We all know it was not an overnight transition but here we are: a genuinely digital industry. There were several years during which you expressed frustration that all the trade magazines placed so much emphasis on CAD/CAM technology. Now you know why! It’s our job to sound the alert when we recognize a change that’s not a fad but a trend that’s about to take over.
I feel it’s time for us to recognize and claim this transition officially made.
LMT’s most recent survey data shows that 89% of the C&B and Full Service labs [that participated in our survey] interface with digital technologies. They are fabricating CAD/CAM restorations using their own digital equipment and/or by outsourcing these services.
Note that, though Removable and Orthodontic laboratories are not yet as digitally dependent, they represent only 17% of the entire lab community (see chart
above for details).
You may have already noted that this issue has some tweaks to its design. Our intention here is to modernize the visual appeal of LMT to reflect our industry’s transition to digital. I hope you like it.
September, we decided, is the perfect issue to showcase our updated look because it’s a special birthday for us: this is the 30th September issue we’ve published.
In the time since that very first issue, our industry metamorphosed—from cottage to
contemporary—and shrunk from about 12,500 to 10,000 laboratories. But though it will continue to shrink significantly 10 years or so from now, we have also gone from being resistant to resilient* when faced with market challenges.
As you read this issue, jampacked with a look at trends in dental practices, you’ll see
it seems likely that one of the more annoying challenges will once again be—or should I say, continue to be—price pressures.
Nevertheless, your resiliency makes it humbling and gratifying for us to represent you. Because of your ability to adapt to market changes, many lab owners have created incredible work environments.
That’s why one of our upcoming cover stories is called: I Want to Work in THAT Lab! [Please note: the deadline for nominating your choice of a laboratory that makes
the grade is September 27! Take a moment to visit LMTmag.com/IWantToWorkInThatLab.]