Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Light as a Feather
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Dental offices now have a better
alternative for their in-office music. Custom Channels, a company that
creates custom on-line and on-premise radio stations for nationally known
brands, has unveiled Smile Radio -- a music service specifically designed for
Smile Radio includes multiple channels of professionally programmed,
continuously updated music handpicked to enhance the sound and atmosphere of
dental offices. Smile Radio channels are broadcast directly to dental
practices via the Internet and received on a specially designed streaming
Custom Channels' co-president Dave Rahn said, "A number of my dentist friends
really had a hard time finding a good music solution for their dental office.
Many used FM or satellite radio, or their own iPods or CDs -- but found each
had serious drawbacks. We created Smile Radio to address their concerns about
lack of variety, tiring repetition, inappropriate songs, commercials and
Dr. Anil Idiculla of Park Meadows Orthodontics in Denver said, "The power of
music is highly underrated in today's offices. It affects your patients, your
team members, and more importantly, your daily productivity. With the
numerous choices of music options out there already, it can be very
overwhelming to decide what the best option is to achieve this goal. Smile
Radio is the total package... current music, extensive playlists, and
customization. It can take your office to the next level."
Founded by 30-year broadcast radio veterans Dave Rahn and John Bradley, Custom
Channels creates and manages custom music channels for local and national
brands including Floyd's 99 Barbershops, Whole Foods Market, Bonnaroo Music
Festival, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cost Plus World Market, Clearwire, and
numerous broadcast radio stations. Smile Radio is the company's entree into
providing specialized music channels designed for the dental and medical
professions. In addition to the standard Smile Radio package, Custom Channels
can create branded, "private label" Smile Radio Channels for multi-location
and dental franchise or marketing groups.
Smile Radio costs $39.95 per month and includes all required ASCAP, BMI and
SESAC music performance licenses. Custom Channels is offering a 30-day risk
free trial to customers who sign up through their website at
http://www.smile-radio.com. Dentists can preview music on Smile Radio on the
website as well.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Crawling on Hands and Knees
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Not Deat Yet
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Home on the Range
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Friday, October 23, 2009
The Biggest Gets Bigger
PaloDEx’s product range includes 3D CBCT, Panoramic x-ray (including the OP200), PSP (including the Optime IO PSP) and other intra-oral and extra-oral xray imaging systems.
“We believe this acquisition will be a game-changer for both of our companies and we are excited about the opportunity to acquire two of the leading imaging brands. Instrumentarium Dental and Soredex’s excellent digital imaging products and technology will be a great fit with our existing Gendex, DEXIS and i-CAT business. PaloDEx has a very experienced team and we look forward to working with Henrik Roos, President of PaloDEx, and his team as we continue to build the business,” said Henk van Duijnhoven, Group Executive of Danaher’s KaVo Group.
Henrik Roos will remain in his position and added: “I am thrilled to join Danaher’s dental business. The combined business will create a unique opportunity to provide new and innovative technologies in digital dentistry with focus on diagnostics and treatment planning for general practitioners and specialists.”
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Today's the Day!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tablet PC Redux
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
There's a Storm a Brewin'
Monday, October 19, 2009
Waiting for Godot
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Less is More
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Keeping Up with the Joneses
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You can also tell TechTracker to email you when a new version of an application you have comes out, so you'll get an email update before the next scan even takes place. TechTracker is freeware and works wherever Windows does.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Best of the Best
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Hand that Feeds You
When you start shopping on Amazon or Best Buy, Invisible Hand will pop up a message indicating if the item you are searching is cheaper at another retailer. (The camera I was looking at was cheaper by 1 cent somewhere else according to Invisible Hand). Since they're in beta, you might not get a notification for every item you search as the Hand is still growing their product and retailer coverage
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Believe the Hype
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
More than Just a Pretty Face
Monday, October 12, 2009
The End of an Era?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Out With the Old....
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
A Match Made in Heaven
Traditionally, shade matching was accomplished by holding up a set of prefabricated porcelain shade tabs to an existing tooth and estimating which shade tab is the closest color match. After this determination, the information is sent to the dental laboratory and a new restoration is manufactured to match this selected shade tab. As most of you know, this protocol leaves a lot of room for error. Proper shade determination can be effected by a multitude of variables. To be a meaningful improvement over current processes, I believe that a shade device is needed that measures the whole tooth accurately, adjusts to the complexities caused by saliva, supports a large library of shade guides, and offers the most helpful comparison features.
As I began my search for a device that met all of these requirements, I came across the SpectroShade Micro unit. The SpectroShade system allows dentists to confidently match and compare the shades of natural teeth with over 33 of the most popular shade and composite guides. When taking shades, we no longer have to worry about the type of lighting or color perception of the individual comparing the shade. The SpectroShade’s powerful case planning tools have also made tracking bleaching treatment progress with the before/after comparison feature an easy process. You can also check your laboratory’s work with this side-by-side feature.
The SpectroShade gives dentists the ability to communicate patient shades to the laboratory with unprecedented accuracy. All of the pertinent shade information can be printed out on color photo paper for the technician to use when creating the restoration. If a laboratory is also running the SpectroShade software, this information can be sent digitally via email.
The SpectroShade is incredibly easy to use. The system is designed with the user in mind. Feedback systems are in place to inform the operator of errors in image acquisition or calibration.
If you are looking to add a shade device to your practice, I highly recommend the SpectroShade Micro system. The SpectroShade can be purchased directly from Clōn 3D. For more information, please call them at 866.460.5682 and ask for Jon Grosso or Gary Fichtner.
Make sure you mention that you heard about them on my blog!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
You Say Potato, And I'll Say...
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Nine Inch Nails
ST. PAUL, Minn. – (October 6, 2009) – Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. introduces CAESY DVD 9, the newest version of its DVD format patient education software. With CAESY DVD 9, dental professionals can efficiently and consistently explain diagnoses, procedures, alternatives and post-op instructions in operatories and consult rooms. The new version includes seven new presentations, as well as 29 updated presentations to enhance patient education throughout the practice.
The DVD features a completely updated esthetics section, as well as all-new modules on Digital Panoramic X-ray, the Caries ID detection wand, Medications, Esthetic Crown Lengthening, Free Gingival Graft, Sinus Lift, and Subepithelial Gingival Graft. Keeping pace with changes in the industry, CAESY DVD 9 also features updated CAD/CAM presentations to include the new CEREC AC powered by Bluecam. New 3-D animations and live-action video also help keep the presentations fresh.
“Dental technology is always changing, and the new CAESY DVD 9 reflects that,” says Jana Berghoff, Patterson Dental corporate technology manager. “Patterson Dental prides itself on its ability to keep its offerings current, providing dental practices with the most relevant and contemporary patient education.”
CAESY Education Systems has been dentistry’s premier developer of leading-edge patient education technology and content since 1993. CAESY was acquired by Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. in May 2004. The award-winning multimedia information on preventive, restorative and esthetic treatment options helps dental practices educate their patients and grow their practices. The CAESY content is distributed via video and computer networks or DVD players throughout the clinical and reception areas of the dental practice. The family of products includes CAESY DVD, Smile Channel DVD and CAESY Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit www.caesy.com or call 1-800-294-8504.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Leave it to the Pros
ROSELLE, Illinois--Planmeca USA has introduced a new product in the digital intraoral X-ray field--the Prosensor Digital Imaging System.
The Planmeca ProSensor combines durability with an enhanced functionality, said Bob Pienkowski, president, Planmeca USA.
The ProSensor uses the latest complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology while offering dentists advanced design features that deliver a technologically advanced product.
Pienkowski explained that "the ProSenor was designed to withstand the rigorous use that frequently occurs in a dental office. The cable is strengthened with Kevlar, and inside the cable there are only two wires. This construction has proved extremely durable in testing consisting of bending the cable more than 100,000 times."
The active imaging area of the sensor extends to the whole surface for maximized imaging performance. Hermetically sealed, the sensor can be fully immersed in disinfectant for effective infection control and prevention.
The ProSensor is available in three sizes--0, 1, and 2. Each is easily distinguished from the other with a clear symbol on the magnetic connector, assisting the ease of use.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Dropping Like Flys
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Command and Conquer
In Beta / Release Candidate since April, the updated version adds a host of new functionality including full Unicode support, an enhanced help file, improved 64 bit support, improved synchronization and a powerful search function. The user interface has also been improved with subtle yet effective tweaks.