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Make Sure Your Dentist Uses Local Services

March 13, 2012 in Features, Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a great story by Britian Schiner, and it brings up an interesting point. As a consumer of medicine, it’s important to know where all of the work is being done. In too many cases, tests, medical imaging, and in this case, dental devices, are sent out-of-state or even out-of-country to be performed, read, or created. Even though you are using a local doctor, dentist or hospital, they may not be using local subcontractors for the services they perform. Be sure to ask.

Two years ago this month, I became the proud owner of Two Ocean Dental Lab. Here in Dubois—as in many towns in our great state—work is often sporadic. After living in both Jackson and Dubois and spending years “diversifying my resume” (my term forworking a multitude of jobs that anyone would pay me for), I went back to school. At the time, I was employed by a great dentist and I decided to become a dental technician.

Dental technicians are the people who make a variety of devices custom tailored to patients needing help from a dentist. My specialty is crown and bridge, but some technicians make dentures or orthodontic devices. A large percentage of dentists in Wyoming mail their lab work out to other states, and some of those labs even outsource those case to places like China! After working as an in-house technician for a few years, I bought the equipment from my boss, and now I am trying to build business with Wyoming Dentists who currently send their work out-of-state.

When you go to your dentist and they take an impression to make you a crown, ask them where they send the impression. If it’s to an out-of-state lab, ask them why. Some dentist do not realize that the lab they send that impression too may send it right on to Beijing.

Support your Wyoming dental labs, and make sure your dentist does too.


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