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Dentistry’s Premier Award Announces an Additional Submission Process for Dental Industry Companies
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15, 2018 — Now entering its second decade, the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards are getting their own upgrade. The awards’ sponsor, Cellerant Consulting Group, has introduced an additional process for dental companies to nominate their innovative products and services for consideration.
Created in 2009 by Dr. Lou Shuman, the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards recognize and honor products and services that lead the way in dentistry. “Staying abreast of technology is a significant undertaking and an important responsibility,” says Dr. Shuman. “The Best of Class now occupies a unique and highly visible role in the dental community as an unbiased guide for important practice purchase decisions. Adding the open submission process to our existing year-round panel research will ensure that the Best of Class deliberations remain comprehensive.”
The awards process is currently based on the year-long research and evaluation efforts of its panel of dental technology experts. For the 2019 award, dental industry manufacturers and service providers can now nominate their technologies for consideration at The simple process involves completing the Best of Class submission form online.
“With new technologies coming at a faster pace than ever, the open submission process assures that our panel will have maximum exposure to the most innovative products in dentistry,” said Dr. John Flucke.
For this year, the submission window will be open from November 2018 through February 1, 2019. The Best of Class panel members — Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Dr. John Flucke, Dr. Marty Jablow, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz, Dr. Chris Salierno, and Dr. Lou Shuman — have been evaluating technologies throughout the award year and will be voting at the 2019 Chicago Midwinter Meeting. In the fall, the winning technologies will be on display at the American Dental Association Annual Meeting. They are then recognized at an official VIP reception and awards ceremony.
About the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards
The Best of Class Technology Awards were launched in 2009 as a new concept to provide an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies in the dental space. Through print and digital media coverage, the Best of Class message reaches the community of 150,000 dentists through multiple touch points — both print and online — educating them about the products. Honoree participation in the Technology Expo at the American Dental Association’s Annual Meeting offers face-to-face interaction with the companies as well as technology-centered education provided by members of the panel.
About Cellerant Consulting Group
Founded and led by CEO Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, Cellerant provides strategic dental market insights, clinical expertise, implementation resources and support to accelerate growth for client dental companies. Cellerant services include new concept incubation, clinical product evaluation, product development, continuing education program development and CE sponsorship, strategic branding and marketing, online marketing, lead generation and dental media relations management. As an orthodontist and former owner of a 10-doctor multi-specialty private group practice, Dr. Shuman guides clients to offer products that engage dental customers and provide sustained differentiation. Cellerant operates under a unique model that merges leading voices in clinical product evaluation and strategic partner companies to provide a menu of services from one easily accessible network.

For more information about the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards, visit www.cellerantconsulting.comor email

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Clinical Research Randomized controlled clinical trial of digital and conventional workflows for the fabrication of zirconia-ceramic fixed partial dentures. Part III: Marginal and internal fit

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Available online 3 November 2018

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry


Statement of problem

Trials comparing the overall performances of digital and conventional workflows in restorative dentistry are lacking.


The purpose of the third part of this clinical study was to test whether the fit of zirconia 3-unit frameworks for fixed partial dentures fabricated with fully digital workflows differed from that of metal frameworks fabricated with the conventional workflow.

Material and methods

In each of 10 participants, 4 fixed-partial-denture frameworks were fabricated for the same abutment teeth according to a randomly generated sequence. Digital workflows were applied for the fabrication of 3 zirconia frameworks with Lava, iTero, and Cerec infiniDent systems. The conventional workflow included a polyether impression, manual waxing, the lost-wax technique, and the casting of a metal framework. The discrepancies between the frameworks and the abutment teeth were registered using the replica technique with polyvinyl siloxane. The dimensions of the marginal discrepancy (Discrepancymarginal) and the internal discrepancy in 4 different regions of interest (Discrepancyshoulder, Discrepancyaxial, Discrepancycusp, and Discrepancyocclusal) were assessed using a light microscope. Post hoc t tests with Bonferroni correction were applied to detect differences (α=.05).


Discrepancyshoulder was 96.1 ±61.7 μm for the iTero, 106.9 ±96.0 μm for the Lava, 112.2 ±76.7 μm for the Cerec infiniDent, and 126.5 ±91.0 μm for the conventional workflow. The difference between the iTero and the conventional workflow was statistically significant (P=.029). Discrepancyocclusal was 153.5 ±66.8 μm for the iTero, 203.3 ±127.9 μm for the Lava, 179.7 ±63.1 μm for the Cerec infiniDent, and 148.8 ±66.8 μm for the conventional workflow. Discrepancyocclusal was significantly lower for the conventional workflow than for the Lava and the Cerec infindent workflows (P<.01). The iTero resulted in significantly lower values of Discrepancyocclusal than the Lava and the Cerec infiniDent workflows (P<.01).


In terms of framework fit in the region of the shoulder, digitally fabricated zirconia 3-unit frameworks presented similar or better fit than the conventionally fabricated metal frameworks. In the occlusal regions, the conventionally fabricated metal frameworks achieved a more favorable fit than the CAD-CAM zirconia frameworks.
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The Academy of Laser Dentistry Partners Again with the Greater New York Dental Meeting to Provide Unbiased Laser Training

3 Essential Sessions Will Provide a Glimpse of What’s Ahead
at the ALD’s Annual Meeting in April
Coral Springs, FL – November 12, 2018 –  For the 11th consecutive year, the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) will carry on its mission of providing unbiased, non-commercial laser education and training with three hands-on sessions during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.
According to ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, “We’re pleased to announce that the, ALD is continuing its tradition of sponsoring several objective CE programs, taught by some of the world’s most prominent laser dentistry experts; Dr. Lawrence A. Kotlow, Dr. John Graeber and Dr. Samuel B. Low.”  Here are the highly-informative ALD-supported programs scheduled for this year’s GNYDM:
·       #4350: Lasers, the New Norm for Pediatric Dentistry: Merging Medicine and Dentistry / Dr.  Lawrence A. Kotlow / 11/26/2018 / 9:00 am -12:00 PM / 3 CEUs
Today’s pediatric dental practice is treating children as early as a few days after birth to teenagers for a variety of problems due to Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs) such as lip, cheek and tongue ties which can interfere with many newborn and infant developmental conditions.
Oral surgery for infants can safely and quickly be completed in the dental office using lasers with little or no complications. This discussion includes the use of lasers for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of soft tissue surgeries for infants, toddlers and older children as well as for treating traumatic injuries and will provide the following takeaways:

·       How TOTs can affect many of the body’s systems
·       How the tongue is really an organ rather than just a simple muscle
·       How to treat various oral soft tissue procedures
#5420: Diode Laser Basic Competency Course / Dr. John Graeber – 11/27/17
 From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm / 6 CEUs
This full-day program provides a detailed and focused basic competency in the use of diode lasers – one of the most popular dental wavelengths. Clinical techniques for dentists and hygienists will be reviewed including: basic troughing, laser sculpting in smile design, frenectomies, and the minimally invasive laser protocol in periodontal treatment.
Techniques in low level laser therapy will be reviewed in wound healing and cellular regeneration. Attendees must demonstrate clinical simulation on pig jaws and must pass a written exam to achieve the coveted Academy of Laser Dentistry Basic Competency Letter of Completion. 
This full-day course and workshop with cover the following key areas:
·       Basic scientific principles in how lasers interact with dental tissues
·       How to use a diode laser safely to avoid complications
·       Various tissue biotypes and fine tune diode laser settings

The ALD Laser Basic Competency Letter of Completion is included with successful course completion. This course serves as fulfilling the prerequisite for Standard Proficiency Certification with the ALD.
·       #43460: Periodontal Therapy and Managing Peri-Implant Diseases from Lasers to Air Technologies / Dr. Samuel B. Low – 11/26/2018 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm / 3 CEUs
Perplexed by the elusive inflamed dental implant? Confused by the various treatment/management strategies? The introduction of the dental implant to the overall management of the patient is at an all-time high and so is the standard of care.
However, recent data demonstrates that inflammation associated with the implant is commonplace and can result in loss of the implant. The entire dental team requires successful systems and tools in place to enhance the longevity towards implant health.
This session will focus on systems utilizing safe laser wavelengths and innovative technologies to
manage both mucositis to bone loss implantitis to help retain implants.
Attendees will learn the following:

·       How enhance your diagnostic skills for implantitis versus mucositis and how to script patient explanations to turn into a positive interaction
·       Which laser wavelengths are indicated for the respective implant surface 
·       Why to consider laser techniques in detoxification/decontamination
For more information and registration details, visit
“These three information-packed sessions are just a small sample of the caliber and quantity of objective learning opportunities that await dentists and their teams at ALD’s Annual Meeting which is being held in Dallas from April 4-6th 2019,”  explains Siminovsky.
The upcoming meeting’s focus is “The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body. “We’re very excited about next year’s theme,” explains Siminovsky. “For decades, ALD members were the unsung heroes of oral-systemic health. First by applying laser technology to treat periodontal disease and more recently, by applying light therapy to help patients suffering from the oral mucositis side-effects of chemotherapy as well as TMJ and sleep apnea and other medical conditions will all be included in the learning and discussion topics.”
Registration for ALD 2019 is now open. Make reservations for your entire dental team by visiting
About the Academy of Laser Dentistry
The Academy of Laser Dentistry is the only independent and unbiased non-profit association devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Academy is devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry. For more information, visit
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Considering a dental hygiene career change to office management? Take note of this professional organization

As more and more dental hygienists search for career alternatives, it’s important to be aware of professional resources that could help you make the jump. The American Association of Dental Practice Management (AADOM) is one such resource, an established professional organization that has plenty of resources to help hygienists transition into a new role in the dental practice. Read more here.

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