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...
In July, DATRON Dynamics—the North American representative of DATRON AG high-speed machining centers and 5-axis dental mills—officially opened its new Technology Center in Livermore, CA, just outside San Francisco.
"We have a significant West Coast customer base and it's growing," says Chris Hopkins, DATRON Dynamics' West Coast Manager. "Having a location in the same time zone and within driving distance allows us to support them more effectively. It also makes it easier for labs in the area to schedule a demonstration and see our equipment in action."
Similar to DATRON Dynamics' East Coast Technology Center in Milford, NH, the new location has the same capabilities as a fully functional milling center—from scanning the model to cutting the parts on a DATRON D5—allowing prospective customers to see live demonstrations ranging from titanium implant bars and custom abutments to zirconia crown and bridge structures.
The first event at the new Technology Center...
William Braun brings extensive experience in healthcare products, quality assurance, customer service, and global operations to the management team at DDS Lab.
Shareholders in Delcam, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced software for manufacturing industry, today voted to accept the offer made by Autodesk to acquire the company. The acquisition is expected to be completed during February.
Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Delcam has more than 30 offices worldwide and over 700 employees. The company’s range of design, manufacturing and inspection software provides automated CAD/CAM solutions for a variety of industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace to footwear and healthcare.
The latest NC Software Market Analysis Report from leading US analysts CIMdata showed that, in 2012, Delcam again had the highest vendor revenues and received the highest end-user payments of all the CAM-centric companies. This result meant that the company completed thirteen years as the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software and services.
Autodesk and Delcam offer complementary ranges of software, with...
DenMat plans to contribute a portion of all October sales, including a portion of those from this year’s ADA meeting in San Antonio, TX, toward the fight against Breast Cancer. The company is also releasing special pink-themed Flashlite Magna® 4.0 curing lights and PeriOptix® loupes and headlights for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
For more, visit denmat.com or perioptix.com.
ECCO HIGH FREQUENCY/GLOWTESTER TECHNOLOGIES offers a full line of U.S.-made equipment including centrifugal and vacuum casting machines, electropolish units, duplicating machines and burnout furnaces. It services all models of equipment and offers ceramic crucibles for both induction and torch casting machines.
Dental Creators UNO.5 Desk Top and 10.5 compact stand-alone milling machines offer continuous five-axis milling for high-precision basic copings to abutments and bars. From VISION USA, the machines mill zirconia, titanium, PMMA denture resin and wax; the 10.5 also mills chrome cobalt. The UNO.5 and 10.5 mill both in wet and dry mode and incorporate a system for filtration and recirculation of liquids. Both machines are pressurized, self-containing the zirconia powder during and after the milling process; have an efficient automatic tool changer and can work unattended overnight; and have rotary axes with a high degree of freedom for processing complete arches with no limitations.
DentalEZ Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, announced today that Gordon W. Hagler will retire from his position as President and COO on July 3, 2014 following almost a decade of service with the company.
“We are extremely grateful for all of Gordon’s substantial contributions and leadership not only within our organization but to the dental industry as a whole,” remarked Jeffrey E. Perelman, CEO of DentalEZ Group. “Gordon has been an essential part of DentalEZ‘s success, and he can look back on an impressive career spanning over 47 years within the dental arena. We wish Gordon the very best in his retirement; he will be greatly missed.”
Hagler has had a distinguished career in the dental industry. Prior to joining DentalEZ in 2005, he was Vice President of Digital Imaging & Strategic Relations for PracticeWorks/Kodak Dental Systems, which acquired Trophy Dental in 2003....
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Committed to maintaining relevancy in the dental laboratory technology profession, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) recently announced a new reference list for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process.
“NBC has been working extremely hard behind the scenes in 2015 and 2016 to update our certification programs,” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “These updates include modernizing our exam blueprint, enhancing our references, modifying our practical examinations to reflect current practices and technology advancements, re-working our written examination question banks and reviewing eligibility requirements to take the exam.”
These references will be active for any examinations offered by NBC after January 1, 2017. Most of these references are written by notable industry leaders and can easily be purchased through Quintessence Publishing.
DIGITAL DENTAL LAB's scanning, 3D printing and milling systems are designed for the production-minded laboratory. Its signature product, the Dental Mill, is manufactured in the U.S. and built to high standards of accuracy and reliability.
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...
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ETI EMPIRE DIRECT offers the complete line of Dental Wings CAD solutions. Dental Wings intuitive 3D Scan and Design system combines a customizable, feature-rich design suite including the "Full Anatomy Wizard" with state-of-the-art software. The system scans and designs up to 30 copings in 15 minutes with accuracy to 15 microns and designs full contour crowns in as little as five minutes. Open .stl files are sent to your mill or preferred milling center. There is a monthly software rental fee; updates, on-site training and technical support are at no cost.
DentalZirconia.com offers a full line of zirconia for all milling machines, including Dentsply Cercon, Wieland Zeno, KaVo Everest, Sirona inLab MCXL, Digital Dental, Amann Girrbach Ceramill, ZirkonZahn and more. It carries a variety of brands in both high strength and high translucency formulas, and both isostatically and uniaxel pressed blocks and discs. The company offers a low price guarantee (beating competitorsâ prices by 5%) and additional savings of up to 70% on the websiteâs Clearance section. Products are always in stock; same-day shipment on most items.
"The Quality of Esthetics": 3rd International Expert Symposium hosted by Ivoclar Vivadent in Madrid.
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A nationwide survey of dentists found 91.2 percent of respondents favoring the certification of the composition and ADA classification of the restorative materials they prescribe. More than 97 percent said they would favor dental labs that included free materials certification with every case they ship.
The survey was conducted by the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council, an industry non-profit that provides participating suppliers with certificates attesting to the composition and ADA classification of their products. The suppliers then include the certificates free with the materials they ship to labs for the labs to pass on to dentists with every case.
The survey also asked dentists to name the major benefits they saw in the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram materials certification program. "Ensuring material quality and content" was named by 93.9 percent of the respondents, with 75.8 percent listing "Attesting to the quality of the lab." Other benefits selected included "Improving risk management" (54.5...
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...
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We hope that everyone had a great time in Chicago this year. We were glad to see so many people join us during Lab Day for our technical courses and hands-on demonstrations in the Sheraton, Mayfair room. For those who attended the CDS Mid-winter show, thank you for stopping by the DENTSPLY Prosthetics booth in the McCormick Center.
As revealed in Chicago, later this year we will be introducing CAD/CAM Material Options For All-Ceramic and Non-Precious Alloy. Stay tuned to The Bridge for more details!
There has been a lot of press lately on the issue of FDA’s position on the laboratory’s use of CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of abutments.
We recognize that this guidance from the FDA can impact the dental laboratories’ options for providing CAD/CAM abutments and would like to assure all dental professionals that DENTSPLY Implants is a fully FDA-compliant abutment manufacturer. With our ATLANTIS solutions for all major implant systems, we will continue to provide FDA 510(k) cleared abutments on all materials and interfaces to provide peace of mind for dental laboratories, their doctors and the patients they care for – because it matters.
Since 1999, we have manufactured well over 1.5 million abutments globally and respect the need for quality and FDA cleared implant solutions to support reliable, long-term outcomes. We welcome the opportunity to be the provider of choice for patient-specific restorative solutions.
If we can be of additional support to the dental laboratory...
This yearâs Lab Management Today Lab Day Chicago show will be filled with technicians abuzz with news of the latest new products, equipment, services and technologies. Adding to this excitement, the dental laboratoryâs long-standing trusted manufacturer, DENTSPLY, will exhibit their newest products that help customers to be more efficient, productive and profitable â âLab SmarterSMâ.
On August 8, DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., The Dental Solutions Company, announced a strategic collaboration with AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions to promote, distribute and service digital denture products in the USA.
Tom Leonardi, Dentsply Sirona Group Vice President, Global Prosthetics, commented, "This collaboration is an exciting endeavor for both companies and synergistic with the new Dentsply Sirona mission to deliver innovative dental solutions to improve oral health worldwide. Through this collaboration, we will advance digital denture solutions in the dental lab market, bringing together Dentsply Sirona’s market leadership in removable prosthetic materials and CAD/CAM solutions with AvaDent’s recognition as an innovator and leader in true digital denture solutions.” Digital dentures deliver real value for the dental laboratory, the dentist and ultimately the patient. AvaDent offers a broad portfolio of digital prosthetic options making it a great complement to our material...
The ultimate app for the ultimate dental meeting--which provides details on the event agenda, speaker profiles, a trade show map and more--is now available for Apple and Android devices
In February, Dentsply International Inc. and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. successfully completed their merger to become Dentsply Sirona Inc. “Dentsply Sirona can now focus its efforts on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. As The Dental Solutions Company™, we will drive long-term growth by being uniquely positioned to deliver innovative solutions and support our customers with the broadest product portfolio and the largest sales and service infrastructure in the industry,” says Jeffrey Slovin, CEO.
PEARSON DENTAL introduces Naturadent Vacuum Fired Porcelain Teeth available in VITA and New Hue Shades and NaturaTone 3-Layer Plastic Teeth in New Hue Shades. At LAB DAY, the company is also exhibiting hard and wear-resistant Premium Star Plus 4 Layer Plastic Teeth in VITA shades and bleach shade; stop by its exhibit table for show specials.
ATLANTA DENTAL SUPPLY carries Trubyte, Heraeus, Ivoclar and Starlight brand teeth. The company offers low prices, same-day shipping for next-day arrival anywhere in the U.S., and experienced customer service agents.