The dental sector uses a great variety of different tools and materials. All of these components have one imperial common denominator: industrial marking.
As in any other industrial sector, manufacturers and retailers are required to guarantee quality control, usability and traceability for their products. For these reasons, the health regulations have provided stringent rules.
Every single component must be marked for several reasons:
Marking in the dental sector: some examples
Dental burs – The dental burs require two distinguished types of marking due to their different surfaces (surgical steel or tungsten carbide). As exemplified in the below photos, one of the extremities require a legible code that allows the instrument to be traced, whereas the other needs dark bands that represent the size of the diameter of the burr. For instance, the photo in the right, shows three bands. This indicated that the burr is of 3mm diameter.
Dental prostheses– Prostheses are custom-made elements by specialized technicians that assemble standard components with newly prepared parts. The materials used are mainly metals (such as, surgical steels), ceramics and resins. All of these elements must be marked with a code that allows the technicians to provide a “Declaration of Conformity of the Product” following the Directive 93/42 EEC.
Medical devices for patient assistance – Dental appliances, night bites and small metal supports are included in this category. They all must include a traceability code number, information on dimensions and use. In certain cases, dental appliances also require the manufacturer’s logo or brand.
How can dental and orthodontic components be marked?
Lasers are the leading technology, along with, beat, rolling, electrolytic, or, in some cases (depending on the necessity), smear and micropoints markers. Lasers are able to guarantee very high-quality, precision marking and also manage to mark tiny materials. Lasers are the instrument that excellently mark serial numbers, batch numbers, part numbers, details on the use or dimensions of the piece, changes to the surface (for example the pins for implantology) or even company logos.