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Kolbeck is part technician, part innovator: he continually tests new materials and techniques to improve the lab's fabrication processes and has created many original techniques, including the Kolbeck...See more Technique featured in the March 2012 issue of LMT.Owner
Eager to learn new techniques and technologies that can help our business.Ceramist/Owner
Edgar Munoz Owner/Ceramist, After more then a Decade of Mastering ceramics and techniques at some most Elite Laboratories, he finally decided it was time to go off on his own and open his own Dentals Lab...See more studio. Over the next five years he would make thousands of esthetic restorations for various Demanding Dentists in the USA. With 13 years in the Dental Laboratory business and at such a young age he has established a foundation and a Elite ceramic reputation for meticulous craftsmanship, guaranteed satisfaction, great value, and elite customer service. His goal is always to have an " Elite Passion to Create Dental Restorations as close to humanly possible to Nature" When Mr. Munoz is not creating elite exquisitely designed dental restorations he love spending time with his Beautiful wife and two daughters.
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Crowds gathered in Amann Girrbach's AGA Lounge to test drive and learn about the company's new digital equipment...See more and materials: The new Ceramill Motion 2 milling machine combines the 5-axis milling technique with the wet-grinding technique in a compact machine. Thanks to the hybrid design, the machine can be used as a purely dry or wet system. Offering a broad range of indications—including full contour crowns and bridges, inlays, onlays, veneers, abutments, zirconia frameworks and full arch restorations—the Motion 2 has a modular platform that's easily upgradeable for future materials and indications. In addition, the Motion 2 offers expanded material capabilities, including Amann Girrbach's proprietary materials line and other leading brands: - The company's newly launched Ceramill Sintron® CrCo millable blanks that have a wax-like texture that enables the material to be easily dry milled and the frameworks attain their final state during the subsequent sintering process. - Amann Girrbach's Ceramill Zolid, non-veneered translucent zirconia for full contour, monolithic crowns and bridges. - VITABLOCS® Mark II and TriLuxe forte glass ceramic blanks from VITA® and lithium disilicates such as IPS e.max® CAD blanks from Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. Amann Girrbach's new line of holders for blanks and integrated tools enables technicians to process these glass ceramics in the wet-grinding mode. VITABLOCS for the Ceramill Motion 2 can be ordered directly from Amann Girrbach as individual blanks or in the Glass-Ceramic Starter Kit that includes 15 blanks, blank and tool holders, diamond grinders, plus the GCER Universal Bonding Kit. The Glass-Ceramic Starter Kit can also be used for IPS e.max (available from all Ivoclar dealers). Ceramill Map400 Scanner is Amann Girrbach's next-generation scanner designed to work seamlessly with the Motion 2 as well as other open-platform systems. It features a new wide-angle measuring field that enables quick, efficient scanning of models using only two axes, which reduces scan times. It also easily records articulated models in an occlusal relationship, a prerequisite if a virtual articulator is used in the design software for an automatic fully anatomical framework design. Ceramill Argotherm® Sinter Furnace is a new high-temperature furnace specifically developed for the new Ceramill Sintron CrCo blanks. The patented removable flooding chamber, Ceramill Argovent®, ensures minimal consumption of argon gas and, at the same time, homogenous, distortion-free sintering of the restorations. Call 800-851-3719 or visit [www.AmannGirrbach America.com](www.AmannGirrbach America.com). For a demonstration, register at www.CeramillDemoDays.com or call 866-587-3498.
There's a surge of interest in high-end dentistry and progressive laboratory owners are riding the crest of the wave.
The Daily Bite
According to respondents of LMT’s Small Lab Survey, small lab owners connect to their peers by:
- Socializing informally: 59%
- Attending trade shows: 54%
- Becoming members of a dental laboratory association: 25%
- Joining internet forums such as The BRIDGE at LMTmag.com: 17%
- Becoming members of a study club: 16%(percentage total more than 100 because respondents could select more than one answer)
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