LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday!
Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales.
“I have been coming to LAB DAY since 2008. It’s an exciting place to meet lab technicians from all over the world,” said Mark Urlaub, Owner, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE. “You get to see the latest and greatest technology, meet sales reps, network and earn CE credits. I always learn new tips and tricks at LAB DAY; it’s a great place to perfect your technique!”
More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and learning a few tips they can bring back and implement in their daily work. For the young technicians, getting outside the lab and seeing the imprint of the industry as a whole is a valuable, eye-opening experience.”
Handler Mfg.’s Kevin Foley (left) and LMT President Judy Fishman congratulate Duane Carlson of Liberty Dental in Jackson, MI, the grand prize winner of Handler’s giveaway who took home the Pro Tech Lite PTL-211 bench. Other winners included: Brian Nagle of Renstrom Dental Studio in MN who won a 52CSU Etcher Catcher and Art Uribe of Precision Dental Castings in Skokie, IL who won a Chicago Bears hoodie.
All day Friday, the LB Promenade was buzzing with LAB DAY attendees trying to get a look at the display of 28 entries in the second North American Art of Denture (KunstZahnWerk®) Competition, sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent and LMT.
During the Friday afternoon award ceremony, Sarah Anders, Ivoclar Vivadent’s new Senior Vice President of North American Sales, was on hand to congratulate the winners. “The Art of Denture Competition allows us to celebrate the incredible skills of dental technicians from across North America. The winners continue to amaze us with their abilities and creativity,” said Anders.
The first place winner for Best Work Overall, taking home the Candulor award trophy and $1,000, was Bart Hyde, Owner of Hyde Dental Prosthetics in Fallon, NV. Because of increased interest in the competition this year, Hyde had been on the waiting list for a competition kit and received his a month late, after another technician dropped out. He dedicated his win to his...
DWOS LiveLink from Dental Wings made its world premiere at LAB DAY Chicago. This technology enables technicians and dentists to work together in real time to determine the optimal position of the implants in relation to the bone, soft tissue, adjacent and opposing dentition, and the virtual prosthetic design. Any changes made in DWOS CAD software or coDiagnostiX implant planning software is simultaneously updated live in both applications, ensuring that surgical and restorative factors are considered prior to implant placement.
After the positions are established and approved by the dentist, the technician can design custom healing abutments, provisionals and the surgical guide all in the same DWOS CAD session. For more information, call 514-807-8485, ext. 1503, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dental Technology Solutions, Whip Mix’s outsource service, has expanded its offering to include Vericore titanium and zirconia custom abutments. The Vericore Zirconia Hybrid Custom Abutments provide the natural esthetics of zirconia with the precision and durability of a titanium interface. The Vericore Premier Titanium Custom Abutments are polished and engraved with tooth numbers. Each custom abutment comes with a titanium platform and screw; 19 platforms for seven major implant systems are available. The company accepts .stl files with a two-day turnaround time. All milling services are backed by a seven-year warranty.
LAB DAY attendees also got the first look at Whip Mix Corp.’s Infinity ZR Sintering Furnace, which features Thermal Web Technology for more even heating. With 30 programs and four stages, the unit offers flexibility and consistently accurate sintering of zirconia materials.
For details, call 800-626-5651 or visit www.whipmix.com.
AD BLU Dental has added the EZMill 5.0 to its line of EZMill compact desktop milling systems. Combining high-speed production and precision, the system can be used to mill a variety of restorations in numerous materials, including zirconium, acrylic and wax. A wet/dry option is available.
The company also introduced the CAD BLU ProJet® 1200 3D printer. Costing less than $5,000, this desktop unit prints 10-12 units per hour with fine detail at an average cost of 50 cents per unit.
For more information, call 212-481-8700 or visit www.cadblu.com.
Henry Schein previewed Labnext, its new cloud-based lab management software specifically designed for digital dentistry. The open system integrates with a wide variety of scanners, design software and popular practice management software packages.
“Labnext is tightly integrated with Henry Schein’s DDX (Digital Dental Exchange). For the first time, the lab has a direct link to the doctor’s management software,” said Sandy MacDonald, Product Manager.
Other key features include:
Case management tools including HIPAA-compliant digital file transfer and storage.
Powerful billing functionality that accurately captures financial transactions.
Comprehensive reporting, including a customizable dashboard and sales and revenue analysis.
Labnext users are included in the DDX lab list and have a DDX lab landing page.
Visit Labnext.net for more information.
PEEK—poly-ether-ether-ke-tone—was the talk of the IDS in Cologne last year; now, it’s come to the U.S. in the form of the JUVORA Dental Disc made from PEEK sourced directly and exclusively from Invibio® Biomaterial Solutions, a global leader of PEEK biomaterials. Available from JUVORA Inc., the disc received FDA clearance for milling frameworks for complete and partial removable dentures and implant overdentures earlier this year.
“PEEK has had some use historically in dental applications such as abutments and healing caps. However, now with the JUVORA Dental Disc, dental professionals in the U.S. have the ability to use CAD/CAM technology for precision designing PEEK frameworks for removable prostheses,” explained Nicole Czechowski, Business Development Manager, JUVORA Dental Innovations.
The JUVORA Dental Disc is lightweight, biocompatible, radiolucent, highly wear and abrasion resistant, and has elastic properties similar to that of human bone. JUVORA’s...
Zahn Dental introduced seven new products to its Zirlux line:
Zirlux ST1 is an esthetic, strong, high-translucency zirconia that can be milled for full contour anterior and posterior crowns, bridges, frameworks and inlays; it’s available in multiple sizes and thicknesses.
Zirlux Temp Multi is multi-layered PMMA material for milling esthetic temporary restorations.
Zirlux Temp is a pre-colored PMMA material for milling esthetic temporary crowns and bridges; it’s available in 98.5-mm discs and multiple thicknesses.
Zirlux Wax discs are used to create patterns for full contour cast or press ceramic restorations and diagnostic waxups.
Zirlux NP is a nickel- and beryllium-free, non-precious cobalt-based alloy available in 98.5-mm discs for milling.
Zirlux Ti is a titanium-grade material available in 98.5-mm discs for milling crowns, bridges, bars, implant applications...
BEGO USA and EOS announced an exclusive North American partnership focused on using a proprietary laser-melting, 3D metal printing process to fabricate removable partial dentures and fixed crowns and bridges.
“We have a long-term collaborative relationship with EOS and we see the positive impact for our dental laboratory partners from this cooperation,” said Axel Klarmeyer, Global Chief Sales Officer at BEGO. “EOS is a manufacturing innovator across a wide spectrum of major industries. This know-how combined with BEGO’s dental expertise will assist our laboratory partners to meet the competitive demands of today and tomorrow.”
Using genuine Laser-Lok® and non-Laser-Lok® abutments and BioHorizons components and materials, Core3dcentres NA now offers BioHorizons Custom Titanium Abutments and Hybrid Abutments to customers across North America. All related Core3dcentres workflows have also been fully validated by BioHorizons, including the use of Core3dcentres scan bodies by the technician and the dentist.
“This agreement further enhances Core3dcentres in-tegrated ‘Practice-to-Lab’ Digital Implant Solutions™ for customized implant prosthetics, supported by continuing education, extensive technical assistance, and validated workflows,” said Mark Maier, President, Core3dcentres NA, noting that the service will be available to other Core3dcentres locations around the world in the future.
For more information, call 888-750-9204, email InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com or visit www.core3dcentres.com.
3D Systems’ ProJet® 3510 MP 3D printer and proprietary VisiJet® Stoneplast materials have been optimized for dental drill guide production. The printer accepts .stl files and the material is available in both clear or plaster.
“Transitioning to digital workflows with 3D printing compatibility has brought a high-impact solution to the dental field. The ProJet 3510 MP and Stoneplast materials easily integrate with leading software modules enabling an integrated drill guide manufacturing solution,” said Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, 3D Systems.
For more information, visit www.3DSystems.com.
Preat Corp.’s PRISM Design and Printing Center offers a new restorative solution for hybrid and fixed detachable restorations: PRISM’s Angled Access Screw Channels that allow the dental team to move screw access holes up to 24° in any direction. This solution offers flexibility, esthetics and expands restorative options while solving common problems such as buccal access holes and reduced space in the posterior. These screw channels use the Dynamic Screw and Driver system and are compatible with all major implant systems. For more information, call 800-232-7732 or www.preat.com.
Datron has launched a new entry-level D5 dental mill that offers a manual puck change and costs about $50,000 less than their standard D5 model. “The unit is ideal for labs that mill mainly titanium products, but don’t require automatic puck changes,” said Robert Murphy, Vice President, noting that the entry-level D5 mill can be upgraded to include the automated puck changer if the lab’s needs change in the future.
The company also showcased its new 5-axis D5 LS milling machine that is equipped with Heindenhain linear scales for applications that demand the utmost accuracy, including large-span titanium and chrome cobalt implant parts. Due to its increased thermal stability, it provides consistent quality, even when there are significant ambient temperature fluctuations. With a repeatability of < 2 μm and an absolute accuracy of ± 5 μm, the D5 LS is the ideal machine for labs and milling centers wishing to produce screwed-retained indications such...
Following an agreement between DENTSPLY Implants and Align Technology, laboratories offering ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments can order them based upon scans from the iTero intraoral scanner starting in the second half of 2014. “Moving forward in this expanding area of digital dentistry, dental scanning is a strategic business opportunity and, more importantly, we are creating added value for our customers and their patients,” said Mikael Sander, Group Vice President ATLANTIS Digital Implant Solutions, DENTSPLY Implants.
DENTSPLY Implants also presented the ASTRA TECH Implant System EV, designed with a site-specific, crown-down approach based on the natural dentition for increased surgical simplicity and flexibility and restorative ease. This philosophy is supported by features such as a unique interface with one-position-only placement of ATLANTIS patient-specific abutments.
The foundation of the system remains the ASTRA TECH Implant System BioManagement Complex—a...
B&D introduced ORIGIN® LIVETM Multi Zirconia, pre-shaded, multi-layered discs; each layer mimics the inherent gradations of natural teeth, including chroma, value, incisal effects and translucency. Since there’s no dipping or drying involved, the pre-shaded disks streamline production and are less technique sensitive than the coloring liquid method, according to B&D.
The company also demonstrated its new ORIGIN-Haas 5HD milling machine with improved milling strategies (ORIGIN CAM Plus+ powered by hyperDENT) for fabricating custom abutments, implant bars and implant bridges. The machine offers 2.5-micron repeatable accuracy and processes all types of CAD/CAM materials. Laboratories that purchase an ORIGIN-Haas 5HD are also eligible for discounted pricing on B&D’s materials, including zirconia and coloring liquids.
For details, call 800-255-2839 or visit origincadcam.com.
Holly Garvin from Dental Associates in Appleton, WI (pictured) and Alex Sakovich from Smile Builders in Palatine, IL, were lucky winners of an iPAD Air in Vident’s LAB DAY Chicago drawing. Anyone who attended a Vident clinic at the show had the chance to enter to win; an entry form was included in a pre-show mailer, making it easy for attendees to choose from six Vident clinics—covering everything from full contour zirconia to removable dentures—and complete the form and drop the entry in the raffle box at LAB DAY.
Dentorium’s Ariel Marero and Lenny Heller discuss the company’s new Monarch three-layer VITA shade teeth with Steve Cantor, CDT, of Suburban Dental Lab in Bloomfield, CT. The teeth offer multi-cross-linked technology to ensure the look and feel of natural dentition. They offer abrasion resistance, hardness, enhanced toughness, reduced chipping and improved color stability, and come with a five-year guarantee against excessive wear. For a sample, call 800-847-4209 or 212-691-6464.
In its “Lab Lounge” at LAB DAY, Amann Girrbach America featured Ceramill Zolid Pre-Shaded Blanks and Liquids, including three new pre-shaded blanks and a wide range of shading liquids, including the 16 Vita Classic shades. The company also now offers VITA ENAMIC® for Ceramill Motion 2, and Ceramill Multiframe, an adapter that makes Ceramill blanks compatible with other open 98-mm milling systems.
The company also introduced Ceramill IOS, a new process that integrates Ceramill design software and milling units with third-party intraoral scanners. A new partnership between Amann Girrbach and 3Shape uses Ceramill IOS to create an optimized workflow for the TRIOS intraoral scanner, and the process is also compatible with iTero and Carestream intraoral scanners.
For additional information, please call 877-960-4393 or visit www.AmannGirrbachAmerica.com.
LMT’s Judy Fishman draws the winning names in Aurident’s annual LAB DAY drawing. Tim Donahue, CDT, LaDouce Dental Laboratory, Saginaw, MI, won a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, and Mark Urlaub, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE, won a 1-oz. Silver Eagle Coin.
To help serve a growing population of edentulous patients, Straumann introduced CARES Screw-Retained Bars & Bridges for the Straumann bone-level and mixed tissue-level implant platforms. Homogenous and milled from one block at a Straumann centralized milling facility, the bars and bridges feature a direct connection to the implant; no additional abutment is required. They are available in grade 4 titanium or coron® cobalt-chromium alloy.
The bars can be used for restorations from two to 10 implants and are available for several popular bar styles. The bridges can be used for restorations from two to 16 implants. Free-end pontics are available and restorations can be created with three posterior and four anterior pontics.
CARES Screw-Retained Bars and Bridges are available for Straumann CARES 8.5 users only. For additional information, please call 800-448-8168 or visit www.straumann.us/caresguide.
“During our 13-year history, 3Shape has had a strong and continuous focus on R&D. In fact, 40% of our staff members are involved in R&D. It’s our calling, our DNA,” said Flemming Thorup, President and CEO of 3Shape during his opening remarks at the company’s press conference in Chicago.
One of the latest developments is the D900L scanner featuring a larger interior for scanning fully articulated models and large impression trays. The company also launched the Dental System™ 2014 which is available to all 3Shape Dental System™ subscribers as part of their LABcare™ package. Among the new features:
Optimized CAD Design Workflow and a redesigned interface that offers greater user-friendliness. For instance, the redesigned workflow-progress bar guides you through each scanning step; it’s now easier to move back and forth between different workflow steps and to rescan individual dies if needed.
3Shape Implant Studio™ brings together...
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Dentsoll introduced Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasps for conventional denture repairs and flippers. “Made of flexible acrylic, the clasps can shorten the denture repair process significantly, to less than 10 minutes,” said Esther Kim, Director, Sales and Marketing. The clasp can be molded with a heat gun and bonded with ISO Fast self-curing resin.
Also new: Snow Rock Denture Systems Repair Kit for quick repairs on all acrylic removable applications, re-gardless of color and make. The kit includes ISO Fast in color #7α Real Pink, a self-curing repair resin that sets in three minutes and possesses an adaptive translucent effect that matches any shade regardless of brand; Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasps, flexible acrylic clasps created for fast repairs; and a heat gun for easily molding the Acry-Tone Pre-Made Clasp for repairs.
For more information, call 888-793-7477 or visit www.snowrockusa.com.
VITA Suprinity, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate ceramic, was displayed for the first time in the U.S. at Vident’s LAB DAY exhibit. The new-generation glass ceramic has a zirconium dioxide content around 10 times that of traditional CAD/CAM glass ceramic in combination with a fine-grained and homogeneous structure. Indicated for anterior and posterior crowns, implant restorations as well as veneers, inlays and onlays, the material will be available in the U.S. later this year for the CEREC/inLab MC XL, Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion 2 and the KaVo Arctica 2 milling systems. Call 800-828-3839 or visit vident.com.