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...
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...
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.
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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...
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...
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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...
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.
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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.
- 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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- 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,...
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“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...