Thursday, September 30, 2010

Odyssey Diode Laser

The good folks at Ivoclar Vivadent were nice enough to provide lasers for the hands-on workshop at the CDA Meeting in San Francisco.  Here are all the details for this great device, straight from their website.  For all the info, here is a link.

The Odyssey® Diode Lasers from Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. represent the latest diode laser technology available for soft tissue modification and preventive care. With unique features such as an automated fiber management system, wireless foot control, and new innovations like uni-dose fiber tips, touch screen, and battery operation, the Odyssey Diode Lasers are the most efficient, portable, and affordable soft tissue laser in dentistry today.

Powering the design of the Odyssey Diode Laser is a passion for better dentistry made possible through the use of the most sophisticated, precise and minimally invasive technology available.The Odyssey Diode Lasers now enable you to easily and safely perform many soft tissue procedures that were previously referred out of your practice, now allowing you to keep control of your patients and increase revenue.

Many doctors fear the potential of patient post-operative complications and patient discomfort associated with scalpel incisions or electrosurge. The Odyssey Diode Lasers cut and coagulate at the same time, thereby facilitating immediate hemostasis, less tissue charring, less postoperative healing time and fewer post-operative complications including less chance of infection.

The laser performs minor surgical procedures and in addition, reduces bacteria from the area at the same time. Sutures are rarely needed for laser wounds and many soft tissue procedures around the gingiva can be completed without anesthesia for greater patient acceptance and comfort.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Electric Handpieces Continue to Cause Burns

A rip of the old electron to Kathy Kincaide and the crew at Dr. for reporting on this. This article discusses that, despite our best efforts, the FDA continues to receive reports of burns from electric handpieces.

This problem, unfortunately, is nothing new. In this article from Dental Products Report a while back, I discuss the reasons behind this and some strategies to help prevent it.

The bottom line is, if you use electric handpieces, you have to be aware of the potential for these problems. Maintenance is the only method to prevent it!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

EPA Prepares to Make Dental Offices Use Amalgam Separators

Last week we underwent a site survey from DRNA in preparation of having them install an amalgam separator. We have agreed to be part of a pilot study for the company. It's something we'd been considering for a while, as it fits in with the aspect of being green and we've been trying to embrace that more and more.

Then, yesterday I read this news report from Environmental News Service. Which indicates that "The agency announced today that it will propose a rule to reduce mercury waste from dental offices in 2011. The rule, expected to be finalized in 2012, will require dentists to use of mercury separating technology by 2014."

So it looks like this is going to be a hot button in the months to come. They are currently required in 12 states, but without a federal law, installations in other states is just a tad higher than 10%.

I've been impressed so far with DRNA and I really like their system which is a turnkey solution. Basically you are on an automatic recycling schedule. They send you an annual amalgam separator recycling kit which takes your contaminated filter and sends it to an EPA certified facility and provide you want another kit that lasts for another year.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dentalvibe Injection System now undergoing Clinical Trial

Last week we received the Dentalvibe unit for evaluation & clinical testing. It's an interesting device composed of a retraction system with a bright white LED for illumination. This is combined with a vibration system that is designed to interrupt the pain sensation associated with dental injections.

The device is rechargeable and site in a charging stand when not in use. The retraction part consists of a Y-shaped piece of plastic which comes in contact with the patient and is disposable.

It's an interesting concept and an interesting device. We'll be using it in a large number of cases a d report back on our results.

Here is more info from the company website:

The revolutionary solution to dentistry's #1 challenge: patient anxiety about pain
It’s the primary challenge all dental professionals face: 50% of Americans, according to, avoid dental care entirely, because of anxiety about pain - most often, the pain of dental anesthetic injections.
DentalVibe is a cordless, handheld, easy-to-use device designed to reduce the pain and fear associated with the dreaded dental injection for adults as well as children. DentalVibe can be used with any dental anesthetic injection syringe to deliver comfortable injections in all areas of the mouth.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sirona SIROlaser Advance

Today's topic is the Sirona SIROlaser. The good folks at Sirona were also nice enough to bring lasers to the hands-on course at the CDA meeting in San Francisco. Here is info from their website:

Laser therapy means state-of-the-art dentistry and modern patient care all in one. Because when you use a diode laser you satisfy your patient’s desire for an alternative that provides maximum comfort and enhances conventional treatment. And to make sure laser therapy is also a pleasant experience for you, we’ve developed the new SIROLaser Advance.

What you get – at a glance.

Intuitive handling

Navigation via touchscreen
Clearly structured user prompting
Self-explanatory menu icons

Immediate treatment

Most important applications preset as therapy programmes
Help menu for each preset programme for the less experienced

Individual customization

24 freely programmable applications
Hotkeys for 12 favourites
Up to 6 user profiles
Separate access code for each user
Data storage for every treatment and
all users

Versatile operation

Battery operation for maximum mobility
Ergonomic handpiece with seamlessly activated finger switch
Optional: wireless foot control
Flexible, rotatable single-use tips

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

AMD Picasso Diode Laser

In my continuing feature of diode lasers, here is another one of the companies that was gracious enough to participate in the hands-on course in San Francisco.

AMD really rocked the industry when they came on the scene. Their affordable line of lasers helped drop the price of lasers to the point that almost any office could afford one.

Their devices are well made and have lots of features.

Here is some of their info from the company website:

7.0 Watts
8 customizable presets
Touch screen
Multiple languages
Adjustable aiming beam
Pulse / Continuous mode
100-240v 50-60hz
3-year warranty

Unprecedented versatility, low operating cost, and affordability
Ideal for first-time or expert laser practitioners
Performs a wide range of soft-tissue surgical, periodontal, endodontic, and whitening procedures
The only laser that offers both the convenience of disposable tips and low cost strippable fiber

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Working Smarter with AnteriorRest - Now Undergoing Clinical Testing in Our Office

For those of you who work in dentistry, this stat will come as no surprise, to those of you outside the field you may be shocked to learn that over 60% of dentists who become disabled do so due to neck and back issues.  The "dental posture" that doctors are in several hours a day, just isn't natural.  we sit in an upright position with no support and, in many cases, have to hold very still while we work.  This just isn't the way the human body is designed to work and we pay for it with our spines.  I personally know several doctors who either suffer from chronic spinal issues or have had to leave practice due to these same issues.


Now a company is trying to change that aspect of dental practice.  The company is ProHealth Equipment and the product is called AnterioRest. The concept is a fairly simple one.  The device gives the operator something to lean against while they work which means the back and neck muscles can relax more while giving the operator the positioning they require to perform treatment.


On the Dental Entertainment Network, I shot a segment for the company that does a great job of explaining exactly what it is and why/how it works.


I was impressed with the concept of the device and the people behind it.  Enough so, that I've agreed to do a clinical test of the device by  using it on a daily basis.  While we have 7 treatment areas in the facility, I tend to work out of 2 of those areas.  We've equipped both of those with a full AnterioRest setup.  I have not only the support for me, but I also have a support on the other side of the chair to help support my left arm.  I was in a car accident during dental school that badly damaged my left shoulder and I've dealt with some pretty strong pain in it as I've gotten older.  The AnterioRest folks were nice enough to provide this arm support to see if it will help.


The installation was pretty easy.  The guys from the company came to my office and coached Steve, my Goetze Dental service tech on exactly how to do the install.



I've been using the AnterioRest for 2 days now including 2 endodontic procedures yesterday.  I love doing endo, but the strain of doing multiple cases can sometimes be difficult for me as my back is usually killing me by the end of the day.  I'm happy to report that yesterday, I finished with my back feeling good.  I'll be reporting back as we get further along with the evaluation, but so far, I'm very impressed with the product.
To end this post, here's a photo of my assistant Terri and I seeing our first patient after the install.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Backing Up with MyBook

MyBook Essential 2TB.jpg
For those of you who have seen/heard me speak about the benefits of a chartless office, you've also had the chance to hear my crazy anal retentive backup strategy.  Because portable hard drives just keep getting larger in capacity and smaller in price, there is just no viable argument against using them.
They are quick, efficient, affordable, reliable, and very easy to use.  My life, both in my office and in my home, revolves around a variety of these devices andI don't think I could function without them.
The purpose of this post is to highlight the affordability of these drives.  According the Sam's Club website, they currently feature a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB drive (that's right, two terabytes!!!) for 128.88
About 3 years ago I purchased a similar device that had 300GB for roughly $25 more.  That means you can now buy about 600% more drive space for $25 less.  That is nothing short of amazing.
Unless you are doing a lot more storage in your office than I am (and I don't really think that is too possible or practical) a 2TB drive should fit your needs nicely.  Simply get one for each day of the week or each week of the month and you are good to go.
While I'm also a fan of online backups, downloading multiple gigabytes of data, even over a highspeed connection, can take a long time.  We're talking many hours at best and perhaps days for online backups as opposed to single digit hours of recreating from a portable hard drive or even less, if you can just plug it in and use it on your system.  Online backups are fine and recommended, but only as a redundant system to the portable hard drive system I've outlined here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Anatomage is now Exclusive to Gendex and SOREDEX

As a cone beam user and a Gendex customer, I've been fortunate enough to be able to use Invivo's Anatomage software for the past several years. While there are lots of good 3D software products out there, Anatomage simply takes it to the next level, in my clinical opinion.

While I could go into great (and confusing) detail on why Anatomage is so near and dear to my heart, suffice it to say that I've seen a lot of 3D imaging programs, and as far as I'm concerned, it is the best.

Here's all the info from the press release:

Gendex® and SOREDEX® have signed an agreement with Anatomage to become the exclusive Cone Beam providers of the InvivoTM Dental 3D imaging software.

Invivo Dental has quickly become one of the most powerful and easy‐to‐use tools on the market for visualization and treatment planning of 3D cases. Pairing the Invivo Dental software with the highly acclaimed Gendex GXCB‐500TM/GXCB‐500 HDTM and SCANORA® 3D systems will result in a new level of ease of use and options in treatment planning for both specialists and general practitioners.

Going forward, the Invivo Dental software will become an integral part of all 3D equipment from Gendex, SOREDEX and their sister brands. Invivo Dental will no longer be available as a standalone software product that can be sold independently by Cone Beam manufacturers or dealers.

For Gendex GXCB‐500TM/GXCB‐500 HDTM systems and SOREDEX SCANORA® 3D owners who have already invested in their 3D CBCT machines, the Invivo Dental software, optional modules and upgrades will be available through the respective warranty programs of each company.

This new agreement aims to strengthen the already excellent offerings of Gendex and SOREDEX that provide clinicians with exceptional features, enhanced ease‐of‐use, and comprehensive control in treatment planning. Over the next year, the Invivo Dental software application will be further developed and tightly integrated into our hardware platforms with the goal of providing a seamless clinical experience.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Y5 - Watching Your Battery While Watching Your Back

As I become more and more enamored of the Android OS, I find myself looking at apps designed for it and wondering "why not me?".  As most of you know, I'm currently using a Palm Pre and am none too happy with it at this point in time.  When I came across the info on Y5 Battery Saver it had a double impact on me.  The first was that it's another example of innovation from the app developers of both iPhone and Droid platforms.  Palm was supposed to have a thriving app store, but it never really got off the ground and now I really don't notice much innovation at all.
The second thing was how this innovation for Droid actually helps battery life. My Pre's battery life is definitely nothing to be proud of and part of that is due to WiFi.  The phone is constantly looking for a signal no matter where I am.  Now, I understand how that works.  I have great WiFi coverage in my house and in my office.  Because of that I want my phone to be able to access that connection and utilize it.  So in order to do that, I have the WiFi on at all times.  When I come in range, it connects automatically.
Of course the downside is that whenever I'm not in my home or my office, the device is wasting valuable battery life sniffing the air for a WiFi connection.  The Pre battery life is short anyway and adding that task to the mix just burns through it even faster.  So, the green eyed monster reared its ugly head when I saw this program for the Droid.  In MY world, I'm manually turning off WiFi to save battery and then trying to remember to turn it back on when I'm in range of a good and trusted signal.
The free Y5 Battery Save App basically keeps an eye on your WiFi pays attention when you connect to a hotspot.  It uses cellular signal triangulation to figure out your location (not GPS) and remembers where the hotspot is located.  It then tracks you and as you move away from that area, it turns the wireless function of your phone off to save the battery.  From time to time it will check your location using triangulation and if you are in an area where you've connected via WiFi before, it will turn on the WiFi function and your phone will connect to the network.  All of this happens with no user input at all!

Monday, September 20, 2010

SMU and DARPA are Working on a Way to Bring Senses to Artificial Limbs


At some point, bionics like the six million dollar man, will become common place.  Unfortunately, we're not there yet.  However, science continues to make progress, bit by bit.
The most recent advance that I've come across is this one from Southern Methodist University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  Basically the scientists have developed fiber optics that can somehow deliver tactile sensation (touch) and the sensation of pressure to prosthetic limbs.  While this isn't a true "cure" for those affected by the loss of limbs, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
To wrap up this post, here's a quote from one of those involved with the project:
"Science fiction writers have long imagined the day when the understanding and intuition of the human brain could be enhanced by the lightning speed of computing technologies. With this remarkable research initiative, we are truly beginning a journey into the future that will provide immeasurable benefits to humanity." - Dean Osark, SMU Lyle School of Engineering.



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Suffering from a Weak WiFi Signal? Boost It!

If you live in an area of steel frameworks and long skinny dwellings, you may suffer from a lack of WiFi coverage. To that end, here's a potential solution for those of you suffering with the problem.

The Signal Boosting WiFi Antenna is. $59.95 device that zttachez to your existing WiFi Access Point. Just remove the antenna that was installed in the factory and replace it with this new one.

Once connected, the new antenna captures signals in a
'spherical signal pattern' that other antennas drop. This means a faster more clear signal with less drops.

While I don't have any experience with this device, I'm always a bit skeptical on signal boosting devices in general. I'm not saying it doesn't work... I'm saying I can't be sure if it does or does not work.

The device can be ordered from:

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Genius Launches New Wireless Keyboard

SlimStar i815 Keyboard & Mouse_up close (by Genius).jpg
I still remember when I setup my first clinical computer.  The wireless keyboard was some insane amount (like $300 or something) just for the convenience.  Now we have Genius coming along with a system for less than $45.  Amazing!

New keyboard boasts 2.4 GHz wireless capabilities, 10 function keys and stylish keycaps

MIAMI (September 16, 2010) – Genius (, a brand division of KYE Systems Corp., today announced a new addition to the company’s extensive line of keyboards, the SlimStar i815 keyboard, combined with wireless mouse, that offers anti-interference wireless capabilities with 2.4GHz transmission.

The SlimStar i815 anti-interference function offers reliable 2.4GHz wireless transmission for operation from a distance and no cords to hassle over. The SlimStar i815 key features include three hot keys for volume adjustment and ten function keys for instant access to the Internet, email and easy control of music and video. The stylish keycaps provide crisp and comfortable typing. Combined with a handy 1200 dpi optical mouse and storable mini-receiver, the SlimStar i815 keyboard combo is perfect for any PC or notebook. Now available in black finish, the SlimStar i815 is Windows 7, Vista and XP compatible and attractively priced at MSRP USD $44.90.

* 2.4GHz anti-interference desktop combo
* Ultra-slim keyboard design with enhanced functions keys
* Three hot keys for media control & 10 function keys
* High resolution optical mouse with mini-receiver

The new SlimStar i815 starts shipping in September 2010. Interested shoppers can go to New, Tiger Direct, or for more information on the entire line of Genius products and other retailers and distributors please visit:

Genius is an international leading company in computer peripherals. Genius was established in 1985, product portfolio includes computer mice, keyboards, web and security cameras, speakers, gaming peripherals, remote controls, headphones, digital cameras, digital camcorders and digital photo frames. It also holds the U.S. patent for mouse scroll-wheel technology. Genius expanded from computer peripherals into consumer electronic products that include mobile phone accessories, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, digital photo frames, iPod speakers and EeePC mice.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Looxcie - Sees What You See to Capture Every Moment


For years now I've humorously said, "There are times I wish I had a camera that just recorded everything I see..." which is then followed by some story that would actually be funny... if only the listeners could truly see what I saw.  Well, it seems that someone else has also said and thought those same things because now a company called Looxcie (Look-see... get it?) has created a camera that does just that.
The Looxcie device looks similar to a BlueTooth headset, but in addition to providing hands-free access to your phone, it is a forward facing camera that records everything you see and hear.  It has 4GB of on-board storage and can record over 5 hours of video stored in MP4 format.  You can use it as a headset, or a camera, or both simultaneously.
The idea is a simple one (and the one I've dreamed about for years).  Put the camera on by placing it over your ear, turn it on, and it begins recording.  Similar to a DVR, it is always recording and when the memory is full it begins purging the oldest video so that you always have a huge buffer.  It's not a hidden camera, so there is no concern others won't know they are being recorded.
The next great thing is the sharing.  Since the device pairs with your SmartPhone via BlueTooth, you can Auto-Share clips with people you specify through the phone with just the push of a button.  Of course you can also connect the Looxcie to your computer via USB and edit and upload to all your favorite social media sites.
All of this, and the price is just $199.  For all the details, check out the company website. The device isn't available yet, but you can sign up on the site to be notified when units can be shipped.  As a confirmed gadget guy, I may just have to pick one of these up...
For the hard core hardware fans out there, here are the specs:
  • Weighs less than 28g (1 oz.)
  • HVGA video resolution
  • 4 GB on-board storage
  • f 2.8 lens
  • Auto high color and light correction
  • 5+ hours video storage
  • 4+ hours record time
  • MP4 video files
  • Fast-charging 365mAh lithium polymer battery
  • UL/CSA-approved power supply

  • Bluetooth Class 2
  • Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
  • Hands Free Profile (HFP 1.5)
  • Dual silicon MEMS microphones
  • DSP-based noise cancellation
  • 6+ hours talk time
  • Range to 33 feet
  • Micro-USB Connector
  • USB 2.0 mass storage compatibility



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kavo GENTLEray Diode Laser

The Kavo GENTLEray is a 980nm diode laser. The device comes in 2 versions, the Classic and the Premium.

The Classic features:
• 6 Watt CW and user-definable pulse mode
• Large color touch screen display
• 1 standard laser fiber handpiece
• Laser Fiber Diameter 300 μm (standard)
• 3 pairs safety glasses
• Foot control
• Weight: 7.7 lbs / 3.5 kg
• Dimensions: 7”W x 10.2”L x 6.7”H
• Optional 200 μm fiber
• Optional whitening handpiece
• Optional upgrade to “Premium”
• 2 Year Warranty

While the Premium features:
• 6 Watt CW, 12 Watt GENTLEpulse micro pulse technology
• Large color touch screen display
• Includes water cooling accessories
• Frequency 20,000 Hz, burst mode
• 2 standard laser fiber handpieces
• 2 water cooling handpiece kits
• 2 Laser Fiber Diameter, 200μm / 300μm
• 3 pairs safety glasses
• Optional whitening handpiece
• 2 Year Warranty

The units are both free standing and sturdy, but still portable at a tad under 7 pounds. For all the info, check out the GENTLEray pages on the Kavo website.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

HP Confirms Rumors of Tablet Powered by WebOS... Sooner not Later

I've been thinking more and more lately about replacing my Palm Pre smartphone with something better. I had been a huge Palm fan back in the day and, like someone in an abusive relationship, had decided to give them "one more chance" in the summer of 2009.

The Palm Pre really has never lived up to the hype with which it was launched. Its only saving grace was the fact that it could multi-task. However, the more I used my iPod Touch or iPad, the weaknesses of the Pre became more and more apparent.

When HP purchased Palm earlier this year, I thought that might be a good thing for the WebOS line in general, but figured that the Pre was too old and too "yesterday" to receive much of a boost from new ownership.

So, as I consider my options for my next Sprint smartphone, we can at least celebrate the fact that HP will indeed continue to use some type of WebOS in the future. That's because of the fact that HP has announced that a tablet device running WebOS will appear in the near future.

HP's Tom Bradley has announced to investors the following: “You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011.”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Discus NV Microlaser

Thanks to everyone who attended my courses at the CDA North meeting this past weekend in San Francisco.

One of the courses I gave was on Saturday with my buddy Dr Marty Jablow that was a hands-on course dealing with diode lasers. There was such a great interest from the attendees that I thought I'd make a few posts in the next few days dealing with the lasers that were at the course. Today's post will be about the NV Microlaser from Discus.

The NV Microlaser was the first 'toothbrush' sized laser on the market. It is incredibly light at 1.9 ounces yet delivers a full 2 watts of power. The form factor is just as impressive with dimensions of 6.3” L x 0.65” diameter which makes it completely portable. It's wavelength is 810 nanometers.

It has both a continuous as well as a pulsed mode that cycles at 10Hz.

The laser energy is delivered through a unidose tip that is held onto the device magnetically. The laser will fire only if a tip is in place. Speaking of firing, the laser fires through use of a cordless foot pedal that is powered by 2 AA batteries. Simply turn on the foot pedal, place a tip on the laser, turn on the laser, and you are ready to go.

The laser itself is powered by a Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. The unit comes with a charger that charges both batteries simultaneously. The batteries have a long life so clinical procedures are not interrupted by low battery warnings.

The NV is a nice unit with good features and an excellent footprint. For more info go to the Discus NV website.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Triodent - Better Mousetraps for Dentistry

I was fortunate enough on my last night in San Francisco to have dinner with the crew from Triodent including their CEO Simon McDonald.

Triodent is a great dental company hailing from New Zealand. They area a group of "outside the box" thinkers that create and sell lots of products that make the practice of dentistry easier.

While probably best know for the V3 Ring system, which is an outstanding sectional matrix solution, they also makes lots of great products such as the Triotray and the Griptab.

What I really like about Triodent is that they are in a never ending quest to keep making the lives of dentists easier. Their unique idea generating continually produces products that are truly "better mousetraps". At dinner I got a chance to see some of their newer products/ideas in early stages of development and came away impressed. While I can't divulge what these were, I can say that I'm excited to see them come to market. Keep an eye on the Triodent website to get details on these new products as they become available.

Finally, the folks at Triodent are just plain good people. They run their business the right way and are wonderful human beings to boot! Their products are highly recommended!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

LaCie is Releasing USB 3.0 Hard Drives

LaCie is a good company that makes reliable and pretty fashionable hardware. Now that the USB 3.0 standard is starting to show up, they've got new portable hard drives that will use that standard. Read on for the press release:

LaCie debuts today sleek USB 3.0 hard drives for your desktop or pocket – the LaCie Minimus and LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0. Proving size does matter, LaCie delivers the industry's fastest transfer speeds at 5Gb/s* in its ultra–small Rikiki form factor – perfect for users that refuse to sacrifice performance for mobility; and the LaCie Minimus – for users that enjoy their terabytes as much as desk space.

Complementing their remarkably small sizes, the Rikiki and Minimus hard drives are encased in sturdy brushed aluminum for an elegant aesthetic appeal. The aluminum offers resilience from blunders, improved heat dissipation, and is fully recyclable.

Designed to be simple from the inside out, the Rikiki and Minimus come with LaCie's Software Suite to ensure seamless setup and backup support for Mac or PC. Additionally, each product comes with 10GB of Wuala online storage so you can securely store and share files online.

"The Minimus and Rikiki USB 3.0 offer our customers easy and affordable options to access the super speeds of USB 3.0," said Philippe Rault, LaCie Consumer Product Manager. "Since these products offer backward compatibility with USB 2.0, they will work on any PC or Mac with no worry."

The LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 is available in a 500GB capacity at $99.99. The LaCie Minimus is available in a 1TB capacity at $129.99. Both products are available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+. For more product information, visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Addent Releases New Calset Tri Tray

The Addent Calset Tri Tray is a nifty little device that will help you place composites with greater ease than before. The Tri Tray sits on one of Addents Calset warming bases which is black in the photo above. The Tri Tray (blue) holds composite, instruments, and their Comax composite delivery gun.

It keeps everything necessary for placing composites warm and easy to place. The device works with both syringes & any available "gun style" composite dispenser.

The idea is a simple, but good one. The device warms everything needed which makes the composite much easier to place. As well as warming the instruments which greatly reduces stickiness between composite and placement devices.

I saw a prototype of this at the Chicago MidWinter meeting and was very impressed. They are now ready for purchase. For more info, check the Addent website.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Perform Better CPR with PocketCPR

How would you like to make sure that, should the need arise, you're performing better CPR. Now you can with a device called the PocketCPR.

The idea behind the device is a simple one. An accelerometer within the device measures the rhythm & depth of chest compressions while CPR is being performed.

Simply activate the device, put it on the victim's chest, and it will give you both audible and visual indicators to let you know if you are giving strong enough compressions.

It even helps you before CPR is rendered by reminding you to calm down, check for pulse, etc. There is even a software available for the iPhone.

Learn all the details at

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

GM Making Effort to Teach BlueTooth to Drivers

When I got the Tahoe last year, one of the options I was thrilled to have was BlueTooth pairing with my phone. No more need for a headset, my phone connects automatically when I start the car and everything runs through the audio system. When a call comes in, the climate system slows the fan, the audio mutes, and the phone is instantly available. I was thrilled!

Now GM has set up a website to help others get the same benefit. It seems that a study was done that shows only about 45% of drivers ever use the system in their cars. Now some of that my be skewed data due to headsets, but it certainly would be much safer if folks who simply didn't know how to set it up, could get help figuring it out.

Kudos to GM for trying to make the roads safer. BlueTooth is definitely a better way.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Enjoy the Holiday!

As the traditional Last Holiday of Summer here in the States, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you who read and respond.

No post today as this is a day to spend with family and loved ones.  Hug those you see every day and hug those you don't see every day even harder!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Use of Twitter on Mobile Devices is Increasing Significantly

It seems that thanks to the company's push, the use of Twitter on mobile devices is going up.  My question for that is: what the heck took so long?


According to an article on InformationWeek, handheld use has increased 62% since April.  However, that info pales when you consider the stat that in the last 30 days the majority of posts were made from the Twitter website (78%).

As someone who has been tweeting for almost as long as the site has been online, I find that I rarely use the website.  The majority of my tweets are done using my iPad, iTouch, Palm Pre, and computer based Twitter Clients like TweetDeck or Twhirl.  I personally see no need to visit the Twitter website to make a post.

So what's the reason for this?  Is it the fact that most of these Twitter clients don't do a good job of promoting themselves?  Is it that Twitter just doesn't do a good job of letting users know they can use a mobile device?  It seems the recent increase is due to Twitter having clients that are preinstalled on mobile devices so perhaps it's all of the above.  My take though is that it's still a computerized world for a lot of people and while Twitter seems to be growing in use, many still prefer the tried and true method of using the desktop computer.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

More Potential Concerns for Osteoporosis Drugs

We've been concerned about osteoporosis drugs in dentistry for a few years now.It seems that a rare condition called ONJ (osteonecrosis of the jaw) tends to show up in individuals who have been taking drugs to help battle osteoporosis.  While ONJ is not a pleasant condition, it has been considered a necessary risk since broken bones and broken joints can be so debilitating to those who suffer them.  Plus, ONJ is a relatively rare occurrence, statistically speaking.

The dental regimen so far has been to check patients taking these meds very carefully and refer if any symptoms of ONJ are detected.

Now, there comes news of another impact potentially from these medications.  WebMD is reporting of an increased incidence of esophageal cancer.

While the risk is very small, I feel it is something other practitioners and patients need to be aware of.  It is important to remember that every medication has risks and these risks must be evaluated by the doctor and the patient.  As I stated above, fractures from osteoporosis can be life changing events that can lead to disability among other things, so by no means should someone stop taking these medications based on a very small potential risk.  Instead, a discussion with your doctor is in order.

For all the info from WebMD, you can read the article here.

Friday, September 3, 2010

StarDental® Introduces New LED High-Speed Handpiece Components: The StarBright® LED Handpiece Swivel & StarBright® LED Replacement Bulbs

Malvern, PA (September 1, 2010) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, has recently expanded its StarDental® line of high-speed handpiece components with the introduction of the new StarBright® LED Handpiece Swivel and new StarBright® LED Replacement Bulbs. These two new energy efficient components now provide the option to switch all existing StarDental handpieces to a cool, white LED light source.

The lightweight StarBright LED Handpiece Swivel provides a cool white, neutral daylight-color illumination and has a temperature of 4000K. The precise light source of the LED Swivel results in a clear view with substantially less eye fatigue for the user.

The sleek, lightweight, anodized aluminum housing of the StarBright LED Swivels are extremely durable and able to withstand autoclave. They are 1/3 smaller and 70% lighter than traditional stainless steel 6-pin swivels, providing the user with superior balance and less hand fatigue.

The LED Swivel lasts more than 10 times the life of a halogen bulb, resulting in cost savings and maintenance, and is compatible with any 6-pin ISO Type C tubing.

The LED replacement bulb for the StarDental HiFlo® Swivel easily replaces existing halogen light sources with LED illumination, and there is no need to purchase new swivels. Much like the StarBright LED Handpiece Swivel, the replacement LED provides cool white light (4000K color temperature) and lasts 10 times longer than halogen.

For more information on all StarDental Handpiece Components, call 1-866-DTE-INFO or log onto

Thursday, September 2, 2010

PracticeWorks Now Operating as CareStream Dental

For those of you who don't know, Kodak Dental is no longer actually owned by Kodak.  As a matter of fact, it hasn't been owned by Kodak for sometime.  It has, instead, been owned and operated by a company called Carestream Health.  Kodak sold their dental business to them a few years ago.

Since that time, Carestream has operated Practiceworks and other Kodak products using the same names that were used before the sale.  This helped prevent confusion in their customer base.  Now, however, Carestream is announcing that they will begin using their name on PracticeWorks products.  Rest assured that nothing else is changing.  It will be the same quality you've always had, just a different name on a piece of paper or a box.

Here's all the details from Carestream:


This email is a reminder about an exciting transition at PracticeWorks Systems, LLC (PraticeWorks). In an effort to unify the Carestream Health global dental businesses, PracticeWorks and all other Carestream Health dental affilates will adopt the name Carestream Dental LLC (Carestream Dental)—a name that better conveys Carestream’s  global presence in the dental market.  This alignment of our worldwide dental businesses establishes the next logical step in supporting our future growth and development.

Effective September 1, 2010, PracticeWorks will be operating in the US as Carestream Dental LLC.  Other than the name change, there will be no impact on the current PracticeWorks company infrastructure or product and service offerings. Although PracticeWorks will be operating under a new name, this should have very little impact on you, as we continue to provide the same innovative and cutting-edge products and services to enhance your practice’s productivity and improve patient care.

As we begin operating under the Carestream Dental name you will notice company correspondence, including billing and statements, coming from  Carestream Dental LLC rather than PracticeWorks. Therefore, please be sure to update your accounting information as needed to ensure all future payments are remitted to Carestream Dental LLC.

Aside from these minor changes, business will continue to run as usual, with no impact on the way our customers obtain and receive our products, services, or company information. Carestream Dental will continue to be the exclusive manufacturer of Kodak Dental Systems and we remain committed to providing the same industry-leading practice management systems and dental imaging for which we are known.

These next few months mark an exciting time for us, and we look forward to having you as part of the Carestream Dental family! If you have any further questions about our upcoming name change, or want to learn more about our company’s extensive history, please contact your local sales representative, or call 800.944.6365 to speak with a member of our team. You may also visit our website anytime at

As always, we appreciate your business, and thank you for your continued loyalty and support.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on company news and events.


Patrik Eriksson
US President and CEO
Carestream Dental LLC

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sirona Dental Systems Expands its InfiniDent Services

New Management, More Indications and More Material Choices

to Include Ivoclar Vivadent®’s IPS e.max CAD Material

Long Island City, NY (August 28, 2010) Sirona Dental Systems, LLC (Nasdaq: SIRO), the company that pioneered digital dentistry 25 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, announced today the expansion of infiniDent, an Internet-based laboratory service that caters exclusively to Sirona inLab® and inEos® Blue users, which will now include Ivoclar Vivadent’s IPS e.max CAD material.

Sirona laboratory customers can upload the digital impressions they receive from CEREC® dentists to infiniDent, located in Charlotte, NC, for fabrication of all restoration types. The Sirona-operated facility then returns the completed work to the laboratory within three business days.

Under the new management of Bob Vasile, the range of materials and indications have been expanded from framework materials to include full-contour materials made from Ivoclar Vivadent®’s IPS e.max® CAD lithium disilicate and VITA®’s new RealLife® material.

Mr. Vasile recently joined Sirona as the CEREC Laboratory Manager for infiniDent, and brings a unique set of skills to Sirona. He most recently worked for a major manufacturer of custom CAD/CAM-fabricated implant abutments. Additionally, Vasile owned and operated his own dental laboratory for more than 20 years.

Under Mr. Vasile’s management, and starting from September 15, 2010, infiniDent will offer even more services and an expanded list of materials. Initially limited to providing only copings



and bridge frameworks, infiniDent now provides a number of complete restorative applications, including recently added full-contour restorations and veneers. New materials now include Sirona CEREC Blocs, IPS e.max CAD lithium disilicate, VITA Mark II, VITA TriLuxe forte, and VITA RealLife.

“infiniDent provides an extremely wide variety of indications,” remarked Vasile. “We’re flexible; if a laboratory owner has only our inEos Blue scanner, for example, they can send the case over to us and we will send back their finished product. We’ve also added full-contour materials to meet the growing demands of our inLab and inEos customers.”

infiniDent continues to support existing materials, such as pure zirconium oxide (ZrO2), aluminum oxide (AlO2), and laser-sintered non-precious metal, as well as fully anatomic wax patterns.

infiniDent enables current inLab and inEos owners to derive additional value from their technology investments by providing access to a continuously expanding menu of materials and indications, as well as providing customers with complete design control of their restorations.

infiniDent is an ideal solution for various lab groups, such as:

  1. Labs that have their own inLab system, but no sintering furnace: These labs can utilize infiniDent to offer pure zirconium oxide crown and bridge frameworks to their dentists without giving up design control, as they would when sending their work to an outsourcing lab. infiniDent allows them to build their volume to a level that enables them to buy their own sintering furnace, if they choose.

  1. Labs looking for a low-investment, but expandable, entry model into CAD/CAM: In this case, a lab buys only an inEos Blue scanner. They would then scan and design their work in their own lab and have infiniDent fabricate their restorations. As their volume grows, they can purchase their own inLab MC XL milling unit, as well as their own sintering furnace.



  1. inLab users who want to gain access to future indications and materials: infinDent protects their investment in inLab technology by enabling lab owners to order new materials as soon as they become available.

According to Roddy MacLeod, Vice President of CAD/CAM for Sirona, “Sirona strives for continuous innovation and improvement in our technology. Laboratories that may not have the newest technology are able to expand their business and take full advantage of complete services by partnering with infiniDent. Sirona offers an economical entry into the digital restorative revolution.”

The infiniDent service was named one of 2006’s most innovative products for the dental laboratory industry by the Journal of Dental Technology (JDT). Some of the winning features highlighted were infiniDent’s ease of use, time savings, and increased accuracy. More efficient use of labor hours put infiniDent on the winning list for its time-saving aspects. The technology improves quality by freeing up technicians’ time for more labor-intensive work. The money-saving aspect was detailed by the fact that technicians are able to save money by eliminating the need for ancillary equipment. Also, shipping costs are lowered due to the electronic transfer of information.

Sirona continues to provide additional value to its inLab and inEos Blue customers with service options such as infiniDent, as well as free software updates. The company believes the only way it can be successful is by making its customers successful. Sirona strives to achieve this mutual success through innovation, which ensures that all of its customers stay on the cutting edge of technology.

For more information about any of Sirona’s CAD/CAM and digital impression solutions or to schedule a free demonstration, call your local Patterson branch, 800-873-7683, or visit