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Warning Sirona Dental Systems Inc Pesimists! Is Your Research Better Than Of Blair William & CoIl - Octafinance

Warning Sirona Dental Systems Inc Pesimists! Is Your Research Better Than Of Blair William & CoIl - Octafinance | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it

Latest SEC filings show 244 hedge funds and institutional investors own Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. The institutional ownership of the company in Q1 2015 is very high, at 103.22% of the shares outstanding. They increased by 353509 the total shares they hold. As of that quarter these institutional investors owned 57340670 shares. A total of 27 funds opened new positions in Sirona Dental Systems, Inc and 103 increased their holdings. There were 30 funds that closed their positions and 72 that reduced them.

5 investors have the firm in their Top 10. Some of these are: Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management Llc, Norris Perne & French Llp Mi, Generation Investment Management Llp, Cantillon Capital Management Llc, Sumit Capital Llc.

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Lean practice management

Lean practice management | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
As the United States health-care system struggles to control costs, providers must find ways to increase value while reducing overhead.
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ClearCorrect expanding production capacity for orthodontic aligners by 30 % with additional Stratasys 3D printers

ClearCorrect expanding production capacity for orthodontic aligners by 30 % with additional Stratasys 3D printers | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
ClearCorrect LLC, a leading manufacturer of clear orthodontic aligners, has added more Objet Eden500V 3D Printers to its sizable fleet of Stratasys 3D Printers.
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Roland DGA Announces Development of New Wet Milling Machine for Producing Custom Dental Prosthetics

Roland DGA Announces Development of New Wet Milling Machine for Producing Custom Dental Prosthetics | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - February 12, 2015) - Roland DGA Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of dental milling technologies, today announced the development of a new wet milling dental machine, the DWX-4W, to be exhibited at key dental conferences worldwide beginning in February 2015.The recent introduction of CAD/CAM software, CNC milling...
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The Foundation For Dental Laboratory Technology Education Grant winners announced

The Foundation For Dental Laboratory Technology Education Grant winners announced | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
The grant was created in order to support the Foundation’s purpose by recognizing the need for increased accessibility to fundamental education in dental laboratory technology.
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Digital Scanning: Not just for crowns and bridges

Digital Scanning: Not just for crowns and bridges | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it

Pamela G. Doray, DMD, MSED, FAGD, AAACD

By now,everyone has heard about the advantages of scanning dental impressions digitally. Digital "impressions" are more comfortable for patients, faster for the dental team, and are able to produce highly accurate images that contribute to restorations that seat easily and quickly. I personally have used a digital scanner for six years, and have been able to see how each successive generation of the technology has improved on the last. Today, scanners have reached a point where they are more flexible, accurate, and productive than ever before.

My current scanner is the 3M True Definition Scanner, which has greatly streamlined the workflow in my office, and not just for crown and bridge work. Very often the discussions surrounding scanners pertain just to crown and bridge applications, which is logical given how much of the average dentist's day is devoted to these procedures. But digital scanners have capabilities far beyond crowns and bridges, which can make them even more valuable tools. It's important for practitioners to consider not only what they might be comfortable doing with a digital scanner now, but also what additional workflows they might one day want to incorporate into their daily practices.

Understanding a scanner's "architecture"

When considering various scanning systems, dentists should carefully examine the way they integrate with other technologies. This integration, or lack thereof, will dictate the workflows that the dentist can access. For example, the 3M system has two different categories of connections that give the dentist the opportunity to perform many other applications. These include orthodontic treatment, implant dentistry, and CAD/CAM milling of restorations.

First, there are "Trusted Connections," which means that a workflow has been technically and clinically tested, and that dentists can expect a high level of integration and smooth communication between technologies. Currently, the 3M scanner has Trusted Connections with various technologies for chairside mills, implants, and orthodontic appliances.

In addition to Trusted Connections, the 3M scanner also produces "open" STL files, which means that the scans can be exported to any system that accepts STL files. This is in contrast to many scanner systems that are "closed," producing files only compatible with a limited selection of workflows. With an "open" system, dentists have the flexibility to use the scanner for whatever options they would like in terms of design, materials, and production, as long as the system can accept STL files. For example, many dentists are currently taking advantage of these open connections to produce night guards or other appliances.

Reviewing a few sample workflows will help illustrate how my 3M True Definition scanner gives me flexible options for a wide variety of restorations and treatments:

Biomet 3i Implants

With this workflow, we use the scanner to take a digital impression of the Biomet 3i BellaTek Encode Healing Abutment that is in place. This healing abutment has codes on the occlusal surface that eliminate the need for an impression coping. After reviewing the scan for completeness and accuracy, we send it electronically to the BellaTek Production Center. There, a patient-specific abutment is designed and sent to my designated lab for review, after which the custom abutment is milled by the Production Center. The abutment and an SLA model of the abutment, working model, and counter model are then sent to my lab, where the final restoration is designed and finished. The lab then delivers the model, abutment, and restoration to me. For my office, this entire workflow simply involves the initial scan and electronic submission of the files, making this workflow faster, easier, and more efficient than conventional implant impression techniques. I was actually a pilot user of this workflow with the earlier generation 3M ESPE Lava Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. Now it works even more smoothly with the Trusted Connection to the 3M True Definition Scanner.

Invisalign

To create Invisalign clear aligners, we scan the full arch and review the 3-D model on the touch screen to ensure the scan has been captured accurately. We then send the scans electronically via the Trusted Connection to Invisalign. While the guidelines say to allow 90 minutes for the information to be transmitted, in my experience this sometimes takes as little as 10 minutes. On the Invisalign Doctor Site, we simply enter the patient's information and attach his or her scan to the online prescription. Once I have approved the ClinCheck created by Invisalign, the aligners are manufactured and shipped back to me. We absolutely love this workflow and patients do too. Once again, it is faster, easier, and more efficient.

Control, versatility, and accuracy

This flexible system of both open and Trusted Connections gives me greater control of the workflows used in my practice and with our selected labs. Today, I find that nearly every lab I work with is totally on board to handle the scans or collaborate in the digital workflow with SLA models. Lab technicians tell me they appreciate that the SLA models are more durable than stone, so they won't chip or break. The models also have very crisp, sharp detail and a better surface finish than prior generations of digitally produced models. These models and the open STL files give me the freedom to be innovative and apply my scans in different applications. The 3M system expands my ability to use the digital data and does not limit how I can apply it.

In any of the workflows discussed here, accuracy is of course paramount. I have found that digital scanning provides a level of accuracy that we cannot achieve with conventional impression-taking materials, simply due to the nature of the materials and the process. Any conventional material has to be mixed, introducing the risk of bubbles, voids, or uneven setting of the material. In addition, every material on the market has some degree of shrinkage, and every model that is poured will have some degree of setting expansion. Furthermore, conventional impressions must be disinfected, which often occurs once at the dental office and again at the lab. Each of these factors can introduce a small amount of distortion into the process with conventional techniques, regardless of the dentist's or lab technician's expertise.

In contrast, a digital scan gives the dentist the ability to immediately see the "impression" on the chairside screen and to magnify it to examine every aspect in detail. In addition to being much faster than a conventional impression, this process virtually guarantees that the dentist will send the lab a complete and accurate "impression." If something doesn't look right, it can be rescanned in a matter of seconds. It's no longer necessary to send an impression off to the lab and hope it pours up OK.

Conclusion

As illustrated by the sample workflows discussed here, digital scanners have evolved far beyond typical crown and bridge applications. Today, a scanner can serve as the entry point to a long list of workflows, and dentists and labs have additional freedom to think of their own applications for STL files. As more Trusted Connections are added, dentists will gain access to even more efficient workflows.

The ongoing expansion of capabilities for these systems is great for patients, dentists, and labs. Patients get a more comfortable and consistent experience in the chair, and dentists and labs gain a tool that helps them work more quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

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Stratasys 3D Printed Dental Models Transforming Orthodontics at NimroDENTAL Orthdontic Solutions - YouTube

NimroDENTAL Orthdontic Solutions is a well established modern orthdontic lab in the heart of London, using Stratasys 3D printed solutions to produce faster a...
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Sun Dental Labs now offers free digital model storage with every orthodontic appliance case

Sun Dental Labs now offers free digital model storage with every orthodontic appliance case | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
Sun Dental Labs has been a leader in the fixed and removable market since its founding and has now established itself in the orthodontic space. With every orthodontic case sent to Sun Dental Labs, free model storage will be provided to all customers.  
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A personal look: How is this dental lab handling shift toward more in-house lab procedures?

A personal look: How is this dental lab handling shift toward more in-house lab procedures? | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
As dental practices bring more procedures in-office, dental labs will need to adjust. This lab president has found the advantages in the new trend, and offers some tips for other labs on how to handle the rapid changes.
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Bringing dentistry into the digital age Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group

Bringing dentistry into the digital age Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
Technology and medicine become more integrated with each passing day. Currently, scientists are on the cusp of creating human organs with 3-D printers and using mechanized devises to replicate the functions of the human heart. Dentistry is also experiencing these rapid advancements thanks to new technologies as well. Ron Hill, 21st Space Wing Area Dental Lab certified dental technician, said that while many procedures today still rely on hand-made impressions to build dental appliances, technology is quickly changing this process. Hill began his career in dentistry while serving as a fixed prosthetic technician in the Army during the Vietnam War. He continued in this field from 1973-1989 with his own private dental appliance practice until he joined the Air Force as a civilian in 1998. According to Hill, many dental appliances — such as bridges or crowns — are still manufactured by hand. This process begins by molding an impression of a patient’s dental arch after which technicians at a base’s dental clinic create a positive cast from the impression.
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Individual treatment steps with the glass ionomer restorative material Ketac™ Molar - YouTube

The video shows you quickly several treatment steps with the glass ionomer Ketac™ Molar and its clinical advantages. More advantages: - No protective varnish...
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Protemp™ Plus Temporization Material Operatory Technique - YouTube

3M ESPE Protemp™ Plus Temporization Material Operatory Technique video
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How to use Imprint™ 4 VPS Impression Material - YouTube

The fastest route to stress-free impressions (intra-oral setting time 01:15)! The animation shows you how to use this innovative A-silicone. It also offers y...
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May the force be with you

May the force be with you | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it

Our industry is aggressively converting to CAD/CAM technology. This seems to be very exciting and promising to the dental industry as a whole. Restorations that used to require many visits appear to require fewer. Those that were challenging or problematic appear to be easier. Where quality was difficult to achieve, accuracy now appears to be guaranteed. And what was expensive appears to be more affordable.

In some ways, all of these statements are true. CAD/CAM technology, like other digital technologies, is a wonderful advancement that enables us to do things we could not have previously imagined. Along with the benefits, however, it has its challenges.

Look at how our lives have changed in the last 30 years. Digital technology has made our lives so much easier . . . or has it? Prior to the 1980s, we used typewriters and ledgers for our bookkeeping and office management. Computers and word processing software promised to make these responsibilities easier and more cost-effective by eliminating the need for carbon paper and streamlining our office systems. And mostly, that promise turned out to be true: We no longer have to manually type all of our invoices and statements, and we can now compose letters, memos, and other documents without those clunky typewriters.

Before computers, however, we did not have to worry about software crashes, viruses, hacking, data corruption, never-ending software upgrades, or the cost of new computers in an ever-changing world of technology. If you were to evaluate the time and cost of continually upgrading modern computer technology, you would be quite surprised about how much more time and money we pay for our present-day office management systems. In no way am I suggesting that we go back in time to pre-1980s technology, of course; I am just suggesting that we keep in mind the investments and responsibilities that are required for adapting to the digital age of dentistry.

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JawClamp - Jaw Therapy Device

JawClamp - Jaw Therapy Device | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it

The JawClamp is a brand new start-up venture. In order to get your feedback, a small volume production have been manufactured using 3D printing technology.  This innovative manufacturing process can produce strong, high precision parts and is a proven way to produce quality parts at an affordable price. 
Once we go into full production we estimate the device to retail for $170.00 USD. We anticipate to start selling by the end of 2015. 

I've been testing the JawClamp for the last 9 months, but not yet in a clinical trial. If you would like to obtain an early JawClamp for your patients, yourself, or a loved one to become our early beta testers, you can purchase a JawClamp for a low price of $70.00 USD for the "Mini size" and $80.00USD for the "Standard size", plus shipping. Your name will also be automatically entered in our giveaway of a second JawClamp. Just fill out the form below and you’ll get further instructions by email.

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Dental Lab System Products, Dental Milling Systems parts, Dental 3D Laser Scanner Parts, Dental Furnace Parts - For Sale from Authorized Distributor

Dental Lab System Products, Dental Milling Systems parts, Dental 3D Laser Scanner Parts, Dental Furnace Parts - For Sale from Authorized Distributor | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
Dental Lab System Products, Dental Milling Systems parts, Dental 3D Laser Scanner Parts, Dental Furnace Parts - For Sale from Authorized Distributor
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Live Demo (short) - how to dip and custom shade monolithic Lava™ Plus Zirconia restorations - YouTube

See two shading options - fast and easy dip shading and natural gradient shading. Consistent and reproducible shade match to the VITA classical A1-D4 shade g...
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Evident dental lab software is exhibiting at the Cal Lab Group annual meeting February 26th and 27th 2015. | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Evident dental lab software is exhibiting at the Cal Lab Group annual meeting February 26th and 27th 2015. | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
This is the second time Evident has been invited to exhibit at the Cal-Lab Group meeting making it a great way to meet up with old and new customers. To contact Evident for a personalized on line demo, dental labs can go to http://www.evidentlabs.com or call 877 909 7770 Ext 1. | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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Stratasys Introduces Its Most Versatile 3D Printer for Digital Dentistry | Business Wire

Stratasys Introduces Its Most Versatile 3D Printer for Digital Dentistry | Business Wire | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Adva
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Dental Imaging Center Bay Area Gets 3D Dentistry Right

Dental Imaging Center Bay Area Gets 3D Dentistry Right | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it

CT scanning allows us to see what we need to do before beginning a procedure. We are able to see the condition, shape, and precise locations of teeth, bones, and tissues with a quick, comfortable, non-invasive scan; which dentists using traditional methods might not know of until the surgery begins.


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What I love about this practice is the manner in which 3D CBCT is put front and center at the website. 3D is the future and it is coming fast. So many dental practices have yet to learn this.

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Braces-themed jewelry aims to make orthodontics more fun -- Gazette.Net

Braces-themed jewelry aims to make orthodontics more fun -- Gazette.Net | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
A product developed by Chevy Chase dentists and their family is designed to make having braces a little bit more fun. Bracket Ears are earrings designed to look like braces, complete with interchangeable colors. Dr. Casey Crafton, a dentist who runs Crafton Dental in Columbia with his wife, Dr. Lisa Crafton, said he and his daughters started talking about Bracket Ears more than two years ago. His son Christopher was taking part in a bike ride to raise money for autism advocacy, and his daughters, McKenzie and Gigi, had the idea to create a product that could also raise money for good causes. “Somehow, an earring that looks like braces kind of stuck,” Crafton said. Instead of a gem, the post earrings have brackets that look just like the ones orthodontists put on teeth. Colored rubber bands allow people to change the look. “The plan was to sell it to dental practices, and we figured we’d try to do it that way and then donate a portion of the proceeds to autism [advocacy],” Crafton said.
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Dental Imaging Market Worth $2,686.5 Million by 2019

DALLAS, October 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

According to the new market research report the
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Dental Trade-In and Trade-Up

Dental Trade-In and Trade-Up | Dental Manufacturing | Scoop.it
You can now trade in your old dental 3D printer for a discount credit toward a new Objet Eden260V 3D Printer from Stratasys.
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3M Denture Attachment System - Meet Ed - YouTube

3M Denture Attachment System - Meet Ed. 3M Denture Attachment System, mini dental implants
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