The Digital Dentistry Landscape

Like most aspects of life now, dentistry is going digital and it is important to stay informed on the cutting edge technologies that are being released at a faster rate than ever thought possible previously. Recently a conference was held in New York to discuss the future of digital dentistry and how to adapt to the needs of this blossoming industry.

Stanley Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein, talks to Greater New York Dental Meeting attendees about the broad scope of trusted digital dental solutions available under the ConnectDental umbrella. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The future of dentistry is digital, and Henry Schein is poised to lead the way with a comprehensive menu of offerings. For those who want to be at the forefront of the digital revolution, Schein hosted a breakfast Monday morning during the Greater New York Dental Meeting to unveil ConnectDental-the company’s broad array of trusted digital solutions.

Gerard Meuchner, vice president, chief global communications officer for Henry Schein, kicked off the program with opening remarks. Stanley Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein, spoke about the company’s ongoing journey into digital technology, followed by Jim Breslawski, president of Henry Schein and CEO of its Global Dental Group, who talked about the company’s ongoing commitment to digital solutions.

Dr. Robert Gottlander, vice president, global prosthetic solutions for Henry Schein, offered specifics on the many trusted digital solutions available under the ConnectDental umbrella, which encompass everything from digital intraoral scanners, to milling and printing devices and materials, to cone-beam 3-D imaging, practice management and digital laboratory solutions.

Also at the breakfast, Dr. Lyndon Cooper, chair of the American College of Prosthodontics Education foundation and associate dean for research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, talked about the vital role of education in dentistry’s digital revolution.

Following the conclusion of the program, attendees were invited to visit the Henry Schein ConnectDental Pavilion for further information and to speak one-on-one with key experts in digital dentistry. Located just steps away from the Crystal Palace entrance to the Javits Center on the main floor outside the Exhibit Hall, the pavilion is open to all throughout the meeting. Practitioners who are considering integrating digital technology solutions into their practice or laboratory are encouraged to stop by and learn about Schein’s suite of offerings, services and support.

Experts who have successfully incorporated digital dentistry and experienced increased efficiency and enhanced patient care are on hand at the pavilion to share their knowledge with meeting attendees. Visitors can also see how Henry Schein’s “Practice Analysis Tool” can help identify tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of a practice.


Yellow Teeth? Here’s Why

White teeth is almost always the goal for most people as it is seen as a sign of youth and beauty but there are many reasons that teeth discolor over time. This is something to be very aware of as it can indicate an underlying health issue if your teeth are any color but white. Several different factors play into the color of your teeth.

There is beauty in the magic splendor of softly falling flakes of snow against the backdrop of winter’s color palate, but when it comes to teeth, most people want one shade: the whitest white that white can be. Unfortunately, teeth come in many shades and can change color from a variety of causes.

As the tooth enamel develops, the color can be affected by many factors, says Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Howard S. Glazer, DDS, FAGD. “White, bright teeth certainly help maintain a youthful appearance,” said Dr. Glazer. Unfortunately, stains from food and drink can darken teeth over time, usually resulting in a yellow or orange hue. Illness, heredity or environmental factors can cause discoloration. In rare cases, injury can discolor teeth.

Maternal use of certain antibiotics, notably those of the tetracycline family, during pregnancy can cause brown or gray discoloration of the baby’s tooth enamel. Children who take this medication during the period of permanent tooth development may have similar discoloration of the permanent teeth.

But you don’t have to live with a dull smile, says Dr. Glazer. “With today’s techniques and materials, we can change the color of a patient’s teeth to provide a more healthy, youthful appearance,” he said.

Professional tooth-whitening products can improve enamel color in many instances, although severe discoloration may require bonding procedures for good cosmetic results. Contact your dentist to obtain a proper diagnosis and to learn what treatment options are available.
Updated: January 2012