Patents Examined by Drew S Folgmann
  • Patent number: 11657733
    Abstract: A training method for evaluating the bonding accuracy of orthodontic brackets is provided. The evaluation method includes a training device for racket bonding accuracy evaluation which includes virtual teeth with root-shaped connectors and an evaluation base to fix the virtual teeth. Multiple reference lines are marked on the evaluation base, and their intersection is set as the evaluation point. When the virtual tooth is fixed to the evaluation base, the reference lines and the evaluation points are utilized for rapid evaluation of the bonding accuracy of the bracket. Moreover, thanks to their horizontal arrangement, when there are multiple virtual teeth, the evaluation of bracket bonding would be more intuitive and efficient than using the traditional articulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Sichuan University
    Inventors: Chaoran Xue, Peiqi Wang, Bin Li, Ding Bai, Xianglong Han, Hui Xu, Rui Shu, Yongwen Guo, Ye Tian, Jie Feng, Yating Wang
  • Patent number: 11648093
    Abstract: A device for mandibular advancement, including a tube and a telescopic rod associated with the tube, in which the tube and the telescopic rod can be associated to the teeth of the upper and lower arches, in which the telescopic rod includes a threaded pin which engages a female thread of a hollow element slidably positioned in said tube, and the hollow element includes a maneuvering portion external to the tube; the device includes a friction element, arranged between the inner walls of the maneuvering portion and the thread of the pin and having an outer surface which is complementary to the inner walls of said maneuvering portion and a threaded internal cavity which copies the thread of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: LEONE S P A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Scommegna, Maurizio Dolfi
  • Patent number: 11642193
    Abstract: A cartridge and a piston for storing and dispensing a two-component dental material. The cartridge and the piston have a cross-section which substantially correspond to a D-shape in which the perimeter of the D-shape is defined by a plurality of circle segments only. At least two of the circle segments are based on different radii. The invention helps maximizing the time period over which a dental material can be stored in the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Andreas J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 11642196
    Abstract: An orthodontic tool includes a trimmer having a lever, a base, and a spring positioned between the lever and the base. A first substantially transversely extending portion extends from the lever and a second substantially transversely extending portion extends from the base. A cutting surface is associated with each transversely extending portion. The orthodontic tool also includes a tool set having at least two arms coupled together at one end by a fastener and the arms including two or more of a sanding tool, a hook, and a pick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Orthonu, LLC
    Inventors: Sima Yakoby Epstein, Douglas F. Melville, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11642197
    Abstract: An orthodontic tool includes a trimmer having a lever, a base, and a spring positioned between the lever and the base. A first substantially transversely extending portion extends from the lever and a second substantially transversely extending portion extends from the base. A cutting surface is associated with each transversely extending portion. The orthodontic tool also includes a tool set having at least two arms coupled together at one end by a fastener and the arms including two or more of a sanding tool, a hook, and a pick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Orthonu, LLC
    Inventors: Sima Yakoby Epstein, Douglas F. Melville, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11602417
    Abstract: A dental implant (1), in particular for insertion into bone tissue of a patient, comprising: a core body (2) having an apical end (4), a coronal end (6), and an outer surface (8) extending along a longitudinal direction between said apical end (4) and said coronal end (6); and at least one thread (12) located on at least a threaded portion of said outer surface (8), should have superior properties regarding primary and secondary stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Nobel Biocare Services AG
    Inventors: Jorg Weitzel, Antony Quarry, Stephan Vonwiller, Niki Pfister, Edmund Burke, Serif Ameti, David Sollberger, Nicolai Bernhard
  • Patent number: 11547529
    Abstract: A dental tool, such as an insertion tool for a dental implant, including a shaft extending along a longitudinal axis and having a distal end and a proximal end, the tool further including an annular resilient retention member formed of a metal material and connected to the shaft such that at least a section of the member protrudes from a surface of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: STRAUMANN HOLDING AG
    Inventors: St├ęphane Courvoisier, Florian Dalla Torre
  • Patent number: 11534269
    Abstract: A mounting device for directly bonding brackets to the tooth surface includes a tray and a mounting rack. Each mounting rack is used for mounting a bracket, and the mounting rack includes a support and a positioning clamp. The tray is used as the support base for installing the mounting rack. The support is used as the fixed supporting part, with one end connected and fixed to the lingual or lip side of the tray. The positioning clamp is used as the rotating part to connect with the bracket and adjust the position of the bracket. The positioning clamp includes a damping rotation shaft, the damping rotation shaft matches with the support, the positioning clamp rotates around the support through the damping rotation shaft, and the support and the tray adopt an integrally formed structure or detachable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Zhengpu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11497582
    Abstract: An ultrasonic unit manufacturing system and process are based on a universal ultrasonic generator unit that operates interchangeably with either one of piezoelectric and magnetostrictive ultrasonic devices, and optionally as well as with either on-off or power level control footswitches. The ultrasonic units use a generator unit having a detector that determines whether the connected device is piezoelectric or magnetostrictive, and activates the generator for the appropriate piezoelectric or magnetostrictive operating mode. The ultrasonic units so made and methods of using them are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: James Feine
  • Patent number: 11490990
    Abstract: Periodontal disorders such as disorders associated with a dental implant are treated with a laser where an average laser power along with other laser parameters provide particular settings for the treatment, the treatment including one or more of creating a gingival trough or flap around the implant, ablating or denaturing infected tissue via photothermolysis, lasing a pocket around the affected implant, and compressing marginal tissues against the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Millennium Healtcare Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Gregg, II, Dawn Gregg
  • Patent number: 11457997
    Abstract: A ceramic dental prosthesis including an implant for osseointegration in a jaw bone with a receiving opening and an abutment having a through-hole for receiving a bolt. The bolt is produced from a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and connects the abutment and the implant. The dental prosthesis system includes an anti-rotation feature formed by a first interlocking means arranged on a proximal end of the abutment and a second interlocking means arranged on a distal end of the implant. The first interlocking means engages in the second interlocking means, wherein the first and second interlocking means are arranged at a distance from one another such that the abutment can be tilted relative to the implant. The bolt runs in the through-hole of the abutment and the receiving opening. An interference fit is provided between the bolt and the receiving opening of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: DENTALPOINT AG
    Inventors: Philip Bolleter, Pascal Wettstein
  • Patent number: 11446121
    Abstract: Dental implant systems, components and methods feature use of a mounting component onto which an abutment is to be cast or soldered. The mounting component is configured with an upper end that is contoured in a spherical or other suitable manner to present a surface over which the abutment can be slid into various positions on said surface at various angles relative to an axis of the implant body on which the mounting component is supported. Accordingly, the abutment can be set at a desired angle whether the this desired orientation matches or misaligns with the axis of the implant body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Preferred Dental Implant Corp.
    Inventor: Erik Siegmund
  • Patent number: 11432919
    Abstract: One embodiment of the apparatus and method comprises a physical recording instrument (2000) for forming a right and a left side engraved analog (150), the analogs (150) being subsequently attached to a physical articulating instrument (3000), the analogs (150) with timing controls then serving as guides for simulating the motion of mounted patient dental models (142). Another embodiment comprises a digital recording system (4000) for generating the right and left side virtual engraved analogs (150), the analogs (150) being subsequently milled or digitally formed in a CNC rapid prototyping machine, the analogs (150) then being attached to the physical articulating instrument (3000), the analogs (150) with the timing controls serving as guides for simulating the motion. Some of the foregoing embodiments facilitate production of technologist fabricated dental restorative and orthodontic treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: John P. Stipek, Sr., John P. Stipek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11426262
    Abstract: Taking an intraoral scan of a patient's mouth with existing implants, creating a digital model of the patient's mouth, digitally designing a denture bar based on the digital mouth model, fabricating a physical bar based on the digital bar model, delivering the physical bar into the patient's mouth, capturing records of the patient's mouth and installed physical bar, producing a physical denture and joining it to the physical bar, and delivering the physical denture and bar into the patient's mouth, all in no more than three dental office visits. The step of digitally designing a denture bar typically includes selecting a cement gap for the abutments based on errors in the digital mouth model resulting from the intraoral scan, as well as designing lateral cement ports into the digital bar model. And the step of fabricating a physical bar typically includes using additive manufacturing such as 3D printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: EVOLLUTION IP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Boris A. Simmonds, John J. Bellanca
  • Patent number: 11413116
    Abstract: The invention relates to a two-component mixing capsule (1) for intake and for mixing of two, preferably powdered or preferably pasty or kneadable, particularly preferably dental, compositions with a capsule housing (2) having a discharge opening (3) at its front end (2.1), wherein the mixing capsule (1) comprises a first mixing chamber (5a) and a second mixing chamber (5b), wherein the two mixing chambers may be separated from each other for storage or for transport, by the first mixing chamber (5a) being rotated by a rotatably mounted handhold element whose rotation axis (Y) is approximately perpendicularly arranged to the longitudinal axis (Z) of the mixing capsule (1) into a first position in which the first mixing chamber (5a) is separated from mixing chamber (5b), preferably the central axes of the mixing chambers are arranged to each other by approximately 90┬░.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: KULZER GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Suffel, Andreas Utterodt, Michael Eck, Raif Kocoglu, Markus Balkenhol
  • Patent number: 11399923
    Abstract: Ultrasonic dental instruments, inserts, and insert assemblies are provided which include an acoustic transformer and a tip that, in combination, are configured to operate at an operational frequency different from the frequency of resonance of the transducer that drives the combination. As a result, the ultrasonic dental instruments, inserts, and insert assemblies provide improved performance durability by providing improved output stroke ranges over nominal wear lengths between, for example, 2 mm and 3 mm, which results in more durable performance over a longer service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: PASCHKE ULTRASONICS, LLC
    Inventor: Richard H. Paschke
  • Patent number: 11399918
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations an orthodontic apparatus includes a plurality of brackets, wherein each of the plurality of brackets includes a carbon-nanotube forest upon a carbon-nanotube bonding substrate that is adhered to a lingual bracket bonding surface, forming a plurality of carbon-nanotube bonding substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Nicholas Smith
  • Patent number: 11395718
    Abstract: A removable dental appliance that includes an appliance body configured to at least partially surround a plurality of teeth of a dental arch of a patient. The appliance body including a first and second shell shaped to receive a first and second respective tooth; and at least one jumper including an elongated structure having a first end coupled to the first shell and a second end coupled to the second shell. The at least one jumper is configured to apply a force between the first and second shells to cause a movement of at least one of the first and second teeth toward a desired position when the removable dental appliance is worn by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard E. Raby, Chaodi Li, Michael K. Domroese
  • Patent number: 11376099
    Abstract: A dental surgery guide system for use with a dental handpiece for forming a bore in a patient's jaw bone to receive a dental implant comprises a surgical template and a handpiece jig; the top of the handpiece guide can slide below the top of the template guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: 2INGIS SA
    Inventor: Philippe De Moyer
  • Patent number: 11369458
    Abstract: A device including one or more preformed or customized eruption guidance appliances placed in an individual's mouth. The preformed appliances are vibrated with a pulsation device to encourage tooth eruption by increasing the force and efficiency of the eruption toward a preferred location and a preferred alignment as well as providing increased blood flow and blood oxygen flow to the muscles and tissues in and around the oral cavity of the individual. The preformed guidance appliance driven by the pulsation device is selected from a range of guidance appliances, each of which is selected by size and shape to fit an individual based on the individuals anticipated tooth and jaw size as well as the growth profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ORTHO-TAIN, INC.
    Inventor: Earl O. Bergersen