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In September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which falls under the Department of Labor, lowered the occupational status of dental technicians from skilled to unskilled labor in compliance with a
Newsletters are an effective way to educate dentist-clients, announce new products, explain techniques and share industry news.
Between 1986 and 2001, seven dental schools closed their doors. However, in the past several years, that trend has reversed: To meet the growing demand for careers in dentistry, seven new predoctoral dental programs opened in the U.S. since 2011, bringing the total number of active schools to 65. Add to that the fact that several existing schools* are investing in and/or expanding their facilities or programs and it's clear: dental education is booming.
The above map shows the new dental schools opened in the past two years.
*These dental schools have either recently expanded their enrollment...
The NADLâs analysis of the new healthcare legislation reveals a 2.3% excise tax applicable to the selling price of completed dental restorations.
Owner: Jeff Paulen
“When I think ofall the reasons why New Image Dental Laboratory is a great place to work, it comes down to the Owner, Jeff Paulen, and his family. The Paulens are committed to helping us be the best we can be in our industry. They help us improve our skills by paying for all of our training at both on- and off-site courses and always make sure we have whatever we need to do our jobs in a healthy, clean, safe and secure environment, whether it’s new equipment, additional training or hiring staff. Working at New Image has enriched my life. And...
Dentorium’s Ariel Marero and Lenny Heller discuss the company’s new Monarch three-layer VITA shade teeth with Steve Cantor, CDT, of Suburban Dental Lab in Bloomfield, CT. The teeth offer multi-cross-linked technology to ensure the look and feel of natural dentition. They offer abrasion resistance, hardness, enhanced toughness, reduced chipping and improved color stability, and come with a five-year guarantee against excessive wear. For a sample, call 800-847-4209 or 212-691-6464.
The CAD/CAM software, equipment and materials market continues to flourish and several new players were first-time exhibitors at LAB DAY, including:
Creo Dental System launched the Arum5X Milling Machine. This five-axis wet milling unit is compatible with any scanner and features a nine-unit revolving dispenser, a tool breakage sensor and an online work management website. For details, call 212-302-3860 or visit www.creods.com.
exocad® North America: Founded in Germany in 2010 and in the U.S. in 2011, exocad is quickly becoming a player in the market as 15 "system integration partners" have...
There were several new companies exhibiting at LAB DAY this year, almost all of them in the digital solutions arena:
3DRPD USA is printing chrome-cobalt partial denture frameworks at its new facility in Rouses Point, NY. The company is working with laboratory customers only; you send an .stl file of a designed framework and the turnaround time starts at three days. For more details, call 855-373-6458, email info@3DRPDUSA.com or visit www.3DRPDUSA.com.
DOF, Inc. (Degree of Freedom) specializes in open architecture CAD/CAM applications for the dental industry. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea,...
NewsWatch: Datron Dynamics Partners With Exocad, Imetric and Sescoi to Provide Turnkey CAD/CAM Solution
Open system providers Datron Dynamics, exocad, Imetric and Sescoi have formed a partnership to provide a comprehensive, turnkey CAD/CAM solution, including the Imetric scanner line, exocad design software, WorkNC® CAM software and the Datron D5 milling machine. The solution can be used for all C&B restorations but, because of its precision, is especially touted for fabricating custom abutments and implant bars.
"Our partnership offers the best of both worlds. It provides the reliability and security of a closed system with the integration and flexibility of an open system," said Neal Demazure,...
Here are nine simple, yet very powerful, strategies that will dramatically increase the success rate of any shade-sensitive case, whether it involves bleached shades or not:
One- Annotate everything you do very carefully, including: the opaques and opaque modifiers used; the recipe for the opaceous and body dentins; the enamels selected; a schematic of the buildup; and any additional information that will help you--or your colleagues--recreate the shade accurately without relying on memory.
Two- Bake a sample crown as a test for the patient or for yourself. This, together with its detailed...
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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A 47-year-old female lost tooth #9 due to trauma from a car accident and had a Nobel Biocare 4.3 Replace™ Select implant placed.
"Patients don't want implants, they want teeth. Nobel Biocare is deeply committed to patient care and the dental technology profession and making the technician's job as easy as possible," said Richard Laube, Nobel Biocare CEO, during his opening remarks to the 400 technicians at Dental Technician Day, part of the company's Global Symposium 2013 in New York City in June.
Moderated by Patrick Rutten, MDT, Dental Technician Day featured lectures emphasizing the partnership approach to implant dentistry by international dentist-technician teams including Dr. Tristan Staas and Michiel Wouters, Dr....
The company takes its NobelSmile concept direct to the public with a 30-second, image-focused television commercial airing during high-profile news and talk shows.
In February, Nobel Biocare hosted 42 students from the New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), Restorative Dentistry program for a full day of learning.
LMT Managing Editor Kim Molinaro attends Nobel Biocareâs Dental Laboratory Forum focused on innovations, esthetics and the impact of new technology in the laboratory.
At LAB DAY, Nobel Biocare presented its latest innovations in dental implant-based CAD/CAM solutions, including:
NobelProcera® Abutments, now available on Biomet 3i, Camlog and Zimmer implant platforms (in addition to Straumann, Astra Tech and Thommen).
NobelProcera users can expand their business with the new in-lab scanning of NobelProcera Implant Bar Overdenture for Straumann implant platforms. These bars have been tested with a new 3D fit assessment to verify the precision of fit, reduce mechanical complications and ensure longevity.
Available later this year, the new NobelProcera 2G...
Nobilium's Dentate Esthetic Functional Space Ruler (DEFSR) Enhances Dentist-Laboratory Communication
For multi-unit bridges or implant therapy, dentists can use Nobilium’s Dentate Esthetic Functional Space Ruler (DEFSR) to take critical measurements of a patient’s mouth and then send the ruler to the laboratory to ensure the final prosthesis is fabricated in harmony with the remaining teeth. The ruler measures the vertical distance from the undisplaced vestibule to the incisal edges of the maxillary and mandibular teeth and its relationship to the lip at repose and/or smiling. For more information, call 800-833-2343 or visit www.nobilium.com.