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- 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,...
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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- February 2012
- November 2011
Michael Morris and Dr. Fred Arnold, Lexington Smiles, Lexington, KY
- October 2011
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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- August 2011
- April 2011
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.
A 40-year-old male presented with esthetically compromised PFM restorations on teeth #8 and #9. He requested improved alignment and closure of diastemas.
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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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...
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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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