All the latest news from vendors in the industry

  • November
  • NADL Issues FDA Alert Regarding In-Lab Milling of Abutments

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    Tuesday at 12:06 pm

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  • October
  • Zimmer Biomet Announces Dental Headquarters in Florida

    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,...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 29 at 11:39 am

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  • Berkshire Partners to Buy Majority of Affordable Care Inc.

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 28 at 12:43 pm

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Executive Team Promotions

    Robert Ganley, Chief Executive Officer for Ivoclar Vivadent, announced the promotions of several members of the organization’s North American executive team earlier this week. They include Sarah Anders to Chief Operating Officer, Dr. George Tysowsky to Senior Vice President Technology & Professional Relations, Dr. Michael Gaglio to Senior Vice President Marketing and Digital Communication, and Pierre Lamoure to Senior Vice President Clinical Sales. 

    "This is an exciting time for dentistry, with so much potential for growth," said Ganley. "Our success will depend upon clear vision, industry-leading innovation, and forward-based thinking.  Under their leadership, we will continue to set new standards in providing outstanding service and support our customers and partners.”

    Sarah Anders, MBA, Chief Operating OfficerSarah Anders has been promoted to the newly established position of Chief Operating Officer. In addition to her leadership role of Senior Vice President...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 9 at 3:10 pm

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  • Versamill Precision Dental Machining Center Case Examples: Bar-overdenture

    Examples of all-on-six overdenture highlighting the superior fit and finish possible when coupling the power and precision of Versamill technology with the manufacturing experience of Axsys Dental Solutions' nearly 40 years of CAD/CAM/CNC manufacturing experience.

    Images taken of bar directly after machining with no post-machining hand work and reflects user-selectable surface finish to either facilitate cementation ("rougher" finish in this example) or finer finish when interfaceing with soft tissue.

    Total machining time: 70 minutes.

    Additional images:

    Axsys Dental Solutions
    October 8 at 1:24 pm

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  • Whip Mix Partners with DDME

    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

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 5 at 3:06 pm

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  • September
  • This Friday is World Smile Day

    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 --...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    September 30 at 4:41 pm

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  • DENTSPLY and Sirona Enter Into Definitive Merger Agreement

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    September 16 at 11:54 am

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  • FDLT's 2015 Grant and Scholarship Deadlines

    The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit created in 2008 to advocate and raise awareness of the necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental technicians and other effected members of the dental team.

    The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to interested candidates for advanced education and develops educational programs that are relevant and accessible to both dental technicians working in the laboratory as well as dental laboratory technology students.

    With the help of The Foundation’s generous donors, they were able to offer a number of grant and scholarship opportunities this year, with the following grant opportunities still available to interested candidates:

    Kois Center Education Grant – deadline to apply: 9/15/2015 The Kois Center Education Grant will award one (1) seat in the Biomechanics I & II course at no charge. The charge for such a course would typically retail for $9,995.

    PTC John...

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  • August
  • Sirona Announces CEREC® 30 Room Block at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel Fully Booked

    Sirona Dental, Inc.’s CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled Sept. 17th through Sept. 19th, is fast approaching and hotel rooms are filling up quickly. The block of rooms reserved at a special rate at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel for CEREC 30 attendees is full, and the hotel is no longer accepting reservations.

    There is good news for registered attendees who have not yet booked a hotel room: Sirona secured another block of rooms for a special rate at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, located directly across the street from The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotel. It is highly recommended to book a room(s) as soon as possible due to the influx of reservations and the limited number of rooms. Rates at The Mirage start at $159 per night (plus applicable taxes and fees).

    All rooms in the Sirona room block are available on a first-come, first-served basis, are subject to availability and may sell out at any time. To reserve a room at The Mirage, contact the call center at...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    August 24 at 3:48 pm

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  • Argen Digital Launches ArgenLink, a Game Changing File Upload System

    Argen Digital is proud to announce the launch of ArgenLink. ArgenLink is a revolutionary new cloud-based, drag-and-drop file transfer system. This game changing technology allows dental laboratories to export cases directly from 3Shape’s Dental Manager into ArgenLink in seconds, without any data entry. All order information dynamically populates from customer information to manufacturing preferences and material selections, drastically reducing the time it takes to submit your cases for manufacturing. Laboratories also have the ability to batch upload files of various material types and restorations sizes concurrently, including split files.

    ArgenLink also offers real time status updates throughout the manufacturing process, including:

    Case status

    Track your package

    Reorder a case

    Cancel a case

    Argen Digital believes this improvement to the file upload experience will streamline the ordering process and offer their laboratory partners significant time savings of up to 80%. ArgenLink...

    Argen Corp.
    August 19 at 1:35 pm

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  • Whip Mix Partners with PTC to Distribute 3Shape Training App

    Whip Mix Corporation has partnered with PTC to sell the PTC 3ShapeTraining App now available for download at

    Whip Mix Corp.
    August 13 at 1:56 pm

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  • NFL Great Emmitt Smith Joins Exciting Lineup of Keynote Speakers At Sirona's CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration

    Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneers of digital dentistry, recently signed Emmitt Smith, former NFL great and current President and CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., to appear on stage during its upcoming CEREC® 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration. Smith replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., who had to withdraw from C30 due to personal reasons.

    Emmitt Smith rose to prominence in the 1990s as the superstar running back of the Dallas Cowboys, and was an integral part of the team’s phenomenal success in winning three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. Smith culminated his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the proud distinction as having the most rushing yards in NFL history, a record he still holds.

    Since his retirement from football in 2005, Smith has successfully transitioned his talents from the gridiron to the business world, founding Emmitt Smith Enterprises (ESE)—an umbrella company of several organizations focusing...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    August 12 at 4:45 pm

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  • Whip Mix Introduces Life-Like Presentation Wax Milling Discs

    Whip Mix’s popular Life-Like Presentation Wax is now in milling disc form.

    Whip Mix Corp.
    August 10 at 8:26 am

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  • Vaniman Manufacturing Company Offers New Service

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    August 5 at 12:09 pm

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  • July
  • Sterngold's New TRU Implant System Approved by the FDA

    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.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    July 29 at 3:50 pm

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  • Windows 10 Incompatability

    While the free Windows 10 update is now available, it is not currently compatible with Dental Wings & Unique CAM.

    To prevent any problems occurring with your systems and work flow we ask that you do not update to Windows 10 just yet. Our manufacturers are currently working on the compatibility with Windows 10 and will keep us updated on the status of this issue. As of now, our systems are compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation regarding this issue.   Should you have any questions please feel free to contact ETI's Technical Support 238-1490

    ETI Digital Technology
    July 28 at 4:45 pm

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  • Sirona Expands National Accounts and Institutions Business Team

    Sirona Dental, Inc. announced the expansion of its national accounts and institutions business team to address significant demand for its products in dental schools, group practices, and governmental institutions. Doug Clarke was named west coast sales manager, Jay Novak was named east coast sales manager, and Ryan Hollenbeck recently joined the team as a 3D & CAD/CAM specialist.

    “I am thrilled to announce that Doug and Jay, who were with Sirona in other sales roles, joined the national accounts and institutions business team as sales managers, where they will be instrumental in driving national business growth,” said Linda Ruggiero-Gehringer, vice president of national accounts and institutions. “Their proven sales skills combined with a deep understanding of our products, applications, and markets will help Sirona move into the next phase in our company’s history of aggressive growth while continuing to exceed the expectations of our customers.”


    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    July 21 at 10:00 am

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  • Henry Schein to Webcast Q2 2015 Conference Call July 29 at 10:00am ET

    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, 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 Communications, Inc.
    July 15 at 9:24 am

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  • In Memory: Gary Maxon, CDT

    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.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    July 7 at 3:46 pm

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  • Amann Girrbach Announces Distribution Partnership with Benco Dental

    Amann Girrbach proudly announces the distribution partnership agreement with Benco Dental, one of the fastest growing privately owned dental distribution companies in the U.S. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

    “I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

    “In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that...

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  • June
  • Noel Laboratories Purchases Atascadero Dental Laboratory

    Noel Laboratories, an Atascadero-based full-service dental laboratory, has bought Atascadero Dental Laboratory for an undisclosed amount.

    The purchase became final June 8.

    Noel Laboratories manufactures crowns, dentures, bridges, implants and other dental prosthetics for dentists and other dental laboratories.

    Atascadero Dental Laboratory seller William (Butch) Houghton will join Noel Laboratories’ dental technician team, marketing director Estella Webb said. Noel Laboratories now has 23 employees and anticipates more growth, she said.

    “We are continuing to grow and add employees,” she said. “We’re already talking about hiring more technicians.”

    Webb declined to disclose the company’s annual revenues. In 2013, when the company purchased Arroyo Grande Dental Lab and moved its operations to Atascadero, a company spokeswoman said annual revenues were more than $1 million.

    Founded in 1974 in San Luis Obispo by John C. Noel, a certified dental technician,...

    Noel Laboratories Inc.
    June 25 at 11:29 am

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  • Zimmer Completes Combination with Biomet

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    June 25 at 10:55 am

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  • G&H Dental Arts Acquires Cushman & Associates, Buttress-Wilshire

    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...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    June 22 at 2:16 pm

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  • MicroDental Laboratories Acquires Rock Creek Dental Laboratory

    MicroDental Laboratories, a network of dental laboratories committed to helping dentists thrive, announced the acquisition of Rock Creek Dental Ceramics, Ltd. laboratory in O’Fallon, IL. Effective immediately, Rock Creek will merge with the company’s Donnell Dental Laboratory to form one of the leading laboratories in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region.

    “The acquisition and merger of Rock Creek Dental Ceramics and Donnell creates an excellent platform for future growth,” noted Bill Johnson, CEO of MicroDental Laboratories. “This partnership immediately provides customers of Donnell and Rock Creek labs with access to new restorative products and services such as our MicrO2™ Sleep Apnea Device, ZEUS™ Zirconia Restorations, digitally fabricated dentures, and e.max®P crowns.”

    “We welcome the addition of Rock Creek Dental Ceramics to our team,” commented Bart Donnell, Certified Dental Technician and Lab Manager of Donnell,...

    June 16 at 4:47 pm

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