See if your state requires certification or continuing education for dental technicians and labs. Know who made what’s in your mouth!
Whether you are a patient or a dentist, it is important to know about dental restorations before installation. Both parties should be aware of the certification and education levels of the people who produce the restorations. Successful restorative dental procedures depend on the dental technicians and laboratories that manufacture the restorations for dentists to use.
Out of fifty states, you might be surprised to learn that only four require either certification or continuing education for dental technicians and laboratories. In a 2009 survey of American Dental Association members, the majority of dentists were unaware of the lack of state regulations. The four key active states are California, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia.
Importance of State Regulation
When dentists order dental restorations for their patients, the restorations do not come from the dentist’s office. Rather, dental technicians will produce these materials in dental laboratories. Because of this, there must be complete transparency between dentists and technicians, and dentists must trust in technicians’ capabilities. With state regulations requiring certification or continuing education for technicians, dentists have even more confidence that their chosen technicians’ work is suitable for their patients.
Patients require restorations that are biocompatible with their tissues and are aesthetically pleasing and durable. Moreover, they need assurance that their prostheses are made out of quality materials and meet professional standards. By states ensuring the competency of the dental technicians and laboratories, patients can have the benefit of quality restorations.
For more insights on state regulation as well as contact information for your state’s Governing Board of Dentistry, click here.