Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
SAVANNAH, GA (March 25, 2013) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, providing innovation and superior service to the dental industry, is pleased to announce that the Brasseler MINI high speed handpiece is now available for easy connect to KaVo style couplings.
Small in size but big in performance, the Brasseler MINI high speed handpiece offers a super-miniature head size that provides maximum access and visibility.
In addition to a quick disconnect model for Brasseler couplings, a KaVo style option is now available. The lightweight handpiece features fiber optic light, ceramic ball bearings and an easy-to-replace turbine.
Moreover, complementing the new high speed air handpiece is the new range of Brasseler MINI Burs. Shorter than conventional short shank friction grip burs, Brasseler MINI Burs deliver unprecedented access when combined with the Brasseler MINI high speed handpiece.
For more information about the Brasseler MINI high speed handpiece, MINI burs, and all Brasseler products and services, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.
About Brasseler USA®
Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA
has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Here's a press release about CadCamCan.com
It's a good resource site and even better with the re-design.
Alex Touchstone, DDS Prepares www.CadCamCan.com for the Next Era
of Digital Dentistry with Complete Redesign and Relaunch
Hattiesburg, MS – March 25, 2013 – Alex Touchstone, DDS, a leading authority on digital restorative dentistry and chairside CAD/CAD technology, recently redesigned and relaunched CadCamCan.com (C3), a popular web portal and online community dedicated to the advocacy of digital dentistry with a strong focus on the E4D CAD/CAM restorative system.
“We basically tore down C3 and rebuilt it to better represent the new era of CAD/CAM technology,” explained Touchstone. “The latest developments in digital imaging technology are now the foundation of a digital practice that will incorporate implantology, orthodontics and prosthodontics.”
In an effort to accommodate the rapidly expanding amount of information on the latest techniques and clinical applications for digital impressions and CAD/CAM, C3 was re-engineered with easier, intuitive navigation, greater emphasis on point-of-view video techniques, demonstrations from CAD/CAM thought leaders, an insightful blog by Dr. Touchstone called “CAD/CAM Touch Points,” informative webinars, and the latest news and events about relevant technology and materials.
The redesigned CadCamCan.com is also accepting sponsorships by companies who wish to target the rapidly-growing community of passionate chairside CAD/CAM users and proponents of digital dentistry. Advertising inquiries can be made by contacting information@CadCamCan.com.
CadCamCan.com is one of the world's leading online portals for CAD/CAM dentistry. It is a free, 24/7 source of videos, webinars and interactive forums regarding everything related to clinical CAD/CAM; including equipment, materials and techniques, as well as opinions and clinical observations. CadCamCan.com has more than 54,000 registered users and many more casual observers, who frequently visit to keep abreast of the latest developments in dental CAD/CAM – including those from D4D Technologies, the manufacturer of the E4D CAD/CAM Restorative System.
About Alex Touchstone, DDS
Alex Touchstone, DDS is a recognized pioneer in chairside dental CAD/CAM technology and one of the first advocates of digital dentistry. For more than a decade, Dr. Touchstone has combined the latest advances in dental technology with proven clinical techniques to expand his private general dentistry practice and provide his patients with the highest level of cosmetic and restorative care. His digital dentistry case studies are well documented, and he frequently shares his experience and knowledge with dental colleagues around the world through articles published in leading dental journals, lectures and workshops at major dental meetings and through his popular, interactive web portal www.CADCAMCan.com.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com Launches to Help Dentists Evaluate, Purchase, and Implement New Generation Dental Software, and Electronic Records Systems
New Website is an Objective, Online Educational Resource
Issaquah, WA – March 21th, 2013 – DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com was recently launched as the dental industry's first objective online resource dedicated to new generation dental software solutions including electronic dental records (EDR) and electronic health records (EHR). A quick site tour is available via an introductory video.
The architect of the site is Mike Uretz, a 30 year healthcare software veteran who for the past decade, specialized in helping individual practices, multi-clinic groups, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and hospitals successfully evaluate software, structure contracts, manage vendor issues, and implement solutions. A nationally-known healthcare software speaker and educator, Uretz also serves as DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com's Executive Director.
Why is Uretz focusing on helping the dental industry? “Next generation dental software is becoming become much more sophisticated and complex with the explosive growth of new technologies and capabilities,” explains Uretz. “I saw a need for an objective online resource to help dentists navigate through this confusing maze of information, and provide guidance and recommendation in the selection, purchase and implementation of these technologies.”
Whether a dentist chooses to upgrade to newer generation software offerings from their present vendor or decides to purchase software from an alternative vendor, DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com can be a valuable resource.
At the core of DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com, is its “Knowledge Base Engine,” a robust search tool that enables site visitors to search relevant case studies, articles, and surveys published about dental software and electronic health records.
The Knowledge Base is unique because it is searchable by categories and filters out the irrelevant results that often turn up in a typical Google search. It also provides article abstracts and “lessons learned” summaries. “Dental professionals can gain a wealth of useful information without wasting their valuable time,” says Uretz.
Other unique features of DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com are the following:
- •Selection, Purchase, and Implementation Checklists- Based on over a decade of use with practices, these checklists give a roadmap, including recommendations, of detailed steps necessary for successful software selection, contract review, product implementation and vendor management
- •What's the Buzz –Industry news and commentary regarding software-related topics, trends, and issues.
- •Insider Tip of the Week – This where industry experts share their experience and insight on how dentists can avoid making mistakes when selecting, purchasing and implementing their software solutions.
- •Meaningful Use Watch – Your source for the most current and relevant information on this misunderstood EHR federal incentive program, including information for dentists on how to take advantage of the reimbursement dollars available .
- •Grants & Funding – Real time access to a national database of grants and funding opportunities, including information on who to contact, timelines, and how to obtain the funds.
- •Press Room – Online archive of published articles and columns.
- •Vendor Hub – A resource for anyone seeking dental software and IT services. This section includes product overviews, case studies, videos, quick links to compare offerings and much more.
Uretz adds that it's time for the dental industry to pay full attention to the advent of new generation software technologies, including more sophisticated clinical and electronic records systems. The recognition of the need for practice efficiencies, the oral systemic connection, the introduction of diagnostic coding models, and the need to share information more efficiently between general practitioner and specialist are driving these newer software models “It's on the horizon, approaching rapidly, and it's in the best interest of all dental professionals to become educated and prepared to ensure a successful implementation.”
The dental industry is currently where the medical industry was ten years ago in the adoption of new practice management and clinical software technologies. During the past decade, there were best practices established, and many lessons learned. According to Uretz. “Dentistry can avoid many of the pitfalls experienced by medical practices. Dentists actually have an advantage.”
Designed to be an objective online resource free of vendor bias, DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com can assist dental professionals in the process of new generation dental software, electronic dental records, and electronic health records selection, acquisition, implementation, and operation . For more information, please view the introductory video. The site is the vision of Mike Uretz, a 30-year IT veteran and nationally-recognized expert in healthcare software and electronic health records who frequently writes and lectures on the topic. Contact Mike to speak at your event or meeting, at MikeU@DentalSoftwareAdvisor.com or 425-434-7102.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
At the Chicago MidWinter meeting this year, the Canary System was there and available for purchase. Canary has been around for a while now and has been available in its native Canada. In the US, however, the device was awaiting FDA 510k regulatory approval. That approval was granted recently allowing the company to finally begin selling the device in the United States. I will have a more detailed post about the technology in the next week or so, but suffice it to say that Canary is a visual based caries detection system that allows for the user to save & compare images to gain a detailed database of tooth condition over time.
Now comes word the company will be presenting research at the IADR meeting in Seattle to show it can detect caries under intact dental sealants. Read on for the press release:
THE CANARY SYSTEM CAN DETECT CARIES BENEATH OPAQUE SEALANTS
Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT) announced today that The Canary System™ can accurately detect caries beneath opaque dental sealants. The findings will be presented today at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) General Session in Seattle, Washington.
“Dental sealants are an excellent preventive tool for treating pits and fissures in posterior teeth” said Dr. Stephen Abrams, CEO of QDT. “They should be part of any dental preventive program. Unfortunately, over time, the bond with the fissure will degrade, allowing the ingress of oral fluids and bacteria creating the ideal environment for caries to develop. These lesions remain undetected by conventional caries diagnostic tools until they are sufficiently large and have destroyed a large amount of tooth structure”.
The data presented today at IADR builds upon the findings QDT announced at the IADR in Iguacu Falls in Brazil in June 2012, evidencing the role The Canary System can play in effectively detecting caries beneath 3M™ ESPE™ Clinpro™ Sealant.
The energy conversion technology, PTR-LUM, that powers The Canary System enabled investigators to detect caries beneath 2mm of Delton®, EmbraceäWetBondä, Helioseal® F, and UltraSeal XT® Plusä sealants on 124 potential sound and carious pit/fissure sites on occlusal surfaces of 60 extracted human molars and premolars. Marked pits/fissures were scanned with The Canary System and DIAGNOdent before and after sealant placement. Using polarized light microscopy as the validation tool, the status (carious/non-carious) of each examined pit/fissure was confirmed. The caries detection ability of The Canary system was not affected by any sealant; DIAGNOdent produced a high number of false positive readings.
“Many dental sealants contain opacifying agents that exhibit intrinsic autofluorescence properties, which results in false positives when scanned with DIAGNOdent – a caries detection tool using fluorescence technology. The Canary System uses PTR-LUM technology which can ‘see-through’ opaque sealants giving clinicians a sub-surface window and a quantifiable measurement of the status of the enamel crystal structure”, said Dr. Josh Silvertown, Chief Operating Officer at QDT. “We invite dentists and researchers to visit us at Booth #505 at the IADR Meeting.”
THE CANARY SYSTEM is powered by PTR-LUM – a revolutionary new tool that can detect, map and monitor carious lesions on any tooth surface -- earlier and more accurately than ever before.
The Canary System is a low-powered laser-based device that uses a novel combination of heat and light to directly examine the crystal structure of teeth and map areas of tooth decay. The Canary System’s interactive software and printed patient reports engage patients in their own oral healthcare like never before.
For those who cannot attend the IADR, please visit www.thecanarysystem.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional information.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
We all move at such a pace these days that it's a wonder some days that I can remember anything. That's one of the reasons that I'm usually toting my phone around with me. You just never know when you'll be somewhere need to jot yourself some type of reminder.
Well, obviously the folks at Google aren't much different from the rest of us (well me anyway), as they've now created Google Keep to help you stay more organized while on the go.
Google is linking all of this to their online storage called Google Drive. The Drive service is their online repository where users can store and all info as well as the Google Docs they create. Keep will be linked into Drive and will make all of these notes available from The Cloud.
Keep will let you keep notes, lists, photos and lots of stuff that can either be typed in or voice dictated. The video does a great job of describing it and if you want all the info from the blog post that announced it, you can read that here.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
For those of you out there with Windows 7 installed, be warned. The first service pack (SP1) will become an required upgrade as of today, March 19th, 2013.
It's been available for a bit and many have upgraded, but there are always a few users who prefer to wait… just in case. I can certainly understand that. Major OS upgrades are notorious for causing problems, although probably not as many as in years past.
However, from the manufacturers standpoint, supporting multiple versions, especially with known issues that can be fixed via a service pack upgrade, it makes sense to get all the users on the same page.
So, as of today, SP1 will be part of Windows Update and will roll in whether you want it to or not.
I've already updated one of my machines and have had no problems. Just thought you'd want to know...
Monday, March 18, 2013
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Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Thursday, March 14, 2013
The world's largest dental show, the IDS is currently taking place in Germany.
I didn't get a chance to be there this time, but my good buddy and fellow DPR editor, Steve Diogo is on location and checking things out. Here is an update that Steve sent on Wednesday going over just a few of the t hints making the news at the show:
Digital dentistry, open architecture drive excitement at world’s largest dental show
New digital impression and CAD/CAM products from 3Shape, Carestream Dental put the focus on ease of use and accuracy. International digital players plan U.S. entry into digital dental market.
Dental digital impression systems and CAD/CAM milling technology are driving the market and pushing excitement to new levels at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany.
Throughout the first two days of the world’s largest dental exhibition, crowds stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the booth of digital dentistry stalwart Sirona Dental Systems to examine the CEREC Omnicam and learn about the company’s more than 20 new products, while newer players in the worldwide CAD/CAM and digital impression realm, such as 3Shape and Carestream, captured attention with new launches and major updates to existing products.
3Shape adds color and mobility
Espresso sipping crowds gathered at the 3Shape booth Wednesday morning to see 3Shape founder Thais Clausen demonstrate Dental System 2013 and new advancements in the company’s lab scanner and in-office TRIOS, including the introduction of full color scanning and image manipulation and the debut of the TRIOS Pod, which allows dentists to attach the intraoral impression scanning device to any computer via USB connection. Clausen says the Pods will be ready to ship in the USA in about 10 weeks. US dentists can preorder now.
Clausen says the company’s software and hardware advancements mean processing speed increases of 40 percent, reduced camera fogging and simplified workflows for abutment design, implant bridges, denture design and post and core. The system also offers near photorealistic visualizations of cases, including the ability to add 2D images of the patient’s face. An app is also available to view images and control the scanner directly from an iPad.
Carestream enters CAD/CAM market
Carestream Dental expanded its imaging-centric dental market position with the debut of its CS Solutions for CAD/CAM, including the CS 3500 intraoral scanner, CS Restore software, CS3000 milling machine and CS Connect web-portal that enables dentists to electronically transmit cases to the laboratory of their choice. A unique feature of the of the Carestream system allows CBCT users to scan conventional impressions using their cone-beam unit.
The CS 3500 captures full-color images and features a light guidance system that navigates users through the image acquisition process. The Carestream system, like the TRIOS and CEREC Omnicam, requires no powder.
“CS Solutions redefines CAD/CAM restorative dentistry, offering practitioners a simplified, comprehensive approach to support their everyday restoration needs,” said Edward Shellard, DMD, chief marketing officer and director of business development for Carestream Dental. “However, dentists also have the flexibility to use the products within the portfolio as standalone solutions based on their practice’s needs.”
Open architecture revolution
Both the 3Shape and Carestream systems feature open architecture, meaning the scanners can be used with any lab milling system. Open architecture has been a rallying cry since the dawn of digital dentistry, but until recently industry leaders like Sirona and Nobel Biocare have kept their systems locked down. Perhaps the biggest news for open-system fans came on the first day of IDS 2013, when Nobel Biocare announced that it had opened its Procera system and partnered with 3Shape. Nobel also announced plans to expand its milling services centers in the United States.
Also constructing a U.S. milling service operation is Swiss implant and digital dental company Biodenta, which plans to open a state-of-the-art milling center in Gettysburg, MD, in the next few months. Company executives said the company’s focus is on providing total solution systems incorporating scanning, milling, implants and restorations.
The above are just a few of the developments in the digital dentistry realm unveiled in the first day at IDS 2013. Dental Products Report will provide continuing coverage from Cologne of major developments in this and other dental categories.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Things are happening in the world of 3D. A c couple of years ago, Invivo became an exclusive product to iCat & Gendex. Now comes word that Planmeca has an agreement with 3D Dignostix. Here is the press release & you can find all the info here on cone beam.com
Planmeca ProMax 3D users can now place an order for 3D Diagnostix radiology reports and computer-guided surgery solutions directly from the Planmeca Romexis software, according to the company.
Planmeca's 3D unit users can send their images for radiological interpretation or their Planmeca Romexis implant plans to order surgical guides with just a few clicks.
Images sent from Planmeca Romexis for radiological interpretation are read by a 3D Diagnostix board-certified radiologist for diagnostic objectives such as pathology findings, implant planning, existing implant evaluation, sinus evaluation, and temporomandibular joint evaluation.
Customers can choose any or all of these objectives in a single, comprehensive report and for a flat fee. All reports are detailed and include relevant images with measurements and annotations.
For surgical guide order, the Planmeca ProMax 3D users create an implant plan using the advanced implant planning tools and extensive implant library of Planmeca Romexis. The implant plan and cone-beam CT data are sent to 3D Diagnostix as a surgical guide order where an on-staff dentist will verify and optimize the plan for surgical guide fabrication.
The customer is then contacted for an online case review where they can fine-tune and approve the plan. This means that customers are in control of their case along the way. In cases in which the patient has five or more teeth remaining, customers send a plaster cast of the patient to 3D Diagnostix to be used for guide design and fabrication.
Alternatively, a digital Planmeca ProMax 3D scan of an impression can be included in the order to speed up guide fabrication. After the guide passes quality control, the customer receives it ready for use in surgery.
Customers can also order both a radiology report and surgical guide simultaneously for the optimal surgical experience.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
For years, the dental industry has been wowed by CAD?CAM… and with good reason.
A computer's ability to take a database of tooth images, compare them to a digital image with missing tooth structure, create the missing parts, and then mill the replacement is just nothing short of amazing.
Now comes word from the SXSW conference of a company called MakerBot. This new company has developed a scanner that uses 2 lasers and a webcam that allows their device to SCAN and then print (not mill) a replica using a specialized 3D printer called the Replicator 2.
The scanner is set to arrive on the market this fall. No price yet, but the company has a reputation for keeping costs within the reach of small businesses so it may not be to high.
Imagine needing to re-create a 3D object and simply scanning it and then printing it. I can see a point in the future where, as part of a new patient exam, the patient's teeth will be scanned with some type of intraoral camera and the file stored. Then whenever a restoration is needed, the tooth is prepared and then the post prep image is compared with the pre-op image and the missing tooth structure is printed.
It just keeps getting better!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Ah, working with Lou...
The video above was shot the Wednesday before the Chicago MidWinter meeting started. In it, my good buddy Dr. Lou Graham and I discuss the interest surrounding 3D Cone Beam imaging. We also discuss 2 new game changing announcements from iCat and Gendex.
I think the conversation is a good one as I've been a cone beam user for 5 years and Lou is giving serious consideration to bringing it into his practice.
We also cover a bit on visual caries detection with the Air Techniques Spectra device which has been redesigned. Take a look and let me know what you think...
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
For several years, I've been using services from Lighthouse. During that time I've found them to be reliable, ethical, and good people to do business with. Now comes a press release detailing their acquisition by Yodle. Read on for all the details:
Yodle adds a relationship marketing module to its industry leading acquisition marketing solutions for local businesses
New York, NY – March 4, 2013 – Yodle, a leader in local online marketing, today announced that it has acquired Lighthouse Practice Management Group, one of the premier providers of dental appointment reminder and relationship marketing software in the U.S. As a result, Yodle will now have a strong relationship marketing complement to its customer acquisition marketing offerings, currently used by 30,000+ small business clients. This acquisition expands Yodle’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform offering, which now accounts for nearly half of the company’s revenue.
“Adding online relationship marketing to our product offerings is the natural next step for Yodle for both our clients and the business,” said Court Cunningham, CEO at Yodle. “We are one of the leading pioneers in helping small businesses acquire new customers through online marketing, and now look forward to supporting them in nurturing and growing their own customer relationships. Traditionally marketers have siloed acquisition and relationship marketing; Yodle is now breaking down that wall as a result of acquiring Lighthouse and will be the first in the industry to optimize SMB lead generation based on actual transactions.”
Yodle’s small business clients are currently acquiring new customers through the company’s integrated desktop and mobile product offering that includes websites, search advertising and a simple performance dashboard. Yodle will initially offer its newly acquired relationship marketing product to existing dental clients in addition to continuing to build the rapidly growing Lighthouse business. During 2013, Yodle will also begin providing relationship marketing to other industry verticals by drawing on Lighthouse’s expertise in the dental field.
Lighthouse’s three co-founders have a combined 60 years of experience in dental software and relationship marketing, including the original creation of PracticeWorks, one of the most widely used practice management systems. Lighthouse’s flagship product Lighthouse 360, which was introduced in 2006, is currently used by several thousand dental practices. The entire Lighthouse staff has now joined the Yodle team.
“Yodle was attracted to Lighthouse because of the company’s tremendous technical expertise and deep understanding of the needs of small businesses,” added Mr. Cunningham. “Lighthouse is also closely aligned with Yodle’s metrics-driven and results-oriented approach, and collaborative and open culture.”
Brian Smith, CEO at Lighthouse and now Yodle’s VP of Product and Marketing for Lighthouse 360, stated: “As well as continuing to provide strong value to our existing customers, joining Yodle enables us to accelerate our vision of delivering effective relationship marketing solutions to more small businesses. Yodle’s strong sales infrastructure and proven expertise in developing product offerings that have a strong ROI will help bring this to fruition.”
Yodle connects consumers to local businesses simply and cost-effectively. The combination of automated technology and comprehensive customer support makes Yodle easy to use. Yodle’s offering is also ROI-driven: local businesses set a budget for which they receive calls and emails from qualified consumers. Today, Yodle delivers results for more than 30,000 local businesses. To do so, Yodle establishes a comprehensive desktop and mobile web presence, implements unique SEO techniques, and deploys proprietary paid search technology that dynamically optimizes online media buys across multiple desktop and mobile outlets. Yodle’s solution also includes relationship marketing, display advertising, review/offer management and a simple performance dashboard. Yodle’s competitive advantage is derived from the sheer scale of its local performance data across multiple industries. Yodle is ranked #26 in the Forbes list of America’s most promising companies. For more information, visit www.yodle.com or go to the Yodle company blog. You can also follow Yodle on Twitter,Facebook and Google+. If you’re interested in working at Yodle, visit the company careers website.
About Lighthouse Practice Management Group
Lighthouse PMG is a privately owned software company that has worked exclusively with dentists since its founding in 2002. Its flagship product, Lighthouse 360, is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that completely automates all forms of routine patient communications in dental practices. Lighthouse 360 works with dentists’ current practice management systems and reaches patients via emails, text messages, automated phone calls, postcards and letters. Lighthouse 360 reminds patients when they need an appointment, confirms existing appointments, and asks them to post an online review after their appointment. The three founders - Joel Kozikowski, Allen Jorgensen and Brian Smith - have a combined 60 years of experience in dental software, including the creation of one of the most widely used practice management systems (PracticeWorks). With offices in Atlanta and Indianapolis, the company serves dentists throughout the United States. For more information about Lighthouse, visit www.LH360.com.