Requests for certificates verifying the content of dental restorative materials hit a new high in 2013, according to the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council, which fulfilled orders for more than 20.7 million certificates. Manufacturers across the industry use the certificates to document the content of their products for labs, dentists, patients and insurers.
Requests for alloy certificates fell from the previous year level but demand for ceramic certificates spiked by more than 50 percent. This led an overall increase of 11.3 percent in certificate demand from the previous year. Orders for alloy certificates still outpaced those for ceramic certificates but only by six percentage points, the smallest margin ever.
Chuck Yenkner, Executive Director of the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council, attributes the growth in demand to more manufacturers, labs and even dentists seeing the Council’s program as a simple way to build competitive advantage and streamline record-keeping. “It costs dentists and labs nothing to request the certificates,” he notes. “And yet they then have a way to document their choice of material for patients and every other stakeholder in the procedure.”
As for last year’s difference in demand between Identalloy and Identceram program certificates, Yenkner cautions against reading too much in those figures. “We think that many alloy manufacturers entered the year with a solid stockpile of certificates and just didn’t need to place as many new orders. Meanwhile, we accepted several new ceramic manufacturers into the program and they ordered heavily to build up their supplies.”
Devon Howe, President/Director of CMP Industries and President of the IdentAlloy/IdentCeram Council brings up the broader view. “Irrespective of the materials involved, demand for the certificates stems from the industry’s ongoing and increasing interest in voluntary self-regulation,” he says. “We see our role as continuing to make it easier for the industry, the dental profession, and, ultimately, the patients, to benefit from higher quality, more efficient dental healthcare.”