Dental patients who are seriously considering travelling to Hungary for dental treatment for the first time often have many questions before taking the plunge.
Hungarian dentists and dental technicians are dental care professionals who both play an important role in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. The relationship between the dentist and dental technician is critical when dental patients are seeking quality crowns, dental bridges or dentures. Questions are often raised by the patient about the credibility of the dental technician who will make their new teeth.
One question that repeatedly comes up is whether the dental technician works exclusively for the dentist or whether the dentist sends the technician work to a local laboratory that serves several other dental clinics in the area?
Dentists are medical practitioners who care for your teeth whilst dental technicians manufacture your new teeth in the form of dental crowns, bridges or dentures taken from impressions, measurements and instructions provided by the dentist.
Dentists have a choice whether to employ their own dental technicians who work “in-House” or they can choose to outsource the technician work to a local dental technician laboratory that make prosthetics for several local dental clinics. The dentist and practice manager will make the overall decision based on what is best for the practice but the question remains whether it is better for a patient to choose a dentist who has “In-House” dental technicians or whether it is better to choose a dentist who outsources the technician work to a local laboratory?
“In-House” Dental Technicians
Larger dental clinics with a regular turnover of patients often run their own dental technician laboratories which may give a higher degree of overall control. Also, independent dental technician laboratories may operate a small dental clinic as part of their overall business.
The advantage of in-house technicians may be better overall direction and production control for the dentist with your prescription for new teeth getting priority especially if both are housed within the same building.
A possible disadvantage of having “in-house” dental technicians is that cost may be a factor if a claim on the guarantee is made by the patient.
“Outsourced” Dental Technicians
Dentists who operate small dental clinics usually find it better and more cost effective to outsource their technician work to a local dental technician laboratory.
The advantage is that the technician must produce outstanding quality otherwise the dentist will take his or her business elsewhere. If there is a problem or a guarantee claim arises then the dentist knows that the technician laboratory will have to put it right.
The disadvantage is that the technician laboratory might be across the other side of town which may cause a delay if adjustments are needed before the patient travels home.
Dentists that work a certain way will always argue that their way is better but in reality it comes down to the chemistry between the dentist and technician. Dental technicians who are well qualified, have experience, keep up to date with industry advancements , use high quality materials, have good chemistry with the dentist and take the time to see the patient are always the best. This can be achieved well regardless of the legal arrangement.