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?
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.