Knight Dental Group Acquires Precision Craft Dental Laboratory

Posted on January 18, 2017

On January 1, 2017, Knight Dental Group, Inc., acquired Precision Craft Dental Laboratory, Inc., a progressive full service dental laboratory and a leader in dental implant solutions.

The recent acquisition will strengthen Knight’s presence in the northeastern US, which also includes three laboratories around New York and one in Maryland.

“With the completion of the Precision Craft acquisition, we have established a stronger presence in a critical dental market in the US eastern corridor. We are pleased to welcome our new Precision Craft team and grateful to have the leadership of Richard Napolitano and Ryan Napolitano in our Senior Management Team” said Warren Rogers, CEO of Knight Dental Group.

“We are excited about our future with the Knight Dental Group,” said Ryan Napolitano, newly appointed President of Precision Craft. “We share a common goal of delivering high quality dental device solutions and services to the dental community in North America. The partnership will give Precision Craft an opportunity to expand our brand in New England and other markets of the country.”

“This strategic investment of Precision Craft in a key region of the United States and Knight’s recent acquisitions in this region, will better position us as a leading and growing dental laboratory group,” said Harmeet Bindra, CEO of Leixir Private Holdings. “We will continue our plans to be a market leader in the North American sector and investing in strategically placed, high-quality dental laboratories.”


College Student Wins Software Design Competition

Posted on January 18, 2017

Dentsply Sirona announced that a college student outperformed over 30 dental laboratory professionals in a Software Design Competition using the Company’s inLab® software. The contest was recently held at the Dental Lab Owners Association of California’s (DLOAC’s) 13th Annual International CAD/CAM Expo & Symposium on November 17-19, 2016, in Orange County, California.

Shortly after learning the software program that same morning, Zhen Yin, a student at L.A. Community College, took home the grand prize of $5,000 for his winning designs using the inLab software. “The inLab software was very easy to use and made designing each restoration quick, efficient, and actually fun,” remarked Zhen. “I am very proud to say that I won this contest among so many talented and experienced laboratory professionals.”

In fact, all four winning designers (first through fourth place) used the inLab software. Software Design Competition creator, Jean Chiha, President of DLOAC, said, “I wanted to make sure that it was a very well-rounded and fair competition so I choose a wide range of judges and design software from a variety of manufacturers to ensure that all designs were judged without bias.”

All contestants were free to choose from a number of software design platforms to work on for their restorative challenges including Cercon®, exocad, 3Shape, Dental Wings, and inLab. They then participated in three rounds of competition where they were tasked with designing different restorative requests within a very limited timeframe:

·       First Round: 3-unit posterior bridge (two minutes)

·       Second Round: 6-unit anterior bridge (four minutes)

·       Third Round: Full-arch upper bridge (ten minutes)

Designs were judged on speed, aesthetics, occlusion contacts, and the shape of teeth. Frankie Acosta, one of the judges for the competition, weighed in on the winning design“I think a big reason as to why Zhen came out on top using inLab was because of the simplicity of the software. Of course his designs were outstanding, but I think he ultimately won because he let the software work for him.” 


2016 CAP Education Grant Winners Announced

Posted on January 17, 2017


The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) announced the winners of the first-ever 2016 Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) Education Grant: Christopher Eric Nelson, CDT (Dunedin, Florida); Iwona Alicja Villa, CDT (Westminster, California); Joshua Campbell (Tampa, Florida); Lyudmila Kovalenko (Lone Tree, Colorado); Megan Johnson (Ottawa, Illinois); and Thin Sandar Khine, CDT (Rosemead, CA).

Custom Automated Prosthetics, LLC (CAP), along with The Foundation, created this grant in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible. Thanks to the generosity of CAP, each individual will have their tuition fee for a 1- to 2-day or full-day course at either the Florida or Massachusetts location covered as part of this grant. 

“With a myriad of classes available and classes being added frequently, grant recipients have a wide selection to choose from and can ultimately take the course that fits their needs and interests,” said Foundation Chair, Jeff Stronk. “We at the Foundation are grateful beyond words for the opportunity to further educate individuals on the changes going on in the industry today,”

CAP, a subsidiary of Henry Schein, Inc., located in Clearwater, FL and headquartered in Stoneham, MA, helps dental laboratories navigate through the digital transition that is occurring in dental technology today through CAD/CAM products, milling services, supplies and education. The Foundation’s purpose is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry-driven needs and providing solutions relevant to dental technicians. 

Dentsply Sirona reveals theme for this year’s Chicago Midwinter Party: “Welcome to the Jungle”

Posted on January 17, 2017

Ramping up for Dentsply Sirona World 2017 in Las Vegas, the Dental Solutions Company™ is hosting another wild party at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2017)-Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, is set to host another epic, untamed party at the House of Blues on Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2017, during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting (CMW).

Dentsply Sirona threw an incredible superhero-themed party during the 2016 CMW meeting that attracted thousands of meeting attendees donning superhero attire. The upcoming jungle-inspired affair is expected to draw a higher level of excitement and greater attendance than the previous year’s superhero soiree.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at the House of Blues on Friday evening unleashing their wild side: unveil your spirit animal, dress as an exotic flower or bird, or create your own jungle-being! Beverages will be available for purchase.*

 “As the largest supplier of dental technology and consumables, Dentsply Sirona thought it fitting to host a party reflective of the strength, fortitude and vigor that embodies our organization,” said Vice President of Marketing Ingo Zimmer.

Guests will enjoy a live performance by popular local cover band Maggie Speaks. A crowd-favorite, this energetic group of talented musicians played at the 2016 CMW party and wowed partygoers with their lively performance and dynamic lineup of songs. Additionally, there will be face painters to help guests complete their look and a photographer at the party to capture favorite moments.

“Throwing a party at the House of Blues during the Midwinter Meeting each year is our way of expressing appreciation to all of the dentists and office staff who work tirelessly to increase productivity in their practice, enhance patient care through continuing education and attend trade shows to learn more about innovations in dentistry,” said Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins.

Getting a ticket to the party is easy: Simply visit www.dentsplysironaworld.comand register online before heading to the Dentsply Sirona booth (booth 2011) during regular trade show hours (9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) on Thursday or Friday during CMW to pick up your ticket.

The party also comes as a pre-celebratory event leading up to the kickoff of the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting, Dentsply Sirona World 2017 occurring from Sept. 14-16, 2017.

Located at the Venetian and the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, Dentsply Sirona World will continue a custom of premium education for all dental professionals, offer boundless opportunities to mingle and network with industry colleagues, provide a vast trade show displaying the top technologies and services offered in dentistry, and deliver extraordinary entertainment that is unmatched by any other dental conference.

Registration for Dentsply Sirona World 2017 is open and special Super Early Bird pricing is available through March 31, 2017.

For more information on Dentsply Sirona World 2017 and the CMW party, visit For questions, contact the event help desk at or by phone at 1.844.462.7476. 

Free Dental Practice Management Audio Program Featuring Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Posted on January 16, 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif. – CareCredit®, a leading patient financing company, is expanding its educational library with the addition of a new audio program Care is a Verb, Not a Noun by Debra Engelhardt-Nash, Nash Institute Co-founder and Practice Management Expert. This educational audio program is available free to dentists and teams who accept CareCredit.

In the new audio program, Engelhardt-Nash shares practical advice on how to create patient advocates by establishing a culture of caring so that patients accept recommended care, return for ongoing treatment and rave about their dentist and team to family, friends and co-workers.  Engelhardt-Nash inspires teams to engage patients by encouraging them to share their stories, treat patients like welcomed guests and have win-win financial conversations.

“Every day the dental team can make a difference in a patient’s life,” says Engelhardt-Nash.  “And it’s done by not only delivering exceptional clinical care to patients, but also embracing care as a verb.  This means everything we do can show patients we care about them, we appreciate them and we are their advocates.”    

CareCredit’s educational library features leading practice educators sharing insights on key practice management issues. “CareCredit continues to be committed to helping dentists and teams by connecting them to practical solutions on topics such as overhead management, attracting new patients, patient experience and increasing referrals,” said Bete Johnson, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, CareCredit. Practices that currently accept the CareCredit credit card can request a copy of this complimentary audio program by contacting their Practice Development Team at 800-859-9975, option 1, then 6.  Practices that have yet to add CareCredit as a financing solution can call 800-300-3046, option 5, to request their complimentary copy.


Two-Thirds of Packaged Food and Drinks in Canada Have Added Sugars

Posted on January 16, 2017

An analysis of over 40,000 commonly available packaged foods and beverages in Canada has found that 66% of these products – including some infant formulas and baby food products and many so-called ‘healthier’ foods such as yogurt, juice, breakfast cereals, and snack bars – have at least one added sugar in their ingredients list, according to new research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the University of Waterloo.

Published in CMAJ Open, the research examined the ingredients of 40,829 packaged foods and beverages sold at national supermarket chains of a major Canadian grocery retailer. The researchers searched for 30 different added sugar terms – everything from ‘sugar’ to dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose and fruit juice concentrate. Excluded from the analysis were fresh fruits or vegetables, fresh meat, raw ingredients (water, baking ingredients, coffee, tea, fats and oils, etc.) and non-food items (such as natural health products or nutrition and protein supplements).

“People may be surprised to learn how many packaged foods and beverages have sugars added to them, especially foods that most would consider ‘healthier,’” says Dr. Erin Hobin, a scientist in PHO’s health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention division and an author on the paper. “Added sugars were highest in the expected food products such as candy, sweet bakery products and soda pop. But we also found that the majority of products frequently marketed as ‘healthy’ options, like granola bars or yogurt, also listed added sugars in their ingredients. In addition, almost half of all infant formulas and baby food we studied listed added sugars as part of their ingredients.”

In this study, ‘added sugars’ are defined as all sugars added to foods by the manufacturer plus the sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices. These naturally-occurring sugars are considered ‘added sugars’ in this study because fibre slows down the absorption of sugar, and the fibre is removed during processing (eg, fruit juices) or is never present in these types of foods (eg, honey). Added sugars are particularly concerning as they tend to be consumed in much larger quantities than naturally occurring sugars found in foods such as bananas or a glass of milk. Added sugars can also be added to foods and beverages that normally contain little, if any, sugars, say the researchers.

Eating and drinking excess amounts of sugars are associated with a variety of health problems. However, there is limited research detailing the amount of added sugars in Canada’s food supply. This study provides a baseline snapshot of the added sugars in packaged products commonly found in grocery stores.

A number of health organizations, including the World Health Organization, United States Dietary Guidelines Committee, the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, have all recently recommended limiting intakes of added sugars to a maximum of 5% to 10% of daily calories consumed.

“The number of products that contained added sugars was surprisingly high, particularly for beverages and baby foods,” says Dr. David Hammond, of the University of Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems and senior author on the research paper. “At the moment, it is very difficult for consumers to identify the presence of added sugars using nutrition labels and impossible to identify amounts of added sugars in packaged foods. Health Canada recently proposed changes to nutrition labelling, which may include ‘traffic lights’ for high sugar labels on the front of packs, to help consumers to identify and avoid foods high in added sugars.”

Even When Lower Jaw Implants Stick, Smoking Can Cause Problems

Posted on January 16, 2017

Smoking causes a range of negative effects, particularly in the smoker’s mouth. The effects that smoking has on dental implants, however, is unclear. Even safe and effective treatments, such as dental implants, tend to fail more often in patients who smoke.

A study published in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology focused on first-year success of dental implants in the lower jaw. If surgeons want to predictably know when and how to place implants in the mouths of heavy smokers, they need to understand how their patients’ habits will affect the healing process. Although research shows smoking can make implant and bone integration difficult in the upper jaw, few studies have considered the effects that this habit has on the lower jaw.

Researchers from The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China studied how well bones healed and implanted tissue was accepted by heavy smokers who were missing some teeth at the back of their lower jaw. The researchers inserted dental implants for smokers and nonsmokers and restored the dental implants three months later, and then followed both groups for a year to find out whether heavy smoking had any ill effects. They were primarily interested in whether the dental implants would integrate with the bone and stay integrated once the implant was in function.

In both groups, implant stability decreased during the first two weeks after the implant surgery. In nonsmokers, stability began to improve and the implants began to form better connections (integration) to the bone after the second week. However, for heavy smokers, implants saw little change in the second week and only began to integrate into the lower jaw bone and become more stable after the third week following surgery.

Three months after surgery, heavy smokers’ implants had caught up and all patients had secure connections between bone and implant. Although all implants were considered successful, several months later the heavy smokers experienced more problems, including greater bone loss around the implants and larger soft-tissue pockets; however, smoking seemed to have little effect on plaque buildup and bleeding near the implants.

These researchers concluded that heavy smoking did not affect the overall success of the implant surgery, but that it did cause the bone around the implants to heal more slowly. Surgeons may need to change their standard implant schedule for patients who smoke heavily, and smokers may need to be aware that their habit could lead to other complications even after the implants are securely in place.

Full text of the article “Effect of Heavy Smoking on Dental Implants Placed in Male Patients Posterior Mandibles: A Prospective Clinical Study,” Journal of Oral Implantology, Vol. 42, No. 6, 2016, is now available at

DSG, Ivoclar Vivadent Take IPS e.max to the Next Level

Posted on January 12, 2017

Dental Services Group (DSG), the nation’s largest network of dental laboratories, announced today that IPS e.max has become a preferred restorative solution among dentists looking for both durable and highly esthetic restorations.

"IPS e.max has had an amazing track record of success," said DSG Chief Operating Officer Matt Morgan."With a 98.5% survival rating and the new strength data that Ivoclar Vivadent recently announced, we are happy to make this one of our go-to premium restorative materials."

Ivoclar Vivadent recently released further testing data citing IPS e.max Lithium Disilicate with an average biaxial flexural strength of 500MPa.This means that dental professionals can now recommend as little as 1.0mm of material thickness for IPS e.max minimally invasive restorations when adhesively cemented.

"At DSG, we are focusing on quality esthetic solutions that are best suited for the patient. This, combined with our service excellence, is a great value enhancement for dentists and patients," added Morgan. "Our partnership with Ivoclar Vivadent is an example of our commitment to our customers’ success."

The extensive technical expertise of DSG technicians, coupled with excellence in service training, ensures the highest quality and consistency in restorations. This allows DSG to provide dentists with both the personalized care made possible by a local laboratory, and the full suite of offerings by the nation’s largest laboratory network.

Sarah Anders, Ivoclar Vivadent's North American Chief Operating Officer, shares her outlook: "We are proud to partner with DSG as they expand their capabilities and offerings with IPS e.max. The outstanding clinical success of IPS e.max, partnered with DSG's national laboratory network, helps to drive better dentistry throughout North America.”


H. Thomas Heupel, MDT, joins Jesse & Frichtel Dental Lab

Posted on January 12, 2017


H. Thomas Heupel, MDT, is now the new General Manager of Lab Operations at Jesse & Frichtel Dental Lab. Heupel joins Jesse & Frichtel, an implant specialist lab with locations in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Indianapolis, Indiana, from Custom Milling Center where he was the production manager.

Heupel’s extensive background in restorative dentistry across two continents deepens Jesse & Frichtel’s expert bench, known for its ability to handle the most difficult implant cases.

“We’re extremely excited to have Thomas join our organization,” said Mark Frichtel, President and CEO of Jesse & Frichtel. “With his proprietary technique for design and fabrication of hybrid screw-retained bridges, his restorations are truly incomparable, and Heupel will serve as a huge asset as we expand our full zirconia bridge offerings.”

As General Manager of Lab Operations, Heupel will train staff, oversee cases, and fabricate restorations within the Jesse & Frichtel Lab.

Heupel earned a bachelor’s degree in dental technology and business administration from Ronneburg, Germany’s Masterschool of Dental Technology before finishing his Master Dental Technician certification. Before arriving at Jesse & Frichtel, he worked as a technician and operations manager for major laboratories in Germany, Canada, Boston, and Los Angeles. 

Coca-Cola's Christmas Truck Tour Should be Banned, Say UK Public Health Experts

Posted on January 11, 2017

Coca-Cola's "Happy Holidays" truck tour should be banned, given the growing evidence of the effect that marketing of unhealthy food and drink has on children, say public health experts in The BMJ today.

In 2018, the UK government will introduce an industry levy on full-sugar soft drinks as part of its childhood obesity strategy.

This Christmas the truck visited five locations in northwest England in the first week of December and received substantial coverage in the major local newspapers in Liverpool and Manchester.

Visitors could have their photo taken with the vehicle while being given free product (including a 150-mL can of standard Coca-Cola containing 15.9 g of sugar - nearly 4 teaspoons).

But Robin Ireland, Director of Food Active - a campaign based in northwest England to tackle increasing obesity levels - points out that 34% of 10- to 11-year-olds in the northwest are overweight or obese. Further 33% of 5-year-olds have tooth decay, largely down to their consumption of sugary drinks.

Many public health departments have launched campaigns about sugary drinks to try to help their communities reduce their consumption, so Coca-Cola's campaign was scarcely welcomed by local directors of public health, medical professionals, educationalists, or members of the public, he adds.

Such was their concern that Food Active organized a letter stating: "We can celebrate without allowing Coca-Cola to hijack Christmas by bringing false gifts of bad teeth and weight problems to our children."

The 108 signatories included five public health directors and the current and past presidents of the Faculty of Public Health.

The letter received no coverage in either Liverpool or Manchester.

"It is of huge concern that no alternative views were provided in the face of a concerted commercial marketing campaign by Coca-Cola, writes Ireland. "Apparently Coca-Cola's voice counts more than those of directors of public health."

He believes that this form of advertising and marketing should be banned and will continue to push for national action to stop similar campaigns next Christmas.

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