Connected Compressor: DentalEZ Aeras Leverages IoT Tech to Stop Downtime in its Tracks

Fix potential issues before they become a problem, plus eliminate multiple service visits with the compressor that continually monitors itself. *

Compressor trouble is the worst kind, because it can disable an entire office. Even with comprehensive preventive maintenance, compressors are subject to maintenance and wear just like every mechanical device. That’s where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in: DentalEZ’s new Aeras compressor is a connected device that allows complete monitoring of critical parts and systems, as well as remote control of its operation.*

Prevent downtime by alerting to possible issues: When sensors actively monitoring key performance parameters notice unusual activity, the compressor alerts you so you can contact Benco Dental for service assistance or, in some cases, resolve the issue over the phone.*

Eliminate multiple service calls: Because the Aeras provides data to the cloud that is accessible from any web browser, your Benco Dental service tech will know what the problem is without a diagnostic visit. When it comes time for service or repair, your tech will arrive with exactly the parts needed in one visit.*

Operate the unit automatically and remotely: You can turn the compressor to on and standby, disable and enable motor heads, and enable/disable the schedule for turning on and off.*

Monitor your unit’s performance: Whether you use the web interface to access data on your PC or mobile device, or refer to the LCD display on the unit itself, you can check all sensor data including tank pressure, dew point, ambient temperature and runtime for equipment and motor heads.*

Multiple service visits are a thing of the past. Aeras actively monitors performance and provides data to the cloud that is accessible from any web browser, so your Benco Dental service tech will know the nature of any problem without a diagnostic visit.

Customize your dashboard: View all of your DentalEZ connected devices from your web browser and select exactly what you want to see so users can focus on the data that is most relevant to them. You can also easily access all maintenance reminders and records, alert history and historical performance data.*

Connect to your Aeras compressor through the web browser of your PC or mobile device and access data, service information, and even control key functions and programming, remotely.

Enjoy extended warranty coverage: When you enable Smart monitoring at the time of installation, DentalEZ will extend their industry-leading warranty by two full additional years, for a total of eight years of coverage. That’s substantial added peace of mind, from a name that’s legendary for dependability.

“The Aeras Compressor from Ramvac is as easy to install and situate as the established Osprey line of compressors, but with so much more capability.
Benco Dental has been connecting customers’ devices since introducing BencoNET in the 2000s, and more recently, our OneVisit® open CAD/CAM solutions. That technology experience, plus our long relationship with DentalEZ and 90 years of installing mechanical equipment, makes Benco the best source for modernizing your mechanical room—and making downtime practically a thing of the past.”

Nicole Gilligan, Senior Marketing Product Manager.

To learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GO.BENCO or visit benco.com. 

*With subscription to monitoring service.

ABOUT DENTALEZ

DentalEZ ® is committed to providing state-of-the-art dental practice solutions for unlimited interconnectivity, choice and control. A true dental pioneer, the Company stands as an indispensable industry staple with over 100 years of experience. DentalEZ provides real-life solutions for everyday challenges in oral healthcare through a unique union of advanced technical expertise and rich practical experience. With unwavering top-level customer service and support, the Company has securely established itself as a trusted partner in dentistry. DentalEZ has a proven history of providing tried-and-true dental products and equipment, and continues to manufacture a full line of technologically-advanced front-to-back office solutions from well-known brands including Star, Ramvac,Forest®, Nevin™ and Columbia Dentoform®. Visit dentalez.com for more information.  

ABOUT BENCO DENTAL

Benco Dental Drives Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Company firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, Benco has grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor. Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco is one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years.
For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Open Dental does more when you buy it from Benco Dental

Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions adds value, convenience and rewards to the powerful, trusted, innovative and robustly supported Open Dental platform.

Open Dental’s do-more dental practice management software (DPMS) does even more when practices purchase it through Benco Dental:

Benco uses Open Dental as the engine to power a seamless, integrated—and growing—software suite that can be bundled with potent functionality from the likes of Dental Intelligence (the #1 analytics software for practice building) and Practice Mojo (the leading automated dental patient communications solution).

Benco customers can earn BluChip rewards points on their Open Dental purchases, and will soon be able to redeem the points they already have toward Open Dental.

Open Dental will soon be available with Benco-designed features and add-ons that deliver unique functionality especially useful for Benco Dental customers.

It’s convenient—your Friendly Benco Rep will be happy to help coordinate an Open Dental demonstration, and you don’t need to create an account with Open Dental to purchase it; simply include it with your regular Benco order and get it all on one bill.

It’s open and affordable—unlike other providers, Open Dental gives Benco customers choice. The price through Benco is exactly the same as buying from Open Dental direct, but with all of the added value especially for Benco customers.

“Benco Dental’s product portfolio is based on our strong belief that open is better than closed, because consumer choice helps spur innovation. Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions is the perfect option for our customers who have grown accustomed to choosing from a range of best-in-class, innovative solutions rather than restrictive exclusives.”

Ryan Rinaldi, Product Manager for Benco Solutions Software
Ryan Rinaldi, Product Manager for Benco Solutions Software

“Open Dental is built on the idea that dental providers should have access to the best software and to their own data. Partnering with Benco Dental expands the reach of our open-source solution and gives dentists more options by making our product available directly to Benco’s customers, who demonstrate a strong preference for innovative solutions.” 

Nathan Sparks, CEO of Open Dental
Nathan Sparks, CEO of Open Dental

For a demonstration or to learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GOBENCO or visit benco.com. 

Easy Denture®, Benco Dental put affordable, one-visit dentures within reach of millions

Innovative dental startup aligns with the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to deliver a solution as simple as boiling water.

Forty million people. For the 14 years since they began practicing dentistry, that number has motivated Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero to innovate.

According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, approximately 40 million people are edentulous – without teeth. This Wilmington, North Carolina-based dental duo resolved to create a solution and today, with Benco Dental, present one that’s a simple as boiling water: Easy Denture.

Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the company, Sonrisa, which created Easy Denture (shown in comparison to a porcelain denture). Its founders, Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, align with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution with their customers. This dental startup established a new category in custom dentures to break down the cost barrier for access to care.

To address what he describes as a void in the health care system, Dr. Otero said they created this new category in custom dentures. How does it work for a dental patient? Dip Easy Denture in boiling water for 60 seconds. Cool for the same amount of time. Align in the mouth and create a seal for 90 seconds. Place denture in cold water to set for 30 seconds. That’s all there is to it. One visit and done.

“What keeps me motivated is to think that with Easy Denture we could potentially be responsible for putting more smiles on more faces than any other dentist or company or institution.”

Dr. Misael Otero

Currently, the process to obtain custom dentures can include three visits to a dental office, three weeks of wait time and upward of $3,000. Easy Denture removes the hurdles with a five-minute process at one tenth of the cost – just several hundred dollars.

“Easy Denture is not a replacement for a high-end cosmetic set. It’s an amazing, perfect solution for an immediate denture, a great replacement for an economy denture.” He also recommended Easy Denture as a transitional or backup denture and as an option for caregivers of those limited by transportation and time constraints. 

Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the Oteros’ company, Sonrisa, which aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution.  Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. 

“Easy Denture breaks down insurmountable barriers to care for potentially millions of patients worldwide. Until now, the choice was too often traditional dentures or nothing at all in cases where people cannot afford them, or cannot make the multiple office visits necessary to get them. Easy Denture offers a next best thing: an effective, practical alternative that brings treatment within reach.”

Mike DePietro, Benco Dental Marketing Product Manager for Easy Denture.
Benco Dental aligns with Sonrisa and its founders, Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, to deliver their unique offering, Easy Denture, to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, shown, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States. Benco drives dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture, while delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide.

Realizing the gap in adequate health care access is a global problem, Dr. Otero takes heart in the far-reaching possibilities for Easy Denture as a change agent. “I think there is a huge opportunity to help here with mission trips. With Easy Denture all you need is boiling water. Hot water, 10 minutes, and every dental patient can walk out with teeth,” said Dr. Otero.

To learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GO.BENCO or visit benco.com. 

ABOUT SONRISA


Founded by Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, Sonrisa aims to fundamentally and forever change how oral care products are manufactured and delivered to consumers. The company is based upon the idea that every person–regardless of their socioeconomic status–should have access to oral care solutions that improve their life.

ABOUT BENCO DENTAL


Benco Dental Drives Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Company firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, Benco has grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor. Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco is one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years.
For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Benco Family Foundation Schedules Trio of Lessons in a Lunchbox Events for Chicago Schools

Benco Dental’s charitable arm will join the Children’s Oral Health Institute in hosting Lessons in a Lunchbox programs during the 2020 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and in celebration, the Benco Family Foundation, together with the Children’s Oral Health Institute, plans to build on their strong relationship with Chicago Public Schools to host three Lessons in a Lunchbox events during this year’s Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

Last year, the foundation gifted toothbrushes to every single student, from pre-K to elementary, in all 469 Chicago public schools, so that over 150,000 smiles could have the one basic essential for healthy teeth—something most people take for granted, but that a shocking number of children go without. However, you can’t just put a toothbrush in a child’s hand and walk away. That’s where Lessons in a Lunchbox: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks comes in. This national oral health and nutrition program reaches underserved elementary school children by offering an ingeniously-shaped holder — a carrot — packaged in a bright orange lunchbox with all the supplies needed for healthy teeth.

This year, the two organizations will present Lessons In A Lunchbox at the following schools:

  • Jackie Robinson Elementary School on Wednesday, 2/19, at 1 p.m., 4225 S. Lake Park Avenue. (773) 535-1777.
  • John Charles Haines Elementary School on Thursday, 2/20, at 1 p.m., 247 West 23rd Place. (773) 534-9200.
  • Oscar DePriest Elementary School on Friday, 2/21, at 1 p.m., 139 S Parkside Avenue.  (773) 534-6800.

Benco Family Foundation representatives will be on hand for the event at John Charles Haines Elementary, and invite members of the media to also attend.

Dr. Winifred J. Booker created Lessons in a Lunchbox over two decades ago and has worked to expand its adoption in her larger role as CEO of the Children’s Oral Health Institute. The program’s cornerstone is the ingeniously crafted, carrot-shaped carrying case designed to teach elementary school children the importance of dental hygiene with information in English, Spanish, and braille. Before children receive their bright lunchboxes of treasures (a plastic carrot filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and rinse cup) the group follows a prepared lesson plan and enjoys short films about proper brushing and flossing techniques.

The program’s bright orange lunchboxes each contain a plastic carrot complete with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and rinse cup.

“As access to care continues to be a challenge for the underserved, prevention is a more important part of our strategy than ever before. Lessons in a Lunchbox makes teaching good oral healthcare and nutrition habits at an early age fun and impactful. The program is valuable to every single student it touches because it helps build better educated and healthier communities.”

Rebecca Binder, Executive Director of the Benco Family Foundation.

Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has been helping people across the globe through toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program. For every PRO-SYS brand adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased, the philanthropic arm of America’s largest family-owned dental distributor donates a toothbrush to someone in need. But the Benco Family Foundation is about much more than toothbrushes. Dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in its local communities and around the world, it supports over 100 organizations, delivering innovative dental health solutions through monetary donations, as well as free product, to support dental missions, clinics and organizations. The foundation continually reviews new opportunities to underwrite oral health solutions and community resources that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental Drives Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Company firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, Benco has grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor. Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco is one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years.
For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Ready for dental innovation in Chicago? Check out #6neatthings on your travels.

The 155th Midwinter Meeting hosted by the Chicago Dental Society presents its Kaleidoscope View this week, Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 20 – 22, at the McCormick Place West Building, 2301 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago.

As you prepare to discover endless new possibilities for your patients and your practice, Benco Dental presents its latest installment of #6NeatThings.

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology.

They are #drivingdentistryforward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its #6NeatThings promotion.

This curing light eye shield system offers protection, time savings

The Orbiter® XL Auto-Positioning Curing Light Eye Shield System offers efficient, optimal eye protection with ease.

The Orbiter®

The Orbiter® curing light eye shield system automatically adjusts into view as you reposition the curing light, maximizing efficiency. The flexible filter gives access to the most posterior teeth and will not break over time.

Benefits of using The Orbiter® curing light eye shield include:

  • Time savings.
  • Flexible filter.
  • Eye protection.
  • Spectroscopy-tested.

Learn more about The Orbiter® curing light eye shield here.

Looking for an implant crown cement with unsurpassed radiopacity? Premier® presents the ultimate solution.

Premier® Implant Cement™ Plus provides the ultimate solution for implant crown cementation. Versatile by design, this innovative implant cement offers strong, secure retention, yet enables easy, non-destructive crown retrieval, if necessary, at a later date. The elastomeric cement flexes under force, absorbs shock and creates a tight marginal seal.

Premier® Implant Cement™ Plus

Premier® Implant Cement™ Plus comes in two shades and delivers unsurpassed radiopacity – enabling clear visibility on radiographs so you can help deliver better patient outcomes every time.

Benefits from Premier® Implant Cement™ Plus:

  • Ease of use (no etch, primers or adhesives required).
  • Excellent visibility on radiographs.
  • Secure retention.
  • Retrievable without any damage.

Learn more about the Premier® Implant Cement™ Plus here.

Two phases make ELARA 11 Vacuum Class B Sterilizer with Printer a robust offering.

Tuttnauer presents Elara11, a robust Class B sterilizer. It’s pre-vacuum phase efficiently removes air, resulting in the full penetration of steam into wrapped, porous and hollow loads. The post-vacuum drying phase ensures complete drying of wrapped porous loads and hollow instruments. 

Their guarantee: Even the most difficult loads will easily reach Sterility Assurance Level (SAL). The Elara11 offers four FDA-cleared sterilization programs and two test programs, the Vacuum Test and the Bowie Dick Test.

Tuttnauer’s ELARA 11 Vacuum Class B Sterilizer with Printer (Automatic).

ELARA 11 Vacuum Class B Sterilizer benefits include:

  • EZGlide door, featuring effortless opening and closing.
  • Printer that documents a detailed history of each cycle.
  • Accommodation for (4) large 8”x 10” and (4) 8”x5.5” cassettes.
  • Clean and waste water reservoirs that reduce cleaning and maintenance on the machine and provide clean steam for every cycle.

Learn more about the ELARA 11 Vacuum Class B Sterilizer here.

Achieve exceptional shade matching with Admira Fusion x-tra.

The Admira Fusion x-tra single-shade Omni-chromatic restorative offers one universal shade to match the entire shade range of human dentition.

From Voco, this Nano-ORMOCER® restorative: simplifies procedures, saves time and money, reduces waste and increases the overall quality due to enhanced physical properties, such as up to 50% lower shrinkage.

Benefits for the Admira Fusion x-tra:

  • One omni-chromatic shade: no guesswork or wasted shades.
  • Easily polished and highly stain resistant.
  • Time saver based on 4mm depth of cure.
  • 100% BPA free. 

Learn more about Voco’s Admira Fusion x-tra single-shade Omni-chromatic restorative here.

Organize your instruments with a solution that earned a ++++ rating from Dental Advisor.

With stainless steel, locking cassette, iris® cassettes from Benco Brands provide a simple and safe way to clean, preserve and sterilize dental instruments.

What makes them the ideal solution for organizing instruments? Cassettes are fully autoclavable, and the upper and lower sections of the cassettes are fully interchangeable. Each cassette includes a set of silicone rails.

iris® cassette benefits:

  • Roomy inside and strong outside.
  • Created from durable, Italian stainless steel.
  • Available in three different sizes.
  • Rated ++++ by The Dental Advisor.

Learn more about the iris® cassette here.

Digital impressions simplified with a comprehensive solution: cara i500 by Kulzer.

Developed in partnership with Medit, the cara i500 from Kulzer is more than an intraoral scanner, it’s a comprehensive digital solution.

Cara i500’s cloud-based workflow management system makes the transition into digital dentistry seamless as possible by facilitating communication and cooperation between the dental office and lab.

cara i500 from Kulzer

Benefits of the cara i500:

  • State-of-the-art technology.
  • Quick and easy operation.
  • Precision, accuracy.
  • Expanded treatment options and the ability to take impressions at any time.

Learn more about the cara i500 here and call 1.800.GOBENCO to order.

How the dental practice can optimize the 2020 Colors of the Year.

A fresh coat of paint can offer a new outlook. But where to begin?

Use the “Color of the Year” selected by Sherwin-Williams (Naval SW 6244) and Benjamin Moore (First Light 2102-70) as starting points at your dental practice.

“Both colors foreshadow a shift in Interior Design trends from cool, gray neutrals to more welcoming, colorful interior spaces.  Pair either paint color with white and gold accents for an updated Art Deco look – a trend that is gaining popularity.  Or use both colors together to create a classic color palette!”

Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer with Benco Dental CenterPoint Design.

Anchors aweigh with calming Naval

Sherwin-Williams describes their 2020 “Color of the Year, Naval SW 6244, as a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. And, according to the paint experts, “While you may think navy’s been done before – it’s never been done like this.”

Looking beyond the blue, this color is known to offer “infinite calmness and inspiration” whether it is used for the whole room, or just an accent piece.

According to Sherwin-Williams.com “Gold metallic accents and paint colors such as Tarnished Trumpet SW 9026 or Midday SW 6695 bring warmth to navy’s boldness for a pairing that’s meant to be, while shades of green and paint colors such as Kale Green SW 6460 introduce biophilia for a grounding, down-to-earth presence.”

Read more at: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/color-forecast/2020-color-forecast/2020-color-of-the-year-naval

The First Light for a ‘bright new decade’

“A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.” Benjamin Moore describes their Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, as “the backdrop for a bright new decade”.

Benjamin Moore’s First Light offers a mixture between both warm and cool color components, which makes it easy to pair. It can be matched with a warm chocolate brown and light mauve, or a light taupe with a cool brown.

“Let’s use color to express ourselves, be a little more upbeat, and happy,” says Hannah Yeo, Color & Design Manager at Benjamin Moore & Co. “We all need that optimism in our lives.”

Read more:https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-trends-2020

Ready to begin an adventure in color at your practice?

While these shades vary from two different sides of the color wheel, they can tie together. The colors of the year allow you to express yourself, whether it’s with an accent wall at your dental practice or even a few chairs in your reception area. For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.

Reading, Pa. prosthodontist uses science, art, engineering to help patients rediscover themselves #IE40under40

With art there is possibility. Combine it with a caring spirit, and limitations disappear.

The artistic masterpieces created by Dr. Andrea Smith, a maxillofacial prosthodontics at Berks Prosthodontics in Reading, Pennsylvania, transform her patients and enhance their lives.

As a maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Smith helps create and replace underdeveloped and missing aspects of a person’s face or mouth, such as ears, noses, jaw structures, teeth and cleft palates. She replaces these essential body parts with intricately made protheses. 

Dr. Andrea Smith carefully creating a prosthesis.

“I’ve always loved art – sculpture especially – along with math and science. At 14, I started as a dental assistant at my dentist’s office after, during my checkup, he randomly invited me to work for him. So, I was in the dental field already.”

Dr. Andrea Smith, recalling her first job.

The Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree explained that her father wanted her to follow his footsteps and take engineering classes at Penn State University, but she couldn’t decide whether to pursue art or her father’s wishes. She enrolled in engineering but wasn’t ready to forgo her other areas of interest.

“Sometime during my freshman year, I discovered that there was a dental specialty called prosthodontics that was very much a mixture of art and science – and even a hint of engineering – and I knew I’d found my calling.”

Dr. Andrea Smith, describing her early college career.

The 39-year-old graduated as valedictorian from Penn State Eberly College of Science with a degree in pre-medicine and then attended the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York City, where she again achieved the honor of valedictorian. Later, she attended the UCLA Advanced Prosthodontics Residency Program for three years, and completed an additional one-year residency training in maxillofacial prosthetics.

She is one of 350 maxillofacial prosthodontists worldwide and selected this specialty because of the significant difference she is able to make in her patients’ lives. One of her patients, a woman who lost her nose to cancer, received the restorative brilliance Dr. Smith creates for her patients.

“She had been covering her face with a satin mask that her hairdresser had very caringly sewn for her. After many failed attempts at surgical reconstruction, her surgeons referred her to me, and I was able to give her a new implant-retained prosthetic nose that attached to an implant-retained bar placed in the floor of the nasal defect.”

Dr. Andrea Smith.

Another patient, a U.S. Veteran who suffers from brain damage caused by a mine explosion in the Vietnam War, experiences short-term memory loss and often loses his dentures, Dr. Smith explained.

Her solution: “I’m currently making him a fixed prosthesis that should put an end to that cycle – even if he may not remember who made it for him.” 

Many of her patients originate outside the realm of dentistry. Lexi, a dental assistant who had worked alongside Dr. Smith at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic for many years, brought one of these patients to light. Lexi’s younger sister, Keturah, suffered from a craniofacial anomaly.

During a school externship program, Keturah explained that her adult teeth never fully developed, which left her with a small upper jaw and a diverged nasal septum.

“I teamed up with an orthodontist, a plastic surgeon and an oral surgeon to accomplish a complex treatment plan that involved jaw surgery to advance her maxilla (bone that forms the upper jaw), the placement of both zygomatic (cheek or malar bone) and regular dental implants, rhinoplasty, orthodontic treatment, and a fixed complete dental prosthesis.”

Dr. Andrea Smith describes a complex procedure.

Dr. Smith and others like her provide optimum care and use advanced technology to make facial and dental replacements possible. But insufficient insurance coverage can create obstacles between the patients and quality care.

“The most frustrating challenge has been getting sufficient insurance coverage for patients who require major oral reconstruction as a result of congenital anomalies (cleft/syndromes) and cancer. Kids can be born without adult teeth, and with an open palate, and medical insurance can offer them nothing but what is essentially a denture. Patients who have had half of their skull removed due to cancer cannot have the benefit of implant therapy unless they can pay for it out of pocket.”

Dr. Andrea Smith 

Creating awareness about alternative solutions

Dr. Smith’s primary goal at Berks Prosthodontics: To raise public awareness about the options available. She says many people live without treatment or with sub-par remedies for their health problems, while prosthodontists offers alternative solutions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that demand for these professionals is expected to rise to 17.2 percent by 2026.

Dr. Smith is honored to be a prosthodontists and to assist as many patients as possible.

“I love making dramatic changes in people’s lives. And I love being the last line of hope and coming through for them after they’ve been told by others that nothing could be done to help them.”

Dr. Andrea Smith, on finding fulfillment as a dental specialist.

 

Benco Dental, Dental Nachos partner to present unmatched network of continuing education resources 

Professional development company with a 21,000-member social media membership, founded by Dr. Paul Goodman, collaborates with the nation’s largest independently-owned dental distributor.


Through a new partnership, Benco Dental presents continuing education opportunities with Dental Nachos, a network of coaching, education and connections that includes a 21,000-member national and global Facebook group established by Dr. Paul Goodman.

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Paul Goodman, DMD, Founder of Dental Nachos

Using his 360-degree view on the life of dentists inside and outside of their practice, Dr. Goodman created Dental Nachos in 2017 based on the philosophy “Nachos are made to be shared, and so are good ideas.”  This roadmap for improving patient health and satisfaction, practice profits and personal joy is now available through the nation’s largest independent dental distributor committed to driving dentistry forward.

 

 

“Unlike ordinary continuing education, the Dental Nachos approach is wide-ranging and community-based, with a remarkable level of peer support. Dr. Goodman and the Dental Nachos team leverage technology to make accessing an incredible array of CE resources easier than ever, and the experience doesn’t end like it does with a traditional course because the connections between Dr. Goodman and learners continue and deepen online and through social media.”
– Julie Radzyminski, Director of Professional Relations at Benco Dental. “

As a leader in innovation and customer service (the only dental distributor who measures customer satisfaction with the Net Promoter Score, NPS), Benco Dental provides another powerful resource to practitioners: Dental Nachos. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this engaging and informative platform offers continuing education on chairside techniques and behind-the-scenes strategies through “On-Demand” and self-study courses.

Practicing dentists, dental students and dentist office team members – and now Benco customers — benefit from the “dentists helping dentists” perspective Dr. Goodman’s organization offers members. Among their continuing education catalog:

  • * Dental Nachos Encyclo-CEpedia, 65-plus hours of CE and 6-plus hours of bonus content in talking textbooks that can be viewed or listened to from any location, and
  • * Dental Nachos Supreme, a program new for 2020 featuring live-streamed CE, including clinical topics, available at different levels of investment.

“I am continually impressed by Benco’s ability to share innovative products and services with their customers. Having a resource dedicated to support in the world of dentistry is key to surviving and thriving.”

Paul Goodman, DMD, Dental Nachos founder

Dental Nachos, founded by Dr. Goodman, is a company dedicated to helping dentists and their team at every stage and age in their career journey. Regionally based in Philadelphia, their 21,000-member Facebook Group reaches dentists nationwide and on a global level.

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM.

To learn more about Continuing Education opportunities available from Dental Nachos through Benco Dental, please contact a Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GOBENCO or visit benco.com.

                                                                                                              About Benco Dental

We Drive Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and our caring family culture. Our firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, we’ve grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor. Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. We’re one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years.