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The industry is abuzz with questions and concerns about the FDA’s newest statement on in-lab milling of implant abutments (see NADL alert below). Watch for additional coverage in LMT.
From NADL:FDA Alert - Labs not permitted to use CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of most abutments
When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a "manufacturer" as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so.
That still did not answer the questions about the “tooth end” of the abutment, the abutment collar/post. Sometime later FDA ultimately stated a dental laboratory may mill the collar/post as long as the dental laboratory follows the manufacturer's FDA cleared instructions.
Now, nearly two years later, there is still only one manufacturer that has obtained FDA clearance for their in-lab CAD/CAM...
As part of the recent merger to create Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a global leader in musculoskeletal health, BIOMET 3i and Zimmer Dental are combining operations. Zimmer Biomet will headquarter its dental business in Palm Beach Gardens, at the original BIOMET 3i site. The Company will retain 473 positions at the Florida location, and plans to hire more than 150 additional employees over the next three years.
“Zimmer Biomet’s Dental Division is the largest dental implant company in the United States, and we are excited to continue our growth as part of the Palm Beach Gardens community,” said General Manager David Josza. “Our combined operations will allow the company to more effectively serve our customers and administer our global organization. To strengthen our market position, we will continue investing in the best people, who can join us in advancing the field of clinical dental technology.”
Zimmer Biomet worked closely with leaders from the State of Florida,...
Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Affordable Care, Inc. (“ACI”), alongside management, from American Capital Equity. ACI is the leading dental support organization for affiliated dental practices that focus exclusively on tooth replacement services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, ACI was founded in 1975 and is now the largest denture- and implant-services provider in the U.S., supporting a network of more than 200 affiliated practices in 39 states under the retail names Affordable Dentures and Affordable Dentures & Implants. The company’s affiliated practices offer a range of tooth replacement services including dentures, dental implants and tooth extractions. The company’s unique, highly focused business model enables dentists to provide high-quality, low-price dental prostheses and same-day service to over 400,000 patients...
Whip Mix recently signed a partnership agreement with DDME for exclusive global distribution of a home monitoring system and oral appliance to address bruxism and airway issues in the dental market. When the dentist notices excess grinding or bruxism on the patient’s teeth, along with other signs, he will be able to send the patient home with a monitoring system that will measure sleep patterns, airway, bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea. Depending upon the results of this sleep test, the dentist may then refer the patient to a sleep physician or make a short-term appliance to see if the appliance will improve the bruxism and airway for that patient. Along with products, DDME brings experienced sleep technicians and a physician’s referral network as part of the system.
For more information, call DDME at 800-513-9337 or visit www.whipmix.com.
This Friday, October 2nd, is World Smile Day -- 24 hours devoted to spreading smiles, good cheer, and random acts of kindness. Since 1999, schools, businesses and organizations all across the globe have observed the “happiest day of the year” with events that remind people of the power of a great smile. One organization in particular, the GLO Good Foundation, is on a global mission committed to building oral health initiatives in underserved populations globally, giving back smiles to those that need it most.
Dr. Jonathan Levine and Stacey Levine, founders of GLO Science, launched GLO Good in 2001, and since then have been helping victims and the under-privileged everywhere, from Los Angeles to Rwanda, by empowering them with the tools, education and knowledge of self-worth they need to smile more often. With roughly 85 million Americans lacking access to dental care, Dr. Levine is extremely passionate about fighting America’s oral health crisis --...
DENTSPLY International Inc. (“DENTSPLY”) and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (“Sirona”) announced today that Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement which will result in the world’s leading manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. The combination will create a combined company with the largest sales and service infrastructure in dental with 15,000 employees globally.
“This is an exciting day for both companies, for the dental community and for patients around the globe. We are bringing together two world class companies that share a culture of innovation and will foster the development of differentiated, integrated solutions for general practitioners and specialists, particularly in the highest growth segments of the dental industry,” said Jeffrey T. Slovin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona. “Combining Sirona’s proven digital solutions and equipment...
Vaniman Manufacturing Company has announced that it will begin to offer a new 3D rendering service titled Design Center beginning Monday, August 3.
The 3D rendering service will assist with the plumbing needs of your laboratory and accompanying dust collectors. You can choose between the 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 station standard templates, or contact Vaniman for any further modifications you would like to make.
“The process is simple, pick a template that meets your basic needs then we will customize it to your specific lab,” Kyle Galenza, Sales and Marketing Manager, said.
The Vaniman team understands just how busy dental professionals are, and how much time it can take to build a dental laboratory from the ground up. That is why the Design Center provides you with a fast service that is completely customizable.
“This service takes less than 2 business days to complete and can be modified to meet the customer’s needs. Afterwards, we supply labeled instructions for easy...
Sterngold Dental, LLC, is pleased to announce that they have received FDA Market Clearance for the New TRU Implant System. The TRU Implant System implant body design promotes self-tapping and initial stability during placement. Its simple and predictable surgical process makes it ideal for all fixed and removable indications. The TRU Implant is substantially equivalent to the Nobel Biocare® Internal Conical connection. For more information, call 800-243-9942.
Henry Schein, Inc. announced today that it will release its second quarter 2015 financial results before the stock market opens on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, and will provide a live webcast of its earnings conference call on the same day beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Speakers on the call will include Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, and Steven Paladino, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Investors can access the call through Henry Schein's website at www.henryschein.com, by clicking on the "Investor Relations" page and following the link for "Webcasts." For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay will be archived on the Henry Schein website.
LMT is saddened to report that Gary Maxon, CDT, passed away last week. There will be a celebration of his life on July 12, 1pm at the Central Elks Hall, 8550 Lullwater Drive in Dallas, TX.
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. today announced that, following the receipt of U.S. Federal Trade Commission clearance, Zimmer has completed the acquisition of Biomet in a cash and equity transaction currently valued at approximately $14.0 billion. In connection with the combination, Zimmer has changed its corporate name to Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. The Company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange and the SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker symbol ZBH beginning June 29, 2015.
"The coming together of Zimmer and Biomet is a momentous achievement. We are excited to move forward as one company and to pursue new opportunities that benefit patients, healthcare professionals and employees around the globe," said David Dvorak, President and CEO of Zimmer Biomet. "Over the past several months, our integration planning teams have been working to ensure that we capture the best of both companies and create a seamless and efficient transition. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our employees...
G&H Dental Arts announced the acquisition of Cushman & Associates Dental Lab and Buttress-Wilshire Dental Laboratory, augmenting its ability to provide doctors with world-class restorations with additional removables technicians.
Founded in 1934, Cushman & Associates brings more than 80 years of removables expertise to G&H Dental Arts’ laboratories, and operated Buttress-Wilshire Dental Laboratory as a sister removables lab for more than a decade. Conversely, G&H’s full-service capabilities give Cushman & Associates’ existing clientele the ability to rely on a single laboratory for all their restorative needs. Cushman technicians and support staff integrated into the G&H Dental Arts facility June 1, effectively combining both laboratories’ workflows.
“With Cushman’s impressive track record and long history of providing the Los Angeles area with premium dentures and partials, we couldn’t have asked for a lab more readymade...
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) has launched a five-module Virtual Full Denture Training Program, underwritten and produced by DENTSPLY Prosthetics. Dr. Lars Bouma and Jerry Kaizer, Owner, Murray-Kaizer Dental Lab, Farmington, CT, provided clinical and technical guidance throughout production of the video program, which documents a case from initial chairside assessment through placement of the final dentures. It provides clinical and laboratory protocols along with insights into the collaboration needed between dentist and technician.
“The Foundation’s mission is to ensure accessible, high-quality education to meet ever-changing workforce needs. Removables continue to be a growing segment of the laboratory market,” says Leon Hermanides, CDT, Foundation Chair. “Additionally, today’s dental school graduates receive less hands-on training in removable prosthetics. This program will serve as a valuable resource for both target audiences.”...
In celebration of its 25th year in business, Master Ceramist, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on current retail prices for its line of ceramic products, including firing pegs, liquids, mediums and accessories until September 25, 2015. The company has also launched a new website, mc-direct.com, making it easy to purchase products directly; for instance, the Express Page features the company’s most popular products with a brief description and pricing so you can order them quickly.
“An advantage to ordering direct is that we have all of our products in stock and we offer technical support and service on our entire line,” says Rick Tobey, Master Ceramist Founder. “You can also order our products from your favorite dealer, some of which may also offer the discounted pricing.” The Inventive Technician In the 1980s, Tobey had his own laboratory, Tobey Ceramics, in Asheville, NC. At that time, silver palladium alloys were becoming increasingly popular but also posed...
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Matt Tait, RDT, is a field-based Technical Representative and CAD-CAM Specialist. He has technical support responsibility for the Southeastern USA and CAD-CAM support nationally.
SUMMARY: 40 years of experience as a dental technician working through every aspect of management, specializing in partial denture frameworks, implant work and European style multi-sectional engineering with a good knowledge of CAD-CAM. Created, developed and managed an implant department. Strong leadership abilities with a proven record of growing laboratories through employee/team/management development.
Sirona Dental, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, announced today that due to overwhelming demand, VIP and Entertainment-Only tickets to its upcoming CEREC©30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration held at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas from September 17-19th, 2015 will no longer be available for sale after May 15, 2015.
“Sirona’s CEREC 30 Celebration is smashing registration records,” said Sirona Dental, Inc. President, Michael Augins. “The record number of those who have already purchased tickets for C30 affirms the event’s popularity and solidifies its place as the world’s premier digital dentistry festival and experience.”
The Entertainment-Only pass is offered to spouses or guests who are not doctors and who are not attending courses. The pass allows entry to the welcome reception Thursday evening, celebrity entertainment Friday evening, and the closing celebration at TAO nightclub...
On April 17, 2015, Custom Automated Prosthetics will open a new office in Clearwater, Florida. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as an outsource center and showroom for labs in the region as well as a training and education space. CAP will kick-off with Izir Bridge and 3Shape trainings and a free opening party from 5PM - 8PM on Friday, April 17th.
For more information and to RSVP for the opening party, please visit cap-us.com/events.
Roland DGA has announced the April 2, 2015 start date of a new “With Roland” contest that will give Roland owners an opportunity to share their success stories through short (5- to 60-second) YouTube videos and win valuable prizes.
After the contest concludes on May 2, 2015, one lucky grand prize winner will get to pick the new Roland device of his or her choice, valued up $20,995 (MSRP), from a selection of 16 featured products. The grand prize winner will be chosen by a Roland DGA judging panel, based on the enthusiasm, creativity and execution quality demonstrated in the video. In addition, weekly “participation prize” winners will be chosen at random and one “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded for the video that receives the most votes during the contest period.
“This contest provides a fun and creative platform for our customers to tell the world what they’ve been able to achieve with Roland,” said Rick Scrimger,...
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) is a non-profit 501c (3) organization. The purpose of FDLT is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.
Sterngold Dental is located in Attleboro, Massachusetts and is the leading source for restorative dentistry and is a global leader in alloys, attachments, implants, and restorative systems. Sterngold has kindly pledged $10,000 to the Foundation in both cash and product donations over a period of time to help support the future of dental laboratory technology. With this donation, Sterngold and the Foundation have partnered to bring you the 2015 Sterngold Grant.
The 2015 Sterngold Grant will award one (1) school $1,250 in product donation. Products available through this grant include:
QuickLineTM Long-Term Soft Relining Material
SternTek® Duplicating Material
Dental Wings and Heraeus Kulzer Announce Collaboration on Dental Wings Laser Milling Technology and Advanced Heraeus Kulzer Materials
Dental Wings is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a long-term collaboration with Heraeus Kulzer for the worldwide distribution of the new Dental Wings Laser Milling (DWLM) technology, and the development of Heraeus Kulzer materials that take advantage of this unique process. Together Dental Wings and Heraeus Kulzer will offer groundbreaking solutions to the dental industry that bring meaningful benefits to patients and dental professionals alike.
Integrating a process called laser ablation with closed loop 3D process and quality control, the DWLM system removes material from polymer, ceramic, or glass ceramic blocks to produce dental restorations directly from open .STL data. Among the benefits are greatly reduced operating costs, high resolution features, and simple to use and maintain equipment. The first joint products will be introduced in the first half of 2016.
“I am truly honored that our colleagues at Heraeus Kulzer share our vision for this exciting technology...
Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that the Company will present at two investor conferences in February:
February 12, 2015 – Leerink Partners Global Healthcare Conference in New York at 10:45 a.m. ET
February 24, 2015 – RBC Capital Markets Global Healthcare Conference in New York at 1:35 p.m. ET
Henry Schein's presentations can be heard via live webcast by visiting www.henryschein.com, clicking on "Investor Relations" and following the link for "Webcasts." Replays will be available on the Henry Schein website following each presentation.
Today, The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (“The Foundation”) is proud to announce the winner of the 2015 Kois Center Education Grant:
Renata Budny, CDT, TE – Brooklyn, New York
The Kois Center, along with the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, created this grant in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible. The winner will be awarded one seat in the Biomechanics I & II course at no charge, thanks to the generosity of the Kois Center. “The grant selection process was extremely competitive with a number of high quality candidates. Criteria was based on submitted materials that included certification, education, experience, professional development activities and awards, as well as responses about the importance, interest, and impact winning the Kois Center Education Grant will have,” said Foundation Executive Director, Bennett Napier, CAE. “This grant would not be...
Harvest Dental Products has named Donald D. Park, as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development. Donald will lead strategic growth initiatives for Harvest as well as being part of the executive management team.
“Donald brings a dynamic background to this role that will help impact industry and channel development” said Sasha der Avanessian, Managing Director of Harvest Dental Products. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic initiatives we have as an growing organization to align the Harvest brand with innovation, product development and growth.”
Donald’s background in the dental industry spans from implants; materials; new technologies, manufacturing and general lab operations. He worked on strategic partnerships while at Biomet Inc.; Biomet 3i,LLC and DenMat Holdings LLC with global organizations, including Align Technology, 3M ESPE; Sirona GmbH; 3Shape and many others.
“This position is a unique opportunity for me to help...
MicroDental Laboratories, a network of dental laboratories committed to helping dentists thrive, announced the acquisition of Tetra Dynamics Dental Laboratory. With both laboratories sharing a reputation for world-class service and exceptional quality, this partnership strengthens Tetra’s position as one of the leading full-service laboratories in the greater New York Metropolitan area.
“Tetra fits MicroDental’s vision of helping dentists create exceptional treatment experiences for every patient,” noted Kim Bradshaw, CEO and President of MicroDental Laboratories. “From advanced Cosmetic cases to single unit posterior crowns, from Implant-retained restorations and partials to sleep apnea devices, Tetra is well-positioned to collaborate with dentists and find the solution that best matches their treatment goals.”
Based in West Babylon, NY, Tetra Laboratory has serviced dentists for over 25 years. Each month, hundreds of dentists trust Tetra Laboratory...
In December, Dental Arts Laboratories, Inc. (DAL) celebrated 80 years of service to the dental industry.
Founded in 1934 by Adolph Knueppel, DAL now has 325 employees across 13 facilities in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. The lab has grown to offer a full range of services—including fixed, removable, implants and snoring/sleep appliances and bruxism/occlusal splints—and two years ago opened DT Technologies to provide subcontracting services and CAD/CAM equipment and materials.
Part of the laboratory’s success is due to its team of dedicated officers who have a long history with the company, including Terry Knueppel, Adolph’s son, who joined DAL in 1960 and recently became Chairman. Bruce Colgin, who was hired as a part-time delivery driver in 1975, later became President and was recently promoted to CEO. Scott Clark—whose dentist-father was one of Adolph’s clients—has been with DAL since 1977, acting as Executive Vice President until...