Terry Fohey, CDT · April 11, 2012
Dear LMT: A number of months ago, I went to a Georgia Work Ready meeting in an attempt to be a good participant in my local government. Georgia Work Ready is a government-funded program that creates...See more programs to improve job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce. I was shocked to see that only three businesses were represented. Due to the low turnout, I had plenty of airtime to voice my concerns in regard to the dental laboratory community. I explained that many restorations are fabricated outside the U.S., which is taking jobs away from U.S. technicians and about the lack of disclosure and the fact that the patient has no clue as to where his crowns are being made. I don't want to prevent work from being sent offshore but I feel the patient has a right to know. If the consumer is given a choice, I believe that, based on China's dismal track record with numerous manufactured goods and its disrespect for the intellectual property of others, many will choose the American-made product. At the conclusion of the meeting, Senator Frank Ginn and I continued our discussion and he later visited my laboratory. He listened to the staff members, who share my concerns, and recognized that we provide a nice work environment, health benefits and what he considers to be a high-tech kind of a business in which people with a vocational education can actually get a good job. After a couple of months, I received a phone call from Senator Ginn and he shared his intention to propose legislation— SB375—requiring any dental laboratory conducting business in Georgia to disclose to the dentist the material contents and the point of origin of every dental restoration. It would also require the dentist to disclose this information to the patient prior to placing it in his mouth. I told him I was willing to do anything I could to help. To promote support, I invited my friends in the business to stand behind the legislation. I contacted Bill Thomas, CDT, from Smile Science in Cleveland, GA, who is a member and participant in the NADL and Georgia Dental Lab Association. I also contacted several of my clients who hold influential positions within the Georgia Dental Association (GDA) and other good dentists around the state. The amount of support among the dentists I contacted was shocking. Many of them agreed that SB375 [disclosure of materials and point of origin] was great legislation and the right thing to do. We collectively began an enormous grassroots effort to gather further proponents, including dentists, labs and patients. The GDA board of trustees, who wrote the proposed legislation, assured me everyone was behind the bill and they were confident the Governor would sign it. However, when I then spoke with the Executive Director of the GDA I heard a different story. Although she acknowledged the benefits of the bill, she also said association members were Republicans and they believed we don't need more regulations on our businesses. Therefore, she claimed, the GDA would not work against SB375 but it would not work for it. I went to the Capitol and spoke with the Health and Human Services Subcommittee that was reviewing the bill. I explained that crowns from China and other countries being sold here claim to use the same high quality materials we use at NuCraft yet are being sold for less than we can even purchase those same materials for—never mind our labor costs. For that to be possible, I said, there had to be something dishonest and not transparent in regard to the materials they claim to be using. But the subcommittee members had zero questions. Based on their lack of interest, I knew the bill would never make it out of the subcommittee. In fact, the bill is officially dead for this year. It can be brought up again next year but would have to be resubmitted by a Senator, rewritten and reassigned a new number. In frustration and disbelief, I called all the dentists who had supported the bill and explained that I couldn't understand what happened. I cannot overemphasize how many very fair, honest and good dentists actually tried to fall on the sword for the dental lab profession just to ensure this bill passes! So, now I wonder: are the politicians scared of transparency? Are dentists? Are dental laboratories? All I know is that I have not encountered a single patient who doesn't think he has a right to know what is being placed in his mouth. I ran into a friend of mine who is a large vegetable supplier for Publix supermarkets in Georgia. When I told him the story about the legislation, he was in disbelief. He said, "You mean that for every potato I sell, I have to be able to tell the government what field it came from, what truck it rode on, etc. and dentistry can make a restoration and put it in my mouth and never have to tell me where it came from? You have to be kidding me!" So, why are dentistry and politicians so afraid of a bill from a freshman Senator who recognized a real problem and proposed a solution? SB375 is simply about disclosure. It does not restrict anyone from importing dentistry. Instead, it just makes us all play by the same rules. ~ Terry Fohey, CDT, Owner NuCraft Dental Arts Bogart, GA
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL (March 2014) - BIOMET 3i is pleased to announce that it has just completed its successful Research & Technology Forum in Tokyo, Japan. The event, which was well-attended, featured...See more 18 world renowned speakers from the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Dennis Tarnow opened the meeting that covered topics such as sustainable aesthetics, bone preservation and treatment/diagnosis of peri-implantitis. Along with the latest in clinical outcomes and treatment, key BIOMET 3i Solutions that include the 3i T3® Implant and the BellaTek® Encode® Impression System were also highlighted. “This event was a monumental success,” said BIOMET 3i Japan President Noboru Ohta. “We are always excited to gather with clinicians from around the world to discuss the latest in implant dentistry and how BIOMET 3i Solutions can continue to help in the advancement of treatment.” Many dental professionals in Japan have begun using the 3i T3 Implant, which features a multi-surface topography and is designed for sustainable aesthetics. According to Ohta, BIOMET 3i Japan will soon be unveiling a host of digital solutions to help compliment the company’s strong implant portfolio. BIOMET 3i Japan is also planning to open the doors to a brand new Institute for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry in Tokyo. This learning center will include didactic, hands-on and lecture format education programs for clinicians looking to actively further their understanding of the latest implant dentistry technologies, techniques, and solutions. About BIOMET 3i BIOMET 3i is a leading manufacturer of dental implants, abutments and related products. Since its inception in 1987, BIOMET 3i has been on the forefront in developing, manufacturing and distributing oral reconstructive products, including dental implant components and bone and tissue regenerative materials. The company also provides educational programs and seminars for dental professionals around the world. BIOMET 3i is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about BIOMET 3i, please visit www.biomet3i.com or contact the company at (800) 342-5454; outside the U.S. dial (561) 776-6700.
What do you get when you combine knowledge, patience, humor and dedication? These are just a few words to describe this year's NADL Excellence in Education Award Winner, Craig Pickett, CDT. Our Technical...See more Manager has been involved in dental technology for 36 years, 7 of which have been spent here at Whip Mix. Craig trains new employees, helps customers on the phone or via email with tech support, publishes articles and travels the world to teach technicians. On top of all of this, he stays busy with family and community service. If you have the opportunity to hear Craig speak, I promise you will leave smarter and with a smile on your face. Both Anne Steinbock and Craig will be in Chicago. Stop by to see them (along with my other rockstar teammates) to give them a much-deserved high-five or fist-pump!
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.
D&S Group, Inc. of Waunakee, WI recently welcomed the experienced Hootman Dental Laboratory of Rockford, IL as its newest laboratory facility. Serving the dental community of northern Illinois and...See more southern Wisconsin since 1927, Hootman Dental Laboratory brings tremendous history, tradition and experience to the D&S Group. The Rockford based laboratory will serve as D&S’s southerly hub for improved presence in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Travis Zick, President of D&S Dental Group, Inc., said “This partnership allows us to expand into a new market and team up with some great people. We’re excited about bringing our philosophy of service, education, and quality craftsmanship—backed by competitive pricing—to the northern Illinois arena.” While Hootman’s experience and locale will improve D&S’s Midwestern presence, D&S’s command of the newest and most efficient dental technologies will boost the Illinois lab’s technological capacities and product selection. Digital impression scans, digital design, CAD/CAM milling services, immediate access to the latest materials and products, and additional technological resources will now be offered on Hootman’s list of services. “The collaboration will both enhance and expand upon our current product offerings to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of both existing and potential clients,” said Debra Swenson, President of Hootman Dental Laboratory. “With new state-of-the-art technology, affordable pricing, additional continuing education opportunities, and an expanded well of expertise and knowledge to draw from, Hootman will continue to be the best laboratory choice for area dental professionals.” For more about D&S Group, Inc., including products and services offered, visit dnsdental.com.
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.
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More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look...See more forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and learning a few tips they can bring back and implement in their daily work. For the young technicians, getting outside the lab and seeing the imprint of the industry as a whole is a valuable, eye-opening experience.”
LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we...See more moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday! Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales. “I have been coming to LAB DAY since 2008. It’s an exciting place to meet lab technicians from all over the world,” said Mark Urlaub, Owner, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE. “You get to see the latest and greatest technology, meet sales reps, network and earn CE credits. I always learn new tips and tricks at LAB DAY; it’s a great place to perfect your technique!” In addition to education, LMT LAB DAY Chicago is the place for product launches and breaking news and on the following pages, LMT Editors bring you the inside scoop. LMT is also sharing some breaking news of its own: LAB DAY 2015 is moving to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, across the river from the Sheraton. The Exhibit Hall is 70,000 square feet—almost double the size of the Hall at the Sheraton. This will enable us to have larger booth sizes, wider walking aisles, more room to learn and network, and a concession stand with a lounge area for attendees on the Exhibit Hall floor. Watch upcoming issues of LMT and LMTmag.com for details!
Wyoming, MI Owner: Dental Services Group; Area Vice President: Kim Jones Employees: 150 Twice named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, DSG Davis has found numerous...See more ways to create a work environment where employees feel excited about coming to work each day. “Even though we’re owned by a corporation, Dental Services Group, management has maintained a family-like atmosphere,” says Dan Smith, CDT, Crown and Bridge Supervisor. For example, the lab promotes work-life balance by allowing employees, when feasible, to set their own start time and adjust their schedules when they have appointments during the day. To encourage healthier lifestyles, the lab installed a new vending machine with healthier food options. In its annual walking challenges, employees receive a pedometer and win gift cards based on the number of steps they walk per month. Employees are encouraged to showcase their artistic talents in numerous contests, including the annual art, parking lot chalk and Easter egg decorating contests. Their professional achievements are regularly recognized and celebrated through company lunches in honor of milestone anniversaries, Employee of the Month, Employee of the Year and Peer Recognition Programs where employees can thank each other for their help with a project or tough case. Continuing education and training are also paramount. “We develop our employees starting on day one and continue to provide ongoing training to keep technicians current with changing trends in materials, techniques and new technology,” says Kris Bainbridge, PHR, Human Resource Administrator. Obtaining certification is strongly encouraged and supported with CDT study groups and the lab was one of the first in the country to have technicians receive the NBC’s Certificate of Competency, which can be a stepping stone to certification. “Dedication is ingrained in every employee, from our 80-year-old part-time maintenance man to our cosmetic ceramist working on a full-mouth rehabilitation case, and every person knows the importance of what he or she does and how it affects the patient,” says Smith. “I appreciate the fact that management takes great care to listen to and meet, if possible, the needs and aspirations of every one of its employees because a happy worker is a productive worker. They build loyalty and trust through acts of kindness and putting their employees first.”
Oldsmar, FL Owner: Warren Rogers 87 employees Knight Dental Group considers its employees so valuable, they’re included in the company’s mission statement: “Our employees are one of our...See more most precious resources; we will treat them with respect and provide a state-of-the-art facility with continuing education and a quality-centered environment.” True to its word, the lab provides the latest equipment and materials in its sparkling, 23,000-sq-ft facility as well as top-notch training. In addition to bringing speakers in house eight times a year, managers create individualized training programs for technicians, sending them to courses both locally and across the country depending on what skills they need to acquire. Knight is also very supportive of technicians seeking a CDT designation. For instance, in addition to hosting CDT tests, the lab offers a CDT Study Group that meets during the workday for two hours once a week for five months. It also covers all expenses—projector, books, wax, porcelain, etc.—as well as all CDT fees, including the testing and annual fees. Once a technician passes the test, he is awarded $500 and a spot in the “walk of honor,” a hallway that contains the technicians’ framed CDT certificates. This supportive environment may be one of the reasons that last year alone, eight Knight technicians earned a CDT designation.