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How to Choose the Right Dental Lab

Choosing the right dental lab can seem like such a daunting task. When it comes to the quality of healthcare and dental care that a practice offers and guarantee’s their patients, the partnering dental lab to that practice can play a major role. Understanding what a dental lab does and setting a standard for the quality of work is crucial when choosing the right dental lab for your practice. After all, the kind of care and attention to detail that a dental lab takes will inadvertently reflect back on you, good or bad. So how should you go about choosing the right dental lab?

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Visualize The Future

Before selecting a dental lab that accommodates a practice, a practice should realistically try to visualize the future of their office and ask themselves what they are looking to improve in, how they plan to grow if so, and if this dental lab can appropriately assist in them doing so. More often than not, practices stick with their dental labs quite closely and offices should try to foresee what they want in the next few years and ask themselves if the partnering lab will allow them to get there.

Digital Friendly

After all, this is the 21st Century and when considering a dental lab whose technology you want to be cutting edge, doesn’t have an email address and a website, then you may want to choose someone else. Chances are that if they cannot be found online these days, they may not be in the dental lab business for much longer. All dental labs should be equipped with high speed internet and an email address. This is important if you need to get a hold of the laboratory after they have closed for the day. This may also be crucial if you have last minute details that you need them to be aware of regarding a case they may be in the middle of.

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All great dental labs utilize the technology at hand.

Overall Quality

Let’s face it, it is very embarrassing when you have to call a patient and reschedule their appointment because their case is not back from the lab. Sometimes patients take time off from work or hire sitters for their children so that they can make it to their appointment. Both yours and the patient’s time is extremely valuable. Every good dental lab understand this and respects it.

In the ever changing world of dental care, technology is always shifting and changing. There are many advances in dental technology these days. Cerec and Lumineers are two examples. Does the lab have the needed equipment to offer these services? Is the dental lab well trained and suitably fit to handle cases that involve newer forms of dental technology?

The amount of time that it takes for a case to leave the dental office and be returned can vary greatly. This is another great area to be considering before making a selection. What patient isn’t anxious to get their treatment completed? Sometimes cases must be delivered by a specific time in order for their insurance to pay for it. The less turnaround time required the better.

The Quality of the final product is the most important thing. If the product is not functional or esthetically pleasing, does anything else really matter? A lab should be chosen that prides itself on the quality of their work. This will also reflect positively on you, showing your patients how you also value the quality of their dental care.

Do They Have Resources for Continuing Education?

A great dental lab does more than provide a dental practice with high-quality products and services. It should also help its customers stay informed and up-to-date with dentistry techniques, processes, and advancements. When choosing a dental lab, ensure that they have the appropriate educational resources will assist your practice in growth and overall knowledge.

Dental Labs do more than simply supply a product, they should be full practice partners and those share the same core values of the practice. That is why we proudly showcase how our lab views what we do “not as a job, but as a passion“.

Dental labs really do provide a huge part in the dental treatment outcome. It will always be better to find a lab that you can work with, not just send work to. CMR Dental lab provides expertise, personal service, and unparalleled quality. Finding the perfect lab that beautifully accommodates your practice nicely may be a challenge, but not when you know what to look for. Make sure to ask the right questions and you will find a lab that will be a perfect match for you and your patient’s needs!

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