Name and job title?
Dave Brandenburg, Director of Implant Prosthetics.
l was born in New Mexico and grew up in Santa Rosa, California.
I worked at a lawn mower rental shop when I was 14.
A 1968 Ford Fairlane.
Number of cups of coffee you drink per day?
How long have you worked at California Dental Arts?
Counting both times? Five years in total. I owned my own lab for 30 years, and after selling it last year, I rejoined California Dental Arts.
How did you get into the dental lab business?
I joined the Navy and was supposed to go to submarine school, but I chipped a bone in my knee. I was discharged and had surgery on my knee. The following year I joined the Air Force and went to dental lab school.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy the challenge of working with doctors on difficult implant restorations and lecturing on the latest implant techniques.
What do you do really well?
I enjoy coming up with creative solutions on difficult treatment plans and working on complex implant cases.
What’s one thing people might not know about working in a dental lab?
The critical role the lab technician plays with the dentist. For the most part, I think the general public isn’t really aware of what happens “behind the scenes.”
Passion outside of work?
Bass fishing on my boat in the Bay Area delta.
“You can’t always go down the same path and get to somewhere different.” -Anonymous