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2017 Spring Pillar Scholarship Awarded by the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today, The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Spring Pillar Scholarship:


Austin Emerick – Cincinnati, OH

Cinthia Coronado Chaires – Goshen, IN

Gail Vanderwall – Metairie, LA

Gwangwon (Andrew) Yun – Anaheim, CA

Jack Garcia, CDT – Apopka, IL

Jacob Werner, CDT, TE – Clemmons, NC

Kimberly Kreischer, RG – Columbia City, IN

Lawrence Frye – River Ridge, LA

Matthew Garcia, CDT – New Braunfels, TX

Miguel Almeida – Miami, FL

Odena Chinchilla Serrano, CDT – San Gabriel, CA

Shanon Torstenbo, RG – Concord, NH

Tod Johnston – San Diego, CA

Tomas Mikonis, CDT – York, PA

Tyler Jones, RG – Winstom Salem, NC


The Pillar Scholarship is designed to allow qualified dental technicians the opportunity to sit for the three examinations that comprise the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) examination process. Scholarship recipients will have their application and testing fees covered for them to take the written comprehensive examination, the written specialty examination, and the hands-on practical examination, one time each. The scholarship amount awarded varies upon the individual’s current certification process, but could potentially reach up to $935.00.

“One of the barriers people in the industry face while considering the CDT certification, are the costs associated with testing. Through the Pillar Scholarship – funded exclusively from the Foundation’s donors – we are able to alleviate that burden and bring individuals closer to achieving their goal, and in result, advance themselves and their profession,” said Foundation Chair, Jeff Stronk. 

Affordable Dentures & Implants Provides Services to Veterans

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dentists from several Affordable Dentures & Implants locations across the U.S. traveled to Phoenix May 31-June 2 to provide free dental services to U.S. veterans in need through Brighter Way Institute and Implant Pathway. The organizations served 71 patients and performed 243 implants and fabricated 61 dentures, an estimated service value of over $550,000.

Earlier this year, Affordable Dentures & Implants announced it was partnering with Brighter Way of Phoenix to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to U.S military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute nearly $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017 alone.


Accurate, Powerful and Safe—New Meg‐Torq® Wireless Auto Torque Driver

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Integrated Dental Systems (ids) introduces the Meg‐Torq® wireless auto torque driver. The Meg‐Torq is the easiest, fastest and safest way to place implant prosthetic components. Pre‐programmed settings provide exact torque values for accuracy and ease of use. The Meg‐Torq automatic torque driver is powerful and compact making it ideal for single handed use in hard to reach areas. The driver features a large easy to read LCD display that shows every function including torque, speed, direction of rotation, battery level, and calibration mode setting. The Meg‐Torq driver is supported by a full 12‐month warranty.

ids provides a full portfolio of innovative tooth replacement products that will help achieve better outcomes for dentists and patients alike. Their products are designed to provide faster and more productive procedures, with less chair time and lower prices to increase profitability. ids offers world-class educational programs, dedicated sales, and technical support. Everything is available from your dental dealer.

Ivoclar Vivadent Introduces the New Programat® CS4 Furnace

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ivoclar Vivadent announced the introduction of the new Programat® CS4, a combination furnace for dental practices suitable for sintering zirconium oxide restorations—including IPS e.max® ZirCAD®. The compact furnace is also ideal for crystalizing and glazing CAD-processed lithium disilicate and other restorations, such as IPS e.max CAD and IPS Empress CAD.

This furnace is easy to use with a clearly arranged membrane-sealed keypad and a graphic display to ensure easy operation, the Programat CS4 furnace is capable of speed sintering zirconia and lithium disilicate materials. Based on the long-standing success and high-quality of other Ivoclar Vivadent firing and press furnaces that have been used by dental professionals for decades, the Programat CS4 features 30 programs, 8 pre-installed programs that are optimized for Ivoclar Vivadent materials, and 22 open programs that are free and available for individual, customized programming.


2017 DRIVEN Lecture Series

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

The Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Race Series is offering   a unique experience for their first ever dental continuing education event. The Lamborghini race series is hosting events at unparalleled venues giving participants the opportunity to be amongst a professional race team, watch world class races, enjoy premium hospitality and be a part of an amazing continuing education experience. Each race weekend will have a 2-3 hour dental continuing education event at the conclusion of the race day. Todd Snyder, an accomplished public speaker and professional racecar driver, will be bringing his expertise to many famous tracks throughout the United States offering brand exposure via live Continuing Education events, webinars, web casts, and social media posts form the track in addition to dental magazine advertisements and articles.

Lecture Topics:

-Marketing & Business Tools

-In Office 3D Scanners, Printers & Milling Units

-Software Technology to Revolutionize –the Dental Business

-Amazing New Restorative Materials & Techniques

-Websites & Social Media

- Revolutionary New Nasal Anesthetic

-And More

The event is limited to 25 registrants per race weekend. $385/each Cost is for access to the race, pit area, CE Credits, event shirt, food and beverages

2017 CE Race Schedule

June 29th:Watkins Glenn, NY

August 5th:Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

August 26th:VIR, Alton, VA

September 23rd:Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA

October 26th:Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA

Each Race Day will consist of access to the race team prep area, lunch, beverages, snacks, and dinner. Race days will also include 1 x 30 minute Lamborghini qualifying session, 1 x 50 minute Lamborghini race,1 x 15 minute Webcast, and a 2-3 hour Continuing Education event.

There will also be other types of qualifying sessions and races to watch over the course of the day.

For More Information, contact:

Todd Snyder, DDS, AAACD

310.721.2363 cell

S.M.A.R.T. Training and Certification Information

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

On October 13 & 14, Dr. Ernesto Lee will be teaching a didactic and hands-on S.M.A.R.T. training and certification course in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The S.M.A.R.T. Method, developed by Dr. Lee, is a technique for minimally invasive bone grafting. This approach "provides superior outcomes with less pain, less swelling and fewer complications than traditional bone grafting procedures.  Only a small incision is required, with no flap elevation, no tenting screws and no membranes. Complex, high-risk scenarios can now be treated with minimal risk of complications" (

Registration for the two-day course includes an instrument kit specifically created for SM.A.R.T. procedures. Certified providers will be listed on the S.M.A.R.T. website, and CE credit will be provided. Due to limited space, reservations will only be accepted upon payment. Participants will be required to sign a non-disclosure and an intellectual property rights agreement. 

Cancellation policy: 8 weeks notice = full refund, 6 weeks notice = half tuition refund, and less than 6 weeks notice = no refund. 

Click here for more information. 



Clinician's Choice Dental Products Inc. Continues

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

Clinician’s Choice® Dental Products Inc., a dental products manufacturing company that provides continuing education programs to the dental profession, announced the 2017 summer dates of its “Better Dentistry” seminar series. Held at various locations, the seminar series educates and trains oral health professionals on the latest restorative techniques and products that will help them operate more successful and productive practices.  

Key opinion leaders will lead the full-day seminars with a focus on how to utilize the latest clinical procedures and how to effectively integrate unique products to enhance productivity and how to navigate the rapid changes in the industry.

“The seminar series is designed to expand knowledge, improve skills and efficiency, and teach new approaches to clinical challenges in order to provide the highest standard of care,” said Peter G. Jordan, President of Clinician’s Choice Dental Products Inc. “Our commitment to teaching better dentistry allows our continuing education programs, presented by the industry’s leading and most respected key opinion leaders, to be second to none.”

Upcoming dates and locations include:

· July 26: [Missoula, MT] – Topic: Clinical Problems...Solved! Provisionals and Final PVS Impressions, Gregg Tousignant

· July 27: [Helena, MT] – Topic: Clinical Problems...Solved! Provisionals and Final PVS Impressions, Gregg Tousignant

· July 28: [Billings, MT] – Topic: Clinical Problems...Solved! Provisionals and Final PVS Impressions, Gregg Tousignant

· July 28: [Dublin, CA] – Topic: The General Practice Restorative Update 2017, Dr. Stace Lind

· August 4: [Atlanta, GA] – Topic: The General Practice Restorative Update 2017, Dr. Stace Lind

· August 11: [Spokane, WA] – Topic: The General Practice Restorative Update 2017, Dr. Stace Lind

For a complete list of events offered by the “Better Dentistry” seminar series, please here.  To access OnDemand Continuing Education and watch webinars, click here.


American Academy of Periodontology to Hold Annual Meeting in Boston

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

CHICAGO (June 19, 2017) — The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) will hold its 103rd Annual Meeting September 9–12, 2017, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. All dental professionals—including students, early-career dentists, office staff, and members of the dental media—are encouraged to attend.

This year’s meeting, which provides up to 26 continuing education credits, features more than 20 new speakers and an array of courses in such topics as oral reconstructive surgery, dental implants, regenerative treatments, interdisciplinary therapies, practice management, and more. 

Returning to the AAP’s Annual Meeting is the Student and New Periodontist series (a curation of courses, events, and activities designed for early-career professionals) and the popular Dental Hygiene Symposium, a morning of hygienist-focused lectures on the perio-systemic link, implant maintenance, endoscopic periodontal debridement, and the future of laser therapy.

“The Academy is pleased to welcome thought-leaders and clinicians from all over the world to join us for this year’s Annual Meeting,” says Terrence J. Griffin, DMD, president of the AAP. “Attendees will find courses to suit their interests, whether they are clinicians, students, researchers, educators, or part of a dental practice staff.”

Highlights of the 103rd Annual Meeting include the following:

  • Best-selling author at the Opening General Session: Alison Levine, whose climbing expeditions on each of the Seven Summits are the focus of her New York Times¬-bestseller “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” provides the meeting’s keynote address on Sunday, Sept. 10. Levine’s tales of adventure coupled with practical advice for today’s competitive business environment are sure to motivate and inspire. 

  • New Practical Courses: New opportunities include sessions on contemporary furcation management and virtual implant surgery. The results from this year’s Best Evidence Consensus on CBCT and Lasers are the subject of “Results from the Roundtables,” a discussion on the clinical value and applicability of these technologies to be held on Monday, Sept. 11.

  • Periodontal Career Fair: Practices seeking new associates or owners will be available to meet with periodontists starting their careers and others seeking new opportunities at the Periodontal Career Fair on Sunday, Sept. 10.  

To register for the 103rd Annual Meeting, to view the complete Advance Program, or for more information, please visit, call 1-800-282-4867 ext. 3213, or email 

Registration fees for media representatives attending the AAP’s 103rd Annual Meeting will be waived, granting access to all non-ticketed sessions and seminars. Presenters and AAP representatives will be available for on-site interviews, film, and photo shoots, which must be scheduled in advance with AAP Public Relations staff. For press credentials, contact the Academy’s Public Relations Department at 312-573-3243 or 


ADHA Recognizes Dental Hygiene Student Research

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

Jacksonville, Fla., June 22, 2017 – At its Annual Conference June 14-19, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) recognized undergraduate dental hygiene students for standout research in their field of study.  Students from dental hygiene education programs all over the U.S. presented their work at Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Convention Center.

ADHA’s undergraduate research awards program is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline. Winners receive a cash prize, a matching monetary grant for their school and a crystal award to inspire their peers. Students may compete in two categories: Table Clinic/Informative Poster, or Undergraduate Research Poster.

Student award winners are:

1st Place - Tang Blanton and Jose Mendez - West LA College

2nd Place - - Jacelyn Youngerman and Arissa Morgan - Cerritos College

3rd Place - Angela Hankins and Jodi Nestle - Valencia College

Honorable Mention - Amber Noble, Lauren Limberopoulos, Erika Davidiuk - Hillsborough Community College

Research Poster winners are:

1st Place - Monica Rodarte, Nicole Wong, Christian Cruz and Marc Tenchavez - West Coast University  

2nd Place - Natalie Wright, Joy Ence, Christine Childs and Brittney Tomlinson - Weber State University 

3rd Place - Sarah Charland, Alyson Fryz, Sara Trombly, Heather VanOast, - Detroit Mercy Dental

Honorable Mention - Sabrina LeBon, Samantha Bryant, Emily Cheatwood, Savanna Giannotti - University of Maryland School of Dentistry

ADHA Recognizes Graduate Student Dental Hygienist Researchers

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

Jacksonville, Fla., June 22, 2017 - At its Annual Conference June 14-19, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) recognized graduate-level dental hygiene students for original research in their field of study.  Eleven graduate students presented their work at Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Convention Center.

The Dentsply Sirona/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Research Award Program is sponsored by Dentsply Sirona.  Chosen by their program director, student participants receive professional recognition and complimentary registration to ADHA’s annual conference, air travel, lodging and per diem for the conference. In addition, the first-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and travel expenses to attend the AADR/Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) meeting, scheduled for March 21-24, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the AADR/CADR meeting, the winning student will present his or her winning research presentation on a non-competitive basis along with international winners throughout the world.

This year’s winners of the 9th Annual ADHA/Dentsply Sirona Student Research Clinicians Program are:

1st place – Kathryn Search, RDH, BSDH, MS - Old Dominion University

2nd place – Mindy Bennett RDH, BS - University of Missouri - Kansas City

3rd place – Brandie Carter, RDH, BS – University of North Carolina

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