ADA Develops Guidance on Dental Emergency, Non-Emergency Care

ADA Develops Guidance on Dental Emergency, Non-Emergency Care

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Regulatory News | No Comments

The ADA provided its members and their patients detailed guidance on March 18 on what to consider dental emergencies and nonemergency dental care as part of an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and alleviate the burden on hospital and emergency departments. The guide is meant to provide additional guidance following an Association recommendation that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures to do their part to “mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

ADA Recommends Dentists Postpone Elective Procedures

ADA Recommends Dentists Postpone Elective Procedures

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Regulatory News | No Comments

The ADA is recommending that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, across the country. “The American Dental Association recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19,” according to the March 16 statement from the ADA President Chad P. Gehani.

Washington State Passes Registration Bill

Washington State Passes Registration Bill

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Regulatory News | No Comments

The state of Washington passed a bill in its senate “creating the dental laboratory registry within the department of health and establishing minimum standards for dental laboratories serving dentists in Washington state.” According to National Association of Dental Laboratories Chief Staff Executive Bennett Napier, this was the first new laboratory standards bill on registration passed by any state legislature in more than 30 years.

Insurance Industry<br> Spin & Hype

Insurance Industry
Spin & Hype

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Regulatory News | No Comments

There is no question that dental insurance has had a positive influence in availing the public to dental healthcare services. Unfortunately for dental consumers, the insurance industry’s primary responsibility is profit generation for shareholders. This is in direct contrast to a doctor’s primary obligation of placing patient interests to the fore.

Working Together, Profiting Together

Working Together, Profiting Together

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Dental Review | No Comments

If dentists are the architects of the mouth, then it does us well to work with the best “interior designers.” In dentistry, as in life, our reputations precede us and can also reflect on our business associates. For example, Pinhas is widely known as a world-class technician, making not “just teeth” but using his expertise and craftsmanship to create works of art for each patient.

FDA Abutment/Implant Regulation FAQs

FDA Abutment/Implant Regulation FAQs

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Regulatory News | No Comments

At NADL’s V21 conference there was much discussion and many questions related to FDA’s rules for CAD/CAM milling of implant abutments. As a follow-up to JDT’s January article the following are answers to the most common questions that were asked.

NADL to Push Tech Awareness

NADL to Push Tech Awareness

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Regulatory News | No Comments

According to research by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), only four states in the U.S. require dental technicians to be certified or obtain continuing education. In order to increase awareness of the lack of standards in the dental industry, NADL created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to inform patients that their dentists might use technicians that lack the skills and knowledge they should have.

FDA Says No To CAD/CAM In-Lab Milling

FDA Says No To CAD/CAM In-Lab Milling

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Regulatory News | No Comments

When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a “manufacturer” as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so…

Implant Abutment Material: Which is Best?

Implant Abutment Material: Which is Best?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Dental Review | No Comments

The recent advancement of zirconia abutments has offered an esthetic choice for the restoration of dental implants. The number one concern offered with this type of abutment material is strength. A recent study published in the Christianson Report had some interesting conclusions…

My Dad’s Hands:<br>Some Reflections

My Dad’s Hands:
Some Reflections

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Joe's Take | No Comments

Once I was done with college, I did what every independent young man would do; I went to work for my dad. I had the privilege to work side by side with my dad for almost 15 years. I was trained by a true master in the art of dental technology. We discussed many topics over those years and to this day…