Registration now open for AO Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting

Posted on June 20, 2018

Heralding the home of the first modern root form dental implant placed and restored in the United States, the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will be held in National Harbor, MD September 14 – 15, 2018.

“Advances in Clinical Implant Dentistry” will focus on various disciplines within implant dentistry, including the latest in surgical, restorative and laboratory techniques. The Gaylord National Resort, one of the most elegant convention centers along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, will provide the backdrop for this historic meeting with its picturesque views of Washington, DC and old-town Alexandria from the shores of the Potomac River.

The two-day program, featuring AO Member presenters from the US mid-Atlantic region, will include:

September 14, 2018: Hands-on clinics

Dr. Joseph P. Fiorellini, an AO director, who has served as Head of the Division of Periodontology and postgraduate program director of periodontology at Harvard University, and is currently Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, will provide a hands-on course entitled “Socket Bone Grafting, with and without Biologic Modifiers.”

Tony Prestipino, CDT, Alexandria, VA, a long-time, active AO member and master laboratory technician in the Washington, DC area, will provide a review and hands-on course entitled “Advanced Protocols for Converting Removable Dentures to Fixed Interim Prostheses: A review and hands-on course.”

Saturday, March 15 Main Program

Dr. Eva Anadioti, Philadelphia, PA, director of the Post-Graduate Prosthodontics Specialty Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will provide a practical overview entitled “Implant Overdenture: The Past, the Present and the Future.”

Dr. Edgard El Chaar, New York, NY, director of the Postgraduate Periodontics Specialty Program at New York University, will present “Innovative Strategies and Techniques in Ridge Augmentation.”

Dr. Thomas Taylor, West Hartford, CT, head of the Department of Prosthodontics and Reconstructive Sciences at the University of Connecticut, will address the topic, “Occlusion and Dental Implants: What Gives?”

Dr. Maria Troulis is chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her presentation will be entitled “Bone Tissue Engineering.”

More than 30 poster presentations showcasing the latest cutting edge research in implant dentistry will also be on display at the meeting.

AO members are highly encouraged to invite their colleagues to this meeting, which carries historical significance in the field of osseointegration and AO’s history. In May 1982, following a three-day symposium hosted by Dr. George A. Zarb and conducted by Professor Per-Ingvar-Brånemark in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Paul H.J. Krogh, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Bethesda, MD, and his prosthodontic colleagues, Drs. Lloyd Vakay from Alexandria, VA, and his partner Dr. Daniel Y. Sullivan from Washington, DC, attended an intensive one-week training session in Sweden at the University of Göteborg, hosted by Dr. Brånemark. Two months following this training in October 1982, the trio became the first surgeons involved in the placement of titanium endosseous implants in four patients over two days, with Dr. Branemark placing the implants.

This revolutionary time in the field of implant dentistry subsequently sparked four training centers across the United States and one in Canada, as well as the Osseointegration Study Group in New York in 1984, the organization which then formed the Academy of Osseointegration in March 1985. Drs. Krogh and Sullivan would become two of the Academy’s early presidents in 1989 and 1993, respectively.

The mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will also serve as the promotional launch of the much-anticipated AO annual global scientific Annual Meeting, to be held March 13 – 16, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC.

“With a focus on multidisciplinary evidence-based implant dentistry, and the latest surgical, prosthetic and laboratory technologies, the Academy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland is an event you will not want to miss! I’ll look forward to seeing you there!” said AO President Dr. James C. Taylor, who will be there to open the meeting.

Space is limited, so be sure to register early to guarantee your seat at this special event! Register here.

About Academy of Osseointegration

With nearly 6,000 members in more than 60 countries around the world, AO is recognized as the premier international association for scientists and professionals interested in osseointegration and implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists, generalists and scientists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share best practices; and define optimal patient care using timely science and evidence-based methods. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AcademyOsseo, and subscribe to us on YouTube.


NBC Launches Computer-Based Testing for Written Examinations

Posted on June 19, 2018

NBC is excited to announce that they are launching computer-based testing for the written examinations. The first computer-based testing (CBT) written examinations will be offered beginning July 1, 2018.

"The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching computer-based testing options for some time now,” said NBC Chair, Denise Burris, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination security. We saw computer-based testing as an opportunity to offer a greater number of testing locations and more flexible scheduling.”

NBC will partner with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring still meets the desire for increased accessibility as candidates will be able to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date, and time of their choosing,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer, Dennis Urban, CDT.

Of course, there will be certain rules to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during, and after the examination.

"Over the last two years, our focus has been on updating our examinations to keep pace with the changing market trends,” said Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Vice Chair. “In 2017, we launched revised job task outlines, updated examination references, reviewed and rewrote examination questions and revised practical examinations. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.”

Roland DGA Launches New “Technology Upgrade Program”

Posted on June 19, 2018

Roland DGA Corporation has teamed up with financing company Geneva Capital to launch a new “Technology Upgrade Program” for Roland customers throughout the US. In addition to making easy to qualify for financing a new Roland device, the program allows customers to upgrade to new models in as little as 12 months to remain competitive in an ever-changing business world.

Along with the upgrade option, the program offers other benefits to Roland customers, including low monthly payments (OAC), accelerated tax write-offs, short loan terms of three years or less, and the ability to keep purchased equipment under warranty.

“By taking advantage of the new Technology Upgrade Program, Roland DGA customers can maximize their profits, enjoy the extra peace of mind of continuous warranty coverage, and have the option to upgrade their devices frequently to keep up with growing business and production requirements,” said Tony Miller, Vice President of Sales and Product Management.

Cantel Expands its Dental Water Solutions Portfolio with Entry into Amalgam Separator Category

Posted on June 18, 2018

Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMD) today announced its entry into the dental wastewater management market through the recent launch of Syclone™ Amalgam Separator, previously marketed and sold under the brand name, Apavia™ Amalgam Separator. This new filtration technology and related assets were recently acquired from ENPRESS L.L.C. and its subsidiary Apavia LLC.

Syclone™ Amalgam Separator captures mercury-containing amalgam particles from the wastewater of dental offices through a combination of mechanisms, including filtration and centrifugation. In addition, it features a high containment capacity for extended service and pump life, and cutting-edge cyclonic design with rapid velocity and waste capture.

"As a market leader, we are committed to staying at the forefront of the latest industry trends and to providing quality solutions that meet the compliance needs of dental practices. With the Syclone™ filtration technology, we can effectively support the hundreds of thousands of dental practices in meeting the requirement of removing mercury from wastewater and improving the overall environment," stated Gary Steinberg, President and CEO of Crosstex.

"We look forward to integrating the Syclone™ Amalgam Separator technology into our expanding portfolio of solutions for infection prevention," stated Ken Plunkett, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Crosstex. "Given the EPA ruling on amalgam separators for wastewater management compliance by July 2020, the addition of this innovative technology further enhances our dental water compliance products, beyond our DentaPure™ Cartridge for dental water purification."

The Syclone™ Amalgam Separator will be available for customers in the coming months. For more information, please visit

About Cantel Medical Corp.

Cantel Medical is a leading global company dedicated to delivering innovative infection prevention and control products and services for patients, caregivers, and other healthcare providers which improve outcomes, enhance safety and help save lives. Our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for endoscopy and renal dialysis, advanced water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, sterility assurance monitoring products for hospitals and dental clinics, disposable infection control products primarily for dental and GI endoscopy markets, dialysate concentrates, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products, and specialty packaging for infectious and biological specimens. Additionally, we provide technical service for our products.

For further information, visit the Cantel website at

About Crosstex International, Inc.

Crosstex, a Cantel Medical company, manufactures a wide array of unique and innovative infection prevention and compliance products for the global healthcare industry. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, Crosstex is a recognized leader for its portfolio of waterline treatment, biological monitoring, sterility assurance packaging and personal protection equipment (PPE). Sold in more than 100 countries, the range of products distributed to medical, dental and veterinary practices and facilities include our award winning (5 consecutive years) SECURE FIT™ Face Masks, DENTAPURE™ Waterline Treatment Cartridges and Liquid Ultra™ Solution, SURE-CHECK™ Sterilization Pouches with internal/external multi-parameter indicators, TYVEK™ Pouches with 510K approval, STEAMPLUS™ Type 5 Chemical Integrators, CONFIRM™ Monitoring System and PASSPORT™ Plus In-Office and Mail-In Biological Indicators, RAPACIDE™ OPA/28 High Level Disinfectant, and AXESS™ and ClearView™ Nasal Masks for nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation.

For information on the full line of Crosstex infection prevention, patient safety and compliance products, please contact Crosstex at 631-582-6777 or visit

About Enpress, LLC

ENPRESS LLC is a worldwide leading manufacturer of composite pressure vessels and filtration systems for use in water treatment. The exclusive and patented products designed by ENPRESS provide superior performance and water saving solutions. 



Dr. Dan Fischer Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award from Loma Linda University

Posted on June 15, 2018

Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc., received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from his dental school alma mater, Loma Linda University, on May 27, 2018. Loma Linda University awarded Dr. Fischer with the honor for his public attainments and commitment to excellence “which have contributed to mankind in a manner which is congruent with the mission of Loma Linda University Health,” said Dr. Richard H. Hart, president of Loma Linda University.

Dr.  Fischer traveled to Loma Linda University with his family over Memorial Day weekend to receive the special award at a commencement luncheon hosted by the university president. Of the recognition, Dr. Fischer said, “I felt both humbled and honored to receive this award. It was very meaningful to me that my alma mater recognized the work of Ultradent’s Diversity Foundation and other activities which have occurred and continue to occur with the help of a number of great people.”

Dr. Fischer graduated from Loma Linda University dental school in 1974, after which he maintained a full-time practice for 15 years. Since 1990, he has practiced dentistry part-time while working extensively in the research and development of many revolutionary and award-winning products used in the dental profession via his international dental supply and manufacturing company, Ultradent Products, Inc.

In addition to his vast contributions to the dental industry, Dr. Fischer, through Ultradent, supports numerous humanitarian causes throughout the world, including The Crown Council’s Smiles for Life program, Sealants for Smiles, many independent humanitarian missions, as well as his own 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, The Diversity Foundation.

To learn more about Dr. Fischer, Ultradent, and the many humanitarian causes they support, please visit

Americana Dental Announces Partnership

Posted on June 15, 2018

Pedro Fernandez, owner of Americana Dental, announced a new alliance with Jason Frazier, formerly Vice President of Talladium, Inc.

"This new partnership with their massive knowledge of dental innovations and years of working together will provide your lab with superior products with technical support to help your lab deliver state of the art creations," Americana Dental says in a release. "Please welcome this collaboration for new products such as Amann Girrbach and all new technological dental products."

For more information, call Americana Dental at 813-888-8889 or go to

Dental Business Academy 2018

Posted on June 15, 2018

Where do you begin when you are ready to start your own dental practice? What are critical things you need to know if you want to be a successful practice owner? The Dental Business Academy is here to help answer those questions. In addition to learning about practice ownership, you will have the benefit of interacting with a network of peers from across the country and a proven team of experts for you to leverage.

Learn from experts and accelerate your path to practice ownership at the Dental Business Academy 2018. 

Thursday, Aug. 9th / Sept. 20th

Welcome Reception & Pickup Info Packets

4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10th / Sept. 21st


7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Conference at A-Dec Education Center

8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Reception

5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Oregon Winery Dinner Experience




2601 Crestview Drive

Newberg, OR 97132




(Includes meals/hotel

accommodations for two)

Food, hotel and shuttle service are complimentary of A-dec and Bank of America Practice Solutions.*

*Subject to credit approval; restrictions apply. Bank of America Practice Solutions is a division of Bank of America Corporation.

Bank of America is a registered trademark of Bank of America Corporation. Sponsorship is not an endorsement or approval of

the non-affiliated speakers, programs or products of this A-dec event.

Regster here by August 1, 2018. 

National Dentex Labs and Carbon Partner to Implement a 3D Manufacturing Solution Across NDX Labs in the US

Posted on June 15, 2018

National Dentex Labs (NDX), the largest network of dental labs by revenue in the US, and Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital 3D manufacturing company, today announced a multi-year agreement to help NDX’s labs across the country implement Carbon’s complete dental solution. The agreement recently commenced with Carbon M2 printers being placed in NDX labs in 2018 and will continue to scale through 2019.

NDX relies on 3D printing technology to fabricate models, casting, and a variety of implant guides. However, the increasing demand for these items has led the organization to seek a solution that can not only meet this growth in efficiency, accuracy, and esthetics, but also provides scalability, fleet management across the install base in disparate locations, and the ability to report data and analytics that cater to solution-based needs.

“3D printing has become integral to the dental industry and NDX is at the forefront of using this innovative technology, so we have deep experience with the many printer technologies on the market,” said Tom Daulton, CEO of National Dentex Labs. “As we evaluated the options, we needed a solution and a partner that could scale with us while offering efficiencies, quality parts, and excellent support and service.”

“We are thrilled to partner with NDX, and honored that they’ve selected Carbon’s complete dental solution for their labs,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Co-founder and CEO of Carbon. “Dental is an industry that shows the most promise for using digital fabrication for production at scale, particularly given its rigorous requirements of high throughput, accuracy of prints, fast turnaround, constant uptime and very responsive service. At Carbon, we engage closely with each of our customers to understand their individual requirements, and deliver the one-to-one support and services they need to accelerate their business and create amazing experiences for their customers. We’re there with them at every step of the process.”

Carbon offers a revolutionary alternative to 3D printing, fusing light and oxygen to rapidly produce high-quality, end-use products from a pool of resin. Its proprietary Digital Light SynthesisTM (DLS) technology, robust and reliable 3D printers, and broad portfolio of materials deliver a complete solution for all dental production needs. Carbon’s solution significantly improves efficiency and accuracy, reduces time from design to manufacture, and provides important features such as part traceability and serialization through next-gen software design tools. With Carbon, everything is digitally traceable, down to a unique ID that can automatically be engraved or embossed on any part. This unique ID can be used to identify the digital historical record of the part, including identifying the specific printer, resin, and even post-processing protocols that were involved in making that part. This capability is particularly valuable for highly regulated industries like dental, where the FDA will increasingly require part-specific data to ensure product performance and patient safety.

Further, Carbon’s unique subscription-based model closely aligns it to its customers’ businesses – with every-six-weeks software updates, continuous education and training programs, and one-to-one customer service and support helping ensure the business is always up and running for optimal customer experiences and capabilities.

Water Fluoridation Confirmed to Prevent Dental Decay in US Children And Adolescents

Posted on June 14, 2018

The fluoridation of America’s drinking water was among the great public health achievements of the twentieth century but there is a scarcity of studies from the last three decades investigating the impact of water fluoridation on dental health in the U.S. population. A recent study “Water fluoridation and dental caries in U.S. children and adolescents,” published in the Journal of Dental Research, evaluated associations between the availability of community water fluoridation and dental caries (decay) experience in U.S. child and adolescent populations.

In this large study, county-level estimates of the percentage of population with community water fluoridation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 's Water Fluoridation Reporting System were merged with dental examination data from 10 years of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (1999-2004 and 2011-2014).

The analysis showed that U.S. children and adolescents with greater access to fluoridated drinking water were less likely to experience dental caries. Counties in which over 75% of the population had access to community water fluoridation saw a 30% reduction in dental caries experience in the primary dentition, and a 12% reduction in dental caries experience in the permanent dentition, compared to counties in which less than 75% had access to community water fluoridation.

The findings are consistent with evidence from the last half-century showing that community water fluoridation continues to provide a substantial dental health benefit for U.S. children and adolescents. The current study boosts the evidence by showing that the benefit is most pronounced early in life, in the primary teeth of 2-8 year olds.

“This study confirms previously reported findings and provides additional evidence in support of water fluoridation as a core public health intervention promoting oral health,” said Maria Ryan, President of the American Association for Dental Research. “AADR supports community water fluoridation as a safe and effective, evidence-based intervention for the prevention of dental caries and this report further adds to that evidence base.”

Authors of the study “Water fluoridation and dental caries in U.S. children and adolescents” are Gary Slade and Anne Sanders from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., USA, William Grider, U.S. Census Bureau, Suitland, Md., USA and William Maas, Dental Public Health Consultant, North Bethesda, Md., USA.

For media requests, please contact IADR Marketing & Communications Manager Elise Bender at

About the Journal of Dental Research

The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. At 0.02225, the JDR holds the highest Eigenfactor® Score of all dental journals publishing original research. The JDR ranks #1 in Article Influence and #2 in the Two-Year Journal Impact Factor rankings with a rating of 4.755 according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017).

About the International Association for Dental Research

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 10,500 individual members worldwide, dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. To learn more, visit The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of IADR, with 3,400 members in the United States. To learn more, visit

Workshop for Women in Dental Technology to Be Hosted in Berlin

Posted on June 14, 2018

Dentistry and dental technology are becoming more female. The number of female dentists and dental technicians has increased steadily during the past few years. Women usually have a different understanding of esthetics than their male colleagues, and this also manifests itself in their approach to the design of dental restorations. This is exactly where the workshop for advanced dental technicians held by Kim Lucka, CDT, from Speyer, will take off. Building on the zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate Celtra Press for restorations with perfect esthetics, Lucka will demonstrate the fascination of the Celtra light play and the perfect surface of the material and share tips and tricks on how to achieve the best possible results. Celtra Press helps dental technicians to get as close to nature as possible.

This advanced training course was specially designed for female dental technicians. So it would seem only logical that on the second day of the workshop, Grit Müller, a coach for personal growth, will show participants how successful women have gone about developing their personality. This workshop will be a very special experience revolving around the esthetics of fixed restorations, that no woman active in dental technology should miss.

Workshop leader: Kim Lucka, Speyer, Germany

Date: September 7–8, 2018 (Fri/Sat), 9 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Trainings-Zentrum Ästhetik Center

             Wendenschloßstraße 340

             12557 Berlin


Registration fee: €498.00 per person plus VAT; includes workshop framework

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