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Dental Labs Are Changing: What Should Tomorrow’s Dentists Know?


The dental lab landscape is changing. Domestic lab consolidation and new global competitors are altering what has traditionally been a very local relationship between independent dental labs and dental offices. Competitive advances in CAD/CAM technology and shipping are also changing the methods and speed with which dental labs provide service.

So how can we prepare tomorrow’s dentists to work in this new environment? What knowledge and skills will help them establish better business relationships with dental laboratory technicians upon entering practice?

Join us for a free webinar to explore how dental schools can prepare students to collaborate with dental labs as part of an intraprofessional team.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how the dental lab landscape is changing.
  • Assess how a changing dental lab landscape impacts tomorrow’s dentists and dental lab technicians.
  • Identify ways dental schools can prepare dental students to collaborate with dental lab technicians as part of an intraprofessional team.
CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by March 5, 2022. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 0.75 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Bennett Napier, CAE, M.A.

    Bennett Napier is a Certified Association Executive and serves as Chief Staff Executive for the National Association of Dental Laboratories and its affiliates, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology. He has worked with nonprofit associations in the dental profession for 25 years. Prior to his work with associations, Mr. Napier served as a Congressional Assistant and a Policy Analyst in Washington. Mr. Napier holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of North Carolina. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and Graduate School of Public Policy and holds a Master’s of Science in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University.

  • Brooke Pratt, M.P.M., CDT, TE

    Brooke Pratt, M.P.M., CDT, TE, graduated from the Indiana University Fort Wayne Dental Technology (DLT) Program in 2006. After graduating, she worked in a privately-owned dental laboratory and at the university as a Laboratory Assistant for the DLT Program. In 2008, Ms. Pratt taught courses in Complete Dentures and Removable Partials as a Graduate Assistant for the program. She earned a Master of Public Management with a concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy in 2010 and continued teaching in the DLT Program as a Limited Term Lecturer. Ms. Pratt became a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) specializing in Complete Dentures in 2010 and Partial Dentures in 2013. She is Director of the Dental Laboratory Technology Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University Fort Wayne, an Education Representative for the NBC Trust and former President of the Association of Indiana Dental Laboratories (AIDL).

March 5, 2019
Tue 12:00 PM EST

Duration 0H 45M

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