Friday, February 27, 2015

The Aurum Group Launches “The Dental Technology and Business Growth Summit 2015”

Spokane, WA – February 18, 2015 – The Aurum Group of Companies invites you to join dental professionals from across North America for the Continuing Education Event of the Year! Scheduled for October 1-3, 2015 in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Dental Technology and Business Growth Summit 2015 has brought together an all-star cast of game-changing leaders, innovators and visionaries.
Chris Hadfield (Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station) and Arlene Dickinson (CEO of Venture Communications and YOUINC.COM and "Dragon" on TV’s Dragons’ Den) have already been retained as Keynote Speakers. They will be joined by a diverse group of premiere opinion leaders on applied technology and the art and discipline of entrepreneurism — such as Andrew McAfee (Cofounder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy); Dr. Jonathan Ferencz (Diplomate American Board of Prosthodontics); Verne Harnish (Author #1 best-selling business book "Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make it...and Why the Rest Don't."); Mr. Vince Barabba (Cofounder and Chairman of Market Insight Corp.); Avi Kopelman (Founder of Cadent and Inventor of Itero) and many more. Combined, they will alter everything you thought you knew about the worlds of Business Growth, Entrepreneurship and Dental Technology over a jam- packed weekend of invaluable insight and inspiration.

Early Bird rates are available until April 30th! Contact the Aurum Group Continuing Education Department at 1-800-363-3989 (email for more information or go to our Special Event website at for full details.

About The Aurum Group
No one in dentistry can match the breadth and depth in technology, experience, expertise and product that the Aurum Group of companies brings to the table for dental professionals and patients across North America today. The Aurum Group of Companies ( has made these the cornerstones of a tradition of excellence. Our affiliated companies cover all aspects of modern dentistry from implants to digital dentistry to the creation of accurate, functional and aesthetic appliances, prostheses and restorative solutions.

The Aurum Group has always been committed to supporting dentistry with not only the most technologically advanced restorative materials and techniques available but also in terms of research, education and program assistance. Through our worldwide network and never-ending search for the best in proven new technologies and methodologies, we bring the latest innovations and experience from around the world to bear on your individual case situations, every day. We invite you to explore all the different aspects of the Aurum Group of companies and see for yourself how we offer the best value in the dental market today – from Root to ToothTM, All Under One Roof!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kettenbach launches new product: Visalys® Veneer Chairside – a matter of appearance

Huntington Beach, CA, February 19, 2015 – Visalys® Veneer Chairside is the latest addition at Kettenbach LP ( Visalys® Veneers are prefabricated, polymerized, radiopaque veneers made of a highly filled hybrid composite. This practical system makes it possible to achieve a high-quality esthetic result in only one session. The product is suitable for cosmetic treatment, as well as for various clinical indications.

Visalys® Veneer is based on a hybrid composite. After curing the material, the veneer surface is finished in a special plasma hardening process that makes it extremely fracture and abrasion resistant. Veneers and composite share the same chemical composition, making it possible to achieve optimal, long-lasting esthetic results without discoloration.

The new Visalys® Veneer is minimally invasive and thus suitable for numerous indications: tooth discoloration, anatomical defects, incisal edge extensions, tooth malignment, diastema, attrition/abrasion/erosion, caries, tooth fractures, masking old restorations, and cosmetic corrections. In just one session (1-3 hours, depending on the indication) the dentist can achieve individual, high-quality results immediately after preparation of the teeth. The treatment outcome is immediately visible.

Compare for yourself – the alternative for the practice
Provide your patients with esthetically pleasing, durable results that preserve dental hard substance – without leading to extensive dental technician costs. Costs are further reduced as placement accessories are already found in the practice. This saves both dentist and patient money.

Unlike other materials such as ceramic veneers, the Kettenbach product is not restricted to specific indications that can be used at lower costs with less time and effort. Until now, crowns, ceramic veneers, or freehand modeling materials using complicated layering techniques were considered the method of choice. Visalys® Veneers are a great alternative and the ideal solution for fast, minimally invasive esthetic results.

About Kettenbach LP
Kettenbach LP (Huntington Beach, CA) is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG (Eschenburg, Germany). Founded by August Kettenbach in 1944, Kettenbach GmbH was created for the development and marketing of medical and dental products. Today, the company is one of the leading international producers of dental impression materials, and is also known in other surgical areas of medicine. Highly acclaimed brands include Panasil VPS Impression Material, Identium VSXE Impression Material, Futar Bite Material, Silginat Alternative Alginate, Visalys Temp Material, Mucopren Resilient Liner and Visalys Veneers.  For more information about Kettenbach LP products, please call 877-532-2123 or visit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TellCast 2.0 Ready For Viewing

Tellcast 2.0 available as of 2/20


Tellcast.TV, LLC scheduled to release a new and improved version of the software

Fort Collins Co - Tellcast is pleased to announce the release of Tellcast 2.0.  Tellcast 2.0 is a new and improved version of Tellcast that includes higher product stability and a more streamlined look and feel to the broadcast.  Features include:

Pre-Fetching - with Pre-fetching, Tellcast is able to queue up all streaming videos in advance.  The result of this is a broadcast that looks more like traditional TV as opposed to a web stream (like from YouTube).  Tellcast has done away with video buffering so when a slide loads, the video instantaneously plays.  Your customers will never know you're streaming through the internet.


Autoloading - One annoyance to our clients was the need to login with a user name and password every time you start Tellcast.  With Tellcast 2.0 you can set to automatically log in to the software when you open your browser.  By simply logging into your portal and flipping a switch, the software will automatically start up and run with no intervention from you or even an input device attached to your computer hardware.

Tellcast BRIX - In order to take advantage of the new features, Tellcast has had to develop customized computer hardware that can handle these new requirements.  What this means is, if you are currently running Tellcast on a Google TV you will NOT be able to take advantage of these advanced and exciting features.  The new features are only compatible with:
  • Tellcast BRIX
  • Windows PC
  • MAC 
  • Linux
If you are currently running Tellcast on either of the mentioned platforms, you will automatically be upgraded to Tellcast 2.0!

Furthermore, the Tellcast BRIX is developed in such a way that it is plug and play.  All you have to do is plug it in and the box will do the rest.  Even if you lose power in your office, when the power comes back on the BRIX will automatically start up and start running Tellcast again without you doing a single thing. The BRIX also allows us to run presentations when you lose internet connectivity (feature coming soon).. 

If you would like to upgrade to the new Tellcast BRIX platform, we will - for a limited time - provide you a box at our cost of $295 (Retail $399).  If you would rather stay with the Google TV platform, you will be able to do so but will stay on Tellcast 1.0 without the advanced features.

To order your new hardware, please call 888-519-1142 or via email at

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


WHAT:   BIOLASE, Inc., the global leader in dental lasers that is committed to elevating the total dental experience, is introducing dentistry’s first-ever Practice Growth Guarantee with the launch of the new, advanced WaterLase iPlus 2.0 all-tissue laser.
          WaterLase iPlus 2.0 also features the all-new SureFire™ YSGG Delivery System, plus a powerful new periodontal app known as REPaiR™ for treating moderate to severe periodontitis, a common procedure in many dental offices that will benefit from WaterLase-based perio treatment.

WHERE:  Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting 2015
McCormick Place West
2301 S Martin Luther King Dr
          Chicago, IL 60616
        Booth #601 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
EVENTS: In-booth presentations by leading laser experts, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
          Interactive ‘Practice Growth Calculator’ available in the trade show booth
          ‘Ask the Expert’ study club events Thursday and Friday evening
GUESTS:         Joining BIOLASE President and CEO Jeffrey Nugent in the BIOLASE booth will be featured guests and prominent laser dentistry leaders Dr. Samuel L. Low and Dr. Glenn van As. 
        Mr. Nugent was appointed CEO of BIOLASE in June 2014.  Prior, Mr. Nugent had been President and CEO of Neutrogena and Revlon as well as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Board Member in global health, personal and beauty care companies across a wide range of strategic situations.
        Dr. Samuel L. Low, past-president of the American Academy of Periodontology, associate faculty member of the L.D. Pankey Institute, and Professor Emeritus, University of Florida.
        Dr. Glenn van As, a lecturer, educator and practicing dentist from Vancouver, British Columbia, with 15 years of experience using lasers to enhance the dental experience and drive practice success.

Taub announces Sweepstakes.

TAUB Products, manufacturer of Fusion-Zr multi-purpose veneer cement, has announced a major new sweepstakes promotion. The contest winner will receive full tuition to any course given at the Nash Institute, a value of $595-$1495. To be eligible, a contestant simply has to visit the website ( or the TAUB Facebook page (, and register for the contest.

The Nash Institute for Dental Learning offers unique training in both the clinical and business aspects of dentistry with expert instructors. The instructors are either well known or emerging leaders in the industry, and offer exciting information to help course attendees provide better care, make more money, and have more satisfying careers.

TAUB Products is a major sponsor of the Nash Institute, and Fusion-Zr and other TAUB products are used in many of the Nash Institute courses. Fusion Z-R and other TAUB products will be featured in Booth 1809 at the Chicago Midwinter meeting held on February 26-28.

TAUB provides innovative, high-quality solutions to dental professionals. For more information on TAUB and its products, call 800-828-2643, or go to

Monday, February 23, 2015

Anutra Medical Introduces Revolutionary Approach to Delivering Local Anesthetics

Morrisville, NC – Anutra Medical introduced a groundbreaking local anesthetic delivery system to the dental industry that reduces patient pain, increases predictability of numbing and increases overall efficiency.
The Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System is a revolutionary way to simply buffer local anesthetics. “In its simplest form, buffering is neutralizing acids with bases,” explains Dr. Daniel Davidian, DDS, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Anutra Medical. Typically, local anesthetics are highly acidic with a pH around 3.9. “This is similar to the pH of citric acid...can you imagine injecting something as acidic as a lime or a lemon into your body on purpose?” Dr. Davidian inquires.
Not only is the currently used, unbuffered anesthetic very acidic, it typically takes the anesthetic upwards of fifteen minutes to cross the nerve membrane and ultimately numb a patient. By leveraging the power of the science of buffering, the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System is able to bring the acidity level of the anesthetic closer to that which is found naturally in the body. As a result, buffered anesthetic crosses the nerve membrane very easily allowing a patient to become more profoundly numb within minutes of injection while simultaneously reducing the pain of injection caused by the acidic anesthetic.
Buffering is a practice that has been utilized by the medical community for many decades. However, accurately buffering local anesthetics can be difficult and cumbersome. With the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System, buffering local anesthetics is as simple as twisting a knob. The intricately engineered Anutra Cassette® is designed for precision buffering of the local anesthetic to be delivered in a simple way. The immense attention to detail in the creation of the cassette allows for preservation of the drugs attached to the cassette giving it up to a four-day shelf life. The Anutra Cassette® is designed for use with the Anutra Dispenser®.
The products will be unveiled and sold at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Show at the end of February. Product is expected to ship early Spring 2015.
About Anutra Medical, Inc.
Located in Research Triangle Park, NC, Anutra Medical is a team of experienced dental and health care professionals focused on providing solutions to enhancing the patient experience and increasing office efficiency. We are leveraging the science of buffering local anesthetics through our innovative and revolutionary delivery system. Our core belief is creating partnerships with practices. We foster these relationships by either performing in office implementations or utilizing technology for educating and training. Questions? Contact Ryan Vet:

AMD LASERS Announces Unveiling of Picasso Perio dental laser at Chicago Midwinter dental show


Indianapolis, IN – (February 23, 2015) – AMD LASERS, a global leader in dental lasers and dental laser education, will unveil their newest addition to the award winning line of Picasso dental lasers – Picasso Perio, at the 150th Chicago Midwinter Meeting, this new product will also be featured on the front cover of the Dentistry New Journal on February 26, 2015.

Alan Miller, president and founder of AMD LASERS, expressed the company's thoughts on the unveiling of Picasso Perio. "We launched Picasso and Picasso Lite with the vision to make laser dentistry affordable for every dentist and hygienist and place a laser in every operatory in every office around the world. With Picasso Perio we are continuing this mindset, by providing an affordable total laser solution to periodontal disease for the general practitioner.  The Picasso line of dental lasers are the most loved, celebrated, endorsed, and awarded lasers in dentistry and we are confident that Picasso Perio will make a great addition to any dental practice”, added Miller. “I designed Picasso Perio with the features that dentists and hygienists want and need.  We are introducing features that make periodontal treatment, surgery and even teeth whitening a breeze with easy to understand icons and treatment timers that give predictable results and allow confidence that the laser treatment a patient receives is accurate and reproducible.  Once again we are taking the leadership role in dental laser technology and giving the industry what they want and need.  I am confident Picasso Perio will be a huge success just like our other products, but consider patients around the world to be the real winners.” Continued Miller.

Picasso Perio is the first laser that combines ease of use, portability, training, and marketing/treatment planning at an ultra-affordable price. Picasso Perio dental laser technology offers super-efficient cutting speeds for soft tissue surgeries; pre-programmed, easy to use presets for FDA cleared perio treatment protocols, and industry first treatment timers.

The most exciting part of the new Picasso Perio are the additional items and services that are included as part of the package. First, the Picasso Perio Laser Treatment Center (PPLTC), which combines innovation with art, was designed to not just house all the laser accessories, but also be the showcase for any dental office. Secondly, each new Picasso Perio owner will receive as part of their package, in-office multi-day training by a certified PPLTC dental hygienist, covering treatment planning and billing, laser safety, full office certification, and hands-on clinical training, ensuring that every practice will feel comfortable and confident using their new Picasso Perio dental laser.  Lastly, each Picasso Perio package includes a comprehensive advanced marketing launch kit, consisting of a practice focused marketing plan, including a periodontal laser landing page, custom press release, patient focused marketing materials and much more; that will increase patient awareness and provide all the tools a practice needs to market laser dentistry effectively and efficiently.

Picasso Perio - Another industry first – Only from AMD LASERS.


AMD LASERS is a global leader at providing laser technology for dental professionals preparing to take their practice to the next level. The integration of the Picasso line of soft tissue dental lasers enables every dental practice to provide treatment for soft tissue surgery, periodontal treatment, and laser whitening. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fabrication of crown restoration retrofitting to existing clasps using CAD/CAM: Fitness accuracy and retentive force




A crown restoration engaged by a clasp as an abutment tooth for a removable partial denture (RPD) occasionally might be removed and eliminated due to secondary caries or apical lesions. However, if the RPD is clinically acceptable without any problems and refabricating the RPD is not recommended, the new crown must be made to retrofit to the existing clasp of the RPD.
This in vitro study evaluated the conventional and CAD/CAM procedures for retrofitting crown restorations to the existing clasps by measuring the fitness accuracy and the retentive forces.


The crown restoration on #44 was fabricated with CP titanium and zirconium on the plaster model with #45 and #46 teeth missing to retrofit to the existing clasp using conventional thin coping and CAD/CAM procedures. The gap distance between the clasp (tip, shoulder, and rest regions) and the fabricated crown was measured using silicone impression material. The retentive force of the clasp was also measured, using an autograph at a crosshead speed of 50 mm/min. The obtained data were analyzed by one-way ANOVA/Tukey's multiple comparison test (α = 0.05).


The CAD/CAM procedure caused significantly smaller gap distances in all of the clasp regions, as compared to the conventional procedure (p < 0.05). The retentive force of the CAD/CAM crown was significantly higher than for the conventional one (p < 0.05).


When a crown restoration must be remade to retrofit an existing clasp, CAD/CAM fabrication can be recommended so that both appropriate fitness and retentive force are obtained.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AAP: Periodontal Disease Most Prevalent Among Ethnic Minorities

New Data from the CDC Reinforce High Rates in Hispanic, Black, and Asian Adults in the US

CHICAGO (February 18, 2015)—Sixty-three percent of Hispanic adults in the United States has periodontitis, an advanced form of periodontal disease. This finding comes from an updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in the Journal of Periodontology.

The study, titled “Update on Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: NHANES 2009-2012,” also reports that Non-Hispanic Blacks have a 59 percent prevalence rate of periodontitis, followed by Asian-American adults with a prevalence rate of 50 percent. Regarding age groups, periodontal disease is present in 68 percent of US adults age 65 and over. Additionally, the study confirms early contentions that approximately half of all U.S. adults age 30 and over—64.7 million Americans—suffer from periodontitis. 

This data emerges from the CDC’s and the American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP’s) collaboration on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The study is based on full-mouth periodontal examination data collected as part of the 2009-2012 NHANES surveillance. Previous prevalence estimates relied on NHANES data collected from 2009 through 2010.

According to CDC epidemiologist and lead study author Paul Eke, PhD, MPH, “The updated findings verify a high burden of periodontitis in the US adult population. Public health programs that aim to prevent and control periodontitis are needed to improve the overall health of our adult population.”

“Periodontal disease remains a significant public health issue for people of all backgrounds,” said Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, President of the AAP and a practicing periodontist in Los Angeles. “However, with proper treatment and care from a periodontist, periodontal disease is often reversible. A full-mouth periodontal evaluation is the most accurate way to assess for disease. These findings support the need for all adults age 30 and over to receive an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their dental professional to identify and treat periodontal disease as needed.”

The AAP encourages all adults to undergo a yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluation to assess their periodontal disease risk and to treat disease if it is present. AAP guidelines indicate that the evaluations are to include both probing depth and attachment loss measurements.

For more information about periodontal disease, visit

About the American Academy of Periodontology
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8,300-member professional organization for periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Core3dcentres has been recognized as the only Authorized Milling Center for Thommen Implant System custom and hybrid abutments in North America

Las Vegas, NV – January 20, 2015 – Core3dcentres® and Thommen Medical are pleased to announce that Core3dcentres has been recognized as the only Authorized Milling Center for Thommen Implant System custom and hybrid abutments in North America. Core3dcentres has undergone a rigorous certification process (including machined samples, material handling and product training) to ensure their Milling Centers are delivering custom and hybrid abutments, using genuine Thommen material, meeting the high standards and quality that Thommen demands.
Both Core3dcentres and Thommen Medical are very excited by this partnership as it opens up new opportunities for the dental industry and reinforces both companies’ commitment to using the best technologies, materials and processes available in the market today.
For more information on Thommen Implant System Abutment products from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750-9204 or by email at
About Core3dcentres®
With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.
As an authorized milling partner for the Thommen Implant System, Dentsply CELTRATM Duo, VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar VivadentTM, BioHorizons® and 3M LavaTM as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (CELTRATM Duo, VITA ENAMIC®, IPS

e.max® CAD, Telio CAD®, ZenoTec®, LavaTM) supported by continuing education, technical assistance, validated workflows and fast turnarounds.
About Thommen Medical
Thommen Medical is a Swiss designer and manufacturer of dental implant systems with a reputation for precision, quality and functional design. We are committed to creating products that satisfy our customers' high standards for safety, aesthetics and predictability.
The Thommen Implant System is based on more than 35 years of clinical experience. Our ongoing, intense collaborations with world-renowned clinicians and academic institutions enable us to provide easy to use and extremely precise solutions. As a result, our Thommen Implant System has become well-regarded for delivering superb clinical results and outstanding aesthetics to patients.
Thommen Medical world headquarters is located in Grenchen, Switzerland. The production of the Thommen Implant System takes place at the company’s own manufacturing facility in Grenchen. Thommen Medical has subsidiaries in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Benelux, United States and Canada. Distribution partners represent Thommen Medical in other major markets of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
To learn more, please contact your local Thommen representative or visit

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ePrescriptions Coming Soon for Curve Hero

Good news! Curve Dental has selected a marvelous, highly experienced company to provide you with the ability to electronically send your prescriptions to any pharmacy. What's more, this capability will be integrated with Curve Hero, so you can write and send a prescription with just a few clicks of the mouse.

For our New York doctors, this functionality--as well as controlled substance ePrescribing capabilities (EPCS)--will be available before the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing Law (I-STOP) deadline of March 27, 2015. 

For those doctors in states that require specific requirements, such as printing formats, this new integration will resolve the current requirements as well as any future legislation. This service is available for US doctors only.

You can learn more by reading our blog and the official press release.

Integrated ePrescribe requires an additional fee per provider. Curve Dental has been able to negotiate a favorable rate for our customers: the monthly fee is $35 per provider. EPCS capabilities require an additional one-time fee of $100 per provider to cover the cost of the token (each provider writing EPCS prescriptions requires a token). 

All Curve Dental customers who register to use the service can do so with our compliments until May 1, 2015--send prescriptions for free for a limited time! If you're interested in ePrescriptions, the sooner you register the more you'll save. The service is sold on a month-to-month contract, but a 30-day notice is required if you need to discontinue the service.

You can start using the service almost immediately using a standalone version; the integrated version will be available in early March.

To get started, simply call Tina Cook at 888-910-4376 x2004.
Best wishes,
Team Orange

P.S. We chose DrFirst as an ePrescribe partner for two reasons: First, they lead the way in e-medication management technology; and second, they've shown us their next generation of software (available in Q2) which we think will truly compliment Curve Hero's sexy looks. And a bonus reason: DrFirst is working to partner with one or more dental drug databases in the future (more about that later). Call Tina today.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Carestream Dental’s CS 3000 Milling Machine Earns Additional Certification from VITA for Use with VITA ENAMIC Ceramic

ATLANTA—Carestream Dental and VITA have once again partnered to support their respective restoration offerings. Carestream Dental’s CS 3000 milling machine has earned certification from VITA to work with the company’s VITA ENAMIC® hybrid dental ceramic, which combines the benefits of dental ceramics with those of composite materials.
Carestream Dental’s CS 3000 milling machine was officially launched as part of the CS Solutions CAD/CAM restoration portfolio. The milling machine features a four-axis brushless motor that produces high-quality restorations with ±25 µm accuracy. The unit’s compact design and quiet, vibration-free milling allow practitioners to use the machine anywhere, even chairside.
Additionally, the CS 3000’s sturdy construction provides high torsion-resistance with minimum deviation for precise milling, even after years of use. The average milling time for a crown with the CS 3000 is less than 15 minutes, allowing practitioners to mill aesthetic, anatomically accurate restorations in a single appointment. 
“CS Solutions and VITA are the perfect match, and we welcome them as an industry-leading partner who can offer versatile materials to meet doctors’ preferences,” Edward Shellard, D.M.D., chief marketing officer, director of business development, Carestream Dental, said. “The CS Solutions portfolio is all about providing tools to practitioners to make their restoration workflow more efficient, and VITA ENAMIC gives them another option when it comes to customizing a crown for their patient.”
“The expansion of the material selection with VITA ENAMIC allows CS 3000 practitioners to choose the perfect material for the individual needs of their patients,” Patrick Bayer, cooperation manager, VITA, said. “We’re proud to be Carestream Dental’s partner as they continue to broaden their offerings in the CAD/CAM product category. Together, the CS 3000 and the VITA CAD/CAM materials provide practices with an efficient solution concept to create high quality restorations.”
VITA ENAMIC is the first hybrid dental ceramic with a dual-network structure for superior absorption of masticatory forces. The innovative network makes VITA ENAMIC both very strong and highly elastic. This hybrid ceramic is suitable for posterior crowns and facilitates thinner walls for minimally-invasive restorations. This tooth-colored hybrid material features properties that are almost identical to those of natural teeth and produces a natural play of colors thanks to its excellent light conductivity.
The certification marks the ongoing relationship between Carestream Dental and VITA, as the CS 3000 also received approval to work with the company’s VITABLOCS® Mark II restorative, a fine-structure feldspar ceramic material, in October 2013.
For more information on VITA ENAMIC ceramic and where it is available for the CS 3000, visit
For more information about the CS 3000 or CS Solutions, please call 1.800.944.6365 or visit
VITA ENAMIC® is a registered trademark of VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co.KG.

About VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG
Headquartered in Bad Säckingen, Germany, VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG has been developing, producing and marketing innovative solutions for dental prosthetics according to consistently high-quality standards for more than 90 years, and the company has been known from the very beginning as a pioneer and worldwide trendsetter. The VITA shade standard, for instance, is recognized internationally in the dental branch as a shade reference system. Users in 120 different countries benefit from the comprehensive range of products and services provided by VITA Zahnfabrik. These include analogue and digital tooth shade determination systems, acrylic and ceramic teeth, veneering and framework materials for conventional and computer-aided manufacturing procedures, dental equipment, as well as a wide range of service and training facilities.

Friday, February 13, 2015



San Diego, CA: February 10, 2015- Integrated Charts, Inc., a San Diego technology company, has announced the public release of tab32, a free cloud-based practice management software and a services platform that provides seamless integration of scheduling, patient communications, clinical information, and billing services. Its cloud-based applications are custom-made for tablets and can automate workflow of a dental practice to increase both efficiencies and revenue. The tab32 system eliminates the need for in-house servers, IT support, upgrades, and HIPAA concerns.
The tab32 system allows individual dental offices to be more efficient by delivering administrative services centrally and eliminating the need for time-consuming software and hardware updates in-house. With the resulting economies of scale and centralization of services, tab32 provides a more effective billing service with a low monthly fee to the practice, eliminating billing errors while reducing staff costs and improving collection rates.
The software and systems are fully HIPAA compliant. With no in-house server required, practices save time and money and are protected against security breaches and hardware theft.
Kiltesh Patel, founder and CEO of tab32, stated, “The cloud provides a potentially game-changing opportunity to collect data, aggregate information, and understand patterns. This data can be used to help improve patient care, increase efficiency in the delivery of care, and save individual clinics tens of thousands of dollars every year.”

For more information about tab32, or to sign up for a free product demonstration, go to


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Share the Love, Save a Smile

As you celebrate special moments with the ones you love this month, don't forget to share some Valentine's Day cheer with a child in need. Your support this February, during National Children's Dental Health Month, will restore the smile of a child suffering from painful tooth decay.
 - $25 will provide a screening and oral care kit for a child in need
 - $50 will help protect a child's smile with a cleaning
 - $100 will help save a smile with sealants
 - $250 will help rescue a child from the pain of a toothache
 - $500 will help restore a young smile and change a child's life!
Make a Valentine's Day gift in honor of a loved one, and we'll mail them a note, letting them know of your gift. Now that's a valentine worth sending! Make a secure online donation today or call 800-559-9838.
...because every child deserves a healthy smile! ®
With heartfelt thanks,
Fern Ingber
President & CEO
America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The brave new world of dental technology: all the trends at the International Dental Show 2015

At a high level: progress for dentists – analogue and digital production alternatives – innovative methods and materials for the laboratory – a focal topic at IDS

Good teamwork between the practice and the laboratory is an important prerequisite for complex implant and prosthetics treatments. The dental technician, as a materials specialist, makes his specialist knowledge and experience available to the dentist. Faced with rapidly changing manufacturing methods, it is helpful if dentists are accompanied and competently advised by their materials specialists from the start and throughout their treatment planning. The varied work of dental technicians supports the dental industry with numerous new developments: innovative CAD/CAM software, optimised materials for these, analogue or digital manufacturing options, modern labour management and much more - in short: dental technology is on the rise. The "state of the art" in dental technology is best exhibited by the International Dental Show (IDS), which will take place from 10-14 March 2015 in Cologne.

It is above all digital technology that is changing the dental laboratory today: modern CAD/CAM-supported manufacturing processes dominate daily life in dental technology. In combination with materials optimised for this, digital procedures increase the precision of prosthetic and implant structures – requiring only a short time and low costs. For example, the production of ceramic crown and bridge frameworks using CAD/CAM-supported milling technology has caused the use of traditional casting processes to decline noticeably. This change is accompanied by extremely high-performing ceramic materials such as zirconium oxide or lithium silicates, which guarantee excellent aesthetic results and at the same time highly durable dental products. Digital processes are also suitable for processing metal alloys: many precious and non-precious metal alloys can be processed excellently using milling technology; in addition, techniques such as wet grinding of cobalt-chrome sinter alloys or, as an external service, the selective laser melting procedure, are playing an increasingly important role.

However, progress in the area of traditional analogue production procedures is by no means finished. Casting technology still takes on a central role in many laboratories – this applies for the processing of high gold content alloys as well as for non-precious metals. In addition, highly-developed electroplating technology is available for the materials-efficient production of gold fillings. Alongside gold, titanium is another particularly biocompatible material that can also be processed using soldering-free joining techniques. And for aesthetic, tooth-coloured veneers in the layering and press-on techniques, there are now complete systems of stains, enamels and dentine materials available. In the future, dental technicians will be able to choose from analogue production methods and a range of suitable materials for the production of high-quality prosthetics – which can be seen in advance at the coming IDS trade fair in Cologne.

Soon, the nearly universally applicable 3D printing of long-term, stable, high-performance composites and composite materials will emerge as the latest dental development in addition to the classic casting technology as well as the modern machining processes. For this, no great investment is necessarily required on the part of the laboratory, because the dental industry also provides the possibility of central order processing.

Dental technicians are increasingly involved in decisions about method selection and the creation of complex implant and prosthetics (supra-) structures. The dental industry supports this development in particular, every two years, with the world's largest trade fair in the sector, IDS Cologne. In addition to more than 2,150 exhibitors in an area of 150.000 m², this must-attend event for dentists and dental technicians also offers an extensive supporting programme including numerous product presentations and lectures.

"Modern dental technology plays a key role in the creation of prosthetics, including implant prosthetics", according to Dr. Markus Heibach, managing director of the VDDI. "IDS contributes significantly to the success of dental technology every two years. This leading trade fair for the dental industry provides an incomparable showcase and discussion forum for all innovations in dental technology."

The IDS (International Dental Show) takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI). It is staged by the Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Records Set at OSAP Boot Camp

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has reported that its 2015 Infection Control “Boot Camp” set records for attendance, speakers, content, and exhibitors. The annual OSAP Boot Camp is a core educational course covering all the basics in infection prevention and safety. This year’s boot camp was held January 12-14, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, a site chosen for its proximity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Nearly 400 people attended the 2015 OSAP Boot Camp, a substantial increase over the 250-275 average attendance in recent years. A new format for the meeting was well received by the attendees. “The presentations were fantastic but what was even more impressive was the open forum allowing the audience to ask questions, said Mike Smurr of Patterson Dental. “It was impressive how every speaker was able to answer questions off-the-cuff and provide such insight and clarity.”
There were also more exhibiting companies at the event, showcasing the latest infection control products and services. “I was exhausted from the amount of traffic I had at the booth,” said Michael B Heffernan of Halyard Health. “I gave out and also have sent out a ton of samples to folks showing huge interest in our infection control products.”
This year’s conference took advantage of the Atlanta location by featuring several CDC epidemiologists and a special CDC-oriented event. On Monday evening Dr. Harold Jaffe, a CDC scientist who participated in CDC’s early AIDS investigations, hosted a screening and discussion of “And the Band Played On,” a television movie about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. OSAP recently opened a new office in Atlanta, to provide easier access to CDC’s resources.
The OSAP Boot Camp is a crucial building block for every dental professional with infection control responsibilities in both the civilian and military sectors. “The very positive feedback that we received from the Army attendees to this year’s conference has already resulted in many requests to attend the 2016 boot camp,” said Dr. David Carr, DENCOM Infection Control Consultant. The 2016 OSAP Boot Camp will be held January 10-13 in Atlanta, GA.
Celebrating 30 years of service to the worldwide dental community, The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the safest dental visit possible for their patients.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Orascoptic EyeZoom in XV1 Frame

I have been addicted to magnification for doing dentistry for years. In fact I have been using 4.8X magnification for almost everything. The problem was the field of view. The tight field of view at 4.8X is not always what I needed. I had to compromise magnification for field of view. Not anymore!!!

The new EyeZoom from Orascoptic allows me to go from 3 to 4 to 5X zoom in the same surgical loupes. So now I can easily just dial in the correct magnification for the procedure by rotating the dial on the magnification portion of the loupes.
Here are the field of  view numbers 4" (10.2 cm) at 3x, 3.25" (8.3 cm) at 4x, 2.5" (6.35 cm) at 5x

Add in the cordless convenience of the XV1 integrated illumination system and I have found the best way to treat my patients. The magnification and field of view customized for the procedure and no cords dangling from a battery pack. All power is contained in the batteries attached to the oupes themselves.

I like to say if you can't see it well you can't do it well.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Beautiful materials for aesthetic restorations – eye-catchers at IDS 2015

Aesthetic restorations – composites – full ceramic – veneering ceramic, mono ceramic - veneering resin – eye-catchers at IDS

Our teeth play a significant part in our appearance and our radiant smile. They affect our self-esteem and influence our social contacts. In dentistry, therefore, – in addition to restoring the masticatory function – the aesthetic restoration result is also an important criterion for the success of treatment. And some patients even look for a dental practice office specifically because they are unhappy with the aesthetics of their teeth. Materials for aesthetic dentistry and dental prosthetics will be presented at IDS 2015, with many restoration examples – they are real eye-catchers at the world's largest leading dental trade fair.

"Cosmetic dentistry and dental aesthetics are of great importance to many people. Because after all, clean and healthy teeth are a crucial part of an attractive appearance. IDS will demonstrate the kind of aesthetic results that can be achieved with plastics and ceramics for the restorative and prosthetic dentistry", says Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers.

Minor corrections of dental aesthetics can be done chairside by the dentist with filling composites. To do this, the material is applied to the tooth surface in thin layers and polymerised with light. Its ability to transmit light means it is also able to match the colours of adjacent teeth, thereby achieving a high aesthetic effect. And using either a glass, ceramic or quartz particle embedded in a plastic matrix, a high abrasion resistance is ensured. In addition, further possibilities are now available for chairside CAD/CAM production, which include fully anatomical single tooth restorations as well as bridges and abutments.

Laboratory based – labside – aesthetic rehabilitation of misaligned teeth or tooth defects can be done, for example, with labial or tabletop veneers. They are attached in front of the teeth (on the labial surfaces) or on the occlusal surfaces. For this the dentist only needs to prepare the teeth minimally or non-invasively and can record their shape with an intraoral scanner or impression material. On the basis of these working documents, in the dental laboratory, the veneers are layered with ceramic materials to a thickness of up to one millimetre. Even CAD/CAM-supported production is possible: virtually designed and cut from a ceramic block. The tooth-shaded colouring is done with ceramic staining.

For more extensive restorations that can only be accomplished by crowns and short-spanned bridges, the ceramic materials lithium disilicate (LS2) and zirkon-stabilised lithium silicate (ZLS) have recently become more established in the production of aesthetic restorations. And what is more, these restorations are produced using a CAD/CAM system – the materials are processed by grinding machines.

For crowns, long-spanned bridge restorations or custom implant abutments, the high strength opaque zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) – processed in digitally-controlled milling machines – has proven itself as a ceramic scaffold material for over ten years. Currently, the translucent ZrO2 modifications are dominating the market. These allow the tooth colour to be reproduced from the scaffold depth. And even the multi-layer moulds, in which the various levels of translucency merge into one another, represent a good option for this reason.

The ceramic materials LS2, ZLS and ZrO2 are mainly used for scaffolds, where the tooth shading of the partially-anatomical areas are veneered in further working steps: ceramic layering or the overpress technique. In addition to the classic veneers used for this, bleach masses are now increasingly in demand: thanks to their very bright tooth colour it is possible to obtain a very youthful radiance. And even gum masses for representing the red-white aesthetics are an important part of the veneering ceramic range: with these any receding gingiva is increased and reproduced in its correct shade. And dark stumps, implant interfaces or transitions can also be masked with them.

In addition to the partially partially-anatomical veneering scaffold, the indication form of monolithic restorations has been established. For this, crowns or bridges are fully anatomically designed with a CAD system and ground or milled with a CAM system. The reproduction of the tooth colour is done with staining colouring. This restoration version is being increasingly used, especially in the posterior region, where a deeper colour brilliance is less important. This technique is both time-saving and economical as crowns or scaffolds are produced in just one working process. And the application of the staining colour is faster than when layering the veneer ceramic. In addition, dental technicians save themselves some trouble.

The aesthetic materials also include veneering materials. They have recovered their position in the market by being able to offer a quality which is just as good as that of ceramics. For example, using ceramic fillers that are embedded in a polymer matrix allows for a high level of homogeneity and abrasion resistance. As a result of this, it is not even possible to differentiate between some plastic veneering and ceramic veneering in terms of brilliance and their similarly high durability.

"Taking place in Cologne from 10 to 14 March 2015, the International Dental Show, the world's biggest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology, will offer trade visitors an excellent chance to engage in discussions with specialists from exhibiting companies, experts and experienced users and learn about the entire range of aesthetic dentistry and especially the modern CAD/CAM processes for the production of perfect ceramic veneers and scaffolds", Dr. Markus Heibach, Chairman of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers, firmly believes.

The IDS (International Dental Show) takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI). It is staged by the Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

BrushyBall, LLC Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Improve Children’s Dental Health

Funds Will Be Used to Manufacture and Market
the Innovative and Educational BrushyBall Tooth Brush Training Toy

Birmingham, MI – February 4, 2014 – BrushyBall LLC today launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the manufacturing and marketing of its innovative and educational tooth brush training coach for children. Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States whose mission is to help bring creative projects and products to life.
The educational toy also named BrushyBall was developed by entrepreneur Robert Malen, who learned that singing toothbrushes with built-in timers did not teach his 4-year old daughter how to properly brush her teeth. “When I asked her if she brushed her teeth, she could truthfully answer yes because she brushed until the music stopped,” explained Malen. “However, when I watched her brush, I could plainly see she was only focusing on a few teeth.”
Malen set out to design a better product that would teach proper brushing technique in a fun way.  After five years of self-funded research and development, Malen produced the prototype for BrushyBall, a sink-top toy that uses a follow the leader sequence to demonstrate and encourage proper tooth brushing – Brushy Ball also serves as a convenient toothbrush holder. Click here to see demonstration video.
According to Malen, “BrushyBall is by no means a solution in search of a problem. In fact, a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control showed a disturbing uptick in the number of cavities among children aged 5 to 19 years old and within that group, the largest increase was in the 3 to 5 year old age group. We need to nip this trend in the bud, when children are first learning about oral hygiene and what better time to launch than February, which is National Children’s Dental Health Month.”
BrushyBall currently has a suggested retail price of $29.95 and has three main target markets:
·       Online and brick and mortar retailers – Any who currently sell power toothbrushes
·       Chairside educational tool for dentists and hygienist
·       Private label retail opportunity for dental practices

Initial reaction to the BrushyBall prototype among dental professionals has been very positive. During a recent news segment on WDIV-TV, dentist Dr. Mitchell Milan said, “It’s one of these simple ideas that simply makes sense!” View the entire news segment about BrushyBall.
Malen intends BrushyBall, LLC to be a company that gives back to the community. He is committed to donating generously from a percentage of profit to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting cleft palate deformities in children worldwide.
For more information about BrushyBall LLC, visit or send an email to To contribute to BrushyBall’s Kickstarter crowd-sourcing campaign, visit

About BrushyBall, LLC
Based in Birmingham, Michigan, and founded by entrepreneur parent Robert Malen, BrushyBall, LLC is the developer of the innovative and educational BrushyBall tooth brush training toy for children.  Malen designed BrushyBall as an alternative to the singing toothbrush his 4 year old daughter was using that timed how long she brushed, but did not teach her how to brush properly. The company is currently seeking crowd-sourcing to help it offset manufacturing and marketing costs on Kickstarter.

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