Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Training and supervision of digital scan technicians
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2022
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3/30/22  5:16 pm
Commenter: Kevin Toms

Dental Scan Technician/More regulations needed for patient safety

The dental scan technician is an alternative dental assistant position, that should be regulated similar to a dental assistant and should operate under the supervision of Virginia licensed dentist who is regulated by the board.  They will be using scanning technology to create and provide dental devices to citizens of the state of Virginia, which is the practice of dentistry.  Appliances/devices should be inspected prior to delivery to patients.   Without an actual clinical/in person exam for proper diagnosis and treatment planning irreparable harm could be done to the patients of Virginia.  This created position will need significant rules/regulations to prevent misuse by non-dentist/dentist not regulated by the board of VA.

I just saw a patient today that was treated orthodontically by mail/no exam/diagnosis and is now seeking retreatment to fix other problems created.

Thank you for your time.

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