Check out my first-hand look at Atlantic City!
“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.
Read More 5 minute read
This month, Glidewell Laboratories is upgrading its CloudPoint System to expand the indications; in addition to full contour crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, you can now fabricate copings, bridge frameworks and split files.
The system features the CloudPoint FastScan scanner with CloudPoint FastDesign software and the CloudPoint Web Portal, all of which were developed by Glidewell Laboratories’ R&D department. The system can be purchased two ways:
The Closed System includes all of the above and your restorations are milled exclusively by Glidewell: full contour crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays are milled in BruxZir® and BruxZir Anterior Solid Zirconia; copings, bridge frameworks and split files are available in Prismatik CZ™ as well as printed in castable resin. Designed for the small lab getting into digital technology, this is the lower-priced option and there is a one-time fee of $11,399+.
The Open System also includes the scanner, software and portal but allows...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 20 at 3:03 pm
FullContour Design Center’s new online platform, DropDental.com, is a custom, cloud-based, drag-and-drop file transfer system that gives its customers a one-stop source for uploading, ordering and managing all their digital restorations. Launched in September, the platform features two key changes to help streamline laboratories’ digital workflow:
Manufacturing partner integration. Previously, FullContour would receive a lab’s scan file, design the case, and send it back to the lab for fabrication; the lab would either process the case in house or submit it to a third-party. Now, the user can have the finished design automatically sent to the manufacturing partner of his choice at no extra charge via DropDental.com.
“Some of our customers were logging into as many as eight different manufacturer websites a day to get their cases fabricated,” says Brandon Camping, CTO, who spent seven years at Apple. “DropDental.com consolidates all of a lab’s...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 19 at 5:12 pm
Based on extensive customer feedback, LabStar released an upgrade that includes over 200 new production line management features. “Small changes in workflow can yield great changes in production efficiency. We’ve done a complete overhaul to further simplify manufacturing processes and ensure consistent, on-time manufacturing in the laboratory,” says Jeff Noles, CEO of LabStar and a former lab owner.
Released in August, the upgraded cloud-based software includes a tablet-friendly interface so technicians can scan material barcodes to log them into cases, view and add file attachments, and record case notes from their tablet.
Other advantages of the upgraded software include:
Flexible scheduling: You can easily schedule and reschedule tasks, technicians, ship dates and due dates. The combination case logic allows scheduling for different restorations on the same work ticket. It also gives you the option to designate specific tasks as “incompressible,” meaning...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 15 at 2:38 pm
Argen Digital’s ArgenLink is a new cloud-based, drag and drop file transfer system customers can use to order SLM, printed and milled restorations, temps and digital models. It streamlines the ordering process by allowing laboratories to export cases directly from 3Shape’s Dental Manager into ArgenLink in seconds, without any data entry. (It will soon be available for exocad and DentalWings.)
All the order information—from lab customer details to manufacturing preferences and material selection—is dynamically populated in the system. A dashboard offers real-time updates throughout the manufacturing process, including case status, package tracking, case reorders and cancellations. Laboratories also have the ability to batch upload files of various material types and restoration sizes concurrently, including split files.
“Previously, we had to do a lot of data entry and upload the files one at a time. Now, we just enter the case numbers, drag and drop the...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 14 at 11:31 am
Your website is a reflection of your laboratory; many times it’s the first impression a potential client will have of your lab. Jordon Comstock offers tips to keep in mind when designing your website.
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.
Read More 5 minute read
In the last year, MicroDental has acquired four laboratories and is actively seeking additional laboratory members. Here, MicroDental President Len Liptak details what the company is looking for and the benefits it offers.
Read More 3 minute read
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.
Read More 6 minute read
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.
Read More 6 minute read
Marius Vincze, CDT, MV Dental Studio, Wayland, MA, teamed up with Dr. Courtney Lavigne to design and build a 1,600-sq-ft dental practice and 120-sq-ft in-house laboratory. The duo works side-by-side for 60% of their restorative cases.
Rafael Choi, CDT, describes his technique for using IPS e.max Press Multi to eliminate the need for layering methods and produce esthetic, lifelike anterior crowns in a predictable and efficient manner.
The results of LMT’s State of Digital Technology 2015 survey are in! Eighty percent of respondents rate their all-ceramic workload as “good” or “booming.”
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.
Read More 21 minute read
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.
Read More 14 minute read
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 the creation of prosthetics. There was an acceptance and understanding among attendees that being a player means incorporating advanced technologies into the laboratory environment.
Though there were a number of product introductions—among them, lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units, digital fabrication materials and digital solutions for removable prostheses—stronger,...
“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 to advance the industry and promote the career growth of their employees, Glidewell urged attendees to embrace the changes affecting dental technology. “The word for the future is ‘adaptation.’ Just like the Industrial Revolution, digital is here to stay,” he emphasized. (Watch for more on Glidewell’s take on the state of the industry in LMT’s May issue.)
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 technique.
For more information, contact XPdent Corp, the exclusive U.S. distributor, at 877-328-3965 or visit www.xpdent.com.
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 furnace is now available in Jet Black, Pure White, Carmine Red, Turquoise Blue and Sky Blue. It features precision-controlled fast cooling, power failure protection and automatic temperature adjustment. It’s available in two feature-rich control units: the vPad Comfort LED features 500 programs and “one touch” operation, and the vPad Excellence LED has 1,000 programs and can control...
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 five years of license renewals; preparation of your facility, including a power transformer and compressor; initial and follow-up on-site training; five years of preventative maintenance (an annual two-day visit from Datron), a remanufactured spindle and replacement of typical wear items; and a starter set of consumables including titanium and CoCr blanks, milling tools, and implant components (250...
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 with monochromatic stains. The liquid is indexed to match the colored frits, enabling the exact shade to be seen before firing and not change after firing. Call 877-500-0081 or visit www.indenco.com.
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 range.
The new CERASMART block with Universal Mandrel offers excellent physical properties and impact dispersion due to the fully homogeneous and evenly distributed nano ceramic network. It offers lifelike esthetics, milling accuracy, fast mill time and self-polishing properties and is ideal for posterior, anterior, inlay, onlay and implant restorations.
For more information, call 800-323-7063 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
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, and opposing model and die on an open-air scanning platform that accommodates large articulators. After scanning, cases are automatically uploaded to the cloud, where they can be designed by the lab or forwarded to an experienced CAD/CAM specialist at the Glidewell Outsource Milling Center.
For labs that choose to design restorations in house, the CloudPoint FastDesign™ software includes a complete...
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) stage. The pockets are filled with resin-modified glass ionomer that releases cavity-inhibiting fluoride ions into the interproximal areas. B&D is working with multiple laboratories in order to establish them as certified SmartCrown partners to provide this patents-pending technology.
ORIGIN Beyond zirconia offers a translucency similar to lithium disilicate. It has esthetic qualities combined...
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 the staining or cut-back technique; and are recommended for veneers, crowns and three-unit bridges (up to the second premolar as the terminal abutment). The MT ingots replace the existing IPS e.max Press Impulse Value ingots; the IPS e.max Press Impulse Opal ingots are not affected by this change.
Call 800-533-6825 or visit www.ivoclarvivadent.com.