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Dr. Artie Volker joins the Dental Hacks again, this time to discuss digital workflow and the lab industry! Artie has actually built a lab in his office and has a unique perspective on how dental workflows will change in the future!

  • Why did Artie build a commercial lab in his office?
  • How many people do you need for a dental lab?
  • Can you have a dental lab without stone models?
  • Why does milling zirconia in office make so much financial sense?
  • When you do your own lab work, what do you learn about your preparations?
    • make sure you have occlusal clearance
    • recontour adjacent teeth!
  • Al says have very fine finishing burs for adjusting zirconia
  • Artie is stacking porcelain (NERDS!)
  • Artie is using for Lab Pronto orthodontic aligners!
  • How do labs stay profitable moving forward?
  • Working DIRECTLY with a lab tech (e.g.: in the operatory)
  • How to start in digital dentistry according to Artie!

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Go Hack Yourself

Jason: Paramount Dental Lab

Alan: 38 Smiles Dental Lab

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