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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...
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Since its debut 25 years ago, LMT’s LAB DAY West has grown from a regional show with 800 attendees to the largest dental laboratory trade show on the West Coast and a truly international event. This year’s show in Garden Grove, CA, drew 1,706 laboratory owners, managers and technicians, hailing from 27 states and 10 other countries.
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Recently, I was talking to industry veteran George Obst about my startup years and our conversation got me thinking about how the priorities of a small business owner shift as the business matures.
In the beginning, it was all about having enough customers to pay the bills while at the same time making sure our products—the magazine and then LAB DAY—met the needs of the market so we could be sure we’d keep being able to pay those bills. Those were the years of 100-hour workweeks.
Once we established our market presence, we continued to build market share and market value. Four years after starting LMT we introduced Synergy, a magazine for both dental technicians and dentists. We knew it was “an idea ahead of its time” but were eager to push the envelope because we truly believe in the importance of the team effort. However, the market wasn’t receptive and we learned quickly what made us happy and what made us unhappy in our work lives; we folded it after...
As part of our ongoing State of the Industry 2015 coverage, LMT Editors visited the world’s largest dental show to bring you the scoop on the latest product and process innovations worldwide—including digital dentures, laser milling and more—and what else is coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
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At the close of LMT LAB DAY Chicago, a huge crowd gathered at the Harvest Dental booth as George Papps (left) and Sasha der Avanessian (right) presented Harvest Dental’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Russell DeVreugd, CDT, in recognition of his commitment and contributions to dental technology. A widely respected industry veteran, DeVreugd is an international consultant and lecturer, author and developer of the DeVreugd Occlusal Compass technique for creating functional occlusal morphology.
GC America launched three new products at LMT LAB DAY Chicago:
New to its Initial ceramic line, Initial LiSi veneering ceramic is ideal for lithium disilicate frameworks. It can be used for layering and cut-back techniques or for full anatomical frameworks stained with GC Initial Lustre Pastes NF.
Initial IQ Lustre Paste NF Gum Shades help to create a lifelike transition from the crown margin to the gingival. The gum-colored pastes match natural gingival shades, offering a natural harmony, and match to both low and high CTE ceramics, making them compatible with the complete GC Initial ceramic range.
The new CERASMART block with Universal Mandrel offers excellent physical properties and impact dispersion due to the fully homogeneous and evenly distributed nano ceramic network. It offers lifelike esthetics, milling accuracy, fast mill time and self-polishing properties and is ideal for posterior, anterior, inlay, onlay and implant restorations.
For more information, call 800-323-7063 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
At LMT LAB DAY Chicago, B&D presented its three latest innovations:
The Origin Proteus 5x is a five-axis milling machine for dry milling zirconia and wax/PMMA and wet milling titanium, CrCo, glass ceramics and implant blanks. It has a small footprint, features highly accurate servo motors and has a one-disc holder. Also available: a four-axis model with a two-disc holder.
The Origin SmartCrown™ System (previously known as ProActive Crown), a cavity-fighting crown. A zirconia crown is milled and pockets are created in the mesial and distal sides of the crown while in the green (soft) stage. The pockets are filled with resin-modified glass ionomer that releases cavity-inhibiting fluoride ions into the interproximal areas. B&D is working with multiple laboratories in order to establish them as certified SmartCrown partners to provide this patents-pending technology.
ORIGIN Beyond zirconia offers a translucency similar to lithium disilicate. It has esthetic qualities combined...
Launched as a milling center at LAB DAY Chicago 2010, Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) has expanded rapidly in the past five years. In addition to milling services, it now distributes a variety of digital equipment and materials and has recently entered into several new distribution agreements, further expanding its product line.
Most recently, CAP has started distributing a significant array of GC laboratory products; this is CAP’s latest foray into offering non-digital laboratory products. Also, since January, CAP has been Amann Girrbach (AG)’s premier partner in North America. Although not the exclusive distributor of AG products, CAP is the only distributor selling the complete line of AG equipment, material and tools, as well as enhancing training and customer support.
Among the products CAP showcased at the show:
The new CAP Z Complete, a 1,100-MPa, highly translucent zirconia, similar to CAP FZ. It comes in white discs with a complete green state coloring system. This...
In the company’s ballroom at LAB DAY Chicago, Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ted Smudde (left) congratulates Brandon Walsh, an in-house technician at Wing, Mack and Smith in Newark, OH. Walsh was the lucky winner of an Ivobase-System, a fully automated press injector worth nearly $10,000.
LMT LAB DAY is always the place for new U.S. product launches and this year didn’t disappoint: attendees got the first look at new lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units; digital fabrication materials, such as zirconia for anterior use and PEEK; and solutions for removable prostheses, including some digital fabrication processes.
3D BioCAD introduced the TruMill line of precision wet milling machines. The X550 is a five-axis unit for fabricating copings, bars, zirconia, IPS e.max and abutments in ceramic and metal, and the X440 is a four-axis unit for IPS e.max, PMMA, wax and Lava™ Ultimate. For more information, call 877-TRUE-FIT (878-3348) or visit www.3dbiocad.com.
Axsys Dental Solutions offered a sneak peek at the new Versamill 5XS, an industrial-quality mill with a small footprint that was officially launched at the IDS. The open, five-axis mill can be used for wet or dry machining of wax, zirconia, PMMA, glass ceramic, lithium disilicate,...
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- October 2014
Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.
“The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says Scott Atkin, Owner, Creative Dental Laboratory, in Scottsdale, AZ. “We know we’re moving evermore toward automated—and more commoditized—processes so, to me, that means we need to expand our services.” That’s exactly what Atkin did; in his case, offering products not to dentist-clients but to other laboratories.
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- June 2014
Bart Hyde, Hyde Dental Prosthetics in Fallon, NV, took first place in the 2014 North American Art of Denture Competition. Hyde offers a step-by-step look at his winning entry and his creative thought process.
- April 2014
exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software.
In addition, exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design.
Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics, Why is Everyone Talking About exocad?: Options from your Current CAD/CAM System and For Advanced and Experienced exocad Users, between 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday: these clinics were actually presented earlier in the day; there was a misprint in the Show Program Guide. As a consideration to those attendees, exocad is offering a free full-day training session on June 14 at exocad’s test lab in...
Holly Garvin from Dental Associates in Appleton, WI (pictured) and Alex Sakovich from Smile Builders in Palatine, IL, were lucky winners of an iPAD Air in Vident’s LAB DAY Chicago drawing. Anyone who attended a Vident clinic at the show had the chance to enter to win; an entry form was included in a pre-show mailer, making it easy for attendees to choose from six Vident clinics—covering everything from full contour zirconia to removable dentures—and complete the form and drop the entry in the raffle box at LAB DAY.
DWOS LiveLink from Dental Wings made its world premiere at LAB DAY Chicago. This technology enables technicians and dentists to work together in real time to determine the optimal position of the implants in relation to the bone, soft tissue, adjacent and opposing dentition, and the virtual prosthetic design. Any changes made in DWOS CAD software or coDiagnostiX implant planning software is simultaneously updated live in both applications, ensuring that surgical and restorative factors are considered prior to implant placement.
After the positions are established and approved by the dentist, the technician can design custom healing abutments, provisionals and the surgical guide all in the same DWOS CAD session. For more information, call 514-807-8485, ext. 1503, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and learning a few tips they can bring back and implement in their daily work. For the young technicians, getting outside the lab and seeing the imprint of the industry as a whole is a valuable, eye-opening experience.”
LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday!
Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales.
“I have been coming to LAB DAY since 2008. It’s an exciting place to meet lab technicians from all over the world,” said Mark Urlaub, Owner, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE. “You get to see the latest and greatest technology, meet sales reps, network and earn CE credits. I always learn new tips and tricks at LAB DAY; it’s a great place to perfect your technique!”
- March 2014
LAB DAY Chicago was particularly energized this year.
With technology calling the shots on so many levels, it seemed attendees flooded the Exhibit Hall and educational programs with a heightened level of enthusiasm. That’s just what’s needed if you want to keep on top of what’s trending.
Like you, manufacturers are caught up in this enthusiasm as well; they have no choice. Even though they are the ones spearheading the digital transition, it is an intense time for them. Take any heavy-hitting, long-time player in this field: from their perspective, it’s unimaginable to think they’d go the way of Kodak and be phased out by technology.
Therefore, like you, they adapt. The acceptance of digital and our adaptation of it were palpable at the show. It’s no longer “should I get involved” but “how do I get involved?”
With some suppliers continuing to expand their product offerings, new companies have emerged to offer tightly segmented...
- February 2014
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 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...
- January 2014
This year marks LMT’s and LAB DAY Chicago’s 30th birthdays and we plan to celebrate all year long. Come celebrate with us in the pages of LMT, at LAB DAY and online as we take a walk through 30 years of history.
Online, we’re taking our cue from a popular internet trend called Throwback Thursday during which users post old photos. We’re calling ours Throwback Thirty and will be posting photos and snippets from our 30-year history with you every Thursday on The Bridge at LMTmag.com/ThrowbackThirty. But to make it really fun, we want you to join in!
We’d like you to share your recollections of the stuff we post and also post your own “throwback” photos of life in your lab, photos from industry events or stories from the past. Let’s work together, as we always do, to create a living history of all we’ve created and done as the decision makers we are!*
What I didn’t realize 30 years ago was that so many of you were on the same page...
- December 2013
LMT Publisher Judy Fishman talks with Tim Thompson, President and CEO of Global Dental Science, LLC in Phoenix AZ about the AvaDent Digital Dentures system.
LMT: I understand you’ve cracked the code for digitizing the denture fabrication process. Can you fill us in?
Thompson: For the past four years, Global Dental Science has been developing an exclusive digital platform for the design and manufacture of AvaDent Digital Dentures. It’s the result of a comprehensive process called Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) used in conjunction with CAD/CAM; CAE uses sophisticated, scientific algorithms to aid and control the bulk of design and automated manufacturing tasks.
Currently, the end product is a digitally designed and milled denture base with milled pockets into which conventional denture teeth are set. However, at LMT LAB DAY Chicago, we’ll be introducing a new generation in which the entire denture, including the base and teeth, is milled to full contour from a patented,...
- August 2013
This week I was scheduled to have two posts placed in my crown-lengthened tooth. That didn't happen.
Instead of feeling no pain in the tooth, it became increasingly sensitive to pressure. Then, a few weeks ago, I couldn't tolerate anything cold in that quadrant of my mouth. So I went to see the prosthodontist who tapped the teeth in the area. The cold sensitivity was coming from #15, not #14 and he thought it would go away. It did.
But he also acknowledged that #14 should not be sensitive to touch. He sent me back to the endodontist. He considered for a second the possibility of a fourth canal but the X-ray gave no such indication. He thought it more likely that I had a microscopic fracture that could possibly be found via an apicoectomy.
That would have further compromised my bone. He consulted with the periodontist and prosthodontist about the best course of action.
I realized, at long last, that the long-term solution was an implant after all.
The periodontist took a cone beam...
- May 2013
The coveted first-place award in Candulor's KunstZahnWerk Competition—known as the Oscars of Removable Prosthetics—went to Skender Ramadani from Zurich. Coming in 2014: Candulor's second North American "Art of Denture" Competition.
Among the newer features in digital impression-taking systems are smaller-than-ever intraoral devices and color technology. Also: several new players enter the market.