Sounds to me like you need to sit down with her and work out a fee schedule for both her and the outside...See more customers. Expectations need to be expressed on both sides and decisions need to be made as to whether it is worthwhile or not. She wants a discount but a discount from what price? Does she have an expectations for priority handling of cases over outside customers and will that interfere with your capacity to generate business? Do you have the capacity to make a good living from this business? In my experience, even in-house labs work best in an "arms length" environment. If you end up having to drop everything to take a shade several times per day and make minute adjustment to every crown that would otherwise be seated, it isn't going to make sense. You should ask numerous questions and have the answers clearly defined. Its like a marriage...go into it with your eyes wide open!
That's an easy one...do you have excess capacity? Will you still be able to produce work on time for...See more your own technicians while you're busy meeting deadlines for the other lab? What is your profit margin? Is this the best use of your production resources? Can you make more money elsewhere? Will this lab pay its bill?
If you can clearly answer all these questions, your decision will be made.
We've done our best to order smaller lots and send in scrap more frequently to minimize our exposure...See more and risk to price fluctuations. With the price setting on the second London fix, we order alloy only on days the market is "up" and delay orders when the market is "down" and allow the lower price to "fix" at the lower rate. Since we "flat fee" our metal-based crowns, we monitor the markets very closely and adjust our fees in $5 increments. Mostly however, we use pricing strategies to steer our dentists to more profitable monolithic restorations such as e.max Press or full zirconia. Its our goal to use as little alloy as possible in our restorations with the development of modern materials, we see metal being necessary in less than 15% of what we do.
Probably not enough! How many total units for the bridge and how many units require gingival porcelain?