Newsbriefs Industry News

  • October
  • Glidewell Laboratories Launches Newport Biologics™ Line of Regenerative Materials

    Glidewell Laboratories is pleased to announce the availability of a new line of bone grafting products, to be sold under the Newport Biologics™ brand name. Featuring allograft and alloplast bone graft options, as well as resorbable barrier membranes and a collagen-based wound dressing, this product line is aimed at increasing clinician access to top-quality regenerative materials for use in cases marked by bone or soft tissue deficiencies.

    “The Newport Biologics line of bone grafting materials and resorbable barrier membranes represents the highest quality of regenerative products available,” said Dr. Neil Park, director of clinical affairs for Glidewell Laboratories. “By assembling only the most versatile, effective, and frequently used regenerative materials the industry has to offer, we hope to provide clinicians a simplified buying experience, unparalleled value, and the confidence to efficiently and reliably treat the majority of grafting indications.”


    Glidewell Laboratories

    Monday at 5:27 pm

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  • Mathew Lane Joins Nobilium Team as Technical Rep

    Nobilium is expanding its presence on the West Coast of the USA and has hired Mathew T. Lane as a Technical Representative.  Matt formerly worked for Patterson Dental and Pepsico and has a wealth of technical experience to help Nobilium continue to grow digital dental technologies. Matt is based in Southern California to support Nobilium’s west coast distribution center.


    Monday at 5:23 pm

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  • Emuge Opens New Cutting Tool Technology Center

    Emuge Corp. announced the opening of a new technology center, located at the company’s North American headquarters in West Boylston, MA, USA. The center, designed to be a full-service resource for manufacturers to apply cutting tool application strategies, is equipped with the latest 3 and 5-axis vertical machining centers, precision measuring devices and tool monitoring, in addition to an interactive classroom for training and seminars. The technology center will serve customers across the U.S. and Canada, enabling manufacturing professionals to test cut their applications and develop milling, drilling, and threading strategies to optimize tool life and performance and reduce cycle times.

    “Our new Technology Center was conceived as a resource for manufacturers to test new machining concepts and tools without tying up their valuable machines and manufacturing time,” explained Bob Hellinger, President of Emuge Corp.  “Our tooling engineers work directly with...

    Emuge Corp.

    Monday at 3:57 pm

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  • 3Shape Abutment Designer receives 510(k) clearance from FDA

    The United States FDA has issued a 510(k) clearance for 3Shape Abutment Designer, a functionality within 3Shape Dental System CAD/CAM software.

    The 510(k) clearance covers all implant cases being designed using 3Shape Dental System software.  A 3Shape Abutment Designer and/or Implant Bridge and Bars license is needed to use the functionality.

    “There has been considerable discussion within the U.S. dental lab industry regarding CAD/CAM in-house abutment design. We hope that the 510(K) issuance brings clarity to the conversation for 3Shape dental lab product users. Who, like 3Shape, have always considered patient safety most important,” says Flemming Thorup, president and CEO at 3Shape.

    First stand-alone CAD/CAM software to be cleared

    The FDA 510(k) clearance for 3Shape Abutment Designer is now unique in that it marks the first time a stand-alone CAD/CAM software receives clearance under the FDA’s new product code PNP - Abutment design software for dental laboratories. 


    3Shape, Inc.

    October 10 at 2:55 pm

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  • Panthera Dental Appoints David "Kim" Solomon as Vice-President of Sales - USA and Extends its Sales Team

    Panthera Dental announced that David “Kim” Solomon joined the company as Vice-President of Sales – USA. New Regional Sales Directors have also recently joined the established team, they are: Kevan Vance, Western Canada; Thomas W. Bell, Texas and Oklahoma; Millie Hasan, California; Jack Manno, Florida; and Scott Dodek, Greater New York.

    Solomon will be responsible for sales, marketing, and brand development for Panthera Dental in the United States. He has more than 20 years of experience in the dental industry and held a number of leadership roles at Keating Dental Arts, Nobel Biocare, and Keystone in the past few years. He is an experimented sales and marketing executive with expertise in business development, product launch, CAD/CAM digital technology, and clinical/restorative solutions.

    “I am pleased to welcome Kim as our new Vice-President of Sales – USA, given his wide-range of experience and his capabilities as a senior executive both at Nobel Biocare...

    Panthera Dental

    October 10 at 2:02 pm

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  • Modern Dental Group Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire MicroDental Laboratories

    Modern Dental Group Limited proudly announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MicroDental Laboratories, a leading network of dental labs across North America. The transaction is anticipated to close in October 2016, subject to shareholder approval.

    Modern Dental Group, a publicly-held company trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and maintains the largest share of the dental prosthetic markets in Western Europe, Australia, China and Hong Kong. As a result of this transaction, Modern’s existing North American operations will be enhanced by 21 new dental lab locations in the United States and Canada.

    Godfrey Ngai, Executive Director and CEO of Modern Dental Group, said: “Quality is at the forefront of everything we do at Modern Dental. The acquisition of MicroDental Laboratories accelerates and aligns perfectly with our strategy for global growth and growth in North America. We are very excited about our future and this is a great day for...

    Modern Dental Group Limited

    October 8 at 7:39 am

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  • Nobilium Acquires the Triumph Investment Business from INDENCO

    Nobilium has completed the acquisition of the Triumph investment business from INDENCO, based in Corona, California. The entire Triumph investment product line will be manufactured and packaged in Albany, New York and distributed out of Nobilium’s many distribution centers in the USA. Triumph investments are ideal for pressable ceramics including Zirconium and Lithium Disilicate materials.


    October 5 at 2:20 pm

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  • CAD BLU Acquires Red Rocks Product Development

    CAD BLU, Inc. and Red Rocks Product Development, LLC. announced that CAD BLU, Inc. has acquired Red Rocks Product Development, and immediately takes over operations and logistics for 3D printing services and sales of 3D printers. Red Rocks Product Development will now operate as CAD BLU. Bill Boland will now be CAD BLU’s Regional Sales Manager.

    Red Rocks Product Development is a well-established reseller of industry solutions for 3D design software and 3D printing in Colorado that will add to CAD BLU’s vast territory reach. Red Rocks will continue to help CAD BLU establish and grow new business and clientele in a new area. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Minnesota, Colorado, California and Oregon, CAD BLU offers the benefit of a nationwide reach and platinum-level partnerships with its wide range of key vendors. Red Rocks’ customers will have access to CAD BLU’s local field service technicians and trainers, a Colorado-based 3D printing supply depot...

    Cadblu, Inc.

    October 3 at 6:47 pm

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  • Get Active for Give Back a Smile: 2016 Virtual Race for Smiles

    Participate in the Virtual Race for Smiles and Make New Smiles a Reality.

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  • September
  • AvaDent Celebrates the 40-year CDT Anniversary of Gerald Gaubert

    AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions (AvaDent) announces an employee milestone anniversary. Gerald (Jerry) Gaubert, Implant Specialist at AvaDent, celebrates his 40th year as a Certified Dental Technician this year. 

    Jerry, who is certified in both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures, received his training as a Dental Laboratory Technologist while in the Air Force in Louisiana. Following his military career, Jerry worked for several years in an in-house Prosthodontic Lab as a well as large lab in Dallas where, representing the only Branemark-certified lab at the time, he conducted courses to train doctors on implants. Jerry also authored a chapter in the book, “Complete Dentures.” In the mid-80’s, Jerry was recruited by the VA Hospital in Dallas to help start its implant work and eventually was transferred to the VA Central Lab where he worked with VA Hospitals on a national level. Retiring from the VA, Jerry worked with Clear Choice and a large lab in Dallas where...


    September 28 at 5:45 pm

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  • 2016 NADL University Grant Awarded by the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

    The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) announces the winners of the first-ever 2016 NADL University Grant:

    Anthony Calonico, CDT, TE – Bolingbrook, IL

    Jennifer Krueger, CDT – La Crosse, WI

    Heraeus Kulzer, along with the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, created this grant in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education and dental laboratory management more accessible. Thanks to the generosity of Heraeus Kulzer, both individuals had their tuition fee to attend NADL University (NADL U) this September in Tempe, Arizona covered as part of this grant. The cost to attend NADL U would typically be $1,800.

    “The significance of this grant is indescribable, as it assists in closing a gap that has been identified as one of the top 5 issues currently impacting the profession – the need for qualified managers in the dental laboratory industry. We thank Heraeus Kulzer for their support,” said Foundation Chair, Jeff Stronk.

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Executive Team Promotions & Changes

    Company focuses on strong support teams and aligning resources for customer growth.

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.

    September 23 at 2:57 pm

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  • Glidewell Laboratories to Cease Production of Conventional PFMs

    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...

    Glidewell Laboratories

    September 22 at 12:14 pm

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  • NOBILIUM Obtains Rights to Market Therm-O-Flex®

    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.


    September 19 at 5:31 pm

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  • Register for Peter Pizzi's Virtual Study Club!

    Get one-on-one help from Master Ceramist, Peter Pizzi, MDT, CDT, and make your labs goals come true in 2016!  

    Study with Peter in your home, lab or office! Education is a lot more valuable (and convenient) than you think!



    Jensen Dental

    September 15 at 12:57 pm

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  • Roland DGA Corporation Appoints Andrew Oransky President

    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.

    For more information...

    Roland DGA

    September 7 at 11:12 am

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  • Aspen Dental Management, Inc. Announces New Program to Develop and Support Lab Technicians

    Company Will Compensate Technicians Who Attain Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Designation as Part of Its Focus on Career Development

    Aspen Dental

    September 6 at 12:22 pm

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  • August
  • Jesse & Frichtel Redesign Website

    Jesse & Frichtel Dental Labs relaunches its website, 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.”


    Jesse & Frichtel Dental Labs

    August 31 at 5:01 pm

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  • Digital Dental Selects Corey Tisthammer as President & CEO

    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...

    Digital Dental

    August 29 at 11:59 am

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  • Powder-Bed-Based Laser Melting with Metals (LaserCUSING®)

    Argen Corporation Relies on Concept Laser as a Premium Supplier for 3D Metal Printing Solutions to Provide Precious Metal Dental Restorations

    Argen Corp.

    August 24 at 4:59 pm

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  • Dentsply Sirona and AvaDent enter into a Strategic Collaboration

    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...


    August 22 at 5:07 pm

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  • 3M Licenses Dental Ceramics Coloring Technology to Dental Direkt

    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...


    August 17 at 4:48 pm

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  • Fricke Dental International, Inc. Receives ISO 13485: 2003 certification by BSI

    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.

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  • GDLA's 'What is the Dental Laboratory Profession?' Video Nominated for a National Emmy

    “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...

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  • ETI Celebrates New Office and Training Center with Open House

    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. 

    ETI Digital Technology

    August 11 at 5:16 pm

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