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  • Take It—It's Yours!

    Through the awesome inter-connectivity capabilities of the Internet, LMT built a system that keeps you abreast of what’s happening in our industry any time, anywhere.

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  • Taking Stock

    Periodically, my staff and I have a swap meet in our company lounge. Mostly we bring in clothes we no longer want; whatever no one else wants, we donate.

    In past years I didn’t participate much; I happily alternate between wearing something from 20 years ago with wearing something new. This year, however, I made a resolution to “declutter” so I brought in a boatload of tops and shoes.

    Interestingly, I was acutely aware of how difficult it was for me to let go of things that still technically fit and were in good shape while noting that other staff members gleefully unloaded their stuff (that also still fit) and were quite happy to be thinning their wardrobes.

    Psychologists and organizing experts say holding onto material things is “emotional baggage standing in our way.” They’ll tell you that our organizational style is a metaphor for how we conduct our lives; that holding on holds us back; that decluttering will help bring calm and serenity to our...

    The Way I See It

    Judy Fishman · November 16 at 10:34 am

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  • Talk Around Chi-Town

    The LMT staff is still on a high from LMT® LAB DAY® Chicago at the end of February. We had record-breaking attendance—4,163 people, up from 3,501 last year! Attendees came from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. and 58 different countries—that’s 15 more than in 2015—making it a decidedly international affair.

    The mood was upbeat among exhibitors and attendees alike. With the bigger exhibit hall and clinic rooms and open lobby (and Big Bar!), there’s much more elbow room at the Hyatt. It’s conducive to meeting old friends, having meaningful conversations and learning about new technology.

    LMT Editors were around the town to find out what’s on the minds of laboratory owners, managers and technicians. Many of the trends we’ve spotted over the last couple of years continue to play out; here’s an overview:

    3D printing. As the technology evolves, printers are getting more affordable and material options and applications are expanding....

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  • Talladium Introduces New Mill, Holds Zirconia Raffle

    Talladium launched the C5 MASTERmill, an affordable, five-axis unit that mills zirconia, PMMA, stone and composites. With a rotation range up to 35°, it’s ideal for fabricating models and surgical guides and holds blanks up to 40mm. Its 16-tool automatic changer has a haptic tool-usage measurement for diamond-coated tools to extend tool life. The C5 also features a powerful and precise spindle, a sealed-air working chamber to protect mechanics, and a drawer to conveniently store your tools and blanks. Call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.

    The company also raffled off $500 worth of Luminesse zirconia. Entrants were collected at LAB DAY and the winner—Bill Bone, AAA Dental Studios, Omaha, NE—was announced in an entertaining video posted online; click here to see it.

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  • Talladium's Multi-Layered PMMA Makes Debut

    Talladium’s Luminesse ML PMMA discs are made of a pre-shaded acrylic resin for surgical guides and temporary crowns and bridges. Featuring excellent color stability and high-bending resistance, the discs incorporate three shades blended together for a natural-looking restoration. For details, call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.

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  • TAUB Products Celebrates 65 Years in Business

    From the very beginning, in the 1950’s, TAUB Products has been developing benchmark products for dentists and laboratories. The company was formally known as George Taub Products and Fusion Company, Inc. and is now in its third generation of family management.  Led by Jordan Taub, Executive Vice President, and Ed Matthews, Vice President of Sales, TAUB products continues to provide the dental and dental laboratory markets with new and innovative products for esthetic dentistry.

    From indirect restorations to full mouth reconstruction, TAUB Products continually offers the best results.  A good example is Fusion-Zr Resin Cements. These esthetic cements provide ease of use, and fast cleanup, enabling dentists to practice with their best technique. "My patients expect my restorations to pop," says Ross Nash DDS of the Nash Institute in Charlotte North Carolina. "They can't just be good, they need to be the best. I get that with Fusion Zr. Resin Cements.”

    TAUB also offers...

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  • Tax: a 'Four-Letter Word' . . . With a Deficit

    It would be downright silly to suggest anyone actually likes taxes so it’s no surprise that a coalition of 400 medical device manufacturers voiced its opposition to the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices slated to go into effect January 1, 2013.

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    Judy Fishman · October 9, 2012

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  • TCS Debuts IFlex Thermoplastic Polymer

    LAB DAY was the official launch of iFlex by TCS, a new thermoplastic polymer specifically formulated for removable flexible partials. Made of polyolefin, it offers durability, flexibility and esthetics with virtually no water absorption. The material can be injected using most thermoplastic injection units and is available in four shades. Each cartridge includes one Patient Care Guide, one plastic delivery bag, one tcs® Coool Mint Wipe (single use) and one sample packet of tcs® Concentrated Dental Appliance Cleaner (one-week supply).

    For more information, call 866-426-2970, email pascui@tcsdentalinc.com or visit www.tcsdentalinc.com.

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  • TCS Introduces JP-90 Hand Held Injector

    TCS, Inc. introduced its JP-90 Hand Held Injector and JP-90 Flask, designed to work in conjunction with the TCS Digital Furnace (or similar furnace) to inject thermoplastic clasps, unilaterals and up to five consecutive tooth saddles/partials. Using the injector eliminates the need to flask the case using the traditional method. The JP-90 flask design can be used three different ways to accommodate various types of cases and the Starter Kit includes the JP-90 Hand Held Injector, a JP-90 Flask, 10 small JP-90 bullets (cartridges), 10 large JP-90 bullets (cartridges), five metal sprues, one Matrix pusher and gloves. Cartridges will be available in all shades of tcs Unbreakable, iFlex and Blend (clear). Both the injector and flask are patent pending and will be available in June. For more information, call 866-426-2970 or visit www.tcsdentalinc.com.

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  • Team Schein Members Wear Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    On October 11, Henry Schein employees commemorated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink and generously contributing their own funds in support of cancer research and care. Through the end of the year, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation will donate a portion of the sales of its special "pink products" to the American Cancer Society; the company has raised more than $500,000 for cancer awareness over the last seven years.

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  • Technical Talent Featured at Jensen Education Day

    Nearly 600 lab owners and technicians attended Jensen Dental's 18th annual Education Day at the Swissôtel in Chicago. On hand to share tips and techniques and answer attendee questions were Nondas Vlachopoulos, MDT; Hubert Schenk, MDT; Dr. John Sorenson; Naoki Aiba, CDT; Fechmi Housein, MDT; Eric Sjodin, CDT; and Thomas Sing, MDT.

    In addition to the lectures, more than a dozen talented technicians held intimate table clinics as they shared full contour zirconia customizing tips, esthetic techniques, layering strategies, and digital scanning and design insight among other topics.

    Also during the event, Jensen launched the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution, a complete system of innovative materials, 3MTM ESPETM Lava™ materials-approved CAD/CAM equipment, software, education and support that allows laboratories of all sizes to produce consistent results and transition to digital processes.

    In addition to its annual Education Day, the company provides numerous educational opportunities...

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  • Technician As Knowledge Czar

    The current economic turmoil—which many predict will affect our growth through 2010—has created a ravine through an otherwise positive trend line in our well-regarded industry.

    David Lesh

    April 28, 2011

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  • Technician By Day, Councilman By Night

    The bucolic town of Central City, Pennsylvania lies five miles down the road from the site of the Flight 93 memorial and not far from the Quecreek coalmine that trapped nine men underground for four days in 2002. It’s also home to Curt Morgese, owner of a one-person, high-end C&B dental laboratory. As of last November, he’s also the district’s borough councilman.

    “Making teeth has been a life-long passion,” he says. “I am always on a quest for knowledge in my daily profession.” He is also keen on politics.

    He relocated his lab to Central City from Greenburg, a Pittsburgh suburb, a year and a half ago and is now only a stone’s throw from his home. If he gets his casework done by three on any given day, he still has time for a quick, late afternoon fly-fishing trip to one of the local trout streams.

    He opened Oral Renaissance Dental Laboratory in 1983 and says he’s grown his business in good company: “The Pittsburgh area is home...

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  • Technician Creates Unique Service for CEREC and E4D Dentists

    To help dentists reap the benefits of their chairside CAD/CAM systems, Christian Scull sets up in-office laboratories, establishes protocol and trains dental assistants to design and finish the units.

    Kim Molinaro

    June 15 at 4:01 pm

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  • Technician Father, Dentist Son Team Up For AACD Accreditation

    The phrase “Like father, like son,” has never been better illustrated than at last year’s American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in Seattle. At the event, Bill Brown, CDT, Owner of Brown Dental Lab in Issaquah, WA, and his son, Kevin Brown, DDS, became the first father-son team to simultaneously receive AACD accreditation. 

    A technician for over 40 years, Bill has always been close with his kids. While growing up, Kevin and his brother, Craig, spent a lot of time in their dad’s lab, learning waxing techniques and becoming familiar with anatomy. Craig eventually joined the lab as a ceramist and Kevin opted to go to dental school. “One of the reasons I got into dentistry was to work with my dad,” he says.

    After graduation, Kevin joined a practice close to his father’s lab and began sending Bill all of his ceramic work. “Dad’s lab is on my way home and I always stop by and help out with cases,” he says. “We...

    Becky Tyre

    January 8, 2014

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  • Technician Has 'Chance of a Lifetime' Experience On South Pacific Dental Mission

    "This trip will hold a special place in my heart as one of those chance-of-a-lifetime experiences," says Liz Lake, CDT, a staff member at Midwestern University (MWU) College of Dental Medicine, Glendale, AZ, who recently returned from a dental mission on the South Pacific island of Tonga.

    The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of more than 100 islands, many without electricity or running water, and a large portion of the population is farmers who don't have the money for regular dental care. "The need is great, and I would estimate that 80% of the people I saw on the island are missing at least one anterior tooth," says Lake, noting that one of the island's biggest exports—sugarcane—is often given to children as a treat. "Many of the patients were youngsters with teeth that are almost completely broken down with decay, which is likely the direct result of sucking on sugarcane. Generally, the only treatment is to extract the teeth."

    In addition to Lake, four dentists and 14 third-year...

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  • Technician Hits Strike Zone as Player and Coach

    At age 59, technician Wayne Barrett—who had coached Little League for over 20 years—joins an over-40 baseball league and gets back into the “swing” of things.

    Kaitlyn Roberts

    September 21 at 4:58 pm

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  • Technician Invents Sleep Apnea Patient Demonstration Model

    In 2009, one of Charles Lloyd’s dentist-clients asked him if he could make a patient demonstration model to explain obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment. Nine months later, the Airhead™ was born. The 3D model of the patient’s head and airway rotates to clearly illustrate the effects of OSA and the benefits of an oral appliance.

    “It’s a very niche item and I won’t be getting rich or famous with it,” jokes Lloyd, Owner of TMD Technologies, Inc. in Snellville, GA, who has been involved in the sleep appliance market for over a decade. “But it attracts the attention of TMD/sleep dentists at the sleep conferences I attend and gives me the opportunity to then talk about my expertise in the field.”

    Lloyd invested $17,000 to develop, patent and manufacture the product—which he has made one at a time in a resin material and then handpainted. So far, he has sold 400 Airheads which retail for $385. “Sleep dentists who explain...

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  • Technician Makes a Difference in War-Torn Afghanistan

    For Michael Pointer, car bombs and dysentery are just part of his normal workday. Pointer is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan working as a technician and trainer with the Afghanistan Dental Relief Proj

    Kim Molinaro

    April 28, 2011

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  • Technician's Gallery

    Fabricating and matching a single central is challenging enough; Ceramist Alwyn Naraine did it in under three hours.

    Alwyn Naraine, CDT

    August 10, 2011

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  • Technician's Gallery: Anatomy From Nature

    Luke Kahng, CDT, shares the detailed study models he fabricated based on his study of hundreds of natural teeth.

    For many years, I've been interested in learning to recreate truly natural teeth shape and contour and have studied the morphology of more than 1,000 extracted teeth. Using what I observed about cusps, fossa, marginal ridges, dissection grooves, secondary anatomy, occlusion table and buccal and lingual contour, I fabricated full contour waxups, stone study models and then final porcelain restorations. For proper occlusion and cusp-to-fossa relationship, I mounted the 28 restorations on a semi-adjustable articulator to eliminate interference.

    By simulating natural teeth, with proper length from root to incisal edge, we can more easily see a patient's long axis and three dimensional aspects as well as the emergence profile. The multiple colors evident in the porcelain give teeth the natural appearance we technicians constantly strive to recreate.

    I use the study models to...

    Luke Kahng, CDT

    April 28, 2011

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  • Technician's Gallery: Full Mouth Fabrication and Reconstruction

    Andre Michel, owner of Andre's Dental Stuio, Dana Point, CA details a case he fabricated using pressed IPS e.max crowns and bridges.

    One of only 20 technicians accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Andre Michel, owner of Andre's Dental Studio, a boutique laboratory in Dana Point, California, specializes in smile design and full mouth reconstruction. Here, he details a case he and Dr. Jeffrey Barrera from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, restored using pressed IPS e.max® crowns and bridges for a male patient who had extensive wear, exposed dentin and extremely poor esthetics.

    Using the records, face bow, photography and desired vertical dimension provided by Barrera, Michel created a diagnostic waxup. After the patient wore the temporaries for several weeks and adjustments were made, Michel pressed 16 crowns and two three-unit bridges to full contour. He used a minimal cut-back technique and added the internal effects and translucency using e.max ceram.

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    Andre Michel

    April 28, 2011

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  • Technician's Gallery: How to Recreate Periodontal Tissue and Restore Edentulous Implant Patients

    Jungo Endo, RDT, developed the Oral Stratified Buildup TechniqueTM, a systematic porcelain layering technique for creating lifelike periodontal tissue.

    Jungo Endo, RDT

    April 28, 2011

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  • Technicians On a Mission: 87 Partials in 20 Hours: Annual Labor of Love For Connecticut Lab

    From bringing smiles to the underserved dental population to rebuilding the lives of our military veterans, technicians across the country are devoting their time and skills to making a difference.

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  • Technicians On a Mission: Building Smiles and Lifelong Friendships in Jamaica

    From bringing smiles to the underserved dental population to rebuilding the lives of our military veterans, technicians across the country are devoting their time and skills to making a difference.

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