Sorry should be PFM. Retired from Glidewell 4weeks miss Dental so much my new email isWilmaredler@gmail.com...See more also was a great honor to be First women CDT of the year guess quit when you're ahead to all my friends in Dental if I can help would love to 949 300 2275 Will travel anywhere and can train anywhere
When the controversy over the possibility of lead in PFM restorations arose in 2008, the ADA conducted...See more an independent study to determine the degree to which lead may be present in crowns. In 2009, it released the results of this study, which found only trace amounts of the naturally occurring element in 44 different porcelain powders and 102 finished porcelain-metal crowns produced by domestic and foreign dental laboratories. The results ranged from below detectable to 113 parts per million (ppm) in the 44 porcelain powders, and an average of 46ppm in the crowns.
"Based on all the information to date, both from our own testing as well as reports of other analyses, we are confident that no measurable levels of lead are released from dental crowns made from dental porcelain typical of available sources," said Clifton Carey, PhD, administrative director, ADA's Paffenbarger Research Center (PRC), which conducted the study with the ADA's Division of Science laboratory.
Is a Full Contour Zirconia (FCZ) (BRUXIR) crown covered under dental insurance plans just like a PFM...See more crown is covered?? Any information on this subject is appreciated, I am trying to gain knowledge on this matter in order to better communicate with my clients. Thanks guys!!
I understand you taking exception with the over simplification of the outsource issue but to say that...See more it's a "greed-driven business model" is an oversimplification of its own. Domestic dental labs who compete primarily on price are facing a crisis to stay in business. Rather than greed, their very survival depends on their ability to use offshore labs to take advantage of cheap labor. Our medium sized lab has a parade of small lab owners seeking work because they simply can't afford to make a living wage in the current market with their lack of capital & business acumen. There's a simple reality that labs who have made a living making crowns out of their basement for $1 cheaper than the lab down the street are disappearing. Although I feel bad these labs are closing and the challenges of change, I'm not convinced that this shakeout is necessarily a bad thing for our industry.
US labs need to quit whining about the offshore problem and work toward finding ways to compete in ways other than price. Finding ways to improve compliance and material integrity is only part of the solution. Domestic labs will ALWAYS have a competitive advantage in turnaround time and the ability to forge personal, meaningful business relationships with their dentists. Successful labs will find a way to incorporate automation, efficiency, artistry, and other value-added services to their dentists. As long as labs keep acting like vendors to their customers rather than partners in mutual success, the profession will continue to "cheapen."
In my view, the shakeout will continue for a few more years with automation, milling, and monolithic materials leading the way. Labs owners who work 16 hour days for $40,000 year making base-metal pfms for local dentists will continue to disappear. Its time for US labs to step up, take control, and shed the defeatist mentality. The future is bright for those who embrace change and seize new opportunities.
According to LMT's 2013 Dentist Survey, 42% of dentist-respondents say they likely will invest in a digital impression-taking system within several years. In contrast, 63% of respondents have no plans to purchase a chairside CAD/CAM system in the near future.
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