Chicago Midwinter Meeting · Virtual Event · February 25–27, 2021 Vol. 14, No. 1 New Chicago course: ‘Aerosol mitigation’ Learn how to implement needed measures to significantly reduce or eliminate aerosol risk. 19th annual Give Kids A Smile kicks off Program volunteers hope to deliver oral care to 300,000 underserved children this year. Why digital printing just makes sense Today’s products provide in-office fabrications that are less expensive and more useful. »page 3 »page 4 »page 5 New look, same heart By Kristine Colker, today Staff n The Chicago Dental Society’s 156th Midwinter Meeting is here, and this year looks a lot different than any other time in the organization’s his- tory: The classroom space is unlim- ited, the halls are traffic-free and the exhibitors are just a chat box away. But while the meeting may be completely virtual in order to keep all attendees, presenters and exhibi- tors safe from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the core of the event hasn’t changed — there are still more than 100 live lectures from 66 speakers, an exhibit hall featuring 146 exhibitors and opportunities to network with your colleagues. The meeting will continue through Saturday, but courses will remain available until March 15. 8see HEART, page 3 5 Attendees gather at the CDS logo in the exhibit hall entry area of McCormick Place for social-media photos during the 2020 Chicago Midwinter Meeting. This year’s gatherings are all taking place virtually at www.cds.org/meetings-events/midwinter- meeting. (Photo/today Staff file photo) Virtual exhibit hall is open for business By today Staff n The Chicago Midwinter Meeting is now underway, and this year, there are 146 exhibitors waiting for you in the virtual exhibit hall. The exhibit hall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but there are dedicated “live” hours on all three days when no lectures are scheduled. Morning virtual exhibit hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m., mid-day hours are from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and afternoon hours are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Exhibits will also be accessible for two weeks after the meeting, from March 1 to 15. You can connect with exhibitors by email, live chats and texting as well as by scheduling video chats. Orders can be placed at any time. Visiting the exhibits during the live meeting can earn you 1 C.E. hour per day. If you have a rebate coupon (listed on your registration confirmation email and available for anyone who pre-registered before February) and would like to use it during the meet- ing, click on the Rebate Redemption “tile” found in the middle of the plat- form, click and fill our your name and contact information and upload your receipt from a Midwinter Meeting exhibitor. You will receive your rebate once the meeting ends. For more information, visit www. cds.org/meetings-events/midwinter- meeting/virtual-exhibits.
4 news Chicago Midwinter Meeting — February 25–27, 2021 ADA announces commencement of 2021 Give Kids a Smile program By ADA staff n The 19th annual Give Kids a Smile program virtually kicked off this month with more than 1,000 events across the country providing free dental health care to thousands of underserved children with the help of more than 8,100 dentists and 17,000 dental health team members. Events will continue throughout the entire year. Since its launch in 2003, the GKAS program has provided dental health care to more than 6 million under- served children. In 2021, program volunteers will deliver much needed oral health care and education to approximately 300,000 underserved children. The start of the 2021 GKAS program has already launched efforts across the country in providing free oral health AD To learn more For more information about the Give Kids A Smile program, its sponsors or events in your area, visit ada.org/ GKAS or visit the GKAS Facebook page. education, screenings and preventa- tive and restorative treatment along- side oral health product kits. “Helping 300,000 children in need is something to smile about, espe- cially during this challenging time,” said ADA President Daniel J. Klem- medson, DDS, MD. “This year’s pro- gram is also the first step in helping families find a dental home where they can receive ongoing care.” This effort would not be possible without the sponsors who have con- sistently supported the Give Kids a Smile program. With the support of 5 (Photo/Blake Campbell, freeimages.com) sponsors Colgate-Palmolive, Henry Schein Inc. and Indian Health Ser- vices, GKAS is able to provide treat- ment and education kits for thousands of children who otherwise would not have access to these resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented year for the GKAS program. “Although the program looks a lit- tle different this year, GKAS will go on with enhanced safety and infection control protocols in place,” Klemmed- son said.
Chicago Midwinter Meeting — February 25–27, 2021 exhibitors 5 It all adds up: Why digital printing is booming Today’s dental printers provide rapid in-ofﬁce fabrication that are less expensive, reduce waste and are useful across a wider range of treatments By Henry Schein Dental Staff n Most of digital dentistry has focused on subtractive manufactur- ing (aka, milling) for the fabrica- tion of final restorations, guides and dentures — essentially removing material to create the end result and providing an improved experience in dentistry. The continuing decrease in price and size and increase in speed and ease of utilization has brought addi- tive manufacturing (aka, printing) rapidly to the forefront for considera- tion. And while most printers today are used in dental laboratories vs. dental offices (88 percent vs. 12 percent), it is predicted that by 2027, the utiliza- tion will be essentially even, if not slightly reversed (46 percent vs. 54 percent).1 Another report says printing tech- nology is expected to provide more than 60 percent of all dental product needs by 2025.2 Why the proliferation of printing considerations? Today’s dental print- ers provide rapid in-office fabrication that are less expensive, produce less waste and are useful across a wider range of treatments, including mod- els, functional appliances, surgical guides, nightguards, dentures, provi- sionals and, in some cases, long-term restorations. In general, all stereolithography printers function on the same prin- ciple — using UV light to cure photo- sensitive liquid resin. However, there are different methods employed to deliver the result, each providing pros and cons. 1. Projector-based stereolithog- raphy: Projecting a wide arc that reaches the entire build platform at To learn more For more information about 3-D print- ers, stop by the Henry Schein virtual booth during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. 3. Size: If the plan is to use the printer chairside (in-office), the size of the printer itself, along with the accompanying materials and devices (to wash, dry and polymerize), should be considered to make the entire pro- cess convenient and efficient. 4. Support: Investing in a printer designed and supported specifically for dentistry or optimized as such will provide you and your team continued ease of use, confidence and conveni- ence. Calling a manufacturer or sup- plier that is familiar with the dental applications and materials makes it much easier to troubleshoot and find clinically- appropriate solutions. 5. Ease of use/convenience: Like any other investment in technology, if it isn’t easy to use, understand or implement, it won’t be used as often as it should. Some new innovations in printing technology include opti- mized software along with a large touchscreen and a 6-core proces- sor (SprintRay Pro), providing an enhanced user experience. Also, SprintRay offers the new Pro Wash/ Dry automatic washing system, pro- viding enhanced ease of use, speed and convenience after printing Henry Schein Dental can pro- vide all your dental printing needs with equipment, materials and support. Check out Henry Schein’s Equipment Catalog — 3D Printers (henry scheinequipmentcatalog.com/ cad-cam/3d-printers) for more infor- mation on the printers Henry Schein offers. To get more detailed information and to schedule a virtual demo, fill out a Virtual Demo Request at henry scheinevents.com/virtual-demo-form to reserve a time with a FastTrack Technology Advisor. References 1. www.evansondds.com/how-3d-printing- is-revolutionizing-dentistry/ as reported in Dental Product Shopper, Vol 12 No. 7 – 2018. 2. www.smartechpublishing.com/blog/ state-dental-3d-printing-2018. 5 The SprintRay Pro. (Photo/Provided by Henry Schein) once, making this type accurate and fast with long operating life. Highly recommended for dental applications and chairside use (please see the SprintRay Pro image above). 2. Laser-based stereolithography: Projecting a tiny pinpoint of light for incrementing curing, this process produces a very smooth surface but has slow print speeds and typically a more complicated system. 3. LCD-based stereolithography: This system is similar in process to No. 1 but uses more consumer available (think smartphones) LCD screens to deliver light to the resin. They deliver smooth surfaces and fast print speeds but can have more fre- quent repair issues and replacement parts Other key factors to consider when considering choosing a dental printer: 1. Materials and applications: Today’s printers have the capabilities to print almost anything that fits into the chamber, but because dentistry is often utilizing these applications for in-vivo applications, it is important to check that the materials used are bio- compatible and certified functional dental resins. Henry Schein provides printers and materials specifically dedicated to dentistry and its applica- tion. 2. ROI: In order for your printer to provide you a return on the initial and recurring cost of investment, consider multiple applications avail- able to make sure the printer can grow with your expanded practice applications.