What the shift to chip and PIN cards really means for your dental practice

April 21, 2015

Do you keep hearing about “Chip and PIN” (also called EMV) and the looming October 2015 compliance deadline, but you’re still not sure exactly what this is and how it relates to credit card processing in your practice?  

Webinar: Going paperless in the dental office

March 27, 2015

One of the phrases that generates buzz, excitement, and confusion is when a dental practice starts talking about “going paperless.” What does that mean? What are the steps? How will it affect the workflow? What effect will it have on the patients? These are all legitimate questions … and they are all questions that will be answered during an upcoming Webinar.

Understanding medical billing and its relationship with 3D scanning technology

March 26, 2015

The world of medical coding and 3D imaging in the dental practice is shrinking every day, and Christine Taxin believes now is the perfect time for dentists to understand how medical billing can help grow their dental practice.

Three things all dental practices should remember about isolation

March 24, 2015

When it comes to making things work properly in your dental practice, isolation and retraction are the name of the game. Without these two things, it’s hard for your practice to operate smoothly in the clinical setting.

Valplast unveils 3D Printable Valplast Resin at IDS 2015

March 23, 2015

Valplast International Corporation announced at IDS 2015 in Cologne, Germany, the prototype of its 3D Printable Valplast® Resin. This major advancement in additive manufacturing reortedly represents the very first Class IIA (European Union) and Class II (USA) Denture Base Resin that will yield a permanent restoration directly from 3D printing.

Study finds more than a third of 12-year-olds embarrassed by their teeth

March 20, 2015

A recent survey by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in England found that over a third of 12-year-olds, and 28% of 15-year-olds, have been embarrassed to laugh or smile in the past three months, due to how they felt about their condition of their teeth.

New in-home teeth cleaning and whitening gadget prepares to launch on Kickstarter

March 19, 2015

It was recently announced that the Hydro-Plus Whitening Flosser, a home whitening and water flossing system, will be coming soon to Kickstarter. The flosser uses shower functionality to better the user's overall oral health and teeth appearance. 

What happens when a practice obtains EHR incentive money without the dentist’s knowledge

March 19, 2015

Having assisted practices with obtaining money through the EHR incentive program for the past few years, I regularly get calls from office managers and providers wanting more information about how to take advantage of the federal and state money available for using a certified EHR.

Using Komet® guide-pin diamonds for controlled, tissue-preserving crown preparations

March 19, 2015

Developed to enhance the periodontal health of restored teeth by creating non-traumatic crown margins, Komet® guide-pin diamonds produce controlled, homogeneous shoulder preparations with defined, uniform cutting depths.

Breaking news: DPR's live coverage of IDS 2015

March 19, 2015

The International Dental Show is a great place to see and learn about new dental products, emerging technology and the latest dental news, and Dental Products Report wants to ensure you don't miss a thing.  Whether you are in Cologne at the show or are keeping tabs on the conference from afar, you can stay up-to-date with all the latest action with DPR's new comprehensive IDS coverage page.

Nobel Biocare launches new, complete, cement-free posterior solution at IDS 2015

March 18, 2015

At the International Dental Show (IDS), Nobel Biocare is unveiling a new, complete, cement-free treatment concept developed to address the most common challenges faced when restoring molar teeth. The solution features a choice of new wide-platform implants and restorative options designed specifically for the posterior region. Also being launched at IDS is an entire new parallel-walled implant system, NobelParallel Conical Connection (CC).

Sirona digital systems support modern dental medicine

March 18, 2015

Digital systems are not to be excluded from modern dental medicine any more. Like no other company in the dental industry, Sirona has digitalized dentistry and developed integration and linking of systems. The aim is to support the work of dentists with modern instruments and equipment, as well as efficient workflows and optimal comfort during treatment.

Stratasys introduces Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer at IDS 2015

March 18, 2015

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany. Leveraging Stratasys’ unique triple-jetting technology, the Objet260 Dental Selection is said to raise the bar in 3D printed dental model realism to improve the accuracy and efficacy of digital dentistry.

What to know about your dental practice and the NCAA basketball tournament bracket

March 17, 2015

After an exciting weekend, my two teams are set. Villanova won the Big East and Notre Dame took the ACC Championship. The bracket has been announced and Nova is a #1 seed in the East. The Irish are a #3 seed in the Midwest. It’s March. It’s time for some Madness. Here we go!

BIOLASE launches first-ever practice growth guarantee

March 16, 2015

BIOLASE, a global leader in lasers, introduced dentistry’s first-ever practice growth guarantee with the new, advanced WaterLase iPlus 2.0, the next generation of the all-tissue laser. WaterLase iPlus 2.0 is said to include important innovations and improvements resulting in satisfied patients and dental practice growth.

From IDS 2015: One dental assistant's perspective on the show and dental assisting around the world

March 16, 2015

During the recent IDS meeting in Cologne, Germany, Modern Dental Assistant took a few moments to sit down with Angela (Guanzini) Severance, RDA, CDD, the founder of and member of the Modern Dental Assistant Editorial Advisory Board.

Komet introduces new two-step composite polisher at IDS

March 16, 2015

When it comes to work on composite fillings, the standard procedure is starting with a tungsten carbide finisher, followed by diamond interspersed polishers. Up to now, Komet has been offering a three-step and a one-step polishing system. Now it has closed the gap by adding a two-step system.

Vigilant Biosciences debuts OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System at IDS 2015

March 13, 2015

Vigilant Biosciences, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, debuted its OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System in Hall 4.2 Booth #N049 at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2015, the world's leading tradeshow for the dental industry, in Cologne, Germany.

TiUnite implant surface still successful 15 years later

March 11, 2015

In 2000, the new millennium brought with it a new dental implant surface. Fifteen years later, Nobel Biocare's TiUnite has built a reputation for success and is one of the most clinically researched implant surfaces in the world. And, after more than 15 million purchases of implants featuring TiUnite, it’s reportedly become one of the most sought after as well.

How one dentist believes technology has set her dental practice apart

March 11, 2015

During the recent KaVo Kerr Group product launch at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany, we had the chance to catch up with Dr. Cynthia Brattesani, a dentist in San Francisco who is well known for her passion for the patient and technology. We asked her about what sets her practice apart from her peers in the area.

Philips introduces latest innovations at IDS 2015

March 10, 2015

As part of Philips continued commitment to improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation, Philips introduces its latest innovations in oral health care designed to provide systemic health benefits – ranging from toothbrushes, brush heads, whitening solutions and much more at IDS.

BrushyBall® is the first ever toothbrushing coach for kids

March 10, 2015

BrushyBall® is the first ever personal toothbrushing coach for kids. Sparkling white teeth light up in a glowing sequence as BrushyBall speaks to guide young brushers through a follow-the-leader brushing session.

DenTek™ announces acquisition of Orabrush®

March 10, 2015

DenTek™ formally announced this week the acquisition of Orabrush. DenTek has acquired all of the assets and intellectual property of the Orabrush brand, including the Orabrush Tongue Cleaner, Orabrush Tongue Foam and Orabrush LiquiGel.

Vigilant Biosciences™ to exhibit and present at IDS 2015

March 09, 2015

Vigilant Biosciences, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, announced it will debut its OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System in Hall 4.2 Booth #N049 at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2015, the world's leading tradeshow for the dental industry, being held March 10-14, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.

Hu-Friedy's IMS Infinity Series Cassettes reportedly combine function and fashion

March 09, 2015

Hu-Friedy IMS Infinity Series Cassettes feature an innovative hole pattern and rail design that are said to significantly increase exposure to instruments during reprocessing, creating an optimal environment for cleaning and sterilization.

ClearData to provide cloud solution for Henry Schein's Dentrix Enterprise

March 09, 2015

ClearDATA Networks, Inc., a leading provider of health care cloud computing platform and services, announced a new agreement with Henry Schein, Inc. to offer Dentrix Enterprise as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) practice management system.

How to use 3M ESPE Scotchbond Universal Adhesive in a selective-etch application

March 05, 2015

Previously, the etching mode clinicians used was dictated by the brand of adhesive. Now, with the advent of 3M™ ESPE™ Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive, clinicians can choose between self-, selective- or total-etch techniques, all from the same “universal” adhesive.

Orkos Award for Successful Gum Disease Treatment awarded to Dr. Greg Gist

March 04, 2015

Dr. Greg Gist of Southlake, Texas was recently named the latest recipient of the Orkos Award. Perio Protect presented Dr. Gist the award for his case study that resulted in successful long-term treatment of a patient with gum disease.

Patterson Companies launches

March 03, 2015

As an industry leader in supply chain integrity, Patterson Companies, Inc. announced its Patterson Dental business is launching an educational campaign, highlighted by its new website located at, to help protect dentists and their patients from purchasing or using potentially unsafe gray market dental products. Patterson’s initiative was introduced at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting held in Chicago on February 26-28, 2015.

The top 10 Instagram videos from the recent Chicago Midwinter Meeting

March 02, 2015

When the editors of Dental Products Report took to the show floor at the recent Chicago Midwinter Meeting, it was an all-out social media onslaught. Not only were our Facebook and Twitter feeds overflowing, but we were also introducing our readers and viewers to the DPR Instagram account. Make sure you follow DPR on Instagram by clicking here.

How to perform efficient and accurate pick-up of denture attachment housings

March 02, 2015

ZEST Anchors has introduced the CHAIRSIDE Denture Prep & Polish Kit, the latest in its CHAIRSIDE products portfolio. Designed for efficient and accurate pick-up of denture attachment housings, the kit is the latest addition to ZEST’s CHAIRSIDE portfolio.

KaVo Kerr Group to present 35+ new products at the upcoming IDS conference

March 02, 2015

KaVo Kerr Group has announced plans to present over 35 new products at the 36th International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne. The meeting, which takes place March 10?14, 2015, expects more than 125,000 attendees from 149 different countries.

New study finds beaver teeth could provide insight on human tooth decay

March 02, 2015

Strong teeth for beavers are a must (you try cutting down a tree with your incisors!), but how do they keep those chompers healthy and tough without access to fluoride or a toothbrush? A new study out of Northwestern University reports that beavers have natural protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth.