Friday, September 29, 2017

Untreated Dental Caries Is Associated with Reports of Verbal Bullying in Children 8-10 Years Old

Caries Res 2017;51:482-488


The objective of this research was to verify the association between verbal bullying and untreated dental caries. The present cross-sectional study had a representative sample of 1,589 children, aged 8-10 years, from public schools. Information on verbal bullying related to the oral condition was obtained through a questionnaire directed to the students. Clinical data were collected by 4 calibrated examiners (kappa > 0.70) using the DMFT/dmft and PUFA/pufa indexes for caries. Socioeconomic issues were answered by those responsible. The prevalence of verbal bullying related to the oral condition was 27%. The results of the Poisson regression, in an adjusted multiple model, showed a significant association between bullying and untreated caries lesions (prevalence ratio, PR: 1.27; 95% CI: 1.07-1.52), PUFA/pufa index (PR: 1.34; 95% CI: 1.11-1.61), pulp involvement (PR: 1.35; 95% CI: 1.09-1.67), and abscess (PR: 1.74; 95% CI: 1.18-2.56). It was concluded that children with untreated dental caries had a higher prevalence of verbal bullying when compared to caries-free or disease-treated children.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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American Academy of Periodontology Publishes Proceedings from Best Evidence Consensus Meeting on Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

Periodontal experts address current clinical applications of CBCT technology in patient care
CHICAGO – September 28, 2017 – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the leading professional organization dedicated to the dental specialty of periodontics, today published its first-ever “best evidence consensus” (BEC) proceedings on the topic of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The proceedings are the result of the AAP’s inaugural BEC meeting, a model of scientific inquiry rooted in the best available published research and expert opinion. The BEC meeting was held in Chicago in February 2017.
The BEC model was developed by the AAP to address emerging clinical topics in periodontology for which there is insufficient evidence to arrive at definitive conclusions. Using current high-quality published literature and the expert opinion of periodontal thought leaders, the BEC model aims to provide clinicians with reasonable applications of newer technologies, such as CBCT.
“As new technologies emerge, it often takes many years for sufficient high-quality evidence to allow clinicians to appropriately incorporate the technology into patient care,” said Kenneth Kornman, DDS, PhD, editor of the Journal of Periodontology. “The BEC reports are designed to bridge the gaps and provide evidence summaries and expert interpretations that guide clinical use now. We anticipate that the BEC reports will help us apply new technologies in a focused manner to help improve the health of our patients.”
Introduced just over 20 years ago, CBCT technology provides a beneficial tool for periodontists to use in diagnosis, treatment planning, and surgical management, especially in patients with complex cases. The three-dimensional nature of CBCT offers enhanced diagnostic information and increased accuracy compared to two-dimensional (2D) imaging. While the long-term radiation effects of CBCT are unknown, adherence to the “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA) dosage standard, paired with cautious shielding of susceptible tissues and careful limitation of the field of view, allows dental professionals to limit the risk of exposure.
The BEC proceedings, which appear in the October issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), include a statement that answers focused questions that relate to the use of CBCT in the following specific clinical scenarios: the surgical management of patients requiring dental implants; determining risk to periodontal structures in patients requiring periodontal-orthodontic treatment; and adding clinical value to diagnostic assessment and treatment planning in managing patients with periodontitis.
The panel of over 10 periodontists who participated in the BEC meeting determined that CBCT has diverse applications for both dental implant therapy and periodontal-orthodontic therapy and should be used when the benefit to the patient outweighs the risk. The use of CBCT in dental implant and periodontal-orthodontic cases can not only assist in planning a safer approach to treatment, but also facilitate interdisciplinary communication. For patients with periodontitis, 2D full-mouth radiographs combined with clinical probing remain the gold standard; however, CBCT may be beneficial in certain advanced cases.
According to Steven Daniel, DDS, a practicing periodontist in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and president of the AAP, CBCT technology is advancing how periodontal treatment is delivered. “As the esteemed panel of periodontal experts who participated in the best evidence consensus meeting concluded, CBCT can serve as a useful and widely available tool that may improve patient care. Its utility in streamlining treatment planning and enhancing the periodontist’s specialized surgical and anatomical skills may allow for more predictable patient outcomes, especially in complex cases. Periodontists are dentistry’s leaders in adopting the latest technologies to ensure that their patients receive the highest quality care. The AAP’s publication of the BEC statement on CBCT demonstrates this leadership.”
The American Academy of Periodontology best evidence consensus meeting on cone-beam computed tomography was sponsored by Carestream Dental (Atlanta, Georgia). To access the BEC proceedings, please visit For more information about the AAP or periodontal disease, visit
About the American Academy of Periodontology
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dentsply Sirona World in Las Vegas proves a huge success among the more than 7,500 attendees from the dental industry

Speakers and participants alike described Dentsply Sirona World 2017 as an event in a class of its own. From September 14 to 16, 7,500 attendees- from 50 different countries- and 110 speakers met in Las Vegas to enjoy not only inspiring presentations, but also an A-list entertainment program. One particular highlight of the sold-out event was a live implant procedure – thousands of dentists and other dental professionals had the opportunity to watch Dr. Neal Patel place an implant in real time during General Session.
Bensheim/Salzburg, September 26th, 2017. Right at the start of the event visitors were treated to a genuine highlight: just a few meters away from the audience, Dr. Neal Patel performed an implant procedure in a sectioned-off area of the industry exhibition site which, thanks to a live stream, was watched live by the 7,500 participants. The procedure was performed using a surgical guide that was produced on site. This unique experience was well received by attendees.
Common success by drive for innovations
Dentsply Sirona CEO Jeffrey T. Slovin took appeared on stage to explain the driving factors for Dentsply Sirona’s success. “At Dentsply Sirona, it’s all about changing lives for the better. It’s about having an impact. Our success in developing solutions that meet the needs of dental professionals worldwide is a result of a commitment to product innovation and high quality service and training. This wouldn’t be possible without knowing why we do what we do. When you know your WHY, your priorities become clear. We are truly dedicated and passionate about changing the lives of dental professionals and patients.”
The array of sessions within the 11 different educational tracks promoted lively discussion on a wide range of subjects relating to dentistry and dental technology, including Business and Practice Management, CEREC, Endodontics, Imaging, Implantology, Office Design, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Hygiene, Prosthetics and Lab, Restorative, and Special Markets and Topics, the range of educational tracks meant that attendees could customize their educational experience.
An exceptional atmosphere thanks to the impressive entertainment program
The inspiring sessions and numerous exhibitors weren’t the only factors that made this year's event unforgettable; the celebrity entertainers help mold the Ultimate Dental Meeting into a league of its own. The appearance by Oscar-nominated actor, musician and producer Will Smith was one of the major highlights. Throughout the course of his diverse career, Smith has gained a wealth of experience that has been fundamental to his professional success. In an interview and Q&A session, he talked about these experiences and also gave valuable tips on setting both professional and personal goals.
In addition to the inspirational appearance by Smith, the legendary stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham dished a hilarious standup bit, which included his charismatic ventriloquist dummies.
Friday morning, to ensure that guests were fit for the second day of presentations, the enthusiastic Beachbody™ trainer Joel Freeman offered a workout in the morning for a wide range of age groups. And if that wasn’t enough, the Out of This World Fun Run welcomed hundreds of guests dressed in intergalactic costumes for a morning run down Las Vegas Blvd.
With his refreshing attitude towards corporate culture and innovation, later on Friday morning, TED Talk speaker and bestselling author Simon Sinek offered practical guidance for motivating staff and also discussed the properties that define a good management style. He first gained fame back in 2009 with his simple yet impressive model for inspirational management personalities and has since impressed audiences the world over. His TED Talk video on this subject has been viewed by 31 million people and was produced with subtitles in 45 languages; it is the third most popular video on The first-class entertainment also continued into the evening. Visitors got the chance to experience the Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons during a concert exclusive to Dentsply Sirona World attendees. The group rocked the stage to conclude the day on a musical high!
The success story is set to continue in 2018
The success of this year's Dentsply Sirona World was overwhelming and the event has already been confirmed for next year. From Sept. 13 to 15, 2018, dentists and experts from the dental industry and opinions leaders from around the world are invited to Orlando, Florida, to push forward new technologies, build on existing success and, ultimately, improve patient treatments.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Long-term evaluation of the effect of low-level laser therapy on orthodontic miniscrew stability and peri-implant gingival condition: A randomized clinical trial



The aim of this study was to assess the stability of immediately loaded miniscrews in the buccal alveolar bone of the maxilla and the degree of peri-implant gingival inflammation after the application of low-level laser therapy.


Twenty-four miniscrews, 12 each, were inserted into the buccal alveolar bone between the second premolar and first molar on the right and left sides of the patient. The sides were randomly divided into experimental and control sides, after which the experimental side received four applications of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) during the first 14 days of insertion with 60 seconds for each application and an interval of 72 hours between each application. The control side did not receive any laser application. After 14 days of miniscrew insertion, both sides were loaded with a horizontal force of 150g for canine retraction. The miniscrew mobility was assessed at different times (before and after loading; 7, 14, 21, 30, and 60 days) with periotest, and peri-implant gingival inflammation was assessed using the gingival index.


LLLT has been shown to improve stability of orthodontic miniscrews as evidenced by reduced mobility values measured with periotest but the results were not statistically significant. LLLT has definite influence on reducing gingival inflammation around miniscrews, as evidenced by gingival index values from the experimental side, whereas the control side experienced moderate inflammation after 2 months of placement.


LLLT can be suggested as a clinical adjuvant for improving clinical success with miniscrew treatment. However, more long-term studies incorporating more study subjects is deemed necessary to further validate the study results

Record-breaking Dentsply Sirona World sets a new precedent for dental conferences

This was a fun meeting to attend and fantastic entertainment! MJ

Dentsply Sirona World has concluded but the buzz surrounding the event continues
CHARLOTTE, NC (Sept. 20, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona World sold out weeks before the event launched on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Las Vegas and those who were lucky enough to attend experienced an event like no other in dentistry
More than 100 Breakout Sessions, inspiring General Sessions, unparalleled entertainment and exciting social activities solidified the event’s reputation as the Ultimate Dental Meeting. Throughout the three-day event, guests attended the highest caliber educational courses led by the biggest names in dentistry, ventured the trade show displaying the best products and technologies available on the market, enjoyed multiple star-studded events- including the private concert by Imagine Dragons and standup by Jeff Dunham- and much more.
Continuing education was available to all attendees who attended Breakout Sessions during the event and some General Sessions. Offering 11 educational tracks with hundreds of sessions from which to choose, there was no shortage of quality content.
General Sessions comprised clinical presenters Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. Gregg Kinzer, Dr. Joshua Austin, Dr. Sarah Jockin, Dr. Erin Elliot, Dr. Cliff Ruddle, and Dr. Neal Patel as he performed live surgery. Plus the hundreds of other phenomenal speakers who presented during the numerous Breakout Sessions. 

There was also no shortage of celebrity entertainment, as Dentsply Sirona continues to welcome the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith participated in an interview and moderated Q&A, the room roared in laughter during Jeff Dunham’s performance, guests were awestruck with Simon Sinek’s remarkable insight and business savvy, and Imagine Dragons performed a live concert that was almost too good to Believe

Plus, guests sweat it out during BeachbodyTM Super Trainer Joel Freeman’s MMA-styled workout on Friday and during the Out of this World Fun Run on Saturday, both of which were sponsored by ClearCorrect. 

The Evening of Espionage party at TAO Nightclub, sponsored by Compassionate Finance, concluded the event as guests dressed as their favorite spy or villain, or dazzled in their best black tie attire danced and enjoyed the evening with their peers.

Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As
The Dental Solutions Company TM, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry. Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.
For those who missed the opportunity to attend Dentsply Sirona World 2017, don’t miss your chance to attend next year’s event! Dentsply Sirona World is heading back to Orlando, Florida, and the event is Sept. 13-15. Register now at to take advantage of the lowest prices available for Dentsply Sirona World 2018!
The sold-out Dentsply Sirona World is located at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas and spans from Thursday, Sept. 14 to Saturday, Sept. 16. To learn more about this event and next year’s event, Dentsply Sirona World 2018, visit

Friday, September 22, 2017

Effect of Simulated Mastication on the Retention of Locator Attachments for Implant-Supported Overdentures: An In Vitro Pilot Study

First published:



Limited information is currently available relative to the effect of masticatory loads on the retentive properties of Locator attachments. The aims of this in vitro study were to assess and compare the effect of simulated mastication on the retention of white, pink, and blue Locator inserts for overdentures retained by 2 implants.

Materials and Methods

Thirty specimens simulating a nonanatomic edentulous flat ridge with two implants and an overdenture were divided into 3 groups according to the color of the fitted insert: transparent clear group (n = 10), pink group (n = 10), and blue group (n = 10). Retention forces were measured in an axial direction initially and after 100,000 cycles of simulated masticatory loads. One-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's post hoc tests were used to compare retention values and percentage retention loss between the 3 groups with significance set at p = 0.05.


The 3 groups presented significant differences in retention at baseline (9.95 ± 1.91 N, 15.43 ± 4.08 N, and 41.73 ± 9.29 N for the blue, pink, and clear groups, respectively) and after simulated mastication (6.37 ± 2.64 N, 14.00 ± 3.89 N, 38.20 ± 5.11 N for the blue, pink, and clear groups, respectively). Within the same group, cyclic loading did not significantly affect retention in the clear and pink groups, while the blue inserts showed a significant retention loss (-37%) after loading.


The results suggest that short-term simulated mastication affects the extra-light blue inserts but not the more-retentive inserts.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Color stability of lithium disilicate ceramics after aging and immersion in common beverages



Statement of problem

The color of an esthetic restoration and its color stability are important for long-term success. However, the impact of common beverages on lithium disilicate ceramic is not well known.


The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate color variations of lithium disilicate ceramics after thermal cycling (TC) and immersion in commonly consumed beverages.

Material and methods

A total of 288 specimens (1×10×10 mm) were fabricated from IPS e-max computer-aided design (CAD) (n=72), IPS e-max CERAM ([CER] n=72), IPS e-max Press with glazing ([PG] n=72), and IPS e-max Press without glazing ([PNG] n=72) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Each group was divided into 4 subgroups (n=18): TC, coffee, black tea, and red wine. Thermal cycling was performed at 21 900 cycles at 5°C, 37°C, 55°C, and 37°C (3 years’ clinical simulation), whereas the specimens were soaked in the staining solutions for up to 54 hours (3 years’ clinical simulation). Color parameters L*, a*, and b* were assessed with an ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy recording spectrophotometer. Color difference (ΔE) was calculated using the equation [ΔΕ= [(ΔL*)2 + (Δa*)2 + (Δb*)2]½]. Intraexaminer reliability was assessed by using the intraclass correlation coefficient. Two-way analysis of variance was used for the analysis of ΔΕ, and the parameters L*, a*, and b* were analyzed with linear mixed models for repeated measurements and the Bonferroni pair-wise comparison test (α=.05).


Parameters ΔΕ, L*, a*, and b* were significantly affected by the interaction between material and treatment (P<.001). A ΔΕ >1 was recorded for PG with tea, wine, and coffee, PG after TC and CER after TC. For L*, greater reduction was observed for PNG with tea and CER after TC, whereas for a* significant changes were positive (to red shades), except for PNG with TC, where PNG with wine showed the greatest positive change. For b*, significant changes were negative (to blue shades) except for PNG with tea and coffee and CAD with tea.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Short dental implants: A scoping review of the literature for patients with head and neck cancer

Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry Published online: September 16, 2017


Statement of problem

Dental implants can be essential in the rehabilitation of various cancer defects, but their ideal placement can be complicated by the limited dimensions of the available host bone. Surgical interventions developed to increase the amount of bone are not all predictable or successful and can sometimes be contraindicated. Short dental implants have been suggested as an alternative option in sites where longer implants are not possible. Whether they provide a successful treatment option is unclear.


The purpose of this study was to review the literature on short dental implants and assess whether they are a viable definitive treatment option for rehabilitating cancer patients with deficient bone.

Material and methods

A scoping review of the literature was performed, including a search of established periodontal textbooks for articles on short dental implants combined with a search of PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. A search for all literature published before June 2016 was based on the following keywords: [‘dental implants’ OR ‘dental implantation, endosseous’ OR ‘dental prosthesis, implant supported’] AND [short].


The minimum acceptable implant length has been considered to be 6 mm. The survival rates of short implants varied between 74% and 96% at 5 years, depending on factors such as the quality of the patient’s bone, primary stability of the implant, clinician’s learning curve, and implant surface. Short implants can achieve results similar to those of longer implants in augmented bone and offer a treatment alternative that could reduce the need for invasive surgery and associated morbidity and be safer and more economical.


Short dental implants (6 mm to 8 mm) can be used successfully to support single or multiple fixed reconstructions or overdentures in atrophic maxillae and mandibles. The use of short dental implants lessens the need for advanced and complicated surgical bone augmentation procedures, which reduces complications, costs, treatment time, and morbidity. Short implants could be an alternative in the rehabilitation of patients with cancer.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Digital versus conventional implant impressions for partially edentulous arches: An evaluation of accuracy

Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry Published online: September 16, 2017


Statement of problem

To the authors’ knowledge, while accuracy outcomes of the TRIOS scanner have been compared with conventional impressions, no available data are available regarding the accuracy of digital impressions with the Omnicam and True Definition scanners versus conventional impressions for partially edentulous arches.


The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the accuracy of digital implant impressions using 2 different intraoral scanners (IOSs) with that of conventional impressions for partially edentulous arches.

Material and methods

Two partially edentulous mandibular casts with 2 implant analogs with a 30-degree angulation from 2 different implant systems (Replace Select RP; Nobel Biocare and Tissue level RN; Straumann) were used as controls. Sixty digital models were made from these 2 definitive casts in 6 different groups (n=10). Splinted implant-level impression procedures followed by digitization were used to produce the first 2 groups. The next 2 groups were produced by digital impression with Omnicam. The last 2 groups were produced by digital impression with the True Definition scanner. Accuracy was evaluated by superimposing the digital files of each test group onto the digital file of the controls with inspection software.


The difference in 3-dimensional (3D) deviations (median ±interquartile range) among the 3 impression groups for Nobel Biocare was statistically significant among all groups (P<.001), except for the Omnicam (20 ±4 μm) and True Definition (15 ±6 μm) groups; the median ±interquartile range for the conventional group was 39 ±18 μm. The difference in 3D deviations among the 3 impression groups for Straumann was statistically significant among all groups (P=.003), except for the conventional impression (22 ±5 μm) and True Definition (17 ±5 μm) groups; the median ±interquartile range for the Omnicam group was 26 ±15 μm. The difference in 3D deviations between the 2 implant systems was significant for the Omnicam (P=.011) and conventional (P<.001) impression techniques but not for the True Definition technique (P=.247).


Within the limitations of this study, both the impression technique and the implant system affected accuracy. The True Definition technique had the fewest 3D deviations compared with the other 2 techniques; however, the accuracy of all impression techniques was within clinically acceptable levels, and not all differences were statistically significant.

Monday, September 18, 2017

3M, Patterson Dental Open Doors to Digital Dentistry

ST. PAUL‚ Minn. – (Sept. 14, 2017) – 3M Oral Care and Patterson Dental have signed a distribution agreement for 3M’s True Definition Scanner. The agreement brings Patterson’s customers the opportunity to explore digital dentistry via an open platform and a trusted partner. With the 3MTM True Definition Scanner, oral care professionals are choosing a digital hub that gives them an unrestricted entry point into traditional crown & bridge work with any lab, advanced implant solutions, clear aligners, in-office milling and more.
“Distributors have enjoyed putting the True Definition Scanner in front of dentists, because they know we’re standing behind it,” said Jim Ingebrand, vice president, Oral Care Solutions Division of 3M. “They can be confident that 3M is committed to ensuring it’s a success for the practice.”
The True Definition Scanner features the smallest wand on the market which means scanning with this system is not only comfortable for clinician and patient alike, it also delivers precision clinicians can trust. With a low-price entry into digital impressioning at just $16,995, the mobile scanner fits the size, mobility, practice requirements and budget needs of practitioners. The True Definition Scanner’s open architecture allows connection to the most common digital dentistry file formats. This gives dental practices the flexibility to choose the best output option for each case – helping manage the workflow the way the clinician wants it. 

“3M is a trusted brand and we’re excited to distribute the True Definition Scanner,” said Dave Misiak, president, Patterson Dental North America. “We have a long-standing relationship with 3M as strong Minnesota-based leaders in the dental industry and believe we now have the opportunity to serve 3M customers in new ways via our best-in-class service and support network.”
The True Definition Scanner is now available through Patterson Dental in the U.S. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day two of Dentsply Sirona World: Better than Imagined

Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons concluded the second day of the Ultimate Dental Meeting with a show-stopping concert after an eventful day of educational courses and extracurricular activities 

LAS VEGAS, N.V. (Sept. 16, 2017) – Day two of Dentsply Sirona World was chockfull of top-notch educational content and speakers, exhilarating activities and outstanding entertainment for the thousands of event attendees.
BeachbodyTM Super Trainer Joel Freeman kicked the morning into gear for hundreds of guests with his MMA-styled workout session, which was sponsored by ClearCorrect. The energizing workout was followed by a special meet and greet on the trade show floor. Freeman’s workout was designed to suit attendees of all ages and comfort levels, making this event the perfect start to day two of the Ultimate Dental Meeting.
Commencing the day’s educational sessions, General Session with Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Gregg Kinzer began at 9 AM. Both presenters discussed the age of digital dentistry, the best means to better your performance and practice, and shared advice on how to obtain the best clinical outcomes with some of the best products and technologies on the market. Doors opened to the comprehensive trade show floor after the conclusion of Drs. Spears’ and Kinzer’s presentation.
After exploring the trade show, attendees took their seats to hear from award-winning author and TED Talk legend Simon Sinek during the day’s second General Session. Sinek, the pioneer of ‘leading with why’, spoke on different leadership styles and how to better encourage employees through trust and empowerment.
Various Breakout Sessions scheduled throughout the remainder of the day provided exceptional content to attendees eager to absorb the quality education presented before heading to the evening reception, and then to the highly-anticipated private concert by Imagine Dragons.
Before the Grammy-winning band rushed the stage, attendees flooded into the Venetian Ballroom elated to experience what was undoubtedly a highlight of the three-day extravaganza. Imagine Dragons slayed with their electrifying performance, which included chart-topping hits Radioactive, Thunder, On Top of the World and Believer. This exclusive concert was sponsored by Fortune Management.
Day three of Dentsply Sirona World promises to deliver extraordinary education in conjunction with spectacular activities and entertainment as the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting draws to a close.
Stay up to date on daily activities, course schedules and more with the Dentsply Sirona World app, available for iOS and Android devices.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Opening day of Dentsply Sirona World exceeded expectations

After much anticipation, the first day of the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting concluded with high praise 

Las Vegas, N.V. (Sept. 15, 2017) – After months of anticipation, Dentsply Sirona World 2017 has officially begun! This three-day event is the industry’s only educational festival, and those in attendance have now experienced the Dentsply Sirona difference.
The day started with the magnificent Opening General Session. With a ballroom submerged in darkness, LED light dancers wowed the audience with incredible illusions and captivating choreography. Immediately following, Group Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins welcomed scores of people to one of the largest gatherings in dentistry. More than 7,000 people joined Dentsply Sirona in Las Vegas for this spectacular event; a record-breaking number for the company.
Throughout Opening General Session, industry titans Dr. Joshua Austin, Dr. Erin Elliot, Dr. Sarah Jockin and Dr. Cliff Ruddle offered a taste of what attendees could expect throughout this experience. New to General Session this year, Dr. Neal Patel performed lived surgery from the trade show floor just feet away while the audience watched via live stream.
At the close of Opening General Session, the vast trade show floor opened and eventgoers ventured the aisles, exploring the latest and greatest in dental technologies, products and services. In addition to top-notch exhibitors, the popular media panel was located on the trade show floor, allowing attendees to hear from some of the industry’s best.
The first group of Breakout Sessions opened for attendees in the early afternoon following lunch and the opening of the trade show. Sessions within 11 educational tracks were available throughout the afternoon into the early evening. Per tradition, attendees designed their schedules as desired and select the courses in which they were interested. Some chose to stick with one track while others selected courses within multiple tracks for a more comprehensive experience.
The second General Session, sponsored by Implant Seminars, featured Academy Award-nominated actor, producer and philanthropist Will Smith. Smith entered the stage ‘gettin’ jiggy wit it’ to a ballroom roaring with applause. One of the most popular celebrities of this generation discussed his climb to fame, and the successes and failures that steered the trajectory of his career.
As Smith reflected on an event in his childhood in which his father directed him to build a wall, Smith shared an inspiring metaphor on career growth: “Building a wall can be daunting, but if you focus on laying one perfect brick each day, the bricks eventually form a wall.”
Sponsored by Dental Product Shopper, the Welcome Reception- a wonderful opportunity for guests to network and socialize with peers- followed Smith’s session. Food and beverage were provided for guests as they geared up for the evening’s comedic entertainment.
Laughter permeated the ballroom as Jeff Dunham, a Forbes-listed comedian, performed his live standup for audiences later that evening. Dunham had his sidekicks in tow and re-energized the room after a full first day of Dentsply Sirona World. Dunham’s performance was sponsored by OperaDDS and included fan-favorite characters Walter, Bubba J, Peanut and Achmed, but not before he shared hilarious pictures from his past. Walter and Dunham’s satirical banter about dental professionals and the Ultimate Dental Meeting was perfectly tailored to fit the audience. Dunham’s performance concluded the first day of Dentsply Sirona World.
As the second day is upon us, attendees can expect more entertainment and even more quality education as this dental festival continues.
Stay up to date on daily activities, course schedules and more with the Dentsply Sirona World app, available for iOS and Android devices.
The sold-out Dentsply Sirona World is located at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas and spans from Thursday, Sept. 14 to Saturday, Sept. 16. To learn more about this event and next year’s event, Dentsply Sirona World 2018, visit

Narrow implants (2.75 and 3.25 mm diameter) supporting a fixed splinted prostheses in posterior regions of mandible: one-year results from a prospective cohort study

International Journal of Implant Dentistry20173:43
Received: 23 March 2017
Accepted: 29 August 2017
Published: 8 September 2017



Can multiple splinted narrow-diameter implants be used as definitive implants in patients with insufficient bone ridge thickness in posterior regions of the mandible? With this aim, we evaluated their outcomes in this set up to 1 year after loading.


Forty-two patients with a mean age of 61.3 years old (range 49–73) in need of fixed prosthetic implant-supported rehabilitations in the posterior region of the mandible, presenting a thin alveolar crest, were selected. One hundred twenty-four narrow-diameter implants (2.75 and 3.25 mm diameter) were placed and splinted with a bridge. One implant for each missing tooth was requested to be inserted. Outcomes measured were implant survival, complications, and marginal bone level changes up to 1 year after loading.


At the 12-month follow-up, three implants failed. Two 2.75 mm diameter implants and one 3.2 mm diameter implant failed. The implant survival rate was 97.6%. Peri-implant bone resorption was 0.20 mm (CI 95% 0.14: 0.26) after 6 months and 0.47 mm (CI 95% 0.29; 0.65) after 12 months of loading, not different between 2.75 and 3.25 mm diameter groups (p = 0.786). Of the 42 cases, three had an episode of peri-implant mucositis (7.1%).


Within the limits of this study, preliminary short-term data (1 year post-loading) suggested that narrow-diameter implants (2.75 to 3.25 mm) can be successfully used as a minimally invasive alternative to horizontal bone augmentation in the posterior mandible. However, larger and longer follow-ups of 5 years or more are needed.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Multiple external cervical root resorptions after home whitening treatment: a case report

First published: Full publication history


Invasive multiple cervical root resorptions after vital tooth bleaching is a rare condition. The aim of this article is to present a case of multiple external cervical root resorptions (ECRR) after a misguided home whitening treatment. A 34 year old male patient presented with slight sensitivity and mobility in several teeth. Despite the manufacturer's recommendations, the patient used a 22% carbamide peroxide-based tooth bleaching gel at home for 4 days consecutively, at night, on the upper and lower arches. Clinical examination revealed gingival swelling, probing depths ranging 5–7 mm on the buccal and proximal surfaces, and grade 2 mobility of the teeth affected by ECRR. Radiographs revealed presence of ECRR in several teeth during initial examination, and development of multiple new lesions 6 months later. The teeth were subsequently extracted. Histological analysis showed multiple dentine lacunae and areas of dentine reparation. The careful use of these products can prevent sequelae such as those reported in this clinical case. As the vital bleaching has a variable success rate, patients should be informed through a consent form of the benefits and risks of tooth bleaching treatment.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It’s almost here- the greatly anticipated Dentsply Sirona World commences tomorrow!

Thousands of eager attendees are arriving in Las Vegas for the sold-out Ultimate Dental Meeting beginning Thursday, Sept. 14
CHARLOTTE, NC (Sept. 13, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona World is the second annual Ultimate Dental Meeting and the first to be hosted in Las Vegas. Dubbed an educational festival, this is one of the largest events in dentistry and attracts the leading minds in the industry.
“As we welcome a record-number of attendees, the excitement is palpable among them and our Dentsply Sirona team,” said Group Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “Our organization has been looking forward to this colossal event since the conclusion of SIROWORLD in Orlando, and here in Vegas, attendees can expect the biggest, most impressive show to date.”
Dentsply Sirona World offers quality clinical and business education to every dental professional, including General Practitioners, specialists, technicians, office staff members, etc. Esteemed clinicians and business professionals will lead sessions within 11 educational tracks throughout the course of the event, providing the opportunity for registrants to absorb as much content as possible.
The entertainment at Dentsply Sirona World is just another factor separating this event from other industry meetings. The caliber of celebrity entertainment is simply unmatched. Will Smith, Jeff Dunham, Simon Sinek and Imagine Dragons are all slated to perform or speak exclusively for Ultimate Dental Meeting attendees.
In addition to the invaluable education and extraordinary entertainment, guests can enjoy various social, and health and wellness activities, including a MMA-styled workout led by Super Trainer Joel Freeman on Friday morning and the Out of This World Fun Run on Saturday morning. Evening receptions provide additional networking opportunities, and the three-day event concludes with the Evening of Espionage closing party at TAO Nightclub.
For those already onsite or arriving today, early registration is open from 3-8 p.m. Early registration is highly encouraged as General Session begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, and doors to the session close at 9 a.m. sharp.
Those who missed the opportunity to attend Dentsply Sirona World 2017 can register for Dentsply Sirona World 2018 located in Orlando, Florida, from Sept. 13-15. Register now at to take advantage of the lowest prices available for Dentsply Sirona World 2018!
The sold-out Dentsply Sirona World is located at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas and spans from Thursday, Sept. 14 to Saturday, Sept. 16. To learn more about this event and next year’s event, Dentsply Sirona World 2018, visit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bacteremic capacity of a minimally invasive flapless accelerated orthodontic technique



The aim of present prospective cohort study was to investigate prevalence of bacteremia after a minimally invasive flapless accelerated orthodontic technique.

Material and Methods

The sample consisted of 30 orthodontic patients (18 female, 12 male; mean age: 19.57 ± 0.5 years). All patients had Class I malocclusion and had fixed orthodontic appliance treatment. The flapless technique was performed with a reinforced scalpel on the labial aspect of the mandibular incisors to separate the interproximal cortices transmucosally. Using aseptic technique, two blood samples of 20 mL were collected before and 30 to 60 seconds after the flapless technique. The blood was aseptically inoculated into culture bottles and incubated at 35°C for 2 weeks. Medium alterations showing bacterial growth were investigated by using Gram staining. The bacteria were identified by VITEK 2 (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) automated microbiology identification system. The result was analyzed statistically using the McNemar test, with P < 0.05 indicating statistical significance. The intensity of bacteremia was expressed as colony-forming units per milliliter.


No significant difference between the preoperative and postoperative samples were determined with respect to bacteremia (P = 0.335). Only Streptococcus oralis was detected in two postoperative samples.


A minimally invasive flapless accelerated orthodontic technique is not related to transitory bacteremia, as Streptococcus oralis was detected in only two postoperative samples.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Brasseler USA Launches New E-Commerce Experience:

SAVANNAH, GA (September 7, 2017) – Brasseler USA, a leading provider of dental instrumentation, launched today a new e-commerce experience: The all new, mobile-friendly introduces a completely refreshed shopping experience with enhanced search features, expanded product information, and an easy-to-navigate interface.

Brasseler USA’s new e-commerce platform further embodies the Company’s ‘By Your Side’ commitment by satisfying the constantly evolving needs of dental professionals and their desire to access our wide range of dental instrumentation whenever and wherever,” says Marc Gordon, Vice President and General Manager.

Enhanced search features allow dental professionals to find what they need, quickly and easily. Shoppers can search for a product by name, product number, category or even a specific product attribute. What’s more, type-ahead search results complete with product images makes searching simple, and choosing the right product is now easier than ever with a new product comparison tool.

In addition, richer product information on the new site provides details such as size, shape, grit and procedure, along with enhanced descriptions, supporting documentation, and videos. Everything shoppers need is all in one place—dental professionals no longer have to filter through multiple websites to obtain the information they want.’s new, responsive design is ready for use on digital devices of all shapes and sizes, including phones and tablets. Dental professionals can order what they need, when they need it, whether at the office, at home, or on the go.  A modern design and straightforward navigation make the site familiar and easy to use.

“We focused our efforts to develop a site based upon user feedback in order to exceed expectations,” remarked Ryan Dew, Brasseler USA’s Director of Administration. “We believe delivers not only a superior experience over other e-commerce sites in the dental industry, it’s actually comparable to the e-commerce giants we as consumers buy from regularly.”

For more information about Brasseler USA’s new e-commerce site, visit

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 40 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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Friday, September 08, 2017

Carestream is Aquired


Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and CareCapital Advisors Limited (part of Hillhouse Capital Management), completed the previously announced acquisition of Carestream Dental, the dental digital business of Carestream Health, on Sept. 1, 2017. The carve-out transaction establishes Carestream Dental as an independent global company, wholly owned by CD&R and Hillhouse/CareCapital funds.
Carestream Dental is a leading provider of dental digital product lines and services, including imaging equipment, CAD/CAM systems and practice management software that enables oral healthcare providers around the world to advance their standards of care and improve clinical efficiency.
Lisa Ashby continues to lead Carestream Dental as chief executive officer. CD&R operating advisor John Dineen, former CEO of GE’s healthcare business, has assumed the role of chairman of the Carestream Dental Board.
For more information about Carestream Dental, or any of its innovative technology, visit or call 800.944.6365.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Taub Products Announces Reintroduction of Minute Stains

Jersey City, NJ: August 31, 2017 - TAUB Products, a long-time manufacturer of dental laboratory and restorative products, has announced the reintroduction of Minute Stains, ultrathin acrylic liquids in a variety of colors that allow natural characterization of milled PMMA provisionals, temporaries, composite teeth, and denture teeth.  By mixing and layering colors, Minute Stains give an unlimited variation of color options to perfectly match the surrounding teeth. Each application of stain air-dries in 15 seconds, saving patient chair time.

“It is important for patients to be happy with their provisional smile, while waiting for implants to heal and custom ceramic crowns to be designed,” stated Jordan Taub, Vice President of TAUB. “Depending on the procedure, final restorations may not be placed for months, and long-term provisionals that lack characterization and do not match surrounding teeth can make the patient self-conscious in public.”

TAUB Minute Stains are available in two kit options: the 3-color kit contains a cervical blend, yellow, and gray colors, and the 7- color kit has additional colors of blue, brown, white, and pink.

Minute Stains are available through your authorized dealer, or contact TAUB Products at 800.828.2634 or

TAUB Products is celebrating its 65th year in business. TAUB provides innovative, high-quality solutions for dental professionals. For more information on TAUB and its products, call 800-828-2634, or go to


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Association between chronic periodontitis and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease: a retrospective, population-based, matched-cohort study

Alzheimer's Research & Therapy20179:56
Received: 24 April 2017
Accepted: 27 June 2017
Published: 8 August 2017



Although recent short-term cross-sectional studies have revealed that chronic periodontitis (CP) may be a risk factor for increased cognitive impairment in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), systematic reviews and long-term longitudinal studies have provided less clear evidence regarding the relationship between CP and AD. Therefore, we conducted a retrospective cohort study using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan to determine whether patients with CP are at increased risk of developing AD.


We conducted a retrospective matched-cohort study using the NHIRD of Taiwan. We identified 9291 patients newly diagnosed with CP between 1997 and 2004. A total of 18,672 patients without CP were matched to the patient cohort according to sex, age, index year, co-morbidity and urbanisation level. Cox proportional hazards regression analyses were performed to evaluate the subsequent risk of AD.


Patients with CP had a higher prevalence of hyperlipidaemia, depression, traumatic brain injury and co-morbidities, as well as higher urbanisation levels, than those in the unexposed cohort (all p < 0.01). At the final follow-up, totals of 115 (1.24%) and 208 (1.11%) individuals in the CP exposed and unexposed groups, respectively, had developed AD. Patients with 10 years of CP exposure exhibited a higher risk of developing AD than unexposed groups (adjusted HR 1.707, 95% CI 1.152–2.528, p = 0.0077).


Our findings demonstrate that 10-year CP exposure was associated with a 1.707-fold increase in the risk of developing AD. These findings highlight the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease and promote healthcare service at the national level.