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While zirconia is becoming an increasingly popular restorative choice, metal-ceramic solutions are still widely used and, in many cases, preferred because of the esthetics. Renato Carretti offers a look at three anterior cases fabricated with VM 13 porcelain from VITA.
- December 2014
George Obst—certified SCORE mentor and retired CEO and Founding Partner of Dental Services Group--offers advice on running a profitable and successful business. Have a question for George? Email LMT Editor Kelly Fessel Carr
- October 2014
At the end of October, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman drove cross country from Connecticut to Arizona for a two-month stay in Fountain Hills.* She visited numerous laboratories and manufacturers along the way. Tune in to follow her on her journey!
Any time a patient has a dental problem, there's a chance it won't be a boilerplate fix. The tooth—and its restoration—may be compromised as a result of something completely out of the practitioner's hands.
Of course, the ones that get written about are cases in which solutions are within reach but the practitioner lets them...
- September 2014
Laboratories often experience the same problems on a daily basis, but rather than grumble about them, Mike Hill, President of 6-11 Dental Studio, Inc., Lake Forest, CA, decided to take a humorous approach. He started sketching cartoons related to real-world laboratory situations and writing commentary to explain how he handles the problem....
- May 2014
- April 2014
Thanks to readers’ nominations, LMT recognizes 29 laboratories across the U.S. that offer their employees a culture that’s hard to beat, with top-notch work environments, outstanding perks, an impressive facility, or by going above and beyond to celebrate their employees.
- March 2014
When it comes to marketing, more laboratories are going digital to reach dentists: They're building websites, using social media, advertising online and phasing out printed marketing pieces in favor of digital ones.
Whether you're a novice or savvy marketer, LMT's coverage is chock full of unique ideas and easy-to-implement strategies that...
The last 30 years have been the most remarkable, most revolutionary years in the history of dental technology. As LMT celebrates its 30th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the technologies, events and ideas that have shaped our community.
- February 2014
- November 2013
Touted for their high strength and labor-savings, full contour zirconia restorations are the fastest-growing restoration in laboratories across the country. There are more material choices than ever on the market; here, 10 zirconia manufacturers illustrate their full contour solutions.
- October 2013
From bringing smiles to the underserved dental population to rebuilding the lives of our military veterans, technicians across the country are devoting their time and skills to making a difference.
- September 2013
In the same way the dental laboratory is changing, your client's world is in flux, too. The surge of digital technologies. A growing number of large group practices. An increase in training. More women dentists joining the profession. In this special coverage, LMT takes a closer look at the changing demographics, business models and other...
- May 2013
Live surgeries. Magicians on stilts. Space-age technology. And dazzling developments in digital dentistry. This must be the IDS.
- March 2013
- November 2012
LMT profiles 40 young men and women who were nominated to be part of this special coverage due to their top-notch technical skill, business savvy, passion and determination.
- June 2012
Three-quarters of home-based lab owners responding to LMT's survey are "very satisfied" with their decision to work from home. In addition to the financial benefits, they appreciate the flexibility, relaxed atmosphere and their ability to balance work/home demands more easily.
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- February 2012
In this economy, working faster, smarter, better is the key to riding out the storm. Here are 36 ways to streamline production, reduce remakes, lower costs, maximize marketing, improve client relationships, boost employee morale and create a leaner, meaner, more efficient laboratory operation.
Have an ingenious marketing strategy? Innovative cost-cutting idea? New way to streamline production? Share your best business boosting strategies with over 3,000 of your peers on THE BRIDGE!