When a tooth is being replaced, the new tooth or set of teeth are created in a dental technician laboratory. The standard procedure for most dental offices is that they will send the molds and the specifications to an off-site laboratory where the new teeth can be made. At our dental office, we have opted to have an in-house laboratory for our patients. We’ve found that by having the dental technician laboratory in-house, it improves the quality of service and work we provide.
Meeting with the Laboratory Technician
When an in-house laboratory is available, there is an opportunity for the the technician to have a face-to-face meeting with the patient. This immediately establishes rapport with the patient and allows he or she to express any concerns or wishes to the technician, face-to-face. In turn, by having a face to go with the work, the technician is able to work with the symmetry of the individual’s teeth and can customize each tooth.
With an in-house dental technician laboratory there is instant accountability for the technicians. If the crowns need adjustment, they can be made at the time of placement, saving time and hassle for all parties involved. Our lab technicians take great pride in their work. While the patient may notice the cosmetic aspects of the final product, the integrity of the restoration and the smoothness of the margins must be of the highest caliber to ensure the longest ‘life’ of the restoration, thus protecting the tooth and oral health.
Precision is important when working with implants or anything that is fitting over the teeth. If the measurements are not precise and the margin is not smooth and tight fitting to the tooth, than it can lead to increased decay, periodontal disease including bone loss and other issues. When there is a dental laboratory on-site that functions under microscopes (many labs do not use microscopes), the chances of having perfectly fitting replacements increase. Our lab technicians work meticulously under microscopes.
It is rare for a dental office to go through the trouble of staffing and providing an on-site dental technician laboratory. However, we’ve found that it is yet another asset that improves the quality of service we can provide each of our patients.