James R. Glidewell, Dental Ceramics, known by its dba Glidewell Laboratories, makes a wide range of restorative, reconstructive, and cosmetic dental products, such as crowns, dentures, and bridges. Its BDL Prosthetics division makes aesthetic temporary teeth (known as BioTemps) used for provisional restoration until final ceramic restorations are ready. It employs a mail-order business model by which dentists send in dental impressions and receive custom restorative products via the US Postal Service or FedEx. Another unit, Glidewell Direct, sells clinical and lab products including impression materials via its e-commerce site. Glidewell Laboratories also offers snoring and sleep apnea treatment products.
The company provides laboratory coping outsourcing services, as well as other laboratory services, which include ceramic restorations such as Captek, IPS Empress, IPS e.max CAD, and Vivaneers. Glidewell Laboratories offers three customized implant abutments under the Inclusive brand name, which are available in titanium, zirconia with titanium base and all-zirconia.
The company makes significant investments in research and development and supports a team of dentists, scientists, engineers, and certified dental technicians to advance dental technology and improve its product offerings. As an example, the Glidewell Laboratories' CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/manufacturing) services allow dentists to electronically send digital impressions for the lab to create predictable reconstructive products. The company also offers CAD/CAM systems that allow dentists to design and mill ceramic restorations in their own labs.
Glidewell Laboratories provides training, technology demonstrations, and education through its 2,800-sq.-ft. Glidewell International Technology Center, which was opened in 2011 in Irvine, California. Other offerings include online continuing education programs for dentists, as well as a variety of print and video education and promotional materials used in dental offices.
CEO Jim Glidewell, a certified dental technician himself, founded Glidewell Laboratories in 1970. – less