Thursday, March 4, 2021

Exocad Wins Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award

 



As a member of the Cellerant team (I serve as one of the Chief Development Officers) I am fortunate to be a part of the panel that votes on the annual Best of Class awards.  We are constantly searching for and evaluating the best new and advanced products available.

One of our winners this year is Exocad.  The company provides incredible design software for almost anything a patient might need.  Even such things as implant supported bars or implant supported dentures in addition to crowns and bridges.  The software outputs the completed design files in a format that is compatible with open source mills which allows the doctor and team to create a totally digital workflow.

In my office we use Exocad to design our cases and then mill them using the Axsys 5x 400 mill.  It is an incredible digital solution!

Here is the press release from Exocad:

ChairsideCAD, available from exocad, is the choice of software for leading manufacturers of dental CAD/CAM systems, according to the company, and it has been selected as a Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award recipient in 2019 and 2020.

“We are entering a new era in dentistry — one that will change how we diagnose, treat and manage our patients and practices,” said Dr. Lou Shuman, CEO of Cellerant and founder of the Best of Class Technology Awards. “This was a breakthrough year in product and services technologies. The panel spent hundreds of hours in close discussion reviewing and analyzing the corporate landscape. Pay close attention to our winners as they are truly leading the way to provide you what is best in today’s contemporary practice.”

With exocad’s ChairsideCAD, clinicians have the freedom to choose the best hardware and software for same-day dentistry regardless of the product or system they prefer. This is a groundbreaking evolution, according to the company, since historically the industry has been limited to specific workflows and specific hardware/software working together and adhering to a more closed architecture.

Derived from exocad DentalCAD, a signature software solution within the dental laboratory marketplace for more than a decade, ChairsideCAD includes dentalshare, a powerful collaboration tool for clinicians and labs, according to the company.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious industry award from our clinical audience. With exocad ChairsideCAD, clinicians can access labs, design and production centers with freedom of choice,” said Larry Bodony, president of exocad America. “With this open and flexible workflow, clinicians can maximize their return on investment as well as valuable chair time.”

“Our goal is to help the doctor make the best decisions for their office, which, in the end, benefits the patients that we all serve,” said John Flucke, DDS, Best of Class panel member. “I’m honored to be able to help my peers with the decision-making process and helping them wade through the plethora of high-tech products that can change offices and lives for the better.”

Bodony said, “Having received the Best of Class Award from the Cellerant Company and recognition from their exclusive panel of experts is truly an honor.”


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

CoMax Composite Dispenser by AdDent

 



There are certain things in dentistry that we simply take for granted, and not always for the better.

One of those things, in my opinion, is the delivery of composite restoratives.  We want the best restorative materials that we can get our hands on, but we will tolerate a cheaply made flimsy plastic gun to deliver it.  Often, the end result is better if we can control the dispensing aspect of the process.

That's where the AdDent CoMax comes into play.  As you can see in the picture above, the CoMax is a smartly designed dispenser that fits the hand of any operator.  It is incredibly sturdy which makes extruding the material easy and predictable.  Even the most highly filled and viscous material can be easily extruded due to the strong design and incredible mechanical advantage the CoMax delivers.

Since the invention of composite in compules, we've had the problem of getting the compule into the barrel of the gun.  AdDent has eliminated that problem by creating a spring loaded barrel.  While holding the gun, the index and middle finger grab the "tab" on the barrel.  This tab pulls back allowing a compule to be quickly placed into the metal barrel.  Releasing the tab causes the spring to push the compule chamber closed which locks the compule into the barrel.  If you need to change compules during a procedure, simply pull the tab, the empty drops out, and place a fresh one into the chamber.

The surface is smooth, making it easy to clean and the plastic and metal construction holds up incredibly well during use.  I have used the CoMax for *years* and they look as good today as the day I took them out of the package.

If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to order, go to the AdDent website and take a look.

The CoMax is highly recommended.  This is a product that I use every day and I feel any doctor will benefit from having it in the office.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

VOCO's Provicol QM Aesthetic Temporary Cement is Beginning Its Clinical Trial in My Office

 

I am a big fan of VOCO products.  As someone who constantly is looking to work 'outside the box', I love companies that do the same.  This time I'm excited to work with their new temporary cement.

VOCO's Provicol QM Aesthetic is a new translucent, zinc oxide, non-eugenol temporary cement with calcium hydroxide.  We have been really looking forward to getting our hands on it from the moment I heard about it.  Being able to provide good retention as well as aid in preventing sensitivity is something that every office needs.

According to VOCO, Provicol QM Aesthetic provides the following advantages:

  • Highly aesthetic, translucent appearance
  • Increased strength for more retention and secure adhesion
  • Optimum flowability for easy cementation
  • Pinpoint stability allows precise removal of excess material
  • Accurate fit due to very low film thickness
  • Eugenol-free: no inhibition of curing reaction of resin-based filling or luting materials
  • Free from colophony: low allergy potential
  • Contains calcium hydroxide and zinc oxide
  • Calcium hydroxide supports the formation of tertiary dentine und has bacteriostatic effect
  • Zinc oxide is known for its antibacterial effect
  • Radiopaque

We will begin using it immediately and I'll report back once we've got a few cases completed.

Monday, March 1, 2021

RevenueWell Completes Acquisition of PBHS

 



RevenueWell, the Chicago-based developer of Dental Patient Relationship Management and Communication software, today announced it has completed its acquisition of PBHS, the ADA Endorsed leader in digital marketing for dental and dental specialty practices. PBHS’s services include dental website design, practice branding, SEO, online advertising, video marketing and social media campaigns.

The investment furthers RevenueWell’s mission to deliver a unified, integrated practice-growth solution to simplify patient acquisition and retention for dental practices ranging from solo practices to enterprise-level group practices and Dental Service Organizations (DSOs).

“Our goal at RevenueWell always has been to simplify business complexity for dentists and staff so they can focus on delivering excellent patient care,” said Serge Longin, co-founder and CEO of RevenueWell. “The combination of RevenueWell’s award-winning patient relationship and communications software with PBHS’s high-performance digital marketing services means customers of both companies will have access to a truly unified practice growth solution providers need to acquire, retain and delight all patients while maximizing lifetime value for the practice,” Longin said.

RevenueWell and PBHS share deep dental roots. Since their founding, the companies have focused solely on the unique marketing and patient communication needs of U.S. dental practices. RevenueWell’s flagship product is its Marketing Platform, which integrates with most Dental Practice Management Software (PMS) systems to automate and simplify time-consuming marketing and communication tasks such as review collection, email campaigns, appointment reminders, welcome information and post-procedure instructions. The platform also provides performance insights into the impact and ROI of marketing and communication activity. Other offerings include automated text messaging, paperless forms, teledentistry tools, and integrated VOIP telephony solutions.

PBHS’s high impact marketing services for dental and specialty practices include custom website design, SEO, online advertising, social media marketing, video production, website chat reception, practice branding, demographic marketing, waiting room TV, patient education and informed consent services. The company also provides secured technology solutions including SecureMail and truForm™ e-forms, the leading specialty online forms solution. PBHS is exclusively endorsed by ADA Member Advantage, the American Association of Endodontists, and the American College of Prosthodontists along with 30 state associations.

“PBHS has long been the industry leader in patient acquisition,” said PBHS President Jay Levine. “Connecting these offerings to RevenueWell’s award-winning Patient Relationship Management Suite creates an unbeatable solution for dental practices to deliver seamless new-patient experiences, measure and optimize marketing ROI and maximize the lifetime value of every patient who comes through the door.”

“Running a dental practice is more complex today than it was just 10 years ago," Longin said. "Patients find providers in different ways, want to interact using different mediums, and stay loyal for different reasons than they used to. We believe in the power of a single, integrated platform to help practices harness and benefit from these changes and deliver amazing patient experiences. The successful integration of PBHS’ and RevenueWell's teams and products will further reduce the need to buy, implement and maintain multiple solutions for different parts of the patient journey. We're thrilled about the growth and cost savings this combination will create for our current and future customers."

The integrated PBHS and RevenueWell family serves a customer base of more than 13,000 U.S. dental practices. Longin said customers will see exciting new product offerings and high-value packages rolled out over the next few months as the two companies integrate operations. In the combined organization, Levine will run PBHS as RevenueWell Vice President and General Manager of PBHS.

About RevenueWell

Founded in 2010, RevenueWell is a leading provider of marketing and communication software specifically designed to meet the needs of dental practices. The RevenueWell Marketing Platform provides tools that help dental practices maximize their clinical schedule, increase case acceptance and keep their patient base engaged and loyal to the practice. RevenueWell’s solutions are HIPAA compliant and integrate with most Dental PMS solutions. RevenueWell has 170 employees and offices in Bannockburn and Chicago. RevenueWell’s innovation, ease of use and outstanding customer service have driven tremendous growth over the past two years and made the company the Leader in Patient Relationship Management based on customer feedback on the software review website, G2.com. For more information visit RevenueWell.com and follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About PBHS

PBHS was founded in the 1970s to provide accounting, payroll and other administrative services to dental practices. In the 1990s, the company became the first company to specialize in dental website design and internet marketing. Since then, PBHS has grown into a team of more than 90 developers, designers, strategists and visionaries who are passionate about providing dental and medical practices with advanced digital marketing solutions. PBHS has offices in Santa Rosa, Calif., and New York. PBHS is exclusively endorsed by ADA Member Advantage, the American Association of Endodontists, and the American College of Prosthodontists along with 30 state associations. Learn more at PBHS.com.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Videos Coming Soon!

 



A short post today, but hopefully an exciting one.  As we all know, the pandemic has changed a lot of things for us.  One of those things is frequently getting an opportunity to see and experience new products or techniques.

I miss lecturing and teaching, but I really do not miss airports.  However, we all still need a chance to experience and interact with things.

To help with that, I'm working on setting up a video studio to create videos that will help acquaint you with things I'm testing or working on/with.  For a while now, I've had a YouTube channel.  but up to this point it has mainly consisted of videos I've been in for DPR or company sponsored shoots.  There are the occasional drone videos as I fly my Phantom 4 Pro around.  However, in addition to those (which will continue), I'm also going to start posting some videos of products and things I think those in the profession will be interested in.

So start checking my channel on a regular basis... or you can subscribe as well, which I'd be honored by.

I'm not going to put publishing videos on a schedule because they take time to shoot, but hopefully you'll enjoy what I come up with.

As always, I'm grateful for those of you who read, watch, comment, and find what I do useful.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards Now Open for 2021 Submissions

 


 

It's time again!  My gang at Cellerant Consulting is starting to put together nominations for the Annual Best of Class Awards.  We are always on the lookout for the newest, latest, and greatest products, techniques, and companies to honor.  If you've got what it takes (or know a company that does), submit your nomination below. 

Be a Part of the Cellerant Best of Class Awards

Cellerant Consulting group is pleased to open the submissions window for the 2021 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards. Companies are invited to self-nominate innovative products and services up until the March 31, 2021 deadline.


The Best of Class Technology Awards were launched in 2009 to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. The award recipients are selected by a panel of the most prominent technology leaders in dentistry: Paul Feuerstein, DMD, John Flucke, DDS, Marty Jablow, DMD, Pam Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, Chris Salierno, DDS, and Lou Shuman, DMD. The winning technologies will be announced in early August and celebrated with a live awards presentation ceremony at the 2021 ADA annual meeting, Smilecon™.


“Without the benefit of in-person meetings this last year, the self-nomination process is more important than ever” said Dr. Lou Shuman, CEO of Cellerant and founder of the Best of Class Technology Awards. “Our panel strives to be comprehensive in their review so we encourage dental companies to take full advantage of the open submissions avenue.”


Learn more about the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award submit your product for consideration in 2021 by clicking here or below.

 


Thursday, February 18, 2021

CATCH THE COMPOSITE WAVE AND SURF ITS POTENTIAL LIVE VIRTUAL CE-COURSE 2021

 



On April 29-30, Drs. Bud Mopper and Dennis Hartlieb present this beginner’s level class using composite to seamlessly repair a large Class IV fracture. This two-day live-virtual course with one-on-one time will cover beveling, layering, contouring and polishing to create a completely invisible composite restoration. Participants will also become familiar with the different composite materials and where they are used to create an esthetic result. Course fee is $1,900.00, and includes a materials bundle used in the hands-on. Attendance includes access to post-course instruction videos and a technical support group.


For more information, please contact Erika at 800-837-2321 or sign-up online at www.cosmedent.com.