Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
Last month, Dental Arts Laboratories (DAL) launched DAL DT Technologies, a new division that is solely dedicated to the development and service of CAD/CAM technology and other subcontracting services to laboratories.
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Datron Dynamics’ new FIT (Fully Integrated Technology) program is an all-inclusive CAD/CAM package that helps laboratories hit the ground running when investing in new technology. Datron installs a turn-key production center for screw-retained and fixed restorations in your laboratory and a fixed monthly payment over five years helps forecast all associated costs for a predictable ROI.
In addition to a five-year lease on the Datron D5 mill and scan system, the FIT package also includes hyperDENT CAM software with a CAM-specific PC, Datron milling templates and implant libraries, and five years of license renewals; preparation of your facility, including a power transformer and compressor; initial and follow-up on-site training; five years of preventative maintenance (an annual two-day visit from Datron), a remanufactured spindle and replacement of typical wear items; and a starter set of consumables including titanium and CoCr blanks, milling tools, and implant components (250...
Datron has launched a new entry-level D5 dental mill that offers a manual puck change and costs about $50,000 less than their standard D5 model. “The unit is ideal for labs that mill mainly titanium products, but don’t require automatic puck changes,” said Robert Murphy, Vice President, noting that the entry-level D5 mill can be upgraded to include the automated puck changer if the lab’s needs change in the future.
The company also showcased its new 5-axis D5 LS milling machine that is equipped with Heindenhain linear scales for applications that demand the utmost accuracy, including large-span titanium and chrome cobalt implant parts. Due to its increased thermal stability, it provides consistent quality, even when there are significant ambient temperature fluctuations. With a repeatability of < 2 μm and an absolute accuracy of ± 5 μm, the D5 LS is the ideal machine for labs and milling centers wishing to produce screwed-retained indications such...
In 1999, Gary and Darlene Daymude opened Daymude Dental Studio in the garage of their home. They eventually outgrew the space and moved to a 4,000-sq.-ft. building, but the facility was far from perfect. "It was a 40-year-old building, with the departments divided up all over," says Daymude. "The only way we could have stayed there any longer would have been to completely gut it."
Instead, the couple opted to build a 5,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art facility in Peoria, Arizona to house its 10 employees. To accommodate future growth, they installed 20 two-person workstations so it could easily accommodate up to 40 technicians. Representatives from NevinLabs (now part of the DentalEZ® Group) assisted Daymude in designing the facility and ensuring it would be equipped to handle the requirements of a laboratory, from power supplies to air hoses. "Nevin helped things go up with the organized efficiency of an erector set," says Daymude.
The new facility has provided a boost to employee...
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Statistically, 18% of customers are considered âslowâ payers and 2% have no intention of ever paying. Chasing deadbeats can be time-consuming and even uncomfortable. However, by taking a proactive, preventive approach and staying on top of delinquent
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Though the number of accredited dental technology programs is dwindling, two programs on opposite coastsâLos Angeles City College and New York City College of Technologyâcontinue to be successful, thanks in part to the dedication of the program direc
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In Chicago, Delcam demonstrated its latest DentMILL software for milling implant restorations. Software enhancements include:
Improved integration with the DentCAD design software, including a new interface that features bolder and clearer icons and a reduced number of toolbars to allow maximum screen space.
Improved nesting allows more efficient use of materials. For instance, restorations are oriented in the optimum alignment so the most cost-effective part of the block can be used.
The milling templates have been extended to a wider range of materials, including titanium, cobalt-chrome and glass ceramics.
New strategies offer smoother machining to give the best possible surface finish.
Faster calculation times thanks to new background-processing capabilities. For instance, toolpath calculations can be started on the first items added to the block while the remaining restorations are still being positioned.
Closer integration between DentMILL and Delcam's OrderManager workflow management...
Delcam demonstrated its latest software release, DentMILL 2014, that offers enhanced milling precision, especially important for abutment interfaces. The software imports vector information that defines the alignment of the interfaces and overlays predefined milling templates for the interfaces which is more accurate than .stl geometry, according to the company.
Another improvement to the system is the intelligent stock-management system, which allows the user to select only the sizes of material block currently in stock and suitable for the specified milling machine and fixture. After milling, partially used blocks can be added back into the stock-management system for future use.
For additional information on the software, call 877-335-2261, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dental-cadcam.com.
DENTAL TEAM: Ken Upright, Oxford Crown & Bridge, LLC and Dr. Shelley Olson, DDS, FICD, Granville Family Dentistry, both in Oxford, NC
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: A female patient fractured the entire facial surface and buccal cusp of tooth #4, which had an old MOD amalgam restoration. Due to a 2mm diastema, the entire mesial aspect of the crown would be exposed in the patient's smile, so shade quality was a foremost concern.
TREATMENT PLAN: Because of her positive experiences with the material, Dr. Olson prescribed a Delta Zirconia full contour crown to restore tooth #4. High Translucent Delta Zirconia, used for fabricating full contour restorations, full contour bridges, inlays and onlays offers excellent translucency for these types of restorations. High Strength Delta Zirconia is also available for copings and two- to 14-unit bridges.
FABRICATION PROCESS: Dr. Olson performed the appropriate build-up and prepared the tooth per suggested guidelines. Upright sent the articulated model...
When John Lavicka, CDT, saw it, he knew: the beautiful, 10-acre wooded lot in Richfield, OH would be the ideal home for his laboratory, Dental Ceramics, Inc.
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DentalEZ unveiled some of its recent rebranding efforts, including changing its name from DentalEZ Group to DentalEZ, a new logo and color palatte, “Integrated Solutions” tagline and a freshly designed exhibit booth.
With the acquisition of various new companies and products throughout the years—including Nevin laboratory benches, laboratory handpieces and other lab equipment—DentalEZ has established a broad portfolio and the rebranding efforts will help streamline the company’s entire line. Throughout 2015, the new DentalEZ logo will slowly phase out the use of individual brand logos.
For more information, visit www.dentalez.com.
In light of the dramatic rise in imports from overseas laboratories in the past several years, the FDA has become concerned that these low-cost offshore restorations might not contain FDA-approved materials that are legally required to ensure patient
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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill requiring labs to register and disclose material content and country of origin.
Since we last heard from Eric Nunnally in LMT’s February 2013 issue, he’s finished dental school, successfully passed his Boards and started practicing dentistry in Louisville.
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It wasn't the first time dentists registered at LAB DAY®. But it struck me—this time—that these guys know dental technology is the place to be. The way I expressed it when I addressed the Cal-Lab Meeting two days before our show is that "we're a cottage industry looking out our window to see that a highway has been paved right up against our front door!"
It's amazing, gratifying, in fact, to see how upbeat and eager attendees at this year's show were to learn, explore and absorb everything LAB DAY. Despite the storm that hit the northeast, stranding a group of European would-be attendees, as well as a number of others in the northeast corridor whose flights were grounded, we had the second largest turnout ever! And it was nice to see DDSs and DMDs mingling and exploring the exhibit hall along with laboratory decision-makers, including the CDTs, MDTs, RGs and RDTs.
Attendees told us there were so many ground-breaking product introductions that the show was an eye-opener...
Dental Wings introduced its first intraoral 3D scanner. The lightweight DWIO (Dental Wings Intra-Oral) is similar in size to existing dental handpieces and features Multiscan Imaging™ 3D scanning technology that allows for five LED projectors and 10 cameras in a very small scanning tip and captures data from many angles at once. A luminescent ring on the handpiece as well as audible signals indicate when scan data is successfully captured allowing the clinician to stay focused in the mouth while scanning. The DWOS platform allows seamless connection between laboratory and dentist.
The company also presented:
Its upgraded DWOS 5 software that features a full denture design application and live remote connectivity between lab and clinician, called Synergy, for implant planning and prosthetic design. In addition, the software incorporates several important upgrades including: customizable photo-realistic renderings; a new, modern iconography; context-sensitive online help; and a new,...
Dentsoll introduced Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasps for conventional denture repairs and flippers. “Made of flexible acrylic, the clasps can shorten the denture repair process significantly, to less than 10 minutes,” said Esther Kim, Director, Sales and Marketing. The clasp can be molded with a heat gun and bonded with ISO Fast self-curing resin.
Also new: Snow Rock Denture Systems Repair Kit for quick repairs on all acrylic removable applications, re-gardless of color and make. The kit includes ISO Fast in color #7α Real Pink, a self-curing repair resin that sets in three minutes and possesses an adaptive translucent effect that matches any shade regardless of brand; Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasps, flexible acrylic clasps created for fast repairs; and a heat gun for easily molding the Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasp for repairs.
For more information, call 888-793-7477 or visit www.snowrockusa.com.
The newest addition to DENTSPLY Implants’ digital solutions portfolio is the ATLANTIS Conus concept, an overdenture solution that provides a friction-fit, non-resilient prosthetic restoration for fully edentulous patients. It consists of custom-designed, conical-shaped abutments designed to fit SynCone caps, minimizing gaps and micro-movement. The patient-specific solution provides a stable, yet removable solution with the comfort of a fixed restoration.
The company also introduced the ATLANTIS Abutment Insertion Guide, a 3D-printed device that securely holds an ATLANTIS Abutment at the correct angle and orientation during installation. Locating the screw access hole and inserting the abutment screw is easy for dentists because the guide is designed with an oriented access channel for each abutment. Created using the ATLANTIS Abutment scan data provided by ATLANTIS VAD (Virtual Abutment Design), the insertion guide can be requested with your ATLANTIS Abutment orders.
Following an agreement between DENTSPLY Implants and Align Technology, laboratories offering ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments can order them based upon scans from the iTero intraoral scanner starting in the second half of 2014. “Moving forward in this expanding area of digital dentistry, dental scanning is a strategic business opportunity and, more importantly, we are creating added value for our customers and their patients,” said Mikael Sander, Group Vice President ATLANTIS Digital Implant Solutions, DENTSPLY Implants.
DENTSPLY Implants also presented the ASTRA TECH Implant System EV, designed with a site-specific, crown-down approach based on the natural dentition for increased surgical simplicity and flexibility and restorative ease. This philosophy is supported by features such as a unique interface with one-position-only placement of ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments.
The foundation of the system remains the ASTRA TECH Implant System BioManagement Complex—a...
Following its August 2011 acquisition of Astra Tech AB, Dentsply International Inc. has united its Dentsply Friadent dental implant-related business with Astra Tech Dental to form Dentsply Implants.