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Spectrum Dialogue

September 2022

By Conrad J. Rensburg and Jack Marrano

Digitally Driven Synergy From Surgery to Final

The 2000's will forever be remembered as an era of great dental evolution! Even though this transition from analog to digital technology driven applications lagged most other industries, the effects of this change has now started to exponentially influence almost every aspects of the industry.

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Industry Era

August 2022

Top 10 Admired Leaders of 2022

Conrad J Rensburg is CEO and President of Absolute Dental Services and leads the highly respected and renowned Absolute Dental Prosthetics team. Conrad proudly states that the company vision, with its roots firmly planted in integrity, is the driving force behind Absolute's success.

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Dental Lab Products

March 2022

By Conrad J. Rensburg and Jack Marrano

How to Gain a Competitive Edge with Digital Dentures

The digital denture concept is not new and was introduced to the dental industry in 2011. Early on, digital systems required convoluted workflows with what some would say were lackluster esthetics and strength.

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Inside Dental Technology
March 2022

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Demystifying 3D Printed Dentures

For many years, technological advancements in the laboratory were heavily focused on the fixed prosthetic market. Milling equipment and zirconia product advancements received most of the research and development money, but as this market became more competitive, the industry experienced a definite shift to the rather neglected removables arena.

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Inside Dentistry

January 2022

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Digital Synergy for Full-Arch Hybrid Solutions

The introduction of the revolutionary All-on-X full-arch hybrid concept led to a true evolution in the treatment of edentulous patients.

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Dental Lab Products

December 2021

By Conrad J. Rensburg and Jack Marrano

How to Make Digital Processing the Key to Innovation

A new era of CAD and digital processing has changed the dental restorative landscape forever. This evolution will have far-reaching effects on the industry and lab owners and technicians alike must stay vigilant to navigate these uncharted waters. 

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Spectrum Dialogue

August 2021

By Conrad J. Rensburg and Jack Marrano

Techno-Polymers - 

21st Century Support Structures

For decades, the dental industry defaulted to alloys for support structure materials. In the 20th century, most technological advancements were made around the lost wax technique with a focus on wax and alloy development.

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Compendium

July 2021

By Conrad Rensburg

Dental Materials for Esthetic Implant-Supported Restorations

The dental industry has seen exponential advancements in technology in recent years, and with these advances has become subsequent evolution in modern-day clinical workflows.

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Inside Dentistry

May 2021

By Conrad Rensburg

Efficient, Predictable Denture Fabrication

Some clinical innovations that were thought to have great potential have been rendered obsolete either because clinicians found them cumbersome chairside or because technicians found them arduous to fabricate. 

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DENTAL LAB PRODUCTS

Oct 2020

By Conrad J. Rensburg and Chris Love

Not Your Grandfathers

False Teeth

According to 1989’s Back to the Future Part II, by 2015, we would have video billboards, flying cars, and hoverboards. We certainly got those billboards  (yay), but the film missed the boat on the airborne items 

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DENTAL LAB PRODUCTS

Oct 2020

By Jack Marrano

Speed Polish From Harvest Dental

Over the years we have witnessed and enjoyed the benefits of CAD/CAM technology and material advancements. These advancements are now being coupled with advancements in support products that pair perfectly with today’s modern materials. Harvest Dental’s Speed Polish is an example of an advanced support product.

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LMT

Nov 2020

By Jack Marrano

How to Block Out Understructures When Using Translucent Zirconia

Zirconia has evolved into the restorative material of choice and recent advancements have resulted in a material that's unsurpassed not only in strength but in esthetics as well, even in monolithic full-contour restorations. 

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IDT

Sept 2020

By Conrad J Rensburg

Printing vs Milling Dentures

Over the last two decades, the dental industry has seen the rise of subtractive manufacturing technology. CAD software programs have proven predictable and are now also within the financial reach of most dental laboratories. However, a new challenger has emerged to test milling's technological supremacy: additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.

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Dental Lab Products

Aug 2020

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Balance Digital and Analog Design

Most technicians, trained in the 1990s and before, fully understand the design freedom that a wax knife, a Bunsen burner, and a block of wax offered. This was a world where a talented artist—with a firm understanding of function, anatomy, esthetics, and a willingness to work long hours—easily ruled the universe. 

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JDT

Feb 2020

By Conrad J Rensburg

 The Artist’s Brush of the Future 

Many of today’s articles focus on the implementation of innovative technologies.
But without FDA-approved, strong, and most importantly esthetic restorative
materials to support them, these technologies are nothing but “dust collectors”.

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Inside Dental Technology

Jan 2020

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Digital Dentures Lead to Laboratory's Best Year

Conrad J. Rensburg, ND, NHD, has seen certain trends in the dental laboratory profession - profit margins shrinking, businesses closing. He just does not see those trends in his own laboratory. Absolute Dental Services experienced approximately 20% growth in 2019, including more than 30% for its national business.

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Inside Dental Technology

Oct 2019

By Conrad J Rensburg and  Jack Marrano

Nanoceramics and Nanocomposites in Implant-Retained Fixed Hybrids

Over the last few decades, the dental industry has experienced a staggering evolution in technology. This evolution has caused a need for better materials and ultimately has led to the development of new and exciting products. These products have opened the door for the creation of extremely innovative new treatment protocols. Arguably, one of the biggest advancements during this period has been the ability to treat edentulous patients with a fixed hybrid solution. 

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Inside Dentistry

Sept 2019

By Conrad J. Rensburg and David Hedgecoe, DDS

The Missing Link in the Digital Workflow Clock

During the last decade, the dental industry has witnessed a true technological revolution. Initially, the progression was slow, and the early adopters quickly realized that the line between being at the leading edge and the bleeding edge was a faint one at best.1 Once all of the cogs in the digital workflow clock started working together, the technological revolution truly turned exponential. Yesterday’s question of whether or not to go digital has now been replaced with the question of how to stay abreast of all this technology.

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LMT

May 2019

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Fifth time's a Charm: Laboratory Renovation Achieves 'Wow' Factor

Absolute Dental Services knows a thing or two about growth: Due to its constantly expanding roster of staff members and services, it has renovated its Durham, NC. headquarters five times in the last 13 years. "If I have any advice for other lab owners, it's this: if you're expanding, go bigger than you think you need. We've had to renovate multiple times because we were always thinking just a little bit too small,' says Conrad Rensburg who co-owns the laboratory with Drew Van Aarde.

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Inside Dental Technology

May 2019

By Jack Marrano

 High-End Technician's Journey Continues 

Jack Marrano, CDT, recalls his first job in a dental laboratory as a minimum-wage position, working 7 days a week, arriving at 4:30 AM but not clocking in until 8:00. After 4 years in the Marine Corps, Marrano was driven to succeed in the profession he fell in love with as a 14-year-old sitting in on classes at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

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Inside Dental Technology

March 2019

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Fricton-Retained Hybrid Prostheses

One of the most popular new approaches to implant dentistry involves the use of removable, friction-retained hybrid prostheses. The concept is based on the time-tested SynCone system.1 In the early days of implant dentistry, restorative options were easily defined as either supported or retained options,2 but with innovation and change often comes confusion and questions. The concept of a removable, friction-retained hybrid prosthesis truly epitomizes the gray area between implant-supported and implant-retained prosthetics. Experience has taught today's professionals to restore retained and supported protocols with different techniques. Unfortunately, using a protocol that relies on both systems for success can become a more daunting task.

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LMT

February 2019

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Absolute Dental Lab Celebrates the 25th Anniversary

Absolute Dental Services, headquartered in Durham, NC, is celebrating a milestone this year: 25 years in business. The company was purchased by South African natives Conrad Rensburg and Drew van Aarde in the early 2000s. Over the years, the team has grown from four technicians to more than 120 employees

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LMT

January 2019

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Many Lab Owners Ramping Up for Growth and Change in 2019

Every December, I like to reach out to LMT readers to learn about their business goals and priorities for the upcoming year. It’s always enlightening to hear about their strategies for success. This year, plans run the gamut from ramping up for growth to working hard to hand over the reins. 

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JDT

1st Quarter 2019

By Conrad J. Rensburg

Making the Impossible Manageable: Esther's Story

It was a "feel good" Human interest story; the kind you often see on a TV broadcast to balance out the day's sad news. ABC11, out Raleigh North Carolina, ran a piece about a woman named Esther, who found a wedding ring in the parking lot of a local Walmart. Wanting to get the wedding ring back to its rightful owner, Esther reached out to ABC11. With their help, and after weeks of searching through social media sources, Esther found the ecstatic owner and returned her wedding band.

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Focus

4th Quarter 2017

By Conrad J. Rensburg

The Evolution of Restoring Dental Implants: A CoCr Alloy Case Study

The ability to embrace and implement cutting-edge technology gives today’s dental lab the advantage needed to survive in an ever-changing market. In my more than 25 years in the dental technology industry, I have seen a definite shift from technicians being seen as the guy in the backroom making teeth to one of the most valued partners in the restorative team.

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Inside Dental Technology

April 2016, Volume 7, Issue 4

Published by AEGIS Communications

Giving Back

Laboratory Professionals Working to Make the World a Better Place

By Jason Mazda

Conrad Rensburg attributes his outlook on life to two extraordinary events — one that propelled him to success as a dental laboratory owner, and another that nearly took it all away.

A result of these events was the Absolute Cares Foundation, through which Rensburg, business partner Drew Van Arde, and associates help people in need in various ways, from renovating a home to sponsoring a local athlete.
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Inside Dental Technology

May 2015, Volume 6, Issue 5

Published by AEGIS Communications

Cement-Free Esthetics: The Exceptional Difference

This technology changes the Long-standing norms

By Conrad J. Rensburg, ND, NHD

With the ever-increasing amount of new technologies, products, and procedures available to dental laboratories today, it is becoming exponentially more difficult to differentiate between the exceptional and the average. Not only is it important for laboratories to choose carefully before investing, but it’s even more essential for laboratories to be cautious before they introduce these technologies to their customers.

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Inside Dental Technology

September 2014, Volume 5, Issue 9

Published by AEGIS Communications

Business Ethics and Savvy Lead to a Successful Laboratory

This carefully crafted laboratory values its partnerships. Business success and business ethics can become estranged bedfellows when confronted by an economic downturn, global competition, and gray-market practices. That is unless you have a higher commitment to fulfill in life and push back against the grain by building a holistic business culture that measures success not only by its ability to provide the best in patient care but also by stretching that caring culture into the social fabric of the community being served. It’s a business model that Conrad Rensburg, ND, NHD, believes is responsible for the high degree of success and business growth he and his partner, Drew Van Aarde, ND, NHD, have achieved since their 2004 purchase of North Carolina-based Absolute Dental Services.
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Ceramic Artistry Returns
to Fixed Hybrids

By Conrad J. Rensburg, ND, NHD

Patient History and Expectations

A longtime patient maintained her maxillary teeth as long as she could, but we knew she had some teeth that were non-restorable and she was facing some decisions (Fig. 1a). Her maxillary fixed bridge was fractured and had been re-cemented numerous times. The patient did not want a removable prosthesis. In addition, her extreme gag reflex took other options, such as anything with a palate, off the table. She eventually chose to do a fixed full-arch implant-supported prosthesis and was adamant that she did not want denture-type esthetics.

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