Friday, April 29, 2016

Dimensional Changes in Alveolar Ridge Following Extraction of Teeth in the Maxillary Premolar Area in Subjects with Thick and Thin Gingival Biotypes: A Pilot Study.

Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2016 May-Jun;36(3):431-6. doi: 10.11607/prd.2209.


This study investigated changes in residual ridge dimensions after tooth extraction among thin and thick gingival biotypes. Fifteen patients who required extraction of maxillary premolars were classified according to gingival biotypes (10 teeth in 9 participants were included in the thick group, and 6 teeth in 6 participants were included in the thin group). Minimally traumatic extractions were carried out using periotomes and rotational movement of teeth. At the time of extraction an osteometer was used to measure the thickness of the labial plate and the bony alveolar ridge at the extraction site by penetrating the tissues until bone was reached 5 mm, 7 mm, and 10 mm below the midpoint of the crest of the facial and palatal gingival margins. Standardized radiographs were taken immediately and after 3 months. The results of this study show minimal differences in dimensional changes following extraction of premolar teeth in thick and thin gingival biotypes. Significantly greater bone loss was detected in both gingival biotypes when the labial plate thickness was less than 1.5 mm, especially in alveolar ridge height

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Low-Income Parents' Perceptions of Oral Health and Acceptance of Mid-level Dental Providers.

J Dent Hyg. 2016 Apr;90(2):100-10.



The purpose of this study was to explore low-income parents' perceptions of oral health and of mid-level dental providers as a means of improving access to care. As states increasingly consider adding mid-level providers to the dental workforce, understanding the views of potential patients toward such providers is important, since the success of this strategy will depend, in part, upon the willingness of potential patients to be treated by them.


Because little is known about the social acceptability of mid-level dental providers, the researchers employed a qualitative methodology, conducting in-depth interviews with 20 low-income parents in order to assess their perceptions of oral health, access to and need for dental care, and potential acceptance of mid-level dental providers. Interview transcripts were analyzed by a team of researchers using interpretive research methods.


Respondents' descriptions of experiences with oral health and dental care demonstrate their strong desire to maintain their families' oral health, as well as their perception that they face significant barriers to receiving needed care. The vast majority of respondents expressed positive inclinations toward the introduction of mid-level dental providers, particularly once they understood that such providers would be fully trained professionals. Though in reality the cost to a patient would likely not vary, many respondents expressed increased interest in treatment by mid-level providers if it were less expensive than treatment by dentists, indicating the significant barrier that cost posed for many in the sample.


The low-income parents in this sample would likely seek care from mid-level dental providers if such providers were introduced in the U.S. The success of mid-level providers in meeting the needs of this population would potentially be even greater if public education clearly explained their training and professionalism.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sirona’s YouTube Channel Reaches Record-Breaking 1 Million Views

Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributer of dental equipment, technology and consumables attains, record-breaking views on one of the most important social media platforms

Charlotte, N.C. (April 22, 2016)- Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, recently announced that the Sirona YouTube channel has received more than 1 million views since its launch four years ago. 
Created in April 2012, Sirona’s YouTube channel is yet another means of communication with the dedicated, online consumer base. The site maintains various informative and captivating videos, including product demos, event recaps, panel discussions, clinician interviews, and patient and product testimonials.
According to Andreas Blauig, Dentsply Sirona’s corporate social media manager, the video content is well received from viewers because of the educational content that is delivered in a vivid and dynamic package.
“The videos explain complex technological workflows in a simple and intuitive way, provide background information and show emotion- our subscribers enjoy this,” Blauig said.
With thousands of subscribers to the global page, as well as different branch sites such as CEREC by Sirona’s YouTube page, the company continuously strives for advancement and innovation in all social media outlets.
A new format was recently introduced to the YouTube page for increased viewer satisfaction: super slow motion videos.  These slow motion videos capture product presentations in a way that allows viewers and product users to closely observe and follow each step during the videos, which contain impressive detail of the products showcased.
The continuous production of video footage added to the YouTube page provides meaningful and invaluable information to viewers via a platform that is compelling and easily comprehended. 
“Achieving such a milestone is truly gratifying for Dentsply Sirona as a global team,” said Ingo Zimmer, director of clinical CAD/CAM. “Our organization works diligently to provide superlative content to our viewers and it’s incredible to see the level of viewer appreciation through this accomplishment.”
As an expression of gratitude to subscribers, the company created a best-of video that can be viewed here.
To view the latest videos, visit and

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SIROWORLD 2016: Dentsply Sirona Releases List of Periodontic/Hygiene Speakers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 19, 2016)- Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, confirms list of Periodontic/Hygiene specialists speaking during new breakout track at SIROWORLD in Orlando, Florida. 
Hosted at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from Aug. 11-13, SIROWORLD is a three-day educational festival where thousands of dental professionals are expected to gather to gain invaluable training and education during content-rich general sessions and breakout sessions, network with peers and visit the 95,000 square-foot trade show floor featuring the best products and services within the dental industry, all while earning 18+ Continuing Education (CE) credits.
SIROWORLD: The Ultimate Dental Meeting offers 12 educational tracks with more than 100 breakout sessions available for attendees to customize their ultimate educational experience. This year, Dentsply Sirona introduced a new track: Periodontics/Hygiene.
Periodontics/Hygiene speakers presenting at SIROWORLD include*:
·       Heidi Arndt, RDH- Arndt is the founder and CEO of Enhanced Hygiene, a coaching and training organization that helps foster the growth, development and profitability between dental hygiene teams and the dental practice. With more than 18 years of dental experience, Arndt worked as a dental assistant, a treatment coordinator and practice manager before graduating from dental hygiene school in 1999.
o   Session topic: “Hygiene Business Rule #1: Know Your Numbers”- monitoring key metrics in the hygiene department
o   Session topic: “Grand Slam Hygiene Exam”- executing a productive, efficient and patient-centric hygiene exam in three simple steps.
·       Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, BS, RYT- Co-founder and director of Educational Designs, a company dedicated to providing consultation services to major dental companies, Menage Bernie is a nationally recognized speaker and recently celebrated her 30th year in the hygiene industry. She has served on editorial boards for state and national publications, and also serves as an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
o   Session topic: “Paradigm Shifts in Periodontal Therapy: Implementing Evolving Protocols”- new methods to prevent and manage periodontal disease.
o   Session topic: “Paradigm Shifts in Caries Management: Implementation of CAMBRA”- CAMBRA (carries management by risk assessment), a research-based, systematic method to prevent and treat caries.
·       Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS- Known for her leadership and vision, DiGangi is a highly sought-after presenter in the industry. DiGangi holds publishing and speaking licenses with the American Dental Association (ADA) for Current Dental Terminology 2016 and Systematized Nomenclature for Dentistry (SNODENT) diagnostic coding. Invited by ADA to write a chapter in CDT 2017 Companion, she is a respected writer and authored the DentalCodeology series of easy-to-read, bite-size books for busy people.
o   Session topic: “Connecting the Dots: Coding to Care and the New 2017 Gingivitis Code”- changes to 2017 coding procedures, specifically those for gingivitis.
o   Session topic: DiGangi’s second breakout topic will be announced as the information becomes available.
·       Maria Goldie, RDH, MS- Goldie is recognized worldwide for her seminars through her company, Seminars for Women’s Health and Sex-Based Medicine, and is a noted researcher, author and speaker. A member of many associations and editorial boards, she has won numerous awards, formerly served as the editor-in-chief of Modern Hygienist and is currently editorial director of Pennwell’s RDH eVillage Focus. Goldie served as the 1997-98 President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and aided an advisory panel to develop “The Future of Dental Hygiene Report”, and is the immediate past president of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH). 
o   Session topic: “Risk Assessment and Supportive Therapy for Implants”- protocols for implant maintenance and ensuring healthy implants.
o   Session topic: “Oral Cancer and HPV: What’s Sex Got to do With It?”- oral cancer detection, risk factors and prevention strategies and the complications presented by HPV.
Early Bird pricing is now available for those who register for SIROWORLD through May 31. Registration for doctors is just $1,695 (regularly $1,995). Staff/spouse/guest/technician registration is only $995 (regularly $1,195) plus buy three, get one FREE!
VIP tickets are available for SIROWORLD for an additional $500. VIP tickets include reserved seating, upgraded dining options and special admittance into SIROWORLD entertainment events.
To register now or to receive more information on SIROWORLD, visit, or contact our help desk at or call 844-GO2-SIRO (844-462-7476).

*Please note the SIROWORLD agenda is subject to change.

Monday, April 25, 2016

TAUB Crown and Bridge Remover

TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental consumable products, announced the release of the Impulse Crown and Bridge Remover. The Impulse is made of medical grade stainless steel and is available in satin or polished finishes. The Impulse comes with two quickly interchangeable tips for the removal of crowns, provisionals, and bridges/splints. The Impulse and tips can be sterilized separately by any method.

“The Impulse is very easy to use, said Ed Matthews, TAUB’s Vice-president of Sales. “It was redesigned with patient comfort in mind. The crown can be removed by breaking the seal of the cement as opposed to pulling with a hard force, so patients have a much easier experience. The procedure is painless, even without local anesthesia. In most cases, metal-ceramic crowns and bridges can be removed with no damage,” Matthews stated.

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

Friday, April 22, 2016


Toronto, Canada – The American Dental Association (ADA) has approved the addition of a procedure / billing code for caries detection with the following nomenclature: Non‐ionizing diagnostic procedure capable of quantifying, monitoring, and recording changes in structure of enamel, dentin and cementum” for the 2017 ADA Fee Guide. The announcement was published on the ADA website on April 11, 2016. The new code was unanimously approved by the ADA Code Maintenance Committee Meeting in March.  This new code recognizes the advances made in caries detection and provides dentists with the ability to bill using this procedure. 

Examination with The Canary System, involving quantifying, monitoring and recording changes in the structure of enamel, dentin and cementum, will be covered under this procedure code.  Detection methods using visual examination, explorers and other tactile probes, fluorescence or transillumination with visible light (not near-infra red light) may not fall under the code’s definition because of their inability to detect changes in all the tissues or to record and quantify changes in these tissues. 

“This new procedure code moves caries detection into the 21st century”, said Dr. Stephen Abrams, President of Quantum Dental Technologies. “Recognizing the value of technologies that can monitor, measure and quantify changes in tooth structure now provides patients access to improved methods for treating caries. This billing code establishes the importance of ongoing examination of caries with appropriate modalities so that dentists can provide a wide range of treatment options and monitor outcomes.  It offers patients and dentists another option that does not involve ionizing radiation to detect caries.”

Obtaining a published ADA code provides a US dentist with the ability to bill patients directly and bill third-party carriers and insurers using a specific code for this service.  The code will be published in the ADA Dental Procedure Code Book and takes effect January 1, 2017.

About ADA Billing Codes and the Code Maintenance Committee:
The American Dental Association (ADA) established the CDT (Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature) to achieve uniformity, consistency and specificity in accurately documenting dental treatment. The Code Maintenance Committee comprised of representatives from the ADA, dental speciality organizations, dental insurers and third party payors (including Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Delta Dental Plans Association and National Association of Dental Plans), reviews requests for additions and changes to the existing CDT codes. This committee is expected to arrive at decisions that are in the best interests of the profession and patients and third‐party payers/administrators. Further information can be found on the ADA web site.  

About The Canary System:
The Canary System is a non‐ionizing diagnostic caries detection device capable of quantifying, monitoring, and recording changes in structure of enamel, dentin and cementum. With its unique crystal structure diagnostics, oral health professionals can detect, image and measure tooth decay on all tooth surfaces, around the margins of restorations, beneath opaque sealants, and detect cracks in teeth. The accompanying Canary Cloud enables dentists to view and manage this data and track Canary usage in the office; patients can also view their Canary reports and track their progress in managing caries. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Accuracy and precision of occlusal contacts of stereolithographic casts mounted by digital interocclusal registrations

Statement of problem

Little peer-reviewed information is available regarding the accuracy and precision of the occlusal contact reproduction of digitally mounted stereolithographic casts.


The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the accuracy and precision of occlusal contacts among stereolithographic casts mounted by digital occlusal registrations.

Material and methods

Four complete anatomic dentoforms were arbitrarily mounted on a semi-adjustable articulator in maximal intercuspal position and served as the 4 different simulated patients (SP). A total of 60 digital impressions and digital interocclusal registrations were made with a digital intraoral scanner to fabricate 15 sets of mounted stereolithographic (SLA) definitive casts for each dentoform. After receiving a total of 60 SLA casts, polyvinyl siloxane (PVS) interocclusal records were made for each set. The occlusal contacts for each set of SLA casts were measured by recording the amount of light transmitted through the interocclusal records. To evaluate the accuracy between the SP and their respective SLA casts, the areas of actual contact (AC) and near contact (NC) were calculated. For precision analysis, the coefficient of variation (CoV) was used. The data was analyzed with t tests for accuracy and the McKay and Vangel test for precision (α=.05).


The accuracy analysis showed a statistically significant difference between the SP and the SLA cast of each dentoform (P<.05). For the AC in all dentoforms, a significant increase was found in the areas of actual contact of SLA casts compared with the contacts present in the SP (P<.05). Conversely, for the NC in all dentoforms, a significant decrease was found in the occlusal contact areas of the SLA casts compared with the contacts in the SP (P<.05). The precision analysis demonstrated the different CoV values between AC (5.8-8.8%) and NC (21.4-44.6%) of digitally mounted SLA casts, indicating that the overall precision of the SLA cast was low.


For the accuracy evaluation, statistically significant differences were found between the occlusal contacts of all digitally mounted SLA casts groups, with an increase in AC values and a decrease in NC values. For the precision assessment, the CoV values of the AC and NC showed the digitally articulated cast’s inability to reproduce the uniform occlusal contacts.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Evaluation of various polishing systems and the phase transformation of monolithic zirconia


Statement of problem

Although a well-polished monolithic zirconia surface is essential, insufficient comparative studies on the constituents and efficacy of polishing systems have been conducted.


The purpose of this in vitro study was to analyze the abrasive constituents and compare the polishing effectiveness of 6 zirconia polishing systems, including their potential influence on the phase transformation of monolithic zirconia.

Material and methods

The compositions of 6 zirconia polishing systems were analyzed using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Sintered and high-speed ground monolithic zirconia specimens were used as control groups (n=14 specimens per group). Test groups (n=168) were pretreated identically to the control group and arbitrarily divided into 12 groups to examine 6 polishing systems for 2 polishing periods (60 or 120 seconds). The surfaces were characterized by a surface profiler and various analytic techniques, including x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The data were analyzed using 2-way ANOVA and multiple comparisons and the Bonferroni method (α=.05).


The abrasives were primarily composed of C, O, and Si. Diamond was identified as the main abrasive and SiC as the supplementary abrasive in the polishing systems. No significant differences were observed for the 60- or 120-second polishing times (P>.05). Four products had significantly lower surface roughness values than the other 2 (P<.001). The occlusal-adjustment-simulating pretreatment and polishing processes did not cause phase transformations in the zirconia specimens.


The monolithic zirconia polishing systems contained diamond and SiC abrasives. All zirconia polishing systems showed clinically acceptable results, and 4 systems exhibited lower surface roughness. Phase transformation did not occur during polishing procedure.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Long-term effect of periodontal surgery on oral health and metabolic control of diabetics

Clinical Oral Investigations
pp 1-9
First online:



The objective of this study was to evaluate impact of periodontal surgery on periodontal health and on glycaemia control of type 1 and type 2 (T1DM; T2DM) diabetics with severe periodontitis, during 12 months follow-up, in comparison with non-diabetic controls.

Materials and methods

A total of 23 T1DM and 10 T2DM patients with respective number of matched non-diabetics were examined prior to, and 3, 6 and 12 months after periodontal surgery. Glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) reflected control of DM. Periodontal parameters were oral debris (DI-S), probing pocket depth (PPD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) and bleeding on probing (BOP).


Periodontal status in all diabetics improved after 3 months and remained so during follow-up: mean (SD) DI-S > 1 (T1DM 1.1(0.5)/0.9(0.7); T2DM 1.2(0.4)/0.8(0.4)), PPD >5 mm (T1DM 35.1(32.2)/5.1(7.8); T2DM 46.3(24.2)/13.0(10.9)), CAL ≥6 mm (T1DM 44.4(37.0)/24.52(27.2)); mean % BOP >50 % (T1DM 57.1(25.1)/22.8(20.8)), T2DM 59.4(20.8)/18.9(15.7)), p < 0.05. Mean HbA1c values decreased in T2DM patients after 3 months and remained stable during follow-up. No improvement of glycaemia control was observed in T1DM patients. Positive correlation between mean HbA1c and CAL changes was observed (r = 0.842, p < 0.05). Mean changes of periodontal parameters did not differ between diabetics and controls.


Periodontal surgery improved significantly periodontal status of all patients and metabolic control of T2DM patients.

Clinical relevance

Research findings concerning long-term effect of periodontal surgery among patients with diabetes mellitus are scarce. We found that surgical periodontal treatment positively affects periodontal health of all diabetics and improves metabolic control of type 2 DM. There is a positive correlation between clinical attachment loss and glycosylated haemoglobin levels.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Root Canal Treatment versus Single-Tooth Implant: A Systematic Review of Internet Content

Journal of Endodontics



There is an absence of professional consensus regarding when a tooth should be retained with root canal treatment and when to extract and replace it with an implant. Considering that patients often seek health-related information on the Internet, completeness and accuracy of online content are highly desirable. Websites should also fulfill several technical characteristics to be accessible to all.


The search term root canal treatment implant was entered into 4 search engines. The first 100 webpages per engine search were evaluated. After removal of duplicates, those webpages comparing root canal treatment against single-tooth implant by using the AAE Implant Statement criteria as a benchmark were included. Completeness of information was evaluated against the AAE Statement by using a binary scale assessment tool. The related content was synthesized by using a protocol for systematic review of textual, non-research evidence. The webpages/sites were assessed for accessibility, usability, reliability, and quality of information by using the DISCERN and LIDA tools.


Twenty-six relevant webpages were found. Information completeness scores ranged from 1 to 6; however, nearly one third scored 1. Nine syntheses were derived relating to survival rates, tooth restorability, bone quality, esthetic demands, and systemic factors. The median overall scores for LIDA and DISCERN were 72% and 61%, respectively.


There is scarcity of information available on the Internet for the lay public with respect to the specific clinical question, although the webpages' content was consistent with available scientific literature. The accessibility, usability, reliability, and quality of information were largely moderate or low.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Double-blind Randomized Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial of Efficiency of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs in the Control of Post-endodontic Pain

Journal of Endodontics


The present clinical trial aimed to evaluate the efficiency of paracetamol alone and in combination with 3 different nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for control of post-endodontic pain.


The inclusion criteria were moderate to severe pain of irreversible pulpitis, by using the Verbal Rating Scale and a 4–10 score on the Numerical Rating Scale, on anterior or premolar teeth, as well as the absence of signs and symptoms of apical periodontitis. One hundred eighty-five trial medications with placebo were prepared, and 170 participants completed the trial. There were 5 groups. P-group received 4 gelatinous capsules of a single dose of paracetamol alone. The IP-group received similar capsules of a single dose of combined ibuprofen/paracetamol. MP-group received combined mefenamic acid/paracetamol, and DP-group received combined diclofenac K/paracetamol. A Plb-group received doubled gelatinous capsules with no medications as a single dose, which had the same weight and appearance as the medicated capsules, to be the placebo.


Pain intensity was measured after initial endodontic therapy and instrumentation by using the Verbal Rating Scale and Numerical Rating Scale. IP-group (ibuprofen/paracetamol) had the most pain reduction, followed by DP-group (combined diclofenac K/paracetamol), then MP-group, followed by P-group, whereas Plb-group had the least pain reduction (P < .05).


The combination of ibuprofen/paracetamol, taken immediately after initial endodontic therapy and root canal preparation in teeth with irreversible pulpitis, reduced post-endodontic pain ( no.: NCT02417337).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Infection Control Conference Leads the Way

Infection prevention and the safe delivery of oral healthcare is the goal of every dental practice, and an upcoming conference is designed to empower attendees to lead the way. The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) 2016 Annual Conference will be held June 2-5 in San Diego, CA. The content-rich conference will present new infection prevention tools and updates on emerging and re-emerging diseases like Zika and measles, address the top compliance and safety issues, and offer resources, expert guidance, and evidence-based solutions. Attendees who register by April 30 will receive a discount. For more information or to register, go to

The annual OSAP Annual Conference is the premier infection control education and networking event in the dental industry. Nationally and internationally known experts discuss current and emerging issues relating to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings, and provide attendees with essential resources, valuable tools, and new approaches for better protecting patients and staff.

This year’s conference will address the challenge of conveying the critical importance of infection control by giving participants the opportunity to learn powerful skills from Andy Goodman, a nationally recognized author, speaker, and TED presenter who teaches professionals how to use storytelling techniques to improve the impact of their communications. This special speaker is being sponsored by Midmark Corporation. Other highlights of the conference include lessons learned from a disease outbreak from contaminated dental water, “Compliance Briefs,” a series of five-minute talks that enlighten but are quick, workshops on writing IFUs (Instructions for Use) and infection control certification, updates on antibiotic resistance and HIV/HPV/HCV, and an optional, private, docent-led dental tour of the USS Midway ship. The entire program can be viewed on the OSAP website.

The OSAP Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to mingle with and learn from the leading authorities in the critical and rapidly changing field of infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare. Attendees have their choice of in-depth lectures, interactive learning sessions, and tightly-focused programs designed for specific specialists such as educators and consultants. The top companies in infection prevention and safety exhibit both time-tested and new products, and attendees have the opportunity to learn about important aspects of the products and take home valuable information on how the products can help them maintain a safe environment for dental staff and patients.

The OSAP Annual Conference is targeted to educators, infection control coordinators, consultants, compliance officers, risk managers, researchers, policy makers, sterilization technicians, and others in dental clinics, private practices, large group practices, hospitals, universities, government facilities, and companies that manufacture or sell infection control products and services. The breadth and depth of the educational programs offered ensures that attendees at every level, from student to expert, will expand their knowledge base and make important contacts.

Annual Conference attendees can select sessions that fit their needs from a variety of concurrent program choices. The San Diego location also offers many leisure options for free time and for family members accompanying attendees. One of the highlights of the annual conference is the “Fun’d Raising Auction,” which includes dozens of amazing gifts, experiences, and one-of-a-kind items up for bid.

Celebrating over 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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Another Chance to Save: Early Bird Registration Now Available for SIROWORLD 2016

With only months to go until the event kicks off, special pricing is available for those who register early for the largest meeting in digital dentistry.

Charlotte, N.C. (April 4, 2016)- Dentsply Sirona, the Dental Solutions Company, is now offering Early Bird pricing for SIROWORLD: The Ultimate Dental Meeting occurring Aug. 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.
Taking place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, this three-day educational extravaganza is anticipated to be the largest event in digital dentistry in terms of educational value, entertainment and networking opportunities.
Multiple registration types are available for SIROWORLD:
·       Doctor: $1,695 (regularly $1,995)
·       Staff/spouse/guest/technician: $995 (regularly $1,695) PLUS buy three, get one free
·       Government and military: $1,695 (regularly $1,995) PLUS two free nights at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
·       Mentors, Trainers and SSA: $1,495 (regularly $1,995)

VIP tickets are available for all registration types as well for an additional $500. VIP tickets include reserved seating and upgraded dining options, plus special admittance into SIROWORLD entertainment events.
Registration for SIROWORLD gives attendees access to groundbreaking general sessions, content-rich and innovative breakout sessions, access to the 95,000 square-foot trade show floor showcasing the industry’s best products and services, and the opportunity to network with the leading minds in dentistry.
Providing invaluable education is the main objective for the annual SIROWORLD event. With more than 100 educational speakers planned to lecture, attendees will learn from the dental community’s elite thought leaders as well as iconic business professionals. SIROWORLD is the dental event to earn Continuing Education (CE) credits.
Some of the confirmed clinical speakers include*:
·       Dr. Frank Spear (his only appearance outside of Spear Education in 2016!)
·       Dr. Clifford Ruddle
·       Bernie Stoltz
·       Fred Joyal
·       Dr. Sameer Puri
·       Dr. August de Oliveira
·       Dr. Neal Patel
·       Dr. Jay Reznick
·       And many, many more!

Additionally, Dentsply Sirona has enlisted entrepreneurial business mogul and founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson to enamor all who attend SIROWORLD. Branson, who is considered a professional branding expert and is listed on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list, is scheduled to speak on Thursday, Aug. 11, during general session.
Therapist, comedienne, human relations expert, author and motivational speaker Connie Podesta is part of the SIROWORLD celebrity lineup as well. Her speaking style is different from anything heard before as she comically advises how to “stand out” in both one’s personal and professional life.  
For musical entertainment, Dentsply Sirona is delighted and honored to welcome Grammy-Award nominated band OneRepublic to the SIROWORLD stage. The band will deliver an unforgettable performance during a private concert on Friday evening, Aug. 12. With top-charting hits such as “Apologize” and “All the Right Moves,” this performance is sure to amaze.
Early Bird registration is available through May 31, so those interested in attending the largest educational, inspirational and entertaining event in all of digital dentistry should register early to receive the best deal.
For more information or to register for SIROWORLD, please visit or call 844-GO2-SIRO (844-462-7476).

*Please note the SIROWORLD agenda is subject to change.

Dental opioid prescribing and multiple opioid prescriptions among dental patients: Administrative data from the South Carolina prescription drug monitoring program.

I for one have been writing  more Rx's for opiods since hydrocodone became a schedule II drug. Before I would phone the prescription in only if needed and contacted by the patient. Now I just hand the script to the patient just in case. More drugs in the pipeline. The law of unintended consequences. The bigger question is number of pills and refills.  MJ
J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 Apr 4. pii: S0002-8177(16)30201-X. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2016.02.017. [Epub ahead of print]



Despite increased attention to dentists' roles in curbing opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion, information regarding prescribing practices and the frequency of multiple concurrent opioid prescriptions among dental patients is limited.


The authors reviewed South Carolina prescription drug monitoring program data representing dispensed medication for patients prescribed at least 1 opioid by a dentist during the most recently available 2-year time frame (2012-2013). The authors used descriptive analyses to examine the types and frequency of dental opioid prescriptions and the frequency of existing multiple concurrent opioid prescriptions among dental patients.


Nearly all dispensed dental opioid prescriptions (99.9%; n = 653,650) were for immediate-release opioids and were initial prescription fills (96.2%). Hydrocodone (76.1%) and oxycodone (12.2%) combination products were the most frequently dispensed opioids prescribed by dentists. People younger than 21 years received 11.2% of dentist-prescribed opioids dispensed. Patients with multiple concurrent opioid prescriptions were identified within 30-day (n = 113,818), 90-day (n = 166,124), and 180-day (n = 205,576) time frames.


Dentists prescribed a high volume of the immediate-release opioids dispensed in South Carolina. A notable minority of dental patients had incidents of multiple preexisting opioid prescriptions, a factor implicated in patient misuse, abuse, overdose, and diversion.


Use of a prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing provides a record of controlled substances dispensed to a patient and may inform prescribing, coordination of care, and addiction screening or referral. Patients should receive information regarding misuse behaviors and their risks, as well as the importance of secure storage and disposal of leftover opioid medications.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Is There a Link Between Oral Health and the Rate of Cognitive Decline?

Better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may play a role in slowing cognitive decline as people age, although evidence is not definitive enough to suggest that one causes the other. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, come from the first systematic review of studies focused on oral health and cognition—two important areas of research as the older adult population continues to grow, with some 36% of people over age 70 already living with cognitive impairments.
Researchers have questioned whether an association exists between oral health and cognitive status for older adults. “Clinical evidence suggests that the frequency of oral health problems increases significantly in cognitively impaired older people, particularly those with dementia,” said Bei Wu, PhD, of Duke University’s School of Nursing in Durham, NC. “In addition, many of the factors associated with poor oral health—such as poor nutrition and systemic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease—are also associated with poor cognitive function.” To look for a link between oral health and cognitive status, Dr. Wu and her colleagues analyzed relevant cross-sectional (data collected at one specific point in time) and longitudinal (data collected over an extended period of time) studies published between 1993 and 2013.
Some studies found that oral health measures such as the number of teeth, the number of cavities, and the presence of periodontal disease (also known as “gum disease”) were associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline or dementia, while others studies were unable to confirm any association. Researchers were also quick to note that findings based on the number of teeth or cavities are conflicting, and limited studies suggest that periodontal conditions such as gingivitis are associated with poorer cognitive status or cognitive decline.
“There is not enough evidence to date to conclude that a causal association exists between cognitive function and oral health,” said Dr. Wu. “For future research, we recommend that investigators gather data from larger and more population representative samples, use standard cognitive assessments and oral health measures, and use more sophisticated data analyses.”

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Cellerant Consulting Group Launches

I am proud to be a member of this group. MJ

New company offers companies resources to accelerate growth and drive more valuable customer engagement.

April 7, 2016 — Cellerant Consulting Group is open for business. Under the direction of dentist, executive consultant and innovator Dr. Lou Shuman, Cellerant brings together leading companies and individual experts in product evaluation and development, marketing, branding, CE sponsorship, lead generation, and more to provide dental companies with unparalleled resources and tools that will grow their business and exceed their expectations.

Upon finalizing goals and objectives through consultation with Dr. Shuman, a Cellerant client has the opportunity to benefit not only from his consulting expertise, but the option to utilize his outstanding roster of partners as needed, creating a seamless unified approach — a first of its kind in the dental space. Cellerant partner competencies include:
      Research, Development and Evaluation
      Website and online marketing
      Online Lead Generation
      Branding and Advertising
      Practice Management
      CE Credits Sponsorship
      Product Incubation

In addition to partner companies, Dr. Shuman is bringing together some of the leading voices in dental product evaluation as Chief Development Officers for Cellerant. Representing more than 100 years of dental product knowledge, the team includes:

      Dr. Marty Jablow, America’s Dental Technology Coach, in private practice in New Jersey
      Dr. John Flucke, Chief Dental Editor for Dental Products Report, in private practice in Missouri
      Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Technology Editor for Dentistry Today, in private practice in Massachusetts

Cellerant started meeting with potential clients at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting this past February.

I am humbled by the response to our launch at Chicago Midwinter. In two days, eight companies moved forward to become Cellerant clients,” shared Dr. Shuman. “Cellerant is providing dental companies proven resources and expertise to accelerate growth and develop dentist-focused, relationship-driven services that helps differentiate them from their competitors."

To find out more about Cellerant Consulting Group and how your company can benefit from its unique model, go to

Friday, April 08, 2016

Kerr Endodontics to Pledge $75,000 to the American Association of Endodontists

Kerr brings its “Together, We’re MoreTM” commitment to both the individual endodontist and the association shaping the future of the specialty.

5 April 2016 – Kerr Endodontics, a global leader in endodontic equipment and consumables, is proud to announce its intention to pledge $75,000 to the American Association of Endodontists Foundation at its annual meeting, April 6-9, 2016, at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. This gift underscores the brand’s ongoing commitment to the association and its work in guiding this vibrant field of work. The gift also represents a celebration of the transition from SybronEndo to Kerr Endodontics.
Almost exactly a year ago, Kerr Dental announced that Kerr, Kerr TotalCare and Axis|SybronEndo would reorganize into a unilateral organization designed to be more collectively meaningful and distinctive in its service to customers. As an outward display of this internal shift, the companies rebranded to create four core identities: Kerr Endodontics, Kerr Restoratives, Kerr Rotary and Kerr TotalCare.
Twelve months into the mission to be not only more operationally efficient, but more powerfully and distinctively positioned for the benefit of the dental professional, Kerr Endodontics and the rest of the Kerr family are continuously striving to be the most patient-centric, dental practice focused company in the industry; where everyone in the organization considers the impact of their interactions on the customer experience every day.
“We at Kerr want to raise the bar of expectation and put a stake in the ground that says we have more to offer than just products, more to achieve than others think possible and more to learn from our customers than others think practicable,” McDonald added. “The best days of this business have yet to be seen, and we want to meet dental professionals at their best.”
To find out more about the Kerr Endodontics family of products, go to

About Kerr Corporation
For nearly 125 years, Kerr has been serving the comprehensive needs of the entire dental care community in pursuit of enhancing oral health.  Individual Kerr brands are encompassed within the Kerr Restoratives, Kerr Endodontics, Kerr Rotary, and Kerr TotalCare platforms. By providing best-in-class, patient-based solutions, we believe that in partnership with those we serve - “Together we’re more.”
Visit us at or call 800-KERR123.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Clinical speakers and agenda for the endodontic track confirmed for the largest educational festival in digital dentistry

Charlotte, N.C. (April 4, 2016)- Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, released the endodontic track’s agenda* for SIROWORLD: The Ultimate Dental Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Commencing Aug. 11 through Aug. 13 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, SIROWORLD is the most anticipated gathering of dental professionals in 2016. With phenomenal entertainment scheduled, copious networking opportunities throughout the three-day event and unparalleled education offered from 12 different dental tracks, this educational festival is full of opportunities.
Cliff Ruddle, DDS, FACD, FICD, is scheduled to deliver a lecture on irrigation entitled “Endodontic 3D Disinfection” to hundreds of eager SIROWORLD attendees.
Dr. Ruddle is an internationally recognized clinical expert in the field of endodontics. He is the founder and director of Advanced Endodontics®, which is an educational source offered internationally and based in Santa Barbara, California. ­Dentsply Sirona Announces the Lineup of Endodontic Specialists Speaking at SIROWORLD in Orlando

As the creator of the world’s first private microendodontic simulation training center, he has trained thousands upon thousands of dentists on the microscope-assisted endo techniques. Dr. Ruddle has two one-hour breakout sessions scheduled on Aug. 13.
“Dentsply Sirona is honored to welcome an endodontic thought leader such as Cliff Ruddle,” said VP of the United States Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “With his unrivaled experience in the field coupled with his bold presence on stage, Ruddle will undoubtedly provide an intriguing and valuable lecture.”
In addition to Dr. Ruddle, endodontic specialists speaking at SIROWORLD include*:
·       Dr. John West- “Redefining the Endodontic Experience”- Gold metallurgy with APP-based technology. Dr. West will speak on each day (Aug. 11-13) during a one-hour breakout session.
·       Dr. Sergio Kuttler- “Touch the Future Today”- APP-based technology with Gold metallurgy. Dr. Kuttler will speak on each day (Aug. 11-13) during a one-hour breakout session.