The PTC Triple A° Smile Libraries for 3Shape

Our large Ness Teeth have been the stable reference for teaching tooth form in hundreds of PTC laboratories since the late 1970’s.  Lab owners have been asking for years to have smile libraries based on the Ness Teeth so they can produce digital restorations that look like their traditional crowns and bridges.  We looked at lots of tooth libraries to see what we liked and ...

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“Too Late” is ALWAYS Unexpected

Nearly every modern dental lab is involved in some form of CAD/CAM manufacturing. This change in the production process has been gradual over the last 10 years, however, many labs are reporting that designed restorations are now 80-85% of their total production.

This change has created a new dynamic in the industry. Experienced technicians have had to adapt to new methods, design software, scanning, milling and ...

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85% isn’t Good Enough for CAD

Where’s the missing 15%?

Lab owners, are you getting inconsistent quality from your designers? Are your printed and milled restorations coming out 85% done? Are your contouring technicians having to spend too much time adding to and reshaping milled crowns and bridges to achieve that last 15%?

This very thing is one of the most frequent complaints we hear from owners and managers. It is not uncommon for a laboratory to endure these problems for months or even years before they desperately seek a ...

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Who Needs Technicians… Hire a Gamer

By now we have all figured out you can not simply hire a gamer to design your CAD/CAM restorations. It sounded great 5 years ago and some even tried it, but soon figured out that even though the software is pretty amazing, it takes more than computer skills to design a crown.

Conventional wisdom says, just recruit one of your waxers or metal finishers. Well, it seems that doesn’t always work.

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The E Myth Revisited: Why most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

There is a lot of talk these days about how many labs are going to close in the next 5 years or so due to retirement of the old guard. At PTC we are also seeing renewed interest in younger technicians ready to start their own labs. Regardless if you are an old timer or a young entrepreneur this message is for you.

For the past 10 years or so, in PTC’s Taking Control Seminars, we have given away a very ...

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Dental Lab Technician Certification Clarification

According to the feedback I have received, many of you are interested in achieving certification in dental laboratory technology.  In addition to a great deal of study, becoming eligible for the CDT exam requires years of hands-on experience.  Your options may be explored at the National Association for Dental Laboratories (NADL).

PTC Certification

PTC is widely recognized around the world as the leader in dental laboratory technology training.  There are several ways for an individual ...

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New TechBook: Contouring Posterior Bridges

We are proud to announce the addition of Contouring Posterior Bridges to the TechBook series.  This book has been completely rewritten, with a new streamlined step by step procedure and over 150 detailed images.  View more information on our TechBook page.  The Contouring Posterior Bridges TechBook can be purchased on the Blue Dolphin Products website or by calling PTC at (800) 448-8855.

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There are Plenty of Options for CDT Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Certified Dental Technicians (CDT) must accumulate 12 hours of CE credits each year to renew their certification. These credits include:

  • 1 hour regulatory systems education
  • 6 hours scientific or technical education, and
  • 5 hours of additional scientific, or professional development education.

CDT credits can be earned by completing technical courses, attending clinics, or completing online training courses or webinars.

Courses and clinics are hosted across the country throughout the year at participating laboratories, trade shows, and at companies such as Dentsply, Ivoclar Vivadent and Zahn, ...

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PTC and the CDT Exam

Have you considered becoming a Certified Dental Technician (CDT)?

I had been thinking it over for a while before I made the commitment earlier this year. The CDT program is a certification program facilitated by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), an independent certification organization, which was founded by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) in 1955. The certification process requires successful completion of 3 exams: a written comprehensive, ...

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How much money do dental technicians make?

Dental technicians create crowns, bridges and dentures after receiving an impression of the patient’s teeth from a dentist.  There are three main departments in a dental lab: Crown & Bridge, Porcelain, and Dentures.  Some dental technicians attend a 2 year school before working in a dental lab.  However, the majority of training occurs on-the-job and through courses.

Average Annual Wage

The average annual income for dental technicians, as of May 2010, was $37,980.  This corresponds to ...

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