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Artistry Dental Lab first to offer digital dental technology in Sabah

Published on 23 August 2018|
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Artistry Dental Lab offers cutting-edge digital dental technology, and is the first of its kind in Sabah.

Dentists in Sabah can now enjoy fast service and quality when providing their customers with dental crowns and bridges. Artistry Dental Lab is the first digital dental technology lab in Sabah, offering dental clinics and hospitals high-quality medical products in a shortened lead time.

High-quality dental fabrication right here in Sabah

State Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing Stephen Wong Tien Fatt congratulated the lab on its opening. He praised the continued improvement of dental health services in Sabah, and said oral health is important.

l-r: Luyang assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe, Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing Stephen Wong Tien Fatt and Artistry Dental Lab managing director George Wong at the launch

“I was informed that with this technology, we can shorten the lead time for dental fabrication of crowns and other products. Before this, dentists had to get the work done in KL or overseas,” he said at the launch on Saturday.

At the same time, however, he advised the team not to ever compromise quality of the work. “[The ministry] will give its support, but we hope that you will enhance your quality and serve the people,” he said, adding that social responsibility must always be considered.

Artistry Dental Lab has been in operations for five months, but officially launched over the weekend. State-of-the-art equipment and tools for accurate production of dental products make a well-equipped operation, boasting an accuracy rate of 25 microns. Managing director George Wong said the lab continues not only to strive for quality and technology, but also provide support to clinics and hospitals.

 

State-of-the-art equipment promises faster and more accurate production / Image Credit: Artistry Dental Lab

“The lead time for products such as crowns and bridges used to be around 2-3 weeks here as dentists had to source elsewhere. But now we can deliver in 2-3 days; for some items we can deliver in four hours if extremely urgent,” he told Carrybeans at the launch.

Not enough dentists serving in the state at the moment

The minister pointed out that there is currently a lack of dentists here in Sabah, with a ratio of one dentist to 12,000 people at the moment. This is twice the number compared to the peninsula’s ratio of one dentist to 6,000 people.”

“The [industry] standard [for dentist to population] is 1: 1,500. We have a long way to go. We’re calling dentists to serve in Sabah and encourage Sabahan dentists to return and serve in the state,” Wong said.

Lab looking for ceramic artists who want to grow the trade

Completed work by Artistry Dental Lab on display

With the introduction of digital dental technology, Artistry Dental Lab is also looking for those interested to study ceramic art in the dental industry. The lab currently employs technicians and ceramists. George said they currently have two trainees who were formerly from Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra’s outreach programme.

“You don’t have to have a background in dentistry, just to have finished SPM,” George said. Interested applicants can contact the lab directly. We’re excited to see new technology arriving on Sabahan shores and wish Artistry Dental Lab every success!

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