Choosing the right dental lab for your practice doesn’t have to be hard. Here are 5 tips to consider when you are looking for a reputable and reliable lab.
Having a case look good but not fit (or vice versa) is a pain. This is just one of the reasons it is important to find a dependable laboratory that operates with consistency. Ensure that the lab you choose has experienced and well-trained technicians. Check out their website, look at their photo gallery. If it’s a local lab, ask for a tour of the facility.
The reputation of your dental service or practice can be jeopardized due to the inability to meet delivery schedules. Quick turnaround keeps everyone happy. At the very least, a lab should provide turnaround times to you. Ask if in an emergency the lab can turn something around faster than those times for a fee. It’s always a good sign when a lab will work with you to meet your specific needs.
Authentic components are important. Without them, warranties are often voided, the fit of the case can be compromised and the patient’s health could be at risk due to screw loosening, micro movement, micro gaps and bacterial contamination. This could lead to bone loss, abutment or implant failure.
Too many labs these days outsource their work to other countries where there is little quality control and disgusting lab conditions. It is rarely worth saving a few pennies if in the long run, the work has to be redone. Sometimes, all it takes is one terrible case for you to lose a patient and damage your reputation. Find a lab that does their own work in-house.
A good lab provides you consistent quality, on-time. A GREAT lab also assists with help/training in other areas for your office like digital scanning/impressions, CE and the like. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
A little research and due diligence can save you and your patients heartache and provide a smooth lab/doctor relationship that will enhance your practice for years. Finding the right support for your practice behind the scenes makes you look great out front.