Delta Dental Donates to Support an Additional 1.2 Million Meals in LA County

Posted on December 3, 2020

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation announced that it will donate an additional $300,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help communities impacted by COVID-19 as some businesses scale back or shut down again due to an increase in cases of the virus. This support will enable the Food Bank to provide enough food for an additional 1.2 million meals. This announcement fell on Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that encourages people and organizations to do good, which has deeper resonance amid the challenges presented by COVID-19.

"We are now providing food to 900,000 people each month in our community and we can only do it through the generous support of companies like Delta Dental," said Michael Flood, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. "The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation stepped up early in the pandemic to provide funding for our hunger relief efforts, and now with cases rising, they have committed more support during the holiday season as we are anticipating the need for food assistance to increase."

"As a result of the pandemic, food insecurity rates and reliance on food banks are skyrocketing like never before," said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president for foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California and its affiliates. "Fighting food insecurity is not only the right thing to do for our communities during these trying times, but it also aligns with our mission to promote oral health."

Dental caries, or the disease that causes tooth decay, has been linked to food insecurity – a disruption in food intake or eating patterns due to a lack of resources – in numerous studies. Delta Dental of California and its affiliates, through the Foundation, employee support and corporate giving, have strengthened food banks across its enterprise states for years. As the economic crisis caused by the pandemic continues, it became clear it was time to increase that support exponentially.

LA County faces food insecurity more than any other county in the nation. It is thanks to our donors like Delta Dental, that the Food Bank can provide undisturbed distribution of healthy food to more than 900,000 people monthly during this pandemic.

About the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation partners with local communities to increase access to care, support dental education and fund research that advances the oral health field. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $60 million across 15 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of California and its affiliated companies, including Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and Delta Dental of New York, Inc.

About Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been mobilizing resources to fight hunger in Los Angeles County since 1973. To support the Food Bank's vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, food and grocery products are distributed through a network of 700 partner agencies and directly to families, seniors and children through direct distribution programs. The Food Bank has distributed more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, the equivalent of 1.2 billion meals since 1973. In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Food Bank has more than doubled food distribution, and now reaches more than 900,000 people every month. The Food Bank is a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator. For more information, visit LAFoodBank.org

Assured Dental Lab Releases DreamGuard

Posted on December 2, 2020

DreamGuard™ represents revolutionary, digital printing production ensuring high-quality, precision splints and nightguards. Clinicians can send traditional PVS or digital impressions. DreamGuard benefits include: rigid outside/soft inside offering flexibility for patient comfort, transparent, stain resistant, high impact resistance, less likely to break or fracture and 3-year guarantee. Digital storage eliminates reworks or patient visit for replacement. Contact Assured Dental Lab 877.283.5351 – assureddentallab.com.

ADEAGies Foundation® Celebrates Eight Trailblazers in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health

Posted on December 2, 2020

Today the ADEAGies Foundation ® announced recipients of the 2021 William J. Gies Awards (the Gies Awards) for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The Gies Awards, named after William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

“Through their extraordinary contributions, our Gies Awardees are moving the needle forward in dental education and oral health” says Marsha Pyle, D.D.S., M.Ed., President of the ADEAGies Foundation. “The Gies Awards honor future-ready initiatives that advance dental education and elevate the dental profession.”

The eight honorees were chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts, including the ADEAGies Foundation ® Board of Trustees.

The 2021 Gies Awards recipients are ( in alphabetical order ):

Mert Aksu, D.D.S., J.D., MHSA

Gies Award for Vision – Dental Educator

California Dental Association

Gies Award for Achievement – Public or Private Partner

M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator

University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

Gies Award for Achievement – Academic Dental Institution

Paul Gates, D.D.S., M.B.A.

Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator

Irvin Silverstein, D.D.S., M.Sc. Ed.

Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator

Texas A&M College of Dentistry

Gies Award for Vision – Academic Dental Institution

Mary Williard, D.D.S.

Gies Award for Achievement – Dental Educator

The 2021 Gies Awards will be presented on March 12, 2021, in tandem with the 2021 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition (virtual).

About the ADEAGies Foundation: As the only philanthropy dedicated solely to dental education, the ADEAGies Foundation’s mission is to enhance the oral health of the public by funding programs that support innovations in dental education, research, leadership and recognition. To achieve its mission, the Foundation awards grants (over $1.8 million to date) and holds The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement each year. Building on these successes, the ADEAGies Foundation has committed to increase funding for innovations within academic dentistry, and to ensure that those ideas are disseminated throughout the profession to reach their full potential for change. The Foundation’s funding will support leadership programs and transformational advances throughout dental education to improve oral and systemic health.

About William J. Gies, Ph.D. and the Gies Report: William J. Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor and founder of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University. In 1926, funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. The Gies Report remains to this day the most relevant survey of dental education and critical issues within the field.

About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education ®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS ®, ADEA PASS ®, ADEA DHCAS ® and ADEA CAAPID ®. For more information, visit adea.org.

3M presents truly universal two-component system

Posted on December 1, 2020

What if two components were all you needed to cover virtually every self-adhesive and adhesive dual-cure resin cement indication as well as all direct adhesive cases? This wish comes true with the launch of 3M™ RelyX™ Universal Resin Cement and 3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Plus Adhesive in December 2020.

When used alone, RelyX Universal Resin Cement works as a self-adhesive resin cement with outstanding bond strength reliably solving routine cases with maximized efficiency. Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive is the first radiopaque, all-in-one universal adhesive. It serves as a universal primer for all materials including glass ceramics and further boosts bond strength of RelyX Universal Resin Cement for demanding adhesive resin cement cases. As a fully aligned system, the adhesive is initiated and cured by RelyX Universal Resin Cement thus saving the light-cure step.

These features reduce procedure steps and the number of required components to two, eliminating the hassle and confusion associated with the use of different resin cements, adhesives and primers, reducing stock and saving time, space and money.

The new universal resin cement comes in a game-changing 3M™ RelyX™ Universal Automix Syringe. Due to its proprietary self-sealing design, it can be cleaned easily and stored without the used Micro Mixing Tip for better hygiene. Being smaller than currently available standard automix systems, the ergonomic syringe delivers the usual number of applications with half the plastic waste. The unique mixing tip design is responsible for an 80 percent reduction of cement waste per application compared to the standard mixing tips.

“At 3M, we recognize the importance of simplifying procedures to help dentists cut down on steps and eliminating some of the challenges that can arise on a daily basis,” said Eric Wenzel, USAC Area Leader, 3M Oral Care Solutions Division. “The new two component

system with RelyX Universal Resin Cement and Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive streamlines direct and indirect restorative workflows – increasing efficiency and adding more time back into the day.”

Other benefits of RelyX Universal Resin Cement are related to the development of a unique initiator system and new filler architecture. Thanks to the new initiator system, excess outflow can be easily removed after tack curing. Moreover, it ensures that a high bond strength is developed independent of the selected curing mode (self-cure or lightcure). The new fillers offer a radiopacity higher than that of enamel, which facilitates identification of the cement layer and possible excess material on X-rays. More information about the true two-component resin cement system is available at 3M.com/Dental.

About 3M Oral Care

3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness through inventive solutions that help oral care professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success. Learn more at 3M.com/Dental. 3M, RelyX and Scotchbond are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. © 3M 2020. All rights reserved.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.


AMD Lasers Release Monet Laser Curing Light

Posted on December 1, 2020

AMD Lasers, Inc. (AMD) announces the release of the Monet™ Laser Curing Light, the world’s first handheld laser dental curing light, for faster and reliable dental curing.

Light curing is an essential procedure in daily dental practice. LED curing lights have been widely adopted into the dental practices since their introduction in 2001. However, LED curing lights have certain limitations, chief among them being an uncollimated light beam where light intensity decreases dramatically from the emitting orifice, leading to inefficient, inaccurate curing, and heat as well as other issues.

AMD Lasers has been leading the development of diode laser systems in dentistry for over a decade. Leading the way has been the Picasso™ diode lasers which are widely used for daily dental procedures. Building on diode laser technology and innovations in laser modules, optics, mechanics, and electronics, the Monet Laser Curing Light features 1) Curing 8mm depth of composite in 3 second; 2) 360˚ rotatable head; 3) Coherent collimated beam with a consistent diameter of 12mm; 4) Beam intensity does not decrease with distance; 5) A variety of aperture attachments for light intensity attenuation and different beam size in 2, 4, 6 mm for different applications; 6) Handheld and cordless operation; 7) Easy battery attachment for uninterrupted operations; and 8) Convenient charging station with a light intensity meter.

“We invented the first commercial LED curing light 20 years ago which have benefited dentistry greatly. We have considered all the key requirements for a curing light and implemented the requirements in the development. The Monet laser curing light resolves critical issues that have existed in LED curing lights. It is a revolutionary change for dental curing.” said, Dr. Densen Cao, PhD, President of AMD. “The Monet Laser Curing Light will make dental curing easier, faster, and better by providing fast and reliable curing.”

Detailed features of the Monet laser curing light can be found at www.amdlasers.com.

Monet laser curing light has received FDA 510K clearance. AMD is now taking pre-orders. Visit www.amdlasers.com or call +1-866-999-2635.

About AMD Lasers, Inc.

The AMD Lasers, Inc. (AMD), a subsidiary of the CAO Group, Inc., is a world leading company in diode laser technology in dentistry. Innovations of AMD has contributed to widely use of diode lasers in daily dental procedures. For more details, visit www.amdlasers.com.

Dental Whale Appoints New Leader Joe Cavaretta

Posted on December 1, 2020

Dental Whale®, the nation’s leading provider of dental solutions and education, today announced the appointment of its new leader, Joe Cavaretta. He succeeds David Lopez, founder of Dental Whale, who will now serve as vision leader and chairman of the board.

“Dental Whale was founded to reimagine the dental industry by creating breakthroughs in dental practice management through insight and innovation,” said Dental Whale Founder David Lopez. “Joe is an exceptional leader that knows how to build a team and get things done. He is also not afraid to challenge the status quo in the industry.”

With more than two decades of dental industry experience, Cavaretta left his position as Vice President of Sales for the U.S. dental business at Henry Schein to join the Dental Whale team. While there, Cavaretta was responsible for the generation of over $2 billion in annual sales and led more than 2,000 team members. He made the leap from the industry giant to help Dental Whale reimagine the dental industry.

“It has been an honor serving Dental Whale for almost two years under David’s leadership,” said Dental Whale Leader Joe Cavaretta. “I look forward to continuing to serve the dental industry with customer-centric solutions that truly empower independent dentists and DSOs. We’re on a mission to make this industry more efficient while providing the solutions our clients actually need.”

In his new role, Cavaretta will help to further expose Dental Whale’s unique offerings to independent dentists and DSOs while continuing to pioneer new ways of doing things.

For the past two years, Dental Whale has been the go-to provider of choice for private practices and DSOs seeking practice management solutions and education to optimize their business. Whether one needs marketing services, insurance claim processing, equipment repair, or even to earn CE credits, Dental Whale is the nation’s leader in innovative solutions.

About Dental Whale®

Dental Whale® is the nation’s leading provider of dental solutions and education. With offices in Texas and Florida, Dental Whale has a suite of solutions that support the success of private practices and DSOs delivered through their proprietary platform called ORCA. At the end of 2019, Dental Whale supported more than 18,000 dentists and helped serve more than 4 million patients. For more information on Dental Whale, call 855-339-3740 or visit https://www.dentalwhale.com.


Ceramill® Matik Is Now "Authorized for IPS e.max®"

Posted on November 30, 2020

With the successful validation of the Ceramill Motion 2 and Ceramill Mikro IC milling units as being "authorized for IPS e.max," Amann Girrbach and Ivoclar Vivadent already formed a partnership in the laboratory sector last year. Now the Ceramill Matik, the unique Full Service Unit from Amann Girrbach, has also been officially released for the processing of IPS e.max and thus offers users an even more comprehensive range of materials. 

Coordinated CAD/CAM solutions for use in dental laboratories are of paramount importance for both Amann Girrbach and Ivoclar Vivadent. For this reason, all the above-mentioned milling units were subjected to a precise coordination process, and specially developed milling strategies ensure the highest quality results. 

The specially developed and fully burn-out disc, ProArt CAD Wax yellow, supports the pressing technique with IPS e.max Press digitally. The smooth surfaces of the material enable precise results with a maximum accuracy of fit. Thus, Ceramill users have access to all processing options for the leading all-ceramic system, IPS e.max. As a clear sign of the cooperation, the Ceramill units will receive a specially developed blank holder for the Ivoclar Vivadent CAD/CAM materials.

Comprix Award 2020: vhf Wins Gold Again

Posted on November 30, 2020

At the 28th Comprix competition, the most creative healthcare campaigns of the year were awarded. In the category Dental-/Oral-Care Professionals, the vhf clip Dental from Deutschland prevailed against the competition and won the first place. Not the first prize for the short vhf video: earlier, a jury of Healthcare Marketing and Dental Marketing already awarded the clip as spot of the year 2019.

In Germany, the Comprix Award is a seal of quality for excellence and creativity for particularly outstanding works in healthcare communication – awarded by about 70 jurors in three expert juries. With 342 submissions in 48 categories in total, this year’s competition had the highest submission rate in the last ten years. The award ceremony took place in September this year, both on site in Cologne and virtually.

vhf could once again win an award with their clip Dental from Deutschland. The star of the successful video is the Z4 – a high-precision milling and grinding machine for same-day dentistry. Its futuristic housing contains state-of-the-art technology that enables perfect dental restorations to be produced within minutes. The objective was to develop a film for this dental machine which could be used at trade shows worldwide, on the homepage of vhf, and in social media. The intention is to tell Made in Germany in a completely different way and as surprisingly as possible.

The project was realized by the agency Schitto Schmodde Werbung (now Circle Kommunikation) with a humorous story about German clichés and virtues, combined with a lot of courage for self-irony. The result: high-tech from Germany is sold with a wink and an unusual sense of humor – happy ending included.

Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners Hires Vice President of Operations: Orthodontics

Posted on November 24, 2020

Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners, a dental support organization (“DSO”) dedicated to improving the delivery of dental services for dentists, has announced the addition of Wendy Flanagan as Vice President of Operations: Orthodontics. In this role Flanagan will plan, direct, coordinate and oversee operations in the orthodontics sector, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners.

“With decades of experience in operations, Wendy is a highly motivated, driven and energetic professional that is dedicated to providing exceptional experiences to our clients,” said Mitchell Goldman, Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners. “Her leadership and commitment will ensure that our orthodontics team continues to provide the highest-quality dental care.”

Flanagan brings more than 24 years of dental operations experience to her role at Mid-Atlantic Dental. Prior to joining Mid-Atlantic Dental, she held multiple roles at Great Expressions Dental Centers, eventually becoming National Vice President of Team Operations in nine states, including Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, New York and New Jersey.

Flanagan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia and an Associate of Science from Clayton College and State University. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Flanagan was recognized as a top company performer for Great Expressions Dental Centers in the Invisalign and orthodontic revenue sectors. In 2016, she was named Female Executive of the Year, Consumer Services: Bronze Award at the Stevie® Awards.

Founded in 2016, Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners offers dentists a DSO model that supports dental professionals by providing marketing, financial, practice information and other business services so dentists and other dental professionals can focus on delivering the highest quality care to their patients. In addition, Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners supported practices offers associate dentists an opportunity to participate in the financial success of the practices. The company currently has 200 practices in 17 states and will continue to expand its national footprint and tap into new markets.

About Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners

Founded in 2016, Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners is a dental support organization dedicated to improving the delivery of dental care by elevating the importance of dental care in the overall health care of patients and their communities. By providing dentists with financial management, marketing and technology services, Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners alleviates administrative burdens and allows dentists to focus on their patients.

For more information, visit http://www.mid-atlantic dental.com/

Planmeca USA Announces North American Digital Dentistry World Tour

Posted on November 23, 2020

Planmeca USA, a leading manufacturer of dental imaging and CAD/CAM equipment, today announced that the North American part of the highly-popular Planmeca Digital Dentistry World Tour will go virtual on December 2. This show offers dental professionals an informative, yet safe way of learning how to benefit from Planmeca’s all-digital workflow.

Attendees will learn about the latest digital dentistry innovations, including the recently launched all-in-one Planmeca Romexis® 6.0 software, which ties together all Planmeca equipment and software. Attendees will also see the entire integrated workflow firsthand, beginning with CBCT imaging and intraoral scanning to treatment planning, restorative design and fabricating.

“Doctors who are thinking about going digital or are looking for ways to further expand their digital dentistry offerings will greatly benefit from joining this event,” said Jody Rodney, Vice President of Marketing and Education at Planmeca USA. “They can learn about maximizing their workflows and how to enhance patient care, which will undoubtedly generate new revenue streams for their practice.“

The online event will feature three doctors who have utilized Planmeca technology to improve workflow efficiencies. Dr. Zachary Evans will discuss the entire digital implant workflow; Dr. Walter Renne will guide participants through a complete digital smile design case; and Dr. Anthony Mennito will use a clinical case example to demonstrate how patient satisfaction and efficiency can be enhanced with same-day dentistry.

“Even during the current environment, doctors need to keep advancing their skills and dental practices still need to keep moving forward to bring patients back – and, at the same time, adopt to techniques that drive greater patient satisfaction and efficiencies,” Rodney said. “We are excited to offer this to our network and others who would like to learn more, in the comfort of their home or wherever else they may be.”

To sign up for the North American event, visit www.planmeca.com/digital-dentistry-world-tour/.

About Planmeca USA:

Planmeca USA is a subsidiary of Planmeca, the largest privately held company in the dental equipment market and one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of dental X-rays and core equipment. With a North American office located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and international headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, Planmeca is well established in high-tech dental markets and currently serves 120 countries worldwide. For more information, visit planmeca.com

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