Nano composite inventor enters the Inventors Hall of Fame

2 0 1 8 N AT I O N A L I N V E N T O R S HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Sumita Mitra BORN FEBRUARY 27, 1949 Sumita Mitra’s dental innovations capture the importance of strength and the elegance of beauty, allowing her to solve ongoing issues plaguing both dental patients and professionals. By revolutionizing the field of dentistry with her invention of the first nanocomposite dental materials, she made the development and commercialization of many dental products possible. Mitra’s invention of Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative improved upon previous dental composites by providing superior optical properties both initially and long-term, while exhibiting excellent mechanical strength and wear resistance. The Filtek™ Supreme product line has been used in more than 600 million dental restorations worldwide since the product launched in 2002. Mitra’s innovation will be celebrated this May as she is Inducted into the 2018 Class of the National Inventors Hall of Fame

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NuSmile Summit Set for February 15-16, 2019


Unprecedented CE event targets pediatric dentists, general dentists and their teams
HOUSTON, TEXAS, October 4, 2018—NuSmile Ltd., the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry, announced today that the second annual NuSmile Summit will be held February 15-16, 2019 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The event’s format allows doctors and their team members to create their own schedule by choosing the specific courses that best meet their individual needs. Attendees will receive up to 16 continuing education credits from a combination of hands-on and lecture courses taught by several of the world’s most respected pediatric dentistry experts.
“When we conceived the NuSmile Summit over two years ago, our vision was a simple one: to create the premier continuing education event in pediatric dentistry,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile founder and CEO. “The response we got from attendees of last year’s inaugural event told us we were on the right track, leading us to add a whole new Dental Team Member Curriculum. We’re convinced that this year’s Summit will be the finest event of its kind ever held.”
“We’re very excited to invite dental team members to attend our Summit courses and learn from the distinguished experts we’ve been able to assemble to lead them,” said Mike Loessberg, NuSmile Director of Sales, U.S. and Canada. “We’re especially proud our ‘Progressive Esthetics’ hands-on workshop, which provides everything doctors and their teams need to know about pediatric esthetic crown treatment.” According to Mr. Loessberg, workshop topics include treatment planning and the Express Prep technique, as well as high-yield, detail- oriented tips and tricks around proper cementation of pediatric zirconia and pre-veneered crowns.
Throughout the course of the Summit, doctors and their staffs will be able to choose from an unmatched array of course options:
Doctor curriculum (up to 16 CE credits)

  • “Esthetic Primary Crowns and Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF): A Perfect Match” (LaRee Johnson,
    DDS, MS)
  • “Radiographic Findings in Pediatric Diseases” (Shailesh Kottal, DDS)
  • “Managing Those Hair Pulling Out, Drive You to Drink, Make You Want to Scream Situations in
    Pediatric Dentistry (Bill Waggoner, DDS, MS)
  • “New Approaches to Pediatric Pulp Therapy” (Jessica Lee, DDS, MPH, PhD)
  • “Pedonomics and Pedometrics” (Roger G. Sanger, DDS, MSD)
  • “Managed Care Insurance and Pediatric Dentistry – Opportunities or Problems?” (Dr. Sanger)
  • “Advanced Zirconia Treatment Cases” (David Evans, DMD / David Salar, DMD / Eric Ellis, DMD)
Dental team curriculum (up to 14 CE credits)
“Infection Control – Do You Know the Nitty Gritty?” (Rhea Haugseth, DMD)
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  • “Parents – Are Yours Backseat Drivers?” (Dr. Haugseth)
  • “Know it, Show it and Sell it – Getting Parents to Say Yes” (Dr. Haugseth)
  • “Telling your Story on Facebook and Instagram” (Scott Childress)
  • “Big Bad Fluoride – Why the Controversy?” (Stacey Zaikoski, DDS)
  • “Behavior Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Team” (Dr. Zaikoski)
    Hands-on workshop (full day)

“Progressive Esthetics” (David Salar, DMD; David Evans, DMD; Eric Ellis, DMD)
The event’s keynote speaker will again be Gary Zelesky, who will speak on the theme, “Developing Passionate Leadership, Leading Passionate Lives.” Mr. Zelesky’s presentation at last year’s NuSmile Summit helped convince Twana Duncan, DDS of Antlers, OK to bring her 14-person staff to the 2019 Summit. “I found his speech to be so inspirational that I immediately thought, if my team could hear this, we would definitely be having a lot more positivity in our morning planning meetings,” said Dr. Duncan. “Also, we have a lot of new staff members, and they need to be able to talk knowledgeably to our parents and explain things like why we’re recommending a zirconia crown even though it might not be covered by the patient’s insurance. I also knew that my staff would feel comfortable asking questions in the Summit environment.”
The 2019 NuSmile Summit will again take place at the luxurious Grand Wyndham Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida, named the “#1 Beach in the U.S.” by Trip Advisor. To take full advantage of this beautiful location, Summit attendees will have the option of participating in several fun activities, including Friday morning yoga on the beach, a Friday afternoon beach party, a Friday sunset reception at the pool, a Saturday morning 3K run, and a Saturday afternoon beach/pool party.
NuSmile will be awarding three residents scholarships to attend the 2019 NuSmile Summit. The scholarship includes registration, Thursday & Friday night hotel accommodations, breakfast & lunch for Friday and Saturday, as well as all of the extra curricular events scheduled for the weekend.
Doctors and their teams may pre-register for the event by calling 800-346-5133 or visiting nusmile.com.
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About NuSmile
Founded in 1991 in Houston, Texas by Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile is the worldwide leader in pediatric esthetic restorative dentistry. Shortly after its founding, the company invented its first esthetic pediatric crown; more than 4 million have been used in restorations in the 25 years since. The company’s current offerings include the NuSmile ZR Zirconia crown system, featuring Try-In crowns to prevent saliva/blood contamination and NuSmile BioCem® BioActive Cement for exceptional bond strength and handling; NuSmile Signature Pre- veneered crowns; NuSmile SSC Pre-contoured crowns; and NuSmile NeoMTA® pulp therapy medicament. NuSmile prides itself on its passion for customer care, its unwavering commitment to research, and its unmatched support for American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry (IAPD), the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Académie Canadienne de Dentisterie Pédiatrique (CAPD/ACPD), the Institute for Pediatric Dentistry (IPD) and several other organizations dedicated to the dental care of children and the dentists who serve them.

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Convergent Dental Announces The Next Generation of Solea®


New, Smaller Solea Cuts Faster, Smoother and 99.2% Anesthesia-Free
Needham, MA (October 1, 2018) – Convergent Dental Inc., developers of Solea®, the industry-leading CO2all-tissue dental laser, is pleased to announce The Next Generation of Solea. The latest advancements provide unprecedented performance, significant software upgrades, improved ergonomics, increased accessibility and a smaller footprint.
“This new generation of Solea provides a quantum leap in performance at every level. Most importantly it enables dentists to do virtually 100% of cavity preps anesthesia-free,” remarked Convergent Dental CEO Michael Cataldo.  “In addition, Solea now cuts faster and smoother so dentists get more done in less time with an even better patient experience.” 
Solea earned its reputation for enabling dramatic practice growth and reduced stress for dentists and patients by taking anesthesia, bleeding, sutures, and discomfort out of the dental experience.  Before the launch of this new platform, Solea dentists reported doing 4 – 6 more procedures per day while feeling like they were doing less work.  With this new generation, Solea dentists will benefit from even more growth while enjoying an even more relaxing work day.  Better still, it all comes in a smaller package that is even easier to use.  
Unprecedented Clinical Performance – Statistics collected from over 1,000 procedures in early use of the new Solea platform include:
·       Improved anesthesia-free performance – nearly 100% of cavity preps were completed without anesthesia and without discomfort.
·       Faster hard tissue cutting by 31% compared to the previous platform.
·       10% smoother surface finishes providing better margins and reduced prep time.
·       Faster soft tissue cutting with minimal to no bleeding.   
Smaller Footprint – Solea is 15% slimmer, making it easier to move around the office and operatory.
Enhanced Software – User-customizable options, user-specific profiles and faster start-up.
Enhanced Ergonomics – A lighter, more maneuverable handpiece with improved rotation and a wider range of motion.
Improved Remote Access – A 4G LTE mobile data connection has been added along with the existing Wi-Fi capability, improving Solea’s accessibility for software updates and remote service and support.   
Actual results: 99.2% of 833 cavities and 132 soft tissue procedures treated successfully without local anesthesia in early use.
For further information about Solea, please visit www.convergentdental.com or call 844.GOSOLEA.
About Convergent Dental, Inc.
Convergent Dental, Inc. is a privately owned dental equipment and technology company. The Company’s flagship product, Solea®, is the only CO2 laser to be cleared by the FDA for all-tissue indications and delivers an anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free experience that you can count on. Solea is a true breakthrough in dental laser technology that delivers a completely different experience for both dentists and patients versus traditional instruments or any laser before. Solea enables better clinical outcomes, dramatic practice growth, and a superior patient experience.
For more information, please visit www.convergentdental.com. Follow the company on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.
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Canary Caries Detection Update

There have numerous updates to The Canary System since we last communicated including new published research. Each study focuses on critical aspects for the management of caries in clinical practice:
 
1. The Canary System can detect caries under the intact margins of resin modified glass ionomer and compomer restorations more accurately than SPECTRA, DIAGNODent and visual examination. 
2. The Canary System measures caries lesion depth more accurately than visual examination or DIAGNOdent.
3. The Canary System can detect caries under the intact margins of amalgam restorations more accurately than Spectra, DIAGNOdent and visual examination. 

Canary software can be installed on operatory workstations. 
The Canary System is the perfect tool to:
Reduce the frequency of radiographs
Detect decay in pits and fissures and around restorations 4x earlier than radiographs
Monitor remineralization 
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Impact of voxel size and scan time on the accuracy of three-dimensional radiological imaging data from cone-beam computed tomography

Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery

Summary

Purpose

Three-dimensional (3D) radiological imaging plays an important role in surgical planning used in modern dentistry. The aim of this study was to optimize imaging parameters with a special focus on voxel size and scan time.

Material and Methods

A virtual 3D master model of a macerated human skull was generated using an industrial optical noncontact white light scanner. The skull was X-rayed with cone-beam computed tomography that was applied using different settings for voxel size and acquisition time (voxel edge length of 0.3 mm, scan times 4.8 s and 8.9 s; voxel edge length of 0.2 mm, scan times 14.7 s and 26.9 s). The scan was repeated 10 times at each setting. The CBCT scans were converted into 3D virtual models (actual value), which were superimposed with the 3D master model (reference value) to detect absolute differences.

Results

The mean value of deviation increased with increasing voxel size and decreasing scan time. For a voxel edge length of 0.3 mm, the mean values of deviation were 0.33 mm and 0.22 mm with scan times of 4.8 s and 8.9 s, respectively. For a voxel edge length of 0.2 mm, the mean deviations were 0.16 mm and 0.14 mm with scan times of 14.7 s and 26.9 s, respectively.

Conclusions

When using small voxel sizes, the scan time does not have a significant impact on image accuracy and therefore the scan time can be shortened. However, for larger voxel sizes, shorter scan times can lead to increased inaccuracy.
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Join me at the Digital Future of Dentistry ADA 2018- Hawaii Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1450

Digital Future of Dentistry Schedule – Hawaii Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1450

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Come meet with key opinion leaders in a state-of-the-art learning environment.
The main stage theater will hold key opinion leader lectures and short TED Talk-inspired sessions. All courses are FREE so register now!

Digital Future of Dentistry Main Stage

  • Thursday, October 18

    5600 – Dentistry and the Third Industrial Revolution
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    7:30-8:30 a.m.
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – Henry Schein One
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    8:30-8:15 a.m.
    BOC_Dentrix

    5601 – Diagnosis, Planning and Treatment Using New 3-D Technology
    Paul Feuerstein, DMD
    9:15-10:15 a.m.
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – Garrison Dental Solutions
    Paul Feuerstein, DMD
    10:15-10:30 a.m.
    BOC_Garrison

    5605 – Ergonomics For Personal and Practice Longevity
    Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA
    9:15-10:15 a.m.
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    5602 – Digital Workflow 101: A Basic Primer on the Digital Dentistry Workflow
    Marty Jablow, DMD
    11 a.m.-Noon
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – Bien Air
    Marty Jablow, DMD
    Noon-12:15 p.m.
    BOC_BienAir

    5603 – Advanced Digital Caries Detection
    John Flucke, DDS
    12:45-1:45 p.m.
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – Simplifeye DEXvoice
    John Flucke, DDS
    1:45-2:00 p.m.
    BOC_DexVoice

    5604 – Financing your Technology Project
    Andrew Ventura
    12:45-1:45 p.m.
    Created in partnership with
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  • Friday, October 19

    6600 – Buyer’s Guide to CBCT and Intraoral Scanning
    Marty Jablow, DMD
    7:30-8:30 a.m.
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – LED Dental
    Marty Jablow, DMD
    8:30-8:45 a.m.
    BOC_LED

    6601 – Digital Impressions: What is Here and What is Coming?
    Paul Feuerstein, DMD
    9:15-10:15 a.m.
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – Shofu
    Paul Feuerstein, DMD
    10:15-10:30 a.m.
    BOC_Shofu

    6605 – Real Estate: Where your Technology Lives
    Colin Carr
    9:15-10:15 a.m.
    Created in partnership with
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    6602 – The Four Types of Dental Systems
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    11 a.m.-Noon
    Sponsored by
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    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – WEO Media
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    Noon12:15 p.m.
    BOC_WEO
    6603 – How Cone Beam Imaging is Changing the Face of Dentistry
    John Flucke, DDS
    12:45-1:45 p.m.
    Best of Class Award Winners Highlight – MMG Fusion
    John Flucke, DDS
    1:45-2:00 p.m.
    BOC_MMG

    6607 – How to Position Your Practice as a Digital Technology Leader
    Wendy O’Donovan Phillips
    12:45-1:45 p.m.
    Created in partnership with
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    6604 – Taming the Overhead Beast
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    2-3 p.m
    Sponsored by
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  • Saturday, October 20

Digital Future of Dentistry Campfires

  • Digital Future of Dentistry Campfires
    Continue the conversation with our experts

    Thursday, October 18
    5400 – High-Tech Practice on a Low-Tech Budget – Ask the Expert
    Marty Jablow, DMD
    8:45-9:45 a.m.
    5408 – Continue the Conversation-Ergonomics in a Tech Environment
    Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA
    10:30-11:15 a.m.
    Created in partnership with
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    5405 – New Dentist Survival Guide -Ask the Expert
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    10:30-11:15 a.m.
    5402 – An Open Discussion of CAD/CAM, Digital Impressions and 3D Workflow – Ask the Expert
    Paul Feuerstein, DMD
    12:15-1 p.m.
    5403 – Living in the Practice of Today but Wanting the Practice of Tomorrow – Ask the Expert
    Marty Jablow, DMD
    2-2:45 p.m.

    5409 – Continue the Conversation-Selecting a Lender
    Andrew Ventura
    2-2:45 p.m.
    Created in partnership with
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    Friday, October 19
    6400 – Let’s Talk Digital Dentistry-Ask the Expert
    John Flucke, DDS
    8:45-9:30 a.m.
    6403 – What’s My Next Step?-Ask the Expert
    John Flucke, DDS
    10:30-11:15 a.m.
    6407 – Continue the Conversation-Where Your Technology Lives
    Colin Carr
    10:30-11:15 a.m.
    Created in partnership with
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    6404 – An Open Discussion of CAD/CAM, Digital Impressions and 3-D Workflow – Ask the Expert
    Paul Feuerstein, DMD
    12:15-1 p.m.

    Saturday, October 20
    7400 – Kick Starting the Stalled Practice – Ask the Expert
    Christopher Salierno, DDS
    11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    7405 – Continuing the Conversation-Building your Digital Platform
    Dan Easty
    11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Created in partnership with
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