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.
Help Wanted: Dental Technicians (Greensboro, N.C.)
Triad Dental Studio, located in Greensboro, N.C. has full time positions open for the following:
Lead CAD Designer
Crown and Bridge Finisher / Processor (CDT preferred)
Signature/Lead Ceramist (CDT preferred)
Technical Advisor / Coordinator (CDT preferred)
Triad’s benefit package for Full-Time employees includes PTO, Paid Holidays, Health Insurance, 401K with match, Employer sponsored Flexible Spending Account plus an excellent working environment. Please complete an application via our website @ www.Triaddentalstudio.com or email resume to Martha@Triaddentalstudio.com
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: Dental Lab Technicians (Washington State)
Immediate openings for both full and part time positions in Washington State.
State of the art, high quality, fullservice dental lab experiencing growth and seeking qualified dental lab technicians for the following positions. Pickup/Delivery, Model Room Technician, CAD/CAM Designers, Waxers, Metal Finishers, RemovableTechnicians,Pressables/Zirconia Finishers and Ceramists. We are DAMAS Certified, offer a strongcompensation/benefit package, and currently filling full and part time positions at our Olympia and Tacomalocations, with both early and later work shifts available. Interested candidates please send resume to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Wanted: Specialized Care Coordinator (Instructional Resource Associate-Dental Lab) - (Iowa City, Iowa)
The University of Iowa, College of Dentistry is searching for a full-time Instructional Resource Associate to instruct dental students in removable, fixed, and implant prosthodontics laboratory procedures as well as provide laboratory support in same areas for faculty private practice.
Bachelor’s degree in Dental Technology or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Certification by the National Board of Certification as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT).
5 – 7 years’ experience, including:
Knowledge and use of current and new dental technologies, including use of computer-aided design and computer-aided machining;
Knowledge of and ability to operate, calibrate, and maintain dental laboratory equipment; and
Ability to balance duties related to the Technology Core with support needed for patient care priorities.
Salary: $65,371 to commensurate. For more information and to apply, go to: http://jobs.uiowa.edu, reference Req #72857. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Help Wanted: Career Opportunities (San Antonio, Texas)
REMOVABLE TEAM MANAGER, EXPERIENCED RPD FRAME TECHNICIAN, FIXED and REMOVABLE LAB TECHS, and SALES REPRESENTATIVES - 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 email@example.com
Introducing the brand new SMARTMill52D (Roland DWX-52D 5-Axis Dental Milling Machine with Unique CAM Software), the answer to all of your laboratory’s needs! With touch-button controls, improved disc handling and more material capabilities than ever, the SMARTMill52D exhibits precision at its finest. Included with the mill is the VPanel with an Intelligent Tool Changer system, as well as a 15-station Automatic Tool Changer to allow for continuous milling. The DWX-52D includes six-adapters for 98.5 mm material discs and offers a new snap-in clamp system which provides users with a faster and more secure disc set-up, ultimately providing more efficient job management. The Unique CAM software provides specific milling strategies for different materials to extend tool life and creates a complete workflow within one interface. The DWX-52D is reliable and affordable, as well as user-friendly, ensuring an increase in both productivity and output.
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