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 American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) recognize CDLs. CDLs also receive outstanding support and participation from U.S. military services.
Why should I make sure my dentist uses a CDL?
Dental laboratories in the U.S. do not necessarily have to be certified. The CDL program creates a means for dental professionals and members of the public to identify which dental laboratories meet specific standards. If your dentist uses a Certified Dental Lab, you can have the confidence of knowing that your laboratory:
• has regular infection control training and procedures.
• ensures adequate technician supervision.
• upholds quality and safety standards.
• maintains records of the brand-specific products it uses.
• meets or exceeds government regulations.
• has a written remake policy.
• uses an alloy labeling system so you can know what’s in your mouth.
• offers area-specific expertise.
How do I locate a CDL in my area?
Now that you know what a CDL is, find one near you! According to most state laws, laboratories only can accept prescriptions from licensed dentists. However, interested patients may contact CDLs for information about which dentists use their services. Click here to search by contact name, laboratory name or by state.