Partnership Announced Between Amann Girrbach and Opulent Digital Specialists

Posted on July 28, 2021

Amann Girrbach has announced a distribution partnership agreement with Opulent Digital Specialists, a dental CAD/CAM integration company in Folsom, CA, that serves both dental laboratories and dental offices in North America. “I'm very excited about the partnership with Opulent,” says Jan Slor, General Manager for Amann Girrbach North America. “We have been working together for quite some time, and Jesse Zamarripa and the Opulent team have shown great expertise in the field of CAD/CAM in both dental labs and dental offices. Now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The CAD/CAM technology is developing quickly and together we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

Preat Corporation Welcomes Elvis Dahl as New District Sales Manager

Posted on July 28, 2021

Preat Corporation announces the hiring of Elvis Dahl as the company’s new District Sales Manager for the Midwest, covering IN, IL, and MI.

As District Sales Manager, Dahl will be working directly with dental laboratory technicians, clinicians, and lab management—building upon existing relationships as well as establishing new Preat partner accounts in the Midwest region.

A valuable addition to the Preat team, Elvis brings his impressive skills, talents, and diverse dental experience spanning 13 years to his new role. Dahl states, “I am thrilled to join the Preat team and embark on this new journey of success.”

Many within the dental industry already know Dahl from his role as Creator & Co-host of Voices from The Bench, where he hosted 160 episodes for the only weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Other notable career highlights include Dahl’s NADL (National Association of Dental Laboratories) board membership, 13 years as Director of Operations at Somer Dental Laboratory where he received the 2019 Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements, and a five-year membership with the Spear Study Club. At Somer Dental Laboratory, Dahl’s diverse operational responsibilities, including marketing, treatment planning, estimates, quality control, and laboratory production, combined with his proven leadership capabilities, helped drive the growth and success of the laboratory.  

Dahl’s passion for the dental industry thoroughly aligns with Preat’s enduring core values: a commitment to supporting the industry, ongoing education, and putting the customers first. Dahl adds, “Providing excellent customer service is key to any successful business and by remaining united in support of the industry, it can become stronger and better than ever before.”

Planmeca USA partners with The MOD Institute to provide evidence-based education

Posted on July 28, 2021

Hoffman Estates, IL. (March 15, 2021)Planmeca USA, a leading manufacturer of dental imaging and CAD/CAM equipment, is proud to announce a partnership with the newly formed MOD (Modern Optimized Dentistry) Institute in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Wally Renne, a global educator on digital dentistry and founder of the MOD Institute, began with the idea that learning should be neither intimidating nor too complex. His vision included what he calls "practical skills for the Monday after," meaning attendees can immediately apply what they learned upon returning home. The MOD Institute offers hands-on courses using the latest imaging and CAD/CAM technology from Planmeca. Course titles include Implant Restorations in the Digital Age, Block to Beautiful, and The Power of Partial Coverage Restoration. More courses are being added regularly to keep the curriculum robust and at the cutting edge of dental advancements.

"Partnering with the MOD Institute makes so much sense from our perspective," says Jody Rodney, VP of Marketing and Education. "We provide initial training and education for our customers on both of our imaging and CAD/CAM products. Then, when the clinician is ready, they can advance their skills through courses held at the MOD Institute. It reinforces our mission to deliver better care through innovation, and the MOD Institute becomes an extension of the Planmeca experience."

Classes are scheduled to begin in November in historical Charleston, SC with an impressive list of educators dedicated to advancing dentistry and supporting dental professionals.

About Planmeca USA:

Planmeca USA is a subsidiary of Planmeca, the largest privately held company in the dental equipment market and one of the industry's leading manufacturers of dental X-rays and core equipment. With a North American office located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and international headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, Planmeca is well established in high-tech dental markets and currently serves 120 countries worldwide. For more information, visit Planmeca.com.

About Modern Optimized Dentistry (MOD)

MOD is an organization with three interconnected divisions; The MOD Institute is focused on learning initiatives for dental professionals and is founded by global digital dentistry leader, Dr. Wally Renne. MOD Aesthetics is the private practice offering world-class service to its patients led by renowned practitioner, Dr. Michael DeFee. MOD Research is focused on evidence-based research initiatives to optimize patient outcomes. Each entity works with the most advanced technology and the best minds in dentistry. MOD is located in Charleston, South Carolina and can be found online at TheMODInstitute.com


First Annual “Canals on Canal” Endodontics CE Event Scheduled for New Orleans

Posted on July 27, 2021

Houston, TX/7.27.2021. Dental CE Providers will hold its inaugural continuing education event for endodontic professionals November 18-21, 2021 in New Orleans.The event –“Canals on Canal” –will feature 10 speakers and offer up to 15 CE credits in a city that is internationally renowned for its food, music andculture.

“This event has been in the planning stages for two years,” said Dr. Ron Hill, past board member for the American Association of Endodontists and one of the endodontists organizing the event. “Our goal was to build a CE event organized by endodontists for endodontists, designed to cover the most relevant topics clinicians are curious about. We hope this meeting will find its place on clinicians’ calendars every year, and we’re confident our inaugural event will be a memorable one.”

According to Mike Loessberg, Dental CE Providers CEO and Founder,“In addition to offering the best possible content, we’ve made sure that our event offers the best possible value for our attendees.” The registration fee includes: a 3-night stay at Sheraton New Orleans, situated on Canal Street steps away from the legendary French Quarter; a Thursday night welcome reception hosted by Endodontic Practice Partners; breakfast and lunch on Fridayand Saturday; and a Friday night dinner reception hosted by Vista Dental atthe Sazerac House Distillery, home of the famous Sazerac cocktail.

Speakers at the event include: Brian E. Bergeron, DMD; Scott Childress; Chad C. Duplantis, DDS, FAGD; Ron Hill, DDS, MSD; Stacy Hill; Sameer D Jain, DDS, MS, MSD; John Kanca, DMD; Justin Kolnick, DDS; Rico D. Short, DMD; and Ryan Walsh, DDS, MS. For the inaugural event, lecture topics were selected by a panel of leading endodontists. For future events, topics and speakers will be selected based on feedback from attendees of the prior year’s event. “We feel it’s essential that the attendees beinvolved in selecting what’s being presented each year,” said Mr. Loessberg.

Event sponsors are Avalon Biomed, Vista Dental, Endodontic Practice Partners, Biolase, Pro-Fi 20/20 CPAs, SS White, J Morita USA, Laschal Surgical, Seiler Instruments and Sonendo.

For more information on the event, including registration information, please visit www.canalsoncanal.com.

About Dental CE Providers

Founded by CEO Mike Loessberg, Dental CE Providers takes a unique approach to continuing education by organizing events designed by dental specialists to offerstate-of-the-art content and in-demand speakers in an entertaining, interesting location. In September 2021, Dental CE Providers will host its fourth annual “Bourbon & Baby Teeth” CE event in Louisville, KY for pediatric dentists.The Dental CE Providers teamgoes to great lengths to ensure that all events deliver great value to attendees. 

Extension of the integrated Ceramill CAD/CAM workflow - digital solutions lead the way into the dental practice

Posted on July 27, 2021

With its Ceramill Direct Restoration Solution (DRS), Amann Girrbach is extending its integrated digital workflow to the dentist, thus closing the existing communication gap between the dental practice and the laboratory. In this process, both partners contribute their core competencies to provide patients with definitive and functional dentures even more quickly and less complicated - smaller units are also possible on the same day, depending on the local distance between the two partners.

Depending on the type of collaboration desired, three team workflows are available in combination with the corresponding Ceramill DRS Kits. In each case, the central basis of these workflows is the new AG.Live digital platform, which offers both an infrastructure and patient case management at a realizable consistency and efficiency previously unattainable and takes the flow of information and work between the practice and the laboratory to an entirely new level. The Ceramill DRS Connection Kit acts as the basic and entry-level variant, with which dentists and laboratories can already take full advantage of digitization. It consists of the intraoral scanner, the Ceramill Map DRS, the associated scan software and the connection to AG.Live. Any order data including all the required information can therefore be shared seamlessly and in real time with the laboratory via AG.Live. This eliminates the need for handwritten job sheets and conventional impressions. All that is necessary is a single physical transport: getting the restoration to the practice for insertion in the patient's mouth, even on the same day in case of simple restorations. This leads to a better dental experience for the patient and ultimately attracts new patients to the practice and generates more orders for the laboratory.

And if the preferred material is zirconia, the High-Speed Zirconia Kit, consisting of the Zolid DRS high-speed sintering zirconia and a corresponding Ceramill Therm DRS sintering furnace, can optimally support the laboratory here in fabricating straightforward zirconia restorations on the same day.

To provide patients with dentures even quicker in a further step, the system can be expanded in the dental practice with the Ceramill DRS Production Kit at a later stage. This allows simple restorations to be fabricated in the practice and placed in the patient's mouth in a single session.

All Ceramill DRS Kits can be pre-ordered as of immediate in Germany. The High Speed Zirconia Kit is already available to laboratories. Early bird DRS users benefit from particularly close support from the DRS specialists at Amann Girrbach. Further information and the option of pre-ordering can be found at https://expo.aglivecon.digital/en/planets/ceramill-drs.

About Amann Girrbach

As a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology, Amann Girrbach is one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. With its high degree of expertise in development and commitment to customer orientation, the ambitious Austrian company creates sophisticated system solutions and highest quality materials for tomorrow's workflows. Its customers in around 90 countries worldwide are mainly made up of dental laboratories and dental technicians. Amann Girrbach employs a total of around 500 people. In addition to the R&D and production sites in Koblach (headquarters) and Rankweil (Austria), Amann Girrbach operates sales offices in Pforzheim (Germany), Verona (Italy), Jossigny (France), Charlotte (USA), Singapore (city), Curitiba (Brazil) and Beijing (China).



New report underscores the cost-savings and overall health benefits of dental insurance

Posted on July 27, 2021

OAK BROOK, Ill., July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from Delta Dental Plans Association shows that Americans value the cost-savings, peace of mind, and overall health benefits of dental insurance. A vast majority of Americans with dental insurance reported* that having coverage helps them to maintain good oral health (96%), saves money in the long run (91%), is well worth the cost (91%), and provides relief from having to worry about dental emergencies (95%). They also recognize other overall health benefits, such as peace of mind (95%) and the opportunity to lead a healthy life (93%).

"The value of dental insurance is clear: it enables cost-savings, gives peace of mind, and supports overall health," said James W. Hutchison, President & CEO, Delta Dental Plans Association. "Delta Dental remains committed to leading the nation in providing affordable plans, expanding access to care, and ensuring Americans can benefit from the value that dental insurance delivers and live their healthiest lives."

If you are interested in learning more about dental insurance plans, please visit: https://www.deltadental.com/us/en/product.html

*As reported in the results of Delta Dental's 2020 State of America's Oral Health Report, a nationwide analysis of consumer opinions and behaviors related to oral health.

About Delta Dental Plans Association

Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, Delta Dental Plans Association is the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental companies. Through these companies, Delta Dental is the nation's largest dental insurance provider, covering more than 80 million Americans and offering the country's largest dental network with approximately 156,000 participating dentists. Over the last decade, Delta Dental companies provided over $1.75 billion in direct and in-kind support to improve the oral health of our communities across the country. Visit deltadental.com for information on individual dental insurance plans and group dental insurance plans.

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American Association for Dental Research Announces Expanded Name: Now The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research

Posted on July 27, 2021

Alexandria, VA, July 26, 2021—The American Association for Dental Research, (AADR), announced today that they expanded their name to be the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR). The name better engages and represents the multidisciplinary scientists who advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research.

“The expanded name presents the association as a professional resource, and home, for all scientists championing dental, oral, and craniofacial research,” said Jacques Nör, President, AADOCR. “We are taking a holistic approach by welcoming every dental researcher, dental school, and research institution.”

AADOCR also announced new opportunities for membership, professional development, and program growth, including:

• Special themed content at the Annual Meeting on broader topics in dental, oral, and craniofacial research.

• Webinars by thought-leaders throughout the year to engage with members.

• An Ambassadors Program to help local leadership connect with dental, oral, and craniofacial researchers.


The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is the leading professional community for multidisciplinary scientists who advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research. Previously the American Association for Dental Research, the 3,000-member organization connects the scientific community of professionals who champion research that contributes to overall health and well-being. Learn more at www.aadocr.org.

Septodont Announces Karim Khadr as New Division President

Posted on July 26, 2021

Paris, France – Septodont, the world leader in dental anesthesia, announced today that Karim Khadr will join the company as President of its dental division, on July 28. He will report to Olivier Schiller, CEO of the Septodont Group.

Karim joins Septodont with over 30 years of experience, serving in various sales, marketing, business development and product management functions, in both large and small organizations in the medical devices and diagnostics industry.

As the President of Septodont’s dental division, Karim will have direct responsibility for the company’s global dental business, responding to rapidly changing market trends. He will be focusing on effectively managing our sales and marketing organizations across the world and will also be responsible for leading the group’s innovation agenda.

“This is an exciting appointment for our company. Karim brings a strong track record of driving results and accelerating growth in a number of different healthcare segments”, said Olivier Schiller, CEO of the Septodont Group. He is a well-rounded leader. His extensive experience combined with his strong global background position him well to lead our dental division and build on the company’s momentum in the Pain Management and Therapeutics areas to continue to grow the legacy of our family-owned business.”

“I’m excited to step into this new Executive leadership role at Septodont and help the company continue executing its strategic plan. They have already accomplished so much over the years as the world leader in dental anesthesia. I look forward to working with the entire team at Septodont and partnering with all of our customers worldwide to drive the company’s next phase of global growth with further opportunities ahead”, said Karim.

Karim is an alumnus of Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Science and an MBA.

About Septodont

Septodont is a leading manufacturer of dental pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Since its inception in 1932, the group develops, produces and distributes a large range of products and solutions dedicated to serving the needs of dental professionals across the world. The group counts 1,900 employees and has a long-established presence in more than 150 countries. Beyond dental and through its Novocol Pharma division, the group also partners with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to provide contract manufacturing services for pharmaceutical products that require cartridge filling. Learn more about Septodont’s innovative, safe and healthcare solutions at https://www.septodontcorp.com/.

High school student presents on oral-health impact profile 5: analyzing a private practice adult population's distribution

Posted on July 26, 2021

Hiba Nasir, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minn., presented the poster "Oral-Health Impact Profile 5: Analyzing A Private Practice Adult Population's Distribution" at the virtual 99th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

Nasir, a high school student, along with Sheila Riggs, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, performed an observational study to understand the distribution of the Oral-Health Impact Profile (OHIP5) scores in a general adult population that seeks care in a private, suburban dental clinic. Participants were adult patients seeking care in a clinic who were administered the OHIP5 survey upon arrival. This survey was filled out as a paper copy and additionally included demographic questions (race, ethnicity, gender and age) for additional analysis.

A chi-square test for homogeneity was performed and determined that there was not a difference between the score distributions between females and males. Understanding the distribution of OHIP5 scores between men and women of an adult population seeking care in a private, suburban dental clinic allows for dental practitioners to further improve the care that they provide and allows for them to enhance their treatment plans.

View this poster presentation in the IADR General Session Virtual Experience Platform.

International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,000 individual members worldwide, with a mission to drive dental, oral and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.iadr.org.

Patterson Announces Dental Leadership Changes

Posted on July 26, 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., a subsidiary of Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) today announced leadership changes designed to help accelerate the company’s growth in the dental market, effective July 19, 2021.

Eric Shirley, currently President of Patterson Dental, has been named as Senior Vice President of Business Development, with responsibility for identifying and executing on future growth opportunities within the dental industry. Shirley will continue to report to Mark Walchirk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Patterson Companies. Shirley’s new role reflects Patterson’s enterprise-wide focus on making strategic investments to deliver profitable growth and shareholder value.

With this transition, Tim Rogan has been promoted to President of Patterson Dental Supply Inc., and will also report to Mark Walchirk, with responsibility for the entire dental business in North America. Rogan is a 28-year Patterson veteran who currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Patterson Dental, and has built an impressive record of results during his tenure.

“We are confident the dental market continues to present attractive growth opportunities for Patterson,” said Mark Walchirk, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Eric’s new role will focus on evaluating these opportunities and help drive that strategic initiative. I am also very pleased to promote Tim Rogan, whose strong leadership, proven track record of success and industry experience make him an excellence choice to lead the Dental business going forward.”

About Patterson Companies Inc.

Patterson Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) connects dental and animal health customers in North America and the U.K. to the latest products, technologies, services and innovative business solutions that enable operational and professional success. Our comprehensive portfolio, distribution network and supply chain are equaled only by our dedicated, knowledgeable people who deliver unrivaled expertise and unmatched customer service and support.

Learn more: pattersoncompanies.com

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