Frameworks fabricated by Nick Hayden, Owner of Partial Foundations Dental Lab.
ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, a group of 29 practices around the country, is planning to double its network and hire up to 70 implant technicians in the next several years.
With LMT’s LAB DAY Chicago right around the corner—February 26 and 27—it’s time to finalize your plans to get the most out of our industry’s biggest, busiest show! Here’s a look at some of the special promotions, raffles and demonstrations available inside the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
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At the 12th Annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium, LMT got a first-hand look at more esthetic materials, new software upgrades, more powerful equipment, and more!
Over the last half century, Dickerman Dental Prosthetics has made many changes, but one thing has remained the same: at age 83, Founder Myron Dickerman still comes to the laboratory every day.
That’s the question on everyone’s mind these days, especially since the NADL released an alert on the in-house milling of custom abutments in November. Here are the details, including the NADL’s alert, the FDA’s heightened enforcement efforts, and responses from the marketplace.
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- December 2015
Six-and-a-half-year-old Helena Sofinski wanted something fun to do in the lab last summer, so her parents, Joseph Sofinski and Alisa Meheljic-Sofinski—Owners of AFX Dental Lab in Dewitt, NY—asked her to replicate an oversized clay molar with Play-Doh. Alisa told her to look at the lines in the clay molar and mimic them as best she could. Helena, who’s always been artistic, created a green molar in about a half an hour. Next on Alisa’s list is teaching Helena how to manipulate the consistency of porcelain. But while she’s interested in learning new things in the lab, Helena still doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up. Right now, she says she would love to be a dog walker and thinks it’s “really cool” to be featured in LMT magazine.
Eric Nunnally discusses the high-tech dental practice he joined, as well as cutting-edge technology he will and won’t include in his office.
Luke Kahng, CDT, explains his technique for matching a custom shade for a female patient in her mid-30s who needed a new crown for tooth #8 and was specifically concerned with the esthetics and color of her smile.
- November 2015
“Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone!” ~ Anthony Burgess, author of Clockwork Orange
Not everyone who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) snores and not everyone who snores has OSA, but if you snore—or reside with a snorer like I do—you’re probably not always getting the best quality sleep.
Sleep deprivation contributes to a decline in cognitive processes, creates anxiety and depression and can lead to a myriad of serious heart-related and other medical conditions. So, clearly, that’s simply not acceptable. Sleep we must!
So Andy and I have sought treatment for his very loud, irregular snoring and that landed us in the world of sleep studies and CPAP machines. Since OSA is a medical condition, diagnosis and treatment must be left up to physicians but there is a definite and strong medical/dental connection.
Quite a few years ago, former Lab Owner Alan Barnes became fascinated with the field of...
Michael Suris fabricates a three-unit monolithic zirconium bridge using Sirona’s new inLab SW15 design software and one set of impressions.
“We knew we could no longer build a value proposition around technology that can be procured by anyone,” says Lab Owner Mike Hill. Read about his strategies for engaging clients on a new level.
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In 2012, CAD/CAM hit the sleep apnea appliance market and today there are three appliances fabricated via digital technology:
ResMed’s Narval™ CC was the first digitally fabricated sleep apnea device. Manufactured with laser sintering, the device is made of a durable, flexible, lightweight biocompatible polymer material and fabricated at ResMed’s facility in Chatsworth, CA. Eight labs in the U.S. are authorized to distribute the appliance and the company may consider additional laboratory partners. Call 858-836-6281 for more information.
Panthera’s D-SAD™ (Digital-Sleep Apnea Device) is printed in Polymer 12, a flexible, lightweight organic surgical nylon. Panthera is the exclusive manufacturer; it provides the appliance directly to dentists and also subcontracts to laboratories. For details, call 855-233-0388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MicroDental Laboratories’ MicrO2™ Sleep and Snore Device is the only milled device. It’s designed...
In 2009, one of Charles Lloyd’s dentist-clients asked him if he could make a patient demonstration model to explain obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment. Nine months later, the Airhead™ was born. The 3D model of the patient’s head and airway rotates to clearly illustrate the effects of OSA and the benefits of an oral appliance.
“It’s a very niche item and I won’t be getting rich or famous with it,” jokes Lloyd, Owner of TMD Technologies, Inc. in Snellville, GA, who has been involved in the sleep appliance market for over a decade. “But it attracts the attention of TMD/sleep dentists at the sleep conferences I attend and gives me the opportunity to then talk about my expertise in the field.”
Lloyd invested $17,000 to develop, patent and manufacture the product—which he has made one at a time in a resin material and then handpainted. So far, he has sold 400 Airheads which retail for $385. “Sleep dentists who explain...
The sleep apnea market presents some unique challenges for labs. LMT explains what you need to know to navigate this niche.
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In patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea, the mandible falls back as the brain approaches the deepest stages of sleep and the muscles of the airway fully relax, which is what causes the obstruction. When the brain senses breathing is compromised, it forces the body out of the deepest stage of sleep in order to regain control of the jaw muscles and reopen the airway. This can occur over and over during the night and, as a result, the patient’s sleep is extremely fragmented.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression and other ailments. A major symptom is extremely loud snoring; other indications are persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache. OSA most commonly affects middle-aged...
An estimated 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances have proven to be a viable option for treatment and a huge opportunity for dentists and labs, but there are numerous complexities in the market.
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. . . to be Jolly, yes, but not because the Christmas holiday is two months away. ’Tis because it’s show season and it’s off to an outstanding start with over 1,000 attendees for the first time ever at LMT LAB DAY East! This, despite the fact that there were three other key industry programs the same weekend (Nobel Biocare and Sirona events in Las Vegas and the National Denturist Association’s 9th Annual Conference in nearby Washington, DC)!
Though we had a good feeling about leaving our former location in New York City for the resort town of Atlantic City, NJ, we couldn’t have anticipated a more wonderful weekend experience. The Convention Center Exhibit Hall was bright and airy and enabled us to provide a comfortable and spacious environment. Attendees drove into the area from all directions and, once there, were greeted with balmy weather and the smell of the ocean; a calming departure from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan.
In comparison to years...
Using his Scoop Technique with IPS e.max Press MT from Ivoclar Vivadent, Rafael Santrich, CDT, restores teeth with the natural value, chroma and translucency demanded in the anterior region.
How to Fabricate Anterior Crowns Using KATANA Multi-Layered Zirconia with the Stain and Glaze Technique
Jean Chiha, CDT, shares his step-by-step CAD/CAM process for fabricating four anterior crowns using Noritake KATANA STML (Super Translucent Multi-Layered Zirconia) combined with his own highly successful conventional techniques.
- October 2015
“Retirement can be amazing if you plan ahead… ” Former Lab Owner Jim McDermott shares his after-lab life takeaways.
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DTG celebrates the sharing of knowledge and techniques among its members to enhance everyone’s skills. This philosophy was palpable at the second annual DTG Symposium in August, which included the first ever World Mixed Dental Arts Championship competition.
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Henry Schein’s Labnext is a cloud-based lab management software specifically designed for digital dentistry. The open system integrates with a variety of scanners, design software and practice management software packages and is tightly integrated with the company’s DDX (Digital Dental Exchange).
DDX is a HIPAA-compliant, web-based digital portal that helps labs accept digital files, manage casework digitally and create new lines of communication with clients. The dentists can submit all their digital scans, X-rays and photos via DDX. The laboratory can customize the case submission form and require the dentist to enter specific information, eliminating the need for data entry in the lab and minimizing errors and follow up.Streamline WorkflowWhen a dentist submits a case, the lab receives a notification in the DDX or Labnext software or via email and logs in to start the case. “When I get a case via DDX, an email pops up on my phone and I know right away that I have a...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 21 at 5:10 pm
Evident software helps the laboratory streamline its production workflow, from enabling dentists to submit cases and photos through the lab’s website, coordinating scheduling to maximize production capacity, to shipping and billing the final case.
“With so many details to keep track of in the lab, if you miss even a small detail, it can easily lead to a larger problem. Using Evident, our workflow is error-proof because it has numerous flags to indicate when something starts to go wrong,” says Jayme Hong, CEO, IDOC Dental Lab, Orange, CA.
For example, if a case gets delayed in production, the software has an internal alert system that immediately sends a notification to the designated person. The software can generate a “to do” list and email reminders for each technician so tasks don’t slip through the cracks.
Another aspect of Evident that Hong likes: it generates packaging lists including the patient’s name, ship data and the contents of the shipping...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 21 at 5:03 pm