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Registration for dental labs (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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Ever wonder where the materials come from that dentists use for filling your teeth or inserting dental implants?

A new law will require dental laboratories to register with the Board of Dentistry and track the origin of lab materials. The law calls for an initial biennial registration fee of $50, with a biennial renewal fee of $25.

Sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) and Sen. John Howe (R-Red Wing), most provisions in the law are effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The law also defines a dental laboratory as a corporation, partnership, sole proprietor or business entity engaged in the manufacture or repair of dental prosthetic appliances. This definition does not include a dental laboratory that is physically located within a dental practice if the dental prosthetic appliances are manufactured or repaired for the exclusive use of the dentist or dentists within the practice.

No registered dental laboratory will be authorized to perform or authorize any dental technological work without a valid work order from a licensed dentist, which may be handwritten, faxed or sent electronically using an electronic signature.

During fiscal year 2013, $15,000 is appropriated from the state government special revenue fund to the Board of Dentistry to help implement the new law.

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