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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Fifty percent of the removable laboratory owner/manager respondents to LMT’s State of the Industry 2015 survey rate their current workload as “booming” or “good,” with another 38% saying it’s “stable.” And half go so far as to say removable prostheses are recession proof.
“There will always be that socioeconomical segment of society who won’t be able to afford implants or crowns and for whom dentures are the most logical solution; it’s that simple. Patients would rather spend their hard-earned money on other things,” says Tony...
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.
- September 2014
“Something different happens when you’re able to physically hold a case and learn from it instead of a book,” explains Anthony Calonico, CDT, in his article about his unique strategy for teaching occlusion to his staff members.
- October 2013
The subcontracting market is strong, thanks to the ever-growing demand for digitally fabricated restorations and steady demand for cast partial frameworks.
- May 2013
Are digital dentures coming our way? Also, to meet the growing demand for removable restorations, several manufacturers introduced new teeth and other accompanying products to enhance function, esthetics and efficiency.
- April 2013
Preat Corp.'s PRISM Milling Center now offers implant frameworks with a new pearl texture surface, which provides mechanical retention and maximum space for resin for increased esthetics. The frameworks are created using selective laser melting and the finish lines and implant interfaces are then milled.
PRISM also introduced digitally designed and printed chrome cobalt removable partial frameworks. Simply scan, design and email your .stl design file and you receive a finished and polished framework ready for try-in. Design files are accepted from 3Shape, DentalWings and Sensable systems.
- 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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- September 2012
Forty-five percent of respondents to LMT's exclusive 2012 Removable Survey rate the market as good and 35% classify it as fair. The majority say their removable business in the first half of 2012 is level or just slightly up or down compared to all of 2011.
At one end of the spectrum is the 9% of survey participants who say the market is booming and that business is markedly up. "All areas of our removable department are up. We had a record May and July was not far behind. As far as fixed, we are down double digits," says Gary Iocco, Owner, Dimension Dental Design, Hastings, MN.
At the opposite...
- August 2012
Instead of merely staying the course, laboratory owners are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to, as Steve Jobs coined it: "Think Different." Better yet, you are doing it—which is exactly what needs to happen! I'm freshly back from LAB DAY Chicago thoroughly impressed with the level of reinvention going on. From mergers and acquisitions to enterprising business strategies, both attendees and exhibitors are on their toes, challenged and not defeated.
LAB DAY 2012 could easily have been labeled "The Reinvention Convention."
The implant market is strong and growing, removables continue...
- April 2012
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
Calling it the "Oscars for denture technicians," Candulor announced the winners of its first-ever North American Kunstzahnwerk (Art of Denture) Competition at LAB DAY. The technician-participants displayed their proficiency in removables by fabricating a fully removable upper and lower bar-retained overdenture.
Taking first prize and winning $1,000 is Arian Deutsch, Deutsch Dental Arts, Surprise, AZ; second place and $750 went to Jonathan Trotter, Choate Ceramic Lab, Conroe, TX; and in third place is Andrea Hegedus, Great Lakes Smile Design Studio, Muskegon, MI, who wins $500. All three cases...
At LMT's LAB DAY 2012--the largest international gathering of the dental laboratory community in North America--about 1,140 manufacturer and supplier representatives greeted over 3,100 attendees from 47 states and 49 countries.
LAB DAY has become the place for product launches and breaking news. On the following pages, LMT Editors bring you the full scoop straight from the show floor and various industry events around Chicago. But first, here's an overview of the hot topics that inspired dialogue and debate during our profession's biggest weekend of the year:
BUSINESS GETTING BETTER.
- March 2012
...the prevailing attitude is that this is no time to wallow or give up. There's much to be done, help is available and now is the time to seize opportunity.
- January 2012
- April 2011
Peoria, Illinois-based Dental Arts Laboratories (DAL) offers its customers three tiers of service: branded DAL restorations from its traditional DAL laboratories; "esthetic zone" high-end restorations from its DAL Signature Restorations Laboratory; and a value line from 360 Dental Laboratory. Here, DAL Executive Vice President Scott Clark, talks about what it's like creating three service levels within one laboratory organization and how offering various tiers helps them thrive in any economic climate.
LMT: Tell us about how DAL's three levels of service evolved.
Clark: DAL was founded in...
Dental techniciansâ wages have increased only 3% overall during the last two years, according to a comparison of LMTâs 2008 and 2006 Wage Surveys. Hereâs what the data tells us:
State-of-the-Art Screw-Retained Hybrids and Attached Bar Overdentures: Not Your Father's Highwater Bridge!
Thomas Wade, CDT, explains how heâs using the latest techniques and products to fabricate screw-retained hybrids and attached bar overdentures.
The removables market continues to thrive thanks to a growing demand from an aging population, increasing consumer awareness of esthetic dentistry, and product and technological developments. Two of the marketâs key growth areas are implant-retained
Itâs predicted that the number of adults needing one or two complete dentures will continue to rise, increasing to 37.9 million adults in 2020, and demand is also growing.
China has implemented new labor laws and environmental regulations and is changing tax incentives in an effort to pacify citizens and encourage an exodus of factories.