Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.
“The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says...
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Bart Hyde, Hyde Dental Prosthetics in Fallon, NV, took first place in the 2014 North American Art of Denture Competition. Hyde offers a step-by-step look at his winning entry and his creative thought process.
exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software.
In addition, exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design.
Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics,...
Holly Garvin from Dental Associates in Appleton, WI (pictured) and Alex Sakovich from Smile Builders in Palatine, IL, were lucky winners of an iPAD Air in Vident’s LAB DAY Chicago drawing. Anyone who attended a Vident clinic at the show had the chance to enter to win; an entry form was included in a pre-show mailer, making it easy for attendees to choose from six Vident clinics—covering everything from full contour zirconia to removable dentures—and complete the form and drop the entry in the raffle box at LAB DAY.
DWOS LiveLink from Dental Wings made its world premiere at LAB DAY Chicago. This technology enables technicians and dentists to work together in real time to determine the optimal position of the implants in relation to the bone, soft tissue, adjacent and opposing dentition, and the virtual prosthetic design. Any changes made in DWOS CAD software or coDiagnostiX implant planning software is simultaneously updated live in both applications, ensuring that surgical and restorative factors are considered prior to implant placement.
After the positions are established and approved by the dentist, the...
More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and...
LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday!
Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales.
LAB DAY Chicago was particularly energized this year.
With technology calling the shots on so many levels, it seemed attendees flooded the Exhibit Hall and educational programs with a heightened level of enthusiasm. That’s just what’s needed if you want to keep on top of what’s trending.
Like you, manufacturers are caught up in this enthusiasm as well; they have no choice. Even though they are the ones spearheading the digital transition, it is an intense time for them. Take any heavy-hitting, long-time player in this field: from their perspective, it’s unimaginable to think...
If you’re a regular LAB DAY Chicago attendee it may be hard to believe that a show known to be the largest gathering of dental laboratory decision makers in North America began with just 30 exhibitors and about 275 attendees.
Prior to 1985, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS)’s MidWinter Meeting was housed in the downtown Hilton Hotel and a handful of companies hosted programs for the laboratory community across the street in the Blackstone Hotel. But in 1985, the CDS moved its meeting to the convention center, which left some companies up in the air about what to do for their technician...
This year marks LMT’s and LAB DAY Chicago’s 30th birthdays and we plan to celebrate all year long. Come celebrate with us in the pages of LMT, at LAB DAY and online as we take a walk through 30 years of history.
Online, we’re taking our cue from a popular internet trend called Throwback Thursday during which users post old photos. We’re calling ours Throwback Thirty and will be posting photos and snippets from our 30-year history with you every Thursday on The Bridge at LMTmag.com/ThrowbackThirty. But to make it really fun, we want you to join in!
We’d like you to...
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- December 2013
LMT Publisher Judy Fishman talks with Tim Thompson, President and CEO of Global Dental Science, LLC in Phoenix AZ about the AvaDent Digital Dentures system.
LMT: I understand you’ve cracked the code for digitizing the denture fabrication process. Can you fill us in?
Thompson: For the past four years, Global Dental Science has been developing an exclusive digital platform for the design and manufacture of AvaDent Digital Dentures. It’s the result of a comprehensive process called Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) used in conjunction with CAD/CAM; CAE uses sophisticated, scientific algorithms...
- August 2013
This week I was scheduled to have two posts placed in my crown-lengthened tooth. That didn't happen.
Instead of feeling no pain in the tooth, it became increasingly sensitive to pressure. Then, a few weeks ago, I couldn't tolerate anything cold in that quadrant of my mouth. So I went to see the prosthodontist who tapped the teeth in the area. The cold sensitivity was coming from #15, not #14 and he thought it would go away. It did.
But he also acknowledged that #14 should not be sensitive to touch. He sent me back to the endodontist. He considered for a second the possibility of a fourth canal...
- May 2013
The coveted first-place award in Candulor's KunstZahnWerk Competition—known as the Oscars of Removable Prosthetics—went to Skender Ramadani from Zurich. Coming in 2014: Candulor's second North American "Art of Denture" Competition.
Among the newer features in digital impression-taking systems are smaller-than-ever intraoral devices and color technology. Also: several new players enter the market.
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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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...
With an eye on increasing efficiency, Straumann launched the latest version of its CAD/CAM software, Straumann CARES Visual 8.0 during Lab Day Chicago. The enhanced software delivers optimized digital workflows, increased design flexibilities, improved ease of use, and an extended prosthetic product portfolio for implant- and tooth-borne restorations.
"The new software—which comes just 12 months after the release of version 7—along with the implementation of Straumann's new laboratory division last Spring, reaffirms Straumann's strong commitment to the laboratory industry. Despite...
- November 2012
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,...
- August 2012
Instead of merely staying the course, laboratory owners are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to, as Steve Jobs coined it: "Think Different." Better yet, you are doing it—which is exactly what needs to happen! I'm freshly back from LAB DAY Chicago thoroughly impressed with the level of reinvention going on. From mergers and acquisitions to enterprising business strategies, both attendees and exhibitors are on their toes, challenged and not defeated.
LAB DAY 2012 could easily have been labeled "The Reinvention Convention."
The implant market is strong and growing, removables continue...
- May 2012
- April 2012
LAB DAY Chicago was the official North American launch of Straumann CARES Visual 7.0. This is the first Straumann system built with Dental Wings Open Software (DWOS™) as the core software, the result of a partnership between the two companies formed last year.
"This partnership improves the customer experience and means labs can now invest in a CAD/CAM system without the fear of being locked in to a single manufacturer. This is a completely open system that offers users the flexibility to fabricate CAD/CAM restorations through Straumann's validated workflow or through an external workflow,"...
- March 2012
- June 2011
Candulor is organizing the first North American competition, giving U.S. and Canadian contestants the opportunity to display their proficiency in the field of removable dentures.
- April 2011
Brian Greer, a waxer at East Tennessee Dental Restorations in Kingsport, TN, is also making a name for himself as a singer/songwriter. Heâs been performing at Hi-Tec Dentalâs Annual Rally & Conferenc
Nearly 300 laboratory owners and managers, outsourcing centers and manufacturers attended the DLOAC's International CAD/CAM Technology Symposium and Expo in California in November; LMT was your eyes and ears at the event.
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