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The AACD\'s 27th Annual Scientific Session, themed, âThe Rise of Collaboration,â will provide an opportunity for dental teams to develop and refine their skills together.
The latest version of Evolution Software from Atlanta Based Systems (ABS), released last month, has expanded the existing communications features, adding more automatic notification options to further facilitate and track digital communications.
Automatic notifications can be sent via email or pop-up windows in the software to multiple users at the lab when, for example, a case has arrived or the dentist has added a new image or note to the case file. Likewise, users can set up automatic email alerts so dentist-clients know when a case is received or shipped.
“I'm all about automation, and we use these emails to make sure our customers are receiving updates from us on our cases. For example, if we need a new lower impression, we send the dentist a case ‘hold’ notification and type a note regarding what we need. Automatically, an email is sent to the primary contact for the account and a record is saved in the file,” says Lee Coursey, Managing Partner,...
For years, porcelain was the material of choice for denture teeth because of its ability to replicate the appearance of natural dentition. But as we entered the 1990s, acrylic denture teeth had replaced porcelain as the industry standard; in fact, the use of porcelain teeth had dropped 50% during the previous decade.
Acrylic teeth offered several functional advantages: they were kinder to opposing dentition with less trauma to the bone and offered easier occlusal adjustment. However, earlier materials tended to craze and check and weren’t as esthetic as the tried-and-true porcelain. Over time, cross-linking techniques were refined, resulting in more durable acrylic teeth. Improved opalescence, translucency and shade consistency—especially among the new generation of composite teeth—further contributed to the growing use of acrylic teeth.
When 15-year-old Adam Mieleszko moved to New York from Poland in 1990, he didn't speak any English and never dreamed that, 20 years later, he'd publish a book in his new language. But that's exactly what happened.
After graduating from an intensive English as a Second Language high school in Brooklyn, Mieleszko—who loved art, drawing and carving—earned his degree in dental technology from the New York City College of Technology in 1997. When he decided a large production laboratory setting wasn't for him, a professor got him an interview in an in-house lab run by prosthodontist Dr. Stephen Chu, and the decision determined the course of Mieleszko's career.
"Right from the beginning, I knew that interacting with patients and designing cases from start to finish was for me," he says. "Not only is seeing your work intraorally the best self critique there is, but when I see the happiness and satisfaction on patients' faces it's more rewarding than actually fabricating the crowns....
During its Annual Session in October, the ADAâs House of Delegates passed key resolutions to improve dentist-technician working relationships and ensure the quality of prosthetic services.
The ADA is looking for 20 to 40 technicians to join a Mission of Mercy (MOM) charity dental clinic on Sunday, Nov. 3 in New Orleans, immediately following its 2013 Annual Session. Together with America's Dentists Care Foundation and support from the Louisiana and New Orleans Dental Associations, the event aims to serve 1,000 people in need of dental care.
"Volunteers are the backbone of this program, and this year's event is truly unique given it's the first to actively recruit dental professionals from around the country," said Dr. Mark Huberty, Chair, ADA Mission of Mercy. "We will need approximately 750 people to pitch in their time and talent for a great cause that gives back to the public and our profession."
The event runs from 5:30am to 5:30pm CST with full and half-day shifts available. MOM participants do not need to be registered to attend the ADA Annual Session in order to volunteer.
For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit www.ADA.org/MOM
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.
"We're still dreaming," says Laboratory Manager Julie Dewane of Continental Dental's move from its cramped, outdated building into a new 12,000-sq.-ft. facility in July 2008. She notes that clients are just as enthralled with the lab's new digs. "The doctors we work with are very proud to bring their patients here, because our lab is an extension of their practice and it makes them look good too."
Continental Dental Laboratory is a National Dentex lab, employs 48 people and is located in Phoenix.
The first glimpse visitors get of Continental is an elegant reception area featuring rich wood and river rock accents, ceramic tile flooring and the Continental logo--a technician at work--inlaid in marble on the floor. The reception area also includes an adjacent shade-taking room for patient comfort and privacy.
In the old facility, departments were separated by walls and a lack of space created disorganization. The new facility gives technicians a lot more elbow room as well as a...
In 2005, Freddy Char, Owner of Elite Dental Studio, dreamed of creating his own beautiful laboratory. It wasn't easy but with a lot of hard work, a lot of help and a clear vision, he moved into a bright, contemporary facility last year.
A supporter of NCMOM since 2009, Affordable Dentures Dental Laboratories, Inc. (ADDL) ramped up its commitment in 2012, participating in six events.
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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 to treat non-Afghan patients for the Dubai fee; we have permission from the Ministry of Health to do this.
Treating only twelve patients a month at this rate will fund the cost of treating 1,200 poor Afghan patients for free. If we can buy the land, we can preserve the project and go on to help poor Afghans into the future.
We have a shipment valued at over $2 Million ready to ship for free with help from the Department of Defense, and we have permission to import this as well. In the shipment is enough supplies to last the project for at least five years, all the equipment for the new clinic, and enough denture supplies to make full dentures...
Technician Michael Pointer is helping ADRP to set up a dental lab and dnetal technology school in Kabul...
It started with a 13-hour trip—including a stop in Munich—but it was worth it to realize my long-time dream of attending the IDS show in Cologne.
Walking into the show, I felt like a little boy entering a carnival for the first time: there were eye-catching booths with glamorous lighting and “side shows” such as magicians. And yes, plenty of free beer at the various exhibit booths.
It was exciting to see machines, materials and vendors that aren’t yet available in the U.S.; I felt like it was a preview of the future of the U.S. laboratory industry. One of the “wows” I saw was the new line up of milling machines from Zirkonzahn and the laser milling technology from Dental Wings. I was also really interested in Pekkton, Cendres+Metaux’s new polymer for hybrid implant bridges, sold in the U.S. by anaxdent.
Although there are no separate lecture rooms at the IDS—just huge exhibit floors in various halls—there were many talents...
Sixty-year industry veteran Harry Carlisle considers himself extra lucky for stumbling upon on a career in dental technology.
Looking back seven years, Spallino calls his green investment a âslam dunk!â
Airway Management launched the dreamTAP, its latest sleep apnea/snoring appliance that offers more tongue space for greater comfort than the original TAP. The screw mechanism has also been changed from stainless steel to cobalt-chromium, increasing strength and eliminating the possibility of an allergic reaction.
“We feel we will be able to achieve an even better result with less protrusion than our previous versions,” said Dr. W. Keith Thornton, Inventor of the TAP line of appliances. “As with all of our appliances, we have designed the dreamTAP to meet the PDAC specifications to qualify it for Medicare reimbursement.”
Labs can outsource to the TAP lab or buy the dreamTAP kit and fabricate appliances in house. Fabrication takes about one hour and the kit comes with everything needed to make the appliance, except the acrylic, and includes step-by-step working instructions and various marketing tools like images, videos, website content and customizable brochures....
As a result of rapid growth in its digital services, Albensi Laboratories was bursting at the seams. Now, its new building features a well-organized layout, energy-efficient systems and room to grow.
Owner: Don Albensi, Sr.
When Albensi Laboratories says its employees receive a Total Rewards Program, it means total. Along with paying 100% of the staffs’ medical, vision and dental coverage, the lab also provides flexible working hours, life insurance, a 401(k) program with matching and access to a financial advisor. The laboratory even offers a 12-week Fit Camp—including aerobic classes, strength training and advice on healthy eating—twice a year and pays 50% of the cost for each employee.
Benefits like these are what led the staff to vote the laboratory one of the 2013 Top Workplaces in the area in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They also helped Owner and CEO, Don Albensi Sr., earn the newspaper’s title of Top Boss of a small business.
Albensi, who opened the lab in 1979, has grown the business from three to 94 employees by creating a positive atmosphere and acting more like a coach than a boss, according to Technical Manager Ernie...
In 1988 when the Soviet Union collapsed, eight-year-old Alexander Mouradov was forced to flee his home in Baku, Soviet Union to the Northern part of the country. Today, the 32-year-old has overcome his turbulent childhood to become a successful laboratory owner in Connecticut.
Mouradov moved to the U.S. in 1996 to start a new life as a typical suburban high school student in Glastonbury, CT. A few years later, he learned about the dental technology program at Eli Whitney in Hamden, CT through his sister, a dental hygienist. The rest, as they say, is history.
He graduated from the program in 2001 and landed a job as a porcelain technician at a local laboratory where he discovered his love of ceramics and honed his craft for the next three years. When Mouradov heard about the ASMDT's Master Dental Technology program in New York City, his boss agreed to pay for the training and for the next year, he spent every other Saturday making the three-hour trip to Manhattan.
"I was the youngest,...
Four laboratories share their strategies for showing current and prospective clients alike they are much more than just a crown in a box.
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