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!
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 and design its own restorations and then send the data off-site for fabrication. The scanner-only option has been popular for the last few years because it makes outsourcing easier to access, reduces costs and turnaround time, and improves control, but Lesh predicts this trend is about to explode. "Today, manufacturers are partnering to create open systems and labs with scanners have more output...
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 from two to 16 implants. Free-end pontics are available and restorations can be created with three posterior and four anterior pontics.
CARES Screw-Retained Bars and Bridges are available for Straumann CARES 8.5 users only. For additional information, please call 800-448-8168 or visit www.straumann.us/caresguide.
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.
Baluke Dental Studios, a full service lab in Toronto, is the newest SensAble Authorized Production Center.
"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 Fee surveys, implemented the industry's most comprehensive Buyer's Guide directory and brought you a comprehensive look at the State of the Industry every five years.
Thirty years later, we keep innovating, always with you in mind: in print through LMT magazine, in person through LMT LAB DAY and online at www.LMTmag.com.
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.
Artistic Dental Lab in Chicago has been a member of TEREC N.A. (Technical Research Consortium of North America) for only three months but CAD/CAM Manager Dan Ulaszek, CDT, feels they’ve already gotten their yearly dues’ worth and then some.
For example, at Ulaszek’s first meeting in January, another member recommended a milling disc supplier that will save Ulaszek over $2,000 a year, and he also had an opportunity to measure his lab’s production against other labs using the same systems. “You never really know how well you’re doing until you can compare apples to apples with another lab; that information is priceless,” he says. “We learned so many little pearls of wisdom at our very first meeting and have been able to look at our lab from a different point of view because of it.”
Founded in 1985, TEREC holds three meetings each year in different areas of the country. Each meeting features presentations from manufacturers and other industry...
Shining 3D demonstrated its new EinScan-Pro™ multi-functional handheld face scanner, which rapidly captures 3D data, including face contours for use with implant indications. The scanner features four scan options: handheld rapid scan, handheld HD scan, automatic scan and free scan. The external texture camera accessory is required to capture full-color 3D data of the object in handheld rapid scan, automatic scan and free scan modes.
The scanner records in .stl, .obj and .asc formats, which can be used for 3D printing as well as designing. It’s compatible with any 3D printer as well as a variety of software systems. Call 86-571-82999050 or visit en.shining3d.com.
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 with one hand and comes with a 4GB SD XC card. It is also compatible with an Eye-Fi Pro X2 card, allowing images to be automatically transferred and uploaded onto a computer, tablet or smartphone.
The EyeSpecial C-II comes with SureFile photo management software, available for free download, that allows the user to automatically sort and file images by patient name or ID number, saving time...
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 to full contour. Two formulas are available: for PFMs and zirconia restorations.
For details, call 800-827-4638, ext. 222.
Although balancing esthetic outcomes and fulfilling the doctor’s desires for the most robust restorations has been a challenge, Chris Roman, CDT, has seamlessly integrated the new IPS e.max Multi from Ivoclar Vivadent into his daily workflow.
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 esthetics of your work.
For more information, visit www.inLab.com.
In 2012, CAD/CAM hit the sleep apnea appliance market and today there are three appliances fabricated via digital technology:
ResMed’s Narval™ CC was the first digitally fabricated sleep apnea device. Manufactured with laser sintering, the device is made of a durable, flexible, lightweight biocompatible polymer material and fabricated at ResMed’s facility in Chatsworth, CA. Eight labs in the U.S. are authorized to distribute the appliance and the company may consider additional laboratory partners. Call 858-836-6281 for more information.
Panthera’s D-SAD™ (Digital-Sleep Apnea Device) is printed in Polymer 12, a flexible, lightweight organic surgical nylon. Panthera is the exclusive manufacturer; it provides the appliance directly to dentists and also subcontracts to laboratories. For details, call 855-233-0388 or email email@example.com.
MicroDental Laboratories’ MicrO2™ Sleep and Snore Device is the only milled device. It’s designed...
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...
Although Rick Sonntag owns his own four-person laboratory, he has the power of a much larger operation behind him. Sonntag is a member of the OPT-In Dental Laboratory Cooperative, a group of small, independently owned labs focused on helping its members build their businesses and strengthen their competitive advantage.
“All of our members have common goals and values and are committed to sharing information as freely as possible,” says Sonntag, RDT, AAACD, Owner of 4Points Dental Designs, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL. “And, since we’re all small businesses, we all have the same competition: big box labs and private equity-backed group labs. If we act as a group, it makes all of our individual laboratories stronger.”
That synergistic effect was the vision Dean Mersky, DDS, had in 2012 when he created the OPT-In Cooperative, an aggregate of small labs with 20 or fewer employees. Potential laboratory members undergo an interview process to ensure they fit with the...
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.
For more information, call Smile Line USA at 877-755-6868 or visit www.smilelineusa.com.