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METHOD OR MATERIAL FOR TESTING, TREATING, RESTORING, OR REMOVING NATURAL TEETH

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
433218000 Crown 87
433216000 Cleaning 66
433226000 By filling, bonding or cementing 48
433224000 Endodontic 41
433217100 By lining or coating 40
433225000 Anchor pin 5
20090092950DENTIN ANCHOR - A fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) dentin anchor is disclosed comprising a coronal portion, to which a tooth restorative material may be secured, and a dentinal portion, adapted to be received in a pre-drilled hole in tooth dentin. The dentinal portion may be adapted to chemically bond to the tooth without the use of threads and the coronal portion may be adapted to chemically bond to a tooth restoration without the use of additional adhesives. The dental anchor may includes an intermediate portion having a shape and size that is different from the shape and size of the dentinal portion and the coronal portions and be adapted to be received entirely or partially within the pre-drilled hole in the tooth dentin. The modulus of elasticity of the dentin anchor may approximate the modulus of elasticity of tooth dentin.04-09-2009
20080280263TRANSPARENT AND RADIO-OPAQUE RETENTION PIN - A dental retention pin made of composite material includes a core consisting of fibers embedded in a resin matrix. The fibers, which have a refractive index (n), are radio-opaque, and the refractive index (n′) of the resin forming the matrix has a value close to that of the fibers.11-13-2008
20110250568DENTIN ANCHOR - A fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) dentin anchor is disclosed comprising a frusto-conical shaped coronal portion, to which a tooth restorative material may be secured, and a frusto-conical shaped dentinal portion, adapted to be received in a pre-drilled hole in tooth dentin. The dentinal portion may be adapted to chemically bond to the tooth without the use of threads and the coronal portion may be adapted to chemically bond to a tooth restoration without the use of additional adhesives. The modulus of elasticity of the dentin anchor may approximate the modulus of elasticity of tooth dentin.10-13-2011
20100068679Dental materials with a high flexural modulus - Low viscosity composites, with a flexural modulus of at least 18 GPa and a flexural strength of at least 90 MPa for filling dental root canals for fixing post or as a build-up material on post, are composed of aluminum oxide with a mean particle size of 1 to 50 μm in combination with at least one additional filler with a mean particle size of 0.5 to 5 μm and a monomer mixture. Also disclosed is a method for the preparation of tooth restorations.03-18-2010
20090047635Isoelastic Endodontic Pin - An isoelastic endodontic pin for the long-term endodontic restoration of teeth is based on a single-piece, fibre-reinforced plastic base body having deformation zones and at least one zone designed in such a way that it possesses reduced flexural and torsional strength; displacement elements, preferably channels, for a fastening material are located outside these zones.02-19-2009
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20120183926DENTAL TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - An apparatus is disclosed for providing dental care using pressurized fluid. The pressure is obtained from the effervescence effect of the reaction of two active materials in the presence of the fluid. The pressurized fluid is provided to the mouth in a constant pressure and the apparatus is handy and may be operated in any angle with respect to the direction of earth gravity force. In some operational modes the pressurized fluid is provided in pulsating manner or in vibrating manner or in both manners.07-19-2012
20100119997METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF MESENCHYMAL CELL, METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF TOOTH, AND MESENCHYMAL CELL FOR FORMATION OF TOOTH - The present invention provides a method for producing mesenchymal cells for production of mesenchymal cells for formation of a tooth, the method comprising: culturing totipotent stem cells in the presence of a differentiation inducer to produce a cell population after differentiation induction treatment, the cell population containing CD44-positive and CD29-positive cells or CD44-positive and CD 106-positive cells; and selecting, from the cell population after the differentiation induction treatment, the CD44-positive and CD29-positive cells or CD44-positive and CD 106-positive cells as the mesenchymal cells for the formation of the tooth. The present invention also provides a method for producing a tooth comprising: positioning, in a support carrier capable of retaining cells in a state of contacting therewith, a first cell mass substantially consisting of only either one of mesenchymal cells and epithelial cells and a second cell mass substantially consisting of only the other one of the mesenchymal cells and epithelial cells, the first and second cell masses being not mixed with each other but made to closely contact with each other; and culturing the first and second cell masses; wherein the mesenchymal cells comprise the mesenchymal cells for the formation of the tooth.05-13-2010
20100075279DENTAL IMPRESSION TRAY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A dental impression tray has a base and a relator. The base has a biting portion and a handle. The biting portion is curved. The handle is formed on the biting portion and has an arc hole that is defined through the handle to receive impression material. The relator has a vertical bar and a horizontal bar. The relator is mounted in the arc hole and is fastened in the arc hole by impression material. The horizontal bar connects perpendicularly to the vertical bar. Therefore, the impression of the teeth to be crowned or veneered as well as the relation between the impression and the patient's face are obtained simultaneously.03-25-2010
20130084543THIOL-ENE POLYMERIZATION WITH VINYLESTERS AND VINYLCARBONATE - The present disclosure is directed, in part, to a curable composition, a method for augmenting a structure in a patient with a resorbable biocompatible polymer, and a biodegradable, resorbable implant comprising a biocompatible copolymer. An exemplary embodiment of the curable composition comprises (a) 60 wt. % to 95 wt. % of one or more vinyl ester monomers and/or vinylcarbonate monomers, wherein said one or more vinyl ester monomers and/or vinylcarbonate monomers are respectively selected from compounds of the general formulas (I) and (II) below:04-04-2013
20130084544Cavitation Medication Delivery System - Systems and methods for delivering a substance to a target region in vapor form are provided. A fluid is placed within an interaction zone, where the interaction zone is a volume that extends into the target region or that is adjacent to the target region. A fiber optic tip is placed within the interaction zone. The fiber optic tip contains the substance that is transparent to a first wavelength of energy and that substantially absorbs a second wavelength of energy. A vapor bubble is created within the interaction zone by exposing the fluid to electromagnetic radiation at the first wavelength, where the radiation at the first wavelength is substantially absorbed by the fluid. The substance is released in vapor form into the vapor bubble by exposing the substance to electromagnetic radiation at the second wavelength. The fiber optic tip emits the radiation at the first and second wavelengths.04-04-2013
20090117522System to whiten interproximal surfaces of adjacent teeth - A method to whiten contacting interproximal mesial and distal surfaces of a pair of adjacent teeth includes the steps of providing a carrier shaped and dimensioned to be inserted between the pair of adjacent teeth, to fit between and separate the interproximal mesial and distal surfaces, and to contact each of the interproximal mesial and distal surfaces; charging the carrier with a tooth whitening composition; inserting the carrier intermediate the pair of adjacent teeth; and, manipulating the carrier to separate the contacting interproximal mesial and distal surfaces and to deliver the tooth whitening composition to the interproximal mesial and distal surfaces by contacting simultaneously the interproximal mesial and distal surfaces with said carrier to contact each of the interproximal mesial and distal surfaces with a portion of the tooth whitening composition on the carrier.05-07-2009
20090004627Dental Material And Composite Dental Material Formed By Using Hydroxy Apatite - It is intended to provide a dental material formed by using a hydroxy apatite, which is suitable for performing the guided bone regeneration (GBR) method in the implant therapy of dentistry. Also, it is intended to provide a composite dental material which is a bioabsorbable film provided integrally with hydroxy apatite, which is capable of rapidly attracting the osteoblast and blocking the fibroblast. The dental material is a membrane to be used for a guided bone regeneration method of guiding a bone formation by preventing invasion by anaplastic fibroblast by covering a bone developing site with a blocking membrane and filling the bone developing site with osteoblast, wherein a membrane main body of the blocking membrane is formed by using hydroxy apatite having osteoconductive capability of rapidly attracting osteoblast for the purpose of disposing the hydroxy apatite at a bone developing site side of the membrane main body. The composite dental material is a membrane to be used for a guided bone regeneration method of guiding a bone formation by preventing invasion by anaplastic fibroblast by covering a bone developing site with a blocking membrane and filling the bone developing site with osteoblast, wherein a membrane main body of the blocking membrane is formed by using a bioabsorbable membrane, and the bioabsorbable membrane is integrally provided with hydroxy apatite having osteoconductive capability of rapidly attracting osteoblast and a structure of being disposed at a bone developing site side of the membrane main body.01-01-2009
20090176192MATRIX BAND - A matrix band which includes fibers and a matrix, at least a portion of the matrix being at least partially uncured. The invention further relates to a dental restoration kit, a prepreg and the use of the matrix.07-09-2009
20100105011System, Method And Apparatus For Tooth Implant Planning And Tooth Implant Kits - Systems and methods support dental implant patient scheduling and treatment process relating to packaging one or more dental appliances as a kit which is readily used by dental professional during surgery, by communicating manufacturing progress information with a doctor over a network and performing patient scheduling and treatment when the dental appliances reach a certain manufacturing progress. A network-based service may also provide a doctor with a treatment solution including a surgical kit derived from patient data.04-29-2010
20100105010Methods and systems for producing demonstration and therapeutic models of dentition - In certain embodiments, the present invention relates to methods for producing demonstration models of dentition, which may be used for a variety of purposes, including, for example, installing dental implants in a patient and designing orthodontic devices. According to certain embodiments of the invention, methods for installing dental implants in a patient are provided. The methods generally comprise producing a demonstration model of a patient's teeth and a pilot hole for a dental implant and using the model as,a guide for drilling a pilot hole at the implant site. According to such embodiments, the step of producing the demonstration model comprises (a) capturing a digital image of patient's mouth region using a digital image acquisition system, (b) performing a digital image segmentation of the patient's teeth apart from a set of volumetric data (to produce a segmented image of the teeth), (c) identifying the implant site for the dental implant within the segmented image, (d) deriving the pilot hole and dimensions thereof at the implant site within the segmented image, and (e) manufacturing a real-sized demonstration model of the patient's teeth with the pilot hole disposed therein. The invention provides that a drill sleeve may be secured to the real-sized demonstration model within the pilot hole to produce a transfer tray, which may then be placed in the patient's mouth. According to such embodiments, the drill sleeve may be used as a guide for the pilot drill, such that the implant may thereafter be installed in the patient's mouth.04-29-2010
20100105009System, Method And Apparatus For Tooth Implants - A systematic approach to planning and selection of a dental implant. Models of the patient's dentition, including the gingival and supporting bone structure are analyzed in relation to a model of the dentition that will be replaced by the implant. Based on information collected from a missing tooth (or teeth) model, greater insight can be gained into the functional and aesthetic attributes of the implant best suited for the patient. And from this realization a more informed decision can be made for planning the procedure for installation of the implant for the patient, and selection of the implant, e.g., size, type and orientation of supporting fixture and abutment.04-29-2010
20100330537SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSIS AND EARLY TREATMENT ADOPTION FOR ASYMPTOMATIC DISEASE - Systems and methods are provided for diagnosis of and early treatment adoption for asymptomatic diseases. In one embodiment, an examination system is provided including an input device for entering patient data, a computer including a medium for storing entered data, and a feedback module for providing feedback to an examined patient based on the data entered. A method of using the examination system is also provided in which feedback is provided directly to the patient concurrently with the measurement or other acquisition of a significant data point. Feedback is also provided at the conclusion of the examination in the form of a report, treatment plan, or customized educational materials. In a further embodiment, the patient is an active participant in the examination, recording data points themselves via the input device.12-30-2010
20130029292METHOD OF IMPLANTING MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS FOR NATURAL TOOTH REGENERATION IN SURGICALLY PREPARED EXTRACTION SOCKET AND COMPOSITIONS THEREOF - The present invention provides a method and compositions for tooth regeneration. Both implants of adipose-derived stem cell and dental pulp stem cell are able to grow self-assembled new teeth in extraction sockets when adding BMP2. The regenerated tooth is not only structurally similar to a normal tooth, but also well-developed in vascular and nervous systems with functions of growth, communication, and sensation. They are natural living teeth derived from this invented implantation method without any engineering procedure. It is ready for clinical testing and may be applied to future dental clinics.01-31-2013
20130029293Non-Invasive Ultrasonic Gingival Tissue Diagnosis - Disclosed are various embodiments for echoperiodontal imaging. In one embodiment, a system includes a transducer configured to transmit a series of ultrasonic signals at a plurality of corresponding locations along soft tissue of a jaw and receive a plurality of echo signals; and an imaging system controller configured to obtain a plurality of echo signal data of the soft tissue and a plurality of transducer positions, where each echo signal data corresponds to one of the plurality of transducer position.01-31-2013
20130029291Dual use exercise whitener appliance - A jaw-joint protective device is provided for whitening and brightening a wearer's teeth while protecting the teeth, tongue, lips, jaw, and other delicate structures of the vital cranial triad (VCT) from injury and/or for supporting the condyle of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in a relatively fixed (stable) position thereby stabilizing the jaw and the VCT during head contact activity, exercise, physical rehabilitation, C-force acceleration, teeth grinding disorders and sleep apnea and or permit the components of a VCT disorder to be realigned for proper healing. This device is an over-the-counter purchased, boil and bite device for whitening at least one tooth while protecting the jaw-joint, providing maxillary and mandibular teeth seats for protection of the mouth and/or healing of the VCT. This invention provides a device for customized fitting that is purchased over-the-counter that is versatile for protecting not only the mouth but also a larger area, the vital cranial triad which includes the TMJ, while at the same time allows for audible speech, reduces sleep disorders of snoring, grinding and clenching of teeth with additional benefits.01-31-2013
20100068676Dental condition evaluation and treatment - Various methods and systems for providing dental condition evaluation and treatment are provided. One method includes obtaining a scan of a user's teeth, creating a digital model of the user's teeth based upon the scan, evaluating the digital model of the user's teeth, creating a treatment plan for the dental condition of a user using one or more treatment best match criteria, and, after the treatment plan is created, identifying a treatment professional for initiation of the treatment plan based on one or more selection best match criteria.03-18-2010
20090123893METHOD OF PERFORMING AND TEACHING ADHESIVE DENTISTRY - A method of restoring a tooth that includes applying a caries detecting stain to the central dentin of the tooth. Those portions of the central dentin that are stained with a deep stain indicative of decay are removed. Those portions of the central dentin that are stained with a light haze are left in tact such that the pulp of the tooth remains unexposed.05-14-2009
20130137063Delivery of Oral Care Products - A method for the delivery of an oral care active agent comprising the following step: applying an active agent(s) between a target oral biological barrier and a magnetic device comprising one or more pairs of displaced dipolar magnetic elements linked by a magnetic return wherein the magnetic return is orientated on the surfaces of the dipole pair distal to the biological barrier.05-30-2013
20090042168TOOTH LOCATING WITHIN DENTAL IMAGES - In a method, computer program, and system a dental target, such as a tooth, is located within a digital dental image. A reference object that was placed in the patient's mouth is segmented within a digital dental image to provide a segmented reference. The reference object has a predetermined size dimension. A window is segmented in the dental image at the position of the dental target. The segmented reference defines the relative size and location of the window, prior to the segmenting of the window.02-12-2009
20090042167Method of Manufacturing and Installing a Ceramic Dental Implant with an Aesthetic Implant Abutment - The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing a tooth prosthesis, for insertion in a jawbone, including an implant and an abutment on top of the implant. The method includes: defining a shape of the prosthesis and its location in the jawbone by using first data from a first CT scan image of the jawbone and second data from a second image of a gypsum cast, correlating first and second data by extracting from the first data first position reference data of a first reference in the first image, and from the second data second position reference data of a second reference in the second image, the second reference being identical to the first reference; performing a geometric transformation on the second data and/or the first data to have a coincidence of the second image with the first image and to combine the first and second data into composite scan data.02-12-2009
20090092948ASSISTED DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT - Embodiments of systems and methods for planning and/or delivering an oral or facial endosseous implantation in a patient are described. In certain embodiments, systems according to the invention include a processing module; a bone imaging module that communicates bone data about the patient to the processing module; a surface imaging module that communicates surface data about the patient to the processing module; and the processing module processes the bone data and the surface data into an output that includes three-dimensional (3-D) representation data indicative of at least one of an oral structure and a facial structure of the patient. In certain embodiments, a system includes a fabrication module that produces a physical model based on the 3-D representation data and indicating a planned location of an endosseous implant. In certain embodiments, a system includes a surgical module that guides implantation of an endosseous implant based on the 3-D representation data.04-09-2009
20090263764METHOD FOR PRE-OPERATIVE VISUALIZATION OF INSTRUMENTATION USED WITH A SURGICAL GUIDE FOR DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT - The invention relates to manufacturing a surgical guide to be placed in a patient's mouth. The patient's mouth is scanned to obtain surgical-region scan data at a region where an implant is to be located. The patient's mouth is also scanned in the opened position to acquire dental conditions opposite from the surgical region so as to obtain opposing-condition scan data. A virtual model is developed using the surgical-region scan data and the opposing-condition scan data. Using the virtual model, a surgical plan is developed that includes the location of the implant to be installed in the patient. A virtual surgical guide is also developed based on the surgical plan. The dimensions of instrumentation to be used with the surgical guide are checked to ensure they will fit within the mouth by use of the opposing-condition scan data. After checking, final surgical-guide manufacturing information is obtained for manufacturing the surgical guide.10-22-2009
20090047631ARRANGEMENT FOR USING OSTEOINDUCTIVE OR BIOACTIVE MATERIAL TO INDUCE BONE AND/OR INCREASE THE STABILITY OF IMPLANTS IN THE JAW BONE, AND AN IMPLANT INTENDED FOR THIS PURPOSE - The stability of an implant (02-19-2009
20090047632ARRANGEMENT FOR IMPLANTS BEARING GROWTH-STIMULATING SUBSTANCE OR SUBSTANCES, AND ONE SUCH IMPLANT - An implant bears growth-stimulating substance(s), here called GSS, which can be released when the implant is arranged in a jaw bone hole. The release takes place in interaction with secreted, cell-containing body fluid so as to form new bone alongside the implant. The implant is arranged with an outer surface which can comprise the outer parts of a thread or can consist of bearing surfaces parallel to the inner wall of the jaw bone hole. First portions of the outer surface have first diameters or radii, and second portions have second diameters or radii smaller than the first diameters or radii. The implant bears against or cooperates with the hole wall via the first portions and, by means of the second portions and together with the hole wall, forms one or more closed spaces into which body fluid can penetrate and GSS can be released. The implant can alternatively be designed with a shape or shapes substantially corresponding to the tooth root configuration(s). The new bond formation is made effective in this way, and great stability can be obtained for the implant in its position in the jaw bone.02-19-2009
20120115107SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING OF DENTAL ORTHOTICS - The present invention provides a motion analysis system for manufacturing of dental orthotics and prosthetics using computer aided means. The process includes measuring the relative function of one anatomical structure to another based on optical data and in some cases enhanced with other sensor data. The components of hard and soft tissue are used in analysis and where the data can be compared in a time series such that a computer generated occlusal surface from which either a treatment orthosis or prosthesis could be manufactured to aid with dental treatment.05-10-2012
20090274998OPTICAL DETECTION OF DENTAL CARIES - A method for caries detection uses an image capture device (11-05-2009
20090011386Measuring device and method for the 3d-measurement of dental models - A scanning system 01-08-2009
20090011385NON-INVASIVE METHOD FOR TREATING PERIODONTAL DISEASE - The present invention is a method of non-invasive treatment of periodontal disease using ultrasonic waves. The treatment involves placing a tray, covering a metal fork, over the arch intended to be treated. The tray holds the metal fork to the teeth and gingival surface. The metal fork is connected to at least one ultrasonic transducer, which is in turn connected to a control unit that controls the delivery of ultrasonic energy. Both upper and lower arches can be treated simultaneously. The tray(s) may be filled with a therapeutic gel or the patient's own saliva maybe permitted to fill the tray and serve as a conductive gel. The ultrasonic waves, both alone or with a therapeutic gel, and heal the diseased tissue without surgery or curettage. Treatment may be repeated as needed or it may be used as a preventative measure with lesser treatment time.01-08-2009
20130164709SUBSTITUTED SACCHARIDE COMPOUNDS AND DENTAL COMPOSITIONS - Substituted saccharide compounds, dental compositions comprising substituted saccharide compounds, and methods of using dental compositions are described. In one embodiment, the substituted saccharide amide compound comprises a hydrophobic group and at least one free-radically polymerizable group with the proviso that the hydrophobic group is not bonded to the ethylenically unsaturated carbon atom of the free-radically polymerizable group. The hydrophobic group is typically bonded to a nitrogen atom of a saccharide amine residue or a carbonyl moiety of saccharide amide residue.06-27-2013
20090191510Periodontal treatment employing applied ultrasonic energy - A method for treating periodontal disease. A dental substance is applied to gingival tissues by use of ultrasonic energy for improved exposure and treatment results.07-30-2009
20110151409DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING PLAQUE IN THE ORAL CAVITY - The present invention regards methods and devices for detecting plaque on a surface in the oral cavity to which a fluorescent agent capable of binding to plaque has been applied, whereby a radiation source emits incident radiation for contacting the surface, reflected light and fluorescent emission resulting from contact of the radiation with the surface is collected by an optical collector and conveyed by an optical pathway in the device, where the optical light signal of the reflected light and fluorescent emission is converted to an electrical signal, and where the electrical signals of the fluorescent emission and the reflected light are then mathematically manipulated to provide a compensated plaque value as a function of the distance from the optical collector and the surface of the oral cavity to which the fluorescent agent has been applied.06-23-2011
20110129801COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS TO PREVENT AND TREAT DRY SOCKET POST-OPERATIVELY AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION SURGERY - The invention describes and claims compositions and methods for their use in the prevention and treatment of alveolar osteitis (dry socket) after tooth extraction surgery.06-02-2011
20080199830Iontophoresis and Active Dental Appliances - Dental trays, toothbrushes, and other devices are provided for the active delivery of medicaments into hard and soft tissues, particularly those of the oral cavity. The devices apply an AC voltage with a DC offset to drive medicaments into the tissues.08-21-2008
20110287387SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING TOOTH CRACKS - A method for imaging the surface of a tooth, the method executed at least in part on a computer records a first set of images of the tooth, wherein each image in the first set of images is illuminated according to a pattern oriented in a first direction. A second set of images of the tooth are recorded, wherein each image in the second set of images is illuminated according to a pattern oriented in a second direction that is shifted more than 10 degrees with respect to the first direction. A first contour image is reconstructed according to the recorded first set of images and a second contour image according to the recorded second set of images. A residual image is formed as a combination of the first and second contour images. The residual image is analyzed and surface conditions of the tooth reported.11-24-2011
20090291416DENTAL IMPRESSION MATRIX TRAY AND METHOD OF FABRICATION FOR TEMPORARY DENTAL PROSTHESES - A flexible dental impression tray for use with a curable matrix-forming material and a related method for fabricating temporary dental prostheses. The temporary matrix tray is configured to provide a moderate degree of flexibility and easy customization to a particular patient's dentition. Use of transparent material for the tray and the matrix material allow better visualization by the practitioner.11-26-2009
20100035212PREPARATION OF DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY AND PROSTHESIS INSTALLATION - There are provided a system and a method for assisting a user in preparing a dental implant surgery which includes a prosthesis installation. The system and the method provide a dental implant surgery plan for the user and generate a list of all items required for the dental implant surgery. The items of the list comprise a dental surgical guide, at least one implant and components for at least one prosthesis. The system and the method use a record of suppliers for the items of the list and, for each item of the list, propose to the user a supplier selected among the suppliers of the record. The system and method then allow the user to order all items of the list, which are shipped to the user for the surgery.02-11-2010
20100266989TEETH WHITENING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS - Disclosed herein are teeth whitening compositions generally including an oxidizing agent (e.g., a peroxide), and an activating agent that has an emission wavelength between about 400 nm and about 570 nm (e.g., Eosin B, Eosin Y, or Erythrosine B). Methods of employing these compositions to whiten teeth, methods of making these compositions and kits that include some or part of the composition ingredients, are also described.10-21-2010
20100015575DENTITION SCORE - Methods, systems, algorithms, and uses for dentition scores having clinical applicability for an individual patient are described herein. The scores increase as a condition worsens and decrease with treatment. The score can be used to communicate the status of a patient's dentitions to the patient, to an insurer, or to another health care professional.01-21-2010
20100119996METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FORMING A DENTAL PROSTHESIS - A system and method for use in constructing a prosthesis/complete restoration that obtains a digital dentition model, such as a 3D geometric surface model or a 3D volumetric image model, processes the digital dentition model to form a virtual model, forms a virtual mold including a digital prosthesis and/or complete restoration, and uses the virtual model to construct the prosthesis/complete restoration. Processing circuitry, such as a programmed server, can be used to obtain the digital dentition model and form the virtual mold. A rapid manufacturing device can be used to construct the prosthesis/complete restoration.05-13-2010
20100124732ULTRASONIC PERIODONTAL DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING - System and methods of detecting and measuring periodontal disease comprising filling a periodontal pocket with a fluid capable of propagating sound waves, transmitting a sound wave into the periodontal pocket, sensing the return sound wave from the periodontal pocket, and determining the depth of the pocket by measuring the time it takes the at least one transmitted sound wave to traverse the periodontal pocket and return. A peak discrimination analysis algorithm is also provided.05-20-2010
20090004628Tissue desensitizing system and method - A method and device for controlling the pain of a periodontal ligament injection, and other minor medical and dental procedures. The device desensitizes the tissues utilizing cold, vibration, or both. The method is useful for injections, small biopsies, intraosseous drilling, blood sampling, and so on.01-01-2009
20080206714DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATIONS - The present invention provides a method of making and aligning digital images from oral tissues, dental implants, healing components, and dental restorations to design and manufacture dental implant retained restorations. Image data about the space available for the planned restoration, orientation of dental implants or abutments and aesthetic contour and occlusion of the prosthesis are all integrated into a virtual three-dimensional model of the prosthesis that can be sent to the clinician or laboratory to validate design intent and to manufacture the prosthesis. The virtual model is used by either a conventional rapid prototyping machine to produce a castable pattern or a number controlled mill to machine the restoration.08-28-2008
20090274996BONE CUTTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A bone cutting device having a cylindrical body that has cutting teeth on one end, a shaft extending from another end of the body for attachment to a drill, which shaft can provide cooling water to the body, and a drill extending beyond the cutting teeth for contacting the bone prior to the cutting teeth contacting the bone.11-05-2009
20090291417INTERACTIVE ORTHODONTIC CARE SYSTEM BASED ON INTRA-ORAL SCANNING OF TEETH - Interactive, computer based orthodontist treatment planning, appliance design and appliance manufacturing is described. A scanner is described which acquires images of the dentition which are converted to three-dimensional frames of data. The data from the several frames are registered to each other to provide a complete three-dimensional virtual model of the dentition. Individual tooth objects are obtained from the virtual model. A computer-interactive software program provides for treatment planning, diagnosis and appliance from the virtual tooth models. A desired occlusion for the patient is obtained from the treatment planning software. The virtual model of the desired occlusion and the virtual model of the original dentition provide a base of information for custom manufacture of an orthodontic appliance. A variety of possible appliance and appliance manufacturing systems are contemplated, including customized archwires and customized devices for placement of off-the shelf brackets on the archwires, and removable orthodontic appliances.11-26-2009
20100221683COLOURING SOLUTION FOR DENTAL CERAMIC ARTICLES AND RELATED METHODS - The invention relates to a colouring solution for colouring a dental ceramic article, the solution comprising: a solvent and a colouring agent, comprising rare earth element metals or ions being present in the solution in an amount of at least about 0.05 mol/l solvent and transition metals or ions being present in the solution in an amount of about 0.00001 to about 0.05 mol/l solvent. The invention also relates to a process for colouring dental ceramic articles, dental ceramic articles treated either with the colouring solution or obtainable by a process comprising the step of firing the dental ceramic articles.09-02-2010
20080280260Method and Apparatus for Tooth Rejuvenation and Hard Tissue Modification - The present invention is a number of methods and devices for tooth rejuvenation and hard tissue modification comprising applying a layer of a peroxide-free composition to a tooth surface. The applied composition comprises an aqueous solution of one or more edible acids. The composition has a pH selected from the range of about 0.5 to 5. After the treatment the composition is removed from the tooth surface. In various embodiments of the invention the pH of the composition can range between about 0.5 and 3, a narrower range being between 1 and 1.75. After treatment, the enamel may be restored chemically or by means of a porous layer. If the enamel is restored chemically, then an aqueous solutions of one or more edible acids with particles selected from the group of Ca, Cr, Ba, Cd, Mg, P, As, Si, F, or Na is used. In another embodiment, hard tissue rejuvenation comprises forming a post-treatment layer having a composition which is different from that of the hard tissue of the hard tissue by selectively heating a porous layer on the hard tissue.11-13-2008
20080280261ROOT APEX POSITION DETECTION METHOD - Methods of detecting a root apex position of a root canal of a test tooth, including applying a plurality of types of measurement signals to one of the measurement electrode and the mouth electrode; sequentially applying each of the plurality of types of measurement signals to one of the measurement electrode and the mouth electrode; sequentially detecting a plurality of electrical characteristic values between the measurement electrode and the mouth electrode based on each of the applied measurement signals using a detection unit. The methods further include obtaining a test tooth data group; comparing the test tooth data group with a plurality of model tooth data groups; detecting whether one of the plurality of model tooth data groups is in a predetermined relationship with the test tooth data group; and displaying the detected result.11-13-2008
20120288829Micro-Abrasive Blasting Device for Dental Applications and Methods - A micro-abrasive blasting device comprises a mixing chamber, a delivery conduit extending from external the mixing chamber to the mixing chamber and a discharge conduit extending from the mixing chamber. Abrasive material may selectively be sealed in the chamber by positioning the discharge conduit to abut the inlet port. The chamber may be spherical to deliver consistent powder perturbation at all mixing chamber orientations. Methods of using the device are disclosed. Methods of making the device by blow molding are disclosed.11-15-2012
20080286722Method for selecting implant components - Methods of selecting or designing an implant to be used in a patient are provided. A CT scan of a patient's mouth is performed. A 3D CAD model of the patient's mouth is created utilizing data generated by the CT scan. Properties of the patient's mouth are determined based upon CT scan data and assigned to the 3D CAD model. A desired location for an implant is selected. A FEA simulation is performed on the 3D CAD model to choose an implant or to design an implant that optimizes a selected variable.11-20-2008
20090181348DENTAL PATIENT ANXIETY AND PAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING ISOLATED HAND PIECE INTERRUPT AND RESET - Disclosed is a dental patient anxiety and pain management system including a patient controllable interrupt device operable by a patient for interrupting a flow of pressurized fluid along a fluid path between a pressurized fluid source to a dental hand piece and for venting the pressurized fluid from a portion of the fluid path between the patient interrupt device and the dental hand piece for reducing the motive force driving the operative element of the hand piece, the fluid flow remaining interrupted until a reset device is operated for allowing the flow of pressurized fluid to resume along the fluid path between the pressurized fluid source and the hand piece.07-16-2009
20090181347BONE AUGMENTATION PRODUCT FOR GUIDING BONE TISSUE REGENERATION - A bone augmentation product for guiding bone tissue regeneration includes a soft tissue barrier membrane in the form of a soft sheet, and a tissue-regeneration guiding material being integrally molded to one side of the soft tissue barrier membrane. The tissue-regeneration guiding material may be collagen for directly filling in a defective area on a tooth bed or an area on a bone requiring osteogenesis to thereby simplify the procedures and reduce the difficulty in a surgery.07-16-2009
20110207086DENTAL COMPOSITION COMPRISING BIPHENYL DI(METH)ACRYLATE MONOMER COMPRISING URETHANE MOIETIES - Dental compositions and biphenyl di(meth)acrylate monomers are described. The dental compositions comprise at least one biphenyl di(meth)acrylate monomer comprising two aromatic rings connected with a C—C bond wherein the rings each comprise a substituent comprising a urethane moiety and a (meth)acrylate end group.08-25-2011
20090081617Display interface target positioning tool - A target positioning tool for use during the scanning of a dental preparation enables an operator to ensure that the preparation is always properly positioned. In one embodiment, the tool comprises an outer circle and a pair of arcs that are positioned back-to-back. The arcs enable the operator to correctly align the scan to the preparation or with a preparation margin. Preferably, the size of the circle is constant and remains so as the view moves in and out on the display screen.03-26-2009
20090298018Method and Kit for Producing a Dental Product - Method and kit for producing a dental product The invention relates to a method and a kit for producing a dental product. The invention also relates to a device that allows the method according to the invention to be implemented. According to the invention, a thermoplastic material (12-03-2009
20080318188Dimer Acid-Derived Dimethacrylates and Use in Dental Restorative Compositions - The present invention provides polymerizable dental compositions comprising a dimer acid-derived monomer such as a dimer acid-derived di(meth)acrylate monomer. In one embodiment, the dimer acid-derived monomer is of the formula (I): wherein R12-25-2008
20090081616Method and Device for Producing Dental Prosthesis Elements - The invention relates to a method for producing a dental prosthesis element (03-26-2009
20090053677Method for designing a plurality of adjacent tooth restorations using CAD/CAM technology - A method for designing a plurality of adjacent tooth restorations using CAD/CAM technology The invention relates to a method for designing a plurality of adjacent tooth restorations using CAD/CAM technology. In a first step, the virtual model of a first tooth restoration at the first border of the restoration site is designed. In a second step, the virtual model of the second tooth restoration adjacent to the first tooth restoration is designed, the second tooth restoration being adjusted to match the first tooth restoration. The virtual model of the first tooth restoration is adjusted in relation to the second tooth restoration in a third step, if required. This procedure is then repeated for all of the other tooth restorations in the restoration site.02-26-2009
20090104584Incisor tooth or canine tooth, and set of teeth, and method for producing and incisor tooth or canine tooth - The invention relates to an anterior tooth such as an incisor tooth or canine tooth built up in layers, with a cutting-edge material (04-23-2009
20090191511PROCESS FOR MAKING A DENTAL RESTORATION AND RESULTANT APPARATUS - A process for making a dental restoration includes forming an image which represents a natural oral cavity characteristic. The image may be formed on a computer by an artist or by capturing a photograph of an oral cavity. The computer-based image may be modified with a computer-aided software program. Thereafter, the image is printed as a decal and attached to the dental restoration base. The decal and the dental restoration base are conditioned by a high intensity light or by being fired together in an oven in order to create a finished dental restoration having the desired oral cavity color and characteristics.07-30-2009
20090239200DRILL - A drill is used on a jaw bone with overlying soft tissue and underlying, more solid bone. The drill comprises a first portion which is provided with one or more first cutting edges and with a first width or diameter. Arranged behind the first portion there is a second portion which is provided with one or more second cutting edges and with a second diameter exceeding the first width or diameter. The first portion can cooperate with soft tissues to form an initial hole, and the second portion can cooperate with the soft tissue and the more solid bone in order to enlarge said hole and create a countersunk hole in the more solid bone. The first portion is also depicted to cooperate with the more solid bone, during the second portion's formation of the countersunk hole, in order to provide a guidance hole or marker hole in the bottom of the countersink.09-24-2009
20100261143CURABLE DENTAL RETRACTION COMPOSITION, METHOD OF PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF - The invention relates to a curable dental retraction composition comprising alginate and a solvent, with the proviso that essentially no crosslinker in an amount effective to start setting of the curable dental retraction composition is present. The invention also relates to a container containing said composition and to a kit comprising two parts, wherein the first part comprises the curable dental retraction composition of the present invention and the second part comprises a crosslinker being able to start setting of the dental retraction composition.10-14-2010
20100240013DISPENSER AND APPLICATOR THAT BRING REACTIVE SUBSTANCES INTO CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER AT TIME OF USE - A squeezable hermetically sealed vessel contains a whitening compound and an elongated applicator tip extending outwardly from the vessel. A cap closed and seals the applicator tip and the vessel, but may be removed under manual force. Once the cap is removed, the walls of the vessel may be squeezed together to urges the contents of the vessel to flow through a fluid passage through the elongated applicator tip to reach an accommodating surface. The accommodating surface may either be impregnated with a different material that reacts with the contents of the vessel upon contact or covers a chamber that in turn contains such a different material.09-23-2010
20090075239COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING POLYMERIZABLE BISPHOSPHONIC ACIDS AND METHODS - The present invention is directed to compositions containing one or more polymerizable bisphosphonic acids and optionally one or more additional polymerizable components.03-19-2009
20100221684IMPLANT FOR SUBCUTANEOUS OR INTRADERMAL INJECTION - The invention concerns an injection implant for filling up wrinkles, thin lines, skin cracks and scars, for reparative or plastic surgery, aesthetic dermatology, and for filling up gums in dental treatment. The invention concerns the use of biologically absorbable polymer microspheres or microparticles suspended in a gel. Said suspension is produced either ready-for-use or freeze-dried. The biological absorbability of the microspheres is controlled and enables the production of implants having well defined persistence and deliberately limited to 3 years.09-02-2010
20090186318Laser Surgical Methods - Methods, systems, and apparatus for programmable selective ablating or cutting of a targeted area of a material with a laser, producing a succession of pulses of the generated radiation with an energy level, pulse duration, and repetition rate specified to ablate or cut the material without causing harmful side effects; and concentrating the radiation pulses on the targeted material to a spot sufficiently small to cause ablating or cutting of the material; and means to direct the said spot to cover the programmed selected targeted area of a material.07-23-2009
20090068619COMPOSITION CONTAINING AZIRIDINO GROUPS AND USE THEREOF - The invention relates to a composition comprising a prepolymer as component (A), wherein the prepolymer comprises aziridino groups and is characterized by an equivalent weight EW1, a crosslinker as component (B), wherein the crosslinker has a structure being different from the structure of the prepolymer and comprises aziridino groups and is characterized by an equivalent weight EW2, an initiator as component (C) being able to start curing of the composition, optionally filler(s) as component (D) and optionally additive(s) as component (E), wherein equivalent weight is defined as (molecular mass of the molecule)/(number of aziridino groups present in the molecule) and wherein EW1>EW2. The invention also relates to the use of the composition for coating, sealing, moulding, adhering, making impressions, producing a dental material.03-12-2009
20110033827Method of using dental material and composite dental material formed by using hydroxyapatite - A dental material formed by using a hydroxyapatite, which is suitable for performing a guided bone regeneration (GBR) method in the implant therapy of dentistry. Also, a composite dental material which is a bioabsorbable film provided integrally with hydroxyapatite is capable of rapidly attracting osteoblast and blocking fibroblast. The dental material is a membrane for a guided bone regeneration method of guiding a bone formation by preventing invasion by anaplastic fibroblast by covering a bone developing site with a blocking membrane and filling the bone developing site with osteoblast, wherein a main body of the blocking membrane is formed by using hydroxyapatite having osteoconductive capability of rapidly attracting osteoblast for the purpose of disposing the hydroxyapatite at a bone developing site side of the membrane main body.02-10-2011
20110111373Full Arch Dental Treatment Devices and Systems - Example embodiments of the present invention include methods, devices, and systems that provide effective dental treatments to all tooth surfaces of the entire dental arch. In particular, embodiments of the present invention include treatment devices and systems that are capable of treating the entire arch by covering and delivering active ingredients to the front, back, and top surfaces of each of the teeth of the full dental arch. Moreover, example embodiments of the present invention provide treatment devices and systems that are capable of treating the gingival margin and gums of an entire arch.05-12-2011
20100227296METHOD OF ASSESSING ORAL HEALTH RISK - A method of oral health risk assessment is provided in which diagnostic data from an oral health detection device and patient risk factor data is processed to provide a integrated risk measure relating to a patient's dental health. The patient risk factor data preferably includes risk factor data such as pathological risk factors, protective risk factors, historical factors, self care factors, behavioral factors, and extrinsic factors. The integrated risk assessment and patient data is preferably provided to a remote server for access by various authorized stakeholders.09-09-2010
20100112525METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROGRESSIVELY TREATING AND CONTROLLING ORAL PERIOPATHOGENS CAUSING SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATIONS - Methods and systems for treating and controlling oral periopathogens that have been found to be associated with systemic inflammation and/or disease in a periodontal pocket, inhibiting their entry into the host circulatory system, and decreasing the systemic effects. A bacterial community present in one or more oral treatment regions is determined. A periodontal medicament delivery tray is prepared for the patient with the delivery tray being configured with one or more application regions, each configured for applying a medicament to a different one of the oral treatment regions. The medicaments are applied to each oral treatment region, including placing each medicament into a different application region of the delivery tray. Each of the applied medicaments is applied as a function of a determined efficacy of the medicament against the bacterial community determined to be in the oral treatment region associated with the application region in which each medicament is applied.05-06-2010
20110086329DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING AN ORAL CARE AGENT - An oral care agent delivery device is provided which comprises a permanently deformable backing layer, an oral care layer, and a non-woven binding material with a first part that is substantially invested in the oral care layer and a second part that is substantially invested in the backing layer. The device is sized to fit over a plurality of teeth in an upper or lower dental arch of a subject. The oral care layer comprises at least one oral care agent and at least one hydrophilic polymer. When hydrated, the oral care layer has an adhesiveness relative to the surface of a user's teeth that is sufficient to retain the device on the user's teeth when placed thereon. The device can also have an oral care agent which is activated on hydration of the oral care layer, or an oral care layer which releases the oral care agent over time.04-14-2011
20090035724Site Specific Intra-Oral Application Apparatus - An apparatus (02-05-2009
20090215009MEDICAL MATERIAL, ARTIFICIAL TOOTH ROOT, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING MEDICAL MATERIAL - [Problems] To provide a medical material having such a structure that enables even diffusion and distribution in the material of a sufficient amount a substance necessary for a medical treatment.08-27-2009
20100129777KIT FOR FIXING A DENTAL RESTORATION MATERIAL ON A TOOTH SUBSTANCE - The subject matter of the invention is a kit for fixing a dental restoration material on a tooth substance, which material contains the following components: a. an electron donor compound; b. a first adhesive component which contains an oxidation agent as constituent of a polymerization initiator system and a polymerizable acid; c. a second adhesive component which contains a reduction agent as constituent of a polymerization initiator system and a polymerizable monomer, oligomer, or prepolymer, which does not contain any acid groups.05-27-2010
20120148986METHOD FOR IDENTIFICATION OF DENTAL CARIES IN POLYCHROMATIC IMAGES - A method for identification of caries, executed at least in part on data processing hardware, obtains an original digital tooth image that has a plurality of color channels and generates an adjusted image by adjusting intensity values of the original digital tooth image to a range between a minimum value and a maximum value, wherein the adjusted image has at least a green channel image Iwgreen, a red channel image Iwred, and a blue channel image Iwblue. One or more tooth regions are segmented from gum and background regions within the adjusted image according to a relationship between two or more of the images Iwgreen, Iwred, and Iwblue to each other. One or more caries lesions is identified according to pixel intensity values from within the one or more segmented tooth regions, and the one or more tooth regions and the displayed and identified caries regions are highlighted.06-14-2012
20110212420Method for dental restoration and related kit - The disclosure generally relates to a method for forming a dental mold. The method generally includes: (a) scanning an existing dental structure to generate a three-dimensional first digital model of the existing dental structure, (b) modifying the first digital model of the existing dental structure to generate a three-dimensional second digital model of a planned dental structure; (c) generating a three-dimensional third digital model corresponding to a negative of the second digital model; (d) digitally sectioning the third digital model into at least one buccal model portion and at least one lingual model portion of the third digital model; and (e) creating a dental mold comprising at least one buccal mold portion and at least one lingual mold portion based on the sectioned third digital model. The disclosure also relates to (a) methods of assembling the dental mold over a tooth and a gum of a patient having an existing dental structure in need of dental restoration, (b) methods of performing a dental restoration on the existing dental structure of the patient using the dental mold, and (c) kits including components for forming the dental mold and/or for performing the dental restoration using the dental mold.09-01-2011
20100291511METHOD OF MAXILLARY SINUS BONE GRAFTING FOR PLACEMENT OF IMPLANT - A method of maxillary sinus bone grafting for placement of an implant in which upon placement of the implant, a vertical hole is formed and enlarged with ease in a maxillary sinus floor, a maxillary membrane is easily lifted in an always-stable state using a piezotome and gel type bone graft material while preventing the membrane from becoming damaged, and even the bone graft material of coarse bone meal is uniformly diffused and infused, thereby ensuring that the implant is placed in a fast, safe manner while allowing a patient to keep relaxed and alleviating the pain the patient feels, resulting in shortening a curing time and maximizing effects of the placement of the implant.11-18-2010
20110151410Apparatus and method for measuring optical characteristics of teeth - Optical characteristic measuring systems and methods such as for determining the color or other optical characteristics of teeth are disclosed. Perimeter receiver fiber optics are spaced apart from a source fiber optic and receive light from the surface of the object/tooth being measured. Light from the perimeter fiber optics pass to a variety of filters. The system utilizes the perimeter receiver fiber optics to determine information regarding the height and angle of the probe with respect to the object/tooth being measured. Under processor control, the optical characteristics measurement may be made at a predetermined height and angle. Various color spectral photometer arrangements are disclosed. Translucency, fluorescence, gloss and/or surface texture data also may be obtained. Audio feedback may be provided to guide operator use of the system. The probe may have a removable or shielded tip for contamination prevention. A method of producing dental prostheses based on measured data also is disclosed. Measured data also may be stored and/or organized as part of a patient data base.06-23-2011
20090317771IMPLANT REMOVAL TOOL - Implant removal tool (12-24-2009
20090317770User Health Profiles Derived From Oral Care Implements - A computer-implemented method includes a step of presenting an indication of a health profile of a person based on information obtained from an oral care implement. Also, a method includes displaying an indication of a history of the health profile of a a person based on second information previously received from the oral care implement.12-24-2009
20090029322Use of Stem Cells, Method of Tissue Engineering, Use of Dental Tissues and Tooth Biological Substitute - The present invention is related to the use of stem cells of an animal species for obtainment of biological tooth substitute, in whole or in parts, to be implanted in organism of the same animal strain, wherein said stem cells can be adult cells. The present invention still aims to develop a method of tissue engineering for culturing cells capable to form dental tissue for production of a tooth biological substitute. The said dental tissue can used for the treatment of people suffering from loss, fail or lack of these tissues, and also for cosmetic use of those tissues for a morphological modifying on a patient dentition, for example, the patient may desire to, or need to, have a bigger or smaller dentition for any aesthetic reason.01-29-2009
20080213729METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING MAXILLARY SINUS ELEVATION - A method and apparatus is disclosed for providing implants in the upper jaws of a person. A sleeve is inserted through the alveolar ridge to the maxillary sinus. The sleeve is used to raise the subantral membrane and form a cavity. A filler, such as a bone growth stimulant is injected through the sleeve into the cavity. In the process, the sleeve also can cut and/or condense the bone around itself so that the bone can hold an implant. Optionally, the bone growth stimulant is also introduced into the bone surrounding the sleeve. During the injection, the pressure within the sleeve or the cavity is monitored to detect and prevent the rupture of the subantral membrane.09-04-2008
20080233540POWDER BLAST TOOL, POWDER RESERVOIR, INSERT FOR POWDER RESERVOIR AND METHOD OF DENTAL TREATMENT - A powder blast tool for mixing a powder with a pressurised gas, having at least one powder reservoir, with supply lines for the pressurised gas, and a discharge line, which is connected to a discharge nozzle, at which a powder-gas mixture and optionally pressurised water are discharged, wherein the powder blast tool can preferably be connected to plural powder reservoirs simultaneously and exchangeably, wherein at least one receiving region with at least one mixture terminal and at least one gas terminal is disposed on the powder blast tool and wherein the powder reservoir has a coupling region for exchangeable connection of the powder reservoir to the powder blast tool. Also disclosed are a suitable powder reservoir and an insert for such powder reservoirs and a corresponding method of dental treatment.09-25-2008
20100227295ULTRASONIC DEVICE FOR ASSESSMENT OF INTERNAL TOOTH STRUCTURE - Example embodiments of this invention include a method and a device for assessing the internal structure of the tooth. In one example, the method is comprised of emitting a sequence of ultrasonic pulses from a given point on the tooth surface into the tooth at various directions of incidence (angles of incidence) with respect to the local tooth surface, recording the corresponding sequence of ultrasonic echoes from different internal dental formations, and processing the collected ultrasonic pulse-echo and pulse-direction data to present internal structure of the tooth in quantitative or graphical form.09-09-2010
20100159422DEVICE FOR TARGETED CATHERIZED DELIVERY OF MEDICATIONS - Apparatus and method for catheterized delivery or infusion of medication and anaesthesia are disclosed. The perforating catheter is first used to perforate the periodontal ligament and/or the cortical plate of bone tissue, and is then left in place and used as a catheter for insertion of a hypodermic needle of smaller gauge to deliver medication or anaesthesia to a target area. The perforator is a bevelled needle for drilling into the ligament or bone tissue. For drilling, the device comprises an adaptor which transmits the rotational movement from a dental hand piece or the like to the bevelled needle. A cap is also included for protecting the bevelled needle during storage of the device. The adaptor may have a rod which extends axially into the bevelled needle when the device is assembled for drilling. The rod is used to prevent the debris resulting from drilling from blocking the passage in the bevelled needle. As well, the rod reinforces the needle and maintains the alignment between the perforator and the adaptor for improved drilling efficiency. An adapter is disclosed which couples with the catheter once in place easing access to supply medication to difficult to reach areas.06-24-2010
20100196857Method for Whitening Teeth - A method for whitening teeth which utilizes laser light to activate bleaching agents applied to the teeth. The mouth is first prepared so that the soft tissues of the gums are protected and only the teeth are exposed. The teeth are cleaned to remove any materials which will reduce or nullify the effects of the bleaching agents. A first bleaching composition comprising a peroxide compound is prepared and applied to the teeth. The teeth are exposed to laser light from an argon laser which light activates the peroxide to accelerate the bleaching process without heat. If further whitening is desired, a second bleaching composition comprising a peroxide compound is prepared and applied to the teeth. The teeth are briefly exposed to laser light from a carbon dioxide laser which heat activates the peroxide to accelerate the bleaching process.08-05-2010
20090274997System And Method For Comparing Dental X-Ray Images - A system for comparing dental X-ray images includes a positional displacement calculator calculating a positional displacement between dental X-ray test and reference images by using phase-only correlation, a positional displacement corrector correcting the positional displacement, a base point extractor defining, as a base image, any one of the dental X-ray test and reference images, and defining, as a corresponding image, the other one of the two dental images, and extracting base points from the base image, a corresponding point extractor extracting corresponding points, which correspond to the base points, from the corresponding image, a correspondence calculator calculating correspondence between the base points and the corresponding points, a nonlinear distortion corrector correcting a nonlinear distortion between the base image and the corresponding image, based on the correspondence, and a similarity calculator finding, by using phase-only correlation, a similarity between the base image and the corresponding image.11-05-2009
20090176193IMPLANT PELLETS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING BONE AUGMENTATION AND PRESERVATION - Embodiments described herein are related to pellets that are placed within an extraction site that is in need of bone augmentation and preservation. The pellets are typically cylindrical in shape and comprise a material and a polymer coating. The goal of the pellets are to encourage sufficient new bone growth that jaw bone deterioration is prevented. The pellets create, arrange, and assemble an ideal growth environment for new bone growth to rapidly grow and preserve the original contours of an individual's jaw bone.07-09-2009
20100021867METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HARD TISSUE TREATMENT AND MODIFICATION - A device and method for forming a texture on a surface of a hard material. Spatial patterns, such as an array of microbeams, are delivered to the tissue through the handpiece. The plurality of microbeams illuminate and ablate the hard material simultaneously. Each of the microbeams has of a sufficient fluence and pulse width to ablate the surface of the hard material and form the texture. Alternatively, one microbeam of a sufficient fluence and pulse width to ablate the surface of the hard material and form the texture is scanned over the surface either manually or in an automatic fashion.01-28-2010
20100021866Method of producing tooth, set of teeth, and method of producing tissue - A first cell mass substantially containing only either one of mesenchymal cells or epithelial cells and a second cell mass substantially containing only the other one of the cells are positioned in contact with each other inside a support carrier which can maintain a condition of cell contact; and cultured to obtain a tooth having a specific cell placement. Preferably, after the culturing, the support carrier having both cell masses is cultured with kidney cells.01-28-2010
20090075240Conforming gingiva retraction compression cap and method of retracting tissue around a tooth - A rolled compression cap having a central bore. The rolled compression cap has adjacent layers that slide or telescope to conform to the prepared tooth and to apply more direct mechanical pressure to the interface between the prepared tooth and the gingiva. The gingiva or gum retracts from the tooth forming or widening a gingival sulcus. This improves the preparation of the tooth for taking an impression and fitting a crown or cap. In one embodiment, a rolled compression cap is pre-dosed or soaked with an astringent material or retraction agent. In another embodiment, the central bore of the rolled compression cap is filled with a paste-like or gel material containing an astringent or hemostatic agent.03-19-2009
20090092947Laser curettage - Laser ablation is used in curettage to treat periodontal disease. After an initial step of ablating afflicted tissues, an anti-microbial rinse is applied. A flexible fiber optic guide is the preferred means of directing radiant energy to the afflicted tissues. Sulcular disinfection may also be achieved by similar associated processes. Various anti-microbial agents and laser sources are disclosed.04-09-2009
20110070560TOOTH-WHITENING METHOD - A method of whitening teeth has the steps of applying chlorine dioxide to surfaces of the teeth, leaving the solution on the teeth for a predetermined time, rinsing the solution from the teeth, repeating previous two steps at least once, and applying tubule sealant to the surfaces.03-24-2011
20120040312Dental Ultrasonography - Methods and devices are described that enable real-time, hand-held diagnostic ultrasonography for use in dental practice. The methods and devices utilize circumferential surface wave modes that are highly sensitive to small surface and near surface flaws. In addition, these surface waves can propagate between the teeth, following the curvature of the tooth.02-16-2012
20120231420DENTAL SHADE MAPPING - A method and apparatus for obtaining a color mapping of a dental object. Illumination is directed toward the object over at least a first and second wavelength band, one band at a time. An image of the dental object is captured at each wavelength band to form a set of images of the dental object. For pixels in the captured set of images, an image data value for the pixel corresponds to each of the wavelength bands and calculates interpolated image data values proportional to the spectral reflectance of the dental object, according to the obtained image data values and according to image data values obtained from a reference object at the wavelength bands. Spectral distribution data for a viewing illuminant is obtained and the visual color of the dental object reconstructed according to the calculated interpolated image data values and the obtained spectral distribution of the viewing illuminant.09-13-2012
20090023112Addressable Matrices/Cluster Blanks for Dental CAD/CAM Systems and Optimization Thereof - A cluster mill blank includes a framework constructed to cooperate with a blank holder of an existing CAD/CAM system, and a plurality of sub-blanks attached to the framework forming an addressable matrix or cluster blank. CAD/CAM systems including such a framework, as well as associated methods are described.01-22-2009
20120045738METHOD FOR ENHANCING VIABILITY OF PERIODONTAL TISSUE CELLS - In a method for enhancing viability of periodontal tissue cells associated with more than one tooth, the periodontal tissue cells are irradiated simultaneously by an LED (light emitting diode) module having a light emitting range covering the associated teeth, wherein the irradiating energy is between 0.1 J/cm02-23-2012
20120129134Light-Curable Bone Growth Material for Treating Dental Bone Defects - Improved compositions comprising a mixture of particulate bone growth material and polymeric carrier are provided. The particulate is preferably porous, resorbable, anorganic bone material. The polymeric carrier can be light-cured to form a cross-linked, biodegradable hydrogel. In one version, the bone growth material is a synthetic peptide bound to anorganic bone matrix particles and the carrier is methacrylated sodium hyaluronate (MHy) or methacrylated hydroxyethylcellulose (MHEC). The composition is particularly suitable for repairing defective dental and orthopedic bone tissue. The particulate and hydrogel carrier are biodegradable so the composition can be replaced by new bone formation over time.05-24-2012
20120015331SCAFFOLD - The present invention provides a polymeric scaffold containing an antibacterial photoactive drug and optionally comprising seeded cells such as stem cells. The invention also includes methods of using the scaffold for tissue regeneration, prevention or reduction of infection whilst tissue regeneration occurs, methods for improving graft or implant survival, promoting scaffold integration and tissue repair and wound healing.01-19-2012
20120015330METHOD OF DESIGNING A DENTAL PROSTHETIC, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING A METHOD OF DESIGNING A DENTAL PROSTHETIC - A method of designing a dental prosthetic is provided. The method includes converting a scanned model of at least part of a mouth of a patient into an object file adapted to be read by a three dimensional sculpting software application, and importing the object file into the three dimensional sculpting software application. The method also includes selecting a virtual target surface for the dental prosthetic in the object file, and forming a virtual negative surface from the virtual target surface. The method further includes building a dental prosthetic object file from the virtual negative surface. The dental prosthetic object file corresponds in shape to the dental prosthetic. A computer-readable medium having stored thereon computer-executable instructions is provided. The computer-executable instructions cause a processor to perform a method for creating a dental prosthetic when executed.01-19-2012
20100129775Method of bonding pigmented polymeric coatings onto the surace of metallic orthodontic tools and appliances - This invention discloses a method of bonding FDA approved pigmented polymeric film forming coatings onto the surface of metallic orthodontic tools and appliances. In the preferred embodiment, stainless steel orthodontic brackets are coated with a functionalized coating that bonds to the metal surface and reacts with the molecules present at the surface as well as functional groups present in the coating formulation. In the present invention, the pigmented coating can be any polymeric material with epoxy, phenolic, carboxylic acid, urethane, or acrylic functionality able to form a continuous film upon curing.05-27-2010
20090023111Method for vertical positioning of dental implants - A positioning device is used to place an implant in the proper vertical position within the soft tissue and bone, provide space for subsequent procedures, and create a proper emergence profile for the final restoration. The lower portion of the positioning device has substantially the same outer shape as that of the implant but without external screw threads or other mechanical features for anchoring the implant in the jawbone. After the hole is countersunk, the depth of the hole in the jawbone is increased incrementally and checked with the positioning device for collar engagement and location of the margin within the gum tissue and bone. After the proper vertical position is attained, a special countersink bur may be used to create needed space around the implant margin and provide a proper crown emergence profile.01-22-2009
20120156648APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING A THERAPEUTIC AGENT TO DENTAL TISSUE - An apparatus for delivering at least one therapeutic agent to a dental tissue of a subject includes at least one electrode, a medicament layer including at least one therapeutic agent, an electrical signal source, and logic configured to control the electrical signal source. At least one electrode has oppositely disposed, dental mouthpiece-shaped first and second major surfaces. The first major surface is curved such that the first major surface substantially conforms to the contour of the dental tissue when placed in contact with the dental tissue. The medicament layer is disposed on at least a portion of the second major surface. The electrical signal source provides a signal having certain characteristics and is electrically connected to at least one electrode. The certain characteristics comprise at least one orienting frequency and at least one motivating frequency sufficient to motivate at least one therapeutic agent into the dental tissue.06-21-2012
20090130635HYBRID ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE - An orthodontic appliance is provided for controlling positioning of a patient's teeth. The appliance includes at least one dental encasing component formed to overlay at least one of the patient's teeth and at least a portion of a palate of the patient. The at least one dental encasing component has a lingual surface and a labial surface. The appliance also includes at least one rigid component fused to an entire length of the lingual surface of the at least one dental encasing component and over a portion of the at least one dental encasing component overlaying a portion of the palate of the patient.05-21-2009
20100248190METHOD OF USING DENTAL COMPOSITION - A method for temporarily widening a gingival sulcus is provided using an uncured composition comprising a polymerizable monomer having at least one ethylenically unsaturated group, a photo polymerization initiator, a fine inorganic powder, and an astringent. The uncured composition is inserted within a gingival sulcus to be widened, and the composition is thereafter irradiated in situ to polymerize the composition. The result is a rubbery material that is easily removable from the widened sulcus.09-30-2010
20090035723MATERIAL WITH A REPETITIVE PATTERN OF MICRO-FEATURES FOR APPLICATION IN A LIVING ORGANISM AND METHOD OF FABRICATION - A material configured for implantation in a living organism. In some embodiments, the material includes a mechanical surface that has long range ordered micro-features. A repetitive pattern of hierarchical micro-features is incorporated in some embodiments, and in some embodiments the micro-features are composite in nature, and may include nano-structures. One embodiment provides a method of modifying the surface of a tissue in a living organism. The method includes a step of dividing a laser beam into a plurality of laser beams and a further step of guiding the plurality of laser beams to create an interference pattern at the surface of the material, and a repetitive pattern of micro-features is formed on the surface of the tissue.02-05-2009
20100209878ENHANCED MEDICAL IMPLANT - A medical implant comprising in components from a tooth and stem cells harvested from at least one tooth. Tooth stem cells may be harvested from the dental pulp of mammalian teeth, such as unerupted third molars in humans. After the stem cells are removed and isolated from the other teeth tissue, the hard tooth may be ground into a base material for the manufacture of a porous matrix into which the tooth stem cells can be added. Additionally, soft tissue from the harvested tooth may be used as a carrier scaffold for soft tissue applications such as meniscal or cartilage repair.08-19-2010
20110183296VIAL FOR DELIVERING CONTENTS ONTO A SUBSTRATE - Dispenser for dispensing a substance onto a substrate, such as a tooth treatment compound onto teeth, includes a vial including a pair of thin members forming a cavity therebetween in which the substance is arranged and a conduit defining an internal dispensing channel communicating with the cavity, an applicator tip arranged in connection with the conduit and including projections adapted to contact the substrate, and a cap including a cavity. The cap removably attaches to the vial and when attached, covers the applicator tip and seals the internal channel. When the cap is detached from the vial and the thin members are squeezed toward one another, the substance in the cavity is urged out of the cavity into and through the internal channel in the conduit and onto the projections to enable it to be brought into contact with the substrate.07-28-2011
20100173266SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED GENERATING OF A CUTTING CURVE ON A SURFACE - In accordance with various aspects of the present invention, a system and method for automated generating of a cutting curve on a surface is provided. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a computer-implemented method for automated generating of a cutting curve on a gingival surface to facilitate cutting of an aligner material comprises the defining of initial gingival curves along the line around a tooth (LAT) on a patient's jaw, including within an interproximal area between teeth. The initial gingival curves are replaced with a modified, dynamic cutting curve comprising an offset adjustment configured to minimize weakening of a region of the aligner material within the interproximal area. This process for generating a modified, dynamic cutting curve within an interproximal area can be suitably applied or continued for each of other the teeth and interproximal areas between those teeth to define a complete dynamic cutting curve. The resulting complete dynamic cutting curve can then be output for conversion into machine executable code to facilitate cutting of the aligner material.07-08-2010
20100047742TUBULE-BLOCKING SILICA MATERIALS FOR DENTIFRICES - Precipitated silica materials are provided for utilization as abrasives or thickeners within dentifrice formulations that simultaneously effectuate tubule blocking within tooth dentin to reduce dentin sensitivity. Such precipitated silica materials have sufficiently small particle sizes and exhibit certain ionic charge levels by, for example, adjusting the zeta potential properties of the precipitated silica materials through treatment with certain metals to permit effective static attraction and eventual accumulation within dentin tubules when applied to teeth from a dentifrice formulation.02-25-2010
20120178051Anesthesia delivery system - An anesthesia delivery system comprising a nanosphere forming a bubble into which an anesthesia is introduced and delivered with a swab of absorbent material to a site to be treated.07-12-2012
20090061392Early Detection of Damage to Units Used in the Oral Cavity - A unit to be arranged in the oral space, which unit can, in particular, be a diagnosis and/or therapeutic treatment device. If the external shell of a unit of this type gets damaged, there is a risk of parts of the external shell detaching or of harmful substances leaking from the interior of the unit. In order to detect damage of this type as early as possible, the unit is provided with an indicator substance that is enclosed within the external shell and can be detected outside of the external shell in case the external shell breaks. The use of edible bitter substances for detecting damage on diagnostic and/or therapeutic units used in the oral spaces as well as to the use of edible dyes for detecting damage on diagnostic and/or therapeutic units used in the oral space are also provided. The dye is provided on the interior of the corresponding unit to leak out in case the corresponding unit gets damaged.03-05-2009
20090061390Method for making a dental restoration - A series of ceramic ingots is provided in which each ingot in the series, referred to as base ingots, has a shade corresponding to a different shade of a shade guide. The number of differently shaded base ingots is less than the total number of shades associated with the shade guide. A base ingot is selected from the series having a shade of a value at least as high as a shade associated with a patient's tooth. If the base ingot shade matches the patient's tooth, a restoration made with the selected base ingot can be glazed as is; otherwise the dental restoration is stained with a stain having a lower value than the selected base ingot to match the tooth. Thus, the total different number of ingot shades needed in inventory is reduced but without requiring staining in every case.03-05-2009
20090061391Method for Operating a Laser System and Laser System for Bleaching Teeth - In a method for operating a laser system for bleaching teeth, a water-containing bleaching agent applied onto teeth is heated by a laser beam, wherein the laser beam has a wavelength in a range of 2.6 μm, inclusive, to 3.1 μm, inclusive, or in a range of 9.0 μm, inclusive, to 11.0 μm, inclusive. The laser system is operated in pulse mode with individual pulses of the laser beam, wherein the individual pulses each have a fluence that is below a vaporization threshold fluence of the bleaching agent.03-05-2009
20120219930Machining of Ceramic Materials - Milling strategies for machining dental ceramic materials are provided that reduce milling time while maintaining strength, accuracy and marginal integrity.08-30-2012
20090017422METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR DENTAL APPLIANCE WITH ACTIVE INGREDIENTS FOR MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS - Embodiments of teeth and related gum cell treatment are described generally herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.01-15-2009
20090087816Optical Therapeutic Treatment Device - Methods and devices for Live Biofilm Targeted Thermolysis (LBTT) are disclosed. The disclosed LBTT methods can be used for thermolysis and coagulation of the live periodontal Biofilm with incandescent light and a targeting agent as heat sink. A delivery assembly can be used to deliver the incandescent light generated through the secondary quantum optical and thermal emissions from a carbonized near infrared diode laser delivery fiber, otherwise known as a “hot tip,” to an application region that includes live biofilm. With this novel targeted approach of exploiting the incandescent hot tip's radiant energy (ie. its optical and thermal emissions), the physical nature of the targeted live biofilm in the periodontal pocket is changed from a mucinous liquid-gel, to a semi-solid coagulum, which then facilitates its removal from the effected pocket, with traditional mechanical SRP periodontal techniques.04-02-2009
20120270182DENTITION SCORE - Methods, systems, algorithms, and uses for dentition scores having clinical applicability for an individual patient are described herein. The scores increase as a condition worsens and decrease with treatment. The score can be used to communicate the status of a patient's dentitions to the patient, to an insurer, or to another health care professional.10-25-2012
20100233659 METHOD OF DESIGNING A TOOTH REPLACEMENT PART, A METHOD OF PROCESSING A DESIGNED TOOTH REPLACEMENT PART, A TOOTH REPLACEMENT PART, AND A COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - Method of designing a tooth replacement part, which is intended to be mountable on a residual tooth area and in which a spacing (09-16-2010
20110256508ASSISTED DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT - Embodiments of systems and methods for planning and/or delivering an oral or facial endosseous implantation in a patient are described. In certain embodiments, systems according to the invention include a processing module; a bone imaging module that communicates bone data about the patient to the processing module; a surface imaging module that communicates surface data about the patient to the processing module; and the processing module processes the bone data and the surface data into an output that includes three-dimensional (3-D) representation data indicative of at least one of an oral structure and a facial structure of the patient. In certain embodiments, a system includes a fabrication module that produces a physical model based on the 3-D representation data and indicating a planned location of an endosseous implant. In certain embodiments, a system includes a surgical module that guides implantation of an endosseous implant based on the 3-D representation data.10-20-2011
20100203479DENTAL IMPLANT SYSTEM AND METHODS - According to one embodiment, a cannulated dental implant system for implanting a dental implant in bone tissue includes a guide splint having at least one guide sleeve defining a guide channel. The system also includes a guide pin with a bone penetrating end portion. The guide pin is extendable through the guide channel and drivable into bone tissue. Further, the system includes a first drill bit with a first outer diameter and an axial channel sized to receive the guide pin. The first drill bit is rotatable about the guide pin to drill a hole into the bone tissue. The hole has a diameter corresponding with the first outer diameter. The system includes a second drill bit with a second outer diameter that is greater than the first outer diameter. The second drill bit further includes an axial channel sized to receive the guide pin. Moreover, the second drill bit is rotatable about the guide pin to enlarge the hole in the bone tissue to correspond with the second outer diameter. Additionally, the system includes a dental implant securable within the enlarged hole.08-12-2010
20100129776ALGINATE IMPRESSION METHOD FOR DENTAL TREATMENT - An alginate impression method for dental treatment is provided. The method comprises steps of: providing alginate in a squeezable pouch; providing water in a syringe; injecting the water into the squeezable pouch; closing the squeezable pouch; kneading the squeezable pouch so as to mix the alginate and the water inside; and squeezing out the mixed alginate and water from the opening of the pouch onto a mold so as to make an impression. The syringe may comprise a tube portion having a first opening and a second opening and a plunger configured to be fit into the second opening of the tube portion for piston pumping movement. The first opening may fit air-tightly with the opening of the squeezable pouch so as to inject water into the squeezable pouch.05-27-2010
20080248447Interproximal Tooth Defects Detection - There is provided a method for detecting interproximal tooth defects such as caries by injecting light at one or more wavelengths into a tooth and detecting reflected/diffracted light or emitted fluorescence. The detected light intensity is characteristic of a healthy or diseased tooth in the interproximal area.10-09-2008
20080241796Apparatus for Digitalization of Dental Structures, and Method for Recognition of Three-Dimensional Data of Dental Structures - An apparatus for digitalization of dental structures which is precise and efficient, generating unequivocal three-dimensional data. The apparatus of the invention comprises at least one articulated arm and at least one probe, said articulated arm and probe providing dental structure scanning directly by mouth contact, being a comfortable device for the patient. The method of the invention provides an advantageous way by which dental structure moulds can be produced, since it generates very accurate three-dimensional data of the dental.10-02-2008
20080241795PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF ALVEOLAR OSTEITIS - A tissue adhesive antimicrobial material that is placed into a tooth extraction site for the sustained release of silver for the prevention and treatment of alveolar osteitis. The antimicrobial material is placed into a tooth extraction site via syringe, hand instrument or hand delivery device.10-02-2008
20080220395Design of Dental Appliances - Electronic models of components of dental appliances can be generated based on the outer surface of an electronic model of the dental appliance. The outer surface may be generated based on the dentition and anatomy of the patient. For example, automated processes may identify landmarks in the anatomy and define the outer surface based on the identified landmarks. Alternatively, the outer surface may be generated based on statistical data. A management system coordinates automated processes with interactive processes to facilitate collaboration of remotely located technicians and equipment in generating electronic models.09-11-2008
20130101965TOOTHBRUSH WITH REACTIVE COMPOSITION FOR REMINERALIZATION OF TEETH - A toothbrush having brush means and a means to support the brush means; and a one or two part therapeutic tooth treatment composition which becomes activated when wet incorporated on the brush means or within the toothbrush means to support the brush means in a manner such that the composition remains inactive during storage and is only activated when contacted with water or saliva; and a method comprising brushing a tooth with the toothbrush so that the brush means become wet with saliva, optionally wetting the brush means with water immediately prior to brushing a tooth, and the composition becomes activated to form a therapeutic composition to provide remineralization, whitening, and/or fluoridation.04-25-2013
20130101966ORAL HEALTH INDEX - Methods of measuring a subject's Ayurvedic oral health are disclosed. The methods include examining the subject and assigning a health score for each of one or more Ayurvedic oral health parameters. The scores can be used to compare the Ayurvedic oral health of different populations, to assess changes in a subject's Ayurvedic oral health, and to assess the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatments.04-25-2013
20080199829REAL TIME DISPLAY OF ACQUIRED 3D DENTAL DATA - The systems and methods disclosed herein provide real time display of three-dimensional dental data acquired intraorally from a dental patient.08-21-2008
20110275034METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTION OF CARIES - A method for forming an enhanced image (11-10-2011
20100316974METHOD OF MAKING A SURGICAL TEMPLATE USED FOR A COMPUTER-GUIDED DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY - A method of making a surgical template comprises: producing a 3-D geometrical image by a CT scanning performed on a patient's jaw and establishing corresponding implant planning data to obtain a 3-D first digital image, making a positive plaster model of the patient's jaw, scanning the plaster model to obtain a 3-D second digital image, overlapping the second digital image on the first digital image to obtain a computer representation of the plaster model and at least one implant to be mounted according to the implant planning data, drilling the plaster model to form at least one pinhole according to the implant planning data, inserting a pin into the pinhole, producing a negative template body from an assembly of the plaster model and the pin with a thermoplastic dental material so that the negative template body has at least one implant guide hole and constitutes the surgical template.12-16-2010
20130157226CURABLE COMPOSITION, PROCESS OF PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF - The present disclosure relates to a curable composition to be prepared by mixing a base paste and a catalyst paste, the base paste comprising (A) a hardenable compound comprising at least two aziridine moieties, and (B) a metal containing component containing anions and/or ligands, the metal containing component being present in an amount of about 0.1 to about 5 wt.-%, the metal being selected from Zn, Cu, Co, Ni, Ag and combinations thereof, the anions or ligands being selected from oxide, hydroxyl, (hydro)carbonate, sulphate, nitrate, halide, lactate, benzoate, wolframate, linear or branched aliphatic carboxylic acid anions, ligands having not more than two coordinating moieties and combinations thereof, the catalyst paste comprising (C) a Lewis acid, the composition optionally further comprising (D) a retarder, (E) filler and (F) additive(s).06-20-2013
20130122468METHOD OF PROCESSING AND DISPLAYING ORAL HEALTH DIAGNOSTIC DATA - A method is provided for analyzing and displaying an oral health status of a tooth or an entire dentition based on a measurement with a diagnostic device. Diagnostic data pertaining to a selected tooth, tooth surface, section of tooth surface or numbers of teeth in a mouth is recorded from an oral health diagnostic device, optionally along with an image of the particular tooth or tooth surface examined. The diagnostic data is processed and compared with reference data to determine an oral health status of the tooth. The oral health status of the tooth is then displayed on an odontogram shown in a user interface. The user interface may also provide reports comparing changes in the measured data and/or images along with the therapies used, thereby enabling the measurement and tracking of outcomes from various therapies over time.05-16-2013
20130122467PHOTOACTIVATABLE OXYGEN-EVOLVING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TEETH WHITENING - Disclosed herein are compositions that can rapidly evolve oxygen and/or activated oxygen generally including an oxidizing agent (e.g., a peroxide) and an activating agent that has an emission wavelength between about 400 nm and about 570 nm (e.g., Eosin B, Eosin Y, or Erythrosine B). Methods of employing these compositions to whiten teeth, and methods of making these compositions and kits that include some or part of the composition ingredients, are also described.05-16-2013
20130122466METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REFERENCE POINT INDENTATION WITHOUT A REFERENCE PROBE - The device performs reference point indentation without a reference probe. The indentation distance is measured relative to the instrument which remains substantially stationary during the impact process, which occurs on the order of one millisecond. In one embodiment, an impact motion with a peak force of order 28N creates an indentation in bone with a depth of approximately 150 μm during which the instrument case moves less than 1 μm. Thus the error in measuring indentation depth due to the motion of the case is less than 1%, making a reference probe unnecessary. Further, this “error” is consistent and can be corrected. In one embodiment, the device measures the fracture resistance of hard tissues by actually creating microscopic fractures in the hard tissues in a measured way. It creates these microscopic fractures by impacting the sample with a sharpened probe. The indentation distance in the sample is correlated with fracture resistance.05-16-2013
20130189647DENTAL ARTICULATOR - A dental articulator is provided in which at least one of the two arms thereof has a base member that is articulated with respect to a bracket element onto which a dental model may be mounted, allowing independent movement of the dental model with respect to the pivot axis hingedly linking the arms.07-25-2013
20120015329DENTAL NAVIGATION TECHNIQUES - Apparatus and methods are described, including at least one tool configured to be placed inside a subject's mouth. A first optically-visible marker is coupled to the tool. A second optically-visible marker is coupled to a structure inside the subject's mouth. A plurality of optical cameras are coupled to the tool, and are placed inside the subject's mouth by the tool being placed inside the subject's mouth. The cameras acquire respective images of the inside of the subject's mouth, in which the second optically-visible marker is identifiable. A plurality of optical cameras that are disposed outside the subject's mouth acquire respective images of the tool, while the tool is inside the subject's mouth, in which images the first optically-visible marker is identifiable. Other embodiments are also described.01-19-2012
20120028221Dental Splint Device and Methods for Making and Using Same - A dental splint, a method for fabricating and installing same is disclosed for stabilizing mobile or unstable teeth. The dental splint comprises a one-piece extracoronal component customized to the dentition of a patient, wherein the one-piece extracoronal component is adhered to the lingual aspect of the teeth and substantially non-visible facially. The fabricating of the dental splint for stabilizing mobile or unstable teeth or firmly rooted teeth to prevent orthodontic relapse comprising the steps of: examining patient's dental arch to determine if lingual reduction is required; creating a representative model of the patient's dental arch; manipulating said representative model to select a group of teeth to be included in the dental splint and to define the height and length of a one-piece extracoronal component customized to the dentition of a patient; fabricating said one-piece extracoronal component; dry fitting the fabricated one-piece extracoronal component to confirm proper fit; and adhering the fabricated one-piece extracoronal component to said mobile or unstable teeth, wherein said one-piece extracoronal component adheres to the lingual aspect of said teeth and appears substantially non-visible facially. In one embodiment, one-piece extracoronal component is bonded to a group of teeth which are all mobile or unstable. An alternative embodiment disclosed herein provides a one-piece extracoronal component bonded to a group of firmly rooted teeth to prevent orthodontic relapse.02-02-2012
20130209963Lithium Silicate Materials - Lithium silicate materials are described which can be easily processed by machining to dental products without undue wear of the tools.08-15-2013

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