In a 2009, American Dental Association member survey, nearly 65% of dentists responded that they believe dental technicians and laboratories are regulated in their state. This is not the case. In fact, only four states in the U.S. require either certification or continuing education.
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Dentistry has seen a proliferation of new technology and materials. As a result, dentists now more than ever rely upon the skills of a qualified dental technician to assist with material selection and case planning. It is not uncommon for a dental technician to work directly with the dentist in an office setting to meet with patients.
It is important for the dentist to have complete trust and confidence in their technicians’ skills and knowledge. Working with a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) is a great way to ensure success.
Current Environment – 2013
- State Regulation – Basic Standards
- Ten states have existing administrative or statutory laws regulating dental laboratories and/or technicians
- Primary requirements include: lab registration, material and point of origin disclosure, one CDT for each lab or required continuing education (CE).