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Align Technology and Ormco end patent dispute, plan to collaborate

August 17, 2009 | Business

SANTA CLARA, CA, USA: Align Technology, manufacturer and marketer of Invisalign, has reached a settlement with Ormco Corp., a subsidiary of Danaher Corp., to end all pending litigation between the parties and to begin a new strategic collaboration.

New lab specializes in digital dentistry

August 13, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY and CHARLOTTE, NC, USA: A new lab specializing in digital dentistry — DENTATRUST — has opened in Charlotte, NC. The lab, founded by Tom Nieting, CDT, and Norbert Ulmer, MBA, utilizes CEREC 3D, inLab and CEREC Connect technology.

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Hex-Lock Short Abutment and Restorative System

August 13, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY and CARLSBAD, CA, USA: Zimmer Dental, a provider of dental oral rehabilitation products and a subsidiary of Zimmer Holdings, recently announced the availability of the Hex-Lock Short Abutment and Restorative System in the United States. Created to minimize the challenges faced by clinicians and labs, this new, all-inclusive system is designed to promote simple, immediate and convenient posterior restorations.

Dental students and faculty gain live remote access to ADA Annual Session courses

August 13, 2009

NEW YORK, NY and CHICAGO, IL, USA: Dental students and faculty who would like to partake in advanced educational opportunities but who lack the resources to travel to meetings in places like Hawaii now have another option: remote access.

New Universal SurgiGuide from Materialise Dental is compatible with all implant systems

August 12, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY and GLEN BURNIE, MD, USA: Materialise Dental, a company that offers a range of products and services to implant professionals and their patients, the new Universal SurgiGuide offers both flexibility and User-friendliness.

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Dentist says xylitol prevents caries

August 10, 2009

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Aside from regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups, a good way to prevent caries is to chew gum sweetened with xylitol, a Florida dentist says.

Children on Medicaid receive less care for cleft lip and palate

August 10, 2009

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Children with cleft lip and/or palate experience significant differences in obtaining dental care depending on the type of insurance coverage they have, according to a study.

VOCO America introduces Bifix QM self-adhesive resin cement

August 10, 2009 | Business

Not all self-adhesive resin cements are created equal. According to VOCO America, many of the first generation self-adhesive cements had a lack of stability and bond strength, which led to some long-term failures. Bifix SE is a new generation, available from VOCO, that combines the superior self-bond nano technology of Futurabond DC with the proven cement engineering of Bifix QM in a new 4:1 mixing ratio.  

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3M ESPE expands digital scanner system

August 7, 2009 | Business

ST. PAUL, MN, USA: After debuting with a regional rollout, the 3M ESPE Lava Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. is now available to dentists nationwide. Additionally, the scanner’s upgraded software, Lava Software 2.0 for Chairside Oral Scanner, introduces several upgrades to the system, including easier anterior and full arch scanning, a faster scanning speed, and reduced processing times. The scanner’s full list of approved indications includes traditional PFM or CAD/CAM crowns, multiple adjacent units, inlays/onlays, 3-4 unit bridges, seated implant abutments and veneers.

Institute for Oral Health to hold meeting in San Jose

August 5, 2009

NEW YORK, NY and SAN JOSE, CA, USA: The Institute for Oral Health will host its fourth annual national conference, Defining Quality in Oral Health Care, at the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row in San Jose, CA, 15–16 October.  

Dental CAD/CAM technology offers productivity, increases worldwide

August 4, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA and VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA: CAD/CAM technology is undisputedly one of the most important developments in dentistry today. Especially on the lab side, CAD/CAM technology is expected to increase productivity, enabling labs to meet the growing demand for dental prosthetics and other restoratives.

A great smile makes you appear smarter, more successful

August 4, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, and NEW YORK, NY, USA: It’s no surprise that an improved smile can make a person appear more intelligent, successful and attractive. Research conducted by Chicago-based Beall Research & Training, on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) backs that up. 

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Danaher’s Knisely announces retirement

July 30, 2009 | Business

Danaher Corporation announced today that Philip W. Knisely, Executive Vice President, has decided to retire from Danaher effective as of the end of 2009. Mr. Knisely has served as an Executive Vice President since joining Danaher in 2000.

Orofacial myology practitioners will meet in San Diego

July 29, 2009

NEW YORK CITY, NY and SAN DIEGO, CA, USA: The International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) will hold its 38th annual convention 16–18 October at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown in San Diego. 

Nominations sought for Office Manager of the Year Award

July 29, 2009

NEW YORK CITY, NY, and RED BANK, NJ: Does your practice have an exceptional office manager? Someone who makes your workday fly by with ease, someone who takes care of you, your associates and your patients with incredible skill and talent? If so, the American Association of Dental Office Managers wants to hear from you. The AADOM is holding its fifth annual Office Manager of the Year Award, and it is accepting nominations through 14 September.

FDA says mercury dental fillings not harmful

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The US Food and Drug Administration said silver-coloured dental fillings that contain mercury are safe for patients, reversing an earlier caution against their use in certain patients, including pregnant women and children. While elemental mercury has been associated with adverse health effects at high exposures, the levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients, the FDA said, citing an agency review of roughly 200 scientific studies.

U.S. military personnel receive dental care in combat support hospitals

July 28, 2009

FORT MCCOY, WI, USA: Some people may not consider dental services when thinking of combat support hospitals. But here, the Global Medic training scenario has incorporated the 143rd Medical Company from Salt Lake City, UT, to train with a combat support hospital. 

AAE names several members to key leadership posts

July 26, 2009

NEW YORK, NY and CHICAGO, IL, USA: The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) recently installed five new members to its Board of Directors and several members to leadership positions for its Foundation Board of Trustees. During its Annual Session, held in April in Orlando, FL, the AAE also installed five new members of its Board of Directors for the 2009-2010 term. 



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