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The Lab Master-Tech Dental Lab, Inc. is a full- service lab located in Slidell, La.
Master-Tech Dental Lab, Inc. is a full- service lab located in Slidell, La.
The lab offers fixed and removable prosthetics, and specializes in implants, especially fixed hybrid prosthetics. Master-Tech has 18 employees and 110 active accounts. The company is co-owned by Bob Carpenter, CDT, and his partner, Debbie Arceneaux.
The IvoBase Injector permits a fully automated, controlled injection and polymerization procedure of special PMMA resins, which are coordinated with the system. The chemical shrinkage of the resin is entirely compensated during polymerization-thanks to the patented temperature control in the flask and the heater. This enables the fabrication of denture bases featuring high accuracy of fit and precision. The injector has been especially developed for the IvoBase material and is said to permit exceptional restorations. The IvoBase Injector also can be used for the tried-and-tested SR Ivocap material.
The product’s advantages include:
• “All-in-one” injector, quick and easy setting into operation possible
• Controlled polymerization shrinkage for optimal accuracy of fit
• No water and compressed air connection necessary (plug and play)
• Compact, modern and ergonomic design; requires only a small space
• OSD indicator: current operating status visible from a great distance
• RMR key for a clear reduction of the residual monomer content
• USB port for software updates via PC/Internet
• Direct flask heating without water bath permits polymerization without annoying steam
• High maintenance friendliness and easy replacement of the heating elements due to the removable cover
• Versatile injector with various Ivoclar Vivadent and reserve programs
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Carpenter, who is president at Master-Tech, says they switched to the IvoBase system about a year ago and is happy to report they now get much better results.
“We were drawn to the IvoBase system because we were using another injection system for our fixed hybrids and were not happy with the results we were getting,” he notes. “I was looking for a system that would produce esthetic-dense acrylic.”
The lab now uses the IvoBase system for a variety of cases.
“We have been using the system for about a year. We process all of our acrylic cases using the IvoBase-dentures, acrylic and cast partials and fixed hybrid cases,” Carpenter says.
Master-Tech is thrilled by an improvement in its efficiency as well as with the quality of its work now.
“The IvoBase system has a two-fold benefit to our lab. It immediately improved the efficiency of our removable department,” the lab’s president explains. “Traditional mixing and packing of acrylics is fraught with inefficiencies in mixing of material and packing technique. The IvoBase eliminates these variables; the material is pre-measured and impossible to mix incorrectly and the injection technique is foolproof. The resulting improvement in the quality of the work cut down on in-lab repairs and remakes saving time and money.”
This efficiency helps the lab’s ROI, but just as important, Master-Tech is delivering even better cases to its customers.
“Secondly, it greatly improved the quality of our work,” Carpenter says. “The injection system and technique is vastly superior to anything else available. It is so superior that we have rebased cases that were done with our previous system at no charge. The improvement in our quality was possible because of the increased efficiency in the department and the fact that it is hands down a superior acrylic and process.
“The IvoBase stands apart from the other systems simply because it is a better acrylic and the injection system consistently outperforms any other system we have used. For us, seeing is believing; it is head and shoulders over any other way of processing acrylic. Our customers love the fits (they have improved) and the density of the acrylic (it does not stain or collect calculus like the other acrylics).
“In summary, our choice of the Ivobase system is one of the best decisions we have made in our business. It has provided an excellent return on the investment.”
For more information, visit ivoclarvivadent.us or call 800-533-6825.