Are you changing the world through dentistry?


Join Dr. Casey Culberson (Molar Media Mount), Dr. Alene D’Alesio (Lily™ Method Pacifier Weaning System), Dr. Dave Ronto (Multi-Axis Sprial Suction) and more than 17 others who have earned a place in history for their contributions to dental innovation.

“Winning an Edison Award for my invention the Molar Media Mount was an incredible experience. From the New York City black-tie gala to the symposium beforehand, the experience was life changing. Having the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the greatest innovators of our time was both inspiring and humbling!” said Casey Culberson, DDS.

screenshot-2016-10-25-11-54-49Edison Awards™ will be presented in 15 categories next spring, including Dental/Medical, which will be featured in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine.

View a listing of previous year’s winners in the Dental/Medical categories below and read more about them in the 2015 and 2106 Spring issues of Incisal Edge:

What are you waiting for? Submit your nomination today:

2016 Award Recipients in Dental Categories include:



  • Solea® // by Convergent Dental


  •  Multi-Axis Sprial Suction // by Ghost Mfg


  • OralB PRO 5000 with Bluetooth // by Procter & Gamble


  • Dr. Kim’S Shadowless Headlamp // BY

2015 Award Recipients in Dental Categories include:

CATEGORY: Dental & ENT Surgical Tools

  •     Gold, Ti-Max Z45L by NSK
  •     Silver, DIEGO® ELITE™ Multidebrider® by Olympus Corporation of the Americas
  •     Bronze,    elements™free obturation system by Kerr Endodontics

CATEGORY: Dental Patient Care

  •     Gold, Lily™ Method Pacifier Weaning System by Inventionstring, LLC
  •     Silver, PRO-SYS® by Benco Dental Supply Company
  •     Bronze, Molar Media Mount by Molar Media Mount, LLC

CATEGORY:  Dental Scanners & 3D Printers

  •     Gold, 3DS Healthcare by 3D Systems
  •     Silver, 3M™ True Definition Scanner by 3M ESPE Dental
  •     Bronze, CS 3500 by Carestream Dental

CATEGORY: X-Ray & Laser Tools

  •     Gold, Solea by Convergent Dental
  •     Silver, NOMAD™ Pro 2 Handheld X-ray System by Aribex, Inc.
  •     Bronze, Green CT® by Vatech

CATEGORY: Diagnostic

  •     Gold, Opal Clinical Genome Informatics, Interpretation & Reporting System by Omicia, Inc.
  •     Silver, NOMAD™ MD Handheld X-ray System by Aribex, Inc.
  •     Bronze, Simoa by Quanterix




Searching for Fall’s beer alternative (that won’t rot your teeth)?


It might be hard cider, according to Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine Spirits columnist Jeffery Lindenmuth’s latest installment.

“An apple a day might deep the doctor away, but smash it, ferment it and bottle the tasty results, and doctors of dental surgery come running. Hard cider, the stuff with alcohol, is a colonial-era beverage enjoying a huge resurgence. Americans drank 30 million cases last year, compared to just 4.2 million cases in 2009. Unlike many mass-market “6-pack” ciders, the best ciders are made from fresh apples, without the addition of concentrate or sugar, and often include varieties specific to cider, giving them wine-like complexity.”

Read his take on five “beauties”– 1911 Founders’ Reserve Hard Cider Hopped,  Angry Orchard Walden Hollow 2016,  Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie 2014, and Domaine Christian Drouhin Poiré “Pear Cider,” — in the Fall edition of Incisal Edge

How I Found My Inner George Steinbrenner…


By Chuck Cohen / Managing Director at Benco Dental

Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1970s, I bucked the Phillies’ trend and became a passionate fan of the New York Yankees.


Chuck Cohen

Most young Yankee fans want to grow up to be Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle. That would have been fun, but I realized pretty early that my future was more George Steinbrenner than Reggie Jackson. Steinbrenner, the Yankee’s managing partner from the 1970s to the 2000s, was brash, outspoken, and demanding. He set high standards, changing managers 20 times in his first 23 years of ownership. He was New York in the days when New York was fighting through years of bankruptcy and crime. He was Donald Trump, before Donald Trump was Donald Trump.

Like most boys, I played Little League baseball, but not very well. My parents, who attended every game, said that watching me run from first to second base was excruciating: I took two steps to accelerate, and ran like I had a load in my pants weighing me down. I was thrown out at second. Often.

So I turned my attention to a version of baseball that was more my speed: Strat-o-Matic, kind of like fantasy baseball in the days before the internet and wins-above-replacement (WAR). In Strat-o-Matic, every player has a card with outcomes based on real statistics. Chair-side managers draft teams, and play nine inning games by rolling dice to recreate matchups between actual pitchers and batters. For many years, I was obsessed, playing for hours. My thousands of Strat-o-Matic cards still sit in a box, in the basement, each team wrapped in a dried-out rubber band, waiting for the day when one of my kids asks, ‘hey, what are those cards?’

A few years ago, my son invited me to play in a fantasy baseball league with a few of his seventh grade friends, and I was totally, embarrassingly obsessed. But it was a little unseemly for a 40-something-year-old father to taunt and beat up on his kid’s friends, so I retired from that league after three years and one championship. Thank God, my son didn’t disown me. At least not to my face.

So, when a friend called about a year ago and offered me the chance to buy a share of our local minor league baseball franchise, the top Yankees farm team, I listened. The amount of the investment was relatively small (I won’t share the amount here, but it’s far from the largest investment I’ve made), and the ownership stake less than 1%, practically a finger-nail clipping. The other partners made it clear that I receive no dividends, and the only way I will get my money back is if the team sells, or I find someone to buy my share. In short, not a smart investment.

They had me at ‘hello.’

In a very minority way, I could be George Steinbrenner, an owner of the Yankees, at least the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre version. I could sit in the owners’ box for a few games a year. Bask in the team’s success. Visit the locker room. Meet the players (actually, they’re just kids, about the same age as my son). Celebrate the wins. Bitch about the losses.

I spoke with my wife Rebecca, a life-long Red Sox fan. (Ask her about the big fight we had a few years ago over the ‘Red Sox Nation’ sign her mother bought for our house. Sign went back. Wasn’t pretty.) I explained that the investment was lousy, but I wanted it. As always, she supported my crazy idea. Just like that, I had achieved my dream to become the owner of a baseball team.

That was back in January. Since then, the team went on to have a stellar 2016 season, winning the league, and then the minor league version of the World Series. My involvement? I attended one game all season — in true fair-weather-fan style, a playoff game that the team won in September. I smiled all the way home.

It felt good, like I had scratched an itch on my back that was there for years, just slightly out of reach. No one noticed my new status as team owner, except me.

Until last week, when the team held a press conference to celebrate the team’s championship season, and introduce the new owners. The announcement went viral, thanks to Linked-in and other social media sites, and all of a sudden people emailed me their congratulations on ‘buying’ a baseball team. Everyone seemed excited, especially fellow baseball fans.

So, yes, I’m the owner of an oh-so-small sliver of a local minor league baseball team. And it feels good.

At our next owners’ meeting, which will be my first, I plan to channel my inner George Steinbrenner and have a complete temper tantrum, demanding that we fire the manager, even though we won the championship. After all, they can’t get rid of me now.

I pledge to make George proud!





Chicago dental practice thankful for ‘heroes’, ‘Good Samaritan’


Events that occurred Thursday at Skyline Smiles of West Loop, in Chicago, prompted the dental practice today to share a message of support for victims of domestic violence, encouraging them to “seek immediate help.”

According to a story Thursday for by reporter Stephanie Lulay @slulay2, Movers Hid Woman In Truck As Armed Ex Searched For Her At Dental Office:

“A group of movers may have saved a woman’s life Thursday by helping her hide in their truck while her armed ex looked for her at the West Loop dental office where she worked.

The incident happened just before 11 a.m. at Skyline Smiles, 1017 W. Madison St., according to a law enforcement source and witnesses. A man entered the location looking for his ex-girlfriend before fatally shooting himself outside, said Officer Laura Amezaga, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.

The man has been identified as Clint Engle, 40, of suburban Plainfield, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Engle may have stolen a firearm from a Plainfield home earlier Thursday, suburban police said.”

Thursday, via a social media post on the practice’s Facebook page, Skyline Smiles’ Dr. Ned, Deepak Neduvelil DDS, stated,  “I want to thank everyone for their concern and support, everyone at Skyline Smiles is safe and sound. We would like to thank the Chicago police department for the excellent job of keeping us all safe. Also I want to recognize the three men whose heroics saved a life.”

Any news headline that includes the phrases “armed ex” and “dental office” sends shockwaves through the dental community and the world at large. In this instance, the dental practice turns the focus onto the “heroes who came forward,” and the dangers of domestic violence.

In a more recent message (shown below), the brave Skyline Smiles team, scheduled to be treating patients again today, describes their staff “brought closer together, not just as a work family, but as a real family.”



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Where does award-winning practice design begin? For Dr. Holly Ellis: “smiling patients”.


Each day when Dr. Holly Ellis enters her newly constructed dental practice on Big Bend Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri, she is greeted by her most cherished aspect of the design: smiling patients.

“My favorite design feature is the 24-by-36-inch black and white framed photos of patients (shown above) that hang in our hallways. They each have a photo light directed at them. They highlight why we do what we do, their smiles say it all,” says the 36-year-old Kirkwood resident.


Home stretch. In June, 2015, Dr. Ellis showed excitement as the new construction project neared completion.

Recently, she learned Ellis Dental is being honored as one of the Outstanding New Dental Practices by Wells Fargo Practice Finance, Dental Economics, ADA Business Resources and the American Dental Association in their Dental Office Design Competition.


“I love my new office,” said Dr. Ellis, recipient of St. Louis Best Dentist Award annually since 2012.

One year ago in September, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the date that the  Ellis Dental team and its 1,900 patients relocated to more than 3,200 square feet of office space. 

“I was fortunate that I worked with a very detailed architect, contractor, and equipment specialist,” said Dr. Ellis, who advises other doctors constructing a practice to surround themselves with people they trust. She credited her team with finishing on time with zero change orders.

“We spent a good 18 months planning (from selecting a good agent, architect, and contractor). After taking a course from Mike Unthank, I had a clear vision for my project. We actually started with him before selecting our space. We then knew what to look for.  I was influenced by my dental consultants (Mosaic Management Group) as well as many of the offices I toured when visiting Unthank Design Group in Nebraska)….

Benco Dental was a huge support during the entire process. My Territory Rep Randi Miller kept in touch throughout the entire project and made sure to get me in touch with the proper people. Equipment Specialist Chad Wind was absolutely awesome! He took my husband (Justin) and I to one of Benco’s Centerpoint Design Showrooms. This process was invaluable. This allowed me to try out every patient chair and piece of equipment prior to making my selections. He spent this time devoted to us and assisting us with any questions.”


Eighteen months of planning with trusted advisors resulted in an on-time finish and results that recently garnered Ellis Dental a prestigious design award.

Innovative solutions on the design front, as well as the seamless incorporation of technology provided unexpected advantages.

 “The back business area has proven to be one of the best design solutions. It has allowed team members the space, organization, and privacy for calls and emails regarding treatment, referrals, ordering and follow-up,” said Dr. Ellis.

“Our top technology feature would have to be the use of the Nomad. It saves so much space and time with its compact size, portability, and ease of use.” 

Advance preparation proved vital to a successful new construction process, and at the end of the day, it factors hugely into the practice’s continued success.

“In our previous office we did not have a staff room,” said Dr. Ellis.  “We now have a staff room space where we can gather around a table and large screen for our huddles and team meetings. This allows us to properly prepare for our day in a more organized manner.” 

DESIGN CREDITS: Photographer: Jim Monsour, Justin Ellis, Holly Ellis. Interior Design: Unthank Design Group. Contractor: Steffle and Sons. Architect: Unthank Design Group. Dental Designer: Unthank Design Group and Benco Dental. Equipment Specialist: Chad Wind, Benco Dental. Friendly Benco Rep: Randi Miller