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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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