Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The New Giro MIPS Helmet to Protect Your Skull from Concussions & Other Damage




When I was younger, I used to love to snow ski.  Back in the good old days before age set in, I would fly down the slopes with little concern for personal safety.  Maybe that’s why I got a couple of concussions along the way…

Of course, back then all I had on my head was a hat which wasn’t too good at providing protection when I fell.  The last time I hit the slopes, a couple of years ago, everyone was in helmets, myself included.

Protecting yourself is important, but think about the risk that is taken by professional Olympic skiers.

 They are skiing at ridiculous speeds and when they fall, it’s just like a motorcycle crash on hard packed snow.  Needless to say, the art of protection needs to evolve to protect all of us, and now it has.

The Giro folks have created a fascinating helmet that isn’t just a padded lining in a very hard shell.

 Take a look at the video above.

Then if you want more info on Giro gear, head to the website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Archaeologists Find Earliest Dental Prosthesis In Medieval Tomb

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It looks like a team of archeologists from University of Pisa in Italy have found what might be the earliest RPD (removable partial denture) in history.  It consists of a lower left canine and 4 mandibular incisors all attached to a band of metal.  The fascinating and yet terrifying part of the story is that the teeth are not the teeth of the body that was discovered.  You read that right.  These 5 teeth were somehow acquired from another human and then placed in the mouth of a separate human.
 
 

 

Ancient', 'green', or 'borrowed from other people' aren't descriptors many of us would want used to describe our pearly whites.


 

But all three are apt for a set of dentures unearthed from a chapel in Italy, which could date back to the time of Leonardo Da Vinci.


 

Archaeologists believe the prosthesis, which is made from a string of human teeth and a strip of metal, could date back as far as the 14th century - making them one of the only sets from the Renaissance period to be found.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3946912/Are-oldest-dentures-Europe-Gruesome-14th-century-device-teeth-dead-humans.html#ixzz4R8c5qPrg 
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According to English language Italian news website, The Local, the dentures were uncovered during a dig in Lucca in Italy, in the bottom layers of a tomb.


A team from the University of Pisa unearthed the Renaissance false teeth while excavating a family tomb in 2010 where hundreds of skeletons are buried in the chapel of San Francesco.


The site was the tomb for the Guinigi family, an aristocratic group of powerful bankers and traders who governed the city, with generations of Guinigi's buried atop one another.


Dental implants have been recorded as far back as the ancient Egyptians, with Romans and Etruscans also showing signs of having dental work done to fill the gaps.


The first porcelain dentures didn't arrive until the late 18th century, so animal teeth, human teeth, bone, ivory and other tough surfaces were trialled.




Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Simplify Endodontics with Technology

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Back when I was learning to do endo (of course this is when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and dirt had just started to form) there were not a lot of choices for any part of the procedure. Back then it was basically:

  1. Access
  2. Get working length via radiograph
  3. Hand file
  4. Step back
  5. Check fit/length of gutta percha master cone(s)
  6.  Fill with gutta percha

The process was time consuming, inefficient and difficult to perform. In fact, it was so difficult that most general clinicians preferred not to be involved with it. Instead, the majority of root canals were referred out to specialists. Anteriors, and sometimes premolars, were treated in house, but many of those, and especially molars, were referred.

While this did spare the general dentist the frustration of doing the procedure, the entire process of the referral introduced a whole new type of inefficiency into the system. Because so few root canals were performed in general dentistry settings, endodontists were sometimes overwhelmed with the volume of patients. This meant that patients frequently waited longer than they preferred for treatment and consequently the comprehensive dentistry being done in the general dentist’s office also took longer to complete.

Fortunately, many bright minds saw the advantage of improving the entire clinical process of endodontics and over the time since my initial training, we’ve seen amazing and dramatic improvements in the process. We have now reached a point where the procedure is much easier, much more predictable, and many are being performed by general dentists. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, 72 percent of root canals are performed by general dentists.

Related reading: 6 ways to improve tech in your dental practice for the second half of 2016

Endo is one of the procedures in dentistry that can be greatly improved both in decreasing stress to the practitioner and better clinical result to the patient, through the use of technology. Over the years many systems have been created which use a series of proprietary instruments to cleanse, shape, and finish canal preparation.

While often times learning and depending on one system can be all that is needed to complete the majority of cases, there will always be cases that require a little something extra or “outside the box” as the situation may be.

For that reason, over the years I have developed a hybrid technique that incorporates several different systems. This has allowed me to adapt my treatment to a myriad of clinical situations for those times when it’s necessary to step outside the box. For this installment of Technology Evangelist, I’m going to discuss some of the products I keep in my “endo utility belt.” Keep in mind that since I’m using a hybrid technique, my endodontic cases are fluid situations and I do not use all of these products on every case. Also, this is not a “how to” article; there are many more steps and products used than what I am discussing here.

Apex locator

In my humble opinion, an apex locator is an absolute necessity to do quality endo. Today’s devices are small, lightweight and incredibly accurate. Today we are battling what I call “countertop real estate” and any device that takes up significant counter space begins to limit the number of counter-based devices you can have. With apex locators being such small devices, they can become a routine part of your endo setup.

Some of my current favorite devices in this category are the Sybron Endo Elements Diagnostic Unit (an apex locator and electric pulp tester in one unit), the Sybron Endo Apex ID, and the Ultradent Endo-Eze FIND.

Apex locators are now so accurate that I believe their readings much more than I believe the position of a file on a radiograph.

More from the author: The top overlooked technologies your dental practice should be thinking about

Instrumentation

Over the years there have been more endodontic files created and marketed than I can even remember. Some have withstood the test of time while others streaked across the dental landscape like a near-miss comet and were gone. Both manufacturers and clinicians are looking for the magic bullet of one design that can do everything. Unfortunately, that design doesn’t exist—at least not yet. Hence my preference for a hybrid technique.

Since I’ve yet to find the magic bullet file, here are some files I keep in the toolbox to help make some cases easier.

Ultradent Endo-Eze Genius files are used with the Genius motor. These files can be used in either reciprocating or rotary motion depending on the clinical situation and the comfort/skill of the operator. Any file that can be used in a reciprocating motion is harder to break.

Coltene Hyflex EDM files are incredibly flexible. This makes them a very nice option when instrumenting curved canals. The other advantage is that while they are nickel titanium, they also possess a property called CM (controlled memory effect) which means they can be pre-curved for instrumentation of highly curved canals. I’ve found this to be a great advantage in curved cases. The other interesting property delivered by CM is that when autoclaved, these files go back to their original straight shape. Personally I advocate a one use file inventory of single use and toss, but if you like to reuse files, these are an excellent choice.

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Sybron Endo Twisted Files are created by twisting nickel titanium wire instead of grinding the cutting flutes into it. This makes the files less susceptible to fracture as they tend to unwind (or untwist) before they fracture. I’ve found these files to be durable and difficult (though not impossible) to break. My philosophy with rotary files is to use as few as possible per case which statistically reduces the incidence of breakage. I have found that when using TF files I can frequently complete a case with two rotary twisted files. The first TF is .06 taper and the second is .08 taper.

Endodontic motors

A company can have the best files on the market, but if there is no way to properly use them in the canal system, they do nobody any good. Most instrument companies also have motors in their inventory. I cannot remember ever test driving a motor that didn’t perform, however there have been a couple I have really liked.

The first motor is the Coltene CanalPro CL. From an ease of use and countertop real estate perspective, the CanalPro CL is a dream come true. It is a cordless device that is about the size of a Sonicare toothbrush. Ergonomically it is very easy to hold and is nicely balanced. Since it is cordless, it takes up very little counter space because it does not have a controller unit that it is attached to via a cord. It is fully programmable for up to five different files so you can use it with any rotary file on the market. Just put in the file parameters and you are ready to instrument. The battery will last for 80 minutes of usage and will recharge in just 90 minutes. I have been using this handpiece for about 18 months and it has been a great piece of equipment.

The second motor is the Ultradent Endo-Eze Genius. This motor is corded and has a control unit. It is also fully programmable and works in rotary or reciprocating mode. The reciprocating mode is even programmable to degrees of reciprocation which is a great feature. It has a much smaller footprint than most countertop based motors and comes preprogrammed with the settings needed for the Genius file system. It is included as part of the complete Genius Endo system and is one of the best endo motors I have had the privilege to use.

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Wrapping up

These are a few of the products that I reach for when performing endo in my practice. They are most assuredly products/devices that have been vetted “in the trenches” over the last couple of years.

Our profession requires that we are planners. If you aren’t good at planning when you enter the profession, it certainly doesn’t take long for the profession to make a planner out of you. Along those lines, we all approach any clinical situation with a plan in mind. Usually we go so far in our planning to even plan what to do if our current treatment scenario doesn’t give us the long term results we were expecting.

If you are a clinician who performs endo, you know what it’s like when cases throw you a curveball. On those occasions when something goes sideways, it’s nice to have a few extra options at your fingertips.

Even if it is something as simple as just having a few different boxes of files in the armamentarium, those little nuances can go a long way to helping work around an unexpected clinical complication. Many of these complications are ones that couldn’t be predicted preoperatively and not the fault of the treating clinician. Frequently these situations are simply something that could not be avoided.

Being prepared and using technology to the best of your, and its, ability can frequently create a favorable outcome simply by being prepared to step outside the box.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Teething Tips and Tricks

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Parents are always looking for ways to help their babies get through the discomfort of teething.  Frequently the remedies are passed along from family to family with little science to back them up.  Well, the smart people at Texas A&M (go Aggies, for all my A&M friends) have come up with some suggestions and recommendations.  I’ve posted their article below…

After reading, if you are interested in providing some really cool teething toys for your patients check out this page at Ultradent for the Baby Banana and Shark Brushes.  I love them!

 

Newswise — Your baby is growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday you were welcoming them home, listening to their first coos and, unfortunately, getting used to some sleepless nights. Now, you’ve entered a new phase: teething. While those new pearly whites sure are adorable, teething is a new experience for baby and one that could come with some challenges. William Wathen, DMD, associate professor at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, offers some tips and tricks to get your family through the pains of teething.

When do babies start teething?

Most babies get their first tooth around six months of age, although some can start as early as three months and some as late as eight or nine months. Your child will first sprout their bottom biters, which can cause mild discomfort and curiosity. Typically, their front teeth will appear first, followed by the first molars and then the canines or eyeteeth.

“Your baby may begin chewing on anything they can get their hands on when they’re teething,” Wathen said. “They may be fussy during this time or you may notice that their gums are a little swollen or red.”

What signs of teething should I look for?

Many parents will attribute fever, diarrhea and constipation to teething, however many experts believe these symptoms are not related to teething itself. Instead, teething presents with swollen and tender gums, drooling, irritability, difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite.

Children may put their hands or other objects in their mouths during this time to ease the pain, so it’s not uncommon for them to simultaneously contract a virus or bacteria. Parents should be sure to keep the baby’s common areas clean to help prevent the spread of germs. If your child has a fever higher than 101 degrees, that warrants a trip to your health care provider.

Tips to cope with the pain

It’s tough to see your baby struggling with discomfort, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help ease this tough time for your teething child.

If your baby is fussy, it’s best to give them a plain, solid teething ring. This allows your child to apply pressure to ease the pain on their own. Some parents may opt to chill their teething ring which may help, however, don’t give them a completely frozen ring as contact with extreme temperatures can be harmful instead of soothing.

“Your child’s gums can be sensitive during this time, and your child will know how much pressure they should apply to try and relieve the pain,” Wathen said. “They’re their best teacher and, in this instance, know what they need.”

Another common soothing method is to massage their gums with a clean finger or a cooled washcloth. While this may ease the pain, it will take a lot of give-and-take with your baby. Also, if you’ve began introducing solid food to your baby, cold applesauce or yogurt could offer them some edible relief.

“It’s important to respond to your baby when it comes to coping with the pain,” Wathen said. “Your baby may want more pressure or less pressure, so it’ll take a lot of experimenting to see what works and which areas of the gums are most sensitive.”

One common habit that parents may fall into is giving their child pain relievers, however, it is usually unnecessary. “I do not suggest giving them pain relievers,” Wathen said. “Just remember that teething is a normal event, and if baby has discomfort, it is mild and temporary.”

Another common product that parents may give children is a teething gel, however this can be problematic as well. “Many teething gels contain benzocaine,” Wathen said. “This ingredient can be harmful to babies if they swallow it, which is very likely if it’s on their gums.”

Teething tablets have also been an item of controversy when it comes to relief. The Food & Drug Administration recently publicly warned against the use of homeopathic teething tablets or gels because they pose a major health risk in children.

Your child’s dental health

When your baby starts getting their teeth, it can be very exciting time for them. It’s best to keep the child relaxed and be prepared to clean up a lot of drool.

“A baby will naturally drool a lot during this time,” Wathen said. “It’s a natural response to help cool off inflamed gums.”

By the time your child gets their full set of 20 teeth, at about age 3, it’s very important to have already started caring for their teeth.

“Many parents may ignore the health of deciduous teeth because they aren’t their child’s permanent teeth,” Wathen said. “This is a very bad mistake and can lead to cavities, premature tooth loss and future problems that may need to be corrected by an orthodontist.”

Wathen recommends using a soft pediatric tooth brush with water on a child’s new teeth in between the child’s teeth and gum-line and between the teeth to remove dental plaque, which is made up of cavity-causing germs.

“It’s very important to take good care of your child’s baby teeth,” Wathen said. “They are placeholders for permanent teeth and play a major role in helping permanent teeth erupt into correct place and alignment.”

 
 
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

E-cigarettes and flavorings induce inflammatory and pro-senescence responses in oral epithelial cells and periodontal fibroblasts

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Here is an interesting study I came across dealing with e-cigs and the oral tissues.  This study appeared in Oncotarget which is a journal that focuses on cancer related issues.  For the full study, here is the link.  The Abstract is below…
 
 

ABSTRACT

Electronic-cigarettes (e-cigs) represent a significant and increasing proportion of tobacco product consumption, which may pose an oral health concern. Oxidative/carbonyl stress via protein carbonylation is an important factor in causing inflammation and DNA damage. This results in stress-induced premature senescence (a state of irreversible growth arrest which re-enforces chronic inflammation) in gingival epithelium, which may contribute to the pathogenesis of oral diseases. We show that e-cigs with flavorings cause increased oxidative/carbonyl stress and inflammatory cytokine release in human periodontal ligament fibroblasts, Human Gingival Epithelium Progenitors pooled (HGEPp), and epigingival 3D epithelium. We further show increased levels of prostaglandin-E2 and cycloxygenase-2 are associated with upregulation of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) by e-cig exposure-mediated carbonyl stress in gingival epithelium/tissue. Further, e-cigs cause increased oxidative/carbonyl and inflammatory responses, and DNA damage along with histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) reduction via RAGE-dependent mechanisms in gingival epithelium. A greater response is elicited by flavored e-cigs. Increased oxidative stress, pro-inflammatory and pro-senescence responses (DNA damage and HDAC2 reduction) can result in dysregulated repair due to proinflammatory and pro-senescence responses in periodontal cells. These data highlight the pathologic role of e-cig aerosol and its flavoring to cells and tissues of the oral cavity in compromised oral health.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Dental occlusion and ophthalmology: A literature review

Here is an interesting article.  It seems that Professor Monaco of University of L’Aquilla has noticed a connection between malocclusion, temporomandibular disorders, and visual defects.  It’s a very interesting concept and one that, IMO, bears need for further investigation.

 

Follow the link for the full report.

 

Dental Occlusion and Ophthalmology: A Literature Review is a summary of many years of research and dental clinic of Orofacial Pain Department directed by Professor Monaco of University of L'Aquila on a complex subject: connections between temporomandibular joints and vision. The authors' primary goal is to give clinical advice starting from the study of anatomical and functional connections between dental occlusion and vision. Many studies conducted by Monaco et al. showed the presence of a relationship between malocclusions, temporomandibular disorders and visual defects, remarking a higher prevalence of myopia in patients with class II malocclusions than in patients with class I and III malocclusions, as well as a higher prevalence of patients with astigmatism and cross-bite. Clinical experience in dental practice claims that mandibular latero-deviation is connected both to eye dominance and to defects of ocular convergence. The intermedius nucleus of the medulla is a small perihypoglossal brainstem nucleus, which acts to integrate information from the head and neck and relays it on to the nucleus of the solitary tract where autonomic responses are generated. Professor Monaco et al. have published several articles investigating these links, from mydriasis in patients affected from temporomandibular disorders to a provision of glasses under surface electromyography (sEMG) control. Evidence-based medicine suggests that TMJ examination should include the extraocular musculature. Dysfunctional afference carried by the trigeminal system, deriving from lesions in the masticatory muscles or the TMJ can involve binocular function, because of the functional relationship between the trigeminal and oculomotor systems.

In conclusion, the authors hope that this paper could be a valid aid both for dentists and ophthalmologists in clinical decision making in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders.

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For more information about the article, please visit http://benthamopen.com/FULLTEXT/TODENTJ-10-460

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Kerr Celebrates 125th Anniversary 
By Highlighting Outstanding Dental Professionals


 
To mark its 125-year anniversary, Kerr is putting the spotlight on the dental community through its #givingsmiles125 campaign, recognizing exceptional people within the dental community who are dedicated to giving back by giving smiles to others.

 Looking forward to the next 125 years, Kerr is celebrating dentists and all that they do for our society, both inside — and outside — the dental practice. Nominees can include any member of the team — general dentists, specialists, assistants, hygienists, front or back office professionals — and can be nominated by any member of the wider dental community, including dealer reps and dental office staff. The best nominees will be those who clearly go above and beyond to give smiles to others, whether that is through outstanding clinical care or helping to run a food bank.

“The #givingsmiles125 campaign is a contemporary way of celebrating the values that have been at the center of Kerr’s mission and its role as a leader in the dental community for the last 125 years,” said Alistair Simpson, VP of Global Marketing, KaVo Kerr. “For us, ‘Together, we’re more’ isn’t just a slogan, but a commitment to a shared vision of the future of dentistry. By creating space to recognize outstanding dental professionals — voices we try to seek out and elevate every day of the year — we now offer a platform for more people to hear and see the great work they are accomplishing inside and outside the dental office.”

The nomination process begins at www.givingsmiles125.com. Visitors complete a simple online form, submit their stories, and can upload a photo or video to personalize the nomination. The nomination process starts this month. Those honored will be featured on the website and Kerr social media pages.

Kerr will be celebrating its 125th anniversary at the upcoming dental meetings: the Greater New York Dental Meeting (Nov. 25-30, 2016), Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting (Feb. 23-25, 2017) and California Dental Association South Meeting (May 18-20, 2017).
 
Be sure to follow Kerr on social media so that you can be among the first to see the post of your #givingsmiles125 story. For additional details, visit www.givingsmiles125.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Safety Of Painkiller Celebrex Affirmed In New Study



A large study has produced reassuring evidence about a drug that millions of people use to alleviate pain from arthritis and other ailments.

The study found no evidence that the drug Celebrex, or generically, celecoxib, poses any greater risk for causing heart attacks and strokes than two other widely used pain relievers.

"What we found was surprising," says Steven Nissen, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic who reported the results Sunday at an American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans.

Doctors have been concerned about Celebrex for more than a decade because it is very similar to another pain reliever, Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in 2004 after being linked to heart attacks and strokes.

Celebrex "didn't share the risks that were seen with Vioxx," says Nissen, whose findings were also published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.


For the full story from the NPR website, here is the link.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

JetJat Ultra Drone


As many of you know, I've been flying drones for the last several years.  They are a fun hobby and something that tinker with to blow off steam as well as satisfy my tinker & DIY urges.

However, not everyone wants to spend the amount of time learning to fly that I did.  For those of you, there is the JetJat Ultra from Moto.  This cool handheld drone can perform automatic takeoffs and landings as well as featuring a POV camera that you can view through your phone.

Some of the features are:
  • 640 x 480 Camera allows you to record high quality video and take photos
  • Dedicated 4 Channel Controller with 3 Speed Modes
  • Accelerometer  and 6-axis Gyroscope for stable flight
  • Auto pilot features such as: auto-hover and one-touch take-off / landing

For more info, check out the company website.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cigarette Poisoning Data Reinforce Need for Immediate Government Action to Protect Children

 

This info is from 2014, but I just recently came across it.  With the continued and increasing popularity of E-Cigarettes, I would think this situation would continue if not increase.

 

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – New data just released from poison control centers across the country show that e-cigarettes and their liquid nicotine refills are poisoning children at an alarming rate. As of Oct. 31, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has reported 3,353 year-to-date exposures related to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. An exposure means that someone has come into contact with the substance in some way, for example, by ingesting, inhaling or absorbing liquid nicotine through the skin or eyes.

 

Because liquid nicotine comes in a variety of bright colors and in flavors appealing to children such as cotton candy and gummy bear, it is no surprise that these products have found their way into the hands of children. In 2013, 1,543 exposures to these products were recorded. This year, with nearly two months left in 2014, the number has more than doubled, with a majority of the cases occurring in children younger than six years old.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and AAPCC are urging federal legislators to take immediate action this year by supporting and passing the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would allow and direct the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to require child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine sold to consumers.

 

“We cannot afford to wait another day while the number of children exposed to and poisoned by e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine continues to climb,” said AAP President James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP. “As pediatricians, we do everything in our power to keep children safe, and now we are calling on Congress to help do the same. The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014 would require the same child safety standards that pediatricians and parents depend on for products like household cleaners and prescription drugs to apply to liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes. This step will go a long way to ensure that these dangerous products do not find their way into the hands and mouths of children. Congress must pass this common-sense legislation before it adjourns for the year.”

 

One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency room. Despite the dangers these products pose to children, there are currently no standards set in place that require child-proof packaging. By addressing this void, the legislation would work to protect children from ingesting or encountering liquid nicotine.

 

“As our data demonstrates, children are being exposed to and poisoned by e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine at unprecedented levels,” said AAPCC Executive Director Stephen T. Kaminski, J.D. “These products are highly dangerous to children, and are far too easily accessible without proper safeguards. The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014 would go a long way toward keeping these products out of children’s reach, protecting their health and safety. Together with AAP, we applaud the foresight and awareness this legislation brings and urge its passage.”

For more information on AAPCC’s new findings, please visit: http://www.aapcc.org/alerts/e-cigarettes/.

 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Convergent Dental Announces New Partnership with Patterson Dental



Natick, MA (October 20, 2016) – Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissue dental laser system, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment, and technology in the US and Canada. Effective immediately, Patterson Dental will distribute Solea, the first and only CO2 dental laser cleared to cut hard, soft and osseous tissue across the US. 

“We are tremendously excited about this partnership,” remarked Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. “Patterson’s representatives have earned a place as trusted advisors to thousands of dentists because of their commitment to a deep understanding of what is important to each customer and delivering the best solutions to meet those needs. This thoughtful approach to helping practices grow matches exactly with how we do business at Convergent Dental and is the most important aspect of this partnership.”   

Solea has earned its reputation for delivering reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free experiences because of the science behind it, the technology that enables it, and its simplicity in the hands of the dentists. With a single setting, dentists move back and forth between hard, soft, and osseous tissue by just changing pressure on the dental laser industry’s only variable speed foot pedal.  

“Solea is revolutionizing the dental practice by dramatically increasing production while greatly improving the patient experience,” remarked Dave Misiak, President of Patterson Dental. “We truly believe in this groundbreaking technology and see it as a powerful complement to the other technologies that we have so successfully introduced to thousands of our customers.”

All dental professionals attending this year’s American Dental Association (ADA) Meeting are encouraged to visit Convergent Dental at booth #1814 and Patterson Dental at booth #3036 for a free demonstration of how Solea can improve their own clinical procedures and practice profitability.  


For more information about Solea, please visit www.convergentdental.com or call 844.GOSOLEA.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

3D Printing in Dentistry 2016: A Ten-Year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis


The future of dental prosthetics is in 3D printing.  Right now we're just waiting for all of the bugs to shake out.  For years we've done subtractive restorations (milling restorations out of blocks of porcelain) but in the not too distant future, the ability to build restorations via 3D printing will be commonplace.  I came across the information below on the Research and Markets website and it has even more information available if you're inclined to take a look.  Give the info below a read.  I think you will be impressed.  I sure was.

The dental industry continues to be one of the strongest targets for development of new 3D printers, materials, and applications. Revenues from additive manufacturing (AM) in the dental sector have grown almost 12 percent since 2015. Conversely, challenges in the 3D printing industry as a whole were weathered in part thanks to a continuing acceptance of digital technologies in the dental world. Dental professionals from every corner of the market now agree that digital dentistry is the way of the future.

This second annual study of 3D printing in the dental sector -- analyzes the commercial implications of a number of major trends that have emerged over the last twelve months.

The report is based on an extensive interview program and offers a true insider perspective. Included in this comprehensive report are the following:

- Ten-year 3D printing opportunity and market data forecasts in volume and value terms. These cover hardware, materials, software, and services
- The first ever "Comprehensive Guide to Dental 3D Printing Hardware," which includes the most complete evaluation of available printers, materials, and other products that specifically target the dental industry specifically
- New 3D printing software analysis for the dental sector. Discussion dental printer software, application specific dental workflow software, 3D scanning tools, and laboratory production management software.
- Discussion of the latest application developments for dental 3D printing, from directly printed clear aligners to ultra-realistic fully printed dentures
- Market shares for hardware sales in 2015 by printer technology category along with a detailed hardware selling price analysis

Among the new trends in dental 3DP that are considered in this report are the following:

- The impending adaptation of high-speed, layerless vat photopolymerzation printers to dental industry requirements.
- The acceptance of low-cost photopolymerization systems by both dental laboratories and individual dentists. This continues to bring digital technologies within reach of the whole dental value chain and closer to patients
- Uncertainty in the PFM restoration market in North America, but with the simultaneous rise of dental implants utilizing titanium
- The development of long-term dental printing materials for use in directly fabricating permanent restorations and directly printed clear aligners

All in all this is the most extensive exploration of where the opportunities will be found in additive manufactured dental products in the next decade. It will be regarded as essential reading for everyone in the value chain for 3D-printed products.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NuSmile Acquires MTA Manufacturer Avalon Biomed


World leader in restorative dentistry expands bioceramic materials capabilities
HOUSTON, TEXAS, November 4, 2016—NuSmile Ltd. today announced its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Avalon Biomed Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) products.

Avalon Biomed Inc. was founded in 2011 by Carolyn Primus, PhD, who holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering. Dr. Primus has 10 patents in dentistry, including three for MTA-based products, to her credit, and has co-authored over 20 papers on bioactive dental cements. Avalon Biomed’s two key commercial products are NeoMTA Plus® and Grey MTA Plus®.

NeoMTA Plus and Grey MTA Plus are award-winning, bioceramic, tricalcium silicate-based bioactive cements that trigger hydroxyapatite formation and dentinal bridging to promote the healing process. These products have broad indications for pulpal and periapical tissue contact including root-end filling to resorption, sealer to perforation repair, pulp-capping to base/liner, and pulpotomies to apexification. Each product is non-cytotoxic, mixes smoothly, handles easily, and enables washout resistance and faster clinical setting.

NeoMTA Plus is a light-colored, stainproof MTA that can be used universally for vital pulp and other endodontic indications. Grey MTA Plus has a light silvery color and is slightly more radiopaque for endodontic use.

Dr. Primus will join the NuSmile team and will lead its research efforts in bioceramic materials. “We are excited to have Dr. Primus and Avalon Biomed as part of the NuSmile family,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile founder and CEO. “Dr. Primus will continue to focus on developing state- of-the-art bioceramic medicaments for NuSmile, while the NuSmile team will ensure that we provide Avalon Biomed customers with the extraordinary customer care that NuSmile is famous for.”

“We are delighted to be part of the NuSmile family,” said Dr. Primus. “While we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish from an NIH SBIR grant in founding Avalon Biomed, and are confident that our greatest service to dental patients and clinicians lies ahead of us.”

According to Mark Binford, NuSmile SVP of New Product Development, NeoMTA Plus and Grey MTA Plus will continue to be marketed through Avalon Biomed’s global network of dental distributors, and through direct sales on Avalon Biomed’s website in the USA and Canada. He
added, “We are committed to making sure that this transition is seamless for Avalon Biomed customers, NuSmile customers, and our distributors.”

NuSmile will continue to maintain the Avalon Biomed website at www.avalonbiomed.com. NuSmile’s recently enhanced website may be viewed at www.nusmile.com.