$1,000, according to LMT’s 2014 Wage Survey.
Which position is the highest paid in the laboratory?
ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, a group of 29 practices around the country, is planning to double its network and hire up to 70 implant technicians in the next several years.
With LMT’s LAB DAY Chicago right around the corner—February 26 and 27—it’s time to finalize your plans to get the most out of our industry’s biggest, busiest show! Here’s a look at some of the special promotions, raffles and demonstrations available inside the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
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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!
Over the last half century, Dickerman Dental Prosthetics has made many changes, but one thing has remained the same: at age 83, Founder Myron Dickerman still comes to the laboratory every day.
That’s the question on everyone’s mind these days, especially since the NADL released an alert on the in-house milling of custom abutments in November. Here are the details, including the NADL’s alert, the FDA’s heightened enforcement efforts, and responses from the marketplace.
- 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...
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- September 2015
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.
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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.
- 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.
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.
- 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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