February 17th, 2014 Helsinki, FINLAND - As reported by Dental Tribune, Finnish dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca has recently established a strategic partnership with US-based medical device company E4D Technologies. Through this partnership, the Planmeca group has made a significant investment in CAD/CAM technology, a move that they hope will further strengthen Planmeca’s position in the dental equipment and software business.“Planmeca believes in the tremendous possibilities and growth of 3-D and computer-aided dentistry. As dentistry will be completely digital in the future, we want to be at the forefront in developing new and efficient practices,” Heikki Kyöstilä, President of the Planmeca Group, concluded about the company’s future prospects.... Read More
February 17th, 2014 Vancouver, BC - Protec is proud to announce the integration of our first fully-electric vehicle to the Smile Express delivery fleet. The Mitsubishi i-Miev joins us as the latest addition to our downtown Vancouver route.The vehicle is outfitted with all of the key features of our standard delivery cars, but runs entirely on electrical power. At the end of the day, the i-Miev returns to Protec headquarters where it is plugged into our own high-speed charging station, to be fully restored to original power for the following day. Its compact size makes it ideal for high-manoeuvrability city driving and parking, but it also offers ample storage for transporting a high volume of cases.Protec looks forward to integrating more electric and clean... Read More
February 15th, 2014 Vancouver, BC - Smile Express, Protec Dental Laboratories' secure courier network for pickup and delivery of dental cases, will soon be serving the Okanagan Valley in Kelowna, Peachland, Penticton, and Vernon. This expands upon our existing Smile Express network, which currently serves the Lower Mainland and Victoria to Comox.The new routes will provide our customers in the area with faster and more convenient service, as well as a friendly face to put to the Protec name. Managers at Protec are excited about the potential impacts of this expansion, and look forward to serving the Okanagan dental community better.This service is expected to begin in Spring 2014. Route schedules still to follow.Learn more about Smile Express in our Service... Read More
February 14th, 2014 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK - (Originally reported by Dental Tribune International) Tooth loss affects as much as 30 percent of the global population between the ages of 65 and 74. Even so, the emotional impacts of this loss may have been underestimated by the scientific community.A new study out of Newcastle University has indicated that while some participants indicated that the loss was relatively insignificant, others were significantly disrupted, citing reduced social interactions or fear of leaving the house. Some even compared it to the loss of a limb in the magnitude of impact it had made on their lifestyle. Factors surrounding tooth loss varied among individuals, but researchers found that strong emotional impacts could occur... Read More


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