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  • November
  • 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...

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  • October
  • 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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  • 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

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

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  • September
  • 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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  • August
  • 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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  • Vaniman Manufacturing Company Offers New Service

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    August 5 at 12:09 pm

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  • July
  • Henry Schein to Webcast Q2 2015 Conference Call July 29 at 10:00am ET

    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, 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.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    July 15 at 9:24 am

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  • Amann Girrbach Announces Distribution Partnership with Benco Dental

    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...

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  • June
  • Noel Laboratories Purchases Atascadero Dental Laboratory

    Noel Laboratories, an Atascadero-based full-service dental laboratory, has bought Atascadero Dental Laboratory for an undisclosed amount.

    The purchase became final June 8.

    Noel Laboratories manufactures crowns, dentures, bridges, implants and other dental prosthetics for dentists and other dental laboratories.

    Atascadero Dental Laboratory seller William (Butch) Houghton will join Noel Laboratories’ dental technician team, marketing director Estella Webb said. Noel Laboratories now has 23 employees and anticipates more growth, she said.

    “We are continuing to grow and add employees,” she said. “We’re already talking about hiring more technicians.”

    Webb declined to disclose the company’s annual revenues. In 2013, when the company purchased Arroyo Grande Dental Lab and moved its operations to Atascadero, a company spokeswoman said annual revenues were more than $1 million.

    Founded in 1974 in San Luis Obispo by John C. Noel, a certified dental technician,...

    Noel Laboratories Inc.
    June 25 at 11:29 am

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  • Zimmer Completes Combination with Biomet

    Zimmer Holdings, Inc. today announced that, following the receipt of U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance, Zimmer has completed the acquisition of Biomet in a cash and equity transaction currently valued at approximately $14.0 billion. In connection with the combination, Zimmer has changed its corporate name to Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. The Company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange and the SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker symbol ZBH beginning June 29, 2015.

    "The coming together of Zimmer and Biomet is a momentous achievement. We are excited to move forward as one company and to pursue new opportunities that benefit patients, healthcare professionals and employees around the globe," said David Dvorak, President and CEO of Zimmer Biomet. "Over the past several months, our integration planning teams have been working to ensure that we capture the best of both companies and create a seamless and efficient transition. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our employees...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    June 25 at 10:55 am

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  • G&H Dental Arts Acquires Cushman & Associates, Buttress-Wilshire

    G&H Dental Arts announced the acquisition of Cushman & Associates Dental Lab and Buttress-Wilshire Dental Laboratory, augmenting its ability to provide doctors with world-class restorations with additional removables technicians.

    Founded in 1934, Cushman & Associates brings more than 80 years of removables expertise to G&H Dental Arts’ laboratories, and operated Buttress-Wilshire Dental Laboratory as a sister removables lab for more than a decade. Conversely, G&H’s full-service capabilities give Cushman & Associates’ existing clientele the ability to rely on a single laboratory for all their restorative needs. Cushman technicians and support staff integrated into the G&H Dental Arts facility June 1, effectively combining both laboratories’ workflows.

    “With Cushman’s impressive track record and long history of providing the Los Angeles area with premium dentures and partials, we couldn’t have asked for a lab more readymade...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    June 22 at 2:16 pm

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  • MicroDental Laboratories Acquires Rock Creek Dental Laboratory

    MicroDental Laboratories, a network of dental laboratories committed to helping dentists thrive, announced the acquisition of Rock Creek Dental Ceramics, Ltd. laboratory in O’Fallon, IL. Effective immediately, Rock Creek will merge with the company’s Donnell Dental Laboratory to form one of the leading laboratories in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region.

    “The acquisition and merger of Rock Creek Dental Ceramics and Donnell creates an excellent platform for future growth,” noted Bill Johnson, CEO of MicroDental Laboratories. “This partnership immediately provides customers of Donnell and Rock Creek labs with access to new restorative products and services such as our MicrO2™ Sleep Apnea Device, ZEUS™ Zirconia Restorations, digitally fabricated dentures, and e.max®P crowns.”

    “We welcome the addition of Rock Creek Dental Ceramics to our team,” commented Bart Donnell, Certified Dental Technician and Lab Manager of Donnell,...

    June 16 at 4:47 pm

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  • May
  • Heraeus Kulzer and Amann Girrbach Partner to Produce a Full Digital Denture

    In a joint development program, Heraeus Kulzer and Amann Girrbach have established the technical pre-conditions for the production of a full digital denture. This new license agreement permits reciprocal use by the two companies of their patented innovations.   

    Heraeus Kulzer, one of the leading global dental manufacturers, has joined forces with Vorarlberg, Austria-based Amann Girrbach AG, a leading full-service provider of digital dental prosthetics, to smooth a path toward full digital dentures. Amann Girrbach has developed and patented a “Fabrication method for denture teeth,” while Heraeus Kulzer has created and manufactured the functional models for tooth blanks used in Amann Girrbach’s fabrication method. Heraeus Kulzer is also the owner of a European patent covering “Method and device for producing a dental prosthesis” that protects the entire digital process for the automated production of dentures.

    The recently signed license agreement...

    Heraeus Kulzer
    May 29 at 10:03 am

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  • Robert A. Ganley Celebrates 35 Years with Ivoclar Vivadent

    Ivoclar Vivadent congratulates Robert A. Ganley, CEO, on his 35-year anniversary with the company. As a leader throughout the dental industry, Ganley’s unique vision has propelled Ivoclar Vivadent‘s growth and expansion. With a passion for providing quality esthetic dentistry, Ganley’s leadership has led to the development of premier all-ceramic restorative materials, including IPS e.max, as well as comprehensive digital solutions for dental laboratories and dental practices. This and other Ivoclar Vivadent products continue to change esthetic restorative dentistry, enabling greater predictability, enhanced esthetics, and longer-lasting restorations.

    “I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great people,” said Ganley. “That’s what makes this company so special.” Under Ganley’s direction, Ivoclar Vivadent has grown significantly, with 3,200 employees now working worldwide in 120 countries. His leadership has enabled Ivoclar Vivadent...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    May 13 at 11:48 am

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  • April
  • CAP Opens New Office in Clearwater, Florida

    On April 17, 2015, Custom Automated Prosthetics will open a new office in Clearwater, Florida. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as an outsource center and showroom for labs in the region as well as a training and education space. CAP will kick-off with Izir Bridge and 3Shape trainings and a free opening party from 5PM - 8PM on Friday, April 17th.

    For more information and to RSVP for the opening party, please visit

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    April 2 at 11:39 am

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  • January
  • Sirona Introduces the inLab® MC X5 Disc Milling Unit

    Five-Axis Disc Milling Unit Seamlessly Alternates Between Wet and Dry Milling

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    January 22, 2015

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  • MicroDental Laboratories Acquires New York's Tetra Dynamics Dental Laboratory

    MicroDental Laboratories, a network of dental laboratories committed to helping dentists thrive, announced the acquisition of Tetra Dynamics Dental Laboratory. With both laboratories sharing a reputation for world-class service and exceptional quality, this partnership strengthens Tetra’s position as one of the leading full-service laboratories in the greater New York Metropolitan area.

    “Tetra fits MicroDental’s vision of helping dentists create exceptional treatment experiences for every patient,” noted Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental Laboratories. “From advanced Cosmetic cases to single unit posterior crowns, from Implant-retained restorations and partials to sleep apnea devices, Tetra is well-positioned to collaborate with dentists and find the solution that best matches their treatment goals.”

    Based in West Babylon, NY, Tetra Laboratory has serviced dentists for over 25 years. Each month, hundreds of dentists trust Tetra Laboratory...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 12, 2015

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  • Zahn Announces New Relationship with 360imaging

    Zahn Dental, the dental laboratory distribution business of Henry Schein, Inc. is excited to announce their new relationship with 360imaging®, a U.S. leader of computer-guided dental surgery, to offer 360imaging’s state-of-the-art, proprietary treatment planning software, 360dps, and surgical guide manufacturing, training and support services to dental laboratories. With an expanded line of products and services to help meet dental surgical customers’ needs, the integrated suite of software, hardware and services can also help increase in the efficiency of participating laboratories’ digital workflow and strengthen their presence in the dental surgery segment.

    “Zahn Dental is excited to collaborate with 360imaging, whose turnkey guided-surgery solution package is ideally suited for dental laboratories to increase their array of services and strengthen their partnerships with new and existing accounts,” said Rita Acquafredda, Vice President and General Manager,...

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  • December 2014
  • Amann Girrbach, CAP Announce Partnership

    Amann Girrbach and CAP have announced a North American partnership for distribution, sales and customer support. Beginning January 5, 2015, customers will have access to the full line of AG products and future innovations as well as current offerings from CAP. AG will retain their Charlotte, NC, office as their corporate marketing and product service center while sales, service and support will be based at CAP. 

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    December 11, 2014

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  • Leixir Holdings Acquires Knight Dental Group

    Knight Dental Group, Inc. today announced that after having entered a definitive agreement last month has sold its dental laboratory solutions business to Leixir Holdings, Inc.

    “Although our business has seen above average growth in the past few years within the regions that we do business, the integration of Knight Dental Group with the Leixir Lab Group of North America will give us great opportunity to expand our brands throughout the United States and Canada,” said Warren Rogers, Knight CEO.

    “We are excited to add the Knight Dental Group brand to our current North American network of dental laboratories,” said Harmeet Bindra, Leixir CEO. “This will give Leixir the opportunity to expand our market share and provide a broader range of dental laboratory solutions and products to our dentist clients.”

    “I am personally excited about the resources and growth opportunity for Knight that the Leixir Lab Group will provide," said Barbara Wojdan, Knight...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    December 8, 2014

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  • November 2014
  • Wieland Precision Technology Announces Free Backup Milling for Zenotec Customers

    As of October, laboratories that own Wieland Zenotec milling machines—Zenotec mini, Zenotec select dry machines, and Zenotec select hybrid machines—under warranty are eligible for free backup milling.

    In the event of an equipment breakdown that can’t be resolved remotely by Wieland technicians, customers can send the digital design file to Wieland Precision Technology and receive the case as soon as the next day. Restorations are milled using Wieland brand materials at no charge; a limited selection of other brands of materials is available for a fee.

    For details, call Wieland customer service at 800-533-6825; in Canada, 800-263-8182.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 12, 2014

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent reaches settlement agreement with Dentsply ending patent dispute

    Since October of last year, Ivoclar Vivadent has been engaged in patent infringement litigation in the United States and Germany against Dentsply International Inc., Dentsply Prosthetics U.S. LLC, and Degudent GmbH (“Dentsply”). These lawsuits filed by Ivoclar Vivadent sought  to stop the sale and/or importation of certain lithium silicate dental blanks sold by Dentsply, and  Ivoclar Vivadent was asserting that these Dentsply products infringed Ivoclar Vivadent patents. Today, Ivoclar Vivadent is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Dentsply to settle the dispute, under which Ivoclar Vivadent will dismiss any pending lawsuits against Dentsply in exchange for Dentsply executing a global patent license and settlement agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent. Ivoclar Vivadent considers its technology very valuable and will actively enforce its intellectual property rights against unauthorized use of its technology, particularly any patents it owns that cover...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    November 3, 2014

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  • exocad® Acquires Sensable Dental Assets to Provide CAD/CAM Solution for Partial Denture Frameworks

    exocad, a global company providing the most advanced, complete dental CAD/CAM software solution, sold exclusively by reseller/partners, announced that they have acquired the assets of STI Holdings, the provider of the Sensable Dental Lab System (SDLS). SDLS, the industry’s most powerful and versatile CAD/CAM solution for partial framework design, required a proprietary 3D haptic (touch feedback) device. Exocad previewed the world’s first mouse-driven version of the software at the Dental Lab Owners Association of California (DLOAC) 11th International CAD/CAM Expo & Symposium this past weekend in Anaheim, CA.

    “This acquisition underscores our commitment to providing labs and dentists with best available products and extends our design capability to both metal and flexible partial dentures” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, general manager and CEO of exocad. “The advanced voxel-processing technology we have acquired...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 3, 2014

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  • October 2014
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces a New Partnership with BEGO USA

    Ivoclar Vivadent Announces a New Partnership with BEGO USA

    With Selective Laser melting, BEGO USA produces high quality metal copings and bridges

    Amherst, NY…Ivoclar Vivadent announces its new partnership with BEGO USA through its association with Wieland Precision Technology to provide digital alloy options with Selective Laser Melting and CAD/Casting. This new partnership solidifies Wieland Precision Technology as a comprehensive outsourcing production center and solution for laboratories to help increase their efficiency for producing quality metal-based restorations.

    The Selective Laser Melting offered by BEGO USA and Wieland is a form of rapid prototyping or sterolithography completed using laser technology to melt alloy powder into thin layers. These thin layers are then melted together to create homogenous copings and bridges. Compared to restorations cast in the same alloy, restorations featuring alloys processed with Selective Laser Melting offer higher tensile strength,...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 30, 2014

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