Thursday, April 30, 2015

Teeth That Can Open Beer Bottles?

Whether this is real or not is open for debate.  I certainly wouldn't recommend it...

It seems a beer company has decided to offer rugby players dental implants that are actually designed to open bottles.  Ouch!

The video above is kind of graphic, but it's the one the beer company has provided.

The full story can be found at Mental Floss.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Check Out EyeZoom at Booth #1334 at this Week's CDA Meeting in Anahei

I worked with the smart people at Orascoptic in 2014 to help beta test the EyeZoom surgical telescopes.  They are the only variable magnification scopes on the market that adjust from 3.0x to 5.0x depending on the need of the operator.

You can also attach an LED light to the system for better visualization.

We applied a few tweaks to the system as we went through the beta and I feel the end result was a really good one.

The 3.0x is very nice for hygiene exams where you want to get the "big picture", especially for new patients where the doctor is evaluating everything for the first time.  Being able to see a complete quadrant really helps the doctor to get the "big picture" for new patient treatment planning.

In my time with the beta and with the evaluation of the finished product, I've been very happy with what Orascoptic has created.

Watch the video above for all the details and if you happen to be  at the California Dental Association Meeting in Anaheim this weekend, drop by the Orascoptic booth and look at the EyeZoom.  I'm confident you'll come away impressed.

This product is *highly recommended*!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Important Product Correction: iTero Disposable Scanner Sleeves

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I have been an iTero user for about 6 years now and I have had a great experience both with the company and the services they provide.  Today is another reason why I’m impressed with them.
I received this on Monday & thought I’d pass it along to other iTero users:
Dear Customrer:
We are writing to inform you that Cadent Ltd a division of Align Technology, Inc. is initiating a voluntary product correction of the iTero disposable Scanner Sleeves used with the iTero HDU intraoral scanner wand and is replacing then as needed.  This notice affects approximately 5,000 iTero disposable Scanner Sleeves with part number (P/N) MA15145-A and manufacturing lot number (MLot )03414.  The iTero disposable Scanner Sleeves were distributed fro December 8 2014 through February 26, 2015.
Cadent Ltd is initiating this action after receiving a report from a customer that a single box of disposable Scanner Sleeves contained visible contamination that occurred during the manufacturing and assembly process.  No injuries or adverse events have been reported to date and a detailed risk analysis determined that there is no expected health risk to patients or healthcare workers.
Customers who have the following iTero disposable Scanner Sleeves for use with their iTero HDU intraoral scanner wand should stop using them immediately and return any unused sleeves for credit to their dealer along with the enclosed response form.
Customers with questions may contact iTero customer support 1-800-577-8767 or via e-mail at  Product quality is a top priority and the company takes this situation very seriously.  We apologize for any inconvenience this notification may cause you and your practice.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Even Tor Can't Provide Guaranteed Anonymity Anymore...

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For years now there’s been a part of the Internet dubbed the “Dark Internet”. I’t a place where all kinds of nefarious things go on and many of them have been brought by theTor Browser.  It’s a way of remaining invisible on the ‘net.  It’s been a very successful way for hiding out on the Internet fir quite some time now.
However, anonymity is a lot like locks, you know, locks keep the honest people honest.  However, if someone *really* & wants to get past the lock… they will.  I mean, take a look at the London Jewelry Robbery that happened over Easter weekend and tell me that locks & security work.  
So… it really isn’t a huge surprise for me to find out that after enjoying a fairly long time at the top of the anonymity chart, the Tor browser system now has some problems.
For those of you not familiar with it, here is the description directly from the Tor Project webpage.  
The Tor software protests you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.
The Tor Browser lets you use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software.  It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a preconfigured web browser to protect you anonymity, and is self-contained.
Now, however, comes word that Tor servers are susceptible to the Heartbleed bug.  I won’t go into all the details here, but if you want more info on Heartbleed here’s a link with more info than most of you would ever want.  
For info on the Heartbleed bug for dental professionals, we’ve got a nice “go to” piece at Dental Products Report online.  
So, if you are a Tor user, you should be aware that you *might* be at risk.  The other thing to remember is that you never know if you’re anonymous truly, or not.  It’s hard to prove a negative…

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The History of Hacking

A short post today, because the link will provide the info.

CNN has an excellent article on the history of hacking. If you are even remotely interested in technology, it's a great read.

Here is the link.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shofu's CDA Special

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CDA Booth #1128
Come by and have a "smile" cookie on us!

  • 8 Dental shooting modes – Easier, faster and more reproducible images
  • Auto focus, zoom and isolate shade
  • Auto flash adjustment for true color
  • 3.5 inch LED/LCD touchscreen – Works with exam gloves
  • Water/chemical resistant – Essential for infection control in the office
  • HIPAA compliant – protects patient privacy and security*

More Information Click Here

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Security Expert Removed from United Flight after Tweeting the Flight Would be Easy to Hack...

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Be careful what you Tweet boys & girls.
It seems a well known security expert has been warning folks for the last 4-5 years about how easy it would be to hack systems on some planes.  When he Tweeted about this from a flight, he was pulled off by the FBI.  Seriously?
Here’s part of the story:

A prominent computer security expert was barred from boarding one United flight, removed from another, and detained by the FBI—all apparently over a tweet pointing out how easy United’s security system is to hack.

Chris Roberts—the founder of security analysis firm One World Labs—tweeted aboutvulnerabilities on his United flight’s engine-indicating and crew-alert systems (EICAS) last Wednesday.


For the full story from Gawker, click here.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Carestream CS 8100 3D Undergoes FDA Recall

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Something owners & buyers should be aware of.  It seems the Carestream 8100 3D cone beam device is undergoing an FDA recall.  
Here is the info:
Date PostedApril 03, 2015
Recall Status1Open
Recall NumberZ-1378-2015
Recall Event ID70649
Premarket Notification
510(K) Number
Product ClassificationSystem,X-Ray,Extraoral Source,Digital - Product CodeMUH
ProductCS 8100 3D, CATALOG # (s): 5311162, 5311188. Intended to produce complete or segmented tomographic digital panoramic X-ray images and three-dimensional digital X-ray images of the dentomaxillo-facial area to be used at the direction of healthcare professionals as diagnostic support for pediatric and adult patient.
Code InformationAll serial numbers of affected devices.
Recalling Firm/
Carestream Health, Inc.
1049 W Ridge Rd
Rochester, New York 14615-2731
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Units device head descended unexpectedly
FDA Determined
Cause 2
DESIGN: Component Design/Selection
ActionThe firm sent customers "Urgent: Medical Device Recall" letters, dated December 29, 2014. The letter described the problem, as well as, the actions to be taken. A Carestream Health service representative will contact customers to schedule a visit to inspect the affected devices. Questions or concerns should be directed towards the Carestream Customer Care Center in the U.S. at 1-800-328-2910.
Quantity in Commerce470 units (127 domestically & 343 internationally)
DistributionWorldwide Distribution -- US, including the states of AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NV, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WV; and the countries of India and Switzerland.
Total Product Life CycleTPLC Device Report

Friday, April 17, 2015

X-47B Passes In Air Refueling Test

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It looks like the U.S. Navy’s X-47B UAV system is getting closer & closer to being ready to go.  According to, the UAV made contact with an Omega K-707 aerial tanker 2 days ago to test the inflight refueling of the system.  The trial was a success and this brings the stealth drone closer than ever to being ready to deploy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Drone Maker DJI May be Worth 10 Billion

As most of you loyal readers know, I’ve been a drone owner & fanatic for a couple of years now.
The latest one I’m flying is the DJI Vision 2 pictured above.  I’ve been impressed with the device’s ease of use, durability, and the availability of spare parts.
It’s just a flat out kick to fly and take images with.
Being a drone owner has changed a lot in the time I’ve been flying and the newer models coming out are easier to fly, better built, and make the whole hobby just a lot more fun.  A lot of those things I just mentioned are because of DJI.  The company took a look at the marketplace and took it from a DIY hobby to something that almost anyone can use & understand pretty quickly.
Now comes word that DJI (a Chinese company) is looking for a market valuation of $10 billion from investors.  Is that amazing?  It seems so to me, but that’s the word from CNN Money.  For the full story from CNN Money, here is the link.
They say:

The world's most innovative drone maker is not based in Silicon Valley. It's in China -- and it could be worth $10 billion.

SZ DJI Technology Co., better known as DJI, is looking to raise money from investors at a $10 billion valuation, according to media reports. A company spokesman confirmed to CNN that DJI is talking to venture capital firms, but declined to comment further.

The upstart Chinese firm is at the forefront of the drone invasion, offering professional quality machines to consumers for around $1,000. Should the funding round come off, the company's $10 billion valuation would catapult it into the ranks of elite tech startups.

DJI's drones are designed with four propellers, and are easy for beginners to control. One of the latest models, the Phantom 3, comes equipped with a camera that shoots in 4K or 1080p, and has a range of 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). The drones are used by enthusiasts, commercial clients and the media (CNN owns a few, for example).

The world got a close look at one of the company's products in January, when a DJI drone crash landed on the White House grounds, sparking worries over security. (DJI has already installed no-fly zones in some models).


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Core3dcentres® NA Recognized as Complete Solutions Partner for Carestream Dental

Las Vegas, NV – April 14, 2015 – Core3dcentres® and Carestream Dental are pleased to announce that Core3dcentres has been recognized as a Complete Solutions Partner for Carestream Dental in North America. With seven out of 10 oral health professionals worldwide using Carestream Dental products, this is a dental imaging solution team Core3dcentres is proud to be on!
Core3dcentres has undergone a rigorous training process to help CS Connect — a hosted web-based platform that enables the transmission of digital impression data — dental laboratories take maximum advantage of Carestream Dental’s game-changing computer-aided design/computer- aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions, making their workflow intuitive and efficient, while building their business.

First, practitioners use either one of several Carestream Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) units or the CS 3500 intraoral scanner to create digital impressions. With a CBCT unit, conventional impressions are scanned to create 3D models, or, the intraoral scanner can be used to capture true color, high-resolution 3D digital images of patients’ teeth.

Once the STL files have been submitted to a lab, two different workflows are possible depending on the laboratory’s digital capabilities, both based on the original scans taken by the practitioner with Carestream Dental scanning solutions. If the lab prefers to do their own case design, Core3dcentres can assist with fast model printing, eliminating the need for expensive in-lab model printing capabilities. In workflow option 2, Core3dcentres can also design the case for the laboratory and then print and return the models. The laboratory can choose to mill the case themselves or have Core3dcentres do it for them with either workflow option.

Both Core3dcentres and Carestream Dental are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Carestream Dental services from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit; or contact us toll-free at 1- 888-750-9204 or by email at

About Core3dcentres®

With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.

As a Carestream Dental Complete Solutions Partner; an authorized milling partner for the Thommen Implant System, Dentsply CELTRATM Duo, VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar VivadentTM, BioHorizons® and 3M LavaTM; as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (CELTRATM Duo, VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY®, IPS e.max® CAD, Telio CAD®, ZenoTec®, LavaTM) supported by continuing education, technical assistance, validated workflows and fast turnarounds. To find out more, visit

About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 1.800.933.8031 or visit

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; Xray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films
and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

3D Robotics Announces Solo...

As a drone flyer and lover, I’ve got to say that I’m fairly impressed with this effort from 3D Robotics.  This seems to be a definite shot over the bow at the DJI systems on the market.

After watching the video above, take a look at some of the features in the image below.  It is incredibly cool to see the “drone wars” heating up and making these devices more reliable as well as easier to fly.  As someone who has been at this for a while, believe me when I say we’ve seen some very advanced improvements in a relatively short amount of time…

Monday, April 13, 2015

17 Reasons This 'Rhiannon' Clip Is the Coolest Thing in the Universe

File this one under "life" for the blog.

Sometimes you just come across something that is so much fun, you want to share it.  That's the way it is today!

Rolling Stone has a great article on why the above video is an amazing one to watch.  If you lived in the 70's this one will definitely bring back the memories.

Enjoy an unknown singer named Stevie Nicks wow the crowd with a fairly new Fleetwood Mac song called Rhiannon.

Friday, April 10, 2015

CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration Entertainment-Only and VIP Packages Selling Out

Entertainment-Only and VIP tickets will not be available for purchase after May 15th

April 9, 2015 – Charlotte, NC – The hottest ticket in town is selling out quickly.

Sirona Dental, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry, announced today that due to overwhelming demand, VIP and Entertainment-Only tickets to its upcoming CEREC©30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration held at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas from September 17-19th 2015 will no longer be available for sale after May 15, 2015.

“Sirona’s CEREC 30 Celebration is smashing registration records,” said Sirona Dental, Inc.  President, Michael Augins. “The record number of those who have already purchased tickets for C30 affirms the event’s popularity and solidifies its place as the world’s premier digital dentistry festival and experience.”

The Entertainment-Only pass is offered to spouses or guests who are not doctors and who are not attending courses. The pass allows entry to the welcome reception Thursday evening, celebrity entertainment Friday evening, and the closing celebration at TAO nightclub on Saturday night. This pass does not include breakfast or lunches.

The VIP package offers an enhanced CEREC 30 event experience, including:

  • Exclusive VIP registration and lounge area
  • VIP entrance to the general session
  • Reserved seating in the general session that guarantees some of the best seats 
  • VIP reception area during the welcome reception, including special access to reserved bar and special lounge seating
  • Reserved seating for Friday’s musical entertainment featuring the Grammy-award winning rock and roll band Train
  • VIP entry to the final night party at TAO nightclub
  • Entry to exclusive VIP area at final night party
The CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration provides up to 18 CE credits across a comprehensive spectrum of digital dentistry topics and tracks, and features an exhibit hall showcasing top dental companies and their products and services.

Anyone who wishes to purchase VIP and/or Entertainment-Only passes for CEREC 30 must act by May 15th. All dental and dental lab professionals are encouraged to visit to register and for additional information.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Battery Charges Cell Phones in 1 Minute

A group of Stanford researchers has created a battery that will recharge a cell phone in one minute!

The battery is supposedly much safer than the batteries currently in use and will last much longer as well.

For the full story, click here.

Can't wait to get my hands on one of these!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

All Star Wars Films Available for Digital Download this Friday!

For the fist time ever, all of the 6 Star Wars films will be avail able for digital download this Friday.

Here is the news from CBC news.

Star Wars fans be able to download or stream the entire collection in the intergalactic space saga starting this Friday, Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox have announced.
All six movies will be available for purchase either individually or as a collection through a variety of online retailers, including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, among others, they said Monday.
The films in The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection, in order of their release, are:
  • Star Wars (also known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), 1977.
  • The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back), 1980.
  • Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), 1983.
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999.
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002.
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005.

Click the link above for all the details!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Alcohol-Free GUM® Paroex® (Chlorhexidine Gluconate USP, 0.12%) Oral Rinse Gives All Patients Access to Effective Gingivitis Treatment – now in a convenient new size.

Broadly appealing rinse avoids irritation associated with alcohol and delivers therapeutic benefits
Chicago, IL, April 6th, 2015 — With the launch of a new 4 oz size of GUM® Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate USP, 0.12% Oral Rinse, Sunstar Americas today reminded dental professionals that it has the only FDA-approved alcohol-free chlorhexidine rinse, which makes it possible for their entire patient base to have access to the same standard of care for the treatment of gingivitis. Paroex® is designed to be used as part of a professional program to treat gingivitis, leading to better gum health.
According to the company, other chlorhexidine rinses contain 11.6% alcohol as an inactive ingredient, yet they are no more therapeutically effective than alcohol-free Paroex®. Alcohol in oral rinses may cause a burning sensation. This can be a barrier to patient compliance, as patients who may need to avoid alcohol may decide to not use the rinse or even decline to have their prescriptions filled.
“Virtually every dental practice has some patients who may need to avoid alcohol, and many more who find that alcohol-containing rinses cause a burning sensation,” said Jim Doyle, Sunstar Americas Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Paroex® is the perfect choice for these patients. In fact, given that alcohol-free Paroex® is therapeutically equivalent to the alcohol-containing rinses1, we believe Paroex® is the perfect choice for all patients.”
1 Leyes Borrajo JL, et al. Efficacy of chlorhexidine mouthrinses with and without alcohol: a clinical study. J Periodontol. 2002 Mar;73(3):317-21.

Sunstar Americas makes Paroex® available in 16 ounce bottles and, starting in April 2015, in 4 ounce bottles that patients can take home from their dental practice. This provides yet another way in which Paroex® can contribute to higher levels of patient compliance relative to alcohol- containing rinses.
Finally, Mr. Doyle reminds us, “When in doubt, leave the alcohol out.”

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Opening Day!!!

I've been a Royals season ticket holder for almost 30 years.  Needless to say, last year was a dream come true for me.

This year, I'm taking the day off & attending the home opener of my Boys in Blue.

Will this year be as exciting as last year?   Who knows, but last year was one heck of a ride...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Star Wars Drones!!!

For any serious geek, Star Wars is something that is part of your DNA.  Whether you grew up waiting for each of the films or are young enough that they were all on DVD or Blue Ray when you saw them, they hold a special place in a geek's heart.

Drones, of course, are another love of geeks like me.  I've been flying... and occasionally crashing drones for well over 2 years now.  They have become my tech hobby of choice other than dentistry.

One of the companies that I buy drones and drone parts from is 3D Robotics.  They are a good company and really support the DIY drone hobbyists.

Because I'm a 3DR fanboy, I check out their blog on a regular  basis and this time I stumbled across some amazing drone designs.

Imagine flying a Tie Fighter or the Millenium Falcon!  This is a geek's dream come true.

For all the Star Wars drones & even a video of one flying, visit the 3DR blog page here.  Enjoy!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Futudent Camera is a Winner!

At the Pacific Dental Conference last year, I got a chance to meet the smart guys behind the Futudent camera.  It is a head mounted camera that allows you to capture video or still photos in HD!!!

This tiny camera can be mounted on surgical telescopes or, in my case, the bill of a KC Royals baseball cap!

I've been testing the Futudent camera since the Chicago MidWinter meeting and I've got to tell you that this device is really ready for prime time.  I have the focal length set to match the focal length on my surgical telescopes and now the patients can see exactly what I see in real time.

The camera comes with software that uploads your video to a HIPAA compliant cloud storage solution which makes creating videos quick and easy.

For quite a few years now I have had patients ask me when I would have a camera that would allow them to see what I see...   with the Futudent, that time is now.

The tiny camera connects to the operatory camera via USB.  It takes very little time to set up and in a matter of minutes you are ready to show  and/or record HD video of your procedures.

If you