Friday Random Video: Grumpy Vampire Visits Dentist

Friday Random Video: Grumpy Vampire Visits DentistToday’s Friday random video for dentists features a grumpy vampire who has a toothache and makes an appointment with a dentist, who promptly places a gold crown on his main fang.

He is tempted to bite the sexy dentist, and tries to go for her after she fits the gold crown on his tooth, to somewhat disastrous results.

The video short titled, “Vampire’s Crown” was produced at the University of Hertfordshire by Henry Mountain, Hiren Solanki and Nick Hughes.

Enjoy! It’s a fun 3 minutes —

New Dental Marketing Trend: Buying Dead Celebrity Teeth?

New Dental Marketing Trend: Buying Dead Celebrity Teeth -Image Edmonton JournalWhen it comes to dental marketing, can purchasing celebrity teeth bring dentists more dental patients?

It would seem that one dentist may think so.

Canadian dentist Michael Zuk has once again made headlines with his $10,000 purchase of a crown once belonging to Elvis Presley.

The first time this dentist made news was when he paid $31,000 for a rotten tooth that belonged to John Lennon.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the Elvis crown was fashioned by Memphis dentist Henry Weiss for the King, who had a talent for chipping his teeth by banging them against microphones.

The family of the late Dr. Henry Weiss called Dr. Zuk to alert him that they were seeking a buyer for the dental crown after reading how Zuk had previously purchased Lennon’s bicuspid, which the dentist hopes will be recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most money paid for a human tooth.

It would seem that collecting teeth is not the only celebrity obsession Dr. Zuk admits to. In the past, the dentist has also purchased a piece of one of Elvis Presley’s scarves, a lock of Marilyn Monroe’s hair, the signature of Woody Woodpecker cartoonist Walter Lantz, and autographed pictures of musician Gene Simmons and Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver, reports the Sun.

Zuk displays the items at his dental practice, with the exception of John Lennon’s tooth, which he keeps locked up elsewhere for safety reasons. Dentist Zuk told the Sun, “I don’t trust leaving it around. People steal my newspaper. Anybody who would steal your newspaper would steal one of John Lennon’s teeth.”

It is possible that Dr. Zuk is one brilliant dental marketer.

He once hired the actor who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld to do a dental commercial for him, to growl, “No tooth for you!” at the end of his commercial piece.

For more on this story see: Alberta Dentist Proud Owner of the King’s ‘Crown’

Dentistry Goes Punk with Tooth Tattoos

Dental Crowns For the Alternative Crowd

Unlike traditional tattoos, tooth tattoos can be removed in two minutes. The personalized design is baked into the crown’s enamel, and can even be placed on the tooth’s inside surface for a particularly private tattoo. Designs range from patriotic to floral to tribal and beyond.

Visit www.toothtattoo.com for more information…

Dentists and Dental Labs Subject of New Legislation

Proposed Laws Highlight Importance of Disclosure

Even though there have only yet been official reports of two dental crowns (from Chinese dental labs) tainted with lead, that’s more than enough to make a lot of people very worried. And the relationships between American dental patients, dentists and dental labs are receiving more public attention than ever before.

The National Association of Dental Labs (NADL) has been campaigning the FDA for years to improve its regulation of dental laboratories. Of course the FDA already has regulations for foreign dental labs that export to the United States. But critics point out that inspections are minimal.

In addition, dental prostheses are in an import class of their own. Unlike virtually everything else, the FDA does not regulate the final products themselves, only the materials used in their fabrication. There’s no data on this point, but many worry that unethical labs may not be using the high-quality materials they report using, instead replacing them with less expensive alternatives. And China is already under the microscope for doing just that with other products such as pet food, toothpaste and cough syrup.

One of the issues this current scandal has highlighted is how little American consumers know about what’s in their mouths. Your shirt has a tag telling you it was made in China. The same message is imprinted on your dishes, stamped on your furniture, written on your user’s guide. But your dental crown that was made in China? No one ever tells you that.

Canadian dental patients have to sign an informed consent form before their dentists can give them a dental prosthetic manufactured outside of Canada. American dentists, on the other hand, aren’t even required to tell their patients where their dental bridge or crown was manufactured.

Now, a wave of new legislation has been proposed to help close that gap.

One such bill was recently introduced before the New York State Assembly. “Consumer protection is very important to me,” said Assemblyman Rob Walker, author of the bill. “If the bill is passed and signed by the governor, dentists will have to notify consumers where the actual prosthetic was made.” Dental patients would also be told what materials were used to make it. (Read more)

A similar bill was also introduced in Alabama. The synopsis of The Alabama Consumer Dental Act of 2008 reads as follows:

This bill would require dentists to provide prior written disclosure to their patients if any fixed and/or removable dental prosthetic device or appliance, whether fabricated in part or completely, including, but not limited to, a complete or partial denture, veneer, inlay, onlay, crown, or bridge, is manufactured outside of the United States and to provide that failure to make such a disclosure would be grounds for disciplinary actions.

South Carolina first introduced dental lab legislation a year ago. It focuses not on doctor-to-patient disclosure, but rather lab-to-dentist disclosure. The bill, which is still in committee and has yet to be approved, would:

  • …require a dental laboratory that performs dental technological work outside of this state to employ a person who is registered by the state board of dentistry to authorize such work based on the prescription of a dentist licensed in this state,
  • …require the laboratory to provide information on where the work was performed, and
  • …require the laboratory to provide a list of the materials used in the work.

Similar legislation has been proposed in Florida in response to the lead scare. “This legislation is proactive and helps the state of Florida protect its citizens in light of recent documented cases of lead contamination in dental work coming into the U.S. from foreign countries.” The bill would:

  • …require dental laboratories that operate in Florida to disclose to dentists where a product was manufactured and what materials were used in each restoration, and provide certificates of authenticity if available. (Although, the bill does not address this information going to the patient, under existing patient rights, a patient may request a copy of this information for their records from their dentist.)
  • …require dental labs in Florida have a full-time technician who maintains 18 hours of approved continuing education in dental technology every two years.

Within the next month, we should hear the results of more tests, so we’ll have a better handle on the scope of this potential problem. But regardless of what the research reveals, you can bet that more states will be introducing similar legislation. (It’s already in the works in Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Kansas, and California.)

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Dentists Speak Out on Foreign Dental Lab Work

Threat of Lead Contamination Highlights Importance of the Relationship Between Dentist and Dental Lab

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that there’s early evidence that some dental lab work from China may contain lead. So The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey on the topic. Read the full foreign dental lab survey results or Jim Du Molin’s most recent editorial.)

Dental Survey Results When we asked whose responsibility it should be to protect the public from tainted dental work, the most common answer was “dentists.” However, some feel the FDA should enforce regulations, while others think the dental labs should police themselves. Very few respondents suggested that patients who are concerned should be responsible for checking with their dentists.

We also asked respondents if the current fuss about possible lead contamination in dental crowns from China is the next big scandal or just a tempest in a teapot. One-third of dentists feels this will be the next big scandal, while the remaining two-thirds see it as nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.

Finally, we asked dentists if they know where their lab work comes from. Sixty percent are certain that all restorations are manufactured within the USA, and another 20% believe that to be the case. Only 10% acknowledge that they know they use products made overseas.

Here are just a few of the comments dentists had on the topic of alleged lead contamination…

  • “My local lab is placing ‘made in America’ on all of the return cases for the patients to see.” (California dentist)
  • “I expect that my US labs are not sending my work off shore and using the quality of material I specify, but how do I know for sure?” (Michigan dentist)
  • We don’t know if this is a crisis. The labs and FDA need to test a large number of prosthetics that are produced in USA with foreign materials and in foreign countries.” (Washington dentist)
  • The FDA should bear the responsibility, because the labs won’t and the dentists can’t.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “The last thing we need is more regulation. Let the labs police themselves.” (Pennsylvania dentist)
  • “If dentists are communicating with their labs and specifying which type of metals to be used, they should be confident the lab is giving them that. If the lab is trying to cut costs by using metals that may contain hazardous materials and are not making dentists aware, the lab should be held responsible.” (Kentucky dentist)
  • “I say the FDA should be in charge, but a big part of me does not like the idea of federal regulation, which already does not work particularly well.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • I don’t use labs that outsource to foreign countries. Those that choose to do so owe it to their patients to inform them of the practice.” (Arizona dentist)

Post your own comments or read the complete tainted dental lab work survey results

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