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- May 2013
For nearly a decade, the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) has been serving dental patients in need.* Since 2009—thanks to the North Carolina Dental Laboratory Association (NCDLA)—the organization has also been able to offer new partials, repairs and relines. Dozens of NCDLA volunteers have participated in 28 clinics and fabricated over 1,200 appliances.
"I can't tell you how valuable it's been to have the NCDLA involved," says Dr. Bill Blaylock, Director of NCMOM. "To be able to look at a patient in triage and tell him that not only can we take him out of pain but we can also...
- January 2013
Master-Touch Dental, Valplast Rebuild
Two days after Hurricane Sandy, the first thing Justin Marks found when he opened the door to his laboratory was a box of teeth that had floated there from the opposite side of the building. "I knew then, before I even stepped inside, that things were going to be bad," he explains. "And they were."
Marks, Owner and Lead Technician at three-person Master-Touch Dental Laboratories, rode out the storm at a friend's apartment while his lab in Oceanside, NY—located in a mandatory evacuation zone—battled the elements. The storm surge, combined with...
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- 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,...
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
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...
To meet the needs of implant, geriatric and TMJ patients, Heraeus Kulzer launched its Mondial 8i-5° posterior tooth line. "New indication areas such as implant prosthetics are placing increased demands on the stability, function and esthetics of denture teeth," said Lesley Melvin, Heraeus Laboratory Product Manager. "That's why we've worked...
- March 2012
And the winner of the first Heraeus Sponsored - Present Your Best Denture Work Contest is.......Brian Carson, CDT from Signature Restorations with 44 "likes." Congratulations Brian!
The second place winner was David Lindsay, Owner of Lindsay & Associates with 27 "likes" and third place was James Davidge, RDT, owner of James Dean Prosthetic Arts. Congratulations to David and James!
And thank you everyone for your participation.
Look for more contests and innovative products from Heraeus!
PRESENT YOUR BEST DENTURE WORK and earn a chance to win $500 from Heraeus.
- January 2012
Craig Nelson, CDT, shares his technique for fabricating a truly lifelike transitional partial thanks to its form, line angles and positioning of the denture teeth. He worked with Dr. Steve Ratcliff at Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ, on the case and it exemplifies how attention to detail, use of new materials and good communication with the dental team can result in a partial that disappears in the oral environment.
STEP 1: Dr. Ratcliff sent impressions, along with the prescription and pictures to show final coloration and surface texture. The impressions were box poured...
- July 2011
Heraeus now maintains a state-of-the-art YouTube channel, located and easily accessed at http://www.youtube.com/user/HeraeusKulzerLLC. This resource for live instruction, education, and mechanism of action videos is chock full of more than 30 clips covering a selection of timely, relevant, and current topics. Impression techniques, posterior restorations, and live demonstrations of whitening procedures are all covered, as are animations and brief documentaries showcasing the many charitable oral health initiatives that Heraeus underwrites and supports.
- April 2011
Over the years, one of the laboratory procedures that has created stress and required extra time has been investing and divesting partial dentures, especially because there was always the possibility of damaging the frame or breaking a clasp.
I've developed a technique that makes this process easier. I use a putty matrix made from Heraeus' Palapress vario, a rapid-cure acrylic for partial and full dentures. It has the technical properties of heatcuring acrylic, and color stability thanks to an ammon-free acceleration system. When cured, the material has less residual monomer than heat-cured acrylic...
"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...
In February, The Argen Corp. acquired the Jelenko dental alloy business from Heraeus Kulzer, Inc. Argen is incorporating the business into its San Diego, California facility but will maintain the Jelenko brand name for the alloys.
The Argen Corp. was founded in South Africa more than 45 years ago and a subsidiary company was opened in New York City in 1983. Three years later, the Woolf family immigrated to the U.S. and moved the company to San Diego. Argen is a private, family-owned business and the largest producer of dental gold alloys in the world.
LMT spoke with Anton Woolf, executive...