Mapping a New Course to Shade Determination

Introduction Although many aspects of dentistry have seen massive improvements in technology, process, and efficiency, shade communication and determination have been largely unchanged. The introduction of Mobile Dental Photography has not only expedited a technical jump, but has also opened the door to stark process improvements. Accelerated by a pandemic and the near extinction of…

FDA 510(k) Clearance – An Overview

By Eric Thorn, Esq. Well to start off with, no a 510(k) is not some type of retirement plan, that’s a 401(k).  Section 510(k) is a section of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) that requires device manufacturers to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with at least 90-day advance notice of…

The Wax Duplicate Denture Technique: A Guide for Replication Accuracy and Success

At some point during a patient’s denture journey, they will require treatment that involves replacement dentures. There are many reasons that a patient may request to duplicate some or all parts of their current denture. Patients, particularly geriatric ones who have worn their current prosthesis for many years, are not always able to tolerate change.…

COVID-19 Infection Control Through Digital Scanning in the Dental Laboratory

In the realm of global dentistry, health and safety processes and procedures have always been stringently regulated. Protec Dental Laboratories LTD, Vancouver, BC, Canada, places great emphasis in following internal and external regulatory guidelines that are predominantly outlined by both the Provincial Ministry of Health and College of Dental Technicians of BC. Pre COVID-19, disinfection…

The Industrial Revolution

Klaus Schwab, economist and Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, authored a best-selling book entitled, The Fourth Industrial Revolution. In it, he explains that the fourth revolution is different from any previous revolution in scale, scope and complexity. This technological revolution impacts all economies, governments and…

A Little Communication Goes A Long Way

A Little Communication Goes A Long Way By: Steve Killian, CDT We all know how busy the dentist and staff are in a successful practice.  As a matter of course, those practices work with successful and reputable dental laboratories.  The trend follows because of the need for expert technical assistance from the most experienced dental…

Standards Matter – Why it is Important to Work With a CDT, CDL or DAMAS Laboratory

STANDARDS MATTER Why it is Important to Work with a CDT, CDL or DAMAS Laboratory By: Heather Voss, CDT Whenever we drive a car, purchase something online, use a cellphone or take our children to an amusement park, we are benefiting from minimum quality standards without even knowing it.  Standards have become such an integral…

Surprising Statistics: Discover Which States Require Certification for Dental Restorations

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…

Certified Dental Labs: Learn the Facts and Find a Lab

What is a Certified Dental Lab? A Certified Dental Laboratory (CDL) must meet specific standards relating to quality assurance, safety, and business and manufacturing practices. A CDL monitors and attempts to improve the quality and efficiency of its services and facilities. The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the…