Our Story

Our Billings Roots

Montana Dental Laboratory sprung up on the outskirts of Billings 1953 and was primarily known for its quality work in removable prosthetics. Over the last six decades, Billings expanded and MDL grew to become one of the best established dental labs in the city. In August 2014, new owner Craig May took the helm of MDL where he’s continued the lab’s tradition of excellence in removables and revitalized its work in other areas by adding crown, bridge, and implant work to its list of offered services.

MDL is a full service lab and Craig strives to build strong, genial relationships with each of the dentists he assists, joking that his personal motto is “team work makes the dream work.” Craig has found that these strong relationships are the key to a reputable laboratory and a thriving dental practice. He believes communication and case planning lead to successful, predictable, quality products and happy patients.

Meet Our Staff

Craig May - Owner  

Craig May and his wife Alicia are the Owners of Montana Dental Laboratory which they purchased in August of 2014. Craig is the head denture technician and supervisor of the denture department. Since 1998 Craig has put his heart and soul into his craft and his passion for Dental Technology shows not only in his work but the leadership he brings to his team at MDL. Craig's experience was gained at May Brother's dental Lab in Vancouver Washington where he had the opportunity to work in a full-service dental lab, honing his skills in every area of dental technology. Being a Wyoming boy he was thrilled when the opportunity came for him to get a little closer to family and not only make Montana his home but bring a full-service lab to Billings! He is passionate about Dental Technology and the relationships he has built, is building, and continues to build with the Dentists he is fortunate to work with. Craig brings with him 24 years of Dental Tech experience in both Dentures, his specialty, and crown and bridge. When Craig is not at MDL you will find him spending time with his family and doing CrossFit!


Fun Fact: Craig can deadlift a small car (550 lbs.).

Troy Olson  

Troy Olson has been with Montana Dental Laboratory since January of 2021 and joined MDL as the Head Ceramist/Manager of Crown & Bridge. Troy brings with him 30 years of dental technician experience. Prior to MDL Troy was a cosmetic ceramist at Precision Dental Design and the manager at Ballard Dental Laboratories. Part of Troy's experience came as an instructor of technicians at Ameritech College. Troy is a graduate of Archibald Associates Laboratory and attended school at the University of Phoenix where he majored in Business Management. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. When he is not at MDL you can find him spending time with his family - his wife, son, four daughters, two son-in-laws, and grandchildren.

 

Fun Fact: Troy enjoys hiking and basketball.

Chad Fenton  

Chad joined Montana Dental Laboratory in March of 2020. Chad heads up MDL's Digital dentures, 3D Printing, and Nightguard fabrication. His attention to detail and ability to problem solve has helped him hone his skills in the digital and 3D printing arena.  With training in 3 Shape, InLab, and ExoCad, he continues to blow us away with his skill and use of the Carbon printer. This guy is one of the smart ones with a degree in Business Administration and Finance! Chad has brought our digital/printing services to the next level and is here to answer any questions you might have. Utilize him! When Chad is not at MDL, you can find him coyote hunting, and fishing.

 

Fun Fact: Chad is an amazing guitarist and singer!

Travis Elwood  

Travis comes to Montana Dental Laboratory from Oregon, where he developed his skill set in Orthodontic Laboratory work. Before moving to Montana, his most recent title was as an Ortho Laboratory Manager with six years in the Ortho field. He is a certified laser welder trained in wire bending, acrylic, clear aligners, sports, and night guards. He has experience in Rapid palatal expanders, temporary partials, repairs, 3 Shape design, 3D printing, and all things Ortho! We saw a need for experienced Ortho Lab Technicians, and we filled it. You will not be disappointed with Travis and all you can learn from him. When he is not a technician, he enjoys restoring antique furniture and tools. Loves camping and being outdoors with his wife and their two dogs!

 

Fun Fact: Travis Used to ride a 6ft tall 1980's Penny Farthing in about 5 parades a year!