• A Lab / Dental Office Partnership?

    A dentist-friend has asked me to open a dental lab in her practice. She will be providing the material and equipment and I will be able to get outside clients. What percentage of my revenue do I give her? Do I do her work for free?

    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

  • Jack Garcia, CDT The BRIDGE

    Any sugestions on a LAB management software, easy to work with and medium range price?

    August 20, 2013 · 6

    Depends on your needs and wants. If you are small to medium sized and you want something that will simply...See more

  • Jim Thacker The Pros and Cons of Working With Large Practices

    I would think that 23% is too high perhaps 23% of respondents? If the line in the sand is 20 dentists, there aren't many laboratories that can handle that kind of volume. You would need the technicians and the space to support the customer and you would face constant pricing pressures. Large practices...

    September 4, 2013 · 3

    Agreed. Any pricing arrangement needs to have provisions for timely payment with penalties for delays....See more

  • Michelle Mathuews Which ingots do you prefer for Emax?

    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.

    August 27, 2013 · 3

    Depends on the shade. We use the Impulse a lot.

  • Eric Nunnally, DDS The BRIDGE

    I may be overly sensitive, but I have noticed a lot of dentist bashing on the BRIDGE lately. Lots of snide comments and/or flat out dislike or disrespect. It makes me wonder, how much respect is shared between the dental and dental lab businesses. We technicians have always talked about how the relationship...

    August 23, 2013 · 3

    The problem on both sides is there are far too many price-centric relationships in the industry. Dentists...See more

  • Joe P. Forte The BRIDGE

    RE: Emax: We're mostly using Emax LT's. Have talked to some other labs that are using mostly HT's. What are your thoughts on which to use when and where?

    June 6, 2013 · 1

    We use mostly HT's and Impulse since we've trained our dentists to give us prep shades. We usually use...See more

  • Thomas Holliday, CDT The BRIDGE

    Does anyone know the formula for dental lab, overhead, profit, and salary?

    May 8, 2013 · 2

    The model I'm familiar with divides revenue into thirds. 1/3 material costs & overhead, 1/3 direct labor,...See more

  • Tommy Zhu, CDT/TE The BRIDGE

    In today's world, many people think that anterior cases are much important than the posteriors. I strongly disagree with that. To me, teeth is teeth. When I work on a case, I don't care what it is, anterior, posterior, PFM, all ceramic, inlays, onlays, bridges or veneer, I would still try my best to make everything perfect.

    May 7, 2013 · 3

    Every technician should have your attitude. Unfortunately, many dentists view posterior units as a commodity...See more

  • Thomas Holliday, CDT The BRIDGE

    Does anyone know the formula for dental lab, overhead, profit, and salary?

    May 8, 2013 · 2

    That's an extremely broad question. It will vary wildly based upon the size of the lab, volume, market served, and fee schedule.

  • Todd Rogers, CDT The BRIDGE

    Does anyone have any ideas on building a mail order business?

    March 30, 2013 · 5

    Regardless of where your customers are located, relationships are essential to the growth and maintenance...See more

  • Jim Thacker commented on his post
    Jim Thacker The BRIDGE

    SINGLE CENTRAL MATCHES Just curious as to how other labs handle fees for single central matches. We have become the "single central lab" for several offices and are looking for a fresh approach to handling it where we don't lose as much money with these cases.

    April 10, 2013 · 9

    That works great if you have a local clientele. That becomes costly when you are shipping FedEx round...See more

  • Jim Thacker commented on his post
    Jim Thacker The BRIDGE

    SINGLE CENTRAL MATCHES Just curious as to how other labs handle fees for single central matches. We have become the "single central lab" for several offices and are looking for a fresh approach to handling it where we don't lose as much money with these cases.

    April 10, 2013 · 9

    I already know what my answer is...I'm just looking for a fresh approach to the problem.

  • Jim Thacker commented on his post
    Jim Thacker The BRIDGE

    SINGLE CENTRAL MATCHES Just curious as to how other labs handle fees for single central matches. We have become the "single central lab" for several offices and are looking for a fresh approach to handling it where we don't lose as much money with these cases.

    April 10, 2013 · 9

    there's no loyalty being built if they only send single anteriors that need to be remade 2 or 10 times....See more

  • Aaron Hoffman The BRIDGE

    Educate me folks! We currently have a 3shape scanner/software. 1. What is your lab using for milling of zirconia frameworks, full contour zirconia crowns and why? 2. Is there an "open format" kind of way to accept E4D/Cerec files into 3shape software or is E4D and Cerec software/hardware specific? Thanks!!

    April 10, 2013 · 4

    We use the Roland mill for all zirconia frameworks and full zirconia. We also use the 3shape/Roland to...See more — tagged Sirona Dental, Inc.

  • Marta Lizza The BRIDGE

    I would love to know how many labs are still using metal substructures. I know cad cam and milling are the proposed substructures of the future, but I'd love to know how many labs out there are still filling the demand for alloy based restorations. Is there still a demand for metal? How many of your...

    February 3, 2013 · 39

    Let there be no mistake, I'm not advocating a race to the bottom and turning your product into a commodity....See more

  • Marta Lizza The BRIDGE

    I would love to know how many labs are still using metal substructures. I know cad cam and milling are the proposed substructures of the future, but I'd love to know how many labs out there are still filling the demand for alloy based restorations. Is there still a demand for metal? How many of your...

    February 3, 2013 · 39

    There's nothing wrong with enjoying the artistry of dental lab technology, especially for smaller labs...See more

  • Jeff Walker The BRIDGE

    Hi guys. I am tired of shipping out my models to milling centers and waiting for them to return, only to find out the margins are poor. I want to have the luxury of at least a digital scanner to make my zirconia turnaround faster, but I'm worried about the cost versus profitablity. There are a couple...

    February 4, 2013 · 8

    If I had the means, I would get a 3Shape scanner and a Roland mill. Not only can you mill precision zirconia,...See more

  • Jeff Walker Jim Thacker

    You mentioned to Marta that you could reduce your metal restorations to 10% immediately. Do you outsource or manufacture your zirconia in house? If you do, do you also fabricate monolithic zirconia in house? I want to push all-ceramic, especially monolithic in the posterior, but I have to outsource...

    February 5, 2013 · 1

    Our pattern has been to outsource, build the market, and invest once the product is viable and you can...See more

  • Marta Lizza The BRIDGE

    I would love to know how many labs are still using metal substructures. I know cad cam and milling are the proposed substructures of the future, but I'd love to know how many labs out there are still filling the demand for alloy based restorations. Is there still a demand for metal? How many of your...

    February 3, 2013 · 39

    If I really wanted to, I could do it immediately. Raise my pfm prices by $10 and lower my e.max by $10....See more

  • Marta Lizza The BRIDGE

    I would love to know how many labs are still using metal substructures. I know cad cam and milling are the proposed substructures of the future, but I'd love to know how many labs out there are still filling the demand for alloy based restorations. Is there still a demand for metal? How many of your...

    February 3, 2013 · 39

    We're down to 15% metal I'd like to see it get down to less than 10%.

  • Jack Jabbour The BRIDGE

    So does anyone know anything about this material? Lithium silicate. It's a knock off of e.Max. Seems to be very similar to me. Can we buy it? Can we layer ceramic on it? Etc...

    January 26, 2013 · 3

    My understanding is that the product is similar to the old empress II product made by Ivoclar years ago....See more

  • Dan O'Rourke, CDT The BRIDGE

    So here we are 2013... What will you do to separate yourselves from dental mediocrity? It's your decision, you can either become DISTINCT or EXTINCT. Have a vision and see it through!

    January 9, 2013 · 3

    Doing what we've always done.

  • "Medical device"? Why isn't a shoe considered a medical device?

    Miriam Olsen · Owner/C&B at Dental Esthetics

    If a crown is considered a "medical device" why isn't a shoe considered the same? Will we get to the point of taxing every shoe purchased in America? A crown is simply repairing the deterioration of a worn, decayed tooth. Over the past few years I have experienced foot problems called planter fasciitis,...

    December 30, 2012 · 2

    domestically produced crowns are not classified as FDA registered medical devices. See www.nadl.org for their analysis.

  • Dana Dempsey, CDT The BRIDGE

    This 2.3% excise tax on dental devices has me confused. Are we compelled to assess this tax or not?

    December 26, 2012 · 2

    My understanding is that you only need to assess the tax if you are currently registered with the FDA...See more

  • Maribeth Marsico The BRIDGE

    More news on the Excise Tax: As reported in an earlier post, the only dental restorations that are subject to the new 2.3% Medical Device Tax are those that are required to be listed as a device with the FDA (including sleep apnea and some orthodontic devices). However, according to the NADL, the tax...

    December 7, 2012 · 4

    It sounds like if a US dental lab doesn't currently manufacture any FDA regulated products or import...See more

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