David Lesh is founder and president of Dale Dental, the country's first laboratory dedicated to working exclusively with other laboratories. Based in Richardson, Texas, the lab is ISO 9001:2000 certified.
David joined The BRIDGE on June 17, 2011
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When Dale Dental's Dave Lesh told Cal-Lab members in Chicago how much the hotel industry saves every time we don't request fresh towels delivered to our rooms daily, he jokingly suggested we go out of our way to demand them. Under the "guise" of saving the planet by saving water and energy, he said, the industry is saving $250 million a year in towel-and-sheet-reuse programs.
Here's the real point: it's no guise! The fact that hotels can save money and conserve natural resources is fantastic. Dave was pointing out that hotels aren't being "transparent"--the buzz word in Washington these days--about...
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The current economic turmoil--which many predict will affect our growth through 2010--has created a ravine through an otherwise positive trend line in our well-regarded industry.
While the economy is affecting the entire industry, it's having the greatest impact on cosmetic, want-based dentistry which, until recently, had been in great demand.
Likewise, since innovation and adoption require a strong economic backdrop, the rate at which new technologies are adopted will likely slow over the next couple of years. That said, technology and manufacturers' stream of ideas and product launches...
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There is a life cycle to every product. The upside of getting in early on cutting-edge technology such as CAD/CAM is that you're part of an innovative, select group and there is less price sensitivity, which means you can maintain better margins because there is limited competition. The downside is that you've got to educate your clients and you have to have an appetite for risk.
Here are 10 tips for selecting a CAD/CAM system:
1. The rule of 10. Restoration options vary by CAD/CAM system; for instance, some systems can only produce all-ceramic crowns whereas others can mill almost any type...
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