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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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LMT’s 2014 Fee Survey respondents offer a mixed picture of their sales and profitability. On one hand, laboratory sales seem to be slowly improving. Profits, though, seem to be lagging behind.
The challenging aspect of this case was that one of the implants was improperly placed between #7 and #8. Steve Lee explains how he made a screw-retained zirconia framework with pink gingiva tissue to recreate the lost gingiva and then cemented on four single crowns made from IPS e.max to the framework.
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,...
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.
Although PFMs were still considered by many to be the esthetic standard for clinical longevity, pressable ceramics—starting with IPS Empress and Optimal Pressable Glass (OPC)—began to drive the metal-free dentistry movement in the late 1980s. The improved esthetics and biocompatibility—coupled with soaring precious metal prices—quickly made the pressable technique a successful and cost-effective way to fabricate metal-free restorations. Later, the technique was adapted to create press-to-metal and press-to-zirconia restorations.
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In October 1985, amidst rumblings that U.S. laboratories were farming work out to offshore laboratories, LMT brought the issue out into the open. Our interview with Jerry Doviack, CDT, Owner of California-based Continental Dental Ceramics, took readers inside Interdent, his facility in the Philippines and sparked intense industry debate.
In the interview, Doviack explained his strategy behind setting up offshore production to provide outsourcing services to laboratories around the world, saying it wouldn’t take jobs away because the local laboratory would still provide a vital service to...
It wasn’t unheard of before 1985, but at the Chicago MidWinter meeting that February, cosmetic dentistry became the hottest topic around.
The concept wasn’t new; Dr. Charlie Pincus was air-firing and glazing laminate veneers for Hollywood stars back in the 1930s. But for the dental community, the timing was right. Enlightened thinking about cosmetics and new products—like DenMat’s Cerinate Laminates, Myron’s Chameleon Veneers, and Cerestore and Dicor castable ceramics—afforded the industry an opportunity to embrace metal-free dentistry. As LMT pointed out, “Our...
Many laboratories create esthetic restorations, but some owners and their teams are lucky enough to work in facilities that are as beautiful as the work they create.
- November 2013
Last year, Bob Iuliano, CDT, invested about $80,000 in CAD/CAM equipment—and he hasnât looked back since.
Whip Mixâs second annual Survive or Thrive Digital Forum was chock-full of advice and take-home strategies to help attendees make informed decisions about digital technology.
- August 2013
York, PA--Introducing the two new premium Multimat® NTX and NTXPRESS units. Both furnaces include programs for firing porcelain. The NTXPRESS also presses all-ceramics, including lithium disilicates. These furnaces provide easy program customization, and excellent reliability for brilliant, consistent firing results. Multimat models are equipped with an even-heating coil, protected by a Quartz glass tube, to ensure homogeneous heat distribution within the chamber. A vacuum pump is complimentary with each unit's purchase.
The Multimat supplementary, real-time controller assists the main CPU...
- 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.
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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More than 300 industry personnel came together for Ivoclar Vivadent's Leading the Future event on Friday night in Chicago. Held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel, the evening showcased the company's partnerships and innovations that are shaping the future direction of dentistry.
"This is an exciting time in dentistry, with so much potential for growth and innovation," said Ivoclar Vivadent CEO Robert Ganley. "Our future success will depend upon leadership, collaborative partnerships and forward-based thinking," said Ganley, referring to Ivoclar Vivadent's recent acquisition of Wieland...
In Chicago, Delcam demonstrated its latest DentMILL software for milling implant restorations. Software enhancements include:
Improved integration with the DentCAD design software, including a new interface that features bolder and clearer icons and a reduced number of toolbars to allow maximum screen space.
Improved nesting allows more efficient use of materials. For instance, restorations are oriented in the optimum alignment so the most cost-effective part of the block can be used.
The milling templates have been extended to a wider range of materials, including titanium, cobalt-chrome and...
LAB DAY Attendees got the first look at Primotec's new milling machine: Premio Plus. The 5-axis, fully open wet and dry mill is capable of dry milling zirconia, Co-Cr, PMMA, wax, composites and polyurethane (models) and wet milling titanium and ceramics, including IPS e.max. The machine's design and suction make it clean and efficient, and allow it to switch from wet to dry milling or from one material to another quickly and easily.
For more information, call 866-643-3129.
Crowds gathered in Amann Girrbach's AGA Lounge to test drive and learn about the company's new digital equipment and materials:
The new Ceramill Motion 2 milling machine combines the 5-axis milling technique with the wet-grinding technique in a compact machine. Thanks to the hybrid design, the machine can be used as a purely dry or wet system. Offering a broad range of indications—including full contour crowns and bridges, inlays, onlays, veneers, abutments, zirconia frameworks and full arch restorations—the Motion 2 has a modular platform that's easily upgradeable for future materials...
- March 2013
From its inception in 1984, the AACD has celebrated the dentist/technician relationship. From a business perspective, membership provides valuable opportunities for networking with dentists and attending teamwork-focused courses together.
- February 2013
With standing ovations for the last two presentations—by Mark Murphy, DDS, FAGD and Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD—it was clear that the mood among attendees of the 2013 V21 Meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was upbeat and keenly focused on everything digital.
LMT's February 2013 issue features our 2013 Dentist Survey conducted with Dental Economics. Our dentist-respondents speak out on...
...Why They Switch Labs
• Quality wasn't consistent.
• Cases returned with open margins.
• Crowns had high occlusion and open contacts.
• Inconvenient to work with due to the distance from my practice.
• I have switched from PFM crowns to PFZ or full zirconia crowns. My previous lab was not yet offering this service. Meanwhile, I was noticing that I was taking too much time to adjust my PFM crowns and was becoming increasingly frustrated....
- January 2013
In just one year, Lakeland Dental Technologies, Grand Rapids, MN, has improved consistency, reduced remakes, and nearly eliminated hand waxing using the complete Jensen Digital Solution.
- November 2012
"Most of the other students were taken by the 'glamour' of ceramics, but I was drawn to dentures," says Krista Hartley, CDT, referring to her experience at Indian River State College's dental technology program. "I love the challenges of the denture specialty, setting the teeth and establishing the vertical so the patient can enjoy the things that most of us take for granted, like chewing and smiling. Doing everything just right restores the patient's confidence and self-esteem."
After graduation in 2006, Hartley's first boss took her under his wing and allowed her to immerse herself in denture...
Joshua Polansky hasn't had just any mentors. Although initially intending to become a dentist like his father, he worked in several laboratories during college and 'fell in love' with dental technology. However, it was in 2003 when he had a one-on-one apprenticeship with Master Technician Olivier Tric that Polansky knew he had found his calling.
"Studying with Olivier opened up a world of possibilities to me; it was the direct opposite of the kind of laboratories I had been exposed to," says Polansky. "He showed me it was possible to create an environment where you craft your own cases from start...