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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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The Pala Digital Denture System from Heraeus Kulzer uses CAD and 3D software to fabricate dentures with an ideal fit and esthetics with a processing time of 10 days or less. Here’s how it works:
The dentist uses the Pala Digital Denture tray system which enables him to take the impression, vertical dimension and centric relation in a single visit.
The lab scans the impression and uploads it to Heraeus Kulzer’s Pala Digital Design Center. The try-in is digitally articulated, the teeth are setup and customized, and an anatomically correct try-in is printed.
Once the try-in is approved by the patient and doctor, the lab sends it back to the Pala Digital Design Center to be processed by Heraeus Kulzer’s proprietary injection process.
Labs must become a Pala Partner to offer Pala Digital Dentures. “As dental practices come to appreciate how powerfully our digital dentures can enhance both their productivity and their patient satisfaction, they’ll want to...
EGS, which was acquired by Heraeus Kulzer GmbH in October, presented updates for its two core products:
DentalCad 4 software now features a new “DentalCad Touch Screen” working mode, powerful wax-up functions, angled implant support, and deformation and sculpting tools.
The latest generation of the DScan 3 scanner features a unique “ghost cover”—a clear, plastic cover that allows you to see the inner components of the unit. Its blue structured light technology allows for faster and more accurate 3D scanning of the model. It works with the verticulator tool in order to scan the models in occlusion and the entire verticulator in a certain and repeatable position. Due to its new high quality optical detectors and mechanical components and the latest-generation PC installed directly in the scanner case, it operates in all light conditions, even capturing semi-reflecting objects.
For more information, visit www.egsolutions.com/en/.
- May 2013
For nearly a decade, the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) has been serving dental patients in need. In 2012 alone, it provided free dental treatment to over 9,000 of the state's underserved residents.
- January 2013
In October, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, devastating parts of New York and New Jersey. LMT checks in with Master-Touch Dental Laboratories and Valplast—both of which took a direct hit—and looks at how the industry has come together to help.
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- May 2012
Attendees took advantage of two full days of clinics on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, and were eager to shop exhibits on Saturday. In fact, the exhibit hall was already bustling with crowds
From bringing smiles to the underserved dental population to rebuilding the lives of our military veterans, technicians across the country are devoting their time and skills to making a difference.
- April 2012
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
To meet the needs of implant, geriatric and TMJ patients, Heraeus Kulzer launched its Mondial 8i-5° posterior tooth line. "New indication areas such as implant prosthetics are placing increased demands on the stability, function and esthetics of denture teeth," said Lesley Melvin, Heraeus Laboratory Product Manager. "That's why we've worked so closely with leading technicians to ensure that our Mondial 8i-5° posterior teeth complement our existing Mondial and Mondial i teeth to give dental practices and laboratories a comprehensive denture teeth line that is unsurpassed for its natural appearance, comfort and reliability."
Like Mondial and Mondial i teeth, Mondial 8i-5° posteriors feature Heraeus' NanoPearls® filler material that offers color stability and resistance to fracture, abrasion and plaque. Since the manufacturing process is identical, all three lines can be used in combination.
The key features of the new tooth line are:
•The flat occlusal morphology of...
- March 2012
Get the most "likes" of your photos of your upper or lower removable posted on this page and you could win $500. Contest ends July 31, 2012.
- January 2012
This case exemplifies how attention to detail, use of new materials and good communication with the dental team can result in restorations that disappear in the oral environment.
- July 2011
A supporter of educational initiatives, Heraeus offers instructional videos free to dental teams and patients, teaching effective techniques and procedures.
- April 2011
The Argen Corp. acquired the Jelenko dental alloy business from Heraeus Kulzer, Inc. Argen is incorporating the business into its San Diego, California facility but will maintain the Jelenko brand name for the alloys.
One of the laboratory procedures that has created stress has been investing and divesting partial dentures. Craig Nelson, AAS, CDT, has developed a technique to make this process easier.
Dental Services Group's annual meeting is well-regarded for its open environment and sense of camaraderie among the laboratories. With the theme, Gateway to the Future, this year's event emphasized management and leadership, new technology and custom