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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Awhile back we had an online debate, via LMTmag.com, about what’s good, better, best when it comes to man-made or machine-engineered restorations. By now, it seems the answer is clear: both. In the same way “art versus science” was the community debate of the 1980s and 90s, I think most technicians would agree that, ideally, it’s a blend.
At LAB DAY this year—as well as at the IDS in Cologne—exactly what became clear is that we mortals have been forced to recognize that machines are, and forever forward will be, our creative partners for many things, including...
“We make products to improve people’s lives and we’ve spent years mastering our craft. Digital is the loss of a rewarding lifestyle we had been looking forward to,” said Jim Glidewell, President and CEO of Glidewell Laboratories, during his State of Dental Technology presentation at the 89th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting held at the Westin Michigan Avenue. “This isn’t where I thought I’d be either, but our priority hasn’t changed: our core mission must be to make the best restorations possible.”
Noting that lab owners, himself included, have an obligation...
Bredent has extended its BioHPP® system with new options:
BioHPP, a PEEK-based, ceramic-reinforced, high-performance polymer, is now available in two shades, white (dentine shade 1) and tooth color (dentine shade 2).
BioHPP elegance hybrid abutments with BioHPP elegance titanium base are now available in three processing forms: a conventionally modelled abutment, a preformed abutment and a BioHPP elegance prefab hybrid abutment for digital processing.
The for2press 2 device now offers the option of using a large 10-lt muffle for secondary and full-arch restorations in the model over-pressing...
VITA North America displayed its new VITA YZ HT discs. Due to its high strength (approximately 1,200 MPa) and excellent light refraction properties, the highly translucent zirconia is ideal for monolithic crown and bridge restorations. It’s a cost-effective, tooth-colored alternative to non-precious metal and partially veneered metal restorations. For exact shade reproduction, VITA YZ HT Shade Liquids and the VITA Akzent Plus stains are available. The 98-mm discs are available in 1M2, 2M2, 3M2 or A1, A2, A3 shades, and 14-mm and 18-mm thicknesses.
The VITA VACUMAT 6000 M Special Edition...
Datron Dynamics’ new FIT (Fully Integrated Technology) program is an all-inclusive CAD/CAM package that helps laboratories hit the ground running when investing in new technology. Datron installs a turn-key production center for screw-retained and fixed restorations in your laboratory and a fixed monthly payment over five years helps forecast all associated costs for a predictable ROI.
In addition to a five-year lease on the Datron D5 mill and scan system, the FIT package also includes hyperDENT CAM software with a CAM-specific PC, Datron milling templates and implant libraries, and...
InDenco Dental Products’ new SMART-Firing tray features a honeycomb tray design and reusable, high-temperature pins for efficient heating and cooling. The Wire Pins can be easily formed to secure and support bridges, single crowns, post crowns and implant abutments, and the solid straight pins provide additional support where needed.
The company’s new Polychromatic Shading System improves the esthetics and vitality of shaded zirconia, lithium disilicate and all-ceramic restorations. Light is refracted from polychromatic crystal-colored frits, producing depth and illumination not seen...
GC America launched three new products at LMT LAB DAY Chicago:
New to its Initial ceramic line, Initial LiSi veneering ceramic is ideal for lithium disilicate frameworks. It can be used for layering and cut-back techniques or for full anatomical frameworks stained with GC Initial Lustre Pastes NF.
Initial IQ Lustre Paste NF Gum Shades help to create a lifelike transition from the crown margin to the gingival. The gum-colored pastes match natural gingival shades, offering a natural harmony, and match to both low and high CTE ceramics, making them compatible with the complete GC Initial ceramic...
LAB DAY attendees got their first look at Glidewell Laboratories’ CloudPoint, a line of equipment, software and services that offers an economical means of transitioning to the CAD/CAM production of full contour restorations. The entire digital workflow is cloud-based, so it doesn’t require in-house IT support, server space or other technological resources typically required to go digital. Labs only need an internet connection to get started.
The CloudPoint System includes:
CloudPoint FastScan™, a high-resolution, high-speed scanner that simultaneously scans the solid model,...
At LMT LAB DAY Chicago, B&D presented its three latest innovations:
The Origin Proteus 5x is a five-axis milling machine for dry milling zirconia and wax/PMMA and wet milling titanium, CrCo, glass ceramics and implant blanks. It has a small footprint, features highly accurate servo motors and has a one-disc holder. Also available: a four-axis model with a two-disc holder.
The Origin SmartCrown™ System (previously known as ProActive Crown), a cavity-fighting crown. A zirconia crown is milled and pockets are created in the mesial and distal sides of the crown while in the green (soft)...
Ivoclar launched IPS e.max Press MT lithium disilicate ceramic ingots for pressing that are in the medium translucency range, closing the gap between the HT and LT ingots. The monochromatic MT ingots are intended for restorations requiring a significantly higher brightness level than HT restorations. Given their reduced chroma, these ingots offer room for creativity to individualize the cervical region of restorations and achieve a natural-looking transition between dentin and enamel.
The IPS e.max Press MT ingots are available in two sizes in selected Bleach BL and A-D shades; can be used with...
Argen Digital featured its latest advances at LAB DAY, including:
Its new custom file upload system which allows 3Shape users to export their designs from Dental Manager and drag and drop their CAD files—including split files—into Argen Digital’s portal for upload. Labs can batch upload files of various material types and restoration sizes concurrently, streamlining the ordering process and offering time savings of up to 80%. The upload will also soon be available for exocad and DentalWings users.
The company has also expanded its Selective Laser Melted (SLM) product offering...
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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We are all still swept up in the vortex of transition to all things digital; while overwhelming, it is also exhilarating. You know exactly what I mean if, like me, you just returned from LMT LAB DAY 2015+ or the IDS in Cologne!
Many of those I spoke to at the show are convinced that great opportunities are out there for them. They know, however, that to recognize their path, they must be ever alert to market trends and product/technology capabilities.
Their conviction, along with the need to have a “student” mentality (persistently learning new ways to do things) is, in itself, a good...
A surge of digital technologies, the corporatization of dentistry and omnipresent insurance woes are just a few of the challenges impacting your dentist-clients. As part of our State of the Industry 2015 survey coverage, LMT polled 80 dentists from around the country to get their perspectives on these trends and more. Here’s what they had to say.
They’re hesitant about digital impressionsAlthough 41% of laboratories are equipped to accept digital impressions, dentists have been slower to adopt the technology: labs receive digital impressions from only 6% of their clients. While many...
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Although balancing esthetic outcomes and fulfilling the doctor’s desires for the most robust restorations has been a challenge, Chris Roman, CDT, has seamlessly integrated the new IPS e.max Multi from Ivoclar Vivadent into his daily workflow.
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.
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Seeing the impending boom of digital technology, Anton Woolf, CEO of Argen Corp., conceived a plan to reinvent the company and its product offerings to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. The result? The Argen Digital Center.
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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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Hosted by Quintessence Publishing and Henry Schein in October, the 1st International Symposium on Digital Dentistry: Technologies That Enhance Clinical Outcomes featured an exhibit hall and three days of lectures by digital dentistry experts.
Step ToothMaster Bay, CDT, DTG, discusses his technique for restoring the six anterior teeth for a patient who wanted to replace discolored anterior teeth with crowns that matched her natural A1 shade.