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Friday, April 25, 2014: Dental clinic from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014: Dental clinic from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lab Tech Shifts: 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and/or 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. each day
Solano County Fairgrounds, Exposition...
Though first developed in the 1950s by Arpad Nagy of Valplast, flexible partial dentures didn’t take off until the 1980s; as the cosmetic wave hit dentistry, dentists and patients alike looked for solutions that were both functional and esthetic.
Today, flexible dentures make up 20% of the average workload for full service and removable...
- December 2013
I've been traveling around the country this season and have visited a number of laboratories, manufacturers and educational institutions. When I arrived in the Phoenix area, I visited Tim Thompson, President and CEO of Global Dental Science, LLC, in Scottsdale to learn about the AvaDentTM Digital Dentures system, which is now available to laboratories to market to dentist-clients. Watch for more stories in my Road Trip series throughout the 2014 issues of LMT. ~Judy Fishman, LMT Publisher
LMT: I understand you’ve cracked the code for digitizing the denture fabrication process. Can you fill...
Market Update: Digital Technology
LMT attends the DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium to bring you the latest developments in digital dentistry
Celebrating its 10th year, the Dental Laboratory Owners’ Association of California’s (DLOAC) CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium—held in November in Garden Grove, CA—showcased the latest digital products, services and trends. The theme? Automation continues to streamline, simplify and improve laboratory processes and manufacturers are working overtime to offer new material choices, easier-to-use software, more affordable hardware and innovative...
- November 2013
Brand Your Restorations
Creating your own brand of restorations helps you stand out in the marketplace and conveys exclusivity. To distinguish their all-ceramic products, D&S Dental Laboratory, Inc. in Waunakee, WI, has created its "ZR" line of zirconia restorations including ZR Crowns, ZR Plus, ZR Fusion and ZR Micro. "We brand our products to differentiate our laboratory and reinforce that our products aren't available from any other lab. When doctors start to learn your brand and your name, they start asking for it," says Travis Zick, President.
Many laboratory owners have experienced...
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- October 2013
In January, Vinnie Verderosa, CDT, MDT, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, spent nine days working with the Giving Through Smiles Foundation in Neltume, Chile, a remote logging village in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. He was the only technician in a 10-person team from New York, including prosthodontists and dentists....
- September 2013
Lab Technicians Needed for CDA Cares Dental Clinic
Sponsored by the California Dental Association (CDA), CDA Foundation and America's Dentists Care Foundation
Lab Tech Shifts: 7 a.m. — 1 p.m. and/or 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. each day
Saturday, December 7, 2013: Dental clinic from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 2013:...
Although large, professionally managed group practices still only represent a small segment (7 to 8%) of the dental profession, their explosive growth in the last few years indicates that the trend will continue. That means there's also a growing opportunity for dental technicians at these practices' on-site or centralized laboratories.
- August 2013
To celebrate the work of highly skilled denture technicians and elevate the status of the specialty, Candulor is sponsoring its second North American "Art of Denture" Competition, inviting U.S. and Canadian technicians to fabricate fully removable upper and lower dentures supported by locators.
The finished cases will be judged by a jury of professionals—including a university professor, master dental technician, an implant specialist and a Candulor specialist—and the competition culminates with an awards presentation at the 2014 LMT LAB DAY in Chicago, February 21-22, where all finished...
- June 2013
While representing a small percentage of the overall market, there are approximately 900* U.S. dental practices—ranging from solo practitioners to corporate dental chains—with in-house laboratories. Technicians who have been on both sides of the fence—working for an independent and an in-house laboratory—say they are vastly different experiences, and many prefer the in-house situation because working side-by-side with dentists provides the ultimate opportunity for teamwork, in-depth case planning and patient interaction.
"The biggest benefit of working in-house is getting...
- May 2013
A supporter of NCMOM since 2009, Affordable Dentures Dental Laboratories, Inc. (ADDL) ramped up its commitment in 2012, participating in six events. "I'm proud of the work that ADDL technicians contribute to these events and their eagerness to share their time and talent within their communities," says Mike Thomas, Vice President of ADDL. "The dentist volunteers frequently mention how grateful they are for their quick turnaround and accuracy of the work."
"This trip will hold a special place in my heart as one of those chance-of-a-lifetime experiences," says Liz Lake, CDT, a staff member at Midwestern University (MWU) College of Dental Medicine, Glendale, AZ, who recently returned from a dental mission on the South Pacific island of Tonga.
The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of more than 100...
- LMT Communications, Inc. · IDS 2013 Offers First Look at Emerging Innovations · Industry News · 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.
Another exciting development at the IDS was to see steps being taken to digitize all or some of the denture fabrication process. Exocad offered a preview of its Denture Module—available to resellers in 2014—which allows you to digitally design full dentures by defining anatomical reference points on any edentulous digital model. The module analyzes the digital model...
From custom-milled abutments to hybrid overdentures, LMT's latest Implant Survey
covers the market's hottest trends.
Thanks to proven, long-term success rates; patient awareness; and technical advances like custom-milled abutments, implant planning software and guided surgery, the implant market continues to thrive. In fact, despite the fact that many lab owners are feeling the effects of the economic slowdown in other areas of their business, 73% of respondents to LMT's latest implant survey say the economy has not affected their implant departments (see chart 1).
LMT's LAB DAY EAST—the largest dental laboratory trade show on the East Coast—was the place to be to research digital technology. This year, of the 93 exhibitors, over 40 companies offered the latest scanners, milling and rapid prototyping machines, wax printers, software, materials and services, allowing attendees to see products...
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.
Schütz Dental's new millable Tizian Zirconia Reinforced Composite is 80% composite reinforced with zirconium dioxide, combining the advantages of both materials: high stability and excellent esthetics. It can be veneered with composite and indications include up to 14-unit...
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- November 2012
"Most of the other students were taken by the 'glamour' of ceramics, but I was drawn to dentures," says Krista Hartley, CDT, referring to her experience at Indian River State College's dental technology program. "I love the challenges of the denture specialty, setting the teeth and establishing the vertical so the patient can enjoy the things...
Production Manager at My Dentist, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
Lauri Steffen has something to prove. While she's had plenty of opportunities to branch out from removable prosthetics during her 12-year career, she's opted not to. Why? "With so much emphasis being put on fixed restorations, the number of technicians focusing...
After three long years at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Eric Nunnally begins his countdown to graduation.
Junior year was tough, but it's over. Part II of the written National Boards was a horrible two-day, 12-hour exam but I passed, and now it's history.
Looking back at my time in school, junior year was very valuable in terms of my development as a dentist. My rookie jitters lessened, patient care was much more fluid and the stress of working in the mouth slowly disappeared. Clinical work became much more enjoyable once I gained confidence with the handpiece and competence...
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...
- September 2012
When Aaron Hoffman, Troy Gooden and Eric Gooden, Co-Owners of Sunflower Dental Studio in Topeka, KS, first saw the impressions for a 20-implant reconstruction, they thought it looked like something from a sci-fi movie. It was the largest case Hoffman had ever had the opportunity to work on during his 19-year career as a ceramist, and he...
Since launching AvaDent Digital Dentures last fall, Global Dental Science has milled close to 2,000 arches. The dentures are currently being marketed directly to dentists; a laboratory partnership model is in the works.
"With AvaDent Digital Dentures, we are changing the entire fabrication process for removable prosthetics. This digital...
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...
- August 2012
Sponsored by the California Dental Association Foundation, CDA Cares is a series of dental clinics that provides the state's underserved population with free care. The most recent event, held in May in Modesto, provided $1.2 million worth of cleanings, fillings, extractions and even dentures and partials to over 1,600 people in just two days.
For Kris Feichtmeir, a first-time technician-volunteer, the experience was both exhilarating and overwhelming. "We didn't really know what we were getting into," says Feichtmeir, Owner of QRP Dental Lab in Modesto. "We set up and thought we were OK, but...
- July 2012
Hello, ADRP Supporter!
The land for our project in Kabul is being sold by the owner, who is in debt and needs the money. He is allowing the project to buy the land, but if this is not possible, he is going to evict us by the end of the month.
We are only a few months away from becoming self-sufficient economically. We have built a new clinic...