ADA Pride Institute Best of Class Technology Expo

Tomorrow begins the ADA Pride Institute Best of Class Technology Expo at the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans. I would like to personally congratulate all of the winners who represent the most innovative companies in the industry today. Here are the winners:

  • 3Shape TRIOS
  • ActionRun Clinical Reactivation
  • Align Technology SmartTrack
  • DEXIS Imaging Suite and Dexis Go
  • Doxa Ceramir Crown & Bridge
  • Gendex GXDP-700 SRT Technology
  • Glidewell Laboratories BruxZir Shaded
  • i-Cat FLX
  • Isolite Systems Isodry
  • Henry Schein Dental Viive
  • Keer SonicFill
  • LED Dental VELscope Vx
  • Lexicomp Online for Dentistry featuring VisualDX Oral
  • Liptak Dental DDS Rescue
  • Orascoptic XV1
  • SciCan STATIM G4
  • Sesame Communications Sesame 24-7
  • Tru-Align by Interactive Diagnostic Imaging
  • Ultradent VALO

Congratulations to all of the companies! Follow me as I present these winners with their awards Friday. Stay tuned into my social media accounts for all the latest updates during the ADA Annual Session and beyond.

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Defining Return on Investment: Making Every Technology Purchase Count

At the first-ever JADA Live event in September, I was very excited to present my course, “Defining Return on Investment: Making Every Technology Purchase Count,” to an audience interested in learning about making investments in forward-thinking dental technologies and their application at clinics. My course was among the many events at JADA Live that featured a variety of practitioners and educators speaking about the intersection of digital technology and dental medicine.

Photo by EZ Event Photography, courtesy ADA News. © 2012 American Dental Association

Other seminars included “Growing your Practice with Technology And Social Media” from Dr. Edward J. Zuckberberg, who focused on marketing. Dr. Justin Moody focused on the benefits of digital imaging solutions in “Digital Radiography – the Future is Now.” The topic of using 3D with regard to implant and restorative dentistry was explored by Dr. Bryan Couch in “Clinical Treatment Planning with Cone Beam 3D.” Lastly, Dr. John B. Ludlow discussed the legal and regulatory aspects of dentistry in “Mastering the Art of Radiography.”

Thanks to the fine folks at JADA who put on the event, we were able to engage the dental community in a discussion about where emerging technologies will lead us and the positive impact on patients that will come as a result.

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Looking back at the ADA 2012 Annual Session

After last month’s ADA 2012 Annual Session, Kathy Kincade from wrote an incredible article highlighting the event and some of the key takeaways and technologies.

ADA 2012 Annual Session

The article mentions many of the great technological innovations that were on display, evidencing the importance of emerging technology in the field of dental practice. Also included is a great description of the impact and popularity of the Pride Institute’s “Best of Class” award, which mentions that the Pride Technology Expo presentations were completely sold and filled with standing-room only crowds.

Other highlights include a summary of how a dental team can determine if a new technology is beneficial for the practice. Also reviewed is digital impressionism, catching the attention of dentists everywhere as it continues to improve as a practical and affordable instrument.

The 2012 ADA Annual Session was an incredible event that showcased the talent in our industry continuing to grow and innovate. I was thrilled to see highlights of the event and such a great depiction produced by Kathy and

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Another great year for the Pride Technology Expo

It’s difficult to convey just how exciting it was for me to once again host the Pride Institute “Best of Class” Technology Expo last month at the ADA Annual Session. For yet another year, the Pride Institute had the opportunity to address the dental community to recognize and share the best technology practices in the industry. Four years ago, this began as an effort to provide the dental community with expert advice on technological advances. This year, every presentation was sold out with only standing room available as our industry recognizes the value of its key innovators and appreciates the importance of keeping up with these technological advances.

Photo by EZ Event Photography, courtesy ADA News. © 2012 American Dental Association

I can’t go without mentioning and thanking my “VIP circle” of fellow dentists, all of whom have made terrific contributions in this effort: Thais Carter, John Flucke, Larry Emmott, Kevin Henry, Marty Jablow, Parag Kachalia, the American Dental Association, Richard Schuch, Paul Feurstein, Damon Adams. Follow these people on Google+

On behalf of the Pride Institute, your participation and involvement means the world to us and we look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s event.

If you’re interested in technology or social media, follow me @LouShuman on Twitter and Dr. Lou Shuman on Google+. I am always open to connect and I love posting and sharing anything interesting and helpful.

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Joint Vibration Analysis in Restorative Dentistry

                        Before and After JVA Treatment

Though I contributed to this article in Dentistry Today two years ago, I still find Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) just as important in routine restorative dentistry today. This especially applies to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) condition in occlusion-related disease. Read more about how the JVA system provides a fast and noninvasive measurement of TMJ function to aid in diagnosing the condition, which is vital any time you are changing the vertical, lateral, or anterior/posterior position of the mandible.

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2012 Pride Technology Expo



On Thursday, October 18th, Pride Institute Technology Expo returns for its third year. Held at the ADA CE Hub, this three-day event will delve into the exciting field of high-tech equipment, materials and systems, as rated by a panel of dental industry experts.

A big highlight of the expo will be the string of industry leader-taught courses, including my very own “The Social Media Rules of Engagement: Connecting with Past, Present, and Prospective Patients.” This course, along with the others in the series, will educate attendees on the best practices for utilizing social media to help develop their business models. The events are free, but will require tickets, so make sure you grab yours while they’re still available.

If you’re interested in social media, dental technology or any subject related to the field, follow me @LouShuman on Twitter and Dr. Lou Shuman on Google+.

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GCARE Course in Philadelphia

I just finished teaching my course in Philadelphia on how to Future Proof Your Orthodontic Practice. I’m proud to be a part of GCARE’s Continuing Education Courses and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful professionals sharing and discussing ways to build a forward-thinking practice and business. If you’re not with me in Philadelphia right now, join me in Indianapolis next month, or check GCARE’s Events Schedule to see other incredible courses being taught around the country.

This is a real passion of mine and I love sharing any information that can be helpful for someone’s orthodontic or dental practice, and their business growth. Subscribe to Lou Shuman’s posts on Facebook for relevant industry updates and tips, and the occasional fun fact.

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How Cavity-Causing Microbes Invade Heart

As dental technologies develop researchers are discovering more reasons why is it important to maintain your oral health.  This blog is the ideal route by which to reach individuals and families to provide valuable information about your health.  In the article below the oral health concerns are a threat to more than just your mouth, but also your heart.  Read below to learn how the cavity causing microbes can also affect your heart.

Scientists have discovered the tool that bacteria normally found in our mouths use to invade heart tissue, causing a dangerous and sometimes lethal infection of the heart known as endocarditis. The work raises the possibility of creating a screening tool — perhaps a swab of the cheek, or a spit test — to gauge a dental patient’s vulnerability to the condition.

The identification of the protein that allows Streptococcus mutans to gain a foothold in heart tissue is reported in the June issue of Infection and Immunity by microbiologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

S. mutans is a bacterium best known for causing cavities. The bacteria reside in dental plaque — an architecturally sophisticated goo composed of an elaborate molecular matrix created by S. mutans that allows the bacteria to inhabit and thrive in our oral cavity. There, they churn out acid that erodes our teeth.

Normally, S. mutans confines its mischief to the mouth, but sometimes, particularly after a dental procedure or even after a vigorous bout of flossing, the bacteria enter the bloodstream. There, the immune system usually destroys them, but occasionally — within just a few seconds — they travel to the heart and colonize its tissue, especially heart valves. The bacteria can cause endocarditis — inflammation of heart valves — which can be deadly. Infection by S. mutans is a leading cause of the condition.

“When I first learned that S. mutans sometimes can live in the heart, I asked myself: Why in the world are these bacteria, which normally live in the mouth, in the heart? I was intrigued. And I began investigating how they get there and survive there,” said Jacqueline Abranches, Ph.D., a microbiologist and the corresponding author of the study.

Abranches and her team at the University’s Center for Oral Biology discovered that a collagen-binding protein known as CNM gives S. mutans its ability to invade heart tissue. In laboratory experiments, scientists found that strains with CNM are able to invade heart cells, and strains without CNM are not.

When the team knocked out the gene for CNM in strains where it’s normally present, the bacteria were unable to invade heart tissue. Without CNM, the bacteria simply couldn’t gain a foothold; their ability to adhere was about one-tenth of what it was with CNM.

The team also studied the response of wax worms to the various strains of S. mutans. They found that strains without CNM were rarely lethal to the worms, while strains with the protein were lethal 90 percent of the time. Then, when Abranches’ team knocked out CNM in those strains, they were no longer lethal — those worms thrived.

The work may someday enable doctors to prevent S. mutans from invading heart tissue. Even sooner, though, since some strains of S. mutans have CNM and others do not, the research may enable doctors to gauge a patient’s vulnerability to a heart infection caused by the bacteria.

Abranches has identified five specific strains of S. mutans that carry the CNM protein, out of more than three dozen strains examined. CNM is not found in the most common type of S. mutans found in people, type C, but is present in rarer types of S. mutans, including types E and F.

“It may be that CNM can serve as a biomarker of the most virulent strains of S. mutans,” said Abranches, a research assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. “When patients with cardiac problems go to the dentist, perhaps those patients will be screened to see if they carry the protein. If they do, the dentist might treat them more aggressively with preventive antibiotics, for example.”

Until more research is done and a screening or preventive tool is in place, Abranches says the usual advice for good oral health still stands for everyone.

“No matter what types of bacteria a person has in his or her mouth, they should do the same things to maintain good oral health. They should brush and floss their teeth regularly — the smaller the number of S. mutans in your mouth, the healthier you’ll be. Use a fluoride rinse before you go to bed at night. And eat a healthy diet, keeping sugar to a minimum,” added Abranches.

Abranches presented the work at a recent conference on the “oral microbiome” hosted by the University’s Center for Oral Biology. The center is part of the Medical Center’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a world leader in research and post-doctoral education in general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery.

Additional authors of the study include laboratory technician James Miller; former technician Alaina Martinez; Patricia Simpson-Haidaris, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine; Robert Burne, Ph.D., of the University of Florida; and Abranches’ husband, Jose Lemos, Ph.D., of the Center for Oral Biology, who is also assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The work was funded by the American Heart Association.

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Computer-guided dental implant surgery: evolving, efficient, aesthetic

Almost 25 years ago computed tomography was introduced to dentistry which aided dentists in their efforts with faster and more efficient work. Today this technology is ever evolving and with the use of CAD/CAM technology a dentist can complete more complex procedures with faster turn around times.

By Richard Nejat, DDS

In 1987 computed tomography (CT) was introduced into dentistry to add another dimension to dental implant treatment planning. This technology allowed clinicians for the first time to evaluate anatomic structures with a higher level of accuracy.

In 1999 dental implant planning applications were developed, allowing interactive planning of virtual implants in 2-D and 3-D. The use of radiopaque templates/scanning appliances at the time of the CT scan made it possible for the prosthetic outcome to be incorporated into interactive presurgical planning. This advancement paved the way for an association between radiographic anatomic interpretation, prosthetic treatment planning, and precise surgical execution. Through the use of stereolithography and CAD/CAM technology, surgical templates could be fabricated to help clinicians place implants in a well-planned preoperative/prosthetic manner, rather than intraoperative planning, which is often surgical-driven.

The use of surgical templates can benefit the patient as well as the dental team (restorative dentist, surgical specialist, and laboratory technician). The work performed can be more accurate and less invasive than in traditional cases. The ability to transfer the desired three-dimensional position of implants from the virtual model to the mouth has made this a more efficient outcome.

The surgical template essentially has two functions: one for the surgical phase and one for the laboratory phase. It is used as a laboratory template to fabricate a master model, which is used to create the premanufactured implant-supported prosthesis.

Following is a case example of the benefits of CAD/CAM computer-generated surgical guides. This case involves simultaneous full-mouth extractions, incisionless computer-guided implant placement, and immediate insertion of a premanufactured cast metal, reinforced, screw-retained 12-unit bridge. Immediately loaded prosthetic restorations have been shown to help support the patient’s gingival architecture and allow him or her to function with an esthetic restoration while healing.

For more information please reference this article here

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Dentsply GAC and Pride Institute announcement

DENTSPLY GAC and pride institute partner to

OFFER AFFORDABLE, customized practice management SOLUTIONS

Bohemia, NY—DENTSPLY GAC and the Pride Institute have formalized a strategic partnership to provide a suite of Practice Management Solutions tailored to the orthodontic market that bridges the gap often found between patient care and managing a small business.  The programs are designed around Practice Management Solutions created by Pride Institute exclusively for the DENTSPLY GAC customer. These tools represent the most efficient way to create additional practice growth, balance and profit, and are customized to meet the unique needs of the orthodontist as a business owner and leader.

“Practice management isn’t always a priority, but it’s almost always profitable,” said John Kringel, Director of Marketing DENTSPLY GAC. “This GAC and Pride Institute partnership, which was previewed at this year’s AAO in May, offers a unique approach to practice management for any practice – small or large. Working together, we have made engaging with a consultant affordable and approachable and created a progression to get started with a variety of options to suit any practice need.”

Orthodontists will find a comprehensive menu of practice management solutions from which to choose – ranging from an initial practice assessment with custom findings for immediate impact, to a full spectrum of proven business services provided by an industry leader in practice management consultation and education.

“It is clear in this economic climate that orthodontists need to work smarter than ever before.” said Dr. Lou Shuman, a licensed orthodontist and President of Pride Institute. “Pride and GAC have spent months putting together a customized practice management approach focusing on leadership and growth solutions that will do just that.”  In May, Pride announced the formation of an Orthodontic Division to emphasize its organizational focus on the specialty.

“With the formal announcement of this strategic partnership, DENTSPLY GAC is excited to be able to offer their customers access to the Pride Institute, an industry leader with over 30 years of proven knowledge and expertise in the field of Practice Management” said David Painter, Director of Sales DENTSPLY GAC. In addition to the strategic partnership, which provides for on-going development of additional practice management tools, education and individual practice management consultation, Pride becomes a Preferred Partner in DENTSPLY GAC’s United Orthodontic Buying Group (UOBG). As a Preferred Partner to the UOBG, Pride is offering UOBG members preferential pricing and value adds including a complimentary Practice Opportunity Assessment.

Painter continues, “We are expanding our services into an area that reflects a true commitment to our customers in all of the facets that impact their practice, allowing them to provide quality treatment to their patients and improving their business so their practice thrives in all areas.”

For more than 40 years, DENTSPLY GAC has been shaping the way orthodontics is practiced. From the state-of-the-art In-Ovation line of brackets, force-intuitive wires and highly efficient buccal tubes, to auxiliary appliances and innovative software programs, DENTSPLY GAC remains dedicated to maximizing results while enhancing patient comfort, aesthetics for overall satisfaction.  For more information on DENTSPLY GAC and the Pride Institute partnership, please contact a DENTSPLY GAC representative by calling 800.645.5530.


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