Patents Examined by Mirayda Aponte
  • Patent number: 10383702
    Abstract: The angle piece head drives an instrument for operating on dental roots and includes a body having a generally cylindrical cavity and an instrument-holding core in the cavity. The core is shaped to receive and hold the instrument and moves axially and pivotally. The instrument-holding core includes a groove having an offset engaging therewith. The offset engages with one or the other of the two edges of the groove such that the rotation thereof transmits an alternating axial movement to the instrument while enabling same to rotate about the axis of the instrument. The groove includes two portions that extend on either side of a median area. For each portion, the height, namely the distance that separates the two edges, increases from the median area to each end of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Guy-Charles Levy
  • Patent number: 10383432
    Abstract: An interdental brush (1) with a handle (2) and a brush head (3), wherein the brush head (3) includes a wire element (4), which extends from the handle (2) to a free end (5) and to which bristles (7) are attached, which decrease in length towards the free end (5) of the wire element (4) in at least one section, and wherein a bristle-free section (8) is formed at the free end (5) of the wire element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SOLO-MED GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Petersen
  • Patent number: 10357339
    Abstract: Disclosed is a safety subantral membrane lifter including a bone-fixing unit including a bone-fixing arm mounted on the top of the bone-fixing unit, a bone-fixing unit body arranged at the lower end of the bone-fixing unit, and a bone-fixing unit support arranged at the lower end of the bone-fixing unit body. The bone-fixing unit includes a bone-fixing unit body; a bone-fixing arm arranged at one end of the bone-fixing unit body and which is inclined toward one end thereof, two side blades protruding outwardly from both sides of the bone-fixing unit body and formed in the vertical direction so as to be sharp, and a bone-fixing support arranged at the lower end of the bone-fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INNOBIOSURG
    Inventor: Je-Won Wang
  • Patent number: 10357334
    Abstract: A dental device (such as a dental matrix or teeth tray) for use in in securing to one or more teeth during a dental restoration procedure or another dental procedure. In the case of a dental matrix, the dental matrix can be manufactured (e.g., in a dentist's facility using a three-dimensional printer apparatus or the like) after the targeted tooth of the patient in the dentist's facility is prepared for a filling material. As such, in some circumstances, the dental matrix is not necessarily a prefabricated metal band that is intended to be used with any of a variety of differently sized and shaped teeth of any of a variety of different patients, but instead the dental matrix may optionally be promptly fabricated according to the specific anatomical shape and size of a particular tooth of a particular patient while that patient is waiting in the dental chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hegland LLC
    Inventor: Lindsay Hegland
  • Patent number: 10350029
    Abstract: A vibrator for attaching composite resin to a tooth includes a housing, a vibration motor accommodated in the housing and configured to generate vibration, a micro-computer configured to control an operation and a vibration frequency of the vibration motor, a vibration tip configured to couple with one side of the housing to be exposed to an outside of the housing and to transfer the vibration to the composite resin, a vibration bushing provided at one end of the vibration tip and accommodated in the housing, and a control switch provided on one side of the housing and configured to generate a vibration motor control signal in response to a user contacting or pushing the control switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: B&L BIOTECH, INC.
    Inventors: In Whan Lee, Dong Yoon Lee, Seung Ki Baek, Gil Hwan Sung, In Jeong Choi, Myun Hwan Ahn
  • Patent number: 10307226
    Abstract: The disclosure relates, in some embodiments, to a bone foundation guide configured to guide alteration of an alveolar ridge. A bone foundation guide may include a body with (a) a first end of a buccal wall and a first end of a lingual wall each connected to a first end of the body and (b) a second end of the buccal wall and a second end of the lingual wall each connected to a second end of the body such that the buccal wall is substantially parallel to the lingual wall and a space between the buccal wall and the lingual wall defines an open surgical space. A body may be configured to sit adjacent to a tissue spacing gasket having a thickness equivalent to a gum tissue that would normally cover the bone segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel R. Llop, Armand C. Jusuf
  • Patent number: 10299886
    Abstract: Various aspects are directed to dental extraction and dental extraction devices. As may be implemented in accordance with one or more embodiments herein, a dental extraction apparatus includes an engagement component that extracts teeth from patients' mouths by engaging with and applying a torque to a tooth. An input torque component translates received input torque to the engagement component. A torque controller operates with the input torque component and the engagement component to limit the applied torque, relative to input torque provided via the input torque component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Tallon Dental Products LLC
    Inventor: Richard Dale Tallon
  • Patent number: 10299895
    Abstract: A dental implant for supporting periodontal tissue and the supporting bone is provided. The dental implant includes an implant member for insertion into a periodontal bone socket, and an anchoring assembly. The anchoring assembly includes a fastening element and radially equidistant cylindrical members. The fastening element engages the implant member within the hollow axial cavity. The root section includes through-holes for radially and forcibly sliding the cylindrical members through them. When the fastening element apically advances within the hollow axial cavity, the cylindrical members generate an anchoring force to anchor the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Hankookin, LLC
    Inventors: James Jiwen Chun, Angela Soyoung Chun, Andrew Youngho Chun, Jennifer Miseong Chun
  • Patent number: 10278789
    Abstract: A bone foundation guide system has a bone foundation guide including a body that is contoured to reversibly affix to a bone segment of a dental implant surgical site. The body is further contoured to guide the cutting of a portion of the bone segment from a dental implant surgical site and alternatively support a dental implant surgical guide. The body is further contoured to support a bone foundation guide prosthesis as an alternative to the dental implant surgical guide. The bone foundation guide prosthesis combines with the body to accommodate the bone segment portion as placed through the body prior to the bone segment portion being removed from the dental implant site through the use of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel R. Llop, Armand C. Jusuf, Ryan A. Spanke
  • Patent number: 10278904
    Abstract: The present invention relates to calcium carbonate particles, a powder mixture including such particles and a tooth cleaning method wherein the particles or powder mixture are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Louis Tsu
  • Patent number: 10136977
    Abstract: A device for testing a heat sensitivity in teeth, a heated cushion for a dental device for testing a heat sensitivity, and a method for testing a tooth for a heat sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas L. Jones
  • Patent number: 10085820
    Abstract: A dental dam apparatus is provided for use with an associated dental molding system including an impression tray and a pour dam. The dental dam includes a substantially planar body member, and an attachment portion on the front edge of the body member. The body member defines a generally “U” shaped front edge and a generally straight rear edge extending between ends of the “U” shaped front edge. The attachment portion is configured to selectively engage a generally “U” shaped inner surface of the impression tray and to attach the body member with the tray. In that way, dental molding material poured into the dental molding system with the pour dam surrounding the impression tray and with the body member attached with the impression tray is blocked by the body member from entering into a portion of an area defined by the “U” shaped inner surface of the impression tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Carl E Cook
  • Patent number: 10064706
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance has a post attached to a first upper tooth, and a button with a recess attached to a second upper tooth. An elongated arm has an eye at one end through which the post is inserted to allow the elongated arm to rotate about the post, and a tip at the other end for removable insertion into the recess of the button. The length of the elongated arm is selectable to maintain a desired spacing between the first and second upper teeth (e.g., by cutting the tip of the elongated arm). An elastic extends from either the post or button to an attachment point on the patient's lower dental arch to exert a force between the patient's maxilla and mandible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Todd Evan Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10064700
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a dental surgical guide. The method includes the steps of producing a dental cast dental cast from an edentulous patient jaw; drilling the dental cast model for inserting a radiopaque rod therein; molding a base plate thereon to produce a radiopaque marker appliance; scanning the resulting appliance in a patient's mouth using computed tomography; calculating angles from the computed tomography for adjusting protractors of a dental model laser aligner; and molding a base-plate that incorporates a telescopic drilling tube that results into the dental surgical guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Zvi Fudim
  • Patent number: 10058412
    Abstract: An implant includes first thermoplastic material portions, and second thermoplastic material portions liquefiable by mechanical vibrations and being in contact with the first thermoplastic material portions, wherein the second thermoplastic material portions preferably constitute at least a part of a surface of the implant, and wherein the first thermoplastic material portions have a glass transition temperature above an implantation temperature (about 20° C. to 40° C.), and wherein the second thermoplastic material portions either have a glass transition temperature below the implantation temperature or are able to transform non-mechanical energy into heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Jörg Mayer, Andrea Muller, Peter Brunner
  • Patent number: 10039617
    Abstract: A low cost disposable peel-and-stick vibrating orthodontic strip can be attached to existing orthodontic devices such as aligners, thus speeding dental remodeling by as much as 50%. A low cost orthodontic appliance generally in the form of a peel-and-stick vibrating strip that can be advantageously applied to existing orthodontic devices, such as aligners, positioners, fixed appliances, or even applied directly to teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Lowe, Lawrence W. Swol
  • Patent number: 10028805
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing an orthodontic retainer with which there are no aesthetic concerns and smooth pronunciation during conversation is possible, and which is able to secure favorable fitting and can be worn for long periods. The retainer is configured so that, by being fitted so as to surround the entire dental arch (T) of the maxilla (A) or the mandible and by the inner surface being fitted, on the front and back surfaces of the entire dental arch (T), with a specified vertical width (H) that encompasses the cervical sections (T1, T2) of said teeth, a retaining force is applied on a portion of the crown (T3) of each tooth from the front and back surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Tadateru Tairaku
  • Patent number: 10028811
    Abstract: The system includes a reservoir for fluid; a droplet generator for creating a stream of fluid droplets from the fluid wherein the velocity of the stream of droplets is within a range of 20 meters per second to 200 meters per second and the size of the droplets is within a range of 5 microns to 200 microns. A nozzle or nozzles direct the stream of droplets to safely clean a selected tooth or teeth surface area. The specific momentum of effective fluid droplets within the stream of fluid droplets is important in safe and effective cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Bart Gottenbos, Jozef Johannes Maria Janssen, Marinus Karel Johannes Jager, Adriaan Willem Cense, Paulus Corenlis Duineveld, Jon W. Hayenga, William E. Bryant, Martijn Jeroen Dekker
  • Patent number: 10016264
    Abstract: A teeth whitening device includes a generator configured to generate a teeth whitening fluid that whitens teeth and humidified gas, a mouthpiece configured to supply the teeth whitening fluid and the humidified gas, and a coupling part that couples the generator and the mouthpiece with each other. The mouthpiece includes a first supply port through which the teeth whitening fluid is supplied, and a second supply port through which the humidified gas is supplied, the second supply port being separated from the first supply port. The mouthpiece further includes a first supply passage configured to guide the teeth whitening fluid to the first supply port, and a second supply passage configured to guide the humidified gas to the second supply port, the second supply passage being separated from the first supply passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Risa Otsuka, Masayoshi Nagayama
  • Patent number: 10010351
    Abstract: An implant to be fastened to a tissue, a tool a kit and a method. The implant has a first end, a second end and an elongated shank made in part from a first polymer material. The implant includes a contact surface for receiving external mechanical energy for deforming the shape of the implant such that the shape of the implant can be deformed and locked in the tissue by the effect of the external mechanical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Inion Oy
    Inventors: Pertti Helevirta, Harri Happonen, Timo Pohjonen, Arvi Kruusing