Friday, March 27, 2015

A couple of years ago, I was honored to be given a chance to speak at the Dentrix Business of Dentistry Conference.

I had never had a chance to attend one of the events before and I was blown away at the tremendous amount of information provided as well as the fun and relaxing attitude of the overall meeting.  If you are a Dentrix office, you really owe it to yourself and your team to make it to this year's meeting in Orlando.

One of the quickest ways to grow profits is to teach your team business management skills. Teams that learn steps to improve productivity, measure performance and speed up workflow can help practices consistently improve profitability.

One of the best ways to help your team acquire these skills is at the Dentrix Business of Dentistry Conference. This Henry Schein conference is October 7-10 in sunny Orlando and will again provide training on practice management skills, Dentrix software use, digital dentistry and clinical techniques for the dentist.

At the conference, experts delivering more than 70 courses will teach your team to:
  • Implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) to increase profits
  • Increase production and case acceptance
  • Track and measure practice productivity
  • Use Dentrix’s advanced features for improving management
  • And much more!!!

If you register by April 30th, you can save $400. And each team member who attends is only $695.

This is a great way to reward your team by giving them training in a fun environment they will use to improve your practice when they return.

Visit for more information and to register.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

DentalEZ® Introduces the Amalgam HoG Powered by Apavia®

Amalgam separators are becoming more and more common in dentistry.  For those of you not familiar with them, it is a device that basically serves as a filtration system to remove amalgam (silver filling) debris and trap it before it goes down the drain.  This helps eliminate the amalgam dust & sludge from the environment.

Many states now require them.  Missouri, where I practice, does not, but we've been using one for several years now simply because we consider it the right thing to do for the environment.

Now comes an announcement from DentalEZ about a new separator... read on for all the info.

A Fresh Perspective in Filtration Technology

Malvern, PA (March 25, 2015) – DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce the new RAMVAC® Amalgam HoG, a high efficiency filtration system designed to safely and effectively remove harmful waste in an environmentally responsible manner. Powered by Apavia®, the Amalgam HoG employs advanced vacuum technology and has an industry-leading retention rate of 99.7%. 

The Amalgam HoG provides dental practices and patients with economical and environmentally conscious water purification. The Amalgam HoG is equipped with an advanced cyclonic filtration system that efficiently and effectively separates and removes amalgam, mercury, alloy, and other unsafe contaminants from the waterline, protecting and extending the lifespan of the vacuum pump and virtually eliminating harmful waste into the environment.  

The Amalgam HoG has a large tank capacity and is durably designed to safely and reliably service up to 10 water systems at one time. The large replacement canisters reduce the frequency of necessary change outs and are universally molded with industry-standard connections that fit all existing installed units. The simple design allows canisters to be removed and replaced without tools. Moreover, the Amalgam HoG has a clear exterior, providing users with visual fill level inspection and making replacement easily identifiable. All replacement canisters are environmentally safe and recyclable.

The Amalgam HoG provides ease of maintenance with no traps to deal with and, depending on the plumbing system, allows ambidextrous installation and replacement. The patented no-tool necessary housing allows for easy access to the filter for extremely simple replacements. Amalgam HoG filters come with a unique handle for lightweight and easy removal, a bag for proper disposal, and a double O-ring bottom canister exchange.

In addition, the Amalgam HoG complies with all existing and pending state regulations. The Amalgam HoG meets all proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations and is compatible with all new standards, preparing users with early compliance. The Amalgam HoG is NSF certified ISO 11143:2008, and also complies with the American Dental Association’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect the dentist, staff, and patient. 

For more information about the Amalgam HoG, please visit  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TS150 Mill Evaluation Proceeding...

Our evaluation of the TS150 mill is continuing on schedule.

At this point in the eval, I can state that the machine is performing as advertised/expected.

The unit was designed and created by Glidewell Lab & is being sold through equipment distributors.  The system that we are evaluating is sold by Benco.

The mill will create crowns, inlays, and onlays.  To this point in the eval we have noted exceptional marginal integrity, great consistent contacts, and very nice occlusal anatomy.

The most difficult part of the process has been the interface of the device between our iTero and the computer we are using to run the design software.  That problem is not related to the mill or the design computer, but our iTero.  I'm confident as more and more iTero users begin to do in office milling, this problem will be handled by the iTero software folks, but to this point, that has been the most challenging aspect of the process.  Let me state for clarity, that there are not a lot of iTero users that are currently interfacing with the TS150 and that accounts for the glitches we've experienced.  After all, that sort of thing is why we do beta testing in the first place.  Hopefully my feedback to the companies involved will help expedite those of you who follow the same path...

I've been contacted by some of you great people who are regular readers wondering how the eval was going, hence this mid-evaluation post.

At this point, I've been very impressed and would recommend the TS150 unit with no hesitations.  When we are totally done with our beta evaluation, I'll provide a much more detailed final post.

In the meantime, our work continues.  If you would like more info, feel free to email, contact me via Twitter, or just leave a comment.

As always, thanks for reading.  My goal is to help you readers and as a result of that, to help your patients.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Asia's deadly secret: The scourge of the betel nut

Hey, there's a pattern developing here.  2 days in a row of a post from the BBC.

Seriously though, this one is really important.  One of my great passions is helping prevent oral cancer.  Betel nut chewing in Asia is a huge factor in developing this terrible disease.

Click here to read the BBC story.  It is sobering...

Friday, March 20, 2015

3D Printing is Evolving & Coming to the Medical Arena

A short post today because the real info is in the article I am linking to.

Imagine being able to print medical devices in the OR as the patient is operated on.  Next imagine printing teeth as the patient waits.

Read here from the BBC for all the details...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DentalEZ® Introduces a Refreshed Brand Identity

New Look Unveiled During the 2015 Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting 

Malvern, PA (March 18, 2015) – DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce various updates to its classic DentalEZ brand. With an official tagline of “Integrated Solutions,” and now simply referred to as “DentalEZ,” the Company unveiled some of its recent rebranding efforts such as a new color palette, logo, and a freshly designed exhibit booth at this year’s Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting.  

With the acquisition of various new companies and products throughout the years, DentalEZ has established a diverse yet very broad assortment of products. The company’s current rebranding efforts will ensure that its entire portfolio is streamlined in order to tell a clear story about its ever-growing product offerings and organization. 

Throughout 2015, DentalEZ will begin to slowly phase out the use of individual brand logos and introduce a single all-encompassing DentalEZ logo. All DentalEZ product categories will also be more consistent with the new DentalEZ name and tagline:

Columbia Dentoform® Teaching Solutions
DentalEZ® Equipment Solutions
NevinLabs Workstation Solutions
RAMVAC® Utility Solutions
StarDental® Instrument Solutions

“With this more unified and simplistic approach to branding, we plan to increase clarity of what our company offerings are, while raising awareness and understanding across all product lines of DentalEZ and our many ‘Integrated Solutions,’” remarked Lisa Lee, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “In the next year we will have gradual updates of all materials, websites, and signage. We truly look forward to an exciting new era here at DentalEZ.”

For more information about DentalEZ’s full line of integrated products, please visit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


For those of you who are Invisalign providers and own a CEREC system instead of an iTero, here is good news from the IDS meeting last week in Germany...

COLOGNE, GERMANY and SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/10/15 -- Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) today announced that Sirona's CEREC Omnicam can be used for Invisalign® case submissions, which require an intraoral scanner that can readily capture a full arch digital impression. This enables Invisalign providers with a CEREC Omnicam intraoral camera and the new CEREC Ortho Software 1.1 to submit a digital impression in place of a traditional PVS impression as part of the Invisalign case submission process. This new CEREC Ortho software is expected to be rolled out in the summer of 2015.

The CEREC Omnicam is the second third-party scanner that has been qualified for use with Invisalign treatment. Align Technology's own iTero® scanner was qualified for Invisalign case submission in December 2011. Align Technology supports an open systems approach to digital impressions and continues to work with intraoral scanning companies interested in developing interoperability and chair-side applications for use with Invisalign treatment.
CEREC Omnicam customers who are interested in becoming an Invisalign trained provider can find further information on training courses at for North America and for International regions.

The Companies also announced an agreement to support iTero laboratory customers and enable them to join a direct all-digital workflow with Sirona's inLab software. With the release of inLab 15.0, scheduled for later in the year, technicians can directly import iTero scan data into inLab.
"We are excited to establish this important collaboration with Sirona to provide Invisalign and iTero customers with new options for their digital workflows," said Tim Mack, Align Technology vice president, business development. "Our commitment to an open systems approach and adding the industry leader gives our customers more flexibility in treating their patients."

Sirona customers should contact their sales representative for more information about CEREC Omnicam connectivity for Invisalign case submission and expected availability of the new CEREC Ortho software and inLab software 15.0.