Thursday, May 23, 2024

ADA Puts Out Statement Warning the Public about 'Veneer Techs'

 



Recently there have been several news stories about unlicensed dentists opening offices and actually treating the public.  That includes a woman who was recently arrested in Cook County Illinois who had been arrested for the same unlicensed dentistry scam in Las Vegas shortly before making bail and heading to the Chicago area.

Many of these "Veneer Techs" market themselves on social media (the accused mentioned earlier had a big presence on TikTok) showing photos of supposed 'happy patients' and showing off treatment they reportedly did.  Of course they offer they can do the same for others... and at much lower price than they could get elsewhere.

This is one of the problems with social media.  If you read it or see it, for some reason, it seems 'more true' than if you simply heard about it.  I am no different.  If I read something that looks professional, I have tendency to think "it has to be true".  Fortunately for me, that feeling lasts a second or tow and then my natural skepticism kicks in and I do some research.  Unfortunately, often good people believe these things to be true and unfortunately act on what they've read or viewed. 

While you dentists reading this know what I'm about to say is true, I'm saying the following to those readers who may not have a great deal of dental knowledge and understanding.  I want to state for the record... Dentistry is not nearly as easy to deliver as we make it appear.  The trained and licensed dentist has under gone years of extensive and expensive training.  Many younger dentists are graduating with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt due to student loans.  Yet they go into the profession and work hard because they are called to help their fellow human beings.  

It's not about the income it's about the higher calling.

So I'm proud of the ADA for taking a stand and bringing this to the attention of the public.  The ADA addressed this recently in the ADA News, but they also have created a page to inform the public about this scary issue.

Here is the ADA Statement which appears on the ADA website:


Statement on Recent Reports of "Veneer Technicians"

CHICAGO, May 14, 2024 – The American Dental Association (ADA) is aware of recent reports of “veneer technicians” offering services to the public. The ADA urges the public to be cautious of these services that eliminate the role of the dentist in diagnosing the patient’s oral health needs, developing a treatment plan to best meet those needs, and safely managing treatment throughout the course of care.

Unsupervised dental treatment from unlicensed individuals has the potential to cause damaging complications for patients, and any dental procedure that may alter the physical structure of an individual’s teeth, gums or jaws, without the supervision of a dentist, has the potential to cause irreversible harm.

Risks that may be associated with services from unlicensed individuals include potential infection from adhesives and curing devices that are not properly sterilized or from placing veneers over unhealthy teeth or untreated cavities; nerve damage from improperly trimming or filing the teeth; and potential choking hazard during placement.

Dentistry is a regulated healthcare profession that requires formal education and licensure. Every state has regulations that require dentists and hygienists to be licensed in order to provide patient care. The level of oversight for dental assistants varies by state and, while dental assistants may or may not be licensed or registered by the state, they are required to perform their duties under the supervision of a licensed dentist. State dental practice acts define the scope of practice for dentists, hygienists, and licensed or registered dental assistants. However, dental laboratory technicians and businesses are generally not licensed.

The ADA is committed to quality care and encourages the public to seek care from licensed dentists to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment, and patient safety for all of their oral health care needs.

For more information about oral health, visit MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s public education website.


About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 159,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), published monthly, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org.




Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Change Healthcare Announces that Recent Hack Compromised Patient Data

 


As almost everyone is now aware of Change Healthcare, which is owned by United Healthcare, suffered a massive data breach in February of 2024.  The breach was so severe that it ended up forcing Change Healthcare to take all of their systems offline, although it may have been a Ransomware attack that encrypted data making it inaccessible.  Encryption was the likely culprit because Change Healthcare ended up quickly paying a ransom of $22 million to the perpetrators in order to get things back to even a semblance of working order.

This breach affected a "significant portion of the US population" while also having a major impact on the entire US healthcare system.  When Change Healthcare went down it brought their payment services to a screeching halt meaning hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies couldn't file claims or be payed for claims they had already filed.  I've spoken to several doctors that have stated that even now, over three months since the February 21, 2024 breach, they are still awaiting payment on multiple claims.

Now comes word that in addition to the payment problems, patient data was also compromised.  It seems that the hackers posted 22 screenshots on public facing websites that revealed PHI (Personal Health Information) as well as personally identifiable information.

If you have been affected by this hack, you can visit a page with more information that was created by UnitedHealth Group.  

The federal government has also gotten involved in this situation and has created a webpage that provides more information for anyone affected.  

At some point (if it hasn't happened already) some unfortunate patient is going to die due to something akin to this.  This breach caused hospitals to cancel some surgeries, patient records were inaccessible, and some patients could not get needed prescriptions.

Healthcare companies are being increasingly targeted by these Ransomware groups and while I don't personally have the answer, experts need to figure out a way to stop these.  Patient lives are at stake.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Looking to Improve Your Composite Outcomes? Take a Good Look at PinkWave™


 

I've spent many years in dentistry.  The thing I like the most about that, is that it gives me a really unique perspective on where we are because I know firsthand where we've come from and how far we've progressed.

When I was being trained, adhesive dentistry was in its infancy.  True story: when I was in school we had to get every step inspected and checked off.  We had to have someone check our etching for bonded composites, and if there was ONE speck of the etchant on dentin, you were in big trouble.  Prevailing theories at the time said that etching dentin would kill the pulp.  Of course, then along came my friend Dr. John Kanca and the world changed.  Suddenly total etch and wet bonding exploded across the profession.  Dr. Kanca took a lot of flack for his initial position on the subject, but he's a really smart guy and he was proven to be correct in a relatively short time.

When I started in the profession, composites were rare things.  I placed predominantly amalgam restorations for the first part of my career.

Jumping forward to today, things have changed radically from the old days.  At this point in my career, it's been about 2 decades since I placed an amalgam.  And over the years of progress, I've spent a lot of time studying and learning about adhesive dentistry.

The one thing I like to say is that curing is the 'step child' of adhesive dentistry.  By that I mean, that everyone knows about it, but it doesn't get the attention attention it deserves.  Most of us tend to think that we put the light on the material, wait a few seconds, and then go on to the next step.

However, I can tell you absolutely, that curing is one of the most important aspects of bonding.  If your light isn't strong enough or if you fail to cure for the proper time, all kinds of problems can result.  So, we need to pay attention to curing and better understand the physics and chemistry involved in it.

Today's post is about the PinkWave™ curing light from Vista-Apex and I'm going to spend the rest of the post explaining why I love the science behind it.

In the simplest terms, the light needs to reach every aspect of the material to achieve proper photo-polymerization.  That's one of the reasons (but not the only one) why for many materials, we place them in 2-3mm increments.  At that size, the increment is small enough for the light to penetrate all the way through it.  Some materials today are bulk cure or "large increment cure" with manufacturers creating composites that are a bit more translucent to help the photons reach deep into the restoration.  The deeper the light penetrates, the better the cure.

PinkWave™ handles this depth of cure situation with a unique solution.  The light uses FOUR different LED wavelengths (QuadWave™) to provide increased polymerization and the resultant depth of cure those wavelengths provide.

For the science minded readers, like me, those 4 LEDs provide standard blue, red, NIR (near infrared), and UV to penetrate the beam deep into the restoration.  This combination of light gives PinkWave™ a stated depth of cure up to 8.5mm... which is incredible.

The extra wavelengths have the physics necessary to enhance the cure and the resulting depth of cure, which is SO important for restoration longevity.  And that goes for even the incredibly high mw/cm2 output.  Light intensity doesn't always translate to depth of penetration. which is something that isn't always well understood.  That, in my opinion, is the genius behind PinkWave™.  

The blue LEDs are what activate the photo-initiator (CPQ) which is what most composites use.  However, *some* composites use a different photo-intiator that doesn't use blue to cure.  For those composites, that's where the UV LEDs come into play.  That makes PinkWave™ a truly "broadband" light that will effectively cure any restorative material.

The purpose of the red and NIR (near infrared) LEDs is to gently warm the material.  The wavelength of these LEDs allows them to  penetrate deeply into the material and warm it.  This increases the amount of polymerization that occurs.  Of course heating the material probably triggers concerns in your mind.  Some of you are probably thinking, "what does that do to the pulp?"  Let me put those fears to rest.  The team at Vista-Apex did *extensive* testing in that area and I can tell you with certainty that while it warms the material, it has no effect on the pulp or the tooth.

I always place warm composite.  I have for years.  Multiple studies have shown that warm composite cures more completely.  Warming the material 'energizes' the composite monomers so that the material cures much more completely.

Another great feature of PinkWave™ is in the optics.  Most curing lights work best right at the tip as the photons exit the device.  However, Vista-Apex uses a lens to focus the energy, not at the tip, but at a point 5mm away from the lens.  That puts the energy into the composite where it belongs.

Basically, the device warms the composite AND puts the beam right where it needs to be which results in a deeper, more complete, and better cure. 

If you've been looking for a way to get better clinical outcomes, follow this link and checkout PinkWave™.  I think you'll be impressed.  Curing lights are not all created equal and I feel PinkWave™ is created to perform better.


 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Walmart Announces Closure of Health Centers & No More Dental Care in Stores

 


On April 30th, 2024, Walmart made the announcement that it is closing its health centers and virtual care service stating they were having difficulties finding success with the offerings.  The initiative was launched in 2019, but since the company has had a tough time in the market of health.

This translates to also closing any dental services the company was offering.

The company had opened 51 health centers in five states and had worked on expanding its telehealth program, but stated "there is not a sustainable business model for us to continue".

Walmart stated that "the challenging reimbursement environment and escalating operating costs create a lack of profitability that make the care business unsustainable for us at this time."

They had previously announced plans in March 2023 to open 28 health centers in 2024.  These would have been focused in Dallas and Houston.  The company had also planned to open centers in Phoenix and Kansas City.

As practicing dentists know, the business side of things has been more difficult since the pandemic and it seems that even major retailers entering the market have experience similar issues.

The Associated Press has a more detailed story, which can be found by following this link.  

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Formlabs Dental Announces FDA Clearance for 2 New 3D Printed Mouthguard Resins


As we all know, he world of dentistry is constantly evolving, and 3D printing is rapidly changing how dental professionals operate. Now, comes the introduction of two new FDA-cleared resins from Formlabs, which allows for creating comfortable and effective mouthguards directly in-house.  

This blog post dives into the news of Dental LT Comfort Resin and Dental LT Clear Resin V2, providing a clear (pun intended) picture of the benefits they offer to both dental professionals and patients.

Innovation Meets Convenience: FDA-Cleared 3D Printing

For years, 3D printing has held immense promise for the dentistry. Now, with the FDA clearance of Dental LT Comfort Resin and Dental LT Clear Resin V2 by Formlabs, this potential is being realized to a greater degree. These resins allow dental practices create custom-made mouthguards directly on-site, eliminating the need for traditional impression methods, stone models, and external labs.

Dental LT Comfort Resin: Enhanced Comfort 

Dental LT Comfort Resin prioritizes patient comfort with its flexibility. This resin is ideal for patients who clench or grind their teeth, as the flexibility helps to absorb impact and reduce pressure on the jaw. Additionally, the material is easily polished to a smooth finish, maximizing comfort during wear.

Dental LT Clear Resin V2: Superior Optics and Durability

Dental LT Clear Resin V2 (the second generation of this resin) offers impressive aesthetics with its high optical transparency. This makes it a good choice for patients who desire a more discreet mouthguard. This resin also boasts long-term durability, ensuring the mouthguard can withstand regular use.  We've all see patients literally 'chew through' an appliance and this should help in that regard.

Benefits for Dental Professionals

The introduction of these FDA-cleared resins offers advantages for those of us in the profession:

Faster turnaround times: In-house 3D printing eliminates the need to wait for external labs, allowing for quicker delivery of mouthguards to patients.

Increased patient satisfaction: Offering comfortable and aesthetically pleasing mouthguards can significantly improve patient satisfaction.

Streamlined workflow: 3D printing allows for greater control over the entire mouthguard creation process.

A Brighter Smile for Everyone

The availability of FDA-cleared Dental LT Comfort Resin and Dental LT Clear Resin V2 marks a step forward in dental 3D printing. These innovative materials help dental professionals to provide patients with comfortable, effective, and custom mouthguards, ultimately leading to a healthier and happier smile for everyone.  I often tell patients that we can build mouthguards much more easily than we can build back a worn dentition.

Considering 3D Printed Mouthguards?

If you're a dental professional interested in learning more about how these FDA-cleared resins can benefit your practice, head over to the Formlabs Dental website and check out their 3D printing solutions. You can also consult with a dental equipment supplier to discuss these materials and determine if they're a good fit for your needs.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Business Experts Predict Amazing Growth in the Field of Orthodontics in the Coming Years




As I've probably mentioned before, this year I was honored to become a Candid Academy Faculty member.  My good friend, Dr. David Little and I both joined in February/March time frame.

I love providing orthodontic treatment and I follow that part of the industry pretty closely.  Because of my fascination with all things ortho, I was excited to see a recent report on PR Newswire that stated experts are expecting the market for orthodontic services to be a record breaking $8.39 billion by 2027.

The prediction is that estimated growth of the market will be at a rate of 17.13%

My personal opinion is that this interesting news, but it doesn't greatly surprise me.  With clear aligner companies (like Candid) orthodontics for the GP is much more simple than it would be if every case needed brackets and wires.  I also feel that many patients who want minor corrections didn't see the big benefit of going through the bracket and wire process.  However, when minor corrections can be performed quickly and easily with clear aligners, that makes the treatment much more palatable for people who otherwise might seek treatment.

There's also the fact that the explosion of technology in healthcare is making orthodontics more available.  New resins have made aligners more responsive and better for patients.  Combining those resins with the continual advances in 3D printing means things fit better than ever before and move the teeth an in incredibly precise manner.

My complaint on the PR Newswire article is that they mention many "problems" that can result from orthodontic treatment.  They failed to state how *rare complications are*.  In all my years of doing dentistry and evaluating patients... most of whom I did NOT treat orthodontically, I've probably seen less than 5-10 cases where there was an uncorrectable problem.

Considering the article mentions well researched numbers on growth, they should have also provided well researched numbers on the complications, which are rare... very rare.

If you'd like to read the full article, follow this link.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Another Hacking Trick used against Healthcare Offices...


 

As almost everyone now knows, you should *never* click on a file emailed to you without first making sure it is authentic.  Even then there are risks, but by contacting the people or organization that supposedly sent the file, you can eliminate the majority of that risk.

Generally speaking, in the chain of security, the human element is the weakest link.

This is especially true when faced with well thought out social engineering schemes.  The person attempting to start a breach will usually try to put the target into a panic, which helps them because when humans panic, we tend not to think as clearly.  In my office, we once got a call from someone claiming to be from the local power company telling us they were going to shut our power off in one hour unless we paid the bill. They told us that they could take care of it with a credit card, but that we had to give them the number NOW or we were going dark.

 Of course, we panicked.  It was only when someone had the presence of mind to ask if they could give us our account number along with the date and amount of our last payment that we figured out it was a scam.  The person on the other end of the phone call couldn't answer those questions.

Along similar lines, I've learned of another social engineering scam.  The office receives an email that is faked to appear to be from the state medical or dental board.  A complaint is alleged and a file is attached that supposedly contains the complaint.  Of course, in a panic people click on the file and in addition to opening a fake complaint, it also installs a file that allows the criminals access to and control of the network.

This scam has been used with some success against plastic surgery offices.  The worst part of this scam for those offices *and* the patients is that hackers then download all the patient files and use what is in them to extort money from the office.  Some offices that have been hit have had the worst possible scenario evolve out of it.  The hackers are then posting photos of patients that were taken pre and postoperatively.  Being in the practice of cosmetic surgery, many of the photos are of patients disrobed.  Hackers have been posting these images in publicly accessible websites.  You can imagine the humiliation that patients face when they learn that photos are online of them not wearing clothes.  Some of the sites have gone as far as to post the patients' contact info with the images.

The lesson here is to NEVER click on a link or any file from an outside source without verifying its authenticity.  Data security breaches are increasing in the healthcare sector every year and we all need to do everything we can to protect the patients we care for.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Medit Announces Launch of the New i900 Intraoral Scanner


 


The Medit i900

The dental industry is abuzz with the release of the Medit i900, the latest intraoral scanner from the innovative company Medit. Medit has a history of disrupting the market with user-friendly and high-precision scanners at a good price point, and the i900 promises to be another game-changer.

Today's blog post dives into the features of the i900 and explores how it might impact the future of digital dentistry.

Intuitive Design 

The i900 boasts a completely redesigned user interface. Gone are the buttons, replaced by a sleek and intuitive Touch Band and Touch Pad. This allows for comfortable scanning from any angle, regardless of hand size. The scanner itself is incredibly lightweight, weighing in at just 165 grams.

Unparalleled Precision and Speed

Medit boasts that the i900 is their fastest scanner yet. The all-new 3rd-Generation Optical Engine with a 10-bit camera captures incredibly detailed scans with a wider field of view. This translates to sharper images and improved accuracy for capturing even the most challenging oral structures. The improved technology also tackles issues like capturing reflective surfaces like metal restorations or bleeding gums.

Enhanced Workflow

The i900 incorporates real-time haptic feedback, guiding the user's hand for smoother and more efficient scanning. The 360° Touch Band allows for easy navigation, and customizable controls on the Touch Pad and Touch Menu streamline the workflow. All of this combines to create a more positive experience for both the dentist and the patient.

Is the i900 Right for You?

While the i900 boasts impressive features, it's important to consider your specific needs. If you're a dentist looking for a cutting-edge scanner to enhance your practice, the i900 is definitely worth investigating. However, pricing information hasn't been released yet, so it's wise to compare it to other scanners on the market before making a decision.

Stay tuned for further updates and reviews on the Medit i900 as more information becomes available.


Thursday, May 9, 2024

 



For the last several years, when I've needed to protect my eyes from laser wavelengths, I've used Ease-In-Shields.  In fact, I was so impressed with them, that I brought them up during the meeting of the Cellerant Best of Class meeting where we determined the winners for 2017.  If I remember correctly, they were a unanimous winner with myself and the rest of the panel all voting "yes" to give them the award.

They offer incredible protection, but the *best* feature in my opinion is how easy they are to use.  Over 80% of dentists work with some type of magnification.  Doctors become so used to seeing everything magnified that we don't want to work without our surgical telescopes (loupes).  The question is "how do I continue to work with mag AND protect my eyes.  These lenses slide behind your glasses and allow the doctor to continue to work with magnification while also protecting the eyes.  The big plus is that you don't even have to take your mag off to use them.  They gently and easily slide between the scopes and your face which makes putting them on simple.  The operator doesn't even need to remove their mag, the shield slides in easily behind them while the mag stays in place on the doctor's face.

When you're finished they can be wiped down with a disinfectant.  It's a great and super easy thing to use.  I was thrilled to learn that the company has now been acquired by one of my favorite companies, Ultradent.   Here is all the info from the company...


SOUTH JORDAN, Utah May 8, 2024. Ultradent proudly announces the acquisition of Ease-In-ShieldsTM from ViewMax Solutions, LLC. Ease-In-Shields provides unique eye protection for laser and curing light users, with their double patented shape, allowing the shields to fit into most loupe and eyewear shapes for maximum safety.

Of the Ease-in-Shield acquisition, Scot Andersen, Ultradent’s Vice-President of Business Development, said, “After years of working with ViewMax Solutions LLC, we’re pleased to announce the acquisition of their product, Ease-In-ShieldsTM. We’re excited to continue working in conjunction with the founders to promote Ease-In-Shields more broadly in the dental space.” 

Ease-In-Shields’ polycarbonate construction makes them both light and strong, less prone to fogging, and unlike other laser filter inserts in the market, offering total protective coverage as certified by Laservision USA’s Safety Laboratories.

The Ease-In-Shields won the prestigious 2017 Cellerant “Best of Class” Technology award, thanks to the unprecedented protection they offer and their unique benefits, such as quick and hygienic placement and removal from loupes without having to remove eyewear from the face. Ease-In-Shields’ various options afford eye protection for different types of laser wavelengths and accommodate many facial sizes.


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

FBI Sounds Warning on a Credible Cybersecurity Threat to Offices in the Dental Industry

 


There is a reason I believe in the ADA.  Although I don't agree with everything they do, dentistry needs a united voice to communicate with the public and legislators.  Density also needs a voice that can speak to the profession when something important is happening that the profession needs to be aware.  Today is one of those days.

In case you have not been notified or perhaps missed the email sent yesterday May 7th, today's post is *incredibly* important to dental practices.  I am posting the email I received in its entirety.  Please read it!


The American Dental Association (ADA) urges all dental practices to remain vigilant after it was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with information regarding a credible threat to the practices of oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Current Threat Information from the FBI

On Tuesday, May 6, 2024, the FBI informed the ADA and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) of a credible cybersecurity threat to the practices of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The FBI said that as of that date there were no known cyberattack victims, but the agency is working proactively to raise awareness to help prevent victimization. The FBI suspects the group behind the cyberattacks may be shifting tactics to oral and maxillofacial surgery practices after targeting plastic surgeons last year.

While this current threat is focused on oral and maxillofacial surgeons, the FBI is concerned that the practices of general dentists and other specialists could also eventually be targeted.

Cybercriminals often use social engineering scams — such as phishing (email), SMSishing (through text or instant messaging apps) and vishing (using phone calls and voicemail) — to gain access to sensitive personal data such as electronic protected health information. Spear phishing refers to a phishing email appearing to be from a trusted contact. For example, a threat actor may use phishing to impersonate a credentialing agency. Through these scams, threat actors try to convince people to reveal sensitive information, or to click on a link, open an attachment or visit a website that causes malware to be deployed. This malware can lead to ransomware, which blocks system and/or file access  until money is paid.

The FBI provided an example in which the threat actor poses as a new patient or says they want to become a patient at the practice to obtain new patient forms online. Once the forms are received, the threat actor will then contact the practice to report they are having trouble submitting them online and ask if they can scan the forms and email them instead. The threat actor then emails the “forms” as an attachment. When the attachment is opened malware is deployed in a phishing scheme.

The FBI requests dental practices that experience any fraudulent or suspicious activities to report them to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.

Precautions Practices Can Take

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends four vital ways to protect your practice from cyberthreats:

Teach your team to recognize and avoid phishing

Require strong passwords

Require multifactor authentication

Update all business software

The following resources  are also available to support healthcare professionals:

A CISA.gov toolkit aids healthcare practices in building cybersecurity foundations and implementing more advanced, complex tools to stay secure and ahead of current threats.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Knowledge on Demand resource offers five free cybersecurity trainings that align with the top five threats named in HHS’ Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices. HHS also offers information on how the HIPAA security rule can help defend against cyberattacks.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Security Risk Assessment Tool, a resource designed to help medium and small providers conduct a security risk assessment as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Information Security and Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center’s “Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity and the Health Sector” guide shares how health care entities help protect against AI-enhanced cyberthreats.

Additional resources can be found at ADA.org/riskmanagement

As the nation’s largest organization of dentists, the ADA is advocating on behalf of all dentists at the federal level to recommend several measures to protect and ensure the resilience of health care infrastructure against cyber threats. The ADA will continue to lead this charge and provide cybersecurity updates as they become available, all in service to you and your patients. Please visit ADA.org to see the many ways the ADA advocates on behalf of dentists nationwide.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Online Dental Care Solution Dentistry.One Named as a 2024 NJBIZ Health Care Hero

 


Over the years, I've become a big fan of MouthWatch and the other companies under their umbrella.  Good products, good prices, and good people make for success.  The folks at MouthWatch have that covered.  That's why I'm happy to provide the following info regarding one more jewel in their crown...


Dentistry.One, a virtual-first dental care solution introduced by MouthWatch, LLC, was recently named a 2024 Health Care Hero by leading New Jersey business publication, NJBIZ.  

The annual award recognizes excellence, promotes innovation, and honors the efforts of the individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey. 

Candidates were nominated by NJBIZ reader submissions, with the winners selected by a panel of independent judges. This year’s Health Care Heroes Awards recognized individuals and organizations across 11 categories. Dentistry.One was named a Health Care Hero in the “Innovation Hero” category.

“On behalf of the entire Dentistry.One team, we thank NJBIZ for this prestigious recognition of Dentistry.One and our commitment to developing innovative approaches that create greater access to oral healthcare,” said Brant Herman, Founder & CEO, MouthWatch & Dentistry.One. “New Jersey has long been a pioneer in nurturing healthcare businesses impacting the health and well-being of individuals around the world. We are so proud to be part of this innovative and dynamic community.” 

Dentistry.One virtual-first oral health care offers access to a nationwide network of on-demand dentists, personalized care coordination, oral health coaching, and a digital connection between dental and medical care through proprietary teledentistry software. 

Online dental consultations with Dentistry.One are accessible anytime, from anywhere and include services such as emergency care, pre-op and post-op support, non-narcotic e-prescriptions, second opinions, caries risk assessment, sleep apnea screening, oral hygiene instruction, chronic care coaching, and product recommendations. 

About MouthWatch / Dentistry.One

MouthWatch, LLC, is a leader in developing digital technology solutions that drive success for dental professionals, improve oral health care, and enhance the overall patient experience.

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch is widely known for its intraoral cameras that help engage patients in treatment planning through high-quality, affordable imaging technology, and its TeleDent software that provides practices and organizations with a teledentistry option to engage patients with providers remotely. 

In January of 2023, MouthWatch launched Dentistry.One, a virtual-first care network that addresses the expectations of today’s modern healthcare consumers, the need for greater efficiency in healthcare, and the proven connection between good oral health and total health. Dentistry.One features on-demand dental consultations, personalized care coordination, and oral health coaching for prioritizing oral health. 

MouthWatch hardware and software are in use at over 42,000 practices, over 30 leading Dental Service Organizations (DSOs), and over 100 dental schools. The company has been recognized three times in the Inc. 5000. For more information, visit mouthwatch.com. or dentistry.one.


Monday, May 6, 2024

Ivoclar and SprintRay Join Forces

 


There's been a lot of news out of the industry as of late dealing with the 3D printing space.  Today I'll delve into a recent announcement that pairs two industry leaders.  Let's take a look at the partnership between Ivoclar and SprintRay.

Ivoclar and SprintRay: A Powerful Partnership Shaping Dental 3D Printing

The dental industry is witnessing a significant transformation driven by digital technologies, and 3D printing stands at the forefront of this evolution. Recently, two industry leaders, Ivoclar and SprintRay, joined forces to further propel the possibilities of 3D printing in dentistry. 

Ivoclar: A Legacy of Dental Innovation

Ivoclar, a familiar name in the dental world, boasts a rich history spanning over a century. They have consistently provided high-quality dental materials and solutions for fixed and removable prosthetics. Their commitment to innovation has positioned them as a leader in the dental industry.  Almost anyone practicing dentistry touches their products.

SprintRay: Pioneering 3D Printing Solutions

SprintRay, a US-based technology company, has carved a niche in developing cutting-edge 3D printing solutions specifically tailored for dental applications. Their comprehensive range of 3D printers and dental resins provides dental professionals with efficient and precise tools.

The Partnership

The collaboration between Ivoclar and SprintRay signifies a strategic move to leverage the strengths of both companies. Here's what this partnership promises:

  • Streamlined Workflows: Integrating Ivoclar's high-quality materials with SprintRay's advanced 3D printing technology can streamline workflows in dental practices and laboratories.
  • Enhanced Accuracy and Precision: The combined expertise of both companies can lead to the development of even more precise and accurate 3D printing solutions for dental applications.
  • Broader Material Options: Ivoclar's extensive material portfolio, coupled with SprintRay's printer compatibility, can offer dental professionals a wider range of options for various dental procedures.
  • Innovation at the Forefront: This partnership fosters a collaborative environment that can accelerate the development of innovative 3D printing solutions for the future of dentistry.

A New Era in Dental Care

The Ivoclar-SprintRay partnership holds immense potential to dental 3D printing. By combining their expertise and resources, they can contribute significantly to provide the industry with:

  • Improved Patient Care: More efficient and precise 3D-printed restorations can lead to better patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Increased Accessibility: Wider adoption of 3D printing technologies can potentially make dental care more accessible and affordable.
  • Advanced Dental Applications: The collaboration paves the way for exploring further possibilities in areas like bio-printing and permanent fixed prosthetics.

As this partnership unfolds, the dental industry can expect exciting advancements in 3D printing, ultimately transforming the way dental professionals deliver care and patients experience dental treatments.  When it comes to 3D printing in the profession, I feel the future is brigh.


Friday, May 3, 2024

DGSHAPE Americas Announces New 3DX Dental 3D Printer Bundle, Powered by Roland DGA

 


 Roland DGA’s DGSHAPE Americas dental business group has announced the addition of the 3DX Dental 3D Printer Bundle, Powered by Roland DGA to its line of dental products and accessories. This bundle offers a reliable, full-service 3D printing solution at one affordable price, along with Roland DGA’s world-renowned customer service and support. Equipped with the 3DX bundle, dental businesses can produce a wide variety of products in-house quickly, easily, and cost-effectively, including dental models, dentures, provisional crowns and bridges, occlusal guards, surgical guides, custom clear retainers, removable die fits, and more.

The 3DX bundle was created exclusively to complement DGSHAPE DWX wet and dry dental milling solutions. Its 3DXPRINT 3D printer incorporates state-of-the-art 4K LCD 3D print technology that provides fast, precise, and uniform production of 3D-printed dental applications, while the small footprint and high-quality output make it the ideal printing solution for dental laboratories and clinical offices of all sizes.

Within its compact housing, the 3DXPRINT features a large 190 x 120 x 180 mm build plate that offers a generous 40-square-inch surface, allowing users to print up to eight full-arches at one time – all with outstanding consistency and precision. Its print speed ranges from 10~50 mm per hour, depending on material layer thickness. In addition, its open-architecture platform is validated for use with resins from over 20 resin manufactures and more than 150 resins.

The 3DXPRINT’s durable, state-of-the-art design was developed through a 5-million-layer test process in real-time dental conditions to ensure the highest level of performance and reliability. Incorporating industrial-grade optical components further ensures an optimal product life cycle. It also features an automated cooling system (ACS) for ideal temperature maintenance.

“We are excited to offer this fast, precise, and affordable 3D printing solution to our customers,” said Roland DGA Dental Marketing Manager Lisa Aguirre. “The 3DX bundle is a complete, advanced, easy-to-use 3D printing solution that perfectly complements our high-performance DWX milling machines. By integrating its capabilities into their workflows, businesses can optimize their production and offer same-day applications with outstanding uniformity and accuracy.”

The 3DX bundle comes complete with the 3DXPRINT 4K LCD 3D printer, 3DXWASH cleaning system, 3DXCURE curing system, and 3DXMODEL resin. In addition, it includes easy-to-use 3DXWORKS CAD design and slicing software, with no maintenance, update, or annual fees. 3DXPRINT is backed by Roland DGA’s unsurpassed one-year trouble-free warranty and support.

To learn more about the new 3DX bundle, visit www.rolanddga.com/3DXPRINT. For more information on the complete line of DGSHAPE dental milling solutions, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/dental.

About Roland DGA Corporation and DGSHAPE Americas

Roland DGA Corporation serves North and South America as the marketing, sales, distribution and service arm for Roland DG Corporation and its subsidiary, DGSHAPE. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan is a worldwide leader in wide-format inkjet printers, engravers, photo impact printers and CNC milling machines. DGSHAPE Americas is the Roland DGA dental business group dedicated to the DGSHAPE line of products, most notable as a market leader in dental milling machines. To learn more about Roland DGA Corporation and DGSHAPE Americas, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/dental.

About Roland DG Corporation

With the purpose of “To Empower Creativity and Excitement Worldwide,” Roland DG Corporation strives to bring new opportunities to society through digital solutions that make it easy for anyone to create things. The company’s inkjet printers and printer/cutters are widely used in a variety of visual communication fields, including signage and interior decoration. In the digital fabrication field, our inkjet printers, cutting machines, and 3D digital fabrication tools enable the personalization and customization of items tailored to individual customer needs. By adopting a high-mix, low-volume, on-demand approach, Roland DG aims to create new applications. Recently, Roland DG has further expanded the digital transformation frontier. The company provides a cloud-based service to enhance customers’ printing operations and profitability and a cloud-based production improvement solution offering the expertise of its proprietary production support system for small and medium-sized manufacturers. To learn more about DGSHAPE Corporation, visit https://www.dgshape.com.


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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Chlor-XTRA a Great Product for Endodontic Irrigation from Vista Apex

 


As a general dentist I love the fact that everyday I get to do a variety of procedures.  Variety is the spice of life and I think that *really* applies to my professional path.  It's even better when I get to try and test new techniques, products, and equipment along the way.

If I had been given the opportunity to specialize, I would have turned it down.  I just love so many aspects of the profession, that I would not do well mentally if I had to do the procedure every day all day.  However, with that being said, my favorite procedure is endodontic therapy.  I mean, I really love doing root canals.  If you're not in the profession that probably sounds weird, but to me they are like a puzzle that I love figuring out.

The thing I want to focus on today is irrigation.  Using the right chemistry is intrinsic to long term clinical success.  In the last 20 years we have seen incredible advances in the instrumentation side of endodontic therapy, but instruments only do about 1/2 of the work.  You read that right, instruments only do about 1/2 of what needs to be done to ensure success.

I read a study recently from NIH that stated "57.8 - 68.8% of studied canal areas are unprepared by mechanical instrumentation".  Think about that for a moment... if you aren't using the proper chemistry, the instruments only clean a portion of the canal.  Those "unprepared" areas harbor bacteria that can cause continuing or recurring problems.

I will feature other Vista Apex irrigation products in future posts, but today's focus will be on the irrigant I normally reach for first when I'm performing endo... Chlor-XTRA™.    It's a 6% sodium hypochlorite solution.

However, it's not just a standard solution.  It also contains wetting agents and proprietary surface modifiers.  Those special chemicals allow Chlor-XTRA™ to 'flow' down into the canals and get inside all those small little irregular surface areas that haven't been reached by instruments and they harbor bacteria.  Those impossible to reach areas include lateral canals and isthmuses where a file won't reach no matter how hard you try.

Sodium hypochlorite actually *kills* pathogens and it is necessary to get the canal system as clean as possible.  You can also ensure Chlor-EXTRA™ is well dispersed in those difficult to get to areas by using ultrasonic activation of the liquid through use of the cordless EndoUltra® unit.  I'll be making a post about that device in the not too distant future.

There are a lot of companies in the industry that sell sodium hypochlorite products.  However, they are not all interchangeable.  When I sit down to perform endo, this is what I reach for.  In my hands, this product has a proven track record of performing well.

If you are looking to up your game when it comes to endodontics, I truly think you should take a look at the products from Vista-Apex.  Over the years, I've gotten to know many of the folks there pretty well and I can tell from firsthand experience that they are great people with really great products.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Dental Marketing Veterans Mark Ross and Michael Ventriello Team Up Again to Launch PitchIt DDS, An Investor Presentation Service for Dental Start-Ups

 


It's always a good feeling to see your friends do well.  I think that's especially true when your friends are embarking on a new and exciting journey.  I've known Mark Ross and Michael Ventriello for more years than I can remember.  They're both in the dental marketing - ad agency space part of the industry and are truly what I refer to as "quality human beings".  Thy are good guys and both really good at what they do!  

If you are a company who is looking for ways to talk to investors about your product or services, this might be just what you are looking for.  So with that being said, I'm happy to provide today's post with info about their new adventure called PitchIt DDS.  

Here is the info they'd like you to know:

Mark Ross and Michael Ventriello, the veteran dental marketing experts who joined forces in 2023 to launch dentistry’s first virtual focus group platform, The Virtual Dental Team (VDT), recently teamed up again to introduce PitchIt DDS - an investor presentation creation service specifically for dental start-up companies as well as existing healthcare and technology companies planning to enter the oral-care market.

Designed to be a complimentary or combined service with VDT, PitchIt DDS is fueled by the combined 50 years dental product and company launch experience and insights that Ross and Ventriello will apply to each pitch deck they create on behalf of dental industry founders and start-ups.

“Dentistry is entering an exciting era of innovation and investment,” said Ross. “However, because there are so many new companies vying for investor funding, it’s more critical than ever for a dental start-up to make a compelling pitch that will stand out from a crowded field and in turn, persuade angel investors, private equity firms and venture capital firms alike to provide the funding needed to propel next level growth.”   

The PitchIt DDS presentation creation service can also be used for the following applications:

Investor Pitch Decks

Sales Presentations

Strategic Partner Pitch Decks

KOL Lecture Slides

Training Presentations

“Mark and I have seen many investor presentations during private fundraising dinners and public “Shark Tank” events where the fund-seeking company’s technology may have had a tremendous potential for improving workflows and patient care, but the pitch fell flat due to a variety of weaknesses in research, branding, messaging, design, and delivery,” commented Ventriello. “Although heavily invested in R&D, many dental start-ups fumble when it comes to making the clear, concise, and compelling pitch needed achieve their fundraising goals. A dynamic investor presentation from PitchIt DDS can help avoid that scenario.”       

For more information about PitchIt DDS visit this link or contact Mark Ross at Mark@RossCommGrp.com.

About Mark Ross:

Mark is the owner and founder of  Ross Communications is a leading brand development and marketing agency with more than 30+ years of experience in developing successful branding and marketing campaigns for some of the dental industry’s most innovative companies. For more information, visit www.RossCommGrp.Com.

About Michael Ventriello:

Widely regarded as the “Dental Product Launch Expert,” Michael is the owner and founder of the PR-forward dental marketing agency Ventriello Communications. He is an award-winning copywriter who specializes in developing strategic marketing communications and public relations programs for game-changing dental products, services, and companies. Michael is also a published author and dental industry pundit. For more information, visit www.Ventriello.com.


Monday, April 29, 2024

Dental Products Report Announces Spring Selection 2024!!!

 





Last year, for the first time ever, DPR (my fave publication) did a bracket competition to determine voters overall favorites of some of the best dental products on the market.  This year, we are at it again!

My good buddy and Editorial Director at DPR is Noah Levine and this thing is all his idea and his hard work.  Last year, Noah basically coded the entire thing himself, which I am incredibly proud of him for.  Suffice it to say it's a good thing the guy has a full head of hair, becuase I'm sure he lost some with all the work. he put into making this happen.

You can reward Noah for his hard work, as well as helping the bracket process, by heading over the DPR Spring Selection and voting for your favorites every week.

Curious who the competitors are?  This is your chance to check out the process and let your voice be heard.  Follow this link to start selecting.  

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Join Me Tomorrow for the virtual CE Event Increasing Diagnostic Accuracy With Artificial Intelligence


 

Tomorrow April 25th at 10:00am eastern (9:00am central) plan on taking an hour out of your day to join me for the FREE webinar Increasing Diagnostic Accuracy With Artificial Intelligence.  

I've been involved with using and evaluating AI dental systems for over 8 years and over that time I have gained some incredible experience and I've seen phenomenal progress in what these systems can do.

I can tell you with great confidence that the time to start incorporating AI into your clinical workflows is NOW.   Every day that I am seeing patients, I have a tab open in my browser to access our AI system and I have come to depend on what that system provides me.

We are *much* more efficient from a time management standpoint as our efficiency has increased tremendously through using AI.  However, better diagnostic capabilities is just one piece of what AI can do for you.  We've also seen a huge jump in patient understanding and case acceptance.

At this point in time, you've probably heard tons of info about AI, but you may still have questions about what it can do for you and what changes it can make in your practice.  This one hour event will help answer any questions you may have and will also set you up for success.

You will earn 1 CE credit and the event is FREE!!!

You can register by following this link.  I'm super excited to be presenting and I hope to see many of you there!


Thursday, April 18, 2024

Spike in Measles Cases Could Reverse US Elimination Status

The science is overwhelming that vaccines work.  Unfortunately, in these days of instant information people have access to practically anyone's opinion... right or wrong.  These "sources" of information that declare vaccines are evil and cause all kinds of scientifically unproven complications have frightened many parents.  Of course, everyone wants what is best for their children and I salute that.  Caring for our next generations is noble and we should all be focused on making things better for those who follow us.

However, fear mongering about vaccines has led many well meaning families to refuse needed vaccinations for their children.  Due to that, we are seeing a rebound of measles cases here in the Untied States.  At one point in time, measles was more or less eradicated within the US, but no longer.  

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) puts out a weekly report referred to as MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) and this report dated April 11, 2024 goes into the details of the increase of measles cases here in the US.

The best way to help eliminate measles and the unnecessary suffering that comes with it is by vaccination.  The full report has lots of useful information for those interested.

The report can be accessed with this link.  

However, there is one part of the report that I'd like to provide here:

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Although endemic U.S. measles was declared eliminated in 2000, measles importations continue to occur. Prolonged outbreaks during 2019 threatened the U.S. measles elimination status.

What is added by this report?

During January 1, 2020–March 28, 2024, a total of 338 U.S. measles cases were reported; 29% of these cases occurred during the first quarter of 2024, almost all in persons who were unvaccinated or whose vaccination status was unknown. As of the end of 2023, U.S. measles elimination status was maintained.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Risk for widespread U.S. measles transmission remains low because of high population immunity. Enhanced efforts are needed to increase routine U.S. vaccination coverage, encourage vaccination before international travel, identify communities at risk for measles transmission, and rapidly investigate suspected measles cases to reduce cases and complications of measles.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Increasing Diagnostic Accuracy With Artificial Intelligence

 


My teaching/lecturing schedule has been busy lately.  It's funny how things like this come in waves.  If you are a practicing dentist, like me you probably have days where it seems like almost every patient on the schedule seems to have a problem with tooth #30 or things like that.  I've always wondered how the stars align to create these things...

Now on to today's post.  Next Thursday, April 25th at 10:00 am EDT, I'm going to be presenting a webinar titled "Increasing Diagnostic Accuracy With Artificial Intelligence".  I'm doing this lecture in conjunction with Dental Products Report where I serve as Chief Dental Editor & Technology Editor.  

The event is one hour and if you attend, you can qualify for one hour of CE credit.  I'll be covering how I use AI in my clinical practice while also discussing how it can improve workflows and provide for better, more predictable patient outcomes.  I hope that many of you can join me!

If you'd like to be part of it, and I be honored if you are, here is the link to register.  

Here is the promotional info that DPR has posted about the event:


Increasing Diagnostic Accuracy With Artificial Intelligence

In the last 5 years, artificial intelligence (AI) has seen explosive growth in our personal and professional lives. As that growth continues, it is imperative that doctors keep abreast of the amazing advancements in diagnostic accuracy and practice efficiency. Using AI-enhanced radiographs helps the doctor and team, and serves as a tremendously powerful tool to help patients better understand their problems and solutions.

Learning Objectives:

Better understand the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI).

Learn how AI enhanced radiographs can better aid in diagnosis and education.

Learn how AI is a necessary tool for doctors and team members to use for every patient.

Course Details:

AGD Subject Code:010, 730

CE Credit: Catapult Education, LLC designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

Audience: Dentistry Professionals

Cost: Free

Method: Live Webinar Lecture


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

CDOCS Welcomes Dr. Dan Butterman as New Faculty Chair, Setting Course for Advanced Innovation in Digital Dentistry Education

 


Scottsdale, AZ (April 16, 2024) — CDOCS, the world’s largest community of digital dentists and the leading provider of digital dentistry education, proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Dan Butterman as its new Faculty Chair. With a distinguished career spanning three decades in the dental field, Dr. Butterman brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and vision to his new role at CDOCS, where he has already been serving as an esteemed member of the Resident Faculty since 2019. During this time, he’s taught thousands of dentists at CDOCS’s hands-on workshops [Hands-On Workshops] and traveled the world as a leading dental KOL.

His appointment marks a pivotal moment for CDOCS as it aims to expand its influence and  continue its mission of transforming dental education through technology and community.  

“I am incredibly honored to take on the role of Faculty Chair at CDOCS,” Dr. Butterman said.  “This opportunity allows me to contribute to a community that is at the forefront of dental education. My goal is to ensure that we not only keep pace with the evolving landscape of modern dentistry but also set new benchmarks for excellence and innovation.”

Under Dr. Butterman’s leadership, CDOCS is set to embark on a well-balanced, integrated path, as his vision includes enhancing the curriculum with a focus on comprehensive education that encompasses both the technological aspects of dentistry and the critical soft skills required for practice management. Dr. Butterman emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to dental education, one that prepares practitioners not just in the technical use of digital tools but also in navigating the challenges of running a modern dental practice.

“One of the aspects I’m most excited about is developing a curriculum that reflects the complete ecosystem of the dental practice. From mastering cutting-edge digital dentistry techniques to navigating patient relations and practice management, our aim is to offer a well-rounded educational experience that supports our members in all facets of their professional development,” Dr. Butterman elaborated.

Dr. Butterman’s approach to education is rooted in the belief that a sense of community and mutual support is fundamental to the learning process. He plans to foster an environment where CDOCS members can share experiences, learn from each other, and collectively push the boundaries of what’s possible in dental practice.

“Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. It’s the result of passionate individuals coming together, sharing ideas, and challenging each other to think differently. That’s the culture we want to cultivate at CDOCS,” Dr. Butterman added.

To drive this innovation, he firmly believes in the importance of staying clinically active to maintain relevance in education.

“It’s critical that I continue practicing dentistry,” Dr. Butterman said. “It’s amazing to me how quickly you lose touch stepping away for a short amount of time.” This dedication ensures that CDOCS’s curriculum remains not only up to date but also grounded in practical, real-world applications.

Looking forward, Dr. Butterman is committed to expanding CDOCS’s reach and impact. His plans include the introduction of new courses and workshops designed to keep practitioners at the forefront of dental technology and patient care. In addition, he aims to strengthen the community aspect of CDOCS, building an even more vibrant and supportive network of dental professionals across the globe.

For more information about CDOCS and its programs, please visit CDOCS.com.

About CDOCS

CDOCS, a Spear company, is the world’s largest community of digital dentists and the leading provider of digital dentistry education, equipping dental professionals with the clinical training and resources to achieve modern dental excellence. Since 2006, CDOCS has empowered members through specialized educational tracks, hands-on workshops led by experienced faculty, and supported by the world’s largest community of modern dentists. Whether new to digital workflows or a seasoned practitioner, CDOCS offers membership tiers to support continuous skill development and practice growth. As the premier destination for modern dental technology education, CDOCS is committed to helping members thrive in the digital age.

For more, visit CDOCS.com.

Monday, April 15, 2024

ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer: A Revolution in Root Canal Treatment

 


I recently returned from teaching a hands-on class on Low Stress Endodontics for the General Practitioner at LVI Global.  I absolutely *love* endodontics and I also *love* teaching my peers.  If I can help even one doctor provide better treatment, who knows how many patients that can impact?

At that recent course, I introduced the doctors to a new endo sealer that I have been using for over a year with amazing results.  It's the ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer which was created and is manufactured by Vista-Apex.

There are several bioactive endo sealers now on the market, but in my opinion, the ReGen sealer offers some notable advantages.

For dentists seeking a root canal sealer that goes beyond basic closure, the Vista-Apex ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer offers a groundbreaking approach. This innovative product leverages bioactivity to not only seal the canal but also potentially promote healing and strengthen the tooth.

Bioactivity: The Power of Regeneration

Unlike traditional sealers, ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer incorporates bioglass technology. This unique material releases calcium (Ca) and phosphate (PO4) ions, mimicking the natural components of tooth structure. These ions can potentially stimulate the remineralization of dentin, the hard tissue beneath the enamel.

Benefits of Bioactive Sealing:

The incorporation of bioactivity in ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer offers several potential advantages:

Enhanced Sealing: The released ions contribute to a tighter seal at the interface between the filling material and the dentin, potentially reducing the risk of leakage and future problems.

Promotes Healing: By stimulating dentin remineralization, the sealer may encourage the tooth to repair itself, potentially leading to a stronger and more resilient structure.

Reduced Microleakage: Traditional sealers can develop microscopic gaps over time. ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer's bioactive properties may help minimize this issue, contributing to                    long-term treatment success.

Additional Features for Optimal Performance:

Beyond its bioactive properties, ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer boasts several features that enhance its clinical performance:

High Radiopacity: Ensures clear visualization on X-rays, allowing for accurate placement, verification, and monitoring.

Quick Setting Time: Saves valuable treatment time by allowing dentists to move on to the next steps of the procedure efficiently.  Some doctors prefer to perform endo and a crown on the same apportionment and the fast set helps in this regard. 

Excellent Biocompatibility: Minimizes the risk of allergic reactions or tissue irritation.

Easy to Use: The user-friendly formula simplifies the application process for smooth integration into existing workflows.

  • MST: stands for "Material Saving Tip".  The kit comes with a small cannula that allows for minimal waste while also allowing for accurate sealer placement.

A Leap Forward in Root Canal Treatment:

The ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer represents a significant leap forward in root canal therapy. By harnessing the power of bioactivity, it offers the potential for:

Improved Long-Term Outcomes: The combination of enhanced sealing and potential for dentin remineralization may contribute to a more durable and successful root canal treatment.

Enhanced Patient Care: The biocompatible nature and focus on healing can potentially lead to better patient outcomes and potentially reduced risk of complications.

A Note from myself as a clinician:

As a dentist, I'm always looking for innovative technologies that can improve patient care and clinical outcomes. The ReGen Bioactive Endo Sealer is a product I'm excited about, with its potential to offer a new level of effectiveness and long-term success in root canal treatment. If you have any questions about this product or root canal procedures in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Dentists ask court to certify class action in lawsuit against Delta Dental

 


Here's an interesting bit of news from the industry.  For quite sometime this has been discontent from practicing dentists about reimbursement from Delta Dental.  Over roughly the last decade, Delta Dental has been working diligently to lower he amounts it pays to dentists for procedures performed on Delta covered patients.

Costs for dental offices have increased precipitously since the pandemic.  This is especially true when it comes to salaries.  Many dental hygienists and dental assistants left the profession during the pandemic and chose not to return afterwards, moving on to other jobs.  In order to find qualified employees dentists were forced to offer higher wages.  There is also the fact of simple business costs such as professional supplies.  As these costs have increased, Delta Dental continued to strive toward decreasing reimbursements to doctors.  Many doctors are diligently looking for ways to decrease their costs while continuing to provide the best patient care possible.  However, there is only so much cost cutting one can do.

In order to help doctors in this situation, the ADA filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Delta Dental violated antitrust laws by agreeing to reduce reimbursements to participating dentists through territorial restrictions, fixed pr ices for specific dental goods and services, and restricted competition from other competitors in the dental reimbursement industry.

The court’s ruling on whether to certify the case as a class action will be an important milestone in the litigation, according to the ADA’s legal division. Under the court’s current scheduling order, Delta’s response to the plaintiffs’ class certification motion is due on June 18, followed by additional discovery and further briefing to be completed by Dec. 19. At the conclusion of the briefing, the court will set a date for a hearing on the motion for class certification. Following the court’s ruling on the issue of class certification, the court will set a schedule for further pre-trial proceedings.

The story appears in the ADA News and can be found here.

If you would like to read the full class action filing, it can be found here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Sharper Vision, Smarter Dentistry: The New Kavo Diagnocam Vision Full HD

One of the best parts of my job, outside of clinical dentistry, is getting to work with and try amazing new pieces of technology.  I'm about to start a Test Drive for Dental Products Report on a new device from Kavo.   You can expect a video on the DPR website as well as a written advertorial about the device in the not too distant future.

It was unveiled at the recent Chicago MidWinter meeting in Chicago and now I've got one in my hands and I'm excited to see what it can do in use clinically.  Here's a brief post about it to give all of you an idea of what it is & what it can do.  I will follow up more once my clinical testing and evaluation are completed.

Unveiling Exceptional Detail:

The Diagnocam Vision Full HD takes intraoral diagnostics to a new level with its high-resolution, 5-megapixel sensor. This translates to stunning image clarity, allowing dentists to visualize even the most minute details of the oral cavity. From pinpointing subtle cracks in enamel to examining intricate root canal anatomy, the enhanced resolution empowers a more confident and accurate diagnosis.

Beyond Resolution: A Feature-Rich Powerhouse:

The Diagnocam Vision Full HD isn't just about impressive resolution. It boasts a range of features designed to optimize the workflow and elevate the overall experience:

•Enhanced LED illumination: Ensures consistent and bright lighting across the entire image field, eliminating dark spots that can obscure crucial details.

•Live image optimization: Provides real-time adjustments for color and contrast, allowing you to capture perfect images every time.

•Seamless integration: Works seamlessly with most dental software programs for a smooth workflow.

Benefits for Both Dentists and Patients:

The device offers a multitude of advantages for both dental professionals and their patients:

  • The device is a 3-in1 that features an intraoral camera, transillumination, and fluorescence caries detection. 
  • Dentists: Experience a new level of diagnostic accuracy and improved communication with patients by being able to capture & show all 3 image types, show them on the patient monitor and save them in the digital chart.
  • Patients: Benefit from a more comfortable imaging experience with a smaller head, and potentially earlier detection and treatment of dental issues.

The Future of Intraoral Imaging:

The Kavo Diagnocam Vision Full HD represents a significant advancement in intraoral imaging technology with its 3-in-1 imaging. With its exceptional image quality and the communication it provides, it positions itself as a valuable tool for modern dental practices. Whether you're a seasoned dentist or just starting, the device is a compelling way to both diagnose and communicate with your patients.

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Dental Laser Coaching Launches On-line Dental Laser Training Portal

 



Virtual Curriculum  Kicks-Off with Free Webinar: "Do More with Your All-Tissue Laser"


As the landscape of laser dentistry continues to evolve, Dental Laser Coaching (DLC) recently launched  its new online dental laser training portal. View available laser courses here. New courses will be added over time.

While traditional live laser training sessions remain valuable, the advent of user-friendly online platforms has democratized access to comprehensive laser coaching. This is why the DLC Portal will feature an innovative online curriculum, designed to empower a wider audience of dental professionals to  effectively optimize their laser technology. Whether a practitioner has owned a laser for one month or one-year, the DLC Portal is designed to guide their journey towards success.

According to Company Founder and CEO Nick Clausen, “Our mission is to ensure that all laser owners maximize the full benefits of their investments.  With over two decades of experience collaborating with major laser manufacturers and dental practices nationwide, the DLC Portal will offer a unique online approach that accelerates the achievement of desired results.”

Laser dentistry provides a host of benefits for patients and practitioners alike. A laser’s precision allows for minimally invasive treatments, reducing discomfort during and after procedures. Moreover, lasers promote faster healing times and preserve healthy tissue and ultimately enhancing the overall patient experience.  It’s easy to see why lasers have become a standard of care in dentistry.

However, despite these advantages, transitioning to laser dentistry presents unique challenges for practitioners accustomed to traditional ‘tactile’ instruments. The non-contact nature of laser applications, coupled with the requirement for precise technique, often leads to underutilization of this advanced technology.  

Clausen added, “The goal of the Dental Laser Coaching Portal is to address the root causes of the common challenges faced by laser owners, irrespective of their experience level, and provide tailored optimization programs for soft tissue lasers, all-tissue lasers, and productivity enhancement using laser technology.”

To register for the free, limited seating webinar "Do More with Your All-Tissue Laser" on Tuesday April 30th, at 5PM PST/ 8PM EST, Click here. 

About Dental Laser Coaching

Established in 2004, by Nick Clausen, one of dentistry’s preeminent laser educators and trainers, Dental Laser Coaching (DLC) is dedicated to optimizing dental laser integration across all wavelengths and manufacturers. With a focus on achieving superior clinical results, enhancing patient experiences, and increasing production, DLC offers personalized coaching programs tailored to the unique needs of each practice.

For more information, please visit https://www.dentallasercoaching.com. Follow Dental Laser Coaching on Facebook, and YouTube for updates and insights.