Material Certifications A “Must” For Dentists

As the market becomes saturated with more and more zirconia and alloy materials, it is increasingly difficult to verify the quality and composition. As a result, material certifications, composition sheets, and MSDS documentation are in high demand.

To manage this demand, the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council works diligently to make the quality materials known and attainable. The council is a non-profit within the dental industry that provides certificates verifying the composition and ADA classification to qualified suppliers. Qualified and registered suppliers inclUntitledude the certificates with the materials shipped to dental laboratories. These dental laboratories then keep a copy for themselves and pass along
a certificate to their dentists with every case. The IdentAlloy Council reports that requests for certificates verifying dental material content are more critical than ever. Over 20.7 million certificates were provided to manufacturers in 2013, and there was an 11.3% increase in IdentAlloy/IdentCeram certificate demand from 2012 to 2013.

A nationwide survey of dentists conducted by the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council found that 91.2% favor composition certification of the restorative materials they prescribe. Additionally, over 97% reported that dental labs who include free materials certification with every case are preferred. The IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council survey also requested dentists to indicate the major benefits of the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram materials certification program. Here are the front-runners:

93.9%              “Ensuring material quality and content”

75.8%              “Attesting to the quality of the lab.”

54.5%              “Improving risk management”

36.4%              “Streamlining record-keeping”

The growing demand for materials verification, not only ensures the quality and composition of the products being used, but makes record-keeping easier and risk-management more effective for both the dental laboratory and the dentist. Chuck Yenkner, Executive Director of the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council, explains, “it costs dentists and labs nothing to request the certificates. They then have a way to document their choice of material for patients and every other stakeholder in the procedure.”

The Ratava Group (RG) is committed to distributing high quality products that make the dental technician’s work easier and final restorations more beautiful. RG provides IdentAlloy and IdentCeram Certificates free of charge for all materials. These materials include Zirconia, Chrome Cobalt (Type 4) CAD/CAM Discs, and Titanium (Grade 5) CAD/CAM Discs.


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