U.S. veterans, homeless to benefit from Affordable Dentures & Implants® pro bono implant treatment initiative


Affordable Dentures & Implants® announced recently that it will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute of Phoenix, Arizona to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017 alone. About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from across the U.S. to Phoenix as part of the effort.

The pro bono program will occur over six three-day sessions throughout 2017. The sessions are facilitated by Brighter Way Dental Institute at Central Arizona Shelter


Kris Volcheck, DDS, MBA 

Services in Phoenix. Drs. Kris Volcheck and Justin Moody will oversee clinical care at each of the sessions. Twelve Affordable Dentures & Implants affiliates participated in a successful pilot session last October, delivering free care estimated at $440,000.

“This program reflects our affiliates’ shared commitment to deliver tooth replacement care with dignity and respect to those who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Doug Brown, President and CEO of Affordable Care, the dental support organization affiliated with Affordable Dentures & Implants. “As a national dental support organization, we have a special opportunity to use our network size and resources to give back to underserved communities.”

The Brighter Way Dental Institute, formerly known as the CASS Dental Clinic for the Homeless, provides comprehensive dental care and a dental home to not only homeless individuals but also to adults and military veterans, many of whom do not receive dental benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tooth replacement solutions – including full-arch implant restorations like those performed at Brighter Way – often are beyond the financial reach for those without dental insurance. Affordable Dentures & Implants practice owners have historically elected to set everyday fees lower than insurance co-pays for the same treatment.

More people each year – including new and experienced denture wearers – are turning to dental implants as a more desired tooth replacement solution. Implants help to stop or slow bone loss (resorption) in the jaw, and restore more tooth function than dentures or other options.

The Brighter Way program is also made possible through financial contributions from BioHorizons, a global manufacturer of dental implants and tissue regeneration products. Other program sponsors include dental industry leaders Carestream Dental, Sterngold, Meisinger, Benco Dental and Implant Concierge.

Affordable Dentures & Implants’ participation in the 2017 Brighter Way program will build upon a record year of giving back and volunteering.

  • More than 100 dentists, lab technicians and business support staff gave their time at more than 20 Mission of Mercy pro bono events across the U.S. in 2016. Lab technicians produced more than 700 partial dentures and other appliances at Mission of Mercy events during the year.
  • Affordable Care renewed a significant annual contribution to America’s Dentists Care Foundation and to more than 20 state-level Mission of Mercy organizations.
  • And more than 200 dentists within the affiliated practice network have taken part in international implant volunteerism since 2014, including through a partner clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico, performing more than an estimated $5 million in implant surgery and related services in that time frame.

“Unfortunately, veterans are more likely to be homeless than the general population – they comprise approximately 10 percent of our homeless population,” said Dr. Kris Volcheck, Brighter Way Dental Institute CEO and founder.

“One of the greatest unmet needs of our homeless veterans is that of basic oral health care. Even if basic care were available, it still would be woefully lacking in its ability to treat those veterans who are edentulous. These men and women, who are often missing all of their teeth, are our family and community members. Because they have no teeth and no smile, their health is poor and so is their self-esteem. For Brighter Way to be able to treat these patients who have served our nation in such a comprehensive manner is an honor. Simply put, restoring these patients’ health and self-esteem by placing implant-based dentures is the very best possible care available. And these veterans should be getting our very best efforts.”

For more information about Affordable Dentures & Implants®, visit www.affordabledentures.com.

For more about Brighter Way Dental Institute, visit http://brighterwaydental.org/

Should you thank your parents for cavities (and your sweet tooth)? WSJ report weighs in.



In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Mitchell, dental expert, Dr. Michael Glick offers insight about “the genetic roots to tooth decay.”

Dr. Glick, who serves as editor in chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association and as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, explains:

“The way enamel is formed on the tooth is probably the best candidate for genetics to have an impact.”

Is your sweet tooth inherited? Dr. Glick uses research on identical twins to answer that one.

Read the full story at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/do-cavities-run-in-your-family-1484323186

Sugar is the enemy, whether or not you have the “cavity gene.” So healthier diets and better oral hygiene habits can help everyone.


Who can deliver a ‘Clinical Problem Solver’? Benco Dental — in the form of QuickSplint


QuickSplint®, a clinical problem solver for dentistry, will now be available for sale through Benco Dental, the largest privately owned dental distributor in the U.S., according to Orofacial Therapeutics LP,  a San Diego-based medical device company founded by orofacial pain expert, Bradley Eli DDS, MS.

An interim bite plane that can be used as both a diagnostic aid and healing aid for dentistry, QuickSplint® by Orofacial Therapeutics, LP is the only dental splint designed specifically for short-term use of up to 4-6 weeks.

QuickSplint, which can be fabricated quickly and easily in the dental practice, was named a 2016 Clinical Problem Solver by The Dental Advisor, a Reader’s Choice Top 25 First Impression Product by Dentistry Today magazine, and received a favorable review in Dental Economics magazine in September 2016.

“When we saw QuickSplint and the positive reviews coming in on the product, we felt that it served a need for our customers,” said Matthew Alles, Marketplace Product Manager for Benco Dental.

Headquartered in Pittston, Pennsylvania, Benco Dental is the largest privately-owned and fastest-growing full-service dental distribution company in the United States. The company employs 1,300 people, and includes 50 regional showroom locations and five distribution centers that provide service to more than 30,000 dental professionals.

QuickSplint gives dentists the ability to offer their patients an immediate solution for pain and protection including:

  • Same-day treatment for acute jaw pain, orofacial pain
  • Diagnostic aid for parafunction and bruxism
  • Post-op healing aid to help jaw muscles relax and recover after dental treatment
  • Post-op temporary protection for anterior provisional veneers, newly placed implants, periodontal surgery, endodontically treated teeth, and other new dental restorations
  • Anterior bite-plane/Deprogrammer
  • Transitional or emergency appliance

To learn more about QuickSplint and its uses for general dentistry, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implant surgery, and more visit the QuickSplint website at http://www.quicksplint.com.

 Dr. Eli and Orofacial Therapeutics LP hold multiple patents in the fields of both sleep and pain. QuickSplint has been successfully utilized with patients for more than ten years and became available to dentists and dental specialists in 2011. QuickSplint is FDA 510k cleared and is made in the U.S.

Where do you stand on whipped cream?


Who doesn’t enjoy a dollop of this whipped wonder on a latte or hot chocolate?

How about an anxiety-free dental appointment?

When prioritizing the importance of nitrous oxide during the current nationwide shortage of this gas, medical and dental clients rise to the top.

A recent WashingtonPost.com report  offers the skinny as to why “some major manufacturers won’t be able to keep up with holiday demand” for aerosol whipped creams:

“A key ingredient in whipped cream is nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas” for its ability to relax people and ease pain when getting teeth pulled. But it also acts as a propellant to get whipped cream out of the can and a preservative to keep it from going rancid.

Just two companies, Air Liquide and Matheson Tri-Gas, produce nitrous oxide for all of the United States and Canada. Together, they operate five nitrous oxide plants, which supply the three packing facilities that can the majority of America’s whipped creams.

At each of these highly consolidated nodes, even a small disruption could impact a large number of products further down the supply chain.”

The not-so-small disruption in this instance: an August 28 explosion at the Air Liquide nitrous oxide facility in Florida that took one life and is currently under federal investigation.

What does this mean for dentists?

According to WasthingtonPost.com, “Air Liquide has allocated its remaining supply to medical clients first and back-burnered its clients in food manufacturing. With a limited supply of nitrous oxide, ConAgra (think Reddi-wip) and Dean Foods said they had to slash their whipped cream production.”

How does this hearken back to the Eggo waffle shortage of 2009? Read the full story to learn the parallel: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/21/the-real-reason-you-cant-buy-whipped-cream-this-christmas/?utm_term=.edb2f0965aee

Meanwhile, fear not for your upcoming dental visit.

As for satisfying your  sweet tooth?  Stock up on  Cool Whip (a non-aerosol whipped cream product).

Better yet, start early on your new year’s resolution to trim the fat, and order that morning beverage sans whip.

On a related topic, wherin lies the fate of your Guinness pour?



Who is delivering smiles in North Carolina?


Dr. Desiree Walker.

When help was needed, Dr. Walker (shown) began championing ongoing efforts to support Hurricane Matthew Recovery.

Since October devastating storms, she’s been focused on relief work in the community.

Recently, she presented over 1,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and other hygiene items donated by Benco Dental and Lumber River Dental to help students and young families at Southeastern Community College.

Learn more about her efforts and how to help: https://www.facebook.com/desiwalker?hc_ref=SEARCH