Zahn to Distribute Bego 3D Printer

Posted on March 23, 2015

Zahn Dental has announced the addition of Bego’s new 3D printer VARSEO to its high-tech portfolio.

BEGO, a pioneer in the field of rapid prototyping, is the first dental provider of a self-developed 3D printer for dental laboratories, allowing the in-house production of diverse dental applications (e.g. surgical guides, CAD/Cast partial dentures, splints, and individual impression trays).

Foundation Announces Sterngold Grant

Posted on March 23, 2015

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) is a nonprofit 501c (3) organization. The purpose of the FDLT is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry-driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

Sterngold Dental is located in Attleboro, Massachusetts and is a leading source for restorative dentistry and a global leader in alloys, attachments, implants, and restorative systems. Sterngold has pledged $10,000 to the Foundation in both cash and product donations to help support the future of dental laboratory technology. With this donation, Sterngold and the Foundation have partnered to offer the 2015 Sterngold Grant.

The 2015 Sterngold Grant will award one school $1,250 in product donation. Products available through this grant include:

- QuickLineTM Long-Term Soft Relining Material

- SternTek® Duplicating Material

- SternTek® Custom Tray Material (blue or rose)

- SternTek® Base Plate Material (pink)

- InstaGums® Gingival Reproduction Material

In order to be eligible for this grant, the applicant must be an NADL Member Educational Institution. To apply, go to dentallabfoundation.org/news/index.cfm?#n1251. All applications must be received by the FOundation office by April 1, 2015 in order to be considered for the grant.

Mega'Gen Symposium Coming to NY

Posted on March 23, 2015

The 11th annual Mega’Gen International Symposium will be held May 1-2 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

The event will feature 2 days of dental implantology education. It will run from 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

There will be 14 CE credits available, with presentations by:

·      Miguel Stanley, DDS

·      Michael Pikos, DDS

·      Howard Farran, DDS

·      K.B. Park, DDS; Thomas Han, DDS; and J.C. Kim, DDS

·      Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD

·      Roger Levin, DDS

·      Burton Langer, MD

·      Nicolas Elian, DDS; Jack Krauser, DMD; and Dennis Smiler, DDS

·      John Kois, DMD, MSD

Tickets cost $799 through March and $899 starting April 1. The package includes a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. Friday and a “Supper Club Dinner” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information or to sign up, go to vizstara-professional.cdeworld.com/events/130.

Dental Wings Partners With HK on DWLM

Posted on March 23, 2015

Dental Wings has announced 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 plan to 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 and what it can offer, particularly together with their world-class materials. We feel that combining our strengths will accelerate the adoption of the DWLM technology, which over time will transform how dental restorations are made, and usher in a new era of digital materials,” said Michael Rynerson, CEO of Dental Wings.

Dr Martin Haase, Managing Director of Heraeus Kulzer, added, "Users want to produce durable restorations flexibly and efficiently. This requires that we closely integrate high-quality materials and modern technologies. With Dental Wings, we have a competent partner for this novel laser milling technology who shares our commitment to always be a step ahead."

Novica Savic, Head of Division Dental Materials at Heraeus Kulzer, said, "Laser milling offers interesting opportunities in efficiently and reliably providing patients with digital-produced dental restorations. But even in modern digital prosthetics, the basis for high-quality restorations is still materials aligned to the needs of the dental technology. Our job is to provide these solutions."

From left, Dr. Martin Haase, Michael Rynerson, and Novica Savic.

Glidewell Speech Highlights Chicago Week

Posted on March 23, 2015

Teeth were the talk of Chicago during the last week of February as meetings and tradeshows took place at McCormick Place on the South Side and the Westin, Swiss Hotel, and Hyatt Regency on the North Side.

Among the highlights was a presentation at the Cal-Lab Group’s annual meeting by Jim Glidewell on the state of the dental technology industry.

Glidewell, the President and CEO of Glidewell Laboratories, opened by saying that digital dentistry was “the end of a way of life” for veteran technicians and “the loss of a rewarding lifestyle.” He said laboratories must “adopt or die.”

Glidewell said it is important to remember, though, that the priority of the profession remains unchanged—to serve the patients above all else.

He said laboratories must make changes to offer better services at a cheaper price because if they do not, someone else will—or dentists will increasingly turn to the chairside option. “It has been proven that doctors accept the monolithic option,” he said.

However, just having CAD/CAM machines is not enough, Glidewell said. Laboratories must find ways to capitalize on the benefits of those machines. One idea Glidewell suggested that could be an option in the future is mobile milling centers.

Implants and implant-supported restorations are growing exponentially and will decrease the demand for bridges to the point of extinction, Glidewell said. Using cheaper parts for implants, he added, could be a way for laboratories to make more profit on this offering. “I have not honestly seen any problems with after-market parts,” he said.

Another important part of doing business today and in the future, Glidewell said, is online marketing. Once you can build a following, he said, by offering continuous contributions, you can spend less time spreading the word yourself and more time watching others spread it for you.

Glidewell said his business has succeeded in part because it never focused on the top 10% in terms of wealth. Instead, the company has emphasized function over esthetics, and finding less expensive ways to make crowns.

“Catering to the wealthy is the sole growth inhibitor of many of today’s labs,” he said.

A keen business sense also is necessary, Glidewell said. Vertical integration, he said, is critical, but another key is understanding one’s limitations and not overextending.

“You don’t have to be the best ceramist to have a very successful laboratory,” he said.

Toward the end of his presentation, Glidewell listed some predictions for the future of the industry:

-       Precise change can be difficult to predict

-       Dentures are likely to increase with the growing edentulous population

-       Gold crowns, already down 60%, will plummet closer to 10% and be used almost exclusively for extremely close bites

-       Expect a 90% reduction in PFM restorations

-       All-ceramic crowns & bridges are a segment that will dominate the restorative industry, with zirconia serving as the primary material

-       Bridges will decrease as dental implants become more affordable

-       Future competition – companies like Sirona will build their equipment into “Smart” dental chairs

Glidewell said that today, laboratories are managed by technicians who converted analog knowledge to digital production, but that future facilities will be owned and managed by people with no prior dental technology knowledge whatsoever.

“It is getting that easy,” he said.

Glidewell said the primary business of local laboratories is to supply digital restorations, but he added that he does not see chairside systems influencing that part of the laboratory business for the foreseeable future.

He said it is not a stretch to say the complete digitization of dentistry is on the horizon, with intraoral scans, virtual treatment programming, and fabrication of same-session restorations.

The result of digitization, Glidewell said, is that dental laboratories stand to provide more consistent results to a greater number of patients.

“I hope you’ll join me in embracing the developing future, rather than resisting it,” he said.

Dental Wings to Show New DWLM at IDS

Posted on March 13, 2015

Montreal, Canada - Dental Wings has announced the upcoming introduction of its revolutionary Laser Milling technology, DWLM, at IDS 2015.  With DWLM, Dental Wings establishes a new category of dental production technology based on laser ablation, thus bringing additional opportunities to dentists, laboratories, and production centers to create restorations from a range of proven materials with an unprecedented level of detail.

Laser ablation technology

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 create the final dental restoration directly from an open .STL file. The benefits are greatly reduced operating costs, no tooling to wear or break, no cutting fluids to manage, extremely high resolution features, elimination of secondary crystallization steps for glass ceramics, reduction of chipping of thin edges, and much more. These benefits translate to higher productivity, lower total costs, and compelling results for patients.

"The phrases ‘paradigm shift’ and ‘game changing’ are truly appropriate for Dental Wings Laser Milling. This technology has the potential to re-write the rulebook for producing dental restorations. Combining DWLM with the power of our software and scanning solutions brings Dental Wings to a completely new level," says Dental Wings CEO Michael Rynerson.

Visit Dental Wings at IDS (Hall 4.2, stand J-030) for the world premier of DWLM, where the new intraoral scanner and new dekstop scanners also will be presented.

Axsys to Display Versamill 5XS at IDS

Posted on March 13, 2015

The new Versamill 5XS from Axsys Dental Solutions will be on display at IDS 2015 in Cologne this month.

The compact 5-axis dental machining center, designed for the wet or dry precision machining of copings, crowns, and bridges, can be seen at Hall 3.1, Stand M070, and live demonstrations will be available.

The 5XS can accept input from any dental design program and work with a wide variety of dental milling materials including; wax, zirconia, PMMA, glass ceramic, lithium disilicate and Lava Ultimate.

With precision ball screws, linear guides and rigid frame the Versamill 5XS shares many of the same high quality, durable characteristics fo the larger members of the Versamill family - at an attractive price point.

Town & Country Helps Holocaust Survivors

Posted on March 23, 2015

FREEPORT, N.Y. –Town & Country Dental Studios, a dental laboratory located in Freeport, N.Y., has announced its participation as the National Laboratory Partner for the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. The program, which provides pro-bono oral care to Holocaust survivors, was created as a partnership between Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity in response to the White House’s call to action to help Holocaust survivors in the United States age with dignity and support.

Vice President Joe Biden applauded the program at the General Assembly of Jewish Federation of North America on November 10, 2014, saying “…At least 25 percent of Holocaust survivors…in the United States…[are] living in poverty. With your encouragement, and the President’s authority, I announced the appointment of a Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust survivors to… [rally] volunteer organizations throughout the country, from AmeriCorps…to the Association of Jewish Families and Children’s Agencies, to Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and Henry Schein, giving free dental care to [250-300] survivors.”

“Henry Schein is deeply appreciative that our long-standing business partner, Town & Country, has stepped forward to partner with us on this important program,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office of Henry Schein. “The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program is helping to address the vital oral health needs of this vulnerable, underserved population, whose experiences during World War II had lifelong oral health impacts. We thank Town & Country for joining us in this important work.”

“We are so proud to support this great program, which will help Holocaust survivors’ live healthier, more comfortable lives,” said Stephen Lampert, Lab Manager. “We have worked with Henry Schein for a long time, and it gives us tremendous pleasure to build upon our strong partnership by participating with the Company on a program that will bring much needed oral care to a most deserving and at-risk population.” 

Magic Johnson to Appear at CEREC 30

Posted on March 23, 2015

Charlotte, NC – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, recently signed Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., world-renowned NBA legend and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, to appear on stage during its upcoming CEREC® 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration.

Attendees of the three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza held at The Venetian® Hotel and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas from September 17-19 will be inspired and motivated as they learn from the two-time Hall of Famer turned business entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker during the exclusive lecture featured among the business and leadership curriculum presented at CEREC 30.

Throughout the years, Johnson has successfully shifted his skills and resolve on the basketball court into the business world, propelling Magic Johnson Enterprises to the status of No. 1 Urban Brand in America. He also serves as Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, where his mission is to transform Urban America through HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention programs, and community empowerment centers. Celebrating 20 years of success, the Magic Johnson Foundation has become one of the most recognizable philanthropic organizations around the world. 

Sirona Dental, Inc. President Michael Augins said, “Magic Johnson is a perfect example of an individual who overcame a tremendous number of obstacles to achieve remarkable success in all aspects of his personal and professional life. Throughout the years, Magic has transformed into an outstanding businessman, philanthropist, and dynamic motivational speaker and we are honored to have him speak at our C30 event.”

CEREC 30 will feature the leading clinicians in dentistry and additionally will provide a comprehensive business and leadership curriculum in which Johnson is featured. Tony Robbins will headline a lineup of vibrant business speakers recruited by Sirona including Fred Joyal, renowned speaker on dental practice marketing, and Bernie Stoltz, CEO of Fortune Management. All speakers within this curriculum will present on topics that combine world-class clinical business education and leadership skills that can be applied directly in the dental practice.

In addition to an impressive lineup of motivational speakers, the CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration will provide up to 18 CE credits across a comprehensive spectrum of digital dentistry topics and tracks, and feature an exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services. Also, rock band Train will perform at the event.

All dental and dental lab professionals are encouraged to visit www.Cerec30th.com for additional information as it becomes available.

Carestream Partners With exocad

Posted on March 13, 2015

ATLANTA — Carestream Dental has partnered with exocad, an OEM dental CAD/CAM software solutions provider, to offer systems integration with the CS Solutions product portfolio.

exocad design software is compatible with Carestream Dental’s CS 3500 intraoral scanner, which allows practitioners to easily acquire true color, 2D and 3D images. Requiring no external heater or trolley system, the CS 3500 features high-angulation scanning of up to 45 degrees and to a depth from -2 to +13mm. Additionally, the CS 3500 uses open-format STL files for easy sharing and can be plugged directly into a computer’s USB—making it a truly portable scanner option. The integration with exocad benefits practices that wish to incorporate digital impressions and easy collaboration with labs into their workflow.

Using exocad’s cloud service “dentalshare,” clinicians and client laboratories can collaborate more rapidly. New workflows, such as laboratory-assisted chairside CAD/CAM, can now be created by any laboratory or clinician. The ability to transfer even large and complex cases in minimal time fosters new business opportunities and efficiencies for resellers, while allowing labs and clinicians to build their business by increasing productivity and strengthening personal relationships.

“As Carestream Dental expands into the CAD/CAM market, the ability to integrate with other CAD/CAM software providers is critical,” Joe Andrasko, regional product manager, CS Solutions, Carestream Dental, said. “We are looking forward to working with exocad and we are excited to offer this solution to our customers.”

Resellers of exocad software will be able to offer a unique and innovative workflow solution to their customers by pairing the CS 3500 with exocad’s new dentalshare software feature. Due to the integration, validation and certification of Carestream Dental’s clinical solutions, the implementation risk to resellers is low. Installation, training and support for the CS 3500 are provided by Carestream Dental, allowing resellers to continue to focus on providing exocad software support and service.

“We immediately found development synergy with Carestream Dental’s CS 3500 intraoral scanner and our new dentalshare real time lab collaboration,” Larry Bodony, president, exocad America, said. “The ability for our technologies to combine is extremely beneficial to a clinician’s workflow and we are excited to work with Carestream Dental in this partnership moving forward.”

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