Why do you have an in-house dental lab?
When it comes to making veneers or crowns or any other form of dental porcelain, many dental practices outsource the work to external providers. Our practice takes a very different approach. We not only have an in-house dental lab, but we work hand in hand with its technicians to achieve better and appropriately individualised outcomes.
In my experience, outsourcing dental ceramic work comes at a cost, both in monetary terms and quality. With this in mind, we established an in-house dental lab, complete with all of the relevant high-tech equipment onsite, including a ceramic milling machine, furnace and a burn-out machine.
The lab is run independently by dental technicians who specialise in the dental ceramics used in cosmetic dentistry, like veneers and crowns. This allows our practice to have quality control over the workmanship.
Also, by being part of our practice, our dental lab is driven by the imperative to ensure quality, as opposed to quantity. Where a client requires veneers or other forms of dental porcelain, it becomes a true collaborative effort between myself and our dental ceramists to work on the smile transformation and makeover.
Do I meet the ceramicist?
Yes! We’ll bring our in-house dental ceramicists in to the consult to discuss the work with you. It’s important for us to make sure that everyone’s on the same page and to get our ceramicists’ input from a technical point of view.
This also gives our ceramicists the opportunity to examine our clients’ facial features and skin colour. This is particularly important, because the shape of veneers and crowns, for instance, need to properly fit the client; it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach.
I’m sure we’ve all seen veneers that are too large for a person’s face, but our process avoids that entirely, by making sure that the person who is actually making the veneers is matching them to the client.
Our ceramicist is also able to explain what is technically possible and how things will work, which often allays any concerns our clients may have about the process.
Is it quicker to have veneers or crowns made in-house?
The short answer to this is yes. It’s a huge benefit to our clients that we are able to turn around jobs a lot more quickly than practices needing to refer work to external providers.
Depending on the work required, we’re able to turn some dental jobs around within two days, particularly in the case of absolute necessity or emergency. More usually though, for most clients, veneers and crowns are ready within one to two weeks.