Operatory Mirror Installs Anywhere in Seconds

Posted on February 20, 2019

The patented PRACTIview 2 Operatory Mirror lets patients observe hygiene techniques, procedure progress and treatment results. The 32” flexible silicone support with a strong wire core wraps around any operatory light arm or chair pole and keeps the mirror positioned as needed. The unbreakable acrylic mirror measures 6” wide by 4¼” high, and the entire unit weighs less than 6 oz.

For over 35 years, Practicon has partnered with dental professionals to advance patient care, increase productivity and profitability, and heighten professional enjoyment by bringing “practical innovations” to dentistry. Practicon’s growing product line ranges from hard-to-find problem solvers to cost-effective everyday supplies. For more information, visit www.Practicon.com or telephone (800) 959-9505.


SprintRay Pro. The New Industry Standard

Posted on February 20, 2019

SprintRay is proud to announce the all-new SprintRay Pro, which reimagines what desktop 3D printing can do for dentistry. The product will be presented for the first time at the 2019 Chicago Midwinter Meeting.

Featuring unmatched speed and double the capacity of previous models, SprintRay Pro brings industrial throughput to the desktop form factor. A new, cloud-connected software suite predicts problems, automates workflows, and reduces the learning curve. “We’re grateful for all of the support and feedback we’ve received from our customers since we introduced the MoonRay S to the dental industry,” said Amir Mansouri, CEO of SprintRay. “All of that input went into designing and building the most functional and dentist-friendly 3D printer the industry has yet seen, and we’re very excited to present it to the market.”

Unmatched Speed, Double Capacity

A custom DLP projector uses high-intensity light to reduce cure times, improving speed and efficiency. Dynamic Light Control adjusts light intensity for each individual layer, leading to increased accuracy. A self-monitoring, heated tank that keeps liquid resin at the perfect temperature to optimize the curing characteristics for each material. The larger build platform is perfectly flat and machined for optimal resin adhesion. The build surface can fit up to 21 full arches in vertical orientation and 7 in horizontal.

Software Integration and Automation

SprintRay Pro features an onboard, 6-core, touchscreen computer that lets you select parameters, set print queues, and get on-board help. Print files directly from a USB drive after approving them via the printer’s onboard touchscreen. Now clinicians can automatically close intraoral scans without having to use 3 rd party software. Editable supports, automatic parts labeling, and printability detector make printing a breeze for large batch jobs and single, high-detail pieces alike.

Built to Last

SprintRay Pro is built with a machined aluminum chassis for durability and extreme dimensional accuracy. Super-strong PMMA polymers form the UV-blocking swivel cover, and a layer of tempered glass keeps the projector safe from resin spills. Visit https://www.http://sprintray.com/pro-desktop-3dprinter for more information.

About SprintRay

SprintRay is a Los Angeles-based technology company that designs, manufactures, and supports 3D printers for digital dentistry. Their products empower dentists to provide faster, higher-quality care for their patients. Founded in 2014 with the mission of improving lives through 3D printing, SprintRay is the only 3D printing company that provides a complete, end-to-end user experience for dental professionals.

Recognized Business Leader Spencer Ellena Joins VITA as Director of Channel Management

Posted on February 20, 2019

VITA North America is pleased to announce that it has hired prominent sales director Spencer Ellena as its new Director of Channel Management. Spencer has been tapped to strengthen and build on VITA’s existing dealer network and to foster renewed energy for the VITA North America brand.

“We are excited to have Spencer Ellena as our new Director of Channel to continue to build great partnerships with our valued dealer network,” says Greg Rome, VITA North America’s Director of Sales. “We consider our dealer partners to be an extension of the VITA family, and look forward to having Spencer help galvanize those already strong relations.”

Well known for his positive and infectious attitude, Ellena will be working with many of the industry professionals with whom he’s forged relationships as a decade-long healthcare and dental industry executive to drive a number of initiatives for VITA’s industry-leading products. In addition to previous sales roles with the Danaher, Kavo Kerr Group and Hu-Friedy, Ellena also serves as an advisor for the Chicago Dental Society Foundation, Oral Health America, and Children’s Place Association.

Supported by a strong internal team of outside sales, tele-sales, marketing and education efforts, Ellena will be responsible for driving strategic partnerships with VITA’s respected dealer network. Along with his considerable management expertise, Ellena has garnered a number of accolades for his sales and marketing acumen, including Sales Rep of the Year, Region of the Year, and Achiever of the Year, to name a few.

“Spencer brings a great and unique skill and mindset with him, which he combines with years of experience in the industry, technical knowledge, and a very dynamic and professional personality,” says Patrick Bayer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for VITA North America. “We look forward to working together to bring better services and solutions to our channel partners to develop our common businesses.”

Strategic Data Marketing (SDM) and Northcoast Data Analytics merge into a dynamic company

Posted on February 19, 2019

Strategic Data Marketing (SDM) and Northcoast Data Analytics announced today the merger of their business operations to service the dental industry as a stronger, unified, one-stop source for all dental marketing, sales, and research data. The two companies, each with varying industry data expertise, will now offer an expanded portfolio of services in the areas of quantitative and qualitative market research. The merged company will operate under “SDM Northcoast, LLC”, with principal place of business at 301 Route 17 North, Suite 701, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070. Ed Snyder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northcoast Data Analytics, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and will be a member of the Board of Directors. Paul Seid, President of SDM will also serve on the Board of Directors for the combined company. Paul Seid, President of SDM said, “I could not be more excited about our merger with Northcoast Data Analytics. Ed Snyder’s distinctive background, and vast working knowledge as a seasoned dental market research analyst, combined with his established business relationships in the dental industry will be a tremendous asset to our customers.”

Ed Snyder said, “I’m very excited to lead SDM Northcoast into the future and to play an active role in helping our dental customers accelerate their growth rates. Paul Seid has spent 25 years building SDM into the bellwether for dental market data. I’m excited to build on that strong foundation and further improve the products and services for our customers.”

The SDM Northcoast merger agreement has been finalized. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

About Strategic Data Marketing

SDM was established in 1994, and has serviced the dental industries in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as the foremost provider of qualitative and quantitative research services. The company is primarily recognized for its publication of dental market share trends (DPMSS) for thousands of products. The reports are amassed from the contributed monthly retail sales data of many dental supply distributors. Our objective is to help our clients understand the needs and purchasing decisions of dentists, their primary customers.

About Northcoast Data Analytics

Northcoast Data Analytics launched in July 2018 as a provider of qualitative and quantitative data for the dental industry. Snyder has more than 25 years of experience in the dental industry as an institutional equity research analyst and has served as a Principal, Managing Director, and Senior Equity Research Analyst at Northcoast Research. Snyder has been ranked as a 5-star institutional equity analyst by Zacks, and in 2016 he was awarded the Thomson Reuters Analyst Award as the #1 Earnings Estimator in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. Incisal Edge also named Ed Snyder as one of The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry in 2017 and 2018.

Harley-Davidson Fundraising Campaign Raises $15,000 for the Foundation

Posted on February 18, 2019

Ivoclar Vivadent and the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) joined forces to raise funds to support the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology by giving folks the chance to win “The Spirit of the Esthetic Revolution™” – a 1995 Harley-Davidson® Softail Classic motorcycle donated by Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

Over 700 tickets were sold and the campaign raised $15,000 to help support the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology’s scholarship and grant programs to dental technicians looking to further their education and enhance their skills within the restorative dental field.

The fundraising campaign culminated at the 2019 NADL Vision 21 Meeting, where the winning name was drawn on the main stage. Kyler Meteer of Laguna Hills, CA, was the winner of the 1995 Harley-Davidson® Softail Classic motorcycle. 

“We truly appreciate our friends at Ivoclar Vivadent and their CEO Robert Ganley for their generosity in donating 'The Spirit of the Esthetic Revolution™' to help raise funds for the Foundation,” said Foundation Chair Gary Iocco. “We are grateful for their support.”

Trade Show Duo in Chicago: vhf Presents Machines for the Laboratory and Practice

Posted on February 18, 2019

Last year, vhf's made-in-Germany dental milling machines were met with great interest from the US trade public. Now this audience will get a chance to see the futuristic dental milling machine Z4 at the Midwinter Meeting of the Chicago Dental Society from February 21 to 23, 2019. The Z4 is a sophisticated milling and grinding machine that allows restorations to be fabricated within minutes. Users benefit from first-class quality restorations and surprisingly intuitive operation.

The trade journal LMT will also be inviting visitors to Chicago for Lab Day from February 22 to 23. With the high-end machine R5, a highly automated milling and grinding machine with a tenfold blank changer for wet and dry machining will be exhibited – bringing revolutionary approaches to the production of dental prostheses. In a minimal footprint, it combines utmost precision with maximum stability capable of handling any material. With the new K5+, on the other hand, dry milling is even more convenient: processing a particularly wide range of materials and indications with five axes, users will benefit from the tool-free blank fixer and integrated ionizer.

The vhf machines will not only be on display at the company’s own booths, however, but also at the booths manned by sales partners Jensen, Pearson, and Talladium, as well as two new distributors who will be announced on the first day of the trade show. The CEO of vhf Inc., Dr. Nicolas Rohde, is excited about the cooperation with the American dental specialists: “We are extremely pleased with our partners who are helping us meet the high demand for our high-quality desktop milling machines in the US. First-class customer service, training, and support are our top priorities – and this focus is greatly appreciated by our customers in the US and throughout the world.”

Visitors can get to know the Z4 at the CDS Midwinter Meeting at the vhf booth 4918. During LMT Lab Day Chicago, vhf will be showcasing the R5 and K5+ at booth M-28. Partner booths at both trade shows can be found in the respective trade show maps.

Cooperation Between Dentsply Sirona and exocad Promotes the Digital Workflow in the Practice and Laboratory

Posted on February 18, 2019

Flexible open systems play an important role in digital dentistry. At the same time, ensuring the maximum compatibility of the systems used in practices and laboratories is becoming increasingly important to design reliable and efficient digital workflows. Considering these objectives, the cooperation between Dentsply Sirona and exocad offers completely new options in the digital production chain.

Validated workflow for digital impressions

Thanks to this cooperation, dental practices with Dentsply Sirona intraoral scanners will now, for the first time, be able to work with exocad laboratories in a validated workflow and transmit digital impressions conveniently and directly for a broad range of indications. Using the new software application, Connect Case Center Inbox from Dentsply Sirona, exocad labs have direct access to the complete intraoral scan and order data in the Connect Case Center Portal.

"With the connection of exocad labs to Dentsply Sirona’s intraoral scanners, the digital production options based on intraoral impression data for practices and dental labs around the world are expanded," explained Dr. Alexander Völcker, Group Vice President CAD/CAM & Orthodontics, Dentsply Sirona. "Furthermore, the high level of scanning accuracy offered by our new intraoral scanner Primescan is set to inspire digital dentistry among numerous dental practices and labs."

An application-oriented approach to developing digital dental technology

This cooperation also comprises the alignment of data interfaces between the exocad DentalCAD software and the inLab CAD/CAM components from Dentsply Sirona, such as the highly accurate scanner, inEos X5, and the laboratory production units, inLab MC X5 and inLab MC XL. Above and beyond this, the material-related design parameters of selected Dentsply Sirona CAD/CAM materials and dental databases will be integrated in the exocad software.

"The integration of material parameters and tooth lines in the DentalCAD software offers exocad users additional advantages as well as enhanced process safety in terms of indication-tailored designs and reliable workflows in the lab," explained Tillmann Steinbrecher, the CEO of exocad.

The cooperation between these two dental companies not only promotes digital dental technology and dentistry as a whole, but also the position of the individual user groups – for even safer and more efficient dentistry.


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.

FDA registered.

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 dmg-america.com.

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 dmg-america.com or call (800) 662-6383.

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