Poor Oral Health and Food Scarcity Major Contributors to Malnutrition in Older Adults

Posted on March 24, 2017

UNC School of Medicine researchers led a study to determine risk factors associated with malnutrition among older adults receiving care in the emergency department. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, suggests that food scarcity and poor oral health are major risk factors for malnutrition that leads an older adult – already at high risk of functional decline, decreased quality of life, and increased mortality – to land in the emergency department.

Tim Platts-Mills, MD, senior author of the study, said, “For patients who don’t have enough food at home, the solution is pretty obvious and likely much less expensive than paying for the medical care that results from malnutrition: there is an existing national system of food assistance programs, such as Meals on Wheels, and we believe we can use the emergency department to link patients in need to those programs.”

“Even though such programs are relatively inexpensive – about $6 per individual per day – many programs are underutilized and under-funded. We need to link patients to these programs and fund these programs,” added Platts-Mills, who is also co-director of the Division of Geriatric Emergency Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine.   

The study included 252 patients age 65 and older seeking treatment in emergency departments in North Carolina, Michigan, and New Jersey. Participants were screened for malnutrition and then asked about the presence of risk factors.

The overall prevalence of malnutrition in the study sample was 12 percent, which is consistent with previous estimates from U.S. emergency departments and about double the prevalence in community-dwelling adults (those who are not hospitalized and do not live in an assisted-living facility). Of the three sites, patients receiving care in the North Carolina emergency department had the highest rate of malnutrition, 15 percent. The researchers note that North Carolina also has one of the highest rates of older adults living below the poverty line (ranked third out of 50 states).  

Of the risk factors studied, poor oral health was found to have the largest impact on malnutrition. More than half of the patients in the study had some dental problems, and patients with dental problems were three times as likely to suffer from malnutrition as those without dental problems. Ten percent of patients experienced food insecurity – the definition of which was based on responses to questions regarding not having enough food, eating fewer meals, and going to bed hungry. Food insecurity was also strongly associated with malnutrition. Other factors associated with malnutrition that may contribute to the problem include social isolation, depression, medication side effects, and limited mobility. 

Collin Burks, a UNC medical student and the study’s lead author, said, “Improving oral health in older adults will be more challenging but also important. Medicare does not cover dental care. Fixing dental problems not only makes it easier for these individuals to eat but also can improve their self-esteem, quality of life, and overall health. We need affordable methods of providing dental care for older adults.”

Platts-Mills’s research group is now developing and testing interventions to link malnourished older patients identified in the emergency department to food assistance programs in the community. 

This research was funded through a research-training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

 

Dental Wings Presents Dental Wings 3D Printers

Posted on March 22, 2017

At the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, Dental Wings presented its Dental Wings 3D Printers—developed through a collaboration with RapidShape GmbH and Shera Werkstoff-Technologie GmbH.

Mike Rynerson, CEO of Dental Wings, says that these new products are " ideal solutions for dentists and labs looking to complete their digital suite with fast, robust, and flexible printers and proven dental materials."

The high speed, accuracy, and reliability of the new professional-grade 3D printers are combined with multiple certified materials, enabling dentists and laboratories to cover a wide range of applications, such as models, castable wax patterns, drill guides, temporary crowns and bridges, custom impression trays, and more. Like all Dental Wings products, these printers are open to third-party design software and materials.

To cover customers’ need for accuracy and productivity, Dental Wings 3D printers is available in three models: D20, D30, and D40. The D20 is touted as a compact solution for use in small labs and dental clinics. Dental Wings offers the D30 and D40 models’ power and flexibility to optimize productivity. All offer high-level precision and aesthetic dental products made from certified and bio-compatible materials.

Researchers Close to Identifying Crucial Gene for Human Cleft Lip and Palate

Posted on March 22, 2017

A group of researchers has found that three siblings born with cleft lip and palate share a common gene mutation associated with the birth defect.

The gene intraflagellar transport 88 (IFT88) ensures transportation antennae (cilia) on embryonic cells travel to the right place, enabling the development of cartilage, bone and smooth muscle in the face and skull.

"Finding this birth defect in every single child in a family is like catching lightning in a bottle because it allowed us to pinpoint the gene mutation that is probably responsible," said Yang Chai, senior author of the study and director of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. "Our finding that the gene IFT88 is involved in cleft lip and palate is unlikely to be mere coincidence."

However, because this study involved only three children, Chai said more investigation is needed to find a causal relationship.

The study -- a collaborative effort between the Ostrow School of Dentistry, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the nonprofit Operation Smile -- was published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics in January.

Operation Smile, an international nonprofit that provides free facial surgeries in developing countries, found and provided support to three siblings -- two boys and a girl -- in Mexico who were born with cleft lip and palate. Their mother did not have the congenital disorder, but their father did. Surgeons at CHLA repaired the orofacial abnormality.

In America, cleft lip and palate is the most common birth defect, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 7,000 children are born with cleft lip and palate every year.

"Although most people are not familiar with cleft lip and palate, it is a common congenital anomaly that impacts survival, feeding, speech and has long-term implications if not repaired early and correctly," said Pedro Sanchez, a co-author of the study, a medical geneticist at CHLA and an assistant professor of clinical pathology and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine. "It occurs in approximately 1 in 1000 live births.

"Understanding the underlying causes of craniofacial disorders can one day lead to an intervention that can reduce the severity of this birth defect, thereby lessening the social, emotional and financial burden that these families face."

Genome Sequencing Locates a Key Gene Mutation

Researchers went through 32,061 unique gene variations to identify IFT88.

"If someone carries this mutation, they may have a higher chance of giving birth to children with cleft lip and palate," said Chai, associate dean of the Ostrow School. "Doctors can provide consultations to these patients before they give birth, so parents can have surgery lined up and seek out proper care for their newborns."

The study of IFT88 may eventually have far-reaching implications. Other congenital diseases tied to a genetic disorder of cilia on embryonic cells include retinal degeneration, hearing defects, polydactyly (extra fingers or toes at birth) and brain malformations.

Animal Model Supports Genome Sequencing Data

Genome-wide association studies usually use the data of hundreds or thousands of patients to identify a gene mutation, yet it is still an association study.

"In our study, however, the animal model and the human mutation match," Chai said. "In the animal model, there is no doubt. We have shown that 100 percent of the mice who have a single mutation in IFT88 have cleft lip and palate."

 

Nobel Biocare Enhances Immediate Solutions for Immediate Patient Needs

Posted on March 21, 2017

Cologne, Germany, March 21, 2017

Nobel Biocare will display a powerful combination of next-level efficiency and quality at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017 in Cologne, Germany (March 21–25). Visitors to the Nobel Biocare booth at IDS will discover new breakthrough innovations for immediate implant placement and enhanced workflows developed to reduce time-to-teeth for dental implant patients. Each solution benefits from Nobel Biocare’s long-standing experience in research, development and design.

New solutions shaping the future of patient care

Nobel Biocare continues to lead the industry in innovation for the edentulous and soon-to-be edentulous patient. At the forefront is the next generation of the original and proven All-on-4® treatment concept. In Cologne, Nobel Biocare will present the components that keep the All-on-4® treatment at the forefront of edentulous treatment by significantly enhancing workflow efficiency. These include the new Multi-unit Abutment Plus, which offers significant time savings thanks to a snap-fit function that removes the need for screws during the denture try-in process. 

In addition, Nobel Biocare will preview the Trefoil concept at IDS. Trefoil makes a fixed, final, full-arch restoration possible on the day of surgery thanks to a revolutionary prefabricated, passively fitting framework on three implants and a cost effective restorative workflow. A prospective clinical multi-center study with the Trefoil concept is currently underway, and feedback from participating clinicians has been extremely positive. 

More options to protect soft tissue attachment and save chair time

Also on show at IDS are the latest developments for the On1 concept, the most innovative modular solution that connects the surgical and prosthetic workflows. The On1 Base connects to the implant at surgery and stays in place throughout the lifetime of the restoration, leaving the soft tissue undisturbed for optimized healing. The On1 Concept also offers clinicians peace of mind. Only precision-engineered Nobel Biocare components can be used with the On1 Base, removing the risks associated with ill-fitting third-party abutments.

For a restorative clinician, the On1 Base allows for an improved patient experience, as the discomfort previously associated with the recurrent exchange of components such as healing abutments or impression copings can be completely avoided.  The On1 concept is also designed to shorten treatment times. For example, the On1 IOS Healing Cap supports an intraoral scanning approach, which eliminates conventional impression-taking procedures for delivery of the final crown. Currently available for single teeth, at IDS Nobel Biocare will preview an extension of the concept for short-span implant bridges.

Connecting workflows, from diagnostics to final restorations

In Cologne Nobel Biocare will also launch a new time-saving CAD/CAM-based protocol that enables clinicians to receive a screw-retained TempShell provisional restoration from a dental laboratory in time for placement on the day of implant surgery.

Visitors will be among the first to see the new SmartSetup software feature that dramatically reduces the time it takes clinicians to create a prosthetic-driven treatment plan. This plan can then be used by the dental laboratory for the fully digital design of the cement-free TempShell provisional restoration. Incorporating several of Nobel Biocare’s leading digital technologies, the updated workflow has been developed not only to shorten time-to-teeth, but to increase both treatment efficiency and acceptance as well as further improve collaboration between dental professionals.

Partnership with KaVo sets new standard in treatment efficiency

At IDS Nobel Biocare and KaVo will unveil a partnership to revolutionize the way dental professionals connect with patients and each other. These two leading dental innovators will present new equipment and software solutions that mark the next level of connectivity between treatment steps.

Whether on Mac® or PC, the new DTX Studio diagnostic software, launching in fall 2017, will serve as a digital hub connecting the latest Nobel Biocare and KaVo solutions for patient data digitization, diagnosis, planning, surgery and restoration. DTX Studio is also set to offer easy access to industry-leading implants and restorative options. By providing true, seamless links between every aspect of a dental professional’s daily work, this smart solution aims to set a new standard in treatment efficiency and patient care. For further information, a separate, dedicated press release for DTX Studio is available.

Predictable quality and fast results

IDS sees the next significant step in restorative innovation with the launch of NobelProcera precision-milled implant bridges in high-translucency multilayered zirconia. With the angulated screw channel (ASC) innovation and completely cement-free adapters, this new NobelProcera option offers a fast, predictable and cost-efficient solution for both dental laboratory and clinic.

The ASC option, combined with the pick-up functionality of the unique Omnigrip tooling, revolutionizes screw-retained restorations. It makes it possible to reposition the screw access hole in cases where it would otherwise be on the facial or incisal edge, or when occlusal space is limited, while also improving retrievability and reducing the risk of residual cement.

The NobelProcera launches do not stop there, with precision-milled bridges in the same high-translucency multilayered full-contour zirconia also being unveiled at IDS. Following the recent introduction of the NobelProcera Crown in the same material, this launch harmonizes NobelProcera’s offering. This new range efficiently combines high-strength with esthetics and a time-saving workflow, as the dental technician need only apply subtle staining, if desired, before polishing and glazing.

Hans Geiselhöringer, President, Nobel Biocare said: “At Nobel Biocare we do not believe innovation should stop once a product hits the market. This pursuit of the highest possible quality of care sees us innovating on all fronts to further shorten time-to-teeth for dental implant patients and help ensure long-term treatment success. From the enhancement of the original and proven All-on-4® treatment concept to breakthrough advances in clinical and digital workflows that dramatically reduce treatment times, each solution we present at IDS exemplifies the dedication to continuous improvement and the high quality that Nobel Biocare stands for.

“Quality goes beyond materials. It’s also the supporting clinical evidence, the testing that proves efficacy, and the precision that allows our components to function in harmony as one predictable system. This combination, backed by Nobel Biocare’s unrivaled experience, enables dental professionals to confidently offer the high-quality care their patients deserve.”

The Nobel Biocare booth at IDS is situated in Hall 10.1, H20/J29.

For more information about Nobel Biocare products and solutions visit nobelbiocare.com.

Disclaimer: Some products may not be regulatory cleared/released for sale in all markets. Please contact the local Nobel Biocare representative for current product assortment and availability.

 

 

Nobel Biocare and KaVo Kerr unveil DTX Studio™: a single digital platform for all aspects of dental treatment

Posted on March 21, 2017

Cologne, Germany, March 21, 2017

In a joint announcement at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany, Nobel Biocare and KaVo Kerr will unveil DTX Studio, a single digital platform connecting diagnostics and treatment for dental patients. 

Due to launch in fall 2017, these two leading dental innovators developed DTX Studio to revolutionize connectivity across the entire treatment team. Clinicians, radiologists, operators, assistants, hygienists and dental technicians are all set to benefit from this single software solution. DTX Studio will be accessible from multiple rooms in a dental practice on both Mac® and Windows®.

DTX Studio will be a modular solution, meaning users can select the diagnosis, design and treatment planning modules they need depending on their role and experience level. 

An open system, DTX Studio will connect to KaVo imaging devices, but will also allow import of images from any X-ray device, intraoral scanner or desktop scanner. A diagnostics module will offer a clear, clean interface with multiple work spaces to assist with accurate diagnosis. Tooth-position-based navigation will help the user to structure their findings. 

The DTX Studio implant module* will facilitate the visualization of critical information for precise implant planning according to the desired prosthetic outcome. Tools for enhanced collaboration with the dental technician will make it simple for the clinician to offer patients a CAD/CAM provisional restoration on the day of surgery.

For dental laboratories, the design module combines powerful CAD tools with an intuitive interface. It will enable the quick and easy design of the desired restoration, whether tooth- or implant based. The current NobelDesign software will transition to become part of DTX Studio. 

DTX Studio will also make it simple for dental professionals to connect with their preferred production source. Options will include local production of models and provisional restorations with 3D printing and in-lab milling, with prosthetic frameworks, full-contour restorations and surgical templates available from a Nobel Biocare centralized production center. 

Dr. Pascal Kunz, Vice President Product Management Digital Dentistry, said: “By harnessing the combined expertise of Nobel Biocare and KaVo Kerr – two leading players within Danaher’s Dental Platform – DTX Studio will establish a new benchmark for connectivity in dentistry. Many dental companies claim to offer open, fully integrated workflows, but DTX Studio sets a new standard by truly connecting the various aspects of a modern dental professional’s daily work. While enhancing processes and access to high-quality products it also offers new possibilities and links to new technologies. It will make life easier and more efficient for the entire treatment team and, most importantly, support an enhanced treatment outcome for the patient.” 

 

For more information about DTX Studio visit DTXStudio.com or visit the KaVo Kerr and Nobel Biocare booth at IDS in Hall 10.1, H20/J29.

 

Dentsply Sirona, Kuraray Noritake Partner for CAD/CAM Blocks

Posted on March 21, 2017

 

Dentsply Sirona and Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. have arranged a material partnership for CAD/CAM blocks, thus offering Kuraray’s high-quality and validated materials for dentists and dental laboratories through this partnership with Kuraray.

“As a material manufacturer, Kuraray Noritake Dental is globally recognized for their quality and esthetics. We are delighted to bring their expertise and quality into our CEREC and inLab customer’s hands,” says Roddy MacLeod, Group Vice President CAD/CAM Systems at Dentsply Sirona. "This valuable partnership enables Kuraray Noritake Dental and Dentsply Sirona to respond even more efficiently to the demands of contemporary CAD/CAM technology,” adds Kiyoyuki Arikawa, President at Kuraray Noritake Dental.

Based on this partnership, Dentsply Sirona will offer professional dental laboratories dedicated and optimized milling strategies for the multi-layered zirconia discs of Kuraray Noritake Dental. The Japanese material producer has considerable expertise in the laboratory market and launched globally with "Katana Zirconia," a selection of multi-layered zirconia discs to satisfy highest aesthetic requirements. The discs are made up of different layers depicting the natural structure of a tooth by combining a high-chromatic dentine core and an overlying translucent enamel layer.

With this partnership, Kuraray Noritake Dental and Dentsply Sirona hope to satisfy their customerss’ common wish for greater diversity and quality that both dentistry and dental technology place on CAD/CAM technology even more effectively.

Prodways Presents New 3D Printers Line at IDS

Posted on March 21, 2017

At the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, this week, Prodways is presenting its next-generation 3D printers—the ProMaker LD series range. 

With the strengths of Prodways' exclusive MOVINGLight® technology, this new line combines a native resolutions of 42 µm per pixel and very high dimensional precision on all 3 axes, along with high productivity through its moving DLP®, making it possible to print up to 38 dental arches per hour on certain model printers at an optimal unit cost.

In order to adapt to a dental market in constant search for versatility and flexibility, this next generation of 3D printersthe ProMaker LD serieswill offer a compact design, taking up less than 0.8 m² of floor space, with interchangeable production platforms of several sizes ranging from 165 x 150 mm to 450 x 445 mm, in order to fit into all environments. This choice of platforms meets the need to adapt to different production volumes, which may vary according to applications or over time, and makes it possible to optimise production times for small or medium-size runs.

The new ProMaker LD series range will also offer vats of various heights to reduce the amount of resin required for each application, with changes of vats and printing medium taking only a few minutes. Furthermore, it will feature a new user-friendly software interface, making it quick and easy to learn how to operate, as well as a built-in touch screen to control the production process.

The ProMaker LD-10the first of three models in the LD serieswill be unveiled in a world premiere at the IDS and will be available at the end of the year. 

 

 

 

 

Dentsply Sirona Endodontics Launches New Direct-to-Partner Communications Campaign

Posted on March 20, 2017

The merger of DENTSPLY and Sirona combined the strongest brands in endodontics. The endodontic specialists DENTSPLY MAILLEFER and DENTSPLY TULSA DENTAL SPECIALTIES formed a new business unit, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, in order to join forces and offer best in class endodontic solutions. The partnership with dealers, partners, and customers will be more important than ever before and supported by an extraordinary communication campaign, "Partner for a better future". 

Ballaigues/Salzburg, March 20, 2017. Dentsply Sirona Endodontics will be communicating its new brand positioning with a broadly conceived and inspiring campaign: “Partner for a better future”, which highlights cooperation based on real partnership and arising opportunities. It demonstrates that Dentsply Sirona stands for uncompromising quality in endodontics as well as the highest competence in consultancy and customer focus at its best. 

“Partnership is the core of our values” 

“While we are transitioning to a new name, our promise remains the same,” said Dominique Legros, Group Vice President, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. “As we roll-out this new campaign, we will continue to highlight many different facets of partnership. Although we have a new name, the organization remains fully committed to its long-standing core values and key partners as we work together toward a better future.” 

Partnership refers to everyone in the world of Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, internally and externally: specialist partners and practitioners, dealers, cross-functional and international teams, universities, dentists and their patients the world over. The Company’s enduring core values are its Swissness, its commitment to endodontic excellence, and its renewed and growing passion for innovation through partnership. 

Another major element of the communication strategy will come to life at the IDS by publishing an emotional video on Facebook and LinkedIn. The star of the film is the passion that drives each individual and makes the innovation process logical and technical but also deeply emotional and richly human. “This film emphasizes the central role our partnerships are playing in the service of our Vision: saving a tooth to improve a life defines our common quest and passion”, explains Dominique Legros further. 

Real people in their real role – making a real difference 

The video features Gilbert Rota, Technology Expert R&D at Dentsply Sirona, Dr. Julian Webber, BDS, MS, Endodontic Specialist and Dr. Sarah Attal, MSc DDS Endodontic Specialist. They come together at Dentsply Sirona in Switzerland from across Europe and together they stand for “Partner for a better future”. 

Dominique Legros: "We are very proud of this campaign. Empowered through working together towards common goals we are definitely convinced: Through partnership, it is our conviction that we are all simply better together." 

Formlabs and 3Shape Announce Partnership to Introduce Software Integration Solutions for Dental Market

Posted on March 17, 2017

SOMERVILLE, Mass., and Copenhagen, Denmark, March 16, 2017 — Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful 3D printing systems, and 3Shape, the global leader in 3D scanning and CAD/CAM software for dental practices and labs, today announced a partnership to introduce software integration solutions to bring seamless dental 3D printing workflows to the worldwide market.

As its first and flagship integration solution, Formlabs and 3Shape debuted a dental-3D printing workflow that streamlines the guide design and manufacturing workflow for dental practitioners, making it easier and more affordable than ever to produce surgical guides.

“The integration between the Form 2 and industry leading products from 3Shape enables dental CAD/CAM workflows so streamlined that even chairside 3D printing becomes possible,” said Gideon Balloch, Dental Product Manager at Formlabs. “3Shape and Formlabs share a commitment in pioneering powerful, seamless and accessible technologies. We’re excited to continue pushing new boundaries in digital dentistry together.”

With the Formlabs-3Shape integration solution, dental practitioners can create guides ready for surgery by scanning with 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanners and designing with 3Shape Implant Studio software, followed by simply hitting ‘print’ with Formlabs’ PreForm software, to finally 3D printing and manufacturing the guides with Formlabs’ biocompatible Dental SG resin — all within a matter of hours. While it used to take weeks, the Formlabs-3Shape integration creates a cost-effective chairside 3D printing workflow that makes even same-day guided surgery possible.

“The streamlined workflow between 3Shape TRIOS Implant Studio and Formlabs printers is a tremendous benefit for doctors,” said Birk Ploennigs, 3Shape, Product Director Implantology. “We now have surgeons designing and printing their own surgical guides in hours using integrated 3D printers like Formlabs ’ instead of waiting weeks, and at a fraction of the cost. Because of the huge time and cost savings, doctors are now using guides on every surgery when clinically applicable. This has translated into faster and more predictable treatments for their patients.”

“The Formlabs-3Shape integrated workflow streamlines my practice and allows me to do guided surgery efficiently and affordably,” said Dr. Daniel Whitley III DDS PA. “I can go from patient scans, to planned case, to fully manufactured guide with only a few clicks of the mouse. It is really a significant pairing of cutting-edge technology from two innovative companies.”

Further integrations across 3Shape’s suite of powerful dental software, including Dental System and Orthodontic System, are under development and planned for release throughout the year. These will enable a wide range of workflows that include restorative and orthodontics study models, splints and 3D printed dentures.

See demos of the Formlabs-3Shape integrated workflow at IDS (Koelnmesse, Germany, March 21-26, 2017): Formlabs (Hall 3.1, stand L70), 3Shape (Hall 04.2, stands L090, N091 and N090).

Dr. Steven Eckert Chosen as 10th Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award Winner

Posted on March 17, 2017

Arlington Heights, Ill., March 16, 2017 -- Dr. Steven E. Eckert was honored today the prestigious Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award during the Opening Symposium of Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2017 Annual Meeting. The award was presented by the Osseointegration Foundation’s (OF) president Dr. Myron Nevins.

The award is given annually by OF, AO’s philanthropic arm. It honors individuals whose impact on, and leadership in, implant dentistry is exemplary in any or all of the Foundation’s mission categories: research, education, and charitable causes.

A former AO president, Dr. Eckert in 2006 became the second editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (IJOMI), a position he still holds.

“Dr. Steven Eckert has a distinguished record of leadership in the Academy, rising to president in 2007,” said Dr. Myron Nevins, president of AO.  “He has done a remarkable job as editor-in-chief of IJOMI, extending the horizons of our journal, especially with expansion of the electronic edition.  He has inspired professionals in our field to author papers, and we are all grateful for the information IJOMI provides.  It all translates into significant improvement in clinical practice and improved patient results.”

In 1991, Dr. Eckert joined AO and remembers concentrating on broadening the international reach of the Academy.  He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Mayo Clinic and Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.  Dr. Eckert practices at ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Minneapolis and is Director of Research for ClearChoice.

Previous Nobel Biocare Brånemark Osseointegration Award honorees are (in chronological order) Per-Ingvar Brånemark, MD, PhD, William R. Laney, DMD, MS, George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, Daniel VanSteenberge, MD, PhD, Ulf Lekholm, DDS, Daniel Buser, DDS, DMD, Professor Tomas Albrektsson, Stephen M. Parel, DDS, and Ole Jensen, DMD.  The award is made possible by a grant from Nobel Biocare.  The selection process involves members of the OF’s Titanium Society to propose distinguished candidates.

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