TOP DENTAL NEWS
Norway bans amalgam
January 10, 2008 -- Is amalgam safe or not? While the debate continues to rage in the United States, Norway has made its decision: the country has announced a ban on all use of mercury in manufacturing, import and export.  Discuss
WellPoint's Consumer Business Unit gets new president
January 10, 2008 -- WellPoint, Inc. has appointed Brian A. Sassi as president and chief executive officer of its Consumer Business Unit, which includes the individual, senior, and state sponsored (Medicaid) customer segments. Sassi, who was formerly president of Blue Cross of California, will take full responsibility on Feb. 1.  Discuss
Dental labs outsource CAD/CAM restorations
January 10, 2008 -- Dental laboratories in the U.S. and Europe are increasingly outsourcing crown and bridge production to keep up with the high demand for CAD/CAM restorations, according to Millennium Research Group's "Global Markets for Dental CAD/CAM Systems 2008" report.  Discuss
Smaller implants meet skepticism
January 10, 2008 -- They're cheaper. They're easier. They're government-approved. And manufacturers are promoting them heavily. But can mini-implants do everything standard ones can? Probably not, say top implant experts. See our slideshow on the implant process.  Discuss
Payformance offers dentists electronic claim settlement
January 9, 2008 -- Payformance Corporation, an electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA) service provider, recently announced that it will extend its services to include the dental industry.  Discuss
ADA wishes itself a happy new year
January 9, 2008 -- ADA has given itself a little pat on the back for its performance in 2007. Membership is up, efforts to improve America's access to care are underway, and amalgam and fluoridated water are still safe. (Not to mention that renovations to the ADA's DC offices have been approved!)  Discuss
Kids' caries test found accurate
January 8, 2008 -- What if you knew exactly which patients were most likely to get caries? You could focus extra efforts on protecting those patients' teeth. Now researchers from Okayama University, Japan say they've got a whizz-bang bioactivity test that can help you do just that.  Discuss
Paul Suni leaves Suni as new firm takes control
January 8, 2008 -- German private equity firm Forstgarten Holdings has acquired a majority stake in Suni Medical Imaging -- manufacturers of intraoral digital radiography equipment -- from former CEO and chief technology officer Paul Suni, who has resigned from the SUNI Board of Directors.  Discuss
New evidence for immediate loading
January 7, 2008 -- Researchers have reported good results with implants loaded immediately after placement. But immediate loading isn't for everyone.  Discuss
Park Dental doctor group settles $130M lawsuit
January 7, 2008 -- The PDG dental group that operates the Park Dental and Dental Specialists clinics in Minnesota was awarded $130 million in a lawsuit with its administrative service provider, American Dental Partners (ADPI) and ADPI's Minnesota subsidiary, PDHC, on December 14.  Discuss
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