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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

RENAISSANCE ELECTRONIC SERVICES PARTNERS WITH NEA POWERED BY VYNE TO EXPAND OFFERINGS

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New partnership introduces robust Remote Lite native integration featuring secure, 
100% electronic attachment processing with more than 750 dental plans 

 

INDIANAPOLIS (March 14, 2017) – Renaissance Electronic Services (RES), a software company providing solutions for the dental industry, today announces a new strategic partnership with NEA Powered by Vyne, the leading provider of secure, electronic claim attachment software serving more than 50,000 dental practices nationwide. 

 

The partnership will provide a more seamless, cost-effective approach to claims processing and attachments through the addition of Premium Attachments, a new NEA-powered native integration for RES’s Remote Lite product. 

 

Remote Lite is an easy-to-use software solution that works with practice management systems and handles the submissions of claims and attachments on behalf of a dental practice. Current and new RES customers will have the opportunity to upgrade their Remote Lite software to include Premium Attachments, which will reduce paper processes. 

 

In addition, the new native integration with NEA’s claim attachment solution will increase productivity for claim adjudication and provide secure, 100% electronic connectivity to more than 750 dental plans and payers. 

 

“NEA is committed to and has a long history of partnering with solution providers serving dental practices across the nation,” said Lindy Benton, president and CEO of NEA’s parent company Vyne. “Partnering with RES continues to demonstrate this commitment and provides an integrated solution that enables dental practices to save time and reduce headaches associated with claim adjudication.”

 

On average, dental practices send over 200 eClaims each month. Unlike other companies that charge a fee per claim, Remote Lite with Premium Attachments Powered by NEA includes claims and attachments for a flat monthly rate of $79.95.

 

The Remote Lite product also provides a host of useful features, including the following: 

  • Simplified X-rays and attachments. Dental offices can attach an x-ray to an eClaim with a simple click and drag. For insurance companies that won’t accept an eClaim, RES will print and mail one on behalf of a dental office.
  • Adjust savings to your environment. Remote Lite seamlessly integrates with current practice management software, so dental offices won’t need to change their current setup.
  • No contract required. Dental offices will not be tied to a user contract for the Remote Lite product and can cancel the service at any time.
  • Top-notch customer care. Experienced RES sales and support teams stand ready to assist practices with expert technical support and answers to questions including easy access to online FAQs

 

“At RES we’re proud to act as fanatics for our customers, dental offices across the country. We heard their needs for an innovative attachment solution and we’ve responded by connecting our services with NEA for Remote Lite Premium Attachments,” said Eric Joseph, CEO at RES. “This new partnership allows our customers nationwide to reduce costs, decrease their carbon footprint and focus first and foremost on patient care.”

 

Remote Lite with Premium Attachments Powered by NEA is available for a flat rate of $79.95 and enables dental practices to improve their compliance with HIPAA requirements. For more information on NEA Powered by Vyne, please visit www.nea-fast.com. For more information on Renaissance Electronic Services and its products, please visit www.dentalhero.com.  

 

About Renaissance Electronic Services

Renaissance Electronic Services (RES) was founded in Martinsville, Indiana, in 2002 to provide solutions for the dental industry. RES enables dental offices to reduce administrative headaches and keep services affordable so they can focus on patient care. As the second-largest provider of dental claims in the United States, RES facilitates more than 63 million transactions annually and serves more than 30,000 dentists across the country. For more information on RES and its products, please visit www.dentalhero.com.  

 

About NEA Powered by Vyne 

NEA Powered by Vyne, serves more than 50,000 dental practice users—more than 35 percent of dental practices in the US—with their FastAttach® software and related services. With secure, electronic connectivity to more than 750 dental plans and payers, NEA is the largest and most widely used electronic claims attachment solution provider in the dental industry. For more information on NEA, please visit www.nea-fast.com.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Brasseler USA Introduces the XP-3D Shaper Endo System


I do all of my own endo and I also have a full day lecture where I teach general dentists my endodontic technique.  Obviously, because of those 2 facts, I have a real fascination with the science and technology behind endodontic instrumentation.


So... when I saw the video above, it looked pretty interesting to me.  I have not had a chance to use the new Brasseler files, but the science behind the product and the concept look really interesting to me.

Since I have not used them clinically & have no hands-on experience with them, I can't tell you any more than what's in the video and this is absolutely not a recommendation of the product.  However, I do feel that if you are looking to change endo systems, this might be something to at least consider.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Introduces Cercon XT

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The new extra-translucent zirconia material Cercon® xt, an additional variant of this successful ceramics system, is now available to dental laboratories. Its main application is for monolithic restorations with enhanced esthetics. Here the dental laboratory can enjoy the benefits of pre-shaded blanks in the classic 16 VITA1 shades — the True Color Technology approach so much appreciated in Cercon ht.

Hanau/Salzburg, March 8, 2017 — The innovative Cercon xt now offers even higher translucency — about 19% more than even Cercon ht. Especially in monolithic restorations, this translates directly into enhanced esthetics. And when it comes to veneering, dental technicians still have all design options open to them. Cercon xt is suitable for crowns and up to three-unit bridges up to the second premolar — an additional material option.

Thanks to its extra high translucency (approx. 49%) and unparalleled shade accuracy, this new material allows life-like esthetics, especially for the anterior region. Cercon xt thus represents a serious alternative to convention lithium disilicate. The choice of the most suitable material will depend on the merits of the clinical case, the specific indication, and the preferred adhesive system.

True Color Technology provides excellent shade fidelity and admirable reproducibility. And as with Cercon ht, the Cercon xt discs are available as pre-shaded blanks in the classic 16 VITA1 shades and white.  For the laboratory, the “dentin from the machine” is a highly esthetic — and highly economical — material to use.

Thanks to its standard format (98-mm discs), the new product can be used in all popular open CAD/CAM systems.  Additionally, Cercon ht and Cercon xt can be sintered using the same temperature for efficiency in processing.

 

* VITA is a registered trademark of VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG, Bad S├Ąckingen, Germany.

Monday, March 13, 2017

LED Dental Acquires Apteryx

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As you may have recently heard, LED has recently acquired Apteryx, the leader in open-architecture imaging software. This acquisition is great news for all parties involved, including both customers of LED and Apteryx imaging solutions. The synergies of Apteryx and LED will be focused on delivering integrated solutions that make the most of our hardware and software platforms without locking customers into a proprietary system.

And, as a customer of LED, you will have access to special incentives on all Apteryx software, including XVWeb cloud imaging:  

  • XRayVision, the industry's leading open-architecture imaging software for practices of all sizes
  • XRayVision DCV, a scalable platform for group practices, DSOs and any organization that requires a PACS imaging solution
  • XVWeb, a state-of-the-art cloud solution that provides 24/7 access from any web connected device with pricing as low as $50/month

For more information on Apteryx imaging software, click here

As always, our support team can be reached at 844.952.7327 or via email at support-imaging@leddental.com or support-velscope@leddental.com. Our vision is to deliver an unparalleled customer experience from sales to technical support. We appreciate your business and look forward to continued collaboration in growing your practice. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Must-See Products from Dental Products Report

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Endodontics: for better, safer and faster treatments

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The merger of the DENTSPLY and Sirona has created the most comprehensive range of dental technologies, consumables and solutions in the dental market. With the largest research and development platform in the industry, Dentsply Sirona is committed to its mission of empowering dental professionals. As a result, the two strongest Endodontic brands are coming together to join forces and offer best in class endodontic solutions: Endo-specialists DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALTIES have been transferred into a joint business unit named Dentsply Sirona Endodontics

Ballaigues, February 3, 2017. Dentsply Sirona provides better, safer and faster endodontic treatments through proven brands. Taken together, they symbolize a story stretching back over 100 years, which is now being taken to a new level: DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and TULSA DENTAL SPECIALTIES come together as Dentsply Sirona Endodontics in order to advance endodontic treatments further and ensure they can be prepared optimally, designed more efficiently and carried out more safely.

Dentsply Sirona Endodontics chiefly stands for treatment methods which focus on preserving teeth. "We want to support dentists in facilitating more comfortable classical root treatments by means of fewer treatment steps for the patient", says Dominique Legros, Group Vice President, Endodontics. "In addition dentists should be empowered to resolve even the most demanding endodontic cases with the best instruments and materials“

“Together we go even further” is the aspiration of the newly created business unit based in Ballaigues (Switzerland), Tulsa (Oklahoma, USA) and Johnson City (Tennessee, USA). Synergies from those entities will be channeled to foster the development of endodontic solutions. This also includes a uniform look involving the logo, design of packaging and joint appearances at trade shows. "Our customers will benefit from our combined forces as we continue to shape dentistry through innovative solutions and education programs in order develop endodontic treatments further", says Dominique Legros. “We design and manufacture our own, tailor-made production equipment that enables us to produce close to one million products a day at our production sites globally. Together we are best positioned to support dentists worldwide with state-of-the-art endodontic solutions that are advanced, specialized and trusted.”

Dentsply Sirona Endodontics employs globally more than 1.500 employees, continuously invests in R&D with more than 60 associates, trained over 73 000 dentists worldwide and collaborates with more than 165 universities around the world.

At the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics will be showcasing the entire product range on a joint booth in Hall 11.2. The close proximity to the imaging system and restorations areas facilitates rapid understanding of how individual treatment steps are intermeshing ever more strongly in endodontics and thus enable workflows to be harmonized: The whole endo-workflow can be covered with Dentsply Sirona components from imaging diagnostics through root canal treatment with tried and tested instruments to the restorative treatment of teeth.

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Futudent EduCam Testing is Completed

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For the past 60 days or so, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the newest camera from Futudent, the EduCam.
 
Ever since I saw my first intraoral camera almost 25 years ago, I dreamed of the day when a true POV (point of view) camera would be developed for dentistry.  Over the years I have seen and experimented with a few cameras made for that purpose, but most were bulky and also pretty expensive.
 
You can imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the tiny, lightweight, and affordable EduCam.  This is a camera that can sit right on your glasses and provides a tremendously high resolution image of exactly what the operator is looking at.  This allows the patients to truly see what the dentist is seeing… and it can be done in real time if you would like.
 
This camera requires a computer in the operatory with Internet access and an available USB port.  It will connect to the computer via USB.  Once connected, you open a browser window to the Futudent website.  The camera connects to the Futudent website (which is HIPAA compliant) and the website does the recording of video or capturing of still images, all done in the cloud.
 
Of course, the image window is live showing whatever the camera happens to be pointing at.  The company has different options for the device to connect to the operator’s glasses or you can mount it to something like the over the patient monitor or a <gasp> track light.
 
It allows for recording of procedures for record keeping or teaching.  You can also stream procedures to colleagues.
 
Upwards of 85% or what we perceive about our environment comes to us through our eyes and being able to show our patients as much visually as  possible is a tremendous asset.
 
In testing, the device has been sturdy, reliable, and provides exceptional images.  Because of its light weight it is not cumbersome and I often don’t even know I have it on.  Setup was easy and patients have been impressed with the live POV images.
 
The EduCam is highly recommended and can be ordered through many dental dealers.  If you are looking for a way to impress and communicate with your patients, give it a look.

Monday, March 6, 2017

ioSafe Enhances Product Family with the Release of Server 5: The Only Onsite Solution to Deliver Instant RPO=Zero Physical Protection for Critical Data

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Realtime Disaster Protection: Instant Disaster Recovery

AUBURN, Calif., February 28, 2017 — ioSafe, a leading provider of data storage and business continuity solutions, today announced the release of the ioSafe Server 5: the industry’s first fire- and waterproof server designed to eliminate data loss and minimize downtime by protecting data in realtime and delivering instant disaster recovery with true zero recovery point and the best recovery time objectives for terabytes of data.

ioSafe Server 5 is the only server on the market to physically protect data against natural disas- ters in real-time, irrespective of internet connection status. Both fire- and waterproof, Server 5 protects data from fire up to 1550°F for 30 minutes per ASTM E-119 and from floods up to a 10- foot depth for 3 days.

Designed to run either Windows Server 2012 or Linux and equipped with an Intel Xeon proces- sor, 16 - 128GB of DDR4 RAM, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters for increased bandwidth and automatic failover and capacities between 5 - 40TB, Server 5 is able to handle demanding office workloads while providing instantaneous protection for data.

VMware®, Citrix® and Microsoft® Hyper-V® Ready, Server 5 can be easily deployed, irrespec- tive of infrastructure. Server 5 is cloud-ready and replicate data either to the ioSafe Cloud or a third-party service or be backed up to a secondary location or device, including the ioSafe 515 BDR appliance.

“Server 5 was designed to help organizations faced with increasing demands and limited re- sources to better protect their data and can be used to build a complete disaster recovery and business continuity solution that ensures data is one-hundred percent protected and can be restored anywhere, anytime with or without an internet connection,” said Robb Moore, ioSafe CEO. “It’s truly zero RPO for the SME office without expensive twin synchronous data centers. For organizations running on-premises accounting systems or Windows or Linux servers, this is a capability that previously only available to the biggest of companies.”

For more information about ioSafe Server 5, please visit www.iosafe.com.

About ioSafe

ioSafe designs and builds award-winning fire- and waterproof data storage and business conti- nuity solutions. Our products are used for the physical protection of data, private/hybrid cloud- based backup and disaster recovery solutions for businesses of all sizes, creative professionals and home users. Like an aircraft black box for critical data, ioSafe improves recovery point and time objectives while reducing costs and simplifying infrastructure.

ioSafe products are designed and built in Auburn, California. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Treatment Center Intego: optimally designed for preventive care and ready for the future

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At the 2017 Chicago Midwinter Meeting, Dentsply Sirona presents the integration of two proven solutions. The Cavitron Ultrasonic Scaling Technology is now fully integrated in the Intego Treatment Centers.
Charlotte, February 22, 2017. Professional teeth cleaning and preventive care are an integral service offered by dental practices. In order to help practitioners to best set up their treatment rooms, Dentsply Sirona has expanded its existing Treatment Centers product range with an integrated preventive care concept. This summer, the Cavitron built-in ultrasonic scaler will be available with the Intego line of Treatment Centers for fast and effective removal of the most stubborn calculus. The Intego and Intego pro Ambidextrous models are available in the US and offer modern dental practice everything necessary for professional dental hygiene, dental aesthetics and dental care.
Flexibility through individually configurable equipment
Intego supports a variety of treatment concepts through two different variants: Intego TS is a traditional, over the patient delivery with hanging hoses. The dentist element has a wide range of movement and the adjustable tray holder makes for a convenient work environment. Intego CS is a continental delivery system with whip arms and offers the widest range of treatment positions around the oral cavity, whether working alone or as a team.
Intego is additionally configurable with special packages and practical equipment options. For optimal patient communication, the unit can be equipped with a 22-inch full-HD monitor, and an autofocus intraoral camera.
Integrated design ideal for hygiene procedures
Intego is an excellent choice for hygiene procedures. Configuration is ergonomically and functionally adapted to preventive care treatments thanks to features such as a double articulating headrest, external device connection, multifunctional syringe, maintenance-free electric motors, LED operating lights and, coming soon, the integration of Cavitron. The Intego pro Ambidextrous model features an integrated infection prevention system and automated cleaning funtions. Ergomotion provides a synchronized movement of the patient’s spine with no readjustment of the headrest. C
hanging from right-handed to left-handed operation can be easily done in 15 seconds between the treatments of patients. The Carl or Hugo stools are available as ergonomic add-ons.

Ready for the future thanks to innovative design and digital interfaces
Developed at the Dentsply Sirona Innovation Center in Bensheim, Germany, Intego Treatment Centers were created as high-quality and reliable units, designed for the technical requirements of the future. A network interface in the patient chair, and USB connections in the doctor's element enable digital updates as well as the use of additional applications. New system solutions can be accessed and controlled via the comprehensive user interface on the EasyTouch touchscreen.
The Intego Treatment Centers combine modern, award-winning design available in many color variations, with compact dimensions, and a holistic infection prevention concept. Intego is optimally equipped for every clinical need while also being optimally prepared for long-term use into the future.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

DentalEZ® Introduces the CORE™ Operatory Package

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Providing a Strong Foundation for the Dental Operatory 

 

Malvern, PA (February 23, 2017) – DentalEZ®, a supplier of integrated products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce the CORE package. Comprised of a patient chair, delivery system, and LED operatory light, the CORE package provides the complete essentials needed for a strong foundation in any dental operatory setting; comfort, quality, and efficiency all at an affordable price. 

 

The CORE Chair provides optimal patient comfort, and is crowned with an easily adjustable double articulating, pinch-style head rest designed to work for the widest range of patients. Built with a fluid hydraulic cantilever mechanism, the CORE Chair is able to swivel 15 degrees, gliding effortlessly in both right and left directions. It has a reliable brake located on the back that secures the chair in a stationary position, and also has an emergency shut-down feature. The CORE Chair comes with a touch pad to control each function of the chair, and an optional foot control is available with four programmable pre-set positions. The CORE Chair is outfitted with seamed, durable NaugaSoft upholstery. The CORE Chair rests on a solid foundation made of durable cast iron, while the chair back, base, arm rest, and headrest are outfitted with an aluminum casting.

 

The CORE Delivery Unit comes equipped with five integrated handpiece holders, with easy snap-on caps available to cover unused holders for a clean, streamlined look. The unit offers recessed, secure tray placement for stability. The Magellan mounted CORE Delivery Unit allows for right- or left-handed dentistry, and is equipped with a side handle break for easy maneuvering. 

 

The rear assistant instrumentation has four different positions and can be located wherever the assistant is seated or standing. An easily accessible solids collector is also located in the middle of the unit. It is available with optional integrated touchpads. 

 

Illuminating the oral cavity is the CORE LED Light. The CORE LED Light is rectangular in shape with 3 long lasting energy-efficient LED bulbs. With a dual axis movement, the CORE Light is effortlessly controlled by a sensor that reacts to a simple wave of the hand. Turn on/off and change intensity levels to either a low, medium, or high light (10, 20, and 30 thousand lux). Removable handles are magnetic, and the lens can be easily removed for cleaning purposes. 

 

For more information about the CORE Package as well as all solutions from DentalEZ, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.dentalez.com" www.dentalez.com

 

About DentalEZ®

 

DentalEZ Integrated Solutions is committed to providing real solutions to everyday challenges in oral healthcare by uniquely combining innovation focused on simplification and efficiency in value based products and outstanding customer service and support. DentalEZ manufactures a full line of products and well-known brands including StarDental® Instruments, DentalEZ® Equipment, RAMVAC® Utility, NevinLabs™ Workstations and Columbia Dentoform® Teaching Solutions. For more information, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.dentalez.com" www.dentalez.com

 

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