Category Archives: Dental Labs

Materials Accountability Standards Matter

Eric Thorn, Esq. Many clearly recognize the importance of requiring dental laboratories to disclose to the dentist the point-of-origin and the material content of materials used in dental restorations as the accuracy of this information is essential to protect the patient safety. What many don’t recognize is that most states lack basic minimum standards for […]

A Little Communication Goes A Long Way

Steve Killian, CDT We all know how busy the dentist and staff are in a successful practice.  As a matter of course, those practices work with successful and reputable dental laboratories.  The trend follows because of the need for expert technical assistance from the most experienced dental technician/technologist in the laboratory.  The dental technologist is […]

Dentists and Technicians in Sync on Biggest Challenges

LMT Communications, Inc. LMT asked dentist-participants in our 2018 Dentist Survey to rank the challenges they assume laboratory owners face. Interestingly, they were correct in choosing the top two, saying a lab’s biggest struggles are hiring competent staff (which lab owners ranked as their #2 problem) and making do with inadequate work by clients (which labs ranked as […]

Why Dentists Switch Laboratories

LMT Communications, Inc. In LMT’s joint survey with Dental Economics, 46% of dentists say they’ve switched their primary laboratory—meaning the one they use most often—in the last five years. Here’s what leads them to end laboratory relationships and what they look for next time around. The more things change, the more they remain the same: while dentistry […]

5 Dental Market Trends Labs are Facing Head On

LMT Communications, Inc. The landscape of the dental industry is ever-changing: demographic shifts, business model transitions and technological evolutions present new opportunities and challenges for dentists and laboratories alike. Proactive laboratories are making a point to stay on top of these trends, setting themselves up to be invaluable resources to their clients as well as […]

Why it is Important to Work with a CDT, CDL or DAMAS Laboratory

Heather Voss, CDT Whenever we drive a car, purchase something online, use a cellphone or take our children to an amusement park, we are benefiting from minimum quality standards without even knowing it.  Standards have become such an integral part of our daily lives that the average person gives little to no thought to everyday […]

Digital change: Promote your dental lab with a sound marketing strategy

Ivoclar Vivadent Blog Team Digitization, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Big Data, disruptive technologies – the business world is changing rapidly. Digital change does not stop at the doorstep of your dental lab. It is likely to affect the way you do your technical work, organize your lab and communicate with your colleagues in dental […]

The future of the dental lab business is now

Matt Morgan Competitive forces are driving change in the dental laboratory business at a lightning pace. Two of the most significant forces are dental practice consolidation and offshore competition. However, regardless of these forces (and others), one thing is certain: as we look to the future, dental labs that listen intently to their customers will be […]

Five Habits for Successfully Handling the Stress of a Dental Career

Emily Letran, DDS, MS When was the last time you felt stressed because things didn’t go according to plan and you felt like you lost control? Was it last week? Yesterday? Today, right after lunch? Or 20 minutes ago? Stress is part of our daily lives. We wake up early and try to do 10 things […]