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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Interview with Gary Iocco, President, National Association of Dental Laboratories

Interview with Gary Iocco, President,
National Association of Dental Laboratories

March 2014

By: Michael W Davis, DDS

clip_image002Dr. Michael W. Davis maintains a private general practice in Santa Fe, NM. He chairs the Santa Fe District Dental Society Peer-Review Committee. Dr. Davis is active in dental care for disadvantaged citizens. His publications are on ethical issues within the dental profession, as well as numbers of clinical research papers.



clip_image003Gary Iocco is the current president of the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). The NADL promotes the highest standards in the dental laboratory industry through education of its members, advancing technology, raising standards, and serving the public interest. Communication with dentists and the public is also an important role of the NADL.

NADL Website
National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology http:///
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology
NADL What’s in Your Mouth



Dr. Davis: Many in the general public may not know the vital role of the dental technician, within the dental team. From my perspective as a restorative dentist, a dental technician can make me look like a superstar, or a nitwit. What exactly does a dental technician do, and why is that so critical in successful clinical results for patients?

Mr. Iocco: As dental laboratory technology professionals we transform the dentists directions from the prescription or work order and create the actual treatment option that the dentist has chosen to provide their patient. Quality dental laboratory professionals employ knowledge of modern materials and available technologies to provide our dentist clients with a restoration that is consistent with the high standard of care and esthetics that our dentists expect to provide for their patients.Gary Iocco pull quote

This is only possible if there is sufficient communication and understanding and a mutual knowledge of and commitment to what is required for a quality outcome.

While good communication is always important, the more complex or involved a case is the earlier in the planning process a dentist should bring their dental laboratory technology professional into the conversation.

Highly skilled and experienced dentists will tell you that to provide the standard of care and esthetics that they seek for their patients restorations, they work closely with a quality dental laboratory.