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Diagnosing Disease Through Dental Plaque

April 16, 2015 2:44 pm | by University of Toronto - Faculty of Dentistry | News | Comments

Scraped from the gums, teeth and tongue in the form of plaque, the researchers behind Canada's first plaque bank are betting that the bacterial content of plaque will open up a new frontier of medicine. By collecting and analyzing plaque samples...

Nanoparticles Fight Tooth Decay

April 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Nanotechnology may sound futuristic, but it has already found its way into household products,...

Toothbrush Training Video Game Employs 'Selfie Assessment'

April 14, 2015 11:18 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Last year, Brush Up, the toothbrush training game, revealed extraordinary results based on its...

Achieving UDI Compliance & Reducing Print Time

April 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Josh Roffman, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Loftware | Articles | Comments

Founded more than 30 years ago in Switzerland, EMS Electro Medical Systems is a manufacturer of...

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3D Printing a Smile on Your Face

March 31, 2015 10:20 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Stratasys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Although additive manufacturing equipment and materials have been around since the early 1980s, 3D printing didn't become common knowledge to much of the public until two decades later. Today, the applications for this technology seem almost...

A 23andMe Approach to Your Gut Bacteria

March 24, 2015 2:41 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You might be surprised to learn that you’re more bacteria than human! In the body, bacterial cells outnumber human cells about ten to one. Don’t think of them as intruders, though - these microscopic soldiers are constantly working to make sure...

3D Printing Ushers in a New Age for Prototyping

March 24, 2015 10:49 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | GW Plastics, Inc., Stratasys, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc., Insight Product Development, Farm Design, Inc. | Articles | Comments

By providing engineers with a physical sample of a part or device design, prototypes offer a glimpse at the final look of a product. They enable someone to handle the design, get an idea of weight and “feel,” use for evaluating packaging options...

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How to 3D Print Metal Teeth

March 23, 2015 12:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

3D printing is changing the way dental prosthetics are being made. This month, additive manufacturing company EOS presented its Direct Metal Laser Sintering process for dental use, which uses a proprietary cobalt-chrome-molybdenum-based alloy...

3D Printing Medical Devices in Just Minutes

March 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I was honestly flabbergasted over what crossed my path. In a TED video, I watched as Joseph DiSimone, CEO of Carbon3D, spoke about a new approach to 3D printing that didn’t involve layer after layer of 2D printing being performed to create a 3D part...

Graphene: A New Tool for Fighting Cavities and Gum Disease?

March 11, 2015 10:33 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Dental diseases, which are caused by the overgrowth of certain bacteria in the mouth, are among the most common health problems in the world. Now scientists have discovered that a material called graphene oxide is effective at eliminating...

Determining the Best Materials for Tooth Fillings

March 10, 2015 11:18 am | by University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

Tooth decay is a serious health problem and it is often necessary to repair cavities. Today they often use a composite filling material made of acrylate compounds, as it resembles the color of the teeth and is reasonably strong so it can handle...

4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

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Screening for Diabetes at Dental Visits Using Oral Blood

February 27, 2015 9:21 am | by New York University | News | Comments

It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care...

Oral Sensors Are No Longer Science Fiction

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Blogs | Comments

Oral implantation of “microchips” has long been a focus of conspiracy theorists, but advances in both miniaturization and medical software mean this oft-ridiculed concept is quickly becoming reality. Almost every dentist that’s been practicing...

Wisdom Teeth Stem Cells Could Treat Corneal Scarring

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye's cornea and could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh...

$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

Stratasys Introduces Its Most Versatile 3D Printer for Digital Dentistry

January 16, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage 3D Printer. The new system delivers expanded solutions for digital dentistry. Engineered to meet...

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This Toothbrush Talks So Your Dentist Doesn't Have To

January 12, 2015 4:38 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes a trip to the dentist really bites – most of us who make our semi-annual visits are met with the hygienist’s disappointed “you need to brush and floss more” after your gums are poked at until they bleed. Even if you do brush at least...

6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Articles | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

Dental Procedure Can Treat Osteoporosis and Bone Cancer

October 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The Journal of Dental Research recently published a paper directed by Salvatore Sauro, Professor at University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Spain, in collaboration with international researchers from Finland, Brazil, United States and United Kingdom. The research report has demonstrated how the use of zoledronic acid...

Orthopedic Implants Could Cause Skin Cancer

October 10, 2014 11:22 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer...

Precise Welding for Dental Applicators

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In medical part production often different materials have to be joined, like amorphous polystyrol (PS) and semi-crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in this new dental applicator for treating caries at an early stage. Ultrasonic welding...

New Materials for Better, Stronger, Cheaper Dental Implants

October 3, 2014 10:31 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Experts from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), in the east coast of Mexico, develop new generation dental implants from mixtures of polymers with ceramic and a light consistency. So far the experts at this university have...

A Comprehensive Cleaning Solution for ‘Critical’ Dental and Medical Products

September 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Doris Schulz, Journalist, SCHULZ. PRESSE. TEXT. | Articles | Comments

Products for use in dentistry and human medicine must meet the most exacting cleanliness standards – e.g., instruments classified as "critical" have to be sterile whenever they are used. In order to supply such items in an already sterilized...

Intra-Lock Files Suit to Protect Consumers from Unapproved Dental Device

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On July 14, 2014, Intra-Lock International, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Joseph Choukroun, his company Process for PRF, SARL (France), and a series of U.S.-based distributors that sell Choukroun’s medical device kit for the production of...

Mouth bacteria can change its diet, supercomputers reveal

August 13, 2014 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Scientists say these surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse the gum disease periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease.

SomnoMed Receives 510(K) Clearance for SomnoDent Fusion

July 9, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SomnoMed Limited has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance from the US Department of Health & Human Services for its new SomnoDent Fusion Classic and SomnoDent Fusion Flex oral devices. The new designs were introduced...

New Chocolate-Flavored Soft Chews Good for Your Teeth

July 8, 2014 3:05 pm | by Stony Brook University | News | Comments

A dream come “chew” for your teeth? Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., have developed a chocolate-flavored soft chew that is actually beneficial for your teeth. BasicBites is a sugar...

Dental Pulp Stem Cells Promote the Survival and Regeneration of Retinal Cells After Injury

July 7, 2014 1:41 pm | by Neural Regeneration Research | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Ben Scheven, Dr. Wendy Leadbeater and Ben Mead have discovered that stem cells isolated from the teeth, termed dental pulp stem cells (DPSC), can protect retinal ganglion cells (RGCs)...

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