DENTSPLY Implants Hosts Exclusive Event

Posted on July 28, 2015

In May, DENTSPLY Implants hosted a 2-day educational program for 15 dental laboratory owners and technicians from across the US. Participants were provided with corporate updates and presentations and discussed various topics including ATLANTIS products and services. A general forum also allowed attendees to interact and discuss related topics of interest.

A tour of the ATLANTIS manufacturing facility was provided, giving participants the opportunity to gain exclusive insight of the design and engineering process that drives the production of ATLANTIS abutments and ATLANTIS ISUS suprastructures.

Participants

Lars Hansson

Deron Blaylock

Jeff Sparks

Ben Berting

Steve Koo

Munik Jang

Hyon Joon Hong

Linda Downing

Dominic (Sangdon) Kim

Chris Halke

Diona Brennan

Alan O'Connor

Mo Bashabsheh

Jun Salsango

Heather Brown

Karl Wagner

Participants from DENTSPLY Implants

Matt Gassel

Darin Lockaby

Fred Senne

Jeff Vaught

Oral Cancers Associated with HPV Increasing in the Americas

Posted on July 28, 2015

Washington, D.C., 4 June 2015 (PAHO/WHO) - Although oral and pharyngeal cancers are usually associated with tobacco and alcohol use, the incidence of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers has increased by 225% in the past two decades in the United States, according to data published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The evidence suggests that in particular, cancers located on the base of the tongue and the tonsils are associated with HPV infection.

Cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx are among the most common cancers worldwide, with an estimated 443,000 cases and 241,000 deaths occurring globally in 2012. While individuals with HPV-associated oral cancers tend to have better prognoses than individuals with non-HPV-associated oral cancers, HPV-associated cancers are more likely to develop in people without traditional risk factors, like tobacco and alcohol use.

“Cancer is a major threat to public health worldwide, and oropharyngeal cancer is an important component of the global cancer burden with significant costs to the healthcare system,” said Dr. Saskia Estupinan-Day, head of the oral health program at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). “Cancer in the oropharynx is especially threatening because in its early stages it might be overlooked, as it usually develops without producing any pain or symptoms the individual could recognize.”

More than 190 types of HPV have been identified and classified according to their potential to induce cancer, with more than 15 of these having been linked to human cancers. One specific type – known as high-risk HPV-16 – is associated with 85-95% of the oral cancers linked to HPV. As HPV-16 and other strains associated with oropharyngeal cancers become more prevalent, the frequency of these cancers grows. In addition to the surge of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers over the past 20 years, the risk for tonsillar and oropharyngeal cancers have increased at least by two-fold among individuals with HIV/AIDS due to impairment of the immune system.

Despite this, scientific gaps exist regarding HPV infections, its persistency and its associated oropharyngeal cancers in the general population and in HIV-infected individuals. Additionally, evidence on the efficacy of HPV vaccines to prevent HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer – which could prove to be an important tool for prevention - is lacking.

To address these gaps, PAHO/WHO, through the Regional Oral Health, Cancer, and Non Communicable Diseases programs with the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF), has issued a call to action and organized an international consultation meeting that will be held from July 27-28, 2015 at PAHO Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to assess the state-of-science on HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer research, address the existent technical gaps, and outline future directions for research, practice, and policies in the Americas and other regions of the world.

“The increase in HPV oral infections, persisting infections, and the development of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer globally is an emerging public health problem in the general population that is exacerbated in individuals infected with HIV,” said Dr. Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez, Director of the AIDS and Immunosuppression Program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. “The international consultation meeting at PAHO/WHO will help us understand current state-of-the science, gaps, needs, and trends to inform the development of public health policy on HPV for the Americas. This is also a unique opportunity to harmonize global health efforts to address HPV-associated infections, persisting infections and oropharyngeal cancer.”

“Having a regional plan will be crucial in moving forward to prevent and treat oropharyngeal cancers associated with HPV,” said Dr. Estupinan-Day.

i-Gen Titanium Mesh Membrane

Posted on July 28, 2015

integrated dental systems (ids) introduces i-Gen Titanium Mesh Membranes, which are manufactured in 9 different configurations to allow users to graft sites where a stable implant has been placed but surrounding bone is insufficient.

i-Gen designs incorporate up to 100 degree bend to provide space for GBR, wider titanium mesh for more buccal bone growth and can be used with most of the popular implant systems. i-Gen kits include membranes, flat abutments, cover screws, healing abutments and a hand hex driver.

ids was formed to provide a full suite of innovative tooth replacement products that will help achieve better outcomes for dentists and patients alike. Their products feature designs and technologies that provide shorter and more precise procedures, less recovery time, and enhance the relationships between dentists and their patients — all at more cost-effective price points. Their commitment to developing more solutions that help dentists provide more profitable and better results is the focus of everything they do. Innovation that delivers more for you and your patients. For more information, visit idsimplants.com or call 866.277.5662.

Stony Brook Unveils Schein Reception Area

Posted on July 28, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y. - Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, unveiled the new "Henry Schein Cares Reception Area," the gateway to the School's Dental Care Center, the largest dental care treatment facility on Long Island. More than 60 attendees from Henry Schein and the School of Dental Medicine, including students, faculty, and senior leadership, celebrated at the recent unveiling ceremony.

The naming of the reception area commemorates the collaborative relationship between the organizations and recognizes more than $2 million in financial and in-kind support that Henry Schein has provided to the school over the past several years through "Henry Schein Cares," the company's global corporate social responsibility program.

One of the initiatives between Henry Schein and the School of Dental Medicine is advancing the use of digital dental technology in the dental curriculum, with the goal of improving patient care and increasing efficiency and productivity. Henry Schein product donations to the Dental Care Center include a PlanScan CAD/CAM dental restoration system and digital X-ray equipment.

"We are very fortunate to have a company like Henry Schein right here on Long Island," said Dr. Mary Truhlar, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. "Henry Schein is a global leader in serving the dental community with a deep commitment to advancing the profession through education, the advancement of technology, and increased access to care through social outreach. It is only fitting that we would greet visitors to our Dental Care Center through the 'Henry Schein Cares Reception Area,' which is representative of the caring spirit of the company it represents." 

Henry Schein also supports Stony Brook dental student volunteer efforts in underserved communities around the world through the company's Henry Schein Cares Student Outreach Program. Stony Brook dental students and faculty also join with Henry Schein, its supplier partners, and oral health volunteers throughout the country to provide care to hundreds of thousands of children in need through the American Dental Association's Give Kids A Smile® program. Click here to read Dr. Truhlar's remarks delivered during the "Henry Schein Cares Reception Area" unveiling ceremony.

"We are so pleased to support the education, training and clinical experience of Stony Brook students who use the advanced technology of this Dental Center to shape the future of the profession," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc.  "We value every facet of our relationship with Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, from the clinical equipment and technology we have helped to advance, to the student outreach programs and community outreach initiatives in which we have partnered."  

Scientists' Secret for Regenerating Salivary Cells

Posted on July 28, 2015

An American research team is the first to use silk fibers as a framework to grow stem cells into salivary gland cells. The new process could provide relief for millions of individuals with dry mouth, including patients with Sjögren's syndrome, survivors of head and neck cancer, and those who take drugs with a side effect that limits saliva production.

To read the full Science Daily report, click here

Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine Unveils Henry Schein Cares Reception Area

Posted on July 28, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Stony Brook University (SBU) School of Dental Medicine and Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, unveiled the new "Henry Schein Cares Reception Area," the gateway to the School's Dental Care Center, the largest dental care treatment facility on Long Island. More than 60 attendees from Henry Schein and the School of Dental Medicine, including students, faculty, and senior leadership celebrated at the recent unveiling ceremony.

The naming of the reception area commemorates the collaborative relationship between the two organizations and recognizes more than $2 million in financial and in-kind support that Henry Schein has provided to the school over the past several years through "Henry Schein Cares," the Company's global corporate social responsibility program.

One of the initiatives between Henry Schein and the School of Dental Medicine is advancing the use of digital dental technology in the dental curriculum, with the goal of improving patient care and increasing efficiency and productivity.  Henry Schein product donations to the Dental Care Center include a PlanScan CAD/CAM dental restoration system and digital X-ray equipment.

"We are very fortunate to have a company like Henry Schein right here on Long Island," said Dr. Mary Truhlar, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. "Henry Schein is a global leader in serving the dental community with a deep commitment to advancing the profession through education, the advancement of technology, and increased access to care through social outreach. It is only fitting that we would greet visitors to our Dental Care Center through the 'Henry Schein Cares Reception Area,' which is representative of the caring spirit of the Company it represents." 

Henry Schein also supports Stony Brook dental student volunteer efforts in underserved communities around the world through the Company's Henry Schein Cares Student Outreach Program.  Stony Brook dental students and faculty also join with Henry Schein, its supplier partners, and oral health volunteers throughout the country to provide care to hundreds of thousands of children in need through the American Dental Association's Give Kids A Smile® program. Click here to read Dr. Truhlar's remarks delivered during the "Henry Schein Cares Reception Area" unveiling ceremony.

"We are so pleased to support the education, training and clinical experience of Stony Brook students who use the advanced technology of this Dental Center to shape the future of the profession," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc.  "We value every facet of our relationship with SBU School of Dental Medicine, from the clinical equipment and technology we have helped to advance, to the student outreach programs and community outreach initiatives in which we have partnered."  

Announcing the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program

Posted on July 27, 2015

30 year ago, a renaissance of dental public health activity began in California. While many of the early advocates and leaders remain in the field today, many of our leaders are or will be retiring soon. 

This anticipated "brain drain" will result in the loss of many key experts whose institutional memory makes them among the most knowledgeable about the unique aspects of advancing a people-centered oral health agenda that ensures equal access to oral health services regardless of individual or community status. The oral health community in California needs to cultivate new leaders to re-energize the field and replace the long-time knowledgeable experts and advocates. 

To help develop emerging oral health champions in California, Center for Oral Health is establishing the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program. 

Named after two leading public oral health experts, Robert Isman, DDS, MPH and Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, the Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development in California.

Click here to learn more.

Applications are due Friday, August 7, 2015

National Dental Association Supports Emerging Workforce Models to Improve Access to Care

Posted on July 24, 2015

CHICAGO – The National Dental Association, representing more than 7,000 dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, issued a statement supporting emerging workforce models EWM in the United States. The NDA defines emerging workforce models as expanded function dental hygienists and assistants, and dental therapists when appropriate. The NDA will highlight the policy during its annual convention in Chicago, July 23-28, 2015. This statement comes from the most historically involved dental organization in provider participation and care delivery to Medicaid patients in the country.

“We view access to dental care as a matter of social justice,” said Dr. Carrie Brown, the NDA’s President.  “Despite advances in health care and technology, glaring disparities exist among underserved, vulnerable, and diverse populations. We must explore all strategies to eliminate these disparities and improve oral health, including expanding the dental workforce.”

The NDA statement reflects the priorities and opinions of the association’s diverse membership. According to a survey of its members, nearly 60 percent said they would hire additional types of dental providers, including dental therapists, if their state adopted credentialing for them. Survey results also revealed that 62 percent of NDA members are Medicaid providers, more than three times the amount of any other dental provider organization.

The NDA’s policy, consistent with recommendations issued by the Institute of Medicine, affirms that state laws should allow allied dental personnel to work in a variety of settings under evidence-supported supervision levels and practice to the full extent of their education and training. This allows dentists to use their training and skills to treat patients with more complex needs.

In addition to utilizing these types of workforce models, the statement sets out a comprehensive series of recommendations to increase access to oral health care, including increasing under-represented minorities in oral health careers and creating new incentives to open practices in federally-designated dental health shortage areas.

“The current dental delivery system is outdated and no longer works for a third of the nation,” said Dr. Brown. “That means many people are constantly in significant pain. People are less productive, and in the most extreme cases, lose their lives because of a lack of basic dental care. It is time to create a system that embraces team-based care, and where a range of providers can work together efficiently to provide cost-effective, high-quality dental care to all. NDA is proud to lead this effort in our communities.”

To read the full position statement on access to care and emerging workforce models, visit: ndaonline.org/position-on-access-to-care-and-emerging-workforce-models. 

3M Oral Care, Kois Center Collaborate to Improve Oral Wellness Through Science-Based Learning

Posted on July 23, 2015

Seattle, WA – (July 23, 2015) – Digital technology is changing dentistry and dental education. The Kois Center has long been recognized as a leader in utilizing science and technology to advance dental education. Today, at its annual educational symposium in Seattle, the Kois Center announced a new partnership with 3M, a trusted leader in applying science and technology to improve oral care. The goal of the collaboration is to improve oral wellness through advanced technologies and education. 

As a first step, the Kois Center has selected the 3M™ True Definition Scanner for its educational offerings. In addition, Kois will pioneer an advanced education course starting later this year for new digital workflows and applications utilizing the 3M True Definition Scanner. The Kois Center also announces a collaboration with Evidentiae software, a new web-based application designed to utilize accurate intra-oral scan data that’s based on Kois comprehensive risk assessment and treatment planning principles.

“The digital technologies to this point have been primarily used by dentists as a tool to automate existing dental procedures,” said Dr. John Kois, owner and founder of the Kois Center. “The exciting opportunity for us going forward is to utilize this new technology as an intelligent analytical system to predict, plan, and communicate treatment. To realize this vision, we needed an intra-oral data capture system that was not only highly accurate, affordable, and easy to use, but we also needed a partner like 3M who shares our values and our vision for the future.”

“A true digital replica of the oral anatomy will be an essential component of the patient record of the future,” said Dan McMaster, global business director of 3M Digital Oral Care. “Not just because it is the starting point of most advanced dental procedures, but it is the easiest way to communicate with the patient, and the most efficient way to monitor change over time. Dr. Kois and the Kois Center have been truly visionary in understanding how to utilize this digital data to take the practice of dentistry to new levels, and we are excited to partner together with them on this most important health initiative.”

A preview of the new offering was introduced to the Kois faculty at the annual symposium today, and will begin an evaluation phase with select Kois faculty during the remaining half of 2015. For more information on the 3M True Definition Scanner, visit www.3M.com/TrueDef. More information about the Kois Center can be found at www.koiscenter.com.

3M, Kois Partner for Oral Wellness

Posted on July 23, 2015

Seattle, WA – Digital technology is changing dentistry and dental education. The Kois Center has long been recognized as a leader in utilizing science and technology to advance dental education. At its annual educational symposium in Seattle, the Kois Center announced a new partnership with 3M, a trusted leader in applying science and technology to improve oral care. The goal of the collaboration is to improve oral wellness through advanced technologies and education.

As a first step, the Kois Center has selected the 3M™ True Definition Scanner for its educational offerings. In addition, Kois will pioneer an advanced education course starting later this year for new digital workflows and applications utilizing the 3M True Definition Scanner. The Kois Center also announced a collaboration with Evidentiae software, a new web-based application designed to utilize accurate intra-oral scan data that’s based on Kois comprehensive risk assessment and treatment planning principles.

“The digital technologies to this point have been primarily used by dentists as a tool to automate existing dental procedures,” said Dr. John Kois, owner and founder of the Kois Center. “The exciting opportunity for us going forward is to utilize this new technology as an intelligent analytical system to predict, plan, and communicate treatment. To realize this vision, we needed an intra-oral data capture system that was not only highly accurate, affordable, and easy to use, but we also needed a partner like 3M who shares our values and our vision for the future.”

“A true digital replica of the oral anatomy will be an essential component of the patient record of the future,” said Dan McMaster, global business director of 3M Digital Oral Care. “Not just because it is the starting point of most advanced dental procedures, but it is the easiest way to communicate with the patient, and the most efficient way to monitor change over time. Dr. Kois and the Kois Center have been truly visionary in understanding how to utilize this digital data to take the practice of dentistry to new levels, and we are excited to partner together with them on this most important health initiative.”

A preview of the new offering was introduced to the Kois faculty at the annual symposium, and will begin an evaluation phase with select Kois faculty during the remaining half of 2015. For more information on the 3M True Definition Scanner, visit 3M.com/TrueDef. More information about the Kois Center can be found at koiscenter.com

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