Delta Dental Launches New National Oral Health Institute

Posted on June 19, 2019

Today, Delta Dental, the nation's leading provider of dental insurance covering over 78 million Americans, launched the Delta Dental Institute, a first-of-its-kind national organization dedicated to putting a new spotlight on the importance of oral health.

The Delta Dental Institute will be a national voice calling for health care, public policy, academic, and other leaders to begin placing a greater emphasis on the importance of oral health and the impact it has on overall health, and will engage in research, outreach, and advocacy to help all Americans make informed decisions about their oral health.

"For too long, oral health has been an afterthought in the nation's broader health policy conversation," said Joseph Dill, the Delta Dental Institute's Head of Dental Science. "By focusing on rigorous research, deep community involvement, and educating policymakers, the Delta Dental Institute will help give oral health the attention it deserves. We're excited for the Institute to serve as a critical resource for community and civic leaders as we work together to improve the nation's oral health."

The Delta Dental Institute, supported by Delta Dental's national network of member companies and dedicated partners, will:

Conduct, support, and promote research to help Americans make informed decisions about oral health. The Delta Dental Institute will partner with leading scientists, academic institutions, health care groups, and other organizations to explore important oral health topics and produce data-driven insights.

Shine a national spotlight on the more than $60 million being invested this year to break down barriers to oral health. The Delta Dental member companies will invest in communities across the country to improve oral health, prevent dental disease, expand access to care, and emphasize the importance of oral health as a part of overall health.

Serve as a key advocate for oral health in Washington, D.C. and across the country. The Delta Dental Institute will educate policymakers, raise awareness about the importance of oral health to overall health, and push for policy solutions to promote access to affordable oral care.

As part of its mission to help all Americans make informed decisions about their oral health, the Delta Dental Institute will pursue a substantive research agenda focused on answering important oral health-related inquiries including: How to reduce costs associated with preventable dental conditions; how to better integrate oral health into wellness programs in ways that improve overall health; how to most effectively integrate medical and dental care to achieve better health outcomes; and how to improve oral health literacy.

About the Delta Dental Institute

The Delta Dental Institute is dedicated to advancing oral health for all Americans in partnership with Delta Dental member companies and dedicated partners across the country. With expertise rooted in Delta Dental's rich history of oral health leadership, the Delta Dental Institute engages in and supports oral health research, community outreach, and advocacy, striving to ensure all Americans can have the healthy smile they deserve and live their healthiest lives. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE Delta Dental Institute

Aspen Dental Expands Into California

Posted on June 18, 2019

 As part of its strong growth trajectory, Aspen Dental, the largest branded network of dental practices in the U.S., is pleased to announce its expansion into The Golden State with the opening of the first California practice. The new opening inks the brand’s presence in 41 states and is part of an aggressive West Coast expansion that includes six California offices open by 2020.

Setting out to transform California’s dental segment by breaking down barriers to care, Aspen Dental-branded practices in California will feature several amenities designed to make a patient’s visit as easy and comfortable as possible, including extended hours on weekdays and select Saturdays, welcoming walk-ins and accepting emergency patients.

The first Aspen Dental-branded practice in the state, located at 3900 Sisk Road in Modesto, will officially open its doors on Thursday, June 27 and will provide a full range of dental services, including dentures, preventive care and restoration in a judgment-free environment. John Farah, DMD, who received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from University of Florida College of Dentistry, Gainesville, will lead the new practice.

To commemorate the opening, a “floss cutting” ceremony has been scheduled for June 26 at 10:30 am. Media and community stakeholders have been invited to attend.

"According to a recent study, nearly half of the population in the Modesto/Sacramento area have experienced a dental emergency at one time or another,” stated Abhinav Shukla, chief operating officer at Aspen Dental Management, Inc. " Aspen Dental dentists and teams are committed to providing as a solution to short- and long-term dental care needs, all while treating patients with the compassion and respect they deserve.”

The development news follows just a few short months since Aspen Dental opened a new state-of-the-art scheduling center in Phoenix. The center was designed to better support Aspen Dental’s industry-leading new patient demand and commitment to West Coast development.

As part of the California expansion, Aspen Dental plans to open additional locations in Hollister, Clovis, Visalia, Palm Desert and Fresno by the end of the year.

In addition to affordable comprehensive dental care, the new Aspen Dental-branded offices will provide:

-A free new patient exam and X-rays for those without insurance

-An on-site denture lab and a Denture Money Back Guarantee

-Financing options

To make an appointment, patients can go to www.aspendental.com and click on Schedule a New Patient Appointment; or call (209) 900-9856 or 800-ASPEN DENTAL (800-277-3633).

About Aspen Dental Offices

Aspen Dental-branded practices are committed to breaking down the barriers­­­­ to better dental care, better smiles and better lives by making dentistry easier for patients. With more than 750 offices in 41 states, Aspen Dental practices provide a wide range of general dentistry and denture-related services and offer patient-friendly programs and services, including convenient locations, onsite labs and extended hours. Together, Aspen Dental practices cared for nearly 1.8 million patients in 2018.

About Aspen Dental Management, Inc.

With an innovative model that takes care of non-clinical business and administrative services so that providers are free to focus on patient care, the team at ADMI is driven by one overarching purpose: To care for the people who care for the patients. ADMI makes it easier for clinicians to have the careers they’ve always dreamed of, delivering care to their patients with the support of a team of experienced business professionals who are committed to making their practices a success. Support provided by ADMI includes services and recommendations related to finding the right locations, leasing, acquiring equipment, accounting and marketing.


Nobel Biocare invites dental professionals to experience the next evolution of implant dentistry at Global Symposium in Madrid

Posted on June 18, 2019

The upcoming Nobel Biocare Global Symposium will provide unrivalled opportunities to see and experience the future of implant dentistry. Held from June 27-29 in the Spanish capital Madrid, the landmark event is set to transform patient care with the reveal of breakthrough innovation, including the Nobel Biocare N1™ implant system. Boasting a biologic-driven design, forward-thinking treatment protocol and the company’s latest surface technology, the highly anticipated system was created to open a new chapter in workflow optimization, patient comfort and reduction of treatment time.

The Global Symposium in Madrid will be one of the first opportunities to experience this next leap forward in dental implant treatment. In addition to clinical experts and researchers sharing their experiences with Nobel Biocare N1™ during the main program, attendees will be able to experience the unique benefits of the new system in several hands-on sessions during the event.

With the DTX Studio™ ecosystem, Nobel Biocare is further expanding its position as a leading innovator in digital dentistry. Providing attendees with in-depth insights into the integrated digital workflow, the Global Symposium will host a fully equipped dental practice to demonstrate how to make the daily treatment routine straightforward and efficient. Participants can also look forward to implant and prosthetic planning demonstrations with DTX Studio Implant during several of the main lectures.

Continuing Nobel Biocare’s mission to help dental professionals treat more patients better, the Global Symposium in Madrid will be a learning experience like no other. During the highly engaging and interactive program, attendees will learn everything they need to know about mastering all aspects of the implant journey, from Immediate Function and shorter time-to-teeth to esthetics and the Mucointegration™ process. Dedicated sessions will further provide starters with guidance on how to run a successful implant practice or use different channels to create patient flow. On top of that, attendees will receive the latest update on emerging trends in implant dentistry, such as ceramic implants and dynamically navigated surgery.

“Clinical needs are changing, the industry is changing, solutions are changing – knowledge is changing. In Madrid, we will demonstrate once again how we partner with dental professionals, through new and established solutions, to make implant procedures faster, safer and more predictable for them and their patients. Our Global Symposium is all about real innovation and how it will contribute to improved patient care”, said Hans Geiselhöringer, President of Nobel Biocare Systems.

More information about the program, as well as to how to register for the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium in Madrid, is available at nobelbiocare.com/global-symposia. Dental professionals who are still interested to join the event are invited to sign up now and secure their seat.

New Reflect™ Implant System

Posted on June 18, 2019

integrated dental systems (ids) introduces the Reflect™ Implant Systems. Reflect Implants are surgically and prosthetically compatible with leading implant brands from Nobel Biocare, Zimmer Biomet 3i and Astra. This allows users to incorporate Reflect implants and prosthetics into their practice without having to learn new procedures, purchase new surgical kits and instruments while saving up to 80%!

Reflect Implants are manufactured from hypo‐allergenic, cold‐pressed CP4 titanium that provides superior strength and performance. All Reflect Implant surfaces are sand‐blasted (S‐L‐A), and then go through a unique cleaning process that yields a contamination‐free surface.

“We are excited to introduce an implant that consistently exceeds customer expectations, said Carey Lyons, ceo, ids. The combination of performance and incredible cost savings allows our customers to be more profitable. Providing more for you and more for your patients is the focus of everything we do.”

For more information, visit idsimplants.com or call 866.277.5662.

IADR/AADR Now Seeking JDR Editor-in-Chief Applications

Posted on June 14, 2019

The International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) are seeking an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) to serve a potentially renewable five-year term starting in April, 2020.

Founded in 1919, the JDR is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. The JDR ranks #2 in Impact Factor of 91 journals in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category at 5.380, ranks #2 of 91 in Article Influence with a score of 1.546 and continues to rank #1 of 91 journals in Eigenfactor with a score of 0.02095. The JDR’s 5-year Impact Factor is 5.715 — ranking #2 of 91 journals. With over 19,000 citations, the JDR also boasts the most citations in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category.

The Editor-in-Chief, a part-time position, is responsible for the editorial duties, including review and acceptance of manuscripts, in cooperation with Associate Editors, reviewers and an Editorial Board. The Editor-in-Chief works closely with the IADR/AADR Global HQ publications staff and our commercial publishing partner, SAGE Publications, Inc. The Editor-in-Chief is a member of the IADR/AADR Boards of Directors and Councils, and the Publications Committee. The Editor-in-Chief must have a distinguished record of scientific accomplishment reflected in peerreviewed publications. Dental and/or Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) is preferred. Previous experience as an Editor or Associate Editor is desirable. The position is available April, 2020 and carries an annual stipend.

Additional information is available upon request. The application deadline is August 30, 2019. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a two-page vision statement detailing how the applicant will lead and further improve the Journal, a comprehensive curriculum vitae

and contact information for three colleagues who will provide letters of reference. The applicant is responsible for requesting the designated colleagues to submit letters of reference directly to JDReditorsearch@iadr.org. Successful applicants will be invited for video interviews in October 2019 and in person interviews on December 9, 2019.

The IADR/AADR are equal opportunity associations and are encouraging applications across a broad range of scientific disciplines germane to dental, oral and craniofacial sciences regardless of geographic location, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability status.

William Giannobile to Step Down as Journal of Dental Research (JDR) Editor-in-Chief

Posted on June 14, 2019

After 10 years, William Giannobile, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, will end his term as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) on March 31, 2020.

Giannobile is the Najjar Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He received his D.D.S. and M.S. in Oral Biology from the University of Missouri Kansas City, USA and his Certificate in Periodontology and D.M.Sc. in Oral Biology from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Giannobile is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of dental tissue engineering and has authored books and numerous articles relevant to the clinical and translational oral health research field. Giannobile started his term as JDR Editor-in-Chief in 2010.

“Serving as JDR Editor-in-Chief has been an amazing opportunity and one of the most rewarding endeavors in my professional career. I believe that now is the time to bring forth the next round of leadership,” said Giannobile. “I have been able to accomplish the major objectives set out for me to advance the journal and to leave it in a place where a fresh perspective can bring the journal to even greater heights. I feel privileged to have been able to follow such capable and forward-thinking editors who have made the JDR the leading source of research findings for over a century.”

Under Giannobile’s leadership, the JDR currently holds its highest 2-Year Impact Factor in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category at 5.380. This is the first time the Journal’s Impact Factor has reached above 5 and marks a 13% increase from its 2016 Impact Factor.

JDR is jointly owned by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and both presidents had high praise for Giannobile’s accomplishments. “Dr. Giannobile brought the JDR to new heights, in collaboration with his editorial team, by enhancing the peer review process with rapid and high-quality reviews,” said IADR President Rena D’Souza. “The journal’s metrics have exceeded all of our expectations, securing JDR as the go-to journal for dental, oral and craniofacial research excellence”, added AADR President Maria Ryan.

About the Journal of Dental Research The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. The JDR ranks #2 in Impact Factor of 91 journals in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category at 5.380, ranks #2 of 91 in Article Influence with a score of 1.546 and continues to rank #1 of 91 journals in Eigenfactor with a score of 0.02095. The JDR’s 5-year Impact Factor has remained above 5 for the third year at 5.715 — ranking #2 of 91 journals. With over 19,000 citations, the JDR also boasts the most citations in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category.

ProSites Launches Supreme Website Design Solution for Dental Practices

Posted on June 14, 2019

ProSites Inc., a leading provider of website design and marketing solutions for dental practices, today announced the launch of its latest offering - ProSites Select. As a result, dental practices can now access a full-suite, digital marketing offering that enhances the patient experience from every online touchpoint.

The new product includes a secure, HTTPS website that is flexible in design customization, integrates HD patient education videos, and showcases a homepage video banner to instantly increase website engagement. Additional elements are included to further enhance the patient experience such as HIPAA-compliant online patient forms that patients can conveniently complete from the comfort of their own homes, a Live Chat feature to answer patient questions in real-time, and call tracking and recording for accurate ROI measurement.

In addition to these core features included in Select, all ProSites websites include FutureNow AssuranceTM which is the guarantee that a practice will always have a website with the latest designs, features and enhancements, free of charge. Members with a ProSites website also enjoy customizable content, online contact forms and questionnaires, an accessibility feature (to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act), and reputation marketing, making it easy to showcase, respond to, and monitor patient reviews.

“In today’s world, it’s critical for a dental practice’s online presence to be compelling to attract more patients and engage current patients,” stated Keith Washington, VP of Products at ProSites. “That’s why we are excited to continually provide new solutions that keep doctors on the cutting-edge while enhancing the patient experience and delivering a greater return on investment for the practice.”

ProSites is renowned in the industry as an innovative dental marketing company with a comprehensive suite of solutions ranging from pre-designed websites all the way to fully-custom, unique designs. Additionally, the company delivers multiple packages and other services that help practices attract, engage, and retain loyal patients including search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, patient communications, social media management, and most recently, Facebook Ads.

To learn more about ProSites Select and other services available, doctors can visit www.ProSites.com or call (888) 932-3644 to speak with an Internet Marketing Advisor.

About ProSites

ProSites delivers innovative website design and online marketing solutions that help professionals achieve measureable practice growth. Their comprehensive suite of solutions includes ready-to-go and custom website design, search engine marketing, social media management, automated patient communications and pay-per-click solutions. Trusted by over 14,000 dental, medical and professional practices, ProSites is endorsed by 11 state dental associations, a five time honoree on Inc. 5000's list of America's Fastest-Growing Private companies and a 2015 and 2016 Dentaltown Townie Choice Award recipient. To learn more about ProSites, visit the ProSites Blog, LinkedIn, and ProSites Resources. To reach a ProSites representative, call (888) 932-3644 or visit www.ProSites.com.

Zahn to Host Denture Business Webinar

Posted on June 13, 2019

Zahn Dental, the dental laboratory business of Henry Schein, will host a webinar entitled, “Grow Your Business with a Good, Better, Best Offering Approach,” on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

This 1-hour webinar will look at current industry and laboratory trends and how they are impacting removable business. David Sipperly, US Sales Training Manager for Dentsply Sirona’s Lab division, will share how a tiered denture offering approach can help bolster business while protecting margins when a clinician asks for a lower priced prosthesis. Attendees will learn how Dentsply Sirona’s tooth lines' unique features and benefits can help position a laboratory to upsell and cross-sell new and existing clinicians.

Over the past 15 years, Sipperly has held many positions within Dentsply Sirona, including: Territory Manager, and National Accounts Manager selling products to laboratories of all sizes. He is a published author, US patent holder, and receiver of multiple sales awards during his 25 years of professional sales and training. Sipperly has a BS in Marine Science from the University of Rhode Island.

To register for the webinar, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7062552810360003340?source=PR.

ARTS Launches on the GlobalGiving Platform

Posted on June 13, 2019

A Reason to Smile (ARTS) is a nonprofit organization established to prevent the spread of dental disease by providing comprehensive clinical care and education to rural African communities with little to no access to dental care. To date, we've traveled to Africa 8 times, served 3,000 patients, and educated 30 communities.

ARTS has been selected by GlobalGiving to participate in its June Fundraising Accelerator.

GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community in the world. It helps local nonprofits, like ARTS, access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.

When the Accelerator launches on June 10, 2019, ARTS will need to raise $5,000 from 40 donors through the GlobalGiving platform to graduate and become a permanent partner in the GlobalGiving community. This campaign alone will help us serve 1,100 men, women, and children living the rural communities of Senegal (September) and Uganda (October).

ARTS founders and CEO, Gunther Heyder, says, “ARTS is honored to have been selected for such a prestigious program. We are a small, bootstrap nonprofit. An opportunity like this one has the potential to make a tremendous impact on our organization and the people we serve. The dental industry is a generous one. We are relying on that generosity for a successful campaign.”

To support our GlobalGiving campaign visit: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/a-reason-to-smile-an-african-oral-health-project/ 


New Dental Clinic Opens at Case Western Reserve University

Posted on June 13, 2019

The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Cleveland Clinic opened their new, larger dental clinic on campus here this week. More easily accessed by patients, it will expand opportunities for education and research, enhance the patient experience and support the health and wellbeing of Cleveland-area residents.

The three-story, 132,000-square-foot facility is the second building of the Health Education Campus (HEC), a joint effort between Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic designed to promote collaborative practice and lifelong learning among health care professionals. It is located directly across from the HEC centerpiece, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion; dedicated in April, the Samson Pavilion serves the more than 2,200 students in the university’s nursing, dental and medical schools, with students from the social work school joining them for some classes as well.

The dental clinic was designed by DLR Group│Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland. Kahler Slater of Milwaukee provided programming, planning and interior architectural services.

Approximately 19,000 patients were treated at the clinic’s previous facility each year. The new building, with its larger size and additional technology and equipment, will enable the clinic to serve more patients, perform more complex procedures and reduce the number of visits required to complete certain procedures.

The clinic includes procedure spaces for general and specialty dentistry and dental surgery, support labs, clinical research environments, 3D computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) lab equipment, imaging equipment and central sterilization. Clinical spaces are designed to allow flexibility while maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy. Natural light is filtered throughout the building, further enhancing the patient experience.

The new building also offers much easier access to patients. The previous facility was difficult find, hidden among taller buildings and facing a service drive. The new facility is located on a well-trafficked street and has a prominent presence on the HEC. It also has an adjacent parking lot and offers drop-off and pick-up at the front door.

About Kahler Slater

Kahler Slater creates environments that enrich lives and achieve powerful results. Through architecture, interior design, strategic advisory and environmental branding, Kahler Slater leverages design to help its clients reach their strategic goals for advancing their organizations. The firm uses a Performance-Based Design process that is grounded in research to ensure that it designs for change. With clients around the United States, Canada and Singapore, Kahler Slater’s team includes marketplace experts in the health care, higher education, corporate office, living environments, hospitality, and sports and wellness sectors. Follow Kahler Slater online at kahlerslater.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter (@KahlerSlater).


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