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A new year brings a fresh start, a blank slate and new opportunities. I wanted to know more about your #1 priorities for 2017 so I reached out to some of you to find out what’s on your to-do lists for the year. While there are challenges to overcome, there’s also optimism about the future and, for many, 2017 is going to be a year of refinement, re-invention and exploring new directions. From veterans to newcomers and operations large and small, priorities run the gamut; here’s a look at a few of them:
Secure Group Health Insurance. Owner Colin Gibb has decided that one of the most important ways to position Red Mountain Dental Arts in Mesa, AZ, for the future is to begin offering health insurance and even pay 100% of the premium. After a lot of research, he’s about to get a commitment for an excellent plan through United Health Care; he’s also applied for a Section 125 Premium Only Plan that will cost him $150, is good for 10 years and allows his employees...
- December 2016
In 2016, Gerald (Jerry) Gaubert, Implant Specialist at AvaDent, celebrated his 40th year as a Certified Dental Technician.
Jerry, who is certified in both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures, received his training as a Dental Laboratory Technologist while in the Air Force in Louisiana. Following his military career, Jerry worked for several years in an in-house Prosthodontic Lab as a well as large lab in Dallas where, representing the only Branemark-certified lab at the time, he conducted courses to train doctors on implants.
Jerry also authored a chapter in the book, “Complete Dentures.” In the mid-80’s, Jerry was recruited by the VA Hospital in Dallas to help start its implant work and eventually was transferred to the VA Central Lab where he worked with VA Hospitals on a national level. Retiring from the VA, Jerry worked with Clear Choice and a large lab in Dallas where he focused on conversions and treatment plans.
Jerry joined the AvaDent team...
- November 2016
Global Dental Science announced the new AvaDent® Accelerset™ Prosthesis and Dentsply Sirona Digital Dentures Engineered by AvaDent and a partnership with NextDent B.V. to form NextDent USA.
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
- September 2016
Learning and educating can be fun, and even taste good! Anthony Calonico, CDT, explains how he uses root beer floats to spark conversation among staff members at Artistic Dental Studio.
- July 2016
To create characterized, natural-looking dentures, Arian Deutsch, CDT, DTG, Owner, Deutsch Dental Arts in Surprise, AZ, uses a time-efficient technique.
- May 2016
Arian Deutsch, CDT, DTG, shares his technique for using microwave technology to deliver predictable, consistent results with expedited turnaround times.
Affordable Dentures Dental Laboratories (ADDL) Vice President Mike Thomas, CDT, explains the key strategies used to teach more than 350 technicians to consistently and accurately fabricate implant overdentures.
- 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...
AvaDent Digital Dentures showcased its four latest innovations:
AvaDent SHARE™ is AvaDent’s new “insourcing” option that allows you to mill AvaDent Digital Dentures in your laboratory within two days. After you send in your impression scans, AvaDent delivers the AvaDent .stl file to your lab within 24 hours. You can then mill the digital prosthesis—ranging from a baseplate to a denture base with tooth pockets—from an AvaDent Puck made of premium denture acrylic, significantly improving turnaround time compared to outsourcing the case. Compatible milling machines include Wieland, Sirona, Zirkonzahn, Datron, Roland and more.
Advanced Base Plate: Compared to AvaDent’s traditional baseplate, the new digital Advanced Base Plate design features a ridge cutout that offers more prosthetic space for the teeth and gingival buildup, and a precise junction between the milled base and the processed acrylic that eliminates any demarcation/white lines. The new...
Wilfred Fernandez, CDT, Wilfer Dentures Laboratory in Springfield, VA, was the first attendee to register onsite using LMT’s faster, more efficient badge printing software from ATS. The system was especially fast for those who pre-registered; they received an email with a QR code a few days before the show and when they arrived at registration, the code was scanned directly from their smart phone or printed version of the email. One beep of the scanner and the badge was printed and ready to wear! With Fernandez are (from l. to r.): LMT’s Kate Conetta, Laurie Freddino and Jessica Fila.
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...
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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- March 2016
The LMT staff is still on a high from LMT® LAB DAY® Chicago at the end of February. We had record-breaking attendance—4,163 people, up from 3,501 last year! Attendees came from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. and 58 different countries—that’s 15 more than in 2015—making it a decidedly international affair.
The mood was upbeat among exhibitors and attendees alike. With the bigger exhibit hall and clinic rooms and open lobby (and Big Bar!), there’s much more elbow room at the Hyatt. It’s conducive to meeting old friends, having meaningful conversations and learning about new technology.
LMT Editors were around the town to find out what’s on the minds of laboratory owners, managers and technicians. Many of the trends we’ve spotted over the last couple of years continue to play out; here’s an overview:
3D printing. As the technology evolves, printers are getting more affordable and material options and applications are expanding....
- February 2016
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...
Is the number of U.S. labs shrinking?
Yes. The number of U.S. laboratories grew steadily from the late 1930s, peaking at approximately 11,500 labs in 1995. That number held pretty steady through the mid-2000s and then began a slow decline. Today there are just about 8,000 labs, including in-house labs; this figure is not expected to hold steady since more boomers will be retiring over the next 10 years.
How many laboratory owners will retire in the next five years?
Just over one-third of laboratory owners plan to retire by 2020. The most popular exit strategies are selling off their equipment and shutting their doors or selling to an unrelated third party, such as a competitor or laboratory group.
How many laboratories have in-house digital fabrication equipment?
58% of respondents to LMT’s 2015 State of the Industry Survey offer digitally fabricated restorations. Of that percentage:
78% have at least one scanner
59% have at least one milling machine
24% have at least...
- January 2016
With LMT’s LAB DAY Chicago right around the corner—February 26 and 27—it’s time to finalize your plans to get the most out of our industry’s biggest, busiest show! Here’s a look at some of the special promotions, raffles and demonstrations available inside the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
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At the 12th Annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium, LMT got a first-hand look at more esthetic materials, new software upgrades, more powerful equipment, and more!
- November 2015
Michael Suris fabricates a three-unit monolithic zirconium bridge using Sirona’s new inLab SW15 design software and one set of impressions.
- October 2015
DTG celebrates the sharing of knowledge and techniques among its members to enhance everyone’s skills. This philosophy was palpable at the second annual DTG Symposium in August, which included the first ever World Mixed Dental Arts Championship competition.
- September 2015