Kettenbach® LP Supports 2017 IAPA Conference

Posted on November 17, 2017

Wow! This year’s IAPA conference had it all. Amazing lectures, workshops, and clinical teaching at its best. It wasn’t just all work and no play. . . The IAPA meeting had a successful After Dark Party “White Night” themed and an Oktoberfest happy hour with German food, music and the most popular staple BEER. These events gave all doctors, exhibitors, staff and clinicians a change to cut loose and mingle together.

This year was the first annual 2017 IAPA Aesthetic Eye contest which allowed IAPA doctors to submit their best cases for a chance to win prizes. Kettenbach would like to congratulate the following winners once again on their amazing cases and all of those who participated. 

People Choice Winner – Dr. Paul Peterson

Category 1 (Anterior Aesthetics) winner– Dr. Jerry Hu

Category 2 (Full Arch/ Full Mouth) winner – Dr. Paul Peterson

Category 3 (Glamour Portrait) winner – Dr. Michael Reece

Category 4 (Single Tooth Match) winner – Dr. Frank Sullivan

Kettenbach is a product supporter of the IAPA Conference and LVI Global Institute. We are honored to be a part of this continuing education community.

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Dr. Steven Eckert Receives Third Prestigious Award in 2017

Posted on November 17, 2017

Dr. Steven Eckert of Minneapolis, Minnesota has been honored for his leadership in prosthodontics and implant dentistry by several prestigious dental organizations in 2017. He received the Academy of Osseointegration Brånemark Osseointegration Award in March, the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics Ackerman Award in October, and was most recently presented the American College of Prosthodontists Dan Gordon Award this month.

Dr. Eckert has practiced for over 40 years with 25 of those years at the Mayo Clinic where he served as the Prosthodontic Program Director for 15 years. He is currently the Director of Clinical Research & Development at ClearChoice Management Services, LLC (CCMS) and the previous Chairman of the ClearChoice Clinical Advisory Board.

The Brånemark Osseointegration Award is given annually by the Osseointegration Foundation to honor an individual’s impact on, and leadership in, the field of implant dentistry in any or all of the Foundation’s mission categories: research, education and charitable causes. It was first presented in 2008 to the father of modern implant dentistry, Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Dr. Eckert is the third ClearChoice affiliated clinician to receive this award, along with Dr. Ole Jensen (2016) and Dr. Stephen Parel (2015).

The American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics promotes education and research and advocates for care of the maxillofacial patient. Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a subspecialty of prosthodontics. The Ackerman Award is bestowed upon a member of the Academy who the Board of Directors considers to have made significant contributions to the advancement of this special area of practice. Dr. Eckert is the third ClearChoice affiliated doctor to receive the Ackerman Award, along with Dr. Rhonda Jacob (2013) and Dr. Stephen Parel (2000).

The American College of Prosthodontists Awards of Distinction recognize and honor individuals for their achievement of outstanding and substantial contributions to prosthodontics. The Dan Gordon Award is given annually to recognize lifetime achievement. This is the third time Dr. Eckert has been honored by the ACP with an Award of Distinction (2007, 2011). He is also one of four ClearChoice affiliated clinicians to be honored with an ACP Award of Distinction, along with Dr. Dale Cipra (2013), Dr. Rhonda Jacob (2008), and Dr. Stephen Parel (2001, 2005).



BEGO, XYZprinting, and Nexa3D Form Strategic Partnership

Posted on November 17, 2017

A groundbreaking three-way partnership has been announced between BEGO, a provider of digital and traditional dental materials; XYZprinting, a desktop 3D printer brand; and Nexa3D, maker of professional-grade stereolithography 3D printers. This partnership aims to transform digital dentistry and successfully access this multibillion dollar opportunity.

Under this agreement BEGO will exclusively market and sell, under its own label, a specially designed high-speed Nexa3D dental printer that will be solely manufactured by XYZprinting. BEGO will also market and sell other XYZprinting products under its label, all supplied with BEGO’s most advanced digital materials. Nexa3D will exclusively develop the required technology and products for this partnership.

Glidewell Dental Announces Distribution of Align Technology's iTero Element® Scanner With™ In-Office Solution

Posted on November 17, 2017

Glidewell Dental today announced an agreement with Align Technology, Inc. to distribute the iTero Element®intraoral scanning system in North America with the newly unveiled™ In-Office Solution, a chairside restorative ecosystem set to simplify the process of prescribing and delivering laboratory-quality dental restorations.

The Solution will provide a streamlined workflow with Align’s iTero Element scanner and Glidewell’s™ Software, which serves to auto-design restorations for the clinician’s approval or communicate with the lab’s digital design experts as needed. Final designs can be used to prescribe a laboratory restoration or sent to the™ In-Office Unit for immediate chairside milling.

“The promise of convenience offered by chairside milling systems tends to be offset by the cost and complexity of adoption,” said Stephenie Goddard, vice president of business operations at Glidewell Dental. “In contrast, uses artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to effectively streamline the restorative process, enabling clinicians to focus on the needs and comfort of their patients.”

Touting the iTero Element scanner’s technical capabilities, Mike Selberis, Glidewell Dental’s chief technology officer, said: “An accurate restoration is almost entirely contingent upon an accurate scan. Beyond its impressive speed and inimitable precision, the intuitive interface and integrated training resources of the iTero Element scanner make it an easy choice as our preferred entry point for clinicians looking to tap into the full range of services provided by”

“This agreement represents a win-win for dentists and their patients,” said Raphael Pascaud, Align Technology chief marketing, portfolio & business development officer and vice president iTero scanner and services. “The convenience and precision of intraoral scanning continues to replace conventional impression-taking techniques and enables an efficient digital start to the restorative treatment process. The natural extension of Glidewell’s digital production processes into a chairside form factor is a key driver for same-day dentistry and fits well with our strategy to transform the industry through digital products and solutions.”

“Align has long been at the forefront of digital dental technology,” said Jim Glidewell, founder and president of Glidewell Dental. “Their pioneering spirit and drive for continued innovation are very much in line with our company’s goal to remove barriers to patient treatment, and I couldn’t be more excited about this dynamic pairing.”

The In-Office Solution featuring the iTero Element scanner is being introduced and previewed to a select group of clinicians attending the inaugural Glidewell Dental Symposium today in Dallas, Texas. The next hands-on opportunity will be for attendees of the 2017 Greater New York Dental Meeting, taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Nov. 24–29. The In-Office Solution featuring the iTero Element scanner is expected to be available to North American customers in Q1 of 2018. Glidewell customers can contact their Glidewell sales representative to place an order beginning Nov. 17.


Laboratory Distribution Network Announces Formation

Posted on November 17, 2017

LDN (Laboratory Distribution Network, LLC) has announced its recent formation as a US-based dental distribution company with a concentration on technical dental products and digital technologies. "It is the goal of LDN and partner companies to be the technical, dental support resource," according to David Sklarski, President/CEO.

Laboratory Distribution Network, LLC is a Rhode Island-based company headquartered in Narragansett, RI, with offices in Cumming, GA, and Orlando, FL, supporting the North American dental market through its highly qualified, laboratory network.

The Importance of Prenatal Cleft Lip and Palate Visits: The Parents’ Perspective

Posted on November 16, 2017

With the advancements of two- and three-dimensional ultrasounds, diagnosing cleft lip or palate in utero has an extremely high accuracy rate. The ability to know that a baby will be born with cleft lip or palate offers parents the opportunity to research and prepare for the ongoing treatment needed by their child. It also allows them to interview and choose their own surgical care team prior to birth. The question then becomes, what is most important to parents when speaking with potential surgeons?

Researchers from the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston (Texas) and the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (Houston, Texas) recently published a study in The Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Journal that focuses on how parents choose the cleft surgical care team for their newborns, and what information is most important to parents when learning about their child’s treatment plan.

An online survey was conducted, in which 112 parents responded. The survey was based on the following factors: (1) experience and personality of the surgical team, (2) distance between the hospital and the family’s home, (3) amount of time the surgeon spent with the family prior to surgery, (4) reputation of the surgeon’s hospital, (5) reactions to prior patient photographs (pre- and post-surgery), and (6) overall outcomes.

The researchers found that of the parents surveyed, 77% had a prenatal visit with a surgeon or surgical care team, and 30% of those parents decided to interview more than one surgeon or team. During the visits, 42.5% of parents were most concerned with surgical treatments, and 37.5% with newborn feeding techniques. The longer-term treatment plans that dealt with speech and genetics did not seem to be as high of a priority at the prenatal visits. When choosing a surgical care team, the team’s age, experience, and personality mattered more to parents than the hospital’s distance, the before and after photographs of previous patients, and time spent at the visit.

With the advancements of ultrasound technology, parents are able to better prepare for life with a child born with cleft lip or palate. In this study, the researchers also found that 95% of parents were doing their own online research not only of surgical care teams, but also of treatment plans and expectations. With the abundancy of information readily available via the Internet, it is imperative that surgeons know and understand parents’ top concerns and spend time addressing those concerns at prenatal visits.

One researcher states, “Our goals are to give our parents all the education and information that they need prior to delivery, so that when their child arrives they are fully prepared to handle the specialized issues that children with cleft lip and palate face. We hope that this additional information will reduce the stress and worry that all new parents experience and allow them to enjoy the miracle of their new infant.”

Full text of the article, “Survey of Parent Experiences in Prenatal Visits for Infants With Cleft Lip and Palate,” The Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Journal, Vol. 54, No. 6, 2017, is available at


OHA and the ADA Health Policy Institute Release New Infographic Surrounding Dental Coverage in Medicare

Posted on November 16, 2017

Oral Health America (OHA) and the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) have released an infographic summarizing the preferences of adults aged 50+ for adding dental coverage as a benefit in Medicare.

Currently, more than 55 million older adults access healthcare services through Medicare; however, they are limited when it comes to accessing oral health. Original Medicare does not cover routine preventive or restorative services such as screenings, exams, cleanings, fillings, or extractions.

In order to better understand older adults’ views and attitudes on adding a dental benefit to Medicare, Oral Health America (OHA) and the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI), commissioned Wakefield Research to conduct a series of focus groups with adults aged 50+. Findings showed that an increasing number of older adults understand the link between oral health and overall health and virtually all agreed, despite cost concerns, that dental coverage, was the top priority over hearing, vision, or long-term care.

Understanding the importance of maintaining good oral health and the costs associated with it, 93% of the older adults surveyed would like to see the current Medicare system change to fit the needs of the older adults it serves and, as a result, include dental coverage as a benefit in Medicare. However, opinion varied when asked what that benefit should look like and which trade-offs would be acceptable to achieve advantages in other areas. For example, should coverage be limited to preventive care only or more extensive restorative care be included too?

This infographic summarizes the results from the OHA-HPI focus groups, including the trade-offs and pros and cons discussed. Maintaining a healthy mouth is one of the keys to independence as we age because of the vital connection to overall health. The views and opinions collected in this study will be critical moving forward as we think about innovations in oral healthcare and work to promote oral health equity for older adults.



AAP and EFP Host 
World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions

Posted on November 16, 2017

In conjunction with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) hosted the World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions Nov. 9 -11 at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. More than 100 international researchers, educators, and clinicians gathered to review the latest literature and come to consensus on up-to-date guidelines for periodontal and peri-implant disease diagnosis and definition.

Participants conducted literature reviews, established case definitions, and deliberated diagnostic considerations for the following topic areas: periodontal health and gingival diseases and conditions; periodontitis; developmental and acquired conditions and periodontal manifestations of systemic conditions; and peri-implant diseases and conditions. The inclusion of peri-implant diseases and conditions within periodontal disease classifications is a first, accommodating for what scientists and practitioners have come to understand about implant dentistry.

“Since the last World Workshop was held in 1999, periodontics has made notable advancements in the treatment and diagnosis of periodontal disease. The 2017 workshop intended to account for what we’ve learned in the last 18 years and help standardize the specialty’s definition of disease,” says Dr. Steven R. Daniel, president of the AAP. “Our collaboration with the EFP and periodontists from all over the world will work to positively shape the quality of patient care globally.”

The 2017 World Workshop is the second recent collaboration of the EFP and AAP. The groups’ joint workshop on periodontitis and systemic disease in 2012 was a major milestone in the specialty’s understanding of the perio-systemic link.

“After three years of preparation, it was rewarding to see many of the best and brightest in periodontics convene to accomplish the important task of updating and standardizing the definitions of periodontal and peri-implant diseases that will be used by dental professionals around the world. The contributions of the Workshop’s expert participants will set the stage for periodontics’ expansive future,” says Dr. Jack Caton, co-chair of the event’s organizing committee.

Proceedings from the 2017 World Workshop on Periodontal Disease Classification will be published in both the AAP’s Journal of Periodontology and the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology in 2018. The Workshop was presented with support from the AAP Foundation, Colgate, Johnson and Johnson, Geistlich Biomaterials, SUNSTAR, and Procter and Gamble.


Condor Technologies launches Mentor Program & Condor Ready Lab Program

Posted on November 16, 2017

After being launched in the US in March ’17, last September’s software updates of the Condor Intra-Oral Scanner confirmed that the product is ready for a wider group of early adopters. Condor Technologies now announces two Customer Programs focusing on both early adopter users, as labs who want to be ready to work with Condor users.

The Condor Mentor Program

The Condor Mentor Program is developed to give leaders within the Condor Community access to exclusive resources & financial rewards. Building this community should lead to a selective group of dentists who will have the opportunity of being closely involved in the further development of Condor. “At this moment, we are building a community of dedicated digital pioneers, who want to join us on our mission to shape the future of digital dentistry”, says CEO Guy De Vreese. 
Being world’s first software-driven scanner, Condor can include customer feedback in their development cycle much faster than any other company. Mr. De Vreese: “Just like Prof. François Duret once envisioned, we are finally building an intra-oral scanner for the mainstream dentist, and therefore, we need the wisdom of the crowd to get there. We have the technology, we have the engineers, but the last piece of the puzzle is the crowd.”

Apart from being closely involved in the development cycle, Condor offers its mentors financial benefits for sharing their experience through lectures and organizing hands-on sessions for other dentists. The benefits for a Mentor are not only of a financial nature. They also get access to exclusive resources, so they can focus on what they do best: guiding their peers towards digital success. 

Apply for the Condor Mentor Program, or find more info at

The Condor Ready Lab Program

Being a completely open system, Condor files can be sent to any lab in the world. The focus of the Condor Ready Lab Program is to build an endorsed network of certified labs, supported by Condor, ready to receive & process both the .STL & .PLY color-files produced by the Condor Intra Oral Scanner. Mr. De Vreese: “It’s all about building bridges between labs & our users. It’s a source of new clients for labs, while our users have a network of labs they knsow they can rely on.”

This program reaches out to labs to support them and get them involved in the onboarding of new Condor users. At the same time, the program creates opportunities for labs to start working with current users as well. 

Apply for the Condor Ready Lab Program, or find more info at 

Mainstream success

By gradually building, training & supporting a network of engaged users & labs, with a software-driven product at a lower price, continuously improving its algorithm and at the same time enabling dentists to use their scanner for both restorative as diagnostic purposes, the goal of Condor is to become the first intra-oral scanner company to achieve mainstream success.

More info about Condor at 
More details about the Condor Ready Labs at


Zirconium oxide: Popular Material Now Available for Chairside Use

Posted on November 16, 2017

LT blocks of the IPS e.max ZirCAD for Cerec range are now available in four additional shades.

Ivoclar Vivadent introduced the IPS e.max ZirCAD LT blocks at IDS 2017. These blocks have enabled dental practices to manufacture esthetic monolithic zirconium oxide restorations effectively at chairside. Additional shades are introduced now, offering users even more flexibility.

Monolithic zirconium oxide is a popular restorative material. With the IPS e.max ZirCAD LT blocks, Ivoclar Vivadent offers pre-shaded monochromatic zirconium oxide blocks for chairside restorations in a single visit. Four additional shades have now been added to the range. As a result, IPS e.max ZirCAD for CEREC/inLab is now available in the LT shades BL, A1,A2,A3,B1, B2, C2, D2 and one Bleach shade (BL) in block sizes C17 (crown) and B45 (three-unit bridge).

Efficient and esthetic restorations

With IPS e.max ZirCAD for CEREC, dentists can fabricate esthetic zirconium oxide restorations in an efficient way. The material’s high flexural strength of 1,200 MPa(a) and high fracture toughness of 5.1 MPa m1/2(b) allow the wall thicknesses to be reduced to 0.6mm for posterior crowns and 0.4mm for anterior crowns. This results in an increase in translucency, which enhances the esthetic appearance of the restoration. Fluorescent effects can be achieved with IPS e.max CAD Crystall./Glaze Fluo. The restorations can be placed using a conventional, self-adhesive or an adhesive cement. Both the Programat CS4 and the SpeedFire furnace (Dentsply Sirona, software release 4.5) can be used for sintering.

Everything for restorations in a single visi

The Ivoclar Vivadent treatment concept allows dentists to meet their patients’ need in a single session. Apart from the blocks and luting materials, the assortment comprises coordinated products for the entire treatment process ranging from isolation with OptraGate and cementation to aftercare. 

(a) Typical mean flexural strength, R&D Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Schaan/Liechtenstein

(b) R&D Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Schaan/Liechtenstein


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