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Incisal Edge earns 3 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards

Posted on November 19, 2019


Incisal Edge earns top spot in three categories and honorable mention in nine during the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of publishing.

The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine -- Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 -- is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners from B2B, consumer, association and regional publishing brands were announced during a celebratory gala on October 30 during The FOLIO: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

In the B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing category, Larry Cohen, Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate for Benco Dental received an Eddie for “Larry’s Collection,” a column on dental artifacts culled from hundreds in his personal reserve. Kristie Ceruti, the magazine’s Digital Editor, garnered an Eddie for a series of articles that takes an architectural and interior design tour of the country’s most impressive dental practices. IncisalEdgeMagazine.com received an Eddie for website with a revamp of the digital product by Christopher Cruz, Kevin Garubba, Kristie Ceruti, Rachel Pugh and Loriah Webby.


Categories in which Incisal Edge received honorable mention awards include:

Eddies, awards for journalism

·       Video, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, “I Am Lucy Hobbs” by Eric Larsen

Ozzies, awards for design

·       Cover Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, Fall 2018 by Loriah Webby

·       Feature Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, 40 Under 40: the 8th annual Kind of Blue, Fall 2018 by Loriah Webby

·       Overall Design (Single Magazine Issue), B2B: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 by the Incisal Edge Design team of Sharon Fiorini, Donna Shrader, Jimmy Musto and Loriah Webby.

·       Photography, B2B, Print: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 by Eric Larsen

·       Site Design, B2B: Incisal Edge, IncisalEdgeMagazine.com by Christopher Cruz and Kevin Garubba

"Our readers are a constant source of inspiration, and Incisal Edge is the direct result. Their passion unites us around the shared purpose of driving dentistry forward, and that in turn pushes us to constantly elevate our standards of quality," said Incisal Edge co-founder Chuck Cohen. "We're very proud that our team's hard work is being recognized alongside so many worthy fellow nominees.”

The Folio: team, along with their panel of 200+ judges, received more than 2,000 entries submitted this year in 33 categories. Other publishers among the 2019 finalists are: ESPN the Magazine, Forbes Media, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation and Variety. View the full list here.

Incisal Edge is a previous recipient of an Ozzie Award for Under40Summit.com in the category of Site Design for in 2018. To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

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1.      18_IncisalEdge_Larry’s Collection: — Incisal Edge earns top spot in three categories and honorable mention in nine during the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of publishing. In the B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing category, Larry Cohen, Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate for Benco Dental received an Eddie for “Larry’s Collection,” (shown) a column on dental artifacts culled from hundreds in his personal reserve.

2.     18_IncisalEdge_SeriesofArticles_Ceruti.jpg: — Incisal Edge earns top spot in three categories and honorable mention in nine during the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of publishing. Kristie Ceruti (shown) garnered an Eddie for a series of articles that takes an architectural and interior design tour of the country’s most impressive dental practices.

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine -- Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.







Convergent Dental Names Wayne Craig as New National VP of Sales

Posted on November 19, 2019

Convergent Dental, Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading 9.3 µm CO2 all-tissue dental laser, has chosen Wayne Craig as their new National VP of Sales. Mr. Craig, a powerhouse in the medical device sales category, joins Convergent Dental with almost 30 years’ experience and a list of impressive milestones behind him. He previously held the role of Vice President North American Sales at Align Technology (Invisalign®), as well as numerous other sales, marketing, and commercial operations roles at companies such as Intuitive Surgical, Johnson & Johnson, and Stryker Surgical.

“Convergent Dental is a dynamic company comprised of a highly dedicated team of people,” said Mr. Craig. “After meeting Michael Cataldo, I knew the partnership would be a perfect fit. Michael is a high-integrity guy with a lot of energy, who thinks differently.” He continued, “But beyond the people and culture is Solea. I instantly loved the technology, and remember thinking, ‘this laser is going to reinvent dentistry.’ And I want to be on the forefront of that revolution.”

According to Mr. Craig’s personal philosophy, the foundation of successful sales is the combination of a product that helps customers achieve their goals and sales people who guide them to great conclusions through active listening. “Solea’s ability to enrich patient experiences, improve office efficiencies, enhance clinical outcomes, and increase new patient flow is absolutely unique,” remarked the industry veteran. “By seeking first to understand each dentist’s individual ambitions, the sales team can help them leverage Solea’s many unique benefits to meet their goals.”

“Solea is a progressive technology that demands a forward-thinking sales approach implemented by a skilled and ethical sales team,” said Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. “We are proud of what the team has accomplished so far and know the addition of Wayne as National VP of Sales will provide the leadership needed to take Solea and Convergent Dental to the next level.”

For more information about Solea, visit convergentdental.com or call 844.GOSOLEA.

About Convergent Dental, Inc. 

Convergent Dental, Inc. is a privately owned dental equipment and technology company. Solea® is the only computer-aided, CO2 laser system to be cleared by the FDA for all-tissue indications. With Solea’s unique wavelength and computer controls, dentists can reliably perform procedures anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free. Reliably anesthesia-free and blood-free procedures pay huge dividends for patients in the form of a vastly improved dental experience and dentists in terms of significant practice growth. For more information, please visit www.convergentdental.com. Follow the company on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.







Tom's of Maine Brings First-of-its-Kind Recyclable Toothpaste Tube to the Oral Care Aisle

Posted on November 18, 2019


KENNEBUNK, Maine, Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom's of Maine has begun shipping a first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers. The tube is designed to be compatible with the #2 HDPE plastic stream and will begin shipping just ahead of National Recycling Day on November 15.

Until now, toothpaste tubes haven't been recyclable because most are made of a mixed material that doesn't have a second life and has to be landfilled. The #2 plastic continues to have a strong recycling stream and is the same material used in most laundry detergent bottles. The new Tom's of Maine recyclable tube is designed to be "circular," so that the material can be re-processed into new products and packaging.

"We're thrilled to offer a first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube that's been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers, which sets the standard for North America. There is no oral care or personal care tube on the market with this APR recognition," said Esi Seng, general manager at Tom's of Maine. "We're already hard at work engaging with The Recycling Partnership and their network to communicate with recycling centers and win their acceptance of our recyclable tube. We're proud to be blazing a trail for other toothpaste brands to follow," Seng added.

Tom's of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Natural Toothpaste will be the first variant in the new tube, available on shelves in the coming weeks, with all full size Tom's of Maine toothpastes in the new recyclable tube by the end of 2020. For more information, please visit: https://www.tomsofmaine.com/our-promise/caring-for-the-planet.

"When it comes to recycling, shoppers interested in natural products are also more committed, active participants in working to keep waste out of landfills," said Julie Sprague, stewardship manager at Tom's of Maine. "This is another commitment we're making as a company guided by a rigorous set of standards called our Stewardship Model, which ensures we're operating sustainably and responsibly every day. Taking care of the planet is a goal we all share and this exciting launch is a new way we can work together in this ongoing effort," Sprague added.

To recycle the tube at home, people should check the back of their tube for the blue "flag" that tells you what to do: once empty, replace cap and recycle with #2 plastics. Tom's of Maine tubes without the blue flag haven't yet transitioned to the new recyclable material. Recycling practices vary by municipality and if a town doesn't accept #2 plastic, the Tom's of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program, a partnership with TerraCycle, is a recommended option for recycling all personal and oral care packaging regardless of the brand.

Tom's of Maine recently became a Certified B Corporation®, joining the ranks of top socially responsible companies. Through this accreditation, the company continues its commitment to transparency, caring for the planet and communities, and setting a positive example for future generations. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the brand still headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine. You can learn more about Tom's of Maine, its complete product portfolio and how the company makes its products by visiting www.TomsofMaine.com and www.Facebook.com/TomsofMaine.

Tom's of Maine has been making safe, effective natural personal care products for 49 years. It all began when Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine in 1968 looking for a healthier, simpler life for their growing family. And when they couldn't find personal care products that were free from artificial flavors, fragrances, sweeteners, colors and preservatives, they decided to make their own. Tom's of Maine products – including toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, antiperspirant, bar soap, body wash, dental floss, and toothbrushes – are made from naturally sourced and naturally derived ingredients and never tested on animals. A Certified B Corporation, Tom's of Maine is committed to upholding a purpose-driven business and has a long-standing commitment to supporting nature and healthy families. Tom's of Maine has supported hundreds of nonprofits by giving back 10% of its profits, and employees are encouraged to use 5% of their paid time (12 days) volunteering for causes they are passionate about. Most Tom's of Maine products are vegan, kosher, halal-certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities. Visit us online at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine. 







FDA Clears KeySplint Soft™ Printable Material

Posted on November 15, 2019

Keystone Industries® has obtained 510k clearance by the US FDA to sell its revolutionary 3D printing night guard and splint resin in the United States, joining Canada and the EU as territories where KeySplint Soft can be purchased. KeySplint Soft is unlike any other 3D printing material. Without being brittle, it is tough and durable like a hard splint to withstand the forces of bruxism, yet flexible for patient comfort. It is abrasion and fracture resistant. KeySplint Soft is made in the USA, has 3 years of guaranteed shelf life, and is a highly efficient and profitable way to make splints and night guards.

Keystone Industries has two shades available—an aesthetic clear version that is optimized exclusively for the Carbon® Digital Manufacturing Platform as well as an open-source version with a slight violet tint. 

Keystone’s patent-pending formulation provides a unique solution for dental labs and clinicians: a 3D printed night guard and splint that is flexible and comfortable, yet tough and durable, without brittleness.

“We worked for years to create a unique, safe, and effective night guard solution for 3D printing,” said Ira Rosenau, President of Keystone’s dental group. “With the added production efficiency of 3D printing, KeySplint Soft offers a top quality and unique splint solution that creates a significant value for the laboratory and a terrific protective device for the patient.”

Concerning the 510k clearance for KeySplint Soft, Mr. Rosenau noted, “This is a significant event in that the FDA has not reviewed and cleared many 3D printing materials as medical devices, and KeySplint Soft is believed to be just the second FDA clearance for splint and night guard applications. In order to compliantly 3D print night guards or splints in the United States, users need to look for materials that have undergone and cleared the FDA 510k process. We are pleased to be one of the first compliant splint solutions here in the USA.”

Keystone’s exclusive arrangement with Carbon on a clear version of KeySplint Soft is particularly noteworthy for users of the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform seeking high-quality, high-speed splint production.

“We’re excited that with the FDA clearance, we can now make the KeySplint Soft Clear material available to Carbon’s global network of dental partners and customers via the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform,” said Brian Ganey, Vice President of Carbon’s Oral Health Business. “We believe the KeySplint Soft™ Clear resin is the most esthetic, best-in-class material for night guards and bite splint applications.”

The combination of the unique KeySplint Soft Clear resin and Carbon’s robust M series printers allows labs to produce 6x more splints than traditional production methods while increasing profit per unit by nearly 75%.

Early users have praised KeySplint Soft as a 3D solution the market has been seeking. Ashley Byrne, an experienced dental laboratory owner from Oxford, England, has been using KeySplint Soft Clear in his Carbon printers.

Byrne notes, “I’ve never used a material like it. I'm just blown away by how good it is. It is soft but super strong, incredibly comfortable to wear and printed on our Carbon M2 printers. Many splint materials are simply too brittle and break easily. However, this material is a game changer in the world of occlusal splints and keeps blowing our mind.”

Jay Patrick has spent years focusing on night guard and splint manufacturing, and now uses the Asiga Max (UV 385) for his 3D printing needs. After using KeySplint Soft, Jay remarked, “I honestly believe this will change printed splints forever. It has unbelievable fracture-resistance and mind-blowing elastic memory.”

Keystone Industries has validated KeySplint Soft in several printers and with several post-cure units, including printers from Carbon, Asiga, MiiCraft, and others, with additional validations ongoing regularly. Keystone updates its validations at https://keyprint.keystoneindustries.com/printer-validation/.

Keystone has been a trusted dental manufacturer since 1908 and has developed an expertise over several decades in manufacturing photopolymer formulations.  The KeyPrint® dental 3D printing solutions are manufactured in the USA and stocked in Keystone’s US and EU fulfilment centers.

Using its expertise in manufacturing both dental acrylics (like Diamond D® high-impact denture base) and night guards and splints (such as the industry-leading Pro-Form® line of thermoplastics), Keystone Industries has seen splint fabrication evolve from the tedious hand-crafting of cured acrylic splints to thermoforming laminate sheets over hand-poured stone models. With the digital dental revolution, 3D printing KeySplint Soft yields a high quality, accurate and safe device at significantly reduced labor and material costs compared to other methods. With digital storage available, a lost or damaged splint can be re-printed easily, without any additional rework or patient visits.

For more information about KeySplint Soft and the entire KeyPrint line of 3D printing resins, visit https://keyprint.keystoneindustries.com/







Sterngold Releases 2020 Mini Implant Course Schedule

Posted on November 14, 2019

Sterngold has released its highly anticipated 2020 Mini Implant course schedule. These upcoming CE-credited courses will provide valuable insights and strategies that will not only boost practice case acceptance but help improve a patient’s quality of life.

Some of what attendees can expect to learn are basic and advanced denture stabilization case treatments, a demonstration of hands-on surgical prosthetic procedures, treatment indications and contraindications, and valuable practice building strategies. Also introduced is the new “Treatment Plan Workshop." This workshop enables attendees to successfully turn their challenging cases involving limitations on bone, time, or finances into accepted treatments.

2020 Mini Implant course dates and locations:

January 25 – Atlanta, GA

February 8 - New Orleans LA

March 20 – Tampa Bay, FL

April 17 – Philadelphia, PA

May 9 – Chicago, IL

May 16 – St. Louis, MO

October 24- Oklahoma City, OK

November 14- Weehawken, NJ

December 12- Atlanta, GA

All courses slated between January to May are now open for enrollment. To register or learn more, visit sterngold.com/courses or call 800-243-9942.







Pitt School of Dental Medicine Establishes Opioid-Free Prescribing Guidelines

Posted on November 14, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is the first in the nation to establish opioid-free pain management guidelines for the vast majority of procedures performed in all of its clinics.

For decades, opioid pain relievers have been routinely prescribed for dental procedures, including the surgical extraction of wisdom teeth – often a teenager’s first exposure to opioids. Since current evidence shows that alternative, non-opioid medications generally work as well or even better for managing pain after dental work, without the side effects of nausea, vomiting, constipation and potential for misuse, Pitt Dental Medicine has developed a set of updated pain management guidelines to help practitioners make the best choices for their patients.

“It’s not a cookbook approach to how to take care of patients,” said Bernard J. Costello, D.M.D., M.D. dean of the Pitt School of Dental Medicine. “This allows clinicians to make good choices based on what they know of the biology of the patient and the patient’s concerns.”

The Pitt Dental Medicine guidelines advocate that clinicians prescribe non-opioid pain-relievers first whenever possible.

If a patient can’t tolerate one of several opioid alternatives, or requires additional pain relief as a rescue medication, clinicians should: 

  Choose the lowest potency possible.

  Limit to a three-day supply. 

  Check the Pennsylvania Patient’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database.

If the patient is already taking opioids for chronic pain or a substance use disorder, additional opioids should not be prescribed without first consulting a pain management clinician and formulating an alternative plan.

The Appalachian corridor, which includes Western Pennsylvania, is a hot zone for opioid addiction. With deaths occurring every day from opioid abuse, and costs of rehabilitation care approaching $90,000 per hospitalization, deliberate strategies to minimize dental pain after treatment and eliminate the need for opioid pain relievers are now available to combat this public health crisis in the Appalachian region.

“Pitt Dental Medicine is leading the way with the adoption of this new protocol by teaching our students and residents the best way to manage pain effectively without the unnecessary risk of opioid dependence,” Costello said. “When these trainees move on to other practices, they’ll take these opioid-free guidelines with them.”

To read this release online or share it, visit https://www.upmc.com/media/news/111419-opioid-free.

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Established in 1896 as an independent institution named the Pittsburgh Dental College, the School of Dental Medicine was incorporated into the University of Pittsburgh in 1905. The school offers a four-year predoctoral Program leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree, an international Advanced Standing Program for graduates of foreign dental schools, and post-graduate residency or fellowship programs in 12 disciplines. Additionally, the School of Dental Medicine offers the only dental hygiene certificate program in Pennsylvania affiliated with a major university, as well as a dental hygiene baccalaureate degree program. Pitt Dental Medicine’s comprehensive clinical offerings include the Multidisciplinary Implant Center and the Center for Patients with Special Needs, one of the few centers in the U.S. dedicated to training future dentists to care for patients with a wide range of disabilities. Recognized for excellence in research, the School of Dental Medicine is ranked fifth for National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) support. For more information about the School of Dental Medicine, visit www.dental.pitt.edu.







Glidewell Dental to Host Inaugural Guiding Leaders Summit at Oceanfront Resort in 2020

Posted on November 14, 2019

The powerful, two-day conference is designed to create an unparalleled experience for women in dentistry

Glidewell Dental, an industry-leading provider of dental laboratory services, products, technologies and clinical education, will host the Guiding Leaders Summit, a dynamic conference designed to equip women in dentistry with the latest dental procedures and leadership training that elevates them to new levels. This powerful, two-day event will take place April 24–25, 2020, at the luxurious Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, California.

"We're excited to create this extraordinary opportunity to empower women in dentistry," said Stephenie Goddard, executive vice president at Glidewell Dental and visionary of Guiding Leaders. "We believe in being innovative, so we have designed an exceptional conference that is intended to provide a unique experience that's unlike other dentistry events."

The Guiding Leaders Summit will include prominent speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussions, a vendor expo and an onsite booth to update professional headshots. Each morning, yoga sessions will be offered at the beach, and participants will have ample opportunity for networking during the event including hosted cocktail receptions.

The conference will provide a range of continuing education courses that cover diverse areas from clinical and digital dentistry to practice management and leadership development. Attendees will have an opportunity to select up to eight sessions from topics such as Choosing the Right Cutting-Edge Technology to Grow Your Practice, 7 Simple Strategies to Build a Successful Brand on Social Media, and Reduce Stress by Unlocking the Power of Mindfulness.

Dr. Rella Christensen, who co-founded the Clinicians Report Foundation, a nonprofit, educational research institute, will be the keynote speaker on the opening day. As a renowned author, researcher and lecturer, Dr. Christensen will share with attendees the latest in clinical research as well as her experiences as a woman in dentistry. "I'm excited about speaking at the inaugural Guiding Leaders Summit. It is going to be a phenomenal event for women in our profession," said Dr. Christensen. "I look forward to sharing the information and experiences I have had with the new leaders."

The conference will be a well-rounded event where women can discover current dentistry trends, develop as a leader, as well as build a strong support network with colleagues. "It is essential to have a variety of tools to be successful within this field," said Goddard. "Therefore, we want women to leave the summit equipped in more than one area. Our goal is for them to receive educational training while being rejuvenated so they return to the practice ready to make a bigger impact in dentistry."

The Guiding Leaders Summit is geared toward women dentists, hygienists and office staff, as there will be topics that are relevant to all roles within the practice. Participants can earn up to nine hours of continuing education credits by attending both days. Early-bird registration for the event ends in January. For more information or to register, visit: guidingleaders.com/summit.

About Glidewell Dental

Glidewell Dental is among the world's largest providers of custom restorative services and is recognized as an industry-leading materials and devices manufacturer. Established in 1970 in Orange County, California, Glidewell continues to build on its storied history of technological innovation, continuing education and a commitment to making comprehensive, high-quality treatment more accessible to patients in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit: glidewelldental.com.







exocad ChairsideCAD Matera: new release enables single-visit dentistry with unsurpassed indication spectrum

Posted on November 14, 2019

exocad GmbH announces the release of the latest software version ChairsideCAD 2.3 MateraChairsideCAD, the first hardware-neutral CAD solution for the clinical environment, was first launched last year. With the new release, the company is now offering the widest range of indications in the market for chairside CAD software and at the same time covering the broadest spectrum of integrated devices. The software is intuitive, so users can easily, economically and reliably deliver esthetically demanding restorations in a single patient session.

With the new ChairsideCAD 2.3 Matera modules, the software can intelligently expand the individual practice's offerings. Smile Creator is the ideal tool for 2D / 3D esthetic planning of restorations, ensuring predictable results. Model Creator is suitable for creating physical models from digital impression scans. With Jaw Motion Import, patient-specific jaw movements are imported from various measuring systems and used directly for optimal design of the occlusal surface. The DICOM Viewer impresses with its outstanding speed when loading CB/CT images, which can be visualized together with intraoral scans and construction data. In addition, patient photos and three-dimensional facial scans can be used in combination to create a comprehensive fully digital representation of the patient.

The Implant Module enables the design of abutments, screw-retained crowns and bridgesThe software and its modules are integrated on exocad's proven and robust software platform, which has been successfully used for more than ten years. This has several advantages: ChairsideCAD Matera always runs reliably  - even with complex restorations - and follows the same intuitive operating workflow as all exocad software applications. The wizard-driven user guidance allows precise results to be achieved quickly and with impressive quality. The combined platform with the world's leading CAD laboratory software exocad DentalCADalso opens up unparalleled possibilities for digital collaboration with tens of thousands of laboratories. If so desired, each step of the digital workflow can be outsourced to a preferred laboratory, allowing dentists to save time and rely on the expertise of their partner.

Further highlights of the new Matera release include:

  Greatest flexibility in the selection of scanners and milling machines while offering simplified integration 

  Perfectly integrated production system: the positioning of the reconstruction in the milling blank takes place directly in the CAD workflow. Predictable results can be achieved quickly, especially when using color scans and multilayer materials 

  Control multiple milling machines directly from within the exocad software 

  Seamless integration with exocad's guided surgery solution exoplan

  Improved photorealistic representation of the finished restoration. An interactive 3D preview can also be exported as a web link and viewed in all popular browsers - even on mobile devices - without the need to install software

ChairsideCAD was recently awarded the prestigious Cellerant "Best of Class" Technology Award in the USA for its unique, open software architecture and was the first CAD software ever to win this award. The independence from devices and manufacturers is a significant advantage: "Dentists are free to choose their hardware because our software seamlessly integrates itself into a heterogeneous device environment, so that users can easily combine different intraoral scanners with almost all 3D printers and milling units - whether in their own practice or with a laboratory," explained Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO at exocad. "We are delighted to receive the Cellerant award and pleased that the independent jury recognizes our software as pioneering digital technology in the clinical environment," added Larry Bodony, President of exocad America. "This award encourages and drives us to further develop our open software architecture."

ChairsideCAD 2.3 Matera is now available in the EU, USA (currently without the Implant Module), Japan, South Korea and Australia. Since 2018, exocad has named its releases after current European Capitals of Culture and has selected the Italian city Matera for this year's title.

More information about ChairsideCAD and resellers at exocad.com/chairsidecad

Information on the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award: https://cellerantconsulting.com/

About exocad GmbH

exocad GmbH is a dynamic and innovative software company committed to expanding the possibilities of digital dentistry and providing OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) with flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use CAD/CAM software for dental labs and dental practices. exocad software has been chosen by leading OEMs worldwide for integration into their dental CAD/CAM offerings, and thousands of exocad DentalCAD licenses are sold each year. For more information and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit exocad.com.







Finding Safe Dental Anesthesia for Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

Posted on November 14, 2019

Finding local anesthetic that is safe for patients with cardiovascular disease during dental procedures is extremely important. A new study, published in Anesthesia Progress, compares the use of two different drug combinations in older adults to understand the effects on blood pressure and heart rate during tooth extractions.

As the global population of older adults (aged > 65 years) grows, the need to find pain management techniques that take systemic diseases into account increases. Currently, cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in older adults. Finding a local anesthetic that does not affect blood pressure or heart rate during dental procedures is extremely important.

Researchers from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University and the Kyushu Dental University published a study in the current issue of Anesthesia Progress that compared the use of two different drug combinations in older adults during tooth extractions to determine local anesthetic effects on blood pressure and heart rate.

The researchers conducted a crossover study with 22 older adults, aged 65 to 86 years, in need of at least two maxillary tooth extractions. A combination of either lidocaine and adrenalin (L + AD) or prilocaine with felypressin (P + FP) was administered before tooth extraction. After anesthetic injection, blood pressure and heart rate were measured every 2.5 minutes for 20 minutes. Dental extractions in each subject were performed 5 days apart, in which L + AD was used for one extraction and P + FP was used for the other, so the researchers were able to examine the effect of both drug combinations on the same subject.

The researchers found an increase in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the P + FP group at all timepoints compared with the L + AD group. The systolic pressure did increase at the initial timepoint in the L + AD but then stayed constant throughout the procedure. However, when heart rate was measured, the researchers found an increase at all timepoints with L + AD and no real difference with P + FP.

The researchers conclude that in older adults who have blood pressure concerns, a combination of L + AD should be considered when performing dental procedures. In older adults with increased heart rates, the P + FP combination should be administered. The researchers suggest further studies are necessary to find more information on selecting safe local anesthetics for older adults with cardiovascular disease during dental procedures.

Full text of the article, “Cardiovascular Comparison of 2 Types of Local Anesthesia With Vasoconstrictor in Older Adults: A Crossover Study,” Anesthesia Progress, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2019, is now available here: https://www.anesthesiaprogress.org/doi/full/10.2344/anpr-66-02-04.

About Anesthesia Progress

Anesthesia Progress is the official publication of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA). The quarterly journal is dedicated to providing a better understanding of the advances being made in the science of pain and anxiety control in dentistry. The journal invites submissions of review articles, reports on clinical techniques, case reports, and conference summaries. To learn more about the ADSA, visit: http://www.adsahome.org/.







Dental Tech Company Dandy Launches in Philadelphia to Provide Patients Better Smiles

Posted on November 14, 2019

Dandy, the dental platform delivering straighter, healthier and more confident smiles through a combination of in-person treatment and advanced virtual care, launched today in Philadelphia. The new service directly addresses the lack of medical supervision provided by existing DTC companies in the clear aligner market. Philadelphians can now visit MeetDandy.com to book a Snapshot appointment with a local dentist, where they will get a 3D scan, X-rays, a full dental check-up, and then receive their custom aligners at their door within days.

Dandy has partnered with dentists in Philadelphia to elevate the sometimes stress-inducing oral care experience. These specialists will address any underlying issues that may mitigate the success of a straightening treatment. Most patients will see their Dandy dentist two to three times during the process to modify their aligners with attachments or to undergo in-person procedures that are often necessary to deliver optimal patient outcomes. Users easily stay on track with their treatment by periodically sharing their progress directly from the Dandy app.

"At Dandy, we recognize how a smile can impact a person's health, self-esteem and social life. Unfortunately, people hesitate to correct issues because of high costs and fear of shoddy work," said Toni Oloko, co-founder of Dandy. "That is why we designed Dandy to be an easy and user-friendly dental experience - both in the office and at home - all at an affordable price point."

The dental tech space has exploded in the past year with many DTC companies emerging to offer a solution to oral problems and eliminate the fears and headaches people associate with dentistry. Unfortunately, without the direct involvement of a dentist in patient care, these at-home smile brands risk leaving their customers with frowns due to service that produces subpar results or even damage like tooth fractures, extreme sensitivity, nerve pain.

"Healthcare is a partnership between the clinician and the patient. Remote orthodontic care sacrifices the quality of patient care by removing the involvement of a dentist," said Bruce Freeman, DDS. "It is not possible to achieve an aesthetic smile and functional bite without being under the care of an orthodontist or dentist. Dandy has clearly taken this into account."

Pricing for Dandy's teeth alignment offering starts as low as $88/month or a one-time fee of $1,900 - initial check-up, aligners and retainer included. Patients may be able to use their insurance to cover up to half of their costs and can be paired with FSA/HSA, because they are under the care of a dentist. Dandy plans to expand nationwide in the coming months to cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami. To learn more, visit MeetDandy.com.

About Dandy

Dandy is a venture-backed digital health tech start-up founded by Toni Oloko and Daniel Hanover. Dandy combines in-person dental treatment with advanced virtual care to deliver optimal patient outcomes while improving the dental experience for both patients and doctors. Dandy plans national US rollout in 2020.







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