5 ways to ensure safe dental restorations for patients
July 23, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Gary Iocco, president of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, reminds dental professionals that poorly made dental restorations -- whether made in the U.S. or abroad -- can lead to a range of health consequences for patients and, in turn, legal consequences for dentists.
Biolase to raise $12M in private placement of stock
July 21, 2014 -- Dental laser manufacturer Biolase has agreed to sell $12 million in unregistered shares of the company's common stock to institutional and individual investors in a private placement transaction.
Hu-Friedy starts apprenticeship program for instrument makers
July 17, 2014 -- Dental instrument maker Hu-Friedy has started a pilot apprenticeship program covering 20 different development areas to generate its own reliable pipeline of skilled workers.
Study: Squid sucker teeth could aid reconstructive surgery
July 10, 2014 -- Proteins in squid sucker teeth may form the basis for a new generation of strong but malleable materials that could be used for reconstructive surgery, eco-friendly packaging, and other applications, according to a new study in ACS Nano.
Study explores controversy of diode laser use in periodontal therapy
July 1, 2014 -- Diode lasers may have an important role in nonsurgical periodontal therapy for some patients, especially those with diabetes or compromised health. But the use of these lasers is somewhat controversial, report the authors of a recent study in the Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Study shows laser toothbrush reduces dentin hypersensitivity
June 27, 2014 -- In previous studies, certain types of lasers were effective in reducing dentin hypersensitivity. Why not attach one to a toothbrush? Korean researchers have done just that in a new study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.
ClearChoice, Rodo Medical form strategic alliance
June 25, 2014 -- ClearChoice Management Services and Rodo Medical have reached a strategic alliance to sell the Smileloc system.
Study finds higher rates of TMD, paresthesia after third-molar removal
June 19, 2014 -- Researchers examining both the retention and removal of third molars have found higher rates of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and paresthesia after their removal than expected, according to a recent study. These effects lasted longer than the immediate postsurgical period, they noted.
New caries treatment helps remineralize teeth
June 17, 2014 -- U.K. researchers have developed a tooth-rebuilding technique that could do away with restorations by using an electric current to help remineralize teeth. The device boosts the tooth's natural repair process, eliminating the need for drills, needles, or filling materials, they say.
Convergent's Solea laser wins design excellence award
June 13, 2014 -- The Solea laser from Convergent Dental was honored as the Gold winner in the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition's Dental Instruments, Equipment and Supplies category.
Judge dismisses Biolase lawsuit against Fotona
June 12, 2014 -- A federal judge in Orange County, CA, has dismissed all claims of Biolase's lawsuit against Fotona.
DentalEZ adds to Osprey air compressor line
June 11, 2014 -- DentalEZ Group has introduced the Osprey 24 air compressor and the Osprey Sound Cover, two additions to its RAMVAC line of Osprey air compressor products.
Komet launches diamond instruments with depth markers
June 9, 2014 -- Komet USA has launched three diamond instruments that incorporate depth markers.
Researchers use laser to trigger stem cells to form dentin
June 4, 2014 -- A multidisciplinary research team has become the first to use a low-power laser to trigger stem cells to regenerate tissue. The researchers were able to trigger dental stem cells to form dentin, and published their findings in Science Translational Medicine.
Midmark partners with Bien-Air
May 14, 2014 -- Midmark has announced its 2014 Midmark Elevance Delivery Promotion and also a partnership with Bien-Air.
Biolase wins patent infringement case in Germany
May 12, 2014 -- Biolase has won its patent infringement case against Fotona after a German court found that Fotona's Fidelis dental laser system infringes on Biolase's European patent.
CDA provides $1.5M in dental services during 2-day clinic
May 5, 2014 -- The California Dental Association's (CDA) recent CDA Cares free dental clinic in Vallejo, CA, provided $1.5 million in dental services during the two-day event. Nearly 1,800 volunteers, including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and lab technicians, helped provide services to almost 2,000 patients.
Convergent secures $8M in funding
April 17, 2014 -- Convergent Dental has secured $8 million in an oversubscribed funding round led by Long River Ventures along with individual investors.
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