Case Planning with Your Dental Lab

At PRO-Craft Dental Laboratory the key to our success has not only been in the experience of creating beautiful and precise fitting dental restorations for over 40 years, but also because of our legendary customer service.

Our Dental Lab's Proprietary Process

The unique process of our full service dental lab was developed to assure your patients acceptance and long-term satisfaction. We are here to support you and will do everything it takes to help you set-up your practice for long-term success. Below, are some of the extra steps we take to help you stand apart from your competition.

PRO-Craft Dental Lab Microscope

We create your restorations under 10X power microscope

PRO-Craft Dental Lab Checks your Contacts

We check your contacts on an uncut solid model for accuracy

Denture Lab

We hand pumice and polish the ceramic surfaces of all your restorations to reduce wear of opposing dentition and imitate the texture of natural teeth

Full-Service Dental Lab Work Bench

We use proprietary dental lab techniques and materials used by the Masters to create each restoration with it’s own personality. No generic cookie cutter crowns

PRO-Craft Dental Lab Teeth Shade

Dental Shades

Shade choices can either make or break a case, especially when matching a single tooth in the anterior region. We offer you many shade guides to follow and routinely utilize the VITA® Shade Guide, Bioform® IPN Shade Guide, and Illumine White Shades (Dentsply). We also use the ShadeVision ™ digital shade taking system when requested. As part of the ShadeVision technique you can take advantage of our virtual try-in for total customization.

Lighting is a significant factor when choosing the correct shade. We recommend relying on overhead indirect natural lighting rather than conventional operatory lighting. Please call us for a reference vendor that we feel provides the best natural lighting. PRO-Craft’s entire dental lab facility is equipped with lighting that reproduces 95% of the color spectrum of natural light. In addition, your operatory décor and furnishings should be limited to neutral colors with no predominate bright colors. The best way to communicate your shade requirements to your dental lab is to send photos with the requested shade tabs next to the patient’s dentition.

Pre-operative, during fabrication, and post-operative photography is a great way to document each case and to also use as a personal practice marketing tool. While there are many different approaches to dental photography, we have compiled the following guidelines to assist you:

  • Make sure your patient is sitting upright, or standing, and shoot the picture horizontally level.
  • When taking full-face, smile, and retracted shots, please make sure your patients keep their teeth closed together.
  • Remember to include the stump shade (for all ceramic restorations) and shade tabs in the picture for communicating shade requirements.
  • When taking anterior clinical shots, manual focus on the lateral teeth instead of utilizing the auto focus for clear, concise shots.
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THE LADDER is a pictorial display of meticulously and painstakingly crafted digital images on laminated archival photographic paper, allowing for multiple reproductions of identical references. These images are categorized, color-coded by category, and encoded for reference.

Reproducing features of tooth characterization are made simple --- without the need for expensive technology, time consuming schematics, or loss or productive time for the dentist and ceramist. THE LADDER standardizes features of tooth characterization in a comprehensive and user-friendly format so that restorations can be accurately fabricated for the satisfaction of all patients, essentially eliminating the need for esthetic remakes. It is a must for esthetic practice.

Creating life-like restorations is both challenging and rewarding because there is more to tooth appearance than shade. Diagnosing these features could be difficult before THE LADDER; communicating these features was involved before THE LADDER; and fabricating esthetic restorations was frustrating before THE LADDER.

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