Dental Insurance: Good Idea Gone Bad?

By: Mark T. Murphy, DDS, FAGD With apologies to President Abraham Lincoln. “Three score and two years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new concept called dental insurance, conceived from the medical model, and dedicated to the proposition that all should have access to quality dental care” …oops! Dental “insurance”, once intended…

Materials Accountability Standards Matter

Materials Accountability Standards Matter By: Eric Thorn, Esq. Many clearly recognize the importance of requiring dental laboratories to disclose to the dentist the point-of-origin and the material content of materials used in dental restorations as the accuracy of this information is essential to protect the patient safety. What many don’t recognize is that most states…

Digital Impact in Dentistry

Digital Impact in Dentistry By: Steve Killian, CDT Change is Difficult It’s a brave new world with all of the digital changes we experience in our daily lives.  The changes seem to be coming at us at a geometric rate of growth.  It simply is overwhelming at times.  Oftentimes we look to our kids to…

Why did my Doctor ONLY Tell Me About CPAP?

Why did my Doctor ONLY Tell Me About CPAP?  By Laura Sheppard, CDT, TE This is a common question when patients realize there are also custom made oral appliances that can be equally effective. CPAP is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) prescribed by medical physicians everywhere. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is…

Dental Laboratory Association Announces Campaign to Inform Dentists of Potential Lack of Regulation for Restorations

Dental Laboratory Association Announces Campaign to Inform Dentists of Potential Lack of Regulation for Restorations Laura Sheppard, CDT, TE With strong regulation in the manufacturing of sleep devices, the National Association of Dental Laboratories is informing dentists, through its “What’s In Your Mouth?” (WIYM) campaign, that this level of regulation is not prevalent in the…

You have the Right to Know

You have the Right to Know By Mark Murphy, DDS I once wrote an article published in Dental Economics titled “Did You Want Fries With That?” in February of 2008. It describes how material and technical verification is important to ensure patient health and safety in dentistry. Some states do not yet require any level of certification…

Dental Laboratory Leaders Clarify FDA Regulations on Implant Abutments at Conference Sessions

Hundreds of dental laboratory owners and technicians from around the country had an opportunity to learn about Food and Drug Administration regulations on dental implant abutments when top leaders from the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) recently presented on the latest updates. NADL’s Bennett Napier, CAE, and Eric Thorn, Esquire, led “FDA, Implants/Abutments and…