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New Dean for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020

William V. Giannobile, an educator and leader in the field of periodontology and an internationally recognized scholar in oral regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and precision medicine, has been named dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The appointment was announced today by Harvard Medical School Dean George Q Daley.

Giannobile is an alumnus of HSDM, with an advanced degree in periodontology and oral biology (DMSc '96). He completed his postdoctoral training in molecular biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer institute and HMS. Giannobile served as an HSDM faculty member and worked at the affiliated Forsyth institute early in his career.

Giannobile is the Najjar Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He has served as chair of the department for the past eight years and is also a professor of biomedical engineering in the university's College of Engineering.

"I am thrilled to welcome Will back to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Longwood Medical Area," said Daley. "Having roots in our community and experience as a passionate and productive leader of a major department at a premier dental school make him perfectly suited to take the helm at HSDM during this unprecedented time. Our medical and dental schools are inextricably linked, and I look forward to Will's partnership toward our shared mission of improving health for all through education, research, and service."

Giannobile will assume the role of HSDM dean on Sept. 1, succeeding Bruce Donoff, who stepped down at the end of 2019 after serving 28 years in the post.

"The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is an extraordinary institution with a remarkable history of advancing research and education in service to humanity,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. "We are so pleased to welcome Will Giannobile, a leader who will help to ensure the School's continued success as we seek more opportunities to support and expand the work of the University's diversely talented biomedical community."

As HSDM's dean, Giannobile will advance the School's predoctoral and postdoctoral educational programs, transform clinical care, and further enhance HSDM's reputation as a renowned leader in research and dental education. He will work closely with Daley and other Harvard University leaders, as well as affiliated hospitals, institutions, and community clinics to advance HSDM's mission.

"The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is a pillar of the Harvard life-sciences ecosystem, integrating oral health with medicine. It has deep connections within the Longwood community and throughout the University," said Harvard Provost Alan Garber. "Will Giannobile, with his wide-ranging accomplishments as a scholar, leader, teacher, and practitioner, is uniquely suited to head a school whose approach to dental health draws heavily on medicine, bioengineering, and public health. He brings to the role a deep set of relevant experiences and a longstanding commitment to the field of dental education. I am confident that under his leadership HSDM will augment the strengths of the broader Harvard community."

"I am so appreciative of President Bacow, Provost Garber, and HMS Dean Daley for this incredible opportunity to serve the HSDM community as the new dean," Giannobile said. "The tradition of excellence of the School as a leader in global education, research, clinical care, and societal impact creates exciting new avenues of interactions with our diverse array of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends. The Longwood Medical Area and fruitful partnerships with the Medical School and affiliates create opportunities for collaboration to promote science, innovation, and education. I feel honored to continue building on the legacy of outstanding leadership at Harvard."

Giannobile brings an extensive scientific background to the role. At the University of Michigan, he leads a laboratory that explores methods for growth­factor delivery, such as gene therapy, for restoring periodontal tissue loss. His continuously-funded National Institutes of Health research program focuses on oral and periodontal regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and personalized medicine. He also serves as the co-principal investigator of the NIH-funded Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center. Additionally, he is the former editor in chief of the Journal of Dental Research, the official journal of the International Association for Dental Research.

"Will Giannobile is that rare clinician-scientist who excels in both the science and practice of dentistry. His distinctive scientific accomplishments, combined with his strong leadership experience and reputation at Michigan, across the U.S., and throughout the world, ideally prepare him to lead a distinguished school of dental medicine like Harvard," Laurie McCauley, dean of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, said.

Giannobile has been recognized for his teaching and research with several accolades. In 2003, he received the Henry Russel, Jr. Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching from the University of Michigan. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Academy of Periodontology. In 2018, he was recognized with the American Dental Association's Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

In announcing Giannobile's appointment, Daley expressed gratitude to the search committee and to those in the HSDM community who contributed their valuable input to the process. He also thanked Vicki Rosen, co-chair of the committee, and interim HSDM dean.

"I'm delighted to welcome Will as the new dean of HSDM. I know he will bring an exciting new vision to HSDM," said Rosen. "As an alumnus who is familiar with the HSDM community, he knows the School's distinctive history and is well-poised to shape its future. I'm looking forward to working with him in the months ahead."

The new dean takes the helm at a time when HSDM will enroll its most diverse predoctoral class in recent history. An important focus of the School is to advance diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and encourage those underrepresented in health care to consider careers in dentistry.

"Dr. Giannobile arrives at the Dental School with a strong reputation for supporting the entry and advancement of diverse students, trainees, faculty, and staff," said Joan Reede, HMS dean for diversity and community partnership. "I extend a warm welcome and look forward to future collaborations between HSDM and the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership that bring us closer to actualizing our shared missions and values."

"An important goal of mine will be to help support our amazing students for their success during their time of attending one of the very best institutions for dental education and oral health research in the world," said Giannobile.

Dental Market Direction Consortium (DMDC)

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dental Market Direction Consortium (DMDC) is a new dental organization born from the COVID-19 impact. We are an army of clinicians, industry experts and educators shoulder to shoulder - virtually! While we do not have all the answers yet, we’ve been listening and we are here to help. We pledge to give you the necessary vision, tools, pathway & support to become Practice Strong.

Occupational safety and personal well being must come first, followed by a sensible communications plan for your fellow colleagues and patients. Now is the time to self-assess, build a revised blueprint, consider necessary and innovative options that will not only make you less vulnerable, but poised for success. There will be a new principles in practice management, new clinical expertise and therapies, and new roles and responsibilities within your practice. Innovative technology and digital workflows will shift from optional to mandatory. This consortium will provide 3 key cornerstones:

New Practice Principles

We have been stopped in our tracks. And now must improve what we do, setting aspirational goals, learning from failures and readjusting for success. This applies to both clinical and business principles. We will help you set objectives for yourselves (the entire team) but you must hold yourself accountable. Build back the culture of your practice, get the people right and rebuild your machine. External marketing & communication strategies targeted to the public, your patients and colleagues come next. You will fine-tune your clinical expertise; introducing new therapies for patient benefit and practice growth; to staying healthy and attaining mental balance. We will help you transform your practice and positively impact your life.

Live Interactive Education

DMDC will provide an educational platform that will cover the clinical and business topics listed above, and much more. Our curriculum is novel, and specifically formulated to assist you, the dental professional, in getting back to business with a patient first mindset and a practice second focus on revenue generation and profitability, ensuring success.

True Industry Partners

The products and services you will come to rely upon must also fit in to your new clinical and business model. Features and benefits must now support provisions to get you back on your feet. They must also earn your business over the long-term. Wipe away the distractions and really see what you are purchasing and who you are partnering with.


Gino DeSimone Dental: Industry Executive and Educator

Dr. Paul Fugazzotto:  Periodontist, Practice Owner & Educator

Board of Advisors:

Tracy Butler, RDH: Registered Dental Hygienist & Educator

Dr. Jack Dillenberg: Dental School Dean, Educator, Public Health Expert

Dr. Howard Pactovis: Managing Director, Dynamic Dental Safety

Bill Ryan: Dental Industry Executive and Consultant

Dr. Michael Varallo: General Practitioner, Founder Nantucket Dental Society

Inaugural Members:

Grayson Allen: CFO/COO Launchpad Medical

Bridgette Bossidy: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Expert

Dr. Patrick Briscoe: Orthodontist & Educator

Dr. Bob DeFrancesco: Dentist/Partner Dynamic Dental Safety 

Robinsue DeSimone: Health and Well-Being Expert

Dr. Scott Drucker: Periodontist, Co-founder and President at Supply Clinic

Jacob Drucker: Co-founder and CEO at Supply Clinic

Lee Duke: Founder, Dental Peeps 

Justin Everette: VP Marketing for SolutionReach

Joe Fogg: CEO/Founder onDiem - Healthcare Staffing Program

Sara Fugazzotto: Registered Nurse/Founder Reflections Med-Spa

Blake Hadley: Partner, My Social Practice

Jack Hadley: Founder, My Social Practice

Dr. Adam Hamilton: Prosthodontist/Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Jason Haselhuhn: VP of Sales & Business Development - GreenSky patient Financing

Brian Hess: CEO & Founder of LaunchPad Medical

Dr. Brody Hildebrand: Prosthodontist/Orthodontist/Founder DevRight

Dr. Kanyon Keeney: Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon & Educator

Dennis Kelly: President - GreenSky Patient Financing

Dr. Luke Liszka: Periodontist & Educator

Dr. Will Martin: Clinical Professor, UFL, Center for Implant Dentistry

Blake McClellan: Implant Compare Education/All IN Dental Podcast

Shane McElroy: ALL-IN Dental Podcast

Paige Mead: Professional Sales Recruiter, Paige Mead Recruiting

Caitlin O’Brien DMD: Consortium - Chief of Staff

Randa OConnor: CEO Pinnacle Leadership Academy

Jim Smit: Industry Sales Executive & Head of National Subscriptions 

Gary Zelesky: Founder/CEO at Gary Zelesky Now


AACD Announces 2020-2021 Evy Awards Winners

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (03/10/20)— The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has recently announced the six outstanding award winners of AACD 2020-2021 Evy Awards. Due to the cancellation of the 36th Annual AACD Scientific Session in Orlando, these remarkable dental professionals will receive their awards in front of AACD’s elite membership at the 37th Annual AACD Scientific Session’s Celebration of Excellence in Aurora, Colorado in 2021.

Since 1988, the AACD has publicly recognized dental professionals who make a difference to the Academy, the profession, and to their communities. The AACD honors its most accomplished and dedicated professionals with Evy Awards. Evy recipients are first nominated for the award by their colleagues and then are selected by the AACD Awards and Recognition Committee. Evy Award winners represent the most exemplary and talented individuals within the AACD who are dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry at the highest standards of ethical patient care.

The award recipients are as follows:

• Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Education Award | Bruce Crispin, DDS, MS, AAACD

• Hall of Fame Award | Bradley J. Olson, DDS, FAACD

• Humanitarian Award | Gregory Wright, DDS, FAACD

• Outstanding Service Award | Mohan Bhuvaneswaran, MDS, AAACD

• Rising Star Award | Cappy Sinclair, DDS, AAACD

• Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry Award | Somkiat Aimplee, DDS, MSc, FACP, AAACD

Learn more about these outstanding individuals in the AACD Newsroom at

Congratulations to all the winners!

For more information about AACD Evy Awards, please visit

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 5,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting the respected Accreditation and Fellowship credentials, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.


Aspen Dental Online for credit CE Courses Available to U.S. Dental Professionals

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2020

During this unprecedented time, Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI), the dental support organization (DSO) behind the Aspen Dental practice network, is offering all U.S. dental professionals access to its ‘for credit’ continuing education (CE) library of more than 1,200 live and on-demand webinars, free of charge, encouraging learning that allows professionals to deliver quality care. The credited ADA CERP-approved CE is available virtually, meeting dental professionals where and when it’s convenient.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA and state officials have temporarily limited in-office treatment to emergency and urgent care needs, encouraging safety and keeping dental emergencies out of the traditional healthcare system to help reduce stress on an overburdened system. This restricted care guidance combined with shelter-in-place protocols that are evolving across states, have cut many dental practices’ schedules, creating an opportunity to pursue professional development and earn credits toward CE unit requirements.

The online learning portal features CE credits in clinical, business and leadership skills across a range of tracks, including Practice Management, COVID-19 and Infection Control, Implant Placement, Direct Restoratives, and advances in crowns, bridges and veneers, giving dental providers access to education content that can improve patient care outcomes. To-date, more than 1,500 dental professionals in 51 states and territories have registered for over 370 different courses via Over 400 dental professionals have already completed courses for credit, and more than 1,500 credits have been awarded:

The most popular course categories include:

• Direct restoratives

• Endodontics

• Crown, bridge, veneers, indirect

• Digital imaging

• Adhesives & cements

• COVID-19

• Practice management

• Implants

The top ten most popular courses (in order) are:

• The Restorative Decision Tree: What Products When and Why

• Simplifying Adhesion and the Placement of Direct Composite Restorations

• Three Dimensional Imaging and Three Dimensional Endodontics

• From Vital Pulp Therapy to Anatomically Directed Root Treatment: Everything is Changing

• Orthodontics: Early Treatment and When to Refer

• Learning to Trust Bulk Filling for Class II Restorations

• Update on COVID-19 and Infection Control

• Responsible Radiation: Separating Fact from Fiction

• Teach Me to Be a Laser Dentist: A Crash Course on Diode Lasers and Restorative Dentistry

• Canceled Appointments Are Holding You Back

Through the first quarter of 2021, dental professionals can access the free online CE content at Participants create an account and then register for online courses for CE credits. New virtual programs for those across the Aspen Dental network support implant and clear aligner training

For the network of independent Aspen Dental practitioners, ADMI has also pivoted to offer CE and extensive coursework for two

common and effective treatment options: clear aligners and dental implants:

• The online implant coursework follows ADMI’s February commitment to offer implant learning to Aspen Dental professionals in

the U.S. The “Implant Continuum,” a three-part web-based, self-paced program offers support with treatment planning and

dental implant restorations:

Ø Parts one and two include an average of 40-50 cumulative hours for a total of 24.5 CE credits.

Ø The third track includes a live series of learning webinars with Dr. Sundeep Rawal, Senior Vice President, Implant Support

Services at ADMI. Participants must complete parts one and two to move onto these advanced live courses.

• ADMI offers the Aspen Invisalign Academy with a full roster courses that include “Case Selection Guides,” “Attachment

Identification,” “Fixing Posterior Open Bites,” “Orthodontic Virtual Care,” and more. These courses are supported by Dr. David

Galler, Senior Vice President, Orthodontic Support at ADMI, a leading lecturer on clear aligner therapy.

Quote from Dr. Arwinder Judge, ADMI, Chief Clinical Officer: “Learning is something that can never be taken away. It’s an essential element of being able to offer top quality, state-of-the-art patient care and in this unprecedented time, we want to encourage all dental professionals to build their leadership, practice management, and clinical skills. Every day, Aspen Dental clinicians have access to our library of credited ADA CERP-approved CE and by opening access broadly to all dental professionals across the U.S., patients and doctors benefit.”

Quote from Dr. David Galler, ADMI, Senior Vice President, Orthodontic Support: “Doctors can attend hour-long live classes that are scheduled during the day and evening to accommodate doctors’ schedules for maximum impact. Each live course covers a stand-alone topic and ends with a Q&A session. As of today, doctors have completed more than 850 hours of learning and the average class size exceeds 40 practitioners.”

Quote from Dr. Sundeep Rawal, ADMI, Senior Vice President, Implant Support Services on Implant Education: “Across the U.S., 150 million people are missing at least one tooth and more than one million of these cases go untreated each year. The dentists who own and operate Aspen Dental practices view implant treatment as a viable option for denture patients and those missing some teeth because their patients tell them implants look, fit, feel and function like natural teeth. A portion of the implant education available to Aspen Dental doctors was already available online and we quickly adjusted, making the in-person, hands-on learning available as a live virtual session, so stay-at-home guidelines do not prevent practitioners from having access to the learning tools they need to offer patients quality care.”

About Aspen Dental Offices

Aspen Dental branded offices are committed to breaking down the barriers to oral care, getting patients the care they need today. Dentists and team members across the Aspen Dental network believe everyone has the right to quality, affordable oral health care. In more than 800 offices, covering 41 states, these dentists supported 5.5 million patient visits in 2019. Each location offers patients a safe, welcoming, judgment-free environment to address their dental challenges, including comprehensive exams, cleanings, extractions, fillings, periodontal treatment, whitening, oral surgery, crown and bridge work, denture and implant services, and clear aligner therapy.

About Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI)

ADMI helps streamline and consolidate business support services across more than 800 Aspen Dental branded practices, allowing offices the benefit of shared infrastructure and technology. Most importantly, offering consolidated support services, from location selection, leasing, outfitting each practice with state-of-the art equipment, accounting and marketing, allows the dentists and support staff in every Aspen Dental office to focus on what they do best: practicing dentistry with clinical autonomy, while delivering the quality of care that patients expect in today’s changing healthcare landscape.

Oral Reconstruction Foundation Cancels Global Symposium 2020 in New York

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2020

The Oral Reconstruction (OR) Foundation announced today that it canceled the Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020, planned to take place in New York City from April 30 to May 2. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the health and safety of the Global Symposium attendees has always been the Foundation’s top priority.

“After careful consideration, we have made the decision to cancel the Global Symposium 2020”, said Dr. Alex Schär, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Oral Reconstruction Foundation. “The OR Foundation was looking forward to its Global Symposium and to meet with professionals from around the world but in view of the uncertainties COVID-19 might still provide in one year from now, it did not seem feasible to continue with our plans. As a result, we have made the decision to move the symposium to 2022.”

Efforts are ongoing to establish an attractive new Symposium for the year 2022. In the meantime, the OR Foundation will inspire excellence in oral reconstruction and share new knowledge and insights through national events as well as online education.

Updated information about the OR Global Symposium can be found at:


Oral Reconstruction Foundation

Margarethenstrasse 38

4053 Basel, Switzerland

Tel +41 61 565 41 51

Fax +41 61 565 41 01

OR Foundation – U.S. Section

2300 Riverchase Center

Birmingham, AL 35244


Phone +1 205 986 7989


The Oral Reconstruction Foundation is a foundation established by scientists under Swiss law. Its purpose is the sponsoring of research projects, of basic and applied research, as well as training and further education in the field of implant dentistry and related areas. Furthermore, it supports the promotion of scientific exchange between universities, practitioners and the industry in the field of implant dentistry and related areas. Clinical research and teaching are focal points, in particular for the benefit of patients. The support of young talents is a central interest of the Oral Reconstruction Foundation.


DenMat Introduces A New Hard Surface Cleaner

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020

DenMat Holdings, LLC (“DenMat”), today announced that it has launched a new hard surface cleanser to compliment the recently launched hand sanitizer in the newly created Infection Control category of products. Formulated with 1.5% bleach and a powerful surfactant for removing dirt and grime, DenMat’s Hard Surface Cleanser is safe and effective in the removal of germs and viruses from multiple hard, nonporous surfaces such as marble, tile, plastic, fiberglass and metal.

“Our new Hard Surface Cleanser is the second product in our newly created Infection Control category,” said David Casper, CEO for DenMat Holdings, LLC. “The demand for this product was made evident by the myriad of customers who are buying our recently introduced Hand Sanitizer. As was the case with the sanitizer, DenMat has the ingredients and manufacturing capability already in place, so this was a natural addition to our product line."

DenMat released its 80% ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer on March 30th. Dental practices have demonstrated the need for sanitizer and various infection products over the last several months, and DenMat has leveraged its manufacturing facility in Lompoc, California to address customer demand for these products.

The Hard Surface Cleanser features a mild lemon scent to deodorize while cleaning and is ideal for use on a variety of surfaces. Packaged in 32 ounce spray bottles, the cleanser is available to dentists at and to consumers at

About DenMat:

Since 1974, DenMat is a leader in high-quality dental products for dental professionals around the world. DenMat makes and assembles most of its products at its world headquarters on the Central Coast of California. DenMat offers three main product categories: Consumables, Small Equipment, and a Dental Laboratory. DenMat's consumables include brands that are known and trusted, including Fluoridex®, Geristore®, Core Paste®, Tenure®, Ultra-Bond®, Infinity®, Splash Max®, Precision®, Perfectemp®, Atridox® and LumiSmile White®. DenMat's small equipment offering includes a broad range of products, including NV® PRO3 and SOL® soft-tissue diode lasers, the Rotadent® power toothbrush, PeriOptix® magnification loupes and lights, Flashlite® curing lights and a full line of high-quality Hartzell® hand instruments. DenMat is also home to Lumineers®, the w

New Healing Kit Designed by Orofacial Pain Experts is First of its Kind for Treatment of Jaw, Head and Neck Injuries

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Orofacial Therapeutics, LP announced that its Speed2Treat™ Home Healing Kit for Head, Neck & Jaw Injury is now available for sale to medical and dental professionals to prescribe for their patients. The impetus for the product is to minimize patient suffering, reduce dysfunction, and help prevent a musculoskeletal injury from progressing to a chronic condition. Developed by orofacial pain experts Brad Eli, DMD, MS, James Fricton, DDS, MS, and James Elliott, PT, PhD, FAPTA, the Speed2Treat™ Home Healing Kit for Head, Neck & Jaw Injury is based on an orthopedic model of care that recognizes the unique characteristics of the jaw joint and facial musculature.

"With an injury to the jaw – whether it is from whiplash, dental visit, blow to the jaw, or other trauma – prompt action that encourages healing is the key to fast recovery and prevention of persistent chronic pain," said Dr. James Fricton, orofacial pain specialist and University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus, "This kit contains everything needed for 4 weeks of patient care, making it easy for any provider to deliver expert care quickly and cost-effectively."

The Speed2Treat™ Home Healing Kit provides an evidence based 4-week care plan along with multiple components that a person can use with ease, including a temporary overnight oral appliance, hot/cold therapy packs, patient self-care instructions, and online resources including pain education, prescribed exercises, breath training, and calming virtual reality experiences linked with a smartphone. It can be offered to patients immediately after they have been assessed to help alleviate symptoms and improve the rate of recovery. Extensive training in craniofacial disorders is not required for utilization by frontline healthcare providers.

The Speed2Treat™ Home Healing Kit for Head, Neck & Jaw Injury is appropriate for:

-Acute jaw joint and muscle sprain/strain (JAMSS) caused by intubation, a dental procedure where the mouth remains open for a long period of time, yawning, biting an apple, or other similar injuries

-Mild cases of trauma involving the head and neck, such as whiplash or sports-related concussions

-A blow to the jaw or injury to the chin

-Tension headaches from jaw clenching, muscle tension, strain and stress

-Flare ups of existing jaw or neck pain conditio

The Speed2Treat™ Basic Home Healing Kit and the Speed2Treat™ Complete Home Healing Kit which includes Virtual Reality (VR) smartphone app, VR viewer, and the newly introduced, gentle jaw® passive stretching device, are available for sale at

The Speed2Treat™ 4-week care plan can be implemented via telehealth to prevent unnecessary in-person visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructions for telehealth utilization for medical and dental care providers is available at; providers can elect drop-shipment direct to the patient or patient self-order.

About Orofacial Therapeutics, LP

Orofacial Therapeutics is dedicated to supporting clinicians who work with patients with varying levels of orofacial (face, head, neck, jaw) pain. The company develops and distributes a growing range of assessment and treatment protocols, and evidence-based products including QuickSplint® temporary anterior bite plane, Speed2Treat™ Home Healing Kit for Head, Neck & Jaw Injury, gentle jaw® passive jaw-stretching device, Helping Hand retractor for patients with limited jaw range of motion, and O2 Nose Filter. In partnership with Talentship LLC, the company created, a referral network for patients seeking clinicians specializing in assessment, prevention and management of common, yet challenging, conditions including, but not limited to, facial pain, headache, jaw pain and sleep disorders. For more information visit or phone Orofacial Therapeutics at 800-670-0526.

AAID Produces COVID-19 Dental Care Guide

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

(PRNewsfoto/American Academy of Implant Den)CHICAGO, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) has released a new free online handbook, The Ultimate Guide to Dental Health During COVID-19.

The piece is a collaboration by AAID implant dentists, who invest a significant amount of time on extensive implant training and focus on the overall health of patients, above and beyond basic dental education.

The guide illustrates best practices for healthy teeth and gums with special advice for extra care during a pandemic. You can download it here:

"While oral hygiene may not be at the top of people's minds right now," explains Vincent Vella, DDS, FAAID, "gum health is closely linked to immune system health. People are seeking the advice of healthcare experts to stay safe and healthy during this crisis and this guide will be helpful to many people, especially while dentist offices are closed for non-urgent visits."

The first section covers 7 top tips to keep the mouth healthy while on quarantine and the second section provides special precautions for dental implant candidates and patients.

Although the guide covers at-home best practices, don't hesitate to contact your dentist if you are experiencing severe mouth pain or swelling. Most dentists are addressing patients' questions and concerns through emails, texts, phone and video calls.

If you have to schedule an emergency procedure, expect your dentist to follow CDC guidelines and take additional safety measures to protect you, themselves and their staff.

"We use hospital-level disinfection in all areas in our office," explains Jasmine Sung, DDS, AFAAID, "All of our team members are highly trained in these protocols and disinfect or dispose of tools after every patient."

Interested in expert tips to keep your mouth healthy? Download the AAID's The Ultimate Guide to Dental Health During COVID-19 here:

About the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID):

Founded in 1951, the AAID was the first organization in the United States dedicated to developing and improving dental implants. Today, after 68 years, the AAID continues to be the leading organization of dentists devoted to providing dental implant treatment solutions. Their credentialing program reinforces that these individuals are at the highest standards of competency in the profession. For more information, contact the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at or call 312-335-1550.

ClearChoice Partners with UCLA to Address Nationwide PPE Shortage

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, a national network of dental implant practices, today announced that the company has joined the public-private effort spearheaded by the UCLA School of Dentistry to address the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). This follows the network’s actions taken in March to realign services in all 63 centers to focus on urgent and emergent dental needs, reducing the number of unnecessary emergency room visits as hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.

“We saw how many healthcare providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic were in dire need of PPE, and we immediately began looking for solutions to help address this shortage,” said Mark Adams, DDS, MS, Prosthodontist and VP Clinical Affairs for ClearChoice Management Services. “We’re very excited to support UCLA’s effort and have enlisted our network of 150 providers to donate through the program.”

UCLA is acting as a distribution center to hospitals servicing COVID-19 patients around the country and is repurposing digital printers for the production of PPE. ClearChoice has already coordinated a donation of surplus PPE from its network, and has likewise repurposed its digital printers, which are currently prototyping 3D printed PPE for immediate use.

“Eliminating the unnecessary use of scarce PPE in our practices is extremely important to us,” added Jenna Benko, DMD, ClearChoice affiliated Prosthodontist in Torrance, CA. “As practitioners, we each live and work in the affected markets across the country and are encouraging dental professionals in our local communities to join ClearChoice in its reduction and donation efforts.”

Last month, ClearChoice centers refocused on providing emergency care to help ease the current burden on the healthcare system created by COVID-19.

“ClearChoice practitioners were quick to align with the Centers for Disease Control, American Dental Association, and government guidelines as they were issued, to eliminate non-essential services, and focus on keeping patients—the majority of whom do not have a dentist—out of emergency rooms,” said Dr. Mark Adams.

With many dentist offices across the country closed due to COVID-19, the ClearChoice network remains committed to continuing operations to ensure that patients with essential medical conditions that require immediate attention have access to safe, expert care.

“A recent study on the dental profession’s response to the COVID-19 crisis shows that 20 percent of US dental practices are closed completely—even to emergencies,” added Kevin Mosher, CEO for ClearChoice Management Services. “In this environment, we feel it is in keeping with the ClearChoice mission to step up to the responsibility of addressing the coverage gap as state and local guidelines permit, diverting people from ERs, and being there for patients who badly need care.”

Nobel Biocare Global Symposium Virtual Edition

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Nobel Biocare Global Symposium virtual edition breaks registration record with over 10,000 participants

With more than 10,000 unique registrations, the online edition of Nobel Biocare Global Symposium brought by Envista was not only an extraordinary educational event but also an example of how remote teams can quickly adapt to unprecedented circumstances.

“I was looking forward to meeting our participants in person in Las Vegas, however, when the circumstances changed for all of us, it was more important than ever to turn obstacles into opportunities. I am incredibly grateful to our speakers, and impressed by our team who quickly transformed this year’s symposium into our most successful ever online event”, says Patrik Eriksson, President, Nobel Biocare Systems.

With several health services and dental clinics around the globe reducing their patient flow or shutting down temporarily, it was clear for the Symposium organizers at Nobel Biocare that this was an opportunity to deliver first-class implant treatment educational content for the dental community.

Nobel Biocare has a long tradition of helping dental professionals’ continuous growth. Progressive educational courses and events at any stage of the implantology journey, from being a beginner to an expert, are provided through various learning platforms around the world. Courses are delivered by industry-leading experts, covering everything from diagnosis, treatment planning, and surgical and prosthetic processes.

In the scope of the currently required shift to online education Dr. Alessandro Pozzi explained, “This digital experience proves that implantology professionals are extremely keen to learn. Maybe we should see it as an advantage that they have time to attend educational webinars when normally they would be inundated by patient appointments.” Pozzi, a specialist trainer in digital dentistry solutions, continued, “In my own sessions, hundreds of clinicians have been building their skills in the DTX Studio suite implant and prosthetic software, and increasing their confidence in its daily use. These are valuable tools for clinicians and hygienists at every level, to treat more patients better.”

Looking to the future of dental education after the COVID-19 pandemic, speaker Sascha Jovanovic, who was one of the first to provide web-based dental training programs back in 2003, commented: “It is a very tough time, but we will get out of it, and hopefully the world will be a better place. Looking at online education and training, a lot of us will reevaluate it. We are going to test how much of the training and education, and the transfer of research, will be possible online. I think it’s going to go far. I do webinars, and we have an online education library and use it constantly for our students. I think our world will be different, our training and education will be different and meetings between doctors will be different.”

The previous Global Symposium was held last summer in Madrid, with more than 1,000 participants. For the 2020 virtual edition, the program was shortened and included seven live sessions and several on-demand webinars* over two science-focus days. Participants had the opportunity to raise questions and further discuss with experts several topics including guided and navigated treatment planning, implant treatment success in the esthetic area, soft tissue grafting, and management of treatment complications. Thanks to the on-demand viewing, more dental professionals and associates can benefit from these learnings.

As Irin Maier, Director Clinical Affairs & Education, at Nobel Biocare explained; “Our mission is to advance side-by-side with dental professionals. Their interest and their active participation, excellent feedback on clinical and product topics, show that there is growing interest to advance in the implant treatment journey, with better patient outcomes. The interactive comments and remarks we have received will guide us in our efforts to continuous improvement, science-based innovations and first-class educational tools.” 


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