- November 2015
The industry is abuzz with questions and concerns about the FDA’s newest statement on in-lab milling of implant abutments (see NADL alert below). Watch for additional coverage in LMT.
From NADL:FDA Alert - Labs not permitted to use CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of most abutments
When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a "manufacturer" as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so.
That still did not answer the questions about the “tooth end” of the abutment, the abutment collar/post. Sometime later FDA ultimately stated a dental laboratory may mill the collar/post as long as the dental laboratory follows the manufacturer's FDA cleared instructions.
Now, nearly two years later, there is still only one manufacturer that has obtained FDA clearance for their in-lab CAD/CAM...
- March 2015
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT) is a non-profit 501c (3) organization. The purpose of FDLT is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.
Sterngold Dental is located in Attleboro, Massachusetts and is the leading source for restorative dentistry and is a global leader in alloys, attachments, implants, and restorative systems. Sterngold has kindly pledged $10,000 to the Foundation in both cash and product donations over a period of time to help support the future of dental laboratory technology. With this donation, Sterngold and the Foundation have partnered to bring you the 2015 Sterngold Grant.
The 2015 Sterngold Grant will award one (1) school $1,250 in product donation. Products available through this grant include:
QuickLineTM Long-Term Soft Relining Material
SternTek® Duplicating Material
- February 2014
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 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.
- December 2013
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 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....
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- November 2013
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 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...
- September 2013
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 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...
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- August 2013
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 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...