AAP releases proceedings from the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions

Posted on June 21, 2018

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has published the official proceedings from the 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions. These proceedings provide a comprehensive update to the previous disease classification established at the 1999 International Workshop for a Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions. Highlights from the 2017 proceedings include a recategorization of various forms of periodontitis, the development of a novel staging and grading system for periodontitis, and the inaugural classification for peri-implant diseases and conditions. The complete suite of review papers and consensus reports from the Workshop, which was co-presented by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), is available in the June 2018 print and online issues of the Journal of Periodontology. 

The multi-dimensional staging and grading framework for periodontitis classification is among the 2017 Workshop’s major features. Staging levels indicate the severity of the disease and the complexity of disease management, while the grading structure considers supplemental biologic characteristics of the patient in estimating the rate and likelihood of periodontitis progression. This framework builds upon a notable change: Forms of periodontal disease are now defined as one of three distinct forms which include periodontitis (formerly aggressive and chronic), necrotizing periodontitis, and periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic conditions.

The four categories of periodontitis staging are determined by a number of variables and range from the least severe Stage I to most severe Stage IV. The three levels of periodontitis grading—which consider a patient’s overall health status and risk factors such as smoking and metabolic control of diabetes—indicate low risk of progression (Grade A), moderate risk of progression (Grade B), and high risk of progression (Grade C).

“The new staging and grading system provides a structure for treatment planning and for monitoring a patient’s response to therapy,” says Kenneth Kornman, DDS, PhD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Periodontology and member of the Workshop’s organizing committee. “A personalized approach to patient care is essential for effective periodontal case management. The staging and grading system guides a clinician’s assessment of several dimensions beyond severity of past destruction, including specific elements that contribute to complexity of managing their patient’s case and the risk for future disease progression. The new classification system provides a paradigm similar to what is used in some fields of medicine, from which clinicians can develop a well-rounded treatment strategy based on a patient’s specific needs.”

The Workshop proceedings also include, for the first time, a new classification for peri-implant diseases and conditions. Peri-implant mucositis is characterized by bleeding on probing and visual signs of inflammation and peri-implantitis, a plaque-associated condition occurring in the tissue around dental implants, is indicated by inflammation of mucosal tissue and subsequent progressive loss of supporting bone. Peri-implant health is identified by the absence of visible inflammation and bleeding on probing.

“Implant dentistry has become a major component of patient treatment planning and care since the last Workshop in 1999. And just like tissues that support natural teeth, the bone and soft tissues surrounding dental implants are susceptible to inflammation-driven complications without proper care and management,” Dr. Kornman says. “The 2017 Workshop proceedings outline definitions of health and disease in this particular context, acknowledging that with a growing number of implant cases comes an increased need to identify and treat implant-related conditions.”

Hard and soft tissue implant site deficiencies (associated with healing after tooth loss, extraction trauma, endodontic infections, injury, and other causes) are also included within the implant condition classification.

“The updated proceedings align with what scientific literature has revealed about disease progression in the last 20 years. As greater understanding emerges, the Academy is committed to revisiting and modifying the classification as evidence dictates,” says Steven R. Daniel, DDS, president of the AAP. “The new classification will also lay the foundation for future research.”

Held Nov. 9-11, 2017, at Chicago’s Gleacher Center, the Workshop welcomed more than 100 experts from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas who conducted literature reviews, established case definitions, and deliberated diagnostic considerations for the classification’s primary topic areas. “We assembled periodontal scholars whose commitment to evidence-based practice would inform their contributions,” Dr. Daniel says. “Because of its inclusion of international researchers, educators, and clinicians, the Workshop created a global consensus by which care can be standardized and modernized for patients and practitioners everywhere.”

Planning for the event began in 2015 with oversight from an organizing committee composed of AAP and EFP members. The Workshop proceedings are also published in the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

“The experts involved in this effort recognize the classification’s clinical salience and its likely influence on the improvement of patient outcomes around the world,” Dr. Daniel says. “Although its widespread adoption will take time, we hope that the updated classification model will be the primary paradigm for patient care around the globe.”

The AAP plans to develop resources that guide the integration of the updated classification within various facets of dentistry, including dental education, dental hygiene, third-party reimbursement, and general clinical practice.

The Workshop was presented with support from the AAP Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc., Geistlich Biomaterials, SUNSTAR, and Procter and Gamble Professional Oral Health.

Visit perio.org/2017wwdc for the Workshop proceedings and more information.

About the American Academy of Periodontology

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) represents over 8,000 periodontists—specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Learn more at perio.org. 

 

DentalEZ® Lights The Path Towards Simplified Dental Office Efficiency

Posted on June 21, 2018

DentalEZ is pleased to announce the availability of the NEW Simplicity LED Operatory Light. LED lights last much longer than halogen, operate at a cooler temperature and reduce energy costs. Unleash the power of simplicity with this new Simplicity LED!

LED Lighting Made Easy:

• High, medium and low settings for flexibility from 36,000, 27,000 and 18,000 lux

• Smooth rotation for easy adjustment and small footprint

• Ergonomic handles for comfort of operator

• Rectangular light pattern measures 6 1/2” x 3 1/2”

• Color temperature ranges from 5000 to 5700 Kelvin

• Control manually or with a hands‐free sensor

DentalEZ is offering Simplicity LED as a stand‐alone light or a retrofit kit to easily upgrade from the Simplicity Halogen to the new Simplicity LED. Visit www.dentalez.com/SimplicityLED to learn more or reach out to your local PSA representative.

 

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Joins CDC to Prevent Smoking through Tips Educational Campaign

Posted on June 21, 2018

Bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, mouth (canker) sores, failure of dental implants and oral cancer are just some of the tobacco-related oral care issues dental hygienists see every day. As frontline patient caregivers, dental hygienists are in a unique and trusted position to discuss the overall health implications of continued tobacco use. To help support dental hygienists in these efforts, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is pleased to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign.

“We are honored that the CDC invited ADHA to partner on their 2018 Tips campaign,” says ADHA Chief Executive Officer Ann Battrell, MSDH. “Dental hygienists see the direct impact of smoking and can play a key role in educating patients and caregivers about tobacco use.”

Tobacco smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. In addition to the oral care issues noted above, tobacco use has also been implicated in the gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss associated with periodontal (gum) disease. Smoking also weakens a person’s immune system, which makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Smokers are twice as likely as a nonsmoker to have gum disease.

The centerpiece of the CDC’s Tips campaign is a series of public service announcements featuring real former smokers talking about how smoking has impacted their lives and how smoking-related illnesses have forever changed the lives of everyday people. In addition to these commercials, ADHA will be working with CDC to share specific materials for dental hygienists that AHDA members can use with their patients. CDC has already established a web page for dental professionals and ADHA will be adding additional materials to this site and to ADHA.org throughout the campaign.

About the American Dental Hygienists’ Association 

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 185,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about the ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit the ADHA at www.adha.org.

 

The Kois Center and Evident Announce Ground-breaking Strategic Collaboration by Launching the new Kois-Evident Digital Program for Dentists

Posted on June 21, 2018

Evident, North America's leading breakout dental technology company, today announced a strategic Collaboration Agreement with The Kois Center, the leading continuing education program in North America conducting and publishing independent research and the world's leading training facility for advanced education in dentistry.

Under the Agreement, the companies will collaborate to launch the new Kois-Evident Digital Program for dentists. This program helps dentists leverage and integrate digital technology into their everyday workflow.

"We're excited to be a part of the transformation happening in digital dentistry through this strategic relationship with The Kois Center," said Paolo Kalaw, Founder & CEO of Evident. "There's a broad digital transformation happening across the dental industry lead by esthetic demands of consumers. Evident is positioned at the heart of this disruption as we continue to build out our digital offering and partner with forward-moving companies such as the Kois Center, a world-class contributor in the dental profession."

The agreement provides Evident access to a highly valuable customer base of the leading dental innovators and leverages Evident's expertise in digital technology program developments.

"Technology is disrupting dentistry at lightning speed," said Johnny Kois, CEO of The Kois Center. "The innovations happening now are creating new opportunities to elevate the quality of dentistry produced by everyone, and our collaboration with Evident will help increase the implementation of digital technologies in the dental practice."

About Evident

Evident is a global company focused on taking the dental industry from traditional to digital by leveraging technology to bring a new level of convenience, simplicity and value to the dental industry. Our vision is to be the "go-to" platform for integrating a digital workflow.

About The Kois Center

The Kois Center is a self-funded learning center providing advanced graduate level training for practicing dentists. The curriculum is taught almost exclusively by Dr. John C. Kois, using the Kois Research Center research. The Kois Center is the only continuing education program in the country conducting and publishing independent research. Every course is updated each year based on new scientific evidence. The Kois Center does not accept sponsorship funding and are not swayed by the agenda or message of sponsors.

 

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Joins CDC to Prevent Smoking Through Tips Educational Campaign

Posted on June 21, 2018

Bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, mouth (canker) sores, failure of dental implants and oral cancer are just some of the tobacco-related oral care issues dental hygienists see every day. As frontline patient caregivers, dental hygienists are in a unique and trusted position to discuss the overall health implications of continued tobacco use.

To help support dental hygienists in these efforts, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is pleased to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign. “We are honored that the CDC invited ADHA to partner on their 2018 Tips campaign,” says ADHA Chief Executive Officer Ann Battrell, MSDH. “Dental hygienists see the direct impact of smoking and can play a key role in educating patients and caregivers about tobacco use.” Tobacco smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. In addition to the oral care issues noted above, tobacco use has also been implicated in the gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss associated with periodontal (gum) disease. Smoking also weakens a person’s immune system, which makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Smokers are twice as likely as a nonsmoker to have gum disease.

The centerpiece of the CDC’s Tips campaign is a series of public service announcements featuring real former smokers talking about how smoking has impacted their lives and how smoking-related illnesses have forever changed the lives of everyday people. In addition to these commercials, ADHA will be working with CDC to share specific materials for dental hygienists that AHDA members can use with their patients. CDC has already established a web page for dental professionals and ADHA will be adding additional materials to this site and to ADHA.org throughout the campaign.

Axsys Dental Solutions to Distribute the New Medit i500 Intraoral Scanner

Posted on June 21, 2018

Axsys Dental Solutions has announced that they have entered into an agreement with Medit to distribute their new i5OO intraoral scanner.

Costing $18,000 with no license fees, the i500 uses a high-speed dual camera system for fast, precise photogrammetry, is powderless, and is lightweight, with a fine tip for ease of use and patient comfort. It uses an open CAD/CAM system, meaning operators can export STL files out of the MeditLINK management software and instantly share them with the dental lab. They can also transfer files and track progress throughout the digital workflow.

Thanks to its intelligent scan detecting algorithm, the i500 also easily picks up where it left off if the scanning process is interrupted, making for a smoother scanning experience. The i500 takes rapid, video-based scans, and its smart technology means its colored scans can distinguish between soft tissue, plaque, and tooth enamel with a precision of 25 microns across the full arch.

Registration now open for AO Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting

Posted on June 20, 2018

Heralding the home of the first modern root form dental implant placed and restored in the United States, the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will be held in National Harbor, MD September 14 – 15, 2018.

“Advances in Clinical Implant Dentistry” will focus on various disciplines within implant dentistry, including the latest in surgical, restorative and laboratory techniques. The Gaylord National Resort, one of the most elegant convention centers along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, will provide the backdrop for this historic meeting with its picturesque views of Washington, DC and old-town Alexandria from the shores of the Potomac River.

The two-day program, featuring AO Member presenters from the US mid-Atlantic region, will include:

September 14, 2018: Hands-on clinics

Dr. Joseph P. Fiorellini, an AO director, who has served as Head of the Division of Periodontology and postgraduate program director of periodontology at Harvard University, and is currently Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, will provide a hands-on course entitled “Socket Bone Grafting, with and without Biologic Modifiers.”

Tony Prestipino, CDT, Alexandria, VA, a long-time, active AO member and master laboratory technician in the Washington, DC area, will provide a review and hands-on course entitled “Advanced Protocols for Converting Removable Dentures to Fixed Interim Prostheses: A review and hands-on course.”

Saturday, March 15 Main Program

Dr. Eva Anadioti, Philadelphia, PA, director of the Post-Graduate Prosthodontics Specialty Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will provide a practical overview entitled “Implant Overdenture: The Past, the Present and the Future.”

Dr. Edgard El Chaar, New York, NY, director of the Postgraduate Periodontics Specialty Program at New York University, will present “Innovative Strategies and Techniques in Ridge Augmentation.”

Dr. Thomas Taylor, West Hartford, CT, head of the Department of Prosthodontics and Reconstructive Sciences at the University of Connecticut, will address the topic, “Occlusion and Dental Implants: What Gives?”

Dr. Maria Troulis is chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her presentation will be entitled “Bone Tissue Engineering.”

More than 30 poster presentations showcasing the latest cutting edge research in implant dentistry will also be on display at the meeting.

AO members are highly encouraged to invite their colleagues to this meeting, which carries historical significance in the field of osseointegration and AO’s history. In May 1982, following a three-day symposium hosted by Dr. George A. Zarb and conducted by Professor Per-Ingvar-Brånemark in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Paul H.J. Krogh, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Bethesda, MD, and his prosthodontic colleagues, Drs. Lloyd Vakay from Alexandria, VA, and his partner Dr. Daniel Y. Sullivan from Washington, DC, attended an intensive one-week training session in Sweden at the University of Göteborg, hosted by Dr. Brånemark. Two months following this training in October 1982, the trio became the first surgeons involved in the placement of titanium endosseous implants in four patients over two days, with Dr. Branemark placing the implants.

This revolutionary time in the field of implant dentistry subsequently sparked four training centers across the United States and one in Canada, as well as the Osseointegration Study Group in New York in 1984, the organization which then formed the Academy of Osseointegration in March 1985. Drs. Krogh and Sullivan would become two of the Academy’s early presidents in 1989 and 1993, respectively.

The mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will also serve as the promotional launch of the much-anticipated AO annual global scientific Annual Meeting, to be held March 13 – 16, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC.

“With a focus on multidisciplinary evidence-based implant dentistry, and the latest surgical, prosthetic and laboratory technologies, the Academy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland is an event you will not want to miss! I’ll look forward to seeing you there!” said AO President Dr. James C. Taylor, who will be there to open the meeting.

Space is limited, so be sure to register early to guarantee your seat at this special event! Register here.

About Academy of Osseointegration

With nearly 6,000 members in more than 60 countries around the world, AO is recognized as the premier international association for scientists and professionals interested in osseointegration and implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists, generalists and scientists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share best practices; and define optimal patient care using timely science and evidence-based methods. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AcademyOsseo, and subscribe to us on YouTube.

 

NBC Launches Computer-Based Testing for Written Examinations

Posted on June 19, 2018

NBC is excited to announce that they are launching computer-based testing for the written examinations. The first computer-based testing (CBT) written examinations will be offered beginning July 1, 2018.

"The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching computer-based testing options for some time now,” said NBC Chair, Denise Burris, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination security. We saw computer-based testing as an opportunity to offer a greater number of testing locations and more flexible scheduling.”

NBC will partner with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring still meets the desire for increased accessibility as candidates will be able to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date, and time of their choosing,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer, Dennis Urban, CDT.

Of course, there will be certain rules to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during, and after the examination.

"Over the last two years, our focus has been on updating our examinations to keep pace with the changing market trends,” said Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Vice Chair. “In 2017, we launched revised job task outlines, updated examination references, reviewed and rewrote examination questions and revised practical examinations. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.”

Roland DGA Launches New “Technology Upgrade Program”

Posted on June 19, 2018

Roland DGA Corporation has teamed up with financing company Geneva Capital to launch a new “Technology Upgrade Program” for Roland customers throughout the US. In addition to making easy to qualify for financing a new Roland device, the program allows customers to upgrade to new models in as little as 12 months to remain competitive in an ever-changing business world.

Along with the upgrade option, the program offers other benefits to Roland customers, including low monthly payments (OAC), accelerated tax write-offs, short loan terms of three years or less, and the ability to keep purchased equipment under warranty.

“By taking advantage of the new Technology Upgrade Program, Roland DGA customers can maximize their profits, enjoy the extra peace of mind of continuous warranty coverage, and have the option to upgrade their devices frequently to keep up with growing business and production requirements,” said Tony Miller, Vice President of Sales and Product Management.

Cantel Expands its Dental Water Solutions Portfolio with Entry into Amalgam Separator Category

Posted on June 18, 2018

Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMD) today announced its entry into the dental wastewater management market through the recent launch of Syclone™ Amalgam Separator, previously marketed and sold under the brand name, Apavia™ Amalgam Separator. This new filtration technology and related assets were recently acquired from ENPRESS L.L.C. and its subsidiary Apavia LLC.

Syclone™ Amalgam Separator captures mercury-containing amalgam particles from the wastewater of dental offices through a combination of mechanisms, including filtration and centrifugation. In addition, it features a high containment capacity for extended service and pump life, and cutting-edge cyclonic design with rapid velocity and waste capture.

"As a market leader, we are committed to staying at the forefront of the latest industry trends and to providing quality solutions that meet the compliance needs of dental practices. With the Syclone™ filtration technology, we can effectively support the hundreds of thousands of dental practices in meeting the requirement of removing mercury from wastewater and improving the overall environment," stated Gary Steinberg, President and CEO of Crosstex.

"We look forward to integrating the Syclone™ Amalgam Separator technology into our expanding portfolio of solutions for infection prevention," stated Ken Plunkett, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Crosstex. "Given the EPA ruling on amalgam separators for wastewater management compliance by July 2020, the addition of this innovative technology further enhances our dental water compliance products, beyond our DentaPure™ Cartridge for dental water purification."

The Syclone™ Amalgam Separator will be available for customers in the coming months. For more information, please visit www.crosstex.com.

About Cantel Medical Corp.

Cantel Medical is a leading global company dedicated to delivering innovative infection prevention and control products and services for patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers which improve outcomes, enhance safety and help save lives. Our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for endoscopy and renal dialysis, advanced water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, sterility assurance monitoring products for hospitals and dental clinics, disposable infection control products primarily for dental and GI endoscopy markets, dialysate concentrates, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products, and specialty packaging for infectious and biological specimens. Additionally, we provide technical service for our products.

For further information, visit the Cantel website at www.cantelmedical.com.

About Crosstex International, Inc.

Crosstex, a Cantel Medical company, manufactures a wide array of unique and innovative infection prevention and compliance products for the global healthcare industry. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, Crosstex is a recognized leader for its portfolio of waterline treatment, biological monitoring, sterility assurance packaging and personal protection equipment (PPE). Sold in more than 100 countries, the range of products distributed to medical, dental and veterinary practices and facilities include our award winning (5 consecutive years) SECURE FIT™ Face Masks, DENTAPURE™ Waterline Treatment Cartridges and Liquid Ultra™ Solution, SURE-CHECK™ Sterilization Pouches with internal/external multi-parameter indicators, TYVEK™ Pouches with 510K approval, STEAMPLUS™ Type 5 Chemical Integrators, CONFIRM™ Monitoring System and PASSPORT™ Plus In-Office and Mail-In Biological Indicators, RAPACIDE™ OPA/28 High Level Disinfectant, and AXESS™ and ClearView™ Nasal Masks for nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation.

For information on the full line of Crosstex infection prevention, patient safety and compliance products, please contact Crosstex at 631-582-6777 or visit http://www.crosstex.comwww.crosstex.com.

About Enpress, LLC

ENPRESS LLC is a worldwide leading manufacturer of composite pressure vessels and filtration systems for use in water treatment. The exclusive and patented products designed by ENPRESS provide superior performance and water saving solutions. 

 

 

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