Outsourcing is not a new phenomenon. Any time you have someone do work for you that you can’t do, don’t want to do, or can’t do as economically, you are outsourcing. As the global economy has grown, outsourcing options have grown with it. The dental lab field has gone from working exclusively with the guy down the street, to sending to a lab out of state, to using a lab that sources work to another country. Ask us about the difference in pricing, turnaround time, and materials when we outsource a case versus fabricating it in house
In an editorial by its publisher James Pouilliard, LMT, a national publication for the dental lab industry, recently stated “It’s time to look at offshore laboratories the same way you look at the lab across town.
Business is a competitive place. Rising costs and declining insurance reimbursements have created the increasing demand for outsourced dental lab work. This does not mean sacrificing quality or using substandard materials. We inspect all impressions when they come into our lab. There is constant communication between our lab and our overseas facility via phone, email, and Skype.
Upon return to our lab, each case is put through a detailed quality control process. Each restoration is inspected for fit, occlusion, contacts, and shade. The dental laboratory business is changing rapidly. The marketplace is dictating it and you the dentist are benefiting from it in the form of high quality with lower prices.