Friday, September 30, 2016

Receivables Collection Rate for U.S. Dentists Drops to 91%




The 2016 average represents a 3% decline from an already anemic 2015 level; Boyd Industries urges dentists to focus on debt reduction, sound business practices and systems for overall practice financial health.

(Clearwater, FL) September 19, 2016—According to a recent Dental Economics/Levin Group survey of U.S. dental practice owners, the average collections percentage for general dentistry practices was a disappointing 91%. What makes this figure even more disconcerting, per the Levin Group, is that it represents a 3% drop from the 2015 report’s figure of 94%. If a dentist consistently maintains such a low collections average over a 25‑ or 30‑year career, he or she could be looking at a dead loss of millions of dollars.1

“For their own sake and the sake of their clients, I’d like to see practitioners get those numbers up,” said Adrian LaTrace, CEO of Boyd Industries, a leading supplier of specialty operatory dental equipment and products (http://www.boydindustries.com/home/). “People generally become dentists for two reasons: to help people look and feel better, and to enter a profession with a traditionally excellent career success rate—which is great, as these are both terrific motivations. However, to accomplish these two goals, it’s necessary to remember that a dental practice is, fundamentally, a small business. It has to be run like a business, with sound systems and procedures put in place, kept updated, and followed.”

LaTrace noted that if a practice is collecting receivables at a 91% rate, it means that a payment-at-time-of-service policy is not being strictly enforced, and/or that proper collection procedures are not being followed. Consequences can be serious: at a 91% collection rate, a practice generating $700,000 in annual billings is writing off $63,000 per year in profit that should be dropping to the bottom line. “That’s $5,250 per month that could be going to the owner of the practice,” LaTrace said, “which could—if it were collected and banked—make a noticeable difference in that owner’s financial situation.”

As pointed out in Dental Economics, underperforming collections frequently go hand-in-hand with cash flow problems, which tend to be rooted in inattention. If you take your eye off the things that affect cash flow—payroll, payables, receivables, daily revenue—you’ll simply end up spending more money than you make. There are only five places where money goes: living, debt, service, taxes and giving. Many people—including dentists—are not conscious of these categories, nor do they track all five at the same time.2

A common component of cash flow problems among dentists is debt, noted LaTrace. He suggests that any dentist struggling with financial issues begin by analyzing the practice’s debt load. “Debt comes from a variety of sources, including business credit cards, loans, mortgages, lines of credit, and equipment leases. Some debt is inevitable—it’s a cost of doing business. But more often, it’s the result of poor financial management.”

To help with such situations, LaTrace strongly advocates engaging the services of a financial advisor. “And not just dentists who are having difficulties; all dentists should do this,” he said, while pointing out that it’s important to ask a lot of questions. Has the financial advisor worked with many dentists and other specialists in different phases of their career? How are they paid—by fee or commission? (LaTrace notes that fee-based is almost always better.) Other questions might include the following: What’s their investment philosophy? Their educational background? Are they a Registered Investment Advisor?

“Our goal at Boyd Industries,” LaTrace said, “is to help dentists achieve the practice of their dreams—to allow them to maximize the work they do in helping others to look and feel better, and to maximize their own success. This is a golden age of dentistry, it really is: today’s practitioners can do things for their patients that were just a dream 20 years ago. But to make the most of this opportunity, they have to remember to run their business like a business—to reduce their debt and increase their profits. This will allow them to stop worrying about money and deliver even better service to their patients and to their communities. And if they do that, everything else will follow.”

About Boyd Industries:

Boyd Industries is a market leader in the design and manufacture of specialty dental and medical operatory equipment. Its high-quality and reliable equipment has been the choice of orthodontists, pediatric dentists, oral surgeons and other healthcare professionals for over 55 years. Boyd’s products include a full line of dental exam, treatment and surgical chairs, dental delivery systems, LED exam and surgical lighting, custom sterilization and storage cabinetry, doctor or assistant seating, and video game consoles.

Boyd equipment is specifically designed to provide maximum practice productivity while incorporating ergonomic characteristics for doctors, along with their staff and patients. As an original equipment manufacturer, Boyd uses a vertically integrated manufacturing approach to ensure that it meets high quality standards. This approach allows Boyd to control each step of component fabrication and product assembly. To learn more about Boyd’s products, please visit http://www.boydindustries.com/home.

About Adrian LaTrace:

Adrian E. LaTrace comes to Boyd Industries with more than 25 years of leadership in companies ranging from start-ups to large public corporations in the healthcare, renewable energy, and aerospace industries. His experience in developing high-performance organizations is helping Boyd to provide leadership for the dental equipment needs of the future.

1.   Levin, Roger P., “Dentists: ignoring your collections percentage is like throwing money away,” Dental IQ, August 15, 2016. http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2016/08/dentists-can-you-afford-to-throw-money-away.html.

2.   Geier, Jay, “Why all dentists must learn to master cash flow regardless of their age or size of their practice,” Dental Economics, June 1, 2014. http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-104/issue-6/practice/why-all-dentists-must-learn-how-to-master-cash-flow-regardless-of-their-age-or-size-of-their-practice.html.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sport a Healthy Smile – Use a Mouthguard

North Brunswick, NJ]  -- As your child gets ready for the fall sports season, don’t forget to have her fitted for a mouthguard. Mouthguards do more than protect your child’s teeth.  They also lessen the possibility of injury to the tongue, jaw, lips and face.  And, if your child wears braces, a mouthguard protects against damage to them, too.

Dr. Elisa Velazquez is a pediatric dentist and member of the New Jersey Dental Association who practices in Toms River and Manahawkin.  Dr. Lisa, as she is known to her patients, is a strong advocate for using a mouthguard during all types of sporting activities.  “Mouthguards protect the jaw, face and teeth from injury during contact sports, but are just as important for gymnasts, cheerleaders and other athletes who may take a hard fall or hit.” 

There are several types of mouthguard on the market.  The best quality is one that is custom fit by your dentist.  But other types are available from sporting goods stores.  “Boil and bite” guards are softened in hot water, placed in the mouth while warm and will shape to the athlete’s teeth.  “Stock” guards are also available, but are not customizable and offer the least protection.

It’s important for an athlete to wear a guard both during practice and games, and to keep them clean between uses.  Clean with a toothbrush and toothpaste or water.  Have your young athlete bring the mouthguard to the dentist as part of his check-up.  Your growing child may need to have their mouthguard re-fit over the course of their athletic career.

The New Jersey Dental Association offers a few other tips about smile safety during sports season:

·        Although mouthguards are usually worn only on the upper teeth, if your child wears braces they may need additional protection for the lower teeth. Check with your orthodontist.
·        Store the guard in a container that both protects the guard and offers ventilation to reduce the growth of bacteria.
·        Retainers should not be worn during sports.
·        Mouthguards should be replaced when they show signs of wear.

If your child hasn’t seen a dentist to prepare for fall sports, the New Jersey Dental Association offers a Find a Dentist feature on its website, www.njda.org.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

OSAP Foundation Receives Major Grant

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Foundation has announced that it has been awarded a $95,000 grant from the Dental Assistants Foundation (DAF). The funding will be used in the areas of research, scholarship, and education for dental assistants in recognition of the critical role trained and motivated dental assistants play in ensuring the safety of the dental care environment for patients and providers of dental services.

The grant was given as a charitable contribution as part of the DAF dissolution plan. In awarding the grant, Ellen Landis, Chairman of DAF, said “The DAF recognizes the mission and goals of the OSAP Foundation to be in alignment with the DAF’s mission and goals as it applies to the education of dental assistants.” The grant was given in memory of Anna Nelson, CDA, RDA, MA, a leader in dental assisting and infection control who passionately advocated to advance dental assistants’ understanding of, and compliance with, the guidelines, regulations, and best practices to prevent disease transmission in dental settings.

The OSAP Foundation will use the DAF grant to fund a comprehensive safety education, scholarship, and research program geared toward dental assistants. The goal will be to underscore the importance of dental assistants, particularly in regard to the vital part they contribute to infection control. Specifically, the program will support dental assistants who serve—or want to serve—as the infection control coordinator in their practice setting. 

“The OSAP Foundation is particularly excited to announce this grant during Dental Infection Control Awareness Month,” says Executive Director Therese Long. “OSAP is focusing on the Infection Control Coordinator this month and is offering multiple free resources to support this important member of the dental team. We are anxious to further advance these efforts through this new grant and by leveraging our partnerships and resources.”

“The fact that DAF has demonstrated its confidence in the OSAP Foundation’s capabilities by awarding this generous grant,” says Long, “is a testament to our commitment to advancing the cause of infection prevention in dentistry. We will continue to develop and implement initiatives to help ensure the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare.” For more information on Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, go to: http://www.osap.org/page/DICAM2016.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Surgical removal versus retention for the management of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth

  • Cochrane Oral Health Group
  • DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003879.pub4
  •  
  • Abstract

    Background

    Prophylactic removal of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth is surgical removal of wisdom teeth in the absence of symptoms and with no evidence of local disease. Impacted wisdom teeth may be associated with pathological changes, such as pericoronitis, root resorption, gum and alveolar bone disease (periodontitis), caries and the development of cysts and tumours. When surgical removal is carried out in older people, the risk of postoperative complications, pain and discomfort is increased. Other reasons to justify prophylactic removal of asymptomatic disease-free impacted third molars have included preventing late lower incisor crowding, preventing damage to adjacent structures such as the second molar or the inferior alveolar nerve, in preparation for orthognathic surgery, in preparation for radiotherapy or during procedures to treat people with trauma to the affected area. Removal of asymptomatic disease-free wisdom teeth is a common procedure, and researchers must determine whether evidence supports this practice. This review is an update of an existing review published in 2012.

    Objectives

    To evaluate the effects of removal compared with retention (conservative management) of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth in adolescents and adults.

    Search methods

    We searched the following electronic databases: Cochrane Oral Health's Trials Register (to 24 May 2016), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (2016, Issue 4), MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to 24 May 2016) and Embase Ovid (1980 to 24 May 2016). We searched ClinicalTrials.gov and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform for ongoing and unpublished studies to 24 May 2016. We imposed no restrictions on language or date of publication in our search of electronic databases.

    Selection criteria

    Studies comparing removal (or absence) with retention (or presence) of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth in adolescents or adults. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with no restriction on length of follow-up, if available. We considered quasi-RCTs and prospective cohort studies for inclusion if investigators measured outcomes with follow-up of five years or longer.

    Data collection and analysis

    Eight review authors screened search results and assessed the eligibility of studies for inclusion according to the review inclusion criteria. Eight review authors independently conducted risk of bias assessments in duplicate. When information was unclear, we contacted study authors for additional information.

    Main results

    This review includes two studies. The previous review included one RCT with a parallel-group design, which was conducted in a dental hospital setting in the United Kingdom; our new search for this update identified one prospective cohort study conducted in the private sector in the USA.
    Primary outcome
    No eligible studies in this review reported the effects of removal compared with retention of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth on health-related quality of life
    Secondary outcomes
    We found only low to very low quality evidence of the effects of removal compared with retention of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth for a limited number of secondary outcome measures.
    One prospective cohort study, reporting data from a subgroup of 416 healthy male participants, aged 24 to 84 years, compared the effect of the absence (previous removal or agenesis) against the presence of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth on periodontitis and caries associated with the distal of the adjacent second molar during a follow-up period of three to over 25 years. Very low quality evidence suggests that the presence of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth may be associated with increased risk of periodontitis affecting the adjacent second molar in the long term. In the same study, which is at serious risk of bias, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate a difference in caries risk associated with the presence or absence of impacted wisdom teeth.
    One RCT with 164 randomised and 77 analysed adolescent participants compared the effect of extraction with retention of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth on dimensional changes in the dental arch after five years. Participants (55% female) had previously undergone orthodontic treatment and had 'crowded' wisdom teeth. No evidence from this study, which was at high risk of bias, was found to suggest that removal of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth has a clinically significant effect on dimensional changes in the dental arch.
    The included studies did not measure our other secondary outcomes: costs, other adverse events associated with retention of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth (pericoronitis, root resorption, cyst formation, tumour formation, inflammation/infection) and adverse effects associated with their removal (alveolar osteitis/postoperative infection, nerve injury, damage to adjacent teeth during surgery, bleeding, osteonecrosis related to medication/radiotherapy, inflammation/infection).

    Authors' conclusions

    Insufficient evidence is available to determine whether or not asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth should be removed. Although asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth may be associated with increased risk of periodontitis affecting adjacent second molars in the long term, the evidence is of very low quality. Well-designed RCTs investigating long-term and rare effects of retention and removal of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth, in a representative group of individuals, are unlikely to be feasible. In their continuing absence, high quality, long-term prospective cohort studies may provide valuable evidence in the future. Given the lack of available evidence, patient values should be considered and clinical expertise used to guide shared decision making with patients who have asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth. If the decision is made to retain asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth, clinical assessment at regular intervals to prevent undesirable outcomes is advisable.

    Plain language summary

    Surgical removal versus retention for the management of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth
    Review question
    This review, produced through Cochrane Oral Health, seeks to assess the effects of removal compared with conservative management of impacted wisdom teeth, in the absence of symptoms and without evidence of local disease, in adolescents and adults. This is an update of an existing review published in 2012.
    Background
    Wisdom teeth, or third molars, generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 26 years. These are the last teeth to erupt, and they normally erupt into a position closely behind the last standing teeth (second molars). Space for these teeth to erupt can be limited. Wisdom teeth often fail to erupt or erupt only partially, which is often due to impaction of the wisdom teeth against the second molars (teeth directly in front of the wisdom teeth). In most cases, this occurs when second molars are blocking the path of eruption of third molar teeth and act as a physical barrier, preventing complete eruption. An impacted wisdom tooth is called asymptomatic and disease-free in the absence of signs and symptoms of disease affecting the wisdom tooth or nearby structures.
    Impacted wisdom teeth can cause swelling and ulceration of the gums around the wisdom teeth, damage to the roots of second molars, decay in second molars, gum and bone disease around second molars and development of cysts or tumours. General agreement exists that removal of wisdom teeth is appropriate if signs or symptoms of disease related to the wisdom teeth are present. Less agreement exists about the appropriate management of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth.
    Study characteristics
    We searched the medical literature up to May 2016 and found one randomised controlled trial (RCT) and one prospective cohort study to include in this review. These studies involved 493 participants in total. The RCT conducted at a dental hospital in the UK included 77 adolescent male and female participants, and the cohort study conducted at a private dental clinic in the USA involved 416 men aged 24 to 84 years.
    Key results
    Available evidence is insufficient to show whether or not asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth should be removed.
    One study at serious risk of bias provided very low quality evidence suggesting that the presence of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth is associated with increased risk of periodontitis (infection of the gums) affecting the adjacent second molar (teeth directly in front of the wisdom teeth) in the long term. In the same study, no evidence was found to suggest that the presence of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth increases the risk of caries affecting the adjacent second molar.
    Another study, also at high risk of bias, found no evidence to suggest that removal of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth has an effect on crowding in the dental arch.
    The included studies did not measure our primary outcome - health-related quality of life. Nor did they measure our secondary outcomes - costs, other adverse events associated with retention of asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth (pericoronitis, root resorption, cyst formation, tumour formation, inflammation/infection) and adverse effects associated with their removal (alveolar osteitis/postoperative infection, nerve injury, damage to adjacent teeth during surgery, bleeding, osteonecrosis related to medication/radiotherapy, inflammation/infection).
    Quality of the evidence
    Evidence provided by the two studies included in this review is of low to very low quality, so we cannot rely on these findings. High-quality research is urgently needed to support clinical practice in this area. In light of the lack of available evidence, patient values should be considered and clinical expertise used when treatment decisions are made with patients who have asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth. If the decision is made to retain asymptomatic disease-free impacted wisdom teeth, clinical assessment at regular intervals is advisable to prevent undesirable outcomes.
     

Monday, September 26, 2016

Community-based population-level interventions for promoting child oral health

 

Abstract

Background

Dental caries and gingival and periodontal disease are commonly occurring, preventable chronic conditions. Even though much is known about how to treat oral disease, currently we do not know which community-based population-level interventions are most effective and equitable in preventing poor oral health.

Objectives

Primary
• To determine the effectiveness of community-based population-level oral health promotion interventions in preventing dental caries and gingival and periodontal disease among children from birth to 18 years of age.
Secondary
• To determine the most effective types of interventions (environmental, social, community and multi-component) and guiding theoretical frameworks.
• To identify interventions that reduce inequality in oral health outcomes.
• To examine the influence of context in the design, delivery and outcomes of interventions.

Search methods

We searched the following databases from January 1996 to April 2014: MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), the Education Resource Information Center (ERIC), BIOSIS Previews, Web of Science, the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), ScienceDirect, Sociological Abstracts, Social Science Citation Index, PsycINFO, SCOPUS, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science.

Selection criteria

Included studies were individual- and cluster-randomised controlled trials (RCTs), controlled before-and-after studies and quasi-experimental and interrupted time series. To be included, interventions had to target the primary outcomes: dental caries (measured as decayed, missing and filled deciduous teeth/surfaces, dmft/s; Decayed, Missing and Filled permanent teeth/surfaces, DMFT/S) and gingival or periodontal disease among children from birth to 18 years of age. Studies had to report on one or more of the primary outcomes at baseline and post intervention, or had to provide change scores for both intervention and control groups. Interventions were excluded if they were solely of a chemical nature (e.g. chlorhexidine, fluoride varnish), were delivered primarily in a dental clinical setting or comprised solely fluoridation.

Data collection and analysis

Two review authors independently performed screening, data extraction and assessment of risk of bias of included studies (a team of six review authors - four review authors and two research assistants - assessed all studies). We calculated mean differences with 95% confidence intervals for continuous data. When data permitted, we undertook meta-analysis of primary outcome measures using a fixed-effect model to summarise results across studies. We used the I2 statistic as a measure of statistical heterogeneity.

Main results

This review includes findings from 38 studies (total n = 119,789 children, including one national study of 99,071 children, which contributed 80% of total participants) on community-based oral health promotion interventions delivered in a variety of settings and incorporating a range of health promotion strategies (e.g. policy, educational activities, professional oral health care, supervised toothbrushing programmes, motivational interviewing). We categorised interventions as dietary interventions (n = 3), oral health education (OHE) alone (n = 17), OHE in combination with supervised toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste (n = 8) and OHE in combination with a variety of other interventions (including professional preventive oral health care, n = 10). Interventions generally were implemented for less than one year (n = 26), and only 11 studies were RCTs. We graded the evidence as having moderate to very low quality.
We conducted meta-analyses examining impact on dental caries of each intervention type, although not all studies provided sufficient data to allow pooling of effects across similar interventions. Meta-analyses of the effects of OHE alone on caries may show little or no effect on DMFT (two studies, mean difference (MD) 0.12, 95% confidence interval (CI) -0.11 to 0.36, low-quality evidence), dmft (three studies, MD -0.3, 95% CI -1.11 to 0.52, low-quality evidence) and DMFS (one study, MD -0.01, 95% CI -0.24 to 0.22, very low-quality evidence). Analysis of studies testing OHE in combination with supervised toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste may show a beneficial effect on dmfs (three studies, MD -1.59, 95% CI -2.67 to -0.52, low-quality evidence) and dmft (two studies, MD -0.97, 95% CI -1.06 to -0.89, low-quality evidence) but may show little effect on DMFS (two studies, MD -0.02, 95% CI -0.13 to 0.10, low-quality evidence) and DMFT (three studies, MD -0.02, 95% CI -0.11 to 0.07, moderate-quality evidence). Meta-analyses of two studies of OHE in an educational setting combined with professional preventive oral care in a dental clinic setting probably show a very small effect on DMFT (-0.09 weighted mean difference (WMD), 95% CI -0.1 to -0.08, moderate-quality evidence). Data were inadequate for meta-analyses on gingival health, although positive impact was reported.

Authors' conclusions

This review provides evidence of low certainty suggesting that community-based oral health promotion interventions that combine oral health education with supervised toothbrushing or professional preventive oral care can reduce dental caries in children. Other interventions, such as those that aim to promote access to fluoride, improve children's diets or provide oral health education alone, show only limited impact. We found no clear indication of when is the most effective time to intervene during childhood. Cost-effectiveness, long-term sustainability and equity of impacts and adverse outcomes were not widely reported by study authors, limiting our ability to make inferences on these aspects. More rigorous measurement and reporting of study results would improve the quality of the evidence.

Plain language summary

Community-based population-level interventions for promoting child oral health
Tooth decay (caries) and gum disease are commonly occurring, preventable chronic conditions that can develop early in childhood and have lifelong impact on health and quality of life. These diseases are often seen in disadvantaged communities, and preventing the development of disease from an early age is considered an important step in reducing health inequalities across the population. Although much is known about how to treat oral disease clinically, we do not know which community-based population-level interventions are most effective and equitable in preventing poor oral health.
This review examined the evidence base from January 1996 until April 2014 on effective community-based oral health promotion interventions for preventing caries and gum disease among children from birth to 18 years of age.
We found little evidence that oral health education alone can make a difference in the level of caries, although some studies have reported improvements in gum health, oral hygiene behaviours and oral cleanliness. Oral health promotion interventions that included supervised toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste were generally found to be effective in reducing caries in children's baby teeth. Interventions of oral health education provided in an educational setting combined with professional preventive oral care in a dental clinic were effective in reducing caries in children's permanent teeth. We found several studies that offered multi-component and multi-setting interventions. Although these interventions were varied in nature (oral health education coupled with interventions such as toothpaste provision, sugarless chewing gum, motivational interviewing, professional oral care, training of non-dental professionals, fluoride varnish application and fluoride supplements), researchers reported a positive impact in most of the studies in this group. Interventions that focus on diet and reduced sugar consumption also hold promise for reducing caries, but additional studies are needed.
Interventions included in this review were diverse and were delivered in a range of childhood settings, including education, community, healthcare and home environments. Most interventions were delivered in educational settings; however, studies did not report broadly on the extent and nature of engagement with students, educators, caregivers and oral health service providers. Improvements can be made in recognising the multiple influences of broader determinants linked to clinical oral health outcomes, for example, oral health knowledge, behaviours and practices and healthcare systems, including those involving a psychosocial environment. More rigorous measurement and reporting of study findings would improve the quality of available evidence

Friday, September 23, 2016

YouTube Culture Spreading DIY Dentistry.


A piece in the American Student Dental Association’s September issue of ASDA News discusses do-it-yourself dentistry, a trend that is spreading through a number of YouTube videos highlighting the practice. For example, a video seen nearly 2.2 million times that is titled “Dentists Hate This Video!” shows a young woman using a do-it-yourself method for a cavity. Her video is “one of hundreds touting all kinds of homegrown cures for dental problems.” The article states lack of dental coverage and dental fear seem to motivate most of the “do-it-yourselfers.” Those two factors, “combined with internet access,” have resulted in “a do-it-yourself mentality of dental diagnosis and treatment that isn’t likely to end well.” In addition, “a growing number of people who take dental care into their own hands” are motivated by trust, the article states. “Building trust with patients is the most important thing you can do as a dentist,” says Dr. Kim Harms, ADA spokeswoman. “It’s your No. 1 clinical commodity. Unless patients can feel like they’re in control over their treatment plan, they won’t come to you.”

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harris Williams & Co. Ltd Advises the Shareholders of exocad GmbH on its Pending Sale of a Majority Stake to The Carlyle Group


Frankfurt, Germany, September 13, 2016 - Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, is exclusively advising the shareholders of exocad GmbH (exocad), a provider of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software for the dental industry, on its pending sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group (Carlyle; NASDAQ: CG). With the acquisition, Carlyle continues its history of partnering with sector leaders with strong management teams, looking to accelerate the next stage of their growth. The pending transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016 and is being led by Jeffery Perkins, Lars Friemann and Stephan Döring of Harris Williams & Co.’s Frankfurt office as well as Thierry Monjauze and Samuel Hendler of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group.
Dr. Thorsten Dippel, a managing director at Carlyle Europe Technology Partners (CETP) commented, “We’ve been impressed with exocad’s innovative dental CAD/CAM software solutions which are strongly valued by its customers. exocad’s position within the dental CAD/CAM software market in combination with Carlyle’s global network, especially in the U.S. and Asia, are a unique opportunity to further develop exocad into a truly global champion. CETP has a strong track record of investing in business critical software companies and we are delighted to be partnering with exocad and its entrepreneurial management team.”
Tillmann Steinbrecher, exocad’s chief executive officer, and Maik Gerth, chief technology officer, added, “With Harris Williams & Co., we found the right advisor whose hands-on approach and commitment to a high quality work product resulted in an outcome which exceeded the shareholders’ expectations.  In partnering with Carlyle, we seek to leverage new opportunities in current and new markets, and drive the continued growth and customer-focused innovation that the company has consistently delivered.”
Jeffery Perkins, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co., stated, “This transaction is in line with our successful track record of advising privately owned businesses. Our extensive sell-side track record, expertise in the healthcare and TMT spaces, as well as our global network with excellent access to strategic buyers and the private equity community, enabled us to help exocad find the right partner for its future growth.”
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, acting through Fraunhofer Venture, will completely exit its stake in exocad, while the founders will remain significant shareholders in the company.
exocad is a dynamic and innovative dental CAD/CAM software company committed to expanding the possibilities of digital dentistry and providing its distribution partners flexible, reliable and easy-to-use software. exocad's technology enables system integrators to turn equipment into comprehensive, class-leading solutions. The company is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, and has five offices worldwide. exocad was spun out of the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in 2010 and it has since established itself as a leading independent developer of dental CAD/CAM software solutions. Its products are sold via a diversified network of partners and system-integrators as part of OEMs’ CAD/CAM equipment across more than 120 countries worldwide.
Fraunhofer Venture is a department of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and partner for founders, start-ups, Fraunhofer Institutes, industry and venture capital investors.
Carlyle is a global alternative asset manager with $176 billion of assets under management across 127 funds and 164 fund of funds vehicles as of June 30, 2016. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense and government services, consumer and retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology and business services, telecommunications and media and transportation. Carlyle employs more than 1,650 people in 35 offices across six continents.
Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide.  The firm has deep industry knowledge, global transaction expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Harris Williams & Co. provides sell-side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services.
Harris Williams & Co. Ltd is a private limited company incorporated under English law having its registered office at 5th Floor, 6 St. Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AE, UK, registered with the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales under company number 7078852. Directors: Mr. Ned Valentine, Mr. Paul Poggi, Mr. Thierry Monjauze and Mr. Aadil Khan, authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tech Expo At ADA 2016 Will Showcase Innovations.

Come join me in the Tech Expo on Saturday at the ADA.  Lectures on Apps for you Office and Hot Technologies. MJ


The ADA News (9/9, Burger) reported the Technology Expo at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting will allow dental professionals to test “some of the most cutting-edge technologies in the dental field today.” The Tech Expo, located in the Exhibit Hall at booth #2851, will feature the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards and 14 free “continuing education courses on the latest developments in dental technology.”
        The ADA News (9/9) added that dental professionals can also “book one-on-one appointments” with the Cellerant Best of Class Technology award winners. To avoid lines, book appointments in advance at scorbydesign.com/ssmedianews/DemoConcierge.html.
        ADA 2016 will convene in Denver Oct. 20-24. For the most updated information, visit ADA.org/meeting. All CE courses are listed at eventscribe.com/2016/ADA/.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Voco has some new Glass Ionomer Products


Meron
Glass Ionomer Luting Cement in Application Capsules


Meron is a radiopaque, glass ionomer luting cement that comes in VOCO’s new easy-to-use direct activation application capsule. Characterized by good flow properties, Meron has high bond strength and compressive strength, a low film thickness (16-20 µm), as well as high translucency and fluoride release. The new application capsule contains significantly more material than comparable products of other brands.  With a working time of 3 minutes and a setting time of 3 to 5 minutes Meron AC minimizes the headaches associated with glass ionomer luting cements.  Meron is indicated for the cementation of crown, bridges, inlays, onlays and orthodontic bands made of metal or ceramic.

Ionolux®
Immediately Packable Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Restorative
with Composite-like Esthetics


Ionolux is a new light cured resin modified glass ionomer restorative that offers unique physical attributes that benefit both the practitioner and the patient.  These benefits include composite-like esthetics, an ability to be condensed, shaped and sculpted immediately after application, non-stick handling and improved physical properties for better longevity.  Ionolux’s enhanced esthetics uniquely allows the practitioner to deliver a fluoride releasing restorative without sacrificing the esthetics. This enables practitioners to offer a higher quality of care especially for at-risk demographics such as the pediatric and geriatric populations.  Ionolux is radiopaque and does not require the use of any adhesive or dentin conditioner. 
With five shades that include A1, A2, A3, A3.5 and B1, Ionolux provides a biocompatible quality solution for practitioners looking for a restorative that offers composite-like esthetics, ease of application and shaping, controlled working times and fluoride release.  

IonoStar® Molar  
Immediately Packable, Non-Sticky Glass Ionomer Restorative


IonoStar Molar is a newly developed glass ionomer restorative with improved characteristics that include non-stick handling, adjustable material consistency and immediate packability to create better results for both the practitioner and the patient.  IonoStar Molar can be condensed, modeled and shaped immediately after insertion and cures within four minutes. Its adjustable consistency allows the practitioner flexibility to customize the feel (softer or firmer) they require while maintaining IonoStar Molar’s initial wettability for maximum marginal adaptability.  Offering a high level of fluoride release, IonoStar Molar is available in VOCO’s new easy-to-use direct activation application capsule that fits virtually all branded glass ionomer applicators.  Its combined enhancements offer a clinical solution that reduces practitioner headaches, reduces procedural time, increases overall quality care for the patient and allows for flexibility to meet various clinical demands and preferences.

IonoStar® Plus:
Fast-set, Immediately Packable Glass Ionomer Restorative



IonoStar Plus is a new glass ionomer restorative that offers a fast-set, immediate packability, non-stick handling and enhanced physical properties. Designed to reduce or remove many of the headaches associated with glass ionomer restoratives, IonoStar Plus comes in a new easy-to-use direct activation application capsule that fits virtually all branded glass ionomer applicators.  Once triturated and placed in the mouth, IonoStar Plus offers two stages of consistency that first provide ideal wettability for perfect marginal adaptability, and then immediate packability to allow shaping and sculpting without any “pull-back” due to its non-stick handling.  IonoStar Plus has an abbreviated working time of two minutes that allows the clinical procedure to proceed quickly when time plays an important factor.  IonoStar Plus is radiopaque, fluorescent, has a high continuous fluoride release and does not require the use of a dentin conditioner.
 



   

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunstar’s GUIDOR® easy-graft® Alloplastic Bone Grafting System Now Available through Dental Dealers



Bone graft delivers easy handling and can eliminate the need for dental membrane 

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, June 10, 2016— Sunstar Americas announced that it has expanded the purchasing options for its GUIDOR® easy-graft® Alloplastic Bone Grafting System by making it available through a network of 28 authorized U.S. dental dealers.
Launched in late 2014 and capable of being syringed directly into a bone defect, GUIDOR easy-graft is the patented1 bone grafting material that hardens into a stable, porous scaffold in minutes. Additionally, its ability to harden into a stable, porous scaffold allows clinicians to choose whether a membrane is required. GUIDOR easy-graft is a fully resorbable bone grafting material ideally suited for socket preservation after tooth extraction and implant packing. While the product should not be used in pregnant or nursing women, it is cleared for a wide range of indications.
“GUIDOR easy-graft provides excellent ease of use and a consistent way to maintain alveolar bone,” said Paquita Poindexter, Senior Marketing Manager at Sunstar Americas. “In addition, the porosity of the material supports bone regeneration through a network of pores inside and outside each granule. This network of pores allows the clot to stabilize and provide space for development of subsequent new vessels that are required for new bone formation.”
Offered at an affordable price, GUIDOR easy-graft CLASSIC Alloplastic Bone Grafting System provides dentists an economical way to address expensive bone grafting procedures. GUIDOR easy-graft is available in a range of sizes to efficiently graft a tooth extraction site. Each sterilized unit contains three single-use applications.
“Preparing and placing bone grafting materials needn’t be complex,” added Ms. Poindexter. “The complete GUIDOR easy-graft system makes it easier for practitioners to provide more consistent clinical results. And now our network of professional dental dealers will make it easier for practitioners to purchase this highly innovative system.”
A list of GUIDOR® easy-graft® CLASSIC Alloplastic Bone Grafting System authorized U.S. dental dealers can be found at http://us.guidor.com/yourchoice. In addition to being available through authorized dealers, the system continues to be available directly from Sunstar by calling 1-877-484-3671.
For more information about the GUIDOR portfolio, visit http://us.GUIDOR.com. The trademarks GUIDOR and easy-graft are owned by Sunstar Suisse, SA.
About Sunstar Americas
Sunstar Americas, Inc. is a member of the Sunstar Group of companies, a global organization headquartered in Switzerland that serves oral health care professionals and consumers in 90 countries around the world. Sunstar’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere via its four business areas: mouth and body, health and beauty, healthy home, safety and technology. Sunstar Americas, Inc. provides quality oral care products under the Butler®, GUM® and GUIDOR® brands.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Core3dcentres® Becomes Authorized SKYNTM Concept Production Centre



Las Vegas, NV – September 13, 2016 – Core3dcentres® NA and the SKYNTM Corporation are pleased to announce that, as of September 2016, Core3dcentres and SKYN Corporation have come together to form an exclusive Global Partnership and to offer the First Global Network of SKYN Production Centres.
Core3dcentres NA is ISO 13485:2012 and has leveraged its existing highly skilled teams on CAD/CAM dental technology through rigorous further training and testing over the past few months, led by Dr. Paulo Kano and Livio Yoshinaga, to ensure that all their technicians and milling centres are fully qualified and validated to meet the high aesthetic demands that the SKYN Concept requires.
Together, Core3dcentres and SKYN Concept offer a perfect fusion of digital dentistry with natural anatomy, in a simple comprehensive workflow. This workflow, complete with clinical and technical education protocols developed by Dr. Kano and Livio Yoshinaga, brings a new age of patient-centric delivery of consistent and repeatable life changing smiles.
The main goal with this partnership is to build on each company’s experience to allow global market access for high-end aesthetic restorations through an automated workflow utilizing all digital manufacturing for consistency and repeatability. Both companies are working together to bring new products to the market including a SKYN Models Kit, SKYN-Core3dcentres Digital Library and pre- made SKYN Temporaries. Future workflows on full mouth rehabilitation will encompass a comprehensive inter-disciplinary approach including orthognatics, orthodontics, periodontics and implants, integrating all levels of chairside and digital outsourcing.
Both Core3dcentres and SKYN Corporation are very excited by this new strategic partnership as it offers a full solution for dentists by delivering a more predictable, higher aesthetics and fully functional oral rehabilitation for patients.
For more information on the SKYN Concept from Core3dcentres, or any other products, services and educational offerings, please visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750- 9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
About Core3dcentres®
Core3dcentres is a facilitator of digital relationships for the global dental industry in terms of digital communications, design and manufacturing solutions. With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain;
Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres offers the one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s most rapidly growing market segment with greater precision, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant-crown solution, Core3dcentres supplies a full range of digital solutions, all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.
As a Carestream Dental Complete Solutions Partner; an authorized milling partner for the Thommen Implant System, Keystone, Dentsply CELTRATM Duo, VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar VivadentTM, BioHorizons® and 3M LavaTM; as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (CELTRATM Duo, VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY®, IPS e.max® CAD, Telio CAD®, ZenoTec®, LavaTM) supported by continuing education, technical assistance, validated workflows and fast turnarounds. To find out more, visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888-750-9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
About SKYN Corporation
The SKYNTM Concept was co-created by Dr. Paulo Kano and Livio Yoshinaga. SKYN takes the inconsistent beauty of natural teeth and fuses it perfectly with digital scanning and milling technology. By following the SKYN protocols, the dentist can create an over whelming experience for the patient which increases case acceptance and at the same time is completely obtainable and repeatable through digital reconstruction of the smile. Dr. Kano operates the Kano Clinic based in Sao Paulo in Brazil, renowned as both a dentist and master dental technician and publisher of several papers and books on aesthetics in dentistry. Livio Yoshinaga, who co-created Digital Smile Design (DSD), is world renowned lecturer and entrepreneur. His passion is working with new concepts and workflows and has consulted and designed some of the leading dental practices in the world by one to one coaching, practice layout design and workflow along with the integration of digital dentistry.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sunstar Celebrates 15 Years of Honoring Dental Hygiene’s Finest



Company proud to call attention to the crucial role of dental hygienists 

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, September 8, 2016— Sunstar Americas recently celebrated its fifteenth year of honoring North America’s outstanding dental hygienists. The oral health care leader and RDH magazine joined forces to create the Award of Distinction program in 2002. Since then, 113 dental hygienists have been recognized for their success and accomplishments in the field of dental hygiene. The four most recent recipients of this prestigious award were honored during an award ceremony at the RDH Under One Roof conference in National Harbor, Maryland on July 29.
“Too often the efforts of dental hygienists, who spend the majority of their time providing treatment chairside, are not fully appreciated,” said Jackie Sanders, Manager of Professional Relations for Sunstar Americas. “Dental hygienists make a difference in 8-to-16 lives per day. They review health histories, take an individual’s health care into their own hands, and make recommendations and provide care that may change a patient’s life forever. And on top of that, most will then go home to take care of family or other important commitments.”
The 2016 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction honorees are:
  • JoAnn Galliano, MEd., RDH, one of the creators of the Dental Hygiene Committee of
    California and the legislative consultant for the California Dental Hygienists’ Association.
  • Corinne Jameson Kuehl, RDH, BS, OMT, who founded OMT of Wisconsin, to help patients find solutions to oral dysfunctions caused by sleep disorders and other health
    connections.
  • Susan Wingrove, RDH, BS, the co-designer of the Wingrove Implant Titanium set, ACE
    probes, and Queen of Hearts instruments, and the author of the “Peri-Implant Therapy
    for the Dental Hygienist” textbook.
  • Debbie Zafiropoulos, RDH, who formed the NationalCancerNetwork.org to raise
    awareness of prevention, progress, screening and referrals for all affected by a cancer diagnosis, and who has delivered more than 2,300 hours of continuing education programs.
    “Our entire team at Sunstar Americas is proud to be able to honor not only these exceptional hygienists, but the entire dental hygiene profession,” said Ms. Sanders.
    While the hygienists honored by the Sunstar/RDH Awards of Distinction are driven to provide the best possible patient care rather than to seek attention for themselves, the fact is that the
awards can open doors for honorees. According to Sandra Boucher-Bessent, BS, RDH, one of the honorees from the inaugural 2002 Awards of Distinction, “As each year’s recipients are announced and details of their accomplishments are unveiled, a common thread is a heartfelt enthusiasm for elevating the standard of oral health care for their patients.” She pointed out that dental hygienists traditionally work in relative isolation. “This can make dental hygiene a lonely profession,” she said. “Fortunately, through its Award of Distinction Sunstar has brought dental hygienists into the limelight.” Much to her surprise, the notoriety Ms. Bouchard-Bessent received from her award led national organizations and Fortune 50 companies to seek her out and invite her to join their teams. She currently serves as Director of Sales and Marketing for The Dental CFO, and says, “My Award of Distinction catapulted me to a career beyond anything I could have imagined.”
Ms. Sanders pointed out that Sunstar relies on all 113 Award of Distinction honorees to serve as a valuable source of input regarding the company’s product development efforts throughout the year. She asked, “If you’re looking for feedback about new products or possible improvements to existing products, who could possibly provide better insights than this award- winning group of dental hygienists?”
Starting in October, ads will explain how licensed dental hygienists may be nominated for the 2017 Awards of Distinction. All judging is maintained by RDH Magazine and nominations close on March 31, 2017.
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About Sunstar Americas
Sunstar Americas, Inc. is a member of the Sunstar Group of companies, a global organization headquartered in Switzerland that serves oral health care professionals and consumers in 90 countries around the world. Sunstar’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere via its four business areas: mouth and body, health and beauty, healthy home, safety and technology. Sunstar Americas, Inc. provides quality oral care products under the Butler®, GUM® and GUIDOR® brands.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Heraeus Kulzer Precious Metal Refining revolutionizes scrap metal shipping convenience


AutoShip makes it easier to receive the industry’s highest payouts 

South Bend, Indiana, September 9, 2016 – Heraeus Kulzer Precious Metal Refining announced today that its new AutoShip program is designed to make it dramatically easier for dental practices and laboratories to take advantage of the industry’s highest scrap metal payouts.
The revolutionary AutoShip program comprises four simple steps:
1. The customer selects their preferred container size, delivery date, and monthly delivery

frequency at MyDental360.com/Refining.
2. The chosen container will automatically arrive on the customer’s doorstep in future

months at the customer’s chosen frequency.. Upon receipt, customers simply place their
scrap and the form in the container and attach the prepaid UPS label.
3. The customer drops off the container at a UPS location or schedules a pickup at

MyDental360.com/Refining.
4. The customer receives their assay report and payout in 7-10 business days.

At MyDental360.com/Refining, customers may choose from five container sizes ranging from a mailer with five-ounce capacity to a 30 gallon drum with a 300-pound capacity. Customers also indicate the date they would like the shipping container to arrive, and how often they would like additional containers to arrive in the future.
“We have always set the industry standard for the highest possible scrap metal payouts for dental practices and dental laboratories,” said Ched Hawthorne, Heraeus Kulzer senior product manager. “With our new AutoShip program, we will now now create a new industry standard for customer convenience.”
As one of the world's largest private refiners, Heraeus Kulzer Precious Metal Refining uses state-of-the-art technology to heat, melt, separate, and analyze its customers’ precious metals in one location using a Triple Core Analysis process to determine the precise amount of precious metal in the scrap. The company then provides a full assay report utilizing the ICP-AES method to give its customers the most accurate, highest return possible.
One reason customers maximize their return with Heraeus Kulzer Precious Metal Refining is that the fees it charges are often less than one-third the fees charged by other direct refiners, and less than one-fourth the fees charged by middlemen.
“Refining their scrap precious metal with us on a regular basis can generate a real windfall for our customers. Unfortunately, many other dental practices and laboratories have given into the temptation to take ‘fast cash’ when middlemen make a sales call, which means dramatically lower payouts than they would get from us,” said Mr. Hawthorne. “Now with our AutoShip program, it’s easier than ever for these customers to earn the thousands of dollars in annual precious metal revenues that they deserve.”
To learn more about Heraeus Kulzer Precious Metal Refining, please visit http://mydental360.com/Refining. For additional information on Heraeus Kulzer and the company’s product range, please visit www.heraeus-kulzer-us.com.
About Heraeus Kulzer
Heraeus Kulzer GmbH is one of the world’s leading dental companies with its headquarters in Hanau, Germany. As a trusted partner, the company supplies dentists and dental technicians with an extensive product range, covering cosmetic dentistry, tooth preservation, prosthetics, periodontology and digital dentistry. More than 1,500 employees at 26 locations worldwide are driven by their expertise and passion for the dental market and embody what the name Heraeus Kulzer stands for: service, quality and innovation.
Heraeus Kulzer has been part of the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals Group since July 2013. Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI) is based in Tokyo, and has 137 affiliates with more than 14,300 employees in 27 countries worldwide. Its innovative, practical chemical products are as much in demand in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries as they are in other fields such as environmental protection and healthcare.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Aesthetics at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017: Ceramic innovations inspire

 Precoloured veneering ceramics - infiltration method, staining techniques - economic production options for aesthetic restorations - a central theme of IDS

People, who have beautiful eyes and lovely teeth, are beautiful. Because that is what the eye of the onlooker perceives first. The proportions have to be right and form a harmonious whole. As far as teeth are concerned, the dental industry has created a host of innovative methods and products over the past decades, which narrow the gap more and more between a high ideal and the achievable reality. These include modern diagnosis and therapy options (i.e. face scanners, backward planning implantology, controlled tissue generation) and in particular ceramic materials. The trade fair visitor can gain a comprehensive overview at the International Dental Show in Cologne, from 21 to 25 March 2017. 


New materials 

It goes without saying that ceramics are predestined for use in dentistry because of their white basic colouring. They have been playing an outstanding role as veneering materials for decades and they have increasingly been establishing themselves as framework material for around twenty years. Zirconium oxide, lithium disilicate, zirconium oxide reinforced lithium disilicate - a whole row of options are available today depending on the individual indication.

How far these indications range in detail remains to be an exciting question. For example, to what extent can zirconium oxide reinforced lithium silicate be used for bridges? Or a single implant from the (artificial) root to the crown be made out of zirconium oxide? In which cases can hybrid ceramics be used as a possible alternative? The visitors will find straightforward answers at IDS 2017.


New possibilities for aesthetic perfection

With a veneer that matches the colour of the patient's teeth, a restoration is (almost) as identical to the natural teeth as two peas in a peapod. The most striking development, however, is that attractive aesthetics can also be achieved in many cases without using veneer. This saves time and enables a level of work efficiency that was previously not known.

After translucent material options have factually asserted themselves for zirconium oxide, dyed blanks have now created a new impetus particularly in the production area. Today, they can cover the entire common shades which in turn renders the veneer superfluous in many cases or makes the process simpler and faster. Coherent ceramic systems aid the classic layer technique here. In the case of non-veneered zirconium oxide frameworks the individual characterisation is achieved with the aid of staining systems. A ceramic infiltration of zirconium oxide frameworks with suitable staining fluids is basically an interesting option too. And certain hybrid ceramics can simply be polished or characterised using a light-curing method. Irrespective of this, there are no restrictions: Ultimately there is no limit to the individual design options using the ceramic layer technique.

However, frequently many roads lead to Rome, in terms of the patient-friendly aesthetic design. The dentist and dental technician have to select the most efficient and most economic option.


New options for the economic production of aesthetic restorations

Several aesthetic and at the same time economic solutions are available to the laboratory and dental practice. For example an effective measure is furnishing one's own room for shade matching. Extended diagnostics including the simulation of the prosthetic final results with face scanners in the practice are further supportive measures. Digitalised data allows the information gained to be passed on to the laboratory.

The modern technology particularly facilitates the planning of implants and the safe definition of the best position for the artificial tooth root with a view to the most attractive prosthetic restoration ultimately also improves the aesthetic aspect and the work efficiency. This also includes of course the selection of the ideal production process. For example, in the meantime three-unit zirconium oxide bridges can be produced chairside. Labside among others the super-fast "speed production" of this material and the multi-layer technique (bonded CAD/CAM produced veneer) are very convincing. The latest development is 3D printing which once again exploits new materials, namely high-performance plastics (i.e. PEEK).

The dental industry will be demonstrating the potential the highly emotional theme "Aesthetics" offers at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017 in Cologne. Here the manufacturers will be presenting their latest developments. Dental technicians and dentists can discover innovations and everyone has the opportunity to profit from the knowledge exchange - ideally while doing a joint tour round the fair. It is going to be especially interesting because products and methods will be presented live, examined and tangibly comprehended at IDS. Their actual benefit for the users will thus become directly clear. This will enable dentists and dental technicians to make future-proof investment decisions for their own businesses.

"Aesthetic dentistry will be a key theme at the next International Dental Show - not for the first time, but for the first time with such a depth of materials and methods. This suits the needs of the modern patient, because he expects both from his dentist and dental technician: functional and aesthetic, perfect restorations," explained Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the VDDI (Association of the German Dental Manufacturers). 
The IDS (International Dental Show) takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI). It is staged by the Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.


100 years of VDDI

The VDDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923. In 1928 the VDDF organised the first International Dental Show. Today the VDDI has 200 member companies with 20,000 employees. The overall turnover is more than Euro 5 billion with an export share of 62 percent.

More information on the anniversary can be found at www.vddi.de