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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."
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.
Amongst tough competition, Edmonds Dental Prosthetics was named the 2005 Manufacturer of the Year by the Springfield, Missouri are Chamber of Commerce.
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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...
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...
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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.
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...
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...
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.
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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.
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,...
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.
Thanks to television shows like Extreme Makeover, The Swan and A Makeover Story, consumers are more aware than ever about ways they can enhance their appearances, including the esthetic possibilities of their smiles.
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