Industry Q&A

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    How do you move work more efficiently?
    Mark Jackson, RDT · Owner at Precision Ceramics Dental Lab

    We have always been very concious of production standards, time in motion and scheduling timelines, but...See more

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    Should I take on outsourcing work?
    Scott Larson, CDT · Owner at Larson Dental Lab

    I'll buck the trend and say "D". If you truly are quality, and have a known reputation, I say build upon...See more

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    What's your opinion on industry regulations?
    Ric Herbert · Works at Dynamic Ceramics, Inc.

    My laboratory is in one of these states. Thanks to the Florida Dental Laboratory and Florida Dental Associations...See more

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    Should I take on outsourcing work?
    Andy Woods · President at Blue Box Dental Laboratory

    Business is business Joey. We can't change basic economics and to turn down sales for any reason other...See more

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    What are your CAD/CAM suggestions for small labs?
    Joe P. Forte · Owner at Technical Crown & Bridge

    Hi there - we're a 6 person lab in Missouri - bought a 3shape last november.  The best thing...See more

    — tagged 3 products3Shape Dental System™
    3Shape, Inc.
    CAD/CAM

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    Anyone have sample business plans?
    Mark Jackson, RDT · Owner at Precision Ceramics Dental Lab

    Here is an old article I did for a magazine way back in 2000. It shares parts of our 1998 business plan....See more

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    Lab Invoicing / Management Software Recommendations?
    Nick Azar · Managing Director at Azar & Associates

    I highly recommend the Evident Lab Management Software.

    — tagged Evident Lab Management Software and Evident Management System

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    Which ingots do you prefer for Emax?
    Michelle Mathuews · Dental Technician at Adena Dental Technologies, Inc.

    I'm partial to the LT. Most of the dentists I work for prefer it too...They say the HT seems too gray for their liking.

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    A Lab / Dental Office Partnership?
    Jim Thacker · Vice President at Utah Valley Dental Lab/UVDL

    Sounds to me like you need to sit down with her and work out a fee schedule for both her and the outside...See more

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    How does inCoris TZI compare to e.max CAD?
    Alwyn Naraine, CDT · Managing Partner at Elite Dental Lab

    Margot, the studies are absolutely right full count our Zr is lees wears natural enamel lees than Zr,...See more

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    What is the Best Way to Make An Emax Inlay?
    Patrick Coon, CDT/TE · Technical Consultant at Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

    Because I can fit 4-5 inlays into one pressing with a small ingot, then my ingot price is down to...See more

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    A Lab / Dental Office Partnership?
    James Cutshaw, CDT · President at Cutshaw Dental Lab, Inc.

    I had a great experience as an independent lab leasing space from an account. If your going to be independent,...See more

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    What's your competitive advance advantage vs. your competitors?
    Aaron Roux · Candia, NH

    Competitive advantage is a function of strategy that puts the firm in a better position than its rivals...See more

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    A Lab / Dental Office Partnership?
    Jesse Flor, CDT · Owner at Great Smiles Dental Services, Inc.

    There is a danger and a benefit to this situation because its a friend whos offering this opportunity....See more

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    Thomas Zaleske · Owner/Dental Technician at Matrix Dental Laboratory and Consulting

    Im suggesting Olympus E series cameras. I have had several. They have all the features you need and some...See more

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    How are you managing precious metal costs?
    Nick Azar · Managing Director at Azar & Associates

    I find laboratories split on this issue. The one’s who offered a fixed price product in the past,...See more

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    Which ingots do you prefer for Emax?
    Martin Martinez, CDT · Ceramist at Zahnwerkstatt, LLC U.S.A.

    I would say broaden your horizon. Emax offers so many ingot types that its too hard to say in general....See more

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    How do you control air quality?
    Marta Lizza · Owner/Ceramist at Dental Designs

    "Getting used to it" is actually due to lesions of the nasal olfactory epithelium tissue and mucosal...See more

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    Zirconia staining tips?
    Frank Nagy · Dental Technician at V.D.S.

    what seem to be the problem? I use Tanaka and works great

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    How are white light scanners?
    Mark Jackson, RDT · Owner at Precision Ceramics Dental Lab

    We have a Lava ST white light scanner, and it is currently sitting in our electrical room gathering dust....See more

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    Opinions on Outsourcing?
    Mark Jackson, RDT · Owner at Precision Ceramics Dental Lab

    Outsourcing doesn't add profit to the bottom line of any laboratory that does it. It simply lowers the...See more

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    Opinions on Outsourcing?
    Frank Nagy · Dental Technician at V.D.S.

    Sesitive question to many,I personaly like my things made around my neighbourhood with people that I...See more

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    Opinions on Outsourcing?
    Nikita Kakadia, CDT · Works at Solitaire Smile Dental Lab

    i dnt mind outsourcing ... as its low cost ...and if you have volume .. thn y not???

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    Zirconia Marginal Chipping when milling
    Mike Grable · Owner/Vice President at Baran Dental Lab & Milling Center

    We don't use sirona, however with our system we stopped using the systems tools and when with a third...See more

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    How are you managing precious metal costs?
    Joey Trevino · Owner/Creator at Cascade Crowns

    get rid of metal and make offices switch to pressables or cad.

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    How are you managing precious metal costs?
    Jim Thacker · Vice President at Utah Valley Dental Lab/UVDL

    We've done our best to order smaller lots and send in scrap more frequently to minimize our exposure...See more

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    Should I take on outsourcing work?
    Aaron Hoffman · Co-Owner (I'd rather be in the trenches than a suit) at Sunflower Dental Studio

    If you don't..........send them my way;) Does that answer your question? Dude, 10 years ago my answer...See more

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    How are you lighting your porcelain dept. / ceramist benches?
    Michael & Christine Di Paulo, CDT · Owner/Ceramist at Di Paulo Dental Ceramic Studio

    Joe : I used lamps from Duro-Test with a CRI (color rendition index ) of 94. You should look for lamps...See more

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    Should I take on outsourcing work?
    Jim Thacker · Vice President at Utah Valley Dental Lab/UVDL

    That's an easy one...do you have excess capacity? Will you still be able to produce work on time for...See more

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