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Understanding Contacts

Posted by Craig Pickett on Fri, Dec 19,2014 @ 01:30 PM

I’ve had several calls in the last few weeks from both laboratory personal and dentists, regarding the fit of contacts on laboratory restorations returned to the Doctor for placement. Most have been loose contacts some have been tight, but either way the situation is frustrating to the laboratory, dentist, clinical staff and the patient.

Generally, the Doctors call in to see how they can get their labs to improve the model work being done, and are sure that it is something with the expansion of the stone. After many years of working with hundreds of dentists, I can tell you from experience that the number one reason for contact issues is temporaries. The second is distorted impressions and third is the laboratory process.

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Tags: Doctor-Lab Communication

Digital Temporaries Using Today’s Materials and Technologies

Posted by Al Fillastre, CDT on Fri, Dec 12,2014 @ 03:30 PM

Digitally produced temporaries, utilizing today’s materials, have esthetic potential and physical properties far superior to those of traditionally processed acrylic. In addition, they can open up new markets and profit centers for labs that have shied away from them in the past due to the logistics and labor involved with traditional temporary processing. The ability to digitally design and mill them simplifies the process immensely.

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The “Baby” Stuart

Posted by Allen Steinbock on Thu, Dec 04,2014 @ 03:30 PM

Dr. Charles E. Stuart was always “Charlie” to me from when we first met in 1962 when I was a young teenager. While not a tall man, he seemed to be larger than life to me, talking about his citrus groves and trout farm and introducing me to such dental terms as true hinge axis and incisal guidance.

Over the course of the next 2 decades leading up to his death in January, 1982, he was like a Dutch uncle, visiting Whip Mix and my family in Louisville at irregular intervals to discuss articulator and face bow design details, manufacturing issues and sales opportunities. Eventually, I became employed full time in 1974 at the family business as a mechanical engineer, so that we spoke more regularly and crossed paths at the major dental meetings in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tags: Whip Mix History

4 Surprising Facts About The First Thanksgiving

Posted by Sarah Brom on Thu, Nov 27,2014 @ 10:30 AM

Turkey, stuffing and pie, oh my! Today, Thanksgiving is a day that we spend with our families, eating way too much turkey, stuffing and pie. It’s a day for watching football and planning our shopping strategy for Black Friday. As we spend the morning preparing our feast and give thanks, lets take a look back at what the first Thanksgiving celebration looked like in 1621 – it might even surprise you!

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Understanding Today's Milling Materials: Vericore Gradient PMMA

Posted by Bernie Jaroslow on Fri, Nov 21,2014 @ 04:00 PM

The list of milling materials available for the dental laboratory industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years. Joining the standard zirconia materials are wax, chromium cobalt, titanium and PMMA. The last addition, PMMA, has been growing and can now be separated into two different categories, including burnout patterns and full-contour long-term temporary restorations.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Milling Materials

5 Frequently Asked Questions About the ProJet 1200 3D Printer

Posted by Chris Frye on Thu, Nov 13,2014 @ 11:30 AM


To print or not to print? That is the question that many dental labs are asking themselves as 3D printing takes center stage in the dental industry. The ProJet 1200 is an affordable desktop printer that allows dental labs of any size to incorporate 3D printing. While the benefits of 3D printing in the dental lab include savings on labor and time, increased productivity and accuracy there are still lingering questions on the capabilities.

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Tags: 3d printing

Understanding Today's Milling Materials: Zirconia Blocks and Isostatic Pressing

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Nov 06,2014 @ 11:30 AM

Open any of the dental technical periodicals and you will see ad upon ad for Zirconia materials. With many choices available it can be hard to make good decisions on materials for production.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Milling Materials

Lean in the Dental Lab: Focus on the Process for More Profits!

Posted by Robert Yenkner on Thu, Oct 30,2014 @ 11:30 AM

A Dental Lab can really help sales and profits by learning and applying the philosophies and tools of Lean Manufacturing. The term “Lean” is used because a Lean business uses less labor to perform tasks. It also uses less manufacturing space, requires less capital investment, reduces materials, and shrinks the time between receipt of the case and the shipment of the finished case.

Lean is a philosophical approach to developing flexible, responsive processes capable of providing your dentist customers with what they want, at the quality levels they expect, exactly when they want it. It is a hands-on business improvement approach that provides industry-leading performance in quality, delivery, price and service to your customers at the lowest possible cost. The Lean approach involves all employees to continuously pursue the elimination (and prevention) of waste from every business process. Traditional approaches in the Dental lab have tended to focus on the individual technicians’ ability to produce.

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Whip Mix: Blessed with Dedicated Team Members

Posted by Allen Steinbock on Thu, Oct 23,2014 @ 11:30 AM

Whip Mix was started by the Steinbock brothers and some money that they convinced others in the family to invest. But more importantly, Ed Steinbock Sr. showed uncommon skill in attracting individuals and multiple family members, providing the company with panoply of talent and diverse skills that continue to this day.

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Tags: Whip Mix History

Why You Should Incorporate the Mark 300 Series in Your Dental Practice

Posted by Lisa Judd on Thu, Oct 16,2014 @ 11:30 AM

There are many reasons why I would advocate the use of the Mark 300 Series articulators in a dental practice and none of those reasons include 'because I said so'. To begin, it's important to know the difference between the Mark 310, Mark 320, Mark 330 and LabRelator. Why would you use one versus the other depends on what you want to accomplish...

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Tags: occlusion, articulators

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