Saturday, April 30, 2011

3M Digital Oral Care Provides Leading Digital Impression Systems to University of Michigan School of Dentistry



Technologies for digital dentistry become part of curriculum to prepare students for the future

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (April 27, 2011) – University of Michigan dental students will soon be working with some of the most advanced technology in the industry, thanks to a new agreement between the school and the 3M Digital Oral Care Department. 3M and its dental division, 3M ESPE, provided the school with a number of the company’s digital impression-taking systems and related technologies to help prepare dental students for the increasing digitization of patient care activities. The tools will be deployed in the predoctoral curriculum of the School of Dentistry as it continues its commitment to preparing students for a successful future after graduation.

3M ESPE’s digital impression-taking system, the Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S., makes up the foundation of a new digital workflow in restorative dentistry. 3M ESPE provided the School of Dentistry with 14 of these units. The technology is so new that it is not yet used by many dentists in practice, but it is projected to play an increasingly vital role in dental offices and labs. Dentists who use the tools report increased efficiency, lower remake rates, and better patient satisfaction, all of which can make a significant impact on the success of a dental practice. By gaining experience operating the system prior to graduation, the University of Michigan dental students will be prepared to implement digital technologies in practice and help their offices run more efficiently.

The School of Dentistry’s 439 students will be trained to use the equipment as part of their preclinical and patient care experiences. The Lava C.O.S. system will be implemented in the preclinical program for second year students as part of their all-ceramic dental restoration curriculum. Students will use the digital impression-taking system during patient care as a part of the third and fourth year clinical program.  

“This agreement helps us add yet another dimension to the exceptional learning experiences we provide students at Michigan,” said Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, DDS, PhD, clinical associate professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. “These technologies will support students’ learning and clinical decision making, improve confidence in capturing impressions, and prepare them for contemporary dental practice. By exposing all of our pre-doctoral students to these tools we can ensure that all students will graduate with valuable, hands-on experience using some of the most advanced technologies available to the profession.”

The revolutionary technology of the Lava C.O.S. captures dental impressions with digital precision, and allows dentists to view continuous 3D video images of the digital impression in real time on a touch-screen monitor. The recent Lava C.O.S. 3.0 software upgrade gives the system powerful new tools for easier scanning, a scan rewind option, and an occlusal reduction tool. The Lava C.O.S. makes the impression taking procedure more comfortable for patients and provides a unique, interactive experience.

In addition to the Lava C.O.S. units, 3M ESPE provided the School of Dentistry with the Lava™ Scan ST, which can convert a traditional impression into a digital format, allowing the lab to use accurate digital tools to design simple or complex restorations. Ten computers will be provided that are equipped with software to mark the margins of a restoration and perform other design functions to help create a precisely fitting restoration.

“We are pleased to help the School of Dentistry prepare its students for the new world of digital impression taking,” said Mark Farmer, general manager of the 3M Digital Oral Care Department. “As digital tools continue to increase efficiency and improve patient comfort in dental offices, these students will play a role in revolutionizing the profession.” 

3M ESPE has long been a pioneer in the field of digital dentistry, combining its expertise in computer-aided design and manufacturing with digital materials‚ digital impressions‚ and other related solutions. The agreement with the University of Michigan School of Dentistry furthers the company’s commitment to education as the dental industry continues to evolve. 

 To hear from the students at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, visit: http://bit.ly/LavaCOS

Friday, April 29, 2011

VERMONT PROPOSED DENTAL SERVICES TAX!

The Vermont legislature is considering imposing a 3% tax on all dental services in Vermont, which will add significantly to the cost of dental care. The issue appears dead for now. Read all about what was going on in Vermont. http://www.vsds.org/

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Florida's dental crisis: State is last in the nation in treating poor children

Full story: www.sun-sentinel.com

Florida is 78% fluoridation but across Florida, schoolchildren, single moms, janitors, busboys and thousands of others go about their daily lives with missing teeth, untreated toothaches and worsening tooth decay because no American needs fluoride. But they do need dental care.
Organized dentistry uses fluoridation to distract legislators from doing the right thing - mandating that dentists treat more low-income people.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A comparison of photographic, replication and direct clinical examination methods for detecting developmental defects of enamel

I am a big fan of using photography to enhance the clinical examination. If your organization is interested in a lecture on Enhanced Diagnostics and the Virtual Examination click on this link MJ

BMC Oral Health 2011, 11:16doi:10.1186/1472-6831-11-16
Published: 21 April 2011

Abstract

Background

Different methods have been used for detecting developmental defects of enamel (DDE). This study aimed to compare photographic and replication methods with the direct clinical examination method for detecting DDE in children's permanent incisors.
Methods

110 8-10-year-old schoolchildren were randomly selected from an examined sample of 335 primary Shiraz school children. Modified DDE index was used in all three methods. Direct examinations were conducted by two calibrated examiners using flat oral mirrors and tongue blades. Photographs were taken using a digital SLR camera (Nikon D-80), macro lens, macro flashes, and matt flash filters. Impressions were taken using additional-curing silicon material and casts made in orthodontic stone. Impressions and models were both assessed using dental loupes (magnification=x3.5). Each photograph/impression/cast was assessed by two calibrated examiners. Reliability of methods was assessed using kappa agreement tests. Kappa agreement, McNemar's and two-sample proportion tests were used to compare results obtained by the photographic and replication methods with those obtained by the direct examination method.
Results

Of the 110 invited children, 90 were photographed and 73 had impressions taken. The photographic method had higher reliability levels than the other two methods, and compared to the direct clinical examination detected significantly more subjects with DDE (P=0.002), 3.1 times more DDE (P<0.001) and 6.6 times more hypoplastic DDE (P<0.001). The number of subjects with hypoplastic DDE detected by the replication method was not significantly higher than that detected by direct clinical examination (P=0.166), but the replication detected 2.3 times more hypoplastic DDE lesions than the direct examination (P<0.001).
Conclusion

The photographic method was much more sensitive than direct clinical examination in detecting DDE and was the best of the three methods for epidemiological studies. The replication method provided less information about DDE compared to photography. Results of this study have implications for both epidemiological and detailed clinical studies on DDE.

Monday, April 25, 2011

OralDNA® Labs Marks Oral Cancer Awareness Month by Publishing Free White paper on the Oral HPV/Oral Cancer Link



Nashville, TN – April 21, 2011 – OralDNA® Labs Inc. (www.OralDNA.com), leaders in advancing wellness in dentistry through salivary diagnostics, and a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics® Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), is observing Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April) by offering a free white paper entitled “Oral HPV: An Overview of the Infection and its Role in the Development of Oral Cancer.”

The white paper is intended to alert dental professionals about the increasing incidence of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection which can lead to oral cancer.  HPV is now one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.1-3

What’s more, although heavy tobacco and alcohol users have traditionally fit the high-risk profile for oral cancer, an alarming number of new oral cancer cases are being diagnosed each year among persons who do not fit this profile.1

According to OralDNA® Labs’ Medical Director Ronald C. McGlennen, MD, “Dental clinicians can no longer limit their screening efforts by looking for yesterday’s suspects Especially when 50% of all new cases of oral cancer in the US are being attributed to the HPV virus.4 “

The whitepaper examines the following topics:

·         What is oral HPV?
·         How HPV infection leads to oral cancer
              ·         The importance of early detection
·         The dental professional’s role in overall wellness
·         Ways to detect oral HPV
·         Salivary diagnostics
·         Patient education and communication

According to the white paper, the two most common methods of oral cancer screening used by dental professionals; tissue fluorescence and brush biopsy devices, cannot directly screen for HPV.  In fact, the most convenient non-invasive way to definitively detect oral HPV is through a salivary diagnostic test such as OralDNA® Lab’s OraRisk® HPV Test. 

Strong candidates for the OraRisk® HPV test include patients with the following profile characteristics:

·    Sexually active
·    Family history of oral cancer 
·    Signs and symptoms of oral cancer
·    Traditional risk factors for oral cancer
·    Suspicious oral lesions

Oral HPV is a silent, serious infection that can now be immediately detected and closely monitored,” states OralDNA® Labs’ Chief Dental Officer, Thomas W. Nabors, DDS. The laboratory report derived from the OraRisk® HPV salivary diagnostic test enables the dental professional to identify the specific types(s) of oral HPV present, and also to determine the associated risk profile for each type of HPV variant detected in the patient’s oral cavity.”

The white paper entitled “Oral HPV: An Overview of the Infection and its Role in the Development of Oral Cancer” will be available to dental professionals as a free download from http://www.oraldna.com/HPVWhitePaper.aspx

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Evidence That Chronic Ulcerative Stomatitis Is an Autoimmune Disease

In the first study investigating the origins of a little-known condition called chronic ulcerative stomatitis (CUS), researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine provide evidence that an autoimmune response contributes to the painful oral sores that characterize the disease. The study findings support the classification of CUS as a new autoimmune disease.

Chronic ulcerative stomatitis is characterized by painful, recurring sores in the mouth. Thus far, it has been diagnosed most frequently in white women in their 40's and 50's and may appear similar to oral erosive lichen planus. Only 39 cases of CUS have been reported in the English-language medical literature since it was identified as a clinically distinct condition in 1989, but it is likely under-diagnosed because of low awareness among clinicians and the extensiveness of the testing that would confirm its presence.
"Currently, diagnosing CUS requires a surgical biopsy which then must be sent to an outside lab for special processing for immunofluorescence microscopic examination. Accurate diagnosis is important because the usual treatment option for immunologically-mediated diseases, corticosteroids, is often not effective in treating CUS," said senior author, Lynn Solomon, DDS, MS, associate professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM).
"In previous studies, we identified that CUS patients had specific autoantibodies -antibodies produced by an immune response to the body's own tissue -- but we weren't sure whether these autoantibodies were contributing to CUS or part of a benign biological process. In this study, we determined that autoantibodies fulfill the criteria of pathogenetic antibodies and do contribute to the disease," she continued.
In this in vitro study, the researchers applied antibodies from four CUS patients to Human Skin Equivalents (HSEs), a three-dimensional model of skin tissues. At low concentrations, the CUS antibodies appeared to have no effect. At higher concentrations, however, the researchers reported complete detachment of the surface layer of tissue, known as epithelium.
The researchers found that the CUS autoantibodies do not cause damage to the surface epithelial cells, but cause a change in the cell-binding proteins that allow the surface layer to attach to the connective tissue beneath them. This weakened cohesion results in breakdown of the tissue, which would result in the sores that characterize CUS.
"In our future research, we would like to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms linking the autoimmune response to ulcerative sores so that we can optimize approaches to managing the condition. Additional data will help us evaluate hydroxychloroquine therapy, an antimalarial drug used off-label that provides relief in many cases, but which is not well-tolerated by some patients and which may have serious side effects," said Solomon.
The first author on the paper, Mark Carlson, PhD, now at Organogenesis, Inc., is an alumnus of the Training in Education and Critical Research Skills (TEACRS) program at Tufts, where he was a fellow in Jonathan Garlick's lab at TUSDM. TEACRS, funded by the National Institute of General Biomedical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, is a program that fosters academic biomedical research and education leaders.
An additional author is Jonathan Garlick, DDS, PhD, professor in the oral and maxillofacial pathology department at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and a member of the cell, molecular & developmental biology program faculty at the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts. Garlick is also the director of the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering (CITE) at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of regenerative medicine through the investigation of three-dimensional tissue models.
Solomon has authored four studies on CUS since 2003. In March 2010, she was the lead author on a study examining the effectiveness of a simpler and less expensive diagnostic tool for CUS that is in development with colleagues from TUSDM, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Beutner Laboratories.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Confirming the Obvious=Most Substance-Dependent Individuals Report Poor Oral Health

 I am all for research to learn what we don't know but the waste of time and money explaining the obvious is just insane. See the information below or just ask a dentist. MJ

A team of Boston University researchers has found that the majority of individuals with substance dependence problems report having poor oral health. They also found that opioid users, in particular, showed a decline in oral health over the period of one year. These findings appear online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Public health, dental medicine and internal medicine faculty from Boston University investigated the affects of different substances on oral health among a sample of substance-dependent individuals. Alcohol, stimulant, opioid and marijuana users were included. The subjects were asked to self-report their oral health status on a five-point scale ranging from poor to excellent.

Statistical analysis of the patients' reports found no significant associations between the types of substances used and oral health status. The results did show, however, that 60 percent of all subjects reported fair or poor oral health. Opioid users in the sample also exhibited worse oral health compared to one year ago.

"We found that the majority of our sample reported fair or poor oral health," said Meredith D'Amore, MPH, a researcher in the Health/care Disparities Research Program at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. "Thus, oral health should be considered a significant health problem among individuals with substance dependence and providers should be aware of potential oral health issues."

The researchers hope that their findings prompt more oral health interventions targeted toward individuals with substance dependence in the future. They also suggest that engaging addicts in medical care discussions may be facilitated by addressing oral health concerns.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy The Hippo To Help Young Children Look After Their Teeth

'Happy the Hippo' has been recruited by the British Dental Health Foundation to help teach young children how to look after their teeth. Around one third of children under the age of 12 in the UK continue to suffer from dental decay. Happy will be joining the Foundation in May to help lead the 35th National Smile Month campaign.

Despite major improvements in children's oral health over the past 40 years, many children are still being affected by dental decay. The most recent data suggests that around a third (31 per cent) of five year olds starting primary school will have dental decay (1). The picture is slightly worse for children aged 12 in secondary schools - one third of children in every classroom will have signs of visible dental decay (2).

The theme of this year's National Smile Month campaign is the 'Smile Factor'. In adulthood peoples' mouth, teeth and smiles are fundamental to all aspects of their life - whether career, personality, relationships, attraction or all-round good health. Creating good oral health habits from an early age are especially important to help children keep their smile factors throughout their lives.

Happy the Hippo said: "I am really pleased to be helping the Foundation. Children can visit our website here to find out about how to look after their teeth and also download my face mask. We also have a free Dental Helpline at the Foundation, which can help Mums, Dads, guardians, teachers, friends and lots of other people about all aspects of looking after children's teeth."

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, says: "Over the past 40 years we have made great improvements in children's oral health. In 1973, nine out of every ten children aged twelve showed signs of visible dental decay. However, the incidence of dental decay still remains too high and we hope that Happy the Hippo will show more children how to look after their teeth better.

"National Smile Month between 15 May and 15 June is a great opportunity for parents, guardians, schools and teachers to get involved. We have lots of excellent free resources on our website to help educate and improve children's oral health."

Notes:

1. In 2009, one third (33.3 per cent) of children aged 12 were found to have visible dental decay. In 1973, this figure was more than 90 per cent.Source: NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme for England - Oral Health Survey of 12 year old Children 2008 / 2009.

2. In 2008, 31 per cent of children aged five show signs of obvious dental decay. Source: NHS Dental Epidemiology Programme for England; Oral Health Survey of five year old children, 2007/2008.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dental Public Health Proposals Should Go Further, Argues BDA, UK

Government plans for dental public health are targeted in the right direction, but do not go far enough, the British Dental Association (BDA) has warned. While supporting both the broad approach of the plans and some of the specific proposals in the Government's Healthy Lives, Healthy People white papers, the BDA would like to see a more ambitious approach to dental public health. It is also concerned that a shortage of Consultants in Dental Public Health may affect the availability of appropriate expertise.


The creation of a target for improving the oral health of five-year-olds, which reflects the Government's stated intention to reduce the level of dental decay in children, is a very positive step, the BDA believes. The BDA's own work on oral health inequalities has highlighted the chasm that exists between those children with the best and worst oral health and called for action to tackle this problem. With a generation of British adults with heavily restored dentitions and complex needs now entering later life, the BDA believes that a target for improving the oral health of older patients should also be set.

The targeting of a reduction in the consumption of specific food products is also supported by the BDA, although it is disappointed that the white papers do not focus on a reduction in sugar consumption in the same way they approach salt intake. A stronger approach to reducing sugar intake would be appropriate, both specifically for oral health and in tackling the wider public health issue of obesity, the BDA believes.

An issue with the size of the dental public health workforce is also raised by the responses, which warn that more Consultants in Dental Public Health are needed. The BDA believes the expertise of these individuals must be fully integrated into wider public health structures and utilised in the formulation of the proposed Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Health and Wellbeing Strategies.

A major concern for the BDA is the Government's proposal for a health premium, a proposal it believes would see money pour into areas that are able to demonstrate improvements, rather than those that really need funding to meet the challenge of changing behaviour. Furthermore, the BDA's response challenges Government to ring fence a dental element of the public health budget in order to protect spending on this vital area.

Dr Susie Sanderson, Chair of the BDA's Executive Board, said:

"We are pleased to see the emphasis on tackling inequalities in the Government's public health white papers. Despite improvements over the last 30 or 40 years, we are still contending with an unacceptable and persistent oral health gap. We are pleased to see the prominence being given to preventing oral health inequalities by targeting an improvement in children's dental health. We would like to see a similar target for adult patients that recognises the challenges they present.

"But there are also gaps in the proposals where we think the Government should be going further. We'd like to see a more ambitious vision for dental public health that places this important function at the heart of wider public health and that seeks to guarantee the availability of the staff and financial resources that are needed to improve oral health."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Experimental investigations into visual and electronic tooth color measurement

Citation Information. Biomedizinische Technik/Biomedical Engineering. Volume 56, Issue 2, Pages 115–122, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: 10.1515/BMT.2011.008, Available online: 31/03/2011, April 2011
Publication History: Received: 13/10/2010; accepted: 8/3/2011; ; published online: 31/03/2011

Abstract

Objective: The present study aimed to examine the validity of the visual color assessment and an electronic tooth color measurement system by means of Shade Inspector™ in comparison with a gold standard. Additionally, reproducibility of electronic measurements was demonstrated by means of two reference systems.
Material and methods: Ceramic specimens of two thicknesses (h=1.6 mm, h=2.6 mm) were used. Three experienced dental technicians using the VITAPAN Classical® color scale carried out all visual tests. Validity of the visual assessment and the electronic measurements was confirmed separately for both thicknesses by means of lightness and hue of the VITAPAN Classical® color scale. Reproducibility of electronic measurements was confirmed by means of the VITAPAN Classical® and 3D-Master®. The 3D-Master® data were calculated according to lightness, hue and chroma. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was used in assessing validity/reproducibility for lightness and chroma, Kappa statistics were used for hue. A level ≥0.75 was pre-established for ICC and ≥0.60 for the Kappa index.
Results of visual color assessment: Validity for lightness was good for both thicknesses; agreement rates for hue were inconsistent.
Electronic measurement: Validity for lightness was fair to good, hue values were below 0.60. Reproducibility of lightness was good to very good for both reference systems. Hue values (VITAPAN Classical®) for 1.6 mm test specimens were upside, for 2.6 mm below 0.60, Kappa values for 3D-Master® were ≥0.60 for all measurements, reproducibility of chroma was very good.
Conclusion: Validity was better for visual than for electronic color assessment. Reproducibility of the electronic device by means of the Shade Inspector™ was given for the VITAPAN Classical® and 3D-Master® systems.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Curve Dental Releases Spanish Language Option of its Free Web-based Patient Education Software

CurveEd subscribers can now choose to show or e-mail dental education videos in English or Spanish at no cost

OREM, UT— Curve Dental, developers of Web-based dental software, announced the release of a Spanish language option for CurveEd, free Web-based patient education software available to all dental professionals. Accessed at www.curveed.com, the software includes more than 60 professional 3D videos and can be viewed on a PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone. More than 8,300 dental professional have registered to use CurveEd.
“A Spanish language option in CurveEd provides doctors with Spanish-speaking patients the opportunity to take advantage of our free service,” said Jim Pack, CEO of Curve Dental. “Since we released CurveEd in August 2010 thousands of doctors are using our software to educate their patients. Many offices don't use patient education software because of high licensing costs combined with the heavy chore of installing, training, supporting, upgrading, and backing up of additional server-based software. CurveEd is free, and because it is web-based, CurveEd simplifies the experience for the dental professional; there’s no installation, upgrade, or backup worries and the software is so easy to use there’s no need for expensive training or support. Providing the service at no charge makes it even easier for the doctor, hygienist or dental assistant to put it to use to the benefit of the patient and the practice.”
CurveEd provides more than 60 different dental patient education videos in 3D in 11 different categories. Each video is professionally narrated, covering a wide range of topics from restorative procedures to cosmetic procedures to endodontics and now available in

English or Spanish. Created by a team of dentists, every video is accurate with regard to anatomy and procedure, but is tempered with a light narrative and artistic style. Patient education helps the dental professional build trust by providing their patients with an understanding of their current oral health condition and proposed treatment and outcomes.
CurveEd allows the dental team to show patient education videos within the practice or send a Web link to their patient via e-mail. When a video link is sent by e-mail, CurveEd tracks what video link was sent to which patient and whether or not the patient opened the e-mail and clicked on the link to the video. Detailed tracking can help the practice build a comprehensive patient history and show proper jurisprudence.
As a Web-based application, CurveEd can be used on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and other similar mobile devices. To access the software, navigate to www.curveed.com and create a free account. Once you have created an account, you access the patient education library from any computer with Internet access and a browser. Registration requires little more than a name and e-mail address. Initial registration provides the practice with access to about one third of the library. By simply referring CurveEd to two colleagues the doctor or team member will have instant access to the entire library while giving other dental professionals the opportunity to utilize the free service in their practices.
“I’ve been asked many times if the software really is free,” said Mr. Pack. “It really is free, which is remarkable given the value it can provide to any practice. A better educated patient base increases treatment plan acceptance ratios, which increases a practice’s productivity. CurveEd’s mission is twofold: First to provide a valuable tool that can advance proper oral care and treatment and second, to give more doctors and staff a personal experience with Web-based dental software.”
About Curve Dental, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Curve Dental provides web-based dental software and related services to dental practices within the United States and Canada. The company is privately-held, headquartered in Orem, Utah with offices in Calgary, Canada and Dunedin, New Zealand. The company strives to make dental software less about computers and more about the user experience. Their creative thinking can be seen in the design of their software, that’s easy to use and Web-based. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit www.curvedental.com for more information.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Delta Dental Launches Spanish-Language Online Cavity Risk Quiz For Kids

Spanish-speaking children and caregivers now have a new online tool to help gauge a child's risk for cavities, thanks to a new interactive quiz launched by a group of Delta Dental companies.


The dental cavity risk quiz, which also includes tips on cavity prevention, is now accessible on the unified Spanish-language website for Delta Dental Insurance Company, Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and their affiliates at deltadentalins.com/espanol. The quiz, one of the many free educational resources Delta Dental provides in Spanish as well as English, is part of Delta Dental's wellness education. That program includes online tools, videos, newsletters and dental plan designs - all geared toward preventive care for people of all ages.

Although dental caries is the most chronic childhood disease in the U.S., an estimated one-third to two-thirds of adults over age 50 also get cavities. In addition, national studies report that Hispanic children have a higher prevalence of untreated decay than non-Hispanic children.

"Almost everyone is at some risk for developing cavities, and dental caries (cavities) is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the U.S.," said John Yamamoto, DDS, vice president of Professional Services. "We've created this interactive assessment to help engage kids in their own dental health and raise awareness about caries prevention. Good preventive care from an early age is a very important step in fighting dental disease."

The narrated quiz guides readers through several questions about their oral health, using cartoon characters and an easy-to-follow format. Along the way, the narrator provides advice, based upon readers' answers, to help them learn more about their cavity risk and what they can do to limit it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Congress Nixes Funding for Alternative Provider Projects in FY 2011 Budget

Congress finally passed a budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, explicitly prohibiting funding for the alternative dental health care provider demonstration projects authorized in the new health care reform law (P.L. 111-148). 

The budget bill that passed the House and Senate today is in the form of a long-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government until Sept. 30.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

NOMAD by Aribex Receives Edison Best New Product Award

I and my staff are happy Nomad users! In fact we loved the first one so much we got a second Nomad. MJ
 
Recognized in Science and Medical Category
OREM, UTAH—12 April 2011—Aribex, Inc., the worldwide leader in handheld x-ray technologies, has been honored with a Silver Award from the internationally-known 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards™. The winners were announced April 5 during a ceremony at the historic Capitale ballroom in New York City.  The NOMAD® Handheld X-ray System by Aribex was recognized in the Science and Medical Handheld or Miniaturized Devices Segment.

The Edison Awards are known around the world for honoring innovation and excellence in the development, marketing, and launch of new products and services. The awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy.

“This award has great personal meaning for me,” said Dr. D. Clark Turner, President and CEO of Aribex and the creator of the NOMAD. “Thomas Edison has always been a hero of mine, so it is especially gratifying to be honored with an award bearing his name.”

The NOMAD Handheld X-ray System fills the need for a truly portable, lightweight dental x-ray device. Unlike the bulky wall-mount systems dentists traditionally used, the NOMAD is lightweight, rechargeable, and can go anywhere. The innovative internal shielding and external backscatter shield make the NOMAD so safe the operator can stay chairside with the patient. The NOMAD is rapidly becoming standard equipment in dental offices worldwide with thousands of units now in service.

Dr. Turner’s invention has also made access to dental care possible in countless remote humanitarian clinics and missions around the world. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people have benefited world-wide from improved dental care. Dr. Turner founded Aribex as a Utah corporation in 2003 to manufacture and market the device.

“This year’s awards recognize a broad array of innovations including far-reaching products, services and technologies that impact daily life,” said Edison Awards Steering Committee chair Sarah Miller Caldicott, a great grandniece of Thomas Edison. “The Awards applaud the forward-thinking innovations for which Thomas Edison remains internationally admired. It’s exciting to see companies like Aribex continuing his legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”
About Aribex

Aribex, Inc. has quickly become recognized as the worldwide leader in innovative handheld x-ray products. Aribex is a privately owned, Orem, Utah-based company founded in 2003 with the mission to develop, manufacture, and market new technologies in the x-ray radiography fields. Aribex flagship products are the NOMAD and NOMAD Pro handheld x-ray systems. The NOMAD battery-powered handheld platform provides for expansion from dentistry into other x-ray imaging solutions such as veterinary, medical, industrial, and security applications. For more information, visit www.aribex.com.

About the Edison Awards

The Edison Awards were established in 1987 to honor Thomas Edison’s wide-ranging contributions to technology and consumer products, as well as to inspire continued innovation in our country. The organization also recognizes new product and service innovation through its Edison Best New Product Awards® and Edison Green Awards®.

The awards are granted under the aegis of the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, a globally recognized research network dedicated to the study of innovation and its application in the 21st Century. Edison Award sponsors and partners include Nielsen, Discovery Channel, Google, MENG, BzzAgent, NYAMA and the HUB Magazine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

DRNA, Inc. announces launch of new division


On April 4th, 2011, Dental Recycling North America, Inc. announced the development of a new Division of Continuing Education. Alfred L. Frost, III, MS, DDS has been named as the Director of this new Division. Dr. Frost currently serves as DRNA's Vice President for Clinical and Scientific Affairs.

According to Dr. Frost, the new Division of Continuing Education will be tasked with researching, developing and disseminating relevant and timely continuing education programs for the dental community which will range from 1 to 8 hours in duration. Programs will be offered in both on-line and live formats. The roll out date for the first of these programs will be January, 2012.

When Marc M. Sussman, President and CEO of DRNA was questioned on how this new endeavor relates to DRNA's role as a dental waste management company, he responded that "DRNA is the only nationwide full-service waste management company who focuses its efforts solely on the needs of dentists. As such, we feel we are in the very unique position of having our finger on the pulse of what this niche market requires not only from a compliance, regulatory and waste management perspective, but also what they are looking for in their continuing education requirements. We are frequently asked by our customers if we can assist them with various regulatory training programs. Now we will be happy to say 'yes we can'. This new effort dovetails perfectly with our existing business model and offers an additional layer of value to our customers."

For more information on DRNA’s Continuing Education Division, or to pre-register for courses, contact Crystal Ali.

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Important message from Discus Dental

Discus Dental, LLC
8550 Higuera Street
Culver City, CA 90232
United States


April 8, 2011


To our Dental Professional Partners:

We have been contacted by, and have reason to believe that you may be contacted by, an individual named Peter Hamm, President of Timed Out, LLC. Mr. Hamm, a private individual and not an attorney, claims to represent certain photographic models whose images have been used in Discus advertising materials. He asserts that Discus Dental misappropriated the images of these models and failed to compensate them properly. He is contacting dental professionals who he believes may have acquired Discus office art, asserting that these dental professionals are directly responsible for compensation and damages supposedly owed to the models.

It is Discus' position that these claims are baseless and we have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Hamm and his company in LA Superior Court. We believe that the rights to use of these images were properly secured by Discus and that any claims asserted directly against dental professional purchasers of Discus office art are frivolous.

We ask that you bring any contact of this nature to the attention of Cheron Griffin at 310-845-8131 (toll free 1-800-422-9448, x8131) or cgriffin@discusdental.com. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and will endeavor to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued support of Discus Dental.

Yours sincerely,
Frank McGillin
General Manager Discus
VP. Philips Consumer Lifestyle

Monday, April 11, 2011

"The Dentist Of Jaipur"

Check out this video. It will make you appreicate the dental care we receive.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Eco-Dentistry Association™ 2.0: A State-of-Art Green Dentistry Web Site



Updated Site Delivers Higher Level of Industry, Public Connection
and Expanded Resources to Support Green Dentistry Movement

Berkeley, CA (April 5, 2011) – The Eco-Dentistry Association™ (EDA), an international membership association formed to promote environmentally sound practices in dentistry, officially launched its recently redesigned website, www.ecodentistry.org.  The new website has been revamped with a fresh look, robust new content, effortless navigation links, improved functionality, expanded educational offerings, and a new online community for dental professionals and companies interested in being part of the green dentistry movement. 

“The technology of web-based communications is moving rapidly,” remarked Ina Pockrass, co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry Association.  “Our recent growth and many additional services for consumers and the dental industry made now the perfect time for us to take advantage of the expanded functionality available for association web platforms.”

A major aspect of the new website is its online community, which connects dental practitioners, green dental patients, and members of the dental industry.  “We’re now truly able to be the ‘Facebook’ of Green Dentistry,” remarks Ms. Pockrass.  Each EDA member practice has their own profile page where they can post photos, articles, blogs, special patient offers, status updates and other pertinent information about their eco-friendly services. 

Individual members such as the dental hygienist, dental assistant, and practice manager also have personal profile pages to collaborate with other green dental professionals, create groups within the community, and exchange best practice tips, resources, and experiences.  In addition, all members have the opportunity to participate in the EDA’s message boards and blogs.

Additional new features of the website include detailed resource sections dedicated exclusively to dental professionals, dental patients, and dental manufacturers; a regularly updated Weekly Action Item that gives dental professionals a fresh tip on how to make their practices more eco-friendly; and profiles of featured dental professionals and companies that are taking a leadership role in the green dentistry movement.  

The EDA has expanded its continuing education offerings through the site to include regular webinars on green dentistry and do-it-yourself CE courses for the entire dental team, including courses geared towards dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and practice managers.  Moreover, CE courses now include topics that dental teams can work on together. 

The updated website offers opportunities for visitors to the site to participate in the EDA’s awareness campaigns, such as its water saving campaign, “Save 90 a Day”, where individuals pledge to turn off the water while brushing, and also offers a member search so dental patients can find practitioners that share their eco-friendly values. 

Dental professionals can search the site’s Product Guide and view the certification reports of EDA Accepted green dental products. They can also find their “perfect shade of green” by downloading the GreenDOC Checklist or gaining green office certification through the EDA’s GreenDOC Dental Office Certification Program.
    
In addition to the many new features, the website will continue to allow visitors access to the latest green industry studies, read about current EDA news, events and speaking engagements, and learn more about how green dentistry is the future of dentistry. 

The new www.ecodentistry.org will regularly feature new content, and is intended to be a frequent destination for clinicians, consumers, patients, sponsors, business partners, and journalists who are interested in the latest advancements in green dentistry. 

For more information and a tour of the new website, please visit www.ecodentistry.org. 

About the Eco-Dentistry Association™

The EDA is an educational membership organization that provides standards, best practices, and certification for green dental offices, and offers the public access to dental professionals that share their values of wellness and environmental stewardship.  More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Join me for the Free Legends of Dentistry Webinars

Come join me and an exciting group of dental consultants!
You are invited to register for one of the first ever
*FREE* 12 Week VIRTUAL seminar training events
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Introducing the Paradigm™ Family Brand from 3M ESPE



Great value from a company dentists trust—
Family brand launches with impression material and nano hybrid restorative

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (April 5, 2011) – In today’s competitive marketplace, dental professionals need good quality products at a great value. For everyday procedures, the right products can help dentists keep overhead low and deliver patient care with confidence. That’s why 3M ESPE is introducing the Paradigm™ brand, a new family brand that will offer dental professionals competitively priced products with the standard features they rely on most. The brand debuts with the introduction of Paradigm™ VPS Impression Material and Paradigm™ Nano Hybrid Universal Restorative—both scheduled for launch in April.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Legends of Dentistry

Come join me and an exciting group of dental consultants!
You are invited to register for one of the first ever
*FREE* 12 Week VIRTUAL seminar training events
in Dentistry!

Discover The TRUTH About What's REALLY Working (and What's Not)
In YOUR Practice RIGHT NOW.

Give just 1 hour/week and 10 of the world's most trusted Dental & Financial experts will reveal their most important, clever & profitable secrets for PUTTING AN END to the struggle, frustration & anxiety many Dentists struggle with.

Truths That When Revealed Will Save You Thousands.

Check out the amazing line up below and REGISTER!

Patterson Dental Debuts Smile Channel 10


Five new and 11 updated presentations give your practice the best in front-office patient education

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 29, 2011) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. introduces Smile Channel 10, an updated version of its reception area programming that entertains and educates patients while promoting dental services. As part of the popular CAESY Education Systems family, Smile Channel 10 offers attention-grabbing and informative presentations with dramatic before-and-after photos, 3-D animations, full-color graphics, and full-motion video.
This edition of Smile Channel 10 features an updated look and feel, with new presentations covering smile restoration topics such as “Hiding Your Smile?” “Why Not You?” and “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.” Additionally, new presentations are offered on today’s cutting-edge dental technologies, including Identafi and Under Armour. Updates have also been made to existing presentations such as “Smile Restorations,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “CEREC CAD/CAM.”
Smile Channel 10 plays an invaluable role in many dental practices not only by educating patients on general dental health topics, but also by promoting discretionary services in an informative and credible way. The front-office programming prompts patients to ask the dental team about these services once in the operatory, helping open the door to discussions and treatments that patients may not have considered on their own. Smile Channel 10 helps inform both new and existing patients about how dentistry can improve not only their smiles, but their lives.
CAESY Education Systems has been dentistry’s premier developer of leading-edge patient education technology and content since 1993. CAESY was acquired by Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. in May 2004. The award-winning multimedia information on preventive, restorative and esthetic treatment options helps dental practices worldwide educate their patients and grow their practices. The CAESY content is distributed via video and computer networks or DVD players throughout the clinical and reception areas of the dental practice. The family of products includes CAESY DVD, Smile Channel DVD, and CAESY Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit www.caesy.com or call 1-800-294-8504.


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Fox Investigates: Dental Controversy

Jeff Cole and the Fox Investigates team look at what a full set of dental equipment is doing in a South Philly row home.
The equipment included two reclining chairs, a bright light, and an x-ray machine.
Not only did we find the dental equipment, we met with a woman who told us she could pull-off some of the most detailed --and potentially dangerous--dental work in the profession.


Fox Investigates: Dental Controversy: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Part 2

Fox Investigates: Dentist Controversy: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Discover The TRUTH About What’s REALLY Working (& What’s Not) In Practice In 2011"

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Here is an X-ray add-on that dramatically improves images and safety 

The internal LED laser of the Tru-Align ensures perfect alignment and
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  • Tru-Align is SAFER—reduces radiation exposure by 60 to 70%.
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Monday, April 04, 2011

What was new at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany in 2011?


Many US based dentists have never heard of this dental show. It is the largest dental show in the world and is quite different from any in the United States. 

There were over 120,000 participants. There are no Continuing Education classes but many learning opportunities are available in the vendors booths. In some booth there were actual surgeries being done that you could observe and you get every opportunity to get up close and personal with both equipment and materials. There is no rush when talking to the sales people and in fact many booths have refreshments and food available. If you want to experience this dental show be aware that is held every 2 years in the odd numbered years.
So there were many interesting pieces of equipment that I saw. The first and second most interesting items were separated in price by about $65,000.
The most interesting was from Image Navigation, an Israeli company that has developed Implant Guided Implant dentistry (IGI), a hardware and software device that acts like a GPS for both implant training and during placement. A CT Scan is acquired and loaded into the software.
The company provides a special implant drill and a receiver is placed over the teeth that serves as a reference. When you move the drill the device detects where the drill is in relation to the CT Scan providing real time interoperative navigation. Think of it as Flight Simulator software for implant placement. More information is available at www.image-navigation.com
The second most interesting item is less then one dollar and comes from Erskine Dental, an Australian company. Its called Super Daps. They are composite bonding dappen dishes that are incredibly well designed. When bonding agent is placed in the dish, evaporation is reduced and in fact stops it from setting for up to 24 hours.  The Preeben brushes are designed to fit precisely into the wells and help in reducing the evaporation. They are available in many designs to accommodate your every bonding need. More information is available at www.erskinedental.com.
The largest crowds were at the Philips booth where they were showing off the new “AirFloss”, a new product for easy and efficient interdental plaque removal. 

The Sonicare AirFloss features microburst technology which is said to remove up to 99 per cent more plaque in-between teeth than brushing with a manual toothbrush alone, according to Philips consumer testing.
There were many dental scanning units being shown. These were both intraoral and impression scanners.  The benefits of scanning preparations or impressions is that they will reduce shipping costs, reduce the time it takes to produce the restoration along with potentially providing a crown in a box as the restoration will be fabricated entirely on virtual models.
A company called 3 Shape (www.3shape.com) was showing their new intraoral scanner similar to Cadents iTero but operating more like 3M’s Lava COS software. Heraeus has this unit and it is called cara TRIOS (www.heraeus-cara.com) , while Planmeca also has the same unit. Another similar device was from MyRay and it was rebadged by many other companies.

There were impression scanners on display from 3 Shape and Dental Wings (www.dental-wings.com) . These devices are designed to scan a conventional crown and bridge impression. Dental laboratories are currently buying most of these scanners but expect to eventually see them in your dental office. The impression is scanned and then the information is then uploaded to the dental lab where the prosthesis is designed and fabricated.
An adjunct for full arch implant impressions is the PIC Camera from a Spanish company, Picdental. Special black wings with white dots are attached to the implant. The PIC Camera recognizes the PIC abutments and exports the exact position between implants along with the angles and interrelated distances. Along with a conventional impression the implant framework can be fabricated which should eliminate the need for sectioning the framework.

Bien Air (www.bienair.com) had an iPad controlling their ChiroPro motor but this device will not be available in the United States. Also check out Bien Airs new short electric handpiece motor reducing the size and weight of the handpiece.
Another device sporting an iPad was the Picasso Laser from AMD (www.amdlasers.com). The iPad does not control the laser but is used to provided information and videos for assistance in doing diode laser procedures. 

AMD was also showing the upcoming dual wavelength Erbium and Diode hard and soft tissue laser that will retail for $25,000. Look for new Picasso diode lasers in the future.
Syneron Dental is awaiting FDA approval for the LiteTouch Erbium hard tissue laser with a smaller form factor then we in the US are used too.

I did cut with this laser and it had a very nice handpiece and seemed to cut very efficiently.
Planmeca was showing their Promax #D Proface CBVT. The machine produces a realistic 3D face photo in addition to the traditional 2D and 3D radiography in a single scan. The acquiring of the photo is radiation free and is done through the use of a laser scan for the facial geometry and digital cameras capture the color and texture of the face into a 3D photo that can be analyzed as a separate image or combined with the CBVT image.

This allows for visualization of facial features for orthodontic, prosthodontic and oral maxillofacial surgical procedures.
Look for Sirona to be combining Cerec scans with their CBVT imaging in the near future allowing the viewing of the condular position in various restored positions prior to milling of restorations.
I am a fan of using ozone in my office and for those interested in Ozone therapy the healOzone unit has been re-introduced CurOzone (www.curozone.com).  The new unit can use both air from the atmosphere along with medical grade oxygen for higher concentrations (which I recommend).  The healOzone is $12,500. Ozone units are currently not for sale in the US. Ozone can be an adjunct therapy for many dental procedures as it is virucidal, bacterialcidal and fungicidal.

Ozone therapy can assist in caries therapy and assisting in reminerilization along with periodontal therapy. I saw another smaller ozone unit from DentaTec for $5000 but I could not get a lot of information on the unit as all the literature was in German.
Orange Dental was showing a new cordless periodontal probing device with software. The measurements can be viewed both on the desktop software along with a display on the device itself. The disposable probe is inserted into the pocket with 20g of pressure. 


The probe retracts into the device and you wait for the software to reads the pocket depth. The measurement is then populated into the software. This perio probe is currently not available in the US.
A Chinese company, Ruensheng was showing a Tooth Color Comparator. It is a digital shade guide that can measure one to three points and give a response in the standard Vita,Vita 3-D and Ivoclar  shade guides.

For the kids there were these very cute dental chairs and operatory units.

Another interesting device is an implant locator. Think of it as the old guy on the beaching looking for treasure. This device can find the center of buried implants to assist in their uncovering. The device behaves a lot like a stud finder. 

You get a red light that changes to green when you are over the implant. This device is currently not on the market.

Here is a bleaching light with an integrated headset.


Sirona introduced some new dental operatory equipment such as the Sinius delivery and chair units.

The units are upgradeable and are connected to the Internet to assist in diagnosing problems so that the repair people will know the problem and bring the correct parts. 

There is a smart touchscreen  knows which handpiece has been selected and gives you the appropriate options. The chair is controlled with a small joy stick foot controller and has an integrated  handpiece maintenance station.
That’s my rap up of some of the equipment that caught my eye at the IDS 2011. Looking forward to the next IDS in March 2013.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Claim: Dental Cavities Can Be Contagious.

Everyone knows you can catch a cold or the flu. But can you catch a cavity?
Researchers have found that not only is it possible, but it occurs all the time.
While candy and sugar get all the blame, cavities are caused primarily by bacteria that cling to teeth and feast on particles of food from your last meal. One of the byproducts they create is acid, which destroys teeth.
Just as a cold virus can be passed from one person to the next, so can these cavity-causing bacteria. One of the most common is Streptococcus mutans. Infants and children are particularly vulnerable to it, and studies have shown that most pick it up from their caregivers

Read the rest in the NY Times

Friday, April 01, 2011

Align Technology to Acquire Intra-Oral Scanning Leader Cadent for $190 Million

Acquisition Positions Align as a Leader in Intra-Oral Scanning and Accelerates Adoption of Invisalign

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALGN) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Cadent Holdings, Inc. (Cadent), a leading provider of 3D digital scanning solutions for orthodontics and dentistry based in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Cadent strengthens Align's ability to drive adoption of Invisalign by integrating Invisalign treatment more fully with mainstream tools and procedures in doctors' practices. The combination of the two companies will help accelerate the use of intra-oral scanning in the dental industry by leveraging Align's global sales reach, extensive professional and consumer marketing capabilities and base of over 55 thousand users.
Over the next 5 years, intra-oral scanners will become widely used in dental practices and intra-oral scanning technology will transform the dental industry. According to iData Research, Inc., the growth rate for intra-oral scanners will exceed 20% between 2010 and 2015. The acquisition of Cadent extends Align's strategic leverage by demonstrating the value of applications at chair-side that dramatically simplify and streamline treatment, and make the entire Invisalign procedure easier on the patient and more efficient for the practice. In addition, the use of digital technologies for restorative dentistry such as CAD/CAM or in-office restorations has also been growing rapidly and intra-oral scanning is required to enable this essential part of dental practices. The acquisition of Cadent positions Align as a leader in one of the best growth opportunities in dentistry and medical devices today.
"We are excited about the opportunities for growth that Cadent provides, not only in terms of accelerating adoption of intra-oral scanning among dental professionals but also in creating greater value for existing Invisalign users," said Thomas M. Prescott, Align Technology president and chief executive officer. "Cadent has a strong team of very talented people and a culture similar to ours with the drive, agility and speed necessary to continue delivering innovative solutions for our customers." 
Cadent leads the intra-oral scanning industry in digital optics and powder-less scanning. Their overall technology is at the forefront of the industry trend toward greater use of digital imaging solutions expected to become more widely used in dental practices. Cadent brings complimentary market knowledge and innovative technology in CAD/CAM restorative dentistry to Align, including capabilities in digital records storage and digital impressions for fabrication of crown and bridge, veneers, implants, and other restorative procedures. Like Align, Cadent also has strong expertise in advanced digital modeling, robust software development, and integrated systems.
Cadent has a portfolio of best-in-class products and services for restorative dentistry and orthodontics which include the iTero and iOC intra-oral scanners. Cadent's iTero technology provides dentists with a full range of restorative choices, flexibility to choose labs and fabrication processes, and control in providing the highest standard of care for their patients. Cadent's iOC technology, used primarily by orthodontists, ensures a more accurate first impression, enables high value clinical applications and a significantly better patient experience. Cadent also has a range of leading orthodontic services and products including OrthoCAD iQ, OrthoCAD iCast and OrthoCAD iRecord.
The acquisition of Cadent follows the January 2011 announcement of a joint development agreement between Align and Cadent to co-develop Invisalign software applications that will run on Cadent scanners. The acquisition builds on the development agreement by providing a dedicated digital scanning platform for delivering Invisalign chair-side applications to dental practitioners and extends Align's presence into restorative dentistry. The combination of the two companies' market leading positions and technologies provides a significant opportunity to create growth and to build value for customers and shareholders.
As part of an ongoing program to evaluate interoperability of intra-oral scanning systems for future use with Invisalign treatment, Align is in final beta tests with Cadent's systems and expects to announce interoperability for their scanners in the second quarter of 2011.
Under the terms of the agreement, Align will pay approximately $190 million in cash in  exchange for all shares of Cadent. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions, including the expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart Scott Rodino Act (HSR), and is expected to close during the second quarter of 2011.
Align anticipates that the acquisition of Cadent, on a GAAP basis, will dilute fiscal 2011 earnings per share and expects non-GAAP diluted EPS for the year to be in a range of $0.70 to $0.75, excluding acquisition related costs, consisting of amortization of acquired intangibles, transaction related costs and employee retention program costs. The Company expects the transaction to be accretive to non-GAAP EPS for fiscal 2012, excluding acquisition related costs, consisting of amortization of acquired intangibles and employee retention program costs.