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...See more 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. Visit LMTmag.com on Monday for another LMT Memorable Moment.
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...See more 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 its dentist-clients. Still, readers spoke out about what they perceived as a threat to their businesses and their employees, as well as concern about the American economy. Today, Interdent in Manila has grown to a staff of 700 and services several hundred labs in more than 75 countries. And, although the debate rages on, offshore outsourcing has come out of the shadows with many other offshore laboratories marketing their services and more laboratory owners openly acknowledging their use of these services. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
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...See more 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 industry is on the verge of an incredible opportunity to maximize its business potential and capture the 50% of the population that never frequents the dental office.” Cosmetic dentistry required a different type of marketing and savvy laboratories and dentists learned to sell by appealing to emotions and not focusing solely on quality or price. By the 1990s, cosmetic dentistry truly took off thanks to increased public awareness—helped in part by reality TV makeover shows—and continually improving restorative and adhesive options. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
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.
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Ivoclar Vivadent announces that effective immediately, Sarah Anders has been promoted to the new position of Sr. Vice President of North America Sales. In this role, Ms. Anders will be responsible for...See more all sales operations in the US and Canada, working with and being supported by Pierre Lamoure, VP of Clinical Sales US, Wayne Ledford, VP of Technical Sales US, and Craig Garner, Director of Inside Sales. Ms. Anders also will retain her title as General Manager of Ivoclar Vivadent Canada. “Our clinical and technical sales have grown extremely well, but as companies grow rapidly and expand their base, it becomes necessary to create a structure which provides a more effective level of communication and coordination,” said Robert Ganley CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. “This management change and Ms. Anders’ new position will strengthen Ivoclar Vivadent and its ready ability to maintain Operational Excellence that supports growth and success in 2014 and beyond.” Since joining Ivoclar Vivadent in 2003 as Marketing Manager, All Ceramics, Ms. Anders has demonstrated strong leadership skills, excellent strategic planning, and strong budget and forecasting expertise. She launched new all ceramic brands and products such as IPS e.max, and in 2005, was promoted to Senior Marketing Manager, All Ceramics. In 2007, Ms. Anders assumed the roles of Director of Technical Marketing and Director of Canadian Operations, where she managed and developed the areas of alloys, metal ceramics, and removables. Following her promotion in 2009 to Vice President, Ms. Anders assumed full responsibility for the company’s Canadian business. In 2013, she was also recognized by Dental Products Report as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry.
Axsys Dental Solutions introduces a 4-axis version of the VersaMILL Dental Machining Center for in-house fabrication of dental prostheses. Equipped with the precision and high performance components...See more of the VersaMILL. 5X 5-axis mill, the VersaMILL4X is self-contained and rigid with far greater options than current four-axis machines. The VersaMILL 4X has wet/dry milling capabilities for material appropriate processing, intelligent four-axis machining that reaches into undercuts and the ability to handle a broad range of indications including custom/hybrid abutments and dental bars. The VersaMILL’s superior construction enable it to machine a wide range of materials including zirconia, titanium, chrome cobalt, resin, wax, glass-ceramics, lithium disilicate and more. The new VersaMILL 4X is also compatible with any open CAD/SCAN solutions providing the flexibility to seamlessly process all imported or modified design files. For more information about the VersaMILL 4X or VersaMILL 5X 5-axis mill contact an Axsys Dental Solutions representative at 1-855-687-7941 or visit our Web-site at: www.axsysdental.com Axsys Dental Solutions 29627 West Tech Drive Wixom, MI 48393 www.axsysdental.com firstname.lastname@example.org 1.855.687.7941
Amann Girrbach America launches an entry level version of the Ceramill Motion 2 mill for in-house fabrication. Equipped with the precision and high performance components of the original Motion 2 five-axis...See more mill, this entry level four-axis Motion 2 is compact and versatile with far greater options than current four-axis machines. The four-axis Motion 2 has wet/dry milling and wet grinding capabilities for material appropriate processing, intelligent four-axis machining that reaches into undercuts, the ability to handle a broad range of indications and materials including zirconia, Sintron® millable chrome cobalt, resin, wax, glass-ceramics and lithium disilicate. The new four-axis Motion 2 is also compatible with any open scanning equipment providing the flexibility to seamlessly process all imported or modified .stl files. For more information about the Motion 2 four-axis or Motion 2 five-axis mill contact an Amann Girrbach America representative at 1-800-851-3719 or visit www.AmannGirrbachAmerica.com. To register for a demonstration in your area, visit www.CeramillLiveEvents.com. Amann Girrbach America, Inc. 5265 Parkway Plaza Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28217 www.AmannGirrbachAmerica.com info@AmannGirrbachAmerica.com 1.800.851.3719
Roland DGA Corp. has announced that its DWX-50 dental CAD/CAM milling machine has earned approval from 3M ESPE for the company's Lava Ultimate Restorative resin nano ceramic material. Built on more than...See more 20 years of proven CNC milling technology, the DWX-50 joins a growing list of open-architecture mills to receive this certification. "As an open-architecture system, the DWX-50 allows labs to customize their production environments with the most advanced tools and materials from industry leaders like 3M ESPE," said Brian Brooks, product manager for Roland DGA Corp. "This certification provides Roland labs everywhere with immediate access to one of the world's most innovative dental prosthetic materials. Together, the DWX-50 and Lava Ultimate Restorative provide labs with precision results, fast, efficient production, and exceptional durability for better overall patient care." A resin nano ceramic material that offers patients excellent esthetics and outstanding strength, Lava Ultimate Restorative can be characterized and finished without firing&mdas;dramatically reducing production time. The material is designed for long-term durability and backed by a 10-year warranty. Patients experience less wear to the opposing dentition than with glass ceramics and a tooth-like bite feel due to its excellent absorption of chewing forces. Should the underlying dentition need additional treatment or repair, the material is easily modified and repaired like real tooth structure. Paired with Lava Ultimate Restorative, the DWX-50 is the perfect way to bring previously outsourced work in house. Five-axis simultaneous machining capabilities and a 5-station automatic tool changer streamline production, and its open architecture design allows seamless integration with commercially available dental CAD/CAM software and hardware. The DWX-50 mills a variety of materials, including resin nano ceramic, zirconia, wax and PMMA. The DWX-50 is available from authorized Roland dental dealers. For more information, including where to purchase, please visit www.rolanddga.com/dental. For information on Lava Ultimate Restorative from 3M ESPE, visit www.3MESPE.com/LavaUltimate.
Ivoclar Vivadent announces it will conduct an online broadcast addressing the future of CAD/CAM in the dental laboratory on October 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST. Interested laboratory professionals...See more can register at www.FutureofCADCAM.com The Future of CAD/CAM online broadcast will provide viewers with the information they need to create sustainable business growth while taking advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead in the dental laboratory industry. Because different laboratories have different needs, the broadcast will address several processing solutions to support a variety of laboratory goals. Matt Roberts, CDT, AAACD, will demonstrate world-class esthetics and ways to satisfy all of a laboratory's restorative needs by blending both traditional techniques with new digital solutions. Nelson Rego, CDT, AAACD, will describe "real life" CAD/CAM integration and new bottom-line results that will change viewers' outlooks toward the future of the dental laboratory industry. Lee Culp, CDT, AAACD, will complement these presentations by sharing his experiences and the application of digital technology to combine high-level esthetics with high-volume production. Dr. George Tysowsky, Vice President of Technology for Ivoclar Vivadent, will introduce the program with a discussion of Ivoclar Vivadent's vision for the future of CAD/CAM. His presentation will include a review of the respected ceramic materials and comprehensive processing systems developed by Ivoclar Vivadent, including IPS Empress® as the ultimate option for metal-free esthetics, IPS e.max® as the leading option for esthetics and strength, and Wieland Zenostar® Full-Contour Zirconia as the best option for even higher strength restorations. "Ivoclar Vivadent revolutionized dentistry with IPS Empress® and has become a driving force in bringing contemporary ceramic materials to the dental industry," said Robert A. Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. "As the world leader in all-ceramic restorative materials, we are committed to offering dental professionals world wide the most advanced technologies, highest quality products, and world-class education." Innovative materials and processes are quickly evolving to change how the industry produces quality esthetic dentistry. The October 22nd online event will provide dental laboratory professionals with several solutions to support a variety of laboratory goals. Visit www.FutureofCADCAM.com to register today! For further information, please contact John Isherwood at 716.691-2233 or email@example.com
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David Lesh · October 11, 2012
There's always a lot of great technical talk here, but I would love to participate in some conversation about the trends taking place in the industry and how they affect us. I started Dale Dental 12 years...See more ago as a way for labs to get access to the restorations they needed to grow their business. To me however, Dale was always about more than the restorations or the cad/cam or anything else like that. Dale was about a paradigm shift in the way labs work. I believed then, as I do now, that labs needed to focus more on what they make, rather than how they make. I grew up in the old dental lab industry where technicians had to focus on the "how to make" things like the ratios and mixing of powder and water for accurate models or how to accurately cast alloys or get ceramics to fire just right. Today, technology lets labs focus more on creating the value their doctors need for some of their cases. Understanding your labs strongest value proposition and being able to articulate that to attract the dentists that need and will pay for it is, and will always be, critical for success. I look forward to discussing what I see as a new business model. One where labs start to really identify their strengths and "double down" on them instead of trying to be everything to any doctor that will "call them for a pick up" and, one where labs use scanners linked to a Dale Dental type, to access what they need as opposed to focusing on how to make everything and running equipment. Best to all Dave