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Fulcrum Grant Winners Named

Posted on January 12, 2015

Tallahassee, Florida - The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (“The Foundation” or “FDLT”), announced the five winners of the 2014 Fulcrum Grant:

Maria Caro (Sunrise, FL)

Chris Roman (Washington, PA)

Valerie Kalscheur (Poynette, WI)

Betty Zoller (Waterloo, IN)

Rosaleen Marion (Vestal, NY)

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology created this grant in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by making higher-level education more accessible to dental laboratory technicians. Up to $2,500 of grant funds will be awarded to each recipient in order to supplement expenses relating to an approved continuing education program to be attended in 2015.

In considering grant recipients, the Foundation considered the programs which the applicant wished to attend and by which body it was approved. In order for a program to be considered eligible for Fulcrum Grant funds, it must be approved by NBC, ADA CERP, or AGD.

This brand-new, competitive grant-selection process awards winners based on submitted materials that include planned usage of funds, and a contingency that the recipient must provide the Foundation with testimonial (web video submissions or written) about receiving the grant, attending the course, and how this experience affected their DLT career.

Grant recipients may re-apply in future years, as long as a report detailing use/impact of the grant funds is provided with the application. Those interested in applying for next year’s grants can apply online at  http://www.dentallabfoundation.org/resources/fulcrum-grant/.

FDLT relies heavily on donations from individuals as well as companies to fund the scholarship and grant programs. Donations are accepted throughout the year. To support the Foundation, visit https://nadl.org/dltf/donate-online.cfm.







Zahn to Offer 360imaging Software, More

Posted on January 12, 2015

Zahn Dental, the dental laboratory distribution business of Henry Schein, Inc. and the leading digital solution provider in the dental laboratory market, announced their new relationship with 360imaging®, a U.S. leader of computer-guided dental surgery, to offer 360imaging’s state-of-the-art, proprietary treatment planning software, 360dps, and surgical guide manufacturing, training, and support services to dental laboratories. With an expanded line of products and services to help meet dental surgical customers’ needs, the integrated suite of software, hardware, and services also can help increase the efficiency of participating laboratories’ digital workflow and strengthen their presence in the dental surgery segment.

“Zahn Dental is excited to collaborate with 360imaging, whose turnkey guided-surgery solution package is ideally suited for dental laboratories to increase their array of services and strengthen their partnerships with new and existing accounts,” said Rita Acquafredda, Vice President and General Manager of Zahn Dental. “Guided surgery is a rapidly evolving and exciting dental field, and 360imaging is a true market leader in this space, with an impressive track record of helping plan tens of thousands of implant cases. Zahn looks forward to working with 360imaging to assist dental laboratories penetrate the guided surgery field quickly, more efficiently, and with confidence.”







Ivoclar Announces ICDE Courses

Posted on January 12, 2015

Ivoclar Vivadent has announced its schedule of ICDE courses for 2015.

The list of innovative new fixed programs includes:

- Advanced Press Technology Workshop – ICDE Faculty

- Monolithic Anterior Esthetics with IPS e.max CAD – ICDE Faculty

- Simple Esthetics with IPS e.max – ICDE Faculty

- IPS e.max made Simple -  Steven Lee (English)

- IPS e.max made Simple - Steven Lee (Korean)

- All ceramic, All options featuring Zenostar and IPS e.max CAD – ICDE Faculty

- IPS e.max Ceram Play Workshop - Jessica Birrell

- IPS e.max CAD Implant Solutions & Bridge Restoration Workshop – ICDE Faculty

- Designing the Smile featuring IPS e.max – Dwight Rickert

- Dentistry’s Wonder Material featuring Zenostar – Andre Theberge

- Minimally invasive anterior restoration featuring IPS e.max – Brad Jones

- Mastering Esthetics using the “Scoop Technique” featuring IPS e.max – Rafael Santrich (English)

- Zironcia esthetics naturally – The harmony of Zirocnia and titatium in Implant restorations – Lee Culp

The list of 2015 Master Instructors includes:

- Oliver Brix

- Jürgen Seger

- Brad Jones

- August Bruguera

- Rafael Santrich

- Lee Culp

- Pius Obwegeser

- Tom Wade

For the complete schedule, click here.







Per-Ingvar Brånemark dies at 85

Posted on January 7, 2015

Per-Ingvar Brånemark, an orthopedic surgeon and research professor known as the "Father of Modern Dental Implantology," died Dec. 20 at age 85.

Brånemark, from Sweden, is credited with the discovery of osseointegration. He introduced it to North America in May 1982 at a conference in Toronto.

"Professor Brånemark was a giant, brilliantly scientific intellect, embodied in an equally large compassionate heart. His caring focus was always on the patient," said Dr. Edward Sevetz, Jr., Past President of the Academy of Osseointegration, in a statement. "His breakthrough discovery of osseointegrated titanium benefits patients throughout the world, and will forever benefit mankind."







Implant Studio Adds BioHorizons

Posted on January 7, 2015

Copenhagen - 3Shape, a global leader in 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions, announced that dental professionals now can access the BioHorizons Tapered Family of implants in connection with 3Shape Implant Studio™. 

Dentists, implantologists, and dental technicians access implant systems, such as BioHorizons, when using Implant Studio™ software to assist in their implant planning. 

“We are glad to add the BioHorizons implant family to the implant systems now available in connection with Implant Studio™,” says Flemming Thorup, CEO at 3Shape. “Providing easy-access to leading implant systems like BioHorizons is helping to make Implant Studio™ the industry’s most open and flexible solution for dental professionals. 

Users who wish to benefit from this opportunity should contact their 3Shape distributor for more information on how to access these libraries. 







Tooth Loss Linked to Mental Decline

Posted on January 7, 2015

(HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says.

Click here to read more.







Preat Adds New Executive

Posted on January 19, 2015

Grover Beach, CA - PREAT Corporation announced the addition of Kyle Francis to its executive team. Francis brings 10 years of dental industry experience to PREAT and strong familiarity with dental implant specialists across the country.

As the Director of Business Development, Francis will serve as the head of the sales and marketing departments as well as assisting in the overall strategy for the company.

“As PREAT grows across the country, we are excited to have Kyle join our team, helping us build business relationships on the local level within the areas we operate. His upbeat personality, knowledge, and professionalism will represent PREAT well,” states PREAT's CEO, Chris Bormes.

Francis joins PREAT to continue the company's recent success providing dental implant abutments and attachments to the top dentists and labs across America.

“I am excited to start a new challenge within PREAT Corporation and look forward to working with the team to further develop their market leading position by putting an emphasis on some underserved areas around the country," Francis said. "I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”







VITA, Nobel Hold Training Course

Posted on January 7, 2015

VITA North America and Nobel Biocare recently teamed up to offer a comprehensive two-day, hands-on training course on fixed implant dentures in VITA North America’s new state-of-the-art facility. Co-taught by well-known dental technician, Dennis Urban, CDT, and Nobel Biocare’s Joe Perillo, the training course highlighted fixed implant dentures, focusing on the cross-department communication and fusion between the implants and denture.

Participants learned about the clinical aspects of impression taking, record base and occlusal rims and the expectation that a technician should have from the clinical office prior to bar fabrication. The hands-on portion of the program introduced each participant to an understanding of the bar to ridge relationship and how to properly set denture teeth. Each attendee had an opportunity to set up an edentulous hybrid case. In addition to the two-day training, participants took a tour of the nearby Nobel Biocare manufacturing facility.

VITA North America has been a provider of innovative dental products since 1985 and is the North American subsidiary of VITA, manufacturer of the internationally recognized VITA Classical Shade Guide, 3D-Master Shade System, Easyshade Advance 4.0, VITA ENAMIC and other quality VITA restorative materials. For information, call 800-828-3839 or visit VITA North America’s website at www.vitanorthamerica.com







Report: Global Dental Imaging Market Expected to Reach $2.68 Billion By 2019

Posted on January 30, 2015

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Research and Marketshas announced the addition of the "Dental Imaging Market by Technology, Method, Application & by End User - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019" report to their offering. The global dental imaging market is expected to reach $2.68 billion by 2019 from $1.69 billion in 2014, growing at a CAGR of 9.7% from 2014 to 2019.

The global dental imaging market is categorized on the basis of technology, method, application, end user, and geography. The dental CBCT segment is expected to register the highest growth rate in the dental imaging market, by technology, during the forecast period. The high growth is attributed to its technological advantages such as high-resolution imaging, three-dimensional views of objects, and pre-surgical virtual surgeries.

Major factors contributing to growth of the dental imaging market include technological advancements such as CBCT, rising awareness for oral care and increasing disposable income in emerging economies, growth impetus of cosmetic dentistry, and a shift towards digital dental imaging systems. Furthermore, an increasing aging population and hence oral diseases is another major factor providing impetus for growth of this market. By 2050, more than 20% of the global population is expected to be aged over 65 years (Source: World Health Organization). This age group accounts for a larger chunk of the population in developed countries.

The growth in aging population has resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of individuals suffering from oral problems. The relatively untapped markets of the Asian region and advent of digital imaging in dental care have opened an array of opportunities for the dental imaging market. However, high cost of instruments, and lack of reimbursement for dental care especially in the developing regions are expected to restrain the growth of this market. Moreover, lack of dental laboratory technicians is also expected to hinder the growth of this market to some extent.

The emerging Asian markets such as China and India, industrial shift towards digital X-ray, and dental CBCT are expected to serve as new revenue pockets for the dental imaging market in the coming five years.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2. Research Methodology

3. Executive Summary

4. Premium Insights

5. Market Overview

6. Industry Insights

7. Global Dental Imaging Market, By Technology

8. Dental Imaging Market, By Method

9. Dental Imaging Market, By Application

10. Global Dental Imaging Market, By End User

11. Global Dental Imaging Market, By Geography

12. Competitive Landscape

13. Company Profiles: Carestream Health, Inc. (Subsidiary Of Onex Corporation); Danaher Corporation; Dentsply International, Inc.; Flow Dental Corporation; Led Medical Diagnostic, Inc.; Midmark Corporation; Planmeca Oy; Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.; The Yoshida Dental Mfg. Co., Ltd.; Vatech Co. Ltd.

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/p6j35k/dental_imaging.







AACD to Offer New Digital Member Platform

Posted on January 30, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (1/30/2015)— In advance of its 2015 annual scientific session in San Francisco (May 6-9), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is releasing a next generation Digital Member Platform specifically built to leverage digital media and to benefit from search engine optimization and the practice-building power of patient reviews. 

The new platform integrates many aspects of an AACD member-dentist’s online reputation and facilitates the organic pageranking of member profile pages. The platform includes a new, consumer-friendly cosmetic dentist locator/directory, Google maps, AACD-certified patient reviews, practice information, and social media links and feeds. Additionally, the platform can exhibit comprehensive photos and videos of treatments. Members choosing to fully leverage the new platform can upgrade to The Review Solution Pro, which allows them to collect patient reviews at the point of service. These reviews can then be posted to the AACD member profile page and other important sites such as Google+, Yelp, Healthgrades, Vitals, and RateMDs.com.

A core component of the AACD mission is to present member information that is accurate, transparent, and useful to consumers, recognized members, and dental professionals. AACD President Dr. James Hastings says, “The release of the new Digital Member Platform – tied into our Find a Dentist locator – represents our commitment to educate AACD members in comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and responsible esthetics, and to offer the digital tools that can deliver real practice growth for our members.”

“What we’ve recognized”, says Michael DiFrisco, Chief Marketing Officer for the Academy, “is that online content impacts the bottom line for our members. Since an expectation of membership in the AACD is that affiliation will help members become more successful, this new platform addresses many of the core online business-drivers our members need through one unified solution.”

The AACD has entered into a long-term service agreement with Third Coast Interactive (3Ci) based in Nashville, Tennessee, to develop the proprietary platform. The firm specializes in online reputation management, digital branding, and consulting. “We are developing many relationships with associations in North America. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry represents the progressive and innovative thinking that membership organizations need to remain relevant and competitive,” says 3Ci COO Steven Wyer. “We are very excited to deliver such a robust and comprehensive technology platform to the AACD.”







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