MSDA Welcomes DRNA into the Fold of MSDA Member Perks Vendors

Posted on July 16, 2018

MSDA welcomes DRNA (Dental Recycling North America) into the fold of MSDA Members Perks Vendors. A leader in dental waste management, DRNA is the number one compliance partner for dental waste management and recycling.

With the passing of the new EPA amalgam separator rule, MSDA went to considerable lengths to bring its members the best economic and compliance vendor. When MSDA members sign on with DRNA, they will receive the necessary equipment completely free! That is a value of $850...a savings they will not find with other vendors.

With other vendors of this service, dental offices will typically purchase two or more cartridges, which are more costly that DRNA's annual one-time-all-inclusive-recycling-fee. In addition, when members sign up with DRNA, their annual recycling rate will be locked in for 3- to 5-years. MSDA members will find that not only are their annual recycling costs more economical than their competitors, but they are the only vendor willing to lock in their already lower recycling costs for years to come.

To receive your free unit, MSDA members need to go to the new DRNA MSDA web page and sign up for an annual recycling contract. MSDA urges its members to sign up now as costs will only get higher as the July 2020 compliance date gets closer.

Don't miss your opporunity to speak to a DRNA representative at the Chesapeake Dental Conference. Stop by their booth or call 800-360-1001 ext. 2 for more information. 

Dentsply Sirona initiates Global Lab Experts Network (GLEN)

Posted on July 16, 2018

Dentsply Sirona Lab is committed to offering the opportunity to establish a network with experts across all lab-related areas and enable the exchange between peers in every field of expertise. For this purpose, the Global Lab Experts Network (GLEN) has been initiated by the company’s Clinical Affairs team. To kick off this program, dental technicians, dentists and lab owners from all over the world came to Germany. The attendees from all five continents participated in a comprehensive 2-days program with varied general and breakout sessions and the possibility for a professional exchange with peers and colleagues. One main focus was also the importance of a successful teamwork between dental technician and dentist.

“Dentsply Sirona has the intention of organizing this kind of GLEN meeting every two years, establishing a network of experts across all lab-related areas”, said Tom Leonardi, Group Vice President at Dentsply Sirona Lab. “The atmosphere at the premiere edition was great, bringing together industry experts from all over the world for the very first time. These types of meetings facilitate exactly the required regular update on products and techniques for lab experts.” Indeed, the Dentsply Sirona Academy educates approximately 350,000 dental professionals every year across an extensive range of clinical, technical and practice excellence programs.

Exciting encounters, networking, and high-level learnings

The meeting was kicked off with a relaxed dinner that offered the perfect possibility for networking in a beautiful ambiance. The next day started with an exclusive tour through Dentsply Sirona’s Bensheim and Hanau production facilities, where participants were able to experience first-hand how the products for the labs are manufactured, from fixed traditional and CAD/CAM materials to equipment and technology. This interesting excursion was subsequently followed by a welcome speech from Dentsply Sirona’s Senior Vice President Technologies and Equipment Segment, Dominique Legros, and a lecture by Dentsply Sirona’s Chief Clinical Education Officer Dr. Terri Dolan, who pointed out the importance of continuing education “We have built the broadest education platform in the industry, helping dental professionals get the knowledge, skills, inspiration and certification they need to stay up-to-date as well as develop themselves and their businesses.”

Tom Leonardi completed the General Session by emphasizing the passion of the whole team to support dental technicians to develop themselves and to be prepared for the future- by embracing traditional technologies as well as laying the foundation for digital steps. 

The last day included amongst others a panel discussion on Digital Impression, its opportunities and limitations. Four experts from Europe and North America shared their experiences with the audience, based on their expertise as a dentist or dental technician. They explored the current status, strength and weaknesses, and provided an outlook into the future. 

After lunch the groups were invited to join breakout sessions, featuring current state and future developments of digital dentures, ceramics like Celtra Press and Cercon, traditional and digital workflows for full dentures as well as implant-retained dentures- a key topic for Dentsply Sirona, as this attracts increasing attention in the dental industry. At the end of the GLEN-meeting participants were overwhelmed by impressions, by the vivid exchange of ideas and they appreciated the opportunity to establish new contacts with peers from all over the world. Many of them were already eager to meet again in 2 years for the next GLEN-meeting and use the time in between to expand their global network and work on the future of dental technology together. 

As a strong partner for dental labs the new Lab SBU emphasized again how Dentsply Sirona has increased its commitment to dental labs. The GLEN program is yet another initiative to further cement the company’s determination to further expand the broadest clinical educational platform in the industry and to continue to develop new materials, procedures and technologies that can improve dental care delivery. And by working closely together with labs and dental technicians, Dentsply Sirona drives forward its focused development of innovative products for better, safer and faster lab workflows. 


2018 Sterngold Grant Awarded by the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

Posted on July 16, 2018

Sterngold Dental pledged $20,000 to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology in both cash and product donations over a period of time to help support the future of dental laboratory technology. With this donation, Sterngold and the Foundation created this grant in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible. Pima Community College located in Tucson, Arizona, will be awarded $1,250 in store credit at Sterngold Dental.

Evident Launches Evident Design Services to Take the Industry from Traditional to Digital

Posted on July 16, 2018

Evident has announced the launch of their new Evident Design Services. The design services are available 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, to help the dental industry keep up with the demand of digital impressions as the industry shifts.

"Our mission is to empower the dental industry, mostly small business owners, to help them manage and grow their business in the most convenient way possible," said Paolo Kalaw, CEO of Evident. "We launched Evident Design Services because we truly believe that this solves staffing issues, one of the industry's hardest tasks to manage."

As consumers become more esthetic-focused, there is an increased demand for restorations, and the need for design services and other dental technologies is crucial.

As part of the launch, Evident also announced a strategic global Collaboration Agreement with Amann Girrbach. This strategic partnership will help support dental consumers in their digital transition with access to premium digital products and services. This partnership allows Evident and Amann Girrbach to develop and manufacture designs at a large scale.

While Amann Girrbach continues to offer in-house CAD design solutions, the newly launched design services of Evident support dental customers in a variety of scenarios that range from outgrowing in-house capacity of design personnel to covering peak demand periods to begin the transition from analog to digital. "In that respect, I see the high quality and customer-oriented design service of Evident as a valuable complementary offer for our existing customers in the United States, and what unites both partners is our ambition to provide flexible solutions that suit customer-specific needs and make their lives easier," said Georg Eickhoff, President of Amann Girrbach North America.

Registration is open for “Airway and Integrative Dental Medicine” with Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson

Posted on July 13, 2018

Great Lakes Dental Technologies (formerly Great Lakes Orthodontics) will host Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson for a one-day course on Friday, August 3rd 2018. Dr. Wilkerson will present a comprehensive lecture on Airway and Integrative Dental Medicine for dentists and staff.

Attendees will learn to identify major risk factors for complete health, including airway and breathing dysfunction. The key relationship between complete health and dental and TMD problems will be discussed. The course covers many of the common issues confronted by every dentist. It will help attendees excel as problem solvers and produce predictably stable results in restorative dentistry.

Dr. Wilkerson will share his comprehensive Integrative Dental Medicine Checklist to facilitate learning and guide clinical implementation into the patient evaluation process.

DATE: Friday August 3, 2018

LOCATION: Great Lakes Dental Technologies, Tonawanda, New York

TIME: 7:30AM – 5PM

CREDITS: 8 CE Credits PACE AGD Subject Code 370

This 8 CE credit course is open to dentists and their non-dentist staff.

To register visit or call Great Lakes Dental Technologies at 800.828.7626.

This course is presented with commercial support by Great Lakes Dental Technologies.


Dr. Wilkerson has lectured internationally for over 25 years on the topics of Restorative Dentistry, TMD, Breathing Disordered Sleep & Integrative Dental Medicine. He has taught over 600 hours of hands-on instruction to over 4,000 students through Dawson Academy programs. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and joined the private practice of Dr. Peter Dawson in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Great Lakes Dental Technologies (formerly Great Lakes Orthodontics) is an employee owned company, with over 270 employee-owners who design, develop, manufacture, and market products for use in the orthodontic, dental, and sleep/airway market. Great Lakes is one of North America’s largest orthodontic laboratories and offers more than 4,000 products and services. Great Lakes is a nationally approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Great lakes is located in Tonawanda, New York • 800.828.7626 •


Colgate and Tshemba Foundation are fixing South African smiles

Posted on July 12, 2018

Johannesburg – When talking about healthcare, especially volunteering, rarely will we associate that need with dental health. However, Medical News Today reported on studies that have proven a direct link between critical diseases, such as cardiovascular problems and even Alzheimer’s disease, and poor dental hygiene. So, when you can’t see a dentist, you open the door to very real health problems.

“We were overjoyed to be able to host a dental awareness campaign between 28 May and 10 June 2018. The idea was born when Dr Pestana volunteered earlier this year and were shocked at the appalling state of oral health in the area, especially amongst children,” says Barbara McGorian, Tshemba Foundation director.

A study published in the South African Dental Journal by Dr Ramphoma found that “while 84-90% of the South African population is dependent on the public oral health services, only one quarter of all South African dentists were employed by the public sector in 2009”. Furthermore, the study revealed that in 2002 up to 60% of South African children suffered from dental decay, and 32% needed orthodontic treatment.

In 2017, research was published based on the state of dental health in Limpopo, which indicated a great need for preventative care and dental education. So, when Colgate, The Dental Warehouse and Wright-Millners offered equipment and mobile units, it was like a dream-come-true.

“Our dental programme comprised two elements: the education, screening and treatment of school children in the mornings, and the treatment of adults in the afternoons. All of this was done free of charge thanks to all the volunteers and dental donations we received,” comments McGorian.

The campaign proved to be a huge success. Over 8 000 Grade R to 4 children were taught about basic oral health and the importance thereof. The children also received toothbrushes and toothpaste, and the Grade 1 pupils were screened and, where necessary, treated by the volunteer dentists in the Colgate mobile units. Focus shifted in the afternoons to adults; the volunteer dentists and hygienists treated just under 200 adults at various clinics in the area.

“We would like to extend our thanks to each and every volunteer, the team from Sefako Makgatho University, Colgate, The Dental Warehouse and Wright-Millners, as well as the permanent staff from Tintswalo Hospital and Hlokomela Clinic. Lives have been changed thanks to your donations,” concludes Godfrey Phillips, Tshemba Foundation director.

About Tshemba Foundation

We offer a unique voluntourism programme. Our aim is to improve access to healthcare in low-income communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, while enriching the lives of qualified medical professionals. Our volunteers (local and international) reside in a 5-star lodge, while providing essential medical care at the surrounding hospitals and clinics, as well as upskilling local healthcare providers. Contact or visit for more information.

Dental Wings Software Solutions Now Accepting Scans by Carestream CS 3600 Intraoral Scanner

Posted on July 12, 2018

Dental Wings and Carestream Dental have announced that the CS 3600 intraoral scanner has been certified by Dental Wings for use with DWOS® and DWOS® Chairside Design Software, as well as coDiagnostiX® Implant Planning Software.

Scans obtained by the CS 3600 can now be imported into Dental Wings DWOS andDWOS Chairside Design Software, and/or coDiagnostiX Implant Planning Software, providing CS 3600 and DWOS users with new options for their digital design workflow, including crown and bridge, implant and denture planning, guided surgery planning, splint design, and orthodontic archiving.

“This latest certification for Dental Wings DWOS reflects our ongoing commitment to broaden accessibility to our range of open software solutions for chairside, lab, and central milling, through partnerships with other key market players,” said Michel Divet, EVP Sales and Marketing, Dental Wings.


Posted on July 11, 2018

In a sea of blue curing lights, Vista Dental Products differentiates with a unique technology. Using pink light, a combination of near-infrared and standard blue light, VALIANT® PINK significantly improves micro-hardness of composite restorations and generates less heat than standard curing lights.

Vista Dental Product’s VALIANT® dual wavelength curing lights are capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials, making them some of the most versatile curing lights on the market.

VALIANT® precision optics and a unique arrangement of LEDs produce a uniform beam of high intensity light, 1200-2500mw/cm2 in the 395-500 nm wavelength range. A uniform beam profile ensures even curing and a 6.8mm depth of cure on standard mode. When in boost mode, the device offers a 3-second cure.

VALIANT® lights are also equipped with a transilluminator for detecting fractures, cracks and residual caries. Each device is packaged with two rechargeable batteries that provide 300 ten-second cures on a single charge.

Go beyond the blue, choose VALIANT® PINK today.

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Smile Lite - Shade taking tool

Posted on July 11, 2018

A revolutionary shade taking tool which brings you reliability, simplicity and efficiency. Equipped with 5500⁰K (daylight) calibrated surface mounted LED’s. The Smile Lite provides natural and neutral light, stable and reliable. Regardless of the time of day or outside weather, the light quality of Smile Lite allows you to determine with ease and security the hue , value and chroma of natural teeth. Prior to taking a photo with your DSLR camera or Smart Phone, the light is equipped with a special polarizing filter that produces near to zero light interference. Removing light reflection allows the user to observe the teeth in a totally new way. Appreciation of color, better understanding of depth and transparencies, and an enhancement of the smallest details and characterizations. Understanding this information allows for optimum communication between the Dentist and Dental Laboratory. For more information, please contact Smile Line USA, 877-755-6868, or

International Osteology Symposium Barcelona to be Held April 25-27, 2019

Posted on July 11, 2018

Geistlich Pharma North America, Inc. is proud to support the upcoming International Osteology Symposium taking place in Barcelona, Spain, April 25-27, 2019. This well-established symposium will focus on oral regeneration therapies and will feature innovative topics and formats along with a world-class set of speakers – all under the new title, “The NEXT REGENERATION”. 

The chairmen of Osteology Barcelona 2019 are Christoph Hämmerle, Switzerland, and Maurício Araújo, Brazil. In a joint statement they explain, “The title the NEXT REGENERATION combines the key aspects of the symposium in Barcelona: on the one hand, the next generation of regenerative therapies, i.e. the latest developments in techniques and technologies; and on the other hand, the next generation of dentists, not only as attendees of the program, but also featuring upcoming experts in the field of oral tissue regeneration.” 

Accordingly, the chairmen have planned specific sessions with young dentists and special sessions for researchers. Furthermore, concepts and formats, such as the Osteology Case Session, will also be part of the program, allowing more clinicians to actively participate. 

“But despite all the new aspects, one thing has definitely not changed”, the chairmen together further explain. “In April 2019 the International Osteology Symposium is again the place to be for all oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists and oral health professionals interested in implant dentistry and regenerative therapies, where internationally renowned experts will present the current state of knowledge and research, and link science with practice in oral regeneration.” 

For three days the participants at Osteology Barcelona 2019 will have the possibility of delving intensively into the current state of knowledge and research in oral tissue regeneration, and also getting a glimpse into the future, with novel techniques and materials. 

More information, the program, online registration and much more are available online at

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