"IF I WON'T put the restoration in my mouth, I won't deliver it to my client or the patient." This is Maged Mohareb's guiding principle, and the one he applies to his quality control responsibilities every day at Glidewell Dental Laboratories in Newport Beach, CA and imparts to the many technicians he teaches in the implant department.
Teaching is his passion and he especially loves mentoring technicians...
Hello future. You're Justin Time! Just in Time to continue delivering smiles to the world. Just in Time to help fill the void when many of us retire. What would we ever have done without you?
To recap: Justin came to America from France.* In the mid-1980s "he" announced, at the annual meeting of the Dental Laboratory Association of New York, his intention to debut what he hoped would be the industry's...
Are you confident that every case that goes out the door is representative of your technical standards? Owners share strategies to assure that all restorations leaving their labs are their best work.
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Change is a natural process and one of the few constants in life, but itâs also something many people resist. Failure to successfully implement change can be devastating to a laboratory: technicians become preoccupied, productivity drops, gossip and
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Awhile back we had an online debate, via LMTmag.com, about what’s good, better, best when it comes to man-made or machine-engineered restorations. By now, it seems the answer is clear: both. In the same way “art versus science” was the community debate of the 1980s and 90s, I think most technicians would agree that, ideally, it’s a blend.
At LAB DAY this year—as well as...
Tommy Zhu had laid out a detailed plan for becoming a dentist. First, to gain a background in the profession, he enrolled in the Restorative Dentistry program at the New York City College of Technology. After graduation in 2003, the next step was to work as a denture technician to save money for dental school tuition.
That's when the plan fell apart, but only because he loved being a technician and...
Marisa Birnbaum doesn't back down from a challenge. In 2007, she and her brother David—who both learned about CAD technology at the Bronx High School of Science—opened a mobile laboratory operation with little laboratory or business experience, using the CEREC inlab system to make same-day crowns. Marisa did all the technical work while David handled sales and marketing.
In 2010, when...
Laboratory owners are using a variety of innovative strategiesâfrom digital business cards to dentists on staffâto effectively market their laboratoryâs services and technical know-how.
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LMT attends the DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium to bring you
the latest developments in digital dentistry. The theme? Automation continues to streamline, simplify and improve...
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The subcontracting market is strong, thanks to the ever-growing demand for digitally fabricated restorations and steady demand for cast partial frameworks.
When you're a ceramist at a lab known as the "Lab to the Stars" in Beverly Hills, CA, you know you're going to have some exacting clients. But Martin Martinez's painstaking attention to detail and artistic talents—he's also a painter and illustrator—make him the man for the job.
"Our clients are often working on very high-profile smiles, so they're very particular about everything from...
A new fleet of delivery cars has turned into a double bonus for Maverick Dental Lab, Export, Pennsylvania: it's saving on delivery costs and reaping the benefits of a unique and effective direct-to-consumer marketing strategy.
Many laboratories create esthetic restorations, but some owners and their teams are lucky enough to work in facilities that are as beautiful as the work they create.
MaxSteam showcased its new MS MAXFLEXINJECTION system. Made in Italy, the system offers digital control, automatic injection, and fast and easy processing. You select the time (up to 60 minutes) and temperature (up to 400oC) appropriate for the material and then insert the flask. You can use any quality biocompatible colored or transparent material, including nylon, to fabricate flexible dentures,...
Working at her parents' lab was the last thing Megan Gardner thought she'd be doing when she graduated with a graphic design degree. But when the company she worked for went under and she needed a job, her parents had an opening in the model room. It was when she moved into waxing, though, that she had her "aha" moment.
"Waxing up copings and full cast crowns was very reminiscent of my sculpture...
Rick Wides, owner of Bethesda Dental Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was growing tired of the struggles of entrepreneurship.
In the past two years, three private equity firms have invested in dental laboratories and group laboratories have made a considerable number of acquisitions, with some of them being the largest purchases in our industry's history. How are these move
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In just four years, Michaelangelo Dental Studio, Tujunga, CA, has grown from a staff of two to 10 and sales have increased 425%. Find out how.
DTI has 20 laboratories around the U.S., with the flagship laboratory—and centralized milling center for all its labs—located in Dublin, CA. During the past two years, the Dublin facility has transitioned to 80% digital, downsized and increased the productivity of the remaining technicians by 89%.
And now, DTI has taken its commitment to digital dentistry one step further: Under the direction...
So I asked her what a better way to teach her would be. Her reply was fast and clear: "Tell me what needs to be done and then stay out of my way."
There are technicians attracted to the artistic side of dental technology, and then there's Mike Wandling. "I love the math, science and biology that's involved," he says. "This field has a little bit of all of those things and I enjoy using them to enhance a person's look and function."
Since joining Keller Laboratories as a metal finisher 11 years ago, Wandling has steadily worked his way up the...
Laboratory Owner Michael Suris has recently started using Strategy Milling©’s services to mill full contour gold crowns and bridges for Dental Professional Labs, Inc. in Merrillville, IN. He offers a step-by-step look at fabricating a milled gold posterior crown.