Roland DG Corporation has announced the winners of its Global SE Awards 2018 competition. The event, which took place April 23-25 at Roland DG headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, tested the product knowledge and technical skills of top Service Engineers – 28 finalists from around the world that won regional contests within their respective territories. This year’s competition pitted finalists against each other in two categories: Inkjet Printers and the new 3D Devices category, which included dental milling machines.
The winner in the Inkjet Printer category was Mark Johnson from New Zealand representing Aarque Group Ltd., while Kevin Rosen, a Roland DGA lead technical support specialist from the United States, was named champion in the 3D/Dental Devices category.
“This was my first time traveling outside of the US, and I’m incredibly honored to win this kind of competition on a global scale,” said Rosen. “The tests and challenges were intense, but I received plenty of support from my colleagues. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.”
This year was Roland DG’s third Global SE Awards competition to date, with similar contests held in 2013 and 2015. In addition to recognizing the abilities of Service Engineers both regionally and globally, the competition helps motivate the SEs to further improve their skills and raise the standards of Roland DG Care – the company’s comprehensive customer service and support program.
According to Ron Ball, Senior Director of Service at Irvine, California-based Roland DGA, a total of 778 SEs took part in this year’s SE Awards competition – the highest participation rate ever. “With so many skilled technicians participating, simply making it to the finals is an incredible feat,” noted Ball. “Earning a coveted ‘World Champion’ title, like Roland DGA’s very own Kevin Rosen did, is that much more impressive. We’re extremely proud of Kevin and what he has achieved.”
The first day of the competition consisted of a written exam that tested the finalists’ knowledge related to hardware, parts, software, and other aspects of product repair and maintenance. A hands-on exam, held on the second day, challenged the ability of each competitor to successfully resolve specific product issues – some of which they may have never encountered previously – within a limited time period. In addition to being tested on their technical skills, the SEs were assessed on how actively they shared their personal experiences and know-how with other SEs, as well as how frequently they used Roland’s online learning platform.
The Global SE Awards represent Roland DG’s commitment to industry-leading customer service, which includes providing SEs with opportunities to enhance their skills, as well as increasing the effectiveness of the company’s online knowledgebase.
At the Global SE Awards closing ceremony, Roland DG President Hidenori Fujioka congratulated the champions—and all of the participants—on their achievements. “The extensive product knowledge and outstanding technical skills of our SEs are crucial to developing and maintaining strong, positive customer relationships” said Fujioka. “All of us at Roland DG appreciate and respect your efforts.”
Below is a listing of the Roland DG Global SE Awards 2018 winners, as well as the second-place and third-place finishers in each category:
Global SE Awards 2018 Final Competition Winners
Inkjet Printers Category
1st place: Mark Johnson from New Zealand representing Aarque Group Ltd.
2nd place: Matthew Wrench from UK representing Roland DG (U.K.) Ltd.
3rd place: Vincent Votruba from Slovakia representing ALPHASET spol. s.r.o.
3D/Dental Devices Category
1st place: Kevin Eugene Rosen from USA representing Roland DGA Corporation
2nd place: Xiangwu Cai from China representing Shenzhen Upcera Dental Technology Co., Ltd.
3rd place: Jason Bergeron from USA representing CAP / ZAHN Dental, A Henry Schein Company
To learn more about the Roland DG Global SE Awards competition, visit https://www.rolanddg.com/en/support/roland-dg-care/se-awards-2018.
On Friday, May 18, Jensen Dental hosted a Make it Your Own Live MiYO hands-on demonstration, taught by ceramist James Choi at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Garden Grove, California. During the 3-hour demonstration, in addition to learning how to apply MiYO Colors and Structure building materials, attendees learned user friendly techniques to raise and lower value easily; how to create depth, vitality, and texture found in natural enamel in unprecedented thicknesses of 0.1 mm to 0.2 mm; and how to quickly match shades and create clear, shiny, smooth surface texture in one firing.
JUVORA™ solutions are to become available to more dentists and their patients worldwide: Straumann has added the JUVORA dental disc to its portfolio. The company will provide milled JUVORA frameworks and also distribute the dental disc as part of the Straumann CARES® digital solutions system. It is suitable for fixed and removable prosthetics, such as implant dentures, full and partial dentures and overdentures, crowns, and bridges.
Straumann CARES digital solutions are facilitating dentistry's migration to digital-design techniques and workflows. The move to combining this with high-performance polymers is providing new digital production and treatment options for dentists and patients. Interest in the use of these materials for restorative dentistry is growing, as indicated in over 70 peer-reviewed publications over the last two years, as well as an increasing number of clinical studies and patient surveys.
Strong clinical data, real-world patient experience, and backing from leaders within the dental profession are expected to support increasing use of this innovative product. In addition, the service provided by Juvora Limited includes regulatory clearance/certification and a JUVORA training guide. The training guide is available as an app via app stores and includes training and product information to support dental labs and dentists.
JUVORA prosthetics are made entirely of implantable PEEK-OPTIMA™ polymer from Invibio Biomaterial Solutions. This innovative material flexes and, unlike metal, enables the absorption of shock in the masticatory system, protecting the device and patient, especially in cases of bruxism which can lead to parafunction.1 In addition, it offers the potential for the CAD/CAM milling of JUVORA-based solutions up to three times faster than an equivalent titanium product.2 JUVORA prosthetics seek to improve the quality of life for patients, as well as clinical outcomes for dentists3, and offer manufacturing efficiency2 as an added benefit. In a patient survey over 20 months, 99% of patients rated JUVORA highly for comfort.4
John Devine, Medical Business Director at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, comments, “For many years, Straumann has led innovation in dentistry and dental biomaterials. Working together with them as one of the industry's leaders will further pave the way to digital dentistry and allow patients across the globe to access customized high quality prosthetic dental implants based on our PEEK biomaterials.”
Since PEEK-OPTIMA Natural was launched as the world’s first implantable PEEK polymer more than 15 years ago, Invibio and Juvora have pioneered the use of high-performance polymers in long-term implantable medical-device applications such as spine, arthroscopy, trauma, and dental. In the process, evidence of the clinical benefits of JUVORA has been amassed as a framework material in implant and tooth-borne prosthetics. European CE mark certification for JUVORA was secured in 2012, followed by initial US FDA approval in 2014, and a further FDA approval in 2017 for JUVORA in implant-borne restorations. In 2017, JUVORA was also granted a US patent.
(1) M Rosentritt, S. Schneider-Feyrer, M. Behr, V. Preis (2017). in Vitro Shock Absorption Tests on Implant-Supported Crowns: Influence of Crown Materials and Luting Agents. The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, 2017 May 18. doi: 10.11607/jomi.5463.
(2) Invibio data on file. Independent laboratory test indicated milling JUVORA implant prosthetic framework in one hour, 21 minutes, versus Titanium equivalent in three hours, 50 minutes.
(3) Siewert, B. (2017), PEEK in Dental Prosthetics. Industry Symposium. EAO Conference. Madrid, Spain. 5th October 2017. Available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNvSwG4CaeYB.
(4) Invibio data on file. JUVORA prosthetics patient survey from 92 cases, July 2013-March 2015.
The midyear mark is fast approaching. Have you had a dental exam this year? According to a recent national survey from Delta Dental, many adults do not seek out proactive dental care and confess to visiting the dentist less often than they should. As a result, many adults suffer from oral health detriments. The study reveals that more than half of Americans (57 percent) have made an unplanned visit to the dentist, with pain in mouth (33 percent) being cited as the leading cause.
According to the Adult's Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, a chipped or cracked tooth (26 percent) or a cavity (20 percent) also ranked as top reasons for Americans to suddenly find themselves in a dental chair. A lost crown or filling tied at 14 percent. Capping off the key reasons is bleeding gums (8 percent).
The Delta Dental survey indicates that more than two in five (42 percent) Americans admit they typically visit a dentist less than once a year.
"A healthy smile is a valuable asset in everyday life but requires proper care, including to help prevent gum disease," said Joe Dill, DDS, MBA, Delta Dental Plans Association's vice president of dental science. "Making an appointment for a dental exam is a positive step to safeguard the health of your smile."
Simple lifestyle tips for a healthy smile
Dr. Dill recommends regular dental exams as part of preventive oral health care. He shares the following basic pointers for helping to prevent the top reasons for American adults' unplanned dentist visit.
Pain in mouth: Brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, and quit the use of tobacco products, if applicable
Chipped or cracked tooth: Avoid chewing ice and hard candies and never use your teeth as a substitute for the right tool
Cavity: Remove plaque with daily flossing and brushing, reduce consumption of sugary foods and beverages from your diet, and chew sugar-free gum that contains xylitol
Crown fell off/filling fell out: Avoid hard and sticky foods, such as caramels and hard candies
Bleeding gums: Floss and brush with a fluoride toothpaste daily, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist regularly
About the survey
The Adult's Oral Health & Well-Being Survey was conducted between December 13 and December 28, 2017, among 1,008 nationally representative Americans ages 18+, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.
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About Delta Dental Plans Association
Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, is the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental companies. Through its companies, Delta Dental is the nation's leading dental insurance company, covering more than 75 million Americans, and offering the country's largest dental network with roughly 154,000 participating dentists. Year over year, Delta Dental companies invest more than $50 million to help improve oral health care in local communities across the country. For more information, visit: deltadental.com.
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Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. announced U.S. Patent No. 9,943,379 has been issued for the LANAP® protocol. This minimally-invasive surgical treatment for periodontitis is performed using the PerioLase® MVP-7™, the only dental laser specifically designed and configured to support the LANAP® protocol.
"At Millennium Dental, our guiding vision is 'it's all about the patient.' This patent protects patients by clearly illustrating that the LANAP® protocol is a specific surgical procedure requiring in-depth training. Clinicians performing the LANAP® protocol must complete the proper training to maximize patient safety and clinical results before they are extended a license to perform the protocol," states Robert H. Gregg II, DDS, inventor of the LANAP® protocol and Founder and President of Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. "Patients should request to see the LANAP® license of any clinician claiming to perform the LANAP® protocol before accepting any treatment, and ensure the doctor uses the PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser. No other laser meets the specifications required for the LANAP® protocol."
In March 2016, the LANAP® protocol was awarded the world's first FDA clearance for True Periodontal Regeneration—regenerating alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments and cementum on a previously diseased root surface. This groundbreaking clearance remains the only FDA clearance for full mouth True Periodontal Regeneration that is evidence-based and scientifically validated with human histology. The PerioLase MVP-7 is the only FDA cleared device for True Regeneration with the LANAP® protocol.
While part of the standard of care, the LANAP® protocol is unique within the field of periodontal treatment, and has increasingly become the preferred option due to predictable successful results and positive patient experience.
ABOUT MILLENNIUM DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., is the developer of the LANAP® protocol for the treatment of gum disease and the manufacturer of the PerioLase® MVP-7™ digital dental laser. By providing a simple and comfortable experience with unique bone-building clinical results, MDT's FDA-cleared LANAP® protocol removes the fear from gum disease treatment, offering a vastly less painful and less invasive regenerative treatment alternative to conventional surgery. Its PerioLase MVP-7 is a 6-watt free-running variable-pulsed Nd:YAG dental laser featuring 7 pulse durations giving it the power and versatility to perform a wide range of soft- and hard-tissue laser procedures. The PerioLase MVP-7 is also developed for the LAPIP™ protocol, for the treatment of ailing dental implants. The company's founding clinician, Robert H. Gregg, II, continues to operate the company with the vision: To create better clinical outcomes in periodontal disease patients—and to remain true to the guiding principle—"It's all about the patient."
Dentsply Sirona is introducing another integrated solution to the dental market ‒ the new SICAT Endo 3D software for improved planning and workflow in endodontic treatment. SICAT Endo also enables you to order special surgical guides for guided endodontic treatment. Advantages of the software: enhanced diagnostics, improved certainty in planning, and optimized accuracy of treatment through the use of surgical guides.
SICAT Endo is the first and only fully integrated and complete 3D solution for the diagnosis and planning of endodontic treatment that also supports clinical implementation with surgical guides. Using the software, all root canals can be easily identified in 3D, and the working length and depth of the access cavity can be determined precisely. Even heavily curved and calcified canals can be diagnosed easily. This process considerably improves the endodontic workflow for practitioners. The user-friendly software has diagnostic advantages for optimal treatment planning ‒ efficient, reliable, with predictable outcomes.
Introducing fusion of 2D images with 3D Data
The combination of high-resolution intraoral 2D X-ray images and the depth information from 3D X-ray data facilitates diagnostics considerably. Thanks to the simultaneous navigation in 2D and 3D, dentists are easily oriented in all dimensions and can concentrate on the root canal to be diagnosed.
SICAT Endo is optimized for 2D and 3D X-ray units and CEREC by Dentsply Sirona. The software is fully integrated in Sidexis 4 with 3D data from Galileos and Orthophos SL units combined with 2D data; including Schick 33 and Schick Elite sensors. No export and manual import of data are required. The integration of optical impressions allows the occlusal surface to be visualized precisely, thus optimizing planning for the access cavity and the exact determination of the working lengths.
Jochen Kusch, Managing Director of SICAT GmbH & Co. KG: “With the SICAT Endo software, we have taken a major step towards the diagnostics, planning, and implementation of endodontic treatment. We developed surgical guides for the opening of the root canal, and this is innovative in the dental market. The specific endodontic tools in the software such as 360° visualization of the root canals, the integration of 2D and 3D views, and the integration of optical impressions for the precise visualization of the occlusal relief are crucial support for practitioners in diagnostics and treatment planning.”
Guided root canal treatment with surgical guides
After identifying and diagnosing all root canals in SICAT Endo, dentists can order a SICAT ACCESSGUIDE surgical guide. The use of the surgical guide for opening the root canal helps make endodontic treatment even more effective, safer, and more precise. The surgical guide enables minimally invasive and efficient preparation of cavity access. SICAT ACCESSGUIDE guides are available for orthograde root canal treatment.
As a leading innovator in dental industry, SICAT develops and markets 3D-based analysis and planning software, surgical guides, and therapeutic appliances for various dental disciplines, such as implantology, functional dentistry, sleep medicine or endodontology and is a partner for dental practices, clinics, and dental laboratories worldwide. With its wide range of product solutions, SICAT paves the ground for advanced digital dentistry. Multiple data sources like 3D X-ray, optical impressions, jaw movement data and 2D intraoral sensor images can be combined with each other – for increased efficiency and quality of treatment. SICAT was founded in 2004 as a Joint Venture between HICAT GmbH and Sirona Dental Systems GmbH and is based in Bonn, Germany.
According to a current report "Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances Market by Product, (Mandibular Advancement Devices (Mad) & Tongue-Retaining Devices (TRD)), Type (Physician Prescribed/Customized Oral Appliances & Online OTC Oral Appliances) - Global Forecasts to 2023," the sleep apnea oral appliances market is projected to reach USD 482.5 million by 2023 from an estimated USD 233.2 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 15.7%.
Growth in this market is mainly driven by the growing popularity of oral appliances in sleep apnea management, technological advancements in oral appliances, a large pool of undiagnosed sleep apnea patients, and growing awareness about sleep apnea.
ResMed (US), SomnoMed (Australia), and Whole You (US) are the key players in the sleep apnea oral appliances market. Other players involved in this market are Oventus (Australia), Panthera Dental (Canada), Airway Management (US), Apnea Sciences (US), DynaFlex (US), OravanOSA (US), and Myerson (US).
Mandibular Advancement Devices Segment to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
By product, the mandibular advancement devices segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The large share and high growth can be attributed to the popularity of MADs, backed up by the extensive research available supporting their effectiveness over TRDs.
Physician-Prescribed/Customized Oral Appliances to Dominate the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances Market During the Forecast Period
By type, the physician-prescribed/customized oral appliances segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The high growth can be attributed to the rising awareness of sleep apnea and increasing patient preference for prescribed and customized oral appliances.
North America dominated the market in 2017
North America is expected to account for the largest share of the sleep apnea oral appliances market in 2018. The rising prevalence of sleep apnea in the region coupled with the growing demand for alternative treatment options due to poor compliance associated with CPAP is driving the sleep apnea oral appliances market in the region. In addition, rising awareness regarding the disorder; a less complicated reimbursement scenario for oral appliance therapy (OAT); and increased acceptance of OAT by physicians, dentists, patients, and insurance companies are also supporting the growth of the sleep apnea oral appliances market in North America.
PlanmecaUSA today announced the launch of their newest mill, the Planmeca PlanMill® 30 S, for chairside milling. The PlanMill 30 S debuts at the California Dental Association tradeshow in Anaheim, Calif., from May 17 –19, 2018 in booths 1376 and 1476.
The New Planmeca PlanMill 30 S has been designed for optimal precision by combining high-performance servo motor technology and durable milling components. Capable of reaching maximum speeds of 100,000 rpms, a 4-axis high-speed spindle is ideal for single visit restorations and everyday milling of inlays, onlays, crowns or bridges. Direct drive linear force motors used in the manufacturing of aerospace components are unique to Planmeca milling units, resulting in accurate and a robust platform capable of milling a broad range of materials to provide the best treatment option for the patient.
An intuitive user interface coupled with System Maintenance, Alerts, Reports and Tool (SMART) software streamlines the user experience with updates on status to notify you when the mill needs attention. System automation creates a more efficient milling process by detecting worn or broken burs and automatically replacing them for a refined restorative finish. As with all Planmeca products, the Planmeca PlanMill 30 S is designed on an open platform for seamless integration with most dental equipment.
“The launch of the Planmeca PlanMill 30 S is an ideal milling option for customers who are considering CAD/CAM technology but have been hesitant to invest,” said Brett Hines, President of Planmeca USA. “When combined with the Emerald Scanner, Planmeca 3D imaging and Romexis software, the 30 S creates an incredible system that brings the digital workflow to life in one seamless, easy process.”
For more information, please visit www.planmecausa.com
Oral Health America (OHA) recently welcomed Tiana Brazzale, Foundation Development Manager, and Rovee Fabi, Program Coordinator, Children and Youth, to the organization. Ms. Brazzale is responsible for all of OHA’s foundation grants and Ms. Fabi supports the development and implementation of the Smiles Across America® program.
For the past seven years, Ms. Brazzale was the Grants Administrator at DuPage County-based Ray Graham Association (RGA), a provider of services and supports to people with disabilities and their families. She successfully sought funding in support of RGA's programs and operating funds during her career there. Prior to the Ray Graham Association, Ms. Brazzale held positions in Financial Services at Lincoln Financial Group, Citi and AonHewitt. During her career at Lincoln she was the Foundation Chair for the local office of the Lincoln Financial Foundation and was United Way Liaison for the United Way campaign and other fundraising efforts. Ms. Brazzale earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Dominican University.
Ms. Fabi’s healthcare career started through an internship in 2010, with the community-based dental program SmileHealthy in Champaign, IL. She was involved in coordinating the annual Give Kids A Smile campaign in Champaign County since 2012. When the organization grew and became Promise Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Health Center, Ms. Fabi became a full-time team member as the Dental Programs Scheduler for Promise Healthcare. She moved on to become the Dental Programs Administrator prior to coming to Oral Health America. Ms. Fabi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To learn more about Oral Health America, visit oralhealthamerica.org.
ABOUT ORAL HEALTH AMERICA (OHA)
Oral Health America’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Through Smiles Across America®, which serves 501,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, which prioritize oral health alongside other chronic diseases, OHA helps Americans of all ages to have a healthy mouth and to understand the importance of oral health for overall health. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit oralhealthamerica.org.