Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top 5 Test Drives Coming This Issue

This month's issue of Dental Products Report will feature my annual Top 5 Test Drives.

Every year I get to tinker and test with a number of technologies that I get to see before deployment to the industry at large.

DPR gives me a chance to discuss my favorites every December.

If you're looking for the latest & greatest that our proud profession has to offer... don't miss the December issue!

Monday, November 24, 2014

KaVo Kerr Group Supports the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction

KaVo Kerr Group Prizes Donated to Silent Auction to Raise Funds for Smile-saving Programs
CHARLOTTE, NC – (November 11, 2014) Now through November 24, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF) will hold the Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction (http://www.ncohf.org/get-involved/toothfairy-ball). Along with other generous individuals and corporations, KaVo Kerr Group is donating five outstanding items that bidders can win. These include:

NOMADTM Handheld Intraoral X-Ray Device. The winner will be able to take exceptional images faster and spend more time with patients using the NOMAD Handheld Intraoral X-Ray Device. The NOMAD X-Ray system improves radiography convenience while allowing for quick image acquisition and minimizing the frustrations of wallmounted arm drift and retakes.

HELIOS 3000 Dental Light and installation. The Helios 3000 continues to lead the market with the ultimate LED performance. The winner will greatly benefit from this cutting-edge technology that enables color mixing, a no cure setting, and a crisp 3” x 6” light pattern that illuminates only where you need it to. This dental light offers optimal efficiency to help save energy and lifecycle costs. The Helios light requires specific mounting configurations, the cost of which is included in the auction.
In addition to dental products, KaVo Kerr Group made two experience-driven prizes available:
Luxury suite for 12 at Washington Capitals NHL Game. Winners will enjoy a fully furnished private suite for 12 guests to watch the Washington Capitals play the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 7 p.m. This private suite at the Verizon Center includes theater style seats, a private lounge with two flat screen TVs, and a private restroom. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Dinner for 6 at CityZen, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC. More than just dinner, this is a sensory experience in modern American cuisine created with flair at award-winning CityZen. Food & Wine magazine has called CityZen “one of the hottest restaurants in the world.” Good for any Friday or Saturday in January 2015, for up to 6 guests.
All auction items can be viewed at

A choice of handpieces from KaVo. The The KaVo handpiece collection is the market’s leading brand, offering superior performance, quiet operation, and durable quality. The winner can choose from the following award-winning air or electric highspeeds: MASTERtorqueTM M8900L, MASTERtorque Mini M4500L, or GENTLEpowerTM LUX 25LPR.

All event proceeds will be allocated to smile-saving programs for vulnerable children across the country, and every participating dental practice will receive access to free marketing and outreach tools.
“A virtual event such as this is in keeping with the NCOHF commitment to getting the money we raise directly to the children who need it most. The overhead for the event is low because our Affiliates and the communities they serve are our top priority,” said Henk van Duijnhoven, Senior Vice President of the KaVo Kerr Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors for NCOHF. “If KaVo Kerr Group product donations can help generate interest in this event and funds for the many exciting NCOHF programs, then it is our pleasure to make them available.”
NCOHF: America’s ToothFairy is dedicated to raising awareness of the #1 chronic childhood illness:
pediatric dental disease, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive oral health services and eliminating this preventable disease from future generations. With a growing Affiliate Network of exemplary non-profit community programs, Kids Club, and professional and student service programs,
America’s ToothFairy is building a powerful, united effort to eliminate tooth decay and protect the smiles of vulnerable children. Since 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $14 million in vital community-based programs, educational materials, oral care products, and financial grants. For more information, please visit www.ncohf.org

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Parrot Brings BeBop Drone to Market in Time for the Holidays

The latest offering from the drone company Parrot is now available.

Called the Bebop, the iPad controlled drone has a bunch of cool features like:

  • Streaming Video
  • Smartphone or Tablet control
  • HD Video
  • Gyroscope
  • 3 Axes Accelerometer
  • Vertical Camera to track speed

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Testing of Benco's TS 150 Mill Starts Today

I *love* open source!  To that end, we are about to start testing a new CAD/CAM one visit restorative system in my office.  Say hello to the TS 150.

The mill was developed by Glidewell labs and is created to do inlays, onlays, and crowns.

The best part?  The TS 150 is open source.  That means that it will take files created by our iTero scanner.  The iTero files are then opened in IOS FastDesign software.  This will allow us to design the restoration.  Once the design process is complete, the design is sent to the TS 150 mill that will then take a block of restorative material and mill out the final restoration.

Since it is open source, the TS 150 will accept files from the iTero, the True Definition Scanner, and others.

We'll be receiving training today and will actually start milling restorations in the afternoon.

I'll be reporting back on what we are receiving as we get further along in the process...

For more info, check out this from Dental Products Report.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Is Google Glass Already DOA?

It doesn't seem that long ago that Google Glass was the darling of the tech world. Remember that?

However since then it seems that Glass has just flat out fallen off the radar. Have you seen anyone wearing the device lately? Me neither.

Now Time magazine puts forth the idea that Glass may not be such a tech darling after all.

It makes for good reading & I highly recommend checking it out.

-Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanks to All Who Attended CDE World on Friday in Boston

On Friday I had the very great honor of speaking to about 80 wonderful doctors and team members at the CDE World in Boston.

Despite the threat of ugly wintery weather (which never occurred), we had a great turnout and a really great event.

As I do events based on the concept of 3D and what it can do for dentistry and today's dental practice, I'm amazed by both the amount of interest I'm seeing from doctors and also the amazing tools the industry is creating to harness the power that 3D provides.

From things like virtual treatment planning on implant cases to digital impression systems that will now interface with milling units, 3D isn't just cone beam any more.  The category has moved on to become a huge piece of dentistry and is quickly becoming a major piece of the market.

My thanks to those who attended on Friday.  It was a great event and I met some really great people!

Friday, November 14, 2014

DentalEZ® Group Introduces the 360° Customer Care Program

Here is some interesting info from DentalEZ.  If you happen to use any of the company's Star Dental products, this should be of interest to you.

New Web Tool Provides Immediate Repair Requests, Online Education 
and Training for All StarDental® Customers 

Malvern, PA (November 13, 2014) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce its new 360° Customer Care Program, a comprehensive online customer service tool for all StarDental® customers.

Located at www.dentalez.com/360customercare, the new 360° Customer Care Program is an extension of DentalEZ Group’s professional and preventive maintenance and repair support program. Geared toward all dental professionals and distribution partners, the 360° Customer Care Program provides a newly designed repair support program that provides instantaneous labels for repair requests as well as a comprehensive collection of educational and training resources for all StarDental products.   

A key feature of the 360° Customer Care Program is a new repair request form that provides an efficient, no-hassle method of requesting repairs on any and all StarDental products. Designed for a fast, user-friendly experience, the repair request form provides convenient drop down menus for identifying and immediately reporting the specific product, repair type and problem. Users simply fill in the information, print the repair request form and press the submit button. A prepaid UPS label is available to be shipped along with the repair form and product being sent for repair.

In addition to the new repair request form, visitors of the 360° Customer Care Program have access to the following pertaining to StarDental’s full line of products:

  • Maintenance and repair videos
  • Instructional manuals
  • Product brochures
  • Maintenance check sheets
  • Warranty registration forms 

For more information on DentalEZ’s new 360° Customer Care Program, please visit www.dentalez.com/360customercare

About DentalEZ® Group

DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services. Encompassing six distinct product brands — StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort
and efficiency of the dental operatory. For more information, please visit www.dentalez.com