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Directa Acquires TrollDental

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Directa has reached an agreement of acquiring all products from TrollDental AB. The products will be included in the product range of Directa. The acquisition of these strong brands, TrollFoil, TrollBag and TrollByte and TrollByte Kimera GC, will strengthen the total offering from Directa. With the additional products in our portfolio we will cover more segments of the market and further strengthen t position of Directa as a manufacturer of premium products. Following acquisition the will be changed and Directa´s customer service and Area Sales Managers will be the new point of contact. 

As of May 15, all current orders placed and not delivered with TrollDental will be transferred to Directa. Due to the practical matters, change of production site, warehouse etc. the orders will be delivered starting from May 25, 2020. Directa understands that this extended delivery period my cause you inconvenience but hope and trust of your understanding.

Directa will be continuing to develop and strengthen the market position for TrollFoil, TrollBag and TrollByte and TrollByte Kimera GC product range together with you. If Directa customers have any questions, they can contact the company. 

Project A Invests in Amann Girrbach AG

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Amann Girrbach AG, a portfolio company in a fund advised by Capvis AG, is taking a further fundamental step as an innovative force in the dental industry. Since the introduction of the first fully integrated CAD/CAM system for dental laboratories in 2009, Amann Girrbach has very successfully and continuously expanded this area. With the investment of the Berlin-based capital investor Project A, a further decisive initiative in the direction of digital change has now been initiated, which will further strengthen the innovation leadership of Amann Girrbach.

"Amann Girrbach had already attracted our attention some time ago: on the one hand as a highly innovative and striving company in its sector, and on the other in terms of the people behind this achievement. As an investor and partner in digital transformation, we are pleased to support the company in this important phase," said Ben Fischer, General Partner of Project A.

On the part of Amann Girrbach, the forthcoming time of change is anticipated with great enthusiasm: "We are looking into an exciting future. The digital change has already begun. With Project A, we have an additional, highly professional investor and partner on board to provide us with all-around digital orientation and to enable us to successfully follow this path," says Wolfgang Reim, CEO of Amann Girrbach AG.

Solmetex, LLC Issued Three New Patents

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Patents cover design and use of NXT™ Amalgam Separator System

Solmetex, LLC. announced today that it has received additional patents for its NXT Amalgam Separator System including one utility pattern on the system and two design patents for its dental amalgam separation collection containers.

The utility patent for invention number US 10,646,313 B2 is for a dental amalgam separation system that removes particles from effluent waste, particularly amalgam and other metallic particles and other abrasive solids from dental office effluent.

The design patents for invention numbers US D840,534 S and US D848,612 S are for dental amalgam separation collection containers utilized in conjunction with the Solmetex Amalgam Separator System.

For over 25 years, Solmetex has been an innovator in waste solutions, specifically amalgam separators, with a primary focus on ensuring dental practices remain compliant with the ever-changing regulatory environment.

“Solmetex, has been recognized as the leading technology in Amalgam Separation for over 25 years, with our system installed in over 70,000 dental offices worldwide,” stated Kevin Danahy, President of Solmetex. “These patents are further recognition of our unique cutting-edge technology, ability to continuously evolve our product offering, focus on the environment and commitment to our dental partners and the communities they serve”.

These patents come in advance of the EPA Dental Amalgam Rule stating that as of July 14,2020 dental practices are required to install either a ISO 11143:2008 certified amalgam separator or a certified ANSI/ADA Standard No.108 amalgam separator, both at a separation rate of 95%, such as the NXT Hg5 Amalgam Separator System.

About Solmetex, LLC

Solmetex provides waste management products and services through a series of specialized processes and systems that cost-effectively remove mercury from the waste stream and offers additional dental waste solutions. The company’s NXT Hg5™ Series of Amalgam Separators and recycling program, which treat dental wastewater, is highly regarded as the best solution for regulatory compliance. Solmetex is widely recognized as the single trusted source for comprehensive environmental solutions for dental waste needs.

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Cavity-causing bacteria assemble an army of protective microbes on human teeth

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Examining bacteria growing on toddlers' teeth, a team from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgia Tech found that the microbes' spatial organization is crucial to how they cause tooth decay

Studying bacteria in a petri dish or test tube has yielded insights into how they function and, in some cases, contribute to disease. But this approach leaves out crucial details about how bacteria act in the real world.

Taking a translational approach, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology imaged the bacteria that cause tooth decay in three dimensions in their natural environment, the sticky biofilm known as dental plaque formed on toddlers' teeth that were affected by cavities.

The work, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that Streptococcus mutans, a major bacterial species responsible for tooth decay, is encased in a protective multilayered community of other bacteria and polymers forming a unique spatial organization associated with the location of the disease onset.

"We started with these clinical samples, extracted teeth from children with severe tooth decay," says Hyun (Michel) Koo of Penn Dental Medicine, a co-senior author on the work. "The question that popped in our minds was, how these bacteria are organized and whether their specific architecture can tell us about the disease they cause?"

To address this question, the researchers, including lead author Dongyeop Kim of Penn Dental Medicine and co-senior author Marvin Whiteley of Georgia Tech, used a combination of super-resolution confocal and scanning electron microscopy with computational analysis to dissect the arrangement of S. mutans and other microbes of the intact biofilm on the teeth. These techniques allowed the team to examine the biofilm layer by layer, gaining a three-dimensional picture of the specific architectures.

This approach, of understanding the locations and patterns of bacteria, is one that Whiteley has pursued in other diseases.

"It's clear that identifying the constituents of the human microbiome is not enough to understand their impact on human health," Whiteley says. "We also have to know how they are spatially organized. This is largely under studied as obtaining intact samples that maintain spatial structure is difficult."

In the current work, the researchers discovered that S. mutans in dental plaque most often appeared in a particular fashion: arranged in a mound against the tooth's surface. But it wasn't alone. While S. mutans formed the inner core of the rotund architecture, other commensal bacteria, such as S. oralis, formed additional outer layers precisely arranged in a crownlike structure. Supporting and separating these layers was an extracellular scaffold made of sugars produced by S. mutans, effectively encasing and protecting the disease-causing bacteria.

"We found this highly ordered community with a dense accumulation of S. mutans in the middle surrounded by these 'halos' of different bacteria, and wondered how this could cause tooth decay," Koo says."

To learn more about how structure impacted the function of the biofilm, the research team attempted to recreate the natural plaque formations on a toothlike surface in the lab using S. mutansS. oralis, and a sugar solution. They successfully grew rotund-shaped architecture and then measured levels of acid and demineralization associated with them.

"What we discovered, and what was exciting for us, is that the rotund areas perfectly matched with the demineralized and high acid levels on the enamel surface," says Koo. "This mirrors what clinicians see when they find dental caries: punctuated areas of decalcification known as 'white spots.' The domelike structure could explain how cavities get their start."

In a final set of experiments, the team put the rotund community to the test, applying an antimicrobial treatment and observing how the bacteria fared. When the rotund structures were intact, the S. mutans in the inner core largely avoided dying from the antimicrobial treatment. Only breaking up the scaffolding material holding the outer layers together enabled the antimicrobial to penetrate and effectively kill the cavity-causing bacteria.

The study's findings may help researcher more effectively target the pathogenic core of dental biofilms but also have implications for other fields.

"It demonstrates that the spatial structure of the microbiome may mediate function and the disease outcome, which could be applicable to other medical fields dealing with polymicrobial infections," says Koo.

"It's not just which pathogens are there but how they're structured that tells you about the disease that they cause," adds Whiteley. "Bacteria are highly social creatures and have friends and enemies that dictate their behaviors."

The field of microbial biogeography is young, the researchers say, but extending this demonstration that links community structure with disease onset opens up a vast array of possibilities for future medically relevant insights.

Dongyeop Kim was a research associate at Penn's School of Dental Medicine's Department of Orthodontics and is now an assistant professor at the Jeonbuk National University (Korea).

Hyun (Michel) Koo is a professor in Penn's School of Dental Medicine's Department of Orthodontics in the divisions of Community Oral Health and Pediatric Dentistry.

Marvin Whiteley is a professor of biological sciences, the Georgia Tech Bennie H. and Nelson D. Abell Chair in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar co-director in Emory-Children's CF Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Koo, Kim, and Whiteley's coauthors were Penn Dental Medicine's Rodrigo A. Arthur, Yuan Liu, Elizabeth L. Scisci, and Evlambia Hajishengallis; Georgia Tech's Juan P. Barraza; and Indiana University's Anderson Hara and Karl Lewis.

The work was supported in part by the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (grants DE025220, DE018023, DE020100, and DE023193).

Ask The Experts: Clinical Applications for Bioactive Materials

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Pulpdent recently launched Ask The Experts, a video series featuring interviews with experienced dentists on clinical techniques, dental materials and more. In our sixth video, Dr. Delfin Barquero talks about clinical applications for bioactive restorative materials.

Watch the Video

About Pulpdent Corporation

Pulpdent Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company, and the developer of ACTIVA BioACTIVE™ and ACTIVA™ Presto™. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™ is the first esthetic bioactive restorative material and helps stimulate the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. ACTIVA™ Presto™ is the first light cure composite designed to mimic the properties of natural teeth with a mineral-enriched hydrophilic resin and a patented rubberized component that resists chipping and wear. For over 70 years, Pulpdent has been committed to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care in the fields of restoratives, oral hygiene, endodontics, temporization, periodontics, orthodontics, and general dentistry. To learn more visit


Dirk Jeffs Appointed as Ultradent's CEO

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020

Ultradent Products, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, is announcing Dirk Jeffs as CEO. Jeffs is assuming the role while also retaining his current position as company president.

Ultradent founder Dr. Dan Fischer is shifting out of his longtime role as CEO and will remain active with the company as CEO Emeritus. He will be involved in a variety of capacities such as research and development projects, outreach, and lecturing.

“Dirk’s leadership record is remarkable and his commitment to Ultradent’s core values is evident throughout his 24 years with us,” Fischer says. “His experience, attitude, and demeanor will serve Ultradent and the dental industry well.”

Jeffs joined Ultradent in 1996 and has led countless growth opportunities, including developing satellite operations in Europe, Japan, China, and Brazil.

“Dr. Fischer’s impact on dentistry can’t be understated and I’d like to thank him for the exemplary leader he’s been for Ultradent employees as well as the industry as a whole over more than four decades,” Jeffs says. “Dentistry is facing unique challenges and we’re committed to empowering clinicians to better serve their patients. I look forward to supporting the passionate and talented people of Ultradent as we pursue our mission to improve oral health globally. We’re all grateful to have Dr. Fischer remain engaged with our company as an advisor, mentor, and speaker.”

Jeffs is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he earned his MBA.

About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit

3Shape launches first online digital dentistry Global Symposium

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020

24-hour marathon of webinars for dental professionals

The 3Shape 24h Global Symposium is a unique online opportunity for dental professionals to come together and keep business and learning on track while social distancing is the norm. The back-to-back program of hot-topic webinars from leading dental experts and rock stars of the industry will open its virtual doors on June 19 at 13.00 CET and run for 24-hours, non-stop!

“With current restrictions on travel and socializing, 3Shape has been ambitious in providing dental professionals new ways to learn and network from home,” says Lars Christian Lund, 3Shape Senior Vice President Business Development and Marketing. “We are extremely excited about the upcoming 3Shape 24h Global Symposium – our around-the-clock learnathon may be the first of its kind for dentistry!”

Broad tapestry of topics, from business management to clinical workflows.

The bumper bill of 30 live webinars will cover everything from ‘Life after COVID’, a broad range of digital workflows for every level and specialty, right through to a father and son team sharing their personal journey of going digital together. The 3Shape 24h Global Symposium has something for everyone, including webinars in nine different local languages!

High-value knowledge at zero cost

The virtual framework of the 3Shape 24h Global Symposium enables everyone, on every continent, in every time zone and in from every corner of the globe to gain a live event experience and global networking opportunity from the safety and comfort of their armchair. No passport necessary – just a curiosity and passion to acquire new knowledge. Participation in the 3Shape 24h Global Symposium is also completely free, with no hidden charges.

Gain recognized accreditation as you go

The 3Shape 24h Global Symposium provides participants with one CE credit per completed webinar. Those with an insatiable appetite for new knowledge and the stamina to complete a full 24-hour sprint can earn a total of 30 CE credits!

The adventure starts here – register today!

Explore the full program and register for the 3Shape online event of the year at completion of registration, participants can create a personalized program by booking webinars that reflect their personal learning objectives and individual interests.

More ways to experience the buzz of dental events and learn from home with 3Shape

3Shape Virtual Expos

“When professionals can’t come to a 3Shape booth, we bring the booth to professionals,” says Lars Christian Lund, 3Shape Senior Vice President Business Development and Marketing. Experience virtual 3Shape trade shows, complete with a main stage, tech talks, designated zones for TRIOS, labs, Academy… and much more! Visit our first Virtual Expo in Spanish at,and stay tuned for more local language 3Shape Virtual Expos coming soon!

3Shape Online Learning Hub

Grow your knowledge of digital dentistry with daily webinars, an on-demand webinar archive, virtual classes and 1:1 training sessions at

About 3Shape

3Shape is changing dentistry together with dental professionals across the world by developing innovations that provide superior dental care for patients. Our portfolio of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions for the dental industry includes the multiple award-winning 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner, the upcoming 3Shape X1 CBCT scanner, and market leading scanning and design software solutions for dental labs.

Two graduate students founded 3Shape in Denmark’s capital in the year 2000. Today, 3Shape has over 1,600 employees serving customers in over 100 countries from an ever-growing number of 3Shape offices around the world. 3Shape’s products and innovations continue to challenge traditional methods, enabling dental professionals to treat more patients more effectively.

Axsys Now Offering Free Remote Workshops That Include Virtual One-on-One Training

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020

Wide Variety of Courses Including CAM Strategies for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits

In response to COVID-19, the Axsys team has launched a series of free, remote digital dentistry workshops designed to provide comprehensive training as quickly as possible—so companies can use this time to sharpen their skills before the impending rush of pent-up demand.

Axsys Technical Educational Services has launched their Virtual Academy to enable incremental skills development by expanding their traditional classroom offerings to an online platform accessible to dental professionals across the globe. “The classes are designed to provide a competitive edge that will help participants separate themselves from the pack,” explained Axsys CEO and President, Steve Braykovich.

Courses are focused on tools, technologies and best practices—derived from over 800 man-years of manufacturing experience—that will improve the bottom line for dentists, labs, and milling centers and help carry them through the coming months while creating a more prosperous future.

“Our virtual academy offers more than just training videos or pre-recorded webinars. We've combined self-paced internet-based training, collateral materials, and Mastercam software that is power-assisted by one of our expert Application Engineers to get you up-to-speed and productive in the shortest possible timeframe,” said Braykovich.

Courses focused on CAM strategies are applicable to any milling machine and any CAM software and provide insights into how software and machine characteristics affect cycle time, quality of restorations, operation costs, remakes, etc.

“As Dental Technicians we tend to focus more on CAD and a great design, but the Axsys program has shown us an entirely new frontier to dental technology with the world of CAM, that most know very little about,“ said Rob Teachout CDT, BSc, Owner of Patriot Dental Lab in Prescott, MI. “Simply put, until you take this kind of training, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.’ Axsys taught us milling and tooling pathways/strategies that not only increase profitability but also quality and speed—especially when a new material puck is being introduced to the market.  Now we are encompassing the whole realm of dental technology which means higher satisfaction for both the dentists and their patients.”

Visit or call (248) 417-7067 to speak with a training specialist about their free course offerings for dentists, labs and milling centers.

The Axsys Dental Solutions division of Axsys Incorporated focuses on providing open, digital dental solutions to dental professionals throughout North and South America. Their products include a full-line of CAD/CAM software, scanners, milling machines, tooling, furnaces, hard & soft materials and FDA cleared implant components.

They are the number one distributor of Arum Dentistry products in the world and have the unique ability to leverage over four decades of CAD, CAM, and manufacturing experience across a wide variety of industries. Their relationships with software, material and machine suppliers provide clinicians, dental labs and milling centers with the open products and services necessary to compete and be profitable in today's digital dentistry world.

Infection Prevention Products From Great Lakes

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020

Confidently protect patients and staff and prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms with infection prevention equipment and supplies from Great Lakes. These heavy-duty HEPA filtration equipment and protective supplies are ideal for the waiting room and operatory.

The VANGUARD GOLD MOBILE Chairside HEPA Filtration Unit is a new extraoral dental suction unit designed to safely capture chairside aerosols. Placed in the operatory, this filtration unit helps protect staff and patients from airborne contaminants.

The PURE BREEZE HEPA Air Purifier cleans and filters the air for a safer environment. The air purification system can exchange air in a 10’ x 11’ x 8’ room 96 times per hour or 1.6 times per minute. Your patients and staff will feel confident and safe in your office. Perfect for the waiting room.

Great Lakes FACE SHIELDS are constructed with medical-grade, optically clear PETG thermoplastic and designed to protect against aerosols, sprays, droplets, and mists. Accommodates most dental loupes, safety glasses, and masks.For a complete list of infection prevention products, visit our web site at or contact Great Lakes Dental Technologies customer service at 800-828-7626. 


Align Technology Expands Digital Platform With Cloud-Based ClinCheck™ Pro 6.0 and ClinCheck "In-Face" Visualization for Invisalign Treatment

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020

• New ClinCheck software moves digital treatment planning to the cloud for access anywhere, on any device

• Powerful new tool aids digital treatment planning and helps patients visualize personalized treatment outcomes using their photos and 3D models

Align Technology, Inc. (ALGN) today introduced the latest version of its proprietary ClinCheck treatment planning software at the Invisalign Scientific Symposium, a fully digital event for Invisalign-trained orthodontists. ClinCheck software provides doctors with a 3D model of planned tooth movements throughout the Invisalign treatment. ClinCheck Pro 6.0 moves Invisalign digital treatment planning to the cloud, making its robust ClinCheck treatment planning tools and features available to doctors anytime, anywhere, on any laptop, personal computer or tablet. The release includes the new ClinCheck “In-Face” Visualization tool, an enhanced doctor-facing digital clinical tool that combines a photo of the patient’s face with their 3D Invisalign treatment plan, creating a personalized view of how their new smile could look.

ClinCheck “In-Face” Visualization is designed to help doctors with their digital treatment planning and to increase patient understanding of the benefits provided by Invisalign treatment through enhanced visualizations of their personalized treatment outcome. The ClinCheck “In-Face” Visualization workflow combines three components of Align’s digital treatment platform: Invisalign Photo Uploader for patient photos, the iTero intraoral scanner to capture data needed for the 3D model of the patient’s dentition, and ClinCheck Pro 6.0.

“Cloud-based ClinCheck Pro 6.0 and ClinCheck ‘In-Face’ Visualization are the latest components of the end-to-end digital treatment platform we provide to doctors,” said Raj Pudipeddi, Align’s chief innovation, product, and marketing officer and SVP. “They represent important advancements in our industry leading digital platform – the convenience and accessibility of cloud-based computing and the power of visualization. Being able to merge a 2D facial photo and 3D treatment plan to show patients a personalized view of their planned treatment outcome is an incredible tool for doctors in terms of treatment acceptance. ClinCheck Pro 6.0 and ClinCheck ‘In-Face’ Visualization are the first in what we intend to be a series of innovations to reimagine our digital treatment planning experience for doctors. The experience and know-how from treating more than 8 million Invisalign patients enables us to continually improve our treatment planning process and helps maintain our position as a market leader.”

“ClinCheck ‘In-Face’ Visualization is a game-changer for doctor treatment planning and for interacting with my patients in my digital practice,” said Dr. Ahmad Hagar, an Invisalign trained doctor practicing in Freiburg, Germany. “Being able to see a new, straighter version of their teeth in a photo of themselves creates a powerful emotional connection for the patient. We’re no longer just planning and showing them how we will move teeth; we’re showing them how their smile could be transformed through Invisalign treatment.”

In addition to ClinCheck “In-Face” Visualization, ClinCheck Pro 6.0 offers users a treatment planning solution that provides doctors with a more intuitive design and an enhanced user experience. This includes improvements to allow doctor modifications through 3D controls and new education features such as dynamic tool tips and product tour. Finally, the cloud-based solution allows doctors to treatment plan with flexibility across devices and ensures that they have the latest version of the software without the need for additional downloads.

Doctors will access ClinCheck Pro 6.0 by logging on to their Invisalign Doctor Site to access patient files – there is no need to download or install an application. ClinCheck Pro 6.0 with “In-Face” Visualization will be available starting in the third quarter of 2020.

For more details about the Invisalign Scientific Symposium including times, and details about how to sign up to participate, visit:

About Align Technology, Inc.

Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero® intraoral scanners and services, and CAD/CAM software. Align has helped treat over 8 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry with the iTero intraoral scanner and exocad CAD/CAM software − modernizing today’s practices by enabling enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies. Visit for more information.

For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit For additional information about the iTero digital scanning system, please visit For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit


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