Milly Goldstein, First Woman to Chair DTA, Passes Away

Posted on December 21, 2017

Milly Goldstein, who in 2002 became the first woman to serve as chair of the board of directors of the Dental Trade Alliance, has passed away.

Her funeral will be Tuesday, December 26, at 2:30 PM at Chapel Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

"Milly was active in all aspects of the dental trade," a DTA release says, "also serving as president of the International Dental Manufacturers Association."

Goldstein was honored last February by Oral Health America with the organization's Tribute Award.

Septodont Announces New Strategic Alliance With IDU

Posted on December 21, 2017

Septodont, the Global Leader in Dental Pain Management, announces a new strategic alliance with Importaciones Dental Universitario (IDU) based in Cali, Colombia.

Importaciones Dental Universitario (IDU) was founded in 1996 by Abraham Paramo. IDU's business model began as supplying high quality imported dental products that were focused at the university level customer. This brought greater awareness into the Columbian dental community for premium products. Today, IDU is one of Colombia's largest overall importers and resellers of dental products. 

The Septodont & IDU alliance represents a key opportunity to launch the Septodont product line into a country that has been challenging to penetrate. With the ultimate goal of organically helping IDU to build on their early business successes, the newly formed alliance represents the perfect scenario for both organizations to expand their presence and expertise in Colombia. 

                          

Brasseler USA® Introduces BrioShine Feather Lite

Posted on December 20, 2017

Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to expand upon its family of Brio™ single-use diamond, carbide, and polishing instruments with the recent introduction of new BrioShine™ Feather Lite™ Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polishers. BrioShine Feather Lite Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polishers are ideal for the universal polishing and finishing of ceramic and composite materials with predictable results.

BrioShine Feather Lite Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polishers adapt to most tooth surfaces, yet are durable enough to last through multiple restorations. Compared to most polishing systems, these polishers eliminate time spent polishing by reducing the amount of steps required for optimal results.

BrioShine Feather Lite Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polishers are available in:

Medium intra-oral “Step 1” polishers for both composite and ceramic polishing

-Universal composite diamond impregnated polishers are indicated for universal pre-polishing of composite restorations

-Universal ceramic diamond impregnated polishers are indicated for pre-polishing zirconia, lithium disilicate as well as porcelain and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations

Fine intra-oral “Step 2” diamond impregnated polishers are used as a final universal polisher that provides an exquisite finish to all restorations

Recommended for use at slow speed (4-6,000 rpm) accompanied by a light water spray.

An economic alternative to conventional polishing systems, single-use polishers lessen overhead costs by reducing dispensing labor while completely eliminating the time-consuming sterilization process. Each BrioShine Feather Lite Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polisher is color-coded and features unique markings, providing the user with easy identification for application.

BrioShine Feather Lite Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polishers are available in packages of 30.

For more information about BrioShine Feather Lite Composite & Ceramic Single-Use Polishers as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522. 

 

A Tribute to Restorative Dentistry Pioneer Adrian Jurim, MDT, 1947-2017

Posted on December 20, 2017

Adrian Jurim, MDT, co-owner of Jurim Dental Studio, passed away this month at the ago of 70. His family issued the following statement:

"Adrian Jurim was a fearless innovator in the field of dental technology. As a master dental technician, he was an artisan who had an eye for beauty like no other. He loved being an educator, teaching extensively on the topic of smile design and porcelain laminate veneers, and even held the patent for the concept of the etched porcelain laminate veneer. His uncanny ability to instill confidence and enthusiasm in every clinician with whom he collaborated always helped ensure case success. He and his wife built a successful dental lab, Jurim Dental Studio, out of nothing but blood, sweat, and brains. He was the definition of the American dream. He taught all those he loved to go all-in, be enthusiastic, be kind, love hard, be imperfect, be confident, and be a fighter. He will be sorely missed by his wife, son, and daughter."

Adrian Jurim, MDT

August 27, 1947 - December 10, 2017

RPD Webinar to Be Hosted by Ken Kincaid, CDT

Posted on December 20, 2017

RPD Step-by-step: Designing, Investing, Casting & Finishing Webinar

Tue, Feb 13, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Join Ken Kincaid, CDT and owner of Bismarck Mandan Dental Lab, a family-owned lab in Bismarck, ND, for a step-by-step overview of utilizing the BEGO digital workflow system to produce high-quality removable partial dentures. Workflow steps that will be covered include 3Shape partial design, CAMbridge nesting, 3D printing, casting, and finishing.

Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6436288567307191042

SS White Supports Children and Communities in Need with Product Donation to America's Toothfairy

Posted on December 19, 2017

Non-profit dental clinics around the nation will be better equipped to provide essential oral care services to children in need thanks to a generous product donation from SS White made to America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF).

With a retail value of $24,894, the donation consisted of an assortment of carbide burs. Over $24,000 in donated carbide burs were distributed to thirteen members of the America’s ToothFairy Dental Resource Program, a national network of non-profit clinics providing essential oral health care to underserved children and families in their communities.

FirstHealth Dental Care, a non-profit dental clinic located in Southern Pines, NC, was one of the recipient clinics to benefit from SS White’s generous donation. Since its inception in 1998, FirstHealth Dental Care has served more than 25,000 children in their community. “On behalf of FirstHealth Dental Care, I would like to thank SS White for the generous donation of burs,” said Dena Locklear, Program Manager at FirstHealth Dental. “These products will impact so many children and aid us in providing dental care for our patients!”

“SS White is happy to support the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and the member clinics of its Dental Resource Program,” said Tom Gallop, CEO of SS White. “We are proud to provide these non-profit clinics with the tools they need to better serve children in their communities.”

“We are very grateful to SS White for their generosity and continued support of children’s oral health,” said Jill Malmgren, NCOHF Executive Director. “This donation of carbide burs will allow members of our Dental Resource Program to provide underserved children around the nation with the dental services they need in order to build happy and healthy futures.”

About SS White

As a dental manufacturer, SS White has always strived to bring high quality dental products to market, to enable practitioners to work more accurately and precisely, and to maximize comfort and quality for each and every patient who enters a dental office. The company proudly bears the name of its founder and continually maintains its original objective: better products for better dentistry. Learn more at www.sswhitedental.com.

About America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF)

As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation 

(NCOHF) increases access to oral health care by supporting non-profit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. 

Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $18 million in donated products, educational materials and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit www.AmericasToothFairy.org


 

New AAE.org Website Transforms Members' and Patients' Online Experience

Posted on December 19, 2017

The American Association of Endodontists has developed and launched a new website that offers more content and easier navigation for members, dental professionals and patients. The enhanced site’s homepage provides immediate access to a wealth of resources and exclusive benefits, such as a members-only website area, subscription to the Journal of Endodontics and to AAE Connection — the AAE’s members-only online discussion and networking platform. The AAE also is showcasing its member e-newsletter — Communiqué — in a fresh new way on the new site.

The new aae.org is dedicated to the important work and distinct needs of members, dental professionals and patients. Crisp, clean designs liven up each page and make it easy for all visitors to find information quickly. Prominent buttons ensure efficient navigation through materials and resources to support all needs. The new site features a simplified, topic-based menu, with content reorganized for quick, intuitive searching.

The new site allows dental professionals to access numerous clinical tools, such as guidelines and position statements, including the recently released Endodontic Competency White Paper. The popular ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence newsletter is available to provide trusted, credible resources for the dental profession. Dental professionals of all variations have a wide range of tools at their fingertips on the site. Members have access to exclusive members-only content in the new Member Center, which offers a broad collection of practice management resources.

“We designed the new website to ensure that each of our primary audiences — members, patients and general practitioners — are aware of the resources that the AAE has for them,” said AAE Executive Director Kenneth J. Widelka, CAE, CPA. “The new aae.org will connect visitors with authoritative endodontic resources using easy-to-use website technology.”

Educational meetings, events, resources and support are at the core of the AAE’s offerings for members and the broader dental community. The new website will help visitors explore the AAE’s many educational programs, including online CE, and meeting and workshop information.

In addition to providing a wealth of educational resources to members, professionals and patients, the AAE is the voice of its members in advocating one single standard of endodontic care, enhancing understanding of the clinical complexities of the specialty, and emphasizing the importance of treatment planning and referral to an endodontist. These advocacy and outreach objectives complement the Association’s own mission, values and strategic plan; and the new site is a key development for elevating these endeavors.

“The newly redesigned aae.org aligns with our core purpose, vision and values and serves as an effective vehicle for propelling forth our guiding principles,” Widelka said. “It also strengthens and furthers our strategic priorities: to promote the importance of retaining natural teeth, establish a single standard for quality endodontics, and develop a global outreach and membership development plan.”

Based on member and patient feedback, AAE also carefully developed a new site geared toward patients to help them better understand tooth pain and the value of saving their teeth. Patients will also learn about endodontics, and use enhanced search capabilities to an endodontist. The important research, education, outreach and development work of the Foundation for Endodontics, along with the standards of excellence exemplified by the American Board of Endodontics, also are being showcased in new ways.

Visit the new aae.org to view its fully redesigned family of websites.

Any outlets with an interest in endodontics, including clinical and patient information, are encouraged to link to AAE web pages to educate a wider audience about the importance of saving teeth.

 

Research Published Showing the Canary System Can Accurately Detect Caries Beneath the Intact Margins of Amalgam Restorations

Posted on December 19, 2017

The Open Dentistry Journal has just published a study entitled “In Vitro Detection of Caries Around Amalgam Restorations using Four Different Modalities” ( https://benthamopen.com/contents/pdf/TODENTJ/TODENTJ-11-609.pdf ). This paper concluded that The Canary System® can detect caries under the intact margins of amalgam restorations more accurately than Spectra, DIAGNOdent and visual examination.

Finding caries beneath amalgam margins is a challenging clinical problem because of the nature of the material. Typically, older amalgam restorations may cause marginal staining but, visually these margins may appear intact and sound. This study found that visual examination could not detect caries.

Amalgam is dense, radiopaque and reflects light from its surface. The glow or fluorescence from the amalgam prevented Spectra from detecting any marginal caries. DIAGNOdent was also unable to consistently differentiate sound from carious tissue at various distances from the amalgam margins. It was only able to detect 45% to 75% of the caries depending upon the handpiece’s distance from the amalgam margin. However, The Canary System was able to detect 95% of the lesions around the amalgam margins.

“The Canary System can detect and monitor tooth decay beneath the edges of fillings, crowns and bridges; one of the most common clinical conditions that leads to the failure of these restorations. When an amalgam is placed, x-rays can only detect tooth decay in certain limited areas and not along its visible margins”, said Dr. Stephen Abrams, co-founder of Quantum Dental Technologies. “Early detection of tooth decay, before it is seen on an x-ray or detected with visual inspection means that dentists can treat problems before the decay has destroyed large amounts of vital tooth structure compromising the tooth’s structural integrity.”

The Canary System, with its unique crystal structure diagnostics, can, quantify, image, monitor and record changes in the structure of enamel, dentin and cementum. It can detect caries beneath opaque sealants, around the margins of restorations, around orthodontic brackets and beneath interproximal, occlusal and smooth surfaces. The Canary Cloud enables dentists to view and manage this data and track Canary usage in the office.

Oral Health America to Honor Dr. Jack Dillenberg at 28th Annual Gala & Benefit

Posted on December 18, 2017

Oral Health America (OHA) announces that Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, will be recognized with the Gala Tribute Award at its 28th Annual Gala & Benefit on February 21, 2018 at the new Marriott Marquis Chicago (at McCormick Place). Dr. Dillenberg is Dean Emeritus of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and President of Dillenberg & Friends, Inc. which provides a full scope of health services consulting.                                         

Each year, OHA honors an individual whose career significantly impacts oral health on a regional or national level; has been innovative, creative and pioneering; demonstrated positive, measurable change over a sustained period; and achieved success in overcoming barriers to oral health access, education and advocacy.

“Dr. Dillenberg exemplifies each of these criteria for this award in numerous ways, including his work with public health programs in the California Department of Health Services,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO for Oral Health America. “His leadership as founding Dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health has laid the groundwork for professional community externships, serving the same people who are at the center of OHA’s mission and work. The honors and awards he has received, including the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer’s Service Award, are reflections of what Dr. Dillenberg has done for the dental industry. We are grateful for his dedication to the profession and his previous service as Vice President of OHA.”

The Gala Tribute Award is presented during the dinner at OHA’s annual gala which is recognized as the premier charity event kicking off the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. It will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, as well as a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets for OHA’s gala are currently on sale. All proceeds underwrite OHA's mission to connect communities with resources to improve access to care, increase health literacy and raise awareness about the importance of oral health's impact on overall health. OHA’s programs serving children and older adults are active in 47 states and one U.S. territory as a result of support received from this annual event. Please join Oral Health America and commit to making a difference in the oral health of all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Visit oralhealthamerica.org/gala for more information or email Jonathan Mayo at jonathan.mayo@oralhealthamerica.org.

 

Dentsply Sirona Launches New Precision VPS Impression Material Delivery System

Posted on December 15, 2017

Just one year ago Dentsply Sirona Restorative introduced a completely redesigned VPS offering, Aquasil® Ultra+ Smart Wetting® Impression Material. By reengineered how we create and measure success with physical impressions, we were able to push VPS technology and merge state-of-the-art intraoral hydrophilicity and intraoral tear strength to deliver better-than-ever results—optimizing performance in all areas, not just one. 

Today we are excited to push delivery performance to the next level and reset the expectations of what clinicians should expect from their delivery systems with a powerful and radically new way to deliver low viscosity materials, digit Power® Dispenser. 

digit Power Dispenser is a battery powered precision delivery system for Aquasil Ultra+ material’s low viscosity products available in digit Power cartridges and is available for purchase through approved Dentsply Sirona distributors. 

Precision and Control at your Fingertips

Developed with input from clinicians around the world, digit Power Dispenser tackles the key challenges present during the final impression taking procedure—access, visibility, precision, control, predictability, material waste and compliance. 

Current low viscosity impression delivery systems are built around the material—not the procedure or clinician—requiring extra steps to backfill a syringe or wrestle with a 50mL dispenser. These systems fail to fully acknowledge the true needs of delivery. digit Power Dispenser was engineered to deliver a unique pen grip design with power delivery to get clinicians up to 63% closer to the prepared tooth at up to 42% less weight and 84% less force requirements than traditional 50mL dispensers. This closer proximity and improved ergonomic experience allows clinicians to gain more control and precision and focus on what matters most, taking a great impression.

From pre-set built in timers to available accessories, like a wireless foot control, clinicians have a lot to discover with digit Power Dispenser and Aquasil Ultra+ material.

No-Compromise Material and Delivery Combination

Aquasil Ultra+ impression material’s market leading intraoral hydrophilicity and intraoral tear strength are designed to help clinicians capture impressive detail from the moment the material is dispensed and keep that detail upon removal. When paired with the full delivery capabilities of digit Power Dispenser, clinicians are able to avoid compromise from the beginning of their procedure and after.

By merging best in class impression material with best in class delivery, Dentsply Sirona Restorative provides clinicians with a better way to achieve predictability and results.

Learn more about digit Power Dispenser and Aquasil Ultra+ impression material at www.AquasilUltraPlus.com.

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