Dental Excellence Awards 2013 semifinal candidates

Below is the list of semifinal candidates for the 2013 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards, which recognize the best and brightest in dentistry each year in a number of educational and product categories.

We received hundreds of nominations from the dental community and members, and have pared down the list of semifinalists to nearly 160 candidates in 13 categories.

Please note: To qualify as a new or updated product, a product has to have been introduced to the market between October 2011 and October 2012.

Most Influential Dental Researcher
Nasser Barghi, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Grant Bulliss, Glidewell Laboratories
Mark Cannon, Northwestern University
Robin Carden, Glidewell Laboratories
Frank Catalanotto, University of Florida
Allan Farman, University of Louisville
Robert Genco, University at Buffalo
John Greenspan, University of California, San Francisco
Robert Gregg, Millennium Dental Technologies
Philippe Hujoel, University of Washington
John Kanka
Daniele Manfredini, University of Padova
J. Tim Rainey, Advancing Dentistry
Nelson Rhodus, University of Minnesota
David Wong, University of California, Los Angeles

Most Effective Dentist Educator
Bashar Bakdash, University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Bakeman, Kois Center
Nasser Barghi, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Raymond Bertolotti, University of California, San Francisco
Randy Bird, Straine Consulting
Gerald Chiche, Georgia Health Sciences University
Pete Dawson, Dawson Academy
Mark Donaldson, Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Robert Fazio, Yale University
Dan E. Fischer, Ultradent
Scott Ganz
Lou Graham, Catapult Group
Robert Gregg, Millennium Dental Technologies
Gerard Kugel, Tufts University
Stanley Malamed
Arnold Malerman, University of Pennsylvania
Imtiaz Manji, Scottsdale Center for Dentistry
Dale A. Miles, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Linda Miles, Miles Global
Bud Mopper, Cosmedent
Steven Olmos, TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre
Jeffrey Zaffos, Cerec trainer

Most Effective Dental Hygienist Educator
Wendy Briggs, Hygiene Diamonds
Sandra Burns, Ferris State University
Rella Christensen, CR Foundation
Kathleen D'Ambrisi, Community College of Baltimore County
Sheree Duff, Baker College of Auburn Hills
Giovanna Giannamore, Colgate
Ellen Downing Gould, Polished LLC
Anne Guignon
Connie Kracher, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Connie Lorich, Ivoclar Vivadent
Linda Meeuwenberg, Professional Development Association
Lynn Mortilla, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries
Trisha O'Hehir, Dentaltown
Collette Smiley, Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Davenport University
Allison Teel, Inspired Hygiene
Beth Thompson, CareerFusion
Dianne Glascoe Watterson, Professional Dental Management
Susan Wingrove, Implant Consortium

Most Effective Dental Assistant Educator
Brittany Ashenfelter, Kaplan College
Julie Bera, Grand Rapids Community College
Joe Blaes, Dental Economics
Jennifer Brunst, Glidewell Laboratories
Tina Calloway
Cindy Giles, Centura College
Elicia Hester, Hester School of Dental Assisting
Kristi Murphy, ATI Career Training Center
Harry Riley, Centura College
Laurie Semple, Tarrant County College
Katrina Ward-Thomas, Anthem College
June Williamson, OrthOrama

Best Practice Management Consultant
Kirk Behrendt, ACT Dental Practice Coaching
Randy Bird, Straine Consulting
Charles Blair, Practice Booster
Bill Blatchford, Blatchford Solutions
Connie Corbin, Dental Solutions
Fortune Management
Jay Geier, Scheduling Institute
Paul Homoly, Homoly Communications Institute
Cathy Jameson, Jameson Management
Gary Kadi
Roger Levin, Levin Group
Liz Lord, Dental Pro Institute
Imtiaz Manji, Scottsdale Center for Dentistry
Sally McKenzie, McKenzie Management
Mercer Global Advisors
Linda Miles, Miles Global
Diana Thompson, Dental Performance Institute
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, Professional Dental Management
Olya Zahrebelny, The Z Group

Best New Restorative Material
All-Bond Universal, Bisco
Filtek Bulk Fill Flowable, 3M ESPE
Lava Plus All-Zirconia, 3M ESPE
Lava Ultimate, 3M ESPE
NX3 XTR, Kerr
RelyX Ultimate, 3M ESPE
Scotchbond Universal, 3M ESPE
TheraCal LC, Bisco
x-tra base, VOCO

Best New Preventive Product
Logicon v. with PreScan, Carestream Dental
Shield Force Plus, Tokuyama
Theodent toothpaste, Theodent
UltraSeal XT hydro, Ultradent Products
Waterpik UltraControl fluoride foam, Water Pik

Best New Instrument/Device
Cerec Omnicam, Siron
Concentrix, DentalEZ
CS 1600, Carestream Dental
Epic 10, Biolase
Mr. Thirsty, Zirc
Razor Sculpt, Axis Dental
XP Double Gracey instruments, American Eagle

Best New Hygienist Product
BioMask, Medline
fiteBac SkinCare hand sanitizer, fiteBac
PerioChip, Dexcel Pharma
Resin 8 scalers, Hu-Friedy
Shield Force Plus, Tokuyama
Snap-Its, Dux Dental
XP Double Gracey instruments, American Eagle

Best New Diagnostic/Imaging Device
Cerec Omnicam, Sirona
CS 1200, Carestream Dental
CS 1600, Carestream Dental
CS 7600, Carestream Dental
CS 8100, Carestream Dental
Logicon v. with PreScan, Carestream Dental
Nomad Rectangular Collimator, Aribex
ProX, Planmeca
Schick 33 sensor, Sirona
True Definition Scanner, 3M ESPE

Best New/Updated Software/Service
Cerec Inlab 4.0, Sirona
CS SoftDent v. 15.0, Carestream Dental
Dentrix Mobile (update), Henry Schein
DEXIS Imaging Suite, DEXIS
E4D Compass, D4D Technologies
Eaglesoft Clinician, Patterson Dental
Open Dental v.12, Open Dental Software

Best New Consumer Product
Beam Brush, Beam Technologies
Orabrush Tongue Foam, Orabrush
Waterpik Complete Care, Water Pik
Zoom DayWhite & NiteWhite, Philips
Zoom WhiteSpeed, Philips

Most Controversial Topic
3M True Definition per-month fees
Abuse of EBD resulting in sustained radiation dose
ADA attack on the American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Cone-beam CT and radiation
Corporate dentistry/ownership of dental offices by nondentists
Dental anesthesia
Dental therapists/midlevel providers
Dentistry facing an ethical dilemma?
How to respond to patients with signs of domestic abuse
Human papillomavirus (HPV) and oral cancer
Hygienists using lasers
Infection control
Insurance reimbursement
Labs calling their crowns "Bruxzir"
Laser therapy
Mercury in amalgam
Sarrell Dental success
Teeth whitening -- too many choices?
Quality measurement

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