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!
LMT’s 26th annual LAB DAY West in Garden Grove, CA, hit all the marks: a high-energy exhibit hall, a top-notch lineup of educators and countless networking opportunities with 1,643 laboratory owners, managers, technicians and dentists.
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...
If you saw LMT LAB DAY attendees walking around with stickers on their lapels, they were likely competing in Jensen Dental’s new product giveaways. Once an hour, an attendee wearing an Imagine™ sticker was randomly stopped and awarded a can of Jensen’s InSync universal spray glaze, the newest member of the InSync Paste Stain and Glaze product line. It offers a quick application process that allows more units to be completed with less labor, and also eliminates a firing cycle since it’s sprayed directly over set surface stains. The thin, uniform coat preserves surface detail and occlusal anatomy and provides a smooth, glossy, streak-free surface texture after firing that enhances natural esthetics. The glaze can be used on zirconia, lithium disilicate, metal ceramic and titanium restorations.
Two sticker-wearing LAB DAY attendees were also chosen to receive Jensen’s new Imagine Veneering Ceramic Kit, which includes 20 powders, a glaze paste and three liquids...
Zirkonzahn has expanded its milling unit line—which includes the upgradable M5 Milling Unit and the M1 Compact Line Milling Unit—with the new M4 Milling Unit. It’s equipped with built-in wet processing function and 5+1 simultaneous axes milling technology, making it easier to mill hard-to-reach areas such as undercuts and divergences.
Indicated for crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers and occlusally screw-retained bridges, attachments and bars, the unit can be used to mill zirconia, resin, wax, wood, sintered metal, cobalt chrome, titanium, Raw Abutments®, Bridge Rods, glass ceramics and composites. M4’s extra-large milling area is particularly suitable for the milling of models; up to 10 models or up to 20 complete full arches simultaneously.
The integrated tool changer function and the tool magazine allow the automatic exchange of up to 32 milling burs, enabling efficient workflow management. The M4 workpiece table has various holders. For instance, you can clamp...
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...
Digital technology product lines continue to expand and this year’s attendees got the first look at new scanners, 3D printers, milling units and software options, as well as a host of new materials.
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Where did the Cal-Lab Group get its name?
The name “CAL” harkens back to the group’s origins as Certified Akers Laboratories. Founded in 1926, the Cal-Lab Group is the oldest dental laboratory organization in continuous existence and has over 200 member laboratories.
Who invented flexible partial denture material?
Two dental technicians, Arpad and Tibor Nagy, invented Valplast in 1953 in their laboratory, Master-Touch Dental Lab, which still exists today and is operated by Arpad Nagy’s grandson, Justin Marks, CDT, in Westbury, NY.
Keeping up with modern manufacturing technology, Valplast unveiled the prototype of its new 3D Printable Valplast® Resin at the IDS in 2015 and, more recently, previewed its new r.Pod™ Desktop 3D Printer for flexible partial dentures.
Which lab was the first to market directly to the public?
In the Fall of 1984, DenMat Corp. placed ads for its veneers in Reader’s Digest and McCall’s saying, “Give...
- November 2015
- September 2015
A record-breaking crowd welcomed LMT’s LAB DAY East to its new Atlantic City, NJ venue on September 19. More than 1,020 attendees flocked to the Atlantic City Convention Center for a jam-packed day of education, networking and comparison shopping.
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- May 2015
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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- April 2015
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 is an open system that features single-push operation; four-position ATC; color-coded control panel; and compact, built-in water filtration.”
Call 800-542-2307 or visit www.rolanddga.com.
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 their higher opacity, are ideal for frameworks.
conceptPress CT Pellets offer high translucency ideal for inlays and onlays.
Due to the low viscosity of the material, the formation of a reaction layer during pressing is minimized. This process is optimized by the patented Advanced PressTM technology in the Zubler Variopress 300.e press ceramic furnace.
The company also introduced DC Ceram™...
Ivoclar launched IPS e.max Press MT lithium disilicate ceramic ingots for pressing that are in the medium translucency range, closing the gap between the HT and LT ingots. The monochromatic MT ingots are intended for restorations requiring a significantly higher brightness level than HT restorations. Given their reduced chroma, these ingots offer room for creativity to individualize the cervical region of restorations and achieve a natural-looking transition between dentin and enamel.
The IPS e.max Press MT ingots are available in two sizes in selected Bleach BL and A-D shades; can be used with the staining or cut-back technique; and are recommended for veneers, crowns and three-unit bridges (up to the second premolar as the terminal abutment). The MT ingots replace the existing IPS e.max Press Impulse Value ingots; the IPS e.max Press Impulse Opal ingots are not affected by this change.
Call 800-533-6825 or visit www.ivoclarvivadent.com.
- January 2015
Step ToothMaster Bay, CDT, DTG, discusses his technique for restoring the six anterior teeth for a patient who wanted to replace discolored anterior teeth with crowns that matched her natural A1 shade.
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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By Renato Carretti
An approximately 50-year old patient presented with a fracture on tooth #9 (see Figure 1). Since the root was also fractured, the tooth was extracted and a clasp-retained provisional restoration was seated (see Figure 2).
The gingival papilla was prepared prior to placing the implant in order to ensure subsequent seamless progress of the case. After placing the implant, sufficient time was left for the gingiva to regenerate, which was in perfect condition after healing (see Figure 3).
The challenging aspect of this case was to match the transparency of tooth #8. During the first firing, the basis for the transparent appearance was created with VM 13 Base Dentine layering, first with a 1:1 mixture and then with a 1:2 mixture of Base Dentine and Neutral NT. To achieve a shade close to that of tooth #8, Interno shades were applied before the second firing, and fixed with intermediate firings.
Next, neutral powder in its pure state was applied, followed...
- December 2014
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.
- October 2014
Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.
“The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says Scott Atkin, Owner, Creative Dental Laboratory, in Scottsdale, AZ. “We know we’re moving evermore toward automated—and more commoditized—processes so, to me, that means we need to expand our services.” That’s exactly what Atkin did; in his case, offering products not to dentist-clients but to other laboratories.
It happened in one of those “meant to be”...
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After watching technicians drop one too many crowns and losing productivity, Ceramist Tom Greggs invented Stabiliner, which reduces the risk of slippage of milled restorations during contouring/finishing procedures.
- May 2014
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?
Tra' Chambers: After spending three years as the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-location dental practice, I had a good idea of what was important to a dentist’s success: for one thing, it’s cash flow. I realized that if a laboratory could provide crowns to dentists in three days or less, it would improve the doctors’ cash flow significantly because they would get insurance...
- April 2014
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 be used with all open intraoral, impression and plaster scanners; and is optimized for 3D models for crowns, bridges, diagnostic waxups and try-in veneers.
“We are committed to bringing added value to our dental lab customers through new 3D printers and material innovations,” said Avi Cohen, Director of Global Dental, Stratasys.
For more information, visit www.stratasys.com.
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.
- February 2014
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 patent for the refractory method of fabricating porcelain veneers—saying they were infringing on the patent. Nearly five years later, the patent was declared invalid.
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 industry is on the verge of an incredible opportunity to maximize its business potential and capture the 50% of the population that never frequents the dental office.”
Cosmetic dentistry required a different type of marketing and savvy laboratories and dentists learned to sell by appealing to emotions and not focusing solely on quality or price. By the 1990s, cosmetic dentistry truly...