Socket‐shield technique for implant placement to stabilize the facial gingival and osseous architecture: A systematic review


First published: 21 August 2019


The aim of the present study was to establish the efficacy of the socket‐shield technique (SST) for the stabilization of the facial gingival and osseous architecture. An electronic search including the Cochrane databases, EBSCOhost, Medline/PubMed and Web of Science was performed. Articles related to SST for placing dental implants were included. Articles and abstracts not written in English were excluded. The initial literature search resulted in 113 articles related to questions raised. Hand searching of the journals related to implants and cross‐referencing related to SST within the selected articles resulted in 1 more paper. Finally, 20 full texts and abstract of 1 article were included in the present systematic review: 11 case reports, 6 case series, 1 human randomized control trial (RCT), 1 technical report and 2 animal RCT. Recent modifications in SST, along with long follow‐up studies with increased sample size, provided promising results. This systematic review still recommends that SST should not be used in routine clinical practise until a higher level of evidence established. Further RCT on SST are required to establish the clinical efficacy of this technique.
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(Charlotte, NC – August 28, 2019) More than 500,000 children would lack access to dental care and preventive treatments if not for the nonprofit clinics that participate in the Dental Resource Program of America’s ToothFairy. As members of the program, clinics receive grant funding, educational materials, and valuable product donations that allow them to expand the number of children they can serve. 3M Oral Care recently provided a series of product and equipment donations worth $154,585.00, bringing their lifetime product donation total to the program to more than $2.25 million.

“Access to dental care is vital to the overall health, education and development of children,” said Sebastian Arana, President and General Manager of 3M Oral Care. “The work that we support through our long-standing partnership with America’s ToothFairy is essential for low-income families who rely on nonprofit clinics to access care and prevent decay.”
As the Title Sponsor of America’s ToothFairy’s National Varnish Initiative, 3M donated their Vanish™ Varnish and CavityShield™ Varnish to help prevent decay in at-risk children. In addition, the donation included hygiene products, dental equipment, crowns, adhesives and cements. The items were distributed to members of the Dental Resource Program, including FirstHealth Dental Care in Southern Pines, North Carolina. “We are so thankful to 3M Oral Care and America’s ToothFairy for their generous donation of dental supplies and equipment,” said Dena Hunt, Program Manager for FirstHealth. “These products will impact so many children and aid us in providing dental care for our patients!”
“3M is proud to support America’s ToothFairy,” commented Ann Bruck, RDH, 3M Global Scientific Affairs and Education Leader and America’s ToothFairy Board Chair. “Their resources and programs ensure nonprofit dental clinics are equipped to provide critical services for those most in need and make a difference in the lives of thousands of children each year.”
Product donations often make the difference between serving more children or having to turn them away. “The nonprofit clinics we serve rely on donations in order to make ends meet,” said Jill Malmgren, Executive Director of America’s ToothFairy. “That’s why product donations from generous sponsors like 3M are so essential to help the millions of families in our country who struggle to find affordable dental care. We are so grateful for 3M’s support over the years and for this milestone donation. We can count the number of children who have received dental care thanks to their support, but the impact on these kids’ lives is truly immeasurable.”
About 3M Oral Care
3M Oral Care promotes lifelong oral wellness through inventive solutions that help oral care professionals achieve greater clinical, professional and personal success around the world. Learn more at
About America’s ToothFairy
America’s ToothFairy is a nation-wide nonprofit organization based in Charlotte, NC. As a resource provider, America’s ToothFairy increases access to oral health care by supporting nonprofit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. Since its inception in 2006, America’s ToothFairy has distributed more than $19 million in donated products, educational materials and financial grants to improve oral health outcomes for children and youth in need. For more information, visit 
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‘Versatility, Flexibility, Scalability,’ Latest Software from Carestream Dental Redefines Intraoral Scanning

By Carestream Dental | September 6, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO—Carestream Dental invites doctors to take their scanning to new heights with CS ScanFlow software, the innovative new software that supports its intraoral scanning family. More than a version update, CS ScanFlow redefines intraoral scanning with endless possibilities, such as unlimited workflow capacity from a single scan; faster processing of datasets; and one-click export and touchscreen capabilities.
“CS ScanFlow is the software designed for oral healthcare professionals looking for ultimate workflow versatility, flexibility and scalability,” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “Not only will users notice a completely new interface design that gives them the freedom to navigate among different workflows from a single scan, they’ll experience faster dataset processing, vibrant HD 3D digital impressions and all of the other advanced features they enjoyed with our past scanning acquisition software updates.”
CS ScanFlow is powered by advanced algorithms but is straightforward and easy to use, supporting the company’s mission to simplify technology. The software guides users through a simple four-step process: Scan, Check, Adapt, Export. In fact, CS ScanFlow’s uncluttered user interface is specifically designed for touch screen navigation for more direct and intuitive interaction with the software.
Unique to CS ScanFlow, users can access all workflows from a single scan to build a baseline that evolves over time. There’s no need to select an application, users simply scan the patient and determine the next steps along the way. They can even utilize previous scans and add or remove detail with a cutting tool to create a new scan. This is ideal for pre-operative and post-operative scans to reduce scanning time and promote patient comfort.
Once the scan is captured, CS ScanFlow automatically evaluates the impression based on the selected criteria to ensure users have captured all the necessary details. Then, depending on the ultimate application of the scan and required clinical outcomes, users can select one of three processing options—low, standard and high. In fact, CS ScanFlow offers an average of 60 percent faster processing* compared to current standard processing times.
As an optional step, Adapt provides advanced tools in CS ScanFlow, giving users more control to adapt the scan for the next stage or treatment, such cleaning the digital model or adding a base for a streamlined 3D printing experience.
Convenient one-click export means there’s no need to exit the software, simply export or transfer files immediately after processing. CS ScanFlow’s open file formats allows practices to use their scanner as a standalone solution, working with an ever-growing list of validated software partners, labs and appliance—both orthodontic and sleep—manufacturers. Or, users can pair the scanner with the CS 3100 milling system and exocad ChairsideCAD software for in-house restorations.
All the intuitive smart features included in Carestream Dental’s current intraoral scanning acquisition software are available with CS ScanFlow, such as live scanning feedback arrows that recommend the ideal direction to scan. There’s also accurate semi-automatic bite registration and, for even more precise registration, CS ScanFlow offers multiple capture points, including anterior and posterior.
The popular hybrid scan workflow can merge the digital scan with a conventional impression scan into a single file to help practitioners challenged by deep margin lines or excessive bleeding. This feature is available for the restorative workflow and the implant-borne restorative workflow.
To meet the growing needs of practices offering sleep treatment, users can also use a single scan to obtain up to three different bite registrations—such as normal, open and protruded—for the design and manufacture of sleep devices.
CS ScanFlow is offered with Carestream Dental’s latest intraoral scanner, the CS 3700, and as an optional configuration for the CS 3600. Users of the CS 3700 will also experience exclusive smart-shade matching technology that automatically identifies the appropriate restorative color.
To learn more about CS ScanFlow, Carestream Dental’s intraoral scanning family or any of its innovative solutions, visit booth #1637 at the ADA FDI 2019 World Dental Congress, Sept. 5-7, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif., or visit
*With GPU (graphics processing unit) merging and improved texture mapping, the average time saving for refinement is approximately 60% on computers with 4GB video memory
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DDS Rescue Response to recent Ransomeware Attacks on Dental Offices.

Dear DDS Rescue Customer,
As many of you might have heard, on Monday, August 26, a Ransomware attack was pushed out to hundreds of dental offices associated with PercSoft, The Digital Dental Record, and DDS Safe.
To be clear, DDS Rescue is not associated with any of these companies and has not been attacked by Ransomware.
All of our customers are protected and all data is secure. As your cybersecurity professionals, we do everything we can to maintain your data protection on a daily basis.
Since this attack occurred, we have had a number of offices contact us with questions and we encourage our customers to continue to ask us questions because you are ultimately responsible for your patient data.
Of the many questions that we have received, the most common one is this:
Q: Could this type of attack have happened to DDS Rescue?
A: The simple answer is no.
      There have been two such attacks on dental offices both through their IT Managed Service Provider in the past two months. In the first case for certain, and most likely in this case as well, the cyber criminals hacked into the companies involved and used their direct connection to remotely send the Ransomware directly into their customers’ servers.  DDS Rescue does not maintain any type of open connections with our customers’ servers, which was the mean used in those attacks.  You must invite us onto your server each and every time we need access. After we disconnect, the access is dropped and no longer accessible.
      The DDS Rescue unit runs on a Linux OS and is not part of your Windows domain/workgroup.  Our unit does not have any active share folders on your network.  As such, attacks on any Windows network would not impact or compromise our device.  In addition, a Linux OS is less likely to be targeted in general.
      Customers’ backed up data is stored in the DDS Rescue unit’s  file system, not as an accessible file, adding an additional level of protection. Since each backed up data is encapsulated, an infection cannot spread to previously stored backup files.
As an additional level of security called multi-factor authentication is used on our management databases in order to prevent unauthorized logins.  Any DDS Rescue employee needs to first login and then verify their authority, via a second approved method, in order to ensure no unauthorized access such as from a robot or pushed programs.
Again, please let us know if you have any questions about the integrity of your server or backed up data. And as a reminder, now is the time to take advantage of our full HIPAA Compliance program that is a new value-added service  for your existing account–at no additional charge.  Please contact to get more information about the free HIPAA compliance program.
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Effectiveness of fluoride varnish four times a year in preventing caries in the primary dentition: A 2 year randomized controlled trial.

Community Dent Health. 2019 Aug 20. doi: 10.1922/CDH_4453Begzati05. [Epub ahead of print]



To test the effectiveness of fluoride varnish in preventing caries in early childhood in children at high risk of caries.


Randomized controlled trial.


504 participants, with mean age of 21 months at baseline randomly allocated into a test and a control group. 427 children remained in the study after two years.


Fluoride varnish applied four times a year, every three months. The intervention lasted for two years.


Dental status was recorded based on the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICADS).


Mean dmfs was similar in the control and test groups at baseline (1.0 and 1.2 respectively) but was significantly different (10.1 and 5.2, p ⟨ 0.001, ANOVA) at endpoint. The proportion caries free in the two groups was 40% and 69.4% after two years.


The application of fluoride varnish four times a year prevented the incidence and reduced the severity of caries in pre-school children.

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