American Association of Endodontists Announces its 2020 Award Winners

Posted on January 20, 2020

The AAE is announcing the recipients of its highly prestigious awards to formally be presented at the Association’s annual meeting in Nashville this April.

“The AAE is comprised of thousands of members who are all committed to promoting the dental specialty, best standard of patient care and professional development through academia, research and service,” said AAE President Dr. Keith V. Krell. “These particular individuals, that the Association is honoring, are among the best within the endodontic field and it’s various arenas.” “It is my honor to announce these winners.”

Clara M. Spatafore, D.D.S., M.S., will receive the Edgar D. Coolidge Award. Named for Edgar D. Coolidge, a pioneer in endodontics, recipients of this award—the AAE’s highest honor—are an elite group of individuals who serve as role models for the entire endodontic community.

Dr. Spatafore is the department chair of endodontics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She attended West Virginia University where she received her undergraduate degree in medical technology. Dr. Spatafore then earned her D.D.S., M.S. and Certificate in Endodontics from West Virginia University School of Dentistry.

She has been a member of the AAE since 1987 and held a variety of leadership roles with the organization’s Board, including president, president-elect, vice president and secretary of its Executive Committee as well as a director. Dr. Spatafore is an accomplished author and lecturer. She served in the U.S. Navy and was a lieutenant commander. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Dentist Award from Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Italian Woman of the Year from Italian Heritage Festival, WVU School of Dentistry’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Spatafore earned two Letters of Commendation from the United States Navy.

Kenneth N. Namerow, D.D.S., is winning the I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award. This award acknowledges a member whose contributions to endodontics in the area of education have demonstrated excellence through selfless commitment to full-time educational pursuits, and whose valuable contributions have instilled in his/her students the desire to pursue excellence in their careers.

Dr. Namerow is department chair of endodontics at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. He is a past president of the College of Diplomates and has published dozens of articles. He served in the U.S. Army, provided donated dental care to underserved communities across the world and secured a $700,000 endowment for a professorship at the NSU College of Dental Medicine which bears his name. Dr. Namerow was named “Professor of the Year” in 2013-2014 at Nova Southeastern University CMD.

Anibal R. Diogenes, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is being bestowed with the Edward M. Osetek Educator Award. This award is given to a member that has been a full-time educator for up to 10 years; has demonstrated status as an outstanding educator by earning the esteem and respect of his/her students and faculty associates; by the quality of former/current students and their impact on endodontics; and by receiving invitations to present endodontic seminars, lectures or workshops at other educational institutions.

Dr. Diogenes is an associate professor and the director of the endodontic residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was recently honored with the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Pulp Biology and Regeneration Distinguished Scientist and the Journal of Dental Research Cover of the Year award. He has contributed the development of many endodontic programs and served as an advisor and mentor to students. He is also a member of the AAE’s Editorial Board Committee.

Stephen P. Niemczyk, D.M.D., will be presented with the Calvin D. Torneck Part-time Educator Award. This award recognizes a part-time educator in a predoctoral or advanced specialty program in endodontics whose valuable contributions have demonstrated dedication to endodontics and instilled in his/her students the desire to pursue excellence in their careers.

Dr. Niemczyk is an assistant program director at Albert Einstein Medical Center with the Department of Dental Medicine and Post Graduate Endodontics. He was also director of endodontic microsurgery and clinical professor at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. He has presented on hundreds of topics, contributed to or authored six books and 13 reports.  He is the recipient of many awards, including consecutively receiving the Earl Banks Hoyt Award for Academic Teaching Excellence.

Anil Kishen, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., is being honored with the Louis I. Grossman Award. This award recognizes an author for cumulative publication of significant research studies that have made an extraordinary contribution to endodontology.

Dr. Kishen is a professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He has published more than 135 journal publications, 20 book chapters, three books, and co-invented eight patents/invention disclosures. He has received several awards including Enterprise Challenge Innovator (Singapore), American Association of Endodontists Foundation-Denstply-Research Excellence and W. W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education from The Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry. He is a prolific researcher whose work is focused on nanobiomaterials and phototherapeutics to fight oral health infections and improve patient outcomes. He specifically studies topics in endodontic infections and analyses interactions between host tissue and harmful bacteria.

Mahmoud Torabinejad, D.M.D., M.S.D., Ph.D., receives the Ralph Sommer Award. This award is given to the principal author(s) of a publication of specific significance to the science and art of endodontology.

Dr. Torabinejad was an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University, University of Pacific in San Francisco, University of California in San Francisco. He has presented on over 100 topics, authored 271 articles and has won the following awards: Iranian Gold Medal of Education, Ralph F. Sommer Award of the AAE, Louis I. Grossman Award of the AAE, Philanthropic award of the AAE Foundation, the Edgar D. Coolidge Award of the AAE, Louis I. Grossman Award of the French Association of Endodontists, LLUAHSC Vanguard Award for the Mission of Healing, Distinguished Dental School Research Award, Loma Linda University (LLU) Distinguished Investigator Award.

Alejandro M. Aguirre, M.B.A., D.D.S., is being celebrated with the Spirit of Service Lifetime Award. This award acknowledges a member who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership either recently or over the years.

Dr. Aguirre is an endodontist with Endodontic Associates Limited in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan area of Minnesota. He has his master’s in business administration and is a member or past member of local, state and national boards of different dental and volunteer organizations. Aside from being a skilled endodontist, his background also includes entrepreneurship, finance, business analytics, association management and leadership development, parliamentary procedure, diversity and inclusion, and consulting in all aspects of leadership especially on developing emerging leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups. His community service work includes Minnesota Mission of Mercy, where he was the first chair of the committee and raised over $300,000 in cash donations and involved in passing a new state law to allow out-of-state dentists who want to come to Minnesota to treat patients to obtain a temporary license.

Lynda L. Davenport R.D.A., FAADOM, will receive Honorary Membership which is granted by the Board of Directors in acknowledgment of their significant contributions that have furthered the advancement of endodontics.

Ms. Davenport is the practice manager for Endodontic Associates in Nashville. She has owned and managed a contracting business and was the president of a manufacturing company. She was a professional track organizer for AAE events, served on the AAE’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee and was Chair of the Special Committee on Professional Staff Development. She currently serves at The Heimerdinger Foundation – Board of Directors and as chair of the Ambassador Committee, which is a nonprofit to support patients undergoing cancer treatment with foods identified to fight the side effects of cancer treatment.

About the American Association of Endodontists:  The AAE is headquartered in Chicago and represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at aae.org. For more patient focused information, visit aae.org/patients.

Whip Mix Names New Vice President of Sales

Posted on January 17, 2020

Whip Mix recently named Larry Edlin Vice President of Sales. Larry has been International Sales Manager for the company for the past few years, where his focus has been exclusively on export sales to Whip Mix’s group of dental dealerships throughout the world.

He is now responsible for all Domestic and International Sales operations, and is charged with the development and implementation of all sales strategies that will result in achieving annual sales and gross margin targets. Larry also has full responsibility for the management of all sales department budgets and forecasts.

Whip Mix Names New Vice President of New Business Development

Posted on January 17, 2020

Whip Mix recently named Pat Higgins the Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development. In that position, Pat is responsible for overseeing new product development, establishing strategic business partnerships, and developing lasting customer relationships. In addition, Pat will manage Whip Mix’s Marketing plans and strategies.

Pat comes to the company with a 20+ year background in Packaging as a Senior VP of US Sales, and 3 years at a media company with one year as President.  Whip Mix welcomes Pat’s experience and past successes.

Two opposites make a whole: A single composite for cementation and core build-up

Posted on January 16, 2020

This has long been considered impossible, due to conflicting requirements. By means of patented Active-Connect-Technology (ACT), however, dental specialists Kettenbach Dental have succeeded in meeting the challenge without compromising the material. The result is the Visalys® CemCore system, which enables both adhesive cementation and core build-up to be achieved with just a few components. Interlinking brands and the business.

Cementation composites need to be as hydrophilic as possible and highly fluid, whereas core build-up requires a high degree of stability, and a material that swells as little as possible. Kettenbach Dental has now developed a groundbreaking technology that simply eliminates the conflicts: Active-Connect-Technology allows optimal mixing of the somewhat hydrophobic cementation composite, Visalys® CemCore, with the hydrophilic Visalys® Tooth Primer, on the damp surface of the tooth.

Despite its hydrophobic properties, the innovative composite achieves a high adhesive strength without swelling. Visalys® CemCore flows superbly into every clearance, and yet displays a high degree of stability: gentle application of pressure ensures the degree of flow required when carrying out restoration, for example. Release the pressure, and Visalys® CemCore reverts to its firm consistency so that excess material does not expand and is easy to remove after application.

The Visalys® CemCore system incorporates three basic components: the composite cement after which it is named, one single-component primer for teeth and another for restoration. It is exceptionally convenient to use and can be tailored to the application: Visalys® CemCore is available in a convenient and easy to use 5ml dual chambered syringe. The range of five different colors [Universal (A2/A3), Translucent, Bleach, Opaque and Dark (A4)] ensures an excellent basis for the aesthetic outcome. For securing restorations where outstanding aesthetics are demanded, additional color-matched try-in pastes are available where required. The Tooth Primer can be applied direct to dentine or enamel without mixing, and the Restorative Primer is suitable for pre-treatment of all restoration surfaces.

This makes the Visalys® CemCore system suitable both for cementation and also for core build-up using a single composite – the Active-Connect-Technology ensures powerful adhesion with Visalys® Tooth Primer and Visalys® Restorative Primer, while low liquid absorption ensures a high degree of dimensional stability in the core build-up and hence a reduced risk of fracture in the final restoration. Visalys® CemCore is available to try in Universal (A2/A3) color with a starter pack, which includes not only the Visalys® CemCore but also Visalys® Tooth Primer and Visalys® Restorative Primer, along with the required accessories. For more information see: www.kettenbach-dental.us.

About Kettenbach LP

Kettenbach LP is located in Huntington Beach, CA, and is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG located in Eschenburg, Germany. Founded by August Kettenbach in 1944, Kettenbach GmbH was created for the development and marketing of medical and dental products. Today, the company is one of the leading international producers of impression materials for dental use and is also known in other surgical areas of medicine.

For more information about Kettenbach LP products, please call 877-KEBA-123 or visit www.kettenbach.com.

Free Dental Care for Domestic Violence Victims

Posted on January 15, 2020

The National Violence Against Women Survey estimates that more than 5 million women are affected by domestic violence each year. The violence results in nearly $4.1 billion in health care costs. This is why Tokuyama Dental America, a dental manufacturer headquartered in Encinitas, California is partnered with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile program.

Give Back a Smile provides free dental care to adult women and men who have suffered dental injuries from domestic and sexual violence. Give Back a Smile volunteer dentists completely donate their time and services to restoring smiles. To date, Tokuyama Dental America has donated more than $86,000 in dental products to Give Back a Smile, including products from its esthetic composite, Estelite Omega, line that has enabled Give Back a Smile volunteer dentists to provide high-quality dental care to victims of violence.

Give Back a Smile’s services are life changing. One patient shared her abuser beat her in the face with a shovel, leaving her with only three teeth left in her mouth. She was left in five feet of snow in the middle of nowhere after the incident. In order to hold her hostage, her abuser took away her dentures so she couldn’t leave the house. He knew if her physical appearance was damaged, she wouldn’t go anywhere or reach out to anyone. The victim reached out to Give Back a Smile and was able to get back her smile and freedom.

Since Give Back a Smile’s 1999 inception, the program has restored more than 1,800 smiles and delivered more than $16 million dollars in treatment. By helping victims restore their smiles, Give Back a Smile is healing some of the most devastating effects of violence these victims endured and is supporting them on their road to recovery.

To learn more about Give Back a Smile and its impact, please watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/TokuyamaDentalAmerica/videos/595006901285374/

Tokuyama Dental America is a leading manufacturer of dental products, such as restoratives, adhesives, and denture reline material. As part of Tokuyama Corporation, the company looks back on more than 100 years of innovation and dedication to improving people’s lives and well-being through advances in science and chemistry. Tokuyama Dental’s products include innovations such as OMNICHROMA, the world’s only universal composite that matches every tooth shade with one shade of composite, Tokuyama Universal Bond, the first truly self-cured universal adhesive, and Rebase II, the market leader for hard denture reline materials. Tokuyama Dental America is dedicated to Innovating Tomorrow’s Dentistry, Today™.

If you would like more information on this topic, please call Anna Mai at 760-942-7211 or email anna.mai@tokuyama-us.com.

Sterngold Releases 2020 Digital Denture Course Schedule

Posted on January 15, 2020

Sterngold has released its highly anticipated 2020 Digital Denture course schedule. These upcoming CE-credited courses will provide valuable insights and strategies that will teach how to create a more automated, efficient, and predictable digital denture solution through scanning, case design, final case milling, and delivery. This course will examine the compatible equipment and software required for digital dentures while offering a first-hand look at digital case planning from beginning to end. 

The primary theme in today’s dental laboratory landscape is competitiveness. How does a lab stay competitive and ensure continued growth amidst a seemingly shrinking business segment? One of the answers is going digital. Digital dentures can set the lab business into a growth trajectory by helping lab owners exceed their clinician’s, and in turn, the patient’s expectations. More importantly, by discovering how efficient a digital denture workflow is, laboratory owners will exceed their own expectations of what their business is capable of delivering and earning.

All courses will be held at Sterngold headquarters in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

2020 Digital Denture Course Dates:

• March 20-21, 2020

• April 24-25, 2020

• September 25-26, 2020

• November 13-14, 2020

To register or learn more, visit sterngold.com/courses or call 800-243-9942.

3Shape TRIOS #1 in complete-arch accuracy study

Posted on January 15, 2020

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry has just released a new study comparing the trueness and precision of three intraoral scanners: 3Shape TRIOS 3, Medit i500 and Planmeca Emerald.

The in vitro study of complete-arch accuracy found the 3Shape TRIOS 3 to be significantly more precise than the two other scanners with the Medit i500 considered the least precise.

In terms of trueness, a significant difference between the scanners was also found. The 3Shape TRIOS 3 was determined the most accurate along with the Medit i500.

The ability of the scanners to reproduce the files of the reference scanner without overestimation or underestimation was also tested during the research. The TRIOS 3 and Emerald did not significantly either underestimate or overestimate the files of the gold standard. The Medit i500 produced files that significantly underestimated the reference scanner’s files.

The study’s conclusion stated: in terms of dentate complete-arch precision, 3Shape TRIOS 3 was the statistically more precise scanner. With the Medit i500 producing files that significantly underestimated the reference scanner files.

The comparison study was conducted by Dr. George Michelinakis, DDS, MSc, MPhil, Dr. Dimitrios Apostolakis, DDS, MSc, MSc, Dr. Andreas Tsagarakis, DDS, Mr. George Kourakis, BSc and Mr. Emmanuil Pavlakis, CDT.

The study can be found at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338140927_A_comparison_of_accuracy_of_3_intraoral_scanners_A_single-blinded_in_vitro_study

Discover more about 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanners: https://www.3shape.com/en/scanners/trios

About 3Shape

3Shape is changing dentistry together with dental professionals across the world by developing innovations that provide superior dental care for patients. Our portfolio of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions for the dental industry includes the multiple award-winning 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner, the upcoming 3Shape X1 CBCT scanner, and market leading scanning and design software solutions for both dental parctices and labs.

Two graduate students founded 3Shape in Denmark’s capital in the year 2000. Today, 3Shape has over 1,500 employees serving customers in over 100 countries from an ever-growing number of 3Shape offices around the world. 3Shape’s products and innovations continue to challenge traditional methods, enabling dental professionals to treat more patients more effectively.

Kleer Moves Headquarters to Support Fast Growth of Subscription Dentistry Business

Posted on January 14, 2020

Technology company is on a mission to liberate dental care

Kleer, the leader in subscription dentistry, today announced its corporate headquarters is moving to a larger office space, located at 676 East Swedesford Road, Suite 350, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087. Kleer will begin operating out of this space in late January 2020. The new office will accommodate Kleer’s growing team to support a rapidly expanding client base.

This announcement is made on the heels of a year of rapid growth at Kleer. The company launched its advanced, cloud-based dental membership plan platform in January 2018 and quickly became the leader in subscription-based dental care plans.

Highlights of the company’s success in 2019 include the following:

• Kleer added thousands of dentists to its membership plan platform, achieving 250% growth.

• Kleer became a truly nationwide company serving dental practices in all 50 states.

• Patient subscription purchases on the Kleer platform grew by 391%.

• Kleer’s team grew by 150%, including the addition of three vice presidents, rounding out the management team.

• Over 100 new features were added to Kleer’s platform. The company continually releases product enhancements.

• Kleer launched its product for Group Practices—which enables dental support organizations (DSOs) to easily design, launch and manage membership plans across multiple dental practice locations—and quickly grew its group client base by over 200 locations.

"Kleer’s mission is to liberate dental care by empowering dentists to offer simple, affordable and personalized care directly to their patients—with no middleman in the way,” said Dave Monahan, CEO for Kleer. “We are seeing thousands of dental practices implementing our solution in an effort to reclaim control of the dental marketplace and better serve patients. Their success drives our commitment to continuously invest in, update and evolve our solutions to meet the needs of practices and patients alike. We look forward to everything the future holds for Kleer, our customers and the dental care industry."

About Kleer

Kleer, the leader in subscription dental membership plans, is on a mission to liberate dental care. Its advanced, cloud-based platform allows dentists to reclaim control of the dental marketplace from insurance companies by creating membership plans to offer directly to patients. With Kleer, dentists can grow their practices, serve more patients, and offer those patients the highest levels of care. Patients get better, more affordable care without jumping through insurance company hoops. To learn more, visit www.kleer.com.

Asprodental Practice Management Software

Posted on January 14, 2020

Asprodental is the latest practice management software on the cloud. Backed by over 25 years of experience in the dental industry, Asprodental’s founders sought to address the challenges that they encountered in private practice.

The biggest of these challenges is time management. There are two main areas where Asprodental helps practices master their use of time. On the clinical side, Asprodental decreases the amount of time wasted on hunting down health record information. Asprodental is the only practice management software that allows the provider to work from one screen to access the periodontal chart, odontogram, treatment plan, and clinical notes. The clinical notes are also fully searchable, just like an email message.

On the administrative side, Asprodental bridges the gap between goals and implementation. A practice’s core goals are straightforward: production, collections, hygiene and new patients. However, the bustle of day to day operations leaves practice owners and managers without time to keep these goals at the forefront of their team’s minds. Asprodental is the only practice management software that provides live game-like feedback to keep team members engaged with practice goals throughout the day. Additionally, Asprodental automates simple tasks, such as appointment reminder texts and recall reactivations, giving the team more time to focus on bigger tasks.

For more information on how Asprodental is enhancing the way dental practices operate, visit www.asprodental.com

Special Olympics athletes get dental help thanks to ADA member dentist

Posted on January 14, 2020

Dr. Steven Perlman founded Special Smiles at request of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

As the world gets ready for the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games in February, one of the ADA’s member dentists will be watching as the Special Smiles program he founded will be used to screen and attend to the dental needs of the competing athletes.

Special Smiles is the dental health discipline of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program that provides athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to take charge of their oral health, said Dr. Steven Perlman, a clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information and offers free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to Special Olympics athletes.

“Special Smiles is taking care of an invisible population,” Dr. Perlman said. “Our dental screenings may be the only time people with intellectual disabilities encounter a health professional in an entire year, and in many cases their entire life, because they fall through the cracks in the health care system. I’m proud to share that over the last 20 years, we have conducted over 289,000 Special Smiles screenings globally for our Special Olympics athletes, with over 130,000 of those screenings completed in the United States.”

Dr. Perlman now serves as a global clinical adviser with Special Olympics, working with Special Olympics health staff and discipline managers to oversee the strategic growth of Special Smiles and provide clinical guidance on protocols and materials. He leads clinical director trainings at major Special Olympics events and within regions as needed.

“My charge is to try to provide access to care and address educating the dental professional on how to provide care to people with intellectual disabilities,” he said. “For people with intellectual disabilities, there is a much higher burden of disease because they might not have the physical dexterity or capacity to take care of their own oral health care needs.”

Dr. Perlman first became involved with the Special Olympics through its founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In 1993, Ms. Shriver sought out Dr. Perlman to treat her sister Rosemary Kennedy, who had an intellectual disability, and he restored her entire dentition without the removal of any teeth.

“After I treated Rosemary, Ms. Shriver met with me and we talked about the health disparities that exist for people with intellectual disabilities and the huge gaps in access to services and access to equitable care,” Dr. Perlman said. “Athletes sometimes had access, but they didn’t have access to quality care. Within two weeks of treating Rosemary, Ms. Shriver had me meet with her to talk about dental care for treating people with intellectual disabilities. She wanted me to make sure people with intellectual disabilities worldwide had access. She made me promise to never leave the movement.

“I had a practice, I had patients, but I was inspired by her. We did it together. I created the Special Smiles program at her request.”

In 1995, at the Special Olympics World Games, in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Perlman and others created the Special Olympics’ first health clinic, eye clinic and oral health clinic, all located in the middle of the Olympic village.

“What we found was stunning,” Dr. Perlman said. “Almost 30% of the athletes screened in those clinics had visual problems or could not see, despite having been treated previously by a doctor. Almost 20% were in severe [dental] pain. These are athletes that had been screened by doctors, had been prepared to come to the games, yet notwithstanding that they were walking around with acute pain so severe that it was interfering with their daily lives. Almost 15% of the athletes screened on this occasion had to be referred immediately to the emergency room for care of serious health conditions either related to their oral health care or to their eyes.”

Inspired, Dr. Perlman further committed himself to the movement.

In 2002, Dr. Perlman helped co-found The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry to provide a forum for health care professionals who provide clinical care to people with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities.

Alicia Bazzano, M.D., Ph.D, is chief health officer of the Special Olympics, and commended Dr. Perlman and his colleagues for their work.

“Oral health care is critical for everyone regardless of age, insurance or disability, and people with intellectual disabilities are not the exception,” Dr. Bazzano said. “We have shown that people with intellectual disabilities have higher rates of gingivitis and periodontal disease than the general population and this results in negative health consequences. The causes of these disparities include lack of provider education, communication challenges, difficulties with oral hygiene and low reimbursement. Everyone should have access to quality health care. Special Olympics is working hard to eliminate these health disparities for people with intellectual disabilities by providing oral health screenings and education, training professionals and working to ensure equitable access to quality health for all, so that we can get to health equity that is inclusive of people.”

Dr. Perlman agrees.

“We need to focus more on the preventive side of dental care and both educate and empower athletes to take better care of themselves,” he said. “Ultimately, this is about the quality of their lives.”

Special Olympics holds competitions at the local, state, country, region and world level every year. In all, more than 70,000 Special Olympics competitions are held every year. To learn more about the Special Olympics, visit specialolympics.org.

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