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- 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...
- April 2013
With an eye on increasing efficiency, Straumann launched the latest version of its CAD/CAM software, Straumann CARES Visual 8.0 during Lab Day Chicago. The enhanced software delivers optimized digital workflows, increased design flexibilities, improved ease of use, and an extended prosthetic product portfolio for implant- and tooth-borne restorations.
At LAB DAY, Nobel Biocare presented its latest innovations in dental implant-based CAD/CAM solutions, including:
NobelProcera® Abutments, now available on Biomet 3i, Camlog and Zimmer implant platforms (in addition to Straumann, Astra Tech and Thommen).
NobelProcera users can expand their business with the new in-lab scanning of NobelProcera...
- January 2013
Imagine the ability to fabricate a restoration before the patient's tooth is even prepped. Thanks to a new system in development from B&D, you may soon be able to do just that.
The company previewed its new Digital Prep Guide, currently in beta testing, at the Dental Laboratory Owners' Association of California's (DLOAC) CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium in November in Garden Grove, CA. Here's how it works: at the patient's first visit, if the dentist doesn't have an intraoral scanner, he takes a conventional impression then sends it to the lab where the technician fabricates a model, scans...
- November 2012
Both zirconia and metal lack fluorescent qualities, which we should attempt to re-create when restoring the oral cavity with fixed prosthetic restorations. When applying porcelain to a zirconia or metal coping or framework, it is helpful to use a porcelain material that has fluorescent properties to add vitality to the substrate.
- August 2012
At its Capital Markets Day event in Amsterdam in May, Straumann shared its Vision 2020 project with investors and the media. Using existing data, new research and numerous interviews with experts in the field, Straumann's management team outlined key demographic, restorative and technological trends the dental profession will experience between...
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- 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...
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LAB DAY Chicago was the official North American launch of Straumann CARES Visual 7.0. This is the first Straumann system built with Dental Wings Open Software (DWOS™) as the core software, the result of a partnership between the two companies formed last year.
"This partnership improves the customer experience and means labs can now...
- January 2012
Valplast enters the CAD/CAM market. 3M ESPE delves into a new material category. Three more manufacturers enter the milling center arena. These are just a few of the highlights from the DLOAC's CAD/CAM Technology Symposium & Expo in November in Pasadena, CA.
While digital technology has been a boon to the C&B market in the past decade, its application to removable labs has been much more limited. One of the latest developments* in the removable arena is Valplast International Corp.'s Precise-Fit™, a system for producing a digitally designed trial baseplate...
- April 2011
Prefabricated implant abutments don't require CAD/CAM or other special equipment and the components are readily available, allowing practitioners to buy and send them to the laboratory along with the case. Nelson Rego, CDT, AAACD, offers a step-by-step look at using a Straumann® Anatomic IPS e.max pre-fabricated abutment.
Straumann—the exclusive distributor of the Cadent iTero Digital Impression System in Europe—now has non-exclusive distribution rights to market the system in North America. The agreement advances Straumann's position in digital dentistry and increases Cadent's penetration into the U.S. implant and laboratory markets.
This is the latest in a series of partnerships between the two companies. Last year, Straumann integrated Cadent iTero scan data with its CAD/CAM system, allowing labs to receive digital impressions and design restorations without having to create a stone model. Straumann...