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February 2018 | Vol 35 No 2

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Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center concludes that 85 percent of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills and 15 percent of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge. Even in an ever-increasing automated business climate, it still boils down to relationships. In fact, today’s job market favors those who are team players. David Deming, a professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recently released research that showed that jobs requiring high levels of social interaction are growing. Workers who combine social and technical skills fare best in the modern economy, as measured by a 7.2 percentage point increase in available jobs and a 26 percent wage increase between 1980 and 2012. Deming’s conclusion is that people can still thrive in an area where computers come up short: interacting with other people. There are those who decry that the dental laboratory industry is being degraded by technology and automation. Perhaps even go so far as to say that soon there will be nothing left of the industry. Clearly there are challenges to overcome with the aging of the dental technician workforce, influx of technology and the evolving laboratory business model. That doesn’t mean though, that the game is over. Dentists will always be there to help patients, and the dental laboratory will be there to help the dentist. It is a very connected and interdependent relationship that shouldn’t fade in the face of automation, but rather flourish. Hear from both sides on how to create that relationship.

Click here for the full article The Interdependent Relationship Between Labs and Dentists.

 

 

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By Lee Culp, CDT and Lida Swann, DDS

Biomaterials in dentistry must address several requirements that include biocompatibility and strength related to intended purpose and esthetics. The history of dental prostheses reflects a progression from function to esthetics with gold restorations being largely replaced by porcelain fused to metal restorations during a period from the 1970’s to 1990’s. The introduction of various all-ceramic restorations beginning in the 1980’s initiated a continuous transition from metal-based ceramics to different multilayered and monolithic all ceramic restorations.

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Help Wanted: Trachsel Dental Studio - Technician (Rochester, Minn.)
· Thin margins on zirconia restorations (crowns, bridges, over implant units)
· Ability to final contour full crowns (zirconia, e.max)
· Stain and glaze zirconia and e.max crowns
· Part/full time
· Excellent pay & benefits
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Help Wanted: Removeable Team Manager and Experienced RPD Frame Technician (San Antonio, Texas)
We are seeking managers and technicians for our full service laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. Oral Designs offers excellent compensation and benefits, modern lab technologies, positive teams, and 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 Taranta at Oral Designs Dental Lab 210-828-8102 or send resume and salary requirements to oraldesignsjobs@gmail.com.

Help Wanted: Removable Technician (Racine Wisc.)
State-of-the-art Full Service in-house dental laboratory for large cosmetic group practice in Racine, WI is seeking a Removable Technician with at least 5-10 years of technical experience.

Must have technical knowledge and preferred hands-on experience for Removable restorations, including knowledge and use of CAD/CAM processes and software. Salary commensurate with experience. E-mail resume to Keri at Klaboda@racinedentalgroup.com.

Help Wanted: Full Time Lab Technician
Busy, multi-specialty Dental office in search of a full-time lab technician to mill and design crown/bridge/all-on-fours. CAD/CAM experience is a must. Experience with zirconzahn and designing All-on-fours is a plus. 850-505-0500

Help Wanted: Ceramist: Progressive lab, excellent learning environment, fantastic opportunities to grow (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
4Points Dental Designs has been providing fantastic smiles in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida since 2009. “Building value through values” is the cornerstone of our laboratory. For a technician, this means you’ll be able to create amazing restorations with the patient in mind, rather than working to meet a high volume quota. We’re a small but growing lab, striving to do things the right way for the right reasons. 4Points is led by a former AACD Accredited Technician whose experience includes 7 years in-house at the clinical practice of the Dawson Center. We are searching for a full-time ceramist who would like the opportunity to maximize their full potential with an above-average salary in a stimulating work environment. 4Points is located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg just minutes from the white sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. St. Petersburg has been listed in Best Places to Live (Coastal Living), America’s Hottest City (Huffington Post), and Best Underrated Food Cities on the East Coast (USA Today). The city is home to numerous microbreweries, innovative restaurants, and a growing art scene. MLS Soccer will soon be across the street, Major League Baseball is a 5 min drive from the lab, NHL, and NFL just a short hop across beautiful Tampa Bay. The successful applicant will have a minimum of 5 years of experience, be a supportive co-worker, and be passionate about continuing education and professional growth. Salary is commensurate with production and skill level. You bring the head, the hands, and the heart, we’ll take care of the rest. We’ve always believed that if you love what you do, you’ll do it with meaning and passion. Please email resumé to 4pteeth@gmail.com. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

Help Wanted: Dental Lab Technician (Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
AA Dental Staffing, Inc. is searching for a FT Dental Lab Technician to work at the Mainside Dental Clinic at Camp Lejeune, NC. Compensation consists of an hourly rate, Health & Welfare benefit, Paid Time Off, and vacation days. Visit www.aadentalstaffing.com for additional information.

Help Wanted: Senior Director for Allied Dental Education and Faculty Development
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), seeks a Senior Director for Allied Dental Education and Faculty Development. See full details or apply online at: http://adea.applicantstack.com/x/apply/a2xox1beljem. See our website at www.ADEA.org.

Help Wanted: Lab Technician (Eastern N.C.)
Eastern NC: Seeking a Full-Time skilled lab technician with experience fabricating dentures. Great benefits: PTO, CE, medical, dental and retirement. Send resume to robynrdh@gmail.com

 

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Unlike other materials, Nacera Q3 is manufactured with a natural shade transition from the gingival to the occlusal/incisal, where the shade simultaneously lightens and decreases in intensity with a gradual increase in translucency. The result? When comparing Nacera Q3 to a VITA Shade tab, Q3 is always as natural as the tab. No complicated staining, cutbacks or buildups required.
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