New standards available for purchase from ADA Store

The American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Products has approved the following new standards and technical reports that are now available for purchase from the ADA:

• Revised American National Standards Institute/ADA Standard No. 38, Compatibility Testing for Metal-Ceramic and Ceramic-Ceramic Systems, specifies requirements and test methods to assess the thermomechanical compatibility between a veneering ceramic and a metallic or ceramic substructure material used for dental restorations. This document applies only to the materials used in combination.

• ANSI/ADA Standard No. 47-1, Stationary Dental Units and Patient Chairs — Part 1: General Requirements, specifies requirements and test methods for stationary dental units, dental patient chairs and combinations of both regardless of whether they are or are not electrically powered. This document also specifies requirements for the instructions for use, technical description, marking and packaging.

• ANSI/ADA Standard No. 47-2, Stationary Dental Units and Patient Chairs — Part 2: Air, Water, Suction and Wastewater Systems, specifies requirements and test methods concerning dental unit connections to the compressed air supply, water supply, suction supply and wastewater drain plumbing. It further describes requirements for the materials and design of the compressed air and water system, the quality for incoming water and air, and the performance of dental unit suction system.

• Revised ANSI/ADA Standard No. 63, Endodontic Instruments — Auxiliary, specifies requirements and test methods for hand-held or mechanically operated instruments for performing root canal procedures, including requirements for size, product designation, safety considerations, instructions and labeling.

• Revised ANSI/ADA Standard No. 95, Endodontic Instruments — Enlargers, specifies requirements for size, marking, product designation, safety considerations, and labeling and packaging of endodontic enlargers.

• Revised ANSI/ADA Standard No. 100, Orthodontic Brackets and Tubes, specifies requirements and test methods to compare the functional dimensions of orthodontic brackets and tubes and their chemical ion release, as well as packaging and labeling information.

• ADA Technical Report No. 142, Guided Surgical Devices and Maxillofacial Prosthetics, describes methods used to produce repeatable, predictable and accurate digitally produced surgical guides and maxillofacial prosthetic appliances and is applicable for both dental digital data capture and dental laboratory computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing systems.

• ADA Technical Report No. 143, Guidance for Cementation and Bonding of CAD/CAM Fabricated Restoration, provides guidance for successful cementation and bonding of CAD/CAM fabricated restorations.

• Revised ANSI/ADA Standard No. 167, Test Methods for Dental Unit Waterline Biofilm Treatment, provides test methods for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment methods intended to prevent or inhibit the formation of biofilm or to remove biofilm present in dental unit procedural water delivery systems. It further describes a model test apparatus that simplifies such testing procedures.

• ANSI/ADA Standard No. 190, Single-Use Dental Cartridges for Local Anesthetics, provides tests and performance requirements for single-use dental cartridges for use with local anesthetics, including tests for leakage, plunger movement, extractable volume and underfilling, and lists general overall dimensions to ensure the cartridge will fit dental cartridge syringes.

• ANSI/ADA Standard No. 191, Intra-Oral Mirrors, specifies requirements and test methods for reusable intra-oral mirrors with a coated glass reflecting surface used for dental purposes in the oral cavity.

• ANSI/ADA Standard No. 192, Dental Explorer, specifies the dimensions and performance requirements for dental explorers, not including endodontic explorers.

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved the following new standards and technical reports, as well as a new white paper, that are now available from the ADA:

• Revised ADA Technical Report No. 1087, Essential Characteristics of Digital Oral Health Risk Assessment Resources, describes the essential characteristics of digital tools that collect clinician- or patient-centered  information, including consideration of systemic comorbidities. These data are collected for the purpose of creating individual or population estimates of risk for specific oral diseases.

• Revised ADA Technical Report No. 1088, Human Identification by Comparative Dental Analysis, provides a recommended set of guidelines for the process of identifying humans by comparative dental analysis. The goal of this technical report is to create awareness and education for dental practitioners about the forensic odontology identification process, as well as an understanding of what information may be required should their participation be necessary.

• ADA Technical Report No. 1092, Implementation Guide to Utilization of Diagnostic Code(s)/Term(s) in Dental Records, is a primer for dental providers to facilitate adoption and use of dental diagnostic codes. It includes information on current diagnostic code sets and mechanisms to incorporate them in electronic dental records. It focuses on the benefits of diagnostic codes and nomenclature, including how codification can support patient management and provide a venue for the patient to make choices about their oral health care.

• ANSI/ADA Standard No. 1097, Digital Caries Risk Assessment Resources, provides requirements for the essential characteristics for digital caries risk assessment resources, including clinical input elements, assessment methods and reporting formats. Digital caries risk assessment resources may be used to provide clinical decision support for health care providers and to facilitate the interchange of caries risk assessment data among stakeholders.

• SCDI White Paper No. 1100, Codes for Orthodontic/Craniofacial/Forensic Photographic Views and View Sets, presents guidelines for improving the interoperability and transmissibility of visible light intraoral and extraoral images. The codes and enumerated terms presented in this paper permit construction of custom templates for sorting, reorienting and sharing of images.

ADA standards and technical reports are available for purchase from the ADA Store at or by calling 1-800-947-4746. All ADA technical reports and certain ADA standards are available free of charge to ADA members.

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