Another submission to our thankful campaign is from Jon Boyer, CDT, TE, Island Dental Lab LLC, Beaufort, SC. We love seeing all the gratitude in the community!
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to establish...See more my laboratory within Dr. Ed Wise's office (Marshlands Family Dentistry), and to work directly with him and his patients for the past eleven years."
“Is zirconia meeting expectations?” asked Dr. Rella Christensen, PhD, in her keynote presentation at the 13th annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo & Symposium in November. Click here to learn her answer as well as more about the products introduced at the show.
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So you’re finally on board with social media and you’ve set up a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for your laboratory. But now fear has set in as you wonder what to post.
If this sounds like you, don’t fret; I’ve got five content examples that should get your creative juices flowing in no time:
Share your kick-a$$ case photos: Grab that smartphone of yours and start snapping away! Instagram is the perfect social media network to showcase your case photos and this is a popular strategy among laboratory technicians; at the time of this post, there are over 46K photos tagged with the hashtag #dentaltechnician!
Tout your testimonials: If a doctor sends an email saying how ecstatic he was with a restoration or you get a phone call from a client thanking you for rushing a case, don’t let these golden nuggets fall by the wayside. Ask your clients if you can use their testimonials and share them on social media. All you need to do is turn that quote into a graphic—click...
- December 2016
Gregory M. Thayer, CDT, FICOI, established Thayer Dental Laboratory as a crown and bridge specialty laboratory in 1976. By 1983 the business was recognized by INC. Magazine as part of the INC. 500. In an effort to augment its organic growth, Thayer Dental Laboratory acquired a few smaller laboratories to acquire both skilled technicians and new customers. The laboratory has been Nationally Certified since 1985 with eight Certified Dental Technicians and one Master Dental Technician on staff.
The laboratory’s current location in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the result of a custom design and build project that resulted in a 12,000 square foot, full service laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility continues to serve the dental profession with leading-edge technologies including an array of digital scanning, CAD/CAM printing and milling systems.
In the 40 years since Thayer Dental Laboratory began, everything has changed except Greg’s desire to service the hell out of the customers...
- November 2016
Laboratory owners of three different-sized operations detail their inventory management strategies and share tips for simplifying supply tracking, streamlining orders and minimizing costs.
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- October 2016
LMT’s survey offers some optimistic news, but many respondents are still uneasy about the state of the market which, in turn, is affecting their personnel decisions.
The vast majority of respondents to LMT’s 2016 Fee Survey are delaying price increases due to price competition and other factors.
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- June 2016
More and more businesses are adopting content marketing strategies since social media has made it easier than ever to share content. In its June/July issue, LMT looked at the benefits of content marketing and profiled six laboratories that have implemented it into their marketing efforts. Read it first here.
Below, Derek Van Volkom, VP of Account Services, Lanmark360—a marketing agency specializing in dentistry and healthcare—shares some additional tips he feels every lab owner should keep in mind as they focus on content marketing:
Pictures are powerful. Videos and photos are gaining the most traction on social media. If you feel like video is too cumbersome, remember photos are super easy and can be uploaded to any medium you’re using (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). If you have a great looking case that looks amazing, snap it, upload it and see how many “likes” it gets. It could be something the doctor hasn’t seen before.
Don’t forget LinkedIn....
To help dentists reap the benefits of their chairside CAD/CAM systems, Christian Scull sets up in-office laboratories, establishes protocol and trains dental assistants to design and finish the units.
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From non-traditional work schedules to wellness programs, laboratory owners are thinking outside the box to help their employees better juggle work and personal lives.
- May 2016
Owner Chris May, CDT, was well positioned for growth. His 12-year-old laboratory, May Dental Arts in Fenton, MO, was successful, modern, efficient and well-staffed with 30 employees. But he also felt he had taken the business as far as he could on his own; he wanted additional capital, marketing assistance and IT support in order to grow his lab further.
May and industry veteran Donald Park have been friends for over five years, first meeting when Park worked for a CAD/CAM manufacturer and May was his customer. May knew that Park had a good understanding of laboratory operations and would periodically ask for his advice. Park knew May ran a top-notch laboratory. During that same time, Park had been talking with Long Trail Holdings, a private equity firm interested in getting into the dental laboratory market.
The result of those connections came to fruition earlier this year with the creation of Central Dental Holdings LLC (CDH), backed by Long Trail Holdings. CDH acquired May Dental Arts...
Artistic Dental Lab in Chicago has been a member of TEREC N.A. (Technical Research Consortium of North America) for only three months but CAD/CAM Manager Dan Ulaszek, CDT, feels they’ve already gotten their yearly dues’ worth and then some.
For example, at Ulaszek’s first meeting in January, another member recommended a milling disc supplier that will save Ulaszek over $2,000 a year, and he also had an opportunity to measure his lab’s production against other labs using the same systems. “You never really know how well you’re doing until you can compare apples to apples with another lab; that information is priceless,” he says. “We learned so many little pearls of wisdom at our very first meeting and have been able to look at our lab from a different point of view because of it.”
Founded in 1985, TEREC holds three meetings each year in different areas of the country. Each meeting features presentations from manufacturers and other industry...
Laboratory Owner Bill Atkission explains how the Bio-copy function of inLab SW 15 copies the patient’s intact natural teeth, the temporary restoration or a diagnostic waxup to create anatomically correct restorations.
- April 2016
There were many companies exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY for the first time:
Based in São Carlos, Brazil and founded in 1977, Bio-Art Equipamentos Odontologicos offers a variety of small equipment, including articulators and facebows, microblasters, vacuum forming machines, curing lights, magnifiers, ultrasonic machines and more. Its Bio-Art semi-adjustable A7 Plus Articulator is made of aluminum and offers a modern design that provides greater visibility. It combines several features—including a Fixed Intercondylar distance at the average 110 mm; curved condylar guide; adjustable condylar guide angle; adjustable Bennet Angle; and Central Lock—making it easy to use. Visit www.bioart.com.br.
Chung Song (Sunburst) is a Korean manufacturer and exporter of lab equipment and consumables. It offers a wide variety of products including micromotors, polishing systems, plaster trays and more. Visit www.dentalmicromotor.com.
DDS-Pro USA launched its new DDS-3D Printer, which has a...
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Biodenta North America launched its DentaSwiss PreFAB-4 system, an open CAD/CAM system with a price point below $30,000. Using the system, that includes the DS1300 wet milling unit and 3Shape scanner and design software, laboratories can produce CAD/CAM custom abutments in compliance with FDA regulations provided they establish a quality management system fulfilling the QSR requirement; register with the FDA as a Biodenta (contract) manufacturer; and follow Biodenta’s device master record (DMR) and specifications for production, quality check and labeling.
The company has worked closely with FDA consultants for the past six years and attained FDA 510(k) premarket notification clearance on the final product—custom CAD/CAM titanium and hybrid abutments—rather than on a closed system. “By offering transparent and university-validated CAD/CAM products and solutions, we have become a key dental laboratory industry partner who will support labs in achieving their long-term...
Alongside demonstrations from well-known technicians including Peter Pizzi, Thomas Sing, Jungo Endo and Javier Vasquez, Harvest Dental debuted several new products in the LMT LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
Developed by Sascha Hein and the Bio-Emulation group—a collaborative, global think tank of renowned clinicians—Visual Eyes is an optical contact liquid you mix into your ceramic powders to see the actual fired shade of your wet ceramic restoration prior to firing.
Scan Ink is a 3-micron scanning film for achieving non-glaring surfaces for CAD/CAM scanning. Apply a thin layer using a brush or spray bottle; it’s quick drying and easy to clean off.
The ZCAD Wax Press 98 System is a new CAD/CAM wax system synergizing digital and analog workflows. The system includes millable waxes that produce strong and smooth wax patterns as well as premium modeling waxes for harmonious post-milled adjustments. Available in Beige, Gray, Brown and White.
For more information, call 800-706-7599...
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary of exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY Chicago, 3Shape launched a special campaign offer for laboratories that already own a 3Shape lab scanner: they can now purchase an additional 3Shape lab scanner and receive up to five years of 3Shape LABcare™—that includes training, unlimited software upgrades, access to more than 50 training videos and global support—for free. Two years of LABcare are included with every scanner purchase and the additional number of years depends on the scanner model you purchase: an extra three years for D750, R750, D850, R850, D900L and R900; an extra year for D1000 and D2000.
“Our new 3Shape ‘Pump up the volume’ campaign gives labs a cost-effective means to meet the growing demand for digital production while at the same time, staying up to date with our latest technology,” said Flemming Thorup, President and CEO at 3Shape.
During his lecture at LAB DAY, The Latest and Greatest Innovations from...
Amann Girrbach introduced Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer to the U.S. market at LMT LAB DAY Chicago. Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer is a polychromatic, super-high-translucent zirconia with an integrated shade and translucency gradient. Smooth shade transitions simulate enamel, dentin and cervical shades in a naturally fluent progression without shade break lines; each Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer blank covers two VITA tooth shades.
To ensure complete shade stability, Amann Girrbach has linked the shades integrated in the blank with an intelligent nesting concept. Material-analogous visualization of the shade gradient enables the user to position the design in the blank according to the selected tooth and mill it. Ceramill Zolid FX Multilayer is currently available with shade gradients 0/A1, A2/A3, 0/B1, B2/B3; other shades are in development.
In addition, Amann Girrbach now has three U.S. distributors—CAP, Benco Dental and Esthetic Professionals—and is offering the complete line...
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...
“We’re in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution: it’s all about interoperability of devices and connectivity between dentists and labs. The end result is better patient care.” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, kicking off the company’s Evolution of Digital Dentistry Summit 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, held during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February.
After a reception during which attendees could network and visit the nearby exhibits in the museum, there was a panel discussion on digital dentistry moderated by Rich Miranda, President, Global Prosthetic Solutions and Laboratory Group, Henry Schein.
“What’s the one problem we’re all trying to solve? Inconsistency,” said Panelist Richard Harrell, CDT, Chief Development and Operations Officer of DSG. “Digital technology eliminates the human touch points and thus the primary point of introduction of variable to the manufacturing...