What do you get when you combine knowledge, patience, humor and dedication? These are just a few words to describe this year's NADL Excellence in Education Award Winner, Craig Pickett, CDT. Our Technical...See more Manager has been involved in dental technology for 36 years, 7 of which have been spent here at Whip Mix. Craig trains new employees, helps customers on the phone or via email with tech support, publishes articles and travels the world to teach technicians. On top of all of this, he stays busy with family and community service. If you have the opportunity to hear Craig speak, I promise you will leave smarter and with a smile on your face. Both Anne Steinbock and Craig will be in Chicago. Stop by to see them (along with my other rockstar teammates) to give them a much-deserved high-five or fist-pump!
During the Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas in January, the NADL welcomed its new president, Gary Iocco, President of Dimension Dental Design in Hastings, MN, and honored several other industry members: 2014...See more CDT of the Year Award: Wilma Peterson, CDT, Manager of Education at Glidewell Laboratory, Newport Beach, CA Educator of the Year Award: Renata Budny, CDT, TE, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY Excellence in Education Award: Craig Pickett, CDT, TE, Manager of Technical support at Whip Mix Corp. The Harry Hagman, CDT Inventors Award: Bob Rusler, President of Indiana Dental Prosthetics, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements: Dr. C. William D’Aiuto of Longwood, FL Supplier Member of the Year: Zahn Dental LMT congratulates all the recipients.
D&S Group, Inc. of Waunakee, WI recently welcomed the experienced Hootman Dental Laboratory of Rockford, IL as its newest laboratory facility. Serving the dental community of northern Illinois and...See more southern Wisconsin since 1927, Hootman Dental Laboratory brings tremendous history, tradition and experience to the D&S Group. The Rockford based laboratory will serve as D&S’s southerly hub for improved presence in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Travis Zick, President of D&S Dental Group, Inc., said “This partnership allows us to expand into a new market and team up with some great people. We’re excited about bringing our philosophy of service, education, and quality craftsmanship—backed by competitive pricing—to the northern Illinois arena.” While Hootman’s experience and locale will improve D&S’s Midwestern presence, D&S’s command of the newest and most efficient dental technologies will boost the Illinois lab’s technological capacities and product selection. Digital impression scans, digital design, CAD/CAM milling services, immediate access to the latest materials and products, and additional technological resources will now be offered on Hootman’s list of services. “The collaboration will both enhance and expand upon our current product offerings to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of both existing and potential clients,” said Debra Swenson, President of Hootman Dental Laboratory. “With new state-of-the-art technology, affordable pricing, additional continuing education opportunities, and an expanded well of expertise and knowledge to draw from, Hootman will continue to be the best laboratory choice for area dental professionals.” For more about D&S Group, Inc., including products and services offered, visit dnsdental.com.
At the recent American Dental Association Annual Session, the ADA House of Delegates passed Resolution 52. This resolution says, "Resolved that in order to enhance dental patient health and safety, the...See more ADA urges all state dental boards to register U.S. dental laboratories." The culmination of ADA taking this step has been more than ten years in the making. NADL President-Elect Gary Iocco and Bill D'Aiuto, DDS, former Chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and a current Trustee for the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology testified at the ADA proceedings on this resolution. "Doctors from around the country testified at Reference Committees Hearings and on the House of Delegates floor in favor of Resolution 52, commenting that this was a supportive measure to ensure the domestic dental laboratory industry would thrive in the future by ensuring basic standards of operation," says Iocco. Dentistry is regulated at the state level through boards of dentistry. Those regulatory boards oversee everything from business requirements, continuing education and other practice criteria required to operate for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and in a few states dental laboratories and technicians. Due to its governance structure, the ADA relies on the actions of independent state associations/societies to foster policies at the state level. This is why, in most cases, to get something done on a nationwide basis takes a long time. However, if ADA policy recommends a certain path, it is generally widely adopted at the grassroots level. During the course of the last 10 years, NADL and NBC have worked diligently with the staff and elected leadership of the American Dental Association and other allied dental organizations to change the perspective of how regulations and best practices are looked at with respect to dental laboratories. For many years, ADA has maintained a high level of respect for the "Certified Dental Technician" credential. Within existing ADA policy, there are many references to dentists, at all levels to work with CDTs, as the policy narrative speaks to the competency of the technician due to their likely formal education and their verified skill and knowledge through national examinations. In recent years, through the efforts of the NADL, the ADA House of Delegates has passed additional policy resolutions that address both patient contact material disclosure and point of origin disclosure to enhance both dentist as well as patient transparency. What has been missing is a tie to enforcing such best practices. The fact that the new resolution passed addresses laboratory registration provides a platform where a political discussion within the states can take place on integrating a comprehensive set of standards. As a result, it is likely there will be better enforcement of existing laws and regulations. "The fact that ADA even took such a policy stand is a huge victory and cannot be overstated," says Henry Martin, CDT, 2013 NADL President. NADL will continue to work collaboratively with the ADA, and with state dental laboratory associations to ensure that moving forward any new regulations that are considered at the state level are created in a manner that patient health and safety are the outcomes achieved while maintaining an eye towards minimizing the costs of compliance. For more information on the NADL, visit www.nadl.org.
It is with great sadness that we must share news of the passing of Arlo King, CDT and Director of Technical Services for DENTSPLY Prosthetics. Arlo was well-known, -liked and -respected throughout the...See more dental industry as the face and leader of DENTSPLY's laboratory technical support services. Those who knew Arlo were acutely aware of his love of the trade and strong loyalty to DENTSPLY. It was Arlo's goal to get better so he could get back to work. As he stated it in a recent text message, "I just can't go to work, so I am going to work from home." Arlo joined DENTSPLY Ceramco in 1992 at the close of his 20-year U.S. Air Force military career. It was in the military where Arlo gained his training as a dental laboratory technician and launched his dental career. The influence of his military background was apparent in Arlo's can-do, get-it-done attitude. You could always count on his no-nonsense, honest opinion. Those who knew Arlo were familiar with his great sense of humor and infectious laugh. One of his favorite stories to share was the time he had to take full-body impressions of the Air Force pilots for special gear—and it included both male and female crew. Arlo's sense of humor and genuine caring for his team, co-workers and customers made working with him a pleasure. At the core of his being, Arlo was a teacher. He was the unequivocal, go-to person for all things DENTSPLY technical. As a matter of fact, he had his own DENTSPLY Ceramco web page - "Ask Arlo". He, not only possessed technical mastery and was very patient, but he also had the gift for being able to communicate his knowledge at a level which made details easy to understand and learning less intimidating. Surely his teaching ability stemmed from his passion for learning. Give him a technical hurdle, the next chance he had, he'd be doing his homework to figure out how to solve it. This ability helped Arlo lead DENTSPLY from a traditional materials manufacturer to an integrated digital service provider. During his 21-year career with DENTSPLY, Arlo was the technical lead for the Prosthetics product portfolio. In 2001, he played a key role in the launch of Ceramco® 3, which remains a leading global porcelain system. In 2009, he worked to develop the industry's first digital denture prescription, TruRx®, which bears a U.S. patent in his name. Arlo's accomplishments list is extensive. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He has published articles in the major dental technical trade journals. Arlo has provided technical consult to key dental thought leaders. He has received numerous awards. Though highly regarded throughout the industry, Arlo was humble and spoke little of his lofty accomplishments. One of the accolades that meant a great deal to him was the "Excellence in Education" award, presented to him in 2008 by the National Association of Dental Labs in recognition of his outstanding educational contributions to the Dental Laboratory profession. When not working, Arlo enjoyed creating, from carpentry/remodeling to gardening to photography. He was a natural craftsman, cultivating all that he could touch around him. He took great pride in sharing that his yard didn't have a blade of grass out-of-place. Arlo also enjoyed traveling, and on-the-road for DENTSPLY was where Arlo spent many hours. For a few years, his home-away-from home was an apartment in York, PA. During this time he used to joke that he didn't care what he ate, so long as it wasn't on a paper plate! Arlo loved his family, especially his grandbabies, who were the light of his life. He rarely took vacation, but made an exception when it came to visiting his children. On behalf of Arlo's DENTSPLY global family, we extend our heart-felt condolences to Arlo's wife, Archie, sons, Rickie and David, daughter-in-laws, Doris and Lilia and his six grandchildren. We are forever grateful for Arlo's leadership and friendship which have immeasurably enriched our lives and the dental industry.
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In the early 1980s, industry forecasters predicted a boon in implant placement, a prediction that was premature for a market still in its infancy. Inadequate education, inconsistent techniques and unpredictable...See more results contributed to resistance on the part of many dentists and laboratories. However, by the time we entered the new millennium, implant treatment became the first choice in tooth replacement thanks to technical advancements, long-term success rates, and the abundance of manufacturer-provided education. The advent of CAD/CAM and cone beam technology further impacted the precision of implant placement with the development of sophisticated treatment planning software and surgical guides, making surgery more straightforward for the doctor and less traumatic for the patient. As of 2013, laboratories reported that two-thirds of their dentist-clients were prescribing implant restorations, according to LMT’s Implant Survey. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
If you’re a regular LAB DAY Chicago attendee it may be hard to believe that a show known to be the largest gathering of dental laboratory decision makers in North America began with just 30 exhibitors...See more and about 275 attendees. Prior to 1985, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS)’s MidWinter Meeting was housed in the downtown Hilton Hotel and a handful of companies hosted programs for the laboratory community across the street in the Blackstone Hotel. But in 1985, the CDS moved its meeting to the convention center, which left some companies up in the air about what to do for their technician customers. LMT President Judy Fishman—agreeing with some laboratory manufacturers who felt their companies would be dwarfed at the MidWinter—booked space at the Blackstone and offered exhibit tables to laboratory product marketers. The rest is history: This month, we celebrate our 30th Lab Day in Chicago with more than 200 exhibitors, over 3,000 expected attendees and nearly 250 educational programs. In 1990, it was time to take the show on the road and LMT held its first Lab Day West in Southern California, now the largest dental laboratory trade show on the West coast. In 2000, we introduced Lab Day East in New York City, which makes an exciting move to Atlantic City in 2015. Visit LMTmag.com on Monday for another LMT Memorable Moment.
The phrase “Like father, like son,” has never been better illustrated than at last year’s American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) meeting in Seattle. At the event, Bill Brown, CDT,...See more Owner of Brown Dental Lab in Issaquah, WA, and his son, Kevin Brown, DDS, became the first father-son team to simultaneously receive AACD accreditation. A technician for over 40 years, Bill has always been close with his kids. While growing up, Kevin and his brother, Craig, spent a lot of time in their dad’s lab, learning waxing techniques and becoming familiar with anatomy. Craig eventually joined the lab as a ceramist and Kevin opted to go to dental school. “One of the reasons I got into dentistry was to work with my dad,” he says. After graduation, Kevin joined a practice close to his father’s lab and began sending Bill all of his ceramic work. “Dad’s lab is on my way home and I always stop by and help out with cases,” he says. “We can work side by side on a case, which is helpful in communicating.” When Kevin learned about the AACD’s accreditation process, he seized the opportunity for a new challenge and convinced his dad to work toward accreditation with him. The process is broken down into three sections: a comprehensive written exam, case submissions and an oral exam. The required cases are very specific, requiring before, during and after photographs and written documentation that are evaluated by a panel of AACD accreditation judges; technicians must submit three cases (six or more indirect anterior restorations, one or two indirect anterior restorations, and a tooth replacement using a bridge or implant) while dentists are required to submit five. The Browns teamed up for three of the cases. Their focus was on maintaining consistency in documenting the process, especially the photographs of the different stages. The two men even purchased identical digital cameras so they could use the same settings and make sure the finest details were visible while they were completing their work. While they worked on their accreditation cases, Bill and Kevin were required to attend the AACD’s Advanced Accreditation Workshop and Criteria Workshop, continuing education courses that help technicians and dentists learn to discern fine details and critique cosmetic restorations. The two men worked evenings and weekends and submitted their cases over a four-year period, passing all requirements, and moved on to the final step: an oral examination before a panel of accreditation judges. They took their oral exams on the same day and both received their accreditation on the first try. Bill is now one of only 42 technicians worldwide that have received AACD accreditation. The downside to working with Dad? “I can’t really say there is one,” Kevin says. “We’re both learning and progressing. We’re not afraid of critiquing each other, so maybe we said too much at times, but I never got uninvited to Sunday dinner!” Bill is also thrilled with the experience. “This whole thing is like a dream come true,” he says. “Words can’t express how proud I am. I’m proud of my work, but I’m 10 times more impressed with Kevin.”
Terry Fohey · April 11, 2012
Dear LMT: A number of months ago, I went to a Georgia Work Ready meeting in an attempt to be a good participant in my local government. Georgia Work Ready is a government-funded program that creates...See more programs to improve job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce. I was shocked to see that only three businesses were represented. Due to the low turnout, I had plenty of airtime to voice my concerns in regard to the dental laboratory community. I explained that many restorations are fabricated outside the U.S., which is taking jobs away from U.S. technicians and about the lack of disclosure and the fact that the patient has no clue as to where his crowns are being made. I don't want to prevent work from being sent offshore but I feel the patient has a right to know. If the consumer is given a choice, I believe that, based on China's dismal track record with numerous manufactured goods and its disrespect for the intellectual property of others, many will choose the American-made product. At the conclusion of the meeting, Senator Frank Ginn and I continued our discussion and he later visited my laboratory. He listened to the staff members, who share my concerns, and recognized that we provide a nice work environment, health benefits and what he considers to be a high-tech kind of a business in which people with a vocational education can actually get a good job. After a couple of months, I received a phone call from Senator Ginn and he shared his intention to propose legislation— SB375—requiring any dental laboratory conducting business in Georgia to disclose to the dentist the material contents and the point of origin of every dental restoration. It would also require the dentist to disclose this information to the patient prior to placing it in his mouth. I told him I was willing to do anything I could to help. To promote support, I invited my friends in the business to stand behind the legislation. I contacted Bill Thomas, CDT, from Smile Science in Cleveland, GA, who is a member and participant in the NADL and Georgia Dental Lab Association. I also contacted several of my clients who hold influential positions within the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) and other good dentists around the state. The amount of support among the dentists I contacted was shocking. Many of them agreed that SB375 [disclosure of materials and point of origin] was great legislation and the right thing to do. We collectively began an enormous grassroots effort to gather further proponents, including dentists, labs and patients. The GDA board of trustees, who wrote the proposed legislation, assured me everyone was behind the bill and they were confident the Governor would sign it. However, when I then spoke with the Executive Director of the GDA I heard a different story. Although she acknowledged the benefits of the bill, she also said association members were Republicans and they believed we don't need more regulations on our businesses. Therefore, she claimed, the GDA would not work against SB375 but it would not work for it. I went to the Capitol and spoke with the Health and Human Services Subcommittee that was reviewing the bill. I explained that crowns from China and other countries being sold here claim to use the same high quality materials we use at NuCraft yet are being sold for less than we can even purchase those same materials for—never mind our labor costs. For that to be possible, I said, there had to be something dishonest and not transparent in regard to the materials they claim to be using. But the subcommittee members had zero questions. Based on their lack of interest, I knew the bill would never make it out of the subcommittee. In fact, the bill is officially dead for this year. It can be brought up again next year but would have to be resubmitted by a Senator, rewritten and reassigned a new number. In frustration and disbelief, I called all the dentists who had supported the bill and explained that I couldn't understand what happened. I cannot overemphasize how many very fair, honest and good dentists actually tried to fall on the sword for the dental lab profession just to ensure this bill passes! So, now I wonder: are the politicians scared of transparency? Are dentists? Are dental laboratories? All I know is that I have not encountered a single patient who doesn't think he has a right to know what is being placed in his mouth. I ran into a friend of mine who is a large vegetable supplier for Publix supermarkets in Georgia. When I told him the story about the legislation, he was in disbelief. He said, "You mean that for every potato I sell, I have to be able to tell the government what field it came from, what truck it rode on, etc. and dentistry can make a restoration and put it in my mouth and never have to tell me where it came from? You have to be kidding me!" So, why are dentistry and politicians so afraid of a bill from a freshman Senator who recognized a real problem and proposed a solution? SB375 is simply about disclosure. It does not restrict anyone from importing dentistry. Instead, it just makes us all play by the same rules. ~ Terry Fohey, CDT, Owner NuCraft Dental Arts Bogart, GA