Yet another medical aid letter telling dentists what they can and can’t do regarding treatment plans and fees setting.
- Fewer laboratory jobs
- Patients don’t receive optimal treatment
- Cost cutting lowers quality
To make things worse, your dental lab needs to compete with offshore production in countries with cheap labour and government subsidies.
With all these challenges. How are you going to manage labour and material cost reduction and, still maintain clinical quality and consistency throughout the manufacturing process?
Assembly Line Productivity
Imagine the fabrication of your crowns being reduced to an assembly line of technicians, each doing one part of a multiple-step procedure.
Imagine dies being dipped all day while the next person waxes, followed by the next person who waxes the margins, then the next one who sprues, and so on.
Assembly line efficiencies are appealing, but you wonder if individual, custom prosthetic restorations can be made this way, without sacrificing quality.
Having trouble finding, and keeping reliable dental technicians?
Then of course, there’s the availability of qualified certified dental technicians.
Maintaining quality and efficiency means only the best technicians can be employed. And that doesn’t help when 3rd parties are dictating your cost structures and dental treatment plans.
Imagine if you could gain the best of both worlds!
The efficiencies of an assembly line AND a reduced dependency on qualified CDT’s. All while maintaining, or even improving quality and turnaround time.
You’ve stumbled on the future, for your dental laboratory needs, here today.
You may have already seen and experienced how in-office digital scanning can reduce overhead and expedite procedures.
How in-lab scanners, milling machines, and wax printers offered labs the ability to merge old-school techniques with new technology.
How milled implant frames result in strong, precise frameworks that can be more precise than traditional cast frames. You may even be using first-generation Atlantis, Cresco, 3M ESPE Lava, iTero, Encode and Procera systems.
Advances in dental modelling and 3D printing have combined to bring mass customisation, consistent quality and assembly-line effeciencies to the dental lab.
The Future is NOW!
3D printers are now capable of producing complete dental prostheses, using different materials, in a single print.
Products from companies like Envisiontec, 3D Systems, 3Shape, Sirona, 3M ESPE, Cadent, KaVo, Nobel Biocare, D4D, and others are making huge strides in changing the dental laboratory landscape.
User friendly and sophisticated dental software combined with 3D Printers, allows a dental technician to achieve in hours, what takes them days using traditional methods. These tools are effective additions to technicians’ arsenals.
Dental labs are producing veneers, full contour monolithic restorations, e.max pressed full contour crowns, zirconia, full cast alloy, accurate bite splints, night guards and most PFM’s in house.
There are dental labs producing about 300 to 400 units of crowns or bridge work every 24 hours, using a single 3d printer.
Take Invisalign and ClearCorrect for example.
You take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your patients teeth. These are used to create a digital 3-D image of them.
A precise orthodontic treatment plan is then mapped out. Using the same technology, orthodontists will be able to show patients a virtual representation of how their teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
Based on your patients’ individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are 3D printed, specifically for them.
These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate their cheeks or gums like traditional metal braces often do.
As they wear each set of aligners, their teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice they’re wearing them.
Adding capabilities like these to a practice and dental lab will attract new patients in their droves.