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Inside Dental Technology
April 2017
Volume 8, Issue 4

Milling Technology Helps Start-up Handle Rapid Growth

Digital-only laboratory excels by leveraging both wet and dry mills

By Eric True

As a pastor as well as a dental technician, I know that building trust is an integral part of any mission—including at Digital Dental Leaders. We operate a digital-only startup in Montclair, California, that grew out of a traditional laboratory. Our business specializes in producing the highest-quality fixed restorations at competitive prices, delivered quickly and backed by personalized customer service. We strive to provide a restoration experience our dentists will trust and their patients will promote.

Digital Dental Leaders is focused on the digital aspects of dentistry. While we’ve tried other milling products, the quality, reliability, and cost effectiveness of our Roland equipment gives us the foundation we need to do what we do. We use Roland wet and dry mills exclusively to produce our fixed restorations.

In our last four months of operation, we doubled our sales and our business continues to grow. We currently have seven employees and three Roland dental milling machines: a DWX-50 and a DWX-51D—both five-axis dry mills—and a DWX-4W four-axis wet mill.

Our laboratory produces all types of fixed prosthetics, including crowns, bridges, and implants. We mill zirconia and some PMMA on our DWX-50 and DWX-51D, and lithium disilicate on our DWX-4W wet mill. Roland’s mills are incredibly precise and reliable, virtually eliminating the potential for error, so we can count on excellent output.

Having wet and dry mills in house gives us maximum flexibility in our production workflow. Each mill has its own set of unique capabilities, allowing us to use machines that are specifically designed for the applications we are running. In addition, using the two separate mills streamlines maintenance and improves the longevity of the machines. We also appreciate the small footprint of the DWX-51D and DWX-4W, which allows us to maximize our existing workspace.

We work with dentists across the country who want to maximize the value of their digital impression systems. Our goal is to have customers who are vocal advocates and offer word-of-mouth recommendations.

The reliability Roland offers us is critical, especially as a start-up operation. Our Roland mills do the job we want them to do, time after time, and the maintenance required is minimal.

We are more than satisfied with our Roland mills. They’re easy to use, consistently accurate, and they help us provide the kind of high-quality, low-cost, quick delivery service we are committed to and our customers expect. Thanks to the high-quality results we’re able to produce with our advanced digital devices, we have confidence that both dentists and their patients will like our products. As a result, our growth strategy is geared around expanding with Roland mills.

Disclaimer: The statements and opinions contained in the preceding material are not necessarily those of the editors, publisher, or the Editorial Board of Inside Dental Technology.

Eric True
Digital Dental Leaders

Key Takeaways

• DWX-50 and DWX-51D dry mills, as well as the DWX-4W wet mill, ensure smooth production, maximize output, and reduce downtime
• Simultaneous milling capabilities
• Manage up to four milling units from one computer
• Use latest technology with open architecture

Manufacturer Information

Roland DGA Corporation

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