The Whip Mix Blog

7 Requirements for a Dental Scanner and Mill Set-up

Posted by Evan Kemper on Fri, Jul 31,2015 @ 05:00 PM

In today's digital world our expectations have been elevated by the fact that many of our everyday, household technologies, like Blu-ray players, cell phones, TV's, video game systems and even computers, have some type of plug 'n play technology enabling us to simply plug it in with little to no set-up or programming. However, this plug 'n play mind set does not translate over to the CAD/CAM technology that is used in the dental lab.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Scanning, Milling, Going Digital

The Do's & Don'ts of Phosphate Investments

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Jul 23,2015 @ 04:30 PM

As dental technicians we become familiar and comfortable with routine and processes. When something goes wrong, we then wonder what happened because we’ve been doing it that way for so many years. And when that does happen we immediately think there is something wrong with the materials we are using, when in fact, most likely isn’t the case at all. This particularly happens when working with Phosphate Investments. We get so familiar with the working material we often over look that something as small as using old or worn bowls could affect expansion.

So before you blame the material, here are some good reminders of what you should and shouldn’t do when working with Phosphate Investments:

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Tags: Techniques, Investments

Myth: A Specific Furnace Is Needed to Press Certain Types of Pressable Ceramics

Posted by Will Devine on Thu, Jul 16,2015 @ 03:30 PM

In the world of pressable ceramics there are many options and many combinations including monolithic, press to metal and press to zirconia. All can provide excellent options for an aesthetic long lasting dental restoration. Technicians often are called upon by the doctor to give advice on what type of restorative material might be best offered for patients based on their particular dental needs. 

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Tags: Techniques, Furnaces, Dental Education

Digital Technology: What We Can Imagine vs. What Is Possible

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Jul 09,2015 @ 03:30 PM

Walt Disney formed an interesting group of people many years ago and called them “Imagineers”; a name which in itself was a combination of imagination and engineering. As human beings we have this incredible gift to create things in our minds, things that currently are impossible but seem completely do-able.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital, Dental Education

A Look Back at 9 Key Moments in Dentistry [Infographic]

Posted by Sarah Brom on Thu, Jul 02,2015 @ 12:00 PM

We all have had moments in our life that have helped shape us into who we are today. The same holds true for the United States, as the 4th of July is one of many pivotal moments in American History. On that day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, giving the then thirteen colonies independence from Britain. 

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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

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