Thursday, July 31, 2014

Delta Dental Legal Action: a Letter from CDA's President

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Here is some good news from the legal arena and one more reason why (if you are a dentist reading this post) you should be a member of organized dentistry.
 
In August of 2013 several California dentists filed a lawsuit against Delta Dental.  The letter, which is posted below, explains most of it.  I thought it was important to  post it here so that both dentists  and non-dentists alike can see what Delta has done and will continue to try to do moving forward.
 
Here us the letter from the California Dental Association that was sent to members:
 

Dear Colleague,

I am writing you today to inform you about the latest developments in the case against Delta Dental. A recent decision by arbitrators will allow the arbitration to proceed despite a motion by Delta to dismiss it.

The legal action was filed in August 2013 by CDA and several individual dentists challenging, in part, Delta’s attempt to change Premier provider agreements. Prior to the filing, CDA learned informally of a planned rate reduction of 8 to 12 percent.

A panel of three arbitrators found that there is sufficient evidence to allow the individual dentists to proceed with claims that Delta’s attempt to change key provisions of its participating dentist agreements violated the legal doctrine of “good faith and fair dealing.” Previously, arbitrators ruled that CDA cannot be a party in the arbitration because the contracts are between individual dentists and Delta. In response, CDA has filed a separate legal action in San Francisco Superior Court to ensure that we can continue to protect members in this matter.

We expect an arbitration hearing to occur toward the end of the year or early in 2015. With regard to CDA’s action in Superior Court, Delta will have to answer by the end of August.

We have known from the beginning that taking legal action against Delta would be arduous at best, but we knew it was the right thing to do. And although this recent decision is an important one, it is mainly procedural and not necessarily an indication of whether the arbitrators will ultimately agree with the arguments.

We believe that, at a minimum, Delta must be transparent in its processes, submit comprehensive data to justify any actions or changes in its plans and provide reasonable notice so dentists have adequate time to make any necessary changes in their practices.

If you have challenges today that cannot wait until this issue is resolved, be assured that CDA is here to support members with sophisticated practice management and dental benefit guidance through CDA’s Practice Support at 800.232.7645 or cda.org/practicesupport.

Thank you for being a member of the California Dental Association. Your membership provides us with the opportunity to support our members in this legal action against Delta. We will continue to provide you with new information in newsletters, the CDA Update and on cda.org.

Sincerely, James D. Stephens, DDS President

 

Dear Colleague,

I am writing you today to inform you about the latest developments in the case against Delta Dental. A recent decision by arbitrators will allow the arbitration to proceed despite a motion by Delta to dismiss it.

The legal action was filed in August 2013 by CDA and several individual dentists challenging, in part, Delta’s attempt to change Premier provider agreements. Prior to the filing, CDA learned informally of a planned rate reduction of 8 to 12 percent.

A panel of three arbitrators found that there is sufficient evidence to allow the individual dentists to proceed with claims that Delta’s attempt to change key provisions of its participating dentist agreements violated the legal doctrine of “good faith and fair dealing.” Previously, arbitrators ruled that CDA cannot be a party in the arbitration because the contracts are between individual dentists and Delta. In response, CDA has filed a separate legal action in San Francisco Superior Court to ensure that we can continue to protect members in this matter.

We expect an arbitration hearing to occur toward the end of the year or early in 2015. With regard to CDA’s action in Superior Court, Delta will have to answer by the end of August.

We have known from the beginning that taking legal action against Delta would be arduous at best, but we knew it was the right thing to do. And although this recent decision is an important one, it is mainly procedural and not necessarily an indication of whether the arbitrators will ultimately agree with the arguments.

We believe that, at a minimum, Delta must be transparent in its processes, submit comprehensive data to justify any actions or changes in its plans and provide reasonable notice so dentists have adequate time to make any necessary changes in their practices.

If you have challenges today that cannot wait until this issue is resolved, be assured that CDA is here to support members with sophisticated practice management and dental benefit guidance through CDA’s Practice Support at 800.232.7645 or cda.org/practicesupport.

Thank you for being a member of the California Dental Association. Your membership provides us with the opportunity to support our members in this legal action against Delta. We will continue to provide you with new information in newsletters, the CDA Update and on cda.org.

Sincerely, James D. Stephens, DDS President

- See more at: http://www.cda.org/NewsEvents/Details/tabid/146/ArticleID/2300/Delta-Dental-legal-action-a-letter-from-CDAs-president.aspx#sthash.i0fG4EtV.dpuf

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Canadian Dentists Embrace Social Media as Practice-Building Tool

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canadian Dentists Embrace Social Media as Practice-Building Tool

Toronto – July 29, 2014 – More and more Canadian dentists are now using the social media to promote their dental practices, according to results from the DIAC (Dental Industry Association of Canada) Eighteenth Annual Future of Dentistry Survey.

Over 25% of respondents are currently actively employing social media as a promotional tool, an all- time high and progressively trending upward from 16.4% last year and 13.3% in 2012 when the question was first asked. This has moved the option from last place to number 4 on the list of preferred promotional options, after the traditional referrals (#1), promotion of new technologies (#2) and community service (#3) and well ahead of print/TV/Radio media, newsletters (whether print or on-line) and direct mail.

A further 40% stated they were planning to use social media within the next two years. While this percentage of those “planning to use Social Media” is a similar result to that from the past two surveys, it is apparent that Canadian dentists who stated they were planning to employ Social Media as part of their practice promotion efforts are actually implementing it over time.

Almost 1000 (987) practicing Canadian dentists responded to this year’s survey (similar to the response achieved over each of the previous seventeen years) with a good proportional distribution across all regions of the country. Based on this response rate, overall 2012 survey results have an accuracy of +/- 3.1% 19 times out of 20. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amazon Introduces 3D Printing Store

 
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I was rooting around on Amazon recently and I came across their new 3D printing store.  I was unaware of the new site, but was impressed to see that you can actually upload your own designs and have them printed and sent to you via the usual  Amazon delivery channels.
 
I'm not too familiar with the whole design  process involved with 3D printing, but I've seen some of the printers available, and they are incredible.
 
Now you have the option, instead of buying a 3D  printer, you can simply upload your own design and print away!
 
Now fluent in how to do the 3D modeling & rendering yourself?  No problem, Amazon has lots of designs for you  to choose from.
 
Interested?  I thought you'd be.  Take a look at the site and see what it's all about.  
 
Here is what Amazon has to say about the store, direct from the 3D printing store page:
 

Amazon.com's 3D Printing Store

Welcome to the 3D printing Store at Amazon.com. From futuristic fashion accessories to home decor, this is your source for the gear you need to shop the future.

3D Printers make a variety of objects using a laser that move along an X, Y and Z axis to build an object in three dimensions. 3D printing is considered the future of print and manufacturing, and is set to dramatically change the way we buy and produce products in the future. Browse our selection of 3D printed jewelry, home decor, tech accessories, toys & games, and more. No matter the occasion or budget, there is something for everyone in our gallery of 3D printed products. Whatever your goal--outfitting an occasion or adding to your obsession of collectibles --Amazon has you covered. Shop the future today!

Monday, July 28, 2014

JADA Live is Coming to Minneapolis This Friday!!!

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This Friday, August 1st, will see the Journal of the American Dental Association, coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota for an event we're calling "JADA Live".  
 
The idea is a fairly simple one, take a topic, in this case, digital imaging, and utilizing a number of  experts in that subject, to bring the subject some clarity and pinpoint accuracy.
 
I was fortunate enough to be involved with some similar projects last year and I was amazed at how much information was delivered!
 
If you live in the Minneapolis area or are planning on  being there at the end of this week, why not support your national organization and get some great information all at the same time?
 
These programs have been well received by audiences and I highly recommend them.
 
Here is a rundown on what will be covered:
 

Friday, August 1, 2014 // Minneapolis, MN

The publishers of The Journal of The American Dental Association bring you JADA Live – a live CE seminar offering up to 6.5 hours of ADA CERP credit. This full-day event promises to be relevant and practical with the best and latest information to help you provide better care for your patients.

Course Includes

  • Why Dental Technology
  • Getting More out of Digital Radiography
  • 3D for the GP – Cone Beam Basics to Enhance Your Practice
  • 3D Imaging in the Treatment of Sleep Apnea
  • Making Every Technology Purchase Count: ROI, SEO and Social Media

What You Will Learn

  1. Understand digital imaging as a clinical success factor in your practice
  2. Explain the diagnostic benefits of digital radiography compared to traditional film
  3. Determine the value of investing in new technologies and implementing new clinical initiatives
  4. Consider the ways 3D imaging in treatment planning can simplify implant procedures and help ensure good results
  5. Determine how 3D technology can help expand practice potential with increased focus on implants
  6. Motivate your team to unlock the full potential of your practice

Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Overview of Dental Technology

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Digital Radiography For You, Your Practice and Your Patients

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

3-D Imaging – The Basics and the Uses including Implants & Sleep Apnea

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Making Every Technology Purchase Count: ROI, SEO and Social Media

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion – Where to Go Now in Digital Dentistry

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Reception / Technical Exhibits / Prize Drawings

Distinguished Presenters

John Flucke, DDS

Passionate using technology to enhance patient care. Chief Dental Editor of Dental Products Report.
Doctor Flucke was born and raised in Kansas City. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1987. He has practiced in Lee's Summit since 1989 and was pleased to open his new state of the art facility in 2007. Dr. Flucke's passion is technology and he is always looking for the latest development to benefit his patients. His knowledge on technology makes him a frequent lecturer at major dental educational events, contributing editor to dental publications, and an internationally recognized opinion leader.

Justin Moody, DDS

Entrepreneurial dentist who knows how to get the best use out of 2D and 3D imaging technology to improve treatment planning and outcomes.
Dr. Moody is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. As a supporter of organized dentistry and continuing education, he is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, International College of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration as well as the ADA, state and local societies. He is a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and the ICOI, Fellow of the AAID and holds Mastership and Fellow status at the Misch International Implant Institute. Dr. Moody lectures throughout the country on Implant Dentistry and is in private practice in Crawford Nebraska. He is also the Founder and Director of the Rocky Mountain Dental Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Steven Guttenberg, DDS, MD

Uses and teaches 3D Cone Beam Imaging. Will talk about the basics of cone beam imaging, its use in implants and sleep apnea. 
Dr. Guttenberg is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, practicing the full scope of his specialty in Washington, DC where he is Director of the Washington Institute for Mouth, Face and Jaw Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, of which he is currently the Immediate Past-President. Dr. Guttenberg is a member of the teaching staff at the Washington Hospital Center and is the chairman of its Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training and Education Committee. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad as well. Dr. Guttenberg has written numerous scientific articles and book chapters which have been published in the dental and medical literature.

Lou Shuman, DMD

President of Pride Institute teaches how to use social media to promote your practice.
Dr. Shuman is the President of Pride Institute, a leading practice management consulting firm, and widely renowned for his expertise in emerging technologies, digital imaging, digital marketing methods, and operational practice management. Dr. Shuman is recognized as an outstanding speaker and educator and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan, including every major meeting in the US. He has been selected for eight years in a row as “One of the Top CE Leaders in Dentistry” in Dentistry Today. Dr. Shuman has written articles and white papers in major dental publications, including Dentistry Today, Dental Economics, The Progressive Orthodontist, Orthodontic Practice US, Dental Products Report, and Inside Dentistry.

Accreditation

You will receive 6.5 units of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. American Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Where Did Autocorrect Come From?

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We've all had the inevitable *autocorrect fail* moments in our lives.
 
Sometimes they are from our actual computers, but most likely they are from some type of one of our mobile devices.
 
In an effort to make our lives easier (and since tons of individuals never actually *learned* to type) the smart people behind the tech tried to make using said tech as easy and seamless as possible.  Hence hilarity ensues.
 
I once texted a friend that I had been planting some seeds (the little objects that plants grow from) in the backyard only to glance at the screen and notice that I told him I was planting Seabees (a part of the US Navy that consists of combat engineers that build bridges, etc).  Then began the inevitable jokes about me being some type of serial killer.
 
Once after a staff meeting where we played games and just de-stressed for once instead of actually having a working meeting, Dental Assistant Terri posted to her Facebook page (intentionally and full well knowing she was making up a word) "We just had the *funnest* staff meeting ever!!!"  Moments later she was explaining to me that she had NOT posted "We just had the *dumbest* staff meeting ever!!!"
 
We've all had these ties of situations come back to bite us on the backside at one time or another.  Heck, there are even entire websites devoted to "autocorrect fails*.  Just type that keyword into Google and see what happens...
 
So… where did this all start?  Where did it all come from?  I happened to be doing some reading and research on another topic for DPR and stumbled across a great read on the subject from Wired magazine.  I can't say enough good things about Wired.  I've been a subscriber for years and I still read every issue pretty much cover to cover.
 
The article was written by Gideon Lewis-Kraus and is a tremendously good read.  I really think you owe it to yourself to set aside a few minutes, perhaps today over lunch or perhaps right now and give it a look.  The humor of autocorrect as well as the overall history of the project is really fascinating, especially to a die hard geek like me.  If  you're reading this, chances are you're a die hard too.   Give Gideon's article a read.  You'll be glad you did.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#1 Product Testing Foundation Ranks Venus Diamond® #1 in Resisting Cracks, Chips and Degradation

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Heraeus Kulzer nanofill resin composite also rated unsurpassed in overcoming clinical problems and patient habits

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, July 22, 2014 —Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, the worldwide leader in dental esthetics, announced that the dental industry’s leading product testing foundation has rated its Venus Diamond nanofill resin composite as having the lowest level of cracks, chips, large breaks and surface degradation.

According to the evaluation report, “In CR/CRA’s 37-year history of controlled clinical trials now involving over 100 different brands of resin-based composites, the nanofill resin brands tested showed best performance yet recorded at three years of service1.“ The report also indicated that Venus Diamond and another brand were best able to overcome clinical problems and patient habits.

The evaluation involved eight Class II resin-based composites. Over a three year period, 55 dentists from 24 U.S. states and Canada placed 386 large Class II restorations in molars in 198 patients. Of all brands evaluated, Heraeus Kulzer’s Venus Diamond exhibited the lowest level of cracks, chips, large breaks, and surface degradation over a three-year period. Two other brands received scores that were below Venus Diamond’s on an absolute basis but statistically equivalent.

“We are thrilled and gratified to have the industry’s leading testing organization confirm the superiority of nanofill resin composites in general, and our Venus Diamond line in particular,” said Aundrea Hoffman, Heraeus Kulzer Product Manager. “Having to replace restorations is

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both costly and embarrassing to dental practices, and we take great pride in the ability of Venus Diamond to minimize the likelihood of this happening.”

Venus Diamond embodies a true balance of science and esthetics based on a patented cross- linked polymer matrix. The optimal physical properties of Venus Diamond offer a composite that truly performs in every category with low shrinkage stress, unique handling, exceptional strength and durability, and perfect color adaptation. With over five years of extensive composite research that resulted in a patented chemistry, Venus Diamond is the ideal choice for both direct and indirect restorations.

For dentists looking for a composite with a creamier consistency for use with anterior restorations, Heraeus Kulzer offers an outstanding companion product. Venus® Pearl is a universal nano-hybrid composite based on the innovative urethane monomer chemistry of Venus Diamond and offering the same unprecedented combination of low shrinkage stress and high durability. Formulated for easy handling, Venus Pearl delivers exceptional esthetic results through excellent color adaptation, sculptability, and polishability.

For more information on Heraeus Kulzer or its products, call (800) 431-1785 or visit www.heraeusdentalusa.com.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Temporization Webinar Tonight!

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Tonight at 8:30 eastern time and 5:30 Pacific time, I'll be doing a webinar on temporization and why it is so critically important to what we do in the profession of dentistry.
 
Interested?  If so, you can still sign up by simply going to the Viva Learning website.  The info is on the home page which you can access by clicking this link.  
 
The program should be about 45 minutes for the presentation and then about 15 minutes for the question and answer session.
 
You can grab some continuing eduction credit *and still have time left in your evening*.  I'm always honored to be able to provide some good info to my peers and this is just one more avenue that allows me to do just that.
 
If you'd like to join in tonight, I'd be honored.  I'm always thrilled and humbled that people feel I can help contribute to their practices.
 
See you tonight!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Big Thank You to Aspida

On Friday I got a chance to tour a serious top tier data center... And WOW was it impressive.

I was in Charlotte and the tour was courtesy of Aspida.

I saw security of data that would rival anything seen in movies & actually better.

If you are looking to secure your email, check out Asipda. You'll be glad you did!


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Why Builders Can be Friends & Why Having the Right One is Important

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Last week as we were leaving the office on Thursday evening, one of the staff pointed up at the tower on the office and said, "Hey something's loose up there!"
 
Sure enough, there sure was something amiss.  If you look to the left at the bottom of the tower roof, you'll see it.
 
Anyway, what to do?  It's 5:15 pm on a Thursday.  It's not like you just get someone right out to fix it… or can you.
 
I took the above photo with my iPhone and sent it to my buddy Tom Baugh who owns KC Constructors.  His firm built the office for me 6.5 years ago and anytime something needs fixing, I call him.
 
So I took the photo and texted it to Tom.
 
Within 2 hours I got a response back that he was on it.
 
On Friday morning, the guys from KC Constructors arrived and quickly had the problem completely fixed. 
 
That's the reason I deal with these guys.  How many companies could you contact after hours on Thursday and have a repair crew there the next day?  Not many I bet.
 
If you need any type of construction, contact them.  You'll be glad you did!  You can also call 816-246-2095            

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weird Al Does it Again - With "Word Crimes"

 

I've always gotten a kick out of Weird Al.  I"m not sure why, but I think it's got to do with the certain aspect of his attitude.

As someone who is  a journalist, i may not be perfect, but I really strive to try to use proper english.  Daily I cringe when I hear people throw words, phrases, and contractions about that don't even make sense.

"My friend, which is a teacher" just about sends me over the moon.

So I had a pretty good chuckle listening to the latest Weird Al tune, set to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" which the weird one calls "Word Crimes".

I gotta hand it to Weird Al.  All of us could use a little sprucing up on our native tongue...

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Guided .50 Caliber Bullet - Fired from a Sniper Rifle

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Every once in a while I just am overcome with "tech love" of some type of military project or hardware.  I confess.  I can't help myself.  Sometimes these things are just too amazing to believe and yet… there they are.
 
So, today's post deals with a project that has been developed through DARPA.
 
As anyone who has done some target shooting knows, accurately hitting a target is not nearly as easy as one thinks it might be.  Heck, sometimes just getting close to what you are trying to hit is hard.  When you add to that all the other things that deal with a target over a really great distance, it's daunting.
 
Well now, there is the "Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance (EXACTO).  It's basically a guided missile, only it's a bullet.  By that I mean that this bullet actually has the ability to change its path in flight.  The photo above shows the red where the sight was actually placed and the projected path of the bullet, but the target is the green dot and the green line is the path the bullet actually took to get there.  Pretty cool and pretty amazing.
 
If you want to know more, take a look at the DARPA website.  They even have a video of the trajectory.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CDC Closes Some Labs after Serious Mishaps Handling Dangerous Pathogens

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I was doing my usual Internet browsing/research when I came across a pretty amazing article at bustle.com
 
It seems the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has had some epic mishaps lately.  The CDC is responsible investigating and helping to prevent massive infections of scary diseases such as Anthrax, Avian Flu, and other nasty pathogens.
 
So… of course one would think if that is your main task, you'd be "on it" when it came to containing these pretty nasty bugs right?  As it turns out, no so much.  Nothing makes me chuckle quite so much as the words "I'm from the government and I'm here to help and make things better".  Needless to say, this is another classic example of that being exactly the opposite of what has happened.
 
Without ruining the story, I'll provide the link.  Take a read and tell me if it doesn't scare you just a little bit...

Monday, July 14, 2014

DEXIS Announces Support for Noor Foundation

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Noor Foundation’s Dental Clinic Receives Much-Needed Digital Imaging Technology

DEXIS® digital X-ray system, now in place at the Noor Foundation Dental Clinic, is helping to meet the growing needs of the uninsured in San Luis Obispo.

Hatfield, PA (July 11, 2014) DEXIS has donated a DEXIS Platinum intra-oral digital sensor, DEXIS Imaging Suite and related image management software to the Noor Foundation’s Dental Clinic, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that provides free dental services for those in its community who might otherwise go without care.

DEXIS provided the Noor Foundation’s charity clinic with robust digital imaging hardware and software. This donation allows the clinic to operate with leading technology that can help the volunteer healthcare providers improve and streamline patient care.

“With the help of our new DEXIS digital sensor and software, the Noor Dental Clinic, a free dental clinic located in San Luis Obispo, California, is providing dental services to people who do not have dental insurance and would not otherwise have access to dental care,” said Don Shealy, Project Coordinator for the Noor Dental Clinic. “Our dentists love how easy and user-friendly the DEXIS system is to operate. We thank DEXIS so much for the donation!”

“We applaud the dedication of the volunteers at the Noor Foundation’s Dental Clinic,” states Candy Ross, Director of Industry and Professional Relations for DEXIS. “And we are delighted to be able to play a part in assisting these volunteers to increase their efficiency by donating the DEXIS Platinum digital X-ray sensor and software. When dental companies and clinicians join forces to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, so much good can be accomplished.”

About DEXIS

DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. Since its introduction to the United States in 1997, DEXIS has become the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well-respected dental publications. The company has a strong history of supporting national and international outreach programs including Give Kids A Smile®, TeamSmile® and Mission of Mercy®. For more information about DEXIS, visit www.dexis.com.

DEXIS is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% if all dental practices. Visit www.kavokerrgroup.com for more information.

About Noor Foundation

The SLO Noor Foundation was established in December of 2009 as a 501(c)3 to aid this problem by providing free, high quality acute, non-emergent health care to those who could not otherwise afford to access care in San Luis Obispo County. It is the mission of the SLO Noor Foundation to provide the underserved and disadvantaged of SLO County with the free access to quality acute, non-emergent, care they deserve regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration or socioeconomic status. Learn more at www.slonoorfoundation.org. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

IChiropro Evaluation Starting Soon




In the very near future, we will be starting an evaluation of the Bien Air iChiropro system.

It is an implant hand piece system that is powered by an iPad. The app that the iPad uses contains all the data for most major implant systems. It also has the ability to hold patient data including demographics as well as all data that the hand piece uses during a case.

Here's the info from the company website:

IChiropro from Bien-Air is an ultra-high performance implantology system which offers unrivalled ease of use.

Multiple users with storage of settings for each practitioner, it offers the complete pre-programmed operating sequences from the largest implant manufacturers. These can be customised to suit the needs of each user. The iChiropro offers the option to save and export the operating parameters, whilst documenting them with the patient data.

iChiropro controls the highest performance micromotor on the market. The high torque of the Bien-Air MX-i LED micromotor offers you unrivalled working comfort, at high and low speeds. In addition, its ceramic ball bearings, which are lubricated for life, guarantee you exceptional service life and reliability, with no maintenance required. The new 20:1 L Micro-Series contra-angle fits into our internal irrigation system, working smoothly and efficiently. It is also equipped with one of the smallest heads ever designed, and a double LED system for uniform lighting regardless of the speed of rotation.
iChiropro is pre-programmed for the following implant systems:


- Nobel Biocare
- Straumann
- Thommen Medical
- Camlog
- Bredent
- Euroteknika
- Bti
- BioHorizons
- MIS
- Neoss
- Densply Implants
- Dio
- Biomet 3i
- Zimmer

iChiropro basic kit:

1 iChiropro control
ref. 1600784 - 001
1 MX-i LED micromotor
ref. 1600755 - 001
1 MX-i LED micromotor cable
ref. 1600606 - 001
1 x 3-button pedal
ref. 1600631 - 001
Set of 10 sterile single-use irrigation lines
ref. 1500984 - 010
10 irrigation line clips
ref. 1303711 - 010
2 sterile protective films
ref. 1501746
1 bracket
ref. 1303393 - 001
1 support
ref. 1301575 - 001
1 Swiss network cable
ref.1300065 - 001
1 Europe network cable
ref. 1300066 - 001
1 Asia/USA network cable
ref. 1300067 - 001
1 support for iPad 4
ref. 1305949-001
1 Torx ® screwdriver
ref. 1305947-001 Ref. 1700439-001

iChiropro basic kit with contra-angle CA 20:1 L Micro-Series

1 iChiropro basic kit
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1 Micro-Series CA 20:1 L contra-angle with light
ref. 1600692-001 Ref. 1700440-001


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Toshiba FlashAir II Let's You Create a Wireless Access Point - From Your Camera!




The picture above is of an SD Card. Mind you, it's not just *any* SD Card, it is the Toshiba FlashAir.

This SD Card has a built-in wireless transmitter that let's you use your camera as a wireless access point. What that means is that when you take a picture, other devices in range (like your phone) can access the card and, therefore, download the photos you have taaken. Pretty cool huh?

Something like this would be great for social situations like parties or family get togethers. This past weekend, I was at a family wedding and it would have been uber sweet to be able to grab photos right off the photographer's camera as he was taking wedding pics.

The card is accessed via an app that can be downloaded from the Android or
Apple App Store.

Drawbacks? You have to disconnect from any other WiFi network before you can get the photos. Since the FlashAir only sets up a VPN, it doesn't provide you with an Internet connection. If you want to connect to the net, you have to *disconnect* from FlashAir then reconnect to get photos.

There may also be some confusion between this card & Eye-fi. The latter is a SD Card that accesses your local Wifi network to upload photos to a computer on the network, Flickr, etc. However, you can't access Eye-fi with any other devices.

FlashAir sounds like a pretty cool device, especially if you are in a social/party kind of environment. However, I don't think it will take the place of my Eye-fi card...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Google Fiber is Coming to Overland Park, Kansas!!!

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Speed, speed, and more speed.  I can remember (gasp) the days of dialup.  You know, listening to the handshake of the modem and the other modem shaking back.  And then, with any luck, an actual connection.  That was in the days of 14.4 baud rates.  Then I can think of  28 kbps which evolved into 56 kbps speeds.
 
Then, the other other shoe dropped (and I have NO idea where that expression came from!).  One day I have a modem and the next day I look out the window of my newly built house and I see these 2 guys feeding coaxial cable into the ground with some type of industrial device that puts coaxial cable under the freshly placed sod.  I ran out to greet them and "welcome them to my neighborhood."  When I asked them how long it would be until I got my cable high speed Internet, they looked at me like I had 7 heads or something.  At least 3 months I was told.  That sounded like 7 years, but I began the countdown.
 
Of course, let's fast forward to today.  I'm living in a world of 50mb/second and that seems slow to me.  Thus I was turning cartwheels a couple of years ago when Google announced that their new product, Google Fiber was coming to Kansas City, Kansas.
 
Since the beginning of Google Fiber installation here in the KC area, we've seen more and more people that are understanding just how great high speed Internet really is.
 
Now, at long last, my city of Overland Park here in the metro Kansas City area has announced that they are allowing  Google Fiber to be placed within our city.  It's been a long time coming with lots of legal ranging which has taken place somewhere.  I don't know what has happened, but I'm finally getting area wide high speed Broadband.
 
The whole idea is to bring Google to the home and let the power of their high speed system run everything for you..  I'm curious to see how that works out.
 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Science Matters… and Here is Why! 4th of July Edition

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With the 4th of July having just passed and with some of us still sitting on a bunch of unused fireworks (what?  You don't buy more fireworks than you could possibly need?  What the heck is wrong with you?)
 
Anyway, I've been on the road most of the day traveling back for a big family wedding *and* a big family 4th of July celebration.  I mean, what could be better than mixing a wedding with explosives?
 
Anyway, when I arrived back the The Land of Oz this evening, I know that I would have to crank out an article for the August issue of Dental Products Report and *then* I'd have to come up with a post for the blog.
 
So… after some serious writing (the August Technology Evangelist column is going to have some serious bonding info) I began to do some research on the blog post.
 
It turns out that my friends at Wired have some pretty cool stuff on fireworks and the science behind sparklers and other pyrotechnic devcies.
 
As a certified (or certifiable) "why guy" I was in Heaven as I read the article by Rhett Allain that was posted on July 4th.
 
Head on over to Wired and give this fine piece of research some serious reading time.  You'll be glad you did.   Heck, I'm glad that *I* did!!!  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dental Products Report Innovator Profiles 2014: Pushing Our Industry Forward

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Over the years I have been blessed to see some pretty amazing products come down the "Innovation Pipeline".  Some of them have been "take your breath away" kind of moments while many others have been simple improvements that, while making things better, did not force me to consider calling the publishers of history books.
 
The bottom line here, however, is that improvements were made and our patients, the bottom-line residual beneficiaries of these improvements, saw these benefits.
 
What many in our great profession frequently don't realize is that there are dedicated teams of scientists working every day.  Their sole purpose in their job description is to create a shortcut, eliminate  a step, decrease a wait time, something that makes a procedure a little bit faster, a little bit easier, while either not sacrificing or improving quality.
 
And this is this a goal that can span or affect any aspect of office operations.
 
Obviously one of the bullet points in my job description here at Dental Products Report is to find those types of products, get my hands on them, and try to beat them to the point of either:
  1. Finding out what makes them tick and then determining whether they are worth the hard earned dollars of my readers.
  2. Breaking them.

Over the years I've found I'm pretty good at step #2.

So it is with great pride that I would like to refer to our DPR Innovator Profiles of 2014.  These are companies that are pushing the envelope and making our profession better by doing so.  I'm proud of the guys and gals who are working at these companies and providing the ideas and devices that make dentistry more predictable and less stressful for both the dental team and our patients.  The page linked above even has a Google Hangout where my buddy and boss Kevin Henry and I discuss innovation.  So take a look and let me know what you think.  I'd love to get your feedback whether it's here on the blog or on the DPR page.

Also, in closing, have a safe and fun 4th of July.  Embrace our freedom and be grateful for those in our armed forces who keep us free.  God bless everyone!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Oral Cancer Treatments Improving...

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As regular readers of the blog know, I'm passionate about early detection of and the fighting of oral and pharyngeal cancers.
 
I recently blogged about the too early demise of Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and unfortunately that is an all too common occurrence.
 
Oral and pharyngeal cancers are a terrible disease and we in healthcare need to work harder to bring a focus to the subject.  In the United States, the country with the supposedly *best* healthcare in the world, one person dies of oral/pharyngeal cancer every hour of every day.  That is a sobering statistic that we need to work harder to bring to the world's attention.
 
Add to that stat the fact that those who DO survive are frequently disfigured by the surgical procedures required to excise the cancers and you have a disease that is terrible and only has a 60% five year survival rate.  What that means is that for those who are unfortunate enough to develop this disease, in five years 40% of those people will be dead.  These stats and others on this terrible disease can be found at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.  
 
If you would like to learn what it's like from a survivor's perspective, my good friend and colleague Michael Quirk has a report over at the Dental Products Report website.  
 
However, it's not all bad.  Recently, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, announced to the world that he has a form of throat cancer (which is a form of oral/pharyngeal cancer).  Today, the folks at USA Today released a story that treatments for cancers like the one Dimon has are improving.  Liz Szabo of USA Today has a very good article that is written for the lay person and is definitely recommended by this dental professional.  Head on over to USA Today and give it a read.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GE Debuts Link Bulb with Affordable Wifi Control

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A while back I bought a system at my local Home Depot that allows me to control special LED bulbs with an app from my iPad or iPhone.  It's pretty cool & works *very* well.  The problem?  The system was a bit pricey and the bulbs are a bit pricey as well.
 
To the rescue comes GE with their newly announced line of Link Bulbs.  These wifi enabled bulbs start at just $15 while others go for around $40.  Now, granted you have to purchase your own gateway to communicate with them (it connects to your wireless network) but this allows you to save serious money on bulbs.  Want to bet others will follow suit?
 
It's a very interesting concept.  Here's the site where I came across the story.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

American Academy of Periodontology Holds Think Tank on Regenerative Treatments


Three-day consensus workshop provides clinical recommendations for treating advanced gum disease

 

CHICAGO (June 30, 2014) – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) held its first-ever consensus workshop on regenerative therapies for periodontal disease titled “Enhancing Periodontal Health Through Regenerative Approaches” on June 1-4, 2014, at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Fifty-two periodontal experts hailing from the United States, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy conducted a systematic review of treatment techniques, culminating in the development of consensus reports and practical applications to aid practitioners in the clinical environment. 

Workshop attendees evaluated the latest periodontal studies to determine how findings could be applied in practice settings. Participants also noted priorities for future research. Topics included tissue engineering and the regeneration of bone and gum lost as a result of advanced periodontal disease.

Proceedings from the workshop will be published in the Journal of Periodontology in early 2015 and will include interpretive conclusions and treatment recommendations derived from each systematic review. The reports will also feature evidence-based summaries for various clinical cases and implications for patient-reported outcomes. Practical applications reports will act as a guide for dental professionals as they assess treatment options for their patients. The practical applications reports will be published in Clinical Advances in Periodontics in early 2015.

The workshop was spearheaded by an AAP-designated organizing committee, co-chaired by William Giannobile, DDS, MS, DMSc, and Pamela McClain, DDS. The AAP Foundation, Colgate, the Osteology Foundation, and Geistlich provided support of the workshop’s programming. 

The AAP regularly organizes consensus workshops on issues surrounding the science and practice of periodontics. Past sessions include the 2010 Workshop on Inflammation and a 2012 joint session with the European Federation of Periodontology on periodontal disease and systemic diseases.

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 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 8,000 members world-wide.