New Process Could Improve Dental Restoration Procedures

Oral surgeons may one day have an easier, less costly approach to one important aspect of dental restoration, thanks to a newly patented process developed by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The process computerizes the method for creating a dental bar, also called an overdenture. For dental restoration procedures, the device is the bridge connecting dental implants to dentures.

The computerized approach was developed by Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing at Missouri S&T, and one of Leu’s former students, Amit Gawate, who received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2005. Leu and Gawate were recently awarded a patent for their process.

Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan

Tom Grams was motivated to help the people of Afghanistan.

Soon after the 9/11 terror attacks, the Durango, Colo. dentist heard a speech about the way the Taliban treated people. The speech was given by a man who had his teeth knocked out after a beating by the Taliban. After offering to work on the man’s teeth, Grams knew he had to find a way to do more of this.

He started by volunteering in Nepal and India, and making more than 5 visits to Afghanistan. He gave up his dental practice in Colorado to do this work.

Grams, 51, was one of 10 members of a medical team whose bodies were found Friday. They were murdered on their way back to Kabul, the Afghan capital.

Six Dental Myths

BOSTON (August 5, 2010) — Brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental check-ups are standard for oral health care, but there are more health benefits to taking care of your pearly whites than most of us know. In a review article, a faculty member at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) debunks common dental myths and outlines how diet and nutrition affects oral health in children, teenagers, expectant mothers, adults and elders.

Myth 1: The consequences of poor oral health are restricted to the mouth

Expectant mothers may not know that what they eat affects the tooth development of the fetus. Poor nutrition during pregnancy may make the unborn child more likely to have tooth decay later in life.

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Golf Outing

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Golf Outing, an annual event hosted by the College and the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors, will be held for the second year in a row at Maple Meadows Golf Club, 272 Addison Road, Wood Dale, IL, 70191, (630) 616-8424. Alumni of UIC’s and Loyola’s dental schools, as well as all other individuals, are welcome. The Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The price for golf, a golf cart, and the lunch buffet is $95. For non-golfers wishing to attend, the price for the buffet alone is $35.

DENTAL ADVISOR Gives Kettenbach’s Panasil® 5+ Plus Rating

altHuntington Beach, CA—June 16, 2010—THE DENTAL ADVISOR, one of the most respected product evaluation magazines in the dental industry, recently gave Kettenbach’s Panasil® tray and Panasil® initial contact impression materials a 5+ plus rating and its esteemed Editors’ Choice Award.

The announcement was made today by Jens Kuhn, President, Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG.

“To receive the Editors’ Choice Award from THE DENTAL ADVISOR is truly an honor,” Kuhn said. “On behalf of Kettenbach I’d like to thank the evaluators for giving Panasil® tray and Panasil® initial contact impression materials this accolade. Quality is extremely important to Kettenbach and this recognition proves that our innovative materials are the most reliable in the industry.”

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