Welcome to The BRIDGE, the social and information hub of the dental lab industry. Connect with industry peers and vendors, ask questions, sign up for events, review products, read LMT articles and industry news and more!
- October 2014
LMT’s 2014 Fee Survey respondents offer a mixed picture of their sales and profitability. On one hand, laboratory sales seem to be slowly improving. Profits, though, seem to be lagging behind.
A 2014 Fee Survey participant from the Midwest—who prefers to remain anonymous—offers a thoughtful take on how the rampant price competition on full contour zirconia restorations is negatively affecting the bottom line of many laboratories. Here’s what he had to say:
In the early 1980s, the price of gold skyrocketed and non-precious alloy showed up on the scene. Since it was a cheap metal, most labs didn’t even add the cost of the metal into the crown fee. However, they weren’t thinking about the revenue they had been making on gold alloys—or about the...
Read More 2 minute read
- September 2014
Nearly three quarters of respondents to LMT’s exclusive 2014 Wage Survey have taken cost-cutting measures related to personnel in the last two years, citing unpredictable workflows, pricing pressure from dentists and other low-cost labs, and an increase in business costs.
- May 2013
Despite the fact that many lab owners have been feeling the effects of the economy in many areas of their businesses, the majority of respondents to LMT's latest survey say the implant department isn't one of them.
- March 2013
The growing popularity of all-ceramic restorations continues to erode the PFM market. The percentage of metal-free work being done—45%—is up 15% in just three years, and 20% since 2008.
Read More 1 minute read
Sixty-eight percent of the larger laboratory respondents to LMTâs latest Howâs Business? survey are optimistic about this year, compared to only 42% of labs with five or fewer employees.
- February 2013
LMT's February 2013 issue features our 2013 Dentist Survey conducted with Dental Economics. Our dentist-respondents speak out on...
...Why They Switch Labs
• Quality wasn't consistent.
• Cases returned with open margins.
• Crowns had high occlusion and open contacts.
• Inconvenient to work with due to the distance from my practice.
• I have switched from PFM crowns to PFZ or full zirconia crowns. My previous lab was not yet offering this service. Meanwhile, I was noticing that I was taking too much time to adjust my PFM crowns and was becoming increasingly frustrated....
Thereâs a 50/50 chance your clients will switch laboratories in the next five years. Want to know why they might jump ship? Read the results of LMTâs 2013 Dentist Survey conducted jointly with Dental Economics.
Read More 7 minute read
- October 2012
The majority of respondents to LMT's 2012 Fee Survey are delaying fee increases in the face of price-cutting competition and declining caseloads.
- September 2012
Forty-five percent of respondents to LMT's exclusive 2012 Removable Survey rate the market as good and 35% classify it as fair. The majority say their removable business in the first half of 2012 is level or just slightly up or down compared to all of 2011.
At one end of the spectrum is the 9% of survey participants who say the market is booming and that business is markedly up. "All areas of our removable department are up. We had a record May and July was not far behind. As far as fixed, we are down double digits," says Gary Iocco, Owner, Dimension Dental Design, Hastings, MN.
At the opposite...
Read More 2 minute read
Uncertainty prevails among the respondents to LMTâs 2012 Wage Survey and theyâre being cautious about rehiring or raising wages. On a positive note, more than half saw an uptick in
- June 2012
Respondents to LMT's Small Lab Survey speak out about the future of our industry.
The Future Looks . . . Great
My business has stayed strong through this terrible economy. If I made it through this, I can make it through anything. My cosmetic workload dropped off a bit during the past couple of years, but has really picked back up as of late.
My future looks incredibly solid. As the masses move toward CAD technology, I move in the completely opposite direction. I educate my clients on the shortcomings of this new technology and they're grateful for the insight. I work with dentists who...
Three-quarters of home-based lab owners responding to LMT's survey are "very satisfied" with their decision to work from home. In addition to the financial benefits, they appreciate the flexibility, relaxed atmosphere and their ability to balance work/home demands more easily.
The majority of respondents to LMT's Small Lab Survey are enthusiastic about the outlook for their own businesses, calling their future "good" or "great." However, their prediction for the market segment as a whole isn't quite so rosy.
- January 2012
Our latest How's Business survey shows mixed results for 2011.
- June 2011
LMT's 2010 Internet Usage Report coverage explains how laboratory owners are using the internet to reach out, save time, reduce costs and increase efficiency.
- April 2011
With less than 300 orthodontic laboratories in the U.S., the specialty is a quintessential niche market and one that has experienced steady growth for years.
We dreamed about it in the 70s. Talked about it in the 80s. Got a taste of it in the 90s. And, in the new millennium, weâre transitioning to digital technologies at breakneck speed.
Read More 8 minute read
LMTâs comprehensive, multi-issue coverage offers a glimpse at where weâve been over the past 40 years, where we are now and where weâre going.
Read More 11 minute read
LMT kicks off a new series looking at trends that will shape the lab of the future. The topic this time: the top three digital technologies that will have the greatest impact in the next five years.
Laboratory restoration fees show no significant increase over the last two years, according to LMTâs 2010 Fee Survey.
In response to the economic situation, more than three-quarters of respondents to LMTâs 2010 Wage Survey have implemented cost-cutting strategies that impact their personnel.
Wages are up 8% since our 2004 survey and there are increases across all experience levels, positions and specialties.
Read More 7 minute read
Not much, according to LMTâs poll of dental consumers across the country. Itâs no wonder that dental technicians often feel like silent artisans. LMT's poll offers fascinating insight into the perceptions of dental consumers.