DENTSPLY Ceramco to open new dental lab training center

Sept. 19, 2002
New facility to offer up-to-date training for technicians and to help fill the void in specialized training for dental lab technicians

DENTSPLY Ceramco today announced the details of its new dental laboratory training facility set to open this month in Burlington, N.J. The dental industry's newest training center will be staffed with a faculty of 25 professionals who will conduct a range of training sessions in a three-level curriculum, from introductory classes for technicians who are new to the business, to advanced and master level courses on topics such as metal-free restorations and creative ceramics.

The facility, located immediately adjacent to Ceramco's corporate headquarters in central New Jersey, features a training room completely outfitted as a full-service dental lab, and a room equipped to train technicians on Ceramco's new Cercon® SmartCeramics system. Also located in the new training center is Ceramco's national help desk, with a team of fully dedicated, qualified technicians available by telephone to assist dental technicians. The help desk responds to more than 1,500 calls per month.

"Our new facility will offer up-to-date training for technicians and it will help fill the void in specialized training for dental lab technicians," said Arlo H. King, Ceramco's Director of Education and Technical Services.

"State-of-the-art equipment will enable our trainees to learn about the latest advances in cosmetic restorative technologies and materials," he said. Ceramco plans to open a West Coast training center in Yucaipa, Calif. in 2003, and both facilities will offer a three-level curriculum, ranging from basic to master level.

Level One Courses
Ceramco offers two-day courses on "Fundamentals of Dental Ceramics" and "Basics of Alloy Selection and Processing." Each course fee is $500 and the classes are limited to 12 participants.

Level Two Courses
These courses are designed to increase productivity of technicians as well as increase their esthetic capabilities. Course titles include "Cercon® Smart Ceramics," "Pressable Ceramics," "PFM-Speed, Shape and Esthetics," "Creating a Perfect Hollywood Smile," "The Next Generation of Indirect Composites" and "Alloy Selection and Processing." Fees and class sizes vary.

Level Three Courses
Two courses are offered at this master level: "Metal Free Restorations ? The Ultimate Esthetic and Biocompatible Answers" and "Creative Ceramics." Courses are two-three days and the fee for each course is $750. For additional information about any of the courses and to register, visit or call toll-free Carmen Scott at 800-487-0100, extension 6040.

About DENTSPLY Ceramco
DENTSPLY Ceramco, founded in 1958 as the first dental porcelain for veneering metal frameworks, is the crown and bridge division of DENTSPLY International, which designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products for the dental market. In December 2001, DENTSPLY Ceramco acquired the German company Degussa-Ney Dental to become the industry's largest and most comprehensive resource for products and services. DENTSPLY International has facilities in 22 nations and distributes its dental products in over 100 countries under some of the most well established brand names in the industry. For more information about DENTSPLY Ceramco, visit