Glidewell Laboratories, industry-leading provider of dental laboratory products and services, announced today that production of conventional feldspathic PFMs will cease companywide effective October 1, 2016. All future PFM cases prescribed from the lab will use Obsidian® lithium silicate ceramic in place of feldspathic porcelain.
When compared to conventional PFMs, Obsidian Pressed to Metal crowns and bridges represent a higher standard of care in ceramo-metal restorations. Obsidian lithium silicate ceramic exhibits over four times the flexural strength and two times the chip resistance of traditional porcelains. The material polishes beautifully and is kinder to opposing dentition than previous PFM ceramics. The increased toughness of Obsidian makes it ideal for bridges, cases with insufficient vertical space for full-contour zirconia, and screw-retained restorations.
Obsidian’s greater translucency matches shades and blends more naturally with real dentition. Obsidian...
NOBILIUM has obtained the rights to market Therm-O-Flex® from Advanced Dental Products. Therm-O-Flex is a laboratory processed “resilient” material that makes an excellent night-guard, occlusal splint or denture reline. The material is not soft, but it does yield to pressure when at body temperature, providing retention in undercuts and relief from sore spots.
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Albensi Dental Laboratory, Inc., located in Irwin, PA, is pleased to announce that it was named a Top Pittsburgh Workplace for the fourth consecutive year. This year, however, the lab took the #1 spot –even though it moved to the mid-sized company category (150-399 employees) for the first year. It also took the #1 award spot for Top Executive Leadership.
“We are truly humbled and would like to thank our entire team for voting us for this honor and award,” said Don Albensi Jr., COO.
Getting on the annual list of Top Workplaces is not an easy thing. First, a company must be nominated to even be considered, and then thousands of employees are polled. Part of the polling process allows comments to be made and examples to be given by employees to support the rankings. As one Albensi employee said: “Our owners/bosses have helped me grow into the position I have. The training they have provided gives me the confidence to fulfill daily functions with minimal guidance....
Events will Generate Over 5,200 Hotel Room Nights and More Than $5 Million in Delegate Spending for Atlantic City
Andrew Oransky has been appointed as the new president of Roland DGA, a leading provider of digital imaging devices. Oransky previously served as Roland DGA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and prior to that was Director of Marketing and Product Management for the Irvine, California-based company.
“All of us at Roland have great confidence in Andrew’s knowledge across our multiple industries and business operations, as well as his excellent leadership abilities,” said David Goward, CEO of Roland DGA and Executive Vice President, Director of Roland DG. “With his guidance, we expect Roland DGA to experience continued growth and success in the years to come.”
Oransky assumes the presidency during an exciting time for Roland DGA. This year, the company launched its most advanced wide-format inkjet printers date, as well as new dental milling technology, and has plans to unveil additional cutting-edge products in the coming months.
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Company Will Compensate Technicians Who Attain Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Designation as Part of Its Focus on Career Development
Jesse & Frichtel Dental Labs relaunches its website, www.jfdental-labs.com. Developed by AMG Creative and accessible from any mobile device, updates include a responsive visual interface and easy navigation.
The new Send a Case section helps doctors find the nearest Jesse & Frichtel location, obtain the correct Rx form and arrange a UPS pickup from a prompt directly embedded in the website. The Guided Surgery Options section helps clients with case submission and lets them interface directly with a technician.
“We are thrilled about the new design,” says President Mark Frichtel. “The platform will streamline the user experience and provide us tools to better serve our customers. We believe we are not only producing the best genuine custom abutments in the business, but are now providing the most comprehensive tools on the web for collaborative case planning.”
Digital Dental announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Corey Tisthammer as President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 25, 2016.
30+ year founders Scott Atkin and Kim Karpowitz will remain in their roles managing the materials and machines divisions of the company. "Corey is an excellent addition to our management team," offered Scott Atkin. "His leadership and business development experience will help us to further accelerate growth, as we continue to provide exceptional product and service solutions to our dental lab customers."
Earlier this year, Digital Dental was created from the merger of four leading companies manufacturing dental mills, dental lab materials, and sintering ovens, plus a state-of-the-art training lab. Digital Dental is now the leading manufacturer of dental lab milling machines in the US, with the #1 market share among America's largest traditional dental labs.
As CEO, Corey Tisthammer will unify the companies to offer the only...
Argen Corporation Relies on Concept Laser as a Premium Supplier for 3D Metal Printing Solutions to Provide Precious Metal Dental Restorations
On August 8, DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., The Dental Solutions Company, announced a strategic collaboration with AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions to promote, distribute and service digital denture products in the USA.
Tom Leonardi, Dentsply Sirona Group Vice President, Global Prosthetics, commented, "This collaboration is an exciting endeavor for both companies and synergistic with the new Dentsply Sirona mission to deliver innovative dental solutions to improve oral health worldwide. Through this collaboration, we will advance digital denture solutions in the dental lab market, bringing together Dentsply Sirona’s market leadership in removable prosthetic materials and CAD/CAM solutions with AvaDent’s recognition as an innovator and leader in true digital denture solutions.” Digital dentures deliver real value for the dental laboratory, the dentist and ultimately the patient. AvaDent offers a broad portfolio of digital prosthetic options making it a great complement to our material...
3M announced on August 2nd that after winning a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against Dental Direkt GmbH involving technology that enables the coloring of ceramic-based dental restorations, Dental Direkt GmbH will license this patented technology from 3M.
3M’s patented technology enables the coloring of unshaded ceramics by color-matching dental restorations to the natural color of patients’ teeth. 3M has licensed its patents to much of the dental industry, including Vita Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG, and Vident Inc., Dentsply Prosthetics U.S. LLC and Dentsply International Inc., Zirkonzahn GmbH, Wieland Dental + Technik GmbH & Co. KG, Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Metoxit AG, and White Peaks Dental Solutions. Through these licensees, patients around the world enjoy the benefits of dental restorations matching the natural color of their teeth. 3M remains open to licensing this technology to other interested parties.
3M is committed to improving oral care through...
Fricke Dental International, Inc. is proud to announce it has received ISO 13485: 2003 certification by BSI for the manufacture and distribution of resins used in the Dental Laboratory Profession and by Dentists, Denturists and Dental Technicians.
Companies that achieve this certification are recognized within the medical device industry and by international regulatory bodies as operating at the highest standards of quality. This certification provides external objective evidence and recognition of leading management systems, achievement of continual high quality standards and customer satisfaction.
“What is the Dental Laboratory Profession?” is a five-minute informational video about the role of the technician created by the Georgia Dental Laboratory Association (GDLA). Filmed mainly at NuCraft Dental Arts in Bogart, GA, the video brings viewers into the lab for a first-hand look at technicians fabricating restorations conventionally and digitally. NuCraft Owner Terry Fohey, CDT, is interviewed about why he loves being a technician and shares the details of a case where he was able to make a difference in someone’s life.
“Our profession is, in many ways, hidden from view,” explains Dean Jones, Executive Director of the GDLA. “Board Member Lee Benton, CDT, came up with the idea of making a video to let others know about us and with hopes it would inspire profession-seeking people to give our industry a look.”
The GDLA worked with students at White County High School in Cleveland, GA, who produced the video. It won a Student Production Award...
ETI Digital Technology (CAD/CAM Division of ETI Empire Direct), located in Anaheim, California, celebrated the opening of their new Digital Technology office and training center by holding an Open House in June. The event for customers and vendors was held to tour the new facility and see the latest CAD/CAM offerings from ETI Digital Technology including Dental Wings scanners, Roland milling machines, UNIQUE CAM software and Stratasys 3D printers. ETI Digital’s expert team of CAD/CAM specialists provided hands-on demonstrations of all of their equipment for anyone looking into the latest in the world of Digital Dentistry.
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Fellowship Chairman, Bradley J. Olson DDS, FAACD recently announced a change in protocol for AACD Accredited Laboratory Technicians pursuing Fellowship. Laboratory technicians will now present 30 cases as opposed to the prior requirement of 50 cases.
The change was approved by both the Fellowship Committee and American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. “Lab techs face obstacles not experienced by dentists and this protocol change aligns the process with the ratio similar to Accreditation,” explained Dr. Olson.
The purpose of Fellowship is to provide the highest level of achievement for members in accordance with the AACD's mission of education and excellence. To date, 70 individuals have achieved Accredited Fellow status within the Academy, of which, six have been laboratory technicians.
Acknowledging the important role of lab technicians in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Olson stated “Laboratory technicians are enormously valued partners...
Edgar Jimenez has been named an Accredited Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is the 70th individual to achieve Fellowship in the Academy and only the sixth Accredited Fellow Laboratory Technician in the history of the AACD.
The purpose of Fellowship is to provide the highest level of achievement for members in accordance with the AACD's mission of education and excellence.
Jimenez began his career over 20 years ago as an in-office dental technician. During that time, he was able to partner with the practitioner and patient, which facilitated unparalleled treatment results. He also learned the importance of a total team approach, which he still practices today. Now Jimenez owns and operates a full service boutique lab, Edgar Jimenez Dental Studio, located in North Oaks, Minnesota where he specializes in full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic smile design.
A member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry since 2006, Jimenez has presented to university students...
William Braun brings extensive experience in healthcare products, quality assurance, customer service, and global operations to the management team at DDS Lab.
Sterngold Dental pledged $10,000 to the Foundation in both cash and product donations over a period of time to help support the future of dental laboratory technology. With this donation, Sterngold and the Foundation created this grant in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible. Pasadena City College – Restorative Dental Technology program will be awarded $1,250 in product donation from the following list of products:
QuickLine™ Long-Term Soft Relining Material
SternTek® Duplicating Material
SternTek® Custom Tray Material (blue or rose)
SternTek® Base Plate Material (pink)
InstaGums® Gingival Reproduction Material
Roland DGA, a leading manufacturer of advanced wide-format inkjet printers, innovative dental milling machines and other state-of-the-art digital devices, has strengthened its dental and 3D product management and sales teams with several key personnel changes.
Brian Brooks, previously Roland DGA’s Dental Solution Product Manager, has been promoted and will now serve as Group Product Manager of Specialty Products. In his new role, Brooks will oversee Roland DGA’s dental and 3D product lines, reporting to Roland DGA Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Oransky. Although Brooks will now be responsible for managing additional Roland products outside of Roland DGA’s Easy Shape dental family, including the company’s CNC milling, 3D printing and rotary engraving offerings, he will continue to be involved in the management of Roland’s dental products as well.
Also changing roles within the company is Matt Anderson, previously Roland DGA’s Service Account...
Committed to maintaining relevancy in the dental laboratory technology profession, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) recently announced a new reference list for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process.
“NBC has been working extremely hard behind the scenes in 2015 and 2016 to update our certification programs,” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “These updates include modernizing our exam blueprint, enhancing our references, modifying our practical examinations to reflect current practices and technology advancements, re-working our written examination question banks and reviewing eligibility requirements to take the exam.”
These references will be active for any examinations offered by NBC after January 1, 2017. Most of these references are written by notable industry leaders and can easily be purchased through Quintessence Publishing.
Master Ceramist Peter Pizzi and Jensen Dental to Host Hands On Courses in MN, TX and NY and Virtual Study Clubs in 2016
Recognizing the importance of improving esthetics while improving profitability in the market, Jensen Dental and Peter Pizzi, CDT, MDT have teamed up to offer several hands-on courses and Virtual Study Clubs in Q3 and Q4 2016. The hands-on courses and virtual study clubs we are offering provide a unique opportunity for dental technicians to expand their knowledge, sharpen their skills and get some great tips and tricks that will help them grow their business from one of the best dental technicians in the country”, said Kevin Mahan, VP Sales & Marketing at Jensen Dental.
Attendees of the hands on courses (TX, MN, NY) and virtual study clubs (online) will learn how incorporating communication, material options and selection, photography as an aid in ceramic builds, and color communication into their daily regiment will enable them (and their dentists) to achieve the highest level of predictability and satisfaction.
“Digital and material advancements continue to...
GC America Joins America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation as Underwriting Partner
Dental products manufacturer, GC America, announced today it will further its commitment to improve the health and well-being of underserved children by becoming an Underwriting Partner of America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. GC America’s support will be used to expand delivery of vital oral health educational, preventive, and treatment services for at-risk children and youth across the country.
The partnership will kick off with a special promotion for dental hygienists attending RDH Under One Roof in Maryland from July 28-30, 2016. Dental hygienists who commit to become a member of the America’s ToothFairy Esther Wilkins Education Program will receive special incentives from GC America. To learn more, visit GC America’s booth #306.
Established with a founding gift from celebrated dentist and dental hygienist Esther Wilkins, RDH, DMD, the Esther Wilkins Education Program supports the role of dental hygienists and dental hygiene...