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Lead in Dental Crowns Issue Toolkit

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Background

An Ohio television station aired an investigative report February 27, 2008 on outsourcing dental lab work offshore. The report's hook was that one of the crowns received from a Chinese lab contained lead.

Under no circumstances should lead be in a dental prosthetic device. It is not yet known if this is an isolated incident or indicates a larger problem. The American Dental Association (ADA) and National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) have prepared background information and talking points. The ADA will continue keep the dental community informed.

It is important to note that according to industry experts, there are no US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-approved materials used in dental prosthetic devices that contain lead. Dental clinicians are advised to check with their laboratories for assurance that they use only FDA-approved materials.

Consistent with its role in helping increase the safety of oral healthcare, OSAP has created this website as an evolving resource for the dental profession. ADA, NADL and OSAP and the dental profession encourage the dental community to be armed with the facts.

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Resources

Toronto Academy of Dentistry Winter Clinic Panel Discussion on Grey Market and Counterfeit Dental Materials Conference Report and narrated powerpoint presentations(included with the permission of the Canadian Dental Association).

Documented Cases of Lead Contamination in
Off Shore Dental Laboratory Restorations

National Association of Dental Laboratories Statement

FDA Statement On 10 Investigates' Report

US Food & Drug Administration Statement as reported on WBNS-TV Channel 10, Columbus, OH
Dental Lab Industry Launches Web Site To Inform Consumers On Lead Scare The National Association of Dental Laboratories has launched a Web site to inform consumers concerned about recent reports of lead contamination in dental crowns imported from overseas.
Dental Laboratory Association Informs Dentists on Importance of Materials Accountability It is important that dental laboratories accurately disclose the point-of-origin and the content of materials used in dental restorations in order 
to protect patient safety. The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is highlighting the importance of materials accountability and emphasizing the lack of minimum standards in the US by creating the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign.

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Articles

China's lead woes may fuel work for local dental labs From the Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area.

 

Television News Reports

Jablow Blog on Report

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