NewsBriefs

  • February
  • Custom Milling Center Moves to New Facility

    In order to continue to provide its partner laboratories with premier outsourcing services, Custom Milling Center relocates to a new facility Feb. 8.

    The 25,000 square-foot facility provides CMC with the space to expand and optimize its modular workflow. With a streamlined process, CMC’s partner laboratories will continue to be able to take advantage of split-file technology to provide quick turnaround on all materials.

    The move allows CMC to continue to offer the industry’s largest selection of millable materials, providing partner laboratories the flexibility to confidently meet any prescription without the burden of carrying a large inventory. In addition, the expanded production-area footprint allows CMC to continue to provide complex restorations such as the Pearl Screw Retained Hybrid Bridge and custom titanium bars quickly and cost-effectively.

    “Laboratories need an outsourcing partner with the expertise to meet any need at any time,” Tonya Hampshire Director...

    CMC - Custom Milling Center
    Yesterday at 10:10 am

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  • Give Kids A Smile® Celebrates 14 Years of Providing Dental Health Education, Prevention and Treatment Services

    Today marks the kickoff of the ADA Foundation’s annual Give Kids A Smile program, which provides hundreds of thousands of children in need with free oral health education, screening,  prevention and treatment services from thousands of volunteer dentists, dental team members, and others across the country. Give Kids A Smile is an anchor event of the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month.

    Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is hosting this national GKAS kickoff. More than 500 children are expected at today’s event, including children with special needs. All of those kids will receive pro bono dental screenings, examinations, and preventive treatments delivered by more than 500 NSU student and faculty volunteers. NSU’s GKAS program will also include health screenings provided by students and faculty in the school’s optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant,...

    American Dental Association
    Friday at 11:35 am

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  • Roland DWX-51D and DWX-4W Dental Mills Receive Certification for VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II Prosthetic Materials

    Roland DGA Corporation, a leading provider of dental milling devices worldwide, announced that its latest DWX-51D and DWX-4W dental mills have been validated by VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) for use with the company’s dental prosthetic materials, including VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY®+ and VITABLOCS® Mark II.

    “Dental materials from VITA, including hybrid ceramic and glass ceramic type materials, are becoming increasingly popular with dental technicians, dentists and their patients due to their superb aesthetic appearance, strength and shortened processing time required,” said Brian Brooks, senior dental product manager for Roland DGA Corp. “The certification provides not only an endorsement for the excellent accuracy and quality of dental prosthetics produced with our milling machines, but also peace of mind to our customers and prospects that our devices meet the high quality standards set by VITA.”

    The certification has...

    Roland DGA
    Thursday at 11:03 am

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  • January
  • County Register Names Roland DGA One of Orange County's Top Workplaces in 2015

    Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced wide-format printers, 3D printers, cutters, and milling and engraving machines, has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Orange County Register. This marks the sixth year that Roland DGA has been awarded this prestigious honor by the county’s largest newspaper. 

    The list of Top Workplaces is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

    “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about...

    Roland DGA
    January 20 at 3:54 pm

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  • DENTSPLY Implants: Our Abutments Have Full FDA Compliance

    There has been a lot of press lately on the issue of FDA’s position on the laboratory’s use of CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of abutments.

    We recognize that this guidance from the FDA can impact the dental laboratories’ options for providing CAD/CAM abutments and would like to assure all dental professionals that DENTSPLY Implants is a fully FDA-compliant abutment manufacturer. With our ATLANTIS solutions for all major implant systems, we will continue to provide FDA 510(k) cleared abutments on all materials and interfaces to provide peace of mind for dental laboratories, their doctors and the patients they care for – because it matters.

    Since 1999, we have manufactured well over 1.5 million abutments globally and respect the need for quality and FDA cleared implant solutions to support reliable, long-term outcomes. We welcome the opportunity to be the provider of choice for patient-specific restorative solutions.

    If we can be of additional support to the dental laboratory...

    DENTSPLY Implants
    January 18 at 10:43 am

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  • Hans Geiselhöringer Appointed President of Nobel Biocare

    As of January 1, Hans Geiselhöringer has taken over as President of Nobel Biocare. The appointment was made to strengthen the organization around its strategic goals.

    Since 2011 Hans Geiselhöringer has served as Executive Vice President of Global Research, Products and Development, shaping a highly competitive product and innovation pipeline. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President Global Marketing and Products from 2010–2011 and Head of NobelProcera and Guided Surgery from 2009–2010. Hans joined Nobel Biocare as Head of NobelProcera in 2008 and was appointed a member of the executive committee in 2009. 

    From 2004 to 2009, Hans acted as a Global Speaker for Nobel Biocare and with this appointment; he becomes the first Nobel Biocare customer and dental expert in the company’s history to take the reigns as its highest ranking executive.   In 1998, he founded DentalX GmbH, a leading dental laboratory chain specializing in implantology, anaplastology,...

    Nobel Biocare USA
    January 18 at 10:40 am

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  • Argen Corporation Promotes Donnie Bridges to Eastern Regional Sales Manager

    The Argen Corporation has promoted Donnie Bridges, CDT, to Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Donnie will oversee Argen’s sales strategy throughout the Eastern United States while continuing to drive sales and promote Argen’s comprehensive line of products and services.

    Donnie previously held the title of Digital Sales Specialist for the Argen Corporation under which he educated customers nationwide on the benefits of Argen’s digital technologies. Prior to joining Argen, Donnie was a Territory Representative with Nobel Biocare from 2009 to 2014 during which he consistently outperformed the market and won multiple Outstanding Sales Achievement Awards. He was appointed to the North American Sales Advisory Board for Nobel Biocare in 2012. Donnie started his dental laboratory career working in his family’s laboratory where he eventually had the role of laboratory manager. He received his CDT in 2002. During his time at the laboratory, Donnie served on the Mississippi Dental...

    Argen Corp.
    January 8 at 5:48 pm

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  • Amann Girrbach North America Announces New President, Location

    Amann Girrbach North America appoints Georg Eickhoff as President, overseeing all U.S. operations. Eickhoff joined Amann Girrbach in June 2008 and has held various management positions including CFO at the company’s headquarters in Austria.

    “Amann Girrbach has grown into a market-leading position worldwide and I am excited about the opportunity to support the growth plans in the U.S. We have a great team, a lot of new innovative products and great partners in place,” he says.

    The company also recently moved its local office to a new location, which features a newly renovated center for training and continuing education. The new address is 13900 South Lakes Dr., Ste. D, Charlotte, NC 28273. All phone numbers remain the same.

    For more information, visit www.amanngirrbach.com

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 8 at 4:22 pm

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  • Biodenta: Our Custom Abutment System is Regulatory-Compliant

    For past six years, Biodenta has worked thoroughly with FDA consultants to offer dental laboratories regulatory compliant ways to manufacture CAD/CAM custom abutments in-house. Rather than clearing a closed system, we have attained FDA 510(k) premarket notification clearance for intent to market final product: custom CAD/CAM titanium and hybrid abutments. Laboratories will be able to produce CAD/CAM custom abutments in compliance with FDA regulations by using Biodenta’s DentaSwiss PreFAB-4 system, after establishing a quality management system fulfilling the QSR requirements, registering as a Biodenta (contract) manufacturer at FDA data base, following Biodenta’s device master record (DMR) and specifications for production, quality check, and labeling. “By offering transparent and university validated CAD/CAM products and solutions, we have become the key dental laboratory industry partner who will support them in achieving their long term goal of regulatory adhering,...

    Biodenta North America
    January 6 at 11:17 am

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  • Nobel Biocare: Our Implant Restorations are Fully FDA Compliant

    Nobel Biocare has always been and continues to be in full compliance with the FDA regulation and NADL recommendations when producing individualized implant prosthetics. The recent communication from NADL with an important FDA Alert regarding the use of CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of implant abutments does not affect any Nobel Biocare products. Our NobelProcera manufacturing facility in Mahwah, New Jersey is registered as a Medical Device Manufacturer. In addition we have FDA 510(k) clearance on all implants and abutments we currently offer for purchase.   We are committed to offering individualized implant prosthetics for a wide range of implant systems that are regulatory compliant and industry leading in quality. For labs that do not work exclusively with NobelProcera, we understand that this news may affect their existing workflows. If that’s the case, we’re here to help. As the pioneer in CAD/CAM dentistry we have over 30 years’ success in CAD/CAM restorations...

    Nobel Biocare USA
    January 6 at 11:12 am

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  • Selecting a Dental Machining Center: Key Characteristics of an effective Dental Machining Center

    Today there is a wide variety of CNC dental machining centers available to suite a variety of needs and choosing the right one for you can seem to be a daunting task.

    Today there is a wide variety of CNC dental machining centers available to suite a variety of needs and choosing the right one for you can seem to be a daunting task.

    Axsys Dental Solutions
    January 6 at 5:41 am

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  • December 2015
  • 3M Helps Dentists Make Great First Impressions

    Digital Guide offers practical solutions to common issues

    3M
    December 18 at 4:14 pm

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  • November 2015
  • NADL Issues FDA Alert Regarding In-Lab Milling of Abutments

    The industry is abuzz with questions and concerns about the FDA’s newest statement on in-lab milling of implant abutments (see NADL alert below). Watch for additional coverage in LMT.

    From NADL:FDA Alert - Labs not permitted to use CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of most abutments

    When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a "manufacturer" as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so.

    That still did not answer the questions about the “tooth end” of the abutment, the abutment collar/post. Sometime later FDA ultimately stated a dental laboratory may mill the collar/post as long as the dental laboratory follows the manufacturer's FDA cleared instructions.

    Now, nearly two years later, there is still only one manufacturer that has obtained FDA clearance for their in-lab CAD/CAM...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 24 at 12:06 pm

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  • October 2015
  • Zimmer Biomet Announces Dental Headquarters in Florida

    As part of the recent merger to create Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a global leader in musculoskeletal health, BIOMET 3i and Zimmer Dental are combining operations. Zimmer Biomet will headquarter its dental business in Palm Beach Gardens, at the original BIOMET 3i site. The Company will retain 473 positions at the Florida location, and plans to hire more than 150 additional employees over the next three years.

    “Zimmer Biomet’s Dental Division is the largest dental implant company in the United States, and we are excited to continue our growth as part of the Palm Beach Gardens community,” said General Manager David Josza. “Our combined operations will allow the company to more effectively serve our customers and administer our global organization. To strengthen our market position, we will continue investing in the best people, who can join us in advancing the field of clinical dental technology.”

    Zimmer Biomet worked closely with leaders from the State of Florida,...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 29 at 11:39 am

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  • Berkshire Partners to Buy Majority of Affordable Care Inc.

    Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Affordable Care, Inc. (“ACI”), alongside management, from American Capital Equity. ACI is the leading dental support organization for affiliated dental practices that focus exclusively on tooth replacement services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, ACI was founded in 1975 and is now the largest denture- and implant-services provider in the U.S., supporting a network of more than 200 affiliated practices in 39 states under the retail names Affordable Dentures and Affordable Dentures & Implants. The company’s affiliated practices offer a range of tooth replacement services including dentures, dental implants and tooth extractions. The company’s unique, highly focused business model enables dentists to provide high-quality, low-price dental prostheses and same-day service to over 400,000 patients...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 28 at 12:43 pm

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Executive Team Promotions

    Robert Ganley, Chief Executive Officer for Ivoclar Vivadent, announced the promotions of several members of the organization’s North American executive team earlier this week. They include Sarah Anders to Chief Operating Officer, Dr. George Tysowsky to Senior Vice President Technology & Professional Relations, Dr. Michael Gaglio to Senior Vice President Marketing and Digital Communication, and Pierre Lamoure to Senior Vice President Clinical Sales. 

    "This is an exciting time for dentistry, with so much potential for growth," said Ganley. "Our success will depend upon clear vision, industry-leading innovation, and forward-based thinking.  Under their leadership, we will continue to set new standards in providing outstanding service and support our customers and partners.”

    Sarah Anders, MBA, Chief Operating OfficerSarah Anders has been promoted to the newly established position of Chief Operating Officer. In addition to her leadership role of Senior Vice President...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 9 at 3:10 pm

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  • Versamill Precision Dental Machining Center Case Examples: Bar-overdenture

    Examples of all-on-six overdenture highlighting the superior fit and finish possible when coupling the power and precision of Versamill technology with the manufacturing experience of Axsys Dental Solutions' nearly 40 years of CAD/CAM/CNC manufacturing experience.

    Images taken of bar directly after machining with no post-machining hand work and reflects user-selectable surface finish to either facilitate cementation ("rougher" finish in this example) or finer finish when interfaceing with soft tissue.

    Total machining time: 70 minutes.

    Additional images: http://s604.photobucket.com/user/brayks_2009/slideshow/Dental/Bars

    Axsys Dental Solutions
    October 8 at 1:24 pm

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  • Whip Mix Partners with DDME

    Whip Mix recently signed a partnership agreement with DDME for exclusive global distribution of a home monitoring system and oral appliance to address bruxism and airway issues in the dental market. When the dentist notices excess grinding or bruxism on the patient’s teeth, along with other signs, he will be able to send the patient home with a monitoring system that will measure sleep patterns, airway, bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea. Depending upon the results of this sleep test, the dentist may then refer the patient to a sleep physician or make a short-term appliance to see if the appliance will improve the bruxism and airway for that patient. Along with products, DDME brings experienced sleep technicians and a physician’s referral network as part of the system.

    For more information, call DDME at 800-513-9337 or visit www.whipmix.com.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 5 at 3:06 pm

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  • September 2015
  • This Friday is World Smile Day

    This Friday, October 2nd, is World Smile Day -- 24 hours devoted to spreading smiles, good cheer, and random acts of kindness. Since 1999, schools, businesses and organizations all across the globe have observed the “happiest day of the year” with events that remind people of the power of a great smile. One organization in particular, the GLO Good Foundation, is on a global mission committed to building oral health initiatives in underserved populations globally, giving back smiles to those that need it most.  

    Dr. Jonathan Levine and Stacey Levine, founders of GLO Science, launched GLO Good in 2001, and since then have been helping victims and the under-privileged everywhere, from Los Angeles to Rwanda, by empowering them with the tools, education and knowledge of self-worth they need to smile more often. With roughly 85 million Americans lacking access to dental care, Dr. Levine is extremely passionate about fighting America’s oral health crisis --...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    September 30 at 4:41 pm

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  • DENTSPLY and Sirona Enter Into Definitive Merger Agreement

    DENTSPLY International Inc. (“DENTSPLY”) and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (“Sirona”) announced today that Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement which will result in the world’s leading manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. The combination will create a combined company with the largest sales and service infrastructure in dental with 15,000 employees globally.

    “This is an exciting day for both companies, for the dental community and for patients around the globe. We are bringing together two world class companies that share a culture of innovation and will foster the development of differentiated, integrated solutions for general practitioners and specialists, particularly in the highest growth segments of the dental industry,” said Jeffrey T. Slovin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona. “Combining Sirona’s proven digital solutions and equipment...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    September 16 at 11:54 am

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  • FDLT's 2015 Grant and Scholarship Deadlines

    The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit created in 2008 to advocate and raise awareness of the necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental technicians and other effected members of the dental team.

    The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to interested candidates for advanced education and develops educational programs that are relevant and accessible to both dental technicians working in the laboratory as well as dental laboratory technology students.

    With the help of The Foundation’s generous donors, they were able to offer a number of grant and scholarship opportunities this year, with the following grant opportunities still available to interested candidates:

    Kois Center Education Grant – deadline to apply: 9/15/2015 The Kois Center Education Grant will award one (1) seat in the Biomechanics I & II course at no charge. The charge for such a course would typically retail for $9,995.

    PTC John...

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  • August 2015
  • Sirona Announces CEREC® 30 Room Block at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel Fully Booked

    Sirona Dental, Inc.’s CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled Sept. 17th through Sept. 19th, is fast approaching and hotel rooms are filling up quickly. The block of rooms reserved at a special rate at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel for CEREC 30 attendees is full, and the hotel is no longer accepting reservations.

    There is good news for registered attendees who have not yet booked a hotel room: Sirona secured another block of rooms for a special rate at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, located directly across the street from The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotel. It is highly recommended to book a room(s) as soon as possible due to the influx of reservations and the limited number of rooms. Rates at The Mirage start at $159 per night (plus applicable taxes and fees).

    All rooms in the Sirona room block are available on a first-come, first-served basis, are subject to availability and may sell out at any time. To reserve a room at The Mirage, contact the call center at...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    August 24 at 3:48 pm

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  • Argen Digital Launches ArgenLink, a Game Changing File Upload System

    Argen Digital is proud to announce the launch of ArgenLink. ArgenLink is a revolutionary new cloud-based, drag-and-drop file transfer system. This game changing technology allows dental laboratories to export cases directly from 3Shape’s Dental Manager into ArgenLink in seconds, without any data entry. All order information dynamically populates from customer information to manufacturing preferences and material selections, drastically reducing the time it takes to submit your cases for manufacturing. Laboratories also have the ability to batch upload files of various material types and restorations sizes concurrently, including split files.

    ArgenLink also offers real time status updates throughout the manufacturing process, including:

    Case status

    Track your package

    Reorder a case

    Cancel a case

    Argen Digital believes this improvement to the file upload experience will streamline the ordering process and offer their laboratory partners significant time savings of up to 80%. ArgenLink...

    Argen Corp.
    August 19 at 1:35 pm

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  • Whip Mix Partners with PTC to Distribute 3Shape Training App

    Whip Mix Corporation has partnered with PTC to sell the PTC 3ShapeTraining App now available for download at whipmix.com.

    Whip Mix Corp.
    August 13 at 1:56 pm

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  • NFL Great Emmitt Smith Joins Exciting Lineup of Keynote Speakers At Sirona's CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration

    Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneers of digital dentistry, recently signed Emmitt Smith, former NFL great and current President and CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., to appear on stage during its upcoming CEREC® 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration. Smith replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., who had to withdraw from C30 due to personal reasons.

    Emmitt Smith rose to prominence in the 1990s as the superstar running back of the Dallas Cowboys, and was an integral part of the team’s phenomenal success in winning three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. Smith culminated his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the proud distinction as having the most rushing yards in NFL history, a record he still holds.

    Since his retirement from football in 2005, Smith has successfully transitioned his talents from the gridiron to the business world, founding Emmitt Smith Enterprises (ESE)—an umbrella company of several organizations focusing...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    August 12 at 4:45 pm

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