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Four Contributing Factors to Ensure Beautiful Restorations

Posted by Bernie Jaroslow on Fri, Jun 26,2015 @ 12:30 PM

Properly fired, natural-looking restorations are the result of only a few considerations. These limited but critical factors include:

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Tags: Techniques, Furnaces, Milling Materials

Lean in the Lab: Focus on Training to Improve Productivity

Posted by Robert Yenkner on Thu, Jun 18,2015 @ 04:00 PM

The American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) periodically conducts a survey asking organizations about the average annual hours of formal training they provide for each employee. The survey shows that “organizations providing 21- 40 hours of annual formal training per plant employee have the best performance with regard to production rate and cycle time.” 

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Tags: Lean in the Lab

Functional Occlusion in the Dental Lab: Understanding the 3 Classes of Occlusion

Posted by Craig Pickett on Fri, Jun 12,2015 @ 03:30 PM

Occlusion is defined as making contact with the surface of an opposing tooth when the jaws are closed. As dental technicians, we understand this is how teeth fit together and close on each other. However, there is a lot more to it. Occlusion is much more than just how the teeth fit together and close on each other, it has to do with movement. No two patients have the same occlusion. Patient occlusion is based on individual movements, tooth surface, the shape of the muscles of the condyle, how they operate and if they have a TMJ disorder. In order to better understand types of occlusion, it's been broken down into three categories: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3.

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Tags: Occlusion, Doctor-Lab Communication, Dental Education

ED Steinbock, Sr is What Bourbon and Dental Stone had in Common

Posted by Allen Steinbock on Thu, Jun 04,2015 @ 10:30 AM

My Grandpa, Edmund A. Steinbock, Sr. was born in Louisville in 1894. His father, Edmund, had immigrated around 1882 to Louisville from Salmuenster, a small town near Frankfurt, Germany at age 17.  His mother, Anna Marie Schmitt, was born in Louisville where they married in 1890.

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Tags: Whip Mix History

Choosing a 3Shape Scanner for Your Dental Lab [Updated]

Posted by Chris Frye on Fri, May 29,2015 @ 09:30 AM

Digital technology within the dental industry is changing and improving rapidly. We have most recently seen this with the introduction of 4 new scanners from 3Shape. Though similar to the older models, these scanners have a sleeker design and improved technology. This improved technology allows for more detailed and faster scans among other improvement and updates.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Scanning, Going Digital

Why Compressive Strength Is Important When Choosing a Dental Stone or Plaster

Posted by Craig Pickett on Fri, May 22,2015 @ 02:00 PM

Dental Stones and plasters have long been a staple in the removable (Full Denture, Partial Denture) specialties. Because of the traditional processing of these prosthetics, compressive strength has been an integral part and thus required reporting by the American Dental Association.

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Tags: Techniques, Gypsum, Dental Education

How to Ensure Accurate and Consistent Furnace Calibration

Posted by Bernie Jaroslow on Thu, May 14,2015 @ 04:00 PM

Porcelain furnace calibration is an often misunderstood and undervalued part of quality assurance maintenance. It is at very least a critical part of guaranteeing consistency in ceramic firing results.

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Tags: Techniques, Furnaces, Articulator & Equipment Maintenance

3Shape Quick Tip: Split File Designing

Posted by Evan Kemper on Fri, May 08,2015 @ 03:30 PM

Are you having trouble getting good fits between your titanium custom abutments and crowns? Are you tired of using messy CAD spray to capture your abutment designs? If you have answered yes to either of these questions then don't need to worry, 3Shape’s “Split File Design” feature will solve all your problems.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Techniques, Scanning

Lilies, Fillies & The Kentucky Derby

Posted by Sarah Brom on Thu, Apr 30,2015 @ 03:30 PM

If you don't live in Kentucky and don't follow horse racing, then you probably haven't heard of the Longines Kentucky Oaks, commonly known as The Kentucky Oaks. Modeled after the British Epsom, The Kentucky Oaks is held the Friday before the Kentucky Derby. Both races, founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. in 1875, are the oldest running sporting events in history. In addition, they are the only horse races to be held at their original site since it began.
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Tags: Whip Mix History

The Do's And Don'ts of Gypsum Model Preparation

Posted by Craig Pickett on Fri, Apr 24,2015 @ 10:00 AM

Digital technology has taken over many dental labs, reducing the need for gypsum models and other traditional techniques. And we all know the saying "if you don't use it, you lose it", so we are going back to the basics. Even with the increasing use of digital technology, there still needs to be a thorough understating of gypsum materials and model preparation.

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Tags: Techniques, Gypsum

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