If it brings any comfort to the despairing laboratory owner; you are not alone in the battle to find and retain good technicians. Many consider the staffing challenge to be one of the biggest facing the industry in the years ahead. Dental laboratory technology educational programs are closing their doors, baby boomers are retiring and the entry-level pay isn’t exactly intriguing the Millennial generation. While it might be easy to assume that this is yet another sign of the slowly dying profession, in fact it’s a problem for industries across the board. The American Society for Association Executives Foundation recently released research that identified 41 drivers of change that capture a range of trends related to associations, but several have relevance to the current workforce challenges and serve as indicators of what to expect in the future as the landscape evolves.
By Conrad J. Rensburg, ND, NHD
A longtime patient maintained her maxillary teeth as long as she could, but we knew she had some teeth that were non-restorable and she was facing some decisions. Her maxillary fixed bridge was fractured and had been re-cemented numerous times. The patient did not want a removeable prosthesis. In addition, her extreme gag reflex took other options, such as anything with a palate, off the table. She eventually chose to do a fixed full arch implant supported prosthesis and was adamant that she did not want denture type esthetics. Our diagnostic workup, including digital smile design, led to the fabrication of the provisional prosthesis. Six Dentsply Ankylos implants were placed. Straight and 15-degree Dentsply SmartFix restorative abutments were placed as the restorative platform.
Exciting Opportunity: Dental Technicians (Nationally)
Seeking advanced, intermediate, and beginner technicians to fabricate dental prosthetic appliances from customer prescription forms and repair devices per customer orders. Dental prosthetic appliances consist primarily of full- and partial-dentures, crowns, bridges, full- and partial-cast partials, and assorted orthodontia devices. Join the DSG family, as we are looking to grow! Education, Health, PTO benefits, as well as, National perks and discounts. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Apply online at https://www.dentalservices.net/careers/ and select “Explore Open Positions”. EEOC
Exciting Opportunity: Accounts Payable Team Lead (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
The Accounts Payable Team Lead accurately and timely processes invoices and payments to vendors, reconciles vendor statements, completes payment runs, assists in training of the Accounts Payable staff and maintains communication with vendors and internal customers. Join the DSG family, as we are looking to grow! Education, Health, PTO benefits, as well as, National perks and discounts. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Apply online at https://www.dentalservices.net/careers/ and select “Explore Open Positions”. EEOC
Exciting Opportunity: Accounts Receivable Specialist (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Accurately set up new customer accounts, apply customer’s payments, assist in collections of accounts and help reduce unapplied cash. Join the DSG family, as we are looking to grow! Education, Health, PTO benefits, as well as, National perks and discounts. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Apply online at https://www.dentalservices.net/careers/ and select “Explore Open Positions”. EEOC
Exciting Opportunity: Customer Services / Data Entry / Messenger (Nationally)
To act as a liaison between customers and the producing laboratory to build and improve relationships. Join the DSG family, as we are looking to grow! Education, Health, PTO benefits, as well as, National perks and discounts. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Apply online at https://www.dentalservices.net/careers/ and select “Explore Open Positions”. EEOC
Help Wanted: Denture Technician (Denver, Colo.)
Lab near Denver, Colorado is looking for an experienced denture set-up technician. Should be familiar with implant and attachment cases and have an eye for detail and quality. CDT a plus. Join us at our state of the art dental lab and give a boost to your career. Great compensation and benefits, flexible hours. No sponsorships – must be authorized to work in the U.S. Apply online at www.gnatho.com and select career opportunities. EEOC
Help Wanted: Immediate openings for both full and part time positions (Washington State)
State of the art, high quality, full service dental lab experiencing growth and seeking qualified dental lab technicians for the following positions. Pick up/Delivery, Model Room Technician, CAD/CAM Designers, Waxers, Metal Finishers, Removable Technicians,Pressables/Zirconia Finishers and Ceramists. We are DAMAS Certified, offer a strong compensation/benefit package, and currently filling full and part time positions at our Olympia and Tacoma locations, with both early and later work shifts available. Interested candidates please send resume to: email@example.com
Help Wanted: REMOVABLE TEAM MANAGER, EXPERIENCED RPD FRAME TECHNICIAN, FIXED and REMOVABLE LAB TECHS, and SALES REPRESENTATIVES (San Antonio, Texas)
We are seeking managers, technicians, and sales reps for our full service laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. Oral Designs offers excellent compensation and benefits, modern lab technologies and a positive work environment in beautiful San Antonio - a great place to live, work and play. For more information on our career opportunities in both the Removable and Fixed departments, please contact Rebecca Wiegman at Oral Designs Dental Lab 210-828-8102 or send resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Wanted: Master Technician (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Established removable only laboratory in Scottsdale currently seeking master technician skilled in all areas of conventional and implant supported denture and precision attachment partial fabrication. An Ivoclar driven lab, we specialize in premium restorations utilizing the best materials, tools and processes available. Responsibilities include quality control, technician training, fielding technical questions from clients and technicians and assisting/supporting the Owner/GM managing operations. Ideal candidate should have management or owner experience, knowledge of all major implant systems and precision attachments, proactive communication skills, positive attitude and team minded mentality to help lead our exceptional team. Benefits include health/dental/vision/401K/vacation and holiday pay. Top pay based on what you can bring to the organization. Serious inquires only please email resume to email@example.com.
Help Wanted: Dental Technician (Clearwater, Fla.)
Come join our Denture team at this full service lab in Sunny Florida! We are seeking a well-rounded technician experienced in all facets of Dentures. Must also possess ability to communicate with customers. DSG offers great benefits incl. health, dental, life, 401K, 3 weeks PTO, and more. Tampa Bay is a great area for arts, entertainment, dining, and outdoor recreation. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Wanted: Experienced Dental Technician (Loveland, Colo.)
Master Craft Dental Lab, Loveland Colorado, has an immediate opening for an experienced dental technician. All aspects of removeable appliances. Full benefits package. Contact Scott 970-669-1010
Laboratory for Lease: Ultra-Modern Dental Lab Available for Lease (Montgomery County, Md.)
Brand new modern lab available for lease, 1000 sq.ft. with cabinets, countertops and equipment located in Germantown 2 min from I-270. Walk in ready with natural light, gas and three dental offices on the same floor. Email your contact information to email@example.com.
Zolid HT zirconia, however, the light-optical properties considerably surpass those of its predecessor. Even large, implant-supported structures with a gingival component radiate the vitality of natural tooth substance due to the material’s high light permeability. Used in combination with the newly formulated Ceramill Liquid staining solutions, it allows highly esthetic shade results corresponding to the VITA classical shade guide.
Zolid HT+ Preshades are highly translucent, monochrome zirconia blanks that combine high mechanical indices with excellent esthetics and the efficiency of pre-stained materials. Available in 16 A-D shades, the material offers the highest level of color reliability and assure reproducible results.
Indications for both the White and Preshades include fully anatomical crowns, anatomically reduced crowns, complex bridge frameworks and multi-pontic screw-retained constructions on titanium bases
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