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Practicon’s unique PractiTip™ Air Water Syringe Tip

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2021

Practicon’s unique PractiTip™ Air Water Syringe Tip takes a different approach to air water syringing. Patent-pending, double-bend design optimizes reach and spray angle in posterior without affecting anterior technique. Beveled ends ensure patient comfort. Disposable in assorted neon colors.

Since 1982, Practicon has worked to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and professional success by providing distinctive products and services in ways that build lasting, profitable relationships. To view Practicon’s complete product line, please visit or call 1-800-959-9505 for more information.

Geistlich Mucograft® and Geistlich Mucograft® Seal Portfolios Expand

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2021

July 1st, 2021 - Princeton, NJ – Geistlich Biomaterials introduces two new larger sizes of their collagen matrices, Geistlich Mucograft® - 30x40mm and Geistlich Mucograft® Seal - 12mm.

Geistlich Mucograft® is a unique collagen matrix specifically designed for the gain of keratinized tissue in soft tissue defects. It consists of two structures; one is a compact macro-structure which provides stability while allowing open healing. The other is a spongy micro-structure which supports blood clot stabilization and the in growth of soft tissue cells. With the addition of a 30x40mm size, now larger soft tissue defects can be treated with an open healing approach. This new size joins our other existing 15x20mm and 20x30mm sizes.

Geistlich Mucograft® Seal consists of the same two structures of Geistlich Mucograft® and is designed specifically for soft tissue regeneration in the management of intact extraction sockets. In addition to the orginal 8mm size for anterior defects, the new 12mm size is ideal for posterior defects and has the same open healing benefit of Geistlich Mucograft®.

“When all the socket walls are intact after an extraction, Geistlich Mucograft® Seal is conveniently shaped to fit perfectly over the grafted site. This not only gives predictable soft tissue healing but also structurally supports the blood clot. I’m extremely excited that Geistlich Mucograft® Seal will now come in a larger size (12mm) for sealing posterior socket!” – Dr. Polly Huang

To learn more about Geistlich Mucograft® or Geistlich Mucograft® Seal please visit:

VOCO Launches Two Adult-themed Profluorid Varnish Flavors to Elevate Oral Health for All High-Risk Age Groups

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

VOCO is committed to overall oral health in both children and adults.

In an effort to encourage adult use, and ultimately elevate the level of oral health nationwide, VOCO has introduced two new flavors of its popular Fluoride varnish line, Profluorid Varnish: Cola Lime and Pina Colada. While Profluorid Varnish flavors like Bubblegum and Caramel are intended to assist hygienists in inspiring children to get excited about Fluoride varnish treatments, these two new flavors, while indicated for all ages, offer alternatives to achieve a similar effect on adults.VOCO’s Profluorid Varnish, indicated as a desensitizer, has been putting smiles on patient faces since its introduction to the US market in 2009. With its low film thickness, subtle, great-tasting flavors and smooth feel, Profluorid Varnish quickly gained popularity throughout North America and became one of the leading brands of Fluoride Varnish with dentists, hygienists and patients. With the addition of these new flavors, adult and pediatric patients alike can now choose between mint, melon, cherry, bubblegum, caramel, cola lime and pina colada.

VOCO America Inc.



Roland DGA Corporation Launches Completely Redesigned “Roland TV” Platform

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Irvine, Calif., July 29, 2021 – Wide-format digital imaging leader Roland DGA Corporation has announced the launch of its new and improved “Roland TV” video hub, offering customers an easier way to view educational videos on a wide variety of products and applications, in one place. The new Roland TV is comprised of a series of channels, separated by category, that include videos and recorded webinars related to Roland DG device operation, applications, how to successfully grow your business, and much more.

Roland TV is designed to be an ever-evolving resource of informative and inspirational videos for existing and prospective Roland DG customers. The initial redesign includes videos covering some of the company’s most popular desktop machines, RIP software, and dental devices, as well as webinar recordings on UV printing, vehicle graphic design/installation, and starting and growing a print business. New videos will be added to the current library on a regular basis, providing customers with a continuously growing source of information.

“At Roland DGA, our goal is to offer not only the highest quality, most productive technology of its kind, but also the best customer service and support,” notes Marketing Director, Dan Wilson. “With this complete overhaul of Roland TV and its collection of videos, users gain even better access to useful information on a variety of Roland DG products and solutions, free of charge. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to exceed the expectations of our customers.”

To learn more about Roland TV, visit For more information on Roland DGA Corporation, or the complete Roland DGA product line, visit

About Roland DGA Corporation

Roland DGA Corporation serves North and South America as the marketing, sales, distribution and service arm for Roland DG Corporation. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan is a worldwide leader in wide-format inkjet printers for the sign, apparel, textile, personalization and vehicle graphics markets; engravers for awards, giftware and ADA signage; photo impact printers for direct part marking; and 3D printers and CNC milling machines for the dental CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, part manufacturing and medical industries.

New: High-speed sintering – so fast, so beautiful, so safe

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Consisting of the High-Speed Ceramill Therm DRS sintering furnace and the specifically developed Zolid DRS zirconia, the High-Speed Zirconia Kit provides the perfect basis for the ultra-fast fabrication of highly esthetic zirconia restorations. The restorations can be sintered in just 20 minutes and offer maximum efficiency with a natural appearance due to the perfectly coordinated 16 Vita shades with integrated shade and translucency gradient.

The focus of the development was clearly on the issue of safety, as only durable restorations are of benefit to the laboratory, the clinician and the patient. For this reason, numerous studies were already conducted by renowned external institutes during the development phase. The result was conclusive: the fast sintering cycle has no relevant influence on optical or mechanical properties. In addition, the high flexural strength of > 800 MPa and the associated classification as a Class 5 zirconia provides an additional safety cushion.

Both laboratories and dental practices benefit from this innovative high-speed sintering process enabling them to add the so-called "Same Day Crown" to their service offering. Due to the extremely shortened sintering process, single-tooth crowns and three-pontic bridges can be realized in just one day, from preparation to final insertion.

What's more, the fabrication of other indications can also be shortened considerably, for example, an implant restoration consisting of a zirconia abutment and a crown. Whereas previously at least two days had to be allowed for in planning, this type of restoration, it can now be fabricated easily in less than 24 hours with the High-Speed Zirconia Kit.

The High-Speed Zirconia Kit offers every user an efficient and profitable process extension for the fabrication of zirconia in everyday routines - while at the same time maintaining natural esthetics and maximum safety.

About Amann Girrbach

As a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology, Amann Girrbach is one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. With its high degree of expertise in development and commitment to customer orientation, the ambitious Austrian company creates sophisticated system solutions and highest quality materials for tomorrow's workflows. Its custom-ers in around 90 countries worldwide are mainly made up of dental laboratories and dental technicians. Amann Girrbach employs a total of around 500 people. In addition to the R&D and production sites in Koblach (headquarters) and Rankweil (Austria), Amann Girrbach operates sales offices in Pforzheim (Germany), Verona (Italy), Jossigny (France), Charlotte (USA), Singapore (city), Curitiba (Brazil) and Beijing (China).


Statement of the American Dental Education Association on Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents of Oral Health Professions Schools Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) urges its member institutions and programs to advise and strongly encourage their faculty, staff, students and residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They exist as a patient care/education entity and must consider the health and safety of those they employ, educate and serve.

ADEA is concerned about the well-being of its members who are providing oral health care every day and implores its members to advocate for COVID-19 vaccination requirements at their institution of learning.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in its COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review for July 23, 2021 that the Delta variant is estimated to now account for 82% of new cases in the United States, and the number of cases is increasing in areas with low vaccination rates. Overall, 90% of U.S. jurisdictions are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Nowhere is safety from disease and infection more critical than in the clinical environment for faculty, staff, students and patients. Every available step to prevent that from occurring should be taken.

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


Sterngold Releases Mid-Year Course Schedule

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Sterngold Dental has released its 2021 Course Schedule for the rest of the year, and it is packed with options for the busy clinician/dentist and dental laboratory technician. Combining digital and in-person delivery, through live and on-demand formats, the course lineup has been thoughtfully planned to provide opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills, as well as increase service options and revenue, at a convenient schedule.

There are over 50 courses available and more may still be added before winter. Eighty percent of the courses are at no cost, while nearly all award continuing education credits. Covered in lecture and hands-on formats are topics showcasing successful mini implant placement, conventional implant overdenture retention techniques for the maxilla and mandible, best practices and technical insights into digital dentures, attachments, 3D guided surgery, and holistic treatment options. True subject matter experts who are Key Opinion Leaders in busy practices, certified dental technicians, and other dental professionals with education credentials and deep experience collaborate with Sterngold in developing the outline and syllabus for each course.

Now that travel restrictions have eased up, Sterngold Dental has brought back its popular one-day, onsite implant courses combining lectures and hands-on techniques for experiential learning. Dr. Hallas consolidates his popular “Retain It: Solutions for Achieving Surgical & Restorative Success in the Edentulous Mandible” 5-part webinar series into a one-day, 7-CE credit course in Chicago, IL, with two dates available. Meanwhile, Dr. Ian Erwood delivers a two-in-one mini implant course in Orlando, FL, with a choice between two dates for 7 CE credits. Those who register before August 7th can get $100 off the registration fee using code: EARLYBIRD.

Sterngold continues to consider feedback for improvement and expansion of topics. For instance, the upcoming “Retain It: Maxillary Arch - Clinical Guidelines for Implant Overdenture Treatment Options” webinar in August is an outcome of the demand for a maxillary version of the popular mandibular course series.

Gene Peterson, Director of Technical Development and Learning, welcomes any suggestion or request. “If we don’t offer the course at the moment and it falls in our wheelhouse, we will gladly consider making it available.”

For a complete list of the 2021 courses, visit If you would like to request for a specific topic of interest in restorative dentistry, please reach out to

Partnership Announced Between Amann Girrbach and Opulent Digital Specialists

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Amann Girrbach has announced a distribution partnership agreement with Opulent Digital Specialists, a dental CAD/CAM integration company in Folsom, CA, that serves both dental laboratories and dental offices in North America. “I'm very excited about the partnership with Opulent,” says Jan Slor, General Manager for Amann Girrbach North America. “We have been working together for quite some time, and Jesse Zamarripa and the Opulent team have shown great expertise in the field of CAD/CAM in both dental labs and dental offices. Now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The CAD/CAM technology is developing quickly and together we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

Preat Corporation Welcomes Elvis Dahl as New District Sales Manager

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Preat Corporation announces the hiring of Elvis Dahl as the company’s new District Sales Manager for the Midwest, covering IN, IL, and MI.

As District Sales Manager, Dahl will be working directly with dental laboratory technicians, clinicians, and lab management—building upon existing relationships as well as establishing new Preat partner accounts in the Midwest region.

A valuable addition to the Preat team, Elvis brings his impressive skills, talents, and diverse dental experience spanning 13 years to his new role. Dahl states, “I am thrilled to join the Preat team and embark on this new journey of success.”

Many within the dental industry already know Dahl from his role as Creator & Co-host of Voices from The Bench, where he hosted 160 episodes for the only weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Other notable career highlights include Dahl’s NADL (National Association of Dental Laboratories) board membership, 13 years as Director of Operations at Somer Dental Laboratory where he received the 2019 Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements, and a five-year membership with the Spear Study Club. At Somer Dental Laboratory, Dahl’s diverse operational responsibilities, including marketing, treatment planning, estimates, quality control, and laboratory production, combined with his proven leadership capabilities, helped drive the growth and success of the laboratory.  

Dahl’s passion for the dental industry thoroughly aligns with Preat’s enduring core values: a commitment to supporting the industry, ongoing education, and putting the customers first. Dahl adds, “Providing excellent customer service is key to any successful business and by remaining united in support of the industry, it can become stronger and better than ever before.”

Planmeca USA partners with The MOD Institute to provide evidence-based education

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Hoffman Estates, IL. (March 15, 2021)Planmeca USA, a leading manufacturer of dental imaging and CAD/CAM equipment, is proud to announce a partnership with the newly formed MOD (Modern Optimized Dentistry) Institute in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Wally Renne, a global educator on digital dentistry and founder of the MOD Institute, began with the idea that learning should be neither intimidating nor too complex. His vision included what he calls "practical skills for the Monday after," meaning attendees can immediately apply what they learned upon returning home. The MOD Institute offers hands-on courses using the latest imaging and CAD/CAM technology from Planmeca. Course titles include Implant Restorations in the Digital Age, Block to Beautiful, and The Power of Partial Coverage Restoration. More courses are being added regularly to keep the curriculum robust and at the cutting edge of dental advancements.

"Partnering with the MOD Institute makes so much sense from our perspective," says Jody Rodney, VP of Marketing and Education. "We provide initial training and education for our customers on both of our imaging and CAD/CAM products. Then, when the clinician is ready, they can advance their skills through courses held at the MOD Institute. It reinforces our mission to deliver better care through innovation, and the MOD Institute becomes an extension of the Planmeca experience."

Classes are scheduled to begin in November in historical Charleston, SC with an impressive list of educators dedicated to advancing dentistry and supporting dental professionals.

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

About Modern Optimized Dentistry (MOD)

MOD is an organization with three interconnected divisions; The MOD Institute is focused on learning initiatives for dental professionals and is founded by global digital dentistry leader, Dr. Wally Renne. MOD Aesthetics is the private practice offering world-class service to its patients led by renowned practitioner, Dr. Michael DeFee. MOD Research is focused on evidence-based research initiatives to optimize patient outcomes. Each entity works with the most advanced technology and the best minds in dentistry. MOD is located in Charleston, South Carolina and can be found online at


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