Posted on February 15, 2019

TrueVision system projects a live 3D image, normally viewed through binoculars onto a 3D4K display. Dentists sit comfortably to operate off of 3D UHD monitor, rather than hunching down. Save your back and neck; extend your career. Superb image, twice the depth of focus.

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Dr. Mark Germack operating Heads Up, off of 3D 4K monitor

Hager Worldwide launches new website to provide easier access to product information and resources.

Posted on February 15, 2019

Hager Worldwide, the specialty dental product company, has announced the launch of their new website. With about 1,000 active SKUs, Hager offers products across a multitude of categories including infection control, hygiene, evacuation, implantology and ergonomics.

So when designing and planning out their new website, Hager knew it would be important to make it as easy to navigate as possible.

“We realized users were mainly coming to our site to find specific product information, and not just to browse” says Patrick Rouillard, marketing manager for Hager. “So we put emphasis on features like a robust search functionality and easily accessible resource center”.

Robust Search Functionality

Given Hager’s wide range of products, they wanted to make it easy for users to find exactly what they’re looking for as soon as they arrive on the site. To accomplish this, the main search bar sits front and center on the home page and can find products by Hager item #, product name, or even just a keyword.

According to Jim Ortmann, Hager’s national sales manager “It was important for us to not only design a strong search engine within the site, but also one that yielded clean and orderly search results. And I think we accomplished that”.

Accessible Product Content

Users of Hager’s new website will also be able to enjoy having all existing content for products together in one area. For example, any applicable images, descriptions, videos, SDSs, brochures, studies, usage instructions and testimonials will be available for viewing and/or downloading from the product page.

“We wanted to make sure users didn’t have to bounce around different parts of the site to find available pieces of product content, says Rouillard. “Now everything is at their fingertips in one area”.

About Hager Worldwide

Hager Worldwide is a specialty dental product company that uses its global reach to research, develop, and launch the brightest ideas from around the world. They strive to provide dental practices with products that help them run more efficiently and profitably.


DMG’s New Precision Placement Delivery System for Dental Materials Enhances Dental Workflow

Posted on February 15, 2019

DMG, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of restorative materials and preventive products, has introduced a precision placement delivery system for a wide range of dental materials. The new Composite Dispenser is particularly effective with DMG’s Ecosite Bulk Fill composite.

Designed for the placement of dental materials precisely and accurately into the oral cavity, the ergonomic

Composite Dispenser will simplify the workflow of dental professionals. It allows for fast and easy placement of composites as well as other dental materials such as cements and glass ionomers. Additionally, it has comfortable handle grips and maneuvers easily while allowing for an effortless load.

DMG’s Composite Dispenser offers dental professionals:

• Quick, easy and precise placement of materials

• Convenient autoclaving for infection control

• Comfort and ease when holding and maneuvering

• Effortless loading

The combination of the Composite Dispenser and Ecosite Bulk Fill can have a significant synergistic effect on a practice’s productivity. Ecosite’s state-of-the-art technology avoids the two traditional drawbacks associated with bulk fill composites: short working time and sub-optimal esthetics. Instead, it offers a maximum depth of 5mm, a single 20-second composite cure, low shrinkage stress, and excellent adaptability, packability and handling. It also delivers high polishability, extra fluoride release and truly exceptional esthetics, and it does not require a capping layer or stick to instruments.

For more information about the DMG Composite Dispenser or Ecosite Bulk Fill, visit

About DMG America

DMG manufactures and distributes market-leading restorative materials and preventive products that are internationally recognized for their quality and innovation. Known for innovative material technology, including the flagship products Luxatemp, LuxaCore and the revolutionary Icon resin infiltrant, DMG is committed to helping the dental profession meet its materials needs through innovation, collaboration and dedication. For more information about DMG products, or to find a sales representative, visit them online at or call (800) 662-6383.

AACD Welcomes 2019 Credentialing Class to Ranks of Elite Practitioners

Posted on February 15, 2019

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently recognized 12 dental professionals who have demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by becoming credentialed by the AACD. This year, the AACD will honor eight newly Accredited Members and four newly Accredited Fellows during the 35th Annual AACD Scientific Session in San Diego.

AACD Accreditation is an honor and can only be achieved by completing a rigorous credentialing process including a written examination, the submission of clinical cases for peer-reviewed evaluation, and an oral examination. The Accreditation process, which was developed by the AACD and is the world’s most recognized advanced credentialing program, encourages further education, interaction with like-minded colleagues, and the opportunity for professional growth. Accreditation requires dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care.

The newly Accredited Members include: Vinay N. Chirnalli, DMD, AAACD; Ramon A. Duran, DMD, AAACD; Sandra M. Finch, DMD, AAACD; Ingrida Ivance, DDS, AAACD; Courtney L. Lavigne, DMD, AAACD; Roberto Palmieri, DMD, AAACD; Robert L. Rioseco, DMD, AAACD and Keerti S. Sahasrabudhe, DDS, AAACD.

“The time, commitment and dedication that's required to complete the Accreditation process is unrivaled. The sense of achievement that comes with it is indeed life changing. These newly Accredited members have completed this task and have so much to be proud of, as they have reached a level of dentistry that is desired by many and achieved by few,” notes AACD Accreditation Chair, Adamo Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD.

The AACD is also welcoming four new Accredited Fellows. The purpose of Fellowship is to provide the highest level of achievement for members in accordance with the AACD's mission of education and excellence.

AACD’s new Accredited Fellows include:

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD, has been a member of the AACD since 2007 and achieved Accredited Member status in 2011. He is a 2002 graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, where he received honors in both removable and fixed prosthodontics. He completed his residency in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Stony Brook in 2003 and was chosen by faculty to complete a second year as Chief Resident. He currently serves as Accreditation Chairman, is on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry and volunteers for the AACD Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile program.

Tara N. Hardin, DDS, FAACD, has been a member of the AACD since 2002 and achieved Accredited Member status in 2014. She graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1996, then attended The Ohio State University where she received her DDS in 2000. Dr. Hardin is a Fellow of The Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, along with several sleep organizations. She devotes countless hours of continuing education on facial esthetics, cosmetic dentistry, smile design, TMJ therapy, and sleep apnea.

Kathy S. Sanders, DMD, FAACD, has been a member of the AACD since 1998 and achieved Accredited Member status in 2006. She received her DMD from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and credits a presentation by AACD co-founder Dr. Jeff Morley as the beginning of her quest for cosmetic dental excellence. Since that time, she has participated in rigorous continuing education pursuits and advanced practicum experience taught by some of the world’s most talented cosmetic dentists. Dr. Sanders is a Give Back a Smile volunteer and was also recognized in 2015 with the Milligan College Leaders in Christian Service Award. She maintains a private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Sandra Hulac, DDS, FAACD, was born in Munich, Germany into a family of dentists. She graduated top of her class from University of Witten/Herdecke dental school in 1993. After practicing for some time in London, Dr. Hulac relocated with her family to Hong Kong in 2001. In 2007, she co-founded Tam, Hulac & Partners, one of the few interdisciplinary dental practices in Hong Kong. In addition to achieving Accredited Fellow status in the AACD, Dr. Hulac has also published several articles in industry publications worldwide.

“These dental professionals’ commitment to responsible esthetics and cosmetic dentistry is undeniable with their most recent achievement as AACD Accredited Fellows,” said AACD Fellowship Chair Bradley J. Olson, DDS, FAACD. “Our Accredited Fellow members must complete one of the most rigorous, yet life-changing journeys of their career—and of their lives.”

These newly credentialed dental professionals will be recognized and receive their awards during special ceremonies at the 35th Annual AACD Scientific Session held April 24 – 27, in San Diego.

For more information about AACD’s credentialing programs, visit

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 a respected Accreditation credential, 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 One Acquires Kopfwerk

Posted on February 13, 2019

Henry Schein One announced today that it has acquired Kopfwerk, the leading dental practice management solutions company in Vienna, Austria. Kopfwerk is a full-service software company that delivers state-of-the-art practice management solutions, along with technical support, training, and installation, to boost office productivity, automate clinical and office processes, and enhance patient care.

Founded in 1987 by Peter Schiller and Thomas Gessl, Kopfwerk had 2018 revenues of approximately $2.2 million. Henry Schein expects this transaction to be neutral to its 2019 earnings per share and to be accretive thereafter. Additional financial details and terms were not disclosed.

Henry Schein One is a joint venture between Henry Schein, Inc. and Internet Brands that delivers integrated technology to enhance dental practice management. The company includes Henry Schein’s market-leading solutions of Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, Dentrix Enterprise, Easy Dental, and TechCentral, as well as international companies, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, Exan, and LabNet, among others. Also included in Henry Schein One are the dental businesses of Internet Brands, including web-based solutions such as Demandforce, Sesame Communications, Officite, and more.

"We are delighted about our new partnership with Kopfwerk. It’s the newest addition to Henry Schein One’s software portfolio and we believe it will further enhance our ability to power successful practices by providing our customers in Austria with the latest in value-added services and technology solutions," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. "Kopfwerk will bolster our suite of comprehensive solutions that health care professionals rely on to operate a more efficient practice and provide patients with quality care.”

“Kopfwerk will become an integrated part of Henry Schein One’s portfolio of technology solutions, which include the Dentrix family of practice management systems, Easy Dental, Demandforce, Sesame Communications, Officite, and other global companies dedicated to delivering end-to-end management and marketing systems to improve management, profitability, and the entire patient experience,” said James A. Harding Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein One. "Kopfwerk’s highly regarded solution will complement these offerings as well as our mission to enable a true digital workflow that helps dental teams become more productive and improve each stage of the patient experience.”

Kopfwerk’s Peter Schiller will continue to serve as General Manager of the Company.

“Henry Schein's excellent reputation and extensive reach among dentists bodes well for our continued success and we are excited to become a part of this team," Mr. Schiller said. “We share with Henry Schein One a commitment to help accelerate the adoption of digital technology and solutions to help dental practices grow and prosper for the ultimate benefit of the patient.”

Henry Schein One, founded in 2018, is the world’s largest dental practice management software company. Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, the company integrated 13 companies, 40 plus software brands, and employs approximately 1,500 people. For more information, visit

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.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales, including the animal health business, reached a record $12.5 billion in 2017, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15% since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at,

and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

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Inventor of Dental Material Technology That Regrows Bone Is Edison Awards Finalist

Posted on February 13, 2019

The Edison Awards has announced that Dr. Amos Yahav, founder of Augma Biomaterials (, has been selected as a 2019 awards finalist for his invention of Bond Apatite®, a new dental material technology that regenerates a patient's own natural bone following implants and other complex oral procedures. The Edison Awards, named after inventor Thomas Alva Edison, recognizes and honors the world's best in innovators and innovations.

"It is a true honor to be recognized as an inventor in the same breath as Thomas Edison and the awards that showcase his greatness," said Dr. Yahav. "As Edison's inventions impacted people's lives forever, we have tried to advance the progress of people's dental/oral health by developing a material that ensures successful outcomes of implants and other complex oral bone augmentation procedures. We thank the Edison Awards for spotlighting Bond Apatite®, a technology that makes these procedures much less invasive, accelerates healing for patients and, most importantly, gives patients their own bone back."

Bond Apatite® is a cement-based material (biphasic calcium sulfate) that is injected into the areas implants or oral bone augmentation restoration procedures are performed, causing a patient's natural bone to regenerate post-procedure ( The Augma Biomaterials - invented product has been successfully used in hundreds of thousands of procedures by thousands of dentists and dental specialists around the world (

Augma Biomaterials will be at the Edison Awards event in New York City on April 4th (

About Augma Biomaterials

Augma Biomaterials is devoted to challenging the status quo by development, production, and marketing of synthetic bone substitutes for the dental market. The company focuses its activity on the development of innovative materials required for bone augmentation, based on a novel technology, scientific knowledge, and extensive research.

Augma Biomaterials has adopted the slogan: It's My Bone, stating its aspiration for finding solutions that help rejuvenate the growth of previously lost bone due to oral bone degradation over time or due to oral trauma. The company's solutions are simple to use and operate, providing the dental surgeon with the best results and thus ultimately contributing to the patients' well-being and satisfaction.

The company's vision is to persist in finding simple solutions for the diverse requirements in the fields of dental implantation and complex surgical procedures.

About the Edison Awards

Established in 1987, the Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards, please visit

AAPD Releases Second Edition of the

Posted on February 13, 2019

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, in recognition of National Children's Dental Health Month, announced the release of the second State of Little Teeth Report. This second iteration draws on the latest scientific research and examines the public health crisis of tooth decay among U.S. children through the lens of the current healthcare policy landscape. The report also explores a variety of solutions for pediatric dentists, parents and our nation's leaders.

In 2014, the AAPD issued the first-ever "State of Little Teeth Report," which examined the epidemic of tooth decay among our youngest children, studied the immediate and long-term health, social and economic effects and implications of the federal Affordable Care Act for pediatric oral health, and provided solutions and recommendations for halting the increase of tooth decay in children.

Key findings from the 2019 Report include:

Although the prevalence of tooth decay has decreased overall, there is significant room for improvement. In the U.S., tooth decay affects:

Nearly 1 in 5 children under the age of 5

About half of children aged 6-11

More than half of those aged 12-19

Children living in poverty are twice as likely to suffer from tooth decay, and their dental diseases are more than twice as likely to go untreated as their more affluent peers.

Treatment of severe tooth decay can cost $10,000 per child and up to $25,000 in severe cases, especially if the child needs to be hospitalized and treated under general anesthesia.

Even though more children are visiting the dentist than ever before, many children have difficulty accessing pediatric dental services. Tooth decay in young children continues to be a concern globally, and this public health crisis poses an immediate and long-term threat, not just to the teeth of young children, but to their overall health and development.

"Tooth decay is nearly 100 percent preventable," says Dr. Joseph Castellano, president of the AAPD. "Early dental visits, combined with good dental habits and dietary practices, can slow the decay process in children. In addition, a preventive approach to oral health makes dental care safer, more comfortable and even more affordable. It's our hope that this report provides the basis for a meaningful discussion about the challenges facing the oral health of our children and what we can do about it."

Establishing a Dental Home with a pediatric dentist is key to preventive oral care, and it will lead to beneficial oral health habits for life, as pediatric dentists work to improve children's dental health year round. They actively advocate for children by leading efforts to protect water fluoridation, serving young children through organizations like Head Start, promoting public health activities, and testifying to legislatures on bills affecting access to dental care.

According to this latest report, the tooth decay epidemic can be at least partially remedied by earlier and regularly scheduled dental visits for more children, achieved through advocacy by pediatric dentists, collaboration with primary care medical providers, education for parents, and removal of such barriers as transportation and language that prevent patients from visiting a dentist. Continued reform and improvement of public insurance programs will protect dental visits by children most susceptible to dental disease. As a result of these efforts, more children can enjoy a lifetime of better oral health.

About the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is the recognized authority on children's oral health. As advocates for children's oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies and clinical recommendations; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its 10,500 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. For further information, visit the AAPD website at or the AAPD's consumer website at

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

Posted on February 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Connectors Coming for Dentrix Smart Image

Posted on February 12, 2019

Romexis®, SOTA, and Schick CDR DICOM in Beta, Vatech and Apteryx Beta Testers Welcome

The new Dentrix Smart Image, available with Dentrix G7.0 and higher, is changing the way Dentrix users acquire, locate and view dental images.  Smart Image allows you to initiate image acquisitions from the Patient Chart. It then automatically opens and links to your imaging software. Completed images appear in the Patient Charge thumbnail tray for easy search and recall. Completed images are posted to the ledger, while the patient record is also updated to show the date of acquisitions.

Smart Image is already available for Dentsply-Sirona Sidexis 4. Beta testing is underway for Smart Image connectors for Planmeca Romexis®, SOTA Imaging, and Schick CDR DICOM from Dentsply-Sirona. Watch for upcoming newsletter announcements or on for the released versions of these connectors.

Beta testing will begin soon on Smart Image connectors for Vatech and Apteryx. Pracitces who use Vatech and Apteryx should contact if they are interested in participating in these Beta tests. Users of Apteryx licensed imaging software from Dentimax, Suni, Datacon, Apex, Smarter Dentist and others should also contact Michelle.

NYU College of Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities

Posted on February 12, 2019

Individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities now have a dedicated treatment center in New York City for dental care: NYU College of Dentistry’s Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities.

The 8,000-square-foot center, located in the NYU College of Dentistry’s Weissman Building at 1st Avenue and 24th Street, provides much-needed comprehensive care for patients whose disabilities or medical conditions prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental setting.  

“The NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities addresses a major public health challenge by providing comprehensive, compassionate dental care for people with a full range of disabilities who experience significant barriers to accessing care,” said Charles N. Bertolami, DDS, DMedSc, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry. “Equally important, care at the center is ongoing. By providing dental care across each patient’s lifespan, the center aims to break the vicious cycle of neglect and repeated hospitalization.”

The need 

In New York City alone, an estimated 950,000 people—in a city of 8.5 million—have some form of disability, including 99,000 who use wheelchairs. Research shows that people with disabilities have worse oral health than the general population and are less likely to have access to dental care services.

People with disabilities face many barriers to receiving dental care, including physically accessing dentists’ offices, which may not be able to accommodate wheelchairs or other assistive devices. In addition, some dentists lack confidence in their ability to meet the needs of people with disabilities, so may not be prepared or willing to welcome disabled patients.

As a result, patients with disabilities are often referred to hospitals for dental care because of the need for sedation and may wait as long as six months to get an appointment to be seen in an operating room. These visits are often one-off emergencies without follow-up or continuous preventive care, which can trigger a cycle of recurring dental problems. 

“Numerous studies have shown generally poor access to vital health services for both children and adults with disabilities,” said Marco Damiani, chief executive officer of AHRC New York City, one of the largest nonprofits supporting people with disabilities in New York State. “The NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities will promote greatly improved access, but it exceeds basic expectations by enabling access to a welcoming state-of-the art facility, dental treatment services from highly experienced and engaged faculty, and a service vision that underscores dignity, respect, and coordination of care.”

Designed for patients with disabilities

The new Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities was designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of people with a range of disabilities. The center was completed through a $12 million renovation by Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR).

The center features nine spacious patient treatment rooms. In addition, there are two fully equipped sedation suites to provide both inhaled and intravenous sedation administered under the supervision of anesthesiologists. 

“Our on-site sedation options eliminate the need for most patients to be referred to hospitals,” said Ronald Kosinski, DMD, clinical director of the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities and clinical associate professor at NYU College of Dentistry. “In cases where general anesthesia is required, patients can be treated by specially trained NYU Dentistry faculty at one of our hospital affiliates—NYU Langone Health or Bellevue Hospital Center—but remain patients of record at the NYU College of Dentistry.” 

A multisensory room, located off of the waiting area, will soon offer patients an immersive environment to reduce their anxiety, help them relax, and engage their senses. The room is being developed in partnership with the NYU Ability Project, an interdisciplinary team of health specialists, engineers, and artists working at the intersection of disability and technology.

Led by Kosinski—a pediatric dentist and specialist in dental anesthesia—the center is staffed by multidisciplinary faculty, a nurse practitioner, a nurse, a social worker, three patient-service representatives, a clinic manager, and a patient care coordinator. Patients are cared for by faculty at NYU College of Dentistry with particular interest and expertise in treating people with disabilities. Senior dental students provide basic dental care not requiring sedation. 

In planning for the facility, NYU College of Dentistry collaborated with a number of healthcare and advocacy groups that provide general healthcare and support for people with disabilities, including Cerebral Associations of New York State, Metro Community Health Centers, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, NYU Langone Health, and the Viscardi Center. In addition, focus groups of people with disabilities were conducted in cooperation with the NYU Ability Project, a collaboration of the Tandon School of Engineering; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and the Tisch School of the Arts. 

Training the next generation of dentists specializing in treating people with disabilities

The center builds upon NYU’s long history of educating dental students to care for patients with special needs. NYU College of Dentistry was one of 11 schools funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the 1970s to train dental students in caring for people with disabilities.

Since 1971, NYU College of Dentistry has run a successful Special Patient Care Program, an honors program for a small group of exceptional dental students to gain experience working with people with disabilities. Over time, the new center will expand these educational opportunities to all NYU dental students and residents, thereby expanding patient-care delivery. 

“The Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities not only offers much-needed clinical services to patients, but also a unique training opportunity for our students. Our goal is to create the next generation of dentists who will practice with competence, confidence, and compassion in providing quality dental care for people with disabilities,” said Bertolami.

About NYU College of Dentistry

Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating nearly 10 percent of the nation’s dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit for more.

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