Glidewell Laboratories, industry-leading provider of dental laboratory products and services, announced today that production of conventional feldspathic PFMs will cease companywide effective October 1, 2016. All future PFM cases prescribed from the lab will use Obsidian® lithium silicate ceramic in place of feldspathic porcelain.
When compared to conventional PFMs, Obsidian Pressed to Metal crowns and bridges represent a higher standard of care in ceramo-metal restorations. Obsidian lithium silicate ceramic exhibits over four times the flexural strength and two times the chip resistance of traditional porcelains. The material polishes beautifully and is kinder to opposing dentition than previous PFM ceramics. The increased toughness of Obsidian makes it ideal for bridges, cases with insufficient vertical space for full-contour zirconia, and screw-retained restorations.
Obsidian’s greater translucency matches shades and blends more naturally with real dentition. Obsidian...
- May 2015
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...
In its 13 years of clinical use, the pioneering Lava™ Zirconia brand from 3M ESPE Dental has become trusted by dentists and labs around the world. Now, 3M ESPE Dental is giving more labs access to the quality, esthetics and clinical performance the Lava™ brand is known for, making 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia available in a disc format for open-source milling.
The new Lava Plus portfolio, which is available to labs milling 98-mm discs, includes both Lava Plus zirconia as well as its unique shading system. The 98mm-diameter zirconia discs are available in thicknesses of 14mm, 18mm and 25mm, and in formats with and without a step. Based on the same material technology as the Mill Blank formats for Lava Milling Systems, Lava Plus Discs and Lava Plus Mill Blanks offer the reliability and high performance that the Lava brand is known for.
“This introduction gives labs access to one of the most trusted zirconia materials on the market, as...
- November 2013
It is with great sadness that we must share news of the passing of Arlo King, CDT and Director of Technical Services for DENTSPLY Prosthetics. Arlo was well-known, -liked and -respected throughout the dental industry as the face and leader of DENTSPLY's laboratory technical support services. Those who knew Arlo were acutely aware of his love of the trade and strong loyalty to DENTSPLY. It was Arlo's goal to get better so he could get back to work. As he stated it in a recent text message, "I just can't go to work, so I am going to work from home."
Arlo joined DENTSPLY Ceramco in 1992 at the close of his 20-year U.S. Air Force military career. It was in the military where Arlo gained his training as a dental laboratory technician and launched his dental career. The influence of his military background was apparent in Arlo's can-do, get-it-done attitude. You could always count on his no-nonsense, honest opinion.
Those who knew Arlo were familiar with his great sense of humor and infectious...
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- September 2013
Advanced Dental Products, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Jelrus porcelain furnace spare parts sales and repairs of the VIP Universal X-Press. They will also supply muffles and thermocouples for all Jelrus porcelain furnaces. The acquisition became effective on September 1, 2013.
Jelrus, the dental laboratory division of Air Techniques, has a proven record of providing well-belt, dependable laboratory equipment. The acquisition by Advanced Dental Products, Inc. further enhances their own product line of high quality muffles, both quartz and non-quarts, for most porcelain furnaces.
Please direct all Jelrus inquires to Advanced Dental Products, Inc. customer service at 800 645-7237.
- August 2013
Jensen Dental Announces Launch of the Preciso Education Connection; Contains Suite of Online Tools For CAD/CAM Users
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. - Jensen Dental today announced the launch of the Preciso Education Connection, a suite of online tools and information for users of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution.
The Preciso Education Connection makes it easy to access a variety of useful information for Jensen's CAD/CAM system. Assets available on the website include a variety of videos on each step of the digital restoration process including equipment set-up, scanning, designing, milling, restoration characterization, and sintering as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section containing additional helpful information. Also available on the site are a variety of recorded educational webinars providing additional instruction and education for each aspect of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution.
"Jensen has built its reputation with dental laboratories over the last 35 years in large part due to our commitment to education. As Jensen continues to evolve and help our customers grow, the Preciso Education...
- April 2013
On March 24, 2013, the dental industry lost a revered leader, colleague and friend, Norbert Duepner. Norbert joined the Argen family as Technical Director over 27 years ago and leaves in his legacy one of the strongest Technical Support Departments operating in the dental landscape today. Known throughout the industry, Norbert was a highly respected professional who developed relationships with dental laboratories worldwide. Norbert possessed the unique ability to tailor technical solutions to customer needs and approached each call with individualized care and a kind and cheerful demeanor. He was a cornerstone at Argen serving customers until Friday, March 22nd, just short of his 81 birthday.
"I am very saddened by this sudden loss, but I am so thankful for the 27 years I had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Norb," commented Anton Woolf, CEO of The Argen Corporation. "Norb was literally a giant in the dental industry and respected by everyone who knew him. We are so...
- March 2013
WIELAND's Reflex Dimension One for metal ceramics and Zenoflex Dimension One for zirconium oxide are true one-powder, one-layer, one-bake porcelain systems. In addition, modifiers previously used only for veneering oxide ceramics are now available within the Reflex system. The increased intensity of the basic Zenoflex Dimension colors offersÂ brilliant results when space is limited. Both porcelains demonstrate excellent fluorescence and natural opalescence.
Noritake Value Shades are additional shades that expand the existing EX-3 and CZR selection of Body and Opacious Body porcelain powders to include the VITA 3D-Master shades. They offer âout-of-the-bottleâ performance for all of your prescription needs. From ZAHN DENTAL, the Noritake Value Shades offer a simple, quick and precise solution to completing VITA 3D-Master shade restorations.
DENTSPLY Ceramco iC is the industry's only fully integrated porcelain. Create all-ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal and press-to-metal restorations from one veneering porcelain, one pressing ingot and one stain and glaze system. The one-coat paste opaque now features refined handling. The system's finer leucite crystals produce greater translucency. The simplified stain and glaze process streamlines workflow.
With one shade system, Ceramco iC is ideal for achieving shade consistency in combination cases and thin veneers. Now, all opaque shades are color-correlated to the dentins for enhanced esthetics. Ceramco iC comes in 46 shades including 16 A-D, four bleached and 26 CC Shades Series shades keyed to VITA® 3-D Master Shade Series.
Ceramco iC can improve lab efficiencies by reducing the need for duplicate inventories; improving process efficiencies; increasing manufacturing throughput; and by delivering consistent, premium esthetic restorations. That's Lab Smarter(SM). For more...
- November 2012
Mid-America Dental Studio of Waterloo, Iowa is the winner of the Walt Disney World* vacation, awarded by DENTSPLY Prosthetics as part of the Summer Sizzln' campaign.
- May 2011
A 28-year-old female patient with large diastemas on her anterior maxillary teeth disliked her overall tooth display and âgummyâ smile.
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- April 2011
Known for its ceramic, veneering and framework materials, NORITAKE manufactures EX-3 for PFM restorations, CZR for zirconia, and CZR Press and EX-3 Press for pressable systems. Available exclusively through Zahn Dental, these quality porcelains provide ease of handling, natural color matching, excellent translucency, and resistance to fracture and chipping.