Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Supporting the full implant treatment process – from planning to final restoration

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With the comprehensive Dentsply Sirona Implants solutions portfolio, dental professionals can rest assured that they have the support they need for the full implant treatment process to restore function, esthetics and confidence to their patients.

Mölndal/Salzburg, March, 20, 2017. The implant treatment process contains many steps - from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. At IDS, Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to further support dental professionals in their daily work.

Implant solutions – The SmartFix concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by only four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling.  The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function.

This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. SmartFix is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line, including Profile EV. SmartFix is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.

For less bone augmentation

Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures; 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.* 

Newly published results on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions. PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains: “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.” This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. (twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study). 

Digital supported screw-retained solutions

The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated.

Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium single-tooth screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis Custom Base solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles. The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for single-tooth, screw-retained restorations on all major implant systems.

The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easy accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.

Planning Service by mySimplant

With mySimplant Planning Service, the clinician has easy access to the benefits of computer guided implant treatment. Using computer guided implant treatment through mySimplant Planning Service the clinician will have more time to focus on and treat patients. This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.

mySimplant Planning Service can ease the clinicians’ way into the world of implant treatment, as well as facilitate the planning and treatment of their more complex cases.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Endodontics launches new direct-to-partner communications campaign

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The merger of DENTSPLY and Sirona combined the strongest brands in endodontics. The endodontic specialists DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALTIES formed a new business unit, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, in order to join forces and offer best in class endodontic solutions. The partnership with dealers, partners, and customers will be more important than ever before and supported by an extraordinary communication campaign, "Partner for a better future".

Ballaigues/Salzburg, March 20, 2017. Dentsply Sirona Endodontics will be communicating its new brand positioning with a broadly conceived and inspiring campaign: “Partner for a better future”, which highlights cooperation based on real partnership and arising opportunities. It demonstrates that Dentsply Sirona stands for uncompromising quality in endodontics as well as the highest competence in consultancy and customer focus at its best. 

“Partnership is the core of our values”

“While we are transitioning to a new name, our promise remains the same,” said Dominique Legros, Group Vice President, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. “As we roll-out this new campaign, we will continue to highlight many different facets of partnership. Although we have a new name, the organization remains fully committed to its long-standing core values and key partners as we work together toward a better future.”

Partnership refers to everyone in the world of Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, internally and externally: specialist partners and practitioners, dealers, cross-functional and international teams, universities, dentists and their patients the world over. The Company’s enduring core values are its Swissness, its commitment to endodontic excellence, and its renewed and growing passion for innovation through partnership.

Another major element of the communication strategy will come to life at the IDS by publishing an emotional video on Facebook and LinkedIn. The star of the film is the passion that drives each individual and makes the innovation process logical and technical but also deeply emotional and richly human. “This film emphasizes the central role our partnerships are playing in the service of our Vision: saving a tooth to improve a life defines our common quest and passion”, explains Dominique Legros further. 

Real people in their real role – making a real difference

The video features Gilbert Rota, Technology Expert R&D at Dentsply Sirona, Dr. Julian Webber, BDS, MS, Endodontic Specialist and Dr. Sarah Attal, MSc DDS Endodontic Specialist. They come together at Dentsply Sirona in Switzerland from across Europe and together they stand for “Partner for a better future”.

Dominique Legros: "We are very proud of this campaign. Empowered through working together towards common goals we are definitely convinced: Through partnership, it is our conviction that we are all simply better together."


The merger of DENTSPLY and Sirona in 2016 created the most comprehensive range of dental technologies, consumables and solutions in the dental market. The newly named Dentsply Sirona Endodontics represents the joint business unit of the Endo-specialists formerly known as DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALITIES.

Synergies from those entities were channeled to form a new uniform look involving the logo, design of packaging and joint appearances at trade shows. Dentsply Sirona Endodontics employs globally more than 1,500 employees, continuously invests in R&D with more than 60 associates, has trained over 73,000 dentists worldwide and collaborates with more than 165 universities around the world.

Monday, March 27, 2017

RecordLinc Unveils New Implant Case Management System at the Academy of Osseointegration Conference

RecordLinc’s new Implant Management System was created to manage dental implant cases and strengthen relationships with referral dentists and labs
Orlando, Fla. – Mar. 16, 2017 – RecordLinc Inc., a web-based dental collaboration tool, today unveiled its latest module, the RecordLinc Implant Case Management System (RIMS).  RIMS will be the official replacement for iConfident Dental Implant Case Management and makes its debut today at the Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting held in Orlando from March 15 – 18, 2017.
RIMS is a web-based application designed to manage dental implant cases and strengthen relationships with referral dentists and labs.  By implementing RIMS, users will attract new business, share accurate and consistent case information, make implant treatment coordinators more efficient, as well as strengthen and grow referral relationships.
“We are very excited to launch our new case management solution, which was based on much feedback from the implant dentist community,” stated Travis Rodgers, CEO, RecordLinc. “Our goal was to build a tool that easily integrates with current systems and processes so dental professionals can easily manage treatment plans.”
A complete list of RIMS benefits includes the following:
  • Increase implant cases
  • Attract new business
  • Streamline implant case management
  • Get the right implant and restorative parts at the right time
  • Share accurate and consistent case information
  • Strengthen referral relationships
  • Make implant treatment coordinators more efficient
RecordLinc is a technology and marketing company focused on helping dentists increase referrals, collaborate easily and securely, and schedule patients.  The company also provides services regarding patient reminders, patient rewards, electronic health forms, PMS integration, dental implant case management, marketing analytics, and is also a CRM for dentists.
More information about RIMS and RecordLinc can be found by visiting
About RecordLinc
Founded in 2011, RecordLinc is an Internet-based application that is designed to maximize the quality of patient care by the sharing of digital records and by improving collaboration between dental professionals.  Its HIPAA compliant products insure patient privacy, increases security of patient records, reduces treatment time and cost, and significantly improves communications.  For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A new name for a trusted partner: Heraeus Kulzer becomes Kulzer

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From July 1, 2017 Heraeus Kulzer will operate under the name Kulzer. Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals Group took over the dental division of Heraeus three- and-a-half years ago. By changing its name, the firm separates itself from its previous owner and targets new growth. Nothing will change for customers; the established Hanau, Germany-based company remains a reliable partner for dental professionals.

“Our vision is to be the lifetime partner of our customers,” says Akira Misawa, Chief Executive Officer of Heraeus Kulzer. “We understand our customers’ needs and want to grow with them. We do this by helping dental technicians and dentists to restore patients’ oral health and well- being in a safe, more convenient and cost-effective way. Our mission is to develop and provide best-in-class quality products and services that create reliable solutions. That’s why we’re continuously expanding our global service portfolio.”

The parent company Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI) is fully supportive of this new strategy and the expansion of its services and development work across the board. The current growth plan includes 100 new jobs in the International Sales & Services organization, of which a third will be created in Research and Development. In the future, more employees will work on growth initiatives at the company’s headquarters, and there will also be more service jobs with direct customer contact.

Integrated solutions from a single source

“The dental market is very competitive and users are now confronted with an incredibly wide range of products – complexity is increasing,” says Marc Berendes, Chief Sales Officer at Kulzer. “With our reliable products and new services, we want to help our customers make their processes in practices and laboratories more cost-effective.” For this reason, individual products, digital technologies, software and services are now more integrated than ever, allowing users to receive multiple solutions from a single source. One focus of these integration efforts will be consultancy services for workflow optimization.

Synergies for further growth

The change of name marks the complete integration of the dental manufacturer into the Mitsui Chemical Group. The Japanese parent company is a market leader in mobility, healthcare provision, nutrition and packaging, as well as in raw materials. The health division’s three main products are raw materials for the optical industry, textile composites for sanitary products, and dental materials. With Kulzer, MCI has equipped itself for the dental industry of the future, and plans to further develop this division.

“We’re delighted that Mitsui Chemicals wants to transform the dental division with Kulzer being a strong pillar,” says Misawa. “Drawing on years of knowledge and experience in chemistry and materials development, we can make the most of synergies in order to create new market opportunities.” The parent company’s excellent polymer research team is expected to boost the Kulzer specialists’ work on innovative new materials and system solutions – and their cooperation is already bearing fruit. At this year’s International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, Kulzer is presenting a successful development project, the cara Print 4.0 3D printer, realized in partnership with MCI.

About Heraeus Kulzer GmbH

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH is one of the world’s leading dental companies with its headquarters in Hanau, Germany. As a trusted partner, the company supplies dentists and dental technicians with an extensive product range, covering cosmetic dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics, periodontology and digital dentistry. More than 1,400 employees at 26 locations worldwide are driven by their expertise and passion for the dental market and embody what the name Heraeus Kulzer stands for: service, quality and innovation.

Heraeus Kulzer has been part of the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Group since July 2013. Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI) is based in Tokyo, and has 131 affiliates with more than 13,400 employees in 27 countries worldwide. Its innovative, practical chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries as they are in other fields such as environmental protection and healthcare. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Natural Dental Implants AG Announces 3D Printed REPLICATE® Tooth at International Dental Show in Cologne


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Company’s Patent Portfolio Offers Unique Opportunity to Develop the Next Generation of Patient-Specific Tooth Replacement Solutions

BERLIN, GERMANY – March 20, 2017 – Natural Dental Implants AG (NDI) today announced the development of a 3D printed version of the REPLICATE Tooth. NDI began working on its first generation of customized tooth replacement products and filing patents in 2006, giving the Company a unique advantage in the market. The 3D printed REPLICATE Tooth, which the Company will have at the International Dental Show (Hall 3.1, Aisle H, Booth 49), features a titanium root portion and a zirconia abutment portion, like the commercially available version of the REPLICATE Tooth currently made by 5-axis CNC milling.

According to Ruedger Rubbert, CEO of Natural Dental Implants AG, “We started thinking about customized tooth replacement systems more than ten years ago. Our patent portfolio includes endossoeus and perio-integrative implementations, various surface enhancements, CAD/CAM systems, and manufacturing technologies, utilized in rapid prototyping methods and 3D printing. This enables industrialized and chairside fabrication of individually shaped dental implants.” He added, “Using new technologies like 3D printing helps us reduce costs and provide even more value to our customers.” 

The Company has a working prototype and expects to begin extensive product testing this year.

About the REPLICATE Immediate Tooth Replacement System and Natural Dental Implants:

The REPLICATE® System features the REPLICATE Tooth, an anatomically-shaped, 100% customized, titanium-zirconia tooth, and the REPLICATE Temporary Protective Crown, a customized cover shield designed to protect the REPLICATE Tooth during the healing process. This new approach to single-tooth replacement offers patients an immediate, minimally invasive alternative to traditional dental implants and three-unit bridges. 

The REPLICATE Tooth is an anatomical copy of the patient’s natural tooth that fits into the space occupied by the tooth being removed. It is one piece; a super-hydrophilic titanium root fused to a zirconia preparation with an emerging profile like that of a natural tooth. Each REPLICATE Tooth component is designed individually and can be modified to overcome anatomical limitations or to meet specific clinical requirements. The process starts with a DVT/CBCT scan and dental impression. The dentist submits the data prior to the tooth being extracted, NDI designs that patient’s custom REPLICATE Tooth, manufactures it and delivers it sterile, ready to be placed at the extraction appointment. Immediately after the extraction, the REPLICATE Tooth is inserted into the tooth socket, without drilling, and covered with the REPLICATE Temporary Protective Crown until it osseointegrates. Once osseointegration is complete the REPLICATE Temporary Protective Crown is removed and a final crown is placed.

Natural Dental Implants AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and a U.S. subsidiary based in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 2006 to develop the intellectual property behind the REPLICATE Immediate Tooth Replacement System. The REPLICATE System is available in the European Union and will be offered in the United States pending FDA approval. Visit to learn more.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Does Missouri have enough dentists? In some counties, there are none...

There are more dentists in the city of Los Angeles than there are in the entire state of Missouri.  You read that correctly, at least that was correct that last time I checked.
Despite the fact that there are 2 dental schools in the state, Missouri, in certain rural areas, still suffers from a lack of providers.  This goes for both dentists and hygienists.  Of course the larger metropolitan areas like St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield have plenty of providers, but some rural areas are flat out desperate for someone to take care of them.  If I was a young doctor and someone about to graduate, I’d be taking a really long look at these underserved areas.  Imagine being the only dentist in the county?  Think you could get a practice off the ground in that environment?
Having been involved in organized dentistry, I knew that this problem was present, but I didn’t know it was becoming as critical as it is.  So when I saw this article in Columbia Missourian, I thought I would share it.  Needless to say there are lots of people out there who need dental care and doctors looking to start practices should definitely be considering them.  Here is part of the article:

COLUMBIA — In the early 1950s, Scotland County, Missouri, had a problem —  zero dentists.

Then in 1955, Harlo Donelson moved to town and opened up a dental practice. Nearly 55 years later, Donelson is 85, and he is still the only dentist.  When he retires, Scotland County might yet again be forced to look beyond the county for dental services.aScotland County isn’t an anomaly in Missouri's rural counties, which have long struggled with access to dental care.aMissouri ranked 41st in the nation in 2016 for number of dentists per capita, according to statistics from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute. Missouri also rankeda41st for number of residents who saw a dentist, according to 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Boone County ranks ninth in the state for patient-to-dentist ratio — 1,677-to-1. aOral health experts in Missouri believe the state can improve its rankings, but it’s a had slog that involves not only oral health stakeholders, such as dentists and oral health advocates, but also everyday citizens and the Missouri legislature.

For the entire article here is the link.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Curve Dental Advantage #348 Transparency: You Can Track All of Your Support Tickets Online

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I’ve followed Curve Dental since their inception and the company has done plenty over the years to impress me.  They truly are a state-of-the-art Cloud based dental software.  Now comes something that I think is another great idea from the good minds at Curve.  Since the practice exists in the Cloud and is device agnostic as well as not needing a server, following support *might* be a bit tricky.  Well, not anymore.  In their most recent newsletter, Curve announced the ability to track support tickets online.  Here is what they had to say:
Friends, let's be honest with one another. Developing good dental software is difficult. Under the hood you will find a lot of moving parts. It is inevitable that strange things happen that require our customer service team to research and figure out exactly what is going on, which may take some time.

The probability of your coming across something that requires a lot of research is low. But if it does, with Curve Dental you can always track our progress to find an answer within Curve Dental. In fact, you'll find every inquiry you've made neatly listed in our software. You'll see the status of every inquiry and pertinent comments. What could we do to make it any easier for you to track the progress of all your requests for technical assistance?

You can learn more about our customer service by visiting our website. Or, chat with us at 888-910-4376. What's in your practice?
Below are a couple of examples of support tickets, one with all closed and one with some open.  If you’d like to find out even more, the support website can be accessed here.  
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