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Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Announces National Fundraiser to Support Grants and Scholarships for Dental Technicians and DLT Schools

Posted on May 22, 2018

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) is proud to announce a new fundraiser to support grants and scholarships. 

Ivoclar Vivadent and the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) are joining forces to raise funds to support the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology by giving folks the chance to win “The Spirit of the Esthetic Revolution™” – a 1995 Harley-Davidson® Softail Classic motorcycle donated by Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

Tickets can be purchased at www.dentallabfoundation.org/ticket between now and January 10, 2019. Tickets are $25.00 and for every four tickets purchased, you will get a fifth ticket entry free. One winning ticket will be selected in a random drawing from all tickets purchased at the 2019 NADL Vision 21 Meeting being held January 17 – 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. 

Since 2008, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to dental technicians looking to further their education and enhance their skills within the restorative dental field.

“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to Ivoclar Vivadent and their CEO Robert Ganley for their generosity in donating this 1995 Harley-Davidson Softail Classic to help raise funds for the Foundation,” said Foundation Chair Gary Iocco. 

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. For additional information about the Foundation and its program, visit www.dentallabfoundation.org.

ABOUT IVOCLAR VIVADENT: Ivoclar Vivadent is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry. The company employs over 3200 people and operates in over 120 countries throughout the world. Ivoclar Vivadent is headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein. Its North American headquarters is based in Amherst, NY.

 

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Update on Louisiana House Bill 748

Posted on May 11, 2018

About a week ago, we updated our valued constituents about the Louisiana House Bill 748, which would prohibit you as Certified Dental Technicians from using the word “Certified” in your title. 

We are pleased to inform you that the language regarding the use of the term “certified” was deleted entirely through an initial amendment, and then a subsequent amendment then deleted most of the language related to certification. The bill no longer references certification at all.

That amendment was adopted and now leaves a bill that reads as follows:

“Pursuant to the authority in this Chapter, the governor shall review on an annual basis not less than twenty percent of the agencies engaged in regulatory and licensing activities.  Within five years, the governor shall have reviewed all such agencies.”

In addition, a related bill, House Bill 378, has been amended to remove all references to the term “certification,” other than to say that “nothing shall be construed to restrict a licensing board from requiring, as a condition of licensure or renewal of licensure, obtaining/maintaining credentials from an organization that credentials individuals in the relevant occupation, field, or industry.”

We are pleased with the outcome and would like to thank our CDTs, RGs and CDLs as well as the National Association of Dental Laboratories, the Dental Technicians Society (formerly the Mississippi Dental Laboratory Association and the Louisiana Dental Laboratory Association) and their President Tristan Hall, CDT for their action and support.

Respectfully yours,

Bennett Napier

Executive Director

 

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NBC Registers Opposition to Louisiana House Bill 748

Posted on May 02, 2018

April 30, 2018

Senator Daniel Martiny

Chairman

Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee

131 Airline Drive Suite 201

Metairie, LA 70001 

TRANSMITTED VIA E-MAIL TO: martinyd@legis.la.gov

RE:     Opposition to HB 748 – Prohibition on Certification

Dear Chairman Martiny:

On behalf of the National Board for Certification In Dental Laboratory Technology we write to join in opposition to House Bill 748 because it prohibits the use of “certified” in the professional titles of those who have voluntarily earned certification without exception for voluntary certifications earned through a third-party recognized certification program.

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) administers the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Program which certifies dental laboratory technicians who have demonstrated their ability to fabricate dental implants, crowns, dentures and other dental prostheses.

The CDT Certification Program has been ANSI accredited and has meet third-party criteria for psychometric validity.  Additionally, the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes certification of dental technicians as necessary to provide the dental profession with an indication of those persons who have demonstrated their ability. Dental laboratories and dental laboratory technicians in Louisiana are not regulated.  The CDT certification is nationally recognized and is the only certification available to dental laboratory technicians in Louisiana.

Thus, NBC must oppose HB 748 because it prohibits the use of “certified” in the professional titles of those who have voluntarily earned certification without regard to whether the voluntary certification is earned through a third-party recognized certification program.

Respectfully yours,

Bennett Napier

Executive Director

Cc:     The Honorable Julie Emerson


 

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NADL 2nd Quarter Webinar

Posted on April 24, 2018

NADL will be hosting the 2nd Quarter Webinar on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. This webinar will be one (1) hour in length and will be NBC-approved for Regulatory Standards credit. The webinar will be FREE for NADL Members and $35.00 for non-members.

Click Here to Register!

“In Simple Terms: What You Need to Know About the FDA” presented by Tim Torbenson
     - Understand why the FDA is now requiring CAD/CAM dental labs to implement a Quality Management system that complies with the FDA’s Title 21 CFR 820?  
     - Am I exempt?  5 Simple Questions.
     - What is Title 21 CFR 820?  
     - What is a Class II Medical Device as it relates to the Dental Laboratory?
     - What is a Quality Management System?
     - How do I get my lab compliant with the FDA?
     - What does it cost and how does it benefit my lab?

Register online by visiting http://nadl.org?ceknku. More information can be found online at http://nadl.org?tq4x53.

Tim Torbenson has over 41 years’ experience in the dental industry with the past 31 years dedicated to the restorative processes involving Dental implants. He has a diverse experience with medical device manufacturing, sales, management and regulatory affairs. Tim brings his regulatory experiences from his time at Attachments International, Glidewell Dental Laboratories and most recently Integrated Dental Systems where Tim oversaw the development of 5 implants systems through design, production and their regulatory processes. Tim is now the president of evo820, a regulatory consulting firm dedicated to helping dental laboratories meet FDA requirements through a practical and affordable process.

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National Dental Associations Celebrate June as Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Posted on April 16, 2018

National Dental Associations Celebrate June as Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month


The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) celebrate June as Dental Technician and Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Appreciation Month.

"I tip my hat to my fellow Certified Dental Technicians as we celebrate CDT Appreciation Month!” said Denise Burris, 2018 NBC Chair and NADL board member.  “The commitment required to earn your CDT designation is a direct reflection of your pride in yourself, your craft and especially to the patients you serve. It is a process that acutely defines your desire to elevate your skills to a professional level.  I share in your dedication!”

Dental technicians bring considerable experience and subject matter expertise in the areas of dental materials, technology utilization, shade verification and restorative dentistry. Although generally operating behind the scenes of the oral health team, dental technicians are a crucial part of ensuring delivery of quality dental care.

Robert Savage, 2018 NADL Board President shared, “Drake Dental Lab has had a long tradition of encouraging the pursuit and attainment of the designation of CDT.  Our founder Billy Drake, CDT achieved his 40-year certificate this past January and today Drake employs over 17 CDT’s with more working hard to complete the process.  We believe that the Certified Dental Technician title demonstrates a willingness for continued skill and career advancement which is paramount in fulfilling our mission of dental excellence. Congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to achieve this status.”

NADL seeks to inform dentists and patients of the important role of the dental laboratory technician and dental laboratory through its What’s In Your Mouth campaign. In the U.S., most states set no minimum standards for persons to be employed as dental technicians. In fact, only four states in the U.S. require either certification or continuing education for dental technicians.

The NBC is an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. This is the only voluntary certification program for dental laboratory technicians recognized by the American Dental Association.

The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. It illustrates a technician's commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in six specialty areas: ceramics, complete dentures, crown and bridge, orthodontics, partial dentures and implants.

NADL is the unified voice of the dental laboratory industry supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.

Please contact Meghan Brasher at (800) 950-1150 or by email at mbrasher@nbccert.org to help celebrate!

 

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NBC Implements Changes in 2017

Posted on April 05, 2017

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology is committed to maintaining relevancy in the dental laboratory technology profession. NBC worked tirelessly throughout 2015 and 2016 to create and implement updates to our certification programs. NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT states “we have made impactful change to the CDT examinations that will strengthen and sustain the program well into the future”.
 
The following updates have gone into full effect as of January 1, 2017.
 
     - New Examination References- Announced June 1, 2016
     - Revised Job Task Outlines- Announced August 11, 2016
     - Modified Practical Exams & Updated Written Exams - Announced September 28, 2016
     - New Pathway to Certification- Announced December 7, 2016
 
The CDT Handbook is one of the best resources and contains important information regarding the requirements to become a CDT, examination confirmation, cancellation and rescheduling policies, details about examination preparation and studying, and information about examination content.
 
The content on the Written Examinations is derived from the current NBC Job Task Outlines, which can be found on the NBC website under Certification Program Standards at https://nbccert.org/about-national-board-certification/certification-standards.cfm
 
In addition to all of the updates and improvements that have been made to the written and practical exams, we have also added another pathway to certification. This new pathway provides an option for the self-motivated learner that wants a more direct route to the opportunity to become a CDT.
 
Heather is “so proud of the positive changes coming out of the CDT program and feels this program is moving in the right direction to ensure that the CDT program remains relevant”.
 
For specific details on each of the program updates, please reference the below news pages.

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