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Tra’ Chambers had no actual laboratory experience when he opened Express Dental Laboratory in Norman, OK in December 2012. Harnessing the efficiency of CAD/CAM technology, the lab touts a two- to three-day turnaround (or same-day for its mobile service) and generated over $300,000 in revenue during its first full year in business. Now, with a staff of seven, the lab serves 118 clients and 45% of its work is completely digital. Here’s more about the lab’s growth strategies:
LMT: What made you decide to open Express Dental Laboratory without any prior laboratory experience?
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Stratasys unveiled its new Objet Eden260V Dental Advantage 3D Printer designed for mid- to large-sized dental and orthodontic labs to fabricate models, surgical guides and orthodontic appliances.
It features a small, copier-sized footprint; custom-tailored materials package; fast printing speeds; and a large build tray, allowing users to print more models in a single build than with previous models.
The company also launched VeroGlaze, a new material that prints precise 3D models in the A2 tooth color shade. The material is used with the company’s Objet EdenV and OrthoDesk 3D Printers; can...
VITA Suprinity, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate ceramic, was displayed for the first time in the U.S. at Vident’s LAB DAY exhibit. The new-generation glass ceramic has a zirconium dioxide content around 10 times that of traditional CAD/CAM glass ceramic in combination with a fine-grained and homogeneous structure. Indicated for anterior and posterior crowns, implant restorations as well as veneers, inlays and onlays, the material will be available in the U.S. later this year for the CEREC/inLab MC XL, Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion 2 and the KaVo Arctica 2 milling systems. Call 800-828-3839 or visit vident.com.
As the enormous marketing potential of laminate veneers became evident, patent infringement cases began. While DenMat held various material patents, two other companies—Jaff Investment Co., owned by brothers Al and Frank Faunce, and Deneer, Inc., owned by Tom Greggs—held patents on the fabrication process.
However, many laboratories were still producing laminates on their own and this fueled a number of lawsuits and out-of-court settlements. In 1992, the issue reared its head again when laboratories around the country received letters from Yukiyo Ltd.—which had purchased an existing...
It wasn’t unheard of before 1985, but at the Chicago MidWinter meeting that February, cosmetic dentistry became the hottest topic around.
The concept wasn’t new; Dr. Charlie Pincus was air-firing and glazing laminate veneers for Hollywood stars back in the 1930s. But for the dental community, the timing was right. Enlightened thinking about cosmetics and new products—like DenMat’s Cerinate Laminates, Myron’s Chameleon Veneers, and Cerestore and Dicor castable ceramics—afforded the industry an opportunity to embrace metal-free dentistry. As LMT pointed out, “Our...
- December 2013
LMT attends the DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium to bring you
the latest developments in digital dentistry. The theme? Automation continues to streamline, simplify and improve...
- May 2013
What a way to celebrate Mother's Day! Each year, Jessica Birrell, CDT, FACE, Owner, Capture Dental Arts in Saratoga Springs, UT, sponsors a Mother's Day Smile Give-A-Way.
Zirconia-reinforced materials are a new trend, and expanded options for pre-colored zirconia and ceramics for full contour restorations offer both efficiency and esthetics. Plus, a new type of material: a biocompatible, millable resin on which the final restoration can be built; there's no need for casting or pressing.
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- April 2013
Crowds gathered in Amann Girrbach's AGA Lounge to test drive and learn about the company's new digital equipment and materials:
The new Ceramill Motion 2 milling machine combines the 5-axis milling technique with the wet-grinding technique in a compact machine. Thanks to the hybrid design, the machine can be used as a purely dry or wet system. Offering a broad range of indications—including full contour crowns and bridges, inlays, onlays, veneers, abutments, zirconia frameworks and full arch restorations—the Motion 2 has a modular platform that's easily upgradeable for future materials...
Vident introduced VITA Enamic, a hybrid dental ceramic combining the properties of ceramic and composite materials. Its dominant ceramic structure and reinforcing polymer network offer high fracture load capacity, high levels of elasticity and integrated crack prevention. "This innovative material has the potential to revolutionize what clinicians think about their CAD/CAM material choices and accelerate their CAD/CAM adoption rate. The simple mill, polish and place process of Enamic dramatically reduces chairtime and improves productivity," said Fred Ketcho, CEO. "And the fantastic clinical properties...
- March 2013
Six ways proactive laboratory owners are keeping their customer relationships strong and the cases flowing in.
- February 2013
LMT interviews Terry Fohey, CDT, who has brought the concept of collaboration to a whole new level at NuCraft Dental Arts in Bogart, GA.
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- January 2013
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
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- November 2012
Confident and passionate, Jessica Birrell believes there's no limit to what she can accomplish in the dental technology field. Since starting her laboratory three years ago, she's developed a successful niche for high-end smile design cases and now she's eager to branch out as an educator and share her knowledge.
Her educational philosophy is that it's critical to understand the foundations of a material in order to successfully use that material. She's just started lecturing for Ivoclar Vivadent and, for her presentations, has created an e.max "Playbook" that explains the material makeup, uses...
Fabricating and matching anterior cases is challenging enough, but ceramist Alwyn Naraine does it in a matter of hours. An in-house technician at Gallery 57, a New York City-based dental practice, Naraine specializes in all-ceramic implant restorations and same-day smile makeovers using CAD/CAM technology.
He's known for his dead-on color matching and attention to detail, but equally important are his "people" skills. "Alwyn has to work extensively with our patients in order to deliver excellent veneers and crowns in just a few hours. In addition to tremendous technical skills, he has an easy-going,...
NewsWatch: Datron Dynamics Partners With Exocad, Imetric and Sescoi to Provide Turnkey CAD/CAM Solution
Open system providers Datron Dynamics, exocad, Imetric and Sescoi have formed a partnership to provide a comprehensive, turnkey CAD/CAM solution, including the Imetric scanner line, exocad design software, WorkNC® CAM software and the Datron D5 milling machine. The solution can be used for all C&B restorations but, because of its precision, is especially touted for fabricating custom abutments and implant bars.
"Our partnership offers the best of both worlds. It provides the reliability and security of a closed system with the integration and flexibility of an open system," said Neal Demazure,...
After three long years at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Eric Nunnally begins his countdown to graduation.
Announcing the American College of Prosthodontists 2012 Awards of Distinction
Honors Presented at AS12 Annual Awards & President's Dinner
BALTIMORE, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American College of Prosthodontists, through its awards program, formally recognizes individuals whose contributions to the specialty or to the College are outstanding and substantial. These individuals were recognized on Friday, Nov. 2 during the Annual Session 2012 Annual Awards and President's Dinner.
The ACP is proud to announce the following recipients:
Distinguished Lecturer Award...
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- January 2012
- November 2011
Matt Roberts, CMR Dental Lab, Idaho Falls, ID, and Dr. Frankie Shull, Lexington, SC
- September 2011
Steve Dearien, CDT, Owner of Sundance Dental Laboratory—who augments his own in-house digital technology by outsourcing some restorations to Diadem Precision Technology—shares a recent Diazir™ Full Contour Zirconia case from start to finish.
- May 2011
Now in his second year at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, technician-turned-dental student Eric Nunnally identifies the trends he sees in today\\\'s dental studentsâyour future clients.
- April 2011