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- August 2013
DTI has 20 laboratories around the U.S., with the flagship laboratory—and centralized milling center for all its labs—located in Dublin, CA. During the past two years, the Dublin facility has transitioned to 80% digital, downsized and increased the productivity of the remaining technicians by 89%.
And now, DTI has taken its commitment to digital dentistry one step further: Under the direction of DTI Chief Technology Officer Lee Culp, MicroDental North Carolina opened in March with the goal of being a completely digital laboratory. In addition to establishing a DTI presence in the southeast, the new 5,000-sq-ft facility will entirely rely on the efficiency of technology and Culp aims to have each technician designing or finishing, staining and glazing 50 or more full contour units per day.
"In Dublin, we've seen the efficiency levels that can be gained by switching to digital technology," says Culp. "MicroDental North Carolina is our testing ground to see if we can create...
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- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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"Our business will continue to change to meet new demands. It's less about the ability to manage change and more about the strength to lead change," said Ivoclar Vivadent's CEO Bob Ganley during his State of the Industry address to the more than 700 attendees at the 87th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting held at the Westin Michigan Avenue.
One development Ganley discussed is the growing irrelevance of geographical barriers due to new technology and the increasing competition between labs because of it. "You must understand who you are and have some kind of identifiable message on how you differentiate yourself. Now that's more important than ever," said Ganley.
In keeping with the meeting's "Winds of Change" theme, many of the other presentations focused on new technologies and adapting to an evolving landscape. Lee Culp, CDT, explained the cultural challenge of going digital in his lecture, Digital Workflow, from Production to Esthetics with Full Contour. The meeting also featured a three-part...
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The implant market isn't slowing down anytime soon. At Nobel Biocare's LAB DAY panel discussion, featuring laboratory owners and other industry experts, the company offered these statistics:
60 million people are edentulous in one arch or another.
The "nearly edentulous"—those with two or more teeth per arch—will grow to 39 million by 2015.
Projected growth for implant-supported restorations: 9.3% over the next four years.
The average lab produces about 30 implant abutments a month; 50% of them are done via CAD/CAM.
As the market grows and more and more dentists get involved, they're looking to their technician-partners for technical guidance. "The most exciting trend I'm seeing is how interested doctors are in communicating with us about complex implant cases," said Tom Wade, CDT, New Horizons Dental Lab, Broomfield, CO, one of the panelists. "They're really willing to sit side by side to discuss and plan cases and it's not uncommon for me to meet with both the restorative...
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- April 2011
There's a surge of interest in high-end dentistry and progressive laboratory owners are riding the crest of the wave.
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The Dawson Academy has welcomed both dentists and technicians in its courses since its inception in 1979, but its recent merger with Lee Culp's Institute of Oral Art and Design has allowed it to expand ...
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