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Considerations for High-Temperature Sintering Furnaces

Why a High-Temperature Sintering Furnace Could Work for You

By: Dr. Steve Ozer

For most of our decisions as clinicians and business owners, the motivation is “how will this impact those I treat?” Whether it’s investing in updated technology or implementing new procedure methods, the decision must prove mutually beneficial for the practice and patient. That’s what got me into chairside dentistry 14 years ago. Keeping the restorations in-house was attractive to me from a cost standpoint, but more importantly, it enhanced the patient experience by eliminating the second appointment to remove temporaries and fit the lab restoration. It was nice to be completed faster, for both parties. 

More than a decade later, I’m still experiencing the benefits of the chairside investment and that is what pushes me to continue to expand to innovations like high-temperature sintering furnaces. I’ve found that this new device complements my existing chairside workflow, while increasing efficiencies overall. 

Know how you want to use it

Two years ago, I introduced a high-temperature sintering furnace into our process because of its capacity to sinter zirconia. My practice uses an oven for staining and glazing, and a four-motor milling unit to perform the dry mill of the zirconia. High temperature furnaces certainly have universal capabilities and can serve a dental office in many ways, but for our needs, specifically, we were excited by the sole purpose of firing zirconia for small three-unit bridges and single unit crowns. 

The furnace I use is the CEREC®SpeedFire by Dentsply Sirona because it is extremely quick as indicated by the name. It has the capability to dually sinter and glaze, and it reaches high temperatures fastto reduce downtime waiting for the outputs. This furnace is also the smallest of its kind available on the market. I appreciate this smaller footprint given that I have other ovens and chairside equipment I use in combination with the SpeedFire, but I don’t have to devote scarce space to house it.

Find the right materials

The choice of material used in the furnace has the power to drastically affect the final outcome. There are many factors that all contribute to the material selection and that may require a trial to know what works best. Some factors I examine are the prep design, the esthetic requirements, and strength. 

For second molars, I lean toward using the strongest material available. Ideally, you find a material that is well-balanced in terms of strength and esthetics. 

As more new materials are developed and introduced, the efficiency of high-temperature sintering furnaces will be invaluable. Using a new material in an old furnace could take up to 90 minutes to heat and completely cool. With a furnace like the SpeedFire, it would be closer to 20 minutes for the same material. 

Get involved

Despite where our comfort levels may lie, the industry is changing and will continue to push forward. The best reaction we can muster, even though it may be hard at first, is to get involved. Learn the new technology and jump in head-first because it’s not going backward. If we continue to invest in modernized materials and machinery, we’ll look back and appreciate the value and reap the rewards.  

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Ivoclar Vivadent Introduces First-Ever Intelligent LED Curing Light

New Bluephase®G4 offers automated assistance system


Ivoclar Vivadent announces the introduction of the new Bluephase®G4, the first intelligent LED curing light.  Bluephase G4 automated assistance system detects if the handpiece moved during the curing process and the restoration can no longer be cured reliably. Depending on the extent of movement, the Bluephase G4 Polyvision™ either emits a vibration alert to inform the operator of the error and, if necessary, automatically extends the curing time by 10%, or—if the handpiece moves too much (e.g., slips off the tooth)—interrupts the curing cycle by automatically shutting off so the cycle can be repeated correctly.

Like its Bluephase Style predecessor—the top-rated LED curing light for the last six years—the new Bluephase G4 features Polywave™ technology to enable curing of all dental materials. With the addition of innovative Polyvision™ technology, the uniquely stylish, user-friendly, and efficientBluephase G4 facilitates reliable and complete curing during polymerization procedures.

Reliable, Efficient Curing

The Bluephase G4 features a light output of 1200 mW/cm2, Polywave LED technology in a broadband spectrum of 385 to 515 nm, and a 10-mm wide light guide with a homogeneous beam profile. Additionally, the curing light is also equipped with anti-glare protection to prevent activation in open space. Combined, these capabilities contribute to exceptionally efficient use, high-quality results, and short procedure time.

Overall, the new Bluephase G4 LED curing light promotes easy handling and discreet assistance for reliable curing results and satisfied patients.


About Ivoclar Vivadent

Ivoclar Vivadent is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry. The company employs over 3200 people and operates in over 120 countries throughout the world.  Ivoclar Vivadent is headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein.  Its North American headquarters is based in Amherst, NY. For more information, call 1-800-533-6825 in the U.S., 1-800-263-8182 in Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

John Isherwood

Tel.: 716-264-2121

E-mail: john.isherwood@ivoclarvivadent.com



3M Raises the Bar in Same-Day Dentistry

New chairside zirconia optimizes strength, esthetics, process speed 

for crowns and bridges


ST. PAUL‚ Minn. – (Feb. 4, 2019)– Chairside CAD/CAM dentistry has promised convenience since its inception, including the advent of the single-visit crown; however, with convenience can come compromise. While software and equipment technology has advanced continuously, materials have struggled to keep pace. A strong material might appear lifeless in the mouth, while a more esthetic material may crack or fracture. Recognizing the need for a well-balanced alternative that maximizes new high-speed sintering technology, 3M is introducing 3M™ Chairside Zirconia – a new CAD/CAM zirconia block optimized for the fast-sintering CEREC® SpeedFire Furnace1.  The new block offers an optimal blend of high strength and esthetics to go along with a fast sintering time of approximately 20 minutes2,3for a thin-walled crown.  

            “The esthetics and better sintering time of 3M™ Chairside Zirconia have made this my go-to zirconia material,” said Daniel Butterman, DDS. “It polishes very easily and has a good level of translucency. I see no need to glaze this material.”

            For easy shade matching, the material is available in eight different shades and two block sizes designed for crowns and three-unit bridges4to match the VITA® classical shades. Additionally, dueto its low minimum wall thickness of 0.8 mm, dentists are able to carry out less invasive preparations and preserve more tooth structure.

            “The overall promise of chairside dentistry has always been efficiency in a single-visit appointment,” said Karen Burquest, Global Business Leader, 3M Oral Care. 

“Our new zirconia is designed for high-speed sintering to deliver even more efficiency without compromises in strength or esthetics.” ​

            3M Chairside Zirconia offers a high flexural strength option of over 800 MPa, and has a fracture toughness that meets stringent ISO standards. This gives it ideal strength for single-unit crowns and three-unit bridges. 

             The cementation process is simplified, as well, with the option to use either 3M™ RelyX™ Luting Plus Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Cement or 3M™ RelyX™ Unicem 2 Self-Adhesive Resin Cement. These easy to use, reliable cement options offer trusted solutions for your chairside zirconia needs.

            3M Chairside Zirconia will be featured and available for pre-ordering at the Chicago Midwinter meeting February 21-24, 2019. 3M Chairside Zirconia will officially launch at IDS in March. Product will be available for sale in the US on May 1, 2019.  

            For more information about 3M Chairside Zirconia, please visit 3M.com/ChairsideZirconiaor call 1-800-634-2249.

1 3M provides sintering parameters for ovens capable of sintering zirconia in less than 2 hours.  Please review the 3M Chairside Zirconia Instructions for Use for sintering details.

2 CEREC® SpeedFire furnace, restorations with particular designs (parameter integrated in CEREC® software; wall thickness 1.2 mm or less).

3 19.6 min for small, thin walled crowns; 22.4 min for all other crowns.

4 With one pontic supported on each side by a crown.

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About 3M Oral Care 

3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness through inventive solutions that help oral care professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success. Learn more at 3M.com/dental.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

3M and RelyX are trademarks of 3M Company. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2018. All rights reserved. 


3M Oral Care

2510 Conway Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55144-1000



Michael Gugala                                                                            

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Brasseler U.S.A. Dental, LLC Introduces New Procedure 

Systems Developed with Cerecdoctors.com for CAD/CAM Users

Convenient and comprehensive solutions for CAD/CAM restorations

SAVANNAH, GA (October 12, 2018)– Brasseler U.S.A. Dental, LLC (Brasseler USA), a leading manufacturer of quality dental instrumentation, is pleased to announce the development of new procedure systems for use in CEREC® procedures with cerecdoctors.com.  These new procedure systems incorporating Winter Restorative Concepts, a line of diamond burs and refinement instruments by Dr. Robert Winter, now provide clinicians end-to-end solutions for the preparation, finishing and polishing of ceramic CAD/CAM restorations. 

Brasseler USA CAD/CAM procedure systems are available in:

  • Anterior and posterior tooth preparation systems featuring the Winter Depth Limiting and Winter Shoulder Series of diamonds.  These diamonds provide clinicians minimally invasive, precise preparation design ensuring more predictable outcomes for CAD/CAM dentistry.
  • An intra-oral ceramic adjustment and polishing system as well as an extra-oral ceramic adjustment and polishing system featuring the Dialite® LD Feather Lite™ series of polishers.  These polishers provide clinicians with flexible polishing spirals that easily adapt to any surface, leaving behind an enamel-like finish while preserving unique surface differentiation on ceramic materials, including Zirconia and Lithium Disilicate.

These procedure systems are used and taught by leading dental professionals including Spear Education and cerecdoctors.com.

For more information about Brasseler USA’s extensive product and service solutions for all dental, hygiene and laboratory professionals, please visit https://shop.brasselerusa.comor call 800-841-4522.   

About Brasseler U.S.A. Dental, LLC

Brasseler U.S.A. Dental, LLC (Brasseler USA) is a leading ISO-certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past five decades, Brasseler Dental has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments, and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of dental instrumentation under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com.


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Ivoclar Vivadent Reprises “Just Cure It!” Bluephase® Style Initiative

Company to donate $100 for each curing light sold to support breast cancer research


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ivoclar Vivadent will once again donate $100 for each pink Bluephase® Style LED Curing Light sold during the month of October to Susan G. Koman for breast cancer research. Ivoclar Vivadent employees have also supported the cause by participating in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. This marks the sixth year for Ivoclar Vivadent’s “Just Cure It!” campaign, which was initiated in 2013.

“Each year we are inspired by how well-received this campaign is, and we remain committed to helping to fund the research that is so essential to finding a cure,” emphasized Robert A. Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. 

Withits Polywave™ technology, the Bluephase Style provides the broadest spectrum available to efficiently cure all dental materials, and its specially designed light probe easily accesses posterior teeth. The Bluephase® Style can be used cordless or corded, and its slim design and intuitive two-button operation is lightweight, very small, and ideal for any treatment. 

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an estimated 266,120 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2018, which underscores the aggressive and deadly nature of the disease. While there is still much to learn about breast cancer, the NCI has reported a steady decline in breast cancer deaths since 1990, which is attributed to advancements in diagnosis and treatment. For more information, contact the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast, or by phone at 1-800-4-cancer.



About Ivoclar Vivadent

Ivoclar Vivadent is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry. The company employs over 3200 people and operates in over 120 countries throughout the world.  Ivoclar Vivadent is headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein.  Its North American headquarters is based in Amherst, NY. For more information, call 1-800-533-6825 in the U.S., 1-800-263-8182 in Canada.


For further information, please contact:

John Isherwood

Tel.: 716.691-2233

Fax: 716.691.2254



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HEADED TO DENTSPLY SIRONA WORLD?  Attend Our Hands-on Workshops for Amazing Esthetics  VITA Booth #1012 Shade Shifting Hands-On Workshop Learn how easy it is to correct color and reduce restoration remakes. You'll change a ceramic restoration from an A1 shade to an A2 in just minutes. Featuring Dr. Daniel Vasquez and Dr. Todd Ehrlich.
  • REGISTER for Thursday, September 13: 12 p.m. 
  • REGISTER for Thursday, September 13: 2:30 p.m.
  • REGISTER for Friday, September 14: 10 a.m.
  • REGISTER for Friday, September 14: 3 p.m.
  • REGISTER for Saturday, September 15: 12 p.m.
Zirconia Characterization from A to YZ Hands-On Workshop Perform a monolithic makeover with zirconia and get highly esthetic results. We'll show you how to make your restorations stand out by blending in with the perfect shade match. Featuring Dr. Daniel Vasquez and Dr. Todd Ehrlich. Become a Shade Master Experience a color blindness assessment and see how new digital technology can provide you with more accurate and reliable shade determination.
  • Thursday, September 13: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, September 14: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 15: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
MUST-SEE BREAKOUT! "Join the 1%: Deliver Perfect Anterior Restorations"  Dr. Yao-Lin Tang | Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Room Suwannee 13 Restoration on tooth #6. Case courtesy of Dr. Yao-Lin Tang. Expand your CEREC use beyond posterior crowns and join an elite group who are growing their practices through new materials and indications. Dr. Yao-Lin Tang will show you how to elevate your game and deliver highly esthetic -- and profitable -- anterior restorations. Dr. Yao-Lin Tang, DDS, BDS   Dr. Tang has over 20 years of practical knowledge in cosmetic and general dentistry. He currently practices in San Mateo, California, and is a mentor and visiting faculty at CERECdoctors.com, a Patterson-certified CEREC trainer and a co-leader at the CEREC study club of Taiwan. Dr. Tang's formative years were spent on the island nation of his birth, Taiwan, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Dental Surgery. He later ventured to California where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Pacific School of Dentistry. 
  NEW PRODUCTS & SPECIAL OFFERS! Dentsply Sirona World | VITA Booth #1012 NEW! VITA AKZENT Plus Chroma Stains   Wrong shade? Fix it fast with simple chroma modification and one-step stain firing in just minutes. For monolithic zirconia, silicate and feldspar ceramics. Save on Blocks!   From zirconia to multicolor blocks, take advantage of exclusive offers only available at Dentsply Sirona World! Save on VITA SMART.FIRE!   Fast, efficient firing unit for all common chairside materials.         

REGISTER HERE for the webinar held Thursday June 14 at 5pm PST

Webinar synopsis: This webinar will show in detail how important the Digital Workflow is for blending the Orthodontic, Surgical and Restorative treatment plans. The webinar will also show the importance the digital workflow in an orthodontic case when the patient is unable to come to you office on a regular basis.

Dr. Jeffrey Briney is a graduate of Indiana University and practices in Dana Point & Laguna Beach. He speaks around the world with regard to his personal approach to Surgical, Laser & Restorative Dentistry complimented with Facial Esthetics & Orthodontics. Dr. Briney can be reached at drbriney@gmail.com or through his website www.drbriney.com.



VITA AKZENT Plus CHROMA STAINS help lab technicians and 

chairside-milling dentists reduce remakes with the wrong shade. 

YORBA LINDA, Calif., May 8, 2018 — Achieving accurate and reliable shade matches is the goal of every dental professional, yet accomplishing that is not always easy. Thirty percent of restorations have to be remade due to an inaccurate shade match. But now there’s a simple fix. Rather than remaking restorations with a poor color match, VITA has developed an innovative new product that reduces remakes by “rescuing” restorations with the wrong shade. The new VITA AKZENT Plus CHROMA STAINS can change a shade value up to two shades darker, helping lab technicians and chairside-milling dentists reduce remakes that have the wrong shade. The CTE-independent stains are universally accepted so they can be used on all common veneering ceramics, monolithic zirconium, silicate and feldspar ceramics. VITA AKZENT Plus CHROMA STAINS are easy to use and can correct chromasticity in just a few minutes, helping dental professionals save time and money. The stains are available in VITA classical and 3D-MASTER shades as a powder or paste

VITA is a leading provider of innovative dental products. The company pioneered the field of tooth shade determination with the development of the world-renowned VITA classical shade guide and its proprietary VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER®, the first and only system of its kind that covers the complete range of natural tooth shades.  From premium denture teeth and veneering materials, to digital shade measurement, furnaces and CAD/CAM restorations, VITA helps laboratory technicians and clinicians deliver high quality and esthetic results to patients quickly and efficiently.

For more information on VITA AKZENT Plus CHROMA STAINS, visit www.vitanorthamerica.com or call 800-828-3839.

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Register HERE for the Webinar

Expand Your CEREC® Capabilities with Confidence: New Treatment and Restoration Innovations

​March 29, 2018 5pm PST - California Time

Move beyond posterior crowns and learn new treatment innovations and material options for higher ROI. In this practical web clinic, you'll experience step-by-step protocols to confidently expand your chairside treatment with single-visit implant restorations, bioesthetic anteriors, zirconia considerations and more. Plus, novel cases and integrated workflows will be presented that can differentiate your practice while elevating the standard of patient care.

" Treatment plan single-visit implant restorations for long-term success
" Deliver the most bioesthetic, natural anterior cosmetics 
" Review available zirconia material options and shade considerations 
" Gain staff acceptance and implement immediate workflow improvements 
" Increase patient conversions and satisfaction for referral growth