Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sirona’s C30 Extravaganza Designed to Provide Dental Professionals with the Most Advanced Educational Experience in Digital Dentistry

Sirona to Deliver CAD/CAM Users with a Comprehensive Learning Curriculum Across a Wide Diversity of Educational Tracks of Their Choosing

Charlotte, NC (August 31, 2015) – Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneer of digital dentistry, will provide dental professionals with the highest level of education at its widely anticipated CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration. The three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza is scheduled at The Venetian® Hotel and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas Sept. 17-19, 2015.

Recognized as one of the world’s premier digital dentistry meetings, C30 is a comprehensive educational forum comprised of the leading minds and speakers in the CAD/CAM dental world, C30 will provide up to 18 CE credits across a full spectrum of digital dentistry topics and tracks including CEREC, Schick Intraoral Imaging, GALILEOS® Extra Oral Imaging, inLab®, and Orthodontics.

Sirona recruited a plethora of top-notch keynote speakers to enlighten and inspire C30 attendees, focusing on techniques, issues, and solutions unique to CEREC® users. General session speakers include: Frank Spear, who will discuss optimal patient care in the digital world; Rella Christensen, who will instruct how to overcome challenging clinical situations related to lithium disilicate; Sam Puri, who will review how properly prepare, fit, and finish CEREC® restorations; and James Klim, who will delve into the art of creating aesthetics. 

Additionally, breakout sessions are available to cover many disciplines, including digital radiography, laboratory, implantology, and much more. “All dental professionals attending C30 will be enriched as a result of the immense educational curriculum,” remarked Michael Augins, president of Sirona Dental, Inc. “Sirona has enlisted some of the foremost individuals in the digital dentistry world to help CEREC practitioners enhance and differentiate their skill sets via a multitude of innovative lectures and hands-on courses.”

In addition to second-to-none clinical education, C30 will keep attendees engaged with world-class entertainment, including business and leadership speeches made by globally-renowned life success coach Tony Robbins; and Emmitt Smith, former NFL great-turned business entrepreneur and philanthropist. Furthermore, Grammy-Award winning rock band Train is set to perform on Friday, and C30 attendees will close out the event as they “Party Like a Rock Star” Saturday night at TAO the Nightclub.

For C30 participants who have yet to book a hotel room, special rates are available using a Sirona room block at The Mirage® Hotel for as low as $159 per night. All rooms in the Sirona room block at The Mirage are available on a first-come, first-served basis, are subject to availability, and may sell out at any time. The Mirage® is located across the street from The Venetian and The Palazzo, making it a convenient stay for attendees of the biggest event in digital dentistry. 

To view a full listing of all educational courses and speakers, make hotel reservations, and for all additional information and registration, dental and laboratory professionals are encouraged to visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.Cerec30th.com" www.Cerec30th.com

About Sirona Dental, Inc. 

Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers, and handpieces. Visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.sironausa.com" www.sironausa.com for more information about Sirona and its products.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Medical Marijuana: An Extensive Review of Clinical Benefits and Adverse Effects

A recent study by Whiting, et al, (JAMA 2015) performed an extensive literature review using 28 databases and provided assessment of the indications, benefits and adverse effects of medical marijuana and cannabinoids. Using a rating scale to score the quality of evidence, the authors described evidence of moderate quality to support the use of marijuana in treating chronic pain syndromes and spasticity from multiple sclerosis. There was evidence of low quality that cannabinoids were associated with some improvements in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, sleep disorders, weight gain in HIV infection, and Tourette syndrome. Indications for which cannabinoids showed either very low-quality evidence or no effect included CNS depression, anxiety disorder, psychosis, and intraocular pressure from glaucoma. Adverse effects were reported with the use of cannabinoids, including, among others, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, somnolence, euphoria, drowsiness, confusion, loss of balance and hallucination.

I found this a pretty interesting read.  The full article is here.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

PeriRx, LLC Officially Launches SaliMark™ OSCC Test for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The SaliMark™ OSCC Salivary Diagnostic Test is Available Now 
Through Henry Schein, Patterson and Benco 

Broomall, PA – August 26,  2015 – PeriRx LLC, a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology, has officially launched SaliMark™ OSCC, an advanced molecular DNA test for the early detection of oral squamous cell carcinoma. The salivary test is now available from the online ordering systems of Henry Schein Dental, Patterson Dental and Benco Dental*.
“We’re very excited to bring this accurate, easy-to-use and non-invasive oral cancer screening tool to market,” said Stephen M. Swanick, CEO and founder of PeriRx, LLC. “The fact that these three leading dental suppliers all agreed to distribute SaliMark™ OSCC is a not only a testament to its efficacy but also their recognition of the test’s strong potential to lower the mortality rate of what the National Institute of Health says is the world’s sixth leading cause of cancer, which kills one American every hour of every day.”
Development of this simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test was based on the strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work conducted by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles.  What’s more, more than a decade of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Institute of Health-supported research make SaliMark™ OSCC the world’s most scientifically-validated molecular DNA biomarker test for oral squamous cell carcinoma.
The test is indicated for use when a visual oral examination (via naked eye or fluorescent device) detects a suspicious lesion or oral mucosal abnormality. SaliMark™ OSCC’s highly-accurate risk assessment capabilities can help the clinician make a more informed and confident decision on whether to refer the patient to a specialist for a biopsy.
“Although biopsies are the gold standard for determining pathology, they are invasive procedures that come back negative 90% of the time,” explained Swanick. “SaliMark™ will greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of any oral cancer exam protocol.”
For more information about PeriRx, LLC or its SaliMark™ OSCC salivary test for oral squamous cell carcinoma, including scientific data, presentations, videos, peer-reviewed dental journal articles and product literature, visit www.PeriRx.com, call 610-544-3500 or send an email to info@PeriRx.com.
*Not yet approved for sale in the state of New York. Regulatory approval process is currently in progress. However, New York dentists who pre-register their practices online will be kept on file and notified immediately when SaliMark™ is approved for sale and use in their state.

About SaliMark™ OSCC
Development of this simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test was based on the strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work conducted by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles. The SaliMark™ OSCC test also has the distinction of being the first of its kind assay in the world to aid in the identification and early detection of oral lesions at the highest risk for cancer.  Recently, the SaliMark™ OSCC test underwent a PRoBE (prospective-specimen-collection, retrospective-blinded-evaluation) design study which is the most rigorous biomarker validation available. In addition, PeriRx successfully completed a validation of the mRNA markers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the St. Johns Providence Health System in Detroit. 
About PeriRx LLC:
Based in Broomall, Pennsylvania, PeriRx, LLC is a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will help clinical professionals detect and treat diseases sooner and enhance the practice of wellness management.  
The company was founded in 2008 to explore, innovate, and develop novel therapeutics or devices focused on the oral inflammatory/systemic connection. The PeriRx executive team consists of CEO and founder Stephen M. Swanick, an entrepreneur and experienced drug and device development professional; Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a practicing dentist; and Dr. Jack Martin, a cardiologist. 

PeriRx, LLC obtained its patented and patent-pending technologies from inventor Dr. David Wong’s firm RNAmeTRIX and the Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles. PeriRx and RNAmeTrix have ongoing agreements which ensure the continuing research and development necessary to advance product development from clinical trial, through regulatory approval, and into commercialization.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

High Tech Police Tools

After making several longish posts I thought I'd make a shorter one today.

Yesterday, we saw a terrible tragedy in the Virginia TV shooting.

I was reading about it when I noticed that the Virginia Highway Patrol stated the perpetrator's vehicle was identified using a license plate reader.  It is an image processing device that can evidently read plates from a decent distance.

After reading about that, I went looking for other high tech police devices and I came across this story on Fox News.  Definitely worth a read!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Core3daCADemyTM Announces Fall Webinar and Course Schedule

Las Vegas, NV – August 25, 2015 - Core3daCADemyTM, the educational arm of Core3dcentres®, is pleased to announce it is offering a full slate of hands-on courses and in-depth webinars over the Fall season.
Held in Las Vegas, Calgary and Toronto, all aCADemyTM two-day courses are designed by dental technicians for dental technicians, feature a smaller class size ensuring a dedicated hands-on experience along with lecture-style instruction, and are packed with tips and tricks that will increase participant’s design efficiency, thus increasing their profitability.
Please join us for “aCADemyTM 1 - The Fundamentals of Scanning and Designing” (November 13- 14 in Las Vegas) and “aCADemyTM 3 - Digital Smile Design and Advanced Cosmetics" (September 18-19, in Las Vegas; October 23-24, in Calgary; or November 6-7, in Toronto)! The next “aCADemyTM 2 – and Digital Implant and Implant Bar Design” courses will be held in early 2016. Under the direction of Mark Ferguson, Digital Integration Specialist, Core3dcentres, participants in the series gain a comprehensive understanding of design essentials from custom abutment and Full Contour Screw Retained Bars right up to Advanced Scanning and how it relates to Advanced Cosmetic cases and Smile Design! Dates for 2016 will be announced shortly.
Core3daCADemyTM is also hosting a wide variety of in-depth technical webinars over coming months. Available free of charge, feel free to join us for:
  •   Selection of CAD/CAM Material to Meet Modern Indications” (September 23)
  •   Simple and Split File Abutment Design using the Core3dcentres Library” (October 21)
    All Webinars are offered at the same time on each date: 12:00 Noon EDT 10:00AM MDT 9:00AM PDT. Core3daCADemyTM maintains a large library of past Webinar topics on our website. Please go to www.core3dcentres.com and click on Core3daCADemy, Webinars to view the entire title list.
    Core3daCADemyTM offers a wide range of courses on-site at your laboratory and presentations with a variety of dental organizations. For more information, upcoming Webinar topics and dates, or Course schedules and Registration information (or to arrange for course delivery at your laboratory), please visit www.core3dcentres.com or contact Emily Bradley, Director at Core3daCADemyTM toll-free at 888-750-9204 or by email ebradley@core3dcentres-na.com. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Still Time Remaining to Register for Sirona’s C30 Celebration with an Attractive Offer Available for Dental Staff Members

Limited Time Offer: Fourth Staff Member Receives Free Tuition for Digital Dentistry Extravaganza  

Charlotte, NC (August 21, 2015) – In preparation of its highly anticipated CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration, Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneer of digital dentistry, is currently offering C30 attendees a great deal on staff registration. Doctors can now register three practice members with a fourth eligible to attend for free.

This limited time opportunity runs through Sept. 15th and provides a substantial savings of $995 on the cost of tuition. Staff members will join a wide array of CEREC doctors, mentors, trainers, technicians and exhibitors who are set to congregate in appreciation of a technology that revolutionized the dentistry world.

“CEREC 30 is very much a total-team celebration of the past, present and future of digital dentistry,” stated Michael Augins, president of Sirona Dental, Inc. “Therefore, Sirona strongly encourages practice members to accompany doctors for three days of in-depth education, endless networking opportunities, inspiring keynote speeches and jaw-dropping entertainment.”

Sirona’s C30 event is scheduled at The Venetian® Hotel and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas from September 17-19, 2015. The CAD/CAM extravaganza features leading clinicians in dentistry and will provide a comprehensive business and leadership curriculum. World-renowned life success and leadership coach Tony Robbins headlines an outstanding lineup of motivational business speakers that include Fred Joyal, a leading expert in dental consumer marketing; Bernie Stoltz, CEO of Fortune Management; and Emmitt Smith, former NFL great-turned business entrepreneur and philanthropist. Furthermore, Grammy-Award winning rock band Train is set to perform on Friday, and CEREC 30 attendees will close out the event as they “Party Like Rock Stars” Saturday night at TAO the Nightclub.

Additionally, C30 provides up to 18 CE credits across a full spectrum of digital dentistry topics and tracks, and features an exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services.  

For C30 participants who have yet to book a hotel room, special rates are available using a Sirona room block at The Mirage® Hotel for as low as $159 per night. The Mirage is located across the street from The Venetian and The Palazzo, making it a convenient stay for attendees of the biggest event in digital dentistry. 

To register, make hotel accommodations, and for all additional information, dental and laboratory professionals are encouraged to visit www.Cerec30th.com

Monday, August 24, 2015

i-CAT™ Debuts A New Release Of 3D Treatment Planning Software At The AAO Tx STUDIO™

Hatfield, PA (May 14, 2015) i-CAT, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is pleased to release its new and enhanced Tx STUDIO 5.4 treatment planning software at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, San Francisco, CA. Fully integrated and exclusively for the award-winning family of i-CAT™ cone beam 3D imaging products, Tx STUDIO delivers a host of new and powerful treatment tools for dentists and specialists working with implants, airway, TMD, orthodontics, and surgical procedures. In addition to its already existing capabilities for accurate implant planning and extraordinary restorative planning capabilities, Tx STUDIO 5.4 also offers new and improved tools. Useful for treatment planning and patient communication, these new features include an enhanced abutment design that allows the crown to be placed onto the abutment and prepped teeth, as well as simulation of pontics and bridges. For airway analysis, more comprehensive and exclusive tools allow for 2D analysis of the airway with quantitative information on the anterior posterior distance and left and right distance. The airway can now be created and visualized in the variable quadrant. Changes in the parameters and area of the cross-sectional area along the airway are displayed graphically.

 • Other helpful tools now available with Tx STUDIO 5.4 offer the opportunity to: • Simulate a sinus bone graft in two clicks while gaining the approximate graft volume.
 • Create bitewing radiographs from 3D data and evaluate those bitewings in all three dimensions.
 • Replicate jaw articulation as well as offer control of the translation and rotation.
• Provide 3D analysis using orthognathic advanced cuts and movement that also show tissue change in profile.

 “At i-CAT, we continually strive to create innovations to our products and software,” says Yena Chokshi, Associate 3D Software Product Manager. “The launch of Tx STUDIO 5.4 adds even more efficient planning and treatment tools to our already award-winning 3D imaging modality. As dentistry continues to evolve and offers more options to patients, these new tools show that we listen to our customers and respond to their increasing imaging needs.” Tx STUDIO treatment software is included with new i-CAT cone beam 3D scanners, giving general dentists and specialists the tools to place and restore implants, perform oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, utilize CAD/CAM applications, and analyze TMJ and airway with greater confidence and lower radiation options. Indications for Use: www.i-cat.com/ifu Continued on page 2 AWARD-WINNING CONE BEAM 3D DENTAL IMAGING IC-0021 About i-CAT Serving the dental industry since 1992, i-CAT™ is at the global forefront in the development and manufacturing of the computer-controlled dental and maxillofacial radiography products, and internationally recognized by highly regarded dentists and radiologists as one of the most innovative companies in dental imaging. i-CAT systems offers clinicians enhanced features for highly effective treatment planning and surgical predictability. i-CAT is exclusively distributed by Henry Schein Dental. To learn more, visit www.i-cat.com. i-CAT is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation.

Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit www.kavokerrgroup.com for more information.