Monday, October 23, 2017

NYU Dentistry receives $2.8 million as part of multi-center study to stop progression of cavities

NIH-funded study to test cavity-fighting liquid at three clinical sites

New York University

The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a grant that will provide funding to New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and its collaborators to test the effectiveness of silver diamine fluoride in stopping the progression of cavities in young children.
The grant provides $9.8 million over four years, $2.8 million of which will come to NYU Dentistry, to fund a Phase III randomized controlled trial at three clinical sites: University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and NYU Dentistry. University of Michigan's Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, leads the study.
Cavities early in childhood are one of the most prevalent chronic conditions among U.S. children, especially those from low-income families. If allowed to progress untreated, cavities can have broad dental, medical, social, and quality of life consequences.
"Early childhood cavities are preventable, yet once they are established and left untreated they can have severe consequences on the health and wellness of both the affected children and the families that care for them," said Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU Dentistry and principal investigator at the NYU study site.
"For many young children who need extensive dental treatment, their only option is to undergo general anesthesia in order to receive fillings or extractions. Given the limited availability, potential risks, and high cost of general anesthesia in a hospital setting, we are interested in finding alternative methods to manage cavities."
Silver diamine fluoride was approved in the U.S. in 2014 for the treatment of dental hypersensitivity. However, it has been used for many years in other countries for cavity control. The liquid can be applied to a cavity to arrest tooth decay and in some cases replace the need for a filling or crown.
In 2016, the FDA designated silver diamine fluoride a "breakthrough therapy," a process which is designed to expedite drug development. This NIH-funded study will provide the necessary data for obtaining a cavity arrest drug claim for silver diamine fluoride in the U.S.
The study will closely follow more than 1,000 children, ages 2-5, enrolled in Head Start and other preschool programs. The researchers will treat children and monitor them over a school year to study the impact of silver diamine fluoride applied twice, six months apart, on cavity progression. They will also measure oral health-related quality of life and treatment satisfaction and acceptability.
"Should the trial be successful, the impact would be a change in the standard of care for the management of tooth decay in young children. It will also expand access to, and adoption of, a simple, non-invasive, inexpensive strategy for cavity management," said Moursi. "We hope that access to this simple treatment could also help in reducing oral health disparities."
Additional NYU Dentistry investigators include Drs. Yihong Li, Courtney Chinn, and Mark Wolff. The NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research will also collaborate on this study. In addition to investigators from the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, the clinical trial includes researchers from Indiana University, University of Otago in New Zealand, University of Hong Kong and University of Baltimore. The grant (Award Number U01DE027372) began in September 2017.
About NYU College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit for more.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The effect of local and systemic statin use as an adjunct to non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy—A systematic review and meta-analysis

Journal of Dentistry

Available online 30 August 2017
Journal of Dentistry



To evaluate the effect of local and/or systemic statin use as an adjunct to non-surgical and/or surgical periodontal therapy.


Literature search according to PRISMA guidelines with the following eligibility criteria: (a) English or German language; (b) interventional studies; (c) statins as monotherapy or as an adjunct to non-surgical and/or surgical treatment of periodontitis; (d) clinical and/or radiographic treatment effect size of statin intake reported.


Medline (PubMed), Embase (Ovid), CENTRAL (Ovid).


selection Thirteen clinical studies regarding local application and 2 with systemic administration of statins as an adjunct to non-surgical treatment (SRP) and 4 studies regarding intrasurgical statin application with a maximum follow-up of 9 months could be included; simvastatin, atorvastatin, and rosuvastatin were used. Local but not systemic statin application as an adjunct to SRP yielded significantly larger probing pocket depth (PD), radiographic defect depth (RDD), and bleeding index reduction, and larger clinical attachment level gain, and less residual PD and RDD (p ≤ 0.016); rosuvastatin appeared as the most efficacious. Three of 4 studies reported a significant positive effect of intrasurgical statin application. No adverse events were reported after statin use. The vast majority of the included studies were from the same research group.


Significant additional clinical and radiographic improvements are obtained after local, but not systemic, statin use as an adjunct to SRP in deep pockets associated with intrabony defects and seemingly with furcation defects; intrasurgical statin application seems similarly beneficial. Confirmation of these results, and especially of the effect size, from other research groups is warranted.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Red Bank, N.J., October 15, 2017 – The American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) is proud to launch a new initiative for office managers and practice administrators of specialty dental practices. This initiative was recently announced at the AADOM Annual Conference in Scottsdale, much to the enthusiasm of AADOM members. 
This program was created as a result of AADOM specialty members requesting to discuss challenges found in non-general dental practices. These unique situations include scheduling, marketing, billing & coding, specific to each specialty. AADOM responded to this challenge with the creation of the AADOM Specialty Network (ASN). Via the ASN, AADOM members will now have additional resources to help them navigate specialty specific management issues and to lead successful practices.  
Andrea Bowlin, FAADOM, Chairperson of the AADOM Oral Surgery Network states, “Specialty office managers face unique challenges in our practices. In oral surgery practices our relationships with our patients, education, billing/coding, and referral sources are specific to our specialty. The opportunity AADOM is extending to oral surgery specialty practices will help expand our knowledge through communication and education with office managers in similar practice settings.”  
Michael Cruz, FAADOM, Chairperson of the AADOM CEREC Network elaborates, “Specialty offices have their own set of challenges that may not always be addressed by GP offices. AADOM’s mission is to make sure that front office professionals know that they are not alone and the AADOM Specialty Network is just a continuation of that mission to bridge the gap for specialty offices.” 
There are several networks that are available to AADOM members. These include the AADOM Pediatric Network, the AADOM Orthodontic Network, the AADOM Multi-Specialty Network, The AADOM Periodontic Network, The AADOM Oral Surgery Network, the AADOM Endodontic Network, and the AADOM CEREC Network. 
Each Specialty Network will be chaired by an AADOM member. Benefits of the Specialty Networks include private online Facebook communities, specialty-specific educational webinars hosted by AADOM members and specialty-focused education at the AADOM Conference. 
Dentists are also enthusiastic about what the AADOM Specialty Networks will do for their practices. Oral Surgeon Charles E. Witkowski, Sr. DDS, MD, PhD states “We are the specialty that - while our background is in dentistry - we ride the fence between dentistry and medicine and face our unique challenges to address this. We stress education (dental and medical), relationships and communications with our colleagues, both specialists and general dentists. An excellent skill set is required for this. Equally important is a superb ability to communicate and mesh with our patients. The office manager must be the hub on a wheel with spokes radiating outward. The office manager should be able to teach, communicate and coordinate all aspects of the practice, a true leader. When this happens, the spokes attach to the rims of the wheel and the practice rolls along smoothly.” 
“The AADOM Specialty Network has been a long time coming,” says AADOM Founder and President Heather Colicchio. “Our specialty members clearly need additional resources to help them with what we have not covered for them - until now. The additional community, support and education we are rolling out for our specialty members will be an advantage to them in managing their practices and excelling in every way. We are excited to continue to expand our benefits to fill the needs of ALL of our members.” 
Also enthusiastic is Courtney Roberts, FAADOM, and Chairperson of the AADOM Endodontic Network: “I am thrilled to help this platform develop as the go-to resource for specialty managers; a place where we can stay connected to each other on familiar grounds while making sure our training game is focused and stronger than ever! And for those endo managers, you can expect our Facebook page to be full of videos, surveys, informative post, marketing ideas, FAQs and more!” 
About AADOM: The American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) is the nation's largest educational and networking association dedicated to serving dental practice management professionals. Our mission is to provide our members with networking, resources and education to help them achieve the highest level of professional development. Please visit to learn more about the AADOM Specialty Network or visit or email at

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Effect of flowable composites on the clinical performance of non-carious cervical lesions: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Journal of Dentistry

Volume 65, October 2017, Pages 11-21
Journal of Dentistry
Review article



To answer the following PICO question (participant, intervention, comparator and outcome): Does flowable resin composite restorations compared with regular resin composites improve the marginal adaptation, marginal discoloration and retention rates of restorations placed in non-carious cervical lesions [NCCLs] of adults?, through a systematic review and meta-analysis.


MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science, LILACS, BBO, Cochrane Library and SIGLE were searched without restrictions, as well as the abstracts of the IADR, clinical trials registries, dissertations and theses in May 2016 (updated in April 2017).

Study selection

We included randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that answered the PICO question. RCTs were excluded if cavities other than NCCLs were treated; indirect restorations; polyacid-based resins instead of composite resins were employed, restorations in primary teeth and restorations were placed in carious cervical lesions. The risk of bias tool of the Cochrane Collaboration was applied in the eligible studies and the GRADE tool was used to assess the quality of the evidence.


After duplicates removal, 5137 articles were identified. After abstract and title screening, 8 studies remained. Six were at “unclear” risk of bias. The study follow-ups ranged from 1 to 3 years. No significant difference was observed between groups for loss of retention and marginal discoloration in all follow-ups. Better marginal adaptation was observed for restorations performed with flowable composites. At 1-year (risk ratio = 0.27 [0.10 to 0.70]) and 3-year (risk ratio = 0.34 [0.17 to 0.71]) follow-ups, flowable composites showed a risk 73% and 66% lower than regular composites for lack of adaptation, respectively. The evidence was graded as moderate quality for loss or retention at 3 years due to risk of bias and low and very low for all other outcomes due to risk of bias, imprecision and inconsistency.


We have moderate confidence that the resin composite viscosity does not influence the retention rates at 3 years. Similar marginal discoloration and better marginal adaptation was observed for flowable composites but the quality of evidence is doubtful. (PROSPERO CRD42015019560).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Intelligent Updates to CS 3600 Software Makes Implant Workflow Smarter

SAN FRANCISCO—When it was first launched in 2016, Carestream Dental’s CS 3600 intraoral scanner optimized the implant planning workflow. Today, the latest enhancements to the scanner’s acquisition software make introducing intraoral scanning into the implant workflow not just a smart choice, but a genius one.

The new intelligent scanning features of the CS 3600 make it easier to capture scans correctly on the first try, making scanning more efficient and resulting in higher quality scans before they’ve even been rendered. Missing information is color coded to indicate either holes or gaps and guide arrows recommend the best direction to scan to recapture the data. The ability to scan in high-resolution also improves quality and clinical details.

The scanner’s dedicated workflow, designed specifically for implant-borne restorative scanning, supported abutments and scanbodies, has also been updated with new features to make the digital implant workflow faster, smarter and more efficient. For example, dual scan mode allows the user to scan the same implant region of interest twice—once with the scanbody in place and once without—to capture more precise data.

When using multiple scanbodies on a single case, the new scanbody area selection tool lets users select the region around the scanbody to prevent an image mismatch. Then, the area where the scanbody is located is unselected. Finally, the new scan replaces only the area within the selected area.

“This uniquely designed tool was developed in direct response to feedback from current scanner users who are placing implants,” Ed Shellard, DMD, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “It significantly improves the quality of complex restoration cases with multiple-scan bodies for optimal implant-borne restorations.

Also new for all scanning workflows is color-coded occlusion mapping and a smaller third tip size. The new tip is the shortest autoclavable tip available and is designed for posterior scanning. All three of the CS 3600’s tips can be autoclaved up to 60 times.*

To learn more about all the latest features of the CS 3600, visit Carestream Dental at the AAOMS Annual Meeting in booth #1102, Oct. 12-14, Moscone Convention Center South, San Francisco, Calif.

For more information about the CS 3600 or any of Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions, call 800.944.6365 or visit


* Tips can be autoclaved up to 60 times if the exposure is limited to 134˚C at no more than 4 minutes and if gauze is used, as outlined in the CS 3600 Family Safety, Regulatory, and Technical Specifications  User Guide (9J8269).


About Carestream Dental

Carestream Dental provides industry-leading dental digital product lines and services, including imaging equipment, CAD/CAM systems, software and practice management solutions, for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental technology captures two billion images annually and delivers more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, please call 800.944.6365 or visit

Monday, October 16, 2017

Ransomware Malware and Other Nasty Viruses.

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Join me Saturday October 21 at the ADA in Atlanta. At 12:45pm I will be lecturing on Ransomware Malware and Other Nasty Viruses. This lecture is free in the Tech Expo. Learn about how to protect your office from online threats and HIPAA violations. Contact Liptak Dental for a free HIPAA risk assessment for your practice.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Dentsply Sirona Announces Program to Benefit Dentists Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Relief program designed to support dentists in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia focuses on long-term recovery of their practices.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 10, 2017) – Dentsply Sirona announced that it is offering an extra 10 percent discount on MSRP pricing through the end of the year on all equipment sales to dentists affected by Hurricane Harvey in the states of Texas and Louisiana, as well as dentists affected by Hurricane Irma in areas of Florida and Georgia. The program facilitates the donation process for distributors who want to offer financial support to storm victims in affected areas.
“Dentsply Sirona is committed to helping those affected by these tragic events,” said Senior Vice President of the U.S. Commercial Organization Michael Augins. “Our organization, along with our dealer partners, are committed to helping dentists in the affected areas rebuild their businesses and communities throughout the months to come.”
Orders must be placed and goods delivered by Dec. 31, 2017, except for treatment centers, which must be delivered by March 31, 2018. The offer is on top of all promotions by Dentsply Sirona.
The company will also offer special savings programs designed to help dental offices restock products for consumable materials.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 24 near Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. It is on track to be one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history. The storm produced up to 50 inches of rain in some areas, causing historic flooding and wreaking havoc on communities throughout Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana. On Sept. 10, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm, producing disastrous storm-surge flooding, tornadoes and forceful wind gusts across the state. This is the first time in recorded history that two Category 4 storms made landfall in the U.S. in the same year.

For more information on this relief program and to learn more about Dentsply Sirona, visit or speak to your preferred dental products dealer.