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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“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...
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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...
Straumann Pro Arch is a comprehensive solution including implants, abutments, CAD/CAM frameworks and prosthetic components. “This is the most comprehensive solution we have produced to date and it provides clinicians and lab technicians with the flexibility, quality and reliability to exceed their patient’s expectations for a new smile and improved quality of life,” said Andy Molnar, Straumann’s Executive Vice President North America.
The solution includes:
The new Bone Level Tapered implant designed to provide excellent primary stability and flexibility in challenging...
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...
MIST, a new company launched by IMILLING last year, made three key announcements at the show. It now offers:
MIST IC digitally fabricated, affordable titanium implant components supporting 16 implant systems. MIST IC Scan Bodies, comprised of medical-grade titanium, feature a non-reflective coating for powderless intraoral and extraoral scanning. MIST IC Ti-Links for hybrid implant prosthetics—S-Link and L-Link—feature retention grooves for improved mechanical bonding. S-Link has reduced facial height and the proprietary L-Link has a customizable height and engaging/non-engaging formats...
Roland offered attendees a preview of its new four-axis wet mill for glass ceramic and composite resins. Officially launched at the IDS show, DWX-4W will be available later this year. It features a 60,000-rpm Jaeger spindle that supports milling of crowns, small bridges, inlays, onlays and veneers. In addition to milling on X, Y and Z axes, the unit rotates the blocks 360° on a fourth axis to support undercuts.
“The multi-pin clamp enables you to load three blocks of different materials and mill them simultaneously,” said Brian Brooks, Dental Solutions Product Manager. “This...
The Aurident-Manix MA-4 (in photo below) is a heavy-duty four-axis industrial milling machine optimized exclusively for fabricating titanium custom abutments at an economical price; abutments can be milled in 15 to 25 minutes. Titanium cylinders are used to mill the abutments in a specially designed holder that allows fast interchange. The mill has a single-speed spindle with a 30,000-hour warranty, automatically changes up to three tools and has a precise z-axis height sensor to indicate tool wear. A cutting liquid recirculating system, CAM software and a large abutment library are included...
Valplast International Corp. previewed its new solution for fabricating digital dentures for existing CAD/CAM users. Platinum 3D enables labs to scan, design and manufacture digital full dentures in-house without the need to outsource any components and use the scanning, milling or printing equipment of their choice.
The Platinum 3D product line features Valplast’s new Platinum Series brand of multi-layered, nano-filled PMMA denture teeth, and a digital library of 3D tooth models that will be made available to all Platinum 3D denture tooth customers. The digital tooth library will be made...
Zubler’s new pressable lithium disilicate, conceptPress, has a flexural strength of 420 MPa and is available in 2- and 3-gram pellets; the 2-gram ingot is ideal for one to two units, reducing waste and saving on material costs. Ideal for inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers and three-unit bridges, the biocompatible material offers natural translucency and fluorescence and comes in three levels of opacity:
conceptPress D Pellets are available in 16 VITA shades, three bleach shades and are ideal for the layering and staining technique.
conceptPress ID Pellets come in five colors and, because of...
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)...
anaxdent North America is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of Cendres + Metaux’s new Pekkton High Performance Polymer (HPP). The next generation of HPP with 80% higher compressive strength than PEEK polymer, Pekkton can be milled and pressed, making it the first HPP that most labs are able to process in house. Technicians can use the Pekkton Ivory pressable system and the Pekkton Ivory CAD/CAM discs to create lightweight, shock-absorbing frames and substructures for ceramic, IPS e.max, acrylic and composite.
“Labs are hungry for good alternatives to metal and zirconia for implant...
LAB DAY attendees got a look at three new products from DOF USA, Chantilly, VA, which offers products from South Korean-based manufacturer DOF:
An upgrade of the Freedom Scanner, the Freedom HD features Stable Scan Stage scanning for scanning without use of a jig or fixture, an expanded scanning stage to easily scan any large or metal articulators, all-in-one scanning of upper and lower cases in a single step, an upgraded 2.0 megapixel camera and faster USB 3.0 processing.
Swing Scanner’s unique compact, open design also allows scanning of articulators. Compatible with Exoscan software,...
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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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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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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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.
The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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In September, exocad America acquired the dental assets of SensAble Dental and can now distribute and further develop SensAble’s software for designing metal and flexible partial denture frameworks.
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LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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