Kulzer, a global leader in dental materials, announced today that it has officially launched a web-based denture design platform that will allow dental labs and clinicians to design a denture online using digital Mondial and Mondial i teeth, download the design files and print the denture. The result will be significant time savings and accuracy enhancements that will benefit dental practices, labs and patients alike.
Kulzer’s new design platform, Pala Design Studio, allows lab technicians todesign a denture case in under 20 minutes, which is a small fraction of the time it would take with conventional dentures. The technology also allows practices to require only two visits from their patients, compared to up to five visits with conventionaldentures.Pala Design Studio generates digital denture designs as STL files, which arethe standard format for additive manufacturing technology.
The digitally designed and printed dentures created with Pala Design Studio are significantly more accurate than those produced conventionally. Moreover, Kulzer’s cara Print 4.0 3D printer yields smoother, more homogeneous surfaces than other 3D printers. The cara Print 4.0’s exceptional precision in the z-axis and the finely tuned parameters for each material mean that dental professionals can position appliances in almost any direction and always achieve the perfect fit.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with our sister company to bring DENTCA’soutstanding digital design platform to our valued customers,” said Lesley Melvin, Kulzer’sDirector of Marketing and Product Management. “Our commitment to helping practices, labs and patients benefit from the exceptional efficiency and accuracy of digital dentures is unmatched in our industry, and this partnership is just the latest example ofthat commitment.
”Pala Design Studio advantages over other denture design platforms:•Faster Web-based design process with pay-per-download fee structure•Simpler design process and available as a diagnostic tool
•Multiple cases can be designed at the sametime
•No software to install•Portability -designs are stored in the cloud and accessible from anywhere
•No extra moduleneeded to use impressions
•No dongle necessary
•Design supervisors can have access to all designs for a lab from anywhere
•Ease-of-use -teeth placement is more intuitive, less manipulation is required after the automatic placement, and adjustments are more user-friendly and natural looking
Kulzer’s denture design platform, powered by DENTCA, is the most recent addition to Kulzer’s completedigital workflow for denture production, which includes
:•cara Scan 4.0, a compact and precise model and impression scanner with an excellent price-performance ratio
•cara Print 4.0, the first 3D printer for dental practices that meets all of their speed and accuracy requirements for polymer-based dental appliances
•cara Print Clean, an automated cleaning system that utilizes an agitated contained volume of isopropyl alcohol to clean excess, uncured, 3D printing liquid material from 3D printed parts (coming soon)
•HiLite Power 3D, a high-performance light polymerization curing unit that can be used with all light-curing dental materials
•dima Print Denture Base Materials (4-shades), light-curable resins indicated for fabrication and repair of full and partial removable dentures and baseplates
•dima Print Denture Teeth Materials (6-shades), light-curable resins for fabricating, by additive manufacturing, preformed denture teeth to be used in a denture
While Pala Design Studio will initially be used for 3D printed dentures design, over time it will also be used for milling dentures, all-on-4 design and splint and night-guard design. It also has the potential to be used in orthodontics.
For more information about Kulzer and its award-winning products and services,pleasevisit www.kulzerUS.com. To set up an account in Pala Design Studio and begin designing dentures, please visit www.paladesignstudio.com.
Kulzer North America
Kulzer North America is a South Bend, Indiana-based division of Kulzer GmbH. As one of the world’s leading dental companies, Kulzer has been a reliablepartner for all dentalprofessionals for more than 80 years. Whether aesthetic or digital dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics or periodontology, Kulzer stands for trusted and innovative dental products. With optimal solutions and services, Kulzer aims to support its customers in restoring their patients’ oral health in a safe, simple and efficient way. For this purpose, 1500 employees work in 26 locations in the fields of research, manufacturing and marketing.
Kulzer is part of the Mitsui ChemicalsGroup. The Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI),based in Tokyo,owns 131 affiliates with more than 17,200 employees in 27 countries. Itsinnovative and functional chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive,electronics and packaging industries as in environmental protection and healthcare.Up to July 2017, Kulzer operated under the name of Heraeus Kulzer. By changing thename, Kulzer will focus on its strengths that have made it successful: loyal partnershipswith users, distributorsand universities, and, above all, highest quality materials,innovations and a spectrum of services that is unique in the market.
Southern California-based DENTCA was incorporated in 2009 when a group of dental professionals andIT and material specialistsgathered to develop an alternative to the conventional error-prone, hand-fabricated dentureprocedures that required up to five patient visits, particularly in the case partly or completelyedentulous patients. After extensive research and numerous studies, these professionals and specialistspioneered the world’s first computer-aided design (CAD) software and the first FDA-cleared 3D printable materialscapable of making modern denture procedures highly accurate, efficientand predictable. After testing this new method over the course of two years, they obtainedthe first license in the world to use a computerized 3-D structuring method to produce dentures.
Your smile, and associated oral health, may be a factor for successfully passing through the revolving doors of life. It is your first impression to a stranger, the closing argument to land a job and a major factor to achieving a good quality of life. For those who struggle with substance use disorder, oral health often falls off the precipice of self-care thereby seriously damaging interpersonal skills, while causing poor nutrition, increased oral and general infections and debilitating oral pain.
A team of researchers at the University of Utah School of Dentistry explored the effect of comprehensive oral care for a more holistic approach to substance use disorder treatment. Their work shows for the first time that participants who had their major oral health problems addressed by a dental professional stayed in treatment approximately two times longer and had a more than 80 percent increase in completing their substance abuse treatment program. The results of the study are available online May 20 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
"There is a powerful synergism between oral health care and substance use disorder," said Glen Hanson, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and School of Dentistry at U of U Health and first author on the paper. "Those who received comprehensive dental care had a better quality of life as measured by substantial improvements in employment and drug abstinence as well as a dramatic decrease in homelessness."
While the study did not examine specific reasons for the different positive responses observed for the FLOSS participants compared to the controls, a statistical analysis supports the idea that the improvements in substance abuse treatment outcomes were associated with the comprehensive dental care and not to other variables such as gender, type of drug abused, treatment facility, or age.
Hanson and his team joined collaborators at two Salt Lake City substance use clinics, Odyssey House and First Step House, to develop the FLOSS (Facilitating a Lifetime of Oral Health Sustainability for Substance Use Disorder Patients and Families) program. While the project was designed to provide the next generation of dentists with the skill set to care for underserved populations, Hanson discovered the participants got much more than just an improved smile from the experience.
Between 2015 and 2017, the substance use treatment centers recruited patients for the study. First Step House allowed patients to self-select for dental care (158 males in dental and 862 males in control), while Odyssey House identified participants with major oral health problems and then randomly assigned those to treatment or control (70 males and 58 females in dental and 97 males and 45 females in control). Patients in the FLOSS program received care at the U of U Health School of Dentistry for treatments ranging from extractions to root canals, to restorations to dentures.
Hanson and his team conducted a retrospective study of the data to explore the role of FLOSS in helping patients completing their substance use programs.
After comprehensive dental care, the FLOSS participants, either self-selected or randomly selected, were more likely to continue and complete their substance use treatment program. Hanson and his colleagues believe that providing complete oral care as part of treating the whole patient, is critical to resurrecting self-esteem and restoring important body functions as an essential first step on the long path to recovery from drug abuse.
"The experience is life changing not only for the patients but also dental providers such as dental students who now know how their work can dramatically alter their patients' lives," Hanson said. "I think if we do the same thing for patients experiencing other chronic health problems, like diabetes, we could see similar positive results for treatment outcomes."
Hanson was joined in this study by Llely Duarte, Lilliam Pinzon, Bryan Trump, Sri Koduri, Carter Bruett, Ken Smith and Huong Weeks at U of U Health; Shawn McMillen at First Step House; and Kali Mower at Odyssey House. The work received support from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
DryShield®, the all-in-one isolation system for dentistry, is launching a new line of single-use mouthpieces at CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry , as it celebrates its 5-year anniversary at the show. The company, which first made its stamp in the dental industry with the first fully autoclavable modern isolation system, is proud to expand its offerings to serve dentists who prefer the convenience of single-use mouthpieces.
As DryShield CEO Thien Nguyen put it, “We are excited to be the first isolation system with a full slate of autoclavable and single-use mouthpiece options. We think that, for our customer base, this is a real game-changer. We heard the voice of our customer community and responded with this new single-use line of products. It’s a reflection of our dedication to our customers, who help us drive innovation and value every day.”
Founder Dr. Lan Nguyen added, “Our vision has always been for all dentists – my colleagues and friends–to enjoy the benefits of modern isolation, no matter what kind of practice they are in. Introducing the single-use mouthpieces now offers dentists a range of options to find the best fit for their needs and those of their patients.”
Although the DryShield autoclavable mouthpieces continue to be the most economical option for many offices, for certain practices a single-use mouthpiece option may be preferred. In particular, the single-use mouthpieces target the needs of certain hospitals, government organizations, and practices that want the added convenience. The new single-use mouthpieces are available in Pedo, Small, Medium, and Large sizes to fit all patients. The mouthpieces come in a box of 20, with each mouthpiece individually packaged.
Designed by a dentist for dentists, the DryShield mouthpiece is engineered in two options - autoclavable and now single-use - to meet dentists’ needs for maximum affordability or convenience. All DryShield dentists will continue to see chair time reduced by an average of 20-30% per procedure, allowing more procedures per appointment, more patients scheduled per day, and more consistent on-time schedules.
Headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, DryShield LLC is an ISO 13485-certified dental technology company committed to creating new products dentists see value from every day. Since its launch in 2014, the DryShield Isolation System has won multiple Dental Advisor awards for Top Isolation & Evacuation Device, the Dental Product Shopper Best Product award, and recognition in the Gordon J. Christensen Clinicians Report and Dental Economics “Pearls for Your Practice,” among others. DryShield has operations or affiliates in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For more information, please visit dryshield.com .
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The 35th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session concluded its educational program on April 27th at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. More than 1,500 people attended the four days of educational programming which included 58 speakers, 70 courses, two entertaining and motivating general sessions, and some memorable social events.
AACD 2019’s cosmetic dentistry education program featured an expertly curated selection of topics and speakers which were purposefully selected to keep attendees ahead of the curve and maximize their CE dollars. Attendees were swept away by the educational program consisting of headlining educators, Stephen Chu, DMD, CDT and Pascal Mangne, DMD, PhD, along with a wide variety of hands-on workshops and lectures.
This year was an especially exciting year as the AACD added some refreshing changes and new features. “We wanted to make changes that improved the overall conference experience while still maintaining the exceptional level of education attendees expect from the AACD” Nathaniel Hill, DDS, and Chair of the AACD Professional Education Committee explained.
Exciting changes included:
• An Accreditation Super Session to prepare or keep attendees on track for their Accreditation journey. In these Super Sessions the AACD’s top Accredited and Accredited Fellow Members delivered 50-minute lectures covering each of the five Accreditation case types they would need to submit and pass to become an AACD Accredited member.
• AACD member presenters recorded additional courses onsite with our Director of Professional Education, Shane Walsh, at AACD 2019. Those courses will gradually become accessible on the AACD Virtual Campus over the next several months.
Plus, these exciting additions to the AACD 2019 Exhibit Hall:
• The Splash Zone featured digital technology to enhance attendees’ practices. Representatives from iTero, Shofu, Ivoclar Vivadent, Digital Smile Design, Carestream, CAD-Ray Medit, Formlabs, 3Shape, and Esthetic Professionals had attendees try out their oral scanners and other technology.
• Contour Cove featured polishing systems from 3M Oral Care, Cosmedent, Ivoclar Vivadent, DiaShine, Shofu, Clinician’s Choice and Brasseler USA. Attendees were able to test each company’s points and discs to determine which finishing and polishing products they take a shining to.
• Free professional headshots were taken throughout the week in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees had the opportunity to get their professional headshots updated by the very talented Rich Soublet of Rich Soublet Photography.
• AACD Fashion Shows took place in the Exhibit Hall, Thursday April 25th and Friday, April 26th. The Fashion Shows featured the hottest uniform fashions from Noel Asmar and Jaanuu modeled down the runway by cosmetic dentistry’s movers and shakers.
In addition to rich educational opportunities, the scientific session was a chance for the Academy to recognize and honor its members who demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by becoming an Accredited Member or Accredited Fellow. This year, the AACD acknowledged eight newly Accredited Members and four newly Accredited Fellows. Other exemplary members of the Academy and of the profession were recognized and honored with Celebration of Excellence Awards, known as the Evy.
Attendees of the conference also enjoyed opportunities to unwind and catch up with friends and colleagues. The social events began Wednesday night with the Welcome Reception at the USS Midway Museum. On Thursday night, attendees took in the amazing views of the San Diego coastline from The Skybox as they raised funds for the AACD Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile program. Concluding the scientific session was a Navel themed Celebration of Excellence closing reception featuring fine dining and delightful dance numbers. The wow-factors of this year’s social events have attendees looking ahead to AACD 2020 in Orlando.
AACD 2019 delivered an exceptional continuing education experience for dental professionals who are passionate about pursuing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry, but there’s plenty more where that came from. The 36th Annual AACD Scientific Session will take place Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, April 25, 2019 at AAA four diamond hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. Join us as we share the vision and shape the future of cosmetic dentistry education at AACD 2020!
Registration for AACD 2020 in Orlando is already open and if you register now, you’ll receive Prime Status which includes early course selection! Visit www.aacd.com/orlando for more information.
About the AACD
The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 5,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting the respected Accreditation and Fellowship credentials, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced the availability of Thrive by Henry Schein, a membership value club for dental professionals that combines, for the first time ever, the Company’s expansive portfolio of business, clinical, technology, supply chain solutions, and an enhanced service experience at exclusive membership pricing. In addition to new solutions, Thrive by Henry Schein offers members additional benefits such as premium product discounts, educational opportunities, and more tools in a single solutions package designed to improve workflow efficiencies so they can focus on delivering quality patient care.
A Thrive by Henry Schein membership provides dental practitioners a seamless experience with premium service through a designated concierge team, member-only service discount and dispatch number, and access to their account via the Thrive by Henry Schein mobile app. Members also receive the added benefit of a Henry Schein Practice Analysis, a process that uses data provided by a given customer to uncover opportunities to enhance their practice. In addition, members using applicable practice management software will receive Practice Management Key Performance Indicator Snapshots, which provide daily snapshots of key performance metrics that they can view in the Thrive by Henry Schein app.
“Thrive by Henry Schein is designed as a comprehensive solution for our customers, who place their trust in Henry Schein to help their practices succeed in an ever-changing market,” said AJ Caffentzis, President, North American Dental Group, Henry Schein, Inc. “This membership value club exemplifies our commitment to providing customers with the products, knowledge, and tools that they can rely on to optimize their practice workflow and profitability.”
Thrive by Henry Schein also offers its members added benefits such as a complimentary professional practice transitions exploratory meeting, quarterly business reviews, access to exclusive special offers across the complete Henry Schein portfolio, and discounts on the Dental Business Institute, a year-long educational program that guides practitioners through the process of applying different business models to their practice vision.
“I joined Thrive by Henry Schein mainly for the analytics package and the Dental Business Institute discount,” said Dr. Craig Mundy, DDS, Fresno, CA. “I have found more value in being a member than I originally expected, and knowing that I have exclusive access to service and special offers is awesome. But the best benefit is having a dedicated Field Sales Consultant strategically working with me to achieve my practice goals – priceless.”
To enroll in the Thrive by Henry Schein membership value club, or for more information, please visit https://dentistswhothrive.com/.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 18,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides over 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.
IRVINE, Calif., May 16, 2019 – BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, is proud to announce that it will host the Advancing Dentistry Symposium in San Diego, California on October 18-19, 2019. The conference will offer education around cutting-edge technologies, techniques and innovations that are currently advancing dentistry today.
Dr. Gordon J. Christensen, founder of Practical Clinical Courses, will serve as the keynote speaker. His presentation, What Clinical Techniques & Technologies Do You Really Need and Why, will address burning questions among dental professionals, including what tools are required and which ones are elective, how to determine return on investment, and most importantly, what tools will improve patient care and service offerings.
“Collaboration among dental professionals is of the utmost importance to deliver the best experience for both practicing dentists and their patients,” said BIOLASE CEO Todd Norbe. “This symposium presents the opportunity for those in the industry to come together to advance their knowledge by exploring the latest technologies available in their field and see how their practice, patients and staff can benefit.”
BIOLASE’s partners for this event include leading dental companies such as Align Technology, Glidewell Laboratories, Seiler Medical Division and Hu-Friedy. Additional program topics include tongue-tie diagnosis and treatment within five minutes, predictable periodontal and implantitis therapy, non-traumatic crown and veneer removal in less than five minutes, and more.
The symposium will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina at 333 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Registration is now open, but seating will be limited. Visit biolase.com/ads2019 to sign up today.
About BIOLASE, Inc.
BIOLASE, Inc. is a medical device company that is a global market leader in the manufacturing and marketing of proprietary dental laser systems that enable dentists and dental specialists to perform a broad range of minimally invasive dental procedures, including cosmetic, restorative, and surgical applications. BIOLASE's laser systems are designed to provide clinically superior, patient-friendly results for many types of common dental procedures compared to those achieved with traditional instruments. BIOLASE has sold over 39,000 laser systems to date in over 90 countries around the world.
For updates and information on Waterlase iPlus®, Waterlase Express™, and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc, LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase, Instagram at www.instagram.com/waterlase_laserdentistry, and YouTube at www.youtube.com/biolasevideos.
DAVIE, Fla., May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A national research study from Bankers Healthcare Group, a leading provider of financial solutions for healthcare professionals, examines how dentists manage their business finances and investments. BHG surveyed more than 400 dental professionals (both practice owners and associates) to better understand their financial decision-making and how they're investing to maintain and grow their practices/services.
Making Financial Decisions
Three out of four dentists (76%) play an active role in making financial decisions for their practice, regardless of their title within the office. These decisions include budgeting, investments, and borrowing.
Among practice owners only, 60% make financial decisions on their own, while 27% make them jointly with others. The remaining 13% are hands-off in financial decision-making, relying on others such as practice partners, office managers, or a financial advisor. Those aged 35 and older skewed higher on sole decision-making, while younger practice owners were more likely to tap other experts to make financial decisions.
Among associates (non-practice owners), those aged 35-49 and who practice with only two or fewer other dentists are more likely to be involved in their practice's financial decisions.
Practice owners surveyed say payroll and benefits are their highest expenses, with nearly half (47%) estimating an average annual spend $100,000-$299,999, while about a quarter (22%) estimate spending $300,000-$499,999.
Hiring office staff is the most frequently incurred significant financial investment for dentists. One-quarter said their practice hires office staff every two to three years, while another 22% hire annually. Upgrading or purchasing new equipment is also a frequent larger financial move, with 20% indicating they're likely to do this every year.
BHG asked respondents to estimate how much they spend on average for other annual practice costs. Top expenses include:
Dental Supplies: 32% report spending more than more than $30,000.
Office Rent/Mortgage: 39% spend more than $30,000.
Lab Fees: 29% of owners estimate they spend over $30,000.
Lower expenses include:
Marketing: 43% report spending less than $3,000.
Continuing Education: 41% of owners spend less than $3,000.
Almost half of all dentists (44%) surveyed said they've taken out a commercial loan and 40% have taken out a personal loan. The most common uses of a business loan include:
Start/open practice/healthcare business: 50%
Working capital: 41%
To finance expansion/equipment: 32%
About Bankers Healthcare Group
Bankers Healthcare Group provides innovative, hassle-free financial solutions to healthcare practitioners and other licensed professionals. Since 2001, BHG has provided more than $4 billion in financial solutions to thousands of satisfied customers nationwide. BHG is proud to maintain partnerships with leading healthcare industry associations, and is recognized regionally and nationally for innovation, continued growth, and being a best place to work. BHG is partially owned by Pinnacle Financial Partners. To learn more, visit www.bankershealthcaregroup.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Consider checking your dental IQ before your next visit to the dentist. A new Adult's Oral Health & Well-Being Survey indicates that a significant portion of the American population is not familiar with certain key dental terms. This unfamiliarity may lead to unease in the dental chair during discussions with your oral health care professional. The Delta Dental national survey finds that the majority of adults are not versed in bruxism (81%), caries (75%) and prophylaxis (64%).
Nearly all survey respondents (92%) say they are familiar with plaque. This sticky film of bacteria and other substances can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, if not removed every day. Most Americans seem versed in gingivitis. Only 13% of adults are not sure about this term, which is an early form of gum disease. Signs of gingivitis include gums that are inflamed, red and swollen and bleed easily.
National knowledge levels show opportunity for growth
While most adults score an A+ on familiarity with frequently used terms, such as plaque and gingivitis, there appears to be room for improvement in basic knowledge of other dental terms. One-third of Americans are not familiar with periodontal disease — one area they could brush up on. This very common condition, also known as gum disease, is typically preventable with proper oral care.
According to the national survey, 2 in 5 adults (40%) are not sure what the term sealant means. This common dental treatment helps to protect teeth from cavities, also known as caries, by keeping food and bacteria out.
"Sealants are simple, painless protection against cavities. Consider sealants as soon as your child's permanent molar teeth come in," said Dr. Joe Dill, DDS, MBA, Delta Dental Plans Association's vice president of dental science and network strategy. "Although dental sealants tend to last for years, they should be regularly checked by your dentist for wear."
Helping to prevent oral health problems, before they occur, is at the heart of many of Delta Dental's community benefits efforts. In 2017, more than 4.2 million individuals were served by the Delta Dental companies' dental prevention initiatives, including community water fluoridation, school sealant programs, and screenings.
Dental distress preventing proper oral care
About 70 million Americans, or nearly one-third of adults (31%) surveyed, admit to postponing a trip to the dentist because of being afraid of a dental procedure.
"Our oral health has implications for a lifetime and receiving the proper dental care can influence overall health," Dr. Dill said. "Be sure to ask questions when obtaining a dental health diagnosis or treatment plan recommendation. Your dentist can explain terms that may be unfamiliar to you, which may be helpful as you make important oral health care decisions."
For an easy-to-navigate resource on dental terminology, go to the Glossary of Dental Terms on www.deltadental.com.
About the survey
The Adult's Oral Health & Well-Being Survey was conducted between December 31, 2018, and January 13, 2019, among 1,100 nationally representative Americans ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3%.
About Delta Dental Plans Association
Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, is the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental companies. Through these companies, Delta Dental is the nation's largest provider of dental insurance, covering more than 78 million Americans, and offering the country's largest dental network with approximately 156,000 participating dentists. In 2017, Delta Dental companies provided more than $61 million in direct and in-kind community outreach support to improve the oral health of adults, children and infants in local communities across the country. For more information, visit: deltadental.com.
Children with their first or early adult set of teeth that stick out have an increased chance of damaging them, but the risk can be easily reduced without being prohibitively costly.
A study undertaken at the University of Adelaide of more than 50,000 children aged under 19 years published in the journal Dental Traumatology, confirms a direct link between the degree to which a young patient’s teeth protrude and the chance of damaging them.
“Traumatic dental injuries have been identified as the fifth most prevalent disease or injury globally and their subsequent management is costly,” says Dr Esma Dogramaci, Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics, the University of Adelaide.
“While the number of traumatic dental injuries have fallen over recent decades, they have significant physical, psychological and economic consequences.
“Young children up to the age of six years with teeth that stick out more than 3mm have over three times higher chance of trauma than children without protruding teeth. Children over six years with teeth that protrude more than 5mm have over double the chance of trauma,” says Dr Dogramaci.
Corrective orthodontic treatment of children’s teeth isn’t usually undertaken until all permanent adult teeth have come through - usually after the age of 12 years. However, an expensive visit to an orthodontist isn’t essential to protect teeth that stick out.
“A dentist can easily measure how far a child’s teeth stick out and recommend whether they should be fitted with a brace. They can apply simple braces which can reduce the prominence of protruding teeth and significantly reduce the chance of them being damaged,” says Dr Dogramaci.
If children suck their thumb this may also cause the teeth to stick out so they should be discouraged from this habit as early as possible. Children should also wear a mouth guard to protect protruding teeth when playing sports.
“Early identification and protection of protruding teeth through regular dental check-ups reduces the chance of early problems becoming long-term dental issues,” says Dr Dogramaci.
“If young teeth are broken or knocked out long-term issues may occur like the need for root canal treatment or even tooth loss, requiring a lifetime commitment for general dental treatment.
“Also, if orthodontic treatment is carried out on teeth that have previously suffered from trauma, further complications can occur during orthodontics that could lead to the loss of those teeth.
“The results of this study confirm that regular check-ups, particularly for children, are a must for good long-term dental health.”
The research was carried out by the Adelaide Dental School, the University of Adelaide.
Schroeder Dental Laboratory in Northbrook, Illinois, is celebrating its 100th year in business. The family-owned laboratory, currently operated by Jim and Janet Schroeder, was started in 1919 by Jim’s grandfather, Arthur J. Schroeder.
Family legend has it that Arthur was on a train headed for basic training when World War I ended in November 1918. Without a job or military service requirement, Arthur decided to go into business for himself. He had worked for various laboratories for the past six years and always dreamed he would someday own one of the best labs in the nation. Now seemed as good a time as any. Arthur opened his lab in Chicago, operating from a small rented room.
After surviving the market crash in 1929, Arthur focused on growing his lab and starting a family. Eventually all three of his sons joined him in the business. Throughout the years, the lab changed locations but always remained on the north side of Chicago. In 1979, the lab relocated to Northbrook, where it remains today. Over the years, many family members have played a role in the business, including Arthur’s wife and sister, his sons, and later their wives and children. Even some aunts, uncles, and nephews helped out along the way. This was truly a family business.
Over the course of the past century, dental laboratory work changed dramatically. In the early days, the laboratory focused primarily on removable prosthetics; today the lab specializes in fixed restorations. The biggest driver of change has been the advent of computers. “In the old days, everything was done by hand,” says Jim. “Today the entire workflow is influenced by computers. What used to be done in a week, can now be done in a matter of hours. Technology combined with old world craftsmanship and superior customer service is the key to our success.”
The future looks bright for the next century at Schroeder Dental Laboratory. Jim and Janet’s nephew works at the company as Director of Digital Technologies, so the family legacy will continue. Schroeder Dental Lab has celebrations planned throughout the year to mark their centennial, including an open house in the fall where anyone can come and tour the lab.
For more information on Schroeder Dental Laboratory, contact Jim or Janet at 847-480-0380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.