Academy of Osseointegration Expands Webinar Series

Posted on May 24, 2017

Arlington Heights, Ill., May 24, 2017 – The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) “Ask the Experts” live webinar series has seen a more than three-fold increase in the number of offerings since its inception and is scheduled to grow even more.

Initiated in 2015 to extend the shelf life and expand the reach of AO Annual Meeting presentations, the webinar series has appealed to general practitioners, specialists, young clinicians, educators, students, residents and allied staff– all types of dental professionals who place implants or refer patients to implant placement. Participants of the live sessions receive cutting-edge, evidence-based insights, continuing education, and the opportunity to interact in real time with the speakers. 

Since offering four webinars in its inaugural year, AO has scheduled 15 live sessions for this year and anticipates 20 more will be offered in 2018.

“AO has awarded more than 300 hours of CE credit to over 150 participants of the webinar program since January 2016,” said Dr. Daniel Taub, chair of the AO Website and Online Education Committee. “To make this program even more effective, we have also solicited feedback from students and residents about potential future topics and are working in conjunction with Dr. Amerian Sones to offer programming that fits the requirements of the AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry.”

Up to 90 days following the initial live session date, participants can view each webinar on-demand and earn one hour of ADA CERP credit. After that time, access to all previously recorded webinars, as well as past Annual Meeting presentations is provided via archive. While the webinars and archives are offered as a complementary benefit of AO membership, they are also available to non-members at a nominal cost.

Coming up next in the 2017 schedule are: “Guided Implant Surgery and CAD/CAM Restorations: The Digital Work Flow for Scan Bodies, Abutments and Ceramic Restorations” presented by James Stein, DMD on June 9 and “Vertical Augmentation: Myth Versus Reality” with Bach Le, DDS, MD, on June 21.

To register for these webinars, as well as view the full list of 2017 live sessions, please see AO’s website: Please contact Kim Scroggs, AO’s Manager of Education, with questions about this webinar series. 


EnvisionTEC Appoints Axsys Dental Solutions as Distributor of its Dental 3D Printers 

Posted on May 24, 2017


Further expanding its portfolio of products, Axsys Dental Solutions, a leading supplier of digital dental manufacturing solutions, has entered into a distribution agreement with EnvisionTEC. EnvisionTEC printers are known for delivering excellent precision, surface finish, functionality, and speed. With 15 years of experience developing and manufacturing 3D printers and materials, EnvisionTEC has designed a 3D printing solution for virtually every dental need. Whether it is a small dental or orthodontic practice or the largest lab, dental professionals can utilize EnvisionTEC printers to reap the benefits of greater capacity, faster turnaround, smoother workflow, and more satisfied customers and patients.

President Steve Braykovich of Axsys Incorporated stated, “We are very happy to have been chosen as a distributor of EnvisionTEC’s dental 3D printing products. Axsys has been involved with 3D printing and rapid prototyping solutions since 1994 and has been evaluating the 3D printing dental market for quite some time. EnvisionTEC 3D printers deliver labor and material cost reductions as well as higher clinical quality and consistency throughout the manufacturing process. They offer the same low-cost, high-throughput solutions that are consistent with our other product offerings at Axsys. “We are excited to partner with Axsys as they have substantial experience and success selling technology and 3D printing solutions, as well as providing exemplary training, education and customer support,” said Doug Statham, director of dental channel sales for EnvisionTEC.

The EnvisionTEC line of 3D Printers expands Axsys Dental Solutions’ existing portfolio of digital dental solutions.



SafeLink Consulting to Present Live Webinar June 22, 2017 

Posted on May 23, 2017

SafeLink Consulting, a premier provider of OSHA and FDA regulatory compliance services, will present a live webinar on June 22, 2017, 1pm-2pm ET. SafeLink Consulting president and senior consultant, Mary Bartlett and Chris Salmasi, will present Top 5 Safety Compliance Issues Employers Need to Know. Bartlett and Salmasi are both Authorized Trainers under OSHA’s Outreach Program. 

This presentation will address the top 5 safety compliance issues that employers need to know regarding employee health and safety. Issues range from not knowing where to go to gather the information to not following through with an effective workplace safety training program once knowledge is gained. As a part of this course, attendees will get a due diligence checklist that can help them evaluate their safety compliance program whether attendees currently own a business or their considering purchasing or opening a business. Employers should be prepared to know what’s expected of them and know not to wait for OSHA to surprise them with their findings. Be proactive rather than reactive – let SafeLink Consulting help you learn how to develop your health and safety program. 

Since 1991, SafeLink Consulting has been educating the dental industry by preparing them with the day-to-day safety requirements needed to meet OSHA standards, quality assurance consulting and quality systems required by the FDA.

This course provides one hour CE credit for: NBC Regulatory Standards and FL Office of Dental Laboratories General credit 

Registration for this webinar is available here on the Scheduled Webinars page. Fee: $75 per attendee. 


Henry Schein, Inc. Names Practice Builders ‘Solutions Partner of the Year’

Posted on May 19, 2017

Irvine, CA, May 2017 – Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) recently named Practice Builders, LLC “Solutions Partner of the Year.” Since 2014, when Henry Schein’s medical division first selected Practice Builders as their official marketing services partner, the relationship between the two firms has grown and flourished.

According to Nina Grant, vice-president at Practice Builders, “Henry Schein entrusted Practice Builders first as their medical division marketing partner, then with the complete design and development of the new Henry Schein Solutions Hub website ( The Solutions Hub gives Henry Schein clients access to critical information about each solution partner’s products and services. 

“As a result of our partnership and shared commitment to practice success, medical practices can now look to Henry Schein for comprehensive strategic growth and marketing solutions powered by Practice Builders. It is a great honor for us to receive this award, and we look forward to many more years collaborating with the stellar Henry Schein team, delivering effective solutions to medical practices across the country.”

Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of healthcare supplies and services, is a Fortune “World’s Most Admired Company” and ranked number one in its industry for social responsibility. In addition, Ethisphere Institute has named Henry Schein, Inc. as the “World's Most Ethical Company” six times as of 2017.

Practice Builders, LLC has helped over 16,000 healthcare practices and organizations since 1979. To learn more about the company’s industry-leading marketing programs, call 800.679.1200 or visit

Zimmer Biomet Names New General Manager to Lead Global Dental Business

Posted on May 19, 2017

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL) May 19, 2017Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced the appointment of Pedro Malha to General Manager of its Dental division, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. As General Manager, he will lead the global strategy and operations for the Dental business, which provides surgical, restorative, regenerative and digital dentistry solutions, as well as industry leading continuing education to dental professionals worldwide. Malha will report directly to Adam Johnson, Group President of Zimmer Biomet Spine, Dental, CMF and Thoracic.

“Mr. Malha’s broad experience across multiple medical device specialties and geographies will bring unique perspective and insights to our global business,” said Johnson. “His leadership will be invaluable in defining the organization’s path forward as we continue to develop differentiated, high-quality solutions for our customers and their patients.”

Malha brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare segment, where he has a strong track record of building medical device and pharmaceutical brands, developing commercial capabilities and driving strong, profitable growth globally. Malha most recently served as head of the global strategic efforts for Abbott Vision Care. He has held leadership roles in various business units of Abbott, including Vice President for the EMEA Region and Head of North Europe for Abbott’s Diabetes Division. Prior to joining Abbott, Malha was a Strategy Consultant with Ernst & Young in New York City.

A graduate of Bentley University with a bachelor’s degree in management, Malha also holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

"I am honored to be joining Zimmer Biomet,” Malha said. “I look forward to working with our employees and clinicians around the world and to building on the Company's leadership in service excellence, innovative technology, and product quality. Together, we will help our customers achieve better patient outcomes in their daily practice.”

Human Teeth Carry Secrets That Tell the Story of Humanity

Posted on May 19, 2017

Newswise — HAMILTON, ON, May 18, 2017 – The story of humanity’s vital – and fragile – relationship with the sun has been locked inside our teeth for hundreds of thousands of years. A new method is starting to tease out answers to major questions of evolution and migration, using clues hidden just under the enamel.

A group of McMaster University researchers, working with colleagues in Quebec and France, reveals the potential of the method in a paper in Current Anthropology (to be published May 18 at 11 a.m. ET).

"This is exciting because we now have a proven resource that could finally bring definitive answers to fundamental questions about the early movements and conditions of human populations – and new information about the importance of vitamin D for modern populations,” says McMaster anthropologist Megan Brickley, lead author of the paper and Canada Research Chair in the Bioarchaeology of Human Disease.

In 2016, the researchers first established that dentine – the material that forms the bulk of the tooth – carries a permanent record of Vitamin D deficiency, or rickets. During periods of severe deficiency, new layers of dentine cannot mineralize, leaving microscopic markers scientists can read like rings of a tree.

Those markers can tell the story of human adaptation as early man moved from equatorial Africa into lower-light regions, and may explain changes in skin pigmentation to metabolize more sunlight, or how indoor living has silently damaged human health.

Until now, there has been no reliable way to measure vitamin D deficiency over time. As the authors show with examples from ancient and modern teeth, the method is valuable for understanding a health condition that today affects more than 1 billion.


Colgate Announces Publication of New Oral Health Care Textbook

Posted on May 19, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (May 19, 2017):  Colgate-Palmolive is pleased to announce the release of the new oral health care textbook, Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence- Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions. With a heightened focus on prevention in oral health education and professional practices, this new book offers practical information regarding prevention of the most common oral health indications, with a special emphasis on age-related considerations. The material covered in this book is intended to be used by those early in their educational journey as well as seasoned practitioners. 

Co-edited by Dr. Ann E. Spolarich, Director of Research,  Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and Dr. Fotinos S, Panagakos, Global Director, Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Prevention Across the Lifespan is produced and distributed free of charge by Charlotte, North Carolina-based publisher Professional Audience Communications through an educational grant provided by Colgate.

The textbook focuses on the current best evidence available to support decision making for recommended preventive interventions. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the science around diagnosis and treatment for each of these indications – there are numerous resources available from experts in the field if one is interested in diving deeper in areas such as caries, periodontal disease, or dry mouth. Rather, it is the editors’ and authors’ intention to emphasize how practitioners can help patients prevent disease from occurring, recurring, or progressing.

Prevention Across the Lifespanwas the result of a 12-month process based on the most contemporary thinking behind prevention of oral disease. A unique feature in many of the chapters is the addition of case reviews that help bring the content to life and help reinforce the concepts covered. Dental school faculty will find these cases useful in their respective courses, giving students a helpful way of incorporating the content into their broader education on oral health.

Since the launch of its first toothpaste in 1873, global consumer goods company Colgate-Palmolive Company has been a world leader in oral care, with both cutting-edge therapeutics, as well as important educational services for the dental professions. This book is a prime example of Colgate’s continuing commitment to ensuring education for dental professionals.  Click here to download Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence- Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions for free, or visit

Aesthetic Z and Aesthetic Flex From Assured Dental Lab

Posted on May 18, 2017


Aesthetic Z is a highly translucent, high-strength zirconia solution for your anterior and posterior cases. Benefits include: translucency that rivals lithium disilicate, aesthetics that reflect natural dentition, durability and high strength (769 MPa flexural strength), designed digitally to increase efficiencies and profitability, kind to natural opposing dentition, conventional cementation, and perfect for single crowns and up to 3-unit anterior bridges.





Aesthetic Flex is an innovative, advanced thermoplastic partial solution that delivers on all fronts. The partial is virtually unbreakable, easy to adjust and polish, and can be repaired. The material is remarkably resistant to water absorption and highly resistant to stains and odors. The translucent and flexible nature delivers natural aesthetics, a comfortable fit and high patient satisfaction. Contact Assured Dental Laboratory 877.283.5351,




Knight Dental Group, Inc. Invests in York Dental Laboratory Inc.

Posted on May 18, 2017

Knight Dental Group, Inc. announced the completion of a 100 percent asset investment in York Dental Laboratory, Inc.

The recent acquisition will strengthen Knight’s presence in the North Eastern US which began with the acquisitions of three dental laboratories in the New York area, one in Baltimore, MD and most recently with Precision Craft Dental Laboratory in Rhode Island.

“With the completion of the York acquisition, we have established an even a stronger presence in a critical dental market in the US eastern corridor. We are pleased to welcome our York team and grateful to have the leadership of Ben Franford, President and Amina Hotak, Vice President to our Senior Management Team” said Warren Rogers, Leixir Group President and CEO of Knight Dental Group.

“We are excited about our future with the Knight Dental Group and look forward to our partnership and moving forward. 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 York Dental Laboratory an opportunity to expand our brand in New England and other markets of the country” said Ben Franford, newly appointed President of York.

“This strategic investment of York 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. We will continue our plans to be a market leader in the North American sector and investing in strategically placed high-quality dental laboratories” said Harmeet Bindra, Leixir Private Holdings CEO.

Knight Dental Group operates full-service high-quality dental laboratories in the United States and Canada. The company has developed proprietary manufacturing processes and unique products including Cosmetic, Implant and Removable Appliances for the dental industry.


American Academy of Periodontology Announces First Recipient of SUNSTAR Innovation Grant

Posted on May 16, 2017

CHICAGO (May 16, 2017) — The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is pleased to announce that member Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD, is the first recipient of its new SUNSTAR Innovation Grant (SIG). The $30,000 research grant, a component of the AAP’s recent partnership with oral health and technology company SUNSTAR, provides support to an AAP member whose research endeavors show significant potential to advance the science and practice of periodontics.

Dr. Kapila’s research project, “Natural Bacteriocins as Pre/Pro-Biotics to Promote Oral Health and Prevent Periodontal Disease,” was selected out of 15 grant submissions. This project aims to build a foundation for using pre- or pro-biotics containing nisin (commonly used as a food preservative) or nisin-secreting bacteria to promote the maintenance of a healthy oral microbiome and to prevent the formation of pathogenic biofilms associated with periodontal disease.

“The SUNSTAR Innovation Grant will allow our team of clinicians and scientists to explore nisin’s effects on oral biofilm composition using both in vitro and in vivo model systems. Nisin has a long history of safety and broad range of biomedical applications, and it could add value in our understanding of periodontal health and periodontal disease prevention,” says Dr. Kapila, professor and vice chair of the University of California San Francisco’s Division of Periodontology. “I am so pleased and honored that this important project was chosen by the AAP and SUNSTAR to receive additional funding.”

As part of the Innovation Grant program, SUNSTAR has committed to awarding six research grants to select AAP members over a three-year period beginning in 2017. The AAP’s Research Submissions Committee examines all abstracts against criteria established by SUNSTAR and the Academy.

“The SUNSTAR Innovation Grant not only provides generous support to innovative studies, but it also extends the reach of the Academy’s scientific agenda,” says Terrence J. Griffin, DMD, president of the AAP. “By cultivating the clinical research of our members, the grant, in turn, provides avenues for enhancing overall patient health and wellbeing.”

SUNSTAR fully supports Dr. Kapila’s selection as the grant’s inaugural winner. “SUNSTAR and the AAP share a common interest in innovative treatments and research that serve to alleviate the high burden of periodontitis in the US,” says Aaron Pfarrer, Senior Director, Professional Relations. “We are confident that Dr. Kapila’s study will lay the groundwork for novel methods of periodontal disease prevention. We look forward to many important updates on this groundbreaking research.”

Dr. Kapila will present the results of her study at a future AAP Annual Meeting.

The Academy encourages members who are actively conducting scientific research in a clinical setting to submit research abstracts and proposals for consideration of future grant awards. Applications will be accepted in Fall 2017. For more information on the SUNSTAR Innovation Grant, contact Scientific Affairs Manager Stephanie Heffner at

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