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.
When Craig May started 17 years ago, he was the rookie working alongside a handful of expert dental technicians in Vancouver, Wash., honing his skills and perfecting his craft. Back in 1998 working in the May Brothers Dental Lab, Craig soaked up everything. These days, he’s no rookie. Craig moved to Billings in 2014 to become owner and head dental technician of Montana Dental Laboratory.
His expertise has been cultivated through years of experience – he’s trained with every aspect of dental tech, from ortho appliances, partials, dentures, implants, and night guards to crown and bridge. That expertise has also been cultivated through countless continued education courses in crown and bridge and removable restorations along with his participation in monthly study groups with dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists in Oregon and Washington.
But more than that, it’s his touch. The artistry in Craig’s work has been repeatedly praised by the dentists and orthodontists he’s worked with and the patients he’s helped.