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In appreciation of its loyal customers, Lincoln Dental is offering a Rewards Program.
In 2000, Edgar Munoz was planning to be a dentist, but fate had different plans. While on the waiting list for dental school, he took a job at a large production lab to make extra money. Since he was certified as a dental assistant he already understood anatomy, and he was able to jump right into ceramics when he finished the lab's PTC training. There, he fell in love with making teeth, but there was one problem: "I was reprimanded for taking too long on restorations and being too artistic, but that was the part I enjoyed most," he says. "I wanted to be able to take time to create something beautiful."
One lab owner even told him he would never make it in the industry spending so much time on detailed restorations but, instead of being discouraged, the comment lit a fire in Munoz. He took a position at a smaller, boutique laboratory and simultaneously enrolled in the Dental Technology Program at Gwinnett Technical Institute. Working in the lab by day and going to class by night, Munoz...
From its inception in 1984, the AACD has celebrated the dentist/technician relationship. From a business perspective, membership provides valuable opportunities for networking with dentists and attending teamwork-focused courses together.
Both teacher and student, Laboratory Owner Brian Lindkeâs focus on education runs the gamut from study clubs to clinical programs to in-office consultation, rendering him an indispensable resource to his dentist-clients.
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Study clubs provide an ideal opportunity to network with like-minded dentists, communicate on a more intimate level and develop genuine relationships with clients.
EGS, which was acquired by Heraeus Kulzer GmbH in October, presented updates for its two core products:
DentalCad 4 software now features a new “DentalCad Touch Screen” working mode, powerful wax-up functions, angled implant support, and deformation and sculpting tools.
The latest generation of the DScan 3 scanner features a unique “ghost cover”—a clear, plastic cover that allows you to see the inner components of the unit. Its blue structured light technology allows for faster and more accurate 3D scanning of the model. It works with the verticulator tool in order to scan the models in occlusion and the entire verticulator in a certain and repeatable position. Due to its new high quality optical detectors and mechanical components and the latest-generation PC installed directly in the scanner case, it operates in all light conditions, even capturing semi-reflecting objects.
For more information, visit www.egsolutions.com/en/.
Amongst tough competition, Edmonds Dental Prosthetics was named the 2005 Manufacturer of the Year by the Springfield, Missouri are Chamber of Commerce.
EnvisionTEC had a busy weekend showing attendees its new material offerings:
E-Guide is a clear material used to produce accurate drill guides on an EnvisionTEC 3D printer.
E-Guard is a clear, CE-certified material used to print custom nightguards, splints and surgical drill guides on the company’s Perfactory® series machines.
E-Appliance 3SP® is a new material ideal for printing orthodontic models. It is a specially designed nano-filled resin that works with both polyvinyl alcohol-based separators and a tin foil substitute for a “salt and pepper” technique.
Although not yet available, EnvisionTEC also previewed its E-Denture material for printing custom fit dentures. CE approved, it can be used on EnvisionTEC Perfactory 3D printing machines and is available in various shades.
For more information, call 313-436-4300 or visit www.envisiontec.com.
ETI’s Valerie Poon and John Just draw the winner of the company’s iPod Shuffle and Die Cut Kit giveaway. The winner is John Silo, CDT, from Jamestown Dental Lab, Jamestown, NY.
Andrea Babson was in love. In her search for a new home for her laboratory, she found the perfect building: a charming, 100-year-old, Victorian house. Then, she tore it apart in order to turn the 1,500-sq.-ft. structure into a state-of-the-art facility for Eurotek Dental Studio, a four-person C&B lab in Red Bank, New Jersey.
It was a labor of love, but it wasn't an easy journey, requiring two years' worth of planning and building renovation before the actual lab construction could even start. Babson worked with an architect to remodel the building and tore down every wall that wasn't weight bearing in order to create a more open floorplan. The electrical system and piping were entirely replaced and much of the home's plaster was replaced with sheetrock. But, according to Babson, the end result has been worth every minute.
"It's beyond anything I ever imagined," she says. "It's not only a laboratory, it's somewhere I like to be and I'm more passionate about my work because of...
Given today's economic climate, laboratory owners may be looking for ways to cut costs at all levels of the business. As part of LMT's exclusive Recession Busters coverage, manufacturers share their best advice to help you save pennies and extend the life of your equipment, minimize repairs and prevent breakdowns.
Check your electrical power supply once or twice a year to be sure it's adequate to handle the amperage requirement for the equipment you're using. Unstable or inadequate amperage supply can cause permanent damage to machines. In addition, across the U.S., 220-volt power actually varies from 200 to 240 volts and equipment that runs on 220 volts can perform at sub-par levels if it's not getting enough power. A lack of power can also be the result of a boost in neighborhood consumption such as in the summer when air conditioning use is high. Low-voltage problems can be addressed by adding a "Buck-Buster"—available at local electrical supply stores—to...
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I had the great privilege of being just the right age in the late 1960s . . . but this new digital world is so phenomenal, it trumps the 60s ten-fold.
Evident software helps the laboratory streamline its production workflow, from enabling dentists to submit cases and photos through the lab’s website, coordinating scheduling to maximize production capacity, to shipping and billing the final case.
“With so many details to keep track of in the lab, if you miss even a small detail, it can easily lead to a larger problem. Using Evident, our workflow is error-proof because it has numerous flags to indicate when something starts to go wrong,” says Jayme Hong, CEO, IDOC Dental Lab, Orange, CA.
For example, if a case gets delayed in production, the software has an internal alert system that immediately sends a notification to the designated person. The software can generate a “to do” list and email reminders for each technician so tasks don’t slip through the cracks.
Another aspect of Evident that Hong likes: it generates packaging lists including the patient’s name, ship data and the contents of the shipping...
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Owner: Dr. James Hartzel, CDT, and Edwin Fajardo
“One day, we knew we weren’t going to make the shipping deadline for a case for one of our larger accounts on the East Coast. But we also knew we weren’t going to let that client down. The case was finished at 8:00pm and I was at the airport within an hour; 12 hours, four flights, two cab rides and a bunch of protein bars later, I was delivering that case to the dental office as the patient was walking in.
To me, my travel experience speaks volumes about the culture of this laboratory: we will always go the extra mile to keep our customers happy. Because Dr. Hartzel is a retired dentist as well as a technician, he’s able to give us all a unique perspective on what our dentist-clients really need from us. I’m really thankful to be part of a team that is so passionate about our work and our clients.
In only three years, we have transitioned from a C&B lab to a full service...
Every now and then, LMT has the opportunity to shine a light on those who go the extra mile to bring sunshine into someone else's life. In this issue, we get to do it three times. Click the links below to read about Technicians on a Mission—three groups of people in different sections of our country—who donated their time, energy and expertise to those in need.
For us, hearing these stories was a gift: the topic of charity wasn't coverage we planned for this month. It just happened. We were given stories that were meant for us to tell.
We've told such stories before and will always feel they are among those that mark our finest coverage. Yet the number of people who need help supersedes the number of volunteers, seemingly no matter how many volunteers there are!
For example, there are over 3,200 volunteer dental laboratories that do pro-bono cases for Donated Dental Services (DDS)! That represents almost a third of our community!**
Contributing services through DDS is a quieter...
Experts say you should be thinking about how you'll retire from the moment you open your doors; at the very least, you should begin formulating your plan 10 to 15 years in advance of your expected retirement date.
LMT offers advice on how to enhance the value of your lab in the eyes of a buyer, strategies for the small lab owner, and real-life stories of owners who have strategically planned their transitions.
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If you don't know where you're going, how will you get there? An exit plan is not just about the day you'll leave the laboratory, it's about setting long-term goals so the future doesn't sneak up on you.
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There's nothing more reassuring or energizing than being able to keep abreast of our market's fluctuations and know where you stand.
“Retirement can be amazing if you plan ahead… ” Former Lab Owner Jim McDermott shares his after-lab life takeaways.
In September, exocad America acquired the dental assets of SensAble Dental and can now distribute and further develop SensAble’s software for designing metal and flexible partial denture frameworks.
exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software.
In addition, exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design.
Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics, Why is Everyone Talking About exocad?: Options from your Current CAD/CAM System and For Advanced and Experienced exocad Users, between 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday: these clinics were actually presented earlier in the day; there was a misprint in the Show Program Guide. As a consideration to those attendees, exocad is offering a free full-day training session on June 14 at exocad’s test lab in...
exocad America launched two add-on modules for its OEM CAD/CAM software solution:
The Provisional module is used to rapidly create temporary crowns and bridges. Users can determine the shape of the provisional crown or bridge from either the original anatomy or integrated tooth libraries.
The Model Creator module enables users to create models from intraoral or impression scan data. Available later this year, this module supports solid, hollow and pin-base model creation for maximum flexibility.
For details, call 855-396-4223 or email Larry Bodony.
exocad made three announcements about its DentalCAD software:
It’s now compatible with Carestream Dental’s CS 3500 intraoral scanner, allowing labs to collaborate with dental practices that use the system. Using dentalshare, exocad’s cloud service, labs and clinicians can communicate more quickly and transfer even large, complex cases in minimal time.
A new interface for ordering DENTSPLY Implants’ ATLANTIS™ patient-specific abutments provides labs with an improved digital workflow including expedited order completion and cost-savings.
Attendees also got a sneak peek of an update coming in the second half of the year. Exocad DentalCAD users will have an automated import of the ATLANTIS Abutment Core file, a digital file of the total case including the outer surface of the ATLANTIS Abutment that allows the technician to design a temporary or final crown before the final ATLANTIS Abutment is delivered.
For more information, call 855-396-4223 or visit www.exocad.com.