The 7 weirdest dental stories of 2014

January 14, 2015

2014 brought many new innovations, technological advances and exciting product launches – but more entertainingly, it also gave us some very, very strange stories.  Here are the seven most peculiar, strange – and mildly alarming! – dental stories that we read in 2014.

Congress passes Section 179 extension ... what that means to you and your dental practice

January 05, 2015

I consider myself to be a pretty decent dentist, but I’ve never considered myself to be the kind of guy who could tell his CPA, “Don’t worry about filing for me this year. I’ve got this.” I mean, we all have our core competencies, but mine lie more in the area of linear thought, sketching schematics, programming, clinical testing, and that sort of mundane stuff.

First Colgate® “Science to Cities” educational tour deemed a success

January 05, 2015

More than 600 dentists and hygienists from across the U.S. gathered together to learn about the latest perspectives on evidence-based dentistry, making Colgate®’s first “Science to Cities” five-city educational lecture tour a huge success. 

Q&A on DentalEZ’s Osprey line of compressors with Ken Smith

January 05, 2015

In this Q&A, we spoke with Ken Smith, engineering manager at DentalEZ Alabama, about the company's Osprey line of air compressors, the technology that goes into them and how they can make dentists' lives easier.

EnvisionTEC releases new 3D printing material for orthodontics

December 22, 2014

Lately 3D printing and the dental industry go together like peanut butter and jelly-and with strides being made one after another for 3D printing technology and materials in areas like dentures, different orthodontics, surgical procedures and implants, you can be assured with innovations for the dental field, your dentist will be working to ensure  you can enjoy those peanut butter and jelly crackers, sandwiches and much more exciting fare for a long time to come-as well as pleasing us all with your dazzling smile.

VITA offers new ToothConfigurator software

December 19, 2014

The decision to get a denture can be a difficult one and is often coupled with misgivings over how the teeth will fit and look. The new VITA ToothConfigurator software helps allay some of those fears by allowing the patient to be involved in the planning of their own dental restoration from the start. With the new VITA ToothConfigurator software, patients can view how the finished prosthesis will look right on the computer screen.

Primotec debuts Metalight handheld curing light

December 19, 2014

Primotec’s new handheld curing light, Metalight, is reportedly specifically developed to cure all Primotec materials, including Metacon light-cured wax, Primopattern light-cured universal modeling resin, Primosplint composite material for night guards and more, Primobase light-cured base plate material and Primotray custom impression tray material.

DEXIS and TeamSmile bring dental care to underserved children

December 18, 2014

Since the inception of the TeamSmile program in 2007, DEXIS has been a proud supporter through its donation and maintenance of its digital imaging systems, DEXIS Platinum sensors, CariVu caries detection and DEXcam intra-oral cameras, as well as financial contributions.

Top things to consider before a dental office remodel

December 17, 2014

Would you ask a patient to invest in veneers before treating their dental pain? Not likely! Nor would you have your car painted if it needed a transmission, brakes, tires and a front-end alignment. So, why would you consider refreshing your office (fit and finish) without first addressing the challenges that have evolved since the days that the carpet was new, the paint was fresh and the wall coverings were in style? 

Q&A on referring dentists with Dr. Russell Nishimura and Dr. Steven Rosenstein

December 17, 2014

In this Q&A, we spoke with Russell D. Nishimura, DDS; professor emeritus, UCLA School of Dentistry; fellow, Academy of Osseointegration; and Steven J. Rosenstein, DMD, FAGD, about how general practitioners can establish a referral network, its advantages and the future of the dental implant industry.

Webinar: How to master SEO tactics and recruit more patients

December 16, 2014

To recruit new patients to your practice you need to get found. Getting found online involves the art of perfecting Search Engine Optimization techniques. Prospective patients can't consider your procedures or practice if they don't know you exist. 

Planmeca rolls out cloud-based service at Greater New York Dental Meeting

December 12, 2014

Dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca USA originally developed Planmeca Romexis software as an open architecture system, making it compatible with all software operating systems and dental equipment from other companies.

Microbrush International adds to portfolio of restorative accessories

December 12, 2014

Microbrush International, a leading developer, producer and marketer of innovative consumables used in dental restorative procedures, today announced the acquisition of Dry Tips from Mölnlycke Health Care, AB. Dry Tips is a leading brand of high-quality moisture control products used in dental procedures.

What you need to know about dental code D0120

December 09, 2014

Dental Products Report and Sikka Software recently unveiled the 2014 dental fee survey. In this survey, we looked at the four years’ worth of data for 20 of the most-used codes and the fees that more than 12,000 dental practices around the country were charging for each procedure.

Sunstar debuts new hygiene and periodontology products

December 08, 2014

At the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting, Sunstar debuted its new Butler® Prophyciency™ disposable prophy angles, that clean and polish without paste. In addition, the company announced the launch of an easy-to-handle alloplastic bone grafting system.

MIS Implants Technologies, Inc. announces new CEO

December 01, 2014

MIS Implants Technologies, Inc. has announced that Charles D. Goodwin has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Motti Weisman who will assume the position of president. The appointment follows a diligent selection process by the Board of Directors of MIS Implants, Ltd.

Convergent Dental debuts new Solea CO2 Dental Laser

December 01, 2014

Convergent Dental Inc., a privately held dental device and technology company, announced that it was unveiling Version 2 of Solea, the first FDA approved, CO2 9.3 micron dental laser for hard and soft tissue, at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) in New York City.