When you put a disk (or a puck) into a milling machine, what does that piece of material represent? Do you see the raw material, ready to be turned into something amazing? Do you see a lump of porcelain? Do you see the finished product, waiting for you after the milling cycle?
Or do you see a disk that symbolizes an entire, all-encompassing system that makes it possible to get excellent results every time you mill?
For Lee Culp, Chief Technology Officer at MicroDental, the latter reason is why he chose Zenostar as MicroDental North Carolina’s zirconia of choice. “We chose it because it was a full system,” Culp remembers. “A lot of times, you’ll have a zirconia manufacturer who makes pucks who really doesn’t have ancillary products to support it—stains, glazes, colors and so on. We went with Zenostar and Wieland because it was a system.”
Culp’s employer, MicroDental, is a collection of labs that comprises the third-largest lab group in North America. With that kind of size, it was important to find that level of completeness when it came to a zirconia system.
But as Culp—who also has been an employee and consultant for Ivoclar Vivadent—notes, he feels the Zenostar system offers advantages for labs of any size, because it also offers support.
“[Zenostar] is one of the only complete systems around zirconia,” Culp says. “Whether I’m a small lab or a lab like ours, it’s incredibly important for us to be able to go to a company with questions. It wasn’t just the zirconia—you’ve got to look beyond the one product to the system and the company.”
Zenostar was originally designed and engineered by Wieland Dental, “a long-standing, well-respected German company,” Culp says. They developed the Zenostar system and then, several years later, were purchased by Ivoclar Viadent.
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