Dental Wings Lasermill™ Certified to Work With VITABLOCKS® Mark II Materials

Posted on May 26, 2017

Dental Wings announced that VITABLOCS® Mark II are now approved for use on the Dental Wings Lasermill laser ablation system. VITABLOCS® Mark II are monochromatic, fine-structure feldspar ceramic blocks used to to fabricate inlays, onlays, veneers, and partial, endo, anterior and posterior crowns with CAD/CAM systems.

VITABLOCS® Mark II - Advantages and Benefits for Dental Clinics and Laboratories

  • The blocks are true chairside material since the restoration can be inserted immediately after the milling process.

  • The high translucency of the blocks ensures the shades integrate very well into the residual tooth structure.

  • No required post-processes, such as strain glaze or crystallization firing.

Clinical benefits include: A high resistance to chipping, excellent abrasion properties to protect antagonist teeth, can be easily polished, superior adhesive bonding thanks to excellent etchability, no crystallization firing required, the fluorescence corresponds to that of natural teeth, available in different tooth shades.

Laser Milling of Dental Restorations

Utilizing millions of short, high-intensity laser pulses, the Dental Wings Lasermill removes small amounts of material from a standard block until the restoration is completed. The Dental Wings Lasermill establishes a new category of production technology, offering unprecedented opportunities for dental clinics, labs and production centers to create restorations using a wide range of proven materials, for unsurpassed quality and ease-of-use.

ADA and Collaborators Work Together to Create More Impactful Dental Meetings

Posted on May 26, 2017

CHICAGO – To create more impactful dental meetings for attendees, guests and exhibitors, several dental organizations are collaborating to combine three significant dental conventions in 2019 and two in 2020.

The American Dental Association (ADA), FDI World Dental Federation (FDI), California Dental Association (CDA) and San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS) will host a joint meeting in San Francisco in early September, 2019. In addition, the ADA and Florida Dental Association (FDA) are consolidating meetings in 2020 while the ADA explores additional similar arrangements for the future.

“Because of the willingness to partner, a number of dental tradeshows will be combined,” states ADA President Dr. Gary Roberts. “This approach makes great sense because it saves everyone time and money. Rather than wonder which meeting to attend or exhibit at, the choice is now easy!” 

The ADA has a long-standing policy that encourages state and local societies to work with the ADA as our meeting rotates around the country; and the ADA recently added another optional model to that policy that is already showing positive results. ADA also looks forward to successful meetings in 2017 and 2018 in Atlanta, GA and Honolulu, HI working in collaboration with the Georgia and Hawaii Dental Associations.

In 2019, the ADA will collaborate with the World Dental Federation, California Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society to host the FDI World Dental Congress along with ADA 2019. All parties expect a very large turnout at this joint meeting where ADA’s 160th Anniversary and Dr. Kathy Kell’s term as FDI president will also be celebrated.

Dr. Patrick Hescot, current FDI president, noted “the long and fruitful working relationship with the ADA” and that “FDI is excited to combine organizational expertise to produce an engaging scientific program, as well as host what should be one of the largest exhibitions ever seen at FDI’s World Dental Congress.”

“We cannot thank CDA and SFDS enough for our history together and look forward to 2019, 2023 and beyond working collaboratively to create unique and engaging attendee experiences,” said Jim Goodman, CMP, ADA vice president, conferences and continuing education. Combining local, state, national and international dental organizations, along with the many affiliated dental groups, will create a meeting like no other. “CDA is once again proud to welcome the ADA Annual Meeting to San Francisco as part of our ongoing partnership spanning many years,” said CDA President Dr. Clelan Ehrler. “We are excited and look forward to the addition of the FDI World Dental Federation.”

Collaborations will continue in 2020 as the ADA and FDA will host a joint meeting together in Orlando, FL from October 15-18. “The Florida Dental Association is thrilled to partner with the American Dental Association to host ADA 2020 in Orlando,” said Dr. Bill D’Aiuto, president of the FDA and practicing dentist in Orlando. “This will be a great opportunity to shine a light on our state, and we look forward to working together to make this an impactful event.”

All organizations involved in these joint meetings ask exhibitors and sponsors to support all of their meetings, each and every year, recognizing their commitment and willingness to work together in the specific year(s) that ADA holds its meeting in their area.


Aspen Dental Practices Donate to Oral Cancer Foundation for Oral Cancer Awareness

Posted on May 25, 2017

Syracuse, NY – Nearly 600 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 35 states donated a combined $30,795 to the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) as the result of an oral cancer screening program held in April as part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

During April, Aspen Dental practices contributed $5 for each adjunctive oral cancer screening conducted. In total, 6,159 patients were screened. Since 2010, Aspen Dental-branded practices have donated more than $135,000 to OCF.

“The incidence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers has increased again this year, and we estimate that nearly 50,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer in 2017 with almost a fifth of those individuals dying from it this year,” said Natalie Riggs, Director of Special Projects for The Oral Cancer Foundation. “Through the work of our partners like Aspen Dental, we are able to prevent further deaths by providing Americans more screenings as well as the resources required to facilitate disease awareness, early discovery, and improve treatments and their outcomes for oral cancer.”

Oral cancer is frequently preceded by visible pre-malignant lesions and can be diagnosed at a much earlier stage (I or II) with adjunctive screenings. When caught early and treated, the survival rate is 80 to 90 percent.

“It is incredibly important we continue to educate our patients about the risk factors, warning signs and symptoms associated with oral cancer so that we can help them catch the disease before it progresses,” said Maureen Howes, vice president of hygiene services for Aspen Dental Management, Inc. “Many Americans don’t realize it but oral cancer screenings need to be as much a part of your routine dental visit as a preventative cleaning from the hygienist, and it is important that all dentists continue to serve as a first line of defense in identifying and diagnosing this deadly cancer.”

To learn more about oral cancer screenings, visit the OFC website at


Academy of Osseointegration Expands Webinar Series

Posted on May 24, 2017

Arlington Heights, Ill., May 24, 2017 – The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) “Ask the Experts” live webinar series has seen a more than three-fold increase in the number of offerings since its inception and is scheduled to grow even more.

Initiated in 2015 to extend the shelf life and expand the reach of AO Annual Meeting presentations, the webinar series has appealed to general practitioners, specialists, young clinicians, educators, students, residents and allied staff– all types of dental professionals who place implants or refer patients to implant placement. Participants of the live sessions receive cutting-edge, evidence-based insights, continuing education, and the opportunity to interact in real time with the speakers. 

Since offering four webinars in its inaugural year, AO has scheduled 15 live sessions for this year and anticipates 20 more will be offered in 2018.

“AO has awarded more than 300 hours of CE credit to over 150 participants of the webinar program since January 2016,” said Dr. Daniel Taub, chair of the AO Website and Online Education Committee. “To make this program even more effective, we have also solicited feedback from students and residents about potential future topics and are working in conjunction with Dr. Amerian Sones to offer programming that fits the requirements of the AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry.”

Up to 90 days following the initial live session date, participants can view each webinar on-demand and earn one hour of ADA CERP credit. After that time, access to all previously recorded webinars, as well as past Annual Meeting presentations is provided via archive. While the webinars and archives are offered as a complementary benefit of AO membership, they are also available to non-members at a nominal cost.

Coming up next in the 2017 schedule are: “Guided Implant Surgery and CAD/CAM Restorations: The Digital Work Flow for Scan Bodies, Abutments and Ceramic Restorations” presented by James Stein, DMD on June 9 and “Vertical Augmentation: Myth Versus Reality” with Bach Le, DDS, MD, on June 21.

To register for these webinars, as well as view the full list of 2017 live sessions, please see AO’s website: Please contact Kim Scroggs, AO’s Manager of Education, with questions about this webinar series. 


EnvisionTEC Appoints Axsys Dental Solutions as Distributor of its Dental 3D Printers 

Posted on May 24, 2017


Further expanding its portfolio of products, Axsys Dental Solutions, a leading supplier of digital dental manufacturing solutions, has entered into a distribution agreement with EnvisionTEC. EnvisionTEC printers are known for delivering excellent precision, surface finish, functionality, and speed. With 15 years of experience developing and manufacturing 3D printers and materials, EnvisionTEC has designed a 3D printing solution for virtually every dental need. Whether it is a small dental or orthodontic practice or the largest lab, dental professionals can utilize EnvisionTEC printers to reap the benefits of greater capacity, faster turnaround, smoother workflow, and more satisfied customers and patients.

President Steve Braykovich of Axsys Incorporated stated, “We are very happy to have been chosen as a distributor of EnvisionTEC’s dental 3D printing products. Axsys has been involved with 3D printing and rapid prototyping solutions since 1994 and has been evaluating the 3D printing dental market for quite some time. EnvisionTEC 3D printers deliver labor and material cost reductions as well as higher clinical quality and consistency throughout the manufacturing process. They offer the same low-cost, high-throughput solutions that are consistent with our other product offerings at Axsys. “We are excited to partner with Axsys as they have substantial experience and success selling technology and 3D printing solutions, as well as providing exemplary training, education and customer support,” said Doug Statham, director of dental channel sales for EnvisionTEC.

The EnvisionTEC line of 3D Printers expands Axsys Dental Solutions’ existing portfolio of digital dental solutions.



SafeLink Consulting to Present Live Webinar June 22, 2017 

Posted on May 23, 2017

SafeLink Consulting, a premier provider of OSHA and FDA regulatory compliance services, will present a live webinar on June 22, 2017, 1pm-2pm ET. SafeLink Consulting president and senior consultant, Mary Bartlett and Chris Salmasi, will present Top 5 Safety Compliance Issues Employers Need to Know. Bartlett and Salmasi are both Authorized Trainers under OSHA’s Outreach Program. 

This presentation will address the top 5 safety compliance issues that employers need to know regarding employee health and safety. Issues range from not knowing where to go to gather the information to not following through with an effective workplace safety training program once knowledge is gained. As a part of this course, attendees will get a due diligence checklist that can help them evaluate their safety compliance program whether attendees currently own a business or their considering purchasing or opening a business. Employers should be prepared to know what’s expected of them and know not to wait for OSHA to surprise them with their findings. Be proactive rather than reactive – let SafeLink Consulting help you learn how to develop your health and safety program. 

Since 1991, SafeLink Consulting has been educating the dental industry by preparing them with the day-to-day safety requirements needed to meet OSHA standards, quality assurance consulting and quality systems required by the FDA.

This course provides one hour CE credit for: NBC Regulatory Standards and FL Office of Dental Laboratories General credit 

Registration for this webinar is available here on the Scheduled Webinars page. Fee: $75 per attendee. 


Henry Schein, Inc. Names Practice Builders ‘Solutions Partner of the Year’

Posted on May 19, 2017

Irvine, CA, May 2017 – Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) recently named Practice Builders, LLC “Solutions Partner of the Year.” Since 2014, when Henry Schein’s medical division first selected Practice Builders as their official marketing services partner, the relationship between the two firms has grown and flourished.

According to Nina Grant, vice-president at Practice Builders, “Henry Schein entrusted Practice Builders first as their medical division marketing partner, then with the complete design and development of the new Henry Schein Solutions Hub website ( The Solutions Hub gives Henry Schein clients access to critical information about each solution partner’s products and services. 

“As a result of our partnership and shared commitment to practice success, medical practices can now look to Henry Schein for comprehensive strategic growth and marketing solutions powered by Practice Builders. It is a great honor for us to receive this award, and we look forward to many more years collaborating with the stellar Henry Schein team, delivering effective solutions to medical practices across the country.”

Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of healthcare supplies and services, is a Fortune “World’s Most Admired Company” and ranked number one in its industry for social responsibility. In addition, Ethisphere Institute has named Henry Schein, Inc. as the “World's Most Ethical Company” six times as of 2017.

Practice Builders, LLC has helped over 16,000 healthcare practices and organizations since 1979. To learn more about the company’s industry-leading marketing programs, call 800.679.1200 or visit

Zimmer Biomet Names New General Manager to Lead Global Dental Business

Posted on May 19, 2017

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL) May 19, 2017Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced the appointment of Pedro Malha to General Manager of its Dental division, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. As General Manager, he will lead the global strategy and operations for the Dental business, which provides surgical, restorative, regenerative and digital dentistry solutions, as well as industry leading continuing education to dental professionals worldwide. Malha will report directly to Adam Johnson, Group President of Zimmer Biomet Spine, Dental, CMF and Thoracic.

“Mr. Malha’s broad experience across multiple medical device specialties and geographies will bring unique perspective and insights to our global business,” said Johnson. “His leadership will be invaluable in defining the organization’s path forward as we continue to develop differentiated, high-quality solutions for our customers and their patients.”

Malha brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare segment, where he has a strong track record of building medical device and pharmaceutical brands, developing commercial capabilities and driving strong, profitable growth globally. Malha most recently served as head of the global strategic efforts for Abbott Vision Care. He has held leadership roles in various business units of Abbott, including Vice President for the EMEA Region and Head of North Europe for Abbott’s Diabetes Division. Prior to joining Abbott, Malha was a Strategy Consultant with Ernst & Young in New York City.

A graduate of Bentley University with a bachelor’s degree in management, Malha also holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

"I am honored to be joining Zimmer Biomet,” Malha said. “I look forward to working with our employees and clinicians around the world and to building on the Company's leadership in service excellence, innovative technology, and product quality. Together, we will help our customers achieve better patient outcomes in their daily practice.”

Human Teeth Carry Secrets That Tell the Story of Humanity

Posted on May 19, 2017

Newswise — HAMILTON, ON, May 18, 2017 – The story of humanity’s vital – and fragile – relationship with the sun has been locked inside our teeth for hundreds of thousands of years. A new method is starting to tease out answers to major questions of evolution and migration, using clues hidden just under the enamel.

A group of McMaster University researchers, working with colleagues in Quebec and France, reveals the potential of the method in a paper in Current Anthropology (to be published May 18 at 11 a.m. ET).

"This is exciting because we now have a proven resource that could finally bring definitive answers to fundamental questions about the early movements and conditions of human populations – and new information about the importance of vitamin D for modern populations,” says McMaster anthropologist Megan Brickley, lead author of the paper and Canada Research Chair in the Bioarchaeology of Human Disease.

In 2016, the researchers first established that dentine – the material that forms the bulk of the tooth – carries a permanent record of Vitamin D deficiency, or rickets. During periods of severe deficiency, new layers of dentine cannot mineralize, leaving microscopic markers scientists can read like rings of a tree.

Those markers can tell the story of human adaptation as early man moved from equatorial Africa into lower-light regions, and may explain changes in skin pigmentation to metabolize more sunlight, or how indoor living has silently damaged human health.

Until now, there has been no reliable way to measure vitamin D deficiency over time. As the authors show with examples from ancient and modern teeth, the method is valuable for understanding a health condition that today affects more than 1 billion.


Colgate Announces Publication of New Oral Health Care Textbook

Posted on May 19, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (May 19, 2017):  Colgate-Palmolive is pleased to announce the release of the new oral health care textbook, Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence- Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions. With a heightened focus on prevention in oral health education and professional practices, this new book offers practical information regarding prevention of the most common oral health indications, with a special emphasis on age-related considerations. The material covered in this book is intended to be used by those early in their educational journey as well as seasoned practitioners. 

Co-edited by Dr. Ann E. Spolarich, Director of Research,  Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and Dr. Fotinos S, Panagakos, Global Director, Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Prevention Across the Lifespan is produced and distributed free of charge by Charlotte, North Carolina-based publisher Professional Audience Communications through an educational grant provided by Colgate.

The textbook focuses on the current best evidence available to support decision making for recommended preventive interventions. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the science around diagnosis and treatment for each of these indications – there are numerous resources available from experts in the field if one is interested in diving deeper in areas such as caries, periodontal disease, or dry mouth. Rather, it is the editors’ and authors’ intention to emphasize how practitioners can help patients prevent disease from occurring, recurring, or progressing.

Prevention Across the Lifespanwas the result of a 12-month process based on the most contemporary thinking behind prevention of oral disease. A unique feature in many of the chapters is the addition of case reviews that help bring the content to life and help reinforce the concepts covered. Dental school faculty will find these cases useful in their respective courses, giving students a helpful way of incorporating the content into their broader education on oral health.

Since the launch of its first toothpaste in 1873, global consumer goods company Colgate-Palmolive Company has been a world leader in oral care, with both cutting-edge therapeutics, as well as important educational services for the dental professions. This book is a prime example of Colgate’s continuing commitment to ensuring education for dental professionals.  Click here to download Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence- Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions for free, or visit

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