Congratulations to Dwight Rickert, CDT, FAACD, who is now an AACD Accredited Fellow. He’s the fifth Accredited Fellow Laboratory Technician in the history of the AACD. “Becoming an Accredited Fellow means that all of the continuing education and time away from the lab and family was worth it,” says Rickert. "Having another goal to attain kept me motivated to learn . . . I would never have accomplished Accredited Fellow status without the never ending encouragement from my clients and friends.”
In addition, Rickert is currently President-Elect of the AACD Board of Directors and will be President in 2017.
IMILLING, the production milling center specializing in complex implant prosthetics and now a distributor of affordable premium CAD/CAM equipment and supplies, announces the launch of its completely redesigned website, imilling.com. The new website features a fresh new look, new e-commerce functionality that will give customers the ability to purchase supplies online, as well as additional capabilities designed to enhance the customer experience and improve overall communications with the company.
Highlighted features include: a responsive design that is mobile-friendly and automatically adjusts for viewing on all other devices; e-commerce capabilities that give customers the ability to purchase materials, tools and implant components online; a new “Request a Quote” feature to facilitate pricing requests for mills, scanners and accompanying accessories; an updated organizational format designed to help lab professionals more easily review the company’s products and services;...
evident is now part of nimbyx, an online healthcare marketplace that connects dentists, labs and distributors. nimbyx CEO Paolo Kalaw is named CEO of evident, replacing outgoing CEO Rayne Verity.
“We have acquired evident and are investing a significant amount of capital into the company. Our focus is on accelerating delivery of evident’s new technology innovations to help our customers expand and grow their businesses,” says Kalaw, who has 20 years of industry experience. “We’re committed to not only helping customers achieve maximum business growth but also keeping their information safe. nimbyx is one of the few companies that is compliant with HIPAA, PIPEDA and the standards on privacy and data protection of both Canada and the U.S.”
The company also announces the formation of the evident New Technology Advisory Board, which aims to develop ways to help laboratories improve business. Board members include Bobby Williams, CDT, Owner of Synergy Ceramics,...
In February, Dentsply International Inc. and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. successfully completed their merger to become Dentsply Sirona Inc. “Dentsply Sirona can now focus its efforts on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. As The Dental Solutions Company™, we will drive long-term growth by being uniquely positioned to deliver innovative solutions and support our customers with the broadest product portfolio and the largest sales and service infrastructure in the industry,” says Jeffrey Slovin, CEO.
Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and other advanced digital devices, announced today the opening of its new East Coast Imagination Center in Wilmington, Massachusetts near Boston. The new 3,500 square-foot facility will serve as a product demonstration and application display venue, as well as a training and sample production site for Roland resellers, customers and prospective customers.
“Approximately 70 percent of our customers are located east of the Mississippi,” noted Rick Scrimger, president of Roland DGA. “This Imagination Center will make it easier for prospective customers on that side of the country to see our newest and most popular digital printing technologies, as well as our advanced dental milling machines, in action. The facility will serve to support our dealers in the Eastern U.S., as well as inspire end users within that region.”
In addition to serving as a demo facility for Roland dealers, the Imagination...
The Argen Corporation (Argen), the world’s largest manufacturer of dental gold alloys and a leading innovator in zirconia and digital dentistry solutions, announced that effective immediately, it will exclusively sell and distribute its Pentron Alloys line of products.
“Dental alloys are the foundation of our company,” said Anton Woolf, CEO. “We have been manufacturing alloys and supporting the dental laboratory for over 50 years and have proudly included Pentron alloys in the mix for the past 12 years. We look forward to continuing to offer customers of Pentron Alloys industry leading products and support.”
Pentron Alloys, LLC, founded in 1967, offers more than 100 Precious and Non Precious alloys to the dental laboratory. Pentron alloys will continue to be sold under the Pentron label.
AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions (AvaDent) today announced the acquisition of Supra Solutions BV in The Netherlands. The acquisition gives AvaDent access to key digital dental technology that will enhance workflow with all dental bar manufacturers around the world.“We are excited to be introducing a new Digital Workflow Technology that enables all bar manufacturers to work efficiently with AvaDent,” said Tim Thompson, President and CEO of AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions, “and we are thrilled to have such consummate dental professionals as our partners. Supra Solutions is the Benelux leader in high-end titanium supra structures that are processed into implanted supported dentures.”The former owners of Supra Solutions, Robert van der Meer and Elmer Warning, will continue to work with the company and will fulfill an important role in the development of the next generation of digital dentistry. The talents and technological advancements of the two companies will merge...
The Argen Corporation (Argen), the world’s largest manufacturer of dental gold alloys and a leading innovator in zirconia and digital dentistry solutions, has acquired Solid Dental Technologies located in Midvale, Utah. The merger will allow Argen to deliver an expanded suite of state-of-the-art digital products, industry leading customer and technical support, quicker turnaround times and a more consistent product to Solid Dental Technologies existing customer base.
Andrew Maples, owner of Solid Dental Technologies, launched the company 4 years ago with the primary focus of providing digital services to small to mid-size dental laboratories throughout the Midwestern states. They specialize in design services, zirconia, abutments and digital wax.
Andrew will be joining Argen in San Diego, CA as a senior member of the technical support team. “We are excited to have Andrew join our technical support team. His knowledge of digital design and experience...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
- December 2015
- November 2015
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...
- October 2015
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,...
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...
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.
- September 2015
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...
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- August 2015
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:
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...
Vaniman Manufacturing Company has announced that it will begin to offer a new 3D rendering service titled Design Center beginning Monday, August 3.
The 3D rendering service will assist with the plumbing needs of your laboratory and accompanying dust collectors. You can choose between the 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 station standard templates, or contact Vaniman for any further modifications you would like to make.
“The process is simple, pick a template that meets your basic needs then we will customize it to your specific lab,” Kyle Galenza, Sales and Marketing Manager, said.
The Vaniman team understands just how busy dental professionals are, and how much time it can take to build a dental laboratory from the ground up. That is why the Design Center provides you with a fast service that is completely customizable.
“This service takes less than 2 business days to complete and can be modified to meet the customer’s needs. Afterwards, we supply labeled instructions for easy...
- July 2015
Henry Schein, Inc. announced today that it will release its second quarter 2015 financial results before the stock market opens on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, and will provide a live webcast of its earnings conference call on the same day beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Speakers on the call will include Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, and Steven Paladino, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Investors can access the call through Henry Schein's website at www.henryschein.com, by clicking on the "Investor Relations" page and following the link for "Webcasts." For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay will be archived on the Henry Schein website.
Amann Girrbach proudly announces the distribution partnership agreement with Benco Dental, one of the fastest growing privately owned dental distribution companies in the U.S. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.
“I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”
“In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that...