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The LMT staff is still on a high from LMT® LAB DAY® Chicago at the end of February. We had record-breaking attendance—4,163 people, up from 3,501 last year! Attendees came from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. and 58 different countries—that’s 15 more than in 2015—making it a decidedly international affair.
The mood was upbeat among exhibitors and attendees alike. With the bigger exhibit hall and clinic rooms and open lobby (and Big Bar!), there’s much more elbow room at the Hyatt. It’s conducive to meeting old friends, having meaningful conversations and learning about new technology.
LMT Editors were around the town to find out what’s on the minds of laboratory owners, managers and technicians. Many of the trends we’ve spotted over the last couple of years continue to play out; here’s an overview:
3D printing. As the technology evolves, printers are getting more affordable and material options and applications are expanding....
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- October 2015
This month, Glidewell Laboratories is upgrading its CloudPoint System to expand the indications; in addition to full contour crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, you can now fabricate copings, bridge frameworks and split files.
The system features the CloudPoint FastScan scanner with CloudPoint FastDesign software and the CloudPoint Web Portal, all of which were developed by Glidewell Laboratories’ R&D department. The system can be purchased two ways:
The Closed System includes all of the above and your restorations are milled exclusively by Glidewell: full contour crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays are milled in BruxZir® and BruxZir Anterior Solid Zirconia; copings, bridge frameworks and split files are available in Prismatik CZ™ as well as printed in castable resin. Designed for the small lab getting into digital technology, this is the lower-priced option and there is a one-time fee of $11,399+.
The Open System also includes the scanner, software and portal but allows...
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- May 2015
Industry icon Jim Glidewell shares his perspective on the future of our industry, including restorative trends, the biggest challenges you’ll face and strategies to ensure your laboratory’s success.
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- March 2014
Headquartered in Newport Beach
Owner: Jim Glidewell, CDT
2,375 employees at four locations
Working at Glidewell is like being part of an exclusive club: technicians get members-only, no- and low-cost benefits they wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.
Case in point: Health and wellness is a priority and, in 2012, Glidewell opened the GlideWELLness Center located on its campus in Irvine, CA. The center includes an 4,100-sq-ft gym with cardio equipment, weights, fitness classes and a meditation room; a private, walk-in health clinic that offers reduced co-payments; and massage therapy where technicians pay just $15 for a 30-minute massage. The lab also offers on-site vaccinations; monthly wellness “Lunch-n-Learns” on stress management, nutrition, yoga and more; and reduced-cost services from the lab’s four on-staff dentists.
The staffs’ other amazing perks include:
• A “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” program that offers one-on-one guidance...
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- November 2013
DENTAL TEAM: Cindy Vuong and Dr. Michael DiTolla, both of Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, CA
RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: The patient presented with a pre-existing discolored PFM restoration on tooth #8.
TREATMENT PLAN: Dr. DiTolla prescribed a full contour BruxZir® crown, and decided to take the opportunity to test the translucency of Glidewell Laboratories' new BruxZir™ Shaded material, which offers complete color penetration all the way through the restoration for greater shade consistency. The new material also prevents shade changes or white "show-through" after occlusal adjustment. BruxZir™ Shaded Milling Blanks are available in four base shades that can be stained to match all 16 shades in Vident's VITA Classical Shade Guide range.
FABRICATION PROCESS: The case was scanned on the 3Shape D700 and milled with the BruxZir™ Milling System using a BruxZir™ Shaded Milling Blank 200 to achieve the base shade of A2. The pre-shaded blocks were sintered and finished...
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- April 2012
The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Mark Twain's words—repeated by Dentsply's Chris Clark—appropriately describe the gist of the Cal-Lab Group's 86th annual meeting in Chicago. Or, to use Clark's own words, "The lab market is here to stay.
"There's been a lot of gloom and doom of late, with some saying laboratories are headed for extinction. But this market is viable and strategic, and you provide the dentist with services, partnership, education, technical expertise and a knowledge base that can't be duplicated," said Clark, President and COO of Dentsply, to more than 800 attendees.
Adding to the positive outlook, Clark cited several factors driving growth, including an aging population, new technology, the recognized link between dental health and systemic health, and the ever-growing cosmetic demand. "All-ceramics are growing faster than PFMs, removable partials faster than full dentures, metal-free partials faster than cast frameworks, clear aligners...
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- January 2012
- April 2011