Friday, November 17, 2017

Dentsply Sirona reintroduces the CEREC® MC Milling Unit to the U.S. market

The entry-level milling solution is available again as part of the U.S. CEREC product portfolio, offering an attractive and affordable path to digital dentistry and single-visit restorations 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14, 2017- Dentsply Sirona announced today the reintroduction of the CEREC MC Milling Unit to the U.S. dental market.
CEREC MC is ideal for practitioners who are interested in single- visit chairside inlays, onlays, and single-unit veneers and crowns. With the ability to wet grind and dry mill, dentists can use a vast array of chairside materials to produce single-unit restorations in one office visit.
Used in conjunction with CEREC Omnicam, CEREC MC:
  • Provides fully-anatomical single-unit restorations
  • Supports block sizes up to 20 mm
  • Can produce ceramics, glass ceramics, lithium discilicate
    blocks and more
  • Mills zirconium oxide and polymers
  • Is dry-mill ready
  • Offers an ideal entry option into digital dentistry and
    single-visit restorations
    The milling unit is part of the plug-and-play CEREC workflow. Simply scan, design and produce for strong, beautiful restorations in just a single patient visit.
    “We used to say CAD/CAM was the future of dentistry, and as we enter 2018, it’s become clear that it is now the present,” said Director of Marketing, Clinical CAD/CAM Lou Vodopivec. “CEREC MC offers a cost-effective option to incorporate efficient workflows, improving productivity and patient satisfaction. We are excited to reintroduce this high-quality product with a flexible upgrade path that grows with the needs of the practice.”
    Providing an avenue for future development, Dentsply Sirona is offering an upgrade path for anyone who purchases a CEREC MC Milling Unit between now and June 1, 2018. All MC units purchased

Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As The Dental Solutions Company TM, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high- quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry. Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.
between the aforementioned dates are eligible for an upgrade to the CEREC MC XL Practice Lab Milling Unit within 24 months of ownership*.
To learn more, visit or contact your local Dentsply Sirona representative.
*To qualify for the MC XL Practice Lab upgrade, customer must take delivery, be invoiced and unit must be installed by June 1, 2018. Additionally, customer must pay the difference in MSRP of CEREC MC and CEREC MC XL Practice Lab established at time of original purchase. The upgrade offer is only available within 24 months of original purchase of CEREC MC. Must be a U.S. practicing dentist. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, and specifically does not include the SpeedFire furnace or the Consumables Bundle valued at $5,000. Dentsply Sirona reserves the right to discontinue program at any time without notice. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

TAUB to launch STELLAR DC Acrylic at GNYDM

TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental consumable products, announced the launch of STELLAR DC Acrylic at the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.

STELLAR DC Acrylic, a dual-cure resin, is great for creating patterns for copings and models, and indexing of implants. It can be light-cured in 20 seconds or will cure on its own in 60. It provides the fastest production time of any pattern resin and acrylic, burns out completely and leaves no residue. The material can be layered, reproduces detail accurately, and grinds easily.

“STELLAR DC Acrylic is a great addition to our product line,” stated Jordan Taub, executive vice-president at TAUB Products. “Using our chemistry and technology we can now offer the CDT and prosthodontist an acrylic that increases production by dramatically reducing production times, which helps the bottom line. STELLAR’s on-demand continuous flow of material allows quick and easy fabrication,” he added. 

STELLAR DC Acrylic is available through authorized dental dealers nationwide and will be featured with other fine TAUB products at the TAUB booth #2708 during the 2017 Greater New York Meeting from November 26-29.

TAUB Products provides innovative, high quality solutions for dental professionals. For more information on TAUB and its products, call 800-828-2634, or go to

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Effects of low-level laser irradiation on the rate of orthodontic tooth movement and associated pain with self-ligating brackets


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of low-level laser irradiation applied at 3-week intervals on orthodontic tooth movement and pain associated with orthodontic tooth movement using self-ligating brackets.


Twenty-two patients (11 male, 11 female; mean age, 19.8 ± 3.1 years) with Angle Class II Division 1 malocclusion were recruited for this split-mouth clinical trial; they required extraction of maxillary first premolars bilaterally. After leveling and alignment with self-ligating brackets (SmartClip SL3; 3M Unitek, St Paul, Minn), a 150-g force was applied to retract the canines bilaterally using 6-mm nickel-titanium closed-coil springs on 0.019 x 0.025-in stainless steel archwires. A gallium-aluminum-arsenic diode laser (iLas; Biolase, Irvine, Calif) with a wavelength of 940 nm in a continuous mode (energy density, 7.5 J/cm2/point; diameter of optical fiber tip, 0.04 cm2) was applied at 5 points buccally and palatally around the canine roots on the experimental side; the other side was designated as the placebo. Laser irradiation was applied at baseline and then repeated after 3 weeks for 2 more consecutive follow-up visits. Questionnaires based on the numeric rating scale were given to the patients to record their pain intensity for 1 week. Impressions were made at each visit before the application of irradiation at baseline and the 3 visits. Models were scanned with a CAD/CAM scanner (Planmeca, Helsinki, Finland).


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Low-level laser irradiation applied at 3-week intervals can accelerate orthodontic tooth movement and reduce the pain associated with it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Clinical survival of chair-side generated monolithic lithium disilicate crowns:10-year results

Original Article



Nowadays, all-ceramic materials are routinely used within the treatment of patients in dentistry. The objective of this prospective clinical trial was the evaluation of chair-side generated monolithic lithium disilicate crowns after 10 years.

Materials and methods

Forty-one posterior full contour crowns made of lithium disilicate ceramics were inserted with a self-adhesive resin cement in 34 patients (20 university/14 private practice) using a chair-side CAD/CAM technique. One crown per patient was randomly selected for evaluation according to the modified US Public Health Service criteria.


After a mean examination time of 10.1 years, 26 crowns were available for re-examination. Within the observation period, five failures occurred due to one crown fracture after 2.9 years, an abutment fracture after 6.0 years, one severe endodontic problem after 6.1 years, a root fracture after 7.0 years, and a replacement of one crown caused by a carious lesion after 10 years. Complications occurred as retention loss of one crown, two carious lesions, and a change in sensibility perception of two abutment teeth. All events were associated with molars. The Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed a survival rate of 83.5% and a complication-free rate of 71.0% after 10 years.


Due to the small amount of technical complications and failures, the clinical performance of monolithic lithium disilicate crowns was completely satisfying.

Clinical relevance

The insertion of chair-side fabricated monolithic lithium disilicate crowns can be recommended for long-term use in the posterior region.

Monday, November 13, 2017

MouthWatch, LLC Showcasing Teledentistry for Urban and Suburban Private Practices During the Greater New York Dental Meeting

Metuchen, NJ – November 13, 2017 – MouthWatch, LLC a leader in intraoral imaging, digital case presentation and teledentistry solutions, will be showcasing private practice applications of its TeleDent™ teledentistry platform at booth #3430 during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

According to MouthWatch CEO Brant Herman, “For the past few years, our TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform has been proving itself on the front lines of public health and other innovative care delivery models of dentistry.  The Greater New York meeting is an ideal place to introduce TeleDent™ to private practice specialists and GP dentists from both urban and suburban areas. We’re looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of virtual collaboration and secure case data sharing.”

Herman says the cost-effectiveness and ease-of-use his company’s TeleDent™ platform make it well-suited for the following teledentistry applications:

·       Specialist/GP Collaboration – Teledentistry is a catalyst for collaborative care and increased referrals. The results include positive patient outcomes and reduced risk of failure in complex cases.

·       Dentist-Owned Hygiene Clinics –A full service dental office can be linked to remote hygiene clinics that the dentist also owns and operates.

·      DSO Resource Sharing – Teledentistry enables DSOs and groups to offer live or asynchronous consults with a rotating specialist no matter which location they are currently working in.

·       Dentist / Dental Lab Collaboration –  Dentists and dental lab operators can
share CBCT images, digital impression files and patient photos to increase case accuracy and ultimately ensure patient satisfaction. This capability can be especially valuable in treatment planning and completing complex restorative cases.

“Of course, we will continue to serve the public health sector and assist with improving access to and equity of care,” explained Herman. “At the same time, TeleDent™ provides unique business and clinical opportunities for private practices and DSOs in urban and suburban settings. It’s is an ideal way for these practices to implement teledentistry. Our mission is to transform and enhance the delivery of care throughout dentistry.”

For more information about MouthWatch, visit, call 877-544-4342 or send an email to

About MouthWatch, LLC:  
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in intraoral imaging devices, digital case presentation tools and teledentistry solutions. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider

The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry.

Friday, November 10, 2017

How compliant are dental practice Facebook pages with Australian health care advertising regulations? A Netnographic review

  • Highly doubt based on my facebook feed that the results would be any different in the US. MJ



The National Law that regulates the dental and other health care professions in Australia sets out regulations that dictate how dental practices are to advertise. This study examines the extent to which the profession complies with these regulations and the potential impact that advertising may have upon professionalism.


A Facebook search of 38 local government areas in Sydney, New South Wales, was carried out to identify dental practices that had pages on this social media site. A framework for assessment of compliance was developed using the regulatory guidelines and was used to conduct a netnographic review.


Two hundred and sixty-six practice pages were identified from across the 38 regions. Of these pages, 71.05% were in breach of the National Law in their use of testimonials, 5.26% displayed misleading or false information, 4.14% displayed offers that had no clear terms and conditions or had inexact pricing, 19.55% had pictures or text that was likely to create unrealistic expectations of treatment benefit and 16.92% encouraged the indiscriminate and unnecessary utilization of health services.


This study found that compliance with the National Law by the Facebook pages surveyed was poor.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

NHS targets super-sized chocolate bars in battle against obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay

Hospitals have been ordered to take super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugary snacks off of the shelves in the latest step of the NHS plan to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has announced a 250 calorie limit on confectionary sold in hospital canteens, stores, vending machines and other outlets.
Hospital chiefs will have to ensure that four out of five items purchased on their premises do not bust the limit, which is an eighth of a woman’s and a tenth of a man’s recommended daily intake, or lose out on funding ring-fenced for improving the health of staff, patients and their visitors.
Unhealthy sandwiches and drinks are also being targeted as the NHS, Europe’s largest employer, takes a lead in tackling the availability of unhealthy food and drinks that are fuelling an obesity crisis.
Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, said: “The NHS is now stepping up action to combat the ‘super-size’ snack culture which is causing an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer.
“In place of calorie-laden, sugary snacks we want to make healthier food an easy option for hospital staff, patients and visitors.”
Action has already been taken to remove price promotions and stop sales at checkouts on sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar or salt; end advertisements of these foods on NHS premises; and ensure healthy food options are available at all times, including for those people working night shifts.
In April NHS England announced that leading retailers  – WH Smith, Marks & Spencer, Greggs, the SUBWAY(r) brand, Medirest, ISS and the Royal Voluntary Service – have agreed to continue voluntarily reducing sales of sugary drinks to 10 per cent or less of their total drinks sales within hospitals over the coming year.
In 2018/19 health services will get financial incentives if they make further efforts, currently including:
  • 80 per cent of confectionery and sweets stocked do not exceed 250 kcal.
  • 75 per cent of pre-packed sandwiches and other savoury pre-packed meals to contain 400 kcal or less per serving and do not exceed five grams of saturated fat per 100g.
  • 80 per cent of drinks line stocked must have less than 5g of added sugar per 100ml.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “Hospitals have an important role in addressing obesity – not just treating those suffering the consequences, but helping to prevent it in the first place. Any plans to offer healthier food are a positive step towards tackling the country’s obesity problem.”
Andrew Roberts, Business Enterprise Manager for Royal Voluntary Service said: “Our shops, cafes and on-ward trolley services in England and Wales meet the current CQUIN requirements and we welcome the decision of NHS England to put these new measurements in place.
“We took an early lead on the NHS workforce healthy agenda by introducing our Healthier Choices programme and it is already having a significant effect on consumer behaviour.  In the first quarter of 2017, year on year sales of fruit increased by 25%, healthier chilled snacks like salad and sushi by 55% and healthier sweet and savoury snacks like popcorn and dried fruit by 109%.
“We will be implementing these new guidelines and are hopeful that they will result in healthier food being a more consistent feature in all Hospital retailers.”