Monday, November 20, 2017

Owandy Radiology’s I-Max 2D Wall-Mounted, Panoramic Digital Radiography Unit Receives FDA 510 (k) Clearance

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The Lightest, Smallest and Most Comprehensive Panoramic System on the Market Will be Featured During GNYDM


Owandy Radiology Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software recently received FDA 510 (k) Clearance for its game-changing I-Max 2-D wall-mounted panoramic digital radiography unit.  The company will be showcasing the I-Max 2D during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting in booth #4419. 


According to Owandy Radiology spokesperson Boris Loyez, “We did a complete re-thinking of what a panoramic unit of the future should be, and came up with the 

I-Max wall-mounted concept, which is setting the pace in tomorrow’s pan units.” 


The I-Max 2D provides the perfect balance of value and functionality. For example: 


  • The lightest wall-mounted digital panoramic unit on the market comes fully-assembled and can be easily installed in tight, previously underutilized spaces.


  • Automatic Layers Integration System (ALI-S) ensures exceptional image quality and automatically selects the best images.


  • 24 programs (including adult and child versions) enable a full range of examinations required by today’s dental practice.


  • Includes an intuitive, user-friendly program interface.


According to Owandy company spokesperson Boris Loyez, “We’re excited about receiving FDA clearance and look forward to demonstrating the affordable, high-performance I-Max 2D during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.”


Since GNYDM is the final major dental meeting of the year, this may be the last chance for dental practice owners to take advantage of the Section 179 tax deduction when they purchase any Owandy Radiology unit.  Owandy is also offering the following promotions:


  • Free Apple Watch Series 3 with the purchase of any Owandy I-Max or I-Max Touch 2D.
  • Free iPhone X with the purchase of any Owandy 3D unit


For more information about the I-Max 2-D wall-mounted panoramic digital radiography unit, visit , call 203-745-0575 or e-mail at Dealer and distributor inquiries welcome.


About Owandy Radiology, Inc.: 


Headquartered in Croissy-Beaubourg France, and serving North America from Middlebury, Connecticut, Owandy Radiology is a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software.  A wide range of Owandy’s digital radiology solutions are used by dentists in 50 countries, on every continent. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Academy of Laser Dentistry Hosts Three Educational Sessions at GNYDM

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The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, will carry on its mission with three hands-on sessions during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.


According to ALD president, Dr. Charles Hoopingarner, “I’m very excited to be co-presenting three valuable courses with my friend and colleague, Dr. Edward Kusek. As always, the ALD will provide hands on clinical training on many different lasers for both the new laser user as well as the more experienced clinician.”  


The ALD-hosted courses are as follows:


  • Hands-On Introduction to Lasers – Tech Talk / 3 CEUs

Monday, 11/27/17 l 9:45 – 12:00 l Exhibit Floor # 6216


Laser Tech Talk” provides an overview of clinical applications of lasers in contemporary dental practice. Interactive discussions will provide a balanced view of dental laser wavelengths, techniques and applications. Various laser manufacturers are present during the workshop to demonstrate the best of their products in a workshop forum. Attendees listen to each 10-minute “Tech Talk”; then rotate to demonstrate hands-on exercises specific to different lasers led by course faculty. Click here to register. Attendees will learn the following:

  • A basic understanding of dental laser wavelengths for hard and soft tissue procedures, diagnosis and treatment
  • Laser tissue interaction, its effects and results
  • Basic laser physics, how lasers work and brief laser safety considerations
  • Get the Most out of Diode Lasers / 3 CEUs

Monday, 11/27/17 l 2:00 – 5:00 l Exhibit Floor # 6216


Appropriate for the entire clinical team, this hands-on program covers safety protocol with the diode laser.  Attendees will gain confidence by practicing procedures which can be applied as soon as they return to their office. Click here to register. Attendees will learn the following:


  • How to perform: biopsies, create ovate pontic space, lAPT, removal of venous lake, aesthetic gingival recontouring, tissue troughing and implant uncovering
  • The correct energy levels when using a diode laser to perform previous listed procedures safely


  • Diode Laser Basic Competency Course - Laser Workshop / 6CEUs

Tuesday, 11/28/17 l 9:45 – 12:45 & 2:00 – 5:00 l Exhibit Floor #107


This 6-hour program includes both a lecture and hands-on portion covering a comprehensive overview and basic understanding of the diode dental laser. This program focuses on laser tissue interactions as well as the safety and operation of a variety of diode lasers that are provided by numerous companies. Attendees will be given a list of procedures to complete during this workshop. This program satisfies the ALD’s basic competency course. Click here to register. Here’s what will be covered:


    • Popular diode laser procedures such as tissue troughing, frenectomies, laser sculpting in smile design, photo biomodulation to aid in wound healing, removable of redundant tissue for orthodontics and non-invasive periodontal procedures
    • Correct safety procedures for staff, clinician and patient
    • How diode lasers interact with soft tissue dental tissues


“The programs hosted by the ALD at the Greater New York Dental Meeting are just a snapshot of the in-depth laser dentistry curriculum we provide during our annual scientific sessions,” explained ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky. “Our upcoming scientific session in April will be our biggest annual event to date. Our theme is Innovation, Illumination, Imagination – Celebrating Laser Dentistry 25 Years and Beyond.”


ALD2018 will take place from April 26-28th at the Caribe Royale Orlando, Florida. For more information and to register, visit


About the Academy of Laser Dentistry

The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is the only independent and unbiased non-profit association devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Academy is devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry. For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Reintroduces the CEREC MC Milling Unit to the U.S. Market

After being unavailable for a while, Dentsply Sirona has announced that the MC Milling Unit for CEREC is again available.  Here are the details:

The entry-level milling solution is available again as part of the U.S. CEREC product portfolio, offering an attractive and affordable path to digital dentistry and single-visit restorations

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14, 2017- Dentsply Sirona announced today the reintroduction of the CEREC MC Milling Unit to the U.S. dental market.  

CEREC MC is ideal for practitioners who are interested in single-visit chairside inlays, onlays, and single-unit veneers and crowns. With the ability to wet grind and dry mill, dentists can use a vast array of chairside materials to produce single-unit restorations in one office visit. 

Used in conjunction with CEREC Omnicam, CEREC MC: 

  • Provides fully-anatomical single-unit restorations
  • Supports block sizes up to 20 mm
  • Can produce ceramics, glass ceramics, lithium discilicate blocks and more
  • Mills zirconium oxide and polymers
  • Is dry-mill ready
  • Offers an ideal entry option into digital dentistry and single-visit restorations

The milling unit is part of the plug-and-play CEREC workflow. Simply scan, design and produce for strong, beautiful restorations in just a single patient visit. 

“We used to say CAD/CAM was the future of dentistry, and as we enter 2018, it’s become clear that it is now the present,” said Director of Marketing, Clinical CAD/CAM Lou Vodopivec. “CEREC MC offers a cost-effective option to incorporate efficient workflows, improving productivity and patient satisfaction. We are excited to reintroduce this high-quality product with a flexible upgrade path that grows with the needs of the practice.” 

Providing an avenue for future development, Dentsply Sirona is offering an upgrade path for anyone who purchases a CEREC MC Milling Unit between now and June 1, 2018. All MC units purchased between the aforementioned dates are eligible for an upgrade to the CEREC MC XL Practice Lab Milling Unit within 24 months of ownership*. 

To learn more, visit or contact your local Dentsply Sirona representative. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shade Matching of Dentsply Sirona TPH Spectra ST Universal Composite

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Most composites today do a nice job of shade matching.  To show that as well as to avoid confusion, almost every manufacturer defaults to using the Vita Classic Shade Guide as a reference.
The idea, of course, is that the A-2 button on the Vita Classic guide should be the same color as a composite that is marked A-2 on the compule.  This “universal definition” or “universal translation” should make communication between all aspects of the profession simple.  I mean A-2, is A-2, which looks like A-2 and when shade matching the tooth, if the tooth is A-2, then you should be able to reach for any composite marked A-2 and when you are done everything should appear A-2?  Right?  Right?
Now in the paragraph above, the reason I mentioned A-2 so many times is to make a simple point.  That point is simply that just because the composite is labeled A-2 doesn’t mean that the composite will actually appear to be A-2.  That’s where the confusion and frustration of shade matching lies.
However, as you can see in the 2 pictures above, Dentsply Sirona has done a pretty nice job of matching the shades in TPH Spectra ST to the Vita guide.
The first picture is a standard Vita Classic Shade Guide that we are all used to seeing & using.  However, it really isn’t the standard Vita Shade Guide!  In the second photo, you see the same shade guide under UV light.  Notice that to the distal of every tooth there is an area that is lighter.  That’s because someone at Dentsply Sirona prepped each tooth in the shade guide for a class 3 resin and then filled those preps with the corresponding Vita Shade of TPH Spectra ST.  Personally I’m impressed with this shading.
It’s especially impressive when you realize that all of this is accomplished using only 5 shades.  That’s right, the entire Vita shade guide is matched using only shades A-1, A-2, A-3, A 3.5, and A4.  I’m not aware of any other composite that is capable of that.
I’ve also examined the shade guide with 5x magnification and I still find it difficult, although not impossible, to see the restorations.  I’ve got to give credit to the Dentsply folks.  Not only is this a nice way to truly show how well the shades match the guide, it’s also a great piece of marketing.

Monday, November 13, 2017

How IoT Can Make Cattle Farming Easier

The illustration above is not science fiction.  The IoT (Internet of Things) is changing our world in a lot of ways, and one of those ways is in cattle farming.
Using technology similar to what can be found in your FitBit or even more advanced, cows can wear sensors that wirelessly transfer information to the farmer/rancher.
While it can be used to find a lot animal, the sensors can do a lot more than that.  They can measure vital signs (indicating a sick animal way before they begin to show noticeable symptoms), scare away predators, and tell how long an animal has been idle.
The software these sensors communicate with can be setup to notify humans when their intervention is needed.
A lost or sick animal can cost farmers money and this is just one more way to help prevent that.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

MouthWatch, LLC Showcasing Teledentistry for Urban and Suburban Private Practices During the Greater New York Dental Meeting

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I’ve been working with the MouthWatch system for a few weeks now and am very impressed.  It does a great job of allowing communication between my office, other offices, and my lab.  Also the cameras provide very nice clinical images and are very affordable.  If you are looking for new cameras and a way to increase communication, give MouthWatch a look!


Here’s info from the company about the upcoming Greater New York Meeting:



MouthWatch, LLC a leader in intraoral imaging, digital case presentation and teledentistry solutions, will be showcasing private practice applications of its TeleDent™ teledentistry platform at booth #3430 during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.


According to MouthWatch CEO Brant Herman, “For the past few years, our TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform has been proving itself on the front lines of public health and other innovative care delivery models of dentistry.  The Greater New York meeting is an ideal place to introduce TeleDent™ to private practice specialists and GP dentists from both urban and suburban areas. We’re looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of virtual collaboration and secure case data sharing.”


Herman says the cost-effectiveness and ease-of-use his company’s TeleDent™ platform make it well-suited for the following teledentistry applications:


  • Specialist/GP Collaboration – Teledentistry is a catalyst for collaborative care and increased referrals. The results include positive patient outcomes and reduced risk of failure in complex cases.


  • Dentist-Owned Hygiene Clinics –A full service dental office can be linked to remote hygiene clinics that the dentist also owns and operates. 


  • DSO Resource Sharing – Teledentistry enables DSOs and groups to offer live or asynchronous consults with a rotating specialist no matter which location they are currently working in. 


  • Dentist / Dental Lab Collaboration –  Dentists and dental lab operators can 

share CBCT images, digital impression files and patient photos to increase case accuracy and ultimately ensure patient satisfaction. This capability can be especially valuable in treatment planning and completing complex restorative cases.


“Of course, we will continue to serve the public health sector and assist with improving access to and equity of care,” explained Herman. “At the same time, TeleDent™ provides unique business and clinical opportunities for private practices and DSOs in urban and suburban settings. It’s is an ideal way for these practices to implement teledentistry. Our mission is to transform and enhance the delivery of care throughout dentistry.”


For more information about MouthWatch, visit, call 877-544-4342 or send an email to


About MouthWatch, LLC:  

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in intraoral imaging devices, digital case presentation tools and teledentistry solutions. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider


The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. 



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. Announces FDA Clearance For Breakthrough Electronic Cavity Detection Device

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Recently Ortek announced the ECD system has received FDA 510 (k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.  The device is a caries detection system that uses a probe that is traced through the pits and fissures and gives off a numeric score to indicate the presence and estimate the extent of carious lesions.
Here is the press release on the device:
Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the Ortek ECD received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ECD is a patented lightweight tabletop device designed as an aid for dental professionals to diagnose and monitor dental cavities in the biting surfaces of molars and premolars. In clinical trials, the ECD system detected the earliest forms of mineral loss in enamel well before an actual cavity was formed. These pre-cavity lesions were discovered without exposure to radiation from x-rays. The ECD was developed in the Division of Translational Oral Biology at Stony Brook University and exclusively licensed to Ortek from The Research Foundation of State University of New York.

In two clinical trials conducted through Stony Brook University Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, the ECD was up to 96% accurate in detecting microscopic pre-cavity enamel lesions in the biting surfaces of molars and premolars. There were no false negative readings in either study.

The ECD was developed by a team of researchers led by Israel Kleinberg, DDS, PhD, DSc, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, and Director of the Division of Translational Oral Biology at Stony Brook. "We believe the ECD is a new paradigm in oral care," said Dr. Kleinberg. "This device will help dental professionals diagnose and monitor pre-cavitated lesions in enamel that cannot be detected by x-rays. This will enable the dental practitioner to design an appropriate treatment plan that could include minimally invasive care."

A battery-powered device, the ECD uses electrical conductance to accurately diagnose and monitor enamel lesions. Tooth enamel is electrically non-conductive unless breached by fracture or demineralization. When teeth begin to lose minerals, dentinal fluid from within the tooth percolates through the breached enamel site and enables the ECD to complete its electrical circuit. The ECD features a handpiece with a novel probe tip and can precisely measure the amount of dentinal fluid in the pits and fissures of molars and premolars. The more fluid the ECD detects, the greater the severity or extent of the cavity or pre-cavity enamel lesion. This data is numerically displayed on the ECD base unit.

"The FDA clearance for the ECD is a significant milestone for Ortek and a new, important tool for dental professionals," said Mitchell Goldberg, President of Ortek. Dental cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease globally. Throughout the world, 60–90% of school-age children are affected by tooth decay and approximately 2.5 billion people suffer from untreated dental cavities. "The ECD is a safe pain-free system and is designed to rapidly aid dental professionals to diagnose and monitor enamel lesions in the grooves of the back teeth. These tooth surfaces have the highest rates of decay, especially in children," continued Goldberg.

Ortek anticipates the ECD will be commercially available next year. Patents covering the ECD have been awarded throughout the world and in the United States.