taking an impression with an existing partial denture

Meet the CAD/CAM department!

A lot has changed since the early years of dental technology. Computers and digital technologies are a large part of the industry now.  CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design and CAM stands for Computer-Aided Manufacturing.  A CAD/CAM department is only as good as their technicians and their equipment. We are proud to have a stellar CAD/CAM …

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Equipment Spotlight: DWX-52D5-Axis Dental Milling Machine

Making quality products starts with using quality equipment.  These past few years we have seen unprecedented growth, much of that growth extending into our milling department. Our current mill was not meeting our needs, so we found ourselves in need of an upgrade.  After much consideration and consultation, we decided to purchase the Roland DWX-52D5-Axis …

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What is a dental technician?

“I make teeth.” Ask a dental technician what they do for work, and you will probably get an answer close to that. It’s short and sweet, and to the point, but in reality it’s not quite that simple. Dental technology is a multifaceted, highly specialized niche career. It takes a blend of artistry, dexterity, and …

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What your dental lab needs for a successful cosmetic restoration.

It is no secret that any dental restoration driven by cosmetics, whether it be a single unit or a full arch, requires extra time and attention for both the dentist and the dental lab. Here at Whatcom Dental Lab, we have had the privilege of working on thousands of cosmetic dental restorations. Over the years …

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dental lab management 101: organizing cases

As your lab becomes busier keeping track of your caseload can get overwhelming. Many lab owners find themselves asking, “How can I better organize and manage my cases?”. Over the years Whatcom Dental Lab has grown exponentially to better serve our community, and we were forced to refine our case-flow systems. Creating an effortless workflow …

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How to pick the right dentist.

You wouldn’t choose a boyfriend out of the phonebook. Choosing your dentist shouldn’t be a rash decision either. It is common for individuals or families to stick with the same dental office for years or even decades. Dentists are privy to your health history and have an up close and personal look at your oral …

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