At CDS 2020: Owandy Radiology Debuts 5-Year Warranty Program that Covers Complete Product Line

Mount Laurel, NJ  – February 17, 2020 – Owandy Radiology Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software, will be introducing its new 5-year warranty program during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in booth #4821.

According to Owandy company spokesman Boris Loyez, “We’ve extended our standard 2-year warranty to 5 years with no additional upcharge to provide our customers with additional value and peace of mind. Our 5-year warranty includes our entire product line, including the I-Max 3D Cone Beam Unit, which is now our best seller since its recent upgrades which included improved face scanning and airway imaging, which support the rapidly growing segment of dental sleep medicine.”

In addition to the I-Max 3D, the Owandy 5-Year Warranty provides optimal protection to the following products:

Owandy I-Max Digital Pan Unit 
Opteo Digital Sensors
Owandy-RX X-Ray Generator
OwandyCR Plate Scanner System
Owandy-Cam and Owandy-Cam HD Intraoral Cameras

The Owandy 5-Year Warranty will be in full effect during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting and covers Owandy parts and service. Repairs are performed by Owandy’s network of local distributors.
-more-
For more information about the Owandy 5-Year Warranty Program, and other Owandy innovations, visit www.owandy.com, call 203-745-0575 or e-mail at sales@owandyus.com. Distributor inquiries are always welcome.

About Owandy Radiology, Inc.:

Headquartered in France, and serving North America from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Owandy Radiology is a global leader in the manufacture of dental radiology hardware and imaging software. Its products are distributed through dental dealers across the USA, and in 50 countries world-wide, on every continent.

# # #

Continue reading

Carestream Dental and Burkhart Dental Supply Partner to Deliver Digital Technology to More Doctors


ATLANTADoctors will soon have greater access to Carestream Dental’s innovative technology thanks to a new partnership with Burkhart Dental Supply. As an authorized dealer, Burkhart will be able to market, sell, install and service nearly all of Carestream Dental’s equipment, accessories and imaging software.
No matter where a doctor is on their digital journey, this new partnership makes it easy for the Burkhart team to guide and support them along the way with access to Carestream Dental technology. For example, the CS 8100 3D extraoral imaging system can capture high-resolution 3D images for a more confident diagnosis and the new award-winning CS 9600 CBCT system, a highly intuitive system with smart features, can make getting the right image on the first try easier than ever. The CS 3600 intraoral scanner, known for its high speed and precision, makes taking digital impressions faster and more comfortable for the patient, while the new CS 3700 intraoral scanner offers Smart-shade matching and unlimited workflow capacity from a single scan.
“Carestream Dental is excited to support the Burkhart team through sales activities, training, customer demos and event support,” Jeremy Thomas, general manager for the Americas Region, Carestream Dental, said. “The two companies share many of the same values, such as their focus on providing cutting-edge technology and ensuring doctors have the training and education to get the most out of their systems, which makes this the perfect partnership.”
“At Burkhart we believe in putting the needs of our clients first,” Jeff Reece, vice president. Sales and Marketing, Burkhart Dental Supply, said. “Collaborating with partners such as Carestream Dental, a Best of Class Award recipient, enables us to do just that. Their expertise in technology aligns with our desire to provide our clients with innovative digital solutions.”
To learn more about Burkhart Dental Supply, visit BurkhartDental.com. For more information on Carestream Dental’s innovative solutions visit carestreamdental.com.
XXX
About Burkhart Dental Supply
Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1888, Burkhart Dental Supply has ten regional divisions in eighteen locations, and three distribution centers. The company provides over $200 million a year in dental equipment and technology, equipment service and repair, supplies and consulting services.
  
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental is transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives around the world with its innovative digital product line of systems, solutions and support. From intraoral and extraoral imaging equipment to CAD/CAM solutions, imaging analysis software to practice management systems, Carestream Dental technology captures two billion images annually and aids in more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care.
Continue reading

Carestream Dental Introduces Digital Dentistry Difference Education Campaign

Initiative will transform public understanding and conversation about dental tech; updated Carestream Dental branding reinforces digital focus
CHICAGOCarestream Dental, an industry-leading provider of integrated digital dental solutions, introduced its Digital Dentistry Difference public education campaign today at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Through this campaign, the company will directly educate consumers about the benefits of digital dentistry and will arm doctors with resources to prompt conversation with their patients, solving a significant awareness gap that research suggests is harming patient perception of doctors and the oral healthcare industry overall. 
According to the first Global Digital Dentistry survey—commissioned by Carestream Dental in November 2019 to measure public attitudes, perceptions and behaviors related to dental technology—patients across the globe believe that the oral healthcare industry lags behind both optical and orthopedic in terms of the technology used. Even more surprising, less than half of patients even believe their doctor uses very advanced technology.
“It is a missed opportunity when you consider that doctors are investing in digital dentistry to improve patient care, yet many patients do not understand the level of advanced digital technology the industry offers, or how it can change their lives,” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., chief dental officer, Carestream Dental. “The Digital Dentistry Difference campaign will change that by speaking directly to consumers about why they should be asking about the technology used by their doctor, and at the same time, arming doctors with the tools they need to easily educate. We’re proud to be leading the charge with this campaign and look forward to the industry working together to create more smiles all around.”
As part of the Digital Dentistry Difference campaign, Carestream Dental will be directly reaching patients through a large-scale public relations initiative, by connecting digital dentistry experts with national and regional news media to share information on how the technology truly makes a difference. As part of these ongoing efforts, Carestream Dental will create a groundswell of conversation about digital technology ahead of Oral Health Month. The company is partnering with Dr. Miguel Stanley to conduct a broadcast media tour in late May, with plans to reach regional markets throughout the U.S. and encourage viewers to talk to their doctors about the digital technology used in their care.
Not only will public education about digital dentistry increase patient awareness, it is also likely to benefit doctors, according to Carestream Dental’s survey results. The survey revealed that that education is likely to help: 
  • Increase patient retention: Two out of three patients would consider changing to a dentist who uses more advanced technology. 
  • Bring in new patients: Approximately two in five patients who haven’t been to the dentist in two or more years say they would be motivated to go with education about how technology would improve their care.
  • Enhance patient perception of care: 95 percent of patients who experienced advanced technology agree they get better care.
The Digital Dentistry Difference: Global Consumer Survey results have been published in a white paper, which can be found at DigitalDentistryDifference.org, along with a suite of complimentary educational resources doctors can download and use in their own patient education efforts. The tools available include the Digital Dentistry Difference video, a series of infographics and patient education materials, which can be shared through online and social channels, shared in a doctor’s waiting room or referenced during patient consultations.
Bringing Digital Dentistry to Life
Carestream Dental’s commitment to digital is engrained in the business’ core. In addition to its new education campaign, the company has also launched a refreshed brand look to further demonstrate its dedication to digital.  
“We’re already walking the walk with our product offerings, and now it’s time to talk the talk in the way we communicate about them,” Greg Marko, chief marketing officer, Carestream Dental, said. “This brand refresh fully embraces the spirit of Carestream Dental—who we are today and where we, and the industry as a whole, are headed. Digital is at the heart of everything we do, and our refreshed brand now reinforces that even more clearly.” 
The new Carestream Dental branding can be experienced firsthand in booth #3602 during the Midwinter Meeting exhibition, Feb. 20-22. 
For more information on Carestream Dental and its products, visit carestreamdental.com.
XXX
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental is committed to transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives. In this pursuit, we focus on providing the latest in high-quality scanning technology, the smartest chairside systems, the most intuitive practice management software, incredibly accurate imaging software and the data intelligence that helps continually refine patient outcomes. And we offer these solutions for the full range of dental and oral health professionals. For more information please visit carestreamdental.com.
Continue reading

MouthWatch Debuts Significant Upgrades to TeleDent™ its Provider-Focused Teledentistry Platform During CDS 2020

 
Newest Enhancements Designed to Keep the Dentist in Teledentistry
While Delivering Improved Case Acceptance and Patient Convenience

Metuchen, NJ – February 17, 2020 – MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, will debut the latest upgrades to its TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform at booth #4318 during the 2020 Chicago Midwinter Meeting.

According to MouthWatch Founder and CEO Brant Herman, “Our latest upgrades firmly establish TeleDent as the clinician-focused teledentistry platform that also provides the convenience and flexibility that more and more patients expect from their health care providers.”

The three main enhancements to TeleDent include improved video conferencing, integrated provider chat and a robust patient portal.

Video Conferencing:  “We’ve expanded TeleDent’s video conferencing capabilities which now includes seamless capture of still images, videos and full-length video conferences directly into the platform’s patient record program, “ explains Herman. Other video conference upgrades include the following:

Multi-Camera Support for Intraoral Images: This allows webcam video and intraoral camera video to be streamed into the same video conference session.

Create “Freeze Frame”  Video Images: With this feature, clinicians can quickly capture still images from a video feed and save them right into the patient’s records.

Expanded Store and Forward: Now entire video conferences can be recorded, shared and replayed.

Video Conference Chat: Enables simultaneous communication during a teleconference to ask questions, share, links, etc.

Teleconference Screen Share: Similar to familiar video conference programs, the feature improves clinical collaboration and patient communication.

Provider Chat:  According to Herman, “This feature brings real-time collaboration between providers in separate locations to the next level. We predict this will become a popular feature for group practices, public health organizations and as integrated health care becomes the standard.” 

Secure & HIPAA Compliant: A necessity for all provider communications. A smart alternative to standard, unencrypted email or texting, etc.

Real Time Messaging: This function includes the ability to share audio, video and still photo attachments via encrypted messaging. This capability can be especially important in public health clinics, group dentistry and emergency room applications.

Visual Treatment Plan Sharing: There are two levels of access: Provider to Provider and Provider to Patient. In other words, patients can access only the information that  providers determine to be relevant and/or appropriate.

These new features are now available on all new TeleDent purchases. Existing TeleDent customers are currently being upgraded free of charge. Stop by booth #4318 during CDS 2020 or visit for more information, visit https://www.mouthwatch.com/teledent-software/.

       
About MouthWatch LLC
Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative clinician-focused teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices

Continue reading

Comparison of crown fit and operator preferences between tooth preparation with electric and air-turbine handpieces

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Available online 7 February 2020

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Abstract

Statement of problem

Tooth preparations for ceramic crowns require precision and accuracy, which may be influenced by the choice of dental handpiece. However, comparisons of the accuracy of tooth preparations made with traditional air-turbine handpieces and electric handpieces are lacking.

Purpose

The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate operator preferences and tooth preparation performance by using electric and air-turbine handpieces with self-reported preferences, sound levels, surface roughness, and the fit of the crown produced.

Material and methods

Twenty dentists were asked to use the air-turbine or the electric handpiece. Feedback on the noise, weight, feel of grip, flexibility, and tooth preparation in general was scored according to a visual analog scale (VAS). Additionally, the dentists were asked to complete a questionnaire on their handpiece preference. The noise of the 2 handpieces was measured by using a precision sound level meter. The surface roughness of 10 teeth was measured by using a profilometer. The other 18 teeth were prepared to measure the marginal and internal fit of ceramic crowns by the replica technique. The VAS scores of operator preferences were analyzed with the Wilcoxon signed ranks test. Decibel levels were analyzed with the Mann-Whitney U test. The McNemar test was used to compare the ratio of preferred handpiece. The surface roughness and marginal and internal fit were analyzed with the independent t test to determine significant differences (all α=.05).

Results

The electric handpiece was heavier, had a poorer grip feel, was less flexible (P<.001), produced lower noise and better feeling of the tooth preparation in general (P<.001), and was preferred in the finishing stage for its greater smoothness (P<.05). The noise produced by the electric handpiece was lower during both idling and tooth preparation at 15-cm, 30-cm, and 45-cm distances (P<.01). The electric handpiece produced surface roughness values (Sa) similar to those of the air-turbine handpiece (P>.05). No significant differences were noted for the marginal and internal crown fit between the air-turbine handpiece and electric handpiece groups (P>.05).

Conclusions

Despite its heavier weight, poorer grip feel, and less flexibility, the electric handpiece emitted lower noise, produced better feeling of the tooth preparation in general, and was preferred in the finishing step of tooth preparation for its greater smoothness than the air-turbine handpiece. The surface roughness of the prepared teeth and the crown fit between the tooth and ceramic crown were not affected by the air-turbine or electric handpiece.
Continue reading

Alcohol consumption is associated with periodontitis. A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.

Community Dent Health. 2020 Jan 16. doi: 10.1922/CDH_4569Pulikkotil10. [Epub ahead of print]

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether alcohol consumption is associated with the risk of periodontitis.

BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN:

Systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies performed using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses guidelines.

METHOD:

PubMed and Scopus were searched for eligible articles published in English from inception till November 2018. The quality of studies was assessed by the Newcastle Ottawa Scale. Pooled odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated for the risk of periodontitis associated with highest versus lowest/non-alcohol in a random effects meta-analysis model. Heterogeneity and sensitivity were investigated in meta regression analysis. A funnel plot was used to assess publication bias.

RESULTS:

Twenty-nine observational studies were included. One study with two separate datasets was considered as two separate studies for analysis. Alcohol consumption was significantly associated with the presence of periodontitis (OR = 1.26, 95% CI= 1.11-1.41). Significant heterogeneity (I2=71%) was present in the overall analysis, primarily attributable to sampling cross-sectional studies (I2=76.6%). A funnel plot and Egger tests (p=0.0001) suggested the presence of publication bias.

CONCLUSION:

Alcohol consumption was associated with increased occurrence of periodontitis and should be considered as a parameter in periodontal risk assessment. Publication bias should be explored in future studies.

Continue reading