Crown & Bridge / Ceramics

A Full-Line of Metal & Metal-Free Products


  • Crown & Bridge
    • PFM – Procelain Fused to Metal
      • Non-Precious (Base)
      • Semi-Precious (Noble)
      • Precious (High-Noble) in White & Yellow
    • PFG – Procelain Fused to Gold
    • Captek
    • Full-Gold
  • Inlay/Onlay
    • Full-Gold
  • Maryland Bridge


  • Crown & Bridge
    • IPS e.max®
      • CAD
      • Press
      • Press & Layered
    • Modeless
    • SCULPTURE Full-Contour Zirconia
    • ZOE CAD/CAM Temporaries (made from PMMA)
    • PFZ – Procelain Fused to Zirconia
  • Veneers
    • IPS e.max®
    • Lumineer No-Prep Veneer
  • Inlay/Onlay
    • IPS e.max®
    • Sculpture Full-Contour Zirconia
  • Maryland Bridge


Departments17TONY VLASSIS, CDT manages our Ceramic, e.max® & Porcelain Fused to Zirconia (PFZ) Departments. He graduated from The Polytechnic Institute and University of Maryland in Baltimore & started his dental career as one of our first employees in 1976. He has had the unique opportunity of working closely with the area’s leading Universities, Dentists, Prosthodontists & Patients. Tony is highly qualified as a consultant in complex, inter-departmental, full-mouth restorations, product selections, custom shades, cementation options & dental adhesives.

20160805_083846_edittedLISA CRANDELL manages our e.max® Department. She joined our team in 1988 as a Ceramist & was trained by Tony Vlassis, CDT & Sandy Zagraiek. Lisa received PTC Certifications in Dental Anatomy & Anterior Contours. With an attention to detail & a clear understanding of ingot selection & shade computation, she specializes in large, esthetically-challenging anterior cases. Lisa enjoys the fast-paced dynamics of the dental industry & gains satisfaction in knowing that her work makes a positive impact on patients’ lives.


img_8289_smallerSTEVEN J. BLAKE, Manager of our Metal Crown & Bridge Department, joined Friendship in 1981. After 20 years of hands-on experience as a technician in multiple departments within the lab, Steve transitioned to Management in Crown & Bridge.  As a dedicated, hard-working perfectionist with the drive to always excel, Steve co-manages our Metal Department with Matt Bergen. With a passion for the industry & an eye for detail, Steve also serves as our Quality Assurance Manager.

mattbiopicMATTHEW BERGEN, CDT began his dental career in 1982 as a Crown & Bridge technician. He joined our team in 2010 working in Ceramics & Implants, then moved on to waxing & casting PFM’s. Matt received his CDT certification in Nov 2015 and now co-manages our Metal, e.max® & Sculpture Departments.



Dena Bio Pic_croppedDENA HEHRING, Co-Manager of our CAD/CAM Suite, joined our team in 2005. Mentored by Director of Training, Robin L. Robinson, CDT, Dena worked for 6 years in the Porcelain Department. She received certificates from PTC for Anterior & Posterior Porcelain Application & Simplifying Posterior Dental Anatomy.

Dena has been an integral part of the CAD/CAM department since its inception in 2009. As Co-Manager with Valanti Diacoloukas, Dena oversees the department, performs daily design functions & works closely with our doctors. She manages our Trios, DDX (Planmeca) & Carestream systems. Her strong work ethic & dedication to learning the latest technologies creates a high level of efficiency. She excels in larger, challenging restorations & is excited to see what the future holds for the dental industry.

CADCAM8_CroppedSmallerVALANTI DIACOLOUKAS co-manages our CAD/CAM Suite with Dena Hehring. He started working with us during the summers of 2009 & 2010, mentored by his grandfather & founder, Gus Diacoloukas. In 2011, Valanti came on board full-time in our e.max® Department, spruing & investing.  He received comprehensive hands-on-training from his dad, Nick Diacoloukas & specialized training on the Weiland mill. Valanti shares the family passion for the industry, as he manages our MCX5 & Weiland mills & our CEREC & 3Shape systems.