Welcome to The BRIDGE, the social and information hub of the dental lab industry. Connect with industry peers and vendors, ask questions, sign up for events, review products, read LMT articles and industry news and more!
“The dental industry is rapidly changing,” said Robert Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent, during the company’s Experience Innovation event on Friday night in Chicago. “We believe these changes will point the dental industry in a more digital direction with an emphasis on consistent high-quality materials, processes and results. With collaborative partnership and strong leadership, we can connect to the heartbeat of innovation and see improved efficiencies and growth throughout our profession.”
Highlighting the event was the worldwide launch of the new Wieland Zenotec®...
Read More 2 minute read
Debbie Kiser (left) and Steve Kaufmann (center) of SK Dental Arts in Imperial, MO, discuss Komet’s product lines, including the company’s new Expert Kits with Komet’s John McCoy.
ETI’s Valerie Poon and John Just draw the winner of the company’s iPod Shuffle and Die Cut Kit giveaway. The winner is John Silo, CDT, from Jamestown Dental Lab, Jamestown, NY.
“Change, consolidation and new business models are inevitable, but survival, growth and a seat at the table are optional. Your future in the next several years is dependent on what you decide to do,” said Mark Murphy, DDS, in his State of the Industry presentation at the 88th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting. “We have tremendous control over what our role will be in the future. You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you sure can set your sails.”
Other speakers during this year’s meeting offered ideas on exactly how to set those sails. Terry Fine, President of...
There were several new companies exhibiting at LAB DAY this year, almost all of them in the digital solutions arena:
3DRPD USA is printing chrome-cobalt partial denture frameworks at its new facility in Rouses Point, NY. The company is working with laboratory customers only; you send an .stl file of a designed framework and the turnaround time starts at three days. For more details, call 855-373-6458, email info@3DRPDUSA.com or visit www.3DRPDUSA.com.
DOF, Inc. (Degree of Freedom) specializes in open architecture CAD/CAM applications for the dental industry. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea,...
Read More 2 minute read
“Nobel Biocare believes the laboratory is upfront and integral to the treatment process,” said Tom Olsen, President and General Manager, Nobel Biocare North America, at the company’s NobelProcera Innovation Forum and Reception on Friday night. “Nobel Biocare’s focus is on three value drivers: designing for life, partnering for life and learning for life.”
Joining Olsen on stage were Stefan Holst, DMD, PhD, Global Head of Research and Science, and Peter Wohrle, DMD, MMedSC, a prosthodontist from Newport Beach, CA, who is also a technician. They showcased how...
KDF introduced two new products at the show:
Cascom SE Casting Machine offers high-frequency alloy induction heating and vacuum and pressure casting. It doesn’t use flame during the melting process so the alloy doesn’t absorb gas, minimizing porosity and creating a smooth surface. The unit is user-friendly, simple to operate and offers a fast casting for various types of alloys.
Zircom Sintering Furnace features a molybdenum disilicide heater that provides clean, reliable and consistent results. Compact and user friendly, the unit works with a variety of zirconia materials and features...
Harvest Dental introduced a new polychromatic cross-linked acrylate polymer for producing natural-looking, long-term provisional restorations in the anterior region. Composed of a nano-hybrid composite structure, ZCAD Temp Esthetic is a multi-layered machinable block that harmoniously distributes light, opalescence and fluorescence. For details on the material, call 714-674-7400 or visit www.harvestdental.com.
Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) introduced Multi FZ, a multi-layered zirconia that makes it possible to achieve an esthetic, multi-colored, monolithic, high-strength (1,100MPa flexural strength), milled full contour zirconia restoration without dipping or green-state shading. The 98-mm discs mimic natural dentition with cervical, body and enamel shading and a “blend zone” at each shade interface. For four- or five-axis milling machines, the discs are competitively priced and come in three different colors and white in order to match 16 VITA shades and bleach shades. CAP Multi...
Argen Digital introduced its High Noble SLM substructures built from their popular Argedent Euro alloy containing 40% Au, 40% Pd and available in up to six units. “We are the only company in the world to offer High Noble, Noble and Non-Precious substructures fabricated with Selective Laser Melting Technology,” said Ashley Skitt, Marketing Manager.
The company also introduced ArgenPMMA Temps available in 16 Classic VITA shades, one bleach shade and five transitional shades. Precision milled from the lab’s supplied .stl file, these full contour temporaries are available in single...
Sterngold launched its new Stress Free Implant-Bar (SFI-Bar®) used to splint implants together to retain an overdenture on two to six implants in both upper and lower jaws. The quick, simple and affordable technique ensures quality and passivity without milling. Compatible with most major implant systems, the bar can also correct the angulation of divergent implants.
Sterngold also announced new low prices for its ERA Implant Abutments for most popular implant systems ($69) and its SternTek Custom Tray and Base Plate material ($49). For details, call 800-243-9942 or visit www.sterngold.com.
Stratasys unveiled its new Objet Eden260V Dental Advantage 3D Printer designed for mid- to large-sized dental and orthodontic labs to fabricate models, surgical guides and orthodontic appliances.
It features a small, copier-sized footprint; custom-tailored materials package; fast printing speeds; and a large build tray, allowing users to print more models in a single build than with previous models.
The company also launched VeroGlaze, a new material that prints precise 3D models in the A2 tooth color shade. The material is used with the company’s Objet EdenV and OrthoDesk 3D Printers; can...
Talladium’s Luminesse ML PMMA discs are made of a pre-shaded acrylic resin for surgical guides and temporary crowns and bridges. Featuring excellent color stability and high-bending resistance, the discs incorporate three shades blended together for a natural-looking restoration. For details, call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.
exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software.
In addition, exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design.
Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics,...
Jensen Dental announced two enhancements to the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution:
All Preciso configurations with Preciso CAD Software now have the ability to export .stl files.
Using a patent-pending fixture, users of the Preciso M200 mill can easily switch from milling frameworks in the traditional 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ material form to milling 98-mm pucks. Customers who purchase an M200 Frame Mill—the frame version of the Preciso M200—also have the option to upgrade to a puck fixture at any time.
“As digital dentistry continues to evolve, our goal is to empower...
Zirkonzahn’s new Milling Unit Compact Line M1 includes the M1 Wet Heavy. The 5+1-axis unit features a four-fold orbit for extra stability, a necessity for milling hard metals, a six-fold tool changer as well as a wet processing function. It can process zirconia, titanium, chrome-cobalt, PMMA, wax, glass ceramics and prefabricated titanium abutments (Raw-Abutments©).
For more information, call 800-989-8931 or visit www.zirkonzahn.com.
Global Dental Science (GDS), makers of AvaDent Digital Dentures™, has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with Dental Wings:
All DWOS 7 iSeries scanners are able to send files directly to GDS.
Dental Wings is adding GDS software on all of its scanners.
Dental Wings scanner owners who are not currently AvaDent customers now have an option in the DWOS Connect™ network to send files to GDS to create an AvaDent denture.
“The partnership with Dental Wings will be extremely valuable in helping us accelerate the adoption of our digital denture workflow into the dental...
Nobilium's Dentate Esthetic Functional Space Ruler (DEFSR) Enhances Dentist-Laboratory Communication
For multi-unit bridges or implant therapy, dentists can use Nobilium’s Dentate Esthetic Functional Space Ruler (DEFSR) to take critical measurements of a patient’s mouth and then send the ruler to the laboratory to ensure the final prosthesis is fabricated in harmony with the remaining teeth. The ruler measures the vertical distance from the undisplaced vestibule to the incisal edges of the maxillary and mandibular teeth and its relationship to the lip at repose and/or smiling. For more information, call 800-833-2343 or visit www.nobilium.com.
Vaniman’s new stainless steel Downdraft pro can be built into a bench or tabletop work area to create a space-saving grinding station; both the stainless steel base and plastic shield can be removed when not in use. It features noise-reducing foam and a 1-½” hose attachment in the back and connects with all of the Vaniman Dust Collection equipment line. Cost: $339.
For more information, call 760-723-1498, email Kgalenza@vaniman.com or visit www.vaniman.com.
Zubler USA launched its new milling wax designed for pressing and casting. The wax has the reproducibility of a sturdy milling wax while retaining the characteristics of hand wax; it’s strong enough to maintain marginal integrity during milling, but is also workable for melting, spruing or sculpting. Thanks to the material’s translucent and contrasting characteristics, design detail is more visible. Because resin can increase burnout time and cause damage to pressing ovens and contamination, the discs contain less resin and more high-quality wax for better final results.
Previously sold only in Japan, Shofu Dental’s EyeSpecial C-II digital camera is now available in the U.S. Designed exclusively for dentistry and ideal for use in the laboratory, the camera features 12 megapixels, eight shooting modes, 49-mm close-up lens, intuitive one-touch operations, and a large LCD touchscreen that allows the user to view and scroll through images even with a gloved hand.
The EyeSpecial C-II has excellent depth of field range, fast autofocusing and anti-shake capabilities, as well as infrared, UV and anti-reflection filters. It’s lightweight and can be held comfortably...
Uhler Dental Supply showcased its new UDS Pour Acrylic, a dimensionally stable auto-polymer used to make full or partial dentures in alginate (Max Print) or hydrocolloid (New Flex) investment material. LAB DAY attendees were given samples to take home and evaluate the new shades. For more information, call 800-937-3753.
Roland DGA Corp. introduced two new optional accessories for the company’s DWX-4 compact mill:
An automatic tool changer (ATC) that supports up to four different tool sizes for highly precise unattended milling.
A multi-pin clamp that allows the machine to mill up to four different pin-type materials simultaneously, accommodating differences in material composition and color. As a result, prosthetics for up to four different patients can be produced in a single production run, saving time, labor and costs.
“The DWX-4 is an easy-to-use, precise, on-demand production platform for digital...
With Precise-Fit from Valplast International Corp., Valplast dentures can now be designed and blocked-out from any digital scan or .stl file and output to a unique printed base that can be tried into the patient’s mouth. All design is done digitally, eliminating duplicate models and traditional waxups with a trial baseplate printed using a proprietary flexible resin and 3D digital printer.
The Precise-Fit baseplate lets dentists evaluate jaw relation and tooth arrangement, as well as preview the fit of the final restoration before processing. The lab can process the baseplate without duplicating...
The MAAH-S Shelf Arm, the newest addition to Foredom’s Work Bench System, was on display for the first time in the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall. The arm is a 10 1⁄4” x 8 3⁄4”, powder-coated, steel platform that is 1/4”-thick and swings 180°. It mounts directly onto the Work Bench System Motor Hanger or alternate support rod and is ideal for holding compact tools like micromotors or filter hoods. The system also features a pivoting LED light bar, handpiece rest and storage arms. Components are made of brushed stainless steel and anodized aluminum with uniform mounting...