When going in for dental work, you may have heard your dentist say that something needs to “come back from the lab” before the next phase of treatment can begin. Many patients have little understanding of what a dental laboratory is, or why these facilities play such a vital part in dental care. The team at Trailhead Dental would like to share some information about dental labs, and how they play a critical role in completing the dental work and restorations needed for your happy and healthy smile.
What are Some Devices Created in a Dental Laboratory?
Many of the techniques used to repair and restore your smile require the fabrication of dental restorations., which include bridges, crowns, implant prosthetics and full or partial dentures. Certain dental devices can be created in your dentist’s office, but most need to be crafted using highly specialized technology and equipment.
Do Dental Laboratories Meet Current FDA Standards?
The FDA considers many dental prosthetics to be medical devices. As such, they are regulated and must meet the standards of FDA manufacturing practice and quality requirements. All dental labs are expected to maintain high standards when it comes to the creation of these specialized devices, and routine inspections ensure compliance.
What Kind of Technology is Used to Create Dental Restorations?
Dental labs make use of a wide range of technological innovation to create your dental restorations. Advanced digital scanners, 3D printers, and high-tech milling machines help technicians construct devices that are perfectly suited for a patient’s unique dental needs. New materials are also part of dental lab innovation. There is a great deal of excitement in the industry surrounding new ceramics that enable stronger, and more esthetic dental restorations.
Picking the Right Dental Lab
As with all services, when it comes to dental labs, some options are better than others. At Trailhead Dental, Dr. Limmer takes a great deal of time to research which dental labs are doing the best work and utilizing the best materials. We work with labs all around the United States and Canada, to give patients the best outcomes. Further, it is important for dental practitioners to build solid relationships with the labs that create their dental restorations, and work as a team.
Trailhead Dental is proud to work with Sculpture Studios (Cary, NC), Bespoke Dental Studio (Burlington, ON, Canada), Kerenor (Montreal, QC, Canada) and Peebles Prosthetics (Lakewood, CO.).
Contact Trailhead Dental today to learn how we can help you improve the look and function of your teeth and find your best possible smile!