How to stay up in a down economy

April 17, 2013

January 2010 | dlpmagazine.com Competitive Edge: Employee Management Management is difficult enough without  having to manage in a down economy. We are concerned about our businesses, the welfare of our employees, as well as our own welfare as we wait for things to turn around. The experts tell us the upturn is coming, but I doubt that you, like me, have seen many positive economic signs.

3M guarantees fit of Lava C.O.S restorations

March 21, 2012

3M ESPE is assuring the accurate fit of restorations created using its Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. with a one year guarantee for new doctors. If the doctor chooses not to seat a restoration for reasons of fit, after verifying eligibility, 3M ESPE will: •    Issue the practice credits for two case fees •    Compensate the lab $100 to help defray the remake cost •    Provide an analysis about the reason(s) for the misfit to the doctor and lab

Smart marketing with billboards

March 21, 2012

When it comes to marketing laboratory services to potential clients, Dena Lanier, owner of The Lab 2000 located in Columbus, Georgia, has always thought outside the box. So when she saw an opportunity to engage her clients by tapping into the potential new business presented by the soldiers stationed at Fort Benning military base in town, she needed to think big. That’s when she decided to turn to billboards. She wanted to drive the public to dentistry and indirectly to her laboratory.

CMP opens distribution center in St. Louis

March 21, 2012

CMP Industries LLC has opened a new distribution center in St. Louis, Mo., to give the Albany, N.Y-based company the ability to deliver to the Midwest even faster than before. From its four distribution centers, it now reaches 42 states with ground parcel delivery within two days or less. Nobilium Ticonium offers dental laboratory supplies, including non-precious alloys, investments, plasters and stones, acrylics, duplicating materials, equipment and much more.

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.

Nobel Biocare establishes Preferred Partner Program with Ivoclar Vivadent

March 21, 2012

Zurich, Switzerland – Nobel Biocare announced today that it has signed a preferred partnership agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent as part of a newly established Preferred Partner Program. The collaboration with Ivoclar Vivadent will offer Nobel Biocare additional access to high-performance ceramic and acrylic prosthetic materials, thereby enabling Nobel Biocare to expand its leading restorative and prosthetic portfolio through new products, solutions and materials.

Zest Anchors Inc. bought by Jordan Company LP

March 21, 2012

A recent article published on the Web site of Buyouts magazine announced the purchase of Zest Anchors Inc. of Escondido, Calif. by the Jordan Company LP. Zest Anchors is a leading manufacturer of attachments used to secure dentures and implant retained overdentures. According to the article, Jordan Company purchased a majority stake while Zuest and other shareholders retain a 25 percent stake. Equity for the investment will come out of The Resolute Fund II LP, according to a regulatory filing. The deal closed Dec. 31.

Sign up now for Brad Jones course

March 21, 2012

Brad Jones, an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and AACD accreditation examiner, is presenting an "Aesthetic Anterior Advanced Layering Using IPS e.max"  course March 8-10, April 11-13, and June 10-12 at his laboratory, Professional Dental Arts, at 8854 W.

Nobel Biocare appoints Senior VPs of business development, sales

March 21, 2012

Nobel Biocare announced today that Melker Nilsson has been appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development for North America. Melker takes over the responsibility for Marketing, Training and Education, Customer Support and Clinical Support. He will also assume responsibility for coordinating the activities of several other central functions.

Sirona launches InEos Blue desktop scanner

March 21, 2012

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sirona (NASDAQ: SIRO), the dental technology leader, today announced the launch of the InEos Blue desktop scanner, an advanced 3D scanner that allows dental technicians to quickly, precisely and easily scan dental models.

Aurident hires new account reps

March 21, 2012

As Aurident, Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary, it continues to expand with the hiring of three new account representatives. Sungsoo Choi has more than 20 years' experience as a technician, ceramist and laboratory owner. Rachel Lee has been a ceramist for over eight years.

SensAble Technologies posts record sales in 2009

March 21, 2012

SensAble Technologies, Inc®, the leading provider of touch-enabled modeling solutions and haptic devices, announced that it concluded 2009 with record sales, led by the growth and international expansion of its dental business unit.

Vident holds denture courses

March 21, 2012

Participants recently traveled to Vancouver and Vident's home office in Brea, Calif. to attend hands-on denture courses taught by Dennis Purinton, CDT. Attendees learned to demonstrate proper articulation techniques focusing on mandibular denture stability and lingualized occlusion. Using available information, such as landmarks of the mouth, facial shape and gender, participants completed one denture set up with VITA Physiodens Anterior and Lingoform upper and lower posterior teeth.

Staying up in a down economy

March 21, 2012

Management is difficult enough without  having to manage in a down economy. We are concerned about our businesses, the welfare of our employees, as well as our own welfare as we wait for things to turn around. The experts tell us the upturn is coming, but I doubt that you, like me, have seen many positive economic signs. I was told recently that economic trends hit the dental industry about six months after they hit other industries, so it looks like we may have a ways to go. Think about the points below as you continue to manage through our current economic downturn.

PTC releases 2010 seminar schedule

March 21, 2012

Productivity Traning Corp. (PTC) recently announced the upcoming schedule for its Training and Verification System courses for 2010. The TVS Crown and Bridge seminars will be  held: January 13-16, March 3-6, May 19-22, July 21-24, September 22-25, and November 3-6. The TVS Denture Seminars will be held: January 27-30, May 5-8, and September 8-11. TVS Porcelain Seminars will take place on: February 10-13, April 7-10, June 16-19, August 18-21, and October 13-16. All courses will be held at the company's Morgan Hill, Calif. facility.