Author | Chuck Yenkner


Coping with high gold prices

March 21, 2012

Ah, the good ‘ole PFM: the staple of fixed prosthetics since the 1960s. Even in this new age of all-ceramic restorations, gold alloys are still used in a significant percentage of the cases done in most labs. IdentAlloy/IdentCeram, which certifies materials used in dental restorations, reports that in 2008 high-noble and noble alloy certificates comprised 69% of the certificates shipped by the organization. Final figures for 2009 are not available yet, however early indications are that this figure will be down but not as much as you might think.

Preventing an “inside job”

March 21, 2012

I recently read an article about a nursery school employee who embezzled more than $150,000 from a private school over a five-year period. The nursery school was a small nonprofit, and the suspect worked there as a trusted bookkeeper for about 30 years. She did this by issuing checks to herself from school accounts for money she was not owed and was able to conceal her actions.

CAD/CAM: To buy or not to buy?

March 21, 2012

CAD/CAM has been a topic of discussion in the dental lab business for a number of years now, and there are numerous opinions about it-examples of many appear in this issue of DLP. Now that we have you thinking about CAD/CAM, I figure this is a good opportunity to get my 2 cents worth out there too.

Don’t fight technology

March 21, 2012

I am always amused by the fact that we call ourselves Dental Technicians, our field Dental Technology and yet in some ways many of us are reluctant to use newer technologies to improve the productivity of our dental laboratories. Perhaps an even larger problem is under using technologies.