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The female patient was previously restored with less than ideal esthetic and functional results. In pre-planning the case, Dr. Jim Fondriest, Lake Forest, IL, and I intended to use IPS e.max lithium disilicate restorations. But when the old restorations were removed, we found the canine preps to be very dark so we switched to zirconia-based restorations on teeth #6 and #11 to cover the dark color and used HT e.max for the rest of the teeth.
To maximize strength, I used a full contour design with very thin enamel layering ceramic on the facial surface only. Fortunately, the...
- November 2013
DENTAL TEAM: Janet Jones, CDT, Technical Consultant, Ivoclar Vivadent and Jenny Sy-Munoz, DDS, MSD, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: A 36-year-old patient presented with a request to have teeth #30 and #31 restored as recommended by his general dentist. These molars had existing large pin-retained amalgam buildups that...
- 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....
- 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...
- May 2013
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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- April 2013
LMT magazine's LAB DAY in Chicago is the industry's educational superdome and the place for product launches and breaking news in the U.S. This year, more than 3,100 attendees from 47 states and 49 countries came to learn about new techniques, shop for the latest products, and meet up with their peers to share business strategies. Below is an overview of the hot topics that inspried dialogue and debate during our profession's biggest weekend of the year:
Business Barometer: Mixed Reviews. A number of attendees were optimistic about the start of 2013 with many telling LMT that business was...
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"Our business will continue to change to meet new demands. It's less about the ability to manage change and more about the strength to lead change," said Ivoclar Vivadent's CEO Bob Ganley during his State of the Industry address to the more than 700 attendees at the 87th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting held at the Westin Michigan Avenue.
More than 300 industry personnel came together for Ivoclar Vivadent's Leading the Future event on Friday night in Chicago. Held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel, the evening showcased the company's partnerships and innovations that are shaping the future direction of dentistry.
"This is an exciting time in dentistry, with so...
- February 2013
Furniture manufacturers and distributors offer a wealth of design and renovation strategies. Here, seven companies share how they helped their laboratory customers realize their vision, whether it was an intimate 600-sq-ft training laboratory or a bustling 83,000-sq-ft operation.
Nobilium (CMP) Installs 33 Workbenches in Louisiana Laboratory
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- January 2013
Proper calibration and spruing techniques are just two of the ways to ensure you're getting the most accurate results with Ivoclar Vivadent¹s Programat® Pressing Furnaces.
Use a dedicated circuit for your furnace. The Programat EP 3000 and EP 5000 models are designed to perform optimally with standard voltage input. Draw from other equipment can cause fluctuations in voltage and alter the furnace's performance.
Calibrate your furnace every 50 press cycles. Both pressing furnaces have an automatic double-range calibration system—called ATK 2—that enables precise...
- September 2012
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...
- May 2012
LMT's LAB DAY West--once considered a mostly regional show--has become a "must-attend" for laboratory owners, managers and technicians, no matter where they live. Our 22nd annual show in Garden Grove, CA attracted attendees from 31 states, Canada, Mexico, Aruba and a handful of other countries.
That's really no surprise given that this year's show offered a top-notch educational venue with more than 70 seminars and clinics, a lively exhibit hall featuring the latest from 130 manufacturers and suppliers, and a chance to re-connect with old friends and network with 1,600 colleagues. All this...
Energy levels were up, optimism was in the air and business was buzzing at LMT's LAB DAY East 2012 in the heart of Manhattan on March 31. Attendees exhibited the same eagerness and interest LMT saw at LAB DAY Chicago in February—keeping us hopeful that our industry may, in fact, have turned an economic corner. "People were excited to be at the show and seemed very enthusiastic about the economy," says Sasha Der Avanessian, Managing Director, Harvest Dental Products.
LAB DAY East 2012—the largest dental laboratory trade show on the East Coast—attracted 927 laboratory owners,...
Eleven years after purchasing and successfully operating Choate Ceramic Laboratory in Conroe, TX, the Co-Owners Jimmy Durham, David Fitch, CDT, and Alton Trotter, CDT, moved out of their ceramic comfort zone and added a removable department in January 2010.
They knew the demand for removable prosthetics was growing and saw going full service as a way to keep the 19-person laboratory as profitable as possible. Also, as a result of the economy, new technology, a dramatic increase in precious alloy prices and overseas competition, they projected their C&B workload would decrease and that...
87 Partials in 20 Hours: Annual Labor of Love for Connecticut Lab
Every year since 2008, the two-day Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) event, sponsored by the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach (CFDO), has provided free dental care to underserved and uninsured state residents with the help of hundreds of volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants--and just one dental laboratory: Murray Kaizer Dental Laboratory in Farmington, CT.
For the past five years, Owner Jerry Kaizer, CDT, and his 20-person staff have donated their time to fabricate hundreds of free partial dentures--a...
- April 2012
"Validating the needs of dental professionals, our partners and even the patient drives Ivoclar Vivadent to remain on the leading edge of manufacturing, research and development. Producing state-of-the-art products and innovative materials demonstrates our passion and commitment to the dental industry," said Robert Ganley, Ivoclar Vivadent's...
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 and adapt to the swiftly changing marketplace.
From mergers and acquisitions to going digital, serving alternate markets and diversifying product offerings, attendees are on their toes, challenged and not defeated. The digital world is booming, the implant market is strong and growing, removables continue to be red hot and aging baby boomers promise to keep dentistry hopping.
Exhibitors—who also are reinventing...
The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Mark Twain's words—repeated by Dentsply's Chris Clark—appropriately describe the gist of the Cal-Lab Group's 86th annual meeting in Chicago. Or, to use Clark's own words, "The lab market is here to stay.
"There's been a lot of gloom and doom of late, with some saying laboratories...
- February 2012
The patient was unhappy with her existing restorations on teeth #3-14 because of the dark outline at the margins, tissue recession and the shape of the teeth. See Figure 1
The restoring dentist, Steven Hart, DMD, Chapel Hill, NC, and I recommended replacing the existing restorations with IPS e.max crowns on #6, 7 and 8; a three-unit IPS e.max bridge on #9, 10 and 11; and IPS d.SIGN PFMs with porcelain labial margins on #3, 4, 5, 12, 13 and 14.
Dr. Hart and I selected these two Ivoclar Vivadent products because they enable seamless integration of all-ceramic...
- April 2011
"Ensuring a prosperous future in today's climate is a lot like making a soup - you have to focus on the ingredients to achieve a successful result. And the more you heat it up, the better it gets," industry veteran George Obst told attendees at the Dental Services Group (DSG) annual meeting in January.
The meeting, held every year in Tempe, Arizona, is well-regarded for its open environment and palpable sense of camaraderie among the laboratories, including the affiliate members - independent laboratories that aren't owned by DSG but derive a range of membership benefits.
With the theme Gateway...
Thanks to television shows like Extreme Makeover, The Swan and A Makeover Story, consumers are more aware than ever about ways they can enhance their appearances, including the esthetic possibilities of their smiles.
Da Vinci Dental Studios knows firsthand what a dramatic impact makeover television can have on business. Due to the West Hills, California-laboratory's affiliation with ABC's Extreme Makeover, "da Vinci veneers" have become a household name and patients are requesting this specific brand from their dentists. "We're fortunate to have been included in the show and that the public...
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