Academy of General Dentistry Mourns the Passing of Past President

Posted on June 2, 2015

CHICAGO (June 2, 2015)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) mourns the unexpected passing of James “Jim” G. Richeson Jr., DDS, FAGD, of Chevy Chase, Md., past president of the AGD (2002 to 2003), who died on May 30, 2015, at the age of 61.

“Jim enriched the lives of everyone he knew,” says AGD President W. Carter Brown, DMD, FAGD. “He constantly put others before himself and cared deeply for his patients and family. His positive outlook on life was infectious. Jim’s life is one that should be admired and emulated.”

Dr. Richeson graduated from the former Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1980 and opened his private practice the following year in Washington, D.C., following completion of a general practice residency at a Veterans Administration hospital in New Orleans. In addition to private practice, Dr. Richeson previously served as a clinical instructor and lecturer at his alma mater in the Department of Operative Dentistry.

Dr. Richeson was an active member of the AGD and received his Fellowship in 1986. He recently served as moderator for the AGD’s first Oral Health Symposium, which took place on April 24, 2015, at AGD Headquarters in Chicago. Previously, Dr. Richeson had served on the AGD’s first Oral Health Literacy Task Force. Dr. Richeson also served as AGD treasurer (1998 to 2000), as well as Region 5 trustee. Dr. Richeson held many other positions in the organization, including course chair for the AGD 1995 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, and member of the AGD Annual Meeting Council and AGD Awards Committee. He also served on the AGD Foundation Board of Directors. 

Dr. Richeson was active in other dental organizations as well, including the American Dental Association (ADA). He served as an ADA alternate delegate from 2001 to 2012. He also served as chair of the ADA Code Maintenance Committee in 2013 and took on the role of AGD representative to that committee in 2014. Dr. Richeson served as president for the District of Columbia AGD, the District of Columbia Dental Society, and the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

For his years of dedicated service to dentistry, Dr. Richeson received the District of Columbia Dental Society’s highest award for outstanding achievement in 2004. He also received a distinguished service award from the Georgetown Dental Alumni in 2003. He was a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

A devoted son of Mary Ann Neubeck Richeson and the late James G. Richeson, Dr. Richeson is survived by his wife, Anne “Nancy” C. Richeson, and daughter, Suzanne C. Richeson. Friends may visit the DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at Holy Trinity Church, 3513 N St. N.W., Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Loyola Retreat House P.O. Box 9 Faulkner, MD 20632-009

AO Webinar: Creating a Team Approach for Best Implant Aesthetics

Posted on June 2, 2015

AskAO: How Do I Create a Team Approach for Best Implant Aesthetics?

Chicago, June 1, 2015 – Implant dentistry is an art as well as a science. As an implant specialist, you know your job is to provide an outcome superior in function, as well as form. To successfully do so requires a collaborative effort. Using a team approach to implant dentistry is essential to optimizing treatment outcomes for your patients.

But how do you employ a team approach and what are the best practices for creating this collaborative culture for the treatment?

As part of the new “You Ask! the Experts” webinar series for the Academy of Osseointegration (AO), implant experts Dr. Sonia Leziy and Dr. Brahm Miller shared three steps for creating this team approach:

1.    Include all involved parties in the treatment-planning phase. Be sure to include the patient, technician, and other specialists involved in the planning for procedures. Anticipating all the specifics from the start provides implant position accuracy and effective treatment with minimal hassles for the patient and the team.

2.    Communicate your needs to create the best outcome for the implant.Effective communication helps eliminate some of the problems with aesthetic outcomes.

·      Make clear what provides the best foundation for your treatment (i.e., soft tissue volume and restoration strategies).

·      Encourage the other specialists to provide the proper working base to create a better aesthetic outcome, a particularly important concern when you consider side-by-side implant cases with soft tissue challenges.

·      Include accurate impressions, which are facilitated best by a digital workflow.

3.    Keep a sense of urgency to the surgical strategy.Immediate implant placement is the best-case scenario for many cases. With the exception of cases where bone deficiency is too severe, most implants have the best outcome with an immediate placement protocol because this is when you have the most bone available.

Clinicians use experience and knowledge to create a successful outcome for patients. There are, however, many variables that create a successful outcome—and you don’t control all of them. By involving the other members of your team from the outset, communicating what you need to create the best implant treatment, and working for an immediate implant placement, you can use this team approach to create the best outcome for your patients for both form and function.

Members of the AO can download the webinar for free. Simply use your member login to the AO websiteand select the webinar to download to your device. Non-members may access itfor a $50 fee. AO is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and designates the completion of this webinar activity for one-hour continuing education credit.

Register now for the next AO webinar titled “Guided Surgery: Heaven or Hell?” with Dr. Jaime Lozada, which will be presented on June24, 2015.  


About the Academy of Osseointegration

With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the AO is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques,; share best information; and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based science and methods. Follow AOon Facebookand Twitter.

Call for Abstracts: Academy of Osseointegration 2016 Annual Meeting

Posted on June 2, 2015

CHICAGO, June 2, 2015– Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) occurring February 18-20 in San Diego. The theme of the meeting will be “Globalization of Implant Dentistry: A World of Collaboration.” Researchers who are interested in dental implants and tissue engineering are invited to submit an abstract online by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, August 28.

E-Posters were introduced at AO’s 2015 Annual Meeting for the first time. To digitally view some 300 E-Posters, visit and click on the “View E-Posters” button.Search for each poster by its number, title, author or keyword. 

AO is currently accepting abstract submissions for E-Posters in the following categories:

·      Scientific research

·      Clinical research

·      Clinical innovations and case presentations

·      Systematic reviews including meta-analysis

·      Case studies

AO is also accepting submissions for oral presentations in the following categories:

·      Scientific research

·      Clinical research

·      Clinical innovations

To submit an abstract, visit and click on the “2016 Annual Meeting Abstract Submission” button. Screen prompts will guide submitters through the process. There will be a $50 fee for all abstract submissions. Additional information regarding the E-Poster submission process will be sent in October once the presenter’s abstract has been accepted. 

AO’s Research Submissions Committee and the Clinical Innovations Committee will blindly review submitted abstracts for quality and appropriateness of content and presentation. Eight oral-clinical, eight oral-scientific and 20 clinical-innovation abstracts will be selected for presentation at the Annual Meeting.

During the event’s Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, February 20 awards and plaques will be presented for the best oral presentations and E-Posters. The best oral-scientific research and best oral-clinical research presentations will be awarded $1,000 and the best clinical-innovations presenter will receive $500. The first-place E-Poster will receive $500, second place $250, and the best case study will receive $500.

If members have questions about the oral presentations or E-Posters, they should contact Kim Scroggs, AO Manager of Education, at or at 847-439-1919.

Ruth Lipman, PhD, Becomes Director, Scientific Information at ADA

Posted on June 1, 2015

CHICAGO, May 26, 2015 — Dr. Ruth Lipman has accepted the role of Director, Scientific Information for The American Dental Association (ADA). In this role, Dr. Lipman will manage the development, review and publication of objective scientific information, providing the ADA membership with clinically relevant dental research and information.

"I’m thrilled to be part of the ADA," said Dr. Lipman. "I look forward to serving ADA members and leading the development of scientific information that will help promote better oral health."

Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Lipman was the Chief Science and Practice Officer for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) where she oversaw research efforts, reviewed evidence for practice documents and worked to increase opportunities for diabetes educators. While at the AADE, Dr. Lipman was the Principal Investigator on projects that received awards from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes program and the Aetna Foundation. She was also the Principal Investigator on a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control that increased access to, participation in and sustainability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Dr. Lipman has held various faculty appointments at Harvard University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Nutrition and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

3M ESPE's Newest Curing Lights for Deep Curing and Polymerization

Posted on June 1, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. – June 1, 2015 – Dental professionals want predictability and confidence with their products and procedures, but sometimes the curing step can feel like a leap of faith. In fact, research shows that 69 percent of bulk fill users are not confident of polymerization deep in the cavity.1 If you can’t see under a restoration, how can you be sure it has cured properly and won’t break down prematurely? Now, with the new 3M™ ESPE™ Elipar™ DeepCure-S and Paradigm™ DeepCure LED Curing Lights, dental professionals can be more confident they have achieved a uniform and deep cure, even when they can’t get the light in a perfect position.

The new DeepCure LED Curing Lights have optimized optics, so they deliver a beam that is more uniform, with rays that stay more parallel and spread minimally as they travel away from the source. This creates a more even distribution of energy throughout the restoration, resulting in a complete and uniform cure from center to rim and from top to bottom—at clinically relevant distances. With the high-performing 1,470 mW/cm2 intensity, dental professionals can be sure of their cure.

“The well-balanced, ergonomic shape of the lights are comfortable for the operator, and performance is consistent regardless of the user,” said Nikki McKeon, U.S. marketer of direct restoratives for 3M ESPE Dental. “With improvements to the angle of the light guide, dentists now have easy access to all tooth surfaces, even hard to reach ones, which enhances overall patient comfort.”

The new lights are available in two models, both with identical technical performance. The Elipar DeepCure-S LED Curing Light is made with durable stainless steel, and has a charging base with built-in light meter indicating the operating status and light intensity. And the Paradigm DeepCure LED Curing Light gives dentists a lighter weight, economic model that is charged with a charging plug.

Both models provide intuitive two-button and single-mode operation, and no toggling between settings for optimal performance. The lights provide approximately 120 minutes of consecutive cordless curing time—that’s 720 10-second cures with constant light output, regardless of battery charge. The V-shaped handpiece and the 360° rotating light guide provide a comfortable grip, and the 10mm light guide provides a complete one-shot cure of MOD fillings.

With these new curing lights, dentists can be sure of their cure whether they use standard or bulk fill composites.

For more information, visit

About 3M ESPE Dental

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. 3M ESPE is part of 3M Health Care, which provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M, ESPE, and Elipar are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2015. All rights reserved.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.


Henry Schein's Disaster Relief Hotline Open to Customers Affected by South Central U.S. Storms

Posted on May 29, 2015

MELVILLE, NY, May 28, 2015 -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today reminded its customers that the Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline is open for dentists, physicians and veterinarians who experience operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of the disastrous storms in the South Central region of the U.S. The toll-free number for all Henry Schein customers is 800-999-9729. The Hotline is operational from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their lives, or are still missing, as a result of the terrible storms and flooding that continue to ravage states in the South Central part of the U.S.," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "For our customers who have practices affected by the storms, we are here to help, and encourage practitioners to call our hotline for assistance."

In addition to opening its Disaster Relief Hotline, Henry Schein is offering support to its strategic non-governmental organization partners who are assessing the need for health care product donations to assist in relief efforts.

Because natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and heavy storms typically strike many regions of the United States throughout the summer months, Henry Schein is reminding customers that its Disaster Relief Hotline will remain open to provide assistance to practitioners adversely affected by future disasters.


About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, NY, Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 29 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.


Keystone Holds Latin America Seminar

Posted on May 28, 2015

MIAMI, FL - Keystone Industries has been expanding its dental-industry boundaries wider than ever before over the past couple years and the impact was felt amongst members of the Latin America dental community this May.

The Sheraton Miami was home to Keystone Industries' first annual LATAM Dental Seminar, which was dedicated to customers from Central and South America. The seminar, which was held May 20-21, provided attendees all the necessary training and knowledge to take their dental businesses to the next innovative level by using the Keystone product lines. Guest speakers and presenters touched on all the big-sellers, as well as some lesser-known technologies looking to hit the ground running in the Latin American market.

Dennis Urban, CDT, a key opinion leader in the dental and denture field who has given lectures around the world, gave his presentation on removable technology followed by a live demonstration of denture processing with Diamond D acrylic and the Tecnoflask, Keystone's new microwavable denture flask.

Mike Prozzillo, VP of Sales, and Derek Keene, VP of Marketing, spoke to the attendees about mouthguards and thermoplastics Keystone offers, as well as how important Pro-Form mouthguard protection is to athletes in the United States.

“The movement for oral protection is spreading into Central and South America through sports like soccer, MMA fighting, and boxing. With our biggest and best customers from these countries south of the United States attending this seminar, it was very beneficial for their market,” Prozzillo said.  

Other speakers at the seminar included Sales Manager Wayne Allen, who shared knowledge and expertise of the acquired Bosworth product lines and the benefits it provides to dental practices, and Meg Shank of Apavia, a company that recently became an exclusive international partner with Keystone for water filtration technology, who spoke about the impact and importance of water filtration in dentist offices and how it will be growing over time.

Throughout the 2-day seminar, attendees were informed and trained on cutting-edge dental products and gave rave reviews of the overall event.

Heraeus Kulzer, Amann Girrbach Partner to Produce a Full Digital Denture

Posted on May 28, 2015

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, May 28, 2015—In a joint development program, Heraeus Kulzer and Amann Girrbach have established the technical pre-conditions for the production of a full digital denture. This new license agreement permits reciprocal use by the two companies of their patented innovations.

Heraeus Kulzer, one of the leading global dental manufacturers, has joined forces with Vorarlberg, Austria-basedAmann Girrbach AG, a leading full-service provider of digital dental prosthetics, to smooth a path toward full digital dentures. Amann Girrbach has developed and patented a “Fabrication method for denture teeth,” while Heraeus Kulzer has created and manufactured the functional models for tooth blanks used in Amann Girrbach’s fabrication method. Heraeus Kulzer is also the owner of a European patent covering “Method and device for producing a dental prosthesis” that protects the entire digital process for the automated production of dentures.

The recently signed license agreement permits reciprocal use of the above patents by the two partners. The contractually protected methods and devices used in the digital production of a full denture are thus exclusively accessible to the two companies up to the expiration of the agreement. The license agreement also specifies exclusive use of the Heraeus Kulzer’s Pala teeth lines for the launch of the full digital denture.

“The protection provided by our patents makes it possible for our innovations to create value for our customers and our companies. The exclusive license agreement between Amann Girrbach and Heraeus Kulzer is the result of our close and productive partnership”, said Novica Savic, Head of the Dental Materials Division at Heraeus Kulzer. “This allows us to take an important step forward together in the production of full digital prosthetics, benefiting dental professionals and patients alike.”

Figure 1 below depicts Pala Mix & Match denture teeth in a special blank form secured in a retaining apparatus.  The tooth blocks would then be milled based on a virtual denture model.

Treating Gum Disease Reduces Prostate Symptoms, CWRU Researchers Find

Posted on May 28, 2015

Treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation, called prostatitis, report researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Previous studies have found a link between gum disease and prostatitis, a disease that inflames the gland that produces semen. Inflammation can make urination difficult.

"This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease," said Nabil Bissada, chair of Case Western Reserve's Department of Periodontics and the new study's corresponding author.

The researchers reported their findings in the Dentistry article, "Periodontal Treatment Improves Prostate Symptoms and Lowers Serum PSA in Men with High PSA and Chronic Periodontitis." Naif Alwithanani, a graduate student in the dental school, led the investigation as part of his residency in periodontics.

Bissada explained that gum disease not only affects the mouth, but is a system-wide condition that can cause inflammation in various parts of the body. The dental school has previously found a link between gum disease and fetal deaths, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

Researchers studied 27 men, 21 years old and older. Each had had a needle biopsy within the past year that confirmed inflammation of the prostate gland, and a blood test that showed elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels--possible signs of inflammation and cancer.

The men were assessed for symptoms of prostate disease by answering questions on the International-Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) test about their quality of life and possible urination issues.

Researchers found 21 of the 27 participants had no or mild inflammation, but 15 had biopsy-confirmed malignancies. Two had both inflammation and a malignancy.

The men also had to have at least 18 teeth and were examined for signs of gum disease, such as increased levels of inflammation and bleeding and/or loose teeth due to attachment and bone loss.

All the men had moderate to severe gum disease, for which they received treatment. They were tested again for periodontal disease four to eight weeks later and showed significant improvement.

During the periodontal care, the men received no treatment for their prostate conditions. But even without prostate treatment, 21 of the 27 men showed decreased levels of PSA. Those with the highest levels of inflammation benefited the most from the periodontal treatment. Six participants showed no changes.

Symptom scores on the IPSS test also showed improvement.

Bissada is now conducting follow-up research to support the first study's findings. He hopes to make periodontal treatment a standard part of treating prostate disease, much like cardiac patients are often encouraged to visit their dentist before undergoing heart procedures and a dental checkup is advised for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy.

(Case Western Reserve dental researchers Nishant Joshi, Catherine Demko and Robert Skillicorn; and University Hospitals Case Medical Center researchers Donald Bodner, Lee Ponsky, Sanjay Gupta and Gregory T. MacLennan contributed to the study.)

Source: EurekAlert!

Survey: Dental Care Delayed When Money Is Tight

Posted on May 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A quarter of respondents to a Federal Reserve survey delayed getting needed dental care because finances were too tight.

The survey, released Wednesday, was the central bank’s second survey of household economics and decisionmaking, and was conducted in October and November.

It found, as other surveys have, the inability to respond to emergencies. Only 53% of respondents indicate that they could cover a hypothetical emergency expense costing $400 without selling something or borrowing money, the report said.

The survey also found that retirement was just a dream for many households — 38% say they either won’t retire or plan to keep working as longer as possible. That percentage climbs to 55% among those whose household income is less than $40,000 a year.

More broadly, though, households were growing more confident. While there was just a 3 percentage point rise in the percentage of adults (65%) who consider their families to be doing “okay” or living “comfortably,” there was an 8 percentage point gain in the percentage, 29%, who expected their income to be higher in a year.

There’s also general optimism about the housing market. Some 43% say their house increased in value over the last year, and 39% expect home values in their neighborhood to rise in the coming year.

Also of note, education debt has bled well beyond traditional student lenders. The survey finds 14% of those with education debt have financed part of it with credit cards.

Individuals who did not complete an associate or bachelor’s degree, first-generation students, blacks and Hispanics, and those who attended for-profit institutions, are all disproportionately likely to be behind on repaying their student loan debt, the survey added.

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