Is polishing better than glazing? One expert says yes.

In a recent article for Dental Creations, Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC explores the topic. Emmons, who has developed many techniques for dentistry such as The Spectrafire Air Brush System and Wet Palette Humidors, among others, has published books such as The Aesthetic Edge: Bioluminescent Color and Ceramics and The Spectrafire Digital Shade Communication System.

“The advent of pre-shaded zirconia is making the benefits of polishing superior over glazing. Polishing takes less process time as you do not have to fire the restoration again. By the time you shade and glaze the restoration and then fire the crown again, glazing will add 40 minutes to your process time.

When determining how to finish your restorations, all the evidence points to polishing. Polishing of a restoration is the gift of excellence to the patient and the reputation of quality for the technician.”

Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC

Emmons cites an article published by Dr. D. Nathanson in 2011, that distinguished between polishing versus glazing of zirconia.

“He did a study at Boston University named, ‘1650 Human Enamel Wear Against Four Dental Ceramics in Vitro.’ In this study, he found that ‘at 600,000 strokes, the polished zirconia caused significantly less wear to enamel than the glazed zirconia.’ He also concluded, ‘the polished zirconia remained unchanged, but the glazed zirconia showed significant loss of the glaze layer.'”

Dr. D. Nathanson
Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC

Why does Jim Emmons suggest Z-Shine Diamond Polish by Dental Creations, ltd.?

Z-Shine Diamond Polish, according to Emmons:

  • Is not an industrial repackaged product. This polish was specifically designed to polish zirconia and lithium di-silicate ceramics.
  • Requires use of only a #11 soft bristle brush for 30-45 seconds total to polish all four sides of any restoration, Z-Shine Diamond Polish.
  • Requires only quick and easy clean up with a small tooth brush and soapy water.

Want to learn more about how Z-Shine Diamond Polish offers high

quality, restoration longevity, and time savings? Read Jim Emmons complete article: https://dentalcreationsltd.com/to-glaze-or-not-to-glaze/

Is your dental practice design a standout?

Enter the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition and you may be sitting pretty in a new Herman Miller Aeron chair.

A Herman Miller Aeron Chair is one of the grand prizes in the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Contest. Three Existing Dental Practices will earn an Aeron along with a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue, among other award.

 The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. There are three categories for Existing Dental practices and one for Design of the Future.

2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Repurposed Practice: Bunek Dental Studio // Ann Arbor, Michigan (shown above).

3 Categories for Existing Dental Practices

 1. SPECIALTY PRACTICE (Best new, remodeled or expanded facility)

 2. NEW CONSTRUCTION (Best new facility designed from ground up)

 3. REPURPOSED PRACTICE (Best complete makeover or remodel of a existing facility)

Who can enter?

 Dental professional, architects, and interior designers.

What can you win?

• a professional photo session for your dental practice

• a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring, 2020 issue

• framed display of your winning entry as featured in the magazine

• “Incisal Edge Design Competition Winner” seal to be used for marketing purposes

• Herman Miller Aeron chair valued at $1610.00, List Price

2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Specialty Practice: Colorado Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (CoMax) Colorado Springs, Colorado (shown above).

Learn more about contest details

Select a category above and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

You may not enter an office in more than one category. Entries will be accepted through November 11, 2019 for Existing Dental Practices. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs and practices.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including Urnise Dentistry // Glenwood Springs, Colorado (shown at top) here.

Ready to Design the Future?

This year’s challenge for visionaries everywhere: Big Design Statement, Small Space in the Incisal Edge Design of the Future contest.

Who can enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow.

What can you win?

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • $2,000 prize
  • an “Incisal Edge Design of the Future Winner” seal to be used in a portfolio
  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue

Second prize winners will receive:

  • $1000 prize
A 2017 Syracuse University graduate, Alexis Wilson was interested in ways to help people combat their fear of the dentist. She got intrigued by “forest bathing,” a concept—especially popular in Japan—“where you’re just in the forest, absorbing the atmosphere,” Wilson told Incisal Edge. “I had the idea to create a nature-inspired interior but add some personality as well.” Her design for RiNo Dental, shown above, earned the 2019 Design of the Future grand prize in the Incisal Edge Design Competition.

Learn more about Design of the Future contest details

Select Design of the Future and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

Entries will be accepted through November 11, 2019 for Design of the Future category. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including RiNo dental, created by Alexis Wilson here.

Ready to enter? Get started.

http://www.iedesigncontest.com/2020-entry-forms/

For complete contest terms and conditions visit: https://www.benco.com/contest-instructions/

Can lounge chairs give patients cancer?

Flame retardant furnishings may have been created with protection in mind, but their after effects can be detrimental.

Chemicals used to treat the filling and upholstery of guest and lounge seating seen in many dental office waiting areas are considered by many scientists as the new lead.

They were invented to slow the spread of fires, but after decades of use, wide‐spread testing has shown they contribute toward hormone disruption and certain types of cancer.

Solving problems takes a creative approach — something the designers at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design embrace. Their goal: making sure your dental practice furniture works well, while ensuring the health and safety of your patients, and the planet.

Palisade Collection Palisades uses fire
retardant-free materials (Photo Courtesy Herman Miller)

Ask yourself, “Have we made the best choices possible?”

Only by continuing to ask that question and making sustainability a priority can we be confident in creating a better world.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, shifting to use of sustainable woods. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Herman Miller furniture, distributed by Benco Dental, has added other well-being features to its product line, including:

* Curved edge surfaces to prevent bump incidents

* PVC free, non-flame retardant textiles on all seating

* Antimicrobial treatments on request only

* Takeback programs for end-of-life products

* Zero waste in manufacturing, reductions in water/energy and local resources

Mirra 2 Chairs, shown, reuse materials. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Learn more about the well-being features Herman Miller includes in its product lines and how you can incorporate Herman Miller in your practice:

Contact Mandy Welman at 570-602-7011 or hermanmiller@benco.com

Build your orthodontic practice with CBCT this fall

In the orthodontic world, nothing has created a bigger buzz than digital orthodontic care. Venturing into the digital world should not be taken lightly. It requires evaluation, planning and capital.

CBCT technology reigns supreme and is the foundation of orthodontic excellence. In an upcoming lecture with Dr. William E. Crutchfield, tangible advantages of CBCT like diagnosis, treatment planning, digital orthodontic care and analysis will be shared.

In addition to earning 5 CE credits, attendees will also learn how to leverage CBCT to build a practice with referrals, with other professionals and with the community.

Details, details, details…

This fall, Benco Dental and KaVo Kerr will host “CBCT: The Foundation of Orthodontic Excellence,” presented by Dr. William E. Crutchfield.

On Friday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Benco Dental CenterPoint West Design Showroom, 3590 Harbor Gateway N, Costa Mesa, California 92626, Dr. Crutchfield will offer professional education for dentists.

What can you expect to learn?

1. Why CBCT
2. Advantages of CBCT
3. CBCT for digital orthodontic care
4. Leveraging CBCT for practice promotion and growth

Ready to register?

Click here: https://kerreducation.cvent.com/CostaMesaCA101119
For additional information on the course, please contact
Ty Ramsey at 469.360.1031 or Jeff Dierks at 636.698.4862

KaVo Kerr Corporation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Kerr Corporation designates this activity for 5 Continuing Education credits.

Meet your instructor

Dr. William E. Crutchfield

Dr. Bill Crutchfield, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia (VCU) and its orthodontic residency, is committed to his patients in a completely digital orthodontic practice in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Considered an expert in digital orthodontics, he is member of Ormco Insiders advisory board, SureSmile clinical advisory board and an advisor for OrthoScience.

Dr. Crutchfield frequently speaks on topics that include: clinical digital orthodontics, digital team design and digital practice management. Besides serving as president of the VAO and MCV Orthodontic Foundation, he also served the AAO as chairman of the AAOPAC and as a member of the Council of Governmental Affairs for over a decade.

Premier CEO talks AI and dentistry with WSJ

As President and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, a family business that develops, manufactures and distributes dental products worldwide, Julie Charlestein (shown above) is the first woman and the fourth generation of the Charlestein family to lead the company, which was founded by her great grandfather, Julius Charlestein, in 1913.

In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Agam Shah, Charlestein discussed how she believes Artificial intelligence (AI) will keep the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania- based business “alive for another century.”

Charlestein, who was voted one of The Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report, is leading Premier through its next evolutionary phase. Her aim: driving relevance to the marketplace with a customer-driven mindset underpinned by a focus on technology, data, brand strength, and human capital.

From his discussion with Charlestein, Shah explains Premier’s process:

“The company is using machine-learning algorithms to analyze historical sales data, information on dental procedures purchased from a data company, and U.S. dental industry trends to predict which products dentists are likely to need. Premier then uses that insight to determine what to promote. For instance, the company’s analysis spotted a need for a special clay paste for crowns and bridges, prompting it to boost marketing of its Traxodent product.

AI also helped the company identify the best applications for its SmartCap technology. The material provides long-lasting protection from tooth decay through microcapsules filled with fluoride, calcium and phosphate. Premier took information about SmartCap and matched it up with information from dentists on how they would most likely use the technology. The AI helped it figure out that more relevant applications for the product would be in areas such as sealant to protect enamel from decay. The company dedicated more resources in putting SmartCap in the applications recommended by AI, holding back from using it in other products to stave off the risk of dentists not using it.”

“Deciding not to do something in medical device development is as valuable as deciding to do something.”

Julie Charlestein, Premier President and CEO, discusses the value of AI in a recent Wall Street Journal interview.

Read the complete Wall Street Journal interview: https://on.wsj.com/2XormXk (free log-in needed for full text)

Refocus your dental workplace around its people

Fit out your dental office with setting that are fine-tuned to your staff’s activities and needs. Benco Dental can help you seamlessly insert furnishings and digital tools into areas where people can be more creative and efficient, says Mandy Welman, CenterPoint Interior Designer.

Herman Miller Exclave Whiteboard System travel with teams and individuals throughout the day to help preserve and disseminate good ideas.

Empower frictionless work

To achieve this, Benco’s CenterPoint Design team helps align your surroundings, furnishings and tools so work flows seamlessly in every area of your practice and into all office layouts. With Exclave, creative thinking that begins in one space can be refined or expanded in another. Shown above, Exclave Whiteboard system, designed for Herman Miller by Gianfranco Zaccai can be moved from room to room.
Whiteboards, tackboards, and lightweight eco boards travel with teams and individuals throughout the day to help preserve and disseminate good ideas. Mobile carts support the movement of boards, and provide freestanding display and space delineation in open areas. Rails installed in a variety of locations offer flexible, adaptable support for the full suite of Exclave products.

Equip your team with intuitive tools

Put the right technology, right where people need it.

Benco’s IT team partners with leading tech companies to deliver tools to integrate into all office settings.

Logitech SmartDock with Public Office Landscape

Logitech SmartDock schedules meetings and includes lock and dock to allow for phone calls.

Barco ClickShare with Public Office Landscape

Barco ClockShare’s wireless options for presentations is ideal for financial consults and training sessions.

Robin Reservation System with Public Office Landscape

Robin Reservation System offers scheduling, location services and managing your dental office from one main hub. You can be at your seat and scheduling and it will reflect lists of appointments outside treatment or training rooms.

Spend smartly with a streamlined process

Benco Dental offers doctors the ability to save time and money by working with its CenterPoint and vendor partners to design, order and install all your office furnishings and digital tools. This efficient process ensures you get only the products your people need to accomplish their work and stay in sync with each other.

Want to learn how you can incorporate these office furnishings and digital tools in your practice?

Contact Mandy Welman at 570-602-7011 or hermanmiller@benco.com

Let’s talk about dentin.

Whether providing outstanding adhesion to dentin or creating an all-in-one dentin substitute, Septodont is delivering innovation. Two unique products stand out in the recent offerings: a root canal sealer, BioRoot™ RCS Mineral-based RC Sealer, and an all-in-one dentin substitute, Biodentine.

BioRoot RCS from Septodont. Bioactive mineral root canal sealer.
BioRoot RCS from Septodont, bioactive mineral root canal sealer.

Got a tooth in trouble? This outstanding adhesive seals the solution.

BioRoot™ RCS Mineral-based RC Sealer, created from pure calcium silicate, is monomer-free, which ensures zero shrinkage.

How does it present a tight seal with single cone obturation? Outstanding adhesion to dentin and gutta-percha points. BioRoot continues the sealing process in the presence of moisture.

A convenient hand-mix presentation offers a few additional benefits:
•• Full control of the final viscosity
•• Reduced risk of cross contamination compared to in-mouth inserted syringes
•• Less material waste through hand dosage of powder.

See case results at: https://www.septodontusa.com/products/bioroot-rcs
Order BioRoot RCS at: https://shop.benco.com/Product/4854-320/bioroot-rcs-kit

One material, seven uses.

Biodentine, an all-in-one dentin substitute can be used for a base/liner, direct and indirect pulp capping, pulpotomies (under stainless steel crowns), root perforations and apical surgeries.

Made from the highest purity mineral, it offers versatility and excellent sealing properties. It acts quickly (sets in 10-12 minutes) so that full restorations can be completed in one office visit.

It does not stain, offers excellent radiopacity, and eliminates surface preparation and the bonding required due to the micro-mechanical anchorage. 

How does it save teeth? Biodentine features a higher compressive strength than dentin, it preserves pulp, and promotes pulp healing, which in most cases eliminates root canal therapy. 

Read the clinical results: https://www.septodontusa.com/products/biodentine

Order Biodentine: https://shop.benco.com/Product/4322-798/biodentine-bioactive-dentin-substitute-box-of-15?SearchId=3bb78eb3-6ff9-4b6e-aff4-687b03709150

Danaher: New dental company to be named Envista Holdings Corp.

Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) (“Danaher”) today announced that Envista Holdings Corporation (“Envista” or the “Company”) will be the name of the separate company Danaher intends to create and take public via an initial public offering in the second half of 2019. 

Envista will be comprised of three operating companies within Danaher’s Dental segment: Nobel Biocare Systems, KaVo Kerr, and Ormco. These businesses have significant positions in dental implants, orthodontics, dental equipment and consumables, and include brands such as Nobel Biocare, KaVo, Kerr, i-CAT, Dexis, Metrex, Pelton & Crane, Ormco, Implant Direct, and Orascoptic.

Envista will be led by Amir Aghdaei, who will become President and Chief Executive Officer. Aghdaei currently serves as Danaher Group Executive with responsibility for the Dental segment.

Envista will be led by Amir Aghdaei, who will become President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Envista’s name is a combination of two Latin root words: ‘en’, a prefix meaning to be within, and ‘vista’, meaning a view. Our logo of concentric circles represents our ability to collaboratively achieve endless possibilities ahead. The Envista brand reflects the forward-looking energy that embodies our company culture.”

Amir Aghdaei, who will become Envista Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer.

Aghdaei continued, “Envista’s culture will be built on four core values: ‘Better Choices, Better Outcomes,’ ‘Relationships Built on Trust,’ ‘Innovation in Action,’ and ‘Continuous Improvement as a Competitive Advantage.’ Our Danaher heritage helped us shape these values and serves as a strong foundation for our business. The Envista Business System, which will be based on the Danaher Business System, will be our common operating model.”

Envista intends to apply to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock symbol will be NVST. 

Envista will employ 12,000 people worldwide. The company’s website is www.envistaco.com.

About Danaher

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping its customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. Its family of world class brands has leadership positions in the demanding and attractive health care, environmental and applied end-markets. With more than 20 operating companies, Danaher’s globally diverse team of approximately 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, and our Shared Purpose, Helping Realize Life’s Potential. For more information, visit www.danaher.com.

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Dr. Arash Hakhamian’s dental app delivers care at a hospital room, home — even poolside #IE40Under40

Searching for a more relaxed atmosphere for oral health care with vetted expert dentists? Dentulu offers fully mobile dental units that can pop up in any standard 10 by 10 room, where an electrical outlet is the only necessity for the Dentulu team. This includes the living room, bedroom, hospital room, senior living center, or even poolside (shown at top).

“I have been performing mobile dental services for the rich and famous here in Beverly Hills for almost a decade and an excited about providing access to this incredible service for all Americans alike,” said Dr. Arash Hakhamian, founder and CEO of Dentulu.

Meet the founder, CEO of Dentulu

Dr. Arash Hakhamian, chosen as one of the 2018 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 award winners, is the founder and CEO of Dentulu, Dentistry on Demand, platform. According to Dr. Hakhamian, Dentulu is the world’s first and only on demand mobile app that allows patients anywhere in the United States to connect to a dentist, on demand and from the comfort of their own home, within a few minutes. Dentulu’s multiple features allow for increased access to dentists both virtually and through mobile dentists who are able to provide dental care in the comfort of the patient’s home or workplace.

“My hope and dream for the future of dentistry is to bring our profession up to date with the technological advancements we currently see in other sectors. The Uberization of different sectors has helped give the user more control of their experience and Dentistry has unfortunately lagged behind other fields.

The public can now schedule doctors, haircuts, massages and a myriad of other services to their home and there is no reason basic dental services should not be available as well.”

Dr. Arash Hakhamian, founder and CEO of Dentulu, Dentistry on Demand platform
Dr. Arash Hakhamian worked with companies, including Google, to set up the Dentulu platform.

Need to connect with a licensed dentist within 5 minutes?

With the help of recent legislation that has passed by Congress and the American Dental Association, Dentulu is now able to bridge the access to dental care for millions of Americans through the use of mobile and teledentistry.

“Patients who are having an emergency no longer have to take a trip to the Urgent Care or Emergency Department to address their concerns, only to wait for hours and sometimes walk away with opioids and recommendations to find a dentist. Patients can now simply download the Dentulu app and connect with a licensed dentist within five minutes and receive immediate care through a real time virtual consultation and have a prescription sent to a pharmacy and simultaneously connect with a dentist that can see them in his or her dental office.”

Dr. Arash Hakhamian, founder and CEO of Dentulu, Dentistry on Demand platform

This service is not only for emergencies. Patients who are interested in a consultation or a second opinion on various treatments such as cosmetic dentistry, braces, implants or wisdom teeth can also schedule a virtual consultation from the comfort of their own home with a trained dental expert for less than $10. The patient simply picks the type of dental professional they want to consult with on the Dentulu Network and can schedule a 10 minute consultation to meet and doctor and have all of their questions answered before making a trip to the dental office.

Dentulu also provides mobile dental services to almost any location of the patients choosing. Busy patients along with elderly or disabled patients no longer have to waste hours of time and deal with the logistic nightmares of sitting in traffic or the waiting room for simple checkups and cleanings. By downloading the Dentulu application, patients are able to schedule basic cleanings, whitenings, Invisalign and other basic dental services to their home or workplace, saving them time and money, with or without the use of dental insurance.

Receive care at home, a hospital room, senior living center … even poolside

Dentulu offers fully mobile dental units that can pop up in any standard 10 by 10 room, including the living room (shown above), bedroom, hospital room, senior living center, or even poolside where an electrical outlet is the only necessity for the Dentulu team. This service has been proven to save patients time and also provide a comfortable and relaxed environment where the patient and family can get individualized and person attention with vetted expert dentists in their area.

“I have helped implement the protocols for proper infection control and logistics in providing mobile dental care for various organizations including NGO’s in third world countries, where access to dental care is limited.”

Dr. Arash Hakhamian, founder and CEO of Dentulu, Dentistry on Demand platform

According to Dr. Hakhamian, Dentulu also provides numerous features including: Virtual Reality (VR) glasses, aromatherapy, and audio/visual software that patients can utilize to improve the user experience. By changing the environment of the dental services, Dentulu provides an opportunity to reduce the anxiety and fear of the dental office and enhances the patients comfort during dental procedures.

“We have worked diligently with great organizations, including Google and Amazon, in setting up our platform, and will continuously improve our capabilities to provide a great user experience while working with local dentists in increasing their patient acquisition and generating new patients seeking their services to their office.

Please visit the Dentulu website at www.dentulu.com or visit our social media pages for more information. We are currently enrolling clinicians coming to a city near you! There is also an investor page for those interested in investing with our company. “

Dr. Arash Hakhamian, founder and CEO of Dentulu, Dentistry on Demand platform
Dr. Arash Hakhamian worked with companies, including Google, to set up the Dentulu platform.

Dentulu is currently launching in Los Angeles and is actively seeking investors for expansion to the remainder of the United States.

“I have been performing mobile dental services for the rich and famous here in Beverly Hills for almost a decade and an excited about providing access to this incredible service for all Americans alike,” added Dr. Hakhamian.

Want to learn more?

Find details about Dentulu at ww.dentulu.com

Dr. Jason Auerbach’s advice for dental practice design: Be who you are.

Dr. Jason Auerbach, founder of Riverside Oral Surgery, Official Oral Surgeons of the New Jersey Devils, has turned his vision into the premier practice in Northern New Jersey.

Being an oral surgeon for a National Hockey League team would seem to be a ticket to professional prosperity. For Dr. Jason Auerbach, one of the tooth docs for the New Jersey Devils, that notion is bolstered by his newest elegant facility in the town of Englewood, just across the Hudson River from Upper Manhattan.

Riverside Oral Surgery, which Dr. Auerbach — a member of the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 in 2014 — founded a dozen years ago, now comprises five oral surgeons and four offices throughout the region. His design sensibility has progressed in that time as well.

“When I built my first practice in River Edge, the focus was on re-creating something of a boutique hotel experience,” he says. “Patients come in anxious, and they need a certain level of comfort. We did that with colors and textures. It was relaxed and tranquil—almost spa-like.”

Dr. Jason Auerbach
Dr. Jason Auerbach discusses the style elements featured at one of his four New Jersey dental offices. “Concrete, metals, harder angles, grays and whites—but still comfortable enough that patients don’t feel they’re in a stark environment.”
(Photography courtesy ARI BURLING)

The current fashion in medical practice aesthetics, he observes, is sterility. “Still, you don’t want to lose that comfort.” He looked to model the newest offices after the style of trendy New York lofts: “Concrete, metals, harder angles, grays and whites—but still comfortable enough that patients don’t feel they’re in a stark environment.”

Looking for a design tip?

Dr. Auerbach’s got several here and more to share in the summer edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/the-puck-stops-here/

“Attention to detail is everything. I’m attuned to what I would want. Sit in a chair, sit in the recovery room, understand what the patient is seeing. Get a sense of the rooms from the patient’s perspective. Be who you are, and you’ll attract the patients who belong with you. Your truth will come through. You gotta be you.”

—Dr. Jason Auerbach