Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Comparison of implant versus tooth-supported zirconia-based single crowns in a split-mouth design: a 4-year clinical follow-up study

Clinical Oral Investigations
, Volume 20, Issue 9, pp 2467–2473




This study aims to evaluate the 4-year clinical performance of tooth versus implant-supported single-unit zirconia crowns (LAVA™) placed on posterior region.

Materials and methods

Twenty-four patients (10 men and 14 women) who had received 48 single crowns (24 implant-supported and 24 tooth-supported) from January 2007 to December 2009, were included. California Dental Association (CDA) quality assessment system, plaque and gingival index scores were used to evaluate the performance of the crowns at baseline and at all follow-up examinations.


During the follow-up period, no fracture of zirconia coping has occurred. Major complication was chipping in three patients that required a new crown fabrication. Except for the failure ones, all crowns in both groups were rated as satisfactory at the follow-up examinations based on the CDA quality assessment criteria. There were no statistically significant differences between tooth and implant-supported crowns in terms of periodontal parameters.


The present 4-year follow-up clinical study demonstrates that single-unit tooth- and implant-supported zirconia crowns have similar prosthetic and periodontal outcomes.

Clinical relevance

Single-unit implant or tooth-supported zirconia crowns may be considered acceptable treatment modalities for restoration of either missing or compromised posterior teeth

A One-Year Evaluation of a Free Fissure Sealant Program

Journal of Dental Biomaterials
Vol 3, No 4 (2016)
Maryam Bakhtiar, Naser Azadi, Ali Golkari


Statement of Problem: Pit and fissure sealant therapy has been approved as an effective measure in the prevention of occlusal dental caries. Resin based ma- terials are the most common materials used worldwide. A variety of resin based fissure sealants are produced and used. Most of them have been presented with ideal results in research environment. However, their effectiveness in the real life, especially in a mass application program such as Iran’s oral health reform plan is not clear.
Objectives: To evaluate the longevity of different fissure sealant applied in Iran’s oral health reform plan in Fars Province (south of Iran) after one year.
Materials and Methods: Seven counties were selected. One hundred 6- to
8-year-old school children who had undergone fissure sealant therapy in spring
2015 were randomly selected from each county. Their first molars were exam- ined to evaluate the status of the fissure sealants which were applied one year ago. Data on the type/brand of fissure sealant materials, type and experience of clinicians who applied them, existence of a chair-side assistant, and whether the children were caries-free at the time of fissure sealant application were collected from the existing reports.
Results: Data of 1974 teeth from 598 children were used for the final analysis. The effects of type/brand of the material was significant on the final results and remained significant (p < 0.001) after adjustments for the level of fluoride, urban/rural area, upper/lower jaw, type of clinician who applied the sealant, existence of a chair-side assistant, and child’s gender, age, and being caries-free.
Conclusions: Many factors affect the success rate of a fissure sealant therapy program. The type/brand of the material remained significantly related to the success rate of the fissure sealant even after adjustments for other influencing factors. In this study, ClinproTM  Sealant (3M/ESPE, USA) showed better longevity after one year of application.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Version of OraCoat® XyliGel® Provides Effective Remedy for Day and Nighttime Dry Mouth


All-Natural and Great Tasting, XyliGel Relieves Dry Mouth Symptoms and Helps Reduce New Cavities

Bellevue, WA (November 15, 2016) – OraCoat, a division of OraHealth Corp., the world leader in the breakthrough technology of oral adhering discs, recently launched a new version of OraCoat® XyliGel®. Formulated with all-natural ingredients, XyliGel coats the mouth with 17% xylitol and oral lubricant to help relieve the symptoms of xerostomia (dry mouth) for those who have very low levels of saliva or prefer to use a gel.

Dry mouth is the subjective sensation of dryness experienced during the daytime and nighttime when an insufficient amount of saliva is produced. While mild or occasional oral dryness occurring especially during sleep is considered normal in healthy individuals, excessive ongoing dryness leads to, among other things, disturbed sleep, difficulty chewing and swallowing, tongue roughness, frequently drinking liquids at night, and rampant tooth decay.

Effective for both daytime and nighttime usage, XyliGel stimulates saliva production and coats the mouth and lips. The gel is pH buffered to the optimal range for the mouth, pH 7.4, and is non-acidic. “It’s our mission to provide the market with safe and effective all-natural oral care remedies,” stated Jeff Haley, Founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of OraHealth Corporation. “XyliGel not only treats many of the symptoms associated with dry mouth, it also has a favorable vanilla taste for its users to enjoy.”

This soothing gel reduces plaque and new cavities and can decrease long-term tooth decay.* XyliGel is the newest member of the OraCoat® brand family of products which includes XyliMelts® oral adhering discs, rated by a Clinicians Report® survey as the most effective remedy for combating dry mouth.

To get samples of XyliGel and for additional information on other OraCoat products, please visit

*Documentation of these statements available upon request.

Survey of 1168 dentists, March 2016 Clinicians Report®, an independent, non-profit, dental education and product testing foundation. The full report is available on

About OraCoat division of OraHealth Corporation

OraCoat is the world leader in the breakthrough technology of “oral adhering discs” which slowly release ingredients in the mouth and are safe for use while sleeping. The OraCoat® brand represents a family of products that solve oral care problems by coating the mouth with safe ingredients that become effective when they are slowly released. Our flagship product is XyliMelts® for Dry Mouth, a dietary supplement. Other oral care solutions in the OraCoat family are planned. OraCoat’s innovative oral care solutions are backed by careful research based on medical science to ensure optimum performance and user safety.

# # #

Monday, November 21, 2016

In vitro assessment of cutting efficiency and durability of zirconia removal diamond rotary instruments


Statement of problem

Recently, zirconia removal diamond rotary instruments have become commercially available for efficient cutting of zirconia. However, research of cutting efficiency and the cutting characteristics of zirconia removal diamond rotary instruments is limited.


The purpose of this in vitro study was to assess and compare the cutting efficiency, durability, and diamond rotary instrument wear pattern of zirconia diamond removal rotary instruments with those of conventional diamond rotary instruments. In addition, the surface characteristics of the cut zirconia were assessed.

Material and methods

Block specimens of 3 mol% yttrium cation-doped tetragonal zirconia polycrystal were machined 10 times for 1 minute each using a high-speed handpiece with 6 types of diamond rotary instrument from 2 manufacturers at a constant force of 2 N (n=5). An electronic scale was used to measure the lost weight after each cut in order to evaluate the cutting efficiency. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was used to evaluate diamond rotary instrument wear patterns and machined zirconia block surface characteristics. Data were statistically analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test, followed by the Mann-Whitney U test (α=.05).


Zirconia removal fine grit diamond rotary instruments showed cutting efficiency that was reduced compared with conventional fine grit diamond rotary instruments. Diamond grit fracture was the most dominant diamond rotary instrument wear pattern in all groups. All machined zirconia surfaces were primarily subjected to plastic deformation, which is evidence of ductile cutting. Zirconia blocks machined with zirconia removal fine grit diamond rotary instruments showed the least incidence of surface flaws.


Although zirconia removal diamond rotary instruments did not show improved cutting efficiency compared with conventional diamond rotary instruments, the machined zirconia surface showed smoother furrows of plastic deformation and fewer surface flaws.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sleep and awake bruxism in adults and its relationship with temporomandibular disorders: A systematic review from 2003 to 2014.

Acta Odontol Scand. 2016 Oct 31:1-23. [Epub ahead of print]



In order to establish a relationship between bruxism and temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), a systematic review was performed.


A systematic research was performed based on PubMed, Cochrane Library, Medline, Embase, BIREME, Lilacs and Scielo data bases, between 2003 and 2014 including all languages. Descriptive clinical cases were identified. Two independent authors selected the articles. PICO format was used to analyse the studies and the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS) was used to verify the quality of the evidence.


Thirty-nine studies (n = 39) were analysed in this review. According to bruxism diagnosis, articles were grouped as follows: polysomnographic diagnosis (PSG) (n = 7), clinical diagnosis (n = 11) and survey/self-report (n = 21). Thirty-three articles (n = 33) established a positive relation between bruxism and TMD and six (n = 6) did not. Quality of evidence was low to moderate. In general, the most part of the studies showed shortcomings on their design with bias risk, and also had a low sensitivity on bruxism diagnosis.


The evidence based on PSG was not as conclusive as the studies that used surveys and clinical exam to diagnosis bruxism, when bruxism was related to TMD. Sleep bruxism could be associated with myofascial pain, arthralgia and joint pathology as disc displacement and joint noises. Although the evidence at present is inconclusive and does not provide information according to the type of bruxism (bruxism sleep and wakefulness), it is possible to suggest that bruxism would be associated with TMD.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Influence of Warm Vertical Compaction Technique on Physical Properties of Root Canal Sealers




 Published online: November 01, 2016



The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of warm vertical compaction on the physical properties of root canal sealers.


The physical properties of 4 sealers (zinc oxide –eugenol [ZOE], AH Plus [Dentsply International, York, PA], RoekoSeal [Roeko/Coltene/Whaledent, Langenau, Germany], and iRoot SP [Innovative Bioceramix, Vancouver, Canada]) were tested. The setting time and flow of these sealers were measured at standard and high temperatures using ISO 6876 (2012) specifications. The percentage of voids in each sealer after complete setting at 37°C and 140°C was analyzed under a stereoscopic microscope.


The setting time of ZOE sealer increased significantly from 144.0 ± 4.1 minutes to 274.2 ± 7.4 minutes when the temperature increased from 37°C to 140°C, whereas there was a significant reduction in the other 3 sealers. At 37°C, the setting time of AH Plus, iRoot SP, and RoekoSeal was 543.8 ± 16.4, 245.8 ± 15.9, and 49.3 ± 1.5 minutes, and at 140°C the setting time decreased significantly to 12.9 ± 0.7, 14.2 ± 0.6, and 2.7 ± 0.4 minutes (P < .05). The flow of AH Plus increased when the temperature changed from 25°C to 140°C (P < .05), whereas the flow reduced for RoekoSeal and iRoot SP (for RoekoSeal from 24.8 ± 0.9 to 12.4 ± 1.3 mm and for iRoot SP from 22.9 ± 0.9 to 13.3 ± 1.5 mm) (P < .05). However, the flow of ZOE sealer was unaffected by the high temperature. ZOE sealer and iRoot SP exhibited a reduction of porosity at a high temperature (P < .05).


Warm vertical compaction influenced some properties (the setting time, flow, and porosity) of 4 sealers. A significant reduction of setting time and flow was found in RoekoSeal and iRoot SP sealers at a high temperature.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Efficacy of different methods to reduce pain during debonding of orthodontic brackets.

Angle Orthod. 2016 Nov;86(6):917-924. Epub 2016 May 12.



To determine pain during debonding and the effects of different pain control methods, gender, and personal traits on the pain experience.


Patients who had fixed orthodontic treatment with metal brackets, but no surgical treatment or craniofacial deformity, were included. Sixty-three patients (32 female, aged 17.2 ± 2.9 years; 31 male aged, 17.2 ± 2.5 years) were allocated to three groups (n = 21) according to the pain control method: finger pressure, elastomeric wafer, or stress relief. Pain experience for each tooth was scored on a visual analogue scale (VAS), and general responses of participants to pain were evaluated by Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS). Multiple linear regression analysis, the Mann Whitney U-test, and Spearman's rank correlation coefficient analysis were used to analyze the data.


When the VAS scores were adjusted, finger pressure caused a 47% reduction overall, 56% in lower elastomer wafer total, 59% in lower right arch, 62% in lower left, and 62% in lower anterior compared with the elastomeric wafer. In the elastomer wafer group, upper and lower anterior scores were higher than posterior scores, respectively. Females had higher VAS (lower left and anterior) and total PCS scores than males. Regardless of the pain control method, total PCS scores were correlated with total (r = .254), upper total (r = .290), right (r = .258), left (r = .244), and posterior (r = .278) VAS scores.


The stress relief method showed no difference when compared with the other groups. Finger pressure was more effective than the elastomeric wafer in the lower jaw. Higher pain levels were recorded for the anterior regions with the elastomeric wafer. Females and pain catastrophizers gave higher VAS scores.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Effects of Two Different Anesthetic Solutions on Injection Pain, Efficacy, and Duration of Soft-Tissue Anesthesia with Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block for Primary Molars

Ülkü Şermet Elbay, Mesut Elbay, Emine Kaya, and Sinem Yıldırım (2016) Effects of Two Different Anesthetic Solutions on Injection Pain, Efficacy, and Duration of Soft-Tissue Anesthesia with Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block for Primary Molars. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry: 2016, Vol. 40, No. 6, pp. 456-463. 

Objectives: The purpose of the study was to compare the efficacy, injection pain, duration of soft tissue anesthesia, and postoperative complications of two different anesthetics (2% lidocaine with 1:80,000 epinephrine and 3% plain mepivacaine) in pediatric patients in inferior alveolar nerve block (IANB) administered by a computer-controlled delivery system (CCDS).  

Study Design: The study was conducted as a randomized, controlled-crossover, double-blind clinical trial with 60 children requiring bilateral pulpotomy or extraction of primary mandibular molars. A CCDS was used to deliver 3% mepivacaine to 1 primary tooth and 2% lidocaine to the contralateral tooth with an IANB technique. Severity of pain and efficacy of anesthesia were evaluated using the Face, Legs, Activity, Cry, Consolability Scale, and comfort and side effects were assessed using a questionnaire. Data were analyzed using the Mann–Whitney U, Wilcoxon t, and Fisher exact tests.  

Results: Patients receiving 2% lidocaine experienced significantly less pain during injection than those receiving 3% mepivacaine, and no significant differences were found in the pain scores during treatments or in postoperative complications between the two anesthetics. The mean durations of anesthesia for 3% mepivacaine and 2% lidocaine were 139.68 minutes and 149.10 minutes, respectively.

Conclusions: Plain mepivacaine and 2% lidocaine were similarly effective in pulpotomy and the extraction of primary mandibular molars. Although the use of 3% mepivacaine provided a shorter duration of anesthesia than 2% lidocaine, both solutions showed similar results in terms of postoperative complications.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The effect of plasma treatment and bioglass paste on enamel white spot lesions

Available online 21 October 2016




Bioglass can be used as a non-invasive remineralizing treatment for enamel white spot lesions (WSLs). Cold plasma application can boost enamel surface properties by increasing its surface energy and wettability without disturbing the bulk structure or raising up pulp temperature. It is thought that the remineralizing ability of bioglass, might be enhanced if proceeded by plasma application. This study investigated the combined effect of cold plasma and bioglass on demineralized enamel.


Forty bovine incisors were sectioned to obtain flat enamel specimens and challenged by demineralization solution of pH 4.47 for 72 h. The enamel specimens were randomly divided into four groups: (I) control, demineralized enamel with no treatment (C); (II) demineralized enamel primarily treated with cold plasma, then bioglass paste protected with adhesive, afterward additional application of cold plasma (PBP); (III) demineralized enamel treated with cold plasma, then bioglass paste protected with light cured adhesive (PB); and (IV) bioglass paste applied to demineralized enamel and protected with light cured adhesive (B). All groups were stored in remineralizing solution for 24 h, subsequently cross-sectional micro-hardness measurements were done and then a scanning electron microscope (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDS) were used to examine specimen’s surface morphology and chemical analysis.


Group II (PBP) showed a significant higher cross sectional micro-hardness value than bioglass group at 30 μm depth. SEM revealed numerous surface deposits of spheroidal and prismatic shape, EDS showed that the elements are mainly calcium, phosphorus with trace amount of silica and sodium.


Combined plasma/bioglass/plasma treatment could improve the remineralization of enamel white spot lesions.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kerr Celebrates 125th Anniversary 
By Highlighting Outstanding Dental

#givingsmiles125 honors people behind the smiles

To mark its 125-year anniversary, Kerr is putting the spotlight on the dental community through its #givingsmiles125 campaign, recognizing exceptional people within the dental community who are dedicated to giving back by giving smiles to others.
 Looking forward to the next 125 years, Kerr is celebrating dentists and all that they do for our society, both inside — and outside — the dental practice. Nominees can include any member of the team — general dentists, specialists, assistants, hygienists, front or back office professionals — and can be nominated by any member of the wider dental community, including dealer reps and dental office staff. The best nominees will be those who clearly go above and beyond to give smiles to others, whether that is through outstanding clinical care or helping to run a food bank.
“The #givingsmiles125 campaign is a contemporary way of celebrating the values that have been at the center of Kerr’s mission and its role as a leader in the dental community for the last 125 years,” said Alistair Simpson, VP of Global Marketing, KaVo Kerr. “For us, ‘Together, we’re more’ isn’t just a slogan, but a commitment to a shared vision of the future of dentistry. By creating space to recognize outstanding dental professionals — voices we try to seek out and elevate every day of the year — we now offer a platform for more people to hear and see the great work they are accomplishing inside and outside the dental office.”
The nomination process begins at Visitors complete a simple online form, submit their stories, and can upload a photo or video to personalize the nomination. The nomination process starts this month. Those honored will be featured on the website and Kerr social media pages.
Kerr will be celebrating its 125th anniversary at the upcoming dental meetings: the Greater New York Dental Meeting (Nov. 25-30, 2016), Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting (Feb. 23-25, 2017) and California Dental Association South Meeting (May 18-20, 2017).
Be sure to follow Kerr on social media so that you can be among the first to see the post of your #givingsmiles125 story. For additional details, visit


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

About KaVo Kerr Group
KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct, DUX Dental and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit for more information.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cone-beam computed tomography versus periapical radiograph for diagnosing external root resorption: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Angle Orthod. 2016 Nov 4. [Epub ahead of print]



To compare the diagnostic accuracy of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and periapical radiographs (PR) for the detection of external root resorption (ERR).


An electronic search in databases, including the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PubMed, Embase, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe (SIGLE), was performed until August 2016. A manual search of relevant journals and reference lists of enrolled studies was conducted. The studies investigating the diagnostic accuracy of CBCT or PR for ERR, with simulated ERR as the reference test, were considered eligible. The diagnostic accuracy of CBCT and PR was statistically pooled using a bivariate model. Meta-regression and subgroup analysis were performed to explore the sources of heterogeneity. Sensitivity analysis was used to test the stability of the overall results in the meta-analysis.


A total of 15 studies were included in this systematic review. The pooled results showed that CBCT had significantly higher sensitivity (0.89; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.77-0.96) and area under curve (0.96; 95% CI: 0.77-0.96) than PR (sensitivity: 0.68; 95% CI: 0.56-0.78; area under curve: 0.88; 95% CI: 0.85-0.90). No difference in sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve between conventional and digital PR was observed.


Currently available evidence suggests that CBCT could be reliable to detect the presence of ERR in clinical practice and has a higher diagnostic efficacy than PR.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Identification and management of elder physical abuse in the routine of dentistry – a systematic review

First published:





To perform a systematic search in the literature in order to verify whether the dentists are able to identify and manage cases elder physical abuse.


Dentists may play an important legal role contributing to the management of abused patients through the identification of injuries in their face, head and neck.

Materials and methods

The present systematic review was performed following the PRISMA Statement and was registered in the PROSPERO database. A search was conducted in the following electronic databases: PubMed, LILACS, SciELO, Embase, Web of Science, OpenGrey, Google Scholar. Specifically, the last two databases were used to search the ‘grey literature’. The research question was based on the PVO strategy for systematic exploratory review. Two examiners determined the eligibility criteria for selecting the studies and performed all the research steps.


The initial search resulted in 842 studies, from which eight were considered eligible. Six studies used questionnaires to assess the perception, knowledge and attitudes of dentists towards the identification and management of cases of elder abuse, while two studies assessed this information through personal interviews. Two studies were rated as high quality, while six studies reached moderate quality. Male and female dentists were assessed separately in six studies. Only three studies specified the aggressor.


The dentists revealed insufficient knowledge on elder abuse. Most of the dentists are not able to identify and manage these cases in the clinical routine.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

TAUB Products is celebrating their 65th year in busines

TAUB Products is celebrating their 65th year in business. The company was formerly known as George TAUB Products and Fusion Company Inc, and is now in its third generation of family management. Led by Jordan Taub, vice president of Taub Products, and Ed Matthews vice president of sales, TAUB Products continues to provide the dental and dental laboratory markets with new and innovative products for esthetic dentistry.

From indirect restorations to full mouth reconstruction, TAUB Products continually offer the best results. A good example is Fusion-Zr Resin Cements. These esthetic cements enable dentists to practice with their best technique, while featuring ease of use, and fast cleanup. “My patients expect my restorations to pop,” says Ross Nash, DDS, of the Nash Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. “They can’t just be good; they need to be the best. I get that with Fusion Zr. Resin Cements.”

TAUB also offers Zero-G Bio-Implant Cement. According to Jordan Taub, “Zero-G is a retrievable cement for permanent cementation of implant restorations. It has the highest radiopacity, which makes excess cement more visible while maintaining high-quality esthetic values. Its handling characteristics allow easy cleanup and the best results no matter how you practice.”

TAUB launched two major new products in 2016. The first was Ca-Lok™ Flowable Adhesive Calcium Base/Liner. Ca-Lok is a light-cured, calcium-filled resin with adhesive properties, which are tooth integrating, allowing the material to stay in place. This offers better results. The second was Go-CHx™ Gel syringeable chlorhexidine. It is a thin, non-alcohol-based gel containing 0.8% chlorhexidine in a water-soluble formula for cleaning and scrubbing restorations.
TAUB Products invites everyone attending the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting to come to booth #2706 on Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM to receive a gift and help Taub Products celebrate 65 years of product excellence.

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

Monday, November 07, 2016

DEXIS CariVu Showcased At The Upcoming American Dental Association Annual Session

DEXISTM CariVuTM wins “Best of Class” for the third year in a row and is presented in the ADA Tech Expo booth.
Hatfield, PA (October 19, 2016) DEXISTM, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, proudly announces that its caries detection device, CariVu, is the winner of the Cellerant Best of Class Award (formerly known as the Pride Best of Class Technology Awards) for the third year in a row. The company is eager to showcase its caries detection capabilities at the annual American Dental Association Tech Expo in Denver from October 20-24. Launched eight years ago, the Best of Class Technology Awards recognize innovative products that set a quality standard in their respective categories. The award, handed out annually since 2009, was created by Dr. Lou Shuman, Cellerant Consulting Group CEO, to recognize innovations in dental technology. Cellerant describes it this way, “To be designated Best of Class is a sign that a product has revolutionized, simplified, or advanced its category in a distinctive way.”
As a caries detection device that utilizes transillumination technology, CariVu offers a new approach to supporting the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks — with a phenomenal accuracy rate of 99 percent*. CariVu images are similar in appearance to X-rays, but its technology does not emit any ionizing radiation. For this reason, the device is a perfect option for patients whose medical histories preclude radiation, children, or those who just refuse X-rays. As part of a comprehensive imaging protocol, CariVu can detect certain types of caries that are not yet visible on X-rays**, in some cases allowing for smaller, and therefore longer-lasting restorations. In addition, using CariVu during routine prophylaxis can aid the clinician in identifying questionable areas early on and decide on a course of care.
With the recent release of CariVu 2.0 software, clinicians can now benefit even more when using CariVu on a daily basis. This latest update incorporates noteworthy enhancements including:
  •   A fully redesigned interface with a sleek modern look and additional intuitive, streamlined functionality
  •   Same-tooth comparison aid that helps in acquiring new images that are the same size and orientation
    as previous images
  •   On-screen indicators that provide positioning guidance to achieve the clearest image results
    “Best of Class” honorees are chosen by a panel comprised of leading voices in dental technology who come together each year to discuss, debate and decide what products merit recognition. Panelist Dr. Marty Jablow noted, “When we decide that a product should be honored, it is because we see the value it brings to dentists and patients in a real-world context, and that matters to the dental professionals who use lists such as this one in their research and purchasing decisions.”
    “At DEXIS, we are thrilled that CariVu once again was honored to be designated ‘Best of Class’,” stated Marshall Martin, Senior Product Manager for DEXIS. “We are proud to bring dental professionals a device that can take their practices to a higher level of patient care.”
    Find out more about CariVu at
DEXIS CariVu BOC Win Page 2 of 2
*Kühnisch J. Benefits of the DIAGNOcam Procedure for the Detection and Diagnosis of Caries [study project]. Munich: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich; 2013.
**Söchtig, F, et al. Caries detection and diagnostics with near-infrared light transillumination: Clinical experiences. Quintessence Int 2014; 45:531-538.

Indications for use for CariVu are found at document and at
DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. In 1997, DEXIS introduced digital radiography on laptop computers — making it the first truly portable and affordable digital X- ray system. In 2001, DEXISTM became the first intra-oral digital radiography system to be accepted by the American Dental Association into the highly prestigious ADA Seal Program. Today, DEXIS is the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well-respected dental publications. For more information on the DEXIS Imaging Suite of products including the DEXISTM Platinum Sensor and CariVuTM, visit
DEXIS is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVoTM, KerrTM, Kerr Total CareTM, PentronTM, Axis|SybronTM Endo, OrascopticTM, Pelton & CraneTM, MarusTM, GendexTM, DEXISTM, InstrumentariumTM, SOREDEXTM, i-CATTM, NOMADTM, Implant DirectTM and OrmcoTM. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit for more information.

Friday, November 04, 2016

CMS postpones Medicare Part D enforcement until 2019

November 01, 2016 Baltimore — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Oct. 31 that it is once again delaying the enforcement of the Medicare Part D prescriber enrollment requirement.

The new deadline for providers to enroll is Jan. 1, 2019.

CMS published a final rule in May 2014 and an interim final rule in May 2015 stating that prescribers must be enrolled or validly opted out in order for their written prescriptions to be covered under Part D.

Previously CMS said that enforcement of this requirement would begin on Feb. 1, 2017, but the agency said Oct. 31 that it also "recognizes the need to minimize the impact on the beneficiary population and ensure beneficiaries have access to the care they need."

To do this, the agency said it plans to "implement a multifaceted, phased approach that will align full enforcement of the Part D prescriber enrollment requirements with other ongoing CMS initiatives."

The Association continues to seek a legislative repeal of the requirement and continues to support H.R. 4062, bipartisan legislation introduced in 2015 that calls for removing the mandate that certain providers, including dentists, be enrolled in Medicare in order for pharmacists to be reimbursed.

For more information on the CMS delay, visit

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Kerr Delivers New Products, Clinical Expertise and Fun to Greater New York Dental Meeting

Celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary underscores a program focused on engaging and delighting the dental professional.

There are always good reasons to visit New York City, and the list only grows around the holidays. At this year’s Greater New York Dental Meeting — Nov. 27-29, 2016 — Kerr is working overtime to deliver a program worthy of its host city’s appeal and the dental professional’s time.
Kerr kicks off its 125th anniversary celebration with the #givingsmiles125 campaign. The company is using the campaign to put the spotlight on the dental professionals, celebrating dentists and team members and all that they do for our society, both inside — and outside — the dental practice. Cupcakes will be available daily at Kerr’s Crystal Palace, and attendees will have the opportunity to nominate someone who they believe deserves recognition. For details on the campaign, visit
Kerr is also offering a one-of-a-kind educational program to get into product specifics you won’t see on the CE main stage. Held at the Crystal Palace — a dedicated area directly outside of the tradeshow floor, within the 150-foot glass lobby — the Kerr line-up includes:
·       Dr. Abdi Sameni on Anterior Restorations
·       Dr. Stephen Buchanan on Innovations in Endo
·       Dr. Brian Harris on Innovations in Restoratives (with drinks!)
·       And more!
Of course, no exhibit experience is complete without new products to see and demo. Kerr will have information on new offerings in restoratives and endodontics, as well as the ability to demo some of its current innovative offerings, including: a self-etch / self-adhesive resin cement with Color Cleanup Indicator™, a curing light that reenergizes in 40 seconds with ultracapacitor technology, and sonic activated bulk fill restorations.
There will also be opportunities to “high five” Kerr’s Hand Hygiene team and get briefed on what’s new from Kerr TotalCare, or team up in a contest to show off your restoration skills with the latest in the art of dentistry.
“With the kick-off of Kerr’s 125th anniversary celebration, new product innovations to share, and a wonderful line-up of speakers, we could not be more excited to be at the Greater New York Dental Meeting this year,” said Phil Prentice, Vice President of North America for KaVo Kerr. “A better customer experience is what drives our work, and we welcome every opportunity to engage, especially when we have so many great things to share.”
These are just a few of the many reasons to be sure you visit Kerr at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Booth #4216, and at the Crystal Palace. For more information, visit

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

About KaVo Kerr Group
KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct, DUX Dental and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Dry Mouth Discomfort Treatment: A Novel Approach Webinar

Join me tonight for a webinar on Xerostomia sponsored by Premier Dental. Cost is free and good for 1 CE credit.

Click here to register 

This webinar and many others are at