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Combatting Air Bubbles in Dental Ceramics

Posted by Will Devine on Fri, Aug 28,2015 @ 10:30 AM

The goal with any restoration is to simulate natural dentition as much as possible. Restorations that contain air bubbles can cause an odd appearance at best, depending on where they are. In the worst case, they can not only affect the appearance, they can actually compromise the strength of the case, resulting in fractures.

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Tags: Techniques, Investments

The Age Old Question: 4-Axis vs. 5-Axis Dry Milling

Posted by Chris Frye on Thu, Aug 20,2015 @ 11:30 AM

Well I don’t know if it is the age-old question or not, but it is one that has been discussed in the dental lab industry for the last several years, 4-axis or 5-axis. I’ve had a lot of people tell me “why would you have a dental lab limit themselves to a 4-axis mill?” It isn’t really a matter of limiting yourself, but taking a look at your business and making an educated decision on the mill that best fits your dental lab's needs. 

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3Shape Quick Tip: How to Ease into Dental Manager 2015

Posted by Cory Lambertson on Tue, Aug 11,2015 @ 11:30 AM

As we all know change is a very scary topic to encounter especially when it affects the work flow of your business. When comparing Dental System 2015 to previous versions, you will notice that the interfaces of the software are completely different. Buttons are moved around on the design sections, smile composer and sculpt are combined, and we have a new scanning software titled ScanIt Dental. Change is intimidating, but it should never be feared. Even though these changes have taken place, here are a few tips to help ease the transition into Dental System 2015.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Scanning, 3shape

CAD/CAM Technology: Purchase for What You Use, Outsource the Rest

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Aug 06,2015 @ 04:45 PM

With so many options in the digital technology market today, it can be confusing for the small dental lab or practice owner to look at and make decisions regarding the purchase of systems and ‘modules’ in systems. Some laboratories and doctors want to have everything that is available at their fingertips, but that may be a price that most would not want to entertain. Since we all know that we are faced with entering the digital market, like it or not, there has to be a rational way to figure out what you need.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital

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

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