OEZ – Ottawa Esthetic Zirconia

Ottawa Esthetic Zirconia is known for its optimal esthetics and extremely accurate margins. OEZ opaques out dark preps for accurate shade match and has a natural translucency from the layers of porcelain over a zirconia substructure. This material consistently stains and glazes, making it easy to work with.  

OZ – Full Contour Zirconia

Milled from high quality zirconium oxide, which has a proven track record of 10+ years as a high strength framework material for dental restorations. All restorations are designed and milled using CAD/CAM technologies which offer a cost-effective alternative to PFM's and full cast crowns. Ottawa Zirconia crowns also allow for multiple shading techniques for natural esthetics an...

Steve Carr

Vice President of Finance Steve joined the Ottawa Dental Laboratory in 1983 upon graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and earning his C.P.A. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Diane. Together, Steve and Diane are avid dancers. Steve's other hobbies include gardening and leading the men’s bible study at his church. 800-85...

Joanie Bretag

Senior Vice President of Human Resources Joanie joined the Ottawa Dental Laboratory in 1998 as the lab’s first Human Resource Manager. She was born and raised in Ottawa and a graduate of Marquette High School, Illinois Valley Community College and Moser School of Business. A great deal of her success is due to her good fortune of having started at the bottom, but having ...

Jim Caruso

President, CAO Jim, a third generation owner of the Ottawa Dental Laboratory, is the grandson of its founder Lucien "Tony" Caruso. Jim earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Iowa before the start of his career in 2003 and now serves as the company's President and Chief Administrative Officer. He also serves on the Board of United Way. Jim is also a member of...

Luke Caruso III

President, COO, CDT Luke Caruso III is a third generation owner of the Ottawa Dental Laboratory. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa, Luke worked in San Francisco, CA as a technical representative supporting the launch of the 1st zirconia milling system in the U.S. for Degussa Dental. He rejoined his family's business in 2005 to manage the ceramic department at O...

Luke Caruso, CEO

Luke Caruso
Luke's father, Lucien "Tony" Caruso, founded the Ottawa Dental Laboratory in 1937. Beginning at an early age, Luke invested many hours at the laboratory and absorbed his father's passion for the field of dental technology, which built the foundation for his committed work ethic. Luke is a graduate of Northwestern University where he obtained a degree in History and then r...

Model-less Crowns

The Ottawa Dental Laboratory offers model-less crowns to those who have a digital, intra-oral scanner. We have Full Contour Zirconia, Ottawa Zirconia Translucent, or CubeX2 Ultra Translucent Zirconia available for model-less crowns.