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Robert Gitman is the Company Administrator of Thayer Dental Laboratory, a full service, Certified Dental Laboratory, specializing in cosmetic and implant restorations. He has been active in the dental...See more business for over thirty years. Bob is a graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in Public Administration. Over the years he has continued to expand his scope of academic knowledge by completing graduate level courses in Total Quality Management from Penn State University; Employee Benefits Accounting from the Internal Revenue Service; Leadership Innovation from Drexel University; and Negotiation Practices from Harvard University Law School. Within the dental field, Bob has consulted with dentists, manufacturers, distributors, publications and laboratories throughout North America and in Western Europe. His record of business consultation, marketing, business valuation services, and strategic planning in the dental field has been officially cited by the publishers of "Who's Who" and accredited by the Society of Young American Professionals. Bob has served the industry as Executive Director of the Dental Laboratory Conference, and through such affiliation, Bob held a seat on the American Dental Association's Council on Dental Practice. He has also served as Advisory Committee Member for the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and an ExOfficio Trustee Advisor to Oral Health 2000, America's Fund for Dental Health. As a published author, Bob has written articles and lectured internationally to groups on dental laboratory licensure, practical marketing, laboratory profitability, and strategies for buying and selling laboratories. Over the years, Bob has been involved with U.S. District Courts, where he served as an expert witness and coauthored an Amicus brief delineating industry labor practices. Additionally, he has "ghost written" motivational speeches as well as manuscripts on the subjects of management, accounting, advertising, marketing, direct sales, fund raising and health care issues.
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An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Chuck Yenkner is founder and president of Business Development Associates, a firm dedicated to helping dental companies grow their sales and profits....See more He has served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Ney International, vice president of sales for DegussaNey, director of sales for Dentsply Ceramco, director of business development for Dentsply Lab Divisions and vice president of Dental Lab Discount Supply (DLDS).
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- LAB DAY registration is Now Open!February 21st - 22nd, 2014 · Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
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.
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According to LMT's 2013 Dentist Survey, 50% of dentist-respondents have not switched their primary laboratory in the past five years. Among the other half: - 22% switched once - 17% changed twice - 8% tried a new lab three times - 3% switched four times or more
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