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The BRIDGE is an online network from LMT dedicated exclusively for members of the Dental Laboratory community. Join free to connect with NADL, NBC, FDLT.
Advancing the dental laboratory technology industry and its members through advocacy, education, standards and services.
The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is a federation of state commercial dental laboratory associations formed in 1951 in Chicago by a merger of the Dental Laboratory Institute of America and the American Dental Laboratory Association. In 1952, NADL opened its national headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. From 1968-1971, the organization was known as the National Association of Certified Dental Laboratories. The association changed back to its original name in 1971.
In 2001, the National Association of Dental Laboratories moved its headquarters office to Tallahassee, Florida. The NADL Mission: The National Association of Dental Laboratories is the unified voice of the dental laboratory industry supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.
During the Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas in January, the NADL welcomed its new president, Gary Iocco, President of Dimension Dental Design in Hastings, MN, and honored several other industry members: 2014...See more CDT of the Year Award: Wilma Peterson, CDT, Manager of Education at Glidewell Laboratory, Newport Beach, CA Educator of the Year Award: Renata Budny, CDT, TE, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY Excellence in Education Award: Craig Pickett, CDT, TE, Manager of Technical support at Whip Mix Corp. The Harry Hagman, CDT Inventors Award: Bob Rusler, President of Indiana Dental Prosthetics, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements: Dr. C. William D’Aiuto of Longwood, FL Supplier Member of the Year: Zahn Dental LMT congratulates all the recipients.
At the recent American Dental Association Annual Session, the ADA House of Delegates passed Resolution 52. This resolution says, "Resolved that in order to enhance dental patient health and safety, the...See more ADA urges all state dental boards to register U.S. dental laboratories." The culmination of ADA taking this step has been more than ten years in the making. NADL President-Elect Gary Iocco and Bill D'Aiuto, DDS, former Chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice and a current Trustee for the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology testified at the ADA proceedings on this resolution. "Doctors from around the country testified at Reference Committees Hearings and on the House of Delegates floor in favor of Resolution 52, commenting that this was a supportive measure to ensure the domestic dental laboratory industry would thrive in the future by ensuring basic standards of operation," says Iocco. Dentistry is regulated at the state level through boards of dentistry. Those regulatory boards oversee everything from business requirements, continuing education and other practice criteria required to operate for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and in a few states dental laboratories and technicians. Due to its governance structure, the ADA relies on the actions of independent state associations/societies to foster policies at the state level. This is why, in most cases, to get something done on a nationwide basis takes a long time. However, if ADA policy recommends a certain path, it is generally widely adopted at the grassroots level. During the course of the last 10 years, NADL and NBC have worked diligently with the staff and elected leadership of the American Dental Association and other allied dental organizations to change the perspective of how regulations and best practices are looked at with respect to dental laboratories. For many years, ADA has maintained a high level of respect for the "Certified Dental Technician" credential. Within existing ADA policy, there are many references to dentists, at all levels to work with CDTs, as the policy narrative speaks to the competency of the technician due to their likely formal education and their verified skill and knowledge through national examinations. In recent years, through the efforts of the NADL, the ADA House of Delegates has passed additional policy resolutions that address both patient contact material disclosure and point of origin disclosure to enhance both dentist as well as patient transparency. What has been missing is a tie to enforcing such best practices. The fact that the new resolution passed addresses laboratory registration provides a platform where a political discussion within the states can take place on integrating a comprehensive set of standards. As a result, it is likely there will be better enforcement of existing laws and regulations. "The fact that ADA even took such a policy stand is a huge victory and cannot be overstated," says Henry Martin, CDT, 2013 NADL President. NADL will continue to work collaboratively with the ADA, and with state dental laboratory associations to ensure that moving forward any new regulations that are considered at the state level are created in a manner that patient health and safety are the outcomes achieved while maintaining an eye towards minimizing the costs of compliance. For more information on the NADL, visit www.nadl.org.
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation or FDLT), announced the nine winners of the 2013 Pillar Scholarship. The purpose of The Foundation is to advance the profession of dental...See more laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. The Foundation is pleased to congratulate the following recipients: Angela Askalsky, Trumbull, CT; Daniel Silva, Matthews, NC; Enesa Hadzijusufovic, Palm Harbor, FL; Jennifer Krueger, Brownsville, MN; Jennifer Nguyen, Portland, OR; Katrina Lopez, Burbank CA; Kyle Harrison, Kerrville, TX; Loretta Molina, Albuquerque, NM; and Nicole Borroel, Craig, CO. The scholarship is awarded based on education, certification, employment, and volunteer work. Dental technicians can apply to obtain their Certified Dental Technician (CDT) certification and CDTs can apply to gain additional specialties through the scholarship. The FDLT, established in 2008 by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), offers the Pillar Scholarship to support educated and trained dental technicians who are working toward certification through the CDT program by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC). Over the last three years NADL and the FDLT have awarded over 40 scholarships or approximately $35,000 in scholarship funds. Applications for the scholarship can be obtained by calling the FDLT office at 866-627-3990, or online at www.dentallabfoundation.org and are due by August 15th each year. The scholarship winners are announced in the fall. All past applicants that did not receive a scholarship from previous years are encouraged to apply again. FDLT accepts donations from individuals as well as companies to fund the scholarship program. All donation proceeds are given to scholarship recipients to pay for the exams required to become a CDT as well as providing additional funding for study materials for the exams. Scholarship donations are accepted throughout the year.
Tallahassee, Fla. Dental patients have more to worry about than flossing and brushing daily—the restorations they put in their mouths have a direct impact on their overall health. As a result, the...See more National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is promoting transparency in dentistry and the role and value of trained dental technicians with the release of its new website and social media outlets. NADL will use its new website and social media platforms to serve as the foundation for its ongoing public awareness campaign, "What's In Your Mouth?" "It's important for dentists and patients to have a full understanding of where their dental restorations are coming from and what materials are used in the process," said Henry Martin, CDT, NADL President. "Restorations from certified dental labs meet national and industry standards. Problems occur when restorations are not made in certified dental labs." Poorly-made dental restorations—whether made in America or abroad—can lead to a range of health consequences for patients, and in turn, legal consequences for dentists. Growing demand for dental work in America has created a market that features both high-end and economy-priced work. Dental restorations increasingly are being imported from countries like China, India and Vietnam. Depending on the country, those dental laboratories may not be subject to the same scrutiny that domestic laboratories receive from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Domestic labs remain unregulated in more than 40 states. Prior to launching its campaign, NADL spent 18 months facilitating a series of focus group meetings and conducted national surveys with the dental laboratory industry to gather information about the current status of dental laboratories and their products. The purpose of the "What's in Your Mouth?" campaign is to provide dental consumers, dentists and the dental laboratory community with the knowledge they need to make important purchasing decisions. NADL launched its new website (www.whatsinyourmouth.us) and created a YouTube page for its informational videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/WIYMCampaign/videos) this month. "We are excited about the formal launch of our new website and YouTube videos," said Gary Iocco, NADL President Elect and Co-Chair of NADL's Public Awareness Committee. "We hope to use social media to spread awareness about the critical role of the certified dental technician." "It's our hope that the public will hear our message and share our videos and website with their friends and followers," said Leon Hermanides, CDT, NADL Board Member and Co-Chair of NADL's Public Awareness Committee. For information on the campaign, please visit the NADL website: www.nadl.org.
The National Association of Dental Laboratories is pleased to announce the launch of two new social media outlets that will serve as the foundation of NADL's ongoing public awareness campaign to address...See more core policy objectives that promote "transparency in dentistry" and the role and value of a competently trained dental technician. "During the last year and half, NADL has conducted a series of focus group meetings, conducted national surveys with the dental laboratory industry to gather ideas and input for the messaging for this campaign, the core of this objective has now come to fruition, there is much work to do going forward to ensure that the message is heard" says Henry Martin, CDT, NADL President. The new social media outlets are www.whatsinmymouth.us and https://www.youtube.com/user/WIYMCampaign/videos The information gathered on these sites provides comprehensive information for the dental consumer, dentists and the dental laboratory community. The campaign to promote these sites to consumer organizations and dental organizations and the dental community will take place starting in August 2013. The goal is to encourage interested parties to include these web references on their own social media platforms so that a broader population of individuals can be reached. "We are excited about the formal launch of these two major components of NADL's comprehensive public awareness campaign, advocating for the role of the dental technician is paramount to NADL's mission as an organization" says Gary Iocco, NADL President Elect and Leon Hermanides, CDT, NADL Board Member, who serve as Co-Chairs of the Public Awareness Committee. For information on the campaign and how to help get the message out contact NADL at email@example.com.
We've got the ball rolling. We're moving the needle in the right direction--maybe not as fast or as far as we'd like--but it's moving," said Dr. James Willey, Director of the ADA's Council on Dental Practice,...See more addressing almost 50 technicians, dentists, educators, manufacturers and association representatives at the 8th annual Lab Summit in Chicago. The ADA's involvement in the Summit has grown substantially since the group was formed in 2005 by Drs. Gordon Christensen and Bill Yancey to brainstorm about the challenges facing the laboratory community. As in past years, the meeting touched on many of our profession's ongoing difficulties, including the aging technician population, dwindling technology programs, increased offshore competition and the need for closer dentist-technician relationships. But this year's meeting also offered a look at what's been accomplished as well as projects in the works. For example: •In keeping with the ADA's 2010 resolutions to encourage and improve clinical/laboratory working relationships, the first joint dentist-technician course was offered at the ADA's annual meeting last Fall. Presented by Nelson Rego, CDT, Dentists and Dental Technicians Team Up for Success outlined techniques for collaborative treatment planning including effective prescriptions, better impressions and digital photography. The course earned the highest possible ratings from the 155 attendees and was a "home run," according to Dr. Willey. •Last year, the ADA and the NADL co-funded a video presentation promoting careers in dental technology. Preview the video at www.nadl.org; to order a DVD for $15, you can follow the link to the ADA's order form. •The NADL has expedited the process of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s reclassification of dental technicians, and changes may be made five years earlier than initially thought. The DOL lowered the classification from skilled to unskilled labor in 2010 based on a random survey of about 600 technicians. Concerned about the repercussions of the reclassification, the NADL immediately began lobbying the DOL to reverse its decision but was told occupational classifications wouldn't be reviewed again until 2018. Working with Rep. John Kline, R-MN, the NADL was able to fast-track the request; another survey will be conducted this year and changes may be made as early as 2013. •At the invitation of the FDA, the NADL will have a five-hour meeting with FDA representatives in May to clarify a number of issues related to labs that fabricate implant abutments, existing lead-level standards for dental materials, GMP compliance for dental practices with in-office CAD/CAM, and the increase in FDA inspections in U.S. laboratories. •This summer, the NADL is launching a multi-year public relations campaign using social media, billboard advertising, and radio and TV spots to educate patients on the importance of having quality restorations manufactured to specific standards. The campaign will also include a "quality seal" that NBC-Certified Dental Laboratories (or those that are DAMAS- or ISO-certified) can include with each case to certify it was designed and manufactured for patient safety and meets all federal FDA and state regulations.
The NADL has been successful in identifying a different regulatory avenue to expedite the U.S. Department of Labor's reclassification for dental technicians, moving the original timeline for such a ch