When you order a restoration or appliance with your dental lab, you and your patient expect it to be a successful, perfect fit on the first attempt. But if you just send the information and hear radio silence from the lab until the final product arrives, you can experience frustrating revisions more frequently. Although your practice and the lab are two separate companies, a strong partnership benefits everyone involved. After all, when the patient’s needs are met, they leave happy with their treatment, and happy patients are loyal patients, making you and your business happy. Finally, getting the job done right the first time makes your dental lab happy. It’s a win-win-win! Here are some conversations that can create that strong partnership between your office and the dental lab for high-quality results.
It is important to discuss your patient’s unique needs with your dental lab. Does your patient’s restoration require a specific characteristic that you want to make sure appears in the final product? Is your patient concerned about some aspect of the oral appliance? A two-sided conversation with your dental lab can clarify and establish the necessary details that will ensure a perfect fit the first time.
Strategizing for Treatment Plans
Because each case varies from the next, the strategy or treatment plan can also vary. Both you and the dental lab bring a useful perspective and expertise to the table and can work together for the best possible outcome. By collaborating with your dental lab to formulate a treatment plan specifically for your patient, you can help avoid needing to send a restoration or oral appliance back for revision.
Equipment, materials, and techniques seem to be constantly changing as technology continues to improve. Your dental lab stays on top of these developments when it comes to producing oral appliances and restorations and can help you understand the most innovative ways to deliver high-quality, long-lasting products for your patients. As your practice follows the industry’s advancements, you can rest assured that your dental lab will be able to adapt right along with you.
However, if your practice continues to use more traditional methods, such as putty impressions, you should make sure that your dental lab has technicians with the necessary skills and training to handle that situation as well.
Growth and Business Opportunities
Partnering with an experienced, state-of-the-art dental lab can allow you to take better advantage of potential growth opportunities for your practice. For example, if you are considering purchasing a digital intraoral scanner, it would be helpful to talk to your dental lab. They may be able to recommend popular or preferred brands and provide other useful insight for this important business decision.
Ultimately, you want to make sure that your patient continues to come to your practice for dental care, and delivering oral appliances and restorations that exceed their expectations can play an important role in doing just that. It is critical to find a lab that you can trust and partner with to make that goal possible. So, pick up the phone and have a conversation with your dental laboratory today!
About Perfect Impressions
Gail Johnson, the founder of Perfect Impressions, and her technicians value relationships with dentists and take time to understand each patient’s needs. In fact, second only to quality, communication is a high priority, helping them achieve less than a 1 percent remake factor. To request a consultation or to contact Perfect Impressions, you can call (972) 385-2295 or click here.