Thursday, October 27, 2016

Brasseler USA® Introduces the NL4500


SAVANNAH, GA (October 25, 2016) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to unveil the new NL4500 handpiece. The NL4500 has a unique 45° angle head design that allows for maximum visibility and posterior access, and is ideal for treating impacted molars.

Equally important is the special triple port design that delivers a water stream, not a mist, directly to the tip of the bur. The NL4500 delivers a powerful 21 watts of power, features ceramic ball bearings and a push button head, all in a lightweight design.

For more information about the NL4500, please visit or call 800-841-4522.

About Brasseler USA®

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

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Convergent Dental Announces New Partnership with Patterson Dental

Strategic Alliance Expands Availability of Solea®
to Thousands of Dental Professionals Nationwide

Natick, MA (October 20, 2016) – Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissue dental laser system, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment, and technology in the US and Canada. Effective immediately, Patterson Dental will distribute Solea, the first and only CO2 dental laser cleared to cut hard, soft and osseous tissue across the US.

“We are tremendously excited about this partnership,” remarked Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. “Patterson’s representatives have earned a place as trusted advisors to thousands of dentists because of their commitment to a deep understanding of what is important to each customer and delivering the best solutions to meet those needs. This thoughtful approach to helping practices grow matches exactly with how we do business at Convergent Dental and is the most important aspect of this partnership.”  

Solea has earned its reputation for delivering reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free experiences because of the science behind it, the technology that enables it, and its simplicity in the hands of the dentists. With a single setting, dentists move back and forth between hard, soft, and osseous tissue by just changing pressure on the dental laser industry’s only variable speed foot pedal. 

“Solea is revolutionizing the dental practice by dramatically increasing production while greatly improving the patient experience,” remarked Dave Misiak, President of Patterson Dental. “We truly believe in this groundbreaking technology and see it as a powerful complement to the other technologies that we have so successfully introduced to thousands of our customers.”

All dental professionals attending this year’s American Dental Association (ADA) Meeting are encouraged to visit Convergent Dental at booth #1814 and Patterson Dental at booth #3036 for a free demonstration of how Solea can improve their own clinical procedures and practice profitability. 

For more information about Solea, please visit or call 844.GOSOLEA.

About Convergent Dental, Inc.
Convergent Dental, Inc. is a privately owned dental equipment and technology company. Solea® is the only computer-aided, CO2 laser system to be cleared by the FDA for all-tissue indications. With Solea’s unique wavelength and computer controls, dentists can reliably perform procedures anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free. Reliably anesthesia-free and blood-free procedures pay huge dividends for patients in the form of a vastly improved dental experience and dentists in terms of significant practice growth. For more information, please visit Follow the company on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About Patterson Dental
Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment and technology in the US and Canada, serves as the largest business in the progressive, global Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO) family of businesses. Patterson is committed to creating value for customers through products, services, and lasting relationships. Dental professionals who partner with Patterson enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that come with relying on one trusted source for everything they need. For more information, please visit

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ntroducing The Future of Oral Health, a new custom collaboration between Scientific American Custom Media and Colgate-Palmolive Company


New York City, NY (October 24, 2016) – The impact of oral disease on whole-body health and the changes to the practice of dentistry worldwide are the subjects of The Future of Oral Heath, a new publication produced by Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company.

The issue will launch on October 21st at the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver during the panel discussion, The Evolving Landscape of Global Oral Health, Its Prevention and Treatment,” moderated by Jeremy Abbate, VP and publisher of Scientific American and the publishing director of The Future of Oral Heath. Panelists include: Michael C. Alfano, DMD, PhD, Caswell A. Evans, DDS, MPH, Sharon Guynup, Thomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, PhD, Dipl. ABP (Periodontology) and Marko Vujicic, PhD.

The publication explores science, policy and new delivery models to better understand the current and future state of the multifaceted oral health field. Within the issue are updates on:

  • The oral health of a growing elderly population; global health issue of caries and periodontal diseases and the latest industry developments helping to improve access and cost-of-care in these areas.
  • The state of the science linking oral health and other areas of medicine and changes in the relationships between the dental and medical communities as they slowly de-silo and integrate to deliver better care and greater access for patients.
  • New tools being employed in diagnostics, biotechnology, and digital health that are advancing care, along with a special look at how dentistry and oral health will be managed in the future.
  • Philosophies and technologies that have fueled industry changes and ways in which global demographics are mandating more accommodating, on-demand approaches to dentistry that reduce cost and bring care to hard-to-reach populations.

“We are thrilled to be working with Colgate to bring these important issues to an international audience,” notes Jeremy Abbate, VP and Publisher, Scientific American and the project’s leader. “Examining oral health through the lens of global health, access to care, and future technology is a relevant conversation, not just for dentistry, but for the larger allied health space.”

Pat Verduin, Colgate’s Chief Technology Officer, concurs: “Solutions in oral health must address evolving patient needs, changing global demographics, and the ever-advancing innovation landscape that will affect delivery methods and models of care. We are very proud to be a part of this multifaceted conversation.”

Scientific American’s The Future of Oral Health: Global Challenges, Advances, and New Technologies is freely accessible at
About Scientific American Custom Media

Scientific American’s Custom Media Division operates as a separate and distinct unit from its Editorial department. Leveraging the highest standards embodied by its brand, Scientific American Custom Media develops events, content, and special projects in partnership with corporations, government institutions and other organizations.

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit

About Springer Nature

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s most influential journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Visit and follow @SpringerNature

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Marijuana Use Linked to Increased Gum Disease Risk

Frequent cannabis users exhibit key indicators of periodontal disease in new study in AAP journal
CHICAGO (October 12, 2016)Researchers have found that frequent recreational cannabis useincluding marijuana, hashish, and hash oilmay be associated with elevated risk of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). When compared to study participants who used cannabis less regularly, those who had used it at least once a month for a year demonstrated increased indicators of mild, moderate, and severe periodontal disease. The study is featured in the Journal of Periodontology, which is published by the American Academy of Periodontology.
In the report, titled “Relationship Between Frequent Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana and Hashish) Use and Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: NHANES 2011-2012,” participants who identified as frequent users of recreational cannabis demonstrated an average of 29.2 sites around the teeth with periodontal pocket depths of greater than or equal to four millimeters; 24.8 sites with pocket depth of greater than or equal to six millimeters; and 24.5 sites with at least eight millimeters of pocket depth. Study participants who reported to less frequent cannabis use indicated an average of 22.3, 19.2, and 18.9 sites respectively.
Pocket depths are critical indicators of periodontal disease, measuring the space between a tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Healthy attachment of gum tissue, which should fit snuggly around a tooth, measures between one to three millimeters in depth. Pocket depth measurements indicative of disease can range between three to five millimeters deep (mild periodontal disease) to more than seven millimeters deep (severe periodontal disease).
“At a time when the decriminalization of marijuana use is becoming more common in the United States, users should be made aware of the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums,” says Dr. Terrence J. Griffin, president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). “There are a number of risk factors that contribute to the development of periodontal disease, and this report suggests that cannabis use may be one of them. Patients should notify their periodontists of all known risk factors to ensure timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”
Data for this reportwhich assessed a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults between age 30 and 59were collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2011-2012), administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the AAP. The AAP and the CDC have worked together since 2003 to determine periodontitis prevalence in the United States, finding that nearly half of all U.S. adults age 30 and above have some form of periodontal disease.
Those who suspect they have gum disease should schedule an appointment with a local periodontist,” Dr. Griffin says.
Periodontal disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection below the gum line, and it can lead to swelling, irritation, receding gums, and tooth loss if left untreated. The AAP recommends regular flossing, brushing twice a day, and undergoing yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations for the prevention of periodontal disease, which is treatable and often reversible with proper and timely care from a periodontist.
To learn more about periodontal disease or to find a periodontist in your area, visit
About the American Academy of Periodontology
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontistsspecialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

International Dental Show (IDS) 2017: Ten good reasons for visiting the trade fair

Impressive figures - impressive innovations - a fascinating city - so don't miss IDS!

139,000 trade visitors from 152 countries, 2,199 companies from 59 countries on a total of 157,000 square metres of exhibition space - in the view of these figures from the year 2015, it is immediately clear to everyone: There are a multitude of reasons for visiting the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne from 21 to 25 March 2017. For example, the following ten:

1. Among all information possibilities on dental themes, IDS is the central forum and an unparalleled marketplace - big-scale, with a high degree of comfort and staged with great attention to deal. 
2. IDS has firmly established itself as the global leading trade fair for dentistry and dental technology over the course of many decades. For example, it offers the most comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art technologies and current innovations, interesting product developments and new services.
3. Located in the heart of Europe, IDS is easily accessible from all over the world, the world capital of dentistry lies in Cologne every two years.
4. It is child's play to reach the fair, because the website offers efficient support for arrival by car, train or airplane as well as for finding and booking a hotel.
5. IDS is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI). Which itself is an industry association with a long tradition and which also disposes of the corresponding wealth of experience in organising exhibitions and trade fairs. This year VDDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923.
6. IDS is an ideal place for an eventful outing with the entire team. While touring around the exhibition halls, you certainly won't be stuck for topics of conversation and each individual person will enjoy his own personal trade fair experience.
7. Making the preparations and organising one's visit in advance is easy. Because the website provides plenty of support here. You can find the exhibiting companies and themes here, which enable you to efficiently plan your visit to the trade fair in advance. The new IDS app, which contains many functions, and the Matchmaking tool are very useful while preparing one's visit and touring the fair in Cologne.
8. The trade visitors plan their tour around the exhibition halls based on the focal point of their practice or laboratory and according to the current investment needs. For instance, endodontists, orthodontists or dental technicians that specialise in implant prosthetics will quickly find those suppliers of the dental industry with whom they can cooperate as partners.
9. Beyond the industry exhibition, IDS offers an extensive supporting programme, including among others the traditional Speaker's Corner, the Generation Lounge or exciting award ceremonies (i.e. the Gysi Prize for aspiring young dental technicians). Further demonstrations and short lectures are held at the exhibition stands.
10. IDS is exciting, it demands a high degree of attentiveness, if one wants to exploit the maximum benefit. It is thus recommendable to explore the Cathedral city with one's team after a long day at the trade fair. There are more sights and opportunities for a cosy get-together in Cologne than in hardly any other city.
"Within seconds, I could think of at least twenty other reasons to visit IDS, the world's largest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology, in Cologne from 21 to 25 March 2017," Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the VDDI (Association of the German Dental Manufacturers), assured. "That is why it goes without saying that 
I will visit the fair personally, meet up with plenty of trade visitors and hold interesting discussions with them."

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

100 years of VDDI
The VDDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923. In 1928 the VDDF organised the first International Dental Show.
Today the VDDI has 200 member companies with 20,000 employees. The overall turnover is more than Euro 5 billion with an export share of 62 percent.

More information on the anniversary can be found at

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunstar Pledges $250,000 to AAP for Innovative Periodontitis Research

Sunstar Innovation Grants to be awarded to researchers over next three years
SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, October 7, 2016— Sunstar Americas recently announced that it has pledged $250,000 to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) for a series of research grants to be awarded over a three-year period beginning in 2017.
The first Sunstar Innovation Grant will award $30,000 to an AAP member whose research will be presented at the AAP’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston September 9-12, 2017. Grant applications must address the following objectives:
  • Innovative treatments and research that serve to alleviate the high burden of periodontitis on the U.S. population.
  • Interdisciplinary team approaches to treating patients with periodontal disease that focus efforts on preserving the patient’s natural dentition, particularly among patients at risk.
  • Novel approaches to achieve patient compliance with oral hygiene instruction/treatment plans using modern, evidence-based diagnostics and modern patient education tools during and between dental visits.
    “For over half a century, our company’s stated mission has been, ‘Always strive to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality-of-life,’” said Marie Wilson, Sunstar Americas Senior Manager, Scientific Affairs & Professional Relations. “By awarding our Sunstar Innovation Grants over the next three years, we will be able to further support not only our mission but the crucial efforts of AAP members to significantly reduce the impact of periodontitis in America.”
    Applications for the initial grant must be submitted by October 16, 2016 on the AAP’s online submission site at All grant applications will be administered by the AAP Research Submissions Committee. Grant applicants must be members of the AAP.
    About Sunstar Americas
    Sunstar Americas, Inc. is a member of the Sunstar Group of companies, a global organization headquartered in Switzerland that serves oral health care professionals and consumers in 90
countries around the world. Sunstar’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere via its four business areas: mouth and body, health and beauty, healthy home, safety and technology. Sunstar Americas, Inc. provides quality oral care products under the GUM®, Butler® and GUIDOR® brands.

Monday, October 17, 2016




Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the stability during healing and before loading of implants placed at two different supracrestal levels according to their collar texture.
Materials and Methods: This retrospective study included patients who received posterior implants with the same macro design. Implants with a machined collar were placed 0.3 mm above the crestal bone (M group), while those with a laser-microtextured collar were placed 1 mm above the crestal bone (L group). All implants healed in a single stage with healing abutments. Implant stability quotient (ISQ) values were determined using resonance frequency analysis immediately after implant placement during surgery and after 1, 4, 8, and 12 weeks after surgery. Other evaluated factors for stability included the implant diameter and length and the site of placement (maxilla or mandible).
Results: In total, 103 implants (47 L, 56 M) were evaluated. The median ISQ values at baseline and 1 week after placement were significantly higher for the M group than for the L group (p=0.006 and p=0.031, respectively). There were no differences at the subsequent observation points. The ISQ value was higher for wide-diameter than regular diameter (p=0.001) and mandibular implants than maxillary implants (p=0.001 at 0-8. weeks; p=0.012 at 12 weeks) at all observation points. When diameter data were neglected, the implant length did not influence the ISQ value at all observation points.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that submerging implant more inside bone may only influence primary stability. Moreover, the implant diameter and site of placement influence primary and secondary stability before loading, whereas the implant length does not when its diameter is not accounted for.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Diagnostic accuracy of direct digital radiography and conventional radiography for proximal caries detection in primary teeth: A systematic review.

Nuvvula S, Bhumireddy JR, Kamatham R, Mallineni SK. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2016;34:300-5


Objective: The present study was conducted to uncover the diagnostic accuracy of digital versus conventional radiographic methods for the detection of proximal caries in primary teeth.

Methods: Two researchers independently involved in the search process to explore Medical Subject Heading terms "dental digital radiography," "dental radiography," "bitewing," "dental caries," and "primary teeth" using PubMed, Cochrane Library, Ovid SP, and SIGLE databases. Search was confined to the articles published in English language only, with time period limit January 1996 to April 2014 and a hand search was performed to retrieve additional citations. Explicit inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied to eliminate undesired studies. Critical appraisal of the retrieved articles was done using the quality rating based on Bader and co-workers criteria.  

Results: A total of 129 articles were retrieved, among which 4 articles were included. All the four studies included were in vitro, of which two studies attained a high-quality score, whereas the other two attained average, and low scores based on Bader et al.'s criteria.  

Conclusions: A big lacuna exists in the literature, regarding the evaluation of radiographic systems in primary teeth, suggesting an immediate need for well conducted in vivo studies. The quality of available evidence can be regarded as fair but cannot be suggested to set a baseline, indicating a need to perform high-quality studies in a randomized sample to find out the accuracy of digital and conventional radiographs.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The impact of a formal complaint on Dutch dentists’ professional practice: a survey study

BMC Oral HealthBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:104
DOI: 10.1186/s12903-016-0295-8



A complaint from a patient can have a serious impact on the well-being of dentists. Little is known, however, about the nature and the extent of this impact.


Therefore in 2013 an anonymous survey was conducted among 955 dentists and dental specialists who were involved in a complaints procedure dealt with by the Complaints Committee of the Royal Dutch Dental Association (KNMT) in the period of mid-2008 to mid-2013.


In total 413 (43 %) of these dentists participated in the study. As a result of a formal complaint 71 % of the respondents experienced a considerable impact in their professional practising, while 52 % stated that it had (also) seriously influenced their attitude towards colleagues and patients. Furthermore, 60 % (also) mentioned effects of a complaints procedure regarding their mental and/or physical well-being.


Being confronted with a formal complaint from a patient leads to a considerable impact on dentists’ professional practice and personal well-being. It is remarkable this did not only pertain to a ‘negative’ impact, but also to a ‘positive’ impact. Despite unpleasant feelings, several dentists regarded the complaint as a ‘wake-up call’. Furthermore, given the relatively high number of successful mediation attempts it can be concluded that this form of complaint handling appears to be a successful way of solving problems that have arisen between patients and dentists.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Evaluation of patient experience and satisfaction with CAD-CAM-fabricated complete dentures: A retrospective survey study


Statement of problem

Reports of sound, evidence-based treatment outcomes of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture (CAD-CAM) of complete dentures (CD) are lacking in publication databases.


The purpose of this retrospective survey study was to assess patient preferences and satisfaction when treated with digitally fabricated CDs, by using a questionnaire.

Material and methods

A total of 50 patients who received digital CDs were included in this study. A 10-item questionnaire was sent to the patients in order to assess their satisfaction with their digital CD experience. The items, or statements listed, were concerned with patient satisfaction and also the treatment technique and final outcome. Results of patient satisfaction questions were evaluated using descriptive statistics, means, and medians. All statistical tests were performed using commercially available software. Responses to the questionnaire provided by patients were analyzed using the Mantel-Haenszel chi-squared test (α=.05).


The questionnaire was sent to 50 patients, and the total patient response rate after treatment intervention was 38% (n=19). Data obtained from questionnaire responses revealed that patients were generally pleased and satisfied with digital CDs. The chi-squared test results revealed no statistically significant differences (P=.180) in the ratings of experienced CD wearers. However, 70% of experienced CD patients agreed that their new digital CDs were “better” than their previous set of CDs. In all categories evaluated, patients gave positive responses regarding their digital CDs.


Results of this questionnaire-driven study suggest that ratings from experienced CD wearers rehabilitated with CAD-CAM-fabricated CDs did not differ significantly from their previous ratings of conventional CDs, but overall, their satisfaction ratings of their digital CDs tended to be positive.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Four-implant overdenture fully supported by a CAD-CAM titanium bar: A single-cohort prospective 1-year preliminary study




Statement of problem

In patients with an altered skeletal maxillomandibular relationship and bone resorption, the rehabilitation of edentulous jaws by combining 4 implants, 2 straight medially and 2 tilted distally, may be preferred to avoid a bone augmentation procedure.


The purpose of this single cohort 1-year prospective study was to evaluate the clinical performance of a 4-implant overdenture fully supported by a computer-aided designed and computer-aided manufactured (CAD-CAM) titanium bar.

Material and methods

This single cohort prospective study included edentulous participants rehabilitated with a 4-implant overdenture in 1 of the 2 jaws. The outcomes were implant and prosthetic survival and success rates, any biologic and technical complications, periimplant marginal bone loss, changes in the oral health impact profile (OHIP), bleeding on probing, and the plaque index.


Eighteen participants received 72 implants. One year after implant placement, no implants or prosthesis had failed, and no biologic or technical complications had been observed. At the 1-year follow-up, the mean marginal bone loss was 0.29 ±0.16 mm. The OHIP summary scores demonstrated a significant improvement in oral health-related quality of life. At the 1-year follow-up, positive bleeding was found in 2 participants (11.1%) around 3 implants (4.1%). Three participants (16.6%), accounting for 5 implants (6.9%), showed a slight amount of plaque.


A 4-implant overdenture supported by a CAD-CAM titanium bar may be a reliable option for the treatment of the edentulous mandible and maxilla over a 1-year period. Oral health-related quality of life significantly improved in all treated participants.

Monday, October 10, 2016

3M Launches World’s First Tablet-Based Mobile Intraoral Scanner

Move freely between operatories with a digital scanner that can be carried by hand
ST. PAUL‚ Minn. – (Oct. 6, 2016) – Mobile tablets, commonplace in many aspects of clinical practice in health care settings, have arrived in the dental industry with the introduction of the 3MTM Mobile True Definition Scanner, a one-of-a-kind tablet- based intraoral scanner that fits in your hand.
The compact, ergonomic design is similar to rechargeable tablets that patients and clinicians use in their daily lives, allowing clinicians to move freely between operatories without power cords or carts. Flexible mounting options help to minimize workspace clutter, offering more space for the clinician and assistant to maneuver in small spaces. Informed discussion and visual patient communication is made easy with a system that can be placed directly into the hands or lap of a patient, where they can experience a cutting-edge digital visualization of their oral anatomy, and ultimately, a better understanding of proposed treatments. With easy setup – users can unbox and scan in less than an hour – the 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner can seamlessly integrate into the practice.
“The 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner takes the patient experience to another level,” said Karen Burquest, digital oral care global business director at 3M Oral Care. “This scanner offers clinicians the flexibility to place the tablet in the patient’s hands so they can experience unprecedented access, while the clinician educates them about the treatment process. Because the tablet is compact and operates on battery, clinicians can easily hand carry the scanner between operatories. This scanner will impact the landscape of digital dentistry.”
Developed with the tradition of 3M science in mind, this new scanner is designed to deliver convenience for practitioners, as well as a memorable visual experience for the patient. “At 3M Oral Care, we are committed to inventing new products and
processes that will positively impact a patients’ oral health for years to come,” concluded Burquest.
Restorations created from scans are proven to be accurate – and more consistently accurate – than other leading intraoral scanners, with a 99.7 percent fit rate. 1 This paired with the smallest wand on the market means scanning with this system is not only comfortable for clinician and patient alike, it delivers precision clinicians can trust. With a low-price entry into digital impressioning at just $16,995, this new mobile scanner fits the size, mobility, practice requirements and budget needs of practitioners. The decision to adopt digital scanning just got a little easier.
For more information on the new 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner, visit
About 3M Oral Care
3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness through inventive solutions that help oral care professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success. Learn more at (dental) or (orthodontics).
About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.
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Friday, October 07, 2016




Purpose: The discoloration of acrylic resin denture bases may lead to significant esthetic problems. The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the effects of frequently consumed drinks on the color changes of fresh and aged, heat-polymerized, conventional acrylic resin.
Material and Methods: Eighty-four, heat-polymerized acrylic resin specimens (4 mm x 5 mm x 30 mm) were fabricated.  Half of the specimens were aged by thermal cycling (between 5°C and 55°C, 60-second dwell time, 3000 cycles). The specimens were stored at 37oC in different drinks as non-aged and aged subgroups including water (control group), black tea, green tea, sour cherry juice, coke and coffee (n=7). The discoloration of each specimen after 1- and 7-day storage in drinks were measured by a colorimeter based on CIE Lab system. The data of colour differences (∆E) were analyzed by ANOVA and Dunnet’s tests.
Results: Thermal cycling and storage in water induced a slight color change. The highest ∆E values were observed in the aged groups, which was also noticeable for black tea and sour cherry juice after 7 days of storage (∆E>1.5) (p<0 .05="" acceptable="" all="" clinical="" detected="" groups="" limits="" of="" p="" test="" the="" values="" were="" within="">Conclusion: These results suggest that the color stability of denture base acrylic resins is influenced by ageing. Black tea, sour cherry juice and coke can cause significant discolorations on acrylic resin denture bases.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Appropriate fabrication method for vacuum-formed mouthguards



The aim was to examine the influence of the heating temperature on the fabrication of vacuum-formed mouthguards.

Materials and methods

Mouthguard sheets of 3.8 mm ethylene vinyl acetate were vacuum-formed on working models at three heating temperatures: 80, 100, and 120°C. The thickness of the mouthguard was measured at the labial surface of the central incisor, and the buccal and occlusal surfaces of the first molar. Differences in the thickness of the mouthguards were analyzed by two-way analysis of variance. The fit of the mouthguard was examined at the central incisor and the first molar by measuring the distance between the mouthguard and the cervical margin of the working model. Differences in the distance between the mouthguard and the cervical margin according to the heating temperatures were analyzed by one-way analysis of variance.


Mouthguard thickness varied among the measured regions of the central incisors and first molars (P < 0.01). The greatest thickness was found at the labial surface of the central incisor and the buccal surface of the first molar in mouthguards fabricated with heating temperature of 120°C (P < 0.05). The best fit was obtained in mouthguards fabricated with heating temperature of 120°C (P < 0.05).


Heating the mouthguard sheet until the temperature reached 120°C was the best fabrication method to maintain the thickness and to obtain proper fit. It is important to control the heating temperature when fabricating vacuum-formed mouthguards.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Hu-Friedy Expands EverEdge 2.0 Line with Sickle Scaler Designs

EverEdge® 2.0 scientifically-proven to be sharpest, longest lasting hand scaling instrumentation
CHICAGO (September 30, 2016) Hu-Friedy, a global leader in the manufacturing of dental instruments and products, today announced the addition of the Sickle Scaler designs to its line of EverEdge 2.0 hand instruments designed to help clinicians achieve the best clinical outcomes.
Leveraging decades of instrument making experience, Hu-Friedy developed EverEdge 2.0 using a proprietary heat treatment process and enhanced finishing techniques. The optimized steel of EverEdge 2.0 has superior edge retention and wear characteristics that will last the entire life of the instrument. Since it’s not a superficial coating, these characteristics cannot be removed through use or sharpening. EverEdge 2.0 scalers can be resharpened at any point to extend their life and value.
Sickle scalers, designed for moderate to heavy deposit removal on tooth surfaces, are available for both anterior and posterior applications. This prominent design is most often used to remove supragingival or subgingival calculus and features either straight or curved blades.
The combination of the Sickle scaler designs with the optimized steel of EverEdge 2.0, which was introduced earlier this year, blends unique design with modern technology to help practitioners achieve optimal clinical results.
Understanding the critical importance of scientific evidence in supporting product performance, Hu- Friedy engaged an independent, third-party laboratory specializing in blade technology, CATRA, to evaluate EverEdge 2.0 and several competitive scalers. Two characteristics were tested: sharpness of the scalers when brand new and sharpness after repeated use. The test results show that Hu-Friedy EverEdge 2.0 is 72% sharper out of the box than the next closest competitor. After repeated use (500 strokes), EverEdge 2.0 remains 50% sharper than the next closest competitor.
A sharper scaler is better because it is more:
  •   Clinically effective since calculus is easily removed, not burnished;
  •   Comfortable for clinicians, causing less hand and wrist fatigue;
  •   Comfortable for patients due to less pressure needed for calculus removal;
  •   Efficient as less time is needed to scale
    EverEdge 2.0 instruments are available in the popular original EverEdge diamond-knurled, large- diameter handle, as well as the Resin 8 Colors handle, a lightweight resin handle featuring a color-coded system to easily identify scalers and curettes that correspond to areas of the mouth. The new purple grips allow for easy identification of the EverEdge 2.0 scalers in each set-up.
For more information about Hu-Friedy’s EverEdge 2.0 instruments, please call 1-800-HU-FRIEDY or visit 
About Hu-Friedy
Founded in Chicago in 1908, Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company, LLC helps dental professionals perform at their best by producing dental instruments and products designed to function as an extension of each practitioner's particular skill. Its products, hand-crafted by highly-skilled artisans, are known for their precision, performance, longevity, reliability and quality. Headquartered in Chicago, Hu-Friedy products are distributed in more than 75 countries and the company maintains offices in Germany, Italy, India, China and Japan. For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

ADA Foundation, 3M Raise Stakes in Battle against Childhood Caries

3M Donation Will Support Give Kids A Smile® Volunteers Placing 400,000+ Sealants in 2017

St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 22, 2016 – The ADA Foundation and 3M today announced that 3M will donate 3,000 introductory sealant kits to the ADA Foundation for use during the 2017 Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program. The donation, which has an estimated fair market value of $250,000, will help Give Kids A Smile volunteers place more than 400,000 sealants on underserved kids’ teeth in 2017.

Monday, October 03, 2016

New Innovations from Carestream Dental Enhance Workflow in the OMS Practice

LAS VEGAS—Carestream Dental’s newest intraoral scanner, the CS 3600, is designed with oral and maxillofacial surgeons in mind, with an implant-borne restorative workflow, fast scanning to save on chair time and an open system for easy sharing of files.
The implant-borne restorative workflow of the CS 3600 is designed specifically for handling implant scanning, supported abutments and scan bodies. A dual scan mode allows the user to scan the same implant region of interest twice—once with the scan body in place and one without—to capture more precise data. Also, the scanner’s software allows for split-screen viewing for side-by-side comparison of the digital impressions with and without the scan bodies/abutments in place.
“The CS 3600’s implant workflow makes it easier than ever for oral and maxillofacial surgeons to adopt an intraoral scanner into their practice,” Gary Salman, U.S. director of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Carestream Dental, said. “The scanner allows for easy custom healing abutments, surgical guides and orthognathic digital models, so oral surgeons can perform faster, more accurate treatment.”
The CS 3600 also features high-speed continuous scanning to significantly reduce the time it takes to acquire a digital impression. Unsteady hands or fidgeting patients have no impact on successive views; users simply continue to scan in a smooth motion. Continuous scanning contributes to faster, easier dual arch acquisition and, ultimately, more accurate digital impressions.
Because the CS 3600 is part of an open system, it is compatible with other open implant planning and surgical guide software programs. Open .STL files also make it easier to quickly share data with referrals and labs. Collaborating on implants is also simplified— a digital impression can be taken at the OMS practice; the case is submitted digitally to a lab; and the final restoration can be sent directly to the referring GP. This also means the patient doesn’t have to make multiple trips between the surgeon and dentist.
The CS 3600 also features an Intelligent Matching System that “auto-locates” holes in the dataset that need to be filled in while scanning. The scanner comes with a normal and a side-oriented tip; the tips are rounded, interchangeable and autoclavable so users can capture scans in hard-to-reach areas while considering patient comfort and safety. Stunning full HD 3D color impressions make for easier diagnosis and enhanced communication with patients, referrals and labs. The CS 3600 is not connected to a trolley or proprietary computer and is easy to carry from operatory to operatory.
Attendees at AAOMS will also have the opportunity to preview the newly redesigned electronic medical record (EMR) module for CS WinOMS practice management software. The reengineered module minimizes training by making almost every component of the patient’s record available within one click. Users will also notice a sleek, modernized interface which makes it easier and faster to navigate the module.
CS WinOMS users can also take a closer look at eConnections, a single sign-on solution that helps oral surgeons manage, market and grow their practices with appointment reminders, online scheduling, online brand management including ratings and reviews, local search engine optimization, online directories, ROI tracking, and call recording and analysis into one robust, easy-to-manage software solution.
To learn more about the CS 3600 or to preview the redesigned EMR module in CS WinOMS, visit Carestream Dental in booth #540 during the AAOMS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. Sept. 18-23. For more information any of Carestream Dental’s innovative products, call 800.944.6365 or visit
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
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