New standards are available for comment from the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee on Dental Products.
The standards include:
• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 113 for Dentistry — Periodontal Curettes and Dental Scalers: This standard specifies the general material, performance and dimensional requirements for periodontal curettes and dental scalers.
• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 170 for Dentistry — Excavators: This standard specifies dimensions and performance requirements for excavators used in dentistry.
• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 176 for Dentistry — Test Methods for Machining Accuracy of Computer-Aided Milling Machines: This standard specifies the test methods to evaluate the machining accuracy of computer-aided milling machines as a part of dental computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing systems, which fabricate dental restorations, such as inlays, crowns and bridges.
• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 199 for Dentistry — Osteotomes: This standard specifies requirements and their test methods for osteotomes used in dentistry for bone compaction, internal sinus floor elevation and jaw bone cleaving. It also specifies the requirements for their marking and labeling.
• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 200 for Dentistry — Extraction Forceps: This standard specifies the general performance requirements for extraction forceps used in dentistry and requirements for their designation and design.
• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 205 for Dentistry — Tissue Punches: This standard specifies requirements and their test methods for tissue punches used with a handpiece in dentistry especially for oral surgical implant procedures, such as cutting holes or notches in and removing of gingival tissue. It also specifies the requirements for their marking and labeling.
The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop national standards for products and information technology used by dental professionals and consumers. There are currently more than 130 national standards, and more are under development.
Visit ADA.org/aipreview for more information. The deadline to comment is March 3.