Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Share the Care
COSTA MESA, CALIF. — May 2008 — CareCredit, North America’s leading patient payment program, has recently secured the exclusive endorsement of two additional state associations, bringing their total support to 46 out of 50 dental associations* – a first in the industry. After careful consideration, the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA) and the Oklahoma Dental Association (ODA) selected CareCredit for their members in early 2008.
“Because CareCredit has the best reputation in the dental community, and is committed to providing practices with an easy and convenient way to help patients get the dentistry they want and need, we made it our choice,” said Dr. Krista Jones, President of the Oklahoma Dental Association. Added David O’Doherty, Executive Director of the Nebraska Dental Association, “Part of our mission is to help our members be as successful as possible, and we believe adding CareCredit as a payment option is the best choice to help them increase treatment acceptance and attract more patients.”
For over 20 years, CareCredit has been helping patients get the dentistry they need and want. Today, CareCredit is used in more than 100,000 practices and by over 7 million patients in North America. CareCredit is exclusively selected for their members by ADA Member AdvantageSM , AGD, AADOM, AAOMS, and AAP, and is also recommended by leading practice management consultants. To get started with CareCredit, call 1-800-300-3046 ext. 4519 or visit www.carecredit.com.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Put Them in Their Place
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Twistin' the Night Away
Monday, May 26, 2008
3M Makes a Move
This acquisition gives 3M ESPE access to two of the fastest growing segments in the dental industry. “Our combined digital products and expertise will enable a digital ‘total restorative’ approach with more options than ever, including IMTEC implants, 3MTM ESPETM LavaTM crowns, and 3M’s advanced digital workflow solutions,” said Jeffrey Lavers, vice president and general manager, 3M ESPE. “Together, we will have an end-to-end implantology solution, making the process easier, faster and better for dentists everywhere.”
Dental implants are rapidly emerging as a standard of care for dentistry. A titanium screw replaces the roots of an extracted tooth and is integrated into the bone structure of the jaw over the course of a few months to become a highly-stable platform for a crown, bridge, or full-arch denture. Implants offer several advantages over traditional crown and bridge work such as no preparation of adjacent teeth, better esthetics, and no resorption of bone in the jaw.
IMTEC is best known for its mini dental implants, which are small-diameter, single-unit dental implants that don’t require invasive surgery so bone trauma is minimal and patient discomfort is limited. Mini dental implants are primarily used for denture fixation, but are also appropriate for orthodontic anchorage.
“We are looking forward to the reputation, resources and worldwide reach that 3M brings to help us build this business,” said Ron Bulard, DDS and Chairman of the Board, IMTEC Corp. “Its overall strength in oral care with both the 3M ESPE and 3M Unitek divisions makes them a particularly good partner for us.”
One of the world’s largest suppliers to the dental industry, 3M manufactures and markets a wide range of products and services used by dental professionals worldwide to improve oral health. These products are designed to meet restorative, crown and bridge, orthodontic, preventive, infection control, and cosmetic dentistry needs. 3M’s current digital dentistry offering includes the Lava crown and bridge system – an innovative restorative design and milling system that has become a benchmark of quality among dentists and dental labs.
IMTEC employs approximately 230 people located at its operations in Ardmore; Los Alamos, N.M.; and Boulder, Colo. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
About IMTEC Corp.
IMTEC Corp.’s primary focus is on dental applications and the development of new technology to simplify dentistry. IMTEC created a revolution in implantology with the introduction of the MDI Implant line and has grown into the global leader in small diameter implants.
IMTEC’s ILUMA system is a leader in Cone Beam Computed Tomography for dentistry and medicine. With this technology and IMTEC’s groundbreaking applications, its customers can access the power of three-dimensional radiography in the convenience of their own offices. IMTEC also produces a wide array of industrial CT scanning equipment powered by its proprietary and award winning FlashCT™ software and its internationally recognized engineering team. For more information, visit www.imtec.com.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sharing is Good
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
File It Under...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Another Fine Mess
Monday, May 19, 2008
SP3 is Here
Sunday, May 18, 2008
See the Light
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Have and Have Not
Friday, May 16, 2008
There's GOT to Be a Better Way
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Cleaning Out the Crap
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
You can run WinUpdatesList simply by downloading and unpacking a ZIP file and clicking on the executable. There's also a version with an installer/uninstaller available if you'd rather go that route. The program presents a detailed list of each update, what programs it affects, and a brief description, which may or may not be utterly meaningless. But if you double-click an update, you can get a link to the Microsoft knowledgebase article, which will (occasionally) make order out of the madness of Microsoft's hotfix naming scheme.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Just the Fax
Monday, May 12, 2008
Lock it Down
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Better Safe than Sorry
Well, then surf on over to Jotti's Malware Scan as it does exactly this. The usual disclaimers apply, of course.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Dell Does it Right
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Give Them a Hand
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Eight is Enough
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
The Future of Monitors and TV
You heard it here first: in 5 years, the majority of monitors we use will be OLED.
Monday, May 05, 2008
TrollByte Plus Digital Sensor Holder
Fits for 55 Different Sensors from 17 Manufacturers!
TrollByte Plus is the second generation sensor holder from TrollDental.
It is specifically developed for ease of use, accurate sensor positioning
and patient comfort. TrollByte Plus is one piece with no assembly
required, no more twisting and turning, just put the sensor in and you
are ready to go! It is color coded not only for image type, but also for
sensor size # 2, # 1 and # 0.
Use the aiming ring devices on the holder or attach the aiming ring
(also color coded) for sensor positioning. The bite block is used
together with TrollByte Plus VBW/AF for anterior periapicals.
TrollByte Plus is made of a lightweight plastic compound with smooth
edges for patient comfort. All components are autoclavable.
TrollByte Plus starter kit contains three different holders, one aiming ring
and one bite block. Each holder is also available in 3-packs.
Dentist to Dentist: Mats Norman DDS Practicing Dentist Uddevalla, Sweden
The design of TrollByte Plus makes it possible to take perfect images
in a predictable way. The wide “claw” of the sensor holder allows the
sensor to be moved further in an apical direction and thereby
compensate for the fact that the sensors image active area is smaller
than the external size of the sensor.
The slightly softer material makes positioning the sensor comfortable
for the patient because the sensor is able to adjust to the surrounding
tissue. To make it easier to position the sensor, I strongly advise you
to instruct the patient to clench slightly during positioning on the sensor.
The patient will relax and you will find the correct position.
For more information or to place an order call 800-537-8765 or visit:
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Return to Sender
DentalSenders.com Offers Free patient communication package to Dentists
Dental practices now have access to a completely free patient communication package that enables them to confirm appointments via email or text messaging, send special greetings to patients throughout the year, contact past-due patients, and send informative newsletters to patients.
DentalSenders.com, a subsidiary of Elexity Systems which specializes in patient communications, is now offering the complimentary service, which includes their Automated Appointment Confirmation system.
This is an email/text messaging confirmation system that allows practices to confirm patient appointments by notifying them through email or text messaging. The completely customizable message is sent with the dental office’s email address so that patients immediately recognize it.
“The fact is that most patients today are using email and text messaging routinely, and they would prefer that dental offices confirm appointments using these methods. It’s fast, easy and efficient,” explained DentalSenders.com CMO, Gerry McManus.
The best feature of DentalSenders.com is that there is no burden on the dental team. The program automatically synchronizes with the practice’s management software to identify upcoming appointments and sends the messages automatically. The email and text messages can be sent out based on configurable settings of the office’s choosing in advance of the appointment. The dental office is given a daily report as to which appointments have been confirmed and which will require additional follow-up.
The package also offers dentists the opportunity to communicate with their patients in between appointments by sending birthday and holiday greetings via email or text message as well as periodic newsletters on current dental topics.
In addition, the program will automatically identify patients who have not been in for an appointment in the last 12 months, contact them via email or text message and encourage them to call the practice to schedule.
The communication package is compatible with most dental practice management systems, does not require dental practices to purchase hardware or software, and there are no costly support contracts to deal with either.
“As practices have come to realize, it is the ongoing effective communication with patients that significantly reduces the risk that they will skip their dental appointments or go elsewhere for dental care. The communication package through DentalSenders.com makes that ongoing communication effective, efficient and affordable to every practice. Dental Senders is able to offer this free service by partnering with the leading companies in dentistry. All e-mails will have 4 partner logos placed in the email,” said Mr. McManus.
For further information, visit www.dentalsenders.com or e-mail Gerry McManus at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Rip It Good
I know that many of you have DVDs that you'd like to transfer to other media, such as an iPod or computer. To do this, you need to "rip" the content from the DVD to the new media, which often requires a few steps. Here's a great list of the Five Best DVD Ripping Tools, all of them free. Scroll down to other options from users.