- February 2014
Although PFMs were still considered by many to be the esthetic standard for clinical longevity, pressable ceramics—starting with IPS Empress and Optimal Pressable Glass (OPC)—began to drive the metal-free dentistry movement in the late 1980s. The improved esthetics and biocompatibility—coupled with soaring precious metal prices—quickly made the pressable technique a successful and cost-effective way to fabricate metal-free restorations. Later, the technique was adapted to create press-to-metal and press-to-zirconia restorations.
- November 2013
DENTAL TEAM: Janet Jones, CDT, Technical Consultant, Ivoclar Vivadent and Jenny Sy-Munoz, DDS, MSD, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: A 36-year-old patient presented with a request to have teeth #30 and #31 restored as recommended by his general dentist. These molars had existing large pin-retained amalgam buildups that were starting to show signs of occlusal wear.
TREAMENT PLAN: Dr. Sy-Munoz prescribed monolithic crowns made from Zenostar full contour zirconia because of its strong physical properties, pleasing esthetics and optimal biocompatibility.
FABRICATION PROCESS: The teeth were prepared with minimal reductions (0.5mm axially, 1.0 occlusally, 0.5mm chamfer margins with rounded internal line angles), and impressions made. Provisional restorations were fabricated and cemented.
Casts were scanned using the 3Shape D810 scanner and the design was generated and approved. Jones chose the "Medium" shade of Zenostar Zr Translucent zirconia since the patient's shade...
- April 2013
More than 300 industry personnel came together for Ivoclar Vivadent's Leading the Future event on Friday night in Chicago. Held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel, the evening showcased the company's partnerships and innovations that are shaping the future direction of dentistry.
"This is an exciting time in dentistry, with so much potential for growth and innovation," said Ivoclar Vivadent CEO Robert Ganley. "Our future success will depend upon leadership, collaborative partnerships and forward-based thinking," said Ganley, referring to Ivoclar Vivadent's recent acquisition of Wieland Dental and Wieland Precision Technology (formerly Diadem Precision Technology). "By acquiring these companies, we are poised to stay ahead of the curve and can now offer our customers all ceramics, all options."
Specifically, this refers to the fact that the Ivoclar Vivadent group of companies now offers a complete range of options in the all-ceramic realm: IPS Empress glass ceramic and IPS...
- November 2011
- April 2011
No other specialty has been impacted by CAD/CAM technology more than C&B. Digitization has transformed this department over the last decade, allowing laboratory owners to streamline lab processes.
Westlund Dental Studios' commitment to continuing education and relationship-building has earned the Eden Prairie, MN laboratory several big-name clients as well as some time in the spotlight.
Over one-third of respondents to LMTâs 2008 Fee Survey say their profitability has increased in the last two years. Here are the top five strategies theyâre using to boost their bottom lines:
Experimenting with new products? Adding new equipment? Learn how to turn your research and experimentation efforts into dollars for your laboratory; this is especially good news for million-dollar-plus labs.
Unhappy with the staining and uneven bite of teeth #5-#13, the patient wanted brighter teeth and cosmetic restorations that would improve his smile and overall look.
A male in his 20âs presented with TMJ symptoms of excessive occlusal wear, headaches and clicking in the Temporal Mandibular Joints.
Bernard Baseri was a technician for four years before enrolling in the class of 2013 at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.
Peoria, Illinois-based Dental Arts Laboratories (DAL) offers its customers three tiers of service: branded DAL restorations from its traditional DAL laboratories; "esthetic zone" high-end restorations from its DAL Signature Restorations Laboratory; and a value line from 360 Dental Laboratory. Here, DAL Executive Vice President Scott Clark, talks about what it's like creating three service levels within one laboratory organization and how offering various tiers helps them thrive in any economic climate.
LMT: Tell us about how DAL's three levels of service evolved.
Clark: DAL was founded in Peoria in 1934 with the business philosophy of providing consistent quality prostheses at reasonable prices to dentists in and around the area. This continues to be our primary business model and, in 2008, represented about 85% of our overall sales. We offer a complete line of products in the average fee range, and our products and price structure match up with the 80% rule of thumb, targeting and...
Themed Future Ready, Zahn Dental's 2009 Leadership Summit offered a comprehensive look at the transformation of our industry and how emerging technologies are changing the way laboratories operate on all levels.
From reinvigorating marketing to enhancing employees' skills, laboratory owners share strategies for staying productive when workloads slow down.
If business is slow, don't make the mistake of thinking you're without work. In fact, you've got a big job on your hands. "During slow production times, we're busier than ever: we're thinking, planning, creating, doing all we can to keep the business healthy," says Steve Killian, CDT, owner, Killian Dental Ceramics, Irvine, California. Whether they're projects you've had on the back burner or brand-new ideas that will help you operate more efficiently once the normal workload resumes, the key is to use this time constructively rather than waiting for things to improve. LMT contacted 100 readers to hear how they make the best use of downtime. Here are their top five strategies:
First and foremost: marketing. "This is not the time to hang a 'Gone Fishing' sign on your laboratory door," says Andy Woods, owner, Blue Box Dental, Brandon, Mississippi....
By trademarking their products, laboratory marketers are creating a demand for a product only they can deliver. LMT offers tips for developing a brand name and maximizing its effectiveness.
Thanks to television shows like Extreme Makeover, The Swan and A Makeover Story, consumers are more aware than ever about ways they can enhance their appearances, including the esthetic possibilities of their smiles.
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The 34-year-old female patient wanted to improve the esthetics on teeth #8 and #9 but it had to be done within a week.