My Dental Tech School closing.......

Discussion in 'Business Discussions' started by DMC, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. DMC

    DMC Scott Hudson

    Such sad news.

    My local Dental Tech program is at the end.
    Very few left in the USA now.
    Soon to be One less.

    It was nice to have been there when the Dental Tech program was located in the Dentists' college of MCV in Richmond, Va right with the assistants, hygienists, and Dentists. But, many years ago it was moved down the street into a closet away from Dentists, and the program just got smaller and smaller until......gone.

    Same with many local labs in my area.
    No growth, many have closed.....what remains is nothing to brag about.

    The future? will be different. That is for sure.
    Maybe in a decade we have a tipping point and things improve for us techs?
    or....Maybe not?

    Would I recommend for either of my sons to become a Dental Tech? No.
    Not a traditional Dental Tech at least. The future is too uncertain.
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  2. 2thm8kr

    2thm8kr ɹotɐɹʇsıuıɯqA Staff Member

    That sucks. I think the one near me has been in jeopardy of closing a few times and somehow it has been kept alive.
  3. DMC

    DMC Scott Hudson

    Maybe it is for the best......

    Our industry has not yet hit "rock-bottom" and there is no major crisis of shortage of options to have a crown or denture made.

    Do we really need those schools anyways?

    Do students really make more money or end up happier in this field if they did go to school?

    I dunno?

    The things I use, and what I know did not come from Dental Tech school.

    So, for was not much of a help in my personal career.

    Everyone is different with their path to success I guess?
  4. 2thm8kr

    2thm8kr ɹotɐɹʇsıuıɯqA Staff Member

    I didn't learn at a school. I learned in a lab started as a vocational option during high school.
    IMO the only real way to learn is through experience and experimenting and failing and learning from
    mistakes to improve.

    I have hired a few dental students from the local school over the years. It gives them a base of knowledge
    and terminology that I don't have to teach them. It makes it easier to train them how I want it done.
    They know just enough to be dangerous.
  5. biodentg

    biodentg Well-Known Member

    "Would I recommend for either of my sons to become a Dental Tech? No.
    Not a traditional Dental Tech at least. The future is too uncertain."

    DMC, Today at 8:40 AM

    by the way, this is the part I most agree on and it is sad to recognize it.
  6. 2thm8kr

    2thm8kr ɹotɐɹʇsıuıɯqA Staff Member

    I just learned last week that the dental technology school near me closed.
    There is one more in Miami, but it is not accredited. Not sure if that means anything??
  7. DMC

    DMC Scott Hudson


    Just no profit from running a Dental Tech program I guess?
  8. dougola

    dougola Well-Known Member

    Some of the best technicians I've seen are from the military. It's a short, intense course, but they have a standard that must be met. After a few years of doing it the right way it is second nature. The down side is that when they come out of the service they aren't particularly fast. That can be overcome. Would I have my son in this industry? Yes, after a stint in the military and taking the proper business courses so he understand that this is not a hobby, like it was to so many when I started in 1973, it's a real live business.

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