The top 10 articles published in Dental Lab Products® in 2021.
Articles about dental materials and technology led the way, again, in 2021—no surprise at all. Our readers were anxious to learn more about digital dentures, milling machines, and 3D printers. As usual, Dental Lab Products®’ Materials Survey was among the most read articles of the year.
With products always being our focus, it also should not be a surprise to learn that 2 of the more popular articles on the website this year were new product slide shows from the magazine. Additionally, dentures and a technique on competing a denture base also made the top 10 list for 2021.
The Evolution of Digital Dentures
by Noah Levine
The latest digital removable materials, processes, and workflows, such as the Baltic Denture System by Sterngold, are making denture production more efficient and simpler. The digital dental revolution has already firmly cemented its place at the center of fixed restoration production, but the adoption of digital denture workflows and products has progressed at a slower pace.
Fixed and removable production can reap benefits from digital technologies and the materials they process. Still, the shift to digital production of removable dental appliances is happening at a more measured pace.
Go to bit.ly/DigiDenture
New Dental Lab Products August 2021
A look at some of the newest dental lab products from around the industry, as featured in the August 2021 issue of Dental Lab Products®. Product launches included the SOL LCD 3D compact printer from Roland DGA, Harvest Dental’s Tray Ceramic Mixing Palette, Ivoclar Vivadent Programat furnaces, the BruxZir Zirconia Shade Guide from Glidewell, Preat’s Perma Block block-out material, NightGuard Firm and NightGuard Flex from SprintRay, and more.
Go to bit.ly/AugustProds
More Than Just Run-of-the-Mill Technology
by Stan Goff
There are many options, features, and specifications to consider when selecting the best milling unit for your lab. It’s a big decision, and one that depends on what type of materials you use, how much you have allocated to spend, and how your particular dental lab operates on a day-to-day basis.
Today’s milling machine options are plentiful, and the systems are designed for all types of dental labs and a wide array of applications. Many of today’s milling machines are compact, quick, and versatile.
Go to bit.ly/DentalMills
5 Other Things to Produce With Your Dental 3D Printer
by Noah Levine
Perhaps the ideal technology for meeting the needs of dental labs, 3D printers allow for rapid production of small, customized parts with a high degree of detail and accuracy. With different printing systems capable of printing in wax, polymers, ceramics, and metals, the technology is already able to meet most of the needs of dental labs when it comes to the production of dental prosthetics and the various parts and pieces needed to fabricate them.
Go to bit.ly/5OtherThings
A Dental Lab’s Necessity for 3D Printers
Video Hosted by Robert Elsenpeter
This video featured a conversation between contributing writer, Robert Elsenpeter, and the senior manager of Dental Laboratory Applications at Carbon, Jamie Stover, about the importance of 3D printing in dental labs.
One of the topics in the video addresses whether 3D printers are needed for every lab. Stover says the enhancements in material development in recent years have pushed the capabilities of 3D printers and discusses how labs of all sizes can and should be taking advantage of the technology.
Go to bit.ly/LabNecessity
The 2021 DLP Materials Survey: An Open Approach to Find the Best Materials
by Noah Levine
The Dental Lab Products® 2021 Materials Survey provides a look at what materials are most often recommended in various clinical situations, as well as the most important properties for a dental material.
Dental labs and technicians must become experts with the materials they use, and an understanding of physical properties is key because restorations must be engineered to meet functional demands as exacting as the esthetic expectations of patients and clinicians.
A Range of Technologies Sparks Interest From Dental Labs
by Noah Levine
This article unpacks the results of the Dental Lab Products® 2021 Technology Survey.
Technology continues to advance, offering new approaches to familiar challenges and new levels of accuracy and efficiency for everyday processes. As new systems and materials roll out, they create new workflows and reshape what a dental lab can look like. Some labs were early adopters of CAD/CAM technologies and move every case through a digital workflow, involving powerful software applications, precise scanners, robust milling systems, and versatile 3D printers.
Go to bit.ly/SparksInterest
Lifelike in Form and Function
by Kristin Hohman
The successful prosthetic tooth performs a delicate act of balancing bond strength, wear resistance, esthetics, and occlusion with natural teeth. Dental laboratories seek highly wear-resistant and highly esthetic teeth for implant and premium cases. Historically, this wasn’t always the case, as material options were severely limited.
The first denture teeth can be traced to 700 BC when the Etruscans fabricated the first false teeth from animal teeth. This standard did not change much until the 18th century, when hippopotamus, walrus, and elephant ivory became common. In this article, we present 15 of the industry’s denture teeth offerings.
Go to bit.ly/LifelikeForm
How to Achieve the Completed Denture Base
by Tom Zaleske
Vacuum-forming and microwave-cured resin allowed 1 lab to refine the denture fabrication process without additional chair time.
What if a denture fabrication product could offer many clinical benefits without any change in clinical time or technique? In this article, the author shares a case using NATURE-CRYL MC from GC America, and answers the question above, demonstrating the benefits of the chosen workflow.
Go to bit.ly/DentureBase
DLP June 2021 New Products
A look at some of the newest dental lab products from around the industry, as featured in the June 2021 issue of Dental Lab Products®. Product launches included the Flexcera Base and Flexcera Smile materials from Desktop Health, the 3Shape Automate dental design platform from 3Shape, the NXD200 dental lab 3D printer from Nexa3D, the IBT Resin from Formlabs, the PrograMill DRY milling unit from Ivoclar Vivadent, and more.
Go to bit.ly/JuneProds