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Our Top Dental Laboratory Articles of 2014

top-blog-posts-of-2014-whipmixIt’s hard to believe that 2014 has all but come and gone. It has been an exciting year for Whip Mix and the dental industry. We are excited to see what 2015 brings, but before we begin the new year, we wanted to share with you the most read articles from our blog in 2014. Enjoy!

Why Organization Matters in Your Dental Lab

When you are organized you will see that you can push more work through the lab in the same amount of time with the same amount of people, adding value for your doctors with faster turnaround, better quality, and predictable results.

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So I Have Printed Crown, Now What?

Burnout patterns for casting or pressing are becoming more and more popular as 3D printing grows in the dental laboratory. Savings on labor and time, coupled with increased productivity and accuracy make the technology attractive to labs of every size. The new 3D System’s ProJet 1200 tabletop printer prints burnout patterns made of a resin material. It has a specific technique to follow.

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Whip Mix: Looking Back to 1919 and Before

Most historians say that Prohibition would never have been enacted in this country had not so many young  American men been in Europe in 1918 fighting in the trenches of WW I… and  absentee ballots were not yet in existence.

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3 Factors Affecting Consistency in Casting During the Investment Process

The “controlled environment” in which investment materials are developed and manufactured at Whip Mix, is not the normal environment that is found in most dental laboratories. Factors that affect the “season-to-season”, “day-to-day” and “morning to afternoon” inconsistencies are only controlled by the environment within your laboratory and your handling processes.

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Are All Zirconia Discs The Same?

Did you know that there were over 50 zirconia disc providers at this year’s LMT Lab Day? That gives dental labs a host of options and price points to choose from considering that all zirconia discs are the same, or are they?

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Regulatory Tip: Should You Register Your Dental Lab with The FDA?

For many years the dental laboratory has had an arm’s length relationship with the FDA; however that is changing because the medical device landscape is changing. Dental laboratories now need to assess their regulatory standing in order for them to determine if they need to register with the FDA.

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The “Baby” Stuart

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.

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How to Make A Custom Anterior Guide Table

Most patients who come to a dental office for occlusion related treatment will have normal occlusion. However, if your patient presents you with more complex dental problems you should consider using an anterior guide table. Indications such as tooth wear, occlusal pathway wear and restricted envelopes involve a more closer look at treatment options.

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Going Digital in Your Dental Lab: To Fear or Not to Fear?

Are you letting fear get in the way of transitioning your lab to a digital one? It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. So why are we so afraid, what do we have to fear?

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5 Frequently Asked Questions about the ProJet 1200

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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Sarah Brom-Criscola

Sarah Brom-Criscola is a Sr. Marketing Specialist where she oversees digital and content marketing. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University and MBA from Bellarmine University.