Understand the importance of choosing a Certified Dental Laboratory (CDL) for high quality dental restorations.
The ability of dentists to deliver a high standard of care in restorative and cosmetic dentistry is enhanced by working with a laboratory that has undergone 3rd party certification. Working with a Certified Dental Lab will assure that your restorations are manufactured by or under the guidance of Certified Dental Technicians. Certification is a voluntary process, and is the dentist’s added assurance that the lab is committed to providing quality products and services that comply with regulatory requirements for material quality and traceability.
Poorly-made dental restorations – whether made in America or abroad – can lead to a range of health consequences for patients, and in turn, legal consequences for dentists. To ensure better outcomes for safe dental restorations, it is extremely important that dentists and patients have a full understanding of where their dental restorations are coming from and what materials are used in the process.
In the USA, domestic dental laboratories remain unregulated in more than 40 states. Some companies call themselves domestic dental laboratories, and receive prescriptions shipped from dentists all across the US, but in reality they produce nothing, but serve as a front for companies producing outside the USA.
Dental restorations increasingly are being imported from countries like China, India and Vietnam. Depending on the country, those dental laboratories may not be subject to the same scrutiny that domestic laboratories receive from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.