What You Should Know About CDLs

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Certification in the dental laboratory profession is voluntary. Laboratories who have taken the extra steps to become certified represent the top of their field. CDLs have documented not only compliance with peer-defined standards but a desire to stay in the forefront of the industry. A Certified Dental Laboratory takes pride in the quality and professionalism of its products and services.

A laboratory may seek certification in up to five specialties, including Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, Crown & Bridge, Ceramics and Orthodontics.

To maintain certification, a CDL must renew annually and report any changes in the number of laboratory personnel or facilities. A complete review is required every five years to ensure continual compliance with the CDL program requirements.

Look for the CDL Logo. This insignia ensures you that your lab has achieved the highest standards of laboratory science.

Frequently Asked Questions About CDLs

The Certified Dental Laboratory (CDL) provides assurance that a laboratory has met specific standards relating to quality assurance, safety, and business and manufacturing practices. By earning and maintaining the CDL designation, a dental laboratory is always monitoring and attempting to improve the quality and efficiency of their services and facilities.

The CDL is recognized by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). It also receives outstanding support and participation from U.S. military services.

Dental laboratories in the United States are not required to be certified. The CDL program creates a means for dental professionals and members of the public to identify dental laboratories which meet specific standards. If your dentist uses a CDL, you can have the confidence of knowing that your laboratory:

  • has regular infection control training and good infection control procedures
  • ensures adequate supervision of fabricating technicians
  • upholds quality and safety standards
  • maintains records of brand specific products they use
  • meets or exceeds government regulations
  • has a written re-make policy
  • uses an alloy labeling system so you can know what's in your mouth
  • offers area-specific expertise.

The CDL Program does not warrant the efficacy or acceptability of restorations or appliances fabricated in Certified Dental Laboratories. Experience shows, however, that laboratories which submit to voluntary certification are at the forefront of their profession.

As a dentist, it is crucial that you are providing quality products and services to your patients. By using a CDL, you are assured - and can reassure your patients - that the laboratory making their appliances:

  • has regular infection control training and good infection control procedures
  • ensures adequate supervision of fabricating technicians
  • upholds quality and safety standards
  • maintains records of brand specific products they use
  • meets or exceeds government regulations
  • has a written re-make policy
  • uses an alloy labeling system so you can know what's in your mouth
  • offers area-specific expertise.

Dental laboratories in the United States are not required to be certified. The CDL program creates a means for dental professionals and members of the public to identify dental laboratories which meet specific standards. If you would like to request informational materials for your dental office and patients, send a request by clicking here. The CDL Program does not warrant the efficacy or acceptability of restorations or appliances fabricated in Certified Dental Laboratories. Experience shows, however, that laboratories which submit to voluntary certification are at the forefront of their profession.

Talk to your laboratory about the CDL Program. If you'd like to click here and provide an address, NBC will send information to them about the CDL Program.

As a part of the annual renewal process, current supervisory CDTs are verified, the ratio of CDTs to other technicians employed in the specialty area is checked, legal and ethical requirements are satisfied and information regarding recent infection control training is collected. Applicants for CDL renewal also complete a self-assessment review to assist with identifying any areas that may need improvement.

Every five years, a Revalidation Application is required to ensure continual compliance with the CDL program requirements and new industry safety or regulatory standards. The revalidation process is similar to the initial application process and requires physical that is reviewed by a third-party to ensure complete compliance.

A laboratory may seek certification in up to five specialties, including Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, Crown & Bridge, Ceramics and Orthodontics. Different documentation is required depending on the specialty area of the certification.

No. The CDL Program has a greater focus on the safety of workers and the physical facilities of the laboratory itself. The DAMAS Program allows the laboratory to evidence to its dental clients its focus on patient safety in regard to the manufacturing process and traceability of materials. The CDL Program is a great step towards completing the DAMAS Program.

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