- Seamless connection with DEXIS Mac
- Faster image transfer
- Simplified interface leading to clearer navigation
- Expanded imaging browsing methods
- Privacy enhancements
- Extended connectivity for dental professionals who port their iPad to multiple practices
Friday, January 30, 2015
DEXIS launches its updated version of the iPad® app, DEXIS go 2.0, with new levels of usability and aesthetics designed for patient communication
Thursday, January 29, 2015
I found this pretty interesting. Obviously with the proliferation of wearable cameras to capture our every moment, you knew someone was going to put one on an animal at some point.
I'm pretty sure we can learn a lot about all kinds of zoological things utilizing this in the future. As the technology continues to evolve we'll see size and weight of the devices continue to drop. That means we'll probably get a truer picture (pun intended) of what the animal sees & does. Heck, when they get small enough, I'd love to see inside a beehive, follow a mosquito, or let's mount one of these on a Reef Shark and see what's going on.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I absolutely, *love* Ironman. For those of you who have seen the first one, you will remember Tony Stark interacting with his design software as the designs floated in the air in front of him. At the time I thought that was some pretty CGI, now it turns out, Microsoft is about to make that a reality.
The Microsoft Hololens will add AR or Augmented Reality to your world. Curious about what that means? Just watch the video. It explains it better than I ever could. Enjoy! Oh, and I'm buying one of these. I just need to know where to send my money...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sesame Communications joins Internet Brands’ rapidly growing Health portfolio, which includes the Internet’s leading collection of web presence solution providers for health professionals. These include Officite, eDoctors, TherapySites, iMatrix, and Baystone Media.
Sesame Communications will continue to operate from its Seattle headquarters following the acquisition. The company was represented by Cascadia Capital LLC in the transaction.
Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., Internet Brands® is a fully integrated online media and software services organization focused on four high-value vertical categories: Automotive, Health, Legal and Home / Travel. The company’s award-winning consumer websites lead their categories and serve more than 100 million monthly visitors, while a full range of web presence offerings has established deep, long-term relationships with SMB and enterprise clients. Internet Brands’ powerful, propriety operating platform provides the flexibility and scalability to fuel the company’s continued growth. For more information, please visit www.internetbrands.com.
Sesame Communications helps dental and orthodontic practices harness the power of the Internet to accelerate new patient acquisition and transform the patient experience. The company supports thousands of practices in their efforts to grow and increase profitability in the digital age. The Sesame 24-7 platform provides an end-to-end, HIPAA-compliant system tailored to the unique and specific needs of dentistry. An Inc. 500|5000 company and 4-time winner of the Pride “Best of Class” Technology Award, Sesame is recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. For more information about Sesame, visit www.sesamecommunications.com.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Behold the Leatherman Tread Bracelet. The company says it will be available this summer... I'm already in line...
I could go on and on, but instead, here's what the company has to say:
The Tread bracelet began taking shape. Each complex link was metal injection molded for strength and intensity. The bracelet was crafted to be fully customizable with slotted fasteners, so the user could rearrange links, add new ones, or adjust for wrist size to ¼”. Even the clasp is functional with a bottle opener and #2 square drive. Other link tools include a cutting hook, hex drives, screwdrivers, box wrenches, and a carbide glass breaker.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Another year, another list of bad passwords.
Here they are in order:
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Las Vegas, NV – January 20, 2015 – Core3dcentres® and Thommen Medical are pleased to announce that Core3dcentres has been recognized as the only Authorized Milling Center for Thommen Implant System custom and hybrid abutments in North America. Core3dcentres has undergone a rigorous certification process (including machined samples, material handling and product training) to ensure their Milling Centers are delivering custom and hybrid abutments, using genuine Thommen material, meeting the high standards and quality that Thommen demands.
Both Core3dcentres and Thommen Medical are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Thommen Implant System Abutment products from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750-9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.
As an authorized milling partner for the Thommen Implant System, Dentsply CELTRATM Duo, VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar VivadentTM, BioHorizons® and 3M LavaTM as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (CELTRATM Duo, VITA ENAMIC®, IPS
About Thommen Medical
Thommen Medical is a Swiss designer and manufacturer of dental implant systems with a reputation for precision, quality and functional design. We are committed to creating products that satisfy our customers' high standards for safety, aesthetics and predictability.
The Thommen Implant System is based on more than 35 years of clinical experience. Our ongoing, intense collaborations with world-renowned clinicians and academic institutions enable us to provide easy to use and extremely precise solutions. As a result, our Thommen Implant System has become well-regarded for delivering superb clinical results and outstanding aesthetics to patients.
Thommen Medical world headquarters is located in Grenchen, Switzerland. The production of the Thommen Implant System takes place at the company’s own manufacturing facility in Grenchen. Thommen Medical has subsidiaries in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Benelux, United States and Canada. Distribution partners represent Thommen Medical in other major markets of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
To learn more, please contact your local Thommen representative or visit
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dental team collaboration, shared learning are among event highlights
Chicago, IL (January 20, 2015)—The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will host its annual Spring Conference at the Hilton Chicago on May 2-3, 2015. This year’s theme, “Embracing Technology to Enhance Your Clinical Practice,” will equip periodontists, general dentists, hygienists, and office staff with the insight on how to integrate the latest advancements in diagnosis, treatment, practice management, and communication systems within their practices.
- The power of the dental team collaboration in a digital world
- Technology’s impact on enhancing treatment, including diagnostics and imaging
- Tissue regeneration
- Digital restorative dentistry
- And much more!
Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 8.75 continuing education (CE) credits.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,300-member professional organization for periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I received this information yesterday from trusted friends whom I have known for years. They have given me the OK to post this information here.
For those of you who are Missouri dentists, read this information carefully and remember to be forewarned is to be prepared. For those of you who are dentists, but not licensed in Missouri, be aware that a similar situation may be coming your way...
For the full rundown on this situation, there is a great article available from the ADA.
Here is the letter I received:
Delta Dental Update from the point of view of the Plaintiffs in the Delta lawsuit:
Friday we received a mailing from Delta. Included in their letter was information about Delta's annual meeting and the election of directors. The legal agreement that we reached in the lawsuit spelled out specific steps that were to be taken regarding their annual meeting and election of directors. Delta's letter included information about their candidates, but had no mention of the candidates that have been nominated by petition. This, in our opinion, violates "the spirit of the agreement". We believe that this is an attempt by Delta to taint the election process by implying that "their candidates" are the only candidates that will be on the ballot, or at the very least, that their candidates are the "best" candidates. It seems that this letter, although not specifically prohibited by the legal agreement, is in poor taste, and once again shows that Delta is not being transparent in their dealings.
We will shortly send to our members information about the candidates that have been nominated by petition. We hope that you will make an informed decision when the election of directors by mail ballot is held later this month.
It seems that Delta is also not making it easy for us to get the list of its members (participating dentists), so, at least for now, this is our only means of contact. Delta, so far, has agreed to give us a copy of the list, but only if we agree to pay $.20/page! We will gladly pay the copying charge, we think it is petty, but we are not surprised! We have requested the list electronically, so far they have denied that request, again, we are not surprised. We believe that these actions are uncalled for, what do you think?
We hope that you will carefully consider all of the candidates as you elect directors to the Delta board. Do you want business as usual? We believe that there are candidates who will not hesitate to move Delta in a new direction.
Please keep in mind that these are the opinions of the three of us, each a past president of the Missouri Dental Association. They are not necessarily the opinions of any dental society, state or local, although the three of us have the support of large numbers of the members of the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association and the component societies of the MDA.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I've been a customer of DRNA for several years now. We try and run an office that does things in a state of the art manner, and that includes keeping our environment as pristine as possible. To that end, we installed an amalgam separator from DRNA.
Many states are beginning to require one of these devices to be installed in a dental office, but we made the commitment to be proactive because it's better for the environment and we thought it was just "the right thing to do." Even though the State of Missouri does not require an amalgam separator we made the decision to install one... and we are glad we did. We're pretty sure the fish and other aquatic critters are glad as well. As dentists we remove lots of silver fillings and, while there isn't a lot of mercury in them, there is some.
So, what *is* an amalgam separator, you ask? Here is the definition:
Amalgam separators are devices designed to remove amalgam waste particles from dental office wastewater. Without an amalgam separator, these particles can be suctioned into the dental unit vacuum line and discharged into the public sewer system.
Now I have info from DRNA that they are working on a philanthropic project with an organization in Brazil. Here are the details:
NEW YORK, NY January 14, 2015: As an extent of its corporate social responsibility, Dental Recycling North America, Inc. (DRNA) has agreed to donate a portion of its profits to Gastromotiva, a non-profit organization operating in Brazil since 2006. The organization runs training courses, holds events, and engages in projects on gastronomy to promote social development in Brazil. Gastromotiva provides qualification courses to young people in socially vulnerable populations and from low-income families as well as supports programs for micro-entrepreneurs. The primary course that Gastromotiva offers aims to prepare students to join the work force in the realm of gastronomy.
"I feel very thankful to start this partnership with DRNA. As I said at the Clinton Global Initiative, our belief is that we can transform million of lives by leveraging the gastronomy universe and we need individuals and companies who share the same dream to take this road with us. DRNA really captured the idea and it's no coincidence that we have likely commitments with the society", said David Hertz, chef and founder of Gastromotiva.
"Ensuring the integrity of local food systems is part of the objective of DRNA", said Marc M. Sussman, President & CEO of Dental Recycling North America, Inc. "The company's primary goal of keeping mercury out of the environment helps to safeguard the health of local agricultural systems and ultimately its people. By assisting Gastromotiva in achieving its goals, DRNA is working to extend its influence in promoting a healthier living for all."
Further information on Gastromotiva can be found by visiting their website.
About DRNA, Inc.
DRNA is the North American leader in dental waste management and recycling. Whether amalgam waste, x-ray chemistry, lead, bio-hazardous or pharmaceutical waste, DRNA provides essential and affordable solutions for every dental office. DRNA is the number one compliance partner providing equipment, recycling, long-term documentation and education.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Today's post doesn't have anything to do with dentistry or healthcare, but as a diehard geek, I think sometimes I just have to let my readers know what really gets my inner-geek revved up!
One of the things that got me involved with technology in the first place is the joy of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. I started out my technology journey by taking computers apart after hours. I was a young dentist and had lots of time on my hands after hours. I began taking computers apart to perform upgrades and found that I had a knack for that sort of thing.
As time went on, I began to connect all kinds of things to computers (I was told they wouldn't work, but I somehow got them to work...)
So, as I've gotten further and further into tech, I have developed a great respect for other DIY people and their labors of love. Things like the device above.
Needless to say, but I will say it anyway... Do Not Try This At Home!!! I have not and will not attempt this build and you should not either. This is placed here because it is a great example of what can be done with engineering and ingenuity and it is a cool academic exercise.
The gentleman here is Ivan Owen. He has a cool job making prosthetics for children. This, however, is a project that is a lot more dangerous.
It turns out that cornstarch is pretty flammable... as you can see by the video above. What Ivan has here is a battery operated leaf blower, a sifter (like you can find in a bakery), and a small propane blow torch.
I'm not going into great detail here on purpose. As I said before here... Do Not Try This At Home!!!
To me it looks like the sifter is used to drop a uniform and consistently fine increment of powder into the stream of the leaf blower where it is then blown over the flame of the propane torch and ignited. The flame is used to repel the zombies on the sticks.
Please... Do Not Try This At Home!!! However, it *is* pretty cool to watch. Ivan Owen has his own YouTube channel as well that has other pretty cool projects he's working on.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I've always liked the marketing of Chik-Fil-A, even before they came to the Kansas City area. I would occasionally be watching some cable channel they advertised on & I would see the cows (shown above) and I couldn't help but smile.
In my travels around the country, I'd see the billboards with the cows and, even though I'd never eaten there, I'd smile and think that it had the kind of attitude I like.
However, all that being said, I had no idea how big a fan I would become later on... that has to deal with today's post.
When Chik-Fil-A came to the Kansas City area, I had friends tell me that I just had to go because they had the best chicken sandwich in the world. These were friends not prone to hyperbole, so I figured that it had to be a pretty good sandwich. The only complaint I ever heard was that they cost a bit more than other places, but I've always believed in paying for quality.
In my mind there is 1. Speed 2. Quality 3. Price and you can only pick two of them. Think about that for a minute and you'll realize it's true...
Anyway, I tried the place and my friends were right!!!!! It was a great chicken sandwich. I was hooked.
Then, yesterday I came across the following story on Foxnews.com. The full story is available at that link. What I'm posting here is an abbreviated copy & paste that I've created from that original story. Here are the main points I want you to be aware of:
Thank you Chik-Fil-A for showing us how to treat our fellow human beings. This isn't a business lesson, this is a life lesson. One we can all learn from and repeat to as many as possible.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Take a look at the video above. It seems that researcher Nobumichi Asai has developed a way to project onto the human face. By placing some dots on the model's faces for the projector & software to read, the system then uses the faces as a projection screen.
It's pretty amazing to watch & I won't bore you with all of the details. Just watch & you'll see what I mean.
While I was watching this, I was thinking of the possibilities of what scanning like this might mean to dentistry & plastic surgery. Can you imagine being able to project right onto a patient's face what they might look like after a cosmetic dentistry makeover or a plastic surgery procedure? Being able to see it projected on your own face is the next best thing to *the real thing*.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
One of the most commonly used types of medications used both in medicine and also over the counter is a class of drugs called NSAIDs. It stands for "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs".
These medicines are frequently used because they are non-narcotic and effective. They help decrease fever, decrease the response to pain, and decrease inflammation.
Now comes word that, in addition to the benefits listed above, an even greater benefit *may be available*.
It seems that researchers at Buck Institute and Texas A&M University administered doses similar to an equivalent dose for a human to 3 different species. These were flies, yeast, and worms.
Amazingly all 3 different organisms lived longer... 17% longer for yeast and 10% longer for flies and worms compared to the experimental control organisms. All of these increases are significant.
Obviously this doesn't automatically mean we should all begin taking dosages of this medication to live longer. Many more studies and evaluations need to be done. However, as someone who loves (and frequently gets to live) science, I find this intriguing.
Here is the info from Buck Institute.
The Texas A&M page will all of their information is here. My pal Chris has *got* to be beaming about this! Go Aggies!!!