Dr. Chris Salierno Joins Cellerant Consulting Group and Best of Class Panel

Cellerant Consulting Group is excited to announce that Dr. Chris Salierno has joined the company as the newest member of its esteemed Chief Development Officer (CDO) team. Dr. Salierno has also joined the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award panel of judges which is currently concluding deliberations for 2018 award winners that began in February at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting.

 “Chris is an important addition to the Cellerant CDO team,” said Dr. Lou Shuman CEO and founder of Cellerant Consulting Group. Chris joins fellow CDOs Marty Jablow DMD, Paul Feuerstein DMD, and John Flucke DDS. Chief Development officers play a critical role to Cellerant’s corporate clients by providing early stage product design input, hands-on evaluation, and high quality post-launch clinical education to the dental community.  “Chris has rapidly emerged as one of the most respected voices in the dental community combining expert clinical knowledge with tremendous insights on the products and technology that will make modern dental practices successful for the future.”

In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Salierno is the Chief Editor of Dental Economics.  He lectures internationally on clinical dentistry, practice management, and leadership development.  He has served as the National President of the American Student Dental Association and Chair of the ADA New Dentist Committee.  He is currently a general dentist in his Long Island, New York based practice and graduated from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2005.

“Dr. Shuman and the Cellerant team fill a unique position in accelerating the development and market growth of important new products and services for dental manufacturers” said Dr. Salierno.  “It’s clear from Cellerant’s client portfolio that they continue to attract the innovators of next generation dental technologies,” Salierno goes on.  “It’s an honor to join this team and work with this dynamic group of clients.”
“We have been fortunate that Cellerant has grown rapidly since its launch two years ago,” said Dr. Shuman.  “It’s the perfect time and opportunity to add someone of Chris’s caliber to the team as a CDO.  As a member of the Best of Class panel Chris also brings great perspective to judging the best technologies from a practice growth perspective,” said Dr. Shuman.

About Cellerant Consulting Group
Founded and led by CEO Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS Cellerant provides strategic dental market insights, clinical expertise, and implementation resources to accelerate growth for client dental companies.  Cellerant services include product development, accelerated market awareness due to intimate relationships with the media community, new concept incubation, clinical product evaluation, manufacturing, seed funding, continuing education program development and CE sponsorship, 510k support, strategic branding and marketing, corporate social media, website development and online marketing resources, lead generation and dental media relations management.  As an orthodontist and former owner of a 10-doctor multi-specialty private group practice, Dr. Shuman guides clients to develop offerings that connect with and engage dental customers on a relationship level that provides sustained differentiation.  Cellerant operates under a unique model that merges leading voices in clinical product evaluation and strategic partner companies to provide a menu of services from one easily accessible network.
About the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award
Since the inaugural presentation in 2009, the “Best of Class” Technology Awards have grown to occupy a unique space in dentistry, by creating awareness in the community of manufacturers that are driving the discussion as to how practices will operate now and in the future.
The selection process relies on an expert panel of dentists recognized as thought leaders and educators that includes Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Dr. John Flucke, Dr. Marty Jablow, Dr. Chris Salierno and Dr. Lou Shuman. Over the course of each year, the panel members seek out and conduct research on potentially practice-changing technologies, with official deliberations beginning at the Chicago Midwinter and final selection concluding in May.  Panelists are precluded from voting in any category where they have consulting relationships.  The entire selection process is conducted rigorously and managed on an unbiased not-for-profit basis.
For more information on the Cellerant Best of Class Awards go to www.cellerantconsulting.com​/BestofClass.
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CS 8100SC 3D Wins 2018 Edison Award for Its Innovative Design

ATLANTA—The CS 8100SC 3D extraoral imaging system by Carestream Dental has been awarded a bronze 2018 Edison Award in the category of Dental/Medical Digital Imaging by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished award, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognizes innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.
“It’s exciting to see companies like Carestream Dental continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” Frank Bonafilia, executive director, Edison Awards, said. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”
The award was announced April 11, 2018, at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic ballroom of The Capitale in New York City, N.Y. Matthew Greer, regional product manager for extraoral imaging, was in attendance to accept the award on Carestream Dental’s behalf.  

“Carestream Dental always strives to deliver innovative technology that supports doctors in their diagnoses,” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., chief dental officer, Carestream Dental said. “Winning a bronze 2018 Edison Award reinforces that the company is meeting the needs of doctors and their patients around the world.”
To earn a bronze 2018 Edison Award, the CS 8100SC 3D was judged on its concept and development, value and impact on the industry.
The CS 8100SC 3D offers two-dimensional panoramic imaging, cephalometric imaging, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging and model/impression scanning all in one compact system. Its minimal footprint and affordability makes 3D imaging available to smaller practices that either couldn’t afford or didn’t have space for an extraoral imaging system in the past. That means doctors can go from diagnosis to treatment faster, without having to send patients to an imaging center. Not only is the system more convenient, but it’s also faster—featuring the fastest scanning cephalometric module on the market—and safer. The CS 8100SC 3D’s low dose program can deliver 3D imaging at a dose equal to or lower than panoramic imaging. 
“The success of the CS 8100SC 3D began more than a decade ago with the initial development of the award-winning CS 8100,” Shellard said. “That one system would eventually grow a ‘family’ of units, all with different imaging capabilities. The CS 8100SC 3D represents Carestream Dental’s ultimate goal by combining the best features of its predecessor systems into one multifunctional solution to make cost-effective, powerful imaging available for more doctors.”
Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation, whose votes acknowledge the CS 8100SC 3D’s success in meeting the organization’s stringent criteria of quality. The voting panel includes members of: Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO); Design Management Institute (DMI); American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Georgia State Marketing Roundtable (GSU); Product Development and Management Association (PDMA); Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE); past Edison Award winners; marketing professionals; scientists; designers; engineers; and academics.
To learn more about the award-winning CS 8100SC 3D, or any of Carestream Dental innovative solutions, visit carestreamdental.com or call 800.944.6365.

About Edison Awards

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

About Carestream Dental

Carestream Dental provides industry-leading dental digital product lines and services, including imaging equipment, CAD/CAM systems, software and practice management solutions, for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental technology captures two billion images annually and aids in more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information or to contact a Carestream Dental representative, please call 800.944.6365 or visit carestreamdental.com.
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To fill or not to fill: a qualitative cross-country study on dentists’ decisions in managing non-cavitated proximal caries lesions

Implementation Science201813:54
©  The Author(s). 2018
Received: 10 October 2017
Accepted: 26 March 2018
Published: 6 April 2018



This study aimed to identify barriers and enablers for dentists managing non-cavitated proximal caries lesions using non- or micro-invasive (NI/MI) approaches rather than invasive and restorative methods in New Zealand, Germany and the USA.


Semi-structured interviews were conducted, focusing on non-cavitated proximal caries lesions (radiographically confined to enamel or the outer dentine). Twelve dentists from New Zealand, 12 from Germany and 20 from the state of Michigan (USA) were interviewed. Convenience and snowball sampling were used for participant recruitment. A diverse sample of dentists was recruited. Interviews were conducted by telephone, using an interview schedule based on the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF).


The following barriers to managing lesions non- or micro-invasively were identified: patients’ lacking adherence to oral hygiene instructions or high-caries risk, financial pressures and a lack of reimbursement for NI/MI, unsupportive colleagues and practice leaders, not undertaking professional development and basing treatment on what had been learned during training, and a sense of anticipated regret (anxiety about not restoring a proximal lesion in its early stages before it progressed). The following enablers were identified: the professional belief that remineralisation can occur in early non-cavitated proximal lesions and that these lesions can be arrested, the understanding that placing restorations weakens the tooth and inflicts a cycle of re-restoration, having up-to-date information and supportive colleagues and work environments, working as part of a team of competent and skilled dental practitioners who perform NI/MI (such as cleaning or scaling), having the necessary resources, undertaking ongoing professional development and continued education, maintaining membership of professional groups and a sense of professional and personal satisfaction from working in the patient’s best interest. Financial aspects were more commonly mentioned by the German and American participants, while continuing education was more of a focus for the New Zealand participants.


Decisions on managing non-cavitated proximal lesions were influenced by numerous factors, some of which could be targeted by interventions for implementing evidence-based management strategies in practice.
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Intraoral scan bodies in implant dentistry: A systematic review

Systematic Review


Statement of problem

Intraoral scan body (ISB) design is highly variable and its role in the digital workflow and accuracy of digital impressions is not well understood.


The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the relevant reports pertaining to ISBs with regard to design and accuracy and to describe their evolution and role in the digital dentistry workflow. Special attention was placed on their key features in relation to intraoral scanning technology and the digitization process.

Materials and methods

A MEDLINE/PubMed search was performed to identify relevant reports pertaining to ISB usage in dentistry. This search included but was not limited to scan body features and design, scan body accuracy, and scan body techniques and the role of ISBs in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) processes. Commercially available scan bodies were examined, and a patient situation was shown highlighting the use of ISBs in the digital workflow.


Deficiencies in the reports were found regarding various scan body topics, including ISB features/design, accuracy, and the role of ISBs in CAD-CAM processes.


ISBs are complex implant-positioning-transfer devices that play an essential role in the digital workflow and fabrication of accurately fitting implant-supported restorations. With scanner technology rapidly evolving and becoming more widespread, future studies are needed and should be directed toward all parts of the digital workflow when using ISBs. By understanding the basic components of ISBs and how they relate to digital scanning and CAD-CAM technology, more emphasis may be placed on their importance and usage in the digital workflow to ensure accurate transfer of implant position to the virtual and analog definitive cast. Efforts should be made by clinicians to identify an optimal ISB design in relation to the specific intraoral scanning technology being used.
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Digital evaluation of absolute marginal discrepancy: A comparison of ceramic crowns fabricated with conventional and digital techniques

Research and Education


Statement of problem

Marginal discrepancy is key to evaluating the accuracy of fixed dental prostheses. An improved method of evaluating marginal discrepancy is needed.


The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the absolute marginal discrepancy of ceramic crowns fabricated using conventional and digital methods with a digital method for the quantitative evaluation of absolute marginal discrepancy. The novel method was based on 3-dimensional scanning, iterative closest point registration techniques, and reverse engineering theory.

Material and methods

Six standard tooth preparations for the right maxillary central incisor, right maxillary second premolar, right maxillary second molar, left mandibular lateral incisor, left mandibular first premolar, and left mandibular first molar were selected. Ten conventional ceramic crowns and 10 CEREC crowns were fabricated for each tooth preparation. A dental cast scanner was used to obtain 3-dimensional data of the preparations and ceramic crowns, and the data were compared with the “virtual seating” iterative closest point technique. Reverse engineering software used edge sharpening and other functional modules to extract the margins of the preparations and crowns. Finally, quantitative evaluation of the absolute marginal discrepancy of the ceramic crowns was obtained from the 2-dimensional cross-sectional straight-line distance between points on the margin of the ceramic crowns and the standard preparations based on the circumferential function module along the long axis.


The absolute marginal discrepancy of the ceramic crowns fabricated using conventional methods was 115 ±15.2 μm, and 110 ±14.3 μm for those fabricated using the digital technique was. ANOVA showed no statistical difference between the 2 methods or among ceramic crowns for different teeth (P>.05).


The digital quantitative evaluation method for the absolute marginal discrepancy of ceramic crowns was established. The evaluations determined that the absolute marginal discrepancies were within a clinically acceptable range. This method is acceptable for the digital evaluation of the accuracy of complete crowns.
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