A Ceramist’s Take on Lab Skills, Communication, and the Key to Success

Perspectives on materials and communication from a Gold Dust ceramist.

Ever wondered what goes on in the mind of your trusted ceramist? Look no further, because we’ve interviewed one of our own for this lab-specific Q & A.

Perspectives on materials and communication from a Gold Dust ceramist.A good ceramist works in concert with dentists, complimenting their skill set and creating a finished product that blends artistry and exacting measurements.

Our ceramist Joost Jorna sat down with us to discuss his take on the field. He recently joined the Gold Dust team and we’re grateful to have his perspective in the lab for this year of research and precision testing.

Ceramist Q & A With Joost

GD: What is your favorite type of case to work on and why?

Joost: I like working on a “10 over 10,” which means that we pay special attention to teeth #4 to #13 and #20 to #29. It’s the region dentists call, “the esthetic zone”. This kind of case is very gratifying because you can really enhance the patient’s smile through solid artistry and a good eye.

GD: What is the most important skill a ceramist brings to their work in the lab?

Joost: Having an eye for esthetics and symmetry is of course very important. A sense of color and naturally keen depth perception are also necessary to make a beautiful case.

GD: What, in your mind, distinguishes an excellent lab result?

Joost: Communication and management of expectations are imperative. Assumptions can be a death blow to a case, so as a ceramist you have to work with a protocol. That way each party knows what to expect. At Gold Dust Dental we have our protocol for the “10 over 10,” which make it possible to create predictable results. That’s the true key to success.

What do you love about collaborating with ceramists on cases? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! 

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