October is National Orthodontist Month

Posted on October 7, 2015

HOUSTONOct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Every parent wants the best for their children and teeth are no exception. Cleanings, fillings and crowns are one thing, but when it comes to moving teeth into the perfect position for both health and aesthetics, choosing the right practitioner can be a bit confusing. Most important in the decision is choosing an Orthodontist, who is a specialist with extended training beyond dental school.

Comparing an orthodontist to a dentist is analogous to comparing a medical specialist to your primary care physician. Like the family doctor, dentists are excellent at covering a wide range of general issues. General dentists are not as trained or equipped, as orthodontists, to treat more complex orthodontic cases.

"Orthodontists are the experts when it comes to aligning teeth and correcting bites," said Dr. James Hanigan, DDS MS PA, and member of the Texas Association of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontics. "Additionally, an Orthodontist will have access to the latest technology and practices when it comes to teeth alignment."

Orthodontists have an additional 3000+ hours of orthodontic training after dental school during their residency. The average dental school graduate gets less than 100 hours of orthodontic instruction, and most of those are text book hours, not time treating a patient. 

Because orthodontics falls within the broader scope of dentistry, any licensed dentist can treat orthodontic cases. For the consumer, it can be hard to differentiate between an orthodontic specialist and a dentist who offers orthodontic services. Advertisements can be misleading or confusing. An office sign that says "orthodontics" does not necessarily mean the dentist is a specialist.  There are simple steps that any consumer can take to make sure they choose the right practitioner for their needs.

  • First, ask the dentist if they are an orthodontist or a general dentist who performs orthodontic treatment.

  • Second, visit the website for the American Association of Orthodontists (www.mylifemysmile.org) or the American Board of Orthodontics (www.americanboardortho.com) for a list of specialists in your area.

When it comes to your family's smile, informed decisions are best. If you take the time to research and understand what type of practitioner will best suit your family's needs, the result will be healthy, beautiful smiles for life.

Dr. James Hanigan is a member of the Texas Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists. The American Association of Orthodontists is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment and choosing an orthodontist for your care.  An orthodontist is a specialist and must complete two-to-three years of additional schooling and an accredited residency program to achieve this distinction. To find an orthodontist in your area, visitwww.mylifemysmile.org.


SOURCE Texas Association of Orthodontists

A look back at CEREC 30

Posted on October 7, 2015

Inside Dentistry takes a look back at the recently concluded CEREC 30 celebration in Las Vegas. Hear from Michael Augins, President of Sirona, about the new product launches and the future of the company. We also spoke with doctors on the show floor about the CEREC system and the advancements being made by Sirona.

Pumerantz Lecture to Focus on Virtual Reality

Posted on October 7, 2015

Pomona, California (PRWEB) October 06, 2015 - W. Paul Brown, DDS, FICD, FACD, a pioneer in virtual reality, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Western University of Health Sciences.

His topic will be “The Impact of Virtual Reality on Health Science Education.” The lectureship will begin at 7 p.m. in WesternU’s Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

Brown is Consulting Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford School of Medicine. He practiced endodontics in Palo Alto, California for many years and was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and Clinical Assistant Professor at the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

He is currently a digital imaging researcher and, until recently, was the co-director for two Stanford University undergraduate courses: Biomedical Visualization and Procedural Based Head & Neck Anatomy. He was also director of a summer intern program at Stanford University for exceptional high school and college students.

Brown developed systems that made possible the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table, which is the centerpiece of WesternU’s J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center.

“The advances in imaging and imaging reconstructions (virtual reality) are progressing at a remarkable rate,” Brown said. “We now have the ability to access and make treatment decisions from anatomical information that was previously inaccessible. In addition, anything that we can visualize, we can measure. So we have the ability to digitally analyze and record patient data and therefore improve their medical care.”

Brown has been the Principal Investigator on 11 NIH grants involved with medical imaging, virtual reality and medical/dental surgical simulations and the development of curriculum authoring platforms. He has published three electronic atlases of anatomy used around the globe: “A Dental Anatomy and 3D Interactive Tooth Atlas,” “Electronic Atlas of Human Occlusion & the TMJ,” and “3-D Interactive Atlas of Skull Osteology.” He lectures extensively internationally on the use of anatomical virtual reality models for research and education.

Brown was the dentist for the San Francisco Zoo for 20 years and was co-director of the endodontic part of the general dental residency program at the Palo Alto VA hospital for 10 years.

Drs. Daljit and Elaine Sarkaria of Orange established the lectureship in 2009 in honor of WesternU’s founder and president emeritus, Dr. Philip Pumerantz, as part of a $5.1 million pledge to WesternU. The Sarkarias dedicated $100,000 of their pledge to create the lectureship to encourage and foster exemplary medical research, education and high-quality patient care.

Pacific Dental Services-Supported Dentists Complete More Than One Million In-Office CEREC CAD/CAM Restorations

Posted on October 7, 2015

RVINE, Calif.Oct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading the way in digital dentistry, Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®)-supported dentists have reached a major milestone and have completed more than one million CEREC® Computer-Aided Design (CAD)/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) indirect restorations in their offices.

Enabling dentists to produce indirect restorations in-office and reducing the need to send a dental impression to a laboratory for milling, the CEREC CAD/CAM system allows dentists to provide their patients with restorations in a single appointment. With the use of modern CAD/CAM dentistry, patients no longer have to schedule multiple trips to the dentist in order to have a restoration done and can enjoy the convenience of same-day dentistry.  

"PDS-supported dentists have always been at the forefront of the migration to modern dentistry and with this unprecedented achievement of completing one million in-office restorations, they are now leading the transition," said Stephen Thorne, founder, president and CEO of Pacific Dental Services.  "The CAD/CAM dental technology allows clinicians to have the ability to produce restorations in a single visit, delivering on the supported dentists' drive for clinical excellence and providing the highest level of patient care."

"PDS-supported dentists have demonstrated world-class ability to perform single-visit restorations and complete restorative procedures with precision, quality, and efficiency," said Michael Augins, president of Sirona Dental, Inc. and executive vice president of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. "Sirona is delighted to share this remarkable achievement of one million in-office restorations with PDS and help provide an unparalleled standard of patient care, while minimizing the patients' time in the chair and increasing the dentists' bottom line." 

Age One Dental Visit is Vital

Posted on October 7, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa.Oct. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Upon welcoming a new child into the world, there are a number of important steps parents take to ensure the child's health. One aspect that may often go overlooked during that whirlwind first year is an age one dental visit. Getting off on the right foot by making that first dentist appointment for your child will help start the process of protecting his or her teeth for years to come.

One question dentists are often asked is "how soon should I start taking care of my child's teeth?" The answer is as soon as they start to appear, which is generally around the age of six months. According to the American Dental Association, a baby's 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth. Those baby teeth that begin coming through the gums around six months help set the stage for future smiles by keeping space in the jaw for adult teeth. Even at such a young age, children can still develop tooth decay of their baby teeth. Keeping their mouths clean and applying a minimal amount of fluoride toothpaste to any baby teeth are a few ways to maintain good dental health. As children grow old enough to brush their teeth by themselves, supervision is still necessary so that the teeth are being cared for properly.

By scheduling your child's first dental visit, you can help prevent early childhood cavities and establish a dental home for the child, getting an assessment of how susceptible he or she is to decay. Besides the exam, your dentist will provide valuable instruction on better oral hygiene. Children should never be put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Another measure parents can take is encouraging children as they approach year one to begin drinking from a cup instead of a bottle. By taking these few steps, parents can start forming healthy dental habits for their children that they can hopefully carry with them.

Some parents may prefer to see a pediatric dentist who specializes in the care of young children. For help in locating a dentist or pediatric dentist, visit PDA's website at www.padental.org/findadentist to find one in your area.

Peebles Center Hosts Klaus Muterthies

Posted on October 6, 2015

The Peebles Center for Higher Education hosted a 2-day hands-on program featuring renowned technician and author Klaus Muterthies on August 21-22.

Ceramists from across the US and Canada attended the event at the center, which is located at Peebles Prosthetics, Inc. in Lakewood, Colorado.

For information on future programs at the center, contact Cindy Kelly at cindy@peeblesdentallab.com.

Solace Lifesciences Receives Patent for NuCalm Relaxation System

Posted on October 6, 2015

(Issued October 6, 2015) – Privately-held Solace Lifesciences, Inc., has been awarded a patent by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office for NuCalm, an all-natural, drug-free technology designed to relieve stress and improve sleep quality. (U.S. Patent Registration No.: 9,079,030; Issued July 14, 2015). 

The announcement was made by James M. Poole, Solace Lifesciences’ CEO and President, who noted, “This is the world’s only patent granted for ‘Systems and Methods for Balancing and Maintaining the Health of the Human Autonomic Nervous System.’” NuCalm (www.nucalm.com) uses a four-step system to bring users to a state of deep relaxation.

“We have reached a milestone with successful applications on over 400,000 dental patients,” said Poole. “It has been a 13-year journey to this point including eight years of research, discovery and development, followed by five years of tested, proven real-world use, by dentists, doctors, cancer patients, professional athletes, pilots, and business executives across five continents.”

On receiving the patent, Dr. G. Blake Holloway, NuCalm technology inventor, a neuroscientist and clinician from Kerrville, Texas, said, “We are currently living in the second age of anxiety, the first being just after World War I. People are more stressed today than during the Great Depression and not doing enough to manage stress and sleep quality. NuCalm could not have come at a better time to help humanity lower stress and improve sleep quality without drugs.”

CEO Poole says, “As a culture, we are not getting enough rest and are overly reliant on stimulants for productivity, when we should better understand how the body and mind work optimally: it’s through relaxation and restoration, not hyper-stimulation. The brain works in patterns; we’re always seeking patterns. NuCalm mimics patterns that the brain identifies to help it relax. We are not doing anything foreign; we’re simply adding fuel and mimicking patterns in the brain to trigger deep relaxation. When we rest and restore, we can achieve homeostasis which enables us to perform at maximum efficiency.”

How NuCalm Works: A Multi-Part System    

NuCalm’s four-step system quickly and naturally brings the individual to a state of deep relaxation. This deep relaxation occurs thanks to neuroacoustic software that initiates a change in brain waves (Alpha and Theta level). Other steps include an all-natural proprietary cream; a patch behind each ear that allows microcurrent stimulation; and a light-blocking mask. The relaxation state occurs within minutes and lasts throughout the NuCalm experience. In stages, your mind will wander, your breathing slows down, and your body feels heavy and still. In as little at 20 minutes, you feel refreshed, relaxed, and focused.

Air Techniques caries detection device patient demonstration

Posted on October 6, 2015

Dr. Sam Halabo discusses the Cam-X® Spectra caries detection device by Air Techniques and how he uses it in his office. This video includes a patient demonstration and addresses the benefits of a caries detection device in a dental practice.

AACD Conducting Industry Survey

Posted on October 6, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — Where is the cosmetic dentistry industry headed? To answer that question, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is conducting the 2015 State of the Cosmetic Dentistry Industry Survey. The survey, conducted every other year, is an instrumental source for reporting on trends in the industry, but it requires dental professionals' participation. The AACD is offering an added incentive; those who complete the survey could win one of five $50 American Express gift cards.

The AACD began conducting the State of the Industry survey in 2007. The survey asks questions about cosmetic dental patients, the cosmetic dental practice, and the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. This data is then analyzed and compared to historical survey data to present an overall picture of the cosmetic dentistry industry.

Academy of Osseointegration Expands Global Reach to Japan

Posted on October 6, 2015

CHICAGO, October 1, 2015 – The Academy of Osseointegration (AO)’s Japan Chapter Charter recently held its inaugural scientific meeting at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo. More than 300 delegates representing implant associations from all over the country gathered to discuss the theme “The Science of Implants and Associated Biology” and learn from an international lineup of speakers.

Dr. Takashi Sumi, Ichinomiya-City, Aichi, Japan, the AO Japan Ambassador,organized the one-day scientific program, which exemplified the successful network AO is creating internationally through its Charter Chapter initiative. For more information about AO’s Global Outreach, including how to start a Charter Chapter, visit http://www.osseo.org/charterChapters.html.

“The quality of all the presentations was outstanding, with sound scientific basis, relevant clinical applications and a very high quality of clinical cases and photography,” said Dr. Stephen Jacobs, Glasgow, Scotland, Vice Chair, AO Global Program Development Committee. “It was inspiring to see so many clinicians gathered together between AO’s Annual International Meetings to continue learning and growing together.”

The day kicked off with Dr. Sumi, and Drs. Kenji Takeshita, Tokyo, and Kunihiko Teranishi, Tokyo, addressing the delegates, welcoming them to the meeting and explaining the philosophy and purpose of the Charter Chapter initiative.

AO President Dr. Russell Nishimura, Westlake Village, Calif., then welcomed AO members and non-members alike to the largest Academy event ever held outside North America. He urged non-members to join the AO family, benefit from membership, and support the growth of the Academy into the foremost international dental implant organization in existence.

The morning was given over to the international speakers, with Dr. Michael Norton, London, AO Vice President and Chair of the Global Program Development Committee, followed by Dr. Jacobs, presenting the first two lectures on immediate implant placement, including options of managing the immediate provisionalization of adjacent anterior teeth.

After a short break, Professor Tara Aghaloo, Los Angeles, AO Board Member, delivered her lecture on Alveolar Bone Regeneration and Tissue Engineering. These first three lectures were assisted by simultaneous translation into Japanese.

A traditional Japanese lunch was followed by six short lectures by some of our most prominent Japanese members, in Japanese, with the subject matter including inter-implant soft tissue management, 3-dimensional site development, sinus augmentation and photo functionalization. The speakers were Drs. Takahiro Ogawa, Los Angeles; Hideaki Katsuyama, Yokohama, Japan; Tadakazu Obama, Eiji Funakoshi, Fukuoka, Japan; Yoshinori Nameta, Tokyo; Seiichiro Kinjo, Okinawa, Japan; Akiyoshi Funato, Ishikawa, Japan; and Masana Suzuki.

The meeting closed with Dr. Norton thanking Dr. Sumi and inviting everyone to meet again in San Diego, for the AO Annual Meeting in February 2016.

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