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ADAPTER AND TIP FOR AN AIR AND WATER DENTAL SYRINGE DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental syringe device that provides air and water to a dental patient. The device includes an adapter that connects a dental tip to a dental syringe body. The dental syringe body provides a conventional syringe body with a handle for a dentist to hold onto and a source of air and water. The tip delivers the air and water to the dental patient. The adapter is an improved adapter having a unique release and attachment component allowing for a quick connect and disconnect between the dental syringe body and the tip. The tip advantageously includes an inner portion with large and uniform air channels for smooth transfer of air and an outer portion made from a rigid plastic that provides an improved cheek retraction feature.



SNAPPING OF DENTURE TEETH

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for digitally designing a denture for a patient, where the denture includes a plurality of denture teeth, where designing the denture includes transforming the denture, and where the denture teeth are grouped in at least two blocks where each block includes at least two denture teeth. The method includes obtaining a 3D scan of the upper jaw and lower jaw of the patient; obtaining a digital 3D arrangement of the denture teeth, where the denture teeth are pre-set in occlusion; digitally arranging the 3D scan of the upper jaw and lower jaw relative to the 3D arrangement of the denture teeth; and digitally transforming at least one denture tooth based on input from a user; where at least one design rule is enforced that affect one or more, but not all of the blocks, when the at least one denture tooth is transformed.



BONE GRAFT INJECTION DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Apparatus is provided that includes a surgical tool for use with solid particles and a physiological liquid solution. The surgical tool includes (a) a shaft unit, which is shaped so as to define a delivery lumen, and a distal opening, which is disposed within 10 mm of a distal end of the shaft unit, in fluid communication with the delivery lumen; (b) a composition source, which is coupled in fluid communication with the delivery lumen, and which is configured to provide a solid-liquid composition of the solid particles and the physiological liquid solution; and (c) a pump, which is configured to pump the solid-liquid composition through the distal opening via the delivery lumen.



BONE GRAFT INJECTION DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An osteotome is shaped so as to define (a) a lumen through the osteotome, a distal end of the lumen opening through a distal opening disposed within 10 mm of a distal end of the osteotome, and a proximal end of the lumen opening through a proximal opening disposed at least 5 mm proximal to the distal opening, (b) a lateral external surface, at least a portion of which is shaped so as to define a screw thread that (i) has a distal thread end that is disposed within 10 mm of the distal end of the osteotome, and (ii) comprises one or more raised helical ribs going around the osteotome, and (c) one or more longitudinal drainage slots, which extend along at least respective longitudinal portions of the osteotome having respective longitudinal lengths of at least 5 mm, measured parallel to a central longitudinal axis of the osteotome.



Orthodontic Bracket

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a new orthodontic bracket, comprising a bracket base 1, characterized in that there is a mesial groove 2 and a distal auxiliary groove 3 in parallel laterally located on the upper and lower sides of the outer surface of bracket base, wherein the said mesial groove 2 and the said distal auxiliary groove 3 have an archwire slot of mesidal groove 2′ and an archwire slot of distal auxiliary groove 3′ which are lateral and parallel, respectively, and the vertical interval between the center lines of the archwire slot 2′ and archwire slot 3′ is 0.086-0.196 inches. The present invention also involves a self-ligating cover of buckle type based on double groove, breaking the restrictions of current self-ligating bracket on the groove archwire size to be inserted.



SELF-LIGATING ORTHODONTIC BRACKET

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An orthodontic bracket having a bracket body configured to be mounted to a tooth includes an archwire slot having a base surface defining a base plane and a slide engagement track defining a translation plane. The translation plane is angled with respect to the base plane. A ligating slide is engaged with the slide engagement track of the bracket body and movable along the slide engagement track and parallel to the translation plane between an opened position, in which an archwire is insertable into the archwire slot, and a closed position, in which the archwire is retained within the archwire slot. The translation plane is angled with respect to the base plane so as to prevent the ligating slide from contacting the gingiva surrounding the tooth when the ligating slide is moved to the opened position.



Orthodontic Treatment Bracket

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to an orthodontic treatment bracket, which includes a bracket base and a groove with a Tip-edge shape and also has a detachable groove extender. The present invention can switch two different contact modes between the archwire and the bracket groove through flexibly controlling the length of groove with the extender, for purpose of satisfying the different requirements for friction in different clinical treatment stages. The present invention is also related to a double-groove bracket with a groove extender, including a bracket base and a mesial groove and a distal auxiliary groove which are parallel and located at the upper and lower sides of the bracket base. The distance between the base of the mesial groove and the bracket base is greater than the distance between the base of the distal auxiliary groove and the bracket base.



MASTICATORY ORTHODONTIC CORRECTION DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A masticatory orthodontic correction device includes at least one correction unit with a rigid body. The correction unit is worn on a maxillary or mandibular dental arch of a patient during mastication, and the shape of the correction unit is maintained without deformation when accommodating teeth. At least one first recess is formed in the correction unit and has a shape which leaves a first space around a first tooth of the maxillary or mandibular dental arch. The first tooth is a tooth in malposition requiring correction, and the first space allows the first tooth to move therein during mastication. At least one buffering member is formed in the first space for transmitting and buffering force between the first recess and the first tooth. The orthodontic correction function of the device is active under occlusal loads generated during mastication.



DENTAL BITE BLOCK ASSEMBLY

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental bite block assembly includes a U-shaped mounting base having an upper bite portion, a lower bite portion, a central portion, an accessory mount, and a first magnetically energetic material embedded in the central portion of the U-shaped mounting base proximate the accessory mount. A dental accessory has a dental bite block mount that is detachably coupled with the accessory mount of the U-shaped mounting base and a second magnetically energetic material disposed in the dental accessory proximate the dental bite block mount. When the dental bite block mount is coupled with the accessory mount, the first magnetically energetic material embedded in the central portion of the U-shaped mounting base and the second magnetically energetic material disposed in the dental accessory are in operable magnetic engagement with each other.



SPLINT DEVICE FOR FORMING A FIDUCIAL MARKER FOR A SURGICAL ROBOT GUIDANCE SYSTEM, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of implementing a splint device, and associated splint device are provided for a guidance system of a surgical robot. An adhesive material is engaged with a first stabilizing portion of a first splint portion, and the adhesive material is engaged with a second stabilizing portion of a second splint portion. The first or second splint portion has a mounting portion extending outwardly therefrom, The first and second splint portions are removably engaged with each other and about a tooth of a patient such that, when engaged, the first stabilizing portion is generally opposed to and laterally spaced apart from the second stabilizing portion to define a channel therebetween, with the mounting portion being disposed and extending outwardly of the channel, and with the first and second stabilizing portions defining the channel being secured to respective sides of the tooth via the adhesive material.



Positioning and Installing Surgical Drilling Devices and Related Devices and Systems

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In some aspects, dental drill guides can include a body defining an outer surface and an interior hole for receiving and positioning a dental drill; a first end of the body defining a tapered lead-in portion of the outer surface; a second end of the body opposite the first end defining at least one lip feature configured to be gripped by a handling tool; an outer circumferentially formed recess around the outer surface; and a seating feature extending from the outer surface.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY AND PREOPERATIVE MODELING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A head frame apparatus is secured to a human head during maxillofacial surgery and includes devices to easily position and secure an endotracheal (breathing) tube and an anesthesia delivery circuit for the patient that reduces the likelihood that the flow of oxygen through the tube is restricted thereby reducing the risk of severe injury or death. The head frame apparatus also includes a removable reference indicator, which may be easily attached and removed while identifying a reference point of the patient's face. Also the reference indicator includes a universal joint and pointer with an attached ruler. A transport apparatus positions multiple preset reference indicators and allows for preoperative transportation and removal, while protecting the preset reference indicators from inadvertent adjustment. A bendable reference indicator used in an articulator for preoperative modeling allows for easily identifying reference points in a cast model. An orbiting segment apparatus positions a portion of a cast of a jaw in relation to a condyle ball of the articulator.



BONE GRAFT INJECTION METHODS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method is provided that includes injecting, from a first side of a bone, through (a) exactly one bore that passes through the bone from the first side to a second side of the bone, and (b) into a cavity adjacent to the second side of the bone, a solid-liquid composition of solid particles and a physiological liquid solution. The physiological liquid solution is drained from the cavity and through the bore while passage of the solid particles of the solid-liquid composition is inhibited, such that the solid particles accumulate in the cavity.



DENTAL SYSTEM FOR TRANS-ILLUMINATION OF TEETH

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental system may trans-illuminate teeth using a light source for producing examination radiation by directing the examination radiation at a tooth to be examined. An optical image of the tooth illuminated by the examination radiation may be acquired. The light source may include a light-guiding and/or light-deflecting element that faces the tooth to be examined being embedded in a transparent. The light-guiding and/or light-deflecting element may be embedded in a transparent, flexible coupling body that is provided to rest on the tooth or the gingiva of the tooth.



HANDHELD ORAL IRRIGATOR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention is directed to providing, at the exit from the nozzle of an irrigator, an intermittent gas-liquid jet for enabling effective cleaning, while being easy to use. A bulb (1) has an aerator introduced therein which is in the form of a tubular element (7) with open tips (71, 72) and a perforation region (73) in the side wall of the element (7), said region being comprised of at least one hole. The end of the tubular element (7) on the open-ended side is freely disposed in the cavity of the bulb (1), and the tip (71) is disposed with clearance from the base of the bulb.



SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE CONTACT SURFACE AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF OCCLUSAL FORCES BETWEEN THE TEETH OF A PATIENT'S JAW, AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a system and method for determining the occlusal surface of a patient's jaw. The system comprises a contact-detecting member designed to be inserted between the patient's teeth and means for calculating the distribution of occlusal forces in order to produce a map. The detector member comprises a removable flexible plate formed by a sheet of flexible plastic material solidly connected to a grid of pressure sensors comprising a first layer including three layers, two electrode layers sandwiching an intermediate layer having a resistivity that varies according to the pressure applied thereto. The electrodes define so-called intersection zones forming at least 5000 sensors having a square cross-section of less than or equal to 600 micrometres. The intermediate layer comprises a microcrystalline silicon semiconductor wafer having a thickness less than or equal to 50 nanometres.



VIDEO-ASSISTED MARGIN MARKING FOR DENTAL MODELS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Tools are described for preparing digital dental models for use in dental restoration production processes, along with associated systems and methods. Dental modeling is improved by supplementing views of three-dimensional models with still images of the modeled subject matter. Video data acquired during a scan of the model provides a source of still images that can be displayed alongside a rendered three-dimensional model, and the two views (model and still image) may be synchronized to provide a common perspective of the model's subject matter. This approach provides useful visual information for disambiguating surface features of the model during processing steps such as marking a margin of a prepared tooth surface for a restoration. Interactive modeling tools may be similarly enhanced. For example, tools for margin marking may synchronize display of margin lines between the still image and the model so that a user can interact with either or both of the visual representations, with changes to a margin reflected in both displays.



Dental Implant Assembly for Uniform Distribution Of Occlusal Forces

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental implant abutment assembly imitates a micro-motion mechanism to direct occlusal forces internally, and uniformly distribute the occlusal forces into the body of an ossoeintegrated dental implant. The micro-motion mechanism is configured to imitate the biomechanical behavior of the periodontal ligament through a compressive action that dampens vertical, horizontal, and angular forces. A compressive ring provides a dampening effect to supportive components of the assembly. A compressive coil redirects vertical forces along a longitudinal axis of the assembly. An implant body osseointegrates into the dental alveolus. A central mobile element seats in the dental body. The compressive coil extends along the central mobile element to absorb vertical forces. The compressive ring seats on the collar of the dental implant. A threaded cannulated housing securely holds the central mobile element and the compressive coil to form a single unit. A restorative abutment portion threadably seats on the central mobile element.



SUPRAOSSEOUS DENTAL IMPLANT

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The supraosseous dental implant is formed from a framework made of osseointegration material, such as titanium or the like, and which is configured to lie atop a patient's alveolar bone such that an inner surface of the framework is supported at least partially by the patient's alveolar bone. A plurality of abutments are secured to an outer surface of the framework and project coronally therefrom for attachment of a plurality of crowns. The framework is implanted by first anesthetizing the soft tissue covering the alveolar bone and opening a flap in the gums above the alveolar ridge. The framework is placed on the alveolar bone and fixed thereto using titanium screws or the like. The flap is closed, and following healing of the soft tissue and at least partial osseointegration of the framework with the alveolar bone, the crowns are secured to their respective abutments.



LABIAL ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR USE WITH ORTHODONTIC AUXILIARY AND LINGUAL APPLIANCE SYSTEM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure provides an assembly and system allowing for secure use of an orthodontic auxiliary, particularly a bite corrector, with lingually bonded appliance systems. In one aspect, the disclosure features an orthodontic assembly including a banded tube, a force module, a connector coupling the force module to the tube, and an attachment device secured to the labial surface of an anterior tooth and connected to mesial, outer end of the force module.



Orthodontic Retainer

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental retainer system for the stabilisation, so-called retention, of pairs of teeth or groups of teeth in the upper or lower jaws. The retainer device consists of a series of interlocking retainer elements that are applied to adjacent teeth in a patient's mouth to form one continuous retainer. The retainer elements may be provided in the form of interlocking metal wire sections, of varying dimensions, bonded to the teeth with dental adhesive, so that two or more teeth may be linked together. In one embodiment, one end of the first retainer element fits in the receiving portion of the second retainer element, with the dental adhesive serving to attach two or more sections to each other and to the tooth. Thereby, pairs of teeth or groups of teeth are linked together to prevent movement of the said teeth.



Individualized Jig for Orthodontic Braces, Assembly Formed by that Jig, a Base and a Bracket, and its Design Methods

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a customized jig for an orthodontic appliance, to an assembly formed by the jig, a base and a bracket, and to the associated design methods. The customized jig is used to install a bracket-bearing base on a tooth, said base forming part of an orthodontic appliance. The invention is characterized in that: the jig is a cap that covers the tooth, covering the free edge thereof and at least portions of the front and rear surfaces of same; and the shape of the jig is such that it matches that of the base in at least one portion of at least one of the edges thereof. The invention also relates to an assembly formed by a customized base bearing a bracket and a customized jig of the type mentioned above, and to methods for designing one such jig.



ORTHODONTIC TOOL FOR THE PLACEMENT, POSITIONING AND ATTACHING OF BRACKETS ON THE VESTIBULAR SURFACE OF THE TOOTH

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to an orthodontic tool for the placement, positioning and attaching of brackets using a direct or indirect method, said tool comprising two parts: a body for manipulating the device (1) and a point (2). The shape of the body (1) is compatible with the hand and offers the user control and comfort when arranging the bracket (100) on the target—the target being the mesiodistal centre of the dental piece or tooth—at a predetermined height (202), resulting in precision and accuracy.



A METHOD OF MAKING CUSTOMIZED ORTHODONTIC BRACKETS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of making customized orthodontic brackets. The method has steps of providing a plurality of customized orthodontic bracket precursors, providing one or more support structures, positioning the bracket precursors by means of the support structure(s) in a machining device and using the machining device to provide an archwire slot in each bracket precursor by material removal with the archwire slots aligned along a common path with each other. The invention helps minimizing efforts in the manufacturing and provides the brackets with a precise archwire slot.



ENDODONTIC FILE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An endodontic file is disclosed herein. Methods of utilizing the endodontic file during endodontic therapy to treat patients with trismus is also disclosed.



Method of Making a Radiographic Guide and a Surgical Stent/Guide for Dental Implants

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A radiographic guide that can be used as a surgical guide is provided. The radiographic guide uses a provisional dental implant instead of a denture tooth or a custom made diagnostic tooth. The provisional dental implant, which can be integrated or selectively interconnected to the radiographic guide, may have a through-hole or a tapped hole that facilitates location of a dental implant. If the planned implant location is acceptable, the radiographic guide can be used as a surgical guide, wherein the hole guides surgical tools used to modify a patient's maxilla or jaw so it can receive the implant.



Dental Mirror

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental mirror includes a handle having a lumen, a mirror housing attached to the handle, a mirror cartridge for insertion through a cartridge opening of the mirror housing, a drive shaft rotatably held within the handle, and a film-roller rotatably attached to a film-roller bearing. The mirror cartridge includes a base, a film-roller bearing connected to the base, a film support structure connected to the base, and a film surrounding the film support structure. A distal end of the drive shaft and a proximal end of the film-roller are rotatably linked such that a rotation of the drive shaft rotates the film-roller causing the film to move relative to the film support structure.



THREE BRUSH ELECTRONIC TOOTH BRUSH WITH SPLASH GUARD

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Implementations of a tooth brush are provided. In some implementations, the tooth brush comprises a handle and a head attached to the handle where the head comprises three gears and three brushes attached to the three gears respectively. In some implementations, the tooth brush is configured such that one brush makes contact with the occlusal surfaces of a plurality of teeth and the remaining brushes make contact with the buccal side and lingual side of the plurality of teeth. In some implementations, the tooth brush further comprises a splash guard. In some implementations, the tooth brush further includes a suction tube to remove debris from the mouth. Methods of using the tooth brush also are provided.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REMOVAL OF DENTAL BIOFILM USING IRRIGATION

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for cleaning teeth by removal of dental biofilm. In one illustrative embodiment, a custom fit tray that fits over the teeth and seals against the gum of a mammal. A number of ports are embedded in the tray, each in fluid communication with a hose or line supplied with either a vacuum or an irrigant/fluid source. A small space between the tray and the teeth provides for fluid to flow around the teeth. A router may be connected to both an irrigant fluid supply reservoir and a vacuum pump to direct either fluid or vacuum to the various hoses with the routing changing over time for optimum cleaning. Air may be injected into the cleaning fluid in varying amounts, to create bubbles, water droplets, and/or boluses of the cleaning fluid to increase and focus the hydrodynamic forces of the fluid upon reaching the teeth.



AIR-DRIVEN INTERPROXIMAL TOOTHBRUSH

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The interproximal toothbrush includes an appliance body and neck with a nozzle member having a nozzle tip shaped to fit into interproximal teeth spaces. Bursts of air or air/liquid mixture are generated, exiting through the nozzle tip. A helix member or, alternatively, a spring, is supported within a channel in the nozzle member. The helix member is free to rotate as air or the air/liquid mixture is moved through the channel. A set of bristles is attached to a forward end of the helix member, so that it rotates with the helix member. Alternatively, a set of bristles is attached to the distal end of the spring so that successive bursts of air or the air/liquid mixture produce an in-and-out movement of the set of bristles toward and away from the teeth.



DEVICE FOR TRANSFERRING DENTAL PROSTHESIS

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to a device for transferring dental prosthesis. The device includes: a main body having defined therein an elongated inner space opened toward the front; a separation tip coupled to a front end of the main body and having a first through-passage fluidically communicating with the inner space of the main body; a pressure sensitive adhesive means attached to a front end of the separation tip and having a second through-passage fluidically communicating with the first through-passage of the separation tip; a wire disposed within the inner space of the main body and the through-passages; a finger guide mounted on the outer circumference of the main body and configured to forwards and rearwards move the front end of the wire through the manipulation thereof at the outside of the main body; and a separation means configured to separate the separation tip from the main body.



Process for producing superstructures for dental prostheses by stratification on preformed elements

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A process for producing a superstructure for dental prostheses includes the initial creation of a preformed interface and the subsequent construction, by the stratification of a material on the same interface, of the anatomical part of the superstructure. With respect to known production methods, the process of the invention offers the advantage of allowing a finished superstructure, i.e. complete with an interface whose geometry has the maximum precision required for an effective coupling with the implant, to be obtained directly in the stratification step.



ARTIFICIAL TOOTH AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A DENTURE BASE

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Artificial teeth are inserted into a denture base for producing a denture. The artificial teeth have an outer part, which is visible in the inserted state. An inner part is arranged within the denture base in the inserted state. A tooth edge with a change of angle is embodied between the outer part and the inner part. For producing a denture base, cavities are generated in the denture base. In order to be able to produce the cavities with the aid of automated production methods such as CAD/CAM methods, there is a virtual subtraction of the artificial teeth from a virtual denture base. As a result of this, a cavity edge which corresponds to the tooth edge is generated. The cavity edge is used during the production of the cavity by a CAD/CAM method for setting the tool movement.



Orthodontic System Anchoring Method and Apparatus

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Orthodontic system anchoring method and custom apparatus affixed to teeth, TADs and/or tooth positioning and stabilization appliances and/or orthodontic auxiliaries. Each appliance has mechanical fasteners structured to secure segments of a curable flexible resin rope called a flex fit module (FFM). The FFM is moldable and adaptable to the oral cavity between mechanical fasteners in an uncured first mode where it is cut to length, positioned around the anatomy of the mouth and attached to clamps or fasteners at each end. Each fastener has a clamp attached to orthodontic auxiliaries, orthodontic appliances or onto a TAD for anchorage purposes. One end of this custom appliance is usually attached via a clamp manufactured as part of a bracket or band to a tooth. The other end is connected to an appliance, tad or auxiliary. Once connected together the system is cured and becomes a solid entity ready to accept orthodontic forces.



DENTAL IMPLANT SYSTEM

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental-implant system having a first implant part provided for being inserted into a jawbone and having a second implant part associated therewith, provided for fixing a dental prosthetic piece, the implant parts being mechanically connectable to each other via a connection pin which is formed onto one of the implant parts and which can be pushed into a receiving channel provided in the other implant part, and the cross-section of the connection pin and the cross-section of the receiving channel associated therewith each presenting in an indexing area a number of main directions in which the radius takes in each case a relative maximum value, shall offer an even increased mechanic load-carrying ability and thus a particularly long service life when used in the patient's mouth. For this purpose, according to the invention, the outer cross-section of the implant part including the receiving channel is configured such that its radius also takes a relative maximum value within a tolerance range of each of the main directions.



DETERMINING POSITION AND ORIENTATION OF A DENTAL IMPLANT

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Method for determining a position and an orientation of a dental implant includes scanning a surface of a scan body connected to the implant wherein a plurality of data points is determined which correspond to positions of points that are located on the surface of the scan body. The method further included reconstructing at least three planes based on the data points, reconstructing intersection information of the reconstructed planes, where the intersection information includes the reconstruction of straight intersection lines and of intersection points, and determining the position and the orientation of the implant based on the reconstructed intersection information.



Vibrating Dental Devices

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A faster method of orthodontic remodeling for a patient wearing a vibrating orthodontic remodeling device for about 20 minutes a day to accelerated tooth movement is described. The vibrating orthodontic remodeling device has an extraoral housing containing a power source operably coupled to an actuator that is operably coupled to a processor that controls the actuator, and is connected to an intraoral U-shaped bite plate. The device is held in place during use by the teeth clamping on the bite plate.



METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR A TOOTHBRUSH WITH SMART SENSORS FOR COMMUNICATION WITH ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Method, system and apparatus for a toothbrush with smart sensors for communication with electronic devices.



SEAL FOR TEETH WHITENING TRAYS

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A teeth whitening appliance (10) such as a tray includes a seal member (18) which is attached to an interior surface (19) of the tray. The seal member comprises a fabric strip or a gecko adhesive strip which extends around the periphery of the interior surface of the tray adjacent the peripheral or boundary edge thereof. The seal member adheres to the teeth, so as to prevent gel from escaping from the tray when the tray is in place, as well as preventing water/saliva in the mouth from entering the tray, while also being convenient to remove.



LIGHT CURING APPLIANCE, IN PARTICULAR DENTAL LIGHT CURING APPLIANCE

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a light curing appliance, in particular a dental light curing appliance (10), with a light source and with a light emission element such as an optical waveguide (12), of which the light output end is intended in particular to be directed towards a material that is to be polymerized. It is provided with one or more control devices (16) for switching on the light source during a polymerization cycle, and with one or more sensors (20) or sensor combinations connected to the control devices (16). The sensor (20) is designed as a location sensor and/or as a motion sensor (20) which detects a movement of the light curing appliance (10), designed as a hand-held appliance, and sends signals reproducing the motion to the control devices (16).



DENTAL CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental cleaning system includes a cylindrical body with a first portion and a second portion. A cleaning portion is positioned within the second portion and includes a cavity to enable the cleaning portion to at least partially enclose a dental implant device. The cylindrical body rotates such that the cleaning portion therein rotates to clean at least a portion of the dental implant device. A projection extends outwardly from a surface of the cleaning portion such that the projection is positioned within the cavity. The projection removes debris from at least a portion of the dental implant device when the cylindrical body rotates. A plurality of cleaning protrusions extend outwardly from a sidewall of the cavity such that the cleaning protrusions at least partially circumscribe the projection. The cleaning protrusions remove the debris from at least a portion of the dental implant device when the cylindrical body rotates.



DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DENTAL THREE-DIMENSIONAL SURFACE IMAGE

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The disclosure is related to a device and method for obtaining a complete and accurate three-dimensional surface image of a target object by registering a three-dimensional optical image with a volume data obtained by X-ray imaging. The device for generating a three-dimensional surface image for dentistry includes a three-dimensional imaging module including an optical camera which obtains a three-dimensional optical image of the target object and an X-ray imaging unit which obtains X-ray images of the target object in multiple directions, a reconstruction unit generating a volume data by reconstructing the X-ray images, and an image processing unit registering the three-dimensional optical image with the volume data and generating a three-dimensional surface image of the target object by substituting a different portion of the three-dimensional optical image with a boundary of the volume data.



DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL GEOMETRY OF OBJECTS AND METHOD FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a device for detecting the three-dimensional geometry of objects (9), in particular teeth, comprising a handpiece (1) which is provided with at least one position sensor (12) for detecting the change of the spatial position of the handpiece (1), and an optical device (2) having at least one camera (5, 6) for capturing images and at least one light source (3) for at least one projector (4). The position sensor (12) in the handpiece (1) initially determines the size of the change of the spatial position of the device. It is determined therefrom, how many pictures the camera (5, 6) can take in a defined time unit.



DENTAL IMPLANT STRUCTURE

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to an implant and, more specifically, has a fixture having a circular ball shape and a socket structure of an abutment body coupled to the fixture, and thus enables improvement of the matching between the fixture and an abutment which are an implant structure during an implant procedure.



ORTHODONTIC BRACKET FOR PRIMARY TEETH

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An orthodontic bracket for receiving an arch wire of orthodontic patients having both primary teeth and permanent teeth, the orthodontic bracket including a pad sized to fit on one of the primary teeth, the pad extending a first distance generally in a longitudinal direction and a second distance generally in a lateral direction, the first distance being greater than the second distance. An eyelet can extend from the pad, the eyelet including an aperture defined through the eyelet, the aperture having a central axis oriented transverse to the lateral direction. The aperture can slidingly receive the arch wire. A method including bonding the pad of the orthodontic bracket to one of the primary teeth of the patient.



DEVICE FOR LOOSENING, INSERTION AND REMOVAL OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for inserting a threaded dental implant (I) in a patients jawbone as well as for loosening and removing a threaded dental implant (I) mounted and possibly osseointegrated in the alveolus jaw-bone of a patient. An ultrasonic vibration actuator, e.g. a piezoelectric transducer, generates ultrasonic vibrations with a frequency within the range 20-50 kHz, preferably within 24-36 kHz, and preferably in a direction around the longitudinal axis of the dental implant (I). The actuator, being a handpiece (H) structurally connected with a handpiece head (HD). A fitting-means (F), e.g. a socket, is positioned in the head (HD) of the handpiece (H), the head (HD) being arranged for entering the patient's mouth. The fitting-means (F) is shaped to provide a rigid engagement directly with the dental implant (II, I2) or indirectly by an adaptor (AD1, AD2) being rigidly tightened on top of the dental implant (II, I2) platform. The fitting-means (F) thus transmits ultrasonic vibrations to the dental implant (II, I2) for either inserting a dental implant or alternatively loosening the dental implant from the jaw bone.



A MULTIFUNCTIONAL DENTAL DEVICE

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a dental device (1) comprising a housing with a tool portion (2) and a handling portion (3); at least on dental tool (49 located in the tool portion (2) of the housing; an interface device (5) for activating the at least one tool located in the handling portion of the housing, wherein the interface device (5) comprises a touch sensor with a touch surface and being adapted to translate wiping of a use's finger on the touch surface (6) into an instruction to operate the dental tool (4). The invention also relates to a method for activating a dental device.



DENTAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF UTILIZING THE SAME

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A dental apparatus is provided. The dental apparatus include a handle. A controller operably couples to the housing. A subsystem is in operable communication with the controller and configured to generate an excitation signal causing an emitted fluorescence light to be reflected back to the subsystem and to the controller for analyzing one or more properties of the emitted fluorescence light. The one or more properties corresponding to a decay time of the emitted fluorescence light, wherein plaque emitted florescence light decays faster than tooth emitted florescence light. The controller is programmed to analyze detected emitted fluorescence light to determine if the emitted fluorescence light is indicative of a plaque emitted fluorescence decay time or tooth emitted florescence light decay time to detect the presence of one of dental plaque and tooth demineralization.



DENTAL APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR THEIR FABRICATION

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention consists of a rapidly crosslinkable, two-component silicone elastomer together with a specially designed tray that serves as a form for the silicone resin and forms an integral portion of a dental appliance.



ORAL APPLIANCE FOR DELIVERY OF MEDICAMENTS AND/OR OTHER SUBSTANCES

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An oral appliance is provided for delivering a medicament to at least a portion of teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside a mouth. The oral appliance contains an interior surface having a medicament disposed in or on at least a portion of and/or the entire interior surface of the oral appliance. The interior surface of the oral cavity is formed to fit contours of at least the portion of the teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside the oral cavity and is configured for holding the medicament in contact with at least the portion of the teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside the oral cavity to deliver the medicament to strategic areas in need of treatment. In some embodiments, computer, network and computer readable storage media are provided.