Inside Dental Technology
November 2014
Volume 5, Issue 11

Signature Bench Tools & Equipment

Laboratory workhorses make all the difference

The importance of the myriad tools used at the bench to articulate, grind and finish, characterize and customize, and glaze and bake cannot be overstated—and yet they often are taken for granted or given less prominence in discussions. This is the analog side of dental technology, the human touch that makes all the difference in the fit, function, and esthetics of the final restoration. From small burs and porcelain brushes, polishing wheels and articulators, to cameras, casting machines, and furnaces, these specialized bench tools handle the manual tasks that automated technologies have yet to—and may never—conquer. These are the “must-haves” every technician needs to give restorative products the special signature touch that represents the quality, service, and brand of the business.

Although innovations in this category have shrunk in numbers, those that do make it to the market include significant improvements, upgrades, or breakthroughs that help to reduce labor hours for the laboratory, streamlining the fabrication process.

Faster, more efficient glazing, baking and sintering furnaces; improved injection molding technology; a versatile, more powerful model trimmer; a steam-cleaning box; a partial denture repair kit—these are but a few of the new bench tools developed for the dental technology industry this year.

From the high production laboratory to the high-end concierge artisan business—and all others in between—the ability to deliver 100 products or one at the end of the day rests with these workhorses of the industry.

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