Zimmer Biomet to Host Free CE Course

Posted on April 24, 2017

Zimmer Biomet announced it will host a free live CE webcast on Wednesday, April 26, presented by Henry Martin, CDT. The course, worth 1 CE credit, will be called, "Immediate and Definitive Restorations of the Edentulous Arch-Transitioning from the Provisional Restoration to the Definitive: Laboratory Perspective." It will be held from 8-9 PM PDT.

Patients with debilitated or missing dentitions often seek rehabilitation to quickly regain masticatory function, esthetics, and quality of life. Clinicians can now predictably offer treatment solutions for immediate full arch restorations to meet patient demands and expectations. This is followed by the design, fabrication, and delivery of the definitive prosthesis. This program will present a step-by-step approach to fabrication of the provisional restoration as well as the definitive restoration, from a laboratory perspective.

After completion of the program, Zimmer Biomet says, participants should be able to: 

• Understand the technique of indirectly fabricating a provisional prosthesis following the guidelines for RevitaliZe® Patient Solutions.

• Learn the laboratory techniques for fabrication of the definitive prosthesis.

• Understand the requisite information to provide to the laboratory for fabrication of the definitive prosthesis.

• Identify the materials used for fabrication of the definitive prosthesis.

For more information and to register, go to https://custom.cvent.com/87CFC9D6E4A244FE90BB70E70E908596/files/event/A6AE448AB838411BB13964259C5A448D/83f1649f763d45ed931f8a1b1541521b.pdf

3DBioCAD Adds Perlmutter

Posted on April 24, 2017

Charles Park, Vice President of Technology Development at 3DBioCAD in Renton, Washington, announced that Ben Perlmutter will join the team as Director of Sales - East Region.

With more than 10 years of clinical and dental laboratory experience to draw from, Perlmutter will help laboratories and clinics evolve into the digital age.

Hu-Friedy Launches Earth Day Initiatives to Encourage “Greener” Choices

Posted on April 21, 2017

CHICAGO (April 21, 2017) Hu-Friedy, a global leader in dental manufacturing, today announced its plans to promote earth-friendly initiatives in support of Earth Day, April 22nd,, with a focus on its dental instrument recycling program, Environdent.

The Hu-Friedy Environdent program, facilitates the ecologically responsible disposal of old dental instruments, regardless of brand, and rewards dental professionals with new Hu-Friedy instruments. Founded in 1995, Environdent is the longest running instrument recycling program in the dental industry, with over 32,000 offices participating throughout the US and Canada.

Over the last ten years of the Environdent program, dental practices have recycled 7.3 million instruments which equates to 260,000 pounds of material.

“Environdent began over 22 years ago, giving clinicians a solution for responsible instrument disposal, while rewarding them for making a positive contribution to the environment," says Ron Saslow, Chairman & CEO of Hu-Friedy. "We are proud to support the ecologically-minded clinicians who form the Environdent community and allow us to have a greater impact on the planet.”

As a company-wide initiative for Earth Day 2017, Hu-Friedy encouraged each internal department to submit ideas for maintaining a greener department. For every team submission, Hu-Friedy donated $100 to the World Wildlife Fund.

Joining the cause, children of Hu-Friedy employees participated by sharing their artistic take on what Earth Day means to them – with submissions that included poems and colorful drawings.

“Together, Hu-Friedy and dental practices across the country, can work side-by-side to leave a smaller carbon footprint through simple green initiatives,” says Patrick Bernardi, Chief Marketing Officer of Hu-Friedy. “Earth Day is a rallying point, but we hope that protecting the environment is a cause that is endless in its duration.”


3M Intraoral Scanner Receives Edison Award

Posted on April 21, 2017

The 3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner is a recipient of the Bronze Edison Award in the Diagnostic Tools category presented by Edison Universe. Category finalists were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 senior executives and academics in product development, design, engineering, science, and medicine. Winners were selected according to their excellence in concept, value, delivery, and impact.

3M’s winning product is a tablet-based intraoral scanner that’s easier for dentists to carry around their facilities and show visualizations of a patient’s anatomy to the patient or to collaborators.

For more information about this award-winning product, visit the 3M Oral Care website here


Digital Impression Technology Set to Rise

Posted on April 20, 2017

A new study by Transparency Market Research (TMR) finds that the global digital impression market is highly competitive and is expected to show a compound annual growth rate of 18.30% through 2025. The market is also expected to consolidate, as the lead players—Dentsply Sirona, Align Technology, 3Shape, 3M, and Carestream Health—are aggressively acquiring smaller players to eliminate competition.

The advent of novel technologies has lead to extensive progress in the dental and healthcare industries. Mobile/portable systems like 3D impression technology and mobile-based tablet intraoral scanners have been the most valuable products in this market and are likely to remain at the forefront for this period.

The greatest adoption of these new technologies is expected to continue in North America and Europe, but the Asia Pacific region is expected to experience promising growth opportunities. Specifically, opportunities in China, Japan, and India are forecast to expand the market considerably into the new decade.

For more information about this study and other findings, visit www.transparencymarketresearch.com/pressrelease/digital-impression-system-market.htm

Structo Partners with 4Qube

Posted on April 20, 2017

Singapore-based 3D printing solutions provider Structo has teamed up with 4Qube Solutions, to act as an authorized distributor of its MSLA-equipped OrthoForm printer in the US. The growing popularity of this technology has lead to greater demand in North America. The new partnership gives Structo the technical staff and customer service it needs to meet the needs of its clients.

4Qube Solutions is a leading distributor of CAD/CAM solutions in the US, providing products for various stages of the CAD/CAM workflow, which includes scanning, planning, printing and milling. Through their new relationship, 4Qube will expand the reach of Structo’s dental 3D printing solutions throughout the US.

To learn more about these companies, visit www.structo3d.com and www.4Qubesolutions.com.

Case Western Dental School Adds Regenerative LANAP Protocol

Posted on April 20, 2017

CERRITOS, Calif., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. announces a new initiative with Case Western University School of Dental Medicine to bring the regenerative LANAP® and LAPIP™ protocols to the postgraduate periodontics program.

"We are excited to offer this advanced technology to our graduate periodontal students," commented Nabil Bissada, DDS, MSD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics and the Director of the Postdoctoral Graduate Program in Periodontics at Case Western.  "The field of periodontics continues to advance, and the LANAP protocol offers our students a leading-edge regenerative approach that differentiates their skills after graduation."

This initiative follows the educational collaboration agreement with Rutgers University, U.S. Navy and U.S. Army in advancing the standard of care for treating periodontitis and peri-implantitis through the LANAP and LAPIP protocols.  

True Periodontal Regeneration™ through the LANAP Protocol is evidence-based and scientifically validated with FDA clearance using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser and advanced ultrasonics to regenerate bone and tissues lost to gum disease.  The protocol is taught by Certified Instructors at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) via live-patient, clinical, hands on courses.

"A key factor for the consistent, positive results of the LANAP protocol is the standardized, live-patient training continuum," remarks Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, CEO & Training Director for the IALD.   "The training is unique in dentistry, as is our Instructor Candidacy program.  The process to become a certified IALD Instructor requires standardization of presentation skills and clinical calibration to ensure the next generation of LANAP clinicians trained by these newly Certified Instructors will also achieve the same consistent, positive results."

Andre Paes, DDS, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Periodontics, and Justin Zalewsky, DDS, will become certified to teach the LANAP protocol.  Dr. Paes will first learn to perform the LANAP protocol under the same strict tutelage as other doctors.  Dr. Zalewsky obtained his LANAP certification in 2015 and entered the Instructor Candidacy program earlier this year.

The integration is funded in part by the vision and commitment of alumnus Oreste "Russ" Zanni, DDS.  Dr. Zanni left a specific endowment to the periodontics department to continue to advance periodontal research and teaching.

"The LANAP protocol has had an astonishing impact for the patients in my practice," states Dr Zaleswky.  "I was surprised at the thoroughness and emphasis on laser physics during my initial training.  I was even more amazed seeing the results first-hand in my own patients and their overwhelmingly positive reactions to LANAP surgery."

"The adoption of the LANAP protocol into additional world-class universities showcases the urgent need for increased education about gum disease treatment options," states Robert H. Gregg II, DDS, Millennium Dental Technologies' co-founder and LANAP® protocol inventor. "LANAP treatment was developed by putting the patient's needs first. Too many patients simply refuse periodontal treatment. LANAP surgery gives them a minimally invasive option that is scientifically validated and is both hope for the hopeless tooth and the hopeless patient."

Source: PRNewswire

25th International Symposium on Ceramics Announced

Posted on April 20, 2017

This spring, the 25th International Symposium on Ceramics—The New Frontiers of Esthetic Excellence: Successfully Integrating the Best of Traditional and Digital Dentistry—will be held in San Diego, California. From June 2 to 4 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, this event will bring together the most renowned international leaders in the fields of esthetic and implant dentistry and dental technology.

For more information, go to www.quintpub.com/isc

Robyn Benincasa Brings Adventure to Lucy Hobbs Project in Philadelphia

Posted on April 20, 2017

PITTSTON, PA — April 19, 2017 — On a regular basis, Robyn Benincasa inspires people to live beyond expectations. In some instances, this leads to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or creating an adventure racing team, in others, starting an independent business.

Next Friday, Benincasa, a CNN Hero, three-time Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and Founder of Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!) will share her energy as keynote speaker at a reunion of 31 pioneers of their profession and a celebration for several hundred women in dentistry.

Benco Dental will host The Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration on April 27 and 28, 2017 at Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During the gathering, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession. Register by Friday, April 21 at: http://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2017

 "I find it really inspiring. Everyone in the room [at events where I speak] is lucky enough to have been born at a time when there is, in essence, equal opportunity if you have the drive and the desire, and work hard. But the endurance it took [for Lucy Hobbs] to bust the system, to be that breakthrough--she saw what she wanted to do and wasn't willing to accept anything else. That's a great example for all of us," said Benincasa, referencing the Project’s namesake and the first woman to earn a degree in dentistry.

"We should honor these people who, against all odds, said 'I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna break this barrier.' It is neat to be in a business environment where it doesn't matter what your gender is; it matters what your skills are and what your drive is." 

The Lucy Hobbs Project, sponsored by Benco Dental, annually hosts a celebration honoring exemplary women in the dental community. This year’s event, sponsored by Crest + Oral-B, KaVo Kerr Group, Ivoclar Vivadent, 3M, Hu-Friedy, GLO Science, Sunstar, Medicom, Centrix, Dental EZ and Cain Watters and Associates, will also include a Panel Discussion featuring one CE credit. Attendees will gain insight from six perspectives during Emerging Leaders in Dentistry: The Female Influence. Panel Moderator Linda Miles, CSP, CMC of Ultimate Team Mastery will lead the discussion, fueled by Sarah Anders, Chief Operating Officer, Ivoclar-Vivadent®, Maxine Feinberg, DDS, Melanie Martel, DMD Candidate with Clinical Honors, Kady Rawal, BDS, CAGS, and Katti Simpson, RDH.


Benincasa offers insight on women in business and the leadership styles:   "Women at the top levels of any industry aren't trying to be men. They're trying to use their core strengths and talents and competencies to succeed,” she said. 

“The road might be different, but the finish line is the same. Be the leader that your team needs in the moment. Women tend to move toward the affiliative leadership style--lead by friendship, lead by coaching. It's more effective than people who run a pacesetting or coercive style. A lot of leaders fall into those traps." 

Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs, who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, awards are presented to honorees who embody the project goals. Diverse yet similar, six professionals who redefine their field and reinvigorate all those in their orbit will earn accolades at the celebration, including:  Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, PhDWinifred J. Booker, DDSMargaret Fickess, RDA, CDA, MEd, Emily Ishkanian, DMDIrene Marron-Tarrazzi, DMD, MS, and Andrea Joy Smith, DDS

The Lucy Hobbs Project, with a network of more than 9,000 members, empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Hobbs, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Free to join, it offers networking opportunities, educational programs and charitable events.

Each year The Lucy Hobbs Project collaborates with a national partner to give back, and for 2017, will help Cradles to Crayons, which provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive. At the 5th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration, Cradles to Crayons will collect back-to-school supplies to be donated to over 30,000 students this summer. In lieu of a fee for the celebration, attendees are asked to donate items, such as new backpacks, new school supplies, notebooks or composition books and construction paper, crayons (24-pack), colored pencils (12-pack), pencils and pencil cases, pencil sharpeners and erasers, blue or black pens, pocket folders, glue sticks, rulers and scissors.

To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

Pioneering Periodontal Disease
Treatment Research Funded By Grant

Posted on April 20, 2017

The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) has provided funding into pioneering research that seeks to develop an innovative treatment option for periodontal disease.  ADIA awarded the grant via the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF), the nation's peak dental research funding body.

The most recent ADIA Research Grant was provided to Dr Asha Mathew who is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  The grant is supporting research into azithromycin surface-functionalized biodegradable membranes for guided tissue regeneration.

“The objective is to develop a calcium phosphate coated polycaprolactone electrospun membrane loaded with azithromycin for local and controlled antibiotic delivery.  This will address the clinical challenge of membrane infection during guided bone regeneration and circumventing the limitations associated with the systemic administration of azithromycin,” Dr Mathew said.

There are two broad aims of the project.  The first is to design and reproducibly manufacture polymeric fibrous membranes loaded with azithromycin and assess its performance in-vitro.  The second is to assess the immune-modulatory effects of azithromycin loaded fibrous membrane in-vivo, in a critical size rodent calvarial defect model and also to assess its bone regeneration potential.

“The importance of this research is underpinned by the fact that it is estimated that 30 to 40% of the total population is affected by periodontitis,” Dr Mathew said.

ADIA’s support for research in the dental and oral healthcare area is attributed to a long-standing support for the work of the ADRF, a body co-founded by ADIA.

"ADIA's support for research into areas such as this is underpinned by the understanding that it often translates into new and innovative patient treatment and diagnostic treatment options," said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer.

Beyond funding research into potential products, ADIA also supports research into initiatives that will encourage Australians to take greater responsibility for their oral health.

“The 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan signals the Association’s ongoing commitment to supporting research.  ADIA’s vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and well-being of all Australians.  This is something that is only possible as a result of the vital research funded through the ADRF and the funding provided by ADIA and others in the dental community,” Mr Williams concluded.


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