Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
Wagner Rotary showcased several new lines of instruments at LMT LAB DAY. Cerulean™ Blue handpiece carbides feature a super nitride coating made of TiAIN (Titanium Alumina Nitride). Their nanocomposite structure offers increased hardness, durability and extremely smooth cutting and is ISO 513 certified. The shanks are constructed from high-quality, hardened steel known as X46CrS13.
Also on display were the new Cirrus™ diamond-infused instruments. Highly flexible and available in 26-mm knife edge, they provide gentle contouring or polishing ideal for all-ceramic restorations and PFMs with metal collars.
For additional information, please call 888-223-2231 or 201-541-9700 or visit www.WagnerRotary.com.
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...
- June 2015
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.
- April 2015
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.
- March 2014
After years of speculation, CAD/CAM came to fruition in the dental laboratory in 1998 with the official U.S. launch of the Procera® AllCeram Crown, featuring an aluminum oxide coping milled at Nobel Biocare’s production facility in Sweden. The success of Procera—and the introduction of a dozen new in-lab milling systems in the early 2000s—fueled intense interest among laboratory owners and made CAD/CAM the hot topic for the unforeseeable future.
The automated manufacturing process afforded an efficient, consistent method of production and also opened the door to using zirconia, the strongest material on the market for all-ceramic restorations; other material options, depending on the system, included aluminum oxide, lithium disilicate, composite, gold, non-precious alloys, reinforced ceramic-based materials and titanium.
As the number of systems on the market multiplied, laboratory owners who wanted to get on board grappled with purchasing decisions. Some opted to...
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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From testimonials from your dentist-clients to study clubs and Chambers of Commerce, LMT Live! âs 2000 program in Chicago highlights six ways to reel in the referrals that can lead to new accounts. Also: how to create an effective marketing message.
In Part 1 of our report, LMT looks at what's on the minds of dental laboratory owners and managers across the country and delves into the current and emerging trends in our industry.
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A dental team offers a step-by-step look at how to replace an aging pinledge bridge with a zirconia abutment, implant and Ceramco iC integrated ceramic restoration.
As part of our 1999 Public Awareness Campaign (PAC), LMT looks at the various ways laboratory owners are educating the public about specific dental restorations as well as dental technology in general.
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Thanks to advances in CAD/CAM technology, immediate-loading implants and internal connection designs, implants are becoming the restorative dentist's first choice in tooth replacement.
Like never before, laboratory owners and managers are tapping into the power of CAD/CAM technology, which is proving to be a valuable image enhancer, production booster and profit generator.
Touted for its accuracy, automation and new material options, CAD/CAM technology is flourishing in the laboratory community. Dave Lesh, president of Dale Dental, offers 10 tips for choosing a CAD/CAM system.
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Automation is going to change the laboratory industry in many ways, and some of these changes are already underway.
Technicians will be paid more, considerably more, because it will take fewer technicians to accomplish the same amount of work. For example, we have two Cercon systems and our technicians working with those systems can produce three times the amount of work as technicians using conventional techniques. The higher pay scale--plus the computerized nature of the work--will make dental technology a more appealing career to younger people.
Even though salaries will be higher, our cost-of-labor percentages will be lower because of the greater production efficiencies. We're now fabricating 35% of our fixed work (about 7,300 units) with CAD/CAM and our labor percentage has dropped from 35% to 27%. We haven't raised our prices in three years--in fact we lowered our zirconia crown price by $50 per unit--and yet our profitability has never been better. As we get more into CAD/CAM,...
A 40-year-old male presented with esthetically compromised PFM restorations on teeth #8 and #9. He requested improved alignment and closure of diastemas.