• Sandra Bunnaman, RDT · Owner at InHouse Dental Lab Solutions

    What is your opinion on using RelyX Ultimate with Emax restorations??
    Any problems? Concerns? Would love to read about your experiences.

  • I'm considering purchasing a 3 shape scanner soon. I've been evaluating various workflows and was wondering how many different ways current users are putting the scans to work. Such as; anyone splitting the files for SLM copings or zirconia coping with milled or printed wax ups for press-to restorations? Milled gold crowns with Strategic Milling? Any good or bad experiences with CAP or CMC? I've been milling in house with in-lab and have decided not to pursue another milling machine at this time. So I'm looking to partner with others to provide the mills. Thanks. — tagged 4 members3Shape, Inc.
    Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP)
    Milling
    Scanners

  • We often find that labs are struggling finding reliable, trained technicians, or are unable to grow the lab at a rate that you want because you are constantly stuck at the bench, or maybe you wish you didn't have to turn down work and someone could handle your overflow, or maybe dentists are being squeezed by insurance companies and in turn that is affecting you and your pricing. If you are experiencing any of these issues, Cornerstone Direct is the answer for you. We are able to provide consistent, aesthetic and anatomical quality restorations. Whatever the reason may be, Cornerstone Direct...See more

  • How many of you are pressing your emax restorations using a furnace other then Ivoclar??? Which furnace brand would you suggest as a comparable to the new EP3010 or EP5010 dual press/fire furnace? — tagged 3 product linesIPS E.max
    Furnaces
    Ivoclar Vivadent Programat® EP 5010

  • January 2008: LMT Readers Forecast CAD/CAM Growth

    Our 2008 Digital Technology survey found that CAD/CAM-milled restorations made up 19% of respondents' C&B workloads. We asked respondents to predict what their CAD/CAM caseload would look like by 2013, and they predicted it would more than double in those five years, rising to 42%.

    So how did their predictions pan out? According to LMT's 2013 Digital Technology survey, CAD/CAM-milled restorations made up 41% of their C&B caseloads! Pretty spot on!

    For more statistics on the growth of CAD/CAM, watch for our May issue.

  • May 2009: ADA Releases Results of Lead Study

    When the controversy over the possibility of lead in PFM restorations arose in 2008, the ADA conducted an independent study to determine the degree to which lead may be present in crowns. In 2009, it released the results of this study, which found only trace amounts of the naturally occurring element in 44 different porcelain powders and 102 finished porcelain-metal crowns produced by domestic and foreign dental laboratories. The results ranged from below detectable to 113 parts per million (ppm) in the 44 porcelain powders, and an average of 46ppm in the crowns.

    "Based on all the information...See more

  • Argen Digital Offers ArgenPMMA Temps
    Argen Corp. · San Diego, CA

    Argen Digital now offers ArgenPMMA Temps, an esthetic temporary solution available in 16 classic Vita shades, one bleach shade and 5 transitional shades. ArgenPMMA Temps are quick and easy to polish and can be layered for maximum esthetics. Send an STL file to www.argendigital.com and receive your single unit to 14 unit full contour restorations in just 2 business days.

  • Earn CE credits and a win FREE product!
    Argen Corp. · San Diego, CA

    Don't miss your opportunity to earn CE credits and win FREE product at Lab Day Chicago! 5 attendees per lecture will win $50 of Argen Digital Product. Visit Argen at Lab Day Chicago for details, booth 700.
    Saturday, Feb. 22
    7:30 - 8:30 AM = Digital A to Z: Bring All Your Product Offerings into the Digital Workflow
    From scan to restoration, Argen Digital can support your lab with products ranging from ArgenZ Zirconia and High Noble SLM copings to Digital Captek and more!

    8:30 - 9:30 AM = Transitionally Shaded Zirconia: Prep Your Zirconia for Better Esthetics in 30 Seconds
    Learn how adding transitional...See more

  • Superior Surface Finishes
    Axsys Dental Solutions · Axsys Dental Solutions · Wixom, MI

    Whether its abutments, bars, bridges, individual or multi-unit restorations, the strength and rigidity of the VersaMILL 5X and its fixturing, coupled With the knowledge of our experts enable you to produce restorations of unbelievable quality, quickly With the lowest possible tooling cost.

    Due to the extreme accuracy and high quality surface finishes, restorations made from zirconia; hard metals such as titanium; and abrasives such as glass ceramics can be produced with minimal bench times with highly detailed occlusal surfaces and razor edge margins.

  • Axsys Dental Solutions · Axsys Dental Solutions · Wixom, MI

    New DOCERAM Product Line: Teeth like Pearls - Tuesday, November 05, 2013
    The trend towards monolithic restorations made from full zirconia is unbroken.

    As one of the pioneers of dental CAD / CAM, DOCERAM Medical Ceramics sets a further milestone: pre-colored zirconia in dentine shades: NACERA Pearl.

    This dentine shade pre-colored blanks made from zirconia ease the technician's job significantly for preparation of full-contour restorations, the manual work is reduced to a minimum.

    The complete elimination is possible within the molar area.

    This was achieved by the new PCR-color concept that...See more

  • A 'Man vs. Machine' Challenge

    Dan O' Rourke put out a challenge to our industry and the LMT editorial team and I are intrigued by his suggestion for a "Man vs. Machine" challenge and are discussing its possibilities. At present we're somewhat stuck on the logistics and would love to invite input from others in the community. Since there's a ready-made CAD/CAM group, we will post the idea for a challenge in that group. Please join us in inviting dialogue that would help us form a plan of action.

    One thing that strikes us with regard to the "which is better" question, are the comments from Don Cornell, printed in our April...See more — tagged Dan O'Rourke, CDT and Milling

  • Heraeus Kulzer · South Bend, IN

    Check out our new powder-free, scannable impressiong material Flexitime® Fast & Scan. This materials allows dentists affordable access to modern CAD/CAM restorations without the need to change customary impression techniques or to invest in hardware and software. Direct scanning of impressions saves time, reduces inaccuracies and offers optimal workflow integration with the laboratory. For more information visit us at www.heraeus-kulzer-us.com and request a demo.

    http://heraeus-kulzer-us.com/en/ourproducts/dentistry_1/impressionmaterials/ScannableImpressionMaterials.aspx

  • Whip Mix Corp. · Louisville, KY

    e.MAX® has become a very useful and well accepted tool for dental restorations. Here are some tips for perfecting your lithium disilicate restorations using Whip Mix materials and pressing furnaces.

  • DENTSPLY Prosthetics will be at the American Dental Association Annual Meeting: October 31-November 2, 2013 at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

    See us at booth #2501/#2601 to see our new products such as:
    Celtra, a new class of materials for high strength glass-ceramics.
    Cercon ht, a clinically proven yttria-stabilized zirconia material, providing outstanding strength and esthetics, ideal for full contour posterior restorations.

    Learn More:
    http://www.prosthetics.dentsply.com/fixed/all-ceramic-options/celtra-duo/
    http://www.prosthetics.dentsply.com/fixed/zirconia/

  • Just participated in a digital forum at Whip Mix where Dr. Russell Giordano discussed the material science and dynamics of Zirconia and Zirconia layering ceramics.... lots of "i's" and "t's" to dot and cross if you really want to ensure a scientifically sound interface between your Zr substrate and the Zr core... one thing he advocated in particular, and I know we have heard different variations on this from a variety of Zr and Zr layering mfg.s, but he stated quite emphatically, that anytime one introduces stress (grinding and/or finishing of Zr frames and full-contour Zr restorations) that a...See more — tagged Whip Mix Corp.

  • Hi! Which marker do you use for your refractory dies? Can you please share the product name/brand and supplier? Thanks! — tagged Restorations

  • Understanding scanning and milling is only a piece of the CAD CAM puzzle. Learn the chemistry and physical properties of different types of zirconia, PMMA resins and waxes used as burnout pattern material and how they can affect the outcome of your restorations in this 1-hour webinar. — tagged CAD/CAM Scanning And Milling

  • BUY A ZENOTEC® MINI AND YOUR FIRST 500 CROWNS ARE ON US!

    When you buy a Zenotec® mini we will give you 25 Zenostar® Discs FREE which can be used to mill a total of 500 restorations!

    Orders must be placed on or before October 31st. There are no restrictions on the disc shade/size combinations. Discs need to be redeemed within 30 days after training and installation. — tagged Zenotec® mini Milling System

    Wieland Zenotec® Mini
    Product (Milling) · Digital Fabrication

    High-Tech does not have to be supersized. The ultra-compact Zenotec mini milling system simply radiates effi ciency and quality. In conjunction with a scanner and a PC, we can condense your lab to desktop dimensions. Wieland Dental makes going digital so simple, you'll just love it! - 4-axis geometry -...

  • Just in case you still are not sure how becoming TRIOS Ready will benefit your lab, here are a few pointers that might help you make a decision:

    1) Show your dentist customers that you are an innovative lab on the forefront of the development.

    2)You will be able to easily and rapidly exchange orders, comments and 3D designs with the dental clinics

    3)You will have the possibility to customize your order form and show which type of products and services you offer (e.g. type of restorations and materials)

    4)When the necessary steps have been completed you will be certified as a TRIOS Ready Lab.

    5)Your...See more

  • New report concludes that dental implants can save costs and improve quality of life. How are you adding implant restorations to your dental lab? Read more about this report from the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants today:

    http://www.straumann.com/en/home/media/media-releases/2013/tag_xml_newsbox_ch2013-07-04149789digest.html

  • Flemming Behrend, MDT · Owner at Flemmings Dental Ceramic Studio Inc.

    Tis week I finished a PFM bridge which was created over a prep on an existing old structure. I'm not a big fan of these kind of restorations, but OK, I took the case and send it to the milling lab for a full Zirconia bridge. Turns out that the computer program doesnt know how to scan multible connected units. LOL. I got the case back and I constructed a PFM overlay bridge in NP. It looked great and I saved myself about $ 300. plus felt great that human craftmanship still counts for something :0)

  • Aaron Roux · Candia, NH

    Good morning!! Wanted to take a brief moment to share a great article that was featured in last month's LMT magazine on Digital Captek. Written by Rob Teachout (Patriot Dental lab) sharing his decade+ experience with Captek and how digital Captek has transformed the way he delivers Captek crowns and bridges to his dentist-clients. Written by a technician for technicians; it's a great read. You can reach me directly or Argen if you have any questions :-) make it a great day all!!

    Oh yeah; GO BRUINS. Huge win last night :-)

    http://www.lmtmag.com/articles/digital_captek_a_new_easier_way_to_fabricate_captek_restorations — tagged Rob Teachout, CDT

  • Interesting facts to think about. 30 years ago, all the porcelain manufactures began to think about how to make porcelain powders which through a complicated and sophisticated build up technique would make it possible for the dental technician to create natural looking teeth. Twenty years later they began leaving out Opacious Dentin, then they began to manufacture a two powder build up, and today we are approached with the One powder "Do it all" porcelain. (Just add stains!). Personally I see a slow curve of downgrading the technical skills of the educated ceramist. It is truly a shame that we...See more — tagged Porcelain

  • This is just me venting.. (in hopes of gaining manufacturers attention). It really frustrates me to know that all major implant companies and non associated milling centers are heavily advertising "Custom Abutments". We do 100% percent of our implant restorations using custom made prosthesis, with 90% of them being screw retained. What irritates me is that when I design my custom screw retained abutment and scan or send it out to be scan (depending on the implant), I sometimes get a message from the manufacturer saying unable to mill due to "milling limitations", "insufficient block size", "restoration...See more — tagged Abutments

  • Flemming Behrend, MDT · Owner at Flemmings Dental Ceramic Studio Inc.

    I think the solution to our changing laboratory world is to reinvent ourself as Marta Lizza so eloquently put it in a post to me. I have taken her advice seriously and done two things. I have re kindled my interest in the I.C.O.I. Implant symposium program and I am taking training to mill my own Zirconia restorations manually. I have done a lot of re thinking on the Emax restorations and I am now playing a lot with layering the material. Love it!. I refuse to go on retirement as a bitter old man and chose to go out with fireworks when that time comes. :0)

    Getting bored?

    Flemming Behrend, MDT · Owner at Flemmings Dental Ceramic Studio Inc.

    I have been a lab technician for over 35 years now. Was educated in Denmark and made my career here in the United States. I have always loved my work and still enjoy my days in my laboratory. However, lately I find myself being somewhat bored as my clients more and more go for full Zirconia Cad Cam or...

    February 1, 2013 · 20

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