Patents Examined by Hao D Mai
  • Patent number: 10918459
    Abstract: A dental implantation system is provided, comprising an implantation device adapted to prepare a site within a mouth of a patient for receiving a dental implant. A guidance device is operably engaged with the implantation device and is adapted to operably engage the mouth of the patient. The engagement between the guidance device and the mouth of the patient provides a fiducial marker for guiding the implantation device to prepare the site for receiving the dental implant. An associated method of implanting a dental implant, and associated devices, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Neocis, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Ricardo Salcedo, Federico Grande
  • Patent number: 10912717
    Abstract: A tooth whitening method uses an application device having a reservoir containing an oxidizing composition comprising a fluid carrier and an oxidizing agent, an applicator member in fluid communication with the reservoir, and a dispensing mechanism for moving contents of the reservoir into the applicator member. The oxidizing composition is dispensed into the applicator member by actuating the dispensing mechanism and is applied to one or more teeth in an oral cavity. Then, a sealant composition is applied to the teeth having the oxidizing agent thereon to form a coating that resists moisture contamination of the previously applied oxidizing agent. One embodiment uses an oxidizing composition with a viscosity less than 150 cps that is absorbed in a porous material in the device reservoir, from which it is introduced by capillary action into a porous applicator member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ORACEUTICAL LLC
    Inventor: R. Eric Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10881485
    Abstract: A system for providing endodontic material includes an application device and a docking station for the application device. The application device includes a cartridge having a chamber structure containing endodontic material, with the chamber structure capable of being heated by magnetic induction. The application device also includes a handle assembly configured to hold the cartridge. The docking station includes a slot configured to contain the application device with a part of the application device positioned in the slot. The docking station is provided with an induction heating coil positioned adjacent to the slot, with the induction heating slot being configured to heat the cartridge of the application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA INC.
    Inventor: Nathan Y. Li
  • Patent number: 10835351
    Abstract: A method of taking a dental impression of dentition including conditioning a surface comprising one or more of dentition and a dental appliance by the application thereto of a wetting agent to form a controlled hydrophilic wet film. The wetting agent includes water, a surfactant, and an additive. The controlled hydrophilic wet film is hydrophilic and is formed by brushing the wetting agent onto the dentition. The brushing controls the thickness and hydrophilicity of the controlled hydrophilic film to a thickness and hydrophilicity that is capable of inducing flow of an impression material that comes into contact with the controlled hydrophilic film. The flow is sufficient to flow into sub-gingival places. The film is contacted with a dental impression material selected from the group consisting of hydrophilic and hydrophobic dental impression materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Alan Ara Boghosian
  • Patent number: 10813717
    Abstract: In a dental treatment apparatus, a control circuit controls a drive motor in accordance with a drive sequence. The drive sequence includes a plurality of drive patterns and at least one of the plurality of drive patterns is different from other drive pattern. The plurality of drive patterns include at least one drive pattern having such drive that a cutting tool is rotated in a cutting direction for cutting a treatment portion and drive for rotating the cutting tool in a non-cutting direction which is reverse to the cutting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: J. MORITA MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Kyohei Kato, Tomoaki Ueda, Seiichiro Yamashita, Kazunari Matoba
  • Patent number: 10751150
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket having a bracket body configured to be mounted to a tooth includes an archwire slot having a base surface defining a base plane and a slide engagement track defining a translation plane. The translation plane is angled with respect to the base plane. A ligating slide is engaged with the slide engagement track of the bracket body and movable along the slide engagement track and parallel to the translation plane between an opened position, in which an archwire is insertable into the archwire slot, and a closed position, in which the archwire is retained within the archwire slot. The translation plane is angled with respect to the base plane so as to prevent the ligating slide from contacting the gingiva surrounding the tooth when the ligating slide is moved to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventor: Todd I. Oda
  • Patent number: 10736716
    Abstract: The present invention relates to orthodontic positioning appliances and related methods. An appliance in accordance with the present invention has teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to the patient's teeth. At least one of the cavities of the appliance includes a portion shaped to compensate for non-elastic deformation due to use of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Ali Kakavand
  • Patent number: 10729520
    Abstract: A dental protocol for creating an osteotomy for an implant is disclosed. A first drill is selected having a tip to create a pilot hole in the bone surface of a patient. The first drill includes a first boring section to create a bore hole for a second drill and a second boring section to create a coronal area on the hole near the bone surface. A first drill hole is created on the bone surface having a depth compatible with the length of the implant with the first drill and a coronal area. A second drill for creating a second hole having a width compatible with the body of the implant is selected. A second drill hole is created on the bone surface with the second drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Scalise, Andre J Castillo, Miguel G. Montero, Dan P. Rogers, Ross W Towse
  • Patent number: 10729622
    Abstract: A process for taking a dental impression and/or conducting a dental retraction. The process includes the steps of: (a) providing a composition (A) having the consistency (a1), composition (A) including curable components, and a catalyst suitable to initiate or catalyze the curing of the curable components, composition (A) being contained in a device, (b) applying a portion (I) of composition (A) with a consistency (a2) into the sulcus of a tooth, (c) applying a portion (II) of composition (A) with a consistency (a1) in contact with composition (A) applied in step (b), (d) removing portion (I) together with portion (II) of composition (A) from the surface of the tooth, consistency (a2) being higher than consistency (a1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andreas R. Maurer, Joachim W. Zech, Christoph Schulte, Peter U. Osswald, Rudolf Schmid, Hendrik Grupp, Marc Peuker, Helmut Pauser, Manfred Harre, Andreas J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 10695144
    Abstract: A set of three-dimensional markers enables accurate transfer of scanned dental information from an intra-oral scanner to a virtual articulator, for axis transposition in axiography and for accurate determination of individual values, such as Bennett and condylar guidance angles. The set of three-dimensional markers includes a first marker, which is aligned with a buccal face of an upper incisor, and a second marker, which is positioned outside buccal surfaces of the teeth. The first marker consists of three elements which fit together in a number of different combinations to form a single piece. For edentulous patients, a third marker and a spacer element are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Luís António Dos Santos Redinha
  • Patent number: 10695148
    Abstract: Described is a vibrating device for delivering energy to at least a portion of a dental appliance. The vibrating device may be inserted into a biting element or attached to a biting element to apply vibrations to the dental appliance to aid in aligning a user's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SMILE LAB, INC
    Inventors: Michael J. Florman, David Florman
  • Patent number: 10653399
    Abstract: Medical or dental instruments, preferably handpieces, can have different temperature-measuring devices for measuring the temperature in the instrument or of at least a part of the instrument. The temperature-measuring devices can be designed, for example, to measure the temperature contactlessly by detection of electromagnetic radiation or to measure the temperature of an interior of the instrument that can be heated by a heat source. The temperature-measuring devices may be designed, for example, as electrical temperature-measuring devices or may have a magnetic material whose magnetic property is a function of temperature and/or has a temperature-dependent course. The temperature-measuring device may have, for example, an electrical switching device and a signal device wherein the signal device is switched at least between a first signal condition and a second signal condition when a temperature limit value is reached or exceeded or is underrun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Pruckner, Karlheinz Eder, Johann Grosslhuber
  • Patent number: 10595973
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for scanning an edentulous patent who has a denture, where an impression material arranged at the gum-facing surfaces of the dentures is shaped by the patient's gums and both the teeth side and the gum-facing surface of the denture is scanned and the obtained digital 3D representations are used to determine the relative arrangement of the patient's edentulous jaws in a bite determined by the dentures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: 3Shape A/S
    Inventors: Rune Fisker, Birk Plönnigs
  • Patent number: 10548693
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drill for implant surgery drill for implant surgery. The drill includes a drill connecting part having a drill top portion formed at one side of the top portion thereof, a drill fixing groove formed on the lower portion of the drill top portion, and a drill connecting body formed on the lower portion of the drill fixing groove; and a drilling part disposed on the underside of the drill connecting part and having a cylindrical shape in such a manner as to be small in diameter toward the lower portion thereof and to have a space portion formed at the inside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Je-Won Wang
  • Patent number: 10548819
    Abstract: The invention features a composition which can or is to be used in a dental retraction, the composition comprising liquid a liquid and a layer type 1:1 silicate mineral and a layer type 2:1 silicate mineral in a ratio from about 50/50 to 5/95 wt.-% with respect to each other. The invention also relates to a container containing the dental retraction composition and to a kit comprising parts A and B, wherein part A comprises the dental retraction composition and part B comprises at least one accessory selected from the group of applier, dental impression material, retraction cap(s), a container for storing and dispensing the composition and combinations thereof. The invention further features a process of dispensing a dental retraction composition, the process comprising the steps: providing a dental retraction composition contained in a container, placing the container in an applier, and using the applier for dispensing the dental retraction composition out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andreas R. Maurer, Christoph Schulte, Rüdiger Hampe, Johannes M. Leykauff, Helmut Pauser
  • Patent number: 10548692
    Abstract: A dental abutment assembly that comprises a dental abutment having a tubular passage with an internal abutment thread at a lower end of the tubular passage, a dental implant fixture having an upper socket with an internal implant fixture thread, and a screw shaft having an upper external thread with an upper external helix twisted in a first direction and a lower external thread having a lower external helix twisted in a second direction, the upper external thread and the lower external thread are located at opposite ends of a connecting shaft. The first direction and the second direction are opposite to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: T.A.G. Medical Devices—Agriculture Cooperative Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Baruc
  • Patent number: 10543063
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis arrangement includes a lower part assigned to a jaw implant and an upper part assigned to a superstructure. The lower part engages in the upper part along a central axis. The lower part is supported against the upper part at several contact faces. The lower part and the upper part are connected releasably to each other via a securing device which provides a retaining force against axial withdrawal of the upper part from the lower part. A first radially inwardly directed structure is provided on the lower part and a second radially outwardly directed structure is provided on the upper part for receiving a holding element that provides the retaining force. A fastener passing through the upper part and connected to the lower part can alternatively fix the upper part to the lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: bredent GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Brehm
  • Patent number: 10517695
    Abstract: A computer based method is used to design a healing cap of an implant. The method is based on a 3D computer plan of the implant that includes digital representations of positions of implants in the mouth of the patient. The method comprises loading 3D implant plan into a computer and combining the 3D implant plan with information about a prosthetic setup. The method determines a marginal edge of a healing cap of an implant based on a 3D representation of the existing patient anatomy, the 3D implant plan and the prosthetic set-up. The healing cap is then manufactured to the custom design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Van Lierde, Tim Van Cleynenbreugel
  • Patent number: 10507078
    Abstract: The tool for treatment of interdental surfaces includes a strip (10) having an abrasive field (12) on at least one of its longitudinal sides (11). The field is situated at a distance (A) from the apical edge (11a) of the longitudinal side, the longitudinal side being blank between the apical edge and the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTENSIV SA
    Inventor: Heiko Goldbecher
  • Patent number: 10507084
    Abstract: A flexible dental prosthesis system including: a longitudinally elongated flexible screw having a first end suitable for being fitted by means of threading in a dental implant and a second open end that can be inwardly deformed having a threaded hole on its inside and a projecting flange on its outside; a transmucosal post with a through hole suitable for inserting the flexible screw; and an upper connection element having a hole at one of its ends suitable for being coupled on the second end of the flexible screw by means of an inner recess in said hole corresponding with the projecting flange on the outside of the second end of the flexible screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CLINICA DENTAL COSTA CODINA, S.L.
    Inventor: Xavier Costa Codina