First, it is important that we recognize and thank you for your commitment to the profession. Your service as a Certified Dental Technician speaks to your personal dedication to higher standards.
The core objective is setting minimum standards of operation for a dental laboratory. As the dental laboratory marketplace evolves, and new entrants enter the market, having a framework of standards that can be followed and measured benefits all those in the supply chain, all the way to the patient.
At the end of the day, hopefully everyone in the industry should agree that there should be an expectation that all dental laboratories are executing their dentistsâ work orders and would provide their dentists full written disclosure of point of origin and patient contact material content disclosure used in each dental restorations.
Federal regulation can be cumbersome and costly. That is why historically, dentistry for the most part has been regulated at the state level. With todayâs competitive market and pricing none of us, large or small, wants to have to compete against a person who is willing to misrepresent something cheaper as high noble or represent foreign-outsourced work as their own.
The integration of dental laboratory registration with the state dental board and basic point of origin and disclosure requirements is a tool, not a panacea. Minimum standards form the basis for a broader solution to foster positive interaction between the dentist and the dental laboratory in an evolving market.
These reasons are probably a big part of why when an independent third-party national study was conducted a few years ago, 76% of dental laboratories responded that they support requiring state registration of laboratories and 92% of laboratories supported state requirements that all dental laboratories disclose where a restoration was manufactured and the patient contact materials that were used. The survey was distributed to 6,000 U.S. dental laboratories of all sizes and there was an over 25% response rate, which provides statistical validity.
NADL is committed to working with the state dental laboratory associations and state dental societies to ensure dental laboratory registration and disclosure is implemented in a way that is not burdensome for the dental laboratory or the dentist.
I would encourage people interested in this general topic to visit the information website www.whatsinyourmouth.us