Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Dental Solutions Company™ Now Provides a Comprehensive and Simplified Workflow Conducive for Optimal Restorative Results Using CEREC

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Charlotte, NC (September 15, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona is pleased to introduce CEREC® Essentials at Dentsply Sirona World 2017, a complete practice solution that optimizes the CAD/CAM process while providing outstanding clinical benefits and results. CEREC Essentials are a carefully curated suite of restorative materials intrinsically selected to match the powerful technology of CEREC while fulfilling all of the practitioner’s clinical needs. Designed to streamline restorative procedures, CEREC Essentials embody trust, speed, and simplicity while exemplifying the brand excellence possessed by The Dental Solutions Company™.

 

Comprised of two high quality block materials, Celtra® Duo Zirconia-reinforced Lithium Silicate (ZLS) and CEREC® Zirconia Translucent Zirconium Oxide Block, CEREC Essentials enable clinicians to fulfill all clinical restorative procedures with a choice of material for every situation. Moreover, when used in conjunction with either material, the CEREC SpeedFire furnace boasts the industry’s fastest sintering cycles, creating a quicker, more efficient workflow without sacrificing clinical integrity.

 

Born from a legacy of two companies with a storied history of serving the dental world, CEREC Essentials represent a brand of innovations created by Dentsply Sirona that build trust among clinicians and their patients. Comprised of an integrated set of restorative materials necessary for the most streamlined and efficient CEREC workflow, these essential products are backed by a team of professionals known as “CEREC Consumables Representatives,” who strive to help clinicians simplify the process, and adjust to the changes associated with implementing CAD/CAM into their practices. CEREC Consumables Representatives aid practitioners in product choices, helping dentists keep their inventory relevant to the procedures they perform.

 

In an industry where time is of the essence, CEREC Essentials promote speed and cohesion—requiring fewer steps to complete a procedure with fewer ancillary items needed. CEREC Essentials not only ensure quicker performance, but also deliver rapid results with no compromise.

 

CEREC Essentials are curated to uphold the idea of simplicity—instead of having multiple products and workflows, the brand reduces material complexity by featuring two core restorative materials, Celtra Duo and CEREC Zirconia, and three complementary procedural components including Calibra® Universal Self-Adhesive Resin Cement (for CEREC Zirconia restorations); Calibra® Ceram Adhesive Resin Cement with Prime&Bond elect® Universal Adhesive (for Celtra Duo restorations), and a Universal Stain and Glaze Kit, resulting in a comprehensive, yet streamlined and efficient system for both milling materials. CEREC Essentials impart an intuitive system of products that work harmoniously with a wide array of materials to produce better, safer, and faster dentistry for the benefit of both CEREC practitioners and their patients.

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ioSafe Chips in to Help Businesses Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

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It always gives me a warm feeling to see people helping others who are in need.  To that end, my good friends at ioSafe are offering the following help to hose recently impacted by the hurricanes here in the U.S.
 
Here is the info they sent me.  Way to go ioSafe!  This is just one reason that I’m a customer.
 

We’d like to offer a helping-hand to those affected by Irma and Harvey, but let me preface the nitty-gritty by saying that we sincerely hope that none of you were impacted or, if you were, that it was only replaceable property that was lost. That said, here’s what we’ll be doing.

  • Free fireproof/waterproof external hard drives. Got a water-damaged hard drive? Let us know and we’ll a send you a Solo G3. No strings, no cost. We’ll even cover shipping. We do, however, have one small request. We’re only going to be able to send out a limited number of these and would like to ensure they reach the people who can’t easily afford to replace their damaged equipment. Therefore, please don’t ask for a drive unless you really need it. In other words, if you have insurance or enough funds to be able to comfortably cover the costs, please go that route instead. There'll be a limit of one per person. Once we’ve exhausted the supply of free units, we’ll be offering discounted pricing.
  • Discounted fireproof/waterproof servers, NAS and BDR. While we can’t offer these devices at no-cost, we’re in the process of putting a discount program in place for those in affected areas covering our servers2-bay NAS5-bay NAS and BDR appliances. I can’t share any details yet as to what the pricing will be - we’re still crunching the numbers to work out how low we can go - but we’ll be discounting as deeply as we can. If you're in a particularly sticky situation - a small business whose losses aren't going to be covered by insurance - let us know and we'll do what we can to help. Our aim here is to help you get back to business as quickly as possible with a better, more resilient infrastructure. That’s good for everyone. 

We’ll be running these programs for at least the next 2-weeks, and likely longer. We’re not limiting this to Spiceheads, the programs are open to all, so pass along the details as you wish.

Note: if you need data recovered from a water-damaged device, our awesome friends at DriveSavers Data Recovery  are providing no-cost recovery services for people in affected areas. You can read more about that here.

Feel free to shoot me a message with any general questions or email sales@iosafe.com to request a G3 or ask about the discount program. Be sure to include in the email the fact that it's an Irma/Harvey-related request. Note that replies may be slightly delayed depending on the volume of requests.

UpdateBweber93   asked, 'If we're not in an affected area is there any option to have a full-price purchase count towards donations towards victims or those affected?' We're going to do it! Purchase any non-discounted product between now and the end of the month using coupon code 'Spiceworks' and we'll donate 20% of the price to the Red Cross's relief efforts. Thanks for the suggestion, Brody!

Final reminder: feel free to order as many products as you like under the discount program, but please keep the free G3s for the folks that need them the most.

Update: Unsurprisingly, we're being inundated with requests, many of which tell heartbreaking stories. We're working through them as quickly as we can, but it may take a few days for us to get back to you. Sit tight, you'll not be forgotten. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Data Breach at Equifax Affects 143 Million Consumers

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As someone in healthcare, I can tell you there is a very serious effort made to protect patient data.  Not only is the health info of the patient something that should be carefully guarded, but also their demographic info.  An electronic health record contains a lot of information that could be used by nefarious types to commit identity theft.  This data is so valuable, that the federal government has fined practices hundreds of thousands of dollars for the loss of somewhere around 2000 patient records.
 
Now comes word of a security breach at Equifax which impacts 146 million consumers.  The data that was stolen includes Social Security Numbers, birth dates, addresses, some driver’s license numbers, some credit card numbers, and some dispute documents with personal identifying information. That is sufficient information to forge an identity.
 
News of the breach was bad enough.  However, then word broke that 2-3 days before the breach was announced, 3 high ranking executives of Equifax sold about $2,000,000 of stock.  That kind of activity is considered insider trading and is highly illegal.  That means in addition to the PR disaster that the breach created there is also a huge breach of trust in the organization as a whole.  Those are 2 very difficult incidents for a highly skeptical public to let pass.
 
Want more signs of a horribly run company?  According to NASDAQ:  Equifax is offering free credit monitoring, but is asking those who enroll in the service to waive their rights to a trial and resolve any disputes through arbitration”.  I find that incredibly generous of them sarcasm intended.  The company allows a data breach from mid-May until July, 3 executives sell off the stock at a high price prior to announcing, and then expects the victimized public to give up their rights in exchange for doing the right thing.  That last point may very well land them in even more hot water as California law requires that in such a situation the credit monitoring be provided for a year free of charge.

In order to see if you are one of the unfortunate 146 million, go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to check.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

UPDATE: Ultradent Increases Donation to $300,000 for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief and Offers Special Discounts to Affected Dentists

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, September 12, 2017 UPDATE: In response to the catastrophic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the most recent damage done by Hurricane Irma, Ultradent Products, Inc., has increased the company’s donations to the Saint Bernard Project (SBP) and to the All Hands Volunteers organization from $250,000 to $300,000. The Saint Bernard project will use the funds to aid in the rescue, relief, and rebuilding efforts of all those affected by the storms. The All Hands Volunteers organization will also use the donation funds to help restore and rebuild the communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

In addition to these donations, Ultradent is offering to help dentists whose practices have been damaged by the hurricanes. Since Monday, August 28, 2017 Ultradent has offered any dentist whose office has sustained substantial physical damage by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma $500 worth of free consumable product, plus 40% off all consumable products and 15% off all equipment purchases exceeding the initial $500 on that order. Through this offer, Ultradent hopes to provide some aid in the rebuilding efforts of the dental community.

Ultradent’s president, Dirk Jeffs, says, “Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with thier wind and flooding, have caused unprecedented, catastrophic damage in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and surrounding islands. Care is an important core value at Ultradent, and we want to extend a helping hand and show our care for the people who have been affected by these devastating storms.”

Ultradent has a strong culture of giving. The company contributed to relief efforts associated with the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Typhoon Haiyan, Hurricane Sandy, and the earthquakes in Haiti and Ecuador. Additionally, Ultradent has donated more than 1.6 million pounds of food over the past nine years to the Utah Food Bank. Ultradent also contributes to various national and international dental humanitarian missions. To find out more about Ultradent’s disaster relief efforts, please visit https://www.ultradent.com/en-us/about-ultradent/humanitarian-efforts-program/Pages/Disaster_Relief_Efforts.aspx.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

It’s almost here- the greatly anticipated Dentsply Sirona World commences tomorrow!

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Thousands of eager attendees are arriving in Las Vegas for the sold-out Ultimate Dental Meeting beginning Thursday, Sept. 14

CHARLOTTE, NC (Sept. 13, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona World is the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting and the first to be hosted in Las Vegas. Dubbed an educational festival, this is one of the largest events in dentistry and attracts the leading minds in the industry.

“As we welcome a record-number of attendees, the excitement is palpable among them and our Dentsply Sirona team,” said Group Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “Our organization has been looking forward to this colossal event since the conclusion of SIROWORLD in Orlando, and here in Vegas, attendees can expect the biggest, most impressive show to date.”

Dentsply Sirona World offers quality clinical and business education to every dental professional, including General Practitioners, specialists, technicians, office staff members, etc. Esteemed clinicians and business professionals will lead sessions within 11 educational tracks throughout the course of the event, providing the opportunity for registrants to absorb as much content as possible.

The entertainment at Dentsply Sirona World is just another factor separating this event from other industry meetings. The caliber of celebrity entertainment is simply unmatched. Will Smith, Jeff Dunham, Simon Sinek and Imagine Dragons are all slated to perform or speak exclusively for Ultimate Dental Meeting attendees.

In addition to the invaluable education and extraordinary entertainment, guests can enjoy various social, and health and wellness activities, including a MMA-styled workout led by Super Trainer Joel Freeman on Friday morning and the Out of This World Fun Run on Saturday morning. Evening receptions provide additional networking opportunities, and the three-day event concludes with the Evening of Espionage closing party at TAO Nightclub.

For those already onsite or arriving today, early registration is open from 3-8 p.m. Early registration is highly encouraged as General Session begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, and doors to the session close at 9 a.m. sharp.

Those who missed the opportunity to attend Dentsply Sirona World 2017 can register for Dentsply Sirona World 2018 located in Orlando, Florida, from Sept. 13-15.

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Brasseler USA Launches New E-Commerce Experience: Shop.BrasselerUSA.com

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Brasseler USA, a leading provider of dental instrumentation, launched today a new e-commerce experience: Shop.BrasselerUSA.com. The all new, mobile-friendly Shop.BrasselerUSA.com introduces a completely refreshed shopping experience with enhanced search features, expanded product information, and an easy-to-navigate interface.

 

Brasseler USA’s new e-commerce platform further embodies the Company’s ‘By Your Side’ commitment by satisfying the constantly evolving needs of dental professionals and their desire to access our wide range of dental instrumentation whenever and wherever,” says Marc Gordon, Vice President and General Manager.

 

Enhanced search features allow dental professionals to find what they need, quickly and easily. Shoppers can search for a product by name, product number, category or even a specific product attribute. What’s more, type-ahead search results complete with product images makes searching simple, and choosing the right product is now easier than ever with a new product comparison tool.

 

In addition, richer product information on the new site provides details such as size, shape, grit and procedure, along with enhanced descriptions, supporting documentation, and videos. Everything shoppers need is all in one place—dental professionals no longer have to filter through multiple websites to obtain the information they want. 

 

Shop.BrasselerUSA.com’s new, responsive design is ready for use on digital devices of all shapes and sizes, including phones and tablets. Dental professionals can order what they need, when they need it, whether at the office, at home, or on the go.  A modern design and straightforward navigation make the site familiar and easy to use.

 

“We focused our efforts to develop a site based upon user feedback in order to exceed expectations,” remarked Ryan Dew, Brasseler USA’s Director of Administration. “We believe Shop.BrasselerUSA.com delivers not only a superior experience over other e-commerce sites in the dental industry, it’s actually comparable to the e-commerce giants we as consumers buy from regularly.” 

 

For more information about Brasseler USA’s new e-commerce site, visit Shop.BrasselerUSA.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Danville Materials Announces Cem EZ

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It’s always nice to see companies continue to innovate.  Zest Dental Solutions acquired Danville Materials in February 2016.  At the time, Danville was a small company with some very good products.  However, it seemed they sometimes liked the funding to provide for R&D and sometimes laced adequate distribution for their products.  Danville always made good products and usually their users were rabid fans.  That’s the reason I saw a bright future for Danville when Zest came along and acquired them.  They now had some money to spend to expand their product selection as well as helping with sales.
 
Now we are beginning to see how this will all shake out as Danville begins to bring more innovation to the industry.  Their latest product is called Cem EZ and I’m proud to say that I was part of a think tank group that met and helped them with some product names.
 
Here is the whole explanation of cam EZ that Danville recently sent out:
 

Since Zest Dental Solutions’ acquisition of Danville Materials in February 2016, we have embarked upon several significant endeavors, including:

-          The addition of multiple personnel in key areas throughout the business to better support our growth both internally and externally

-          Facility consolidation that included integration of manufacturing and shipping from San Ramon, California to the Zest Dental Solutions global headquarters in Carlsbad, California

-          New branding architecture that now positions Danville Materials as a portfolio of products under the Zest Dental Solutions Business

 

While all this has taken place, the Zest Dental Solutions Team has been hard at work in developing the next product in our IntelliTek™ line of products. The first product to carry this innovative curing technology, Bulk EZ™, has experienced phenomenal growth (200+%) in the past 12 months on a sell-out basis. We could not be more proud to see the market responding so favorably to our unique dual-cure bulk-fill composite that finally addresses the remaining challenges plaguing posterior composite placement.

 

Now, we are proud to announce the launch of Cem EZ™, the next IntelliTek innovation from Zest Dental Solutions. Cem EZ is an adhesive resin cement that is designed for the esthetic and permanent cementation of nearly all of today’s indirect restorative materials. With IntelliTek at work, this cement will provide outstanding color stability over time, and widespread compatibility with today’s modern adhesive systems. Additionally, Cem EZ provides:

 

-          High bond strength to a variety of materials including Porcelain, Lithium Disilicate, and Zirconia

-          Excellent protection from microleakage, supported by 3rd party research conducted at the University of Alabama

-          Ideal working viscosity for placement, and trouble-free cleanup after tack curing

-          Simplified technique (no additional primer needed for zirconia)

-          Only three ideal shades to do it all: Translucent, Warm, White Opaque

 

Cem EZ is truly representative of the core values long associated with the Danville Product Portfolio: great performance at a great value.

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