Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fracture rate of monolithic zirconia restorations up to 5 years: A dental laboratory survey



Statement of problem

The demand for ceramic restorations has increased over the past years because of their esthetic properties and the high cost of noble metals. However, the lack of long-term clinical studies and the difficulty of interpreting in vitro studies have placed the durability of ceramic restorations in doubt.


The purpose of this study was to determine the failure rate of monolithic zirconia restorations due to fracture up to 5 years of clinical performance.

Material and methods

Data were collected over 5 years from 2 commercial dental laboratories. Restorations that were returned to the laboratory for remake because of catastrophic failure (fracture) were identified and included. Restorations were categorized as anterior or posterior. Each category was further divided into complete-coverage single crowns (SCs) and multiple-unit fixed dental prostheses (FDPs). Fracture rates were compared and analyzed using a chi-square test (α=.05).


A total of 39 827 restoration records were reviewed and included 3731 anterior restorations (1952 SC; 1799 FDP) and 36 096 posterior restorations (29 808 SC; 6288 FDP). The overall fracture rate of up to 5 years for all restorations (anterior and posterior) was 1.09%. Fracture rates were 2.06% for all anterior restorations and 0.99% for all posterior restorations. Fracture rates were 0.97% for anterior SCs and 0.69% for posterior SCs, and the combined fracture rate (anterior and posterior) was 0.71%. For FDPs, 3.26% restorations fractured anteriorly and 2.42% fractured posteriorly, and the combined fracture rate (anterior and posterior) was 2.60%.


Within the relative short-term evaluation of 5 years, restorations fabricated from monolithic zirconia material displayed relatively low fracture rates. Anterior restorations fractured at a slightly higher rate than posterior restorations, and FDPs fractured at a rate double that of SCs.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mandibular Canal Location: Cone-beam Computed Tomography Examination

Journal of Endodontics



The increased use of implants and potential endodontic misadventures can lead to nerve damage. The purpose of this study was to use cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) measurements to investigate mandibular canal (MC) location in relation to mandibular posterior teeth, the dimension of the buccal and lingual bone over the MC, the diameter of the MC, and the anterior loop location near the mental foramen.


CBCT scans from 106 patients (age, 18–69 years) were used to evaluate measurements from 636 teeth and respective MC areas.


Respective locations of MC to teeth (buccal, inferior, or lingual) were as follows: second molar (57% buccal, 40% inferior, and 3% lingual), first molar (18% buccal, 55% inferior, and 27% lingual), and second premolar (33% buccal, 55% inferior, and 11% lingual). Buccal bone thickness over the MC was thickest at mesial root of second molars and thinnest over the second premolar (5.4 versus 2.6 mm). The lingual bone next to the MC was thickest over the second premolar and thinnest at distal root of first molars (3.8 versus 1.7 mm). The average diameter of the MC along the length of the canal from second molar to second premolar was 3.03 mm on left and 2.91 mm on right. The anterior loop was present in 10.4% of patients, with the average depth below bone of 13.43 mm. The anterior loop was more often seen on the left side than right and occurred bilaterally 50% of the time.


Mandibular bone thickness, nerve location, and dimension data all contribute to a useful knowledge base for practitioners. The application of CBCT imaging techniques aids in the surgical treatment, while offering advantages over conventional periapical and panoramic films.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Prevalence of inter-appointment endodontic flare-ups and host-related factors

Clinical Oral Investigations
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The aims of this study were to report the prevalence of inter-appointment flare-ups following adequate root canal disinfection and to investigate the host factors contributing to its occurrence.

Materials and methods

One thousand five hundred patient records were reviewed and the prevalence of flare-up was recorded. Patients’ root canal space status (vital, non-vital or retreatment), medical condition and demographics (age, gender, tooth type and position) were recorded from their dental records. Statistical analyses were performed to determine the impact of the recorded factors on flare-up occurrence.


Nine hundred fifty-one patient records met the inclusion criteria. The prevalence of flare-up was 2.3 %. There was a correlation between the canal space status and patient’s age with flare-up development (P < 0.05). There was no association between flare-up occurrence and tooth type, location, gender or medical condition (P > 0.5).


The root canal space status was the primary factor affecting flare-up occurrence. Patients >50 years had the highest risk in developing flare-ups.

Clinical relevance

This article provides evidence that patients suffering from inflamed pulp will not develop flare-up if adequate cleaning and shaping of the root canal space was performed. It also shows that patients above the age of 50 are a high-risk group that is prone to flare-up development.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Boyd Industries Debuts Concealed Delivery Unit® at AAPD 2016

This new treatment room fixture keeps anxiety-provoking dental equipment out of sight of pediatric patients, allaying fears and improving patient comfort and satisfaction.

(Clearwater, FL) May 24, 2016—Boyd Industries, a leading supplier of dental chairs and cabinetry (www.boydindustries.com/home/), will be exhibiting the Concealed Delivery Unit® (CDU), a groundbreaking new product for pediatric dentistry (www.boydindustries.com/pediatric-dentistry/), at AAPD 2016, the annual conference and trade show of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry in San Antonio, TX May 26-29. The Concealed Delivery Unit keeps dental hand pieces and other anxiety-provoking pieces of the dental delivery system out of sight of young dental patients while making them easily accessible to dentists and their chairside assistants when performing procedures.

“The delivery system with its associated hand pieces in a majority of pediatric dentist’s offices today are in plain sight.” says Adrian LaTrace, CEO, Boyd Industries, “This can sometimes be disconcerting even for adults, and it can be downright frightening to children. By hiding the hand pieces and nitrous oxide unit behind a cabinet door and then easily extend it prior to starting a procedure can eliminate the immediate surge of anxiety children would experience if they see this equipment beforehand.”

The benefits of making a trip to the dentist a more positive experience for young patients, LaTrace notes, go far beyond immediate reassurance. Serious anxiety—rooted, often, in unpleasant childhood experiences—prevents millions from seeking proper preventative care. Peter Milgrom, DDS, director of the Dental Fears Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, estimates that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear. A higher percentage, perhaps 20%, experience enough anxiety that they will go to the dentist only when absolutely necessary. The consequences of this neglect, he points out, can go far beyond dental pain and lost teeth. Gum disease is a serious infection that can affect other parts of the body; studies now link it to such illnesses as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.1

Underscoring this point is a recent study published by the European Journal of Dentistry. Children who have positive interactions with their dentist, the study says, will be less likely to develop a fear of dentists and will experience less anxiety during dentist appointments. As a result, they will be more likely to visit the dentist as adults and will have better dental health. Given the importance of dental health, all members of the dental profession need to be aware of patient perceptions, preferences, and fears in order to meet patient needs, and provide them with quality care in a manner that is comforting and reduces anxiety.2

“Helping dental practitioners provide that kind of care,” says LaTrace, “is what our company is all about. We supply furniture, fixtures, and office design to thousands of dental specialists around the country, and we stay in very close contact with our customers. The CDU was created out of our intimate understanding of the needs of a particular specialty, in this case pediatric dentistry. We believe the CDU represents the next generation of treatment room systems for pediatric dentists.”

The new Boyd Industries Concealed Delivery Unit will be demonstrated at the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry convention and trade show at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, 200 E. Market St., San Antonio, TX, May 26-29. Attendees wishing to arrange a demonstration can contact Boyd Industries at http://www.boydindustries.com/contact/.

About Boyd Industries:

Boyd Industries is a market leader in the design and manufacture of specialty dental and medical operatory equipment. Its high-quality and reliable equipment has been the choice of orthodontists, pediatric dentist, oral surgeons and other healthcare professionals for over 55 years. Boyd’s products include a full line of dental exam, treatment and surgical chairs, dental delivery systems, LED exam and surgical lighting, custom sterilization and storage cabinetry, doctor or assistant seating, and video game consoles. Boyd equipment is specifically designed to provide maximum practice productivity while incorporating ergonomic characteristics for the doctor, staff and patient. To learn more about Boyd products, please visit http://www.boydindustries.com/home.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Informed consent comprehension and recollection in adult dental patients: A systematic review.

J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 May 10. pii: S0002-8177(16)30255-0. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2016.03.004. [Epub ahead of print]



Patients' ability to recollect and comprehend treatment information plays a fundamental role in their decision making.


The authors considered original studies assessing recollection or comprehension of dental informed consent in adults. The authors searched 6 electronic databases and partial gray literature and hand searched and cross-checked reference lists published through April 2015. The authors assessed the risk of bias in the included studies via different validated tools according to the study design.


Nineteen studies were included: 5 randomized clinical trials, 8 cross-sectional studies, 3 qualitative studies, 2 mixed-methods studies, and 1 case series. Conventional informed consent processes yielded comprehension results of 27% to 85% and recollection of 20% to 86%, whereas informed consent processes enhanced by additional media ranged from 44% to 93% for comprehension and from 30% to 94% for recollection. Patient self-reported understanding ranged positively, with most patients feeling that they understood all or almost all the information presented. Results of qualitative data analyses indicated that patients did not always understand explanations, although dentists thought they did. Some patients firmly stated that they did not receive any related information. Only a few patients were able to remember complications related to their treatment options.


Results of this systematic review should alert dentists that although patients in general report that they understand information given to them, they may have limited comprehension. Additional media may improve conventional informed consent processes in dentistry in a meaningful way.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Color stability of nanohybrid resin-based composites, ormocers and compomers

Clinical Oral Investigations
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The aim of this study is to evaluate the color stability of two nanohybrid resin-based composites, two organic modified ceramic resin composites (ormocers) and a compomer, following their immersion during 4 weeks in four usual drinks.

Material and methods

Forty discs of each of the following materials were prepared: GrandioSO (GR), Esthet X (EX), Dyract EXTRA (DY), Ceram X duo (CX), and Admira Fusion (AD). The discs were polished and stored in distilled water during 24 h at 37 °C. Color according to the CIEL*a*b* scale was recoded. Ten randomly selected samples of each material were immersed in red wine (RW), coffee (CF), cola (CK), and distilled water (DW). The color was recorded after 1, 7, 21 and 28 days of immersion. The ΔE values between the baseline color and each of the study timepoints were calculated. The data were analyzed based on the Kruskal-Wallis test, Wilcoxon test, and Mann-Whitney U test.


After 1 day of immersion, all the materials showed ΔE > 3.3, except EX, CF, and CX in CK. RD was the most staining beverage (ΔE 15.36 to 31.09). EX and CX were significantly less stained than the rest of the materials (p < 0.05).


All the staining solutions produced darkening beyond clinically acceptable limits. EX and CX were the materials who experimented less staining, followed by GD. AD and DY were the materials more stained. RW was the drink that produced more staining, followed by CF and CK.

Clinical relevance

After 24 h of immersion in all the solutions, equivalent to 1 month of exposure in the mouth, the evaluated materials showed clinically unacceptable ΔE values.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Comedic legend Jerry Seinfeld slated to regale SIROWORLD 2016 attendees

The legendary comic and former sitcom star will amuse eventgoers on the first evening of the inaugural event

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 19, 2016) - Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, announced today that revered comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform a private standup act for SIROWORLD attendees in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday evening, Aug. 11*.
Seinfeld broke into the comedic scene when he appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson in 1981, then later appeared on similar shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman” and the “Merv Griffin” show.
After starring in his own TV special in 1987, he and fellow comedian Larry David created the hilarious and critically-acclaimed sitcom “Seinfeld,” which premiered in 1989, ran for nine seasons and was one of the highest-rated and most successful shows in the United States.
Since the sitcom’s finale, Seinfeld has performed and recorded several standup specials, authored numerous books including the best-seller “Seinlanguage,” starred in various films like the animated “Bee Movie” in which he co-wrote and co-produced as well and created the popular web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in 2012 that is now in its seventh season.
“Jerry Seinfeld is a comedic titan and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to our lineup of entertainment this year!” said Group Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “After a full day of educational sessions and training, his performance at SIROWORLD is sure to give the audience a boost of energy that will carry throughout the remainder of the event.”
A three-day educational extravaganza, SIROWORLD offers groundbreaking general sessions, innovative and informative breakout sessions, copious networking opportunities and astonishing entertainment for all who attend the inaugural event at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
Early Bird registration rates are available for SIROWORLD through May 31. Doctor registration is offered for only $1,695 (regularly $1,995). Staff/spouse/guest/technician registration is only $995 (regularly $1,195) and is buy three, get one free. Other specials are available as well, visit www.siroworld.com to learn more about different registration types and specialty rates.
VIP tickets can be purchased for an additional $500. VIP tickets include reserved seating, upgraded dining options and special admittance into SIROWORLD entertainment events, including Jerry Seinfeld!
For more information on the various registration types and to register for SIROWORLD, visit www.siroworld.com, or contact our help desk at siroworld@sirona.com or call 844-GO2-SIRO (844-462-7476).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Influence of increased patient age on longitudinal outcomes of root canal treatment: a systematic review

Gerodontology 2016; doi:10.1111/ger.12231 Influence of increased patient age on longitudinal outcomes of root canal treatment: a systematic review



To conduct a systematic review of longitudinal endodontic outcomes in elders.


Negative opinions about the prognosis of non-surgical root canal treatment (NSRCT) in elders affect decisions made by patients and dentists. Patient, caregiver and dentist attitudes and behaviours may interact to decrease the provision of NSRCT. Critical examination of the available evidence through systematic review could provide objective data to assist patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and third-party payers in making decisions about the efficacy of NSRCT in elders and provide a robust foundation for the health promotion of NSRCT in elders.


Inclusion/exclusion criteria were used for defined searches in MEDLINE and Cochrane CENTRAL. Title lists were scanned, and abstracts read to determine utility; articles meeting inclusion/exclusion criteria were analysed. Data were extracted and compiled into a table of evidence.


Defined searching produced 3605 titles; 24 articles were included, nine prospective and 15 retrospective. Overall study quality was good. Patient samples mostly represented modern populations from countries with very high human development indices. Over 17 430 teeth were included. Meta-analysis was not attempted due to heterogeneity in reporting. All 24 included papers demonstrated that increased patient age did not decrease the success or survival rates of NSRCT.


This systematic review of longitudinal NSRCT outcomes demonstrated that increased patient age did not decrease the success of NSRCT. Patient age is not a prognostic factor for NSRCT. Age should not be considered by dentists or patients when making NSRCT decisions.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Retrograde root canal treatment: A prospective case series

Cover image for Vol. 49 Issue 6

International Endodontic Journal

Accepted Article (Accepted, unedited articles published online and citable. The final edited and typeset version of record will appear in future



Root canal treatment of teeth with necrotic pulps and apical periodontitis may be complicated by limited access to the root canals due to restorations and dystrophic calcifications. The objective of this study was to evaluate retrograde root canal as a primary treatment using a surgical approach as an alternative to conventional orthograde treatment.


Patients with apical periodontitis in the anterior region of the maxilla were consecutively recruited to the study over a period of 4 years. Fifty-Seven patients met the inclusion criteria and received retrograde root canal treatment. A clinical and radiographic evaluation was made after one and two years postoperatively.


Clinical and radiographically evaluation after 2 years revealed a successful outcome (as defined in this study) in 90% of the cases.


Retrograde root canal as a primary treatment was a reliable alternative to treat apical periodontitis on single- and two-rooted teeth with limited orthograde access to the root canals in the maxilla.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Launching Dental Practice Management System (Dental PM)

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OSAP Selects Meeting Expectations as its Association Management Partner

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a community of clinicians, educators, researchers and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare, announces the selection of Meeting Expectations, Inc. as its association management partner.

Meeting Expectations, headquartered in Atlanta with offices in the Washington DC, Chicago and Denver metro areas, will provide full-service support to OSAP, including headquarters infrastructure, professional staffing, membership services, meeting management, marketing, technology, financial management and more, effective July 1.

Therese Long will join Meeting Expectations and continue as OSAP’s executive director. “I’m delighted to see OSAP taking the next step forward,” said Long. “This partnership will help the organization continue to advance its important initiatives, with additional resources and renewed energy.”

Meeting Expectations has over 20 years of history providing leadership and operational support to a variety of professional associations, from global organizations to local chapters. “During our search process, Meeting Expectations became the clear choice as the company that could help OSAP advance its strategic mission, as well as bolster OSAP’s structure by providing additional resources, expertise and talent to manage the day-to-day functions through which we serve our membership,” said OSAP Board Chairman Dr. John O'Keefe. OSAP Board Vice-Chair, Mike Smurr, director of marketing, merchandise for Patterson Dental added: “Partnering with Meeting Expectations, which offers a shared services model with multiple centers of expertise, is a way to simultaneously broaden and deepen the value we can deliver to our community.”

OSAP’s headquarters will relocate to Atlanta, GA, where it will be located at:

3525 Piedmont Road
Building Five, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
(800) 298-6727

About OSAP
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. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit www.osap.org.

About Meeting Expectations
Meeting Expectations delivers global association management and meeting planning solutions fusing sound strategy, innovation and expert delivery. Setting the stage for our clients’ success, Meeting Expectations provides effective and engaging event and membership experiences. To learn more, visit www.meetingexpectations.com.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Poor dental hygiene and periodontal health in nursing home residents with dementia: an observational study

Original ArticleOdontology
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Poor oral health conditions are well documented in the institutionalized elderly, but the literature is lacking research on relationships between dementia and periodontal health in nursing home residents. The purpose of this cohort study, therefore, was to assess whether dementia is associated with poor oral health/denture hygiene and an increased risk of periodontal disease in the institutionalized elderly. A total of 219 participants were assessed using the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) to determine cognitive state. According to the MMSE outcome, participants scoring ≤20 were assigned to dementia group (D) and those scoring >20 to the non-dementia group (ND), respectively. For each of the groups D and ND, Gingival Bleeding Index (GBI) and Denture Hygiene Index (DHI) linear regression models were used with the confounders age, gender, dementia, number of comorbidities and number of permanent medications. To assess the risk factors for severe periodontitis as measured by the Community Index of Periodontal Treatment Needs, a logistic regression analysis was performed. Statistical analysis revealed no significant differences of GBI as well of DHI for demented and healthy subjects (p > 0.05). Severe periodontitis was detected in 66 % of participants with dementia. The logistic regression showed a 2.9 times increased risk among demented participants (p = 0.006). Oral hygiene, denture hygiene and periodontal health are poor in nursing home residents. The severity of oral problems, primarily periodontitis, seems to be enhanced in subjects suffering from dementia. Longitudinal observations are needed to clarify the cause–reaction relationship.

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Features and Services for Carestream Dental Software Streamline Efficiencies and Provide Enhanced Support

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Whether it’s diagnostic software or dental practice management software (DPMS), the click of a mouse plays a crucial role in the day-to-day workings of a practice. With that in mind, Carestream Dental announced today updates to its Logicon Caries Detector software to enhance diagnosis as well as a new online resource for DPMS customers to more efficiently support software users.
The latest updates to Logicon Caries Detector v5.2 software make using the software easier and more efficient. Fewer icons on the screen help doctors focus on diagnosing without distraction. Better organized menus and simplified icons enhance the diagnostic capabilities of Logicon. Users will also notice an updated look and feel to the software’s interface—a modern black color scheme makes for a sophisticated look that enhances diagnostic comfort.
“We are excited about the new look and feel of Logicon v5.2,” Stephanie Lacina, Logicon product line manager, Carestream Dental, said. “The new interface has a fresh, updated look that also helps improve efficiency with new menu options and simplified tools for diagnosis.”
Logicon v5.2 is the only commercially available FDA-approved computer-aided radiographic caries diagnosis software. It’s a clinically proven tool to help practitioners detect and treat interproximal caries at an early stage, enabling minimally invasive treatments. Studies show that Logicon more than doubles dentists’ capability to find early caries in the dentin over traditional visual diagnostic methods* and is clinically proven to help dentists find up to 20 percent more interproximal caries on permanent teeth**. The technology is exclusive to Carestream Dental RVG sensors.
In addition to diagnostic software, practice management software plays a crucial role in a dental practice. To support the thousands of Carestream Dental software users across the country, a new online users’ community called The Exchange provides a place to network and share software knowledge.
The Exchange allows users to ask questions of Carestream Dental subject matter experts and also gives other participants the opportunity to weigh in with their own answers. Users can start and contribute to ongoing discussions or participate in occasional polls. The open dialogue and active user participation makes for a robust customer service experience. The Exchange also includes a growing library of product-specific documents that are constantly updated, such as FAQs, tips and tricks and how-to guides.
“The Exchange is the perfect place to get your questions answered while also showing off your own knowledge and helping others along the way,” Stephen Reeder, senior manager, digital marketing, Carestream Dental, said. “We’re finding that online communities and forums are the first place users turn to when they have general questions or need to trouble-shoot.”
The Exchange is a free resource for the dental community, and while it currently only focuses on CS SoftDent and CS OrthoTrac software, there are already plans to grow the community to encompass the full family of DPMS offerings and Carestream Dental products in the future. Visit The Exchange at www.carestreamdental.com/community.
Learn more about Logicon, The Exchange and all of Carestream Dental’s innovative products in booth #502 at CDA South, Anaheim Convention Center, Calif.
*Tracy, Kyle D., “Utility and effectiveness of computer-aided diagnosis of dental caries”, General Dentistry 59-2 (2011): 136-144
Gakenheimer, David C., "The Efficacy of a Computerized Caries Detector in Intraoral Digital Radiography." Journal of the American Dental Association 133 (2002): 883-890

About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
About Carestream Health
Carestream is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and IT solutions; X-ray imaging systems for non-destructive testing and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream representative, call 888.777.2072 or visit www.carestream.com.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Transition Year for “Best of Class” Award Recognizing Game Changing Technologies in Dentistry

As a member of the selection committee I cannot wait for all of you to see what products are the winners and hopefully you can join us at the ADA in Denver. MJ

Baltimore, MD and Novato, CA; May 10th, 2016In 2016 the most prestigious award for dental industry companies, will transition sponsorship from the Pride Institute to the newly launched Cellerant Consulting Group, founded by Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS. The Cellerant “Best of Class” Technology Award, formerly known as The Pride “Best of Class” Technology Award, recognizes innovative game changing technology offerings, services and devices.  Since the inaugural presentation in 2009, the “Best of Class” Technology Awards have grown to occupy a unique space in dentistry, by creating awareness in the community of manufacturers that are driving the discussion as to how practices will operate now and in the future.
Prior to founding Cellerant Consulting Group, Dr. Shuman served as the President of Pride Institute where he created and developed the “Best of Class” Technology Awards.  “As one of the most recognized and reputable names in practice management, the Pride Institute was a terrific launching pad for a completely different kind of award” said Dr. Shuman. 
In just eight years the “Best of Class” designation has become not only a coveted honor for industry, but as importantly a trusted criterion for dental professionals to make educated, informed product and technology investment decisions for their practices and their patients.  “While sponsorship will transition to Cellerant and the award name will change in 2016, the “Best of Class” commitment to integrity, based on its rigorous selection process will remain the same” vowed Dr. Shuman.
The selection process relies on an expert panel of dentists recognized as thought leaders and educators that includes Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Dr. John Flucke, Dr. Marty Jablow and Dr. Parag Kachalia. Over the course of each year, the panel members seek out and conduct research on potentially practice-changing technologies, with deliberations on nominees and final voting taking place in February.  Panelists are precluded from voting in any category where they have consulting relationships.  The entire selection process is conducted and managed on a not-for-profit basis.
“Best in Class” Technology Award winners are showcased at the ADA annual meeting. Dental professionals have the unique opportunity to speak with each company and interact with the award-winning products at the Technology Expo in the Exhibit Hall. The Technology Expo also offers free continuing education taught by the leading experts in technology integration and social media. More information can be found online at ADA.org/meeting.
“Lou started Cellerant in response to the industry consulting business that grew organically during his time as President of Pride.  We agreed that Pride should remain laser focused on the practice management side” commented Amy Morgan, Pride Institute CEO.  “It’s logical and fitting that “Best of Class”, now the most prominent dental industry award, transition to Cellerant and continue forward under Dr. Shuman’s leadership”.  “I am excited about this transition year and the 2016 “Best of Class” award winners which will be announced in June” added Dr. Shuman.

About Cellerant Consulting Group
Founded and lead by CEO Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS Cellerant provides strategic dental market insights, clinical expertise, implementation resources and support to accelerate growth for client dental companies.  Cellerant services include new concept incubation, clinical product evaluation, product development, continuing education program development and CE sponsorship, strategic branding and marketing, online marketing, lead generation and dental media relations management.  As an orthodontist and former owner of a 10-doctor multi-specialty private group practice Dr. Shuman guides clients to develop offerings that connect with and engage dental customers on a relationship level that provides sustained differentiation.  Cellerant operates under a unique model that merges leading voices in clinical product evaluation and strategic partner companies to provide a menu of services from one easily accessible network.
About Pride Institute
Pride Institute is nationally renowned for delivering customized practice management solutions from simple to complex in: leadership, team communication, strategic planning, technology integration, operational systems, patient management and marketing - for all dental and specialty practices who want to fulfill their vision and achieve new levels of success.  Located in Northern California, Pride Institute utilizes a foundation of 40 years of extensive benchmarks, research, and content development combined with leading edge expertise in modern management methods that include new marketing and technology education and integration.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Conference to Include IC Compliance Briefs

“Enlighten us but make it quick!” is the idea behind Compliance Briefs, a session being offered at the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) 2016 Annual Conference, June 2-5, in San Diego, CA. Novice and expert speakers will share infection control compliance success stories, tips, and resources in targeted 5-minute talks. The fast-paced session will have participants filling their notepads with ideas for new tools, tips, and strategies for their office, school, or consulting practice. Space is still available for the content-rich OSAP conference, which will also include sessions on new infection prevention tools and updates on emerging and re-emerging diseases like Zika and measles. Leading experts will address top compliance and safety issues and offer resources, expert guidance, and evidence-based solutions. For more information or to register, go to www.osap.org.

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, 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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Advanced Digital Solutions from Carestream Dental Now Available at the Kois Center

ATLANTA—Carestream Dental is proud to announce the installation of several of its most valuable digital solutions at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, Wash. Among the technology the Center can now provide its students is the CS 9300 system, RVG 6200 sensors and CS 1500 intraoral cameras.
The Kois Center offers a clinical program made up of nine scientific, comprehensive courses focusing on esthetics, implant and restorative dentistry. The Center prides itself on providing its students with the latest technology to enhance the learning environment, such as computer animation, live video demonstrations and, of course, a high-tech dental office and laboratory experience.
“Technologies that provide better diagnostic metrics allow clinicians to move towards ‘precision medicine,’ which will create a more predictable dental health care model,” Dean E. Kois, D.M.D., M.S.D., said.
“It’s vital that oral health care professionals have the opportunity to work hands-on with the latest technology,” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., vice president of sales and marketing, Carestream Dental, said. “The Kois Center and Carestream Dental are giving practitioners the tools to more accurately diagnose and treat patients, while also enhancing doctor/patient communication.”
The 3D imaging offered by the CS 9300 allows students to view patient anatomy like never before. Through cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), practitioners can uncover critical information that cannot be detected when relying solely upon 2D imaging. Not only that, the 3D images captured by the CS 9300 improve patient education and communication, as they are more likely to comprehend their diagnosis when the clinician points out issues using a realistic 3D image rather than a 2D image.
The RVG 6200s produce images with a very high resolution, so students are better able to diagnose problems, plan treatments and explain diagnoses to their patients. To streamline workflow and save chair time, the digital intraoral sensors are always armed, always ready to capture an image—simply position, expose, view. Plus, the sensors are designed with durability in mind and can withstand the drops, bites, etc., that occur in a busy clinical setting.
Both the CS 9300 and RVG 6200 sensors come equipped with the CS Adapt module. In order to increase diagnostic confidence, the module allows clinicians to hone in on their preferred look and feel for viewing a digital radiograph. High contrast, smooth or even if they’re accustomed to film—there’s a filter to fit students’ and their future patients’ clinical needs.
Intraoral cameras are a simple tool yet play a huge role in doctor/patient communication. With the CS 1500, clinicians learn how showing, not just telling, can make all the difference when presenting a case to a patient. The camera’s autofocus function means there’s no need to make manual adjustments, while sharp, clear visuals ensure patients immediately understand their options.
For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions or to request a product demonstration, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.
About the Kois Center
The Kois Center curriculum was designed for practicing dentists that want a cohesive educational experience rather than a combination of different courses. The core courses were designed to create improved critical decision-making (treatment planning), understanding function, and dentofacial evaluation. The implementation courses focus on periodontics, biomechanics, and implants, which have seen the most change driven by science and technology.

The education is designed to create a more significant impact by transforming the student through a platform of understanding and commitment. The ultimate purpose of the Kois Center is to create world-class performers. The individual practitioner in turn derives more confidence, gains improved clinical performance, understands the financial accountability of dental procedures, and has more satisfaction from the practice of dentistry.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, call 800.944.6365 or visit www.carestreamdental.com.

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

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Monday, May 09, 2016

American Academy of Periodontology to Hold its 102nd Annual Meeting in San Diego

Registration Now Open to all Dental Professionals and Media
CHICAGO (May 3, 2016) — The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will hold its 102nd Annual Meeting September 10–13, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. This year’s event is presented in collaboration with the Japanese Society of Periodontology and the Japanese Academy of Clinical Periodontology.
The 2016 Annual Meeting provides more than 26 continuing education credits from an array of multidisciplinary courses relevant to those at all levels of the dental profession, from student to seasoned specialist. Sessions include hands-on workshops and state-of-the art practical courses on diagnosis and treatment methods, the latest technologies, clinical applications, and practice management.
“This year’s annual session will welcome thousands of dental professionals from around the world, and we’re pleased to provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from periodontal thought leaders and innovators,” says Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD, president of the AAP. “All dental professionals are encouraged to join us in San Diego.”
Highlights of the 102nd Annual Meeting include the following:
·       Opening General Session: Named one of U.S. News and World Report’s 14 pioneers of medical progress, Anthony Atala, MD, will share his insights on tissue engineering and clinical applications in regenerative medicine in “Technology and Innovation: Regenerative Medicine and 3D Printing.” Dr. Atala’s work has been heralded twice by Time magazine, first in 2007 as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year and again in 2013 as one of the five discoveries that will change the future of organ transplants.
·       Student/New Periodontist Series: These focused sessions are geared specifically toward those just beginning a career in periodontics, with topics highlighting pearls and pitfalls of residency, immediate implant placement, and osseous surgery.
·       Dental Hygiene Symposium: This interactive course will elevate the registered dental hygienist as a key partner in comprehensive periodontal care. Attendees can earn four continuing education credits during lectures on such topics as the use of lasers in periodontics, the detection of peri-implant disease, and regenerative periodontics.
·       CBCT Boot Camp: This intensive course will provide a comprehensive review of the concepts of imaging for implants, including image manipulation to produce clinically correct cross-sections and a systematic review of a CBCT volume.
To register for the 2016 Annual Meeting or for more information, please visit www.perio.org/meetings,
call 1-800-282-4867 ext. 3213, or email
Registration fees for media representatives attending the AAP’s 102nd Annual Meeting will be waived, granting access to all non-ticketed sessions and seminars. Presenters and AAP representatives will be available for on-site interviews, film, and photo shoots, which must be scheduled in advance with AAP Public Relations staff. For press credentials, contact the Academy’s Public Relations Department at 312-573-3243 or mame@perio.org.

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.

Friday, May 06, 2016

OralChroma®, the Advanced Halitosis Measuring Device, Makes Debut at CDA Presents Anaheim 2016

Accurate Breath Assessment by Dental Professionals is Important
Because Halitosis Indicates Oral Infections and Systemic Health Risks

Schaumburg, IL May 4, 2016 –  Nissha USA, Inc., the North American marketing arm of OralChroma manufacturer FIS Inc., will be showcasing the OralChroma® halitosis measuring device during CDA Presents Anaheim from May 12th through the May 14th at booth #2351.
The OralChroma® device provides quick and precise in-office analysis for the three volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that are responsible for 90% of halitosis cases.  OralChroma® is a compact sized, operatory-friendly version of the large-scale gas chromatographs used in research laboratories.
According to OralChroma’s Business Development Manager, Hiro Uenishi, “We believe that dental professionals hold the solutions for most factors causing halitosis, but to date, no clinical halitosis measurement device seems to have truly helped them in effectively selecting and applying those solutions.”

OralChroma® enables dental professionals to provide their patients with accurate and objective breath analysis, which is important not only because of the social stigma attached to bad breath, but also because of the underestimated health risks it represents.  

“It’s been clinically proven that the same bacteria that cause halitosis also cause periodontal disease, which has been linked to many medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, dementia and some forms of cancer,” explains Uenishi.
One of the key advantages of using OralChroma® is that it differentiates each of the three major components of oral malodor rather than simply measuring the overall breath level. By understanding the degree of three VSCs respectively, dental professionals gain insights into factors affecting patient’s breath, being able to plan the treatment based on evidence.
OralChroma® works by having the patient breathe into a disposable syringe that is used to inject the breath sample into an inlet port of the device. The breath analysis process begins automatically, and the Data Manager Software displays the following three VSC readings and judgment against threshold value on a USB-connected computer screen in just four minutes:
·       Hydrogen Sulfide   The VSC associated with poor oral hygiene and the presence of organic debris on the dorsum of the tongue.1
·       Methyl Mercaptan – The VSC associated with periodontal disease.1
·       Dimethyl Sulfide    The VCS associated with systemic (blood borne), metabolic (blood borne), or respiratory conditions, including otolaryngological (ENT) problems.1
OralChroma’s Data Manager Software also allows the easy storage and management of an unlimited amount of patient data, thus enabling the visualization of treatment progress and status in chronological order, which in turn motivates patients and enhances their relationship with the dentist and hygienist.
“With halitosis affecting 50-60 percent of the world’s population1, there’s a high probability that many patients of the average dental office are afflicted,” says Uenishi. “OralChroma® is easily integrated into an existing examination protocol and will help dentists and hygienists alike elevate their standard of patient care.” 
During the CDA Presents Anaheim, Nissha USA will be offering OralChroma® regularly priced at $7,500 for $6,900 with the bonus of bundled laptop computer, and Data Manager pre-installed and ready to use.  A “TRY before you BUY” program is also available. For more information, visit www.oralchroma.us or contact OralChroma® at (844) 624-7662 or info@oralchroma.us.

1 Badanjak, S. “Halitosis in the Absence of Oral Causes: Recent Research on the Etiology of Non-Oral Origins of Halitosis”. Can J. Dent. Hygiene. 2012; 46 (4):231-237

About Nissha USA:
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, Nissha USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., a global technology company located in Kyoto, Japan. Nissha USA markets and sells the OralChroma® device which utilizes unique gas chromatography technology to provide quick and precise in-office analysis of the three VSCs responsible for the majority of halitosis cases.
Nissha USA is currently seeking for dental professional partners as well as distribution channel partners who see the benefits that OralChroma® can bring to dental patients in North America.
For more information, visit www.oralchroma.us or contact OralChroma® at (844) 624-7662 or info@oralchroma.us.
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