A nationwide survey of dentists found 91.2 percent of respondents favoring the certification of the composition and ADA classification of the restorative materials they prescribe. More than 97 percent...See more said they would favor dental labs that included free materials certification with every case they ship. The survey was conducted by the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council, an industry non-profit that provides participating suppliers with certificates attesting to the composition and ADA classification of their products. The suppliers then include the certificates free with the materials they ship to labs for the labs to pass on to dentists with every case. The survey also asked dentists to name the major benefits they saw in the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram materials certification program. "Ensuring material quality and content" was named by 93.9 percent of the respondents, with 75.8 percent listing "Attesting to the quality of the lab." Other benefits selected included "Improving risk management" (54.5 percent) and "Streamlining record-keeping" (36.4 percent). To encourage completion of the surveys, the Council offered respondents a chance at winning a new Apple iPad tablet. Joy V. Poskozim, DDS, of Joyful Dental Care in Chicago, Illinois, had her name drawn to win the prize. More information on the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council and a list of over 40 alloy and ceramic suppliers certifying their products through the Council are available at www.IdentAlloy.org or by calling 888-577-2634.
Albensi Laboratories is named one of the 2013 Top Workplaces in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Based on employee surveys about the company's leadership, career opportunities and work flexibility,...See more Albensi was ranked sixth among 50 small companies (those with 50-149 employees). As one employee put it, "The management team appreciates my work, and is very supportive and great to work for." Based on the same survey, Don Albensi, Sr., CEO of Albensi Laboratories, was named the 2013 Top Boss for a small company. "I probably have as much enthusiasm today, if not more, than I did 34 years ago when we opened the lab," says Albensi, who has grown his staff from three employees to 95. "People call us a family-oriented business. I believe that's true and I treat my employees as if they were a part of my family." Winners of the Top Workplace Awards were recognized in a special publication of the Post-Gazette, an online directory and an awards presentation event at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Watch Don Albensi's taped interview with the Post-Gazette at www.post-gazette.com/business/topworkplaces .
Tallahassee, Fla. Dental patients have more to worry about than flossing and brushing daily—the restorations they put in their mouths have a direct impact on their overall health. As a result, the...See more National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is promoting transparency in dentistry and the role and value of trained dental technicians with the release of its new website and social media outlets. NADL will use its new website and social media platforms to serve as the foundation for its ongoing public awareness campaign, "What's In Your Mouth?" "It's important for dentists and patients to have a full understanding of where their dental restorations are coming from and what materials are used in the process," said Henry Martin, CDT, NADL President. "Restorations from certified dental labs meet national and industry standards. Problems occur when restorations are not made in certified dental labs." Poorly-made dental restorations—whether made in America or abroad—can lead to a range of health consequences for patients, and in turn, legal consequences for dentists. Growing demand for dental work in America has created a market that features both high-end and economy-priced work. Dental restorations increasingly are being imported from countries like China, India and Vietnam. Depending on the country, those dental laboratories may not be subject to the same scrutiny that domestic laboratories receive from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Domestic labs remain unregulated in more than 40 states. Prior to launching its campaign, NADL spent 18 months facilitating a series of focus group meetings and conducted national surveys with the dental laboratory industry to gather information about the current status of dental laboratories and their products. The purpose of the "What's in Your Mouth?" campaign is to provide dental consumers, dentists and the dental laboratory community with the knowledge they need to make important purchasing decisions. NADL launched its new website (www.whatsinyourmouth.us) and created a YouTube page for its informational videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/WIYMCampaign/videos) this month. "We are excited about the formal launch of our new website and YouTube videos," said Gary Iocco, NADL President Elect and Co-Chair of NADL's Public Awareness Committee. "We hope to use social media to spread awareness about the critical role of the certified dental technician." "It's our hope that the public will hear our message and share our videos and website with their friends and followers," said Leon Hermanides, CDT, NADL Board Member and Co-Chair of NADL's Public Awareness Committee. For information on the campaign, please visit the NADL website: www.nadl.org.
The National Association of Dental Laboratories is pleased to announce the launch of two new social media outlets that will serve as the foundation of NADL's ongoing public awareness campaign to address...See more core policy objectives that promote "transparency in dentistry" and the role and value of a competently trained dental technician. "During the last year and half, NADL has conducted a series of focus group meetings, conducted national surveys with the dental laboratory industry to gather ideas and input for the messaging for this campaign, the core of this objective has now come to fruition, there is much work to do going forward to ensure that the message is heard" says Henry Martin, CDT, NADL President. The new social media outlets are www.whatsinmymouth.us and https://www.youtube.com/user/WIYMCampaign/videos The information gathered on these sites provides comprehensive information for the dental consumer, dentists and the dental laboratory community. The campaign to promote these sites to consumer organizations and dental organizations and the dental community will take place starting in August 2013. The goal is to encourage interested parties to include these web references on their own social media platforms so that a broader population of individuals can be reached. "We are excited about the formal launch of these two major components of NADL's comprehensive public awareness campaign, advocating for the role of the dental technician is paramount to NADL's mission as an organization" says Gary Iocco, NADL President Elect and Leon Hermanides, CDT, NADL Board Member, who serve as Co-Chairs of the Public Awareness Committee. For information on the campaign and how to help get the message out contact NADL at email@example.com.
Find Everything Surveys on The BRIDGE!
The BRIDGE is an online network from LMT dedicated exclusively for members of the Dental Laboratory community. Join free to learn more about Surveys and other topics.
Manchester, NH Owner: National Dentex; Lab President: Lynn Jenkins 108 employees “H&O Dental Lab valuescomplete honesty and trust; open, two-way communication; mutual respect; individual accountability;...See more and total commitment. Management always acknowledges team member accomplishments such as first, fifth, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th anniversaries; perfect attendance; and achieving CDT certification. We also have monthly themed events for various holidays and traditions. To ensure open communication, we have morning huddles, a 15-minute meeting during which each section leader discusses the upcoming day; weekly department meetings; and quarterly lab-wide meetings. To encourage people to share their ideas, the lab recently installed a suggestion box and conducts team surveys and focus groups to measure the effectiveness of communication strategies and discuss ways to further encourage open-door policies. Everyone’s voice is valued, and that makes me feel like a part of the team and appreciated. It gives me the chance to share my ideas and possibly help the lab grow and create more opportunities down the road.” ~Tony Huertas, Practice Support Manager, H&O Dental Lab
The buzz at the Dental Laboratory Owners Association of California’s CAD/CAM Symposium in November 2005: rapid prototyping technology. First developed in the 1980s and used in the automotive and...See more aerospace industries, the technology had laboratory owners enthusiastic about what was called the “next generation of CAD/CAM.” Advocates said the additive technology would result in increased efficiency and less material waste. Those forecasts were spot on. The technology continues to revolutionize the way laboratories fabricate waxups and metal restorations. And, like CAD/CAM, it’s changing things quickly. Since 2011, the percentage of laboratories who offer 3D printed metal restorations has tripled (from 8% to 24%) and the percentage with a rapid prototyping system for wax has more than doubled (from 8% to 17%), according to LMT’s Digital Technology Surveys. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
After years of speculation, CAD/CAM came to fruition in the dental laboratory in 1998 with the official U.S. launch of the Procera® AllCeram Crown, featuring an aluminum oxide coping milled at Nobel...See more Biocare’s production facility in Sweden. The success of Procera—and the introduction of a dozen new in-lab milling systems in the early 2000s—fueled intense interest among laboratory owners and made CAD/CAM the hot topic for the unforeseeable future. The automated manufacturing process afforded an efficient, consistent method of production and also opened the door to using zirconia, the strongest material on the market for all-ceramic restorations; other material options, depending on the system, included aluminum oxide, lithium disilicate, composite, gold, non-precious alloys, reinforced ceramic-based materials and titanium. As the number of systems on the market multiplied, laboratory owners who wanted to get on board grappled with purchasing decisions. Some opted to outsource, but many have made the investment; LMT’s 2013 Digital Technology survey found that 55% of full service and C&B laboratories have some type of digital equipment in-house. The extent to which CAD/CAM has revolutionized our industry in such a short time is inarguable. In just 10 years, the percentage of CAD/CAM-milled restorations fabricated by labs has increased tenfold: according to LMT’s surveys, in 2003, CAD/CAM restorations were only 4% of the total C&B workload; they now make up 41%. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
"Let me invite you into the pages of Lab Management Today...our goal is to give you the tools you need to build a better, more profitable, smoothly operating dental laboratory business," wrote Publisher...See more Judy Fishman in Lab Management Today's inaugural issue. After its first few months, it became clear that LMT was destined to be more than just another industry trade magazine. LMT quickly earned its reputation as the "Go-To" resource for business, marketing and management strategies. We devised several ground-breaking crown experiments, created the much-anticipated biennial Wage and Fee surveys, implemented the industry's most comprehensive Buyer's Guide directory and brought you a comprehensive look at the State of the Industry every five years. Thirty years later, we keep innovating, always with you in mind: in print through LMT magazine, in person through LMT LAB DAY and online at www.LMTmag.com. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
The subcontracting market is strong, thanks to the ever-growing demand for digitally fabricated restorations and steady demand for cast partial frameworks.