Keystone Dental and Paltop enter into definitive merger agreement

BURLINGTON, Mass., U.S./CAESAREA, Israel: Keystone Dental, the largest independent dental implant company operating in North America, has entered into a definitive agreement to merge via a stock swap transaction with Paltop Advanced Dental Solutions. Paltop is an emerging Israel-based dental implant company with expertise in precision manufacturing and state-of-the-art digital dentistry solutions.

The companies will merge operations to form a global dental implant provider with nearly $50 million in combined revenues and an expanded product portfolio that will compete in both the premium and value market segments. An additional $20 million in capital investment, principally dedicated to growth acceleration initiatives, will be infused simultaneous to the merger by Accelmed Growth Partners. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “After an exhaustive search of potential partners, we are very pleased to be combining forces with Paltop,” said Keystone CEO Russ Bonafede. “Keystone targeted Paltop because they bring one of the world’s most efficient precision machining operations, innovative end-to-end digital solutions for implant dentistry, and an exceptionally high-quality product portfolio that represents a strong value proposition for clinician users. We look forward to working with the Paltop management team, led by the Topaz family, to create a successful and highly responsive dental implant enterprise.” Paltop Chairman Sam Topaz added: “We believe that the combination of Paltop Israel with the American Keystone Group is occurring at the ideal time for both our companies and for the dental market. Paltop has been developing new and innovative technologies for the past decade and Keystone is a company with a strong brand and a highly qualified sales and marketing team led by skillful and experienced management. There are two main goals to this merger. First is to establish a fast-growing global player in the field of dental implants, and second to realize our vision to lead the digital transformation of dental treatments.” Dr. Uri Geiger, Managing Partner of Accelmed and Chairman of Keystone, commented: “We believe that the combination of Keystone’s strong brand, commercial infrastructure, and the newly installed top-tier management team led by Russ Bonafede, together with Paltop’s manufacturing capabilities and innovation, will create one of the world’s fastest growing dental implant companies. Together with its co-investors, Accelmed invested $50 million in the combined company and we look forward to working with the collective management team in the years to come.”
January 7, 2019
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Interview: bth4 aims to eliminate bruxism at its root

An engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in the private sector, René Garcia founded bth4 in 2013. Based in the American town of Tucson, Arizona, the company produces an innovative new type of night guard that offers an alternative method to treating bruxism. Unlike conventional night guards that merely aim to prevent future tooth wear, bth4 model relies on a direct biofeedback mechanism to break the habit of bruxism itself.

Mr Garcia, where do traditional night guards go wrong? A mouth guard one would get at the dentist’s is more focussed on protecting the teeth against the damage of bruxism. Conventionally, these have no mechanism that could prevent the habit itself, it merely provides a protective layer on the teeth, so there is no force of clenching or grinding directly on the teeth. Such a mouth guard ignores the rest of the symptoms of bruxism, such as headaches and jaw and neck pain, which are results of an excessive force of the jaw. This is one of the main differences of bth4. The bth4 guard focusses on tackling the problem of bruxism itself by providing direct feedback to the palate and training the brain that bruxing is an unwanted action, instead of focussing solely on damage control. Applying pressure to the jaw using bth4 causes immediate discomfort and the discomfort is proportional to the force applied by the jaw. Could you explain the mechanical system of the device? The principle is in some way similar to a “thumb-sucking habit breaking device”. In this case, the undesirable behaviour is the excessive application of pressure. When using bth4 during a bruxism event, the motion of the lower jaw transfers through the feedback mechanism, which makes spikes contact the palate and causes immediate discomfort—this forces the user to cease the undesirable behaviour. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate the habit that is bruxism, at its root, based on the premise that rather than clenching and grinding, the root of the problem is excessive pressure applied by the jaw. How did the idea for bth4 come about? After thinking of a solution for several days, the idea came to me in the middle of the night. I’ve had plenty of motivation from suffering from severe bruxism all my life, from observing my daughter grinding and chipping her teeth at the very early age of five, and wife suffers from TMJ disorder, which we suspect is a consequence of her intense clenching. How does your mouth guard differentiate itself from other biofeedback devices? Many biofeedback devices use electronics and rely on batteries. Some even have the battery stored in the mouth, which could potentially be harmful. Another problem that often occurs with electronic biofeedback devices is something called a “false trigger”. Many of these devices are focussed on detecting muscle activity and detect movement that is not bruxism, but still gives feedback, for instance, turning around in bed. This makes it hard to distinguish what exactly the unwanted behaviour is, as it pulses when it is not needed. Our device works without the need of complex electronics or batteries. This not only reduces the complexity, size and potential risk that comes with a device that uses batteries, it also significantly reduces the cost, making it available to the broader public. What are some of the symptoms of bruxism that the bth4 mouth guard prevents? The symptoms bth4 targets are all associated with excessive force applied by the jaw. These include headaches, neck, ear, jaw and facial pain, damage to the teeth, joint wear, as well as locking or popping of the joint and gum recession. Other benefits have also been attributed, such as reductions in awake bruxism, thanks to the principle of operation. The device trains the user on the undesirable feedback while sleeping and remains with the user during awake bruxism, thereby reducing the frequency of bruxism events even when the device is not being used. What would your arguments to dentists be to prescribe your device? Conventional mouth guards are excellent at preventing teeth damage, but could neglect many of bruxism’s devastating effects. They also require multiple iterations of adjustment and regularly exacerbate the symptoms of bruxism. bth4 promotes a more desirable behaviour by eliminating the excessive forces, avoiding occlusion and encouraging a more natural resting position. Plus, fitting time is practically eliminated. Being a new product, it has received some change resistance, which is natural. Bruxism is a very hard problem to tackle, so scepticism from dentists is justified whenever a new product enters the market. However, it is now improving thanks to the positive customer response we’ve received. We have continued to receive great feedback and we have a more positive presence on websites and forums. It is extremely satisfying to hear that people are regaining their quality of life thanks to bth4.

Tags: broken, broken tooth, bruxism, bth4, chipped, chipped teeth, chipped tooth, clenching, dental, grinding, muscular, night guard, prevention, rene garcia, teeth, tucson
January 4, 2019
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SICAT now independent: Dentsply Sirona transfers shares to management

BONN, Germany: The world’s largest manufacturer of dental products and technologies, Dentsply Sirona and SICAT, provider of software and hardware solutions for the dental sector, have agreed that SICAT will be taken over entirely by its own management from 1 January.

Dentsply Sirona announced that it will sell its shares of SICAT to HICAT, which is owned by the management and employees of SICAT. However, the two companies will continue their strategic partnership without any changes experienced by their customers. The existing SICAT products that are sold by Dentsply Sirona will continue to be offered to their customers as before. “Both Dentsply Sirona and SICAT profit from this agreement. We look back on over 14 years of shared history where both companies have grown. Now, we are taking our successful collaboration to a new level. This will offer each partner more flexibility in their options and put them in better positions to diversify their products individually,” said Michael Geil, Managing Director of Dentsply Sirona’s Bensheim site and Group Vice President of Equipment and Instruments. “We are very pleased to have found such a good solution for the future of SICAT and to manage the company completely independently. SICAT will remain a strategic partner of Dentsply Sirona for the development of software-based solutions for X-ray imaging. We will continue our excellent collaboration, but can now focus more specifically on our customers. In addition, we are now able to offer our solution to the entire dental market,” added Jochen Kusch, Managing Director Marketing and Sales at SICAT.

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January 4, 2019
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Dr Guillaume Becker’s patients simply love Planmeca’s dental units

When decorating his new dental clinic in the South of France in 2016, Dr Guillaume Becker did not want to settle for the ordinary. “I didn’t want to go for any of the traditional green or blue shades that you see at practically every other dental clinic. Instead, we chose pink for the entire space, which helped create a very strong visual identity. And that’s still the case today,” Becker said.

Becker’s clinic is equipped with four Planmeca Compact i Touch dental units, a Planmeca Chair for implant treatments and a Planmeca ProMax 3D Classic X-ray unit. The clinic includes a recovery room for patients, a photo studio and a dental laboratory. A special wing for paediatric patients will also be created in the near future. “We are four dentists at our clinic. Each of us has a specific role, something that is not so typical at French dental clinics. When our patients receive treatment, they are treated by the entire team, not just by one dentist. One of us is specialised in periodontics, another one in general dentistry, one in prosthodontics, and I myself am specialised in implantology. I treat around 400 implant cases every year,” Becker continued. The clinic’s main approach is to offer the most complete dental treatment in as few sessions as possible. “We strive to offer maximum service in just one patient visit,” Becker clarified. Becker already chose to partner with Planmeca nine years ago. “When I saw Planmeca’s dental units, I realised they were just what I needed. I was looking for a complete solution and wanted to purchase all my equipment in one place. This way, you build a relationship of trust with your equipment provider—you only need to go through everything once and that’s it.”
“When I saw Planmeca’s dental units, I realised they were just what I needed."
Becker said that, during this period, he has never once regretted his choice. When his clinic moved to a new, bigger location two years ago, the entire team thought Planmeca was the obvious choice for the new clinic. Becker continued that the Planmeca units he purchased nine years ago still function like they did on the first day. “Their design, efficiency and great ergonomics really appealed to us right from the start. They are both beautiful and functional. I work four-handedly pretty much all the time and there’s still plenty of space around the chair.” The clinic’s patients are just as enthusiastic about the dental units as the staff are. “All our patients simply love our dental units. They are just so comfortable. Since we aim to do as much as possible during one patient visit, our treatment sessions are usually quite long. Our patients might stay in the chair for an entire day and still wonder how comfortable it was.” [caption id="attachment_208027" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Dr Guillaume Becker specialises in implantology.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_208028" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Becker purchased his first Planmeca treatment unit about nine years ago.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_208029" align="aligncenter" width="640"] His dental practice in Monteux, France, is decorated in a vivid pink.[/caption]

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January 2, 2019
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