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At the Dental Laboratory Owners Association of California's fifth annual International CAD/CAM Symposium and Expo, held in November in Pasadena, California, Dave Lesh, CDT, presented "Current Trends and the Future Outlook of CAD/CAM Technologies." Lesh, owner of Dale Dental, Richardson, Texas--an outsourcing laboratory that owns 11 CAD/CAM systems--offered DLOAC attendees a glimpse of what's hot and what's coming down the pike:
Boom in scanner sales. Most CAD/CAM manufacturers offer stand-alone scanners, a less expensive alternative that allows the laboratory to buy only the scanner to scan...
To help serve a growing population of edentulous patients, Straumann introduced CARES Screw-Retained Bars & Bridges for the Straumann bone-level and mixed tissue-level implant platforms. Homogenous and milled from one block at a Straumann centralized milling facility, the bars and bridges feature a direct connection to the implant; no additional abutment is required. They are available in grade 4 titanium or coron® cobalt-chromium alloy.
The bars can be used for restorations from two to 10 implants and are available for several popular bar styles. The bridges can be used for restorations...
When tragedy strikes, Liz Baumgartner, Co-Owner of Baumgartner Dental Lab, Brigham City, UT, heads out to disaster areas with her specially trained dogs as part of a Canine Search Team.
What does it take to be a successful laboratory manager? Technicians who have transitioned into management positions share their real-world perspectives on how to make it.
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Are you the owner of a successful laboratory whoâs not quite ready to retire, but looking to relinquish some of your management responsibilities and put your succession plan into action? If soâand you and your laboratory meet certain criteriaâyou may
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Only one-third of family businesses pass from the first generation to the second and a mere 12% succeed into the third generation.
When it comes to selling your laboratory, you may have a ready market right under your nose: your employees.
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"Let me invite you into the pages of Lab Management Today...our goal is to give you the tools you need to build a better, more profitable, smoothly operating dental laboratory business," wrote Publisher Judy Fishman in Lab Management Today's inaugural issue.
After its first few months, it became clear that LMT was destined to be more than just another industry trade magazine. LMT quickly earned its reputation as the "Go-To" resource for business, marketing and management strategies. We devised several ground-breaking crown experiments, created the much-anticipated biennial Wage and...
After three long years at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Eric Nunnally begins his countdown to graduation.
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Perhaps no single event in the last 100 years of dentistry has had a greater impact than the recent recession. Dr. Roger Levin explains how the economy is affecting your dentist-clients and what it might mean for their futures.
Previously sold only in Japan, Shofu Dental’s EyeSpecial C-II digital camera is now available in the U.S. Designed exclusively for dentistry and ideal for use in the laboratory, the camera features 12 megapixels, eight shooting modes, 49-mm close-up lens, intuitive one-touch operations, and a large LCD touchscreen that allows the user to view and scroll through images even with a gloved hand.
The EyeSpecial C-II has excellent depth of field range, fast autofocusing and anti-shake capabilities, as well as infrared, UV and anti-reflection filters. It’s lightweight and can be held comfortably...
Shofu demonstrated its next-generation ceramic, One Shot Unilayer Porcelain, that enables you to match all VITA shades and achieve the esthetics of a multi-powder buildup with a single powder. "They said it couldn't be done but we did it. One Shot powder is an incisal, body and dentin all in one bottle. It's an enormous time and money saver," said Lynne Calliott, Vice President of Marketing, Americas.
An extension to the Vintage MP and ZR product lines, One Shot's densely packed homogenous material yields reduced shrinking versus multiple firing-cycle techniques while allowing one powder to build...
Sikes Dental Studios, Inc. in Charlotte, NC, has acquired Dentatrust, LLC, also located in Charlotte and previously owned by Tom Nieting and Norbert Ulmer.
Sirona introduced the new inLab SW 4.2 at this year's LAB DAY Chicago. Its many features—including virtual articulation, enhanced smile design capabilities and expanded in-house implant applications—will improve your digital restorative offerings. Users of inLab software are already experiencing the benefits of the smile design features, including multiple image catalogs, diagnostic waxups and Biogeneric software design. With inLab SW 4.2, you're now able to cross reference your smile design cases with a 3D, photorealistic image of the patient's face, allowing for ideal symmetry and...
Things have happened fast for Keating Dental Arts. Just six years ago, Shaun Keating, CDT, opened the laboratory in a small space with a staff of six. Now, the laboratory employs 125 people...
âWeâve been implementing green programs to our operations over two years and weâre saving approximately 10% per month on our operating budget,â says Sandy Stuart, First Impression Dental Lab, Inc.
Chris Bradley of Smile Line USA tells Vinod Dudhat, MDT, American Dental Designs, Montgomeryville, PA, all about the new Smile Lite, a lightweight, hand-held tool that makes shade taking more reliable and efficient. It's equipped with a 5,500°K calibrated LED light (equivalent to daylight) so it provides natural and neutral light whether used for chairside shade taking or in the laboratory. A special polarizing filter--easily attached to the light with magnets--eliminates light reflection and allows you to clearly discern hue, value and chroma as well as small details and characterizations.
The specialty once considered to be the least glamorous is thriving. According to initial results of LMTâs 2008 Fee Survey, 58% of our denture lab respondents report an increase in profitability in the past two years, largely due to increased sales,
It's time to get involved in social media: it's free, it's easy, and more and more of your competitors are doing it.
Online social networking isn't just for kids anymore. For instance, Facebook, originally conceived by a Harvard student as a student network, showed a 276% increase in its 35- to 54-year-old demographic for the second half of 2008; the 55+ demographic was not far behind, with a 194% growth rate.
Tapping into this trend, 15% of respondents to LMT's Marketing Survey are participating in social networking opportunities. By posting blogs, using Twitter and being on Facebook, LinkedIn, mySpace, Plaxo and industry bulletin boards, they're finding yet another way to connect with clients.
Specializing in implant borne prosthetics, Midwest Dental Arts has discovered a technique to improve soft tissue management that we want to share. This is the first of a 2-part article that illustrates how to create a soft tissue model, using an iTero milled model with the Straumann Repositionable Implant Analog. The restorative dentist removes the healing
cap from the dental implant, places a Mono Scanbody and takes a digital impression. The healing cap results in a perfect 360° circle of the soft tissue and the technician determines
where to place the cement finish line on the customized abutment....
To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.