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Convergent Dental Announces New Partnership with Patterson Dental PDF Print E-mail


Natick, MA (October 20, 2016) – Convergent Dental Inc., developer of Solea®, the industry-leading, computer-aided, CO2 all-tissue dental laser system, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Patterson Dental, a leading distributor of dental products, equipment, and technology in the US and Canada. Effective immediately, Patterson Dental will distribute Solea, the first and only CO2 dental laser cleared to cut hard, soft and osseous tissue across the US. 

“We are tremendously excited about this partnership,” remarked Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental. “Patterson’s representatives have earned a place as trusted advisors to thousands of dentists because of their commitment to a deep understanding of what is important to each customer and delivering the best solutions to meet those needs. This thoughtful approach to helping practices grow matches exactly with how we do business at Convergent Dental and is the most important aspect of this partnership.”   

Solea has earned its reputation for delivering reliably anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free, and pain-free experiences because of the science behind it, the technology that enables it, and its simplicity in the hands of the dentists. With a single setting, dentists move back and forth between hard, soft, and osseous tissue by just changing pressure on the dental laser industry’s only variable speed foot pedal.  

“Solea is revolutionizing the dental practice by dramatically increasing production while greatly improving the patient experience,” remarked Dave Misiak, President of Patterson Dental. “We truly believe in this groundbreaking technology and see it as a powerful complement to the other technologies that we have so successfully introduced to thousands of our customers.”

All dental professionals attending this year’s American Dental Association (ADA) Meeting are encouraged to visit Convergent Dental at booth #1814 and Patterson Dental at booth #3036 for a free demonstration of how Solea can improve their own clinical procedures and practice profitability.  


For more information about Solea, please visit www.convergentdental.com or call 844.GOSOLEA.
 
3D Printing in Dentistry 2016: A Ten-Year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis PDF Print E-mail

The future of dental prosthetics is in 3D printing.  Right now we're just waiting for all of the bugs to shake out.  For years we've done subtractive restorations (milling restorations out of blocks of porcelain) but in the not too distant future, the ability to build restorations via 3D printing will be commonplace.  I came across the information below on the Research and Markets website and it has even more information available if you're inclined to take a look.  Give the info below a read.  I think you will be impressed.  I sure was.

The dental industry continues to be one of the strongest targets for development of new 3D printers, materials, and applications. Revenues from additive manufacturing (AM) in the dental sector have grown almost 12 percent since 2015. Conversely, challenges in the 3D printing industry as a whole were weathered in part thanks to a continuing acceptance of digital technologies in the dental world. Dental professionals from every corner of the market now agree that digital dentistry is the way of the future.

This second annual study of 3D printing in the dental sector -- analyzes the commercial implications of a number of major trends that have emerged over the last twelve months.

The report is based on an extensive interview program and offers a true insider perspective. Included in this comprehensive report are the following:

- Ten-year 3D printing opportunity and market data forecasts in volume and value terms. These cover hardware, materials, software, and services
- The first ever "Comprehensive Guide to Dental 3D Printing Hardware," which includes the most complete evaluation of available printers, materials, and other products that specifically target the dental industry specifically
- New 3D printing software analysis for the dental sector. Discussion dental printer software, application specific dental workflow software, 3D scanning tools, and laboratory production management software.
- Discussion of the latest application developments for dental 3D printing, from directly printed clear aligners to ultra-realistic fully printed dentures
- Market shares for hardware sales in 2015 by printer technology category along with a detailed hardware selling price analysis

Among the new trends in dental 3DP that are considered in this report are the following:

- The impending adaptation of high-speed, layerless vat photopolymerzation printers to dental industry requirements.
- The acceptance of low-cost photopolymerization systems by both dental laboratories and individual dentists. This continues to bring digital technologies within reach of the whole dental value chain and closer to patients
- Uncertainty in the PFM restoration market in North America, but with the simultaneous rise of dental implants utilizing titanium
- The development of long-term dental printing materials for use in directly fabricating permanent restorations and directly printed clear aligners

All in all this is the most extensive exploration of where the opportunities will be found in additive manufactured dental products in the next decade. It will be regarded as essential reading for everyone in the value chain for 3D-printed products.
 
NuSmile Acquires MTA Manufacturer Avalon Biomed PDF Print E-mail

World leader in restorative dentistry expands bioceramic materials capabilities
HOUSTON, TEXAS, November 4, 2016—NuSmile Ltd. today announced its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Avalon Biomed Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) products.

Avalon Biomed Inc. was founded in 2011 by Carolyn Primus, PhD, who holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering. Dr. Primus has 10 patents in dentistry, including three for MTA-based products, to her credit, and has co-authored over 20 papers on bioactive dental cements. Avalon Biomed’s two key commercial products are NeoMTA Plus® and Grey MTA Plus®.

NeoMTA Plus and Grey MTA Plus are award-winning, bioceramic, tricalcium silicate-based bioactive cements that trigger hydroxyapatite formation and dentinal bridging to promote the healing process. These products have broad indications for pulpal and periapical tissue contact including root-end filling to resorption, sealer to perforation repair, pulp-capping to base/liner, and pulpotomies to apexification. Each product is non-cytotoxic, mixes smoothly, handles easily, and enables washout resistance and faster clinical setting.

NeoMTA Plus is a light-colored, stainproof MTA that can be used universally for vital pulp and other endodontic indications. Grey MTA Plus has a light silvery color and is slightly more radiopaque for endodontic use.

Dr. Primus will join the NuSmile team and will lead its research efforts in bioceramic materials. “We are excited to have Dr. Primus and Avalon Biomed as part of the NuSmile family,” said Diane Johnson Krueger, NuSmile founder and CEO. “Dr. Primus will continue to focus on developing state- of-the-art bioceramic medicaments for NuSmile, while the NuSmile team will ensure that we provide Avalon Biomed customers with the extraordinary customer care that NuSmile is famous for.”

“We are delighted to be part of the NuSmile family,” said Dr. Primus. “While we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish from an NIH SBIR grant in founding Avalon Biomed, and are confident that our greatest service to dental patients and clinicians lies ahead of us.”

According to Mark Binford, NuSmile SVP of New Product Development, NeoMTA Plus and Grey MTA Plus will continue to be marketed through Avalon Biomed’s global network of dental distributors, and through direct sales on Avalon Biomed’s website in the USA and Canada. He
added, “We are committed to making sure that this transition is seamless for Avalon Biomed customers, NuSmile customers, and our distributors.”

NuSmile will continue to maintain the Avalon Biomed website at www.avalonbiomed.com. NuSmile’s recently enhanced website may be viewed at www.nusmile.com. 
 
Study suggests benefits of laser treatments for dental problems PDF Print E-mail
Selective Photoantisepsis Simulation: This is a computer simulation of laser use on gum tissue.


For almost 30 years, select dentists have been using lasers in their practices for a variety of procedures.  As clinical experience was gained and procedural results monitored over time, excitement began to build amongst these laser practitioners for the amazing results that were being noted.

Time has marched on and the technology of dental lasers has progressed dramatically.  They are now a frequent part of the protocol in many offices.  Personally, hardly a day goes past that I don't reach for some type of laser to either accomplish or finish a procedure.

Now comes word from the New York Institute of Technology regarding the numerous benefits of lasers in clinical dentistry.

The above video shows graphically the effects of 3 different wavelengths commonly used in my profession.  It's pretty fascinating.

For the full story, here is the link.
 
Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams PDF Print E-mail
REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 2, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based workspace that further enhances the collaboration capabilities in Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based productivity offering with more than 85 million monthly active commercial users. Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations, content and the … Read more »
 
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