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U.S. Dental Labs Are Gritting Their Teeth

Scanning a dental cast at Glidewell in Newport Beach, Calif.

• Foreign plants can churn out thousands of fake teeth a day

• We “haven’t seen anything change with the quality”

Doug Kilborn’s small manufacturing company in Jackson, Mich., once had a steady stream of 75 orders a week—more than enough work to keep seven employees busy. But when customers began turning to cheaper foreign rivals in recent years, things got ugly for his workers. “Every time I had to tell someone, ‘I can’t afford to have you around any longer,’ it’s difficult,” he says. Now Kilborn can’t even afford himself anymore: Last year

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