How to achieve long-lasting results with 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ zirconia

April 18, 2013

As users of the 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ system since its introduction, we are strong believers in its esthetic and functional benefits. When properly handled, Lava Zirconia is an extremely reliable and strong material, and its introduction has given dentistry an outstanding alternative to traditional PFM crowns.

Tech Smart: Let your fingers do the walking

March 21, 2012

Getting the most from your computer is about more than just having a super-charged machine to run the latest software at blazing speeds. Efficiencies come from knowing all the ins, outs, and shortcuts to the systems you use and finding the best way to issue commands for them to execute.

BonaDent joins SensAble Authorized Production Center Program

March 21, 2012

SensAble Technologies Inc., the leading provider of dental restoration design and fabrication solutions, haptic devices and 3D modeling software, announced that BonaDent Dental Laboratories of Seneca Falls, N.Y., and West Melbourne, Fla., has joined the SensAble Authorized Production Center (SAPC) Program. SAPCs create fixed and removable dental restorations in both metal and flexible materials for their own dentists using the SensAble Dental Lab System, an award-winning dental CAD/CAM system, and are certified to provide design and/or fabrication services to other dental labs.

Culp speaks out on DTI move

March 21, 2012

Lee Culp’s move to join Dental Technologies Inc. (DTI) as Chief Technology Officer is one more step Culp sees to further support a dental technology industry that is rapidly evolving. Owned by Healthpoint Capital, DTI is a network of 17 North American laboratories, including its flagship laboratory, Microdental in Dublin, Calif. DLP talked to Culp on his first day on the job about his decision to join DTI and how he envisions his role there. DLP: What do you want the industry to understand about your most recent move to DTI?

Jensen acquires ceramic manufacturer

March 21, 2012

Jensen Dental has acquired the assets of Chemichl AG, a world-class dental ceramic manufacturer located in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Chemichl is a diversified OEM developer and manufacturer of ceramic powders, ingots, and blocks for the worldwide market. Jensen, with headquarters in North Haven, CT, has purchased Chemichl as part of its strategy to develop new products to complement its long-term and ongoing commitment to the Willi Geller Creation line of ceramics.

GeoDigm to acquire National Dentex

March 21, 2012

National Dentex Corporation (NASDAQ: NADX), one of the largest owner/operators of dental laboratories in North America, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to be acquired by GDC Holdings, Inc. (GDC), which is a holding company of GeoDigm Corporation (GeoDigm), a technology-based manufacturing and laboratory company and a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XI, L.P. (Welsh Carson).

Astron opens Florida facility

March 21, 2012

Astron Dental has opened its third U.S. location, the Vanderbilt Beach Technical Center, in Naples, Fla. Astron also operates a corporate and manufacuring plant near Chicago and a Sales and marketing center in Las Vegas. For additional informatiion, call 800-323-4144.

Hotter than gold?

March 21, 2012

Titanium is becoming the new buzzword in dentistry these days. With gold more than $1100 an ounce and platinum topping out at nearly $2,000, the cost of the traditional high noble PFM crown, the bread and butter of dentistry, continues to skyrocket. This has kept laboratories and dentists searching for lower cost alternatives especially in an economy where everyone is doing some belt-tightening.