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ABS Partners with Zimbis Inventory Cabinets


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Atlanta Based Systems is thrilled to announce our latest partnership with Zimbis smart inventory cabinets. Through our partnership, we have developed a seamless integration of inventory control into your Evolution dental lab management software. With Zimbis you can effortlessly control what parts are coming into, and going out of, your lab.

Additionally, when you sync Evolution with your Zimbis smart inventory cabinets, you can ensure that all charges for parts are correct and that FDA lot numbers are logged, for compliance purposes, without additional input from your technicians.


The benefits of Zimbis are numerous, including:

  • Streamlined operations: Say goodbye to manual inventory tracking and the risk of human error. Zimbis does the work for you, allowing you to focus on what you do best – providing high-quality dental products to your clients.


  • Cost savings: By automating the inventory process, you can reduce the risk of costly mistakes and save on unnecessary expenses, such as overnight shipping and stock-out situations.


  • Increased efficiency: With real-time monitoring of inventory levels and automatic re-ordering when stock falls below a pre-set threshold, you can ensure that your lab always has the parts it needs to complete orders promptly.


  • Evolution integration: Implementing Zimbis smart inventory cabinets at your lab will provide you the ability to integrate automatic billing for parts and track FDA lot numbers within your ABS dental lab management software.

At Atlanta Based Systems, we are committed to helping you achieve greater efficiency, profitability, and success in your dental lab. We invite you to explore this revolutionary integration and see how it can transform your operations!

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About Zimbis 
Zimbis, a division of CUBEX LLC, is a market leader in developing and delivering innovative health care automation and business intelligence solutions to dentists, dental surgeons and dental laboratories. Zimbis offers a unique ability to meet the demands of a variety of dental environments by offering automated dispensing cabinets, wireless stockroom solutions, cloud-hosted software and more. Additional information can be found at www.zimbis.com.


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EvoDOCTOR Portal Mobile App!

ABS has offered the EvoDOCTOR Portal as an add-on module for Evolution dental lab management software for many years. Since that time, the EvoDOCTOR Portal has “evolved” to improve functionality and integrate newer technologies. Automated email notifications and Evolution pop-up capabilities have also been included in newer versions of the EvoDOCTOR Portal and the Evolution dental lab management solution.

Now, Atlanta Based Systems is introducing a brand-new mobile application that you can provide to your dentists so that they can access all of the information for cases they’ve sent to your lab. The mobile app would be branded with your lab’s logo and colors and will be available for your doctors to download from the Apple and Google Play app stores.


ABS has you covered with all of your dental lab management and customer communication needs.


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3D Printing’s Progression Into Dentistry

3D Printing has come a long way over the last few decades. As the advancements in the technology have evolved, 3D Printing is becoming increasingly more common in everyday life. It has been used to create life-saving prosthetic limbs for decades and, more recently, has become a low-cost solution to many other manufacturing processes.

Along with prosthetic limbs, manufactured parts and all sorts of knick knacks, 3D printing has also had a significant impact on dental supplies. And, when it comes to dental prosthesis, milled dentures have been the only option for dentists and their patients for nearly a century. With the advent of 3D printing, other options are now available.

History of 3D Printing

The first documented instance of 3D printing can be traced back to the early 1980s in Japan. In 1988, the first commercial rapid prototyping printer (SLA-1) was introduced by 3D Systems. The 1990s experienced a great deal of growth in the 3D Printing industry, with new companies being created and new additive manufacturing being explored. Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine 3D prints first organ for transplant – a lab-grown bladder.

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The 2000s ushered in open-source 3D printing processes which led to the creation of several new 3D Printers. Then, in 2008, the first commercially available 3D printer called “Darwin” is introduced to the world. Then, in 2009, the FDM patent held by Stratasys expires and the average FDM 3D printer price dropped from $10,00 to under $1,000. In the late 2010s new materials are created for printing things like tissue cartilage and all kinds of other textures. Check out this infographic on the history of 3D printing.

3D Printer Progression Into Dentistry

Although 3D printing for dental professionals began in 1971 as digital dentistry, dental 3D printing and additive manufacturing dental implants have been in development since the 1990s. That is when 3D printing began to be used for reference materials for surgeries. By 1999, advancements in the technology allowed for the construction of custom implants.

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Making the construction of custom implants required the use of an intraoral scanner (IOS). As you probably know, the IOS is used to scan the patient’s teeth, allowing for the design of exact replicas for necessary replacements. Biologically compatible implants have been in production since 2017. These technological advancements with 3D printing in dentistry has improved many aspects of the dental restoration process, including (but not limited to):

  • Decrease in chair time for patient and dentist.
  • Less appointments with patient.
  • Quicker turnaround times.
  • Easier ability to archive digital impressions for future reference.
  • More accurate restorations.
  • Improved results and patient satisfaction.
3D Printing’s Future in Dentistry
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Current 3D printing technologies are fully capable of delivering the significant demand for temporary, transitional, and permanent restorations (both direct and indirect), as well as appliances, and achieving the exacting clinical excellence required by the dental profession. In the future, printing teeth will be the norm and all other restorations will begin to fade away.

The immediate applications of 3D printing in dentistry include:

  • Permanent and provisional indirect restorations (crowns, onlays, inlays, bridges and permanent, custom restorations fabricated chairside.
  • Full and partial dentures with digital 3D occlusal design.
  • Surgical guides for ideal implant positioning and custom 3D printed bone grafts.
  • Orthodontic aligners printed with CBCT data and AI extrapolation of tooth movement over time.
  • Printed periodontal guides that relieve and retract gingival margins.
  • Soft tissue printing is currently in the research phase.
  • Plus, many more.

If you’re interested in purchasing a 3D printer for your lab, here is a review of many popular dental 3D printers for a good comparison.


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Dangers of Cloud-Based Lab Management

Many modern software platforms are held “in the cloud” and are known as SaaS (Software as a Service). Although this model may have some desirable advantages, such as access from any device with an internet connection and minimal hardware maintenance, there are also some serious down sides.

When you take into consideration that “the cloud” is just a trendy term for OPCs (other people’s computers), you can better understand the concerns with storing your lab’s sensitive customer data in it.

Is there really cloud "security?"
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The biggest issue with cloud services is security. That’s because you are storing your data somewhere else and you don’t have direct access to (or control over) it. Leaving this critical information in the hands of a faceless third-party could leave your business extremely vulnerable. You’ve probably heard about data breaches in some big companies that have exposed millions of their users’ sensitive information.

Recently, there have been a few serious data breaches within the healthcare industry, like that of 1.7 million Oregon Health Plan members and 134,000 UMass Chan Medical School students “enrolled in certain state programs.” Even very large, billion-dollar companies like Facebook, Twitter and T-Mobile can’t be trusted to keep your data secured. It’s not necessarily that these companies can’t protect your personal information, many of them just won’t.


Another major downside of using cloud software for your business can be connectivity. Since cloud computing typically requires a high-speed internet connection, access to your customer’s data can be interrupted for undetermined amounts of time. Sometimes this could be due to an internet disruption on your end, but it could also be due to “maintenance” on the cloud server that your data is being stored on. Many times, the maintenance disruptions to your cloud software are unannounced and extremely frustrating.

You may have recently experienced some downtime during critical business hours if you’re currently using cloud-based lab management software. (You know who you are). This can be extremely detrimental for a business who is relying solely on cloud software for scheduling new cases and billing their customers.


ABS offers an alternative to the ubiquitous cloud-based dental lab management software. Evolution is a local, server-client software, where the data is stored on your local computer. This gives you and your lab full control over your sensitive data. You own it. It’s yours. Once Evolution is installed on your machine, you will forever have access to your customers’ case info.

And, even though the software itself is local, ABS still has the ability to setup services for your customers to access their own case information through the internet. This allows data files to be transferred directly into your lab management software. Our ABS Support staff will gladly help you setup a robust lab management system with all of the bells and whistles. If you’d like to know more, please feel free to reach out to us any time.


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Military Dentists Trained To Provide Dental Care To Dogs

Man’s best friend has fought alongside soldiers since the ancient times. Military dogs take on indispensable roles like tracking, explosive detection and search and rescue. So, needless to say, those Military Working Dogs (MWDs) deserve the proper dental care needed to stay healthy.

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Thanks to the 60th Dental Squadron and the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, military dentists are receiving training on how to provide proper dental care to dogs. Since their teeth are their most effective weapon, it’s important that they maintain good oral health to be effective.

According to the article from dvidshub.net:

“…the partnership took shape in the form of the first-ever MWD dental health joint symposium, June 28, 2023, at UC Davis with a series of training workshops covering topics such as periodontal disease, vital pulp therapy, root canal therapy, and tooth wear.”

One major result of this unique training is the development of new military dental residents. This will impact MWD dental care knowledge across the globe. Trainees will be able to transfer their expertise into the field and conduct dental exams, perform dental procedures, and provide post-operative care for these dogs.

“The collaboration serves as an example of the power of community partnerships and their ability to drive significant positive change. The joint commitment helps to ensure the MWDs serving at Travis Air Force Base and beyond receive the dental care required to serve.”



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ABS at LMT Lab Day 2023 in Chicago

It’s that time of year again! Once again ABS will be attending LMT® LAB DAY®, just as we have every year since it started. That’s right… Atlanta Based Systems has attended every single LMT® LAB DAY® since its inception.

We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone in the Exhibit Hall at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, 2023. Please feel free to come by and say hi as we will be at booth I-26.

We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Evolution in-person. We can also show you any Evolution apps or features on the show floor.


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Dental Spending Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Levels

According to the Health Policy Institute (HPI), national dental expenditures increased by 11% from 2020 to 2021, ADA reports. The data suggest that the dental economy recovered quickly from the pandemic-induced slowdown in the industry.


Dental spending by private health insurance and out of pocket rose from a combined $115 billion in 2020 to $128 billion in 2021. This after the sharp decline in 2020, down from a combined $130 billion in 2019.


In the chart above, the ‘Government Programs’ category includes Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs. The ‘Other’ category includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Provider Relief Fund (PRF).

Combined, these two categories make up a total of around $34 billion in 2021, up from an all-time high of approximately $31 billion in 2020.


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Data Link Viewer & Lab Monitor Integration

ABS Evolution dental lab management software gives your lab the tools to know what’s going on with any case at any time. However, sometimes you just need to inform your employees about the status of cases they are working on.

Data Link Viewer from Millet Software is a third-party application that allows your Evolution reports to run on network connected monitors throughout your dental lab. These reports can be refreshed at specified time intervals so anyone viewing the monitors can see updated information nearly real-time.


Displaying updated report information on lab monitors is just one of the many features that come with the Data Link Viewer, Evolution integration. Your lab will also have the ability to create interactive reports and visualize the data in a chart format.

For more information about Data Link Viewer and it’s capabilities, you can visit the Millet Software website or check out Ido Millet’s YouTube channel.


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Digital: Making Dentistry Remarkable

There’s no doubt that the dental industry has undergone a massive transition into digital over the last several years. I recently read an article about dentists embracing digital methods and equating that to a purple cow. This, in reference to the 2009 book by Seth Godin, means that your dental practice becomes remarkable. What’s more remarkable than a purple cow, right?


Using digital tools to manage the workflow of a dentist’s patients has many advantages. These tools have become so common that it’s possible each step in a patient’s journey could include some sort of digital technique.

Patients can schedule their appointments through a digital web portal. At their appointment, dentists take digital scans of their teeth. That information can be sent, digitally, to a lab for design and milling or to be 3D printed. Communication between the dentists, labs and patients can be managed through email or messaging apps like WhatsApp. Then, information about their case can be stored to the cloud for ease of access by all parties. All of these methods can leave a digital record of each step of the patient’s process so that any individual working on a restoration is informed.

AI (artificial intelligence) applications can be used to show the patient their expected results before any treatment. Seeing these results can inspire the patient to take action and decide to begin treatment. When a patient has the ability to actually see the outcome, they’re not so focused on the treatment.


Digital dentistry solutions can improve the patient’s experience at the dentist tremendously. It gives them ultimate transparency in the process and an accurate glimpse into what the future could hold for their mouth. Making communicating easier and treatment plans clearer not only improves the patient’s attitude toward their dentist, it also enhances the experience for them and their doctor.

Some people may even say digital dentistry makes a practice remarkable, as a purple cow would be.



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Mobile Dentistry Sites Popping Up In Workplaces

Jet Dental is a pop-up dental clinic serving workplaces across the United States. They are collaborating with Humana to make access to oral health care easier.


Jet Dental CEO, Jordan Smith, said that 82% of their patients had not been to the dentist in over two years. He believes that the inconvenience and lack of access during the pandemic created the drop in dentist visits.

Since the pandemic, the effects of delayed dental care have become more prevalent. The CDC estimates that companies lose $45 billion per year due to oral care emergencies. Preventative care is the best way to reduce these oral emergencies. In come the mobile pop-up dental clinics.

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What better way to help patients than to bring dentists to their workplace? This makes it easy and convenient for employees and employers alike, eliminating time off of work for oral healthcare appointments. One of the best things about a Jet Dental pop-up clinic coming to your workplace is no cost. Jet Dental works directly with the dental insurance a company already provides their employees.

When you offer dental care on-site at your place of business, you are showing your employees that you care about their overall health and wellbeing. Providing oral healthcare services in such a convenient way could help prevent your staff from developing gum disease and other, more serious, oral issues.


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