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

Posted on April 17, 2019

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2019          
 
Contact:
Meghan Brasher
National Association of Dental Laboratories
National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology                 
[email protected]     
(800) 950-1150                 
                                                          

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

Tallahassee, Fla. – 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.

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.

 “Dental technicians perform an incredible service in our mission to assist our dentists and clients in effectively treating patients in need,” shared Travis Zick, 2019 NADL President “Technicians who take the initiative to earn their CDT designation demonstrate a higher level of commitment and pride in our profession.  Having the CDT designation also shows their peers, and clients, that they have a proven knowledge and understanding of dental laboratory fundamentals.  We encourage all of our technicians to pursue their CDT if they intend to pursue a career in dental technology.”

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.

“Being a Certified Dental Technician means that I challenged myself to achieve this recognition and I continue to maintain a high standard of excellence in my profession,” said 2019 NBC Chair, Morris Fucarino, CDT. “I am proud to be a CDT and have a great admiration for those who have and continue to challenge themselves in pursuing and maintaining the CDT designation. It is important for our profession to have a standard of excellence and certification can serve as a demonstration of knowledge and skill in our field.”

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.

The month of June is dedicated to dental technicians and Certified Dental Technicians. Help spread the word on Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month by liking and following the NADL and NBC Facebook pages and by sharing our posts. Feel free to post on your own social media pages and be sure to tag NADL or NBC. 

Please contact Meghan Brasher at (800) 950-1150 or [email protected]

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NBC Announces CDL Standard Changes

Posted on August 17, 2018

News Release

Contact:   Justin Mischler
Address:  National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology       
                  325 John Knox Road, Suite L103                     
                  Tallahassee, Florida 32303                     
Email:       jmischler@nbccert.org
Phone:     (800) 684-5310  
Fax:          (850) 222-0053

August 17, 2018
For Immediate Release

NBC Announces CDL Standard Changes

Tallahassee, Florida: The NBC Trust reviewed the CDL Program in detail at the April 2017 in person meeting and identified several potential changes to the CDL program.  From this meeting, a Task Force was developed to further discuss the potential changes and bring forward recommended changes to the NBC Trust.

Since establishing the Task Force, there have been a series of conference calls as well as a survey of current CDLs and a survey of non-certified dental laboratories to help determine recommendations for next steps.

In December 2017, the Task Force presented draft recommendations to the Trust for consideration to ensure they were on the right track with their suggested changes.

At its April 2018 meeting, the NBC Trust directed that the following proposed revisions to the CDL standards be distributed to the communities of interest for review and comment, with all comments due June 14, 2018 for consideration at the June 2018 NBC Trust meeting.

Following the comment due date June 14, 2018, the NBC Trust voted to pass all standard changes as they were during their June 2018 meeting. Please see the table below for more information on the updated standards.

 

Area

Previous Standard

Updated Standard

 

Specialty Specific Photographic Documentation

CDLs must illustrate that specialty-specific facility standards have been met. This is accomplished through photographs that illustrate acceptable technical resources (well maintained and functional) in their respective specialty areas.

NBC will no longer require additional specialty specific photographic documentation for CDLs. 

 

Photographic documentation is still be necessary for general facility and equipment requirements as outlined in the NBC materials.

 

CDL Designation and

Specialty Recognition

 

 

Certification shall be offered in each or any of the following specialty areas:  Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, Crown & Bridge, Ceramics and Orthodontics. A laboratory may apply for certification in any or all specialties offered by, and performed in, the physical facility applying for certification.

 

NBC will offer a universal CDL certification with same requirements for all. CDLs can still receive recognition in a given specialty area if they meet the Personnel Requirement within a specialty area as follows:

 

In each specialty for which recognition is requested, all work must be done in cooperation with a Certified Dental Technician(s) holding current certification in that specialty. Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

 

NBC is adding Implants as a specialty area within the CDL program.

Personnel Requirement

Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

 

In order to be a CDL, there must be one CDT of record within the laboratory listed on the CDL application. CDLs can still receive recognition in a given specialty area if they meet the Personnel Requirement within a specialty area as follows:

 

In each specialty for which recognition is requested, all work must be done in cooperation with a Certified Dental Technician(s) holding current certification in that specialty. Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

Facility Requirement – Fire Blanket

 

Emergency fire blanket(s) should be stored in an easily accessible location in the area(s) of the lab with the greatest potential for fire.

NBC will no longer require a fire blanket as part of facility standards. 

 

The approved standards went into effect on June 30, 2018 and all current CDL’s have been sent a letter informing them of the standard updates as of August 1, 2018.  The NBC website and CDL Handbook and Applications have been updated with the new standard information. If you have any further questions, you can contact Justin Mischler at [email protected].

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