Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Doctors Struggle With Unpaid Claims From State

Here is an interesting article. I know many of us cannot choose all our patients but whether it be one insurance company or opening an office near a plant you cannot put lots of eggs in one basket. MJ

These are desperate times for some doctors in our state.

Struggling doctors in Oklahoma claim medical services and their own livelihood are on the line, and a state agency is to blame.

A serious backlog of insurance claims is forcing some doctors and dentists into making cutbacks.

Lawmakers said they're on top of the problem, but some providers argue it's too late.

Dr. Steven Watson has thousands of patients, and has run a successful office in the metro for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Watson fears he'll soon be homeless and he may have to close his practice. He can't pay his truck note and his family has little money for food.

"You're completely crumbled and just humbled when a patient comes to your house and brings you meatloaf," Dr. Watson said.

Read the rest about these Oklahoma physicians and dentists

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sirona Dental Systems’ 2009 House of Blues Bash: Chicago Midwinter Meeting’s Most Vibrant Event to Date

I attended this event and it was lots of fun for all those able to get in the door! MJ

Dental Professionals Turn Blue for Sirona’s Official
CEREC AC Powered by Bluecam Launch

Long Island City, NY (March 30, 2009) – Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the company that pioneered digital dentistry more than 20 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, celebrated the commencement of its new CEREC® AC (Acquisition Center) powered by Bluecam with an official “Blue” Launch Party at this year’s Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting.

With a jam-packed crowd of over two thousand attendees, Sirona’s Blue-themed party at Chicago’s famous House of Blues was once again the hottest ticket in town at the annual Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting. Sirona hosted the top-notch gala complete with dancing, food, drinks, an exclusive VIP area, and funky live music of the 70s and 80s, courtesy of the band Boogie Knights.

The Blue-themed party was tailored around Sirona’s ingenious incorporation of the Bluecam handheld acquisition camera that supports the new CEREC AC. Sirona’s Bluecam uses a highly visible blue light LED that captures superior digital impressions accurately, easily, and extremely fast, as compared to other digital impression technologies on the market. CEREC AC powered by Bluecam is considered a significant technological advancement in chairside CAD/CAM systems.

Doors officially opened at 8:00pm. The House of Blues’ immense span of rooms and balconies quickly filled to capacity with dental professionals, manufacturers, and Sirona employees mingling in support of “the new blue.” The House of Blues name took on new significance with unique forms of “blue support” showcased throughout the venue. Dressed in vibrant shades of blue from their hair down to their blue-suede shoes, guests were adorned with blue pant suits, dresses, shiny blue wigs, and painted blue faces.

“The House of Blues was the perfect setting for our Official Launch Party of the CEREC AC,” remarked Roddy MacLeod, Senior Director CAD/CAM Systems for Sirona Dental Systems. “The party was a great networking event for our colleagues, clients, associates, and other professionals who hold the same interests. It has become tradition for Sirona to end the Midwinter Meeting by hosting a celebration for all who support our profession.”

All CEREC doctors and inLab® laboratories received exclusive invitations to the gala by mail, while all attendees of the Chicago Midwinter Meeting were encouraged to stop by Sirona’s booth to pick up tickets. Admission was free for all and quickly sold out.

For information on Sirona’s new CEREC AC powered by Bluecam, please call (800) 873 – 8763.

For information on future Sirona events, please check www.sirona.com periodically.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

ADA Convenes Major Summit On Improving Access To Dental Care

28 Mar 2009

Nearly 150 stakeholders from non-profit groups, government agencies and private industry met March 23-25 at a summit on access to dental care convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) to create a common vision toward improving the oral health of underserved populations.

"Both the private and public sectors are challenged to meet the needs of an ever-growing number of U.S. residents who cannot regularly access oral health care," said John S. Findley, D.D.S., ADA president. "In many ways, this is a societal issue.

"We are very pleased with the success of the summit, which will serve as a milestone toward our common goal of improving access to dental care. The ADA firmly believes that practical solutions must come from a broad spectrum of stakeholders and then be implemented first among those populations at highest risk for oral disease and with the least ability to access care. We are committed to finding common ground and shared solutions to address the oral health needs of the most vulnerable among us."

Participants included dental special interest groups, federal agencies, health care policymakers, advocacy groups, dental industry, dental education and research communities, financing communities, including third-party payers and philanthropic organizations, safety net providers, non-dental health care providers, ADA leadership, dental volunteer leaders and state dental society executive directors.

The participants shared their knowledge and experience and discussed new and existing approaches to reducing disparities and securing optimal oral health for all. Among the major topics discussed were increasing collaboration between the dental and medical communities; workforce development strategies; strengthening dental delivery systems, the dental public health infrastructure, and population-based prevention strategies; improving oral health literacy through social marketing; and finding better ways to define and measure the access issue.

The organizers' intention is that the summit's success will strengthen existing relationships among dental professionals and other stakeholders and encourage a continuing dialogue.

The meeting was held at the ADA's national headquarters in Chicago and was underwritten primarily through sponsorship from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., with the support of Procter & Gamble and the Dental Trade Alliance.

Friday, March 27, 2009

BIOLASE and NLT Announce Settlement Agreement

IRVINE, CA and INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI) and National Laser Technology, Inc. (NLT) announced today that they have reached a final settlement agreement resolving the claims and counterclaims in the lawsuit between NLT and BIOLASE pending in the Southern District of Indiana concerning NLT's sale of used BIOLASE dental lasers. Both parties' claims will be dismissed with prejudice.

NLT had brought the suit in August 2008 alleging, among other things, that BIOLASE made false statements to dentists concerning NLT's sale of used BIOLASE lasers and refused to sell laser tips and other parts to dentists if they did business with NLT in violation of antitrust and unfair competition laws. BIOLASE filed counterclaims alleging that NLT infringed BIOLASE's copyrights and trademarks, made false and misleading statements on its website, and modified, sold, and serviced used BIOLASE lasers without premarket approval from the FDA in violation of unfair competition laws.

While each party continues to deny the allegations against it, the parties have agreed to resolve their dispute. The parties are looking forward to selling their respective products.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Plymouth dentists pulling twice as many teeth

Monday, March 23, 2009, 08:24

DENTISTS in Plymouth are pulling out more than twice the number of teeth sparking renewed concerns over problems accessing NHS treatment.

Tooth extractions among adults in the city have rocketed by a startling 114 per cent in recent years official figures reveal.

Health chiefs say the massive rise is down to many more people now receiving regular check-ups, who may not have been to a dentist for sometime, and so raising the likelihood of needing treatment including extractions.

But government critics blame the significant hike on the "fundamentally flawed new dental contract", claiming it does not provide for adequate preventative care.

An independent inquiry, ordered by ministers, is currently being held into NHS dentistry after fierce criticism of the deal.

The contract was introduced back in 2006 in a bid to improve access, but it then emerged significantly fewer patients across the country were actually using NHS services, compared with when the arrangement started.

It has proved unpopular with the profession, and there has also been criticism that because dentists now receive a flat salary, they no longer have any financial incentive to carry out difficult work such as crowns and bridges.

A think-tank now argues dentists should have a limit on the amount of private work they can do.

The New Local Government Network, which specialises in public service reform, said imposing a quota would help improve access to NHS dentistry. It said such a move was justified as it cost £175,000 to train a dentist.

But dental leaders said they were against the idea of quotas, pointing out that there were dentists who wanted to do more NHS work but could not.

Department of Health figures broken down by Primary Care Trust show that the number of extractions of teeth by dentists in Plymouth leapt from 277 in 2003/04 to 593 in 2007/08. In one year alone the number of extractions carried out leapt by nearly 200 from 409 in 2006/07.

In the neighbouring Devon PCT area, the tooth extraction count soared by a third from 1,475 in 2006/07 to 1,966 last year.

Shadow Health Minister Mike Penning said: "The number of extractions is rising, and concerns will quite rightly be raised about the types of treatment people are receiving.

"Patients deserve more than complacency from the Government, and it is time Ministers admitted their contract has been a failure."

Emily Street, dental lead for NHS Plymouth said "Over the last few years we have been able to place many more people with NHS Dentists in Plymouth.

"In fact since 2006 we have placed more than 28,000 people with a regular dentist. Consequently more people are now receiving regular treatment, some of whom probably have not seen a dentist for sometime meaning they are more likely to need treatment including extractions.

"In Plymouth, anyone who is requiring an NHS dentist can add their name to the NHS Plymouth database which is a list of names of those who wish to access a regular dentistry. Patients should write stating name, address, telephone number and date of birth to: NHS Plymouth, FREEPOST, NAT 22278, Plymouth, PL6 5QZ."

Luke Woolley, primary care manager for Devon PCT, said since the introduction of the new contract NHS dental services had been expanded in the county, leading to a significant increase in the numbers of new patients being seen.

He added: "Some of these patients may not have seen a dentist for sometime and therefore they may be more likely to need treatment which could include an extraction.

"Anyone requiring an NHS dentist should telephone the PCT dental service on 0845 002 0034. Alternatively they can leave their details by e-mail: ppsadental@nhs.net".

Monday, March 23, 2009

Helathcare Credit Line is no more

Healthcare Credit Line (a patient financing program)has lost their source of funding and all inquiries have to be in writing. Not sure what this means for applications that have been approved and submitted but as I find out more I will let you know.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8

New browser focuses on top customer needs, including security, ease of use and performance.

REDMOND, Wash., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people's increasing concerns about online safety. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance and conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. shows that 91 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about online threats in the current economic climate, and 78 percent are more likely to choose a Web browser with built-in security than they were two years ago.

"Customers have made clear what they want in a Web browser -- safety, speed and greater ease of use," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "With Internet Explorer 8, we are delivering a browser that gets people to the information they need, fast, and provides protection that no other browser can match."

In response to extensive customer research and input from tens of millions of customer sessions, Microsoft developed Internet Explorer 8 to focus on what matters most to people. The security enhancements offer protection against existing and emerging security threats online. It blocks two to four times more malware attacks than other browsers; cuts down on the time it takes to complete common tasks on the Web such as searching, mapping and sharing, including navigating 15 of the 20 top worldwide sites; and blurs the lines between the services they use daily and the browser used to access the Internet.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dentist wins first round in Yelp review case

This is a big deal! There are many Internet sites that rate dentists and there is no way to contradict what is written. Facts are one thing defamation is another. MJ

The dentist who sued a reviewer on Yelp.com has won the first round of her court battle. Finding that she has at least minimal evidence of libel, a judge overruled the reviewer's motion to dismiss the suit under a special California statute.

Click here to read the rest of the article on Dr. Bicuspid.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cable Industry Launches MyLife On Demand, a Health & Wellness Video on Demand Cable Network

NEW YORK, NY March 19, 2009 National Cable Communications (NCC), the leader in cable television advertising and marketing, recently announced the rollout of MyLife On Demand across and on behalf of multi-system operators (MSOs) throughout the United States.

Specifically, MyLife On Demand is a cable industry-wide, first-of-its-kind health and wellness video on demand (VOD) network. MyLife On Demand uses the latest digital cable technology to micro-target and deliver a wide range of relevant and comprehensive health and wellness information to enhance the lives of today’s health-conscious consumers. It provides many national, regional and local advertising options for dental and other healthcare marketers.

MyLife On Demand’s long-form programming covers oral health topics such as implants and plaque control, as well as information about health services, medical conditions, pharmaceuticals, vision, fitness, nutrition and alternative procedures.

MyLife On Demand brings together programming from the leading providers of health content in the US, including NBC Digital Health Network, HealthiNation and ExerciseTV. Easy access, highly relevant topics and fresh programming ensure that consumers will make MyLife On Demand a frequent destination and important resource for their health information.

According to NCC’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Andrew Capone, who spearheads the project, “MyLife On Demand gives healthcare industry marketers an interactive means to engage with their target audiences. Through digital ad campaigns, branded content and sponsorship of long-form, quality health and wellness programming, we can craft unique targeted marketing programs for health advertisers.”

Added David Porter, Vice President, Marketing and New Media at Cox Media, “MyLife On Demand’s health and wellness programming is now available 24/7 to educate consumers while providing healthcare industry marketers with a highly effective means to cut through the media clutter. It is a priority for the cable industry to come together and roll out distinct products for consumers and advertisers. We believe MyLife On Demand proves that commitment.”

MyLife on Demand is currently available in over 30 million cable homes across Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bright House, Insight, Bresnan and OnMedia, and is expected to reach the full footprint of digital wired cable subscribers in the near future.

For more information about NCC, visit www.spotcable.com. Healthcare industry marketers can request more details about MyLife on Demand by contacting Andrew Capone directly at
andrew_capone@spotcable.com or 212-548-3386.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dental caries in a Portuguese identified skeletal sample from the late 19th and early 20th centuries

American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Published Online: 17 Mar 2009

Sofia N. Wasterlain, Simon Hillson , Eugénia Cunha

Dental caries was investigated in 600 adult dentitions belonging to the identified osteological collections of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Coimbra, Portugal (late 19th/early 20th centuries). The main advantage of this sample compared to an archaeological source is the presence of known demographic parameters such as age, sex, and occupation. The aim of this study is to investigate the issues involved in comparing caries data derived from archaeological death assemblages with statistics compiled from clinical studies of the living. When only the upper dentition was considered, higher rates were observed in females than in males. No differences were found between sexes for lower teeth. In both sexes, both the percentage of carious teeth and the severity of lesions were found to increase with age, demonstrating that caries activity continued throughout life. The slight decrease observed for the age group 70-79 years is probably due to the increased antemortem tooth loss in the elderly. Caries was most common at contact areas (32.9%) and rarest at smooth crown surfaces (6.5%). Root surface caries was graphed in relation to the exposure of roots, and it was confirmed that the degree of root exposure was not strongly related to the frequency of carious lesions on the exposed root surface, although both increased with age. Molars were attacked more frequently by caries as a whole than premolars, canines or incisors. The results are similar to studies of recent living populations with a limited access to professional dental care. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2009. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fed up with offices who cannot get me digital xrays

Today my office received another unreadable full mouth series of radiographs printed on copy paper with a laser printer. My office manager called the office and requested digital copies. She was politely told that they could not do this because they do not have Internet access and have no idea how to put the radiographs on a CD or any other media so that they could be sent to us.

This is totally unacceptable in this day and age. Either I have to retake the radiographs (at my cost and submit the patient to more radiation)or try and work with something that is unacceptable. I wish there was a way to force these offices to comply with a request for radiographs. I bet if the state board of dentistry asked for the radiographs a phone call would go out to their tech support person.

So for all the offices that don't know how to transmit radiographs securely online or even burn a CD and mail it, please learn how. It makes your high tech office look incompetent to both my office and your former patient. Call your software tech, trainer or IT person and find out how to do it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dental Credit Cards Drill A Hole In Some Wallets

It's hard to get credit these days, except when it comes to fixing your teeth. Across the country, dental credit cards are becoming more popular for those who don't have insurance or enough money to pay for a procedure. But a growing number of critics warn the cards cause more problems than they solve.

Listen or read more on the NPR web site.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Playing with the Kindle 2. A few thoughts.

So I spent a few minutes with my wife's Kindle 2 this morning. The device was easy to use and easy to read. It connected to Amazon and retrieved information quickly. It felt fine to hold it in my hand.

One thing I did not like is that normally free content on the Web comes with a cost on the Kindle. What's up with that? Blogs and newspapers that are free in my web browser on my PC cost money on the Kindle. Well for me since I don't read many books the Kindle would not be something I would get for myself. I think its just as easy to fire up my Dell Mini 9 and read the free content for free.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Many Americans say they forgo routine dental care

Results out this week from a Gallup-Healthways poll of 355,334 Americans indicate that more than one-third of the population, 34% to be exact, did not visit a dentist last year at all. A recent American Dental Association survey shows dentists' incomes are dropping, too, and some dentists say patients who've lost dental insurance are asking about alternate payment plans or skipping appointments.

The 2008 Gallup data report that in nine states, close to half of residents did not visit a dentist last year, even though the ADA recommends twice-yearly cleanings and check-ups. Men, African Americans, Hispanics and seniors were more likely to skip, an historic pattern, Messina says. Over half of those making less than $2,000 a month reported omitting visits as well, according to Gallup.

Reade the rest on the USA Today web site

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Evidence-Based Dentistry Web Site Now Available in its Introductory Stage!

Evidence-Based Dentistry Web Site Now Available in its Introductory Stage!

Incorporate the latest evidence into the clinical decision-making process with the ADA's new Evidence-Based Dentistry Web site at ebd.ada.org!

The Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Web site is a new site by dentists for dentists and their patients. It gives you access to the most current, clinically relevant information from one centralized location.

Key features include:

* Database of systematic reviews—currently over 1,300 reviews, which will update quarterly

* Critical summaries of systematic reviews—one-page synopses of key elements of a systematic review with clinical implications written by practicing dentists trained in critical assessment of published systematic reviews

* Clinical recommendations—Useful tools that can be applied in making evidence-based clinical treatment decisions

* Links to evidence-based dentistry resources—Links to outside resources including tutorials, glossaries and databases

Visit ebd.ada.org and access current, clinically relevant scientific information—when you want it, where you want it. Please keep in mind that this launch is an introductory stage and we appreciate your feedback and patience as we establish this unique resource to its fullest potential.

The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is also launching a new feature called Critical Summaries in which one Critical Summary per month from the EBD Web site will be published. Look for it in your March issue of JADA.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Why I love my lasers

Here is a quick implant uncovering case done the other day. A little gingival healing over the screw. A few drops of anesthesia (where you see the small amount of bleeding) and simple to now place the transfer coping for an impression in a bloodless field. I used an Nd:Yag laser with 3 watts.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Something to think about

There were 2 news stories recently about NJ dentists. One was a large malpractice award and another was a story on a dentist being sued for referring a few patients to an oral surgeon who was convicted of groping the patient. So how does this come together?

Would it not be prudent to stop referring to a specialist who now has a bad public image? No matter what the facts are would this influence your decision to refer? I sure don't have the answers to these questions but it does make me think before I pick up the card for my next referral.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Trauma at the Dentist: 'They Took My Son's Smile Away'

It's a promise many parents make before taking their children to the dentist: Don't worry, it won't hurt too much. But at some dental clinics catering to low-income families on Medicaid, that promise was broken behind closed doors.
Parents, ex-employees claim extra procedures, poor treatment at dental clinics.

Sources say because Medicaid pays low reimbursement rates, some clinics push to make a profit by performing more procedures than necessary.

Parents claim that the Medicaid Dental Center clinics in North Carolina were more concerned about profits than they were about patients. As a result, their children were left with awful memories, even though several years have passed since their visits.

Read and view the rest of the story on the ABC News Web site.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

DentalEZ® Group Introduces the NuTorque™ Programmable Electric Handpiece

I have a NuTorque handpiece in an operatory and it works very well. The handpieces are well balanced and the control box is compact as it sits on the bracket table. MJ

Malvern, PA (March 6, 2009) — DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently unveiled the latest in its growing line of StarDental® products at this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting, the NuTorque™ programmable electric handpiece system.

Recently granted approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the NuTorque™ Programmable Electric Handpiece is StarDental’s most intuitive electric handpiece system.

The NuTorque system is a highly intuitive electric handpiece. Dental professionals will experience maximum control with minimum effort using NuTorque’s unique easy-to-use touch screen display. The system’s touch screen capabilities make every procedure more efficient and productive.

Benefits of the NuTorque system include:

• Auto-reverse, auto-reverse forward, and auto-reverse stop
• Torque control ranges from 0.1-3.0 Ncm with capabilities of 384 Ncm
• 27 (+2) possible reduction ratios
• Fully customizable presets
• Flat screen easily wipes clean for better asepsis and a sharp display
• Brushless motor is extremely compact and fully autoclavable

The NuTorque system provides maximum flexibility for a wide variety of individual solutions. The customizable touch screen display includes numerous useful options, such as three general procedure memory presets for common practices such as cavity preparation, caries removal, and polishing; a speed/RPM display; an FO light; an on/off water spray; and an attachment
gear ratio indicator.

Moreover, the main display also provides a detailed and customizable Set-up Mode and ENDO Mode, which includes five endo memory presets that can be individually designed and tailored to fit various endodontic procedures.

The NuTorque is also equipped with a brushless motor that is extremely compact and lighter than existing electric motors currently on the market. Measuring in at a mere 4 inches and weighing less than 99 grams, the balanced, lightweight micro-motor of the NuTorque enables the dental professional to maneuver comfortably and effectively throughout the oral region.
With the NuTorque system, dental professionals are provided the freedom to perform various individual procedures while delivering consistent speed and powerful torque on both high and low speed settings. The 50 dBa whisper-quiet, vibration-free motor system is also easily adaptable to existing standard delivery units. Moreover, NuTorque’s micromotor is fully autoclavable.

In addition, NuTorque attachments feature lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant titanium housings that provide a firm, tactile grip. The light weight grants the handpiece exceptional balance and helps reduce hand and wrist fatigue.

A number of attachment features include:

• Push-button autochuck for easy bur placement/removal
• Quick, simple connections with 360-degree rotation
• A wide speed range of up to 200,000 rpm
• Ergonomic grips relieve user fatigue
• Universal E-type coupling
• All attachments are fully autoclavable

The slender angulation of NuTorque attachments permits excellent intraoral access and superior sight lines.

StarDental’s NuTorque system has a three-year warranty on the control box unit, a one-year warranty on the motor, tubing, and attachments, and a one-year warranty on the transformer.

For more information on the NuTorque electric handpiece system and a full listing of attachments, please call 866-DTE-INFO, or log on to www.dentalez.com.

Friday, March 06, 2009

3M ESPE Offers Lava™ Zirconia for Implant Abutments

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 5, 2009) – 3M ESPE announces the introduction of a new indication for its Lava™ Zirconia—custom-designed implant abutments. Dentists and laboratories can now offer implant patients the natural beauty of shaded Lava zirconia that can be custom-designed for the individual patient. Implant abutments made from Lava zirconia were featured at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting, February 26- March 1, at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center.
Implant abutments made from Lava zirconia are compatible with a wide variety of implant systems, allowing dentists to provide patients with a highly esthetic option while still utilizing the underlying implant systems with which they are familiar. To create the abutment, Lava zirconia is cemented to a prefabricated titanium abutment interface. Unlike many all-ceramic abutments on the market today, the metal-to-metal connection between the screw and abutment means the screw does not torque directly into the zirconia material. This allows dentists to follow standard recommendations for torque pressures on the screw and abutment.
For dentists, the precision technology used to manufacture the abutment helps minimize manual adjustments in the office. Lava zirconia for implant abutments comes in the same eight shades as are offered for Lava™ Crowns, meaning dentists can select a matching abutment and crown to create the most natural-looking restoration. In the laboratory, time spent grinding down a stock abutment to fit properly is minimized or eliminated. Because the abutment is tailored for the individual patient dentition, the technician can design the abutment based on both the implant and adjacent teeth, allowing for proper tissue management and a better esthetic outcome.
Lava zirconia for implant abutments is available through any dental laboratory via use of a 3M ESPE Authorized Lava™ Manufacturing Center (ALMC) or Lava™ Digital Center (ALDC). To initiate the process, dentists can send prescriptions to the lab of their choice or directly to an ALMC or ALDC. All Lava zirconia products offer dentists the additional security of the Lava™ Authentication Program, which uses unique barcode labels and security film technology to verify the material’s authenticity.
For more information, visit www.3MESPE.com/Lava or call 1-800-634-2249.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Lares introduces xd-2 diode laser

Chico, CA: March 4, 2009— Lares Research has introduced the XD-2 Diode Laser, an exceptionally lightweight and portable laser system. With the XD-2, clinicians can offer a comprehensive range of soft tissue procedures without having to make a major investment. The laser is manufactured by Fotona, the leading European manufacturer of all-tissue dental lasers.

The Lares XD-2 Diode Laser is an affordable solution for dentists who want to increase the number of services they are able to offer patients. With 7 watts of peak power, the XD-2 can perform procedures such as frenectomies, gingivectomies, crown lengthening, papillectomies, gingivoplasty, treatment of aphthous ulcers, removal of diseased tissue within the periodontal pocket, photocoagulation, soft tissue curettage, and laser-assisted whitening.

The XD-2 is easy to use (there are 4 preset treatment options), and an intuitive operator interface allows the operator to quickly tailor parameters to specific treatments. At just over 2 pounds, the compact, hand-held laser is extremely user-friendly and is an excellent choice for clinicians making their first laser purchase.

Lares is a recognized leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of oral cutting technology, supplying dentists with precision handpieces and high performance lasers worldwide. The company has been an innovator in the field of dental lasers since it began offering lasers to dental clinicians in 1997. For more information, call 888-333-8440, ext. 2050, or go to www.laresdental.com.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Sirona Unveils New CEREC Connect® Models

Charlotte, NC (March 3, 2009) - Sirona Dental Systems, LLC is pleased to introduce new CEREC® Connect models at this year’s LMT Lab Day Chicago event in February. Available to dental professionals as of May 2009, CEREC Connect models are the key to anything you’ve ever wanted to create. The new models will allow any indication for inLab® users that can be achieved with conventional models. A CEREC Connect articulator system will also be available in quadrant and full-arch structures.

CEREC Connect begins when a digital impression and prescription form are submitted from the CEREC dentist to the inLab laboratory of choice. The dental technician is able to design the restoration on the basis of a virtual model, without the need for a physical model. The restoration is then fabricated on the inLab milling unit. When the case calls for it, a digital impression received from the CEREC dentist can be uploaded to infiniDent, and a highly-precise digitally fabricated model will be sent to the laboratory ready for waxing-up or porcelain build-up.

The fabrication of many restorations requires the use of physical models, such as bridges, PFMs, and gold crowns. In cases such as these, CEREC Connect models help leverage CEREC technology to fully extend the range of indications in your practice. Models created through CEREC Connect are digitally fabricated with the simple push of a button. Dental professionals receive full-arch and quadrant tooth-colored digital models, presented with perfectly ditched and separated dies. Moreover, tedious infection control and messy stone model fabrication are now a thing of the past.

CEREC Connect is the world’s first and only complete online dental communication platform that offers Web-based digital model transmission from the dental office directly to the lab. It saves money by reducing fabrication costs and speeding up the production process. Without the need for a conventional stone model, digital impressions are not subject to damage. The result is superior precision and consistent quality.

CEREC Connect is a complete communication gateway between CEREC dentists and inLab laboratories. It paves the way for the “impression-free” dental practice and a “model-free” dental laboratory.

For more information on CEREC Connect, please call (800) 873-7683 or visit www.CERECConnect.com.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

BIOLASE Launches New Waterlase® MD TurboTM All-Tissue Dental Laser System

Newly FDA-Cleared Technology Significantly Upgrades Cutting Speed, Comparable to Traditional High-Speed Drill

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - February 27, 2009) - BIOLASE Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLTI), the world's leading dental laser company, today announced the global launch of its new Waterlase® MD Turbo™ hard and soft tissue dental laser system. The most important benefit of the Waterlase MD Turbo is the speed of cutting cavity preparations which can now be completed as quickly as with the high-speed drill. The Waterlase MD Turbo will be introduced at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting being held February 26-March 1 in Chicago.

The Waterlase MD Turbo offers significant upgrades, including a new handpiece with newly released software that recently received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other benefits include longer tip life; greater system reliability, especially for the laser delivery system; and an improved user interface compared to the current Waterlase MD, that simplifies selection of tips and settings. The Waterlase MD Turbo will be shipped to new customers beginning in March. The Company plans to make available upgrade kits for the existing customer installed base later in 2009.

Dr. Dan Jenkins, D.D.S., a Waterlase user for the past four years, said, "When I used the Waterlase MD Turbo for the first time, I was very impressed with how fast it cut as well as the length of the tip for reaching down into the tooth. Even with the Waterlase MD Gold handpiece, the Waterlase MD Turbo is significantly faster making it comparable to a high-speed drill."

Chief Executive Officer Jake St. Philip said, "This is a significant breakthrough for BIOLASE in improving the speed of the flagship Waterlase MD. A long-standing objection to laser adoption has been the speed of cutting as compared to the drill, but we will now rival that cutting speed for many routine procedures. We believe the addition of the Waterlase MD Turbo will accelerate the worldwide adoption of dental lasers as a standard and increase sales of our laser systems."

Monday, March 02, 2009

Thoughts About 2009 Chicago Mid Winter Meeting

Well I got back from cold Chicago into snowy NJ. We will get about 10 inches of snow before today ends. I am sitting in the office waiting for the day to start and figured this was a great time to blog.
Here is my recap of the 2009 Chicago Mid Winter Meeting.

My first day in Chicago was spent filming a new dental entertainment program. More information will follow as we get closer to its release.

Attendance was down but people were buying products! Thanks to all for keeping the economy going. All the companies were telling me that they were having a good meeting. This is in stark contrast to the last two big dental meetings.

Lots of new composites on the market. Heraeus has Venus Diamond and Kerr has Herculite Ultra. Ray Kurdy has officially launched his KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System (see my previous post for more information).

There were no Holy Cow amazing new products that I saw. Here are a few that have caught my eye.

Skyview is a new 3D CBCT machine from Myray. The cost is $129K.

The ProDrive System is comprised of the ProDrive Replacement Turbine, which installs into your existing handpiece; and the ProDrive Bur, which locks into the turbine with its triangular bur shaft. The triangular shaft means less bur slippage. Hopefully I will get to try this out soon and I will report back.

Guru- the patient eduction software has some new animations coming out this year.

Twisted Files from SybronEndo. I just love these files. They make endo so much easier. One of the limits of these files currently is they only come with a 25 size tip. Well soon you will be able to get larger apexes. The .06's will be in sizes 30 and 35 along with a .04 size 40!

Air Techniques Spectra is still not FDA approved for caries detection but I am hoping it will be released in the very near future. I cannot wait to try it out.

As usual the meeting went by in a blur but it is one of the don't miss meetings in the country. It is worth the trip to Chicago even in the dead of winter. More information on the meeting is on the Chicago Dental Society web site.