One of our core values at Image Dental Arts is to be the best resource we can for the dentists we work with. To help accomplish this, we place a high degree of importance on continuing education. This includes organizing training for our staff at our offices and going to educational events and conferences throughout the year. When we stay informed about the new technological advances in dentistry and learn from what others around the nation are doing, we are better equipped to provide excellent service to dentists and be a resource for them to discuss new technologies, processes and procedures that may be beneficial for them and their patients.
One of our favorite events is the LMT Lab Day in Chicago. It is the largest dental laboratory event in America and is organized by Lab Management Today. On February 24-25, 2017, many of us from Image Dental Arts attended the 33rd annual LMT Lab Day. This event goes on at the same time as the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, which many dentists attend.
We thought you’d like to hear some of our takeaways from this year’s LMT Lab Day.
General Overviews of LMT Lab Day:
The emphasis of the meeting was digital, digital, and some more digital!
- Kirk Schock, CDT, from our Prosthetics department
The time has come again, for one of my favorite times of the year! This is one of the best meetings in my opinion. It has the release of all new things, materials, milling units, printers and so on. It’s great to see all the new technology and how far it has come in just one year since the previous meeting. The meeting goes by exceptionally fast, so you have to try to make sure you pick the right classes to go to make sure you learn about what you are interested in. Overall, Chicago was a great time with lots of learning! Already cannot wait until next year!
- Kendra Pascute, RG, in our Crown and Bridge department
3Shape Classes, Technology and New Way to do Diagnostic Wax-Ups
3Shape had some great classes as always. We went to a lot of full arch screw retained classes. It’s always nice to go to a lot of those, you seem to learn something new every time. It’s always cool to see someone go from no teeth to a full arch and the process along the way to get there.
3Shape also has a new way to do diagnostic wax ups, that we have tried already. Instead of prepping a model to do the wax up on, they just cut all the teeth off and start fresh, with the help of the pre-op to make sure the new teeth are still with-in the parameters of the pre-prep teeth, to assure a realistic outcome still. It absolutely saves us time with not having to prep the teeth! They also showed us how we can import a patient’s picture to put the new wax-up design in the patients more virtually to see how it looks. Very cool!
- Kendra Pascute
Loved watching 3Shape’s digital diagnostic wax-up presentation and learning how to utilize all of the tools that come with the software.
- Hannah Hines, in our Crown and Bridge department
3Shape Real View – It’s a digital smile design type of tool. Import picture of patient and overlay it with the scans/models and our design. You can set horizontal and vertical guidelines so the design will line up with the patient’s facial features. You can match the shade of the crowns to the existing teeth by clicking on an adjacent tooth. You’re able to send screen shots to dentist for approval.
- Jamey Siela, RG, in our Crown and Bridge department
3Shape one of the innovators of digital in dental now has the capabilities to do all phases, crown and bridge, dentures, partials and orthodontics. And they believe that in the near future all phases of the dental laboratory will be done digitally! Exciting times in the dental field!
- Kirk Schock
Surgical Guides and Implant Planning
Kirk Schock thought one highlight of the event was designing and printing surgical guides. Surgical guides assist dentists with proper implant placement.
Kendra Pascute stated, “We also went to guided surgery classes and implant planning. Probably the most important step in a full arch implant case is the planning.”
Intraoral Scanners for Digital Impressions & Education with C2
Sirona also has the best intraoral scanner in my opinion. The CEREC Omnicam is a great machine and is and will be changing the lives of many patients and doctors, even more so in the future! We got to meet C2 Carrie times Carol, they are a great team traveling around and educating doctors and labs on all the amazing things you can do with the Omnicam. We love digital scans and I am sure patients also love not to have to have impression material in their mouths, I know I would be!
- Kendra Pascute
Being able to use the Omnicam with C2 was awesome. I didn’t expect their booth to be so hands on but it was nice to apply the things I had researched and learned before Chicago. It definitely gave me a better understanding.
- Hannah Hines
The Exhibit Hall and Digital Printers
The exhibit hall was mind blowing! Being able to see all of the different companies presenting current and upcoming products was incredible: scanners, mills, 3D printers, and sleep devices.
- Hannah Hines
There are also a lot of printers out there. We have started to research them all, including the pros and cons of digital printing. With digital printing, we can scan impressions and print the models instead of pouring them up.
- Kendra Pascute
Overall, LMT Lab Day was an excellent use of our time this year. We gained more information to enhance what we do each day and found out about new processes and equipment that we may use in the future.
If you have any questions about any of the topics discussed above or are considering using more of the digital dental technology in your practice, give us a call at 260-496-8800.