The company Oversea Labs, over 900 Danish dentists use, and many have used for decades, have been unveiled in to dabble with, among other things guldindholdet in the crowns. It is DR news 21 Sunday – with the help of a dentist who could detect the alleged fraud.
Cheap dental crowns from China
The crowns from Oversea Labs are primarily manufactured in China, where wages are significantly lower than for example in Denmark. And it is one of the main explanations on the company's great success.
This will now overtandlæge Ulla Pallesen from Dentistry at the University of Copenhagen to address a sharp criticism against the company's methods.
“I might understand a little better why these crowns can be sold so cheaply. If you cheat with the gold, you can surely sell it cheaper. It, that there is so much less gold in it, I regard as a very serious matter,” says overtandlæge Ulla Pallesen.
However, it is not only the Oversea Labs that get manufactured dental crowns and other tanderstatninger in China. It is a business model used by several other Danish suppliers of crowns, bridges and other tanderstatninger.
Traces of Nickel and Lead in tandkronerne
One is that there may have been scammed with the content of gold in the tandkronerne, but in the survey as 21 Sunday got made, via the independent laboratory Force Technology, were also found the remains of both nickel and lead in the crowns, substances which ought to be found in the crowns. This has led to the Danish medicines agency will now examine whether tandkronerne pose a health risk to patients.
“We are concerned that the crowns, in addition to be cheaply made, also can harm people. If we find out that they are doing it, we take contact to the dentists who have purchased crowns and gave them to the patients”, says Christian Howard-Jessen.
Also overtandlæge Ulla Pallesen at University of Copenhagen expresses concern over what else is put in the tandkronerne.
“Then I would be concerned about whether they live up to the other contracts on the nasty metals that could also be therein”, says Ulla Pallesen to 21 Sunday.
The police on the way
Oversea Labs, also known as PTL, may with great probability expect a police report from the Danish medicines agency. Is that cheated with the amount of gold in the teeth, then there is the talk of scams, and it will undeniably end up with a police report.
“Now we shall hear what the company says in the interview, but my assessment is that the grant was so comprehensive, that we will proceed with the case”, says Christian Howard-Jessen, head of communications in the Danish medicines agency.
According to the Oversea Labs having the crowns contain 75 percent gold, but 21 on Sunday, has revealed that gold percentage may be as low as 27 percent. None of the 5 tested dental crowns lived up to the stated 75 percent.
“That was from 27 to 54 percent gold in the teeth, so it must say, is a significant deviation from the specification,” says head of department at Force Technology, Ole Bundgaard.
The company Oversea Labs is a giant on the Danish market for dental crowns, and supplies annually approx. The 5,000 crowns to dentists in Denmark, in addition to that there is also an export market on the tanderstatningerne from the company for both Greenland, the Faroe islands and other countries.
Broadcast from 21 on Sunday the 30. august 2010 can be seen here: