The Whip Mix Blog

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

ProJet 1200 Materials: FTX Green vs. FTX Cast [In 150 Words]

Posted by Margaret Overmeer on Thu, Apr 16,2015 @ 03:00 PM

At the end of last year, 3D Systems introduced a new material for use with the ProJet 1200, VisiJet FTX Cast. This new material is a wax and plastic hybrid. With the introduction of this new material came the question, which material should I use?

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Tags: CAD/CAM, 3D Printing

Oral Cancer and the Dental Professional [Infographic]

Posted by Sarah Brom on Thu, Apr 09,2015 @ 01:00 PM

Oral health has become an increasingly hot topic among healthcare professionals, as poor oral health has been linked to several other health issues like heart disease. But what about Oral Cancer?
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Tags: Dental Office Essentials, Dental Education

The 3 Phases of Restorative Dentistry

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Apr 02,2015 @ 04:00 PM

After participating in several Dental meetings over the past few months, I think that there needs to be some discussion of the three phases of current restorative dentistry and dental technology. Many of the participants at the meetings were unaware of just how the entire process of digital dentistry works. While many would wish that there was a “Three Click” option; this is just not the case at this time, so let’s take a look at what we are actually doing.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Doctor-Lab Communication, Going Digital

How to Work with the MainStay Disposable Articulators [Video]

Posted by Will Devine on Fri, Mar 27,2015 @ 04:30 PM

Articulators are designed to replicate the hinge movements of the mandible, however they differ greatly in their cost, adjustability and function. Because of this, many dental labs are making using of plastic disposable hinges, which are designed to save time, money and weight. 
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Tags: Techniques, Occlusion

The Digital Dental Lab World Is Here…Oh Boy!

Posted by Robert Yenkner on Fri, Mar 20,2015 @ 02:00 PM

Many of you recently attended LMT Lab Day and/or the Cal-Lab exhibition in Chicago. Five(?) years ago the number of manufacturers who hawked a digital system of scanning or milling could be counted on one hand. What struck me most at the recent show was not only the number of companies now in business but also the variety of models offered by each one. How many years did it take to go from very few, to way too many to consider? Three years ago the was no systems capable of milling a denture, yet, there in living color was a number of production units waiting to be given a good home. The pace of technology will continue to increase as the “techies” solve each of the challenges on the rapidly increasing journey of transition from the traditional lab to all digital manufacturing.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital

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