For more information on this Overtime Rule, check out the original article LMT posted in September 2016.
- December 2016
- November 2016
A recent survey by LMT Communications, Inc. indicated that 69% of respondents subcontracted work, due to growing demand for customized abutments and bars, lack of in-house digital equipment, and insufficient staffing levels.1
To address the aforementioned market dynamics and meet the needs of today’s dental laboratory, Straumann’s laboratory outsourcing service, CARES Scan & Shape, will now accept open STL files for Straumann CARES customized abutments, screw-retained bars and bridges, and tooth-borne restorations. US customers can use their existing log-in information to access their account, upload the selected open STL file and submit to the CARES Scan & Shape team for processing. Users will receive a design proposal within 24 hours for approval or submit any modifications to the proposal within the online platform.
100% Swiss PrecisionIn line with growing demand for CADCAM restorations, Straumann recently completed an extensive expansion of its North...
- October 2016
DOCERAM Medical Ceramics GmbH headquarted in Dortmund, Germany, and 3M headquarted in St, Paul, Minnesota announced they have signed a licensing agreement for Doceram to use 3M’s patented techology that enables the coloring of unshaded ceramics by color-matching dental restorations to the natural color of patients’ teeth.
DOCERAM Medical will expand the Nacera® brand as a complete system solution for dental laboratories and dental technicians leveraging 3M’s patented technology for staining zirconia with a new product marketed as Nacera® Classic Liquids.
3M has licensed its patented technology to several other partners in the dental industry. 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 continuous investments in research and development. The Anaheim Group...
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- September 2016
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...
- August 2016
Argen Corporation Relies on Concept Laser as a Premium Supplier for 3D Metal Printing Solutions to Provide Precious Metal Dental Restorations
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...
“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...
William Braun brings extensive experience in healthcare products, quality assurance, customer service, and global operations to the management team at DDS Lab.
- July 2016
"The Quality of Esthetics": 3rd International Expert Symposium hosted by Ivoclar Vivadent in Madrid.
- June 2016
Morse Dental Laboratory, Inc. earns the distinction of being named a Nobilium Certified Dental Laboratory
Fairport Harbor, Ohio, May 17- Morse Dental Laboratory in Fairport Harbor, Ohio was recently named a Certified Nobilium Dental Laboratory by the Nobilium Company, a major manufacturer of dental materials and equipment for prosthetic dentistry for over 60 year.
Morse Dental Laboratory Inc. is a world class dental laboratory located in Northeastern Ohio that specializes in removable dental products. Morse Dental Lab offers a wide variety of custom restoration products including Full Dentures, Partial Dentures, CAD/CAM Partial Dentures, Digital Printing, Digital Design, Flexibles Partial Dentures, Mouthguards, Trays and more. With over 35 years of experience, we guarantee that every case is manufactured in the U.S.A and overseen by a Certified Dental Technician. We are known for providing predictable and consistent products while building strong and trusted relationships with our clients.
Nobilium’s Certified Laboratory credential ensures...
Distributor’s Dental Solutions Division Now Offering 3D Printer Products from award-winning DWS Systems.
In the competitive world of aesthetic restorations, details matter. In VITA’s Premium Denture course, participants learned the technical and business side of implant retained dentures from well-known instructor, trainer and author, Dennis Urban, CDT. Urban shared exclusive techniques on waxing, processing and finishing. “One technique I shared is a characteristic wax-up process which makes a wax try-in look exactly like a finished denture,” he says. “Because this procedure creates so much value for the patient and dentist, lab owners can charge a higher price for the final case.”
Students learned the most profitable techniques for a variety of restorations, including all-on-4®, all-on-6, implant hybrid cases, implant overdentures and case planning methods. “My goal was to learn more about the all-on-4 denture implant technique,” says Danny Leeseman, MDT, owner of Valley Dental in Chico, CA. “The instructor did an excellent job of explaining...
Distributor’s Dental Solutions Division Now Offering 3D Printer Products from award-winning DWS Systems.
- February 2016
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...
- January 2016
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
- 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...
Whip Mix’s popular Life-Like Presentation Wax is now in milling disc form.
- June 2015
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...
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,...
- May 2015
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...
In celebration of its 25th year in business, Master Ceramist, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on current retail prices for its line of ceramic products, including firing pegs, liquids, mediums and accessories until September 25, 2015. The company has also launched a new website, mc-direct.com, making it easy to purchase products directly; for instance, the Express Page features the company’s most popular products with a brief description and pricing so you can order them quickly.
“An advantage to ordering direct is that we have all of our products in stock and we offer technical support and service on our entire line,” says Rick Tobey, Master Ceramist Founder. “You can also order our products from your favorite dealer, some of which may also offer the discounted pricing.” The Inventive Technician In the 1980s, Tobey had his own laboratory, Tobey Ceramics, in Asheville, NC. At that time, silver palladium alloys were becoming increasingly popular but also posed...
In its 13 years of clinical use, the pioneering Lava™ Zirconia brand from 3M ESPE Dental has become trusted by dentists and labs around the world. Now, 3M ESPE Dental is giving more labs access to the quality, esthetics and clinical performance the Lava™ brand is known for, making 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia available in a disc format for open-source milling.
The new Lava Plus portfolio, which is available to labs milling 98-mm discs, includes both Lava Plus zirconia as well as its unique shading system. The 98mm-diameter zirconia discs are available in thicknesses of 14mm, 18mm and 25mm, and in formats with and without a step. Based on the same material technology as the Mill Blank formats for Lava Milling Systems, Lava Plus Discs and Lava Plus Mill Blanks offer the reliability and high performance that the Lava brand is known for.
“This introduction gives labs access to one of the most trusted zirconia materials on the market, as...
3M Digital Oral Care Announces Improved Compatibility Between 3M™ Margin Marking Software and 3Shape Dental System™, exocad® DentalCAD and Dental Wings Software
Digital workflows and new systems are rapidly changing the way today’s dentists and dental labs operate, but closed systems can limit choices – preventing doctors and lab technicians from working the way they want. In another transformative step towards broadening design options, 3M™ Margin Marking Software is now fully integrated with CAD/CAM design platforms 3Shape Dental System™, exocad® DentalCAD and Dental Wings. The improved workflow provides dental labs a seamless integration with the industry’s leading CAD/CAM systems, and dentists can now work with more labs, ultimately increasing access to a broader range of treatment options.
Using the new Trusted Connections, 3M™ True Definition Scanner digital impression files are easily converted and imported into the 3Shape Dental System, exocad DentalCAD, or Dental Wings software, which have been updated with the latest design information for Lava™ materials. Designed to work exclusively with...