In January, Vinnie Verderosa, CDT, MDT, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, spent nine days working with the Giving Through Smiles Foundation in Neltume, Chile, a remote logging village in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. He was the only technician in a 10-person team from New York, including prosthodontists and dentists. They joined forces with dentists and dental students from a university in Chile to fabricate 50 dentures and treat 150 children with rampant tooth decay.
A clinic was set up in the lunchroom of a school, along with two rooms for denture work. The volunteers...
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88% of respondents have shifted responsibilities of some employees 17% have eliminated technicians 16% have added new technicians 12% have had to hire employees with a different skill set 9% have started hiring “off the street” employees with no dental technology experience (percentages total more than 100 because respondents could select more than one answer)
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