LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.
“The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says...
Jean Chiha, CDT, shares his step-by-step process for fabricating a posterior, three-unit, implant-supported bridge using Noritake KATANA Multi-Layered (ML) Zirconia.
Tra’ Chambers had no actual laboratory experience when he opened Express Dental Laboratory in Norman, OK in December 2012. Harnessing the efficiency of CAD/CAM technology, the lab touts a two- to three-day turnaround (or same-day for its mobile service) and generated over $300,000 in revenue during its first full year in business. Now, with a staff of seven, the lab serves 118 clients and 45% of its work is completely digital. Here’s more about the lab’s growth strategies:
LMT: What made you decide to open Express Dental Laboratory without any prior laboratory experience?
“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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
- December 2013
LMT attends the DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium to bring you
the latest developments in digital dentistry. The theme? Automation continues to streamline, simplify and improve...
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- November 2013
DENTAL TEAM: Gyu Cho, CDT, 3D BioCAD Milling Center, Renton, WA and Dr. Ronald Bryant, Seattle
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: The patient presented with severe occlusal wear on his natural teeth; the lower anterior teeth were also very crooked and discolored. The existing crowns also exhibited wear, tissue retraction, dark margins and uneven shades from one crown to the next. Teeth #5, #12 and #14 were missing, requiring implants.
TREATMENT PLAN: A full-mouth restoration with 28 units was proposed and had full compliance from the patient. The team opted to use gold-hue abutments to provide a very natural,...
- October 2013
The subcontracting market is strong, thanks to the ever-growing demand for digitally fabricated restorations and steady demand for cast partial frameworks.
- July 2013
"Patients don't want implants, they want teeth. Nobel Biocare is deeply committed to patient care and the dental technology profession and making the technician's job as easy as possible," said Richard Laube, Nobel Biocare CEO, during his opening remarks to the 400 technicians at Dental Technician Day, part of the company's Global Symposium 2013 in New York City in June.
Moderated by Patrick Rutten, MDT, Dental Technician Day featured lectures emphasizing the partnership approach to implant dentistry by international dentist-technician teams including Dr. Tristan Staas and Michiel Wouters, Dr....
- June 2013
"Ten years ago, we could mill copings in five or six materials with inLab; now we can fabricate copings, crowns, bridges and abutments in more than 30 different materials. That's how far inLab has come!" said Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM at Sirona Dental, Inc., during his opening remarks to kick off the company's inLab Summit 2013 in Savannah, GA, on May 31 and June 1.
Featuring a dynamic group of lecturers and multiple hands-on sessions, the Summit offered the over 100 attendees an information-packed event and the opportunity to network and share business strategies and...
- May 2013
The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the IDS, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions that enable users to address a greater number of applications and work with a larger range of materials. In addition, the 3D printing market continues to expand.
Despite the fact that many lab owners have been feeling the effects of the economy in many areas of their businesses, the majority of respondents to LMT's latest survey say the implant department isn't one of them.
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To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
Zirconia-reinforced materials are a new trend, and expanded options for pre-colored zirconia and ceramics for full contour restorations offer both efficiency and esthetics. Plus, a new type of material: a biocompatible, millable resin on which the final restoration can be built; there's no need for casting or pressing.
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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