New Pacific Dental Services® Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Clinic Opens for Patients

Posted on March 26, 2019

Today the Pacific Dental Services (PDS®) Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic opens its doors to provide high-quality oral health care for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The new clinic offers patients with special needs sensory-integrated operatories and state-of-the-art technology, as well as specially-trained dentists equipped with behavioral and environmental techniques to ensure successful patient visits. To schedule an appointment with the PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic, click HERE.

Among the clinic’s leadership is Jack Dillenberg, DDS, who will serve as the Clinical Director; and Jacob Dent, DDS, a renowned dentist who has been practicing dentistry for more than 15 years. “As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand the stress and anxiety that comes with going to doctors’ visits,” said Dr. Dent, who serves as the clinic’s practicing dentist. “It’s critical to establish trust between the dental team and the patients. This can only be accomplished with patience and understanding.”

4.8% of Arizonans have cognitive disabilities. Nationwide, more than 52 million people in the U.S. have special needs. Unfortunately, less than 10% of dentists treat patients with disabilities because of their lack of training and the patients’ negative reactions to common dental procedures. For this reason, access to specialized care such as dentistry is among the main healthcare concerns for people with special needs.

The PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic offers patients comprehensive oral health care including crowns, fillings, hygiene, implants, root canals, and oral surgery, and will also provide emergency care when needed. In addition, the not-for-profit clinic, which was founded by the PDS Foundation, will provide patients and their caregivers with education to help them with their oral health in between visits. The PDS Foundation has been leading the charge to make dentistry more accessible to people with special needs through training and advocacy. The Foundation’s leadership understands that caring for patients with special needs takes not only special training, but also compassion.

Continues Dr. Dent, who also serves as the clinical director of Special Olympics Texas and Special Olympics Louisiana, “We develop individual treatment plans tailored for each person. I treat all of my patients and their caregivers with the same compassion and understanding as I do with my own family.”

The PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs clinic is part of the PDS Foundation’s mission to improve oral healthcare for all patients, one person at a time.

About Pacific Dental Services® Foundation

The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to create opportunities to serve through improving oral healthcare locally, nationally and internationally. By creating opportunities to serve, the PDS Foundation positively enhances the lives of those in need, and in turn, those who serve. The Foundation provides access and advocacy to disadvantaged and underserved communities in four key areas: PDS Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic, Special Needs Advocacy and Training, Oral Health Scholarships, and International Trips. For more information, visit





PDT Releases The Pineyro Arch™ Kit

Posted on March 26, 2019

Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT Inc.) has released the latest innovation in implant hygiene and maintenance for full fixed implant restorations, The Pineyro Arch Kit. Designed with Dr. Alfonso Piñeyro, DDS, it is the first instrument set of its kind specifically designed for the implant debridement of full fixed implant restorations. The Pineyro Arch Kit allows all hygienists to treat full fixed hybrid patients without removal of prosthesis.

Pineyro Arch Instruments numbers 1-3 have a unique crescent shape and are anatomically designed to fit around locator abutments for removable prosthetic hygiene applications. The Pineyro crescent shape also anatomically fits around standard single-unit implant abutments, and other cylindrical prosthetic designs.

Utilizing the designs of The Pineyro Arch Kit eliminates the tedious and cumbersome nature around removing the fixed prosthesis, as well as potential issues with the loss or breakage of micro-mini screws during the hygiene process.

This kit contains 4 instruments to properly address all the difficulties in access for hygiene for full fixed implant restorations.

The Pineyro Arch™ Ti 1: Anterior Arch used to debride the anterior placed implants for a Full Fixed Hybrid, especially the lingual area of lower anterior teeth where calculus builds up frequently.

The Pineyro Arch™ Ti 2: Posterior Arch used to debride the posterior placed implants for a Full Fixed Hybrid. The special shape of the shank allows for proper access.

The Pineyro Arch™ Ti 3: Mesial/distal arch used to debride the posterior, hard to reach mesial/distal areas on the implants for Full Fixed Hybrids.

The Pineyro Arch™ Ti 4: Specialty arch used for all implants prior to taking impressions. It is also used to clean off abutments for single to hybrid cases prior to cementation.

Dr. Piñeyro received his dental degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He then completed a two-year advanced education in general dentistry before completing his specialist training in prosthodontics at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. Dr. Piñeyro is currently an affiliate instructor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington. He is the past president of the esteemed Washington State Society of Prosthodontists and is also a member of the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Prosthodontics Society.

Dr. Piñeyro has authored several publications in peer-reviewed dental journals, chapters in textbooks and is currently involved in research focusing on dental implants. Dr. Piñeyro practices full time in a practice limited to fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics.


High Resolution Nonin Wrist Pulse Oximeter with ProFox Software System

Posted on March 21, 2019


Whip Mix is pleased to introduce the Nonin Pulse Oximeter with ProFox software system for the accurate and comfortable monitoring of patient oxygen levels and pulse rate. This high resolution pulse oximeter offers variable sampling rate options of one, two, or four seconds. The compact design, with its large display screen, helps to evaluate the effectiveness of the patient’s sleep appliance, it helps with the titration of sleep appliances, and the unit offers three different sizes of sensor probes to fit patients from children to adults.

The patient-friendly ProFox software provides a variety of graphic and tabular reports with statistical summaries. The reports are chart-ready, can be printed in color, and sent by FAX directly from the computer. It also satisfies the latest Medicare guidelines for both supplemental oxygen and BiPAP.

Founded in 1919, Whip Mix manufactures dental supplies, lab equipment and the Whip Mix®, Denar® and Hanau™ occlusion product lines to dental professionals worldwide. In addition, Whip Mix distributes and supports CAD/CAM technology to dental laboratories. Whip Mix sells its products through distributors in over 80 countries and holds an office and distribution center in Germany. Whip Mix maintains ISO13485:2003 and ISO9001:2008 certifications. For more information visit


inLab SW 18.1 Updates Available

Posted on March 21, 2019

inLab users can now download service packs for inLab Model 18.1, inLab Splint 18.1, and inLab Partial Framework 18.1 by clicking here. inLab 18 users can also download inLab CAD 18.1 and inLab CAM 18.1 if they declined or did not receive the autoupdate that was sent out last month. You can read the inLab Apps 18.1 overview of what has been updated here




Ivoclar Vivadent Offers Course “Beauty with IPS e.max Prime” with Yuki Momma, RDT

Posted on March 21, 2019

One of the greatest challenges in modern restorative dentistry is how to balance the seemingly conflicting needs of high durability in our restorative materials with the ever-increasing esthetic demands of our patients. On September 16-17, Yuki Momma will present a course in which he demonstrate his masterful approach in designing dental restorations that not only beautifully integrate into the oral environment, but also exhibit the robustness needed for long-term stability in function. 

Starting with a demonstration of the functional design concepts, IPS e.max ZirCAD frameworks will be developed as a canvas for the ceramic artistry. A combination of IPS e.max Ceram and Ivocolor will be used to give life to the restorations.

Topics covered will include:

• Shade analysis and photo adjustment

• Infiltration techniques for creating the perfect color background

• Advanced layering concepts

• Internal shade adjustment using stains and ceramic modifiers

• Creating natural contours

• Perfecting the surface texture

• Glazing and polishing techniques

Date:  September 16th & 17th

Time:   8:00 – 5:00 PM

Cost:    $699.00


ICDE Sarasota

7307 Merchant Court

Sarasota, Florida

Contact Jo-Ann Levins to reserve your spot at 716-264-2154 or

** Prior experience with zirconia processing as well as ceramic layering is highly recommended.

Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in Madrid to open new chapter in implant dentistry

Posted on March 21, 2019

A new and revolutionary chapter for implant dentistry will open this summer in Madrid. At the upcoming Global Symposium, the first of three international events hosted by Nobel Biocare, outstanding developments in the field of implant design and site preparation will be unveiled. Supporting these groundbreaking innovations will be new advancements in implant surface technology as well as long-term implant care. 

Leading international clinicians, all experts in their field, will be onsite in Madrid to share their experiences with the new solutions. They will also demonstrate how these can help clinicians to further shorten time-to-teeth and to improve long-term clinical results. Participants will be able to further explore the innovations and more through a number of dedicated hands-on sessions and product demonstrations. 

Held at the Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center from 27-29 June, the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in Madrid is kicking off the new global event series which was announced last year to extend the originally planned Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Las Vegas. Following the meeting in the Spanish capital are two additional Global Symposia in Las Vegas in 2020 as well as in Tokyo in 2021. Through this unique event concept, more dental professionals than ever will be able to experience this new wave of innovations by Nobel Biocare first hand. 

Commenting on the upcoming events and launches, Hans Geiselhöringer, President of Nobel Biocare said: “We are excited to welcome dental professionals from all over the world to Madrid in June where we will present the next revolutionary steps in dental implant care with host of new and forward-thinking innovations. With two more events to come, it will be a once-in-ageneration opportunity to experience true game changers in implant dentistry.” 

More information about the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium events series as well as how to register for the kick-off meeting in Madrid can be found online at Dental professionals who already registered for the original Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in Las Vegas will be given the opportunity to transfer their registration to any of the three upcoming events.

Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations. The company’s portfolio offers solutions from single tooth to fully edentulous indications with dental implant systems (including key brands NobelActive®, NobelParallel®, Brånemark System® and NobelReplace®), a comprehensive range of high-precision individualized prosthetics and CAD/CAM systems (NobelProcera®), treatment planning and guided surgery solutions (NobelClinician® and DTX Studio™) and biomaterials (creos™). Nobel Biocare supports its customers through all phases of professional development, offering world-class training and education along with practice support and patient information materials. The company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Production takes place at five sites located in the United States, Sweden, Japan and Israel. Products and services are available in over 80 countries through subsidiaries and distributors.

Henry Schein’s Steven Kess honored for pioneering program for children with disabilities

Posted on March 21, 2019

American Friends of Shalva (AFOS) announced that Steven W. Kess, Vice President, Global Professional Relations, Henry Schein, Inc., and President, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, has received the Spirit of Hope Award at its 29th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The event was held on March 6, 2019 at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Mr. Kess was selected as this year’s recipient because of his role as a visionary partner in establishing the Oral Health for Everyone (OHEV) program at the Shalva National Center in Israel, one of the largest and most advanced centers for disability care and inclusion in the Middle East. The OHEV program is a pioneering program that systematically integrates oral health care and education into the rehabilitative programs and developmental goals of children with disabilities. Utilizing a unique, preventive approach with specially trained staff and a state-of-the-art dental clinic accessible to those with disabilities called The Henry Schein Cares Oral Health Clinic, the program annually provides 400 children at Shalva with oral health check-ups, fluoride varnish treatments, personal guidance, and education. The program receives visits by dentistry students from universities across the globe and serves as an international model for medical and disability care institutions.

“Working with Steve to develop the OHEV program and our continued partnership over the years has been a most inspirational experience,” says Kalman Samuels, founder and president of the Shalva organization. “You quickly learn that his celebrated professional achievements pale in comparison to his care and compassion for others.”

Messrs. Kess and Samuels are both members of the Project Accessible Oral Health Alliance. Mr. Kess has served as a member of the Shalva organization’s OHEV professional board since the program’s inception in 2014 and has instrumentally escorted the program’s development and establishment in 2017.

“Steve’s leadership of Henry Schein Cares’ partnership with Shalva to develop the Oral Health For Everyone program is just the latest example of countless innovative partnerships he has forged throughout his career to advance worthy goals, in this case providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families, and promoting social inclusion,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “Steve continues to build on Henry Schein’s commitment to expand access to care for people with special needs by improving health literacy, expanding geographic coverage, increasing cultural competency, and addressing the financial and reimbursement rates for special needs care. On behalf of more than 18,000 Team Schein Members, we salute him.”

Additional awardees at the AFOS gala dinner include the Shalva Band, an Israeli band of musicians with disabilities which was a candidate to be Israel’s representative at the Eurovision competition this year.

Shalva, The Israel Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities provides an all-encompassing range of services for 2,000 individuals from infancy through adulthood and their families. Shalva gives equal access and opportunity to all participants regardless of religion, ethnic background, or financial capability. 

Sonendo® Announces Three Key Hires

Posted on March 21, 2019

The three individuals joining the Sonendo team are: Jacqueline Collins, Vice President, General Counsel; Jane Metcalf, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance; and Sara Wissmueller, Vice President of Information Technology.

Jacqueline Collins spent 15 years as Vice President, General Counsel at Nobel Biocare North America, a Danaher subsidiary, and a leading dental implant and digital dentistry medical manufacturer. Jacqueline holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon, an MA in Political Science from Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute, and a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Jane Metcalf brings nearly 28 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance in the medical device field. Before joining Sonendo, Jane was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Reverse Medical Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of neurological medical devices. She has held Quality and Regulatory Vice-Presidential positions at GE HealthCare and Conmed Corporation. Jane holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from The University of California at Irvine.

Sara Wissmueller has over 25 years of Information Technology experience in various industries. Before joining Sonendo, Sara was VP of IT for Verizon Connect (Telogis), an industry leader in telematics and fleet management. Sara has managed IT departments at DB Schenker, Washington Mutual, and Tricon Global Restaurants. Sara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Management Information Systems & Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.

President and CEO, Bjarne Bergheim notes, "We are thrilled to add these three talented executives to our leadership team. Jackie, Jane, and Sara will be critical players as we continue to build out the Sonendo opportunity and prepare the Company for future growth."

About Sonendo

Sonendo, Inc. is a privately-held company developing disruptive technology to transform dentistry by Saving Teeth Through Sound Science®. The first commercially available product from Sonendo, the GentleWave® System shows significant improvements in clinical efficacy and procedure efficiency when compared to standard root canal treatment.1,2,3


1. Sigurdsson A et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:1040-48.

2. Molina B et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:1701-05.

3. Trope M et al. (1999) J Endod. 25:345–50.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations and information currently available to management. All statements that address events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including without limitation our expectations on the timing and progress of research and development activities. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made. However, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they speak only as of the date when made. Sonendo does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements publicly, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results, developments or events could differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements. 

KaVo Kerr Expands Access to Premier Caries Detection Equipment Through VixWin™

Posted on March 21, 2019

 It’s a big day for VixWin Platinum software users. Originally released by Gendex™, the latest version of the VixWin Imaging software (3.6.0) now seamlessly integrates with DEXIS CariVu through its new Image Capture software module.

DEXIS CariVu uses cutting-edge transillumination technology to detect caries and cracks earlier and more precisely than by using radiographs alone. With 99 percent accuracy* in caries detection, CariVu has proven to help dental practitioners throughout the globe improve their diagnostic certainty.

With no ionizing radiation, this portable device is a game changer for any dental practice — especially for cosmetic/restorative dentists, pedodontists, holistic dentists, conservative practitioners or any practice looking for a safe and comfortable caries detection solution for their patients. Easy to read and understand, CariVu images are also a great patient education tool that can help patients play a more active role in their treatment planning.

The Image Capture module allows VixWin Platinum users to easily capture CariVu images and saves them directly to their existing patient charts. Compare CariVu images side-by-side with radiographs, intraoral photos or other CariVu images for a comprehensive look at a patient’s dental health.

The Image Capture module of VixWin comes included with any purchase of DEXIS CariVu as well as complimentary training for dental practices. For more information or to schedule a free, in-office demonstration, visit or call 888-ASK-KAVO.

*Study data on file.

Aspen Dental VIBE Session Brings Together More Than 125 Dental Students for One-of-a-Kind Recruiting Experience

Posted on March 20, 2019

More than 125 dental students from 35 dental schools across the country descended on Dallas over the weekend to participate in a one-of-a-kind Aspen Dental VIBE Session aimed at matching fourth-year dental students with Aspen Dental practice owners looking to hire new dentists upon graduation.

The result? By the end of the weekend, 20 candidates had accepted a full-time position at an Aspen Dental office upon graduation.

Roughly 6,000 dental students will graduate in 2019, and an estimated 25% will begin their career at a practice supported by a dental support organization (DSO). There is an industry-wide race to recruit top talent, which means that DSOs are becoming increasingly competitive to meet the shifting needs and expectations of graduating dental students.

“Now more than ever, it’s important that we continue to evolve in order to meet the needs of millennials and an increasingly diverse workforce,” said Dr. Arwinder Judge, chief clinical officer at ADMI. “Events like these are integral in helping dental students not only learn what Aspen Dental is all about, but also make it clear that dentists who join Aspen Dental are supported by mentors and an organization that will stop at nothing to enable their success throughout their entire career journey."

The VIBE Session took place at the historic Adolphus Hotel in Dallas from March 15-17 and was the first in a series of sessions currently planned throughout the country in 2019. Dental students heard from members of the ADMI leadership team, engaged in a panel discussion with dentists at various stages of their Aspen Dental career journey, and enjoyed remarks from keynote speaker Chip Madera, who encouraged them to build confidence and put exceptional patient experiences at the heart of everything they do.

The session concluded with approximately 250 interviews during a three-hour career guidance and interview period.

Added John Murphy, vice president of talent acquisition at ADMI, "The purpose of the VIBE Session was simple: immerse students in our unique culture, understand their goals and career aspirations, and align them with the right career opportunities. With nearly 20 candidates hired for opportunities across the country, the event was a win-win for participating students and Aspen Dental practice owners alike.”

More information on careers at Aspen Dental can be found at

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