Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CAD-Ray Imaging Centers Offer Advanced 3D Technology

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If you've heard me lecture on Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography (CBVT) you've probably heard me say that even if you have no desire to own a system, you should be aware of ways to avail yourself of the technology.  There are just too many benefits in too many situations to choose not to use it.  To that end, there are companies opening imaging centers in many areas that allow a doctor to simply send a patient to the imaging center and have the scan done.  I've just learned of CAD-Ray and thought I'd mention it here as another source of imaging for those offices who would prefer not to own their own hardware.  Here is the company's press release:



CAD-Ray provides dentists access to Cone Beam imaging for enhanced diagnosis, 

3D treatment planning and guided implant surgery

 

Los Angeles, CA (November 25, 2013) – CAD-Ray Imaging Centers opening across the U.S. use state-of-the-art 3D Cone Beam imaging technology to help dentists make informed diagnoses and provide better treatment outcomes. Patients can now be referred to a CAD-Ray Imaging Center to receive high quality 3-dimensional radiographic scans of their entire craniofacial anatomy while providing dentists with all the tools necessary to translate the 3D scans into successful implant placements.   

 

The imaging centers, founded by Dr. Armen Mirzayan, serve as full-service facilities. When a patient is referred to a CAD-Ray center, benefits go far beyond the initial 3D scan. Unlike most other imaging centers, the practitioners at CAD-Ray can also capture a digital model of the edentulous arch, allowing for proper design of an implant placement. Once the referring doctor approves the design, the CAD-Ray practitioner orders a stent on behalf of the doctor to ensure that a fully guided fixture placement can be performed with the least amount of risk. The expert design team is well versed in all implant lines that now offer fully guided kits. 

 

CAD-Ray Imaging Centers provide greater accuracy, precision, and detail across dental procedures performed today. Integrally involved in empowering doctors to successfully incorporate CAD-Ray imaging into their practice, Dr. Mirzayan strongly believes that any doctor that routinely performs an extraction can readily incorporate guided implants into their treatment protocol. “CAD-Ray’s mission is to allow every dentist the opportunity to place implants predictably, efficiently, in the proper location, with the least amount of risk,” explains
Dr. Mirzayan.

 

Additional clinical benefits of CAD-Ray Imaging Centers’ 3D technology include:

 

  • Access to state-of-the-art cone beam imaging
  • Increased predictability, producing a higher standard of treatment in all disciplines of dentistry
  • Higher case acceptance, as patients can visualize and readily understand why treatment is necessary
  • Minimal exposure to radiation for patients as 3D Cone Beam systems use much less radiation than hospital or medical grade CT scanners

 

Currently, the CAD-Ray Center located in downtown Los Angeles is open and accepting referrals daily. CAD-Ray Imaging Center’s second location in Chicago is holding an open house scheduled for December 4th, 5th and 6th. Chicago dentists are invited to attend and may register at www.CAD-Ray-openhouse.com. Plans to expand the CAD-Ray Imaging Centers include 10 new offices across seven states.

 

For more information on CAD-Ray Imaging Centers and its technology, visit
http://www.CAD-Ray.com/

 

About Dr. Armen Mirzayan 

Dr. Armen Mirzayan, a California native, is the founder of CAD-Ray Imaging Centers.
He received a Master’s Degree in the field of Medical and Dental Sciences from Boston University and his Doctoral Degree in Dental Surgery from Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Mirzayan currently holds a private practice in Los Angeles, while continuing to commit his time to further educating patients on the latest advancements in oral health care.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL INCLUDES PERIODONTAL DISEASE IN HEALTH DISPARITIES AND INEQUALITIES REPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 


Periodontal disease prevalence is higher in certain populations; Public health programs needed to improve periodontal health of U.S. adults

 

November 22, 2013 – Chicago – A report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes, for the first time, a discussion of health disparities and inequalities within periodontal disease prevalence in the United States. The report, “CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013,” is the second in a series to highlight discrepancies across a variety of diseases by sex, race, ethnicity, income, education, disability status and other social characteristics.

 

The report finds that while nearly half of U.S. adults aged 30 or older have periodontal disease, the prevalence is significantly higher in non-Hispanic Blacks and Mexican Americans compared to non-Hispanic Whites. In addition, periodontitis is higher in men than in women; in people with less than a high school education; in people of lower income levels; and in current and former smokers. The report is based on an analysis of the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

 

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has been working closely with the CDC since 2003 to determine the extent, severity and prevalence of periodontal disease in the U.S. According to Dr. Stuart J. Froum, DDS, President of the AAP, clinical professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at New York University Dental Center, the inclusion of periodontal disease in this report indicates a significant public health concern. 

 

“Almost 65 million US adults have some form of periodontal disease, and certain populations are more vulnerable than others,” says Dr. Froum. “I commend the CDC for drawing attention to the disparities that exist within periodontal disease prevalence. These findings support a need for both local and national public health programs to improve the periodontal health of all adults, regardless of age, race or education.”

 

The AAP recommends that all patients receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation on an annual basis as a way to effectively assess for disease. “The insidious and sometimes asymptomatic nature of periodontal disease means that many patients may have periodontal disease, but do not know it. As dental professionals, it is crucial we ensure that our patients are being screened annually via a comprehensive periodontal evaluation to determine their disease status and treat accordingly.”

 

For more information, visit perio.org.

 

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the diagnosis and the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,400 members worldwide.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:

To speak with an AAP spokesperson, please contact Meg Dempsey at 312-573-3242 or meg@perio.org. 

 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Triodent Acquired by Dentsply

Late Friday afternoon I got word from a top level source that the sectional matrix company, Triodent, was sold to Dentsply.

 

The press release doesn't provide a lot of details, but here it is.  Also, Ultradent was the exclusive distributor for Triodent in the U.S. & I'm not sure where that relationship is at this point.  Here is the press release:

 

York, PA - November 22, 2013 - DENTSPLY International Inc.(NASDAQ-XRAY) today announced that it completed one acquisition and has signed an agreement and expects to close a second in the near future.  The Company completed the acquisition of QAHR, a direct dental selling organization with headquarters in Hong Kong and operations also in mainland China.  DENTSPLY has had a commercial relationship with QAHR since 2000 focused primarily on certain of its key dental implant brands.  The Company also announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Triodent, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of a line of professional dental consumables used in restorative dentistry.  Triodent is known for its innovative sectional matrix system.
  
These two acquisitions represent aggregate annual revenue of approximately $30 million, of which approximately half would be incremental to DENTSPLY given the prior commercial relationship that existed with both companies.  Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

About DENTSPLY International, Inc.
DENTSPLY International Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of dental and other consumable medical device products. The Company believes it is the world's largest manufacturer of consumable dental products for the professional dental market. For over 110 years, DENTSPLY's commitment to innovation and professional collaboration has enhanced its portfolio of branded consumables and small equipment. Headquartered in the United States, the Company has global operations with sales in more than 120 countries. Visit www.dentsply.com for more information about DENTSPLY and its products.
This press release contains forward-looking information (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) regarding future events or the future financial performance of the Company that involve substantial risks and uncertainties.  Actual events or results may differ materially from those in the projections or other forward-looking information set forth herein as a result of certain risk factors.  These risk factors include, without limitation; the continued strength of dental and medical markets, the timing, success and market reception for our new and existing products, uncertainty with respect to governmental actions with respect to dental and medical products, outcome of litigation and/or governmental enforcement actions, volatility in the capital markets or changes in our credit ratings, continued support of our products by influential dental and medical professionals, our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, risks associated with foreign currency exchange rates, risks associated with our competitors' introduction of generic or private label products, our ability to accurately predict dealer and customer inventory levels, our ability to successfully realize the benefits of any cost reduction or restructuring efforts, our ability to obtain a supply of certain finished goods and raw materials from third parties and changes in the general economic environment that could affect the business.  Changes in such assumptions or factors could produce significantly different results. For further information contact:     Derek Leckow
Vice President
Investor Relations
(717) 849-7863     

Friday, November 22, 2013

Southwest Airlines Now Offering Gate to Gate Wifi

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As someone who flies a lot (sometimes A LOT) and also as someone who loves tech and loves to stay in touch via that tech, I love to avail myself of ways to be as efficient as possible while on the road.
 
So, needless to say, I was thrilled to read an article that discussed the fact that the good folks at Southwest Airlines are now offering gate to gate wifi.
 
In October of 2013, the FAA made a ruling that lightened restrictions for what are considered "personal electronic devices".  If you've flown at all in the last 10 years you know that those devices are not allowed to be used after pushback and under 10,000 feet.  Needless to say that is a decent chunk of time that could be used productively if we were so allowed.  So far Southwest is the first airline to allow this.
 
Part of the reason for this is that Southwest happens to use an ISP called Row 44 which is streamed from satellites and works below 10,000 feet which is different from what most other airlines use.
 
So now, customers can use the onboard wifi the entire trip.  I've gotta say, I'm happy about that!
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thin Your Wallet by Only Using Coin...

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A big thanks to my buddy Bill for tipping me off on this one.  Not sure how I  missed it, but I'm sure glad he didn't.
 
The title of this post seems a little odd, I'm sure.  I mean, how could you make your wallet smaller by using coins?  Well the secret is, I didn't say "coins", I said "Coin"… and therein lies the difference.
 
Coin (pictured above) is a combination of a small credit card sized  piece of hardware and a smartphone app that work together to reduce the number of credit cards in your wallet.  I know that many of us are walking around with several credit cards in our wallets.  While one card is small and light… when you combine them together they quickly add up into a bulging stack that can overwhelm whatever you are carrying them in.  Personally I've taken to, on the weekends, using a money clip with just the bare bones cards that I need to survive.  Of course that only works on the weekends, when I'm not on the road or doing other things that are business related and need a business credit card.  There are even times on the weekend where I end up needing a card that is not with me, but instead rests at home in my wallet.
 
This is the problem that Coin solves.  The device allows you to put into from multiple credit cards onto one device.  That means for the same basic footprint, you can carry several different credit cards.
 
The info is put on the device via a smartphone app and a credit card swiper that attaches to the phone.  You swipe the card, identify it in the app, and then the info is transferred to the Coin.  The Coin continues to communicate to your phone via a low power Bluetooth signal so that if you should forget and walk off leaving your Coin behind, your phone will alert you.  Also, if you should miss the alert, the user can determine a "time out" that will shut the Coin down and not allow it to be used.  Sweet, huh?
 
The device is available for pre-order for $55 and is due to ship in the summer of 2014.  Head on over to the website for all the pertinent details.  I think this is a great idea.  It will definitely save some wallet space!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Google Glass Evolving to Being Invisible… at Least to the User

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First of all, let me just say I really admire Matt Honan's work.  He's a writer for Wired and has really done some solid work over the years.  I really enjoy reading his stuff.
 
So… I was thrilled when I happened to find one of his articles on wired.com yesterday.  It seems that Google has released a GDK (Glass Development Kit) for software developers and it seems that Glass is working on being part of the user's background.
 
Matt says:  

Glass’ new GDK — or Glassware development kit — makes it easier for application developers to tap into the hardware, even when its offline, to perform tasks in real-time without having to go back and forth to servers in the cloud. It opens new possibilities for developers to build tools that center around either immersive or ongoing tasks (as opposed to, say, simply notifications about things like new email, or the ability to upload a photo and share it online).

 

So it looks like Glass is going to be heading toward a more "always-on personal assistant" than a whiz bang gadget.  Personally I think that is a good things and pretty darn cool to boot.  If you want all the details, head over to Wired and read Matt's whole take on this. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Atlantic Precious Metal Refining Publishes New White Paper: “Recycling Dental Office Precious Scrap Metal”


 

White Paper Emphasizes Best Recycling Practices for Dental Offices and Laboratories from Experienced Refining Professionals 

 

Pittsburgh, PA (November 18, 2013) – Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (Atlantic), a Pittsburgh-based precious metal refinery serving dental professionals worldwide, announced today the availability of a white paper that removes the mystery about determining the value of dental scrap and provides a step-by-step process of how dental and laboratory professionals can receive maximum returns from their unwanted precious metal scrap.

 

“Many dental professionals are simply not taking advantage of highly valuable metals left over from dental restorations,” remarked Tom Mappin, VP of Operations at Atlantic Precious Metal Refining. “Even those that do oftentimes miss out on the full value of their scrap lots by dealing with individuals who offer ‘cash on the spot’ with seemingly attractive offers or companies claiming they have the highest payouts yet do not employ any type of scientific testing or analysis. Moreover, I’m always amazed at the number of dentists and lab technicians that I speak with that do not collect valuable precious metals and basically relinquish additional profit altogether.”

 

The white paper, entitled “Recycling Dental Office Precious Scrap Metal: Best practices from experience,” details efficient and effective collecting methods that dental professionals can easily employ in their own practices that are inexpensive to implement. In addition, the white paper provides a number of important criteria for dental professionals to consider when they are choosing a reputable refiner, the impact of geography on the value of scrap metal, and more importantly, understanding the science behind the process of refining. 

 

“One of the main reasons why we felt it was so important to share the science of refining is that customers need to understand that they should be paid for all gold, silver, platinum and palladium present in their scrap,” continued Mappin. “Most alloys used in dental restorations contain at least three or four precious metals in varying amounts. If the refinery does not have a refining system in place that establishes scientific control, standardized testing methods, and a concrete analysis of the results that can be provided in a customer-friendly report, then it is time for the customer to re-evaluate who they are trusting with their money.”

 

This white paper is Atlantic’s latest step in its continuing effort to help educate dental and laboratory professionals about how to receive fair and accurate returns for their precious metals. To download a free copy of the white paper, “Recycling Dental Office Precious Scrap Metal,” please visit www.apmr.com.

 

About Atlantic Precious Metal Refining

 

Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (Atlantic) is a Pittsburgh-based precious metal refinery owned and operated by a U.S. Air Force veteran and former dental laboratory technician. Proudly serving clients from across the U.S. and around the world for more than 25 years, Atlantic processes a variety of gold, silver, platinum and palladium materials including: crowns, bridges, sprues and casting buttons; bench, floor and carpet sweeps; dust collector bags, vacuum bags, suction unit tubing and filters; flatware, jewelry and more. To learn more, please visit www.apmr.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

DDS Rescue Wins Pride "Best in Class" Two Years in a Row - Continues to Evolve

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As a diehard tech lover, I'm very enamored of DDS Rescue.  I've blogged about it in the past, and also featured it in an article in Dental Products Report.
 
The device has received a Pride Best in Class award to years in a row now and that should tell you, dear readers, something about the amazing power of this device.  
 
In the lower portion of this post (under the photo of the DDS Rescue device) you find a description of what it does from my perspective, as well as info from the company too.  Suffice it to say that DDS Rescue is really, truly something you shouldn't be without.
 
The Continuing Evolution
 
But the company doesn't rest  on its digital laurels… they have continued to innovate and because of that they have also continued to evolve.
 
Statistics say that a little over 50% of practices have digital x-ray.  Now that doesn't mean they are totally digital, but it does tell me they are moving in that direction.  The thing about moving "in that direction" is the increase in digital data.
 
Now throw CBCT into the mix.  When an office is creating 3D data on a daily basis, where does all of that information go?
 
Let me tell you a story.  One of the great things about DDS Rescue is the fact that they constantly monitor the backup device in my office and make sure that it is functioning properly and doing exactly what he needs to do to keep me safe in case of the worst-case disaster scenario. Last June, the company contacted me to tell me that my backup device was rapidly filling up with data. Neither they nor I were quite sure of why this was, but we both began looking for the source.
 
It turns out, that my cone beam DICOM data was the culprit. My 2 Gendex devices create files that are usually between 20 MB and 50 MB in size. As you can imagine, taking multiple scans a day could quickly create large amounts of data that needs to be backed up.
 
We solve the problem by creating a separate partition on my RAID enabled server where  the new and separate  partition held the cone beam data and the original partition held my practice management data.
 
The good folks at DDS Rescue soon discovered that many offices are either buying and using cone beam devices or sending their patients to have scans done to have scans done elsewhere, and then storing the 3-D files on the office server. Either way, there is lots of 3-D data that is being stored in needs to be backed up. To that end, DDS Rescue is soft launching at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and automated backup device that will back up 3-D and 2-D digital radiography in the same way that the original DDS Rescue device backs up the office database.
 
This means that all 3-D data and 2-D data can be backed up automatically, stored locally, and stored in the cloud. This concept is a total game changer. It automates every aspect of practice management and digital image storage and creates both local and cloud storage for ALL digital office data.
 
Make sure to find DDS Rescue at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and have them give you all of the details. As someone who utilizes 3-D imaging on a daily basis, to say I'm intrigued is a tremendous understatement.
 
 
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 Now here is information and a rundown of what DDS Rescue can do for any office looking to make sure that they are backing up their digital data the right way.
 
In a brief summary, DDS Rescue is a computer system that is in your office.  It connects to your office network and through no intervention from you or your staff, provides both onsite & cloud backups.
 
For those of you who have either read articles I've written about backups or heard me speak about the subject, you've heard me mention the term "backup chain".  By that I mean you want as many "links" or backups as are feasibly possible for you.  Because of that philosophy, I look upon DDS Rescue as a good solid "link".  I'm not promoting it as the only one you need, but it definitely serves a purpose and should be considered by any office that wants to ensure the survivability of their data.
 
 
 
Here are some things the company themselves have to say about their product.
 

What Is DDS Rescue?

Onsite System

A Failover Server at Your Office

DDS RescueTM includes an onsite unit—a failover server—for common network failures, which can get your office back up and running in 10 minutes.Think of it as a high-tech spare tire for your practice.

Online System

Your Programs & Data—Stored Securely in the Cloud

In addition to backups on your onsite failover server, the system routinely copies these files to the cloud.Your programs and data are backed up online and stored in multiple, encrypted facilities. If your office is destroyed, your complete server can be accessed via the web so you can view files and manage your business remotely.

U.S.-Based Monitoring 24 Hours a Day

Every Backup Is Verified

Onsite and offsite systems are monitored and tested to make sure all backed-up data is current, should you need a fast restore.

Easy Installation

And Help If You Need It

You do not need a network professional onsite to install DDS Rescue. Simply plug the DDS Rescue unit into your network and our agents will handle the rest remotely. 

 

 

 

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Device Uses UV Light to Increase Disinfection of Medical Environments

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The device in the photo above may just have the ability to radically change your next hospital visit.  No, it's not a robotic surgery unit (although those do exist).  It's not something that shoots laser beams (although it does use light).  No, the device, manufactured by a company called Xenex uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria & viruses.  The UV light is actually UVC which is different than UVA and UVB.  The A and B wavelengths penetrate the atmosphere and cause skin to tan in response to exposure.  C is reflected by the ozone in the upper atmosphere and goes back out into space.  Since UVC does not reach the surface of our planet, simple organisms like bacteria & viruses do not have any defense mechanism to protect themselves from it.
 
The Xenex machine produces UVC in pulsed doses that are 25,000X more powerful than those that are produced by the sun.
 
Why would a company create a machine like this and even more important, why would hospitals be buying it?  The reason is the term "Noscomial Infection" or HAI (standing for Hospital Acquired Infection).  The official definition is:  an infection whose development is favoured by a hospital environment, such as one acquired by a patient during a hospital visit or one developing among hospital staff. Such infections include fungal and bacterial infections and are aggravated by the reduced resistance of individual patients.

Basically, anytime you are in an environment where your immune system is weakened and you are surrounded by sick people, there is a  high risk of catching a bug.

The Xenex device kills lots of different kinds of viruses and bacteria including clostridium difficult ( C. Diff) which helps keep patients safer and helps decrease the odds of a HAI.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Congrats to Ultradent Valo as Pride Best in Class

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For the second year in a row, the panel at  the Pride Technology Expo picked the Ultradent Valo curing light as "Best in Class".
 
The Valo has been my favorite curing light for a while now and with good reason.
 
It is made out of aerospace grade aluminum.  There are several grades of aluminum.  Aircraft grade is good enough to make  planes out of.  Aerospace is good enough to make missiles and rockets out of.  This curing light is CAD/CAM milled in the basement of Ultradent's state of the art facility in South Jordan, Utah.  The device is so durably made that it will withstand 300 drops from a counter top onto concrete.  That's right… 300 drops.  It is THAT durable.  In fact, in a dental clinical environment, I consider it indestructible.
 
It is also a wide spectrum light with an output from 395-480nm.  That means it will set every composite currently on the market.
 
Let me give you the specs straight from the Ultradent website and then you can see why I think so very highly of the Valo:
 
VALO Cordless uses a custom, multi-wavelength light emitting diode (LED) for producing high intensity light at 395–480nm, which is capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials. This intensity will also penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements similar to a quality halogen light. VALO Cordless uses VALO rechargeable batteries and a battery charger suitable for power outlets from 100 to 240 volts. The handpiece is designed to rest in a standard dental unit bracket, or can be custom-mounted using the bracket included in the kit. It can also be stored on a countertop or in a drawer. VALO Cordless is equipped with a sensor that registers movement of the light; when the light is not being used, VALO Cordless will automatically go into sleep mode and when moved will return to the most recently used setting.
  • Ultra-high energy broadband LEDs cure all dental materials
  • Optimally collimated beam delivers a complete, uniform cure
  • Three curing modes—standard, high power, and Xtra power—for maximum versatility
  • Extremely durable, slim, ergonomic shape allows unprecedented access to all restoration sites
  • Operates on environmentally responsible, safe, inexpensive, rechargeable batteries
  • Highly efficient LEDs and aerospace grade aluminum construction

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DentLight, Inc

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A few years ago, while wandering the booths at the American Dental Association's Annual Meeting, I came across the booth of DentLight.
 
This small company, owned by a gentlemen with an advanced degree in light physics (or some such complicated subject) is located in Richardson, Texas.  While a small company, the products they create are anything but small in stature when compared to products from other companies.
 
DentLight makes surgical telescopes, auxiliary lighting systems (like the DentLight Nano, The DOE Oral Cancer Screening Device, and the Fusion Curing Light, among other devices.
 
I've worked with their products over the years in a consultant capacity and I've been impressed with the products I've had a chance to test and evaluate.
 
At the ADA Annual Session that recently concluded in New Orleans, I was contacted by the company as they were announcing the 4th version of their Fusion Curing LIght.  Read on for all the details.
 

New Product Release

October 30, 2013

FUSION 4 Curing Light

DentLight Inc., an LED optics innovator in dental device design and manufacturing, is pleased to launch FUSION 4 – the most versatile and powerful curing light. Building on the achievements of its award-winning predecessors, FUSION 4 sets the pace for a new era of high performance smart curing lights.

With patented optics and modular design, it delivers a focused low-dispersion beam of 2700 mW/cm2 high power for bulk or 5-second cure and 1300 mW/cm2 pulse power for low shrinkage cure. Small, sleek and well-balanced, FUSION 4 is made of solid aircraft aluminum with drop-proof reliability and ease of disinfection.

FUSION 4 upgrades the user interface with an even more impressive, intuitive and multi- color backlit LCD. This small light amazingly displays a digital timer, battery icon, power level, thermal status and has an audible beep for time stamp. The streamlined metal keypad has two raised buttons including a large ON/OFF button for easy activation.

Coming with a tacking tip, 9mm tip and 13mm tip, FUSION 4 is the heavy-duty light that dental professionals can count on to save curing time, improve quality and cover all composite restoration applications including fillings, sealants, veneers and crowns.

FUSION 4 is not only an ultrafast 5-second curing light but also a multifunctional and versatile light easily upgradable for high-power transillumination (caries/fractures/canals), fluorescent imaging (early cancer detection), and teeth whitening for added profit streams.

Call 800-763-6901 or visit www.dentlight.com 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Transporter Sync Delivers Convenience of Dropbox for All Your Data, With Total Privacy And No Monthly Fees – For Only $99





I've been using Connected Data's Transporter for over a year now. To say I'm impressed with the device would be just a wee bit of an understatement. Recently I learned that the company is going to be releasing the ability to synch all of your data into your own private cloud!!! Sound interesting? I thought so. Read on for all the details!


Transporter Delivers First Unlimited, Private Cloud Storage Device for All of Your Photos, Music, Movies and Documents

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2013 – When it comes to digital data, nothing is more important to consumers than their photos, videos and personal documents. Keeping them safe, easily accessible from every device, or sharing them with family and friends has always been an expensive and complicated proposition. Until now.

Just in time for the holidays comes Transporter Sync, a new and simple way to sync, access, protect and share everything important. The latest addition to the award-winning Transporter family of private cloud storage products, Transporter Sync automatically synchronizes data across your phones, tablets and computers. Photos, videos, documents, music and more can live in your own protected, completely private cloud for a one-time cost of $99 USD – with none of the recurring fees associated with expensive, subscriber-based services. Free iPhone, iPad and Android apps make on-the-go access easier than ever.

“Families and businesses are finding it more and more difficult to synchronize data across all of their computers and mobile devices,” said Geoff Barrall, CEO and Founder of Connected Data. “With Transporter Sync, we provide an affordable and simple way for them to protect, share and access what matters most, with total privacy, a low one-time price and no hidden monthly fees.”

Transporter Sync allows users to access data from all their devices without moving it to the public cloud. This ensures that everything on Transporter Sync is protected and private giving them full control over who has access to family photos and personal videos. It can be used as a stand-alone device, or with other Transporters to form a powerful private network.

“Millions of consumers enjoy the conveniences of the cloud, but stop short of using it for everything, because of factors such as cost and privacy,” said Tom Coughlin, President of Analyst and Consulting firm, Coughlin Associates. “Transporter Sync creates a new model to deliver the promise of ‘everything, everywhere’ cloud storage without monthly fees, while providing this universal access in a private and secure environment.”

Retailing for $99 USD without monthly fees, Transporter Sync works with any standard USB external hard drive. Available from Connected Data, Amazon, B&H Photo, Tiger Direct, PC Mall and Newegg in time for the upcoming holiday season, Sync is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. More information on Transporter Sync visit www.filetransporter.com/meet_sync.

About Connected Data
Connected Data is focused on providing elegantly designed solutions for consumers, professionals, and small businesses to privately share, access, and protect their data. The Connected Data team consists of the same professionals responsible for the popular Drobo storage array and the creation of the high performance BlueArc Silicon Server. Connected Data is privately funded and based in San Jose, California. For more information, visit www.connecteddata.com.



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Your New Destination for All Things Practice Management

 

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In my time with Advanstar  Dental Media, we've covered a variety of subjects.  Now we're branching out even more to a site devoted just to the idea of management, no matter if it is for a practice for you, the individual.
 
I had lunch with a friend of mine a while back and he said something that I sill consider profound even though he didn't mean it that way.  What he said was, "The first few years in practice you spend time seeing and learning how to deal with all the different clinical aspects of what we do.  Then after a while that becomes pretty easy, but about the time clinical becomes easy, management rears its head and I'm not sure management EVER gets easier."
 
To that end, we are launching Dental Practice Management.  We do this with the hope that this WILL make the management part easier.  The idea is short, to the point articles that make sense but also don't take an entire lunch period to read and comprehend.
 
I'm excited about this as technology isn't just something that happens clinically, it happens in every aspect of the office.  Also, like you, I'm a practicing dentist who faces the same challenges as any other clinician and business owner.  I look forward to helping you solve the problems we all face… and doing it together!
 
Here is what my good friend and Advanstar Group Editorial Director, Kevin Henry had to say about this:
 
 
 
Welcome to general practice management! Our goal with this site is simple: to provide you (whether you are a dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, or office manager) with the information that you need to become more successful, both personally and professionally.
 
There are many aspects to successfully managing a dental practice, from human resources to proper scheduling to marketing…  and everything in between. Our goal at DPM is to give you the best advice from the best resources available…  and to do it in short articles that can be read quickly.
 
I have worked with dental magazines for almost 15 years and the one thing I constantly hear from dentists is the need for information on how to better run their practices. With that in mind, our team will work with the finest consultants in the market and we will talk to you and your colleagues about what is working in your practice…  and what isn't.
 
Working with our sister publications (Dental Products Report, Dental Lab Report, and Modern Hygienist), we're going to be able to give you a well-rounded look at every angle for success in the dental practice. Additionally, you'll be able to read “secrets of success” from dentists and team members throughout the country and learn how they have grown their practices and made them prosper.
 
I encourage you to go ahead and dive into this site. Check out our articles, videos, and webinars. There is a lot of great information waiting for you…  and much more to come on a daily basis. We're glad to have you here!
 
Kevin Henry
Group Editorial Director

 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Could Aspirin Aid in Decreasing Periodontal Pocketing?

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A story that was originally out in 2012, made the rounds again  here in 2013 (the power of the Internet).  The story came from a study published in 2012 by the Australian Dental Journal.
 
The idea is/was does a small daily dose of aspirin cause a reduction in periodontal pocketing?
 
The study was comprised of  2 "aspirin" groups and one control group.   The  aspirin groups were divided into one group taking 75mg per day while the other was taking 150mg per day.  The total number of these patients was 152 individuals.  The control group was 146 who did not take  any aspirin at all.  Comparisons were made between all 3 groups.
 
It was noted the aspirin group averaged about .25mm less pocket depth.  Which was statistically significant, but I would leave it to statisticians to determine if it is clinically significant.  There is a difference between the two and I'm not sure where that differentiation lies.
 
The study was cited on the worldental.org website & I did notice some info on the site that I would take issue with.  I'm not sure, but some of the wording seemed to indicate the site might be run by a layperson or laypeople, which , in that case, would explain the odd terminologies.
 
While doing a little research on PubMed, I found what I think to be the original Australian study (no authors were mentioned on the worldental site).  The conclusions on PubMed stated "The results of this study suggest that low dose aspirin may reduce the risk of periodontal attachment loss. This hypothesis needs to be tested by larger sample sized prospective cohort studies."
 
My point in listing the conclusion is that the authors suggest this needs more research and more patients to fully examine  the possibilities.  I agree with this.  Small sample sizes just aren't enough to get conclusive results.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

DenMat Launches SplashMax Premium VPS Impression Material

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 At the American Dental Association meeting in New Orleans last week, the folks at DenMat announced an interesting new  impression product called SplashMax.  While I do the vast majority of my impressions digitally thanks to our iTero scanner, we do still take traditional impressions for some cases such as a crown under an existing partial denture.  Because of that, I was intrigued with SplashMax… especially the low contact angle that the material can provide.  So take a look at the contact angle graphic below (prepare to be impressed) and then read the Press Release that I received regarding SplashMax.
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PRESS RELEASE

DenMat Launches SplashMax Premium VPS Impression Material

10/31/13 Lompoc, CA: DenMat, a leading manufacturer of innovative esthetic dentistry and advanced oral health solutions, introduces SplashMax, a premium quality VPS impression material. SplashMax features an improved formulation over the award winning Splash® impression material, with instant hydrophilicity, maximum tear strength, excellent dimensional accuracy and high contrast colors. SplashMax provides detailed and consistent results at a highly competitive price.  

In independent testing, SplashMax achieved a lower contact angle within seconds and a much higher tear strength than other leading impression material brands. These physical properties, combined with a 99.9% recovery after stretching and compression, result in highly detailed, accurate impressions with fewer retakes.

SplashMax is available in four high-contrast viscosities (Extra Lite, Lite, Medium, Heavy) with two distinct set times (2:15 and 4:30). For greater convenience, this product is available in two delivery systems; an easy-to-use 50mL Cartridge and a 360mL Jumbo Cartridge. All SplashMax products have a patient-pleasing Wild Berry scent.  

For more information about SplashMax contact DenMat by phone at 1-800-4DENMAT (1-800-433-6628) or visit us online at www.denmat.com/splashmax.

DenMat manufactures a broad range of cosmetic, restorative and clinical product solutions, available in the U.S. and over 68 countries worldwide. Innovative products and new distribution partnerships continue to position DenMat in the forefront of the dental industry, from Lumineers®, the most patient-requested thin veneers in dentistry, to innovative diagnostic and clinical solutions including Velscope® and PeriOptix®, as well as industry brand names like the Flashlite Magna® 4.0 curing light and Perfectemp® Temporary Crown & Bridge materials. The DenMat Lab is recognized as a leading laboratory for both minimally invasive and traditional-preparation restorations, while DenMat Education offers Continuing Education programs internationally, including Destination Education events. For more information, visit www.denmat.com or call 1-800-4DENMAT (1-800-433-6628).


 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cosmedent Brings Back Kwik

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KWIK

 

A Fast, Non-Sticky Tray Adhesive

                            

Back by popular demand…  

For dentists who are tired of waiting for their tray adhesive to dry, Cosmedent introduces new KWIK, a fast drying tray adhesive that dries kwikly, in less than a minute. When it dries, the material is non-sticky, yet it has formed a very tenacious bond to the impression material to insure that you will get an accurate impression. KWIK Tray Adhesive is for use with addition silicon materials only.

 

For information please contact Cosmedent at (800) 621-6729 or visit Cosmedent’s website at www.cosmedent.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Western Digital Launches New Hard Drive Filled with… Helium

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Helium balloons float right?  It's all about the physics.  Helium is less dense than air, so Helium rises & provides enough lift to keep a balloon aloft.
 
Similar thinking (not floating, but density) has created a new hard drive from Western Digital.  The new Ultrastar He is a device that is filled with… you guessed it… helium.  The ideal makes pretty good sense.
 
Since helium is less dense than air (14% less dense actually) there is less friction on the platters that spin inside the hard drive enclosure.  That means that less power is needed to run the drive and because of that, an extra platter can be added.
 
Here is what the company had to say:
 

Innovation for Next-generation, High-density Data Centers

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HGST delivers the world’s first hermetically sealed, helium hard drive, the Ultrastar® He6 for massive scale-out environments. Why does helium make a difference? Helium has only one-seventh the density of air. Replacing air with helium inside a hard drive dramatically reduces the turbulence caused by the spinning disk, cuts power consumption and results in a lower temperature within the disk drive.

The reduction in turbulence for the spinning disk allows HGST to offer a seven-disk design in a traditional 3.5-inch form factor. In addition to being the world’s first helium-filled hard drive, HGST Ultrastar He6 is also the first hard drive in the industry to offer a 6 terabyte1 capacity. This design offers a 50% capacity gain and still reduces the energy needed to run the drive by up to 23%.

TCOptimizedTM - Driving Down Data Center TCO with Helium

The amount of data that companies need to store is growing exponentially, but IT budgets remain flat. With 6TB, a low 5.3 idle watts, a reduced weight of 640g, and running at 4-5°C cooler, the new Ultrastar He6 lowers data center TCO on virtually every level. Key TCO benefits when compared to a typical 3.5-inch, five-platter, air-filled 4TB drive* include: 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry Featuring VisualDx Oral Recognized as "Best of Class" by the Pride Institute

 

 

 

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HUDSON, OH — August 6, 2013 — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Lexicomp® Online™ for Dentistry featuring VisualDx® Oral was recently awarded the "Best of Class" award for dental technology products by the Pride Institute. Each product honored with this recognition features unique characteristics that differentiate it from the competition in a compelling way and, more importantly, creates value for the general dentist.

The Pride Institute's "Best of Class" Technology awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Now in its fifth year of awards, Pride Institute has named Lexicomp Online for Dentistry featuring VisualDx Oral as one of those lauded "Best of Class" in dental technology products.

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry provides industry-leading reference information and screening tools to help answer prescribing, diagnosis and treatment questions. Dental professionals can help enhance patient safety by accessing dental-specific pharmacology information on over 8,000 prescription drugs, OTCs and natural products, plus tools like an unsurpassed drug interactions screener.

"With the VisualDx Oral feature, Lexicomp Online for Dentistry allows dental professionals to not only research drug information, but to also build a differential diagnosis on common and rare oral lesions based on visual cues, symptoms and patient history," shared Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, Best of Class founder and President of Pride Institute.

"Lexicomp Online for Dentistry continues to advance the dental clinical practice with the latest in technology coupled with top-notch pharmacology information," commented David Del Toro, Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Drug Information, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. "As such, we are honored to be recognized by Pride Institute and its elite panel of members spanning the dental community."

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Congrats to the Pride Best of Class Technology Winners for 2013

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One of the really fun things I get to do every year is to be part of the expert panel that determines the winners of the the Pride Institute Best of Class Technologies.
 
One night in Chicago in February during the CDS MidWinter Meeting, the panel meets (usually around 10:00 or 10:30 pm) in a secret location and we debate, cajole, and sometimes argue about what we consider to be the best there is.
 
A few hours later, we have our list of winners and they are featured in the Pride Expo area in the exhibit hall during the American Dental Association Annual Session.  All the winners are locate in the Pride Expo and meeting attendees can meet the companies, see the winning technologies, and get all the details of why they were chosen as winners.
 
It's always an honor to be on the panel and always fun to help choose the winners.  This is truly a responsibility that we on the panel take extremely seriously.  We know that lots of doctors base their purchasing decisions on who we choose… and we are proud to help improve the practices of those folks.
 
Since the ADA Annual Session is currently happening in New Orleans, I thought it would be a good idea to list the winners here:
 

2013 Pride “Best of Class” Technology Award Winners

 

  • Kerr Dental                                                   SonicFill*
  • 3Shape                                                          3Shape Trios
  • Liptak Dental Services                               DDS Rescue*
  • ULTRADENT                                               VALO*
  • Isolite                                                             Isodry
  • VELscope (Denmat)                                   VELscope Vx*
  • DEXIS                                                            DEXIS Imaging Suite/DEXIS go
  • Orascoptic                                                    Orascoptic XV1
  • Imaging Sciences International                 i-CAT FLX
  • Sesame Communications                         Sesame 24-7*
  • Action Run                                                   ActionRun
  • Lexi-Comp                                                   VisualDx Oral
  • SciCan                                                          STATIM G4
  • Glidewell Laboratories                              BruxZir SHADED
  • Doxa                                                             Ceramir Cement
  • Henry Schein Practice Solutions             Viive
  • Align Technology                                       SmartTrack
  • HealthFirst                                                   Tru-Align
  • Gendex                                                         SRT Technology