Checking in from the AO 2017 annual conference, Orlando

With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share best information; and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based science and methods.

So when this group gets together for the AO Annual Conference, this event is huge and Amsterdam Dental Group was there. But we did more than just attend, our very own Dr. Harold Baumgarten gave a hands-on CE course with our favorite Swedish professional, Dr. P.O. Ostman. This workshop focused on advanced full arch immediate treatment solutions that incorporate novel implant designs to properly manage complex anatomical conditions.

Additionally, Dr. B (as we refer to him) was moderator and presenter for the corporate forum session. Easily the most exciting arena of the meeting, it is where all of the beta-tested items from the past years are introduced as coming to market.

On a personal note, I was particularly proud of my immediate past co-residents and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hector Sarmiento (periodontics) and Dr. Rebecca Boccow (periodontics-orthodontics) were speakers on the main floor of this year’s general assembly.

Dr-Arturo-LlobellA true highlight was to see my former classmate, Dr. Arturo Llobell (periodontics-prosthodontics) recognized as the most outstanding young clinician in the field and awarded the keynote address at the Young Clinician’s Lecture Series. Dr. B and partner Dr. Howard Fraiman are truly honored to see former students soar to such tremendous heights. It’s a true testament to the mentors they have become for the next generation of world-class clinicians and the future of dentistry.

Looking ahead, I can’t wait for next year’s meeting in Los Angeles and another opportunity for the talents of our Amsterdam Dental Group team to again be on display at the foremost convention of implant dentistry.

– Dr. C

The Focal Point: A LOOK BACK / A LOOK AHEAD

As the curtain closes on a busy year, there’s more in store for 2017

Focal Point
Looking back on 2016, this was a busy year at Amsterdam Dental Group – a practice merger, a partner merit award and a complete office expansion and renovation. All this as we launched MIDI computer guided implantology, our well-defined technique using minimally invasive dental implants. Here are some highlights.

  • Amsterdam Dental Group announces its merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. in Paoli, PA, which closed on March 14th. The two groups share a long history of unprecedented dental care and fostering the best possible patient experience.
  • In May, practice partner Jeffrey S. Ingber, DMD received the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of his loyalty to the school, excellence in the profession of dentistry and community involvement.
  • The summer marked the completion of our Paoli office expansion boasting a new look, new amenities and new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care. With twice the square footage, it’s an ideal blend of science and art embracing all the newest advances.

So what is in store for 2017? Quite a bit. This spring, we will be bringing on a new associate dual trained in periodontics and prosthodontics and our own Dr. Harold S. Baumgarten will be honored with the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Award. The practice as a whole will continue advancing MIDI and exploring the latest advances to improve patient experiences and results.

Amsterdam Dental Group Takes On The Big Apple

With an eye on the art of digital dentistry

webisteheaderLast week The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP) held its 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Amsterdam Dental Group was there. Held in the heart of Manhattan, the 2-day event offers a comprehensive program to clinicians, educators and students, highlighting the latest technology, state-of-the art topics and more. Specific presentations included Digital Dentistry in Contemporary Prosthodontics, Guided Surgery – Guided Prosthetics and Digital Workflows from a Perio Prospective – to name a few.

Drs. Jeffrey Ingber and Howard Fraiman, both fellows of the Academy, alongside Dr. Caleb Cross attended this year’s meeting that focused on the advancing digital technologies in prosthodontics. Says Dr. Fraiman, “The meeting reinforced Amsterdam Dental Group’s belief that the future of dentistry centers around digital minimally invasive solutions. We are committed to remain at the forefront of Digital Intraoral Scanning instead of traditional impressions, CAD/CAM dental crown fabrication and MIDI – our computer guided implantalogy technique using minimally invasive dental implant procedures.”

Founded in 1954, the mission of The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics is to benefit dental patients by advancing the art, science and practice of prosthodontics, encouraging the highest ethical standards and professional involvement, while promoting a better relationship among the other disciplines of dentistry and related professions.

Dr. Cross – Checking in from the DVAO 2016 ANNUAL MEETING, PHILADELPHIA

A gathering of world-class clinicians, periodontists, oral surgeons and others with a shared interest in Implant Dentistry

So, you may be asking … “What (or who) is DVAO?” It’s the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration – an organization committed to the rapidly emerging discipline of Implant Dentistry. The group represents a combination of periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, residents and graduate students learning from each other in an open, collegial environment. 

Held at the HUB at Cira Center in Philadelphia, there are a number of reasons to attend the DVAO annual meeting. We get to meet world-class clinicians, share the latest advances, exchange best practices and grow the knowledge base of our field.

At the forefront of this year’s scientific session was the biological management of soft tissues around dental implants and its potential impact on the long-term success of dental implants – a topic I find of interest. Dr. Tomas Linkivicius, a prosthodontist and pioneer in the field from the Institute of Odontology at Vilnius University in Lithuania, discussed his work on vertical tissue augmentation and the implications for marginal bone maintenance.

As I listened to Dr. Linkivicius, I was struck in that his existing study protocols did not include atraumatic, flapless, guided or immediate implant placement techniques currently utilized at the Amsterdam Dental Group. This represents a great opportunity to bring our MIDI procedure to the forefront with world opinion leaders in periodontics and fixed prosthodontics. It also can help improve upon more traditional approaches to delayed implant therapy. I personally look forward to collaborating in future research with Dr. Linkivicius and this subject.

What lies ahead? As DVAO continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts in the field of implant dentistry, look for me and others within our practice to be present work and research at this meeting in the near future. Together, we will create and implement educational programs, funded research programs and advancements all to benefit patients of all ages. For more information visit: www.DVAO.org

DVAO Annual Meeting 2016

Amsterdam Dental Group joins the American Dental Hygienist’s Association

American Dental Hygienist’s AssociationAmsterdam Dental Group joins the American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA) and others in promoting the benefits of oral health maintenance during National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). Throughout the month, we will share tips and resources to further awareness of this important part of overall health for people of all ages.

NDHM focuses on the four components of optimal oral health maintenance:

  • Brushing teeth twice daily
  • Rinsing with mouthwash
  • Flossing every day
  • Chewing sugar-free gum

Known as the “Daily 4” by many, these tips represent the foundation for healthy smiles. According to the ADHA, brushing for two minutes two times a day helps reduce biofilm and prevent caries, gingivitis and other diseases. Proper flossing or use of other interdental cleaning methods removes food particles and plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach.

They go on to add that rinsing targets other areas of the mouth and an antimicrobial mouth rinse helps further eliminate biofilm and bacteria. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks protects teeth by stimulating salivary glands to help clean out food particles and neutralize acids on the teeth.

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Back to school – the busiest time at Amsterdam Kids

~ Dr. Caleb Cross

miss-carol-kidThe Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates students entering the 3rd and 7th grades or those transferring schools must have a comprehensive dental evaluation completed.

You are probably familiar with the form here. It was sent from your school nurse. It is one most of the Main Line educational institutions have made an annual requirement. My daughter was nearly held hostage from playing 6th grade pre-season volleyball until the form was completed! If you’ve forgotten to do so this summer, you are clearly not alone!

Now that the rush is upon us, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight our Amsterdam Kid’s Health Learning Program run by Drs. Moskowitz & Musso and Miss Carole Butener in our Paoli office. 

Miss carol“Look Mom, No Cavities” is a phrase Dr. Moskowitz has been hearing since the program’s inception more than 46 years ago.  Founded on the principle that with quarterly routine visits, which consists of supervised brushing and instruction, topical fluoride application and dietary analysis, tooth decay can be virtually eliminated. Carole insists that by training parents in their role as “Co-Therapists” in their children’s care, we can ensure teeth are being cleaned effectively on a twice-daily basis and those missed school days because of a toothache or emergency dental visits become a relic of the past.  

Frequent visits in combination with appropriate dental x-rays allow for early detection of any gum disease or decay. It also allows us to monitor skeletal and facial growth as children transition to a permanent dentition, identifying situations when preventative and interceptive orthodontics can be beneficial. 

So at this time of year … Congratulations to Carole, our team and all of our parents for identifying a great number of cavity free kids this month and the on-going commitment to keeping them that way.  Prevention is truly the best medicine!

New Paoli Office

New Paoli Office - Amsterdam Dental Group
The doors are open
It’s official – the Amsterdam Dental Group office expansion in Paoli is complete with a new look, new amenities and new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care. Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident from the moment you enter.

With virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories, Amsterdam Dental Group is able to accommodate patients’ busy schedules with ease. We’ve also extended hours of operation for added convenience. If you arrive early or are simply a patient’s guest, don’t worry. A more spacious reception area welcomes you with endless amenities – wi-fi, fully-stocked refrigerator and more.


In keeping with our decades-long tradition of expertise and innovation, our larger Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Avenue is more than just a pretty space. It is a carefully crafted blend of science and art in which we embrace the newest advances, including the latest in digital dentistry and minimally invasive dental implants – MIDI.

No matter if you visit our office in Philadelphia or Paoli, one thing is certain ~ we make sure patients are comfortable and relaxed.

Visit our new Paoli office:
Metric Building
1800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Suite G
Paoli, PA 19301
610-651-5611
Hours:
Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spreading the Word about Dental Technology and Minimally Invasive Dental Implants

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~ Dr. Howard Fraiman

With cutting-edge office technology and a team of dual-trained dental specialists, Amsterdam Dental Group is leading the charge in Minimally Invasive Dental Implants – or what we cordially refer to as MIDI.

I’ve been drawn to technology for as long as I can remember. Before dental school, I received a Bio-Dental degree from Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, an engineering school, so the advent of computer technology in dentistry has been a return to “my roots” – so the speak. To patients, it’s revolutionary.

Today, computers and technology in dentistry allow us to make digital impressions of the mouth instead of using the traditional method of using a tray filled sticky soft material in the mouth. These digital impressions not only don’t taste funny, they provide for greater accuracy and superior patient comfort. Computer technology also enables us to use CAD/CAM design, creating incredibly strong, esthetic crowns and restorations.  

One of the biggest advances has been the use of technology in relation to minimally invasive dental implant surgery. MIDI maximizes patient comfort and results in the most accurate dental implants possible. Over the past several months, Amsterdam Dental Group has continued to improve and add to our existing technology to ensure unparalleled dentistry to our patients.

Beyond the dental chair, I’ve taken this commitment to MIDI and have been sharing information on the current technology to several dental study groups throughout the Delaware Valley, ultimately reaching other dentists and subsequently their patients. It is my belief … If a person needs a dental implant, with today’s technology and MIDI, that’s the way to go.

Dr. Cross Takes a Closer Look at Smile Design in the Mobile Cloud Era

Today, new technology provides the control to design a perfect smile from the comfort of home or at our dental office.

Plato might have said it best when he noted, “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.” The problem is that what I see, what you see and what the dental ceramicist sees, may be entirely different. At Amsterdam Dental Group, we are committed to designing and fabricating restorations that meet or exceed our patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. You are the “beholder.”

For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise how much I love photographing teeth.Why? Part of the reason is it allows me to see things closer and in more detail. It also helps communicate colors and shapes to the lab technician who is fabricating the restorations. With the recent release of the iPad Pro and a host of touch screen drawing applications (i.e. Paper 53, Skitch and Adobe Draw), we are now able to take these photographs to a whole new level in real time.These technological tools improve our ability to communicate with you as well as our master ceramicists whether they are within our on-site dental lab in Philadelphia, across the country or around the world. It is truly revolutionary.

The results of the six veneers below are indeed nothing short of amazing, yet are only a simple reflection of what was designed.

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Here’s a screen shot of design planning in action from a recent aesthetic consultation appointment. With a couple good photographs and an iPad, we are able to instantly discuss patients’ concerns about teeth that are too long, short or wide. We can address color, shape, missing gum tissue and even repositioning with orthodontics.

Veneers

If you’re planning on making any changes to your smile, today’s smile design is simply a matter of making the correct plan for you. – Dr. C

Inside The Paoli Office – A Sneak Peek At What Lies Ahead

Paoli OfficeThis spring more than flowers are blooming at Amsterdam Dental Group; our office in Paoli is in full growth mode. Sparked by the merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. earlier this year, we are expanding our Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Pike in Paoli, to do more than accommodate an increase in staff and patients. It will bring new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care.

Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident in each element of the expansion process. Anticipated to open in June of 2016, here are just a few hints at what is to come…

  • Virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories
  • A more spacious reception area with endless amenities, including wi-fi and fully-stocked refrigerator
  • The latest in advanced technology with Cone Beam CT scanner and Panorex x-ray for improved diagnostics

Take a look …

But we don’t want to giveaway all the secrets. Just know this… whether you visit our Center City or suburban facility, your dental experience will begin the moment you step inside our office doors and well before sitting in the dentist’s chair.