How do the big labs produce Emax inlays for 69 dollars, if the ingots alone already cost 20 dollars?
Technical Consultant at Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.
Patrick Coon is a 22 year US Air Force Veteran and has been a Dental Laboratory Technician for 28 years. Pat now works with Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. as a Technical Consultant.
Because I can fit 4-5 inlays into one pressing with a small ingot, then my ingot price is down to $4 or $5 per unit. Not rocket science, but because...See more they have so much volume coming in it is much easier to maximize their ingot usage, along with all the other material costs associated with it.
The only way I know to accurately finish an emax inlay is to: 1) Wax up inlay over a lubricated die with die spacer, make a sharpened sprue connected to...See more the inside of your wax up 2) Invest with a ratio allowing for a slightly looser fit than your crowns 3) Carefully devest and fit using a fit marker 4)...
According to LMT's 2013 Dentist Survey, lab owners are sometimes hesitant to raise their fees, fearful of losing the account. Yet 53% of dentists surveyed feel it’s reasonable for a laboratory to increase prices once a year by an average of 3.3%. Twenty-nine percent think an increase—an average of 4.6—every two years is more acceptable.
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