There are many ways to tell the story of a year in the dental lab industry. Here we present some interesting metrics, statistics, and other numerical milestones from the past year.
111 new lab products were profiled in the 2022 issues of Dental Lab Products®.
200 active certified dental laboratories (CDLs) The National Board for Certification (NBC) also reports that it had over 5500 active certified dental technicians (CDTs) and 350 recognized graduates (RG).
56% selected multilayer/multishade zirconia as the material innovation that had the biggest impact on their lab operations, according to the 2022 Dental Lab Products® Materials Survey.
125 years in business is the milestone achieved by Sterngold in 2022. Other companies celebrating notable anniversaries this year were Pulpdent, which marked 75 years since its founding; Keating Dental Lab, which celebrated 20 years in business; Panthera Dental, which marked 10 years; and Carestream Dental, which noted the fifth anniversary of its spinoff from Carestream Health.
65.8% of people in the US have a dental restoration. Each case represents an act of service, carefully planned and thoughtfully executed by a dental technician or CDT, according to the National Institutes of Health.
6 specialties are currently recognized by the NBC: ceramics, complete dentures, crown and bridge, orthodontics, partial dentures, and implants. To become a CDT, a technician must demonstrate knowledge and applied skills in the chosen specialty.
50% strongly agree that 3D printers are a good way to draw in clients and market to them, according to the 2022 Dental Lab Products® Technology Survey, which asked about the technologies that make a big impression on clients and drove new business.