Problem: I'd like to implement pre-scheduling to help make our workload more consistent; we're overwhelmed one day and slow the next.
Strategy: Pre-scheduling—where the laboratory, rather than the dentist, determines the turnaround time for each case—helps ensure an even workflow, which minimizes the pressure of deadlines and enables a technician to focus on his product quality.
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Thanks to television shows like Extreme Makeover, The Swan and A Makeover Story, consumers are more aware than ever about ways they can enhance their appearances, including the esthetic possibilities of their smiles.
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Began career on Cape Cod, MA in 1973... became CDT in 1979 and purchased first lab I worked in during 1980... continuing through 2001, when my family moved to Florida... purchased current (Perdue Dental) lab in 2004... where my career continues. My first employer and mentor, Earl Johnson, told me I would love this or hate it... haven't decided yet!
Touting its productivity and efficiency, 30% of respondents to LMT's 2012 Wage Survey say their direct labor percentage is declining as a result of using digital equipment; 25% say that although it hasn't changed yet, they expect it will decline in the future.
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