Thursday, April 20, 2017

NuSmile Introduces LED Curing Light to Canada

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As many of you know, I’m pretty passionate about curing and the science that drives it.  This is a new product for the people at NuSmile.  This light has a wavelength output of 440-465nm which is what is needed to set most composites on the market today that contain CPQ as the photoinitiator.  I don’t have any clinical experience with the device, but I like its low profile design.

 

Low-heat, light-weight, ergonomic light is ideal for use with pediatric patients

HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 6, 2017—NuSmile Ltd., the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry, announced today that its LED Curing Light is now available in Canada. Made with light-weight durable cast aluminum housing, the NuSmile LED Curing Light delivers excellent performance and convenience at an affordable price. Its optimal wavelength of 440-465 nm effectively light cures all of the most common dental cements, composites, sealants and varnishes used in pediatric dentistry.

The light provides two high-output settings (1,300 and1,800 mW/cm2), while generating much less heat than other lights. Its ergonomic low-profile design houses the LED source at the end of the tip to make the light easy to use and comfortable for the practitioner and the pediatric patient, even when working with harder to reach second molars. This innovative tip design also prevents breakage.

Equipped with a choice of either a 110 volt or 240 volt UL rated power supply, the LED Curing Light is designed to fit with the practice’s standard dental unit bracket or mounted using the bracket supplied in the kit. It also comes with a convenient countdown timer, a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, and a charging base.

“Our goal was to give our customers the ultimate curing light for pediatric dentistry,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile founder and CEO. “With our LED Curing Light’s unsurpassed combination of design, performance and pricing, it is gratifying to say that we’ve truly achieved that goal.” As with other NuSmile products, the NuSmile LED Curing Light is sold direct to dental practices. For more information on the LED Curing Light or other NuSmile products, call +1-800-346-5133 or visit www.nusmile.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics Advances the Treatment of Minor Anterior Tooth Misalignments

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Dentsply Sirona’s CEREC Club provides its members in more than 70 countries with a comprehensive range of services. Dentsply Sirona is presenting the new CEREC Club with its attractive offerings at the IDS 2017, making membership even more appealing.

Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics announces the expansion of treatment indications for the MTM® (Minor Tooth Movement) Clear•Aligner. The clear aligner combines proven orthodontic techniques with advanced digital modeling to provide dental professionals with a streamlined solution for treating minor anterior misalignments.

MTM® Clear•Aligner is uniquely engineered to deliver the space and force needed to accomplish tooth movement. The technology utilizes a proprietary “open pathway” architecture that allows teeth to move easily into the desired positions. Unlike other clear aligners, MTM®Clear•Aligner does not require clinicians to bond unsightly attachments to teeth, to accomplish movement. No attachments saves practice chair time and provides for a more esthetically pleasing treatment solution for the patient.  To facilitate tooth movement MTM® Clear•Aligner uses integrated “force points”, programmed into the aligner, to provide a greater range of tooth movements, while making aligner placement and removal easy for the patient.

MTM® Clear•Aligner targets the movement and positioning of the six most visible teeth, on both the upper and lower arches.  These teeth are known as the social six. The aligner movements address tooth; spacing, tipping, torqueing, intrusionextrusion, and rotation. Ideal candidates are those who are experiencing adult tooth crowding, orthodontic relapse, or those who seek cosmetic enhancements. Of the thousands of cases completed since the products’ launch, many dental professional note that most of their patients sought simply to improve their smile.

Brad Clatt, Group Vice President of Orthodontics states, “[Native Advertisement]Whether a dental professional currently prescribes clear aligners, or has been waiting for an aligner system that better fits the needs of their patients, MTM Clear•Aligner is a simple solution to address one of the most common misalignments seen in adult patients today. Dentsply Sirona prides itself on keeping patient care, where it belongs, in the hands of the clinician, and offers each clinician a customized approach to treating their patients. MTM Clear•Aligner is a highly affordable solution for both doctor and patient, with the ability to move the social six to the desired position, creating the patient’s Ideal Smile.”

To help offices get started with MTM Clear•Aligner, Dentsply Sirona Orthodontics offers an attractively-priced Welcome Kit that includes discounted patient cases, a web based training course, practice marketing and office integration resources. To learn more about the MTM Clear•Aligner visit the Dentsply Sirona booth #2414, during the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Annual Session.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ADA 2017 to Offer Oral Cancer Courses

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Regular readers of the blog know how passionate I am about the fight against oral cancer.  It is one of the only cancers whose incidence continues to increase year by year.  The best way to fight it is inoculation against HPV-16 and to receive regular screenings by a dental professional.  This is definitely a terrible & debilitating disease that the profession can do more to fight.
 
That’s why I was so happy to find out that at the ADA Meeting in Atlanta this fall (2017) there will be Oral Cancer Courses offered.  Here is what the ADA had to say:
 
 

Noting “the five-year relative survival rate for those with localized oral cancer and oropharynx cancer at Stage I-II diagnosis is 83 percent, compared with only 38 percent in patients diagnosed at Stage IV,” the ADA News (4/11, Burger) reports that nine oral cancer-related continuing education courses will be available at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting in Atlanta. “It’s an epidemic,” said North Carolina-based dentist Dr. Jonathan A. Bregman, who will be teaching two courses on oral cancer detection at ADA 2017. Dr. Bregman said that in recent years there has been a “steep increase” in diagnoses of oral cancer, especially due to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). “It’s all about detection and screening,” said Dr. Bregman.

        Registration for ADA 2017 opens May 10. Learn more about the annual meeting at ADA.org/meeting.

 

 
 
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mylan EpiPen Recall Does *not* Impact HealthFirst Customers

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Like many offices we have been using HeathFirst to supply our emergency kit for several years.  The really nice thing about this company is that they monitor the expiration dates of your emergency medicines and send replacements before they expire.  They also offer a disposal system for the old medications.  It’s a great system for offices that do not choose or have better things to do than monitoring their med supplies.
 
One of the critical components of an office emergency kit is epinephrine self injectors.  As most of you probably know by now, Mylan has had a recall of many of their “Epipen” self injectors.
 
I received the following info on April 11 from HealthFirst letting me know they DO NOT use Mylan self injectors.
 
 
Dear JOHN C. FLUCKE, DDS,

On March 31, Mylan Specialty L.P., in consultation with the U.S. FDA, announced a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors.  

HealthFirst supplies the Impax brand generic epinephrine auto-injectors, which are not part of the Mylan recall.  We switched to the Impax brand auto-injector after we determined Impax offers our customers a more cost effective, clinically appropriate solution for use in emergency medical kits. 

As a valued HealthFirst customer who has purchased an Impax epinephrine auto-injector from us, please be assured the FDA recall does not impact you.

You do not need to do anything, unless you also have a Mylan EpiPen in your office.
If so, please see the information provided below.

Patient and Practice Safety is Always First

HealthFirst cares about the safety of your patients and your practice. We’re always ready to help when you have questions about our products and services. Please feel free to call us at 800-331-1984. 
 
Thank you,

Dr. Don Cohen
Chief Clinical Officer
HealthFirst

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Announces Retirement for Breakthrough Digital Sensor

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For those of you who are using the Schick CDR sensor, this is really important info.  Read on for all the details…


Schick CDR sensors set the standard for digital X-ray technology in 1998. Today we announce it’s time to sunset the CDR sensor and help our Schick family upgrade their technology.

Charlotte, March 31, 2017. From its launch in 1998, the Schick CDR sensor range served to set the standard for digital X-ray technology in the dental industry. Building on Schick’s existing multiple film-like sizes of sensors first introduced in 1994, the CDR range introduced revolutionary technologies, which we now take for granted as industry standards.

With the introduction of the CDR sensor came the now industry standard CMOS-APS technology and USB connectivity. CDR also helped launch unique solutions in CDR Wireless, the industry’s only truly wireless sensor solution, and CDR Pluswire, the first in the line of sensors with in-office replaceable cable technology, a feature still unique to Dentsply Sirona. It also inspired our unique adhesive parallel positioning system.

While we look back on the developments coming out of this product, we will use 2018 to mark the sensor’s 20th birthday. It will also mark the retirement of CDR. Superseded in recent years by Schick Elite and Schick 33, reduced demand for Schick CDR and escalating production costs means it is time to say goodbye.

From March 31, 2018, Schick CDR sensors will no longer be serviced or supported by Dentsply Sirona or Patterson Dental and no further software releases will be made to support the sensors.

To ensure these changes have minimal impact on our clinicians’ practices, a trade-up program is available to help upgrade practices to Schick 33. Offices should contact their local Patterson branch or Dentsply Sirona representative for more information.

Additionally, throughout the next 12 months, Dentsply Sirona will celebrate the technology and people that made such a difference to the field of intraoral imaging, as well as those dental professionals who benefited so much from its use. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Prosthetics Introduces the First High Impact Pourable Acrylic Denture Base

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This is a pretty cool idea.  The ability to actually *pour* a denture base is one that is not on interesting, but should be a pretty good time saver as well… at least until we start printing dentures. 


York, Pennsylvania, April 4, 2017 – Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, announced the introduction of Lucitone® HIPA (High Impact Pour Acrylic).

 

Lucitone® HIPA is a high impact pourable acrylic denture base. It is the first pourable acrylic denture base on the market to exceed both of the required ISO standards for improved impact resistance. Lucitone HIPA was introduced in the United States in January and launched globally at the IDS Meeting in Cologne. 

Catherine Bonser, Dentsply Sirona Director of Prosthetics Global Removable Products, commented “Lucitone HIPA truly provides solutions to dental labs. Labs who use the traditional heat cured technique can now work faster, while still providing a high impact denture. Increased durability reduces the potential for fractures in the dental lab resulting in time and cost savings due to less remakes. And, increased durability reduces the risk of breakage from the patient during normal use.”  

Lucitone HIPA is a self-curing denture base material designed for use in fabrication, repair, rebasing, or relining of full and partial dentures, including implant overdentures or other dental appliances. In addition to being the first high impact pourable acrylic denture base, Lucitone HIPA also features excellent color stability and accurate fit to model.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Curve Dental's 6 Steps to Avoiding Ransomware

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Last week the cloud based dental software Curve Dental released their 6 ways for individuals and practices to avoid ransomware.  I was impressed with the list and have decided to share it with you here:
 
Ransomware is bad and getting worse. The price decline of patient records has driven cyber-criminals to change their tactics and look for new ways to supplement the downturn.
 
As reported on the ZDnet website, Satan Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) platforms give cyber-criminals the ability to spread Ransomware in return for subscription payments. Dark Web developers automatically take 30 percent of revenues off cyber-attackers using Ransomware-as-a-Service in their campaigns.
 
Think about this for a moment. Random criminals can subscribe to a platform that generates Ransomware with dashboard readouts and other features that track infections.  Ransomware-as-a-service is creepy. Read story.
 
Dental practices should prepare for Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to lock important patient files or computer systems until a sum of money is paid. This is digital extortion. The attacker encrypts the victim's data and demands payment in return for the decryption key.
 
Do these things to protect your dental practice from Ransomware!
Take this 2017 HIPAA Risk Assessment: The Risk Assessment is a systematic process of evaluating potential risks within your practice and required by law. Your patients will appreciate your commitment to protecting their private information. Click here to take the assessment.
 
Step up to the cloud: If you are using dental cloud Software-as-a-Service and direct image capture then pat yourself on the back! SaaS is software licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted in the cloud. Ransomeware cannot attack in-office data that isn't there, but instead stored in the cloud. Not all dental SaaS cloud vendors are equal so do your homework.

Make offsite backup and recovery a priority: After a Ransomware attack, the first question that an IT pro will ask is whether you have a clean backup. Successful backup files are the only ones that count so make certain that a recent clean copy is stored offline safe from Ransomware. Restoring your files is a race against the clock. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to days depending. Click here to learn more about services I recommend.
 
Keep software current: Antivirus and anti-malware services are highly recommended. Security vendors constantly work on definition updates to catch malware before it infects your files.  Confirm you are running the most recent versions of all software and install regular updates and patches. Again, if you're using dental SaaS software you don't need to worry about keeping your software up to date.
 
Train your staff: Human error is the weak link in a Ransomware crisis. In most cases, malware is downloaded by a practice member surfing the web, opening a link or attachment in a phishing email.
 
Create a Ransomware and malware disaster recovery plan: Each member of your staff that uses an office computer needs to understand your practice's data security plan in order to avoid the devastating effects of a Ransomware attack.
 
The final word
Satan Ransomware-as-a-Service is creepy. The mere thought of developing a "for criminals by criminals" service that spreads Ransomware is stomach turning. Society has changed and so must we.
 
Evaluating potential risks within your practice is the best place to start. Take your complimentary 2017 Risk Assessment today to recognize your vulnerabilities.  A few minutes of your time will help protect your practice from Ransomware.

Monday, April 10, 2017

National Cancer Network’s Live Event, “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer” Welcomes Oral Health Professionals & Consumers

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Occurring April 21-23 in Philadelphia, this event is a combination of seminars, break-out sessions and exhibits dedicated to elevating cancer awareness, standard of care and support 

 

Hobe Sound, FL – March 29, 2017 – The National Cancer Network, a non-profit 501 (c) dedicated to raising awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of visible forms of cancers, will be hosting a live program entitled “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer”.  The three-day event will he held April 21st through the 23rd at the Sheraton in Philadelphia.

 

According to National Cancer Network founder, Debbie Zafiropoulos, “The goal of this event is to engage with the local healthcare and consumer communities to raise their collective awareness and commitment to cancer prevention, progress, screening and referrals.”

 

For oral health professionals, the event is featuring a robust CE program featuring presentations and breakout sessions from some of the most respected and dynamic thought leaders including:

 

  • Dr. Gerald Curatola: “Understanding the Mouth-Body Connection; A protocol for Conquering Illness & Cancer.” Dr. Curatola is the author of “The Mouth-Body Connection.”

 

  • Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS: Breakout Session – “Tides of Change: Practicing in A Digital World.” 

 

  • Todd Cohen: “How a Single Conversation Saved My Life”. Todd is a professional sales coach and a cancer survivor.

 

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  • Claudia Lovato, RDH: “The Science of Happiness and How Living Happy is Living Healthy.”

 

  • Dr. Juliet Dang: “HPV - It’s Everywhere! Understanding How a Virus Could Affect a Cancer Risk.”

 

  • Lu Ann Cahn: “Moving Courageously Beyond Cancer: An Empowering Insight.” Lu Ann is an NBC 10 reporter and cancer survivor.

 

  • Bill Grondin: “Empowering Words to Build a Soulful Recovery.” Bill is a spiritual inspiration and enlightenment coach.

 

  • Anastasia Turchetta, RDH: “Highway to Health”. A panel discussion moderated by Anastasia with survivors and family members. Learn what helped and what didn’t during and after diagnosis.

 

  • Debora Carrier & Sister Darla Miller: Breakout Session: CPR Training by American Heart Association Certified Instructors and Training Center Faculty.

 

  • Dr. Uche Odiatu: “Exercise is Medicine: Get Strong Live Long.”

 

  • Thomas Viola. RPh, CCP: “I Have Become...Comfortably Numb!” An Overview of Local Anesthetic Agents and Vasoconstrictors, Clinical Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning.

 

  • Dr. Howard Pactovis: Infection Control Dynamic Safety. 

 

  • Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS: Breakout Session: “What’s New in Disease Diagnosis and How to Maximize the New Dental Codes.”

 

All Keynote programs and breakout sessions are open to the oral health professional for one low price of $299.00, which includes 21 potential CE credits and admission to the Friday night Love the Dove VIP Cocktail Party and Silent Auction! 

 

The exhibit hall will be open to the public for a nominal $20.00 donation and attendees will have the opportunity to become more cancer aware, get screened, and learn from many of the guest speakers listed above during live HealthChats™, scheduled throughout the event in the “Learning to Live Healthy Pavilion” There will also be a lunch time fashion show on Saturday hosted by TwiceAsNice Uniforms.

 

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To learn more about “Unveiling the Mask of Cancer”, including complete schedule, sponsorship opportunities and how to register, visit http://bit.ly/2o4bzYg. 

 

About the National Cancer Network:

 

The National Cancer Network is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by dental hygiene thought leader and early cancer detection crusader Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH, widely known in the dental industry as Debbie Z.  

 

The mission of NCN is to raise awareness to prevent late stage diagnosis of visible forms of cancer through multiple platforms of prevention, protection, screening and referrals by creating acommunity of caring interdisciplinary professionals dedicated to disease prevention.

 

At the heart of NCN’s consumer and clinician awareness campaign is the introduction of a new dental exam protocol called “Screening for Oral and Skin Abnormalities” or SOSA™.  

 

NationalCancerNetwork™.org was designed to be a membership website that is fully accessible with resources and information such as the latest screening, diagnostic, active therapy, disease management, and nutrition as well as spiritual and emotional support.

 

This information will generate a resource library and a more informed opportunity for you to reach out to a practitioner, organization or manufacturer to serve your specific needs. So, whether you are a patient looking for a caring practitioner, a service provider looking to associate with an agency, or a caregiver seeking resources and solutions to assist those we love in fight of their life the National CancerNetwork™.org will be the resource to come to first!

 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Could Pine Tree Roots Help Filling Retention?

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As dentists, we’re always looking for a way to improve what we do.  Now comes word from the University of Illinois at Chicago that perhaps an extract from pine tree bark could help decrease sensitivity and actually increase longevity of bonding restorations.
 
Since dentistry moved to predominantly composite filling materials, dentistry has become dependent on the chemistry of the bonding process to ensure quality and long lasting fillings.  The problem has always been that a great bond can be created between enamel and the materials, but a weaker bond exists between the materials and the dentin, which lies under the enamel.  
 
Researchers applied extracts of root bark from Chinese Red Pine.  Among other things, they discovered "the dentin was changed so that it was more compatible with resin fillings when they were applied to a tooth, binding to them more tightly”.
 
Obviously, more studies need to be done on this, but I’m guardedly optimistic about the potential for this.  I’m anxious for more science to be done.
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

OSAP Launches First Dental Infection Control Journal

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March 27, 2017: (ATLANTA, GA) — The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a community of clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers and industry representatives who advocate for the Safest Dental Visit™, has announced the launch of the Journal of Dental Infection Control and Safety, an online peer-reviewed, professional journal. The journal will contain previously unpublished scholarly articles on clinical practice and education, and scholarly and secondary research related to the practice of dental infection control and safety in oral health settings. 

The Journal of Dental Infection Control and Safety is a multidisciplinary, international journal that invites submissions from authors in all relevant disciplines and settings. Current topics of interest to the journal include: evidence-based practice, new initiatives, outcomes research, patient engagement, infection prevention and control, international and multidisciplinary issues, regulatory issues affecting dental healthcare professionals, patient safety topics, resident engagement and satisfaction, implementation of new technologies and innovations, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Triple Aim, and issues confronted in clinical practice. Authors can submit manuscripts through the online portal at http://jdics.osap.org.

Dr. J. Hudson Garrett Jr. will serve as editor-in-chief of the new publication. Dr. Garrett is an OSAP board member and is co-founder and president of Infection Prevention Institute, Inc. and global chief clinical officer of Pentax Medical-Hoya Corporation. “The launch of OSAP’s peer reviewed journal could not be more timely given the tremendous ongoing challenges with infection prevention and control in the oral healthcare setting. The journal will serve as a place for translational research and dissemination of evidence based practices for infection control to all dental healthcare professionals”, said Dr. Garrett. 

“The journal is a natural extension of our goal to develop the dental infection preventionists of the future. By mentoring new authors and encouraging current writers to focus on these important topics, we aim to significantly add to the amount of science-based content for dental clinicians, educators, and consultants,” said OSAP executive director Therese Long, MBA, CAE. “In fact, there will be a special session at the OSAP 2017 Conference in Atlanta, GA on June 24 (http://osapconference.org) discussing opportunities to contribute to the new journal,” she said.

About OSAP

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the safest dental visit possible for their patients. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit www.osap.org.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Heraeus Kulzer Launches Artic® Digital Denture Teeth

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New line combines economy with the precision and esthetics of CAD/CAM technology

South Bend, Indiana, February 7, 2017 –Heraeus Kulzer today announced the launch of Artic® Digital Denture Teeth, an innovative line of digitally designed and manufactured versions of the most popular moulds in the company’s Artic line of economy-priced conventional denture teeth.

The eleven Artic Digital anterior teeth are multilayered, life-like, esthetically pleasing teeth that permit perfect adaptation to existing dentition and to complete dentures. The six Artic Digital posterior teeth provide superior physiological function, accurate intercuspal relationship and perfect occlusion.

While these new, economy-priced CAD/CAM teeth can be used in any traditional denture setup, they are specially designed to work with My Digital Denture, Heraeus Kulzer’s private label digital denture system. My Digital Denture enables the laboratory to offer the exceptional fit and precision facilitated by digital technology while relieving its technicians of the challenging and time-consuming setup, waxing and design steps in the denture process. Heraeus Kulzer’s Pala Digital Design Center designs the setup and creates a 3D pdf for approval. This saves laboratory technicians over one hour per case, time that can now be redirected to other, more profitable work. Importantly, with My Digital Denture there is no change to workflow prior to setup for either the dental practice or the laboratory; the dental practice creates impressions as it always has, while the laboratory pours and scans models with bite rims based on those impressions.

“During the past two years, more and more dental laboratories, dental practices and patients have been discovering and benefiting from the superior precision, fit and productivity of digital dentures,” said Matthew Kayser, Heraeus Kulzer Product Manager. “Now, the combination of Artic Digital Denture Teeth and My Digital Denture makes these benefits more affordable than ever.”

Artic Digital is available in 17 shades: A1, A2, A3, A3.5, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4, C1, C2, C3, C4, D2, D3, D4, BL3.

For additional information about Artic Digital Denture Teeth, My Digital Denture and other Heraeus Kulzer products and services, please visit www.heraeusdentalusa.com.

About Heraeus Kulzer

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH is one of the world’s leading dental companies with its headquarters in Hanau, Germany. As a trusted partner, the company supplies dentists and dental technicians with an extensive product range, covering cosmetic dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics, periodontology and digital dentistry. More than 1,400 employees at 25 locations worldwide are driven by their expertise and passion for the dental market and embody what the name Heraeus Kulzer stands for: service, quality and innovation. In 2013 Heraeus Kulzer’s product turnover exceeded 400 million USD.

Heraeus Kulzer has been part of the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Group since July 2013. Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI) is based in Tokyo, and has 134 affiliates with more than 14,700 employees in 27 countries worldwide. Its innovative, practical chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries as they are in other fields such as environmental protection and healthcare. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

University of California, Irvine Study Shows OraCoat® XyliMelts® discs reduce plaque by over 50%

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Study Demonstrated that OraCoat XyliMelts Effectively Improve Many Symptoms of Dry Mouth Including the Ability to Eat and Swallow

 

Bellevue, WA (March 22, 2017) – Researchers at the University of California, Irvine analyzed the effects of OraCoat® XyliMelts® oral adhering discs on people affected by clinically diagnosed dry mouth.The double-blind, randomized study demonstrated that XyliMelts reduce tooth plaque by 58% and improve the ability to eat and swallow in those affected by dry mouth.

 

Dry mouth is the subjective sensation of oral dryness that affects up to 60% of the elderly population, and is caused by various disorders and oral cancer treatments such as radiation to the head and neck. Additionally, a number of medications, including over-the-counter drugs such as antidepressants, decongestants, antihistamines, appetite suppressors, and diuretics produce symptoms of dry mouth. Dry mouth symptoms include a sticky, dry sensation in the mouth, tongue roughness, frequent liquid consumption, difficulty speaking and swallowing, and sleep disruption. 

 

OraCoat XyliMeltsis a patented dry mouth product that sticks to the gums on the outside of a molar, releasing one-half gram of Xylitol, which stimulates saliva, and cellulose gum which, combined with saliva, forms a lubricating gel. Xylitol, slowly released in the mouth so it lingers, is effective for reducing dry mouth and tooth decay. Moreover, XyliMelts used at night while sleeping when saliva flow is lowest is the most effective delivery of Xylitol.*

 

The 21-day clinical study evaluated in patients with dry mouth the effects of XyliMelts on saliva production and ability to neutralize acids, as well as patient comfort. The study was administered to five test subjects who used XyliMelts as recommended: two discs while sleeping, one on each side of the mouth, and as needed during the day. On average, the subjects used four discs each day during daytime hours.

 

Test results showed the clinical usefulness of XyliMelts for effectively relieving dry mouth. Researchers found that XyliMelts significantly reduced sleep disruption by lasting for six hours while sleeping, when dry mouth is at its worst, while improving mouth wetness upon waking in the morning. XyliMelts also diminished tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, and spicy foods and drinks. The adhering discs more than doubled saliva production while in place, and increased the ability of saliva to neutralize acids that cause tooth decay. Most importantly, the test displayed that subjects using XyliMelts in conjunction with standard oral care showed heightened saliva flow compared to standard oral care alone. XyliMelts not only alleviates symptoms of dry mouth, they also stimulate saliva production. 

 

Overall, subject feedback to XyliMelts was positive, with subjects stating that they would continue using the discs while recommending them to others. Subjects also reported XyliMelts as easy to use with a favorable taste and overall mouth feel.

 

The study was published on February 13, 2017, and can be found HYPERLINK "https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/effects-of-a-novel-disc-formulation-on-dry-mouth-symptoms-and-enamelremineralization-in-patients-with-hyposalivation-an-in-vivo-

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Brasseler USA® Introduces ImplantPro® Titanium Probes

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Ideal for Use on Both Implants and Natural Dentition

 

SAVANNAH, GA (March 21, 2017) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular ImplantPro® family of products with new ImplantPro® Titanium Probes. A reliable alternative to plastic probes, ImplantPro Titanium Probes are ideal for use on both implants and natural dentition.

 

Designed with a winning combination of innovative design and superior ergonomics, ImplantPro Titanium Probes feature precise, black color markings on a smooth surface for a more gentle diagnostic evaluation and improved patient comfort. 

 

“Our new titanium probes are both unique and versatile. Until now, colored plastic probes were the only alternative to stainless steel probes but they’re not designed for long-term use and must be replaced frequently to ensure the accuracy of the markings.” remarked Brenda McCarson, RDH, BS, Brasseler USA’s National Manager of Hygiene. “These titanium probes are ideal for all diagnostic examinations, eliminating the need for different probes for implant maintenance patients, and have the same durability as stainless steel.”

 

ImplantPro Titanium Probes are made from non-heat-treated 6Al-4V titanium, keeping the Rockwell C hardness at a low 25-31 HRC and comparable to most implant abutments, then coated in bright zirconium nitride for superior color 

 

 

 

 

 

 

contrast. All feature Brasseler USA’s distinctive, lightweight PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) handles for outstanding ergonomics.  

 

Three single-ended probe marking styles are available: 

 

Michigan “O” Probe with Williams markings (1-2-3-5-7-8-9-10)Order # TICPOW

Marquis Probe (3-6-9-12mm)Order # TICP12

UNC 15 Probe (1-15mm)Order #TICPUNC15

 

For more information about ImplantPro Titanium Probes as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Supporting the full implant treatment process – from planning to final restoration

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With the comprehensive Dentsply Sirona Implants solutions portfolio, dental professionals can rest assured that they have the support they need for the full implant treatment process to restore function, esthetics and confidence to their patients.

Mölndal/Salzburg, March, 20, 2017. The implant treatment process contains many steps - from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. At IDS, Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to further support dental professionals in their daily work.

Implant solutions – The SmartFix concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by only four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling.  The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function.

This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. SmartFix is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line, including Profile EV. SmartFix is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.

For less bone augmentation

Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures; 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.* 

Newly published results on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions. PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains: “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.” This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. (twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study). 

Digital supported screw-retained solutions

The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated.

Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium single-tooth screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis Custom Base solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles. The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for single-tooth, screw-retained restorations on all major implant systems.

The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easy accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.

Planning Service by mySimplant

With mySimplant Planning Service, the clinician has easy access to the benefits of computer guided implant treatment. Using computer guided implant treatment through mySimplant Planning Service the clinician will have more time to focus on and treat patients. This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.

mySimplant Planning Service can ease the clinicians’ way into the world of implant treatment, as well as facilitate the planning and treatment of their more complex cases.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Endodontics launches new direct-to-partner communications campaign

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The merger of DENTSPLY and Sirona combined the strongest brands in endodontics. The endodontic specialists DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALTIES formed a new business unit, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, in order to join forces and offer best in class endodontic solutions. The partnership with dealers, partners, and customers will be more important than ever before and supported by an extraordinary communication campaign, "Partner for a better future".

Ballaigues/Salzburg, March 20, 2017. Dentsply Sirona Endodontics will be communicating its new brand positioning with a broadly conceived and inspiring campaign: “Partner for a better future”, which highlights cooperation based on real partnership and arising opportunities. It demonstrates that Dentsply Sirona stands for uncompromising quality in endodontics as well as the highest competence in consultancy and customer focus at its best. 

“Partnership is the core of our values”

“While we are transitioning to a new name, our promise remains the same,” said Dominique Legros, Group Vice President, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. “As we roll-out this new campaign, we will continue to highlight many different facets of partnership. Although we have a new name, the organization remains fully committed to its long-standing core values and key partners as we work together toward a better future.”

Partnership refers to everyone in the world of Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, internally and externally: specialist partners and practitioners, dealers, cross-functional and international teams, universities, dentists and their patients the world over. The Company’s enduring core values are its Swissness, its commitment to endodontic excellence, and its renewed and growing passion for innovation through partnership.

Another major element of the communication strategy will come to life at the IDS by publishing an emotional video on Facebook and LinkedIn. The star of the film is the passion that drives each individual and makes the innovation process logical and technical but also deeply emotional and richly human. “This film emphasizes the central role our partnerships are playing in the service of our Vision: saving a tooth to improve a life defines our common quest and passion”, explains Dominique Legros further. 

Real people in their real role – making a real difference

The video features Gilbert Rota, Technology Expert R&D at Dentsply Sirona, Dr. Julian Webber, BDS, MS, Endodontic Specialist and Dr. Sarah Attal, MSc DDS Endodontic Specialist. They come together at Dentsply Sirona in Switzerland from across Europe and together they stand for “Partner for a better future”.

Dominique Legros: "We are very proud of this campaign. Empowered through working together towards common goals we are definitely convinced: Through partnership, it is our conviction that we are all simply better together."

 

The merger of DENTSPLY and Sirona in 2016 created the most comprehensive range of dental technologies, consumables and solutions in the dental market. The newly named Dentsply Sirona Endodontics represents the joint business unit of the Endo-specialists formerly known as DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALITIES.

Synergies from those entities were channeled to form a new uniform look involving the logo, design of packaging and joint appearances at trade shows. Dentsply Sirona Endodontics employs globally more than 1,500 employees, continuously invests in R&D with more than 60 associates, has trained over 73,000 dentists worldwide and collaborates with more than 165 universities around the world.


Monday, March 27, 2017

RecordLinc Unveils New Implant Case Management System at the Academy of Osseointegration Conference

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RecordLinc’s new Implant Management System was created to manage dental implant cases and strengthen relationships with referral dentists and labs
 
Orlando, Fla. – Mar. 16, 2017 – RecordLinc Inc., a web-based dental collaboration tool, today unveiled its latest module, the RecordLinc Implant Case Management System (RIMS).  RIMS will be the official replacement for iConfident Dental Implant Case Management and makes its debut today at the Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting held in Orlando from March 15 – 18, 2017.
 
RIMS is a web-based application designed to manage dental implant cases and strengthen relationships with referral dentists and labs.  By implementing RIMS, users will attract new business, share accurate and consistent case information, make implant treatment coordinators more efficient, as well as strengthen and grow referral relationships.
 
“We are very excited to launch our new case management solution, which was based on much feedback from the implant dentist community,” stated Travis Rodgers, CEO, RecordLinc. “Our goal was to build a tool that easily integrates with current systems and processes so dental professionals can easily manage treatment plans.”
 
A complete list of RIMS benefits includes the following:
 
  • Increase implant cases
  • Attract new business
  • Streamline implant case management
  • Get the right implant and restorative parts at the right time
  • Share accurate and consistent case information
  • Strengthen referral relationships
  • Make implant treatment coordinators more efficient
 
 
RecordLinc is a technology and marketing company focused on helping dentists increase referrals, collaborate easily and securely, and schedule patients.  The company also provides services regarding patient reminders, patient rewards, electronic health forms, PMS integration, dental implant case management, marketing analytics, and is also a CRM for dentists.
 
More information about RIMS and RecordLinc can be found by visiting https://www.recordlinc.com/.
 
About RecordLinc
Founded in 2011, RecordLinc is an Internet-based application that is designed to maximize the quality of patient care by the sharing of digital records and by improving collaboration between dental professionals.  Its HIPAA compliant products insure patient privacy, increases security of patient records, reduces treatment time and cost, and significantly improves communications.  For more information, please visit https://www.recordlinc.com/.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A new name for a trusted partner: Heraeus Kulzer becomes Kulzer

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From July 1, 2017 Heraeus Kulzer will operate under the name Kulzer. Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals Group took over the dental division of Heraeus three- and-a-half years ago. By changing its name, the firm separates itself from its previous owner and targets new growth. Nothing will change for customers; the established Hanau, Germany-based company remains a reliable partner for dental professionals.

“Our vision is to be the lifetime partner of our customers,” says Akira Misawa, Chief Executive Officer of Heraeus Kulzer. “We understand our customers’ needs and want to grow with them. We do this by helping dental technicians and dentists to restore patients’ oral health and well- being in a safe, more convenient and cost-effective way. Our mission is to develop and provide best-in-class quality products and services that create reliable solutions. That’s why we’re continuously expanding our global service portfolio.”

The parent company Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI) is fully supportive of this new strategy and the expansion of its services and development work across the board. The current growth plan includes 100 new jobs in the International Sales & Services organization, of which a third will be created in Research and Development. In the future, more employees will work on growth initiatives at the company’s headquarters, and there will also be more service jobs with direct customer contact.

Integrated solutions from a single source

“The dental market is very competitive and users are now confronted with an incredibly wide range of products – complexity is increasing,” says Marc Berendes, Chief Sales Officer at Kulzer. “With our reliable products and new services, we want to help our customers make their processes in practices and laboratories more cost-effective.” For this reason, individual products, digital technologies, software and services are now more integrated than ever, allowing users to receive multiple solutions from a single source. One focus of these integration efforts will be consultancy services for workflow optimization.

Synergies for further growth

The change of name marks the complete integration of the dental manufacturer into the Mitsui Chemical Group. The Japanese parent company is a market leader in mobility, healthcare provision, nutrition and packaging, as well as in raw materials. The health division’s three main products are raw materials for the optical industry, textile composites for sanitary products, and dental materials. With Kulzer, MCI has equipped itself for the dental industry of the future, and plans to further develop this division.

“We’re delighted that Mitsui Chemicals wants to transform the dental division with Kulzer being a strong pillar,” says Misawa. “Drawing on years of knowledge and experience in chemistry and materials development, we can make the most of synergies in order to create new market opportunities.” The parent company’s excellent polymer research team is expected to boost the Kulzer specialists’ work on innovative new materials and system solutions – and their cooperation is already bearing fruit. At this year’s International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, Kulzer is presenting a successful development project, the cara Print 4.0 3D printer, realized in partnership with MCI.

About Heraeus Kulzer GmbH

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH is one of the world’s leading dental companies with its headquarters in Hanau, Germany. As a trusted partner, the company supplies dentists and dental technicians with an extensive product range, covering cosmetic dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics, periodontology and digital dentistry. More than 1,400 employees at 26 locations worldwide are driven by their expertise and passion for the dental market and embody what the name Heraeus Kulzer stands for: service, quality and innovation.

Heraeus Kulzer has been part of the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Group since July 2013. Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI) is based in Tokyo, and has 131 affiliates with more than 13,400 employees in 27 countries worldwide. Its innovative, practical chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries as they are in other fields such as environmental protection and healthcare. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Natural Dental Implants AG Announces 3D Printed REPLICATE® Tooth at International Dental Show in Cologne

 

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Company’s Patent Portfolio Offers Unique Opportunity to Develop the Next Generation of Patient-Specific Tooth Replacement Solutions

BERLIN, GERMANY – March 20, 2017 – Natural Dental Implants AG (NDI) today announced the development of a 3D printed version of the REPLICATE Tooth. NDI began working on its first generation of customized tooth replacement products and filing patents in 2006, giving the Company a unique advantage in the market. The 3D printed REPLICATE Tooth, which the Company will have at the International Dental Show (Hall 3.1, Aisle H, Booth 49), features a titanium root portion and a zirconia abutment portion, like the commercially available version of the REPLICATE Tooth currently made by 5-axis CNC milling.

According to Ruedger Rubbert, CEO of Natural Dental Implants AG, “We started thinking about customized tooth replacement systems more than ten years ago. Our patent portfolio includes endossoeus and perio-integrative implementations, various surface enhancements, CAD/CAM systems, and manufacturing technologies, utilized in rapid prototyping methods and 3D printing. This enables industrialized and chairside fabrication of individually shaped dental implants.” He added, “Using new technologies like 3D printing helps us reduce costs and provide even more value to our customers.” 

The Company has a working prototype and expects to begin extensive product testing this year.

About the REPLICATE Immediate Tooth Replacement System and Natural Dental Implants:

The REPLICATE® System features the REPLICATE Tooth, an anatomically-shaped, 100% customized, titanium-zirconia tooth, and the REPLICATE Temporary Protective Crown, a customized cover shield designed to protect the REPLICATE Tooth during the healing process. This new approach to single-tooth replacement offers patients an immediate, minimally invasive alternative to traditional dental implants and three-unit bridges. 

The REPLICATE Tooth is an anatomical copy of the patient’s natural tooth that fits into the space occupied by the tooth being removed. It is one piece; a super-hydrophilic titanium root fused to a zirconia preparation with an emerging profile like that of a natural tooth. Each REPLICATE Tooth component is designed individually and can be modified to overcome anatomical limitations or to meet specific clinical requirements. The process starts with a DVT/CBCT scan and dental impression. The dentist submits the data prior to the tooth being extracted, NDI designs that patient’s custom REPLICATE Tooth, manufactures it and delivers it sterile, ready to be placed at the extraction appointment. Immediately after the extraction, the REPLICATE Tooth is inserted into the tooth socket, without drilling, and covered with the REPLICATE Temporary Protective Crown until it osseointegrates. Once osseointegration is complete the REPLICATE Temporary Protective Crown is removed and a final crown is placed.

Natural Dental Implants AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and a U.S. subsidiary based in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 2006 to develop the intellectual property behind the REPLICATE Immediate Tooth Replacement System. The REPLICATE System is available in the European Union and will be offered in the United States pending FDA approval. Visit www.replicatetooth.com to learn more.

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Does Missouri have enough dentists? In some counties, there are none...

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There are more dentists in the city of Los Angeles than there are in the entire state of Missouri.  You read that correctly, at least that was correct that last time I checked.
 
Despite the fact that there are 2 dental schools in the state, Missouri, in certain rural areas, still suffers from a lack of providers.  This goes for both dentists and hygienists.  Of course the larger metropolitan areas like St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield have plenty of providers, but some rural areas are flat out desperate for someone to take care of them.  If I was a young doctor and someone about to graduate, I’d be taking a really long look at these underserved areas.  Imagine being the only dentist in the county?  Think you could get a practice off the ground in that environment?
 
Having been involved in organized dentistry, I knew that this problem was present, but I didn’t know it was becoming as critical as it is.  So when I saw this article in Columbia Missourian, I thought I would share it.  Needless to say there are lots of people out there who need dental care and doctors looking to start practices should definitely be considering them.  Here is part of the article:

COLUMBIA — In the early 1950s, Scotland County, Missouri, had a problem —  zero dentists.

Then in 1955, Harlo Donelson moved to town and opened up a dental practice. Nearly 55 years later, Donelson is 85, and he is still the only dentist.  When he retires, Scotland County might yet again be forced to look beyond the county for dental services.aScotland County isn’t an anomaly in Missouri's rural counties, which have long struggled with access to dental care.aMissouri ranked 41st in the nation in 2016 for number of dentists per capita, according to statistics from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute. Missouri also rankeda41st for number of residents who saw a dentist, according to 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Boone County ranks ninth in the state for patient-to-dentist ratio — 1,677-to-1. aOral health experts in Missouri believe the state can improve its rankings, but it’s a had slog that involves not only oral health stakeholders, such as dentists and oral health advocates, but also everyday citizens and the Missouri legislature.

For the entire article here is the link.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Curve Dental Advantage #348 Transparency: You Can Track All of Your Support Tickets Online

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I’ve followed Curve Dental since their inception and the company has done plenty over the years to impress me.  They truly are a state-of-the-art Cloud based dental software.  Now comes something that I think is another great idea from the good minds at Curve.  Since the practice exists in the Cloud and is device agnostic as well as not needing a server, following support *might* be a bit tricky.  Well, not anymore.  In their most recent newsletter, Curve announced the ability to track support tickets online.  Here is what they had to say:
 
Friends, let's be honest with one another. Developing good dental software is difficult. Under the hood you will find a lot of moving parts. It is inevitable that strange things happen that require our customer service team to research and figure out exactly what is going on, which may take some time.

The probability of your coming across something that requires a lot of research is low. But if it does, with Curve Dental you can always track our progress to find an answer within Curve Dental. In fact, you'll find every inquiry you've made neatly listed in our software. You'll see the status of every inquiry and pertinent comments. What could we do to make it any easier for you to track the progress of all your requests for technical assistance?

You can learn more about our customer service by visiting our website. Or, chat with us at 888-910-4376. What's in your practice?
 
Below are a couple of examples of support tickets, one with all closed and one with some open.  If you’d like to find out even more, the support website can be accessed here.  
 
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