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New AACD President Inaugurated

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry inaugurated its new president, Dwight G. Rickert, CDT, FAACD, at the organization’s annual scientific session on April 21, 2017. Rickert is a fourth-generation dental technician based in Indianapolis, Illinois, where he operates his boutique laboratory, Preferred Dental Ceramics. He joined the AACD in 2000, became an Accredited Member in 2006, and earned Accredited Fellow status—the AACD’s highest honor—in 2016.

The AACD is a 6,000-member group of dental professionals committed to advancing the art and science of cosmetic dentistry, encouraging the highest ethical standards, and providing responsible patient care. To learn more about this organization, visit


Dry Socket: A Common—and Painful—Complication of Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Newswise — Having wisdom teeth surgery can be a real pain, but if your healing regimen goes awry, you can find yourself in a world of hurt. An expert from the Texas A&M College of Dentistry explains this uncomfortable complication and how to avoid it.

What is dry socket?

 When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms and fills the extraction site to help protect the area as it heals. However, once in a while, if you’re not careful, that blood clot can be displaced, which leaves the bone and nerve high and dry.

“The blood clot is there to protect the wound,” said Michael Ellis, DDM, clinical associate professor with the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. “If the clot is broken down prematurely, then the bone is exposed and the area becomes a ‘dry socket.’”

The blood clot has its own “life cycle,” which can last for about a day or two. It forms naturally, then the body breaks it down once the socket starts filling with soft tissue to help the healing process.

“We typically see dry socket after the removal of lower impacted third molars, or wisdom teeth,” Ellis said. “The pain can last anywhere from a few days to a week.”

Symptoms and treatment

 There are not many symptoms of dry socket, but there is one that stands out above the rest, and that’s pain.

“When someone has a dry socket, the first thing they’ll notice is a moderate to severe amount of pain,” Ellis said. “The exposed bone is sensitive, and that is the source of pain, which can be dull or throbbing and even radiate up to the patient’s ear.”

A dry socket can also have a foul odor, and this can lead to the patient experiencing a bad taste in the mouth.

While many people may think that their dry socket is infected or that having one increases the chances of infection, that may not be the case. “There’s not a lot of swelling or fever with a dry socket,” Ellis said. “An infection can happen, but it’d be unrelated to the dry socket.”

The treatment for dry socket is pretty straightforward, and is almost the same as cleaning out any other painful wound. “You want to clean the wound, irrigate it with saline and then dress the wound with medicated gauze,” Ellis said. “Treating the wound doesn’t speed up the healing process: It just deals with the amount of discomfort that the patient is in—whether you treat it or not, it will get better.”

Risk factors and how to prevent a dry socket

After surgery, a surgeon will provide directions to help decrease the odds of developing dry socket. Some of the instructions include avoiding carbonated or warm beverages, keeping the mouth relaxed and avoid messing with the area. Also avoid using a straw, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot.

Clots break down naturally, but some people may have factors that cause them to break down prematurely, a condition called secondary fibrinolysis. This process can be induced by medication, stress, or an underlying medical condition.

People who smoke can also see an increase risk of dry socket, especially if they smoke within three to five days after surgery. Women who take birth control also see a slight increase in risk for dry socket.

If you begin to notice an unpleasant discharge, severe pain or fever, call your surgeon right away. Also, if your swelling gets worse instead of better, or if your bleeding doesn’t subside with pressure, contact your health care provider. Complications after surgery are rare, but they are real.


AACD Scientific Session Delivers Winning Education, Memorable Experiences

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (4/24/17)-The 33rd Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session concluded its educational program on April 21 at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 1,600 people attended the four days of educational programming which included 100 speakers, 60 lectures, 35 hands-on workshops, three entertaining and motivating general sessions, and some high energy social events.

AACD 2017's winning approach to comprehensive cosmetic dentistry education featured three unique groups of educators: the Legends, the Illusionists, and the High Rollers, who imparted their wisdom, revealed their techniques, and shared their expertise. The program brought the biggest names in cosmetic dentistry education to the podium. In addition to the staple AACD Accreditation courses, the AACD 2017 program included a three-day team program, a two-day lab technician program, and expanded offerings on implants and lasers.

William J. Rowe, Jr., DDS, AAACD, lectures during the Advanced Accreditation Workshop at AACD 2017

In addition to rich educational opportunities, the scientific session is a chance for the Academy to recognize and honor its members who have demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by becoming an Accredited Member or Accredited Fellow. This year, the AACD acknowledged fifteen newly Accredited Members and six newly Accredited Fellows. Other exemplary members of the Academy and of the profession were also recognized and honored with Celebration of Excellence Awards, known as the Evy.

Attendees of the conference also enjoyed opportunities to unwind and catch up with friends and colleagues. The social events began Tuesday night with the Welcome Reception at the Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace. On Wednesday night, attendees were entertained by the show Human Nature Jukebox, an event that raised funds for the AACD Charitable Foundation's Give Back a Smile program. The scientific session concluded with the Celebration of Excellence closing reception, which delighted guests with Cirque entertainers, an illusionists, delicious food, and lively music by the L.A. Allstars. The wow-factors of this year's social events have attendees looking ahead to AACD 2018 in Chicago.

AACD 2017 was luxurious and extravagant, truly befitting Las Vegas, but there's plenty more where that came from. The 34th Annual AACD Scientific Session will take place Tuesday, April 18 - Friday, April 21, 2018 at McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, IL. Come see what new heights the AACD has in store for cosmetic dentistry education in the windy city!

Registration for AACD 2018 in Chicago is already open. Visit for more information.


Perio Expo to be Held May 2017 in Chapel Hill

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – April 24, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry Department of Periodontology will host the 2017 Perio Expo next month, May 4-6.The two-day program, which is sponsored by Sunstar, is designed to bring together medical and dental professionals to explore some of the top concepts in periodontology and implantology. National and international speakers will present on an array of topics, including trends in regeneration of bone and soft tissues, emerging technologies, and disease diagnosis, treatment and management. Each of the expo’s six sessions will include a group presentation, lectures and a moderated panel discussion. Hands-on demonstrations and tours of the UNC School of Dentistry will also be offered to attendees.

“We are confident that the 2017 Perio Expo will deliver an exceptionally stimulating learning experience not only for dental professionals, but for medical professionals as well,” said Dr. Steven Offenbacher, chair of the Department of Periodontology and Kenan Distinguished Professor. “We are grateful to Sunstar for their generous support of this event.”

The Department of Periodontology elected to hold the Perio Expo in 2017 as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the school’s Graduate Program in Periodontology and the 20th anniversary of the inception of the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases. Sunstar has been a longtime supporter of the department,including sponsoring the original Perio Expo 20 years ago.

Event attendees will earn up to 12.25 continuing education credits. More information about the program, including fees and the option to register, is available at by clicking Course Listing. Registration closes on April 27, 2017.

International Workshop Hosted by Renfert USA

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On April 20 and 21, 2017, Renfert USA offered a one-and-a-half day workshop at LSK 121 Oral Prosthetics to North American opinion leaders. Manfred Tauber, MDT walked participants through this hands-on, “train the trainer” event according to August Bruguera’s philosophy of fabricating monolithic, diagnostic, and esthetic wax-ups, using the Renfert GEO Expert Wax Set and the new GEO Expert Gingiva Set. 

Jeremy Thomas Named New President of Kulzer, USA & Canada

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kulzer has named Jeremy S. Thomas to the post of President, USA & Canada and Head of the Americas Region effective immediately. This office is based at Kulzer’s North American headquarters in South Bend, Indiana.

Mr. Thomas comes to Kulzer with 20+ years of sales and marketing leadership experience, including 13 years in the dental and medical device fields, directing teams around the world.

Kulzer develops and manufactures dental laboratory materials, devices and accessories, including denture materials and teeth, digital equipment and solutions, laboratory equipment, veneering composites, etc. To learn more about Kulzer, visit its website at 


Glidewell Partners with Structo for DentaForm 3D Printer Launch

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Glidewell Dental and Structo have expanded their partnership with the former’s investment in two of Structo’s new 3D printers. The newly released DentaForm printers further integrate Structo’s Mask Stereolithography (MSLA) technology into Glidewell production.

Glidewell based this decision on the performance of three Structo OrthoForm 3D printers in their production facilities over the past year. After thoroughly evaluating its needs, Glidewell opted to purchase the two DentaForm 3D printers rather than a larger number of printers from another manufacturer, due to Structo’s high throughput capabilities.

Launched in Singapore in February, the new DentaForm 3D printer is capable of printing up to 30 dental models in approximately 90 minutes.

For more information about Structo, visit, and to learn more about Glidewell Dental, go to


Zimmer Biomet to Host Free CE Course

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017

Zimmer Biomet announced it will host a free live CE webcast on Wednesday, April 26, presented by Henry Martin, CDT. The course, worth 1 CE credit, will be called, "Immediate and Definitive Restorations of the Edentulous Arch-Transitioning from the Provisional Restoration to the Definitive: Laboratory Perspective." It will be held from 8-9 PM PDT.

Patients with debilitated or missing dentitions often seek rehabilitation to quickly regain masticatory function, esthetics, and quality of life. Clinicians can now predictably offer treatment solutions for immediate full arch restorations to meet patient demands and expectations. This is followed by the design, fabrication, and delivery of the definitive prosthesis. This program will present a step-by-step approach to fabrication of the provisional restoration as well as the definitive restoration, from a laboratory perspective.

After completion of the program, Zimmer Biomet says, participants should be able to: 

• Understand the technique of indirectly fabricating a provisional prosthesis following the guidelines for RevitaliZe® Patient Solutions.

• Learn the laboratory techniques for fabrication of the definitive prosthesis.

• Understand the requisite information to provide to the laboratory for fabrication of the definitive prosthesis.

• Identify the materials used for fabrication of the definitive prosthesis.

For more information and to register, visit this site.


3DBioCAD Adds Perlmutter

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017

Charles Park, Vice President of Technology Development at 3DBioCAD in Renton, Washington, announced that Ben Perlmutter will join the team as Director of Sales - East Region.

With more than 10 years of clinical and dental laboratory experience to draw from, Perlmutter will help laboratories and clinics evolve into the digital age.

Hu-Friedy Launches Earth Day Initiatives to Encourage “Greener” Choices

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017

CHICAGO (April 21, 2017) Hu-Friedy, a global leader in dental manufacturing, today announced its plans to promote earth-friendly initiatives in support of Earth Day, April 22nd,, with a focus on its dental instrument recycling program, Environdent.

The Hu-Friedy Environdent program, facilitates the ecologically responsible disposal of old dental instruments, regardless of brand, and rewards dental professionals with new Hu-Friedy instruments. Founded in 1995, Environdent is the longest running instrument recycling program in the dental industry, with over 32,000 offices participating throughout the US and Canada.

Over the last ten years of the Environdent program, dental practices have recycled 7.3 million instruments which equates to 260,000 pounds of material.

“Environdent began over 22 years ago, giving clinicians a solution for responsible instrument disposal, while rewarding them for making a positive contribution to the environment," says Ron Saslow, Chairman & CEO of Hu-Friedy. "We are proud to support the ecologically-minded clinicians who form the Environdent community and allow us to have a greater impact on the planet.”

As a company-wide initiative for Earth Day 2017, Hu-Friedy encouraged each internal department to submit ideas for maintaining a greener department. For every team submission, Hu-Friedy donated $100 to the World Wildlife Fund.

Joining the cause, children of Hu-Friedy employees participated by sharing their artistic take on what Earth Day means to them – with submissions that included poems and colorful drawings.

“Together, Hu-Friedy and dental practices across the country, can work side-by-side to leave a smaller carbon footprint through simple green initiatives,” says Patrick Bernardi, Chief Marketing Officer of Hu-Friedy. “Earth Day is a rallying point, but we hope that protecting the environment is a cause that is endless in its duration.”


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