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Dortmund, Germany-based DOCERAM Medical Ceramics has established a wholly owned American subsidiary, Nacera US, Inc., with distribution facilities in New Castle, DE. It offers multiple lines of zirconia, porcelain oven cleaning products, and single-bake ceramic products for staining, glazing and veneering.
At the show, Nacera US launched Nacera® Pearl, a highly translucent zirconia in white, pre-shaded or multi-layered in various shades for full contour restorations. Nacera Pearl Multi-Shade offers a natural and smooth transition of color from the cervical to the incisal. All Nacera Pearl zirconia has a flexural strength (biaxial) of 1,400MPa and excellent machinability for milling accurate, thin margins. “The Nacera Zirconia product line combines strength and beauty with a tooth-like, natural translucency,” said Sascha Holstein, Nacera’s Global VP of Sales & Marketing.
In addition, Nacera US and OPT-In Management have formed a strategic partnership to manage...
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
By taking risks, going outside their comfort zone and reinvesting in their laboratory, Greg and Diane Nash, Owners of Nash Dental Lab, have managed to thrive in an ever-changing laboratory market.
Bonus: Video Tour! The 850-sq-ft space was a mess, with holes in the walls, rolled up carpeting and wires hanging everywhere, but Phil Smith could see its potential for his one-man C&B laboratory.
When Gary Iocco was thinking about his long-term exit plan, he wasn’t sure he liked his options. “I didn’t have an employee interested in purchasing the lab so I thought the alternative was selling to a laboratory group,” said Iocco, Owner of Dimension Dental Design, Hastings, MN. “But I was concerned that a group would want me to change my business model, or perhaps even terminate employees or send work offshore. I just really didn’t want to do that.”
So what did he do? He joined forces with another successful laboratory owner—Todd Mayclin, CDT, Mayclin Dental Studio, Minneapolis—to form their own laboratory group. Mayclin had already acquired two other laboratories—E.C. Chmel, Eau Claire, WI and Jackson Fairmont, Fairmont, MN—and he and Iocco saw an opportunity to pool resources, ensure the longevity of each lab, and continue to grow with additional acquisitions.
In 2015, Iocco and Mayclin formed a multi-laboratory holding...
To celebrate 15 years of Lava brand success, 3M launched a new website at LMT LAB DAY Chicago dedicated to showcasing before-and-after case photos that demonstrate the esthetics and strength of Lava-brand zirconia crowns and bridges. In its 15 years of clinical use, millions of Lava restorations have been placed in over 40 countries.
“Thousands of skilled clinicians and technicians have allowed 3M to offer the benefits of zirconia to patients around the world,” said Jennifer Van Ranst, U.S. Marketing Manager. “We are looking forward to using this website to showcase the clinical success our customers have achieved with this material.”
Technicians and dentists can upload their favorite cases at www.3M.com/Lava15.
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 and/or facilities or are in the process of doing so: University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC; University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA; Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI; Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine, Augusta, GA; University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, KY;...
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 did I mention our amazing 25,000-sq-ft facility, employee luncheons, monthly birthday cakes, bonuses, Alaskan cruises for 20-year employees and parties for our families at their lake house? I couldn’t ask for more.”
~Fay Ashley, Director of Customer Relations
It took LAB DAY to bring them together: several years ago, Heather Tesoriero (then Pear) and Vincent Tesoriero were both taking classes with Peter Pizzi, MDT, in Staten Island, NY, but they had never met. On the way to LAB DAY in 2013, they were both booked on the same flight, but Heather had to change her reservation so they never met then either. However, at LAB DAY that same year, the two were introduced by Pizzi and the rest is history; they were married just a few weeks before this year’s show, on February 6, 2016.
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.
Owner Chris May, CDT, was well positioned for growth. His 12-year-old laboratory, May Dental Arts in Fenton, MO, was successful, modern, efficient and well-staffed with 30 employees. But he also felt he had taken the business as far as he could on his own; he wanted additional capital, marketing assistance and IT support in order to grow his lab further.
May and industry veteran Donald Park have been friends for over five years, first meeting when Park worked for a CAD/CAM manufacturer and May was his customer. May knew that Park had a good understanding of laboratory operations and would periodically ask for his advice. Park knew May ran a top-notch laboratory. During that same time, Park had been talking with Long Trail Holdings, a private equity firm interested in getting into the dental laboratory market.
The result of those connections came to fruition earlier this year with the creation of Central Dental Holdings LLC (CDH), backed by Long Trail Holdings. CDH acquired May Dental Arts...
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 embraced its exocad DentalCAD software to drive their scanners and mills. Mainly focused on selling to manufacturers and large laboratories, the latest system integrators include Core3d Centres, Apex Dental Milling, Clon3d, and Sagemax Bioceramics.
Designed specifically for dental applications, exocad can be used with virtually any dental scanner, CAM, and fabrication system. "Our system is...
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, its Freedom scanner features a Stable Scan Stage that allows the technician to place a model on the scanner without the use of a fixture or scan clay but still maintain a consistent accuracy of less than 10 microns. For more information, call +82 70-7566-0070, email email@example.com and visit www.dof-lab.com.
IMILLING, a DOF reseller, offers the IDESIGN Freedom scanner; IDESIGN exocad design software;...
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, Account Manager, Datron Dynamics, addressing attendees at the partners' first Dental CAD/CAM Technology Course on October 19 at Datron Dynamics' headquarters in Milford, NH.
During the day-long seminar, representatives from each company explained their product while Datron's Jordan Greenberg, Dental CAD/CAM Specialist, offered a hands-on demonstration, giving attendees the opportunity to...
LMT welcomed several new exhibitors to LAB DAY including: Scheftner Dental Alloys is a German manufacturer of non-precious metal alloys. Their focus is on conventional casting alloys, milling blanks and CoCr-powder for SLM/SLS technologies. The company sells direct to laboratories and production centers and is also currently looking for U.S. dealers. For more information, visit www.scheftner24.de. Making its U.S. debut at LMT LAB DAY, Robots and Design was founded in 1999 in Korea and manufactures milling machines. The MAXX DR100 machines zirconia, PMMA, wax, glass ceramic and resin and features a high-speed spindle and automatic tool changer. The MAXX DM100 mills models, metal and zirconia materials. Both units offer dry and wet milling and come in four- and five-axis models. For information, visit www.rnd.re.kr.Also making its U.S. debut at the show, China-based Shining 3D offers the AutoScan series of 3D scanners. The AutoScan-DS uses white light technology to scan a full arch...
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 recipe, is invaluable for future cases. Remember that every single anterior crown is merely a sample until it is definitively cemented!
Three- Carefully check the shade of the opaque before continuing with the buildup. The thinner the crown, the more important this layer becomes.
Four- Bake a tab of modified opaceous and body dentins before the buildup to ensure that they will be adequate....
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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