Oral Health America, Midmark Empower Dental Professionals to Spread the Word about Oral Health

Posted on October 1, 2016

CHICAGO, September 28– Whether by choice, by culture or by need, grandfamilies are more commonplace with one-in-ten children residing fulltime in their grandparents’ homes. Grandfamilies face unique challenges, including those related to oral health as demonstrated by Oral Health America’s 2016 Public Opinion Poll conducted by Wakefield Research which revealed 57% of grandparents reported having put off their own dental care to accommodate the cost of their child’s dental care needs.

Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign focuses on the oral health of families,  and encourages everyone to spread the word about the positive effects of daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products. This year’s campaign highlights “grandfamilies” or kinship care to address the oral health issues that impact young and older generations.

Midmark supports Fall for Smiles by encouraging dental professional to engage their patients and communities using downloadable resources and tools. These resources include a coloring sheet, interactive quizzes, brushing chart, and oral health tips for the whole family.

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by 3M; Trident; Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of Dental Trade Alliance; Patterson Dental; Hu-Friedy; Midmark Corporation; SciCan, Inc.; Septodont USA; Sunstar Americas, Inc.; Whip Mix Corporation; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; National Dental Association; and Crosstex Dentapure.

Learn more about Fall for Smiles at oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.

 

Glidewell Laboratories Launches Newport Biologics Line of Regenerative Materials

Posted on October 1, 2016

Newport Beach, CA, September 28, 2016 (Newswire.com) -  Glidewell Laboratories, an industry-leading provider of dental laboratory services and intraoral medical devices, is pleased to announce the availability of a new line of bone grafting products, to be sold under the Newport Biologics™ brand name. Featuring allograft and alloplast bone graft options, as well as resorbable barrier membranes and a collagen-based wound dressing, this product line is aimed at increasing clinician access to top-quality regenerative materials for use in cases marked by bone or soft tissue deficiencies.

“The Newport Biologics line of bone grafting materials and resorbable barrier membranes represents the highest quality of regenerative products available,” said Dr. Neil Park, director of clinical affairs for Glidewell Laboratories. “By assembling only the most versatile, effective, and frequently used regenerative materials the industry has to offer, we hope to provide clinicians a simplified buying experience, unparalleled value, and the confidence to efficiently and reliably treat the majority of grafting indications.”

Along with the damaging cycle of tooth loss and tissue resorption known to result from periodontal defects, extraction sockets, and other bone deficiencies, industry trends suggest that an increasing percentage of dental implant procedures require bone grafting to optimize the esthetic and functional result. These and other factors have led to a discernible rise in the demand for grafting procedures in the modern dental practice.

“Unfortunately, there tends to be a lot of confusion in the marketplace,” Dr. Park went on to say. “Different materials, of varying origin and composition, all with proprietary naming conventions, can make it difficult for dentists to determine which products are best suited for their patients’ needs.”

Newport Biologics products are carefully selected for the dental practice and processed in accordance with rigorous U.S. FDA regulations. The allograft materials are sourced from the venerable University of Miami Tissue Bank, the oldest in the nation, and resorbable membranes are engineered to optimize handling characteristics to support the clinician’s preferred bone grafting techniques. Individual product names are intended to clearly reflect the material’s composition and usage.

“We are very excited to add the Newport Biologics line to our growing portfolio of dental implant and restorative products,” said Dave Casper, president of Prismatik Dentalcraft, the manufacturing division of Glidewell Laboratories. “We’ve solicited feedback from some of the top opinion leaders in implant dentistry to bring a focused line of regenerative products to our customers that can meet their bone grafting needs.”

Founded in 1970, Glidewell Laboratories is an innovative, full-service dental lab and dental device manufacturer located in Newport Beach, California. Since its inception, Glidewell has been driven by clinician demand and fueled by its fundamental desire to increase the affordability of advanced dental procedures. This unique position enables the company to advance the leading edge of dentistry, employing a diverse team of dentists, scientists, material researchers and other experienced professionals to develop beneficial new products. For more about the company’s history and service offerings, please visit glidewelldental.com.

 

Casi Composite Sculpting Instrument

Posted on October 1, 2016

Cosmedent’s Casi is an innovative double-ended composite sculpting instrument designed to follow the curvature of natural tooth structure. Its built-in convexity and anatomical curvature gives the Casi an advantage for anatomical shaping. The larger end is for sculpting and shaping the central and canines, the smaller end for laterals and lower anterior teeth. This lightweight and easy-to-use instrument comes in a titanium coated finish.

More information: www.cosmedent.com.

LC 3DPrint Box: Getting the Most Out of 3D Printed Objects

Posted on October 1, 2016

Post-curing of 3D printed elements is necessary to achieve full monomer conversion, which is important for different reasons. First of all, the process minimizes the amount of residual monomer in the material and thus ensures its biocompatibility. Furthermore, beneficial mechanical properties such as a high strength and long-term stability of the printed elements are obtained only after post-curing.

Even enthusiastic hobbyists want to leverage these benefits. Due to the lack of affordable curing units, they simply expose their printed toys or everyday objects to sunlight for several hours or put them under UV lamps usually used in nail salons. These solutions obviously do not provide reliability. Certainly not the reliability needed in the dental office or laboratory. Dental applications require the use of professional equipment that ensures a uniform light distribution and controlled temperature, and offer a full light spectrum (300 to 550 nm wavelength is obligatory).

The LC 3DPrint Box does not only offer the desired features combined with a noiseless operation, but also enables the user to set individual exposure times. Due to the spacious inside (dimensions: 26 cm x 26 cm x 19.5 cm), it is possible to cure several objects at once, so that the procedure becomes highly efficient. With all those benefits, the box is by far less expensive than other UV light boxes used in dentistry. This is possible since the new device is based on an innovative post-processing technique that does not require additional nitrogen - a fact that facilitates cost reductions and contributes to a simplified integration into the office or laboratory.

The box can be used to post-cure various resins including the complete range of NextDent 3D printing materials. These include materials with a Class IIa certification for the production of bite splints, denture bases and crowns & bridges, Class I materials used to manufacture surgical guides, indirect bonding trays etc. and different model and cast materials. More information about NextDent products is available at nextdent.com.

 

 

Hu-Friedy Expands EverEdge 2.0 Line with Sickle Scaler Designs

Posted on September 30, 2016

Hu-Friedy, a global leader in the manufacturing of dental instruments and products, today announced the addition of the Sickle Scaler designs to its line of EverEdge 2.0 hand instruments designed to help clinicians achieve the best clinical outcomes. 

Leveraging decades of instrument making experience, Hu-Friedy developed EverEdge 2.0 using a proprietary heat treatment process and enhanced finishing techniques. The optimized steel of EverEdge 2.0 has superior edge retention and wear characteristics that will last the entire life of the instrument. Since it’s not a superficial coating, these characteristics cannot be removed through use or sharpening. EverEdge 2.0 scalers can be resharpened at any point to extend their life and value. 

Sickle scalers, designed for moderate to heavy deposit removal on tooth surfaces, are available for both anterior and posterior applications. This prominent design is most often used to remove supragingival or subgingival calculus and features either straight or curved blades. 

The combination of the Sickle scaler designs with the optimized steel of EverEdge 2.0, which was introduced earlier this year, blends unique design with modern technology to help practitioners achieve optimal clinical results. 

Understanding the critical importance of scientific evidence in supporting product performance, Hu-Friedy engaged an independent, third-party laboratory specializing in blade technology, CATRA, to evaluate EverEdge 2.0 and several competitive scalers. Two characteristics were tested: sharpness of the scalers when brand new and sharpness after repeated use. The test results show that Hu-Friedy EverEdge 2.0 is 72% sharper out of the box than the next closest competitor. After repeated use (500 strokes), EverEdge 2.0 remains 50% sharper than the next closest competitor. 

A sharper scaler is better because it is more: 

  • Clinically effective since calculus is easily removed, not burnished; 

  • Comfortable for clinicians, causing less hand and wrist fatigue; 

  • Comfortable for patients due to less pressure needed for calculus removal; 

  • Efficient as less time is needed to scale 

EverEdge 2.0 instruments are available in the popular original EverEdge diamond-knurled, large-diameter handle, as well as the Resin 8 Colors handle, a lightweight resin handle featuring a color-coded system to easily identify scalers and curettes that correspond to areas of the mouth. The new purple grips allow for easy identification of the EverEdge 2.0 scalers in each set-up.

For more information about Hu-Friedy’s EverEdge 2.0 instruments, please call 1-800-HU-FRIEDY or visit www.hu-friedy.com/EE2. 

IDT Adds Pizzi as Co-Editor-in-Chief

Posted on September 30, 2016

AEGIS Communications in Newtown, Pennsylvania, publisher of Inside Dentistry, Compendium, and Inside Dental Technology, announced the addition of Peter Pizzi, MDT, CDT, to the editorial staff of its laboratory journal, Inside Dental Technology. Pizzi will join the editorial team as Co-Editor-in-Chief, working with Co-Editor-in-Chief Pam Johnson.

Pizzi is the Owner and Manager of Pizzi Dental Studio Inc. in Staten Island, New York. He has served on IDT's Editorial Advisory Board since the journal's inception and has authored numerous articles. Pizzi also is an instructor for the Master Dental Technician Program of New York University, serves on several boards, and lectures around the country and internationally.

To read Pizzi's articles in IDT and Compendium, click here.

New NuSmile Website Designed to Delight Customers

Posted on September 30, 2016

NuSmile Ltd. announced the launch of a dramatically enhanced website designed for customer convenience and increased functionality.

The state-of-the-art website’s key customer benefits include:

  • Easy ordering on desktop, tablet and mobile phones

  • A new “refill your crown kit” app that’s easy and intuitive

  • More detailed information on upcoming NuSmile ZR Zirconia Crown workshops

  • Up-to-date information on upcoming industry and NuSmile events

  • More information on award-winning NuSmile solutions

  • Added capabilities that make it even easier to connect with NuSmile

  • A new document library for NuSmile products for easy access to helpful information

  • For international customers, added capabilities that make it even easier to connect with NuSmile distributors

  • Great new pictures and videos of the fantastic work dentists do every day using NuSmile solutions

“Today more than ever, customers need and deserve vendor websites that make it as convenient as possible to access important information, order products and communicate with customer service,” said Mark Binford, NuSmile SVP and team leader for the development of the new site. “We spent 18 months working closely with cutting edge website design, development and optimization firms to make sure our customers have a great experience when they visit our website, and we’re confident they will.”

NuSmile’s new website can be viewed at www.nusmile.com.

Sunstar Americas, Whip Mix Spotlight Dental Professionals Spreading the Oral Health Message

Posted on September 30, 2016

CHICAGO, September 30 – Whether by choice, by culture or by need, grandfamilies are more commonplace with one-in-ten children residing fulltime in their grandparents’ homes. Grandfamilies face unique challenges, including those related to oral health as demonstrated by Oral Health America’s 2016 Public Opinion Poll conducted by Wakefield Research. This Poll showed that 70% of grandparents believed it was harder for them to keep up with information surrounding children’s oral health than it was for younger parents.

That’s why OHA engages all Americans about the importance of good oral health as part of its annual public awareness campaign, Fall for Smiles.

Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which focuses on the oral health of families encourages everyone to spread the word about the positive effects of daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products. This year’s campaign highlights “grandfamilies” or kinship care to address the oral health issues that impact young and older generations.

Sunstar Americas, Inc. and Whip Mix Corporation support Fall for Smiles by spotlighting the different ways dental professionals have participated in the campaign in previous years with Fall for Smiles: Stories.

Fall for Smiles is generously sponsored by 3M; Trident; Oral Healthcare Can’t Wait, an initiative of Dental Trade Alliance; Patterson Dental; Hu-Friedy; Midmark Corporation; SciCan, Inc.; Septodont USA; Sunstar Americas, Inc.; Whip Mix Corporation; the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention; National Dental Association; and Crosstex Dentapure.

Learn more about Fall for Smiles at oralhealthamerica.org/fallforsmiles.

3Shape Launches TRIOS 3 Mono Intraoral Scanner

Posted on September 30, 2016

Copenhagen, September 30, 2016 – 3Shape launches TRIOS 3 Mono – a new entry-level version of its award-winning TRIOS 3 intraoral scanner. 

TRIOS 3 Mono delivers the same documented-accuracy, insane speed and ease of use of all TRIOS intraoral scanners but takes digital impressions without color. It will sell at an extremely competitive price point at nearly 40% less than TRIOS 3 color models. 

TRIOS Mono delivers many of the same award-winning features of TRIOS 3 color models, including:

·      TRIOS documented-accuracy, insane speed and ease of use

·      The widest range of indications and delivers texture and stone model scans plus HD photos

·      Doctors can offer same-day dentistry using optional 3Shape practice lab

Upgrade to color model at any time

As a special bonus, the TRIOS 3 Mono is upgradable to a TRIOS 3 color model at any time. The cost of the upgrade is the price difference between the two scanners and a service fee. When upgrading to a TRIOS color model, the upgrade includes RealColor™ scanning, digital shade measurement and an integrated intraoral camera.   

“Doctors are definitely looking to go digital with their dentistry. There are just too many documented advantages to ignore. To make the jump easier, we created an intraoral scanner they can start and keep growing with, one that doesn’t compromise speed and accuracy or use powder, says Flemming Thorup, president and CEO at 3Shape.

Adding, “The TRIOS Mono delivers the award-winning performance of our TRIOS 3 intraoral scanner, but at a terrific price and importantly, like all 3Shape products is future proof, and with the opportunity to upgrade to a color model at any time.”

Learn more about TRIOS: http://www.3shape.com/TRIOS

 

 

Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors: Exclusive Interview

Posted on September 29, 2016

By AEGIS Editorial Staff

(Newtown, PA) Every day, thousands of Americans wake up on their first day of retirement with no dental health benefits.The Santa Fe Group and its partners are seeking to change that, as Michael Alfano, DMD, PhD, president of the Santa Fe Group, explains in an exclusive interview with AEGIS Communications. 

Since Wednesday evening, The Santa Fe Group has been hosting a salon, Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors, in Arlington, Virginia, for dental and other healthcare professionals to discuss geriatric oral healthcare. This meeting, which has been filled to capacity, has brought leaders together to develop a national campaign to improve the understanding on aging and oral health. The event concludes Friday.

In the interview, Dr. Alfano talks with AEGIS CEO Daniel Perkins about the state of geriatric oral healthcare in America and the salon. The video can be seen below.

"This is a very important topic, and we're happy to be working with The Santa Fe Group on this initiative," says Mr. Perkins. "We believe it is essential to forge partnerships with the medical and dental communities to help expand our understanding of geriatric oral healthcare in America."

Attendees are learning about the need for oral healthcare benefits for America’s seniors and identify ways to improve access to oral healthcare for senior patients, with and without comorbid chronic illnesses, across all income ranges. Lectures specifically include discussion about access to dental benefits for the poor, near-poor, and retired middle-income seniors who do not have reasonable options for dental coverage, and therefore do not have access to oral healthcare in the absence of a Medicare benefit.

Don't miss AEGIS' video featuring an exclusive interview with Dr. Alfano.

 

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