Building smiles, one case at a time.
Leading the Evolution of Dental
As the dental landscape continues to change, we remain focused on pioneering cutting-edge solutions that move dentistry forward. Our 95,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility houses more than 100 3D printing and milling machines to support our fixed, removable, and ortho offerings. We follow strict quality and regulatory requirements so labs can feel confident in the products they pass to their doctors, and ultimately, to the patient.
Empowering Dental Labs to Succeed
We believe that dental labs are vital to the success of the overall dental industry. That’s why we strive to supply labs with the tools and resources they need to grow their businesses and remain competitive in an ever-changing marketplace. Our tailored solutions help simplify the digital workflow and make dental CAD/CAM technology accessible to labs of all sizes so they can best serve their doctors.
Family roots. Global ambitions.
Argen moved to San Diego as a small alloy company with fewer than 10 employees and has since grown to be a global leader in digital dentistry with more than 500 employees. Argen sells throughout 105 countries and has subsidiary offices in Canada, China, Germany, and the UK. After 50 years, we remain a family-owned company with a small business atmosphere and close-knit colleagues.
The Argen Corporation was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1963, as a small family business with a focus on refining x-ray films and precious metals for jewelry. In 1983, Bertie and Jackie Woolf, along with their family, moved Argen to the United States where they opened their first office in New York City selling precious metal alloy to dental laboratories. Just two short years later, they moved Argen Headquarters to San Diego, California where they rented their first 8,000 square foot facility.
Over the next 10 years, Argen experienced tremendous growth and established a presence in Germany and China where they began to distribute dental alloys. In 1995, Argen became the largest manufacture of precious dental alloys in the United States and moved their San Diego headquarters to a larger, 40,000 square foot facility. In 2001 Argen expanded to include subsidiary offices in Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom and by 2005, became the largest manufacturer of precious dental alloys in the world supplying their products to over 105 countries.
In 2006, Bertie and Jackie’s son, Anton, assumed the role of Vice President of Argen, focusing on business development and acquisitions. Anton quickly recognized the direction the dental laboratory industry was heading and had a clear vision for Argen’s future. In 2008, Anton became CEO and strengthened the core of the business while diversifying and expanding into new significant, strategic businesses. His vision regarding the rapid changes in digital dentistry led him to build Argen’s state-of-the-art digital outsourcing center, to support and partner with dental laboratories nationwide.
Today, Argen’s 40,000 square foot facility houses alloy production, Argen Refining, Zirconia Manufacturing and Argen Digital. Today, Argen Digital has grown to over 100 printing and milling machines running 24 hours per day, 6 days per week serviced by over 150 people. Argen’s innovative digital services provide the most complete digital solutions to dental laboratories of all sizes. Argen offers Selective Laser Melted (SLM) copings in high noble, noble and non-precious, Digital Precious Metals in 20 of Argen’s Most Popular Alloys, Argen®Mill milled gold crowns, SLM Captek, ArgenIS Custom Abutments, ArgenZ Zirconia discs and milled units, Digital Models, ArgenPMMA Temps, ArgenWAX and Digital Scanners.
This rapid growth has fueled expansion and the purchase of a new 80,000 sq. foot building in San Diego, CA. Coupled with their existing 40,000 sq. foot facility, it is clear that Argen is dedicated to the future of digital dentistry and has positioned themselves for continued advancement and success.