RH-Pro9 Sterilizer Validated for Pouched Instruments & Cassettes

Posted on July 9, 2020

CPAC’s RapidHeat™ family of waterless tabletop high-velocity hot air sterilizers is growing with the introduction of the RH-Pro9 compact tabletop sterilizer.

The RH-Pro9 has a 3-tray capacity and provides a complete 12-Log Kill cycle from start to finish in less than 20 minutes for pouched instruments and 40 minutes for wrapped cassettes.

Unlike steam sterilization, modern RapidHeat sterilizers require NO lengthy drying cycle that can be by-passed or shortened to speed up instrument turnaround… a practice that is in violation of FDA and CDC requirements. With the absence of water, steam and pressure, RapidHeat sterilizers do not require extensive maintenance.

Independent laboratory tests have confirmed that RapidHeat’s energy consumption is 85% less than steam. These tests have also confirmed that the RapidHeat™ waterless sterilization environment does not contribute to instrument corrosion and shortened instrument life that has been proven to be characteristic of steam sterilization.

In addition to the RH-Pro9, CPAC also offers RapidHeat sterilizers in two other models: the RH-Pro11 Large-Capacity 4-tray unit and the small single-tray COX RapidHeat unit.

For more information: visit us at www.cpac.com or call toll free 800-828-6011, ext. 1372 or E-mail dbaker@cpac.com.

Dentsply Sirona and the ADA Collaborate to Address Practice Recovery and Patient Safety

Posted on July 9, 2020

As part of Dentsply Sirona’s continued pledge to create healthy practices for healthy smiles and drive practice recovery, the Dental Solutions Company™ has teamed up with the American Dental Association (ADA) to provide ADA members access to free patient communication resources based on the ADA’s Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit.

Recognizing that patient safety and oral health education are top priorities in a world full of “new normals,” these digital resources, found in the ADA’s Patient Return Resource Center, are designed to support dental professionals in empowering their patients during this unprecedented time. No need to stress if you’re using the right language to reassure patients; let the toolkit do thetalking for you.

The Patient Return Resource Center includes:

• Patient Prep Visual Guide

• Customizable Social Posts

• Text Scripts

• Customizable Email Templates

• Patient FAQs

• Printable in-office signage

Dentsply Sirona will provide practices with information about how to access these resources, as well as a Safety Window Cling. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are looking at their own well-being differently – and may have questions when resuming their dental visits. It is important that we do not lose sight of their needs and concerns as part of our rebound and recovery efforts,” Dentsply Sirona VP Chief Clinical Officer Terri Dolan said.

No matter where a practice is in recovery, these resources are specifically designed to meet all dentists’ current and future needs and will continue to be updated in the coming weeks. Accessing the Patient Return Resource Center is easy, fast and free for ADA members! Simply head to dentsplysirona.com/patienttoolkit to be guided to the ADA resource center at ada.org/patienttoolkit. Start communicating with confidence and accelerate your practice recovery today.

Loyola Medicine Specialist Transforms Face for Cancer Patient

Posted on July 9, 2020

When 62-year-old Bartlett resident Norvell Bujarski was diagnosed with cancer, it was advanced. When he learned that he had squamous cell cancer of the nasal cavity, he didn’t want to settle for noninvasive approaches that may only offer him a partial extension of his life. He wanted to live a full life and was seeking a cure. In order to remove all of his tumors, Mr. Bujarski’s cancer surgeon would have to remove his entire nose including bone and tissue, eight of his front teeth and part of the roof of his mouth. When he needed a maxillofacial prosthesis to restore his form and function, he went to Dr. Charles Palin at Loyola University Medical Center's Oral Health Center.

Charles Palin, DMD is a specialist in maxillofacial prosthodontics at Loyola Medicine who cares for patients with head and neck cancers, trauma, congenital defects and anomalies. This subspecialty of prosthodontics involves rehabilitation of patients, often including prostheses to replace missing areas of bone or tissue and restore oral functions such as swallowing, speech and chewing. Only 16.5% of prosthodontists complete an ADA-accredited program in maxillofacial prosthetics like Dr. Palin did at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 2017. Dr. Palin has a unique perspective as a cancer survivor who is ten years cancer-free after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2009.

Mr. Bujarski first came to Dr. Palin in 2018 to address the altered state of his face, nose, teeth and mouth. Without his front teeth and the roof of his mouth, he had difficulty eating, drinking and speaking. Without a nose, he didn’t want to look in the mirror or leave the house. “I had my moments where I had pity and sympathy for myself. But not very often because I felt blessed to be here,” he said. Mr. Bujarski and his wife consulted with the team at Loyola Medicine about their options. Facial reconstruction was an option that would require 10-15 more surgeries over several years as well as significant recovery. “That didn’t make sense to me,” he decided.

With the goal of restoring Mr. Bujarski’s oral cavity, teeth and nose, the plan included creating a set of customized prostheses including dentures and an obturator, which fills in the missing bone and tissue in the roof of the patient’s mouth, allowing him to eat, drink and breathe more normally. “Without the roof of the mouth, the patient can experience food and drink escaping into the nasal cavity, which is unpleasant and makes eating in public problematic,” says Dr. Palin.

Following surgery, Mr. Bujarski had been wearing a flat white bandage to cover the opening where his nose once was. While waiting for a more permanent prosthesis to be constructed, Dr. Palin used a 3-D printer to aid in creating a temporary prosthetic nose for Mr. Bujarski which he secured to his face with medical tape. In late 2019, he received a prosthetic that secures with a magnet, attaching to the obturator in the roof of his mouth. “How awkward is that not to have a nose?” said Mr. Bujarski, “with my new prosthetic, 99.9% of people aren’t able to tell that I don’t have a nose. I don’t have to use tape or glue, the magnet works perfectly.” Dr. Palin places priority on returning patients to their daily lives. “The face is personal, it’s your own. You want to look like yourself and return to your everyday life.” says Dr. Palin.

To learn more about Loyola Medicine, visit loyolamedicine.org.

About Loyola Medicine Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a nationally ranked academic, quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs. The three-hospital system includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital, as well as convenient locations offering primary care, specialty care and immediate care services from more than 1,800 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. & Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 254-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with the newly renovated Judd A. Weinberg Emergency Department, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. MacNeal is a 374-licensed-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced medical, surgical and psychiatric services, acute rehabilitation, an inpatient skilled nursing facility and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. Loyola Medical Group, a team of primary and specialty care physicians, offers care at over 15 Chicago-area locations. For more information, visit loyolamedicine.org.

About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 106 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Michigan, and with annual operating revenues of $19.3 billion and assets of $27 billion, the organization returns $1.2 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 125,000 colleagues, including about 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org

Lithoz Announces Strategic Collaboration with Dr. Jens Tartsch, President of the ESCI, for 3D Printed Dental Ceramics Implants

Posted on July 9, 2020

The demands of patients and dentists for metal-free dental implants are increasing due to possible health effects and a reduced tendency to inflammation. Ceramic is the material of choice in these cases concerning material properties and quality. They provide an exceptional combination of biocompatibility, long-term stability, and high mechanical performance and therefore work exceptionally well as implants. Lithoz’s ceramics have been optimized for medical use and Lithoz will soon be certified according to EN ISO 13485.

3D printed dental devices overcome the limitations of milled ceramics in terms of design freedom, with the process of their manufacture being particularly efficient due to low levels of material consumption and high productivity. Furthermore, since 3D printing does not require any tools, hard machining of hot isostatic pressed ceramic blanks is no longer necessary, saving costs related to tools and maintenance. 3D printing is already an established technology for numerous dental applications, and now 3D printing of ceramics is also being introduced to the field of ceramic dental implants.

Another application of LCM technology is bone augmentation using resorbable materials such as hydroxyl apatite or tricalcium phosphate. Interconnected pore network-based implants can be manufactured according to the patient’s bone status, therefore supporting dental implant ingrowth in a situation where there is insufficient bone availability in the jaw. The cooperation between Lithoz and Dr. Jens Tartsch will help identify new applications and partnerships to further develop the future of 3D printed ceramic implants in the dental market.

Join Dr. Tartsch (Zahnartz Kilchberg/Zurich, founder and president of the European Society for Ceramic Implantology) and Dr. Bomze (Lithoz) to find out more about these pioneering opportunities and outlooks in the webinar “3D-printed ceramic dental applications - Insights into state of the art and future developments” on 28th August, 2020 at 4pm. There will also be an opportunity to have your questions answered in a Q&A session.

Dr. Jens Tartsch is a well-known expert in ceramic implantology in Switzerland. These days, Dr. Tartsch works at his private dental clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. His main areas of focus are ceramic implant dentistry, the biomaterial and immunological aspects in dentistry, and material incompatibilities. He is an international educator, speaker, and author for the topic of ceramic implantology and immunology in dentistry. Dr. Tartsch is the founder and president of the European Society for Ceramic Implantology (ESCI) and is a member of Board of Directors of the Swiss Society for Anti Aging Medicine and Prevention.

BIOLASE's Epic Hygiene Laser Meets Guidelines to Minimize Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

Posted on July 8, 2020

BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, announced today that the Epic Hygiene dental laser meets recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which recommends not using ultrasonic scalers to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Ultrasonic scalers create a visible water spray that can contain particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms, and other debris, which can serve as a conduit to spread the virus.

As dental offices in all 50 states begin to open their doors, they can rely on the Epic Hygiene laser for Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) therapy, which was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March. This indication allows hygienists to perform gentler, highly effective treatments for bacterial reduction and managing periodontal disease without using water.

"We have already seen how all-tissue Waterlase dental lasers create 98% less aerosol than traditional dental handpieces, meeting the American Dental Association's recommendation of reduced aerosol production to limit the spread of COVID-19," said Todd Norbe, CEO of BIOLASE. "We are proud that we have continued to see our products, like the Epic Hygiene laser, meet the unique needs of dentists during this time. We believe this aligns directly with our mission of advancing dentistry, beyond the pandemic, to treat patients in the safest way possible."

Epic Hygiene is the latest innovation in proven Epic laser technology, designed by dental hygienists for dental hygienists. This new laser system gives dental professionals a total solution to effectively manage non-surgical periodontitis and increase clinical production. The system includes proven step-by-step clinical protocols, including pocket therapy and perio debridement, for easy implementation.

To learn more about the Epic Hygiene laser, please visit biolase.com/epichygiene.

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 41,000 laser systems to date in over 80 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.

BIOLASE®, Waterlase®, Waterlase iPlus® and Epic Hygiene™ are registered trademarks of BIOLASE, Inc.


Awrel Unveils First-of-its-Kind, Web-Based Conversational Assistant Remote Dental Emergency Screening

Posted on July 8, 2020

To support COVID-19 demands and deliver an entirely new digital approach for emergency patient engagement, Awrel, a dental software solutions innovator, unveiled its new Emergency Dental Virtual Assistant. The turnkey chatbot, deployed by embedding a single snippet of code into an existing website, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to empower remote triage and management of dental emergencies.

This first-of-its-kind solution gives patients 24x7 access to screening and question-answering tools designed to collect relevant information and provide clinically vetted recommendations for next-step actions (self-care, appointment scheduling, etc.) Dental providers receive chatbot notifications via HIPAA-compliant text messaging. Follow-up patient communication is done via phone or Awrel’s HIPAA-compliant texting application. Data exchanged via the Awrel chatbot and texting applications can be readily transferred to the patient’s dental record.

“This is the way of the future, the new normal,” said Alan Farber, DDS. “Healthcare has seen major advances in digital patient engagement, yet HIPAA compliance has remained a challenge. Today, COVID requires dentists to reinvent themselves. Awrel’s solutions provide a secure and cost-effective way to meet unprecedented demands for remote caregiving. It’s a win-win for practices and patients.”

The bot is live at the site of Farber Center for Periodontics, https://longislandperio.com/contact/

While Dr. Farber initially deployed the chatbot to better meet existing customer needs, he and his colleagues were pleased to discover that it has generated several new patients. They have used Awrel’s virtual assistant since February to support their two New York-based practice locations.

According to Dr. Farber, 24x7 access to the screening tool allows patients to exchange information at a time and place that’s convenient to them. “Customer service is key in the new world of healthcare – and this approach is rock solid. Some patients are more willing to share information with a bot rather than with a live human, and to do so in a timelier fashion. Early intervention can enhance patient experience, improve treatment outcomes, and reduce treatment time.”

“From the start of this pandemic, we worked diligently to develop a solution that immediately supports dental providers seeking an efficient way to triage patients and answer questions while also addressing social distancing needs of staff and patients,” said Awrel Founder and CEO Arnold Rosen, DDS. “Awrel’s offerings are unlike others because they can easily be adapted to work seamlessly across the internet, mobile devices and smart speakers, and can readily integrate with existing tele-dental services.”

The Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants is among the earliest adopters of Awrel’s chatbot. “The inherent value of virtual experiences is obvious,” Dr. Farber stated. “Patients and staff can better protect themselves against COVID. As an added benefit, our practice has saved valuable time and money by automating once-manual processes for emergency access and assessment.”

Dr. Farber learned about Awrel’s new chatbot during a webinar presented by the International Association of Dental Specialists, an organization he founded. Colleagues responded positively to this new technology, he stated. “Awrel’s tools are very well structured and have worked flawlessly for our practice. I see the use of chatbots as a benefit to any dentist.”

About Awrel

Boston-based Awrel, a dental software solution provider, delivers out-of-the-box and custom virtual assistants using conversational experiences and artificial intelligence to automate and document workflow, improve outcomes, reduce costs and enhance the patient and clinician experience. Awrel launched dentistry’s first HIPAA-compliant desktop and mobile texting application in 2016 and offers Awrel Voice™, a virtual assistant used on devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home for hands-free lab ordering and other workflows. Each day, Awrel solutions facilitate thousands of data exchanges, including image, text and document sharing, individual and group messaging, collaborative transactions (ordering of custom prostheses, supplies and equipment, etc.) and cloud archiving. Dental solution providers enhance their offerings with Awrel via capabilities to define unique workflows, create product- and customer-specific applications, and private label the company’s solutions. https://awrel.com


Benco Dental’s Incisal Edge announces dentistry’s 32 most influential

Posted on July 7, 2020

The annual rundown of the dental profession’s heaviest hitters as presented by Incisal Edge magazine has never been more fraught—because the industry has never faced anything quite like the pandemic. How have these top players achieved their current status—and where are they, and dentistry itself, headed in the months and years ahead?

The 32 individuals—one for every adult tooth—have some ideas. And they’re well-placed to implement them. Not all of them are focused on Covid-19 to the exclusion of all else, of course, but the virus and its attendant maladies, physiological and economic alike, is at the fore of everyone’s mind. And the esteemed power players you’ll read about in the summer edition will certainly be a part of the recovery.

"Four years ago, when we began tracking dentistry's most influential people, we didn't envision how a pandemic could shock all of dentistry, or how quickly the industry would begin adapting," said Incisal Edge Founder Chuck Cohen. "But here we are, and identifying who's leading the conversation right now—and positioned to drive change—is vital in a world where the rules of influence and authority are shifting faster than ever and effective thought leadership more often propels people to positions of influence."

The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry for 2020, ranked by Incisal Edge include:

1. Eric Wenzel, Director, Oral Care Global Business, 3M Minneapolis, Minnesota

2. Joseph Hogan, Director, President and CEO, Align Technology San Jose, California

3. Casey Hannan, Director, Division of Oral Health, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Atlanta, Georgia

4. Stanley Bergman, Chairman and CEO, Henry Schein Melville, New York

5. Lawmakers – dentists in the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. : Brian Babin (R-TX), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-WY), Mike Simpson (R-ID) Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ)

6. Don Casey, CEO, Dentsply Sirona Columbus, Ohio

7. Roshan Parikh, Head of Dentistry, Walmart U.S. Health & Wellness Atlanta, Georgia 

8. Howard Farran, Founder, Dentaltown.Com, Dentaltown Magazine Phoenix, Arizona 

9. Kathleen O’Loughlin, Executive Director, ADA Chicago, Illinois 

Michael Graham, Senior VP, Government and Public Affairs, ADA Washington, D.C. 

Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute Chicago, Illinois 

10. The Entrepreneurial Dentist, Business-Minded, Pandemic-Nervous Everytown, USA

11. Karen West, President, American Dental Education Association, Washington, D.C. 

12. Rick Workman, Founder and Executive Chairman, Heartland Dental Effingham, Illinois 

Robert Fontana, CEO, Aspen Dental, East Syracuse, New York 

Steve Thorne, Irvine, California 

13. Michael Apa, Cosmetic Dentist, Apa Aesthetic New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Dubai, United Arab Emirates

14. Michael Cohen, Founder, Seattle Study Club Seattle, Washington 

Frank Spear, Founder & Director, Spear Education Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington 

15. Amir Aghdaei, CEO, Envista Holdings Brea, California 

16. Gordon Christensen, Founder and CEO, Practical Clinical Courses Provo, Utah 

John Kois, Founder and Director, The Kois Center Seattle, Washington 

17. Douglas Erickson, CEO, Facility Guidelines Institute St. Louis, Missouri 

18. Michael Castro, CEO, Delta Dental Oak Brook, Illinois 

19. Michelle Lee, Executive Director, Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia 

20. Richard Schnall, Managing Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice Healthcare Practice New York, New York 

21. Ann Battrell, Executive Director, American Dental Hygienists’ Association Chicago, Illinois 

22. Wardah Inam, CEO, Overjet Cambridge, Massachusetts 

23. Greg Minzenmayer, Chief Operating Officer, Glidewell Laboratories Newport Beach, California 

24. Paul Goodman, Founder, Dental Nachos Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

25. Guillaume Daniellot, CEO, Straumann Basel, Switzerland 

26. Jerome Adams, 20th Surgeon General of The United States Washington, D.C. 

27. Anton Woolf, CEO, Argen San Diego, California 

28. Jeff Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, Medical Technology Robert W. Baird & Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

29. Mark Adams, Dental Business Leader, Amazon Seattle, Washington 

30. Mike Cataldo, CEO, Convergent Dental Needham, Massachusetts

31. Scott Leune, Founder, Breakaway Practice San Antonio, Texas 

32. Dave Sproat, CEO, Young Innovations Algonquin, Illinois 

Honorable Mention

Jim Harding, CEO, Henry Schein 

Laura Kelly, CEO, Microdental Laboratories And Modern Dental Usa

Diego Gabathuler, Ceo, Ivoclar Vivadent

Jay Geier, CEO, The Scheduling Institute

Steve Bishop, CEO, Procter & Gamble Health Care

Justin Joffe & Hitesh Tolani, CEO, Henry The Dentist; Founder And Ceo, Virtudent

Ones to Watch

Christopher E. Steele, President, Park Dental

Jonathan Koch, Senior Vice President and CEO, Global Dental Group, Henry Schein

Kenneth Serota & Ron Saslow, President of Dental, Cantel Medical; CEO, Hu-Friedy

Browse the complete Summer 2020 digital edition here, or go directly to the feature here. For additional information regarding the magazine, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for Incisal Edge magazine. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge is focued on helping readers get an edge—and keep it—in the fast-changing worlds of healthcare and business. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content includes “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry," plus columns and features packed with sharp advice, expert success tips on everything from marketing to operations, and the latest clinical advances and essential tools for practicing and living smarter. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental is Driving Dentistry ForwardSM with innovative solutions and our caring family culture. Our industry firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip® customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Independent since 1930, our over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers at locations nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco Dental is one of Fortune's Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 15 prior years. 

Nationwide dental patient survey results now available

Posted on July 7, 2020

Nationwide survey of over 275 consumers reveals seeing their dentist after COVID-19 lockdown is more important than getting a haircut

The survey results also identify key drivers and barriers that impact their decisions to resume dental care visits

Lanmark360, a full-service healthcare agency with deep experience in the dental space announces the immediate availability of key consumer insights regarding their desire to see their dentists for a checkup as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in their state or local municipality.

As indicated by the survey results, consumer sentiment, perceptions and attitudes are quite positive with respect to their willingness to rapidly return to dental practices. When asked, “Is being able to return to the dentist more or less important than other things?”, respondents ranked seeing their dentist as more important than getting their hair cut, pet grooming and going to restaurants.

“We found that over half of the respondents fell behind on their dental care due to canceled appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic,” states Howard Klein, Lanmark360 President. “However, 10% intend to see their dentists immediately once their dentist’s office has reopened, and a full 50% intend to return to their dentist for a routine cleaning within three months.”

The majority of respondents surveyed also indicate a preference for single-visit dentistry, and more than 50% believe practice safety protocols are extremely important.

Many other important insights are highlighted in the full survey results report, including crucial information that dentists can leverage to help ensure patients feel safe upon their return to the dental office, as well as how patients prefer to be contacted by their dentist’s office once they reopen and what information they expect to receive.

To download the full report, click here.

Largent Health Announces FDA Clearance for FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser

Posted on July 7, 2020

Largent Health, LLC announced today a new FDA clearance to market the novel FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, with 2% K21. Dental cavity cleansers are used for cleansing and moistening/re-wetting of prepared dental surfaces prior to completion of tooth restoration. The company included in their FDA application, compelling data supporting antimicrobial activity that reduces dentally relevant microbes.

FiteBac® technology exemplifies the marriage of antimicrobial technology to material science, enabling the manufacture of modern materials offering sustained, non-leaching antimicrobial protection across a broad range of products. “The FDA clearance of FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser represents the 2nd successful FDA regulatory clearance of our FiteBac® technology this year,” said John W. Sharkey, Ph.D., CEO of Largent Health, LLC. “This further validates our unique FiteBac® technology and its potential in the development of additional medical products with durable antimicrobial technology built-in.”

FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, with 2% K21, is intended to become part of the restoration/dentin interface by copolymerizing with the dental adhesive. Research shows FiteBac® Cavity Cleanser can not only help remove debris in carious lesion preparations but also help reduce the presence of dentally relevant organisms within the prepared tooth structure and to penetrate exposed dentin tubules, allowing restorative adhesives to tightly bind to the prepared dentin surface.

“With receipt of FDA clearance in hand, we look forward to implementing production scale-up and pre-launch activities over the coming weeks,” said Jude Dinges, Chief Commercial Officer at Largent Health. “With the introduction of FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, we can now offer dentists a differentiated product to both help the dental professional ensure the restoration site is clear of carious debris and assist in addressing residual microbial contamination within the restoration site."

To learn more about how FiteBac® technology is being developed for medical applications please visit www.LargentHealth.com

About Largent Health LLC

Largent Health, LLC, based in Marietta, GA, is a private company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare products incorporating FiteBac® technology, a superior approach to antimicrobial protection. To learn more please visit www.LargentHealth.com.

Align Technology Awards Funding to Universities Worldwide for Advancing Orthodontic and Dental Research

Posted on July 6, 2020

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) today announced the award of nine research grants under the company’s eleventh Annual Research Award Program. The global interest in research of dental and orthodontic treatment continues to grow as evidenced by the increasing number of applications Align Technology receives each year from universities around the world.

“Through the academic research community, we continue to validate the clinical efficacy and benefits of clear aligner therapy with the Invisalign system in general dentistry and orthodontic treatments,” said Raj Pudipeddi, Align Technology chief innovation, product, and marketing officer and senior vice president. “These science and research findings help further our ongoing commitment to product innovation that transforms smiles and changes lives for millions of people around the world through our network of Invisalign-trained doctors.”

The Americas research award recipients for 2020 are:

University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Tarek El-Bialy

University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Siew-Ging Gong

Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, USA) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Tabaa Sawsan

University of Washington (Seattle, USA) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Greg J. Huang

The European research award recipients for 2020 are:

National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece) – Dr. Iosif Sifakakis

University of Campania (Naples, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Letizia Perillo

University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Rome, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Roberta Lione

University of Turin (Turin, Italy) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Bruni Alessandro

The Asia Pacific research award recipient for 2020 is:

Stomatology Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University (Shaanxi, China) – Primary Investigator, Dr. Yu-cheng Guo

The funded research studies cover a wide range of topics for projects seeking to better understand treatment in orthodontics and dentistry including:

effects of orthodontic appliances on the active oral microflora,

Invisalign treatment in adult anterior open bite patients,

3D changes in the nasal airway after maxillary arch expansion,

temperature conductivity to the tooth surfaces due to light-curing during bonding,

Invisalign First™ treatment on the transverse dimension,

evaluating palatal volume and surface area measurements between two appliances,

the effect of aligner wear time on gingival crevicular fluid,

evaluating a light-curing appliance that will reduce chairside time, and

determination of the stability of the palatal rugae in non-extraction cases, especially in the cases with molar distalization.

All award applications received were first reviewed and prioritized in a blind evaluation by an independent academic committee. The final recipients were then determined by Align Technology.

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero® intraoral scanners and services, and CAD/CAM software. Align has helped treat over 8 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry with the iTero intraoral scanner and exocad CAD/CAM software − modernizing today’s practices by enabling enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about the iTero digital scanning system, please visit www.itero.com. For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit www.exocad.com.

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