Ultradent Products, Inc. Introduces Jiffy® Natural Universal System

Posted on November 21, 2017

Ultradent Products, Inc., proudly introduces the Jiffy® Natural Universal Finishing System—a complement to Ultradent’s renowned Jiffy® Universal Finishing System. The polishers in the Jiffy Natural Universal Finishing System are designed to efficiently and easily reach all tooth surface areas to give a natural finish on all ceramic materials, including zirconia. They can also be used to temper super high-gloss finishes to create the look of natural enamel.

The Jiffy Natural Universal System consists of malleable spiral-shaped wheels that are designed to easily conform to tooth anatomy. Their pliable, finger-like extensions easily reach where cups and points can’t, including occlusal anatomy. The system is designed to be used in conjunction with the Jiffy Universal Finishing System to give clinicians options and versatility to achieve the right esthetic look for their patient. The efficient two-step process allows clinicians to easily get the most natural finish they desire on any ceramic material, including zirconia, lithium disilicate, and porcelain.

To learn more about the Jiffy Natural Universal System, please call 800.552.5512, or visit ultradent.com


Air Techniques Introduces Mojave LT Compact Dry Vacuum

Posted on November 21, 2017

Air Techniques, Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of dental equipment, has announced their latest dry vacuum system, the Mojave LT. The new Mojave LT will be on display at the Air Techniques Booth 3401 during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.

The Mojave LT is Air Techniques’ latest technological achievement for their high-quality line of dental vacuum systems. Designed to replace conventional liquid ring pumps and to be completely 100% water-free, the LT ditches the collection tank for a motor driven air/water separator. Mojave LT has been engineered to deliver the highest performance while staying nearly silent. The compact size of the LT allows it be installed in any practice, even inside cabinets. Equipped with a vibrant multi-color touch screen display, the LT is constantly monitoring itself to make sure it’s running optimally at all times. It easily connects with NEO Pulse front-of-office software to complete the most advanced utility room monitoring system available.

“We are very excited to introduce the Mojave LT at the Greater New York Dental Meeting,” said Gregory Kass, Product Manager of Utility Equipment. The Mojave LT is technically advanced and offers today’s dental professionals a fresh, new choice when it comes to choosing a dry vacuum system for their practice.”

Mojave LT joins the established line of Mojave dry vacuum systems form Air Techniques. The current Mojave models are capable of supporting practices from three simultaneous users, all the way up to sixty simultaneous users. Mojave is designed to meet the needs of any office – with high performance, high efficiency and low operational costs.

For more information on Air Techniques, please visit: www.airtechniques.com.


Evolution Dental Science Manager Marches to His Own Drum

Posted on November 20, 2017

At 6 feet, 3 inches tall, no one would call Oliver Kurzyp of the Buffalo Bills Stampede Drumline a “little drummer boy,” even as this celebratory time of year gets underway. Although, “if all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth,” as Evolution Dental Science’s manager for the production of dental prosthetics (implants, crowns, bridges, etc.), Oliver can grant that wish for you!

For those who enjoy a good, full-blown, old style football game with all the trimmings, each Bills home game offers a unique and upbeat pre-game experience when watching the Buffalo Bills Stampede Drumline perform. Oliver is in his second season as a permanent member of the Bills Drumline, which performs most often as pre-game entertainment for the crowds who come to New Era Field.

Oliver was born on Long Island, NY, and was a member of his high school drum corps at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School, as well as the third place winner in the Drum Corps International Championships, a worldwide competition for excellence in drums corps performance.

“When your passions are drumming and football, drumming while being on a professional football field feels like being in paradise,” remarked Oliver. “Some of my best times are performing for Bills fans at tailgate parties and definitely during the excitement of the opening stampede.”

After high school, Oliver attended the University of Buffalo’s music program, and during those years, he also performed with the Empire Statesmen Drum Corps, an all-age, world-class, multi-year, international championship drum corps in operation from 1983 to 2013. Oliver played with the Bills Drum Corps for the first time in 2009, and beginning in 2015, he became part of the permanent assembly of corps members. The Buffalo Bills Stampede Drumline is under the management of Dan English, founder of Downbeat Percussion. Downbeat Percussion is composed of world-class percussionists who thrive on energy, precision, and performance. The group performs for more than 70,000 audience members each week.

Oliver is a first generation immigrant whose parents fled communism in Poland during the 1980s. His family crossed the Atlantic to seek a better life for themselves and their children under the Ronald Reagan era special VISA program supporting individuals seeking to escape communism. Kurzyp himself was born in the United States. He beams when sharing some his favorite moments as a professional drummer performing with country music star, Keith Urban and with the hip hop-famed Rapping Rabbi.

Oliver Kurzyp lives in Kenmore with his fiancé Kaitlynd and their two children, Janek and Paxton.

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.

For more information about the International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics, visit http://www.theiapa.com


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 glidewell.io™ 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 glidewell.io™ In-Office Solution, a chairside restorative ecosystem set to simplify the process of prescribing and delivering laboratory-quality dental restorations.

The glidewell.io Solution will provide a streamlined workflow with Align’s iTero Element scanner and Glidewell’s fastdesign.io™ 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 fastmill.io™ 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, glidewell.io 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 glidewell.io.”

“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 glidewell.io 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 glidewell.io 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 http://www.cpcjournal.org/doi/full/10.1597/16-036.


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.



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