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The subcontracting market is strong, thanks to the ever-growing demand for digitally fabricated restorations and steady demand for cast partial frameworks.
Are digital dentures coming our way? Also, to meet the growing demand for removable restorations, several manufacturers introduced new teeth and other accompanying products to enhance function, esthetics and efficiency.
Preat Corp.'s PRISM Milling Center now offers implant frameworks with a new pearl texture surface, which provides mechanical retention and maximum space for resin for increased esthetics. The frameworks...See more are created using selective laser melting and the finish lines and implant interfaces are then milled. PRISM also introduced digitally designed and printed chrome cobalt removable partial frameworks. Simply scan, design and email your .stl design file and you receive a finished and polished framework ready for try-in. Design files are accepted from 3Shape, DentalWings and Sensable systems. Preat Corp. also introduced a host of new products during LAB DAY, including: The Universal Plunger Loc is an easy-to-service titanium locking plunger for overdenture bars. It's the same size as the Lew Passive & Swiss Loc plungers and requires no special techniques. IC/Hannes Anchor is a spring-loaded retaining attachment that provides free movement for abutment protection without requiring an abutment crown. American Mini is an extracoronal, adjustable, resilient distal extension attachment that has a Delrin castable male and a stainless steel female. It's compatible with Mini-Dalbo and Swiss Mini systems. Hader Alignment Housings have an occlusal alignment groove to eliminate rotation and vertical and horizontal retention grooves for acrylic. They require less buccal/lingual space than traditional housings. Blue Hader Clip is ideal for significantly worn Hader and Round bars. O-ring implant abutments are now available for Branemark RP, Zimmer TSV NP, Zimmer TSV RP and compatible systems. Clix Ball Abutments feature a 2.25-mm female that provides an audible click and grabs a greater surface area of the ball abutment for more retention, less wear and less servicing. The abutments are now available for Zimmer TSV NP, Zimmer TSV RP and compatible systems. For more information, contact Preat at 800-232-7732 or visit www.preat.com.
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
Forty-five percent of respondents to LMT's exclusive 2012 Removable Survey rate the market as good and 35% classify it as fair. The majority say their removable business in the first half of 2012 is level...See more or just slightly up or down compared to all of 2011. At one end of the spectrum is the 9% of survey participants who say the market is booming and that business is markedly up. "All areas of our removable department are up. We had a record May and July was not far behind. As far as fixed, we are down double digits," says Gary Iocco, Owner, Dimension Dental Design, Hastings, MN. At the opposite end of the scale is the 11% who say the market is poor. "We're down 30 to 40%. Not much new work is coming in; mostly repairs, temporaries and nightguards," says the President of a New Jersey lab. About one third of our respondents are seeing an uptick in the number of complete dentures being prescribed by their GP clients. Restorations for which they've seen the greatest increase in demand include dentures with more esthetic characterization, implant-retained overdentures, economy dentures and hybrid dentures. Flexible Partials on the Rise More than 90% of our survey participants also offer partial dentures; on average, 80% of their workload is cast partials and 20% is flexible. However, demand for flexible partials is on the rise, with about half of our respondents selling more flexible partials than they did five years ago. And among those who are fabricating partials as a service to other labs, 21% note an increase in the demand for flexible partials. Partial denture outsourcing is also on the rise; about 20% say they are outsourcing more flexible and cast partials than they did in 2007. Sixty percent of our respondents outsource their cast partials and about a third outsource their flexible partials. On the following pages are LMT's Product Focus on denture-base materials, teeth and partial denture systems and Technology to Watch: AvaDent's Digital Denture, which features a digitally designed and milled denture base into which conventional denture teeth are set. In the Past Five Years The restorations for which demand has increased the most significantly are: • Complete dentures with whiter, brighter teeth • Flexible RPDs • Implant-retained overdentures • Economy dentures • Hybrid dentures The most significant advances in removables, according to respondents are: • Bleach denture tooth shades • More natural-looking denture teeth • Advances in thermoplastics • Improvements in acrylic teeth • Colored clasps Survey Demographics: LMT received 206 Removable Surveys via email and snail mail. The respondents represent an accurate regional cross-section of our industry and the breakdown by lab type is: 10% complete denture; 4% partial denture; 66% complete and partial denture; and 20% full service. More than three-quarters of the respondents are one- to five-person labs.
Mark Funderburk, CDT · September 4 at 8:42 am
Throughout my 34-year career as a technician, lab owner, manager, consultant and denturist, most of my problems have been the doctors' lack of training and experience in fixed and removable appliances....See more Since many dentists graduate with minimal lab experience—especially in removables—they get very frustrated by denture cases. In Indiana, technicians, assistants and other dental professionals can work directly with patients under the dentist's supervision and over the years I found myself spending more and more time working chairside with my dentist-clients on removable cases. Today, I consider myself a "Denture Practitioner" and Iâve found much success in this approach. I work chairside in three offices doing removables cases from start to finish and training the doctors and their staff on troubleshooting techniques. While I do most of the lab work in my own home laboratory, being in the office allows me to get the proper impression, proper bite, etc. needed to fabricate a quality product; I even guarantee every case I fabricate. I also help educate patients—explaining the entire process to them and talking about expectations before, during and after the process. Doctors love this because in a fast-paced office they often donât have the time to explain things thoroughly. In a nutshell, I take away the headaches from the dentist and his staff. I see this type of in-office position growing in popularity in the future. And while it can be very profitable—I bill for both my chairtime and the case itself—the best part is leaving at the end of the day with everyone feeling good about the process and confident in the results.
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.
Jensen Dental Announces Launch of the Preciso Education Connection; Contains Suite of Online Tools For CAD/CAM Users
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. - Jensen Dental today announced the launch of the Preciso Education Connection, a suite of online tools and information for users of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution. The Preciso...See more Education Connection makes it easy to access a variety of useful information for Jensen's CAD/CAM system. Assets available on the website include a variety of videos on each step of the digital restoration process including equipment set-up, scanning, designing, milling, restoration characterization, and sintering as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section containing additional helpful information. Also available on the site are a variety of recorded educational webinars providing additional instruction and education for each aspect of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution. "Jensen has built its reputation with dental laboratories over the last 35 years in large part due to our commitment to education. As Jensen continues to evolve and help our customers grow, the Preciso Education Connection is a natural extension of our educational offering. This resource is intended to make it easy to access the instructional information our digital customers need to integrate digital into their workflow, and consistently create beautiful results while increasing efficiencies in their lab," said Joseph Carofano, General Manager of Jensen Dental. Current users of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution can visit www.PrecisoEducation.com to begin accessing these new tools immediately. Dental laboratories looking to learn more about the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution and how materials such as Lava Plus High Translucency Zirconia and Lava Ultimate Restorative can help differentiate their lab are encouraged to visit www.PrecisoDental.com. Visitors to this site can learn more about the various components of Preciso through a variety of resources including, white papers, webinars, and ROI calculators. They can also call 800-243-2000 and ask to speak to a Jensen Sales Consultant for a one-on-one consultation on how to create beautiful results through digital dentistry. About Jensen Dental Jensen Dental helps dental laboratories and dentists create beautiful restorations more efficiently by offering a full suite of innovative solutions backed by world-class education and support. An international ISO 13485 certified dental product manufacturer and distributor, Jensen provides quality products and services including digital CAD/CAM systems and digital materials, alloys, refining, porcelain, investment, articulators, occlusal molds, furnaces, and removables. Jensen has been a trusted partner to dental lab technicians and dentists for more than 35 years. Media Contact Jensen Dental Joseph Carofano, General Manager (203) 239-2090 x 2238 firstname.lastname@example.org