ROYAL VISIT TO OUR DENTAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
We are quite proud that our laboratory was chosen to demonstrate the expertise, innovative capacity, and state-of-the-art technology of the dental technician profession. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Lex Delles were able to get a clear idea of our motto "Dental technology, a craft that combines know-how and finesse" during their visit to the Labcom main dental laboratory in Niederanven.
On this special day, a group of distinguished visitors were able to observe the technicians at work. Among them were the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Lex Delles, Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Tourism.
The laboratory's dental technicians explained how important the sense of aesthetics and the love of detail, but also the enthusiasm for digital manufacturing techniques are in their daily work. The Labcom laboratory was able to demonstrate the use of high-precision 3D scanners, CNC milling machines and 3D printers. "Today, the profession of dental technician is a symbiosis of craftsmanship and the latest digital production technology", explained Director Markus Schütz to the visitors in describing the profession.
Tom Wirion, General Director of the Chambre des Métiers, points out that the labour market continues to lack qualified workers, although the work is varied: "The dental technician is a highly specialised profession that involves creativity, artistic flair, but also technical knowledge. Despite this exciting combination, there is a shortage of skilled workers. However, anyone who is interested can be trained in this profession here in Luxembourg, either through an apprenticeship or a master craftsman’s diploma.”
During his visit, Minister Delles was impressed by the work processes and the result: “Digital and craft processes merge in the laboratory. One cannot exist without the other, and it results in aesthetic dental prostheses that are almost indistinguishable from real teeth.” As laboratory manager Martin Scheuer adds, only biocompatible materials are used in the manufacture of the dentures, which guarantee a high level of compatibility.
The approximately 30 dental technicians at Labcom produce custom-made crowns, bridges and many other types of natural-looking dentures. To achieve this, they are in constant contact with the attending dentists to ensure maximum patient satisfaction. A job they can be proud of, says Tom Wirion: " Last but not least, as technicians, you help people who have lost their own teeth to smile again."
Photography: © House of the Grand Duke / Sophie Margue