Canadian dentists go local for dental labs
NEW YORK, NY, USA/LEIPZIG, Germany: Less dentists in Canada are having their denture prescriptions fabricated in the United States and offshore, a new survey by the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC) has revealed. From 1,000 dentists who responded to the survey in 2009, only 2,3 per cent was sending their prescriptions outside the country – a decline from 4,6 per cent in 2008.
Dentists who responded to the DIAC questionnaire saw “consistent quality” and “better communication” as main differentiator in choosing dental labs. The factor pricing fell to second place after being a leading criteria for two consecutive years. Faster case turnaround was the third highest ranked criteria in the survey.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, there were slightly over 2000 dental technicians working in a couple of hundreds of dental labs in 2009. Despite a drop in the number of tooth extractions performed by dentists and the promotion of dental health, the number of dental technologists, technicians and laboratory bench workers has increased slightly in recent years, due to the development of new types of prostheses that require more work. This slight upward trend should continue in the next few years.