What’s in your mouth? Orthodontics

We are a larger orthodontic laboratory and use only the best materials that we can find. We follow the Food and Drug Administration Good Manufacturing Processes (FDA GMP) requirements and we are also ISO 13485 certified. As a patient, it is important for you to know about the standards and requirements that dental laboratories have…

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…

Shade Taking

By. William R. Mrazek B.Sc., CDT The following information is designed to educate the technician, dentist, and dental assistant in the accuracy, predictability, and efficiency of the VITA 3D-Master Shade system.  I have included a list of recommendations for shade taking technique to help reduce the variables and increase the accuracy and predictability of the shade…

Use of the CDT codes In Your Dental Practice

Use of the CDT codes In Your Dental Practice By Dennis Lanier, CDT The codes that I am talking about are the Current Dental Terminology codes that dental practices use to document their services and lead to faster reimbursement from insurance companies. It is also important to use the most current CDT/CPT/ICD-10-CM code combinations, when…

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…

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…