Dr. Dan Fischer Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University

Posted on June 15, 2018

Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc., received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from his dental school alma mater, Loma Linda University, on May 27, 2018. Loma Linda University awarded Dr. Fischer with the honor for his public attainments and commitment to excellence “which have contributed to mankind in a manner which is congruent with the mission of Loma Linda University Health,” said Dr. Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University.

Dr.  Fischer traveled to Loma Linda University with his family over Memorial Day weekend to receive the special award at a commencement luncheon hosted by the university president. Of the recognition, Dr. Fischer said, “I felt both humbled and honored to receive this award. It was very meaningful to me that my alma mater recognized the work of Ultradent’s Diversity Foundation and other activities which have occurred and continue to occur with the help of a number of great people.”

Dr. Fischer graduated from Loma Linda University dental school in 1974, after which he maintained a full-time practice for 15 years. Since 1990, he has practiced dentistry part-time while working extensively in the research and development of many revolutionary and award-winning products used in the dental profession via his international dental supply and manufacturing company, Ultradent Products, Inc.

In addition to his vast contributions to the dental industry, Dr. Fischer, through Ultradent, supports numerous humanitarian causes throughout the world, including The Crown Council’s Smiles for Life program, Sealants for Smiles, many independent humanitarian missions, as well as his own 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, The Diversity Foundation.

To learn more about Dr. Fischer, Ultradent, and the many humanitarian causes they support, please visit ultradent.com.

Americana Dental Announces Partnership

Posted on June 15, 2018

Pedro Fernandez, owner of Americana Dental, announced a new alliance with Jason Frazier, formerly Vice President of Talladium, Inc.

"This new partnership with their massive knowledge of dental innovations and years of working together will provide your lab with superior products with technical support to help your lab deliver state of the art creations," Americana Dental says in a release. "Please welcome this collaboration for new products such as Amann Girrbach and all new technological dental products."

For more information, call Americana Dental at 813-888-8889 or go to americanadental.com

Dental Business Academy 2018

Posted on June 15, 2018

Where do you begin when you are ready to start your own dental practice? What are critical things you need to know if you want to be a successful practice owner? The Dental Business Academy is here to help answer those questions. In addition to learning about practice ownership, you will have the benefit of interacting with a network of peers from across the country and a proven team of experts for you to leverage.

Learn from experts and accelerate your path to practice ownership at the Dental Business Academy 2018. 

Thursday, Aug. 9th / Sept. 20th

Welcome Reception & Pickup Info Packets

4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10th / Sept. 21st


7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Conference at A-Dec Education Center

8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Reception

5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Oregon Winery Dinner Experience




2601 Crestview Drive

Newberg, OR 97132




(Includes meals/hotel

accommodations for two)

Food, hotel and shuttle service are complimentary of A-dec and Bank of America Practice Solutions.*

*Subject to credit approval; restrictions apply. Bank of America Practice Solutions is a division of Bank of America Corporation.

Bank of America is a registered trademark of Bank of America Corporation. Sponsorship is not an endorsement or approval of

the non-affiliated speakers, programs or products of this A-dec event.

Regster here by August 1, 2018. 

National Dentex Labs and Carbon Partner to Implement a 3D Manufacturing Solution Across NDX Labs in the US

Posted on June 15, 2018

National Dentex Labs (NDX), the largest network of dental labs by revenue in the US, and Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital 3D manufacturing company, today announced a multi-year agreement to help NDX’s labs across the country implement Carbon’s complete dental solution. The agreement recently commenced with Carbon M2 printers being placed in NDX labs in 2018 and will continue to scale through 2019.

NDX relies on 3D printing technology to fabricate models, casting, and a variety of implant guides. However, the increasing demand for these items has led the organization to seek a solution that can not only meet this growth in efficiency, accuracy, and esthetics, but also provides scalability, fleet management across the install base in disparate locations, and the ability to report data and analytics that cater to solution-based needs.

“3D printing has become integral to the dental industry and NDX is at the forefront of using this innovative technology, so we have deep experience with the many printer technologies on the market,” said Tom Daulton, CEO of National Dentex Labs. “As we evaluated the options, we needed a solution and a partner that could scale with us while offering efficiencies, quality parts, and excellent support and service.”

“We are thrilled to partner with NDX, and honored that they’ve selected Carbon’s complete dental solution for their labs,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Co-founder and CEO of Carbon. “Dental is an industry that shows the most promise for using digital fabrication for production at scale, particularly given its rigorous requirements of high throughput, accuracy of prints, fast turnaround, constant uptime and very responsive service. At Carbon, we engage closely with each of our customers to understand their individual requirements, and deliver the one-to-one support and services they need to accelerate their business and create amazing experiences for their customers. We’re there with them at every step of the process.”

Carbon offers a revolutionary alternative to 3D printing, fusing light and oxygen to rapidly produce high-quality, end-use products from a pool of resin. Its proprietary Digital Light SynthesisTM (DLS) technology, robust and reliable 3D printers, and broad portfolio of materials deliver a complete solution for all dental production needs. Carbon’s solution significantly improves efficiency and accuracy, reduces time from design to manufacture, and provides important features such as part traceability and serialization through next-gen software design tools. With Carbon, everything is digitally traceable, down to a unique ID that can automatically be engraved or embossed on any part. This unique ID can be used to identify the digital historical record of the part, including identifying the specific printer, resin, and even post-processing protocols that were involved in making that part. This capability is particularly valuable for highly regulated industries like dental, where the FDA will increasingly require part-specific data to ensure product performance and patient safety.

Further, Carbon’s unique subscription-based model closely aligns it to its customers’ businesses – with every-six-weeks software updates, continuous education and training programs, and one-to-one customer service and support helping ensure the business is always up and running for optimal customer experiences and capabilities.

Water Fluoridation Confirmed to Prevent Dental Decay in US Children And Adolescents

Posted on June 14, 2018

The fluoridation of America’s drinking water was among the great public health achievements of the twentieth century but there is a scarcity of studies from the last three decades investigating the impact of water fluoridation on dental health in the U.S. population. A recent study “Water fluoridation and dental caries in U.S. children and adolescents,” published in the Journal of Dental Research, evaluated associations between the availability of community water fluoridation and dental caries (decay) experience in U.S. child and adolescent populations.

In this large study, county-level estimates of the percentage of population with community water fluoridation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 's Water Fluoridation Reporting System were merged with dental examination data from 10 years of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (1999-2004 and 2011-2014).

The analysis showed that U.S. children and adolescents with greater access to fluoridated drinking water were less likely to experience dental caries. Counties in which over 75% of the population had access to community water fluoridation saw a 30% reduction in dental caries experience in the primary dentition, and a 12% reduction in dental caries experience in the permanent dentition, compared to counties in which less than 75% had access to community water fluoridation.

The findings are consistent with evidence from the last half-century showing that community water fluoridation continues to provide a substantial dental health benefit for U.S. children and adolescents. The current study boosts the evidence by showing that the benefit is most pronounced early in life, in the primary teeth of 2-8 year olds.

“This study confirms previously reported findings and provides additional evidence in support of water fluoridation as a core public health intervention promoting oral health,” said Maria Ryan, President of the American Association for Dental Research. “AADR supports community water fluoridation as a safe and effective, evidence-based intervention for the prevention of dental caries and this report further adds to that evidence base.”

Authors of the study “Water fluoridation and dental caries in U.S. children and adolescents” are Gary Slade and Anne Sanders from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., USA, William Grider, U.S. Census Bureau, Suitland, Md., USA and William Maas, Dental Public Health Consultant, North Bethesda, Md., USA.

For media requests, please contact IADR Marketing & Communications Manager Elise Bender at ebender@iadr.org.

About the Journal of Dental Research

The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. At 0.02225, the JDR holds the highest Eigenfactor® Score of all dental journals publishing original research. The JDR ranks #1 in Article Influence and #2 in the Two-Year Journal Impact Factor rankings with a rating of 4.755 according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017).

About the International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,500 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org. The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR, with 3,400 members in the United States. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.

Workshop for Women in Dental Technology to Be Hosted in Berlin

Posted on June 14, 2018

Dentistry and dental technology are becoming more female. The number of female dentists and dental technicians has increased steadily during the past few years. Women usually have a different understanding of esthetics than their male colleagues, and this also manifests itself in their approach to the design of dental restorations. This is exactly where the workshop for advanced dental technicians held by Kim Lucka, CDT, from Speyer, will take off. Building on the zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate Celtra Press for restorations with perfect esthetics, Lucka will demonstrate the fascination of the Celtra light play and the perfect surface of the material and share tips and tricks on how to achieve the best possible results. Celtra Press helps dental technicians to get as close to nature as possible.

This advanced training course was specially designed for female dental technicians. So it would seem only logical that on the second day of the workshop, Grit Müller, a coach for personal growth, will show participants how successful women have gone about developing their personality. This workshop will be a very special experience revolving around the esthetics of fixed restorations, that no woman active in dental technology should miss.

Workshop leader: Kim Lucka, Speyer, Germany

Date: September 7–8, 2018 (Fri/Sat), 9 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Trainings-Zentrum Ästhetik Center

             Wendenschloßstraße 340

             12557 Berlin


Registration fee: €498.00 per person plus VAT; includes workshop framework

Biolase Announce Comic Series

Posted on June 13, 2018

Biolase announced a new comic series that will serve as a creative resource about dental lasers.

The series, which will focus on benefits such as fewer injections and faster recovery times, was drafted and put together by a member of Biolase’s finance team who believes so much in the product that he undertook the project on his own in hopes of helping patients.

A second comic is currently in development, and Biolase hopes to release one every couple months. The end goal is to spread the word about the benefits of laser dentistry in a fun and engaging way.

For more information, go to biolase.com.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Launches Cosmetic Dentistry Residency Pilot Program

Posted on June 13, 2018

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) will launch a cosmetic dentistry residency pilot program this August with three dental residents, each learning from an AACD Accredited Fellow. Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD; Susan Hollar, DDS, FAACD and Brian P. LeSage, DDS, FAACD will each be instructing a dental resident and providing experience relating to all facets of an esthetic restorative dental practice including effective practice management, diagnostic tools, and restorative considerations.

Residents will acquire the clinical and business experience needed to jump start a career in a cosmetic-oriented restorative dental practice by completing a series of requirements including studying dental literature and implementing simple to complex restorative cases. “The AACD Residency program is designed to expose young dentists to the clinical and business side of a fee-for-service style private practice,” explains preceptor Brian LeSage, DDS, FAACD.

The AACD is excited to announce the first AACD Cosmetic Dentistry Residents:

Natalie Downs, DDS graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2017 and has been practicing as an Associate at James C. Peurach DDS and Cascade Village Dental. Dr. Downs will be studying under the guidance of Elizabeth M. Bakeman, DDS, FAACD at her practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Amirali Zandinejad DDS, MSc completed his dental training in 1996, a residency program in operative dentistry and a master’s degree in restorative dentistry from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom, and the AEGD residency and prosthodontics program from the University ofRochester in New York. He currently serves as the director of the AEGD residency program at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Dr. Zandinejad will be studying under the guidance of Susan Hollar, DDS, FAACD at her practice in Arlington, Texas.

Caroline Girard, DDS graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2015 and currently practices as an Associate at La Canada Smiles Dentistry. Dr. Girard will be studying under the guidance of Brian LeSage, DDS, FAACD at his practice in Beverly Hills, California.

These dental professionals will have the unique opportunity to learn one-on-one from some of the most successful restorative dentists in the country and to observe, document, and execute a variety of cosmetic restorative solutions. In addition to gaining knowledge and experience relating to all facets of an esthetic restorative dental practice, these residents will gain the skills and confidence they need to enjoy the professional and financial successes that comes with a responsible, esthetic dental practice.

For more information about the AACD Residency pilot program, visit www.aacd.com/residency or email residency@aacd.com.

Oral Health America Announces a Three Year, $500,000 Commitment from Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc

Posted on June 13, 2018

Oral Health America (OHA) is the recipient of a three-year, $500,000 commitment from Ivoclar Vivadent, including an annual $50,000 grant as well as a commitment to provide $117,000 of dental product to OHA’s Smiles Across America® Program Partners to help them serve more children by lowering their operating costs for supplies.

This commitment mutually supports Oral Health America and Ivoclar Vivadent’s vision of a future in which all Americans, particularly the growing cohort of older Americans, experience good oral health as a critical part of their overall health and well-being.

“Ivoclar Vivadent’s early investment in OHA’s older adults program, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, allowed us to expand the program from a single strategy to five. Their continued commitment allows us to further our reach, bringing our programs to those who need them the most,” said Beth Truett, President and CEO, Oral Health America. “Thanks to their continued support as a Guardian Sponsor, we are able to serve children, families and older adults across the country. We are grateful for Ivoclar Vivadent's ongoing investment in our work.”

The three-year commitment also contributes to OHA’s collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and community organizations in Western New York to offer Tooth Wisdom®: Get Smart About Your Mouth and oral screenings to older adults aging-in-place in the Greater Buffalo community. This initiative is designed to improve the oral health of older adults in that region, especially those most vulnerable. Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth is OHA’s older adults' oral health education curriculum.

"Our work with Oral Health America is very rewarding," said Robert Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. "The programs we are developing together serve a population of people that deserve proper oral care. However, we have witnessed that the growing older American population does not always receive the care they deserve. The Wisdom Tooth Project is an invaluable initiative and we will continue to find solutions for supporting our older adult population and their oral care needs."

Ivoclar Vivadent also sponsored a challenge grant for OHA’s Older Adults Campaign, Leading by Living, part of the Campaign for Oral Health Equity. The campaign featured older adults in a variety of roles, focused on their own oral health, that of their grandchildren for whom they’re caring, and the supports needed to create an equitable playing field.    

Reopening of Dentsply Sirona Academy – Clinical training at the highest level

Posted on June 13, 2018

Obviously new, surprisingly different – the Dentsply Sirona Academy awaits visitors in completely renovated premises that make training of an exceptionally high quality not only possible, but accessible and modern. Every year, the academy will provide training for up to 10,000 professional consultants, dentists, dental technicians, and employees of dental practices, with the addition of Dentsply Sirona internal employees, in approximately 2,000 square meters of entirely renovated and equipped space.

In the completely redesigned showroom, sections for each of the specific product areas have been set up respectively. Within these areas, the ten Dentsply Sirona business units are also found, which reflect the company's character as the Dental Solutions Company. Here, the products are available for demonstration and hands-on use with clinical models to simulate an in-office experience. In addition, all of the treatment units within the academy are digitally connected to the X-ray and laboratory sections, so that the digital workflow and connectivity of our product portfolios can be optimally demonstrated. The furnishings have been fully optimized to be flexible so that the rooms can be easily adapted to new products and solutions at any time.

"As a leader in innovation, it is important to us that with the Dentsply SironaAcademy, we can offer a pioneering center for further education and training," said Michael Geil, Managing Director in Bensheim and Group Vice President Treatment Centers at Dentsply Sirona, at the festive reopening ceremony in Bensheim. "The professional, needs-oriented, and dynamic program sets new standards."

The focus, in addition to products, is above all on solutions that are well-conceived from the diagnosis to the final treatment. All of the sections have an open design and bring the concept of how the products work together to life.

Courses and training at the clinic level

The products and treatment workflows are demonstrated in a clinical setting in the new academy, so that theory and practice interact directly with one another, making the integrated workflows tangible across all disciplines. A large classroom with 20 simulation units has been set up where digital interfaces enable multimedia training support of the highest standard. An auditorium, which is separated from the treatment room by a glass wall, has also been set up. In the future, it will also be possible to do live treatments here.

Overall, the capacity for hands-on demonstrations and training sessions at the academy in Bensheim has been increased significantly. The academy views itself as both a training center and a meeting place for partners and customers, where they can intensify their contact and get direct feedback.

Setting training standards with concept and quality

Professional knowledge and well-practiced skills are the building blocks of successful dentistry. In order to make the best possible use of the innovative products and solutions, there is a great need for high-quality teaching and learning opportunities. "By redesigning the Dentsply Sirona Academy in Bensheim, we accommodate the future requirements of our customers and partners because we are convinced that further education and training puts them in a position to implement the available technologies and solutions optimally for themselves and their patients," Michael Glemser, Director of the Dentsply Sirona Academy, told numerous guests and media representatives at the opening ceremony.

"For us, it is important that the users of products and processes are able to apply them directly, efficiently, and successfully in their daily work. Continuous further education and training make the difference for us as a company," says Dominique Legros, Senior Vice President, Equipment, Technologies and Healthcare at Dentsply Sirona. "At the Dentsply Sirona Academy, the knowledge necessary for this is imparted, enabling new perspectives for the benefit of the patients and improving profitability of practices and labs."

A virtual impression of the Dentsply Sirona Academy is available here.


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