Hi. My name is Dr. Leonard Hess. I'm a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, and I'd like to spend a few minutes with you today discussing some of the frustrations that we experience as restorative dentists when it comes to communicating with our dental laboratory. And more specifically let's focus in on the frustrations that we experience when we feel like we're not getting back what we wanted from the dental laboratory.
I think one of those essential issues in life for efficiency is communication and communication involves speaking the same language.
When we're dealing with our colleagues on the lab bench for our indirect solutions for our patients, it's obviously essential that we're using the same terminology or nomenclature when we're trying to communicate either revisions in current restorations or anticipations for what we're trying to create for our patients. A nomenclature that has been defined for us by literature that exists and there is a great resource, I think, that we can reach out to, both the clinician and the laboratory technician is the the Criteria Guide produced by the AACD.
Stop wasting time.
Some of our students are really frustrated because they're getting these incredibly bulky crowns back from their dental lab and they have to spend a lot of time adjusting the crown. A lot of time, 30, 40 minutes, and chair time's very valuable.
Communicating with the lab is paramount to do successful, predictable dentistry.
It starts out with exquisite, accurate records on your part.
So creating a network of specialists is not an easy task for a Dawson dentist.
Seek specialists that share the same philosphy.
It presents with a lot of challenges of finding the people that you want to work with, that have the same philosophy, that have the same personality, potentially, as you do, that your patients are going to feel welcome going to.
I love using the Cerec for single unit crowns and a balanced bite. One or two crowns, especially in the posterior are great. The workflow is easy and I have full control over contour and occlusion.
But for more complex cases, where I am changing the occlusion or the position of the incisal edge, working with a skilled lab technician is critical. Without a lab partner who understands what we are doing and why we are doing it, there is no way to have a predictable outcome.
So what is the best way to find a lab that can help support the work we do?
So I'd like to talk about how important records are from both the dental chair to the laboratory.
Dr. Dawson often talks about Dentistry being the best job (and even hobby) in the world, and I’d have to agree.