Monday, March 27, 2017

Imaging Resin Infiltration into Non-Cavitated Carious Lesions by Optical Coherence Tomography



Visualisation of the etching process and resin penetration at white spot carious lesions by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT).

Materials and methods

The non-cavitated carious lesions (ICDAS code 2) of four visually preselected extracted human molars and premolars were verified as enamel lesions by micro computed tomography (μCT). One region of interest (ROI) per tooth was marked by two drill-holes in occlusal-cervical direction. The lesions were imaged by SD-OCT. Lesions were infiltrated (Icon, DMG) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During each treatment step and after light curing of the infiltrant, the ROIs were imaged again by SD-OCT. Teeth were sectioned through the ROIs and section layers were imaged by scanning electron microscopy in order to compare with the OCT images. The image sequences for etching and infiltration were viewed in time lapse.


During the etching process, numerous bubbles formed on the lesion surface. Using OCT, the process of resin penetration into the carious lesion body became visible. The early enamel carious lesion was completely infiltrated by the resin whereas infiltration of the advanced enamel carious lesion was incomplete and inhomogeneous.


Resin infiltration can be increased by optimizing the etching process. Optical coherence tomography provides information about the process and degree of resin infiltration.

Clinical significance

Active acid application before resin infiltration is recommendable.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dental Wings is pleased to introduce the second generation Dental Wings Lasermill™ system for dental restorations

MONTREAL, CANADA - March 17, 2017
Dental Wings is pleased to announce that it will introduce the second generation Dental Wings Lasermill, a revolutionary dental CAD/CAM production technology, at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, March 21-25.
The Dental Wings Lasermill establishes a new category of dental production technology, offering unprecedented opportunities for dental clinics, labs and production centers to create restorations, using a wide range of proven materials, for unsurpassed quality and ease-of-use.
“Dental Wings has continued to develop and refine the Lasermill technology to improve performance in all meaningful metrics. I am continuously impressed by the resolution, precision, and simplicity of our Lasermill. We are starting to change the game and look forward to even bigger leaps in capability in the future.”
– Mike Rynerson, CEO Dental Wings
Laser Milling of Dental Restorations
The Dental Wings Lasermill system utilizes millions of short, high-intensity laser pulses to remove small amounts of material from a standard block until the restoration is completed.
The extremely small laser spot size allows a resolution more than 10X higher than traditional CNC mills, resulting in extremely life-like restorations.
The Dental Wings Lasermill reduces the cost and variability of in-office production of high-quality restorations by eliminating cutting tools, coolants, and complex setups. Moreover, the Lasermill has an integrated 3D scanner to perform in-process quality control, unlike traditional CNC mills which require downstream manual quality control measurements.
A complete chairside solution with the Dental Wings Intraoral Scanner, DWOS Chairside and Lasermill offers unprecedented capabilities and simplicity for the dental practice.  As an open system, the Dental Wings Lasermill can also be connected with other open scanning and design solutions.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Successful endodontics through pinpoint planning and latest generation product solutions

Endodontics fully conceived and matched from reliable diagnosis through ergonomic treatment to final restoration: this has been made possible by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. The new 3D Endo™ Software has been developed this year jointly with the Imaging business unit; new advanced technologies have been brought to files and to the X-Smart IQ™ endodontic motor and, finally, “R2C™ - The Root to Crown Solution”, is now being implemented together with Dentsply Sirona Restorative. On top of this, a new communication campaign dedicated to dentists enhances Dentsply Sirona Endodontics position as the trusted partner for endodontic procedures.
Salzburg/Ballaigues. Preserving natural teeth for as long as possible is the premise of both patients and practitioners. In recent years, to address this need, endodontics has morphed into a veritable high-tech discipline within dentistry. Here Dentsply Sirona Endodontics is breaking new ground and has been a long-standing supplier of cutting-edge instruments and materials to ensure successful root canal treatments. Dominique Legros, Group Vice President, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics: "Through our comprehensive product range, adequately addressing every need, we are setting new treatment standards for endodontic restoration which will allow dentistry to become faster, better and safer here, too“.
Enhanced vision optimises treatment planning
“See what you used to feel”. The 3D Endo Software – jointly developed by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics and Dentsply Sirona Imaging – is the first software dedicated to endodontic treatment planning for more predictability. Using the 3D data and its intuitive visualization, the 3D Endo Software enables a practitioner to identify the specifics of a tooth root treatment, visualize the canal network in 3D and choose the right files from the built-in file database. This enhances endodontic treatment efficacy and reliability and is key to improving patient communication. A practitioner can explain the initial position and the respective treatment to the patient by using a planning report or even the software as a direct pipeline.
Last generation endo motor and instruments
Dentsply Sirona Endodontics has been at the forefront of innovation when launching the X-Smart IQ motor, the world’s first endodontic motor controlled by an iOS Apple application. The device supports the dentist at every step of the treatment: from briefing the patient with an education module to a customizable file sequence, to treatment data capture. X-Smart IQ is a unique combination of hardware and software. On one hand it is a slim, well-balanced and cordless handpiece, enabling complete freedom of movement, and equipped with a miniature head contra-angle. On the other hand, regular App updates make the device future-proof. A new version of the Endo IQ App is released for the IDS, featuring usability improvements and an updated file library with the introduction of the WaveOne® Gold Glider.
The WaveOne® Gold reciprocating files will be benefiting from the addition of the WaveOne® Gold Glider launched at the IDS by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. Designed with the same Gold heat treatment, it is the market's first reciprocating glide path file that optimizes the preparation of the canal for the Primary shaping file. The WaveOne® Gold family is compatible with the X-Smart® Plus and the innovative X-Smart IQ.
The ProTaper Next® rotary files and their unique swaggering movement offer the flexibility needed for more curved, narrow canals as well as enlarged space for debris hauling. Recommended even for difficult clinical cases, ProTaper Next® is an efficient solution for endo practitioners seeking a versatile, flexible system of high performance.
Matched materials for superb results
This type of compatibility has now been created for the final restorative treatment of the cavity, too. For long-term clinical success strongly depends on achieving high-quality outcomes at every treatment step. To support professionals throughout the final restoration, Dentsply Sirona has created an integrated treatment solution “R2C – The Root to Crown Solution”. In conjunction with the treatment planning steps, “R2C” provides a guided pathway of high quality products from cavity access to the final coronal restoration. These products incorporate the latest technologies, such as alloys with improved flexibility for endodontic files with higher resistance to cyclic fatigue, a dental adhesive with Active-Guard Technology and restorative materials that provide excellent cavity adaptation and a tight coronal seal. Dentsply Sirona’s R2C concept supports dental practitioners in achieving excellent outcomes and longevity “from root to crown”.
“Partner for a better future”
A video which will be released on the first day of IDS, on March 21st, is at the heart of Dentsply Sirona Endodontics’ new communication campaign, “Partner for a better future". This campaign reaffirms the brand’s long-standing core values in its Swiss heritage and commitment to endodontic excellence. It demonstrates a renewed and growing passion for innovation through partnership, positioning the company as the trusted partner for endodontic procedures.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

House overwhelmingly passes Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, 416-7

Some good news out of Washington for a change!  MJ 
March 22, 2017
By Jennifer Garvin
Washington — The House of Representatives on March 22 voted 416-7 in favor of repealing the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies by passing H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017.

The ADA has advocated for repeal of the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act antitrust exemption for the insurance industry for more than 20 years. The Association strongly supported H.R. 372, which was introduced Jan. 10 by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and would authorize the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to "enforce the federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct."

"Today, a bipartisan majority in the House joined me in taking a historic step to begin rebuilding America's health care market," said Rep. Gosar, a dentist and ADA member. "As a dentist for over 25 years, I know first-hand that restoring the application of federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance is the key to unlocking greater competition in the marketplace. Making health insurance companies compete in a free-market will result in huge benefits for hospitals, doctors and most importantly, patients."

"Free market competition leads to lower costs, greater innovation and variety in the insurance marketplace," said Dr. Gary Roberts, ADA president. "I have long appreciated Paul Gosar for his steadfast commitment to patient advocacy, and I thank him for his work on reforming the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Further, I want to thank every one of the 416 members of Congress who voted for H.R. 372 today."

This victory in the House caps a flurry of advocacy efforts by the ADA in 2017. On Feb. 16, the Association submitted written testimony to a House subcommittee hearing on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, asking for support of the bill. That was followed by the Organized Dentistry Coalition's Feb. 27 letter to the House Judiciary Committee, which unanimously voted in favor of H.R. 372.

"History has always shown us that when we put the patient first and demand that health insurance companies compete for their business, premiums go down while quality improves," Rep. Gosar said. "I'm proud to have led this effort in the House and call on Senate leaders to take up this bipartisan legislation in a timely matter."

To keep track on all the Association's insurance reform activities, visit

Planmeca Romexis® Implant Guide module completes a fully digital implant workflow

Planmeca Romexis® is the leading software platform for dentistry. It supports all types of dental imaging and offers an extensive range of tools for all specialities and specialists. Planmeca Romexis now also enables a fully digital implant workflow as the software allows users to design their own implant guides for the first time.
Taking an implant plan to actual surgery is now easier than ever, as the Planmeca Romexis® software includes all the required steps for a fully digital implant workflow. All steps can be controlled and completed in the all-in-one Planmeca Romexis software, from planning to manufacturing.
The workflow has been completed with a new tool – the Planmeca Romexis® Implant Guide module for designing surgical implant guides. This elevates implant planning to another level as virtual plans can now be brought to reality accurately.
“The Planmeca Romexis Implant Guide module allows flexible design and cost-effective use of surgical guides,” stated Helianna Puhlin-Nurminen, Vice President of Planmeca’s Digital imaging and applications division. “Users can create guides with a few simple steps and the open format STL file for the design can then be printed with a 3D printer – such as the new Planmeca Creo™.”
The fully digital implant workflow in Planmeca Romexis now consists of as follows:
  • Smile analysis and patient motivation in the Planmeca Romexis® Smile Design module
  • CBCT imaging with Planmeca ProMax® 3D X-ray units
  • Matching CBCT images with any surface model of the teeth in the Planmeca Romexis® 3D module
  • Virtual crown design in the integrated Planmeca PlanCAD® Easy software
  • Prosthetic-driven implant planning in the Planmeca Romexis® 3D Implant Planning module
  • Implant guide design in the Planmeca Romexis Implant Guide module
  • 3D printing of guides with the Planmeca Creo 3D printer
“As a truly open system, Planmeca Romexis allows all standard format images to be imported to the software for creating a virtual patient – a combination of different types of 3D images. If necessary, completed guide designs can also be exported in the STL file format. This allows users to always flexibly select their preferred workflows and tasks,” Ms. Puhlin-Nurminen summarised.
The Planmeca Romexis Implant Guide module will be presented at IDS 2017 and is immediately available to customers.

Planmeca announces new efficient and cost-effective milling unit

Dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca expands its extensive CAD/CAM product range with a new entry-level milling unit. Named Planmeca PlanMill® 30 S, the new milling unit has been developed for dental businesses looking for efficient, accurate, and cost-effective milling solution.
The Planmeca PlanMill® 30 S is a high-accuracy entry-level unit, which guarantees a professional entry to the world of CAD/CAM technology. The unit has been designed for the chairside fabrication of metal-free dental restorations and appliances.
“The Planmeca PlanMill 30 S is a great addition to Planmeca’s CAD/CAM selection. It’s a high-speed single-spindle unit with state-of-the-art design. It is cost-effective without compromising quality,” stated Jukka Kanerva, Vice President of Planmeca’s Dental care units & CAD/CAM division.
The milling unit is equipped with a rotary axis for milling blocks of choice, and a fixed tool changer for three tools. The unit integrates seamlessly with Planmeca’s intraoral scanners and Planmeca Romexis® software suite.
“Our Planmeca FIT™ chairside system offers dentists a completely integrated and digital workflow from intraoral scanning to 3D designing and efficient chairside milling. And now dentists can make a choice between two options – the single-spindle Planmeca PlanMill 30 S or the dual-spindle Planmeca PlanMill® 40 S milling unit,” said Mr. Kanerva.

Planmeca announces new compact and lightweight intraoral scanner

Dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca is expanding its extensive CAD/CAM product range with a new light intraoral scanner – the 183 gram Planmeca Emerald. The new intraoral scanner is small, lightweight, and exceedingly fast scanner with superior accuracy. It is the perfect tool for smooth and efficient chairside workflow.
The compact and extremely light Planmeca Emerald intraoral scanner makes intraoral imaging easy for the dentist and highly comfortable for the patient. The small size and seamless design of the scanner guarantee a great patient experience.
“This revolutionary product makes chairside workflow effortless. The accuracy of the impressions meets the most demanding needs with a fully integrated colour scanning option,” commented Jukka Kanerva, Vice President of Planmeca’s Dental care units & CAD/CAM division.
The lightweight structure and user-friendly form of the scanner ensure optimal ergonomics. With the active antifog feature of the scanner’s tip mirror, visibility is always clear. It is an easy and simple plug-and-play solution which makes it easy to share between operatories.
Infection control of the scanner is impeccable due to the autoclavable tip and seamless design. The dental unit integration enables hands-free operation with the foot control. The scanner is compatible with Planmeca Romexis® and Planmeca PlanCAD® Easy software suites for constant access to real-time scanning data.
“Small in size, light in weight, outstanding speed, and superior accuracy, also in full natural colours. I’m confident that with these features Planmeca Emerald will become one of the most precious tools in the world of intraoral scanning,” Mr. Kanerva concluded.
Planmeca will be presenting Planmeca Emerald at IDS 2017. Deliveries estimated to start in Q3, 2017.

A new name for a trusted partner: Heraeus Kulzer becomes Kulzer

South Bend, IN - March 22, 2017. From July 1, Heraeus Kulzer will operate under the name Kulzer. Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals Group took over the dental division of Heraeus three- and-a-half years ago. By changing its name, the firm separates itself from its previous owner and targets new growth. Nothing will change for customers; the established Hanau, Germany-based company remains a reliable partner for dental professionals.
“Our vision is to be the lifetime partner of our customers,” says Akira Misawa, Chief Executive Officer of Heraeus Kulzer. “We understand our customers’ needs and want to grow with them. We do this by helping dental technicians and dentists to restore patients’ oral health and well- being in a safe, more convenient and cost-effective way. Our mission is to develop and provide best-in-class quality products and services that create reliable solutions. That’s why we’re continuously expanding our global service portfolio.”
The parent company Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI) is fully supportive of this new strategy and the expansion of its services and development work across the board. The current growth plan includes 100 new jobs in the International Sales & Services organization, of which a third will be created in Research and Development. In the future, more employees will work on growth initiatives at the company’s headquarters, and there will also be more service jobs with direct customer contact.
Integrated solutions from a single source
“The dental market is very competitive and users are now confronted with an incredibly wide range of products – complexity is increasing,” says Marc Berendes, Chief Sales Officer at Kulzer. “With our reliable products and new services, we want to help our customers make their processes in practices and laboratories more cost-effective.” For this reason, individual products, digital technologies, software and services are now more integrated than ever, allowing users to receive multiple solutions from a single source. One focus of these integration efforts will be consultancy services for workflow optimization.
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Synergies for further growth
The change of name marks the complete integration of the dental manufacturer into the Mitsui Chemical Group. The Japanese parent company is a market leader in mobility, healthcare provision, nutrition and packaging, as well as in raw materials. The health division’s three main products are raw materials for the optical industry, textile composites for sanitary products, and dental materials. With Kulzer, MCI has equipped itself for the dental industry of the future, and plans to further develop this division.
“We’re delighted that Mitsui Chemicals wants to transform the dental division with Kulzer being a strong pillar,” says Misawa. “Drawing on years of knowledge and experience in chemistry and materials development, we can make the most of synergies in order to create new market opportunities.” The parent company’s excellent polymer research team is expected to boost the Kulzer specialists’ work on innovative new materials and system solutions – and their cooperation is already bearing fruit. At this year’s International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, Kulzer is presenting a successful development project, the cara Print 4.0 3D printer, realized in partnership with MCI.
About Heraeus Kulzer GmbH
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 1,400 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 131 affiliates with more than 13,400 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.

Brasseler USA® Introduces ImplantPro® Titanium Probes

Ideal for Use on Both Implants and Natural Dentition

SAVANNAH, GA (March 21, 2017) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular ImplantPro® family of products with new ImplantPro® Titanium Probes. A reliable alternative to plastic probes, ImplantPro Titanium Probes are ideal for use on both implants and natural dentition.

Designed with a winning combination of innovative design and superior ergonomics, ImplantPro Titanium Probes feature precise, black color markings on a smooth surface for a more gentle diagnostic evaluation and improved patient comfort.

“Our new titanium probes are both unique and versatile. Until now, colored plastic probes were the only alternative to stainless steel probes but they’re not designed for long-term use and must be replaced frequently to ensure the accuracy of the markings.” remarked Brenda McCarson, RDH, BS, Brasseler USA’s National Manager of Hygiene. “These titanium probes are ideal for all diagnostic examinations, eliminating the need for different probes for implant maintenance patients, and have the same durability as stainless steel.”

ImplantPro Titanium Probes are made from non-heat-treated 6Al-4V titanium, keeping the Rockwell C hardness at a low 25-31 HRC and comparable to most implant abutments, then coated in bright zirconium nitride for superior color     contrast. All feature Brasseler USA’s distinctive, lightweight PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) handles for outstanding ergonomics.  

Three single-ended probe marking styles are available:

Michigan “O” Probe with Williams markings (1-2-3-5-7-8-9-10)            Order # TICPOW
Marquis Probe (3-6-9-12mm)                                                   Order # TICP12
UNC 15 Probe (1-15mm)                                                                    Order #TICPUNC15

For more information about ImplantPro Titanium Probes as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit or call 800-841-4522.

About Brasseler USA®

Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and oral hygiene. For nearly 42 years, Brasseler USA
has developed a reputation as an innovative market leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments, and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instrumentation available under one brand worldwide. For more information, please visit   

densys3D Launches New Intra-Oral 3D Scanner

Digital 3D intra-oral scanning, affordable technology for all dentists

densys3D will be launching its new MIA3d Intraoral 3D Scanner at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne Germany coming 21st March. The new MIA3d intra-oral scanner is the affordable key that enables all dentists to be part of the dental digital era.

Dr. Moshe Ernst, Founder and CEO of densys3D said “The field of intra-oral mapping technology is the most exciting new area in dentistry today and three-dimensional mapping of the mouth is required in almost every procedure in dentistry.”

densys3D’s new MIA3d Intra-oral scanner has these key features:

Most competitively priced 3D intra-oral scanner by far
  • Easy to use
  • Simple plug and play via USB to a laptop
  • Small, Compact and Portable
  • Real-Time results
  • Highly accurate processing
  • Truly open system
densys3D is a pioneer in the development of intra-oral Dental scanning systems for use in the dental market, and located in the major hi-tech park of Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Moshe Ernst himself a dentist, together with his team of engineers have tailored the 3D scanner to be best suited for dentists’ clinical needs, and to produce an easy to use, quick, accurate product.

Visit us at IDS: Hall 02.1 Booth G-059

For further information contact:


Gold standard 4.2: New features added to Sidexis 4 imaging software

The award-winning Sidexis 4 image processing software from Dentsply Sirona Imaging is ready for the IDS. With numerous new features, its capabilities are enhanced: upgraded ease of use, even more shortened practice procedures, and increased flexibility. All of this means significant improvements, in particular for intraoral X-rays and when communicating with patients.

Bensheim/Salzburg, March 22, 2017. The 4.2 version for the IDS is an update for the Sidexis 4 imaging software that primarily makes intraoral X-rays more convenient. Additional functions make the procedure even easier and faster, and also contribute to better communication with the patient. It begins with the X-ray imaging itself. With the "Exposure Advisor" feature, the software helps by directly assessing the illumination of the images and adjusting the parameters for future imaging if necessary. For this, a graphical LED strip displays whether the image is underexposed or overexposed. The dentist or assistant can thus check the quality of the image during imaging process. When the image has been created, the improved operating system ensures that even serial intraoral images can be interpreted reliably and quickly with the Xios XG Sensor – without needing to open a large number of windows or different menus. The dynamic sharpness control with settings that can be selected individually for up to five different diagnoses is also integrated seamlessly into Sidexis 4. For imaging carious lesions, these sharpness and contrast settings help in identifying the smallest defects. Brightness and darkness settings emphasize the anatomic structures more clearly and make the dentin-enamel junction easier to identify. This makes the handling and processing of single and serial intraoral images simpler and more versatile – even in retrospect.

Everything users need at a glance

"It is very important for us that users are able to find their way around the software quickly and that all of functions that support the corresponding workflow are directly available to users and optimized accordingly," said Dr. Nadia Amor, Senior Product Manager Imaging Systems at Dentsply Sirona. "We have developed new features and integrated the existing functions even better in order to further simplify operation."

In this way, images from any source can be imported more easily and the sessions can be saved and called up more conveniently as a summary of the current work results. In the patient history timeline, you can now filter by type of image and this means significant time saved when combined with the timeline.

There is also "Getting to know Sidexis 4," an integrated document for a quick overview that displays the software highlights clearly with many images, in particular for functions that are not immediately obvious but that provide real utility.

More options – also in 3D

Another important new feature is the expansion of the open interfaces that Sidexis 4 provides. The software can be integrated optimally into the practice and now also enables the import of 3D DICOM data from third-party suppliers. Such data can be used within the software in a variety of ways. Images the dentist selects from various sources can be displayed clearly in the light box. The new rendering makes all 3D images particularly vivid and offers ideal orientation for dentists and their patients. The "Compare" feature allows images to be displayed next to each other and synchronized for comparison – this is especially useful for treatment planning, monitoring results, and communicating with patients.

Intelligent networking of X-ray systems

The high-performance and user-friendly Sidexis 4 software connects all Dentsply Sirona X-ray units and treatment centers and combines them to provide an intelligently linked complete solution. Sidexis 4 can exchange patient data and images with all commonly used practice management software. Furthermore, X-ray data can be easily electronically transferred – at no great expense and with no loss of quality due to copying.


Dentsply Sirona at IDS:

Hall 10.2 Booth O-010 and Hall 11.2 Booth M-039, M-029



Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As The Dental Solutions Company, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.  Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

End-to-End Integrated solutions from Dentsply Sirona: From diagnosis to the final restoration

One year after the merger, at the IDS 2017, Dentsply Sirona will be presenting itself as a full-range provider of integrated solutions for better, safer, faster dental health care.  General practitioners, specialists and their patients all benefit from efficient workflows.
Bensheim/Salzburg, March 21, 2017. "We no longer think in individual products or modules, but in intelligent solutions. This enables us to support dentists and dental technicians to provide better, safer, and faster dental treatments. That is our mission and the reason why we call ourselves 'The Dental Solutions Company'" explained Jeffrey T. Slovin, Chief Executive Officer of Dentsply Sirona at this year's IDS press conference. While dental treatments always take a customized approach, they must adhere to clinically proven processes (protocols). As part of these processes, practitioners use a range of technologies, devices and consumables. If these products and processes are ideally coordinated, this has a positive impact on the treatment: Patients can be provided with improved, more time-efficient and safer treatments. Given its comprehensive market expertise and broad product portfolio, Dentsply Sirona is in an unparalleled position in the industry to intelligently combine the individual products to create a unique workflow, starting from the diagnosis and extending through to the final restoration. 
Intelligent solutions for successful treatments
To face every challenge, the company has developed a clinically tested process in which all the steps connect, just like the stations of a metro line: For required flexibility, "the switch possibilities" ensure alternative routes. This "line network" which symbolizes the digital networking of processes opens up a world of opportunities for general practitioners and specialists alike: Depending on the indication, patient's wishes or the practitioner's personal preferences, efficient and successful workflows can be followed to reach the goal quickly and effectively. "Our customers can be confident that the solutions that we offer have been thought through from start to finish and are underpinned by extensive research and documentation. Each year we invest more than $125 million in the development of products and solutions. Over 600 scientists and engineers work together and supervise more than 50 clinical studies annually. We pass on this know-how to our users via the industry's largest training platform comprising approximately 11,000 courses in more than 80 countries. We do this because we want our customers and their patients to be able to rest assured that they are offering and receiving the best possible dental treatment", stated Christopher T. Clark, President and Chief Operating Officer, Technologies.
Strong partner for integrated solutions
When it comes to developing interdisciplinary workflows, the company is already leading the way. For example, the 3D Endo software is a CBCT-based software that guarantees the successful planning of endodontic treatments. To support the actual treatment, Dentsply Sirona Restorative developed an integrated treatment solution from the root to the crown: R2C. Implantology is another area where Dentsply Sirona technologies dovetail perfectly: From diagnostics with 3D imaging to planning with the corresponding software and digital impressions, clinically tested implants can be inserted safely and quickly before being restored with a CAD/CAM solution. Furthermore, the implantology function integrated in the Teneo and Sinius treatment centers offers maximum comfort during treatments.
Innovations for safe workflows down to the last detail
Seamlessly structured processes are enabled thanks to the innovative features and products which Dentsply Sirona will be exhibiting at the IDS 2017: For example, the versatile complete imaging solution Orthophos SL now features a new function which is available as an upgrade. With immediate effect, the radiation dose for 3D images can be reduced to a level for certain clinical indications which, to date, has only been associated with 2D images. The CEREC software has also been comprehensively updated to transform it into a system offering almost unlimited possibilities: The CEREC SW 4.5 with its intelligent tools can make it even easier for newcomers to enter the world of digital prosthetics. The new Dentsply Sirona Hub supports the integration of CEREC into the practice via its "Plug & Play" interfaces. All clinical data and the backup of the CAD/CAM data can thus be saved and archived centrally and called up at any time as needed.
For endodontics, the WaveOne Gold family of reciprocating files has been enhanced to include the WaveOne Gold Glider. It is the first reciprocating glide path file on the market. The metallurgical state-of-the-art WaveOne Gold instruments facilitate root canal preparations with an efficient one file technique.
In the field of implantology, the OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) has been developed for implant patients with an extremely reduced bone volume. Thanks to this solution, augmentation is now often no longer necessary.
In handpieces, the short version S-Line has been added to the contra-angle series T2 and T3. This new version impresses with its reduced overall weight. The hygiene handpiece Midwest RDH and the cordless prophylaxis system Nupro Freedom mark further additions to the handpiece range.
For the laboratory, the company offers software solutions such as the latest updates for inLab CAD SW 16.0 and inLab CAM SW 16.0; material innovations like Celtra Press (the pressable ZLS), Cercon xt (the extra translucent zirconia), and inCoris CCB (the new sintered metal disc for the inLab MC X5 milling unit); and the Atlantis CustomBase solution for screw-retained single tooth restorations.
"With its extensive product and solution innovations, Dentsply Sirona has once again demonstrated its commitment to using digital technologies to enable dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care", stressed Jeffrey T. Slovin. "It is all about supporting our customers in practices and laboratories.”

Dentsply Sirona at IDS:
Hall 10.2 & 11.2

About Dentsply Sirona
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As The Dental Solutions Company, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.  Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

Digital, flexible and open – CEREC, a complete system for restorations, implantology and orthodontics

With CEREC, Dentsply Sirona provides a comprehensive and proven digital system that can be used in a variety of ways: For delivering restorations in a single visit, guided placement and restoration of implants and also for orthodontic solutions. In order to make it even more flexible, the data from the digital impression can now be exported in STL format and used for additional applications.
Bensheim/Salzburg, March 21, 2017. More than 30 years ago Dentsply Sirona brought CEREC to the market, a system which pioneered single visit dentistry. CEREC has been continually developed in that time so that not only restorations, but also implant drill guides, custom implant prosthetics and even orthodontic indications are covered by the versatile system.
In so doing, Dentsply Sirona set an important trend in dentistry: Treatment concepts with digital technology are now an emerging expectation amongst dental patients. CEREC not only provides many patient benefits here, the clinical success has also been demonstrated in more than 250 studies. When it comes to the use of CAD/CAM in the dental practice, the question is less whether it can be integrated into the existing workflows, but more how this can be achieved in the best possible manner.
CEREC supports the successful use by the practitioner with a large number of application options. One of these is new: The CEREC system has now been opened up for the export of scan data in STL format. This means that the data from the digital impression can now also be used in software products from other manufacturers. This opens up new possibilities for dentists who are gradually digitizing their practices. They can use the CEREC Omnicam scans in cooperation with their dental laboratory or other clinical planning software.
Flexibility with open data
The requirements that practices place on digital technologies have diversified in the past few years - the solutions are becoming ever more individual. Dentsply Sirona meets these differing needs with the extension of the applications for CEREC - for more patient comfort, time savings during the treatment and for even better cost-effectiveness for the practice. The STL export of scan data is the latest example of this: "The provision of single visit dentistry with CEREC does not need an open file, since CEREC is complete as it is. However, we see in the last few years that many other clinical applications are being used in the practice and customers are asking to use their CEREC digital impressions in those applications." explained Roddy MacLeod, Group Vice President Dentsply Sirona CAD/CAM. “It made sense to us and now the option of exporting the scan data however puts our customers in a position of being able to use CEREC with additional solutions in a digital world that is becoming ever larger."
Dentists can send the CEREC scans to a laboratory of their choice to order restorations. Compatibility with all commonly used design programs that are employed in laboratories is guaranteed by the STL format. The scan data can also be loaded into implant planning software in order to provide the practitioner with support in the preparations for the implant procedure.
The open format also enables the practice team to import the CEREC Omnicam scans into any other clinical or practice management software and to archive it there.
The corresponding software licenses will be available at the same time as the new CEREC SW 4.5.

Dentsply Sirona at IDS:
Hall 10.2 Stand O-010 & Hall 11.2, Stand M-039

About Dentsply Sirona
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As The Dental Solutions Company, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.  Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

Dentsply Sirona Announces Acquisition of RTD – the pioneer in fiber-reinforced composite posts

Dentsply Sirona, The Dental Solutions Company, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of RTD (Recherche Techniques Dentaires), a privately owned French company and the worldwide leader in endodontic posts which perfectly complements Dentsply Sirona’s endodontics and restorative portfolio.
York/Salzburg, March 21, 2017. “RTD’s unique and innovative offering perfectly complements our new R2C™ - The Root to Crown Solution. R2C™ provides state-of-the-art products and procedural guidance from diagnosis and treatment planning to the final coronal restoration. R2C™ and the RTD acquisition will enable us to provide dental professionals with a more complete end-to-end solution for better, safer and faster root canals and tooth restoration”, Jeffery T. Slovin, Chief Executive Officer of Dentsply Sirona, commented.
RTD is the pioneer and innovative worldwide leader in the conception and manufacturing of fiber-reinforced composite posts, serving customers globally. Dentsply Sirona will continue to support and grow the successful brand and private label businesses of RTD. Dentsply Sirona and RTD have a long history together as RTD has been supplying Dentsply Sirona with root canal posts for many years.
Specialists in endodontic and restorative treatments
Dentsply Sirona provides better, safer and faster endodontic treatments and restorations through proven brands in order to further advance treatments and ensure they can be carried out optimally, more efficiently and more safely. Dentsply Sirona Endodontics has over 120 years of expertise in the field of endodontics. It provides both endodontic specialists and generalists worldwide with products and solutions to best suit their needs in the mutual quest to preserve natural teeth. Products and services are aimed to support the clinician in facilitating more comfortable treatments for the patient with fewer treatments steps. In addition, dental professionals should be empowered to resolve even the most demanding cases with the best instruments and materials.
The restorative business of Dentsply Sirona provides dentists around the world with products and procedural solutions to simply, safely and quickly achieve optimal restorations. Mastering every step in every restorative procedure is essential for dental professionals to be able to provide the best possible dental care.
RTD is therefore an ideal addition to the Dentsply Sirona portfolio, perfectly complementing the latest R2C™ – The Root to Crown Solution approach which provides a guided path to maximum clinical success for clinicians looking for reliable and predictable endodontic and restorative treatments.
RTD – a pioneer in endodontic posts
Located near Grenoble, France, RTD was established in 1968 by Dr. Marc Reynaud who handed the business over to his son Pierre-Luc Reynaud in 1988. The company pioneered the technology of fiber-reinforced composite posts and is the only player that has integrated the manufacturing of composites, cements and drills to offer complete solutions to its clients. RTD’s portfolio consists of several styles and shapes of translucent and tooth-colored posts as well as cements and other accessory products for post-core restoration. Millions of RTD posts have been successfully used and are the subject of over 100 technical publications.
RTD serves blue chip customers in over 80 countries under its own brand and through private labels. The company is recognized by the largest consumable dental leaders and the international scientific community for its unique know-how, technological advantage, and innovation capacity..

Dentsply Sirona at IDS:
Hall 10.2 & 11.2

About Dentsply Sirona
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As The Dental Solutions Company, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.  Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

Supporting the full implant treatment process – from planning to final restoration

With the comprehensive Dentsply Sirona Implants solutions portfolio, dental professionals can rest assured that they have the support they need for the full implant treatment process to restore function, esthetics and confidence to their patients.

Mölndal/Salzburg, March, 20, 2017. The implant treatment process contains many steps - from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. At IDS, Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to further support dental professionals in their daily work.
Implant solutions – The SmartFix concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by only four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling.  The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function.
This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. SmartFix is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line, including Profile EV. SmartFix is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.
For less bone augmentation
Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures; 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.* 
Newly published results on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions. PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains: “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.” This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. (twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study). 

Digital supported screw-retained solutions
The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated.
Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium single-tooth screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis Custom Base solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles. The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for single-tooth, screw-retained restorations on all major implant systems.
The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easy accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.
Planning Service by mySimplant

With mySimplant Planning Service, the clinician has easy access to the benefits of computer guided implant treatment. Using computer guided implant treatment through mySimplant Planning Service the clinician will have more time to focus on and treat patients. This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.
mySimplant Planning Service can ease the clinicians’ way into the world of implant treatment, as well as facilitate the planning and treatment of their more complex cases.

* Reference: Schiegnitz E, Noelken R, Moergel M, Berres M, Wagner W. Survival and tissue maintenance of an implant with a sloped configurated shoulder in the posterior mandible-a prospective multicenter study. Clin Oral Implants Res 2016;E-pub May 13, doi:10.1111/clr.12869.
Dentsply Sirona Implants customer survey Austria, Germany, North America, Switzerland; data on file.

Due to various certification and registration periods, not all products are immediately available in all countries.

Dentsply Sirona at IDS:
Hall 11.2, Stand K-030

About Dentsply Sirona
Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. As The Dental Solutions Company, Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better, safer and faster dentistry.  Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in York, Pennsylvania, and the international headquarters is based in Salzburg, Austria. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. Visit for more information about Dentsply Sirona and its products.

DWS launches DFAB 3-D printer for restorations within 20 minutes

COLOGNE, Germany: After a preview at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting in the US in February, Italian company DWS will be officially launching its new DFAB 3-D printing solution at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne. The product features the company’s own Photoshade technology, which allows for the production of dental prostheses in natural shades in a single visit.

DFAB is a 3-D printer developed for general dentists and prosthodontists with the purpose of increasing the efficiency and reducing the number of procedures for the production of dental prostheses. It produces up to five-element bridges in less than 20 minutes. The innovation behind this is the Photoshade technology, a system that helps reproduce the shades of the patient’s teeth, giving the prosthesis a natural appearance.

Starting from an STL file, produced after an intra-oral scan, the user selects the shades of the restoration using the software. The colours can be selected from a range between A1 and A3.5 on the VITA scale (VITA Zahnfabrik); as a result, the finished product obtained is customized.

DFAB is an integrated system with disposable cartridges containing TEMPORIS, a Class IIa biocompatible material. Recent studies and tests on this material have shown mechanical strength values that are comparable to a well-established restorative resin material made of hybrid composite.[1] The cartridges are ready to use and were developed to maintain the workplace hygiene, avoiding the risk of accidental contamination. The printer does not produce any noise or dust and does not require tooling.

DFAB has a minimal design that adds value to the dental clinic. It is available in desktop and chairside versions with a 7 in. touch-screen computer.

More information can be found at Visitors to IDS may also visit the company’s booth (A069) in Hall 4.1.

1. Nawal, A., Osman, R., & Wismeijer, D., “Effects of build direction on the mechanical properties of 3D-printed complete coverage interim dental restorations”, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 115/6 (2016), 760–7.