Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In vitro and in vivo removal of oral Candida from the denture base

Gerodontology 2014; 10.1111/ger.12149 In vitro and in vivo removal of oral Candida from the denture base


To clarify the effectiveness of ultrasonic cleaning for removing Candida lodged in the denture base.

Materials and Methods

In vitro – Specimens of acrylic resin for denture plates contaminated with Candida cells were ultrasonically cleaned for 30 min. Washings were sampled every 5 min and cultured to investigate residual contamination, measured as colony forming units/ml, and the surfaces of the specimens were subjected to low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy (LV-SEM). In vivo – A total of 24 maxillary denture bases were brushed for 2 min under running tap water, then ultrasonically cleaned for 30 min. The washings were sampled every 5 min and cultured to investigate residual contamination.


In vitro – Maximum removal was achieved during the first 5 min of cleaning, with the mean CFU/ml counts significantly declining over time. More than 85% of all Candida was removed within the first 15 min in specimens inoculated with phosphate-buffered saline suspensions of Candida albicans and Candida glabrata. LV-SEM revealed a decreased number of Candida on the surface of the specimens after 30 min of ultrasonic cleaning. In vivo – Maximum removal was achieved during the first 5 min of cleaning, then the mean CFU/ml count significantly declined during the first 10 min. Ultrasonic cleaning for 15 min removed 88.4% of Candida species from the denture base.


Ultrasonic cleaning is a reliable and simple method for removing Candida lodged in the denture base.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Guided surgery is now simplified and affordable.

 September 2014, iMDDS, LLC of San Antonio, TX, announces the introduction of the Implant Concierge Virtual Treatment Plan Coordinator™.  After six months of intensive internal testing and external beta testing with dentists in San Antonio and Dallas, TX, the Implant Concierge™ is now available for all dentists. 

iMDDS, LLC, founded in Jan. 2006, has long provided CBCT diagnostics services through itsten CBCT dental imaging centers.  Focusing on fanatical customer service, iMDDS provides CBCT diagnostic imaging for dentists as well as virtual implant planning services, 3D CAD/CAM surgical guides and board certified oral and maxillofacial radiology interpretations.  The release of the Implant Concierge™ will allow any dentist who places implants to easily incorporate the many published benefits of guided surgery into their practice easily and affordable through a free, web-based application.  The Implant Concierge™ integrates and synchronizes the dental implant team serving as a Virtual Treatment Plan
Coordinator™ allowing your team to work and communicate efficiently while simplifying the costly and fragmented work flow process that inhibits many dentists from incorporating guided surgery into their practice. 

3D Case Coordinators host online virtual surgery treatment plans and upon a dentists approval will print patient specific CAD/CAM surgical guides in their US based headquarters in San Antonio, TX, for a flat fee of $225.  A dentist can also order radiology interpretations through the Implant Concierge™.

Bret E. Royal, CEO and co-founder of Implant Concierge™ states, “The Virtual Treatment Plan Coordinator™ was designed to simplify and consolidate a complicated and fragmented dental process:  contracts favorable pricing with vetted and trained providers, discloses and guarantees costs up-front, uses industry-best 3D Case Coordinator, contracts with leading regional labs, and manufactures CAD/CAM surgical guides at a competitive price.  It enables any implantologist or surgeon to seamlessly implement the known benefits of guided implant surgery into their practice quickly and affordably.  There is nothing like it.” 

To learn more about the Virtual Treatment Plan Coordinator™, Implant Concierge™ and the $225 flat-priced surgical guide, or to inquire about becoming a lab partner or CBCT imaging center partner, please visit www.implantconcierge.com or call (866) 977-2228 to schedule an on-line demo.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Roland Announces Release of New Digital Dentistry White Paper Comparing e.max Restoration Processes


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Roland DGA has announced the release of its new digital dentistry white paper, “e.max Press vs. e.max CAD – A Comparison.” The informative document, complete with detailed charts and images, includes in-depth comparative analysis of the e.max Press and e.max CAD restoration processes, providing expert insight and clinical data to help labs choose the best production method, materials and equipment for this popular application.
Roland’s new dental white paper, which can be downloaded for free at www.rolanddga.com/solutions/dental/whitepaper/, explains why wet milling is not the only production platform well suited for performing e.max dental restorations and why labs should consider milling wax and pressing e.max for greater versatility, increased precision, simplified workflow and lower operational costs.
In addition to the white paper on e.max restoration, Roland has published a new, informative technology brief, “Advantages of Roland DWX Digital Dental Prosthesis Production.”   The tech brief includes an overview of digital dental milling, detailed information on the benefits of Roland’s revolutionary DWX-50 and DWX-4 series mills, analysis of the ROI that labs can expect to achieve using these advanced devices, customer testimonials, and more. To download the tech brief, click here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Antifungal Activity of Apple Cider Vinegar on Candida Species Involved in Denture Stomatitis

Mota, A. C. L. G., de Castro, R. D., de Araújo Oliveira, J. and de Oliveira Lima, E. (2014), Antifungal Activity of Apple Cider Vinegar on Candida Species Involved in Denture Stomatitis. Journal of Prosthodontics. doi: 10.1111/jopr.12207



To evaluate the in vitro antifungal activity of apple cider vinegar on Candida spp. involved in denture stomatitis.

Material and Methods

The microdilution technique was used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC) of apple cider vinegar containing 4% maleic acid, and nystatin (control). Further tests of microbial kinetics and inhibition of adherence to acrylic resin were performed testing different concentrations (MIC, MICx2, MICx4) of the products at time intervals of 0, 30, 60, 120 and 180 minutes. A roughness meter was used to measure the changes in surface roughness; color change of the acrylic resin specimens exposed to the test products in different concentrations and time intervals were also evaluated.


Apple cider vinegar (4%) showed MIC of 2500 μg/ml and MFC of 2500, 5000, and 10,000 μg/ml depending on the strain tested. Nystatin showed MIC of 3.125 μg/ml and strain-dependent MFC values ranging from 3.125 to 12.5 μg/ml. The microbial kinetic assay showed a statistical difference between apple cider vinegar and nystatin (p < 0.0001). After 30 minutes of exposure, apple cider vinegar showed fungicidal effect at MICx4, whereas nystatin maintained its fungistatic effect. Apple cider vinegar showed greater inhibition of adherence (p < 0.001) compared to control. Apple cider vinegar did not significantly alter the surface roughness of the acrylic resin specimens compared to nystatin (p > 0.05), and both had no influence on their color.


Apple cider vinegar showed antifungal properties against Candida spp., thus representing a possible therapeutic alternative for patients with denture stomatitis.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

At The AAOSH Annual Session: Charles Whitney MD Launching Community and Medical Outreach Program for Dental Practices™

Doylestown, PA – September 22, 2014 –  3rd Era Dentistry, a company founded by Dr. Charles Whitney, the nation’s leading medical advocate for improved collaboration between dentistry and medicine, is launching The Community and Medical Outreach Program for Dental Practices.

The comprehensive practice transformation program will debut during the 2014 Annual Scientific Session of the American Academy for Oral-Systemic Health from September 26-28th in St. Louis, MO.

3rd Era Dentistry is a division of 3rd Era Health Inc., which was recently formed by Dr. Whitney to be a catalyst for integrating patient care across all healthcare disciplines in an effort to prevent illness by creating health.

According to Dr. Whitney, “3rd Era Dentistry was formed as our first corporate division because I firmly believe that if a physician and dental professional together deliver the message that what happens in the mouth really matters, we can begin to reverse the increase of serious, yet preventable systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia in the United States.  Dental professionals must be invited to the table of integrative medicine!”

During the AAOSH Annual Scientific Session, Dr. Whitney’s director of operations, hygiene thought leader Lisa Wadsworth, RDH, BS and strategic marketing adviser Michael Ventriello will be unveiling The Community and Medical Outreach Program for Dental Practices, a comprehensive package of tools designed to empower dental practices to achieve the following goals:
·       Improve Credibility with Physicians
·       Increase MD & Self Referrals
·       Reactivate Lapsed Patients
·       Expand Treatment Acceptance

·       Enhance Community Understanding

·       Optimize Communications & Protocols

“The underlying goal of The Community and Medical Outreach Program is to break down the communications barriers between dentists, physicians and patients and level the playing field when it comes to understanding the importance of the mouth-body connection,” explained Wadsworth.
The Community and Medical Outreach Program for Dental Practices, consists of a comprehensive series of tools and forums, including but not limited to the following:
·       8x a year newsletter on dental/medical news and trends
·       Quarterly CE webinars presented or hosted by Dr. Whitney
·       8x a year conference calls hosted by Dr. Whitney with frequent industry experts
·       50% discount on any courses related to oral-systemic health from INeedCE.com
·       Guidelines on how to build MNR (medical necessity rationale) to increase treatment acceptance and insurance reimbursement
·       Letter of introduction to physician
·       Patient survey on oral-systemic awareness
·       Downloadable brochures for patients and physicians
·       Patient reactivation letter
·       MD-friendly medical history record
·       PowerPoint for physician or study club presentation
·       Downloadable poster
·       Quarterly bulletins on building MNR (Medical Necessity Rationale) – How to communicate with patients and their physicians

The cost to join 3rd Era Dentistry’s Community and Medical Outreach Program for Dental Practices, is $799.00 per month for the first year which will begin in January 2015. After the first year, a renewal subscription of $399.00 per month will be available to charter members.

However, those who sign up during the AAOSH Annual Scientific Session will receive their first year membership starting in January 2015 for only $599.00 per month – An annual savings of $2,400.00!

For more information, visit www.3rdEraDentistry.com , call 215-359-6627, or email info@3rdEraDentistry.com.

About 3rd Era Dentistry

Based in Doylestown, PA, 3rd Era Dentistry is a division of 3rd Era Health, which was founded by practicing physician and healthcare industry thought leader Charles Whitney MD, to be a catalyst for integrating patient care across all healthcare disciplines. 3rd Era Dentistry is specifically-focused on the links between oral disease and overall health by encouraging increased collaboration between dentistry and medicine. The ultimate goal of 3rd Era Dentistry is to create optimal health and prevent systemic diseases that originate from or are exacerbated by periodontal or endodontic infections. These preventable or manageable diseases include heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, arthritis, diabetes and dementia. For more information, visit www.3rdEraDentistry.com , call 215-359-6627 or email info@3rdEraDentistry.com.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The decision to repair or replace a defective restoration is affected by who placed the original restoration: findings from the National Dental PBRN

Available online 16 September 2014



To evaluate how restoration characteristics are associated with the decision to repair or replace an existing restoration. The following hypotheses were studied: Dentists who placed the original restoration are more likely to repair instead of replace restorations (H1) that are in molar teeth; (H2) that are in the upper arch; (H3) that have amalgam restorative material; (H4) if a fracture is not the primary reason for the defect; and (H5) when the restoration comprises more than one surface.


This cross-sectional study used a consecutive patient/restoration recruitment design. 194 dentists members of a dental practice-based research network recorded data on restorations in permanent teeth that needed repair or replacement.


For 6,623 of the 8,770 defective restorations in 6,643 patients, the treatment was provided by the dentist who had not placed the original restoration (75%). The 2-way interaction revealed that dentists who had placed the original restoration often chose to repair when the defective restoration was in a molar, relative to premolar or anterior teeth (OR = 2.2, p < .001); and chose to replace when the restoration had amalgam (OR = 0.5, p < .001), and when it was a fracture compared to another reason (OR = 0.8, p = 001).


Most dentists are not conservative when they revisit a restoration that they originally placed regardless of type of failure, number of surfaces or material used. However, dentists who had placed the original restoration were significantly more likely to repair it when the defective restoration was in a molar tooth.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Corporate Forum at AAP Annual Meeting Demonstrates the Value of CBCT to Surgical Outcomes

SAN FRANCISCO—High resolution, variable-field cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides for exquisite anatomical detail and 3D visualization that is revolutionizing periodontal diagnosis and treatment and implant dentistry. At the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), doctors can gain a better understanding of how this technology can improve surgical outcomes during a corporate forum sponsored by Carestream Dental.
“Improve Your Surgical Outcomes with CBCT Technology,” presented by Bradley McAllister, D.D.S., Ph.D., takes a look at how cases are enhanced with CBCT technology and reviews surgical steps and radiographic evaluations. Cases will be shared regarding periodontal defect diagnostics; buccal plate evaluation; identification of periodontal and endodontic involvement; and guided surgery.
The forum takes place Friday, Sept. 19, 3:00-3:45 p.m. and again at 4:00-4:45 p.m., Moscone West Center, Level 3, Room 3011.
“CBCT technology can significantly improve your outcomes with immediate implant placement and in cases involving complex bone grafting,” McAllister said.  
CBCT scanning offers doctors high-resolution, 3D images for detecting minute anatomical details; multiple planes of view, including axial, coronal and sagittal; fast acquisition times, which reduce the chance for patient movement and retakes; lower radiation; and even user-friendly software.
The use of CBCT in periodontology has also proven to be useful in analyzing furcation involvements and intrabony defect patterns; diagnosing the extent and significance of tooth and alveolar fractures; evaluating bone loss patterns with periodontal disease and associated regenerative potential of defect morphology; evaluating pre- and postoperative bone grafting sites; and identifying exact location of vital structures such as the inferior mandibular nerve and nasopalatine canal, to name just a few benefits of the technology.
McAllister received his D.D.S. from the University of Washington and completed his periodontal specialty training and Ph.D. in San Antonio at the University of Texas. He is both a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is a part-time faculty member in the department of periodontology at the Oregon Health Sciences University. McAllister’s research for the past 20 years has focused on bone grafting for implant reconstruction, wound healing and innovative implant designs. He has published over 25 manuscripts and book chapters in these areas of research.
The AAP is celebrating its 100th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 19-22. In addition to sponsoring the corporate forum, Carestream Dental is exhibiting in booth #607, Sept. 20-22, Moscone West Convention Center. The booth will feature new CBCT imaging systems that are redefining the field of periodontology.  
For more information on CBCT technology or any of Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, please call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Evaluation of apically extruded debris associated with several Ni–Ti systems

Üstün Y, Çanakçi BC, Dinçer AN, Er O, Düzgün S. Evaluation of apically extruded debris associated with several Ni–Ti systems. International Endodontic Journal.



To evaluate the apical extrusion of debris associated with several root canal preparation systems in vitro.


Forty-five extracted human mandibular premolars with single canals and similar lengths were used. The root canals were instrumented using ProTaper Next (Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland), Twisted File (SybronEndo, Orange, CA, USA) or WaveOne (VDW GmbH, Munich Germany). Debris extruded apically during instrumentation was collected into pre-weighed Eppendorf tubes. The Eppendorf tubes were then stored in an incubator at 70 °C for 5 days. The Eppendorf tubes were weighed to obtain the final weight of the Eppendorf tubes plus extruded debris. Three consecutive weights were obtained for each tube. The groups were compared using the Kruskal–Wallis one-way analysis of variance on Ranks and Tukey's test.


The ProTaper Next group produced the highest mean extrusion value whilst WaveOne produced less debris compared with all the other instruments (> 0.05). There was a significant difference between the ProTaper Next and WaveOne group (< 0.05).


Apically extruded debris was associated with all instrumentation techniques. The WaveOne system extruded less debris compared with the Twisted File and ProTaper Next.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nobel Biocare to Join Danaher Dental Platform

World leader in innovative implant-based dental restorations will be a cornerstone of Danaher’s global dental business

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — (September 15, 2014) Danaher Corporation announced today that it has entered into a definitive transaction agreement to acquire Nobel Biocare Holding AG, the world leader in implant dentistry. Over the past 40 years, Nobel Biocare has established itself as a pioneer in nearly every aspect of implant dentistry — from PI Brânemark’s discovery of osseointegration, to Procera digital prosthetic solutions and treating fully edentulous patients. In doing so, Nobel Biocare has dramatically changed the lives of millions of patients. Implants and prosthetics are one of the most exciting categories in dentistry today, offering a unique opportunity for dental professionals to deliver long-term solutions to women and men who desire a smile that is both beautiful and functional. With the ways in which technology and materials science continue to shape the implant dentistry workflow, bringing Nobel Biocare to the dental platform upholds Danaher’s commitment to be a world leader in dentistry.
Nobel Biocare will be a cornerstone of the dental platform. With the addition of Nobel Biocare, Danaher will be the strongest consumable and equipment player in the dental industry, with sales approaching $3 billion. Dental implants is a $3.5 billion market with attractive long term growth drivers, including an aging population, growing income in high growth markets and low penetration rates of dental implants in most geographies today. With this acquisition, Danaher will have an unmatched position in dental implants with Nobel Biocare in the premium segment and the Implant Direct joint venture in the value segment; the company plans to further invest in both these segments. Nobel Biocare will operate as a stand-alone company within Danaher’s dental platform, maintaining its own brand and identity. Implant Direct will remain as a stand- alone joint venture with no change in its go to market strategy.
“We will continue to invest in a wide range of dental technologies and innovations to better serve our customers. Bringing Nobel Biocare’s deep expertise in implant dentistry, digital prosthetics and software solutions together with our extensive knowledge in 3D imaging, intraoral scanning and digital restorative solutions will further enable us to optimize and integrate workflows. This will lead to better clinical outcomes, shorter treatment times and fewer office visits to the benefit of patients and dental practitioners,” said Henk van Duijnhoven, Senior Vice President of Danaher’s dental platform. “This combination will further support our business strategy and position our dental business for future growth.”
Danaher’s dental platform reaches 99% of all dental practices through an extensive network of dealer partners as well as direct sales. It will continue its strategy of working closely with its highly valued distribution partners as well as direct sales to maximize market access for all its brands.
“Nobel Biocare’s leadership team has done an outstanding job creating a strong platform for future growth over the last couple of years,” van Duijnhoven added. “Our team is excited to work with CEO Richard Laube and the Nobel Biocare team to build on their efforts toward
continued innovation, growth and business improvement. We look forward to welcoming all Nobel Biocare’s associates, customers and key opinion leaders to the Danaher team.”
About the Danaher Dental Platform:
The Danaher Dental Platform is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, DUX Dental and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, Danaher’s dental platform uniquely serves 99% of all dental
practices. Visit www.kavokerrgroup.com for more information.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Carestream Dental Launches New ‘TechCheck’ Promotion to Diagnose Outdated Equipment and Offers Treatment Plans for Practices

ATLANTA—Sometimes, even dental practices need to be diagnosed—for broken or outdated technology, that is. Starting now through early December, Carestream Dental’s new TechCheck promotion gives practices the chance to trade in or upgrade their existing equipment, ensuring that doctors are treating their patients with the most up-to-date technology available.
The TechCheck, which runs until Dec. 19, includes a free consultation to identify opportunities for technological improvements, such as switching from desktop-based to cloud-hosted practice management software or updating from 2D to 3D imaging. Practices will then have the option to upgrade or trade in their current technology for the latest offerings from Carestream Dental, including special savings of up to $25,000.
“When equipment is up-to-date, practices can improve patient diagnosis, optimize workflow, ensure they are HIPAA-compliant, and improve technology integration options,” David Roudergues, director of U.S. dental equipment, Carestream Dental, said. “The TechCheck lets doctors take care of their patients, while Carestream Dental takes care of their technology.”
More importantly, doctors would be well advised to understand the implications of using older models that are compatible only with Windows XP, as they are more susceptible to security breaches and HIPAA violations that could require disclosure to all patients. Working with the most recent equipment, or at least equipment that can be easily updated, is also important when it comes to HIPAA-compliance. Practices should be aware of whether their office complies with the latest requirements as well as if systems can be updated or if replacements are necessary.
“Even patients can tell you how quickly technology changes these days—just think of their smartphones—and dental technology is no different,” Roudergues said. “A perfect example is the transition from 2D to 3D imaging and, more recently, the move to digital impressions. These advances took place just within the last 10 years; it can be exhausting to keep up with it all. A TechCheck consultation removes the guesswork and helps a practice determine whether there are better, more current equipment options available to them.”
Some of the technology that Carestream Dental will be evaluating includes extraoral imaging systems, CAD/CAM systems, intraoral sensors and practice management software, to name just a few.
Carestream Dental also provides resources such as checklists and self-assessments for   knowing when to upgrade on its blog, the Digital Image Stream, at www.carestreamdentalblog.com. For more information about Carestream Dental’s TechCheck or to schedule a consultation, visit www.carestreamdental.com/techcheck.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bacterial Removal Promoted by 2 Single-file Systems: Wave One and One Shape

Journal of Endodontics



Different single-file systems are available for endodontic treatment; however, comparative studies are scarce. Thus, the present study evaluated bacterial reduction promoted by 2 single-file systems: Wave One (Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland) and One Shape (Micromega, Besancon, France).


Forty-five distobuccal root canals of upper molars sterilized with ethylene oxide were infected with Enterococcus faecalis for 21 days, and then root canal initial bacterial sample was collected with paper cones and plated on M-enterococcus agar. The specimens were randomly divided into 3 groups according to instrumentation (n = 15): Wave One, One Shape, and the crown-down manual technique (control group). The other 6 specimens without contamination were control asepsis. After instrumentation, samples were collected with the use of scraping and paper cones. The bacterial reduction was calculated, and then intragroup analysis was performed using the paired t test and intergroup analysis using analysis of variance (both at 5% significance).


All techniques significantly reduced the number of bacteria in the root canal (P < .05), with no significant difference between them (P > .05). The aseptic control group did not show any bacterial growth.


It can be concluded that the single-file systems Wave One and One Shape significantly reduce the bacterial number in the root canal and that there is no significant difference in their bacterial reduction abilities.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Carestream Dental Announces Longest Warranty in the Market for New Extraoral System

ATLANTA—Carestream Dental is proud to now offer an eight-year warranty for its new CS 8100 3D extraoral imaging system. The system, which was introduced in the spring of 2014, expands the diagnostic capabilities and streamlines daily workflows of dental practitioners.
This new warranty represents the longest available on the market in extraoral imaging. Benefits of the eight-year warranty include, but are not limited to, imaging software updates at no extra charge and repairs initiated within one day of a service request (whenever possible).
“From the very beginning, we designed the CS 8100 3D as a way to open the door to doctors looking for affordable and easy-to-use 3D system,” David Roudergues, director of U.S. dental equipment, Carestream Dental, said. “This warranty expands on that idea, giving doctors reassurance and confidence in both the reliability of the unit and their investment; not to mention, Carestream Dental’s commitment to its products and customers.”
Built on the award-winning, 2D panoramic technology available with the CS 8100 panoramic system, the CS 8100 3D offers 3D imaging and 3D model scanning all in one unit. The system’s 3D imaging technology captures images with 1:1 accuracy without distortion or overlap of anatomy. The system also facilitates lower dose examinations by acquiring images quickly with Flash Scan mode.
The CS 8100 3D includes motorized height adjustment options that accommodate patients of any size and those in wheelchairs. The system’s smart bite block, laser-free, vibration-free motion system, and integrated handgrips, simplify patient positioning and reduce the risk of needing retakes.
The system is also compact and fits in small spaces, offering practices flexible installation options. In fact, it has the smallest footprint on the market of any 3D imaging unit.
Additionally, images can be shared via USB flash drive, CD/DVD, email or lightweight screen capture. For easy case collaboration, both the 2D viewer and the entire 3D software can be shared with colleagues and referring dentists for free.
“A warranty like this has not been seen before on the marketplace,” Ed Shellard D.M.D., chief commercial officer, Carestream Dental. “For doctors looking for an affordable and reliable entry point to 3D imaging, now is definitely the time for practices that have been waiting to invest in 3D imaging to make the move.”
Practices also have the option of one- to five-year warranties to meet any budget.
For more information on the CS 8100 3D or any of Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, or to request a product demonstration, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Immediate loading in partially and completely edentulous jaws: a review of the literature with clinical guidelines

De Bruyn, H., Raes, S., Östman, P.-O. and Cosyn, J. (2014), Immediate loading in partially and completely edentulous jaws: a review of the literature with clinical guidelines. Periodontology 2000, 66: 153–187. doi: 10.1111/prd.12040


The introduction of immediate loading was a paradigm shift in implant dentistry as it was previously believed that an unloaded period was essential for bone healing in order to promote osseointegration. However, this belief could not be confirmed by clinical studies or by human histology. Hitherto, numerous reports have been published on immediate loading in various indications. An important factor for success is primary implant stability. The latter can be improved by adapting drilling protocols to enhance lateral compression of the bone and by using tapered implant designs with apical thread fixation. To some extent, the use of implants with a microrough surface and rigid splinting may compensate for suboptimal stability. It is important to avoid fracture of the provisional restoration at all times as this may result in local overloading and implant failure. Also, unevenly distributed occlusal contacts may contribute to failure and therefore occlusion ought to be evaluated at every occasion, especially during the early phase of healing. Taking these aspects into account, immediate loading in the fully edentulous mandible by means of an overdenture has been shown to be predictable in terms of implant survival (94.4–100%). However, the procedure may result in additional costs as a result of the need for repeated relining. In addition, the scientific basis for this treatment concept in the maxilla is very scarce. Immediate loading in the fully edentulous jaw by means of a fixed prosthesis is a well-documented treatment concept. In the mandible, three implants have been shown to be insufficient, given the failure rate of up to 10%. With at least four implants a failure rate of 0–3.3% may be expected. In the maxilla, four to six implants could be too limited, given the failure rate up to 7.2%. Increasing the number of implants may reduce implant failure to 3.3%. Provisional fixed prostheses are particularly prone to fracture in the maxilla and hence reinforcement is warranted. Immediately loaded single implants have lower survival rates, of 85.7–100%, with no clear impact of occlusal contact. In fact, a meta-analysis demonstrated a five times higher risk of failure for immediately loaded single implants when compared with delayed loading. No study showed superior soft-tissue preservation or esthetics following immediate loading of single implants compared with other loading protocols. However, this finding may not imply that a provisional implant crown becomes redundant when soft-tissue conditioning is deemed necessary. Taking into account earlier factors for success, immediate loading in the partially edentulous jaw by means of a fixed prosthesis seems predictable in terms of implant survival (95.5–100%). However, there are no studies with data on soft-tissue parameters, esthetic aspects or patient-centered outcomes, and the available studies mainly relate to the load-carrying part of the dentition. Clinical studies focusing on these aspects of treatment outcome are clearly needed. High patient satisfaction is the most important advantage of immediate loading, especially during the early healing phase. In this context, one should also realize that studies have revealed comparable patient satisfaction in patients following delayed loading once their prosthesis is in place. In the decision-making process, this aspect should be properly discussed with the patient along with other advantages and disadvantages of immediate loading.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brasseler USA® Introduces the Forza V3 Piezo Ultrasonic System

Stunning LED illumination, slim handpiece design and user-friendly interface all in a compact, space-saving unit

SAVANNAH, GA (September 5, 2014) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to unveil the Forza V3 Piezo Ultrasonic System.   Featuring stunning LED illumination, a slim handpiece design, and an intuitive interface, the Forza V3 provides users a long list of features and benefits all in one compact, space-saving unit.

Available in both fiber optic and non-fiber optic models, the Forza V3 is easily installed in any dental operatory. With a wide range of piezo ultrasonic tips available, the Forza V3 is ideal for a variety of clinical procedures including restorative, hygiene, periodontal, general scaling, implant maintenance and endodontic surgery.

The Forza V3 Piezo Ultrasonic System operates in a linear motion, providing less sensitivity for patients. Moreover, the Forza V3 requires less water to control heat and operates with little to no vibration, increasing overall tactile feel.

“One of the most impressive features incorporated into the Forza V3 is the lightweight, slim handpiece,” according to Ronnie Hiers, Product Manager at Brasseler USA.  “Traditionally, piezo users had to compromise on weight and size if they wanted to include fiber optics. With the Forza V3, not only are users provided the brightness and natural daylight color of an LED, but they also gain superior access and visibility from the ultra-thin design.”

The Forza V3 is equipped with an exclusive Piezo Accelerator Mode that instinctively provides additional power at the most critical moments when more power is needed. Continuously activated, the Piezo Accelerator Mode provides reliable power and stable frequency output.

Dr. Alex Fleury, an endodontist located in Dallas, Texas, attested to the Forza V3’s superior performance, “One word: Fantastic! LED light is great and especially useful for those not using a microscope. The power is excellent, and overall, the Forza V3 is a great machine; indispensable for my line of work.”  

Other key features of the Forza V3 include:

•    Weighing in at only 33 grams, the slim, ergonomic design of the Forza V3 handpiece provides excellent access while reducing hand fatigue.
•    Dual LED fiber optics deliver clearer vision and maximum visibility.
•    A control unit holder provides multiple mounting options and a sliding bracket feature that allows the unit to be conveniently stored away when not in use.
•    Easy power and water adjustment knobs on a simple-to-operate control panel.
•    Over 80 piezo tips to choose from for a variety of clinical applications.

For more information about the Forza V3 Piezo Ultrasonic System, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

About Brasseler USA®

Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA
has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com.  

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

LED Dental’s New Digital Intraoral Camera
Features Advanced Touch-Capture Functionality

The LED IC200 intraoral camera is now available for sale

ATLANTA – Sept. 3, 2014 – LED Dental, a wholly owned subsidiary of LED Medical Diagnostics Inc., today announced its new digital intraoral camera, the LED IC200, is now available for sale and will be on hand for demonstration at upcoming industry tradeshows. The LED IC200, the second intraoral camera in the company’s product portfolio and the top of the range, is elegantly designed to acquire high-resolution intraoral and extraoral images with auto-focus and a large depth of field.

The LED IC200 benefits practices by offering:

  • High-resolution imaging: With an image resolution of 768 x 494 pixels, the intraoral camera provides clinicians with the high-quality images required to aid diagnosis as well as boost patient education and treatment acceptance. The LED IC200’s optimal resolution ensures crisp, clear images that capture every minute detail.
  • Diagnostic flexibility: The LED IC200 features eight LED lights for uniform illumination and an increased 105-degree angle of view for improved observation of distal areas. The aspheric lens prevents image distortion and works hand-in-hand with the intraoral camera’s auto-focus technology to provide sharper images. The intraoral camera also offers a large depth of field for capturing a wide range of images from single tooth to portrait.
  • Touch-Capture Acquisition: The LED IC200’s touch-capture capability helps prevent camera movement during acquisition, allowing the LED IC200 to stay completely focused for crystal clear images.
  • Direct USB plug-in: The LED IC200 plugs directly into any computer via a USB connection.
  • Ergonomic design: Designed with both convenience and usability in mind, the LED IC200’s slim head and rounded contours allows for faster, easier and more pleasant experiences for patients, while its lightweight body prevents user fatigue.
  • Open-architecture workflow: The LED IC200 has an open-architecture design for smooth integration with third-party software and imaging solutions. The intraoral camera can be implemented into a practice seamlessly, further streamlining workflow.

“Patients are more likely to accept treatment when they can clearly see and understand their diagnosis,” said Lamar Roberts, president of LED Dental. “With the LED IC200, not only do doctors have the supporting images needed for patient education, but they have a tool that fits into their workflow and makes exams faster and more comfortable for patients.”

For more information on the LED IC200 or LED Dental’s full product portfolio, please call 844.952.7327 or visit www.leddental.com.

About LED Dental
LED Dental is a wholly owned subsidiary of LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. LED Dental now provides dentists and oral health specialists with advanced diagnostic imaging products and software in addition to the award-winning VELscope® tissue fluorescence visualization technology. Backed by an experienced leadership team dedicated to a higher level of service and support, LED Dental products seamlessly integrate into dental practices. The company is committed to providing dental practitioners with the best technology available by identifying and adding strong products to its growing portfolio. For more information, call 844.952.7327 or visit www.leddental.com.

Monday, September 08, 2014

National Dental PBRN Dental Laser Poll

Dental Laser Quick Poll Results
How are dental lasers used for periodontal therapy?
Dental lasers are a therapeutic option of increasing interest to practitioners. However, their role in periodontal therapy remains controversial. There are many strategies and types of dental lasers advocated for this purpose. In the network's second Quick Poll Survey, Dr. Griselle Ortiz from Vandalia, Ohio and a workgroup interested in Laser-assisted periodontal therapy, wanted to better understand laser use by network members.

The survey had 434 responses, with more than one-third (37%) reporting using lasers as part of periodontal therapy. Of the dentists who reported using lasers, 80% of whom are general dentists, most (62%) use it less than once per week for periodontal care, and only 7% use it more than 5 times per week for periodontal care. The types of laser-supported services provided (% of users) included:

  • pocket disinfection (54%)
  • non-surgical periodontal therapy (52%)
  • adjunct to scaling and root planing (46%)
  • surgical periodontal therapy (32%)
  • management of peri-implantitis (25%)
  • low-level laser therapy (23%)
  • other periodontal procedures (23%) 
Among those who use a dental laser, a diode laser was the most common (79%), followed by Nd:YAG (13%) and ErCr:YSGG (10%).

This survey had a high level of response for a Quick Poll, including 191 open-ended comments, suggesting that network practitioners are interested in the use of lasers for periodontal therapy. This survey provides insights for the Laser Protocol Development Workgroup as they address the question of laser efficacy in periodontal therapy through the National Dental PBRN.

Friday, September 05, 2014

DUX Dental Kicks Off 2014 Bib-Eze For Boob-Eze Campaign To Benefit Breast Cancer Charity

OXNARD, CALIF. – SEPT. 2, 2014 – Today, DUX Dental kicks off the sixth-annual “Bib-Eze for Boob-Eze” campaign to benefit Barbells For Boobs, a non-profit breast cancer organization that is dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women and men under the age of 40. During the Bib-Eze for Boob-Eze program, dental offices are invited to take a photo of the dental team using Bib-Eze disposable bib holders and then post it with a caption on social media sites with the hashtag #Bibeze4Boobeze. For every photo posted with the hashtag, DUX Dental will donate five dollars to Barbells For Boobs. In addition, the pictures with the most re-tweets and shares will be featured in the October issue of RDH Magazine. The Bib-Eze for Boob-Eze charitable campaign begins today and runs until Oct. 31 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information visit www.bibezeforboobeze.com.

“We love the Bib-Eze for Boob-Eze campaign because it engages the dental industry in a fun, social way. But most importantly, the campaign is a great cause that recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are excited to support Barbells for Boobs again this year because it is an organization making a tremendous difference for people who are often overlooked as at risk for breast cancer,” said Stacey Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing, DUX Dental.

During the last five years, the Bib-Eze for Boob-Eze campaigns have raised thousands of dollars to fight breast cancer. The campaign will culminate at the end of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when DUX Dental will donate up to $7,500 to Barbells For Boobs.

Barbells for Boobs has a two-fold mission. They aim to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage in order to prevent a infinitely more serious problem. The Barbells for Boobs grant program provides funding to breast centers nationally as a resource for thousands of men and women who do not qualify for government funding or other charitable resources in the detection of breast cancer. It is committed to raising awareness and diagnosis of breast cancer in symptomatic people who are under the age of 40, and who thus often don’t meet the current requirements for screening that favor patients over 40. For more information visitwww.barbellsforboobs.org.

Made from lightweight, elasticized fiber, Bib-Eze are disposable bib holders that remove the risk of cross-contamination from bib clips in the dental environment. Research shows up to 70 percent of reusable bib chains retain bacteria even after disinfection[1]. Bib-Eze disposable bib holders give the dental patient peace of mind that the holder is free of bacteria. They are also more comfortable for the patient since they are not cold on the neck, have no sharp edges and stretch to fit. Self-adhesive ends secure the one-time-use holder to any bib and are easy to remove for disposal.

About DUX Dental
DUX Dental has been manufacturing and distributing the highest level of dental products worldwide for more than 50 years, and is now part of the Kerr Corporation. Based in the coastal city of Oxnard, Calif., with additional manufacturing and distribution facilities in Europe, DUX Dental is home to a world-class team of innovators who produce and service a portfolio of hundreds of dental products and supplies. DUX Dental is well known for its series of industry firsts including Zone Temporary Cement, Identic™ Alginate and Bib-Eze disposable bib holders, as well as its award-winning PeelVue+ sterilization pouches. Visit www.duxdental.com or contact duxoffice@duxdental.com for more information about DUX Dental products.

[1] Comprehensive Analysis of Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteria Found on Dental Bib Clips at a Hygiene Clinic”, Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, April 2013.