ADEAGies Foundation Announces Recipients of the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health

Posted on October 25, 2016

The ADEAGies Foundation announced today the winners of the 2017 William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards). The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and are the profession’s preeminent recognition for individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. The 2017 Gies Awards will be presented on March 20 at a highly anticipated ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Long Beach, CA. Dentsply Sirona is the premier sponsor of the awards.

“Dentsply Sirona deeply values its partnership with the ADEAGies Foundation and is pleased to support the foundation as the Premier Sponsor of the 2017 Gies Gala,” says Terri Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Dentsply Sirona, Inc.

The honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees. The 2017 Gies Award recipients are (in alphabetical order):

Colorado Dental Association

Gies Award for Vision – Public or Private Partner

Eastman Institute for Oral Health

Gies Award for Achievement – Academic Dental Institution

Allan J. Formicola, D.D.S, M.S.

Gies Award for Vision – Dental Educator

N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.

Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Gies Award for Innovation – Public or Private Partner

Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Gies Award for Innovation – Academic Dental Institution

George K. Stookey, Ph.D., M.S.

Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator

University of Washington School of Dentistry – RIDE Program

Gies Award for Vision – Academic Dental Institution

Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H.

Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator

“The outstanding winners of the 2017 Gies Awards were selected from a record number of nominations this year,” says Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACD, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ADEAGies Foundation. “The ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees congratulates the winners and thanks all of the nominators for the excellent submissions.”

Tickets for the celebration may be purchased starting in early December online at when registering for the 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. For information on table sponsorship, contact Trish Smith at or 703-506-3272.

Research Published Showing the Canary System Can Accurately Detect Caries Beneath Opaque Fissure Sealants

Posted on October 25, 2016

The Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry has published a study entitled “Comparison of The Canary System and DIAGNOdent for the in vitro detection of caries under opaque dental sealants.” This paper concluded that The Canary System can aid in the detection and monitoring of the status of tooth structure and caries beneath sealants. 

“Dental sealants are an excellent preventive tool for treating pits and fissures in posterior teeth” said Dr. Stephen Abrams, President of Quantum Dental Technologies. “Recent publications from the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the CDC all conclude that sealants should be an essential part of oral health care delivery. Unfortunately, over time, the bond with the fissure will degrade, allowing the ingress of oral fluids and bacteria, creating the ideal environment for caries to develop. Without The Canary System, these lesions are not detected until they have destroyed a large amount of tooth structure.”

The energy conversion technology, PTR-LUM, that powers The Canary System enabled investigators to find caries beneath 2mm. of Helioseal® F, Embraceä WetBondä, Delton®, UltraSeal XT® plusä sealants on 105 potential sound and carious pit/fissure sites on occlusal surfaces of 40 extracted human molars and premolars. Marked pits/fissures were scanned with The Canary System and DIAGNOdent before and after sealant placement. Using polarized light microscopy as the validation tool, the status (carious/non-carious) of each examined pit/fissure was confirmed. The accuracy of The Canary System was not affected by any sealant; DIAGNOdent produced a high number of false positive readings.

“Many dental sealants contain opacifying agents that exhibit intrinsic autofluorescence properties, resulting in false positives when scanned with DIAGNOdent, which uses fluorescence technology. The Canary System uses PTR-LUM technology which can ‘see through’ opaque sealants, giving clinicians a quantifiable measurement of the status of the enamel crystal structure”, said Dr. Koneswaran Sivagurunathan.

The Canary System, with its unique crystal structure diagnostics, can quantify, image, monitor and record changes in the structure of enamel, dentin and cementum. It can detect caries beneath opaque sealants, around the margins of restorations, and beneath interproximal, occlusal and smooth surfaces. The Canary Cloud enables dentists to view and manage this data and track Canary usage in the office.

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Drug-Resistant and Gum Disease-Causing Germs Selectively Destroyed by PerioLase MVP-7 Dental Laser

Posted on October 24, 2016

Drug-Resistant and Gum Disease-Causing Germs Selectively Destroyed by PerioLase MVP-7 Dental Laser

1064nm wavelength selectively vaporizes bad bacteria without harming healthy tissue

CERRITOS, Calif., Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new research studies demonstrate how the 1064nm wavelength PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser system, optimized for the LANAP® protocol, selectively destroys Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), a "keystone" pathogen that directs other gum tissue bacteria to become pathogenically active in the progressive destruction involved in moderate to severe gum disease. 

Pg has historically been identified as a black pigmented species bacteria based on its visible color in lab cultures.  Numerous studies by Midda and others have shown that Pg is destroyed in human treatments following the use of a 1064nm pulsed Nd:YAG laser. These two observations led to conjecture that Pg was also pigmented in the body (in vivo), and that the 1064nm wavelength kills the bacteria by targeting the visible (black) pigment.

"The Black Bug Myth, Selective Photodestruction of Pigmented Pathogens" by researchers David Harris, PhD, et al., clearly demonstrates that the PerioLase MVP-7 1064nm wavelength dental laser destroys Pg bacteria regardless of the amount of visible pigmentation or complete lack of visible pigmentation in the bacteria.

This research suggests that the PerioLase MVP-7 kills Pg bacteria by destroying an invisible chromophore. In other words, periodontal bugs do not need to be black, or even visible to the human eye, in order to be eliminated by the PerioLase MVP-7.

The second study, "Selective Photoantisepsis", published by Harris and Reinisch, focuses on selectively eliminating pathogens at different depths within a tissue model by analyzing the differences between the absorption of light energy by pathogens and host tissues. The study supports selective destruction of Pg and Prevotella intermedia (Pi) at depths of 3-4mm using a 1064nm pulsed-Nd:YAG laser. Unlike the 1064nm wavelength, the 810nm diode laser requires visible pigment to destroy the bacteria. The 810nm was also lethal to the healthy tissue at an earlier stage. The model indicates no selectivity for the 2940nm Er:YAG laser.

"These two studies add to our understanding of the reasons and mechanisms for the benefits of the PerioLase MVP-7 1064nm pulsed Nd:YAG laser in reducing the periodontal pathogens associated with gum disease," states Robert H. Gregg II, DDS, co-inventor of the PerioLase MVP-7 and inventor of the LANAP protocol. "It is no surprise that positive evidence and research continue to accumulate given the consistent, reproducible results our LANAP-trained clinicians have obtained for decades."

The PerioLase MVP-7 surgical laser, included in the PerioLase Periodontal Package (PPP), is manufactured exclusively by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.  The PPP includes the industry's best surgical training and the only clinical results guarantee.  The patent pending LANAP® Protocol and patent pending LAPIP™ Protocol are featured techniques in the highly acclaimed surgical training program offered by Millennium and presented by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.

Both studies were published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

It’s a Wrap for the 2016 ADA Meeting by Dr. Bob Margeas

Posted on October 24, 2016

Dr. Bob Margeas says," It's a wrap" at the #ADADEN 2016. See what he has to say.

Meet Dr. Bob Margeas, Editor-in-Chief for Inside Dentistry, at the 2016 ADA Meeting

Posted on October 24, 2016

Dr. Bob Margeas, our Editor-in-Chief, is at the #ADADEN, if you see him be sure to STOP him as he'd love to talk to you about Inside Dentistry.

Dr. Bob Margeas will be at the 2016 ADA to talk to you about Inside Dentistry

Posted on October 24, 2016

Be sure to look out for Inside Dentistry's Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Bob Margeas, and #STOP him on the 2016 ADA floor! See his message for attendees here!#ADADEN

Kovanaze Nasal Spray, FDA-approved Needle-Free Dental Anesthesia, Launch Announced at ADA Meeting

Posted on October 22, 2016

DENVER, Oct. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Renatus, LLC announced today that Kovanaze™ (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray, the first FDA-approved, needle-free, regional dental anesthesia for the maxillary arch, is available for pre-order. The Kovanaze product launch coincides with the American Dental Association's annual meeting in Denver, October 20-24.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 29, 2016, Kovanaze is indicated for regional anesthesia when performing a restorative procedure on teeth 4-13 and A-J in adults and children weighing more than 40 kg.

In Phase 3 clinical trials, use of Kovanaze in the anterior maxillary region during restorative procedures resulted in 96 percent efficacy in teeth 5-12 and 63 percent efficacy in teeth 4 and 13. Additionally, patients may not experience the same sensation of numbness or tingling of the lips and cheeks associated with injectable dental anesthetics. 

"It is a significant moment in dentistry as a new delivery method for pain management is now available," said Steve Merrick, St. Renatus, Chief Executive Officer. "For decades, needles have been the mainstay for delivering dental anesthesia; now dentists have the option to offer patients a regional anesthesia via a nasal spray for restorative procedures in the smile zone."

To learn more or to place an order, please visit, call the Kovanaze Support Line at 1-800-770-9400, or contact your local dental dealer.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Use in patients with uncontrolled hypertension or inadequately controlled active thyroid disease of any type is not advised. Tetracaine may cause methemoglobinemia, particularly in conjunction with methemoglobin-inducing agents. Use of KOVANAZE in patients with a history of congenital or idiopathic or methemoglobinemia is not advised. Methemoglobinemia should be considered if central cyanosis unresponsive to oxygen therapy occurs, especially if methemoglobinemia-inducing agents have been used. Confirm diagnosis by measuring methemoglobin level with co-oximetry. Treat clinically significant symptoms of methemoglobinemia with a standard clinical regimen. Allergic or anaphylactic reactions can occur. If an allergic reaction occurs, seek emergency help immediately. KOVANAZE is contraindicated in patients with a history of allergy to tetracaine, benzyl alcohol, other ester local anesthetics, p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), oxymetazoline, or any other component of the product. Some clinical trial patients experienced an increase in blood pressure so blood pressure should be monitored. In addition, patients should be carefully monitored for dysphagia. KOVANAZE is not recommended for use in patients with a history of frequent nose bleeds. Concomitant use of monamine oxidase inhibitors, nonselective beta adrenergic antagonist, or tricyclic antidepressants may cause hypertension and is not recommended. Discontinue use of oxymetazoline-containing products 24 hours prior to KOVANAZE administration. Avoid concomitant use of intranasal products. The most common adverse reactions to KOVANAZE occurring in >10% of patients include a runny nose, nasal congestion, nasal discomfort, sore throat, and watery eyes.

Convergent Dental Announces New Partnership with Patterson Dental

Posted on October 21, 2016

Natick, MA (October 20, 2016) –Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissuedental laser system, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment, and technology in the US and Canada. Effective immediately, Patterson Dental will distribute Solea, the first and only CO2 dental laser cleared to cut hard, soft and osseous tissue across the US.

“We are tremendously excited about this partnership,” remarked Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. “Patterson’s representatives have earned a place as trusted advisors to thousands of dentists because of their commitment to a deep understanding of what is important to each customer and delivering the best solutions to meet those needs. This thoughtful approach to helping practices grow matches exactly with how we do business at Convergent Dental and is the most important aspect of this partnership.”  

Solea has earned its reputation for delivering reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free experiences because of the science behind it, the technology that enables it, and its simplicity in the hands of the dentists. With a single setting, dentists move back and forth between hard, soft, and osseous tissue by just changing pressure on the dental laser industry’s only variable speed foot pedal. 

“Solea is revolutionizing the dental practice by dramatically increasing production while greatly improving the patient experience,” remarked Dave Misiak, President of Patterson Dental. “We truly believe in this groundbreaking technology and see it as a powerful complement to the other technologies that we have so successfully introduced to thousands of our customers.”

All dental professionals attending this year’s American Dental Association (ADA) Meeting are encouraged to visit Convergent Dental at booth #1814 and Patterson Dental at booth #3036 for a free demonstration of how Solea can improve their own clinical procedures and practice profitability. 

For more information about Solea, please visit www.convergentdental.comor call 844.GOSOLEA.

Study Suggests Benefits of Laser Treatments for Dental Problems

Posted on October 21, 2016

Researchers have developed computer simulations showing how lasers attack oral bacterial colonies, suggesting that benefits of using lasers in oral debridement include killing bacteria and promoting better dental health.

In a study published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, the researchers show the results of simulations depicting various laser wavelengths aimed at virtual bacterial colonies buried in gingival tissue. In humans, actual bacterial colonies can cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, which involves a more serious infection that breaks down the bones and tissues that support teeth.

"The paper verifies or validates the use of lasers to kill bacteria and contribute to better health following periodontal treatments," said co-author Lou Reinisch, PhD, associate provost for academic affairs at New York Institute of Technology.

Drawing on his background in physics, optics, and calculus, Reinisch, an expert in laser surgery and an associate editor with the journal, created mathematical models based on optical characteristics of gingival tissues and bacteria. He then produced simulations of three different types of lasers commonly used in dentistry and their effects on two types of bacterial colonies of various sizes and depths within the gingival models.

"One of the questions we asked is how deep could the bacteria be and still be affected by the laser light," said Reinisch. The simulations indicate that 810 nm diode lasers, when set to short pulses and moderate energy levels, can kill bacteria buried 3 mm deep in the soft tissue of the gingiva. The 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser is also effective with similar penetration depth. Both lasers spare the healthy tissue with the simulations showing minimal heating of the surrounding tissue. Minimizing the thermal damage leads to faster healing, says Reinisch.

"The findings are important because it opens up the possibility of tweaking the wavelength, power, and pulse duration to be the most effective for killing bacteria," Reinisch says. "The doctors will look at this and say, 'I see there is a possible benefit for my patients in using the laser.'"

"The study reveals what's going on in the tissue, so I hope that we're educating the medical professionals by demonstrating that you can do a good job of killing bacteria with certain lasers," says co-author David Harris, PhD, director of Bio-Medical Consultants, Inc., which specializes in medical laser product development. "When you do this treatment, you remove an infection and allow tissue to regenerate. Getting rid of the infection means the tissue can heal without interference."

The cost of dental lasers can range from $5,000 to over $100,000, according to Reinisch, and healthcare professionals require extra training to use them. These costs are passed on to the patient so Reinisch notes there must be a definite benefit for the patient to justify these costs.

Harris noted that the Academy of Laser Dentistry estimates that at least 25% of US dental offices have dental laser capability for periodontal treatment as outlined in the paper, along with a host of other soft tissue surgical procedures and hard tissue procedures like removal of dental decay.

Harris said the video simulations demonstrate what happens when lasers hit buried bacterial colonies.

"This is a great way to present to the doctor esoteric scientific findings in a clinically meaningful format," he said. "The model is a great tool for making predictions of what can happen in the tissue. Our study confirms its use as a way to determine the most effective laser parameters to use clinically."

In a first for the journal, the published results include video depictions of the computer simulations. The journal readers can actually see the soft tissue of the virtual gums and bacteria heat up and cool down as the simulated laser is scanned over the tissue.

The study's methodology of simulating how laser light interacts with tissue has implications beyond dentistry; physicians and surgeons use lasers in various treatments, including vocal cord procedures and dermatological treatments, including those for toenail fungus.

Guided by the results presented in this study, both Reinisch and Harris expect that clinical trials will be designed to validate the findings.

The study, entitled "Selective Photoantisepsis," is published in the October issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.


Introducing The Future of Oral Health, a Collaboration between Scientific American and Colgate-Palmolive

Posted on October 20, 2016

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The impact of oral disease on whole-body health and the changes to the practice of dentistry worldwide are the subjects of The Future of Oral Heath, a new publication produced by Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company.

The issue will launch on October 21 at the American Dental Association's Annual Meeting in Denver during the panel discussion, "The Evolving Landscape of Global Oral Health, Its Prevention and Treatment," moderated by Jeremy Abbate, VP and publisher of Scientific American and the publishing director of The Future of Oral Heath. Panelists include: Michael C. Alfano, DMD, PhDCaswell A. Evans, DDS, MPHSharon GuynupThomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, PhD, Dipl. ABP (Periodontology) and Marko Vujicic, PhD. It will be available online for free at

The publication explores science, policy and new delivery models to better understand the current and future state of the multifaceted oral health field. Within the issue are updates on:

  • The oral health of a growing elderly population; global health issue of caries and periodontal diseases and the latest industry developments helping to improve access and cost-of-care in these areas.

  • The state of the science linking oral health and other areas of medicine and changes in the relationships between the dental and medical communities as they slowly de-silo and integrate to deliver better care and greater access for patients.

  • New tools being employed in diagnostics, biotechnology, and digital health that are advancing care, along with a special look at how dentistry and oral health will be managed in the future.

  • Philosophies and technologies that have fueled industry changes and ways in which global demographics are mandating more accommodating, on-demand approaches to dentistry that reduce cost and bring care to hard-to-reach populations.

"We are thrilled to be working with Colgate to bring these important issues to an international audience," notes Jeremy Abbate, VP and Publisher, Scientific American and the project's leader. "Examining oral health through the lens of global health, access to care, and future technology is a relevant conversation, not just for dentistry, but for the larger allied health space."

Pat Verduin, Colgate's Chief Technology Officer, concurs: "Solutions in oral health must address evolving patient needs, changing global demographics, and the ever-advancing innovation landscape that will affect delivery methods and models of care. We are very proud to be a part of this multifaceted conversation."

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