Welcome to Bay View

Bay View is a full service lab, now serving dentists through three generations for almost 75 years. Owners Buddy and Rick Shafer are both Board Certified Technicians and still work full time at the bench. They are joined by an experienced team of technicians and support staff with a shared passion for dental technology and service to dentistry.

The foundation and success for Bay View was built around a passion for customer service and consistent, high quality work. General dentistry work is still handled by Buddy Shafer personally, and cosmetic dentistry is led by Rick Shafer.  Additional specialty departments include implants, removable, and diagnostic wax-ups – all led by highly skilled, board certified technicians. Our knowledge, philosophy and keys to success have been a solid foundation with the Pankey/Dawson concepts in occlusion and function.

Other significant benefits for Bay View customers include free staff training, marketing and practice development support, assistance with case sequencing and treatment planning, and many opportunities for education with us here in Virginia. Continuing education has always been a cornerstone of our success. Our new facility includes a full service education and learning resource center with courses for doctors, technicians, and staff almost every week of the year. We invite you to learn more about our family of professionals dedicated to serving dentistry.


What They’re Saying see all

Buddy has become a source of inspiration and advice to many dentists and technicians across the country. I personally have tremendous respect and admiration of Buddy who has been a valuable resource to me as well as a close personal friend and colleague. - Peter E. Dawson, DDS

Bay View is one of only a hand full of labs in the country to embrace the Dawson Philosophy of Complete Dentistry and have a ceramist that is accredited by the AACD. - Scott Finlay, DDS, FAGD, FAACD

From the 3-D wax-up, to predictable restorations of all disciplines; Bay View is my partner in providing my patients with the best dentistry I can accomplish. - Andrew C. Cobb, DDS

The entire staff at Bay View is in constant pursuit of excellence. The lab’s teaching center represents a kind of "headquarters" for advanced dental knowledge. - Johnson Hagood, DDS

The best thing that happened to me in dentistry was twenty years ago when Pete Dawson gave me your name as a lab. - Edward Reisner, DMD

Bay View Dental Laboratory provides unparalleled accuracy and consistency in implant prosthetics. From treatment planning to insertion, their knowledge and support is always state-of-the-art. - Dr. James “Woody” Wooddell, DDS

From the Blog

Chair-Side Digital Scanning Technology

Q: Is this a good time to invest in a digital scanner?   A: In short, we still do not recommend ANY of the chairside scanning systems. The reasons are still the same. The model printing technology is nowhere close to being accurate. Additional considerations include the cost of the scanners; some can cost as much […]

Digital Model Accuracy and “Open” Scanning Systems

We want to save everyone both money and frustration on end of the year purchases. The manufacturers are out in full force with the end of the year push on scanners to send digital files to the labs. We continue to get calls almost every day for advice. First, understand digital scanning represents only a […]


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