Industry News

Longtime Vident Ceo And Original Company Founder, Wayne Whitehill, Retires

(Brea, CA) – Longtime Vident executive, Wayne Whitehill, recently announced his retirement as CEO, effective August 1.  Mr. Whitehill will stay on as a Vident Board Member and consultant for the near term. President Fred Ketcho has taken over as the new CEO.
One of the original founding members of the company, Wayne Whitehill, along with Ray Morrow and Vern Hale, launched Vident in 1984 to represent the VITA product line in the United States. All three had worked with VITA in one capacity or another and were looking to partner with the dental laboratory industry, laying the groundwork for the founding of Vident. The trio opened up shop in Baldwin Park, California and got to work designing the first product catalog, unloading boxes and labeling products. “The three of us worked really well together,” explains Whitehill. “We split up the duties and each took on different areas of responsibility. I oversaw administration, Vern was in charge of sales and marketing and Ray handled the technical side. We were very efficient and were able to use our combined expertise to help grow the company.” First year sales for Vident were nearly $3 million. Today, Vident has a roster of almost 100 employees and has experienced strong growth at a phenomenal rate, increasing sales more than eight times over the last 20 years.

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DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties Offers New 2-Day CE Course

Tulsa, Okla., August 25, 2011: DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties announced the launch of a new, ground-breaking, two-day continuing education course eligible for ADA CERP and AGD PACE continuing education credits.

In a revolutionary two-day (14 credits) approach to endodontic continuing education that is founded on science, the course takes dentists through every vital step of root canal therapy. Clinicians will be taken through the key factors needed to achieve success, including: Diagnosis, Access and Canal Preparation, Disinfection, Obturation and Endodontic Restorations. Until now, endodontic continuing education focused on the how-to mechanics. Technical and product-based courses traditionally built excellent procedural experience, but did little to address the scientific, evidence-based factors that ultimately determine success.

The course curriculum was developed by Drs. George A. Bruder, James L. Gutmann, Markus Haapasalo, Sergio Kuttler, Stephen P. Niemczyk and Robert S. Roda. The course is taught individually by these endodontic experts - among other respected endodontic speakers - and includes lecture and hands-on instruction after the completion of each course section.

"As clinicians, we cannot always determine the highest level of evidence-based directives that may have an impact on our outcomes. Therefore, we must rely heavily on supportive and ever-advancing biologic research. We created an approach to endodontic care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence, the consideration of the patient's overall health and utilization of the dentist's clinical expertise," said Dr. Robert S. Roda, DDS, MS, instructor and co-developer of the course curriculum. "In this course, we highlight and investigate the scientific research to provide new learning that can positively enhance efficacy of endodontic procedures."

The course will offer attendees a different kind of CE experience that will cover new ground rather than procedural proficiencies already widely understood. The unique approach includes unbiased discussion of the latest endodontic innovations on the market and the science behind them.

The cost of the course is $499 but attendees can save $100 by registering 30 days in advance. Registration, presenter biographies and a complete listing of course locations are available at or by calling 1-800-662-1202.

About Tulsa Dental Specialties and DENTSPLY
Tulsa Dental Specialties is one of the leading producers or marketers of endodontic, implant and regenerative dental systems in North America. It is a division of York, Penn.-based DENTSPLY, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for the dental market. For further information, please visit

DENTSPLY designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of professional dental products including dental implants, endodontic instruments and materials, orthodontic appliances, restorative materials, preventive materials and devices, and prosthetic materials and devices. The Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well-established brand names in the industry. DENTSPLY is committed to the development of innovative, high quality, cost-effective new products for the dental market.


Miss Black USA Pageant Contestants “Shine” in Mind, Body, Spirit and Smile!

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH:  August 2011 – Opalescence was a shared secret among Miss Black USA Pageant contestants during the final event on August 7th in Washington, DC.  All 30 contestants whitened their smiles using Opalescence Boost for their final walk down the Lincoln Center’s red carpet.  With the confidence of a beautiful smile, the contestants transformed into true “divas” for an unforgettable evening.  Miss Texas, Ocielia Gibson, was full of smiles as she was crowned Miss Black USA that night.

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Sun Dental Labs Offers Remote CAD Design Services

Clearwater, Florida – Sun Dental Labs – a full-service dental laboratory serving dentists and dental labs worldwide – has added a new item to their offerings – CAD design services.

CAD design can be done for full zirconia crowns, bridges and copings. For labs using CEREC Connect, Sun Dental Labs can also design e.max and Empress crowns. Labs and dentists can scan impressions or models and send in STL files. From there, a trained CAD technician creates a high-quality computer designed STL file. Completed files are transferred via FTP.

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