As a certified dental laboratory, we understand the importance of having certified dental technicians working with our partners. We are accredited by the National Association of Dental Laboratories and the National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. Our level of expertise is made more important by the changing times. Brianna Barnebee of RB Oppenheim Associates wrote this article on some changes we might be seeing in the future of the industry and how that will affect dental professionals:
With the increasing demand for dental implants, the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” (WIYM) campaign to inform dentists and patients about the safety issues related to dental restorations. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the dental implant and prosthetic market in the U.S. is projected to reach $6.4 billion in 2018 with more than 30 million Americans missing all their teeth in one or both jaws requiring implant procedures.
Many patients receiving an implant treatment plan make the assumption that their dentist creates his or her restorations. However, implants and other dental restorations are typically created in dental laboratories, making it difficult for dentists to know how the implant was produced, the condition of the dental lab, what materials were used or where the implant was produced.
As stated in the 2016 NADL Business Survey, 81 percent of respondents’ laboratories were not inspected by government agencies.
“Because it is often the dental technician, not the dentist who will be working to create the crown or bridge that will attach the dental implant, it is crucial for dentists to inform patients about the dental laboratory and dental technician that they work with and about their qualifications,” said NADL Executive Director Bennett Napier, CAE. “A trained and educated dental technician will have a positive impact on a patient’s treatment.
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