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!
Owner: Curt Gardali
“I’ve been at this lab for eight years and am still excited to get up and go to work to try and make a difference in our patients’ lives. As an artist, it has been a great place for me to develop my skills and knowledge. The owner of the lab, Curt Gardali, is one of the most inspiring people I have had the honor to apprentice with. His knowledge in the field of dental technology continues to humble me.
We have employees who have been with us for over 50 years and still love coming to work. Our laboratory is very modern, clean, and comfortable and our patients love coming in for custom shading or photos. We love hearing them comment on our ‘Zen-like’ atmosphere! I hope to be at this lab for many years to come.”
~Jason Clark, Ceramist/IT Specialist
GC America launched three new products at LMT LAB DAY Chicago:
New to its Initial ceramic line, Initial LiSi veneering ceramic is ideal for lithium disilicate frameworks. It can be used for layering and cut-back techniques or for full anatomical frameworks stained with GC Initial Lustre Pastes NF.
Initial IQ Lustre Paste NF Gum Shades help to create a lifelike transition from the crown margin to the gingival. The gum-colored pastes match natural gingival shades, offering a natural harmony, and match to both low and high CTE ceramics, making them compatible with the complete GC Initial ceramic range.
The new CERASMART block with Universal Mandrel offers excellent physical properties and impact dispersion due to the fully homogeneous and evenly distributed nano ceramic network. It offers lifelike esthetics, milling accuracy, fast mill time and self-polishing properties and is ideal for posterior, anterior, inlay, onlay and implant restorations.
For more information, call 800-323-7063 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
GC America is the first dental company in the U.S. and only the fourth company in the country to receive the Deming Prize, the oldest and most widely recognized Total Quality Management award in the world.
Attendees at LMT LAB DAY had a chance to win big by spinning a prize wheel at GC America’s booth in the Exhibit Hall. Big ticket winner of the GC Initial Porcelain kit worth nearly $4,000 was Michael Flaws of Integrity Dental Design in Libertyville, IL. Pam Gingerich of Ragle Dental Lab in Champaign, IL, and Paul Huey of Davison Dental Lab in Flint, MI were both the winners of GC’s Initial LiSi Basic & Advanced, each worth $700 and $975, respectively.
Eight Lustre Paste sets, each worth $750, went to: Shari Doucette, Ultra-Tech Dental Lab, Saskatoon, SK; SoYoun Zepeda, Zepeda Dental Lab, Oglesby, IL; Tony Gismondi, Caruso Dental Lab, Livonia, MI; Jose Mendoza, Davison Dental Lab, Flint, MI; Chris Dugger, Dunn Diehl Dental, Minot, ND; Goran Zarov, Accutech Dental Lab, Westerville, OH; Bradley Bong, Layton Dental Lab, Pewaukee, WI; and John Sanohoz, Innova Dental, Mequon, WI.
Four GC Optiglaze color sets, each worth $650, were given to: George Gauden, DDS, Wheaton, IL; Yin...
GC America introduced a new addition to the GC Initial portfolio: GC Initial Zirconia Disks. The disks are cold isostatic pressed for optimized physical properties and available in two types: Standard Translucency (ST) ideal for veneering; and High Translucency (HT) ideal for full contour, monolithic restorations. For more information, call 800-323-3386 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
The prizes were flowing fast and furious at the GC/Renfert exhibit. The two companies awarded over $25,000 worth of products and equipment throughout the weekend, allowing the attendees of their Friday and Saturday clinics to spin a prize wheel.
Everyone was a winner and the big-ticket items given away included two GC Initial™ porcelain system kits valued at over $7,000 each; two Renfert Twister vacuum mixers worth $1,400 each; and GC's Lustre paste system kits. Other prizes included 12 Renfert Waxlectric I electric waxers, eight Bose headphones, two iPod Touches, two Kindles and an array of other small prizes.
The winners of the GC Initial porcelain systems were: Theresa Yehl, CDT, Washington, IL, and Mark Hertko, Marene Dental Lab, Rockport, IL. The system's one-body, layering-over-metal concept allows you to reproduce all 16 standard VITA™ shades with a single-layer application.
The GC/Renfert prize wheel was spinning all weekend long in the Exhibit Hall. The two companies awarded over $25,000 worth of products and equipment, allowing attendees of their Friday and Saturday clinics to spin for a chance at a prize.
Everyone was a winner and the big-ticket items given away included two GC Initial porcelain system kits valued at over $7,000 each; three Renfert Basic Quattro Sandblasters valued at $1,450 each; and GC's Lustre paste system kits. Other prizes included an iPad, five Mini iPads, eight Bose headphones, two Kindles and an array of other small prizes.
The winners of the GC Initial porcelain systems were: Stephan Katzel, CDT, Hinsdale Dental Lab, and Brian Daniels, CDT, Craniofacial Center, University of Illinois, Chicago. The winners of the Basic Quattro Sandblasters were Tony Gismondi, Caruso Dental Lab, Livonia, MI; John Jess, John Jess Dental, Arlington Heights, IL; and Debbie Kizar, SK Dental Arts, LLC, Imperial, MO.
Attendees at GC America and Renfert’s clinic programs had a chance to win big by spinning a prize wheel at the companies’ booth in the Exhibit Hall. The big-ticket winners included Rebecca Norman, Apex Dental Lab, Omaha, NE; SoYoun Zepeda, Zepeda Dental Lab, Oglesby, IL; and Andrew Tisdale, Aesthetic Dental Solutions, Lexington, SC. They each won a GC Initial porcelain system kit valued at over $5,000.
Every spin was a winner! Katie Leimbacher, also from Apex Dental Lab, won Renfert’s Basic Quattro Sandblaster valued at $1,500. Trisha Dahmen, from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, won Renfert’s Twister Vacuum Mixer, valued at $1,500, and donated it to the school’s dental technology program. Suzie Kang, Perfect Smile Dental Solutions, Wakeforest, NC, and Stan Chrzanowski, S&E Dental Studios, Algonquin, IL, each won Renfert’s Die Master Set valued at $89.
Other prizes included iPads, gift cards, and equipment and materials from both companies;...
In January, Vinnie Verderosa, CDT, MDT, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, spent nine days working with the Giving Through Smiles Foundation in Neltume, Chile, a remote logging village in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. He was the only technician in a 10-person team from New York, including prosthodontists and dentists. They joined forces with dentists and dental students from a university in Chile to fabricate 50 dentures and treat 150 children with rampant tooth decay.
A clinic was set up in the lunchroom of a school, along with two rooms for denture work. The volunteers brought materials with them from the U.S., including teeth and articulators donated by Ivoclar Vivadent. The equipment was provided by the Chilean dental school and was very limited, with some of the patients treated on school desks that substituted for dental chairs.
Dentists and students from the university met with patients ahead of time to perform exams and schedule appointments, so when the...
LAB DAY attendees got their first look at Glidewell Laboratories’ CloudPoint, a line of equipment, software and services that offers an economical means of transitioning to the CAD/CAM production of full contour restorations. The entire digital workflow is cloud-based, so it doesn’t require in-house IT support, server space or other technological resources typically required to go digital. Labs only need an internet connection to get started.
The CloudPoint System includes:
CloudPoint FastScan™, a high-resolution, high-speed scanner that simultaneously scans the solid model, and opposing model and die on an open-air scanning platform that accommodates large articulators. After scanning, cases are automatically uploaded to the cloud, where they can be designed by the lab or forwarded to an experienced CAD/CAM specialist at the Glidewell Outsource Milling Center.
For labs that choose to design restorations in house, the CloudPoint FastDesign™ software includes a complete...
Glidewell Laboratories is once again âcrossing the traditional boundaries of dental technologyâ with the opening of its 2,800-sq-ft, state-of-the-art training, education and technology demonstration facility.
Headquartered in Newport Beach
Owner: Jim Glidewell, CDT
2,375 employees at four locations
Working at Glidewell is like being part of an exclusive club: technicians get members-only, no- and low-cost benefits they wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.
Case in point: Health and wellness is a priority and, in 2012, Glidewell opened the GlideWELLness Center located on its campus in Irvine, CA. The center includes an 4,100-sq-ft gym with cardio equipment, weights, fitness classes and a meditation room; a private, walk-in health clinic that offers reduced co-payments; and massage therapy where technicians pay just $15 for a 30-minute massage. The lab also offers on-site vaccinations; monthly wellness “Lunch-n-Learns” on stress management, nutrition, yoga and more; and reduced-cost services from the lab’s four on-staff dentists.
The staffs’ other amazing perks include:
• A “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” program that offers one-on-one guidance...
In Part II of our exclusive LMT interview with Jim Glidewell, owner of Glidewell Dental Laboratories, he tells us why he opened laboratories in Costa Rica and Mexico and discusses the impact of the business model
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Are you ready to take the plunge and invest in your own digital equipment? Going digital was the name of the game at NADL Vision 21 in Las Vegas in January where speakers offered tips on how to incorporate new technology into the laboratory.
Rising steadily since 2001, the price of gold has soared to record highs this year, driven by the weak U.S. dollar and ongoing economic uncertainty. On March 13, it reached a true milestone, hitting $1,000 an ounce.
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In October of 1979, Oscar Mendoza fled for his life to California in the trunk of a car after his uncle was killed in the Salvadoran Civil War.
At the same time 19-year-old Oscar arrived in the U.S., Martha Rico Aguilera arrived from Mexico, 16 and pregnant. Mendoza got a job in an auto detail shop; she in a balloon factory, printing balloons for Disneyland. They met on the bus to their respective jobs and soon got married.
Though they applied for citizenship in the early 1980s, it was a long and ardous path to get there. “We kept meticulous records,” says Oscar, “and that sealed the deal for us. The INS tried to deport us in 1981 but our recordkeeping helped prove our case. We got amnesty in 1986 but we weren’t actually granted citizenship until the late 1990s.” Their story was picked up by a Washington, DC correspondent and, in 2013, made national news. (For the complete story, visit http://bit.ly/QvGT0i.)
Their American Dream began to materialize in 1985...
Although large, professionally managed group practices still only represent a small segment (7 to 8%) of the dental profession, their explosive growth in the last few years indicates that the trend will continue. That means there's also a growing opportunity for dental technicians at these practices' on-site or centralized laboratories.
Given the size of the companies, many of these practices offer comprehensive benefits packages, training programs and opportunities for advancement that are often difficult to find in small, independent laboratories. It's also a great opportunity for technicians and dentists to work collaboratively with patients. "Our lead technicians often have an opportunity to meet the patient to look at a try-in or help select a tooth shape or size, for example," says Mike Thomas, Vice President of Laboratory Operations, Affordable Dentures Dental Laboratories (ADDL). "We like our technicians to think of their role as a partner in service, working together with the...