Patents Examined by Mirayda Aponte
  • Patent number: 9517114
    Abstract: A fixed, detachable dental attachment device comprising a cap for securing a dental appliance, a ring, and an abutment to attachment to a tooth root or implant. Also described herein are methods of securing a dental appliance in a subject's mouth by means of the dental attachment device. Further described herein is a dental attachment device for immediate load on a provisional denture and then incorporated into the final restoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Scott Mullaly
  • Patent number: 9510917
    Abstract: A medical or dental handpiece has a grip 3. The grip 3 includes first to third rotation shafts 101, 201, and 301. The first and second shafts are connected through a first gear mechanism 1000 and the second and third shafts are connected through a second gear mechanism 2000 so that a rotation is transmitted from the first shaft through the first gear mechanism to the second shaft and then from the second shaft through the second gear mechanism to the third shaft. The first or second gear mechanism has an internal gear secured on shaft and an external gear secured on the other shaft, the internal and the external gears being engaged with each other. The external gear is substantially enclosed within a cylindrical plane 1001, 2001 extending along a peripheral edge of the internal gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: J. MORITA MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tanaka, Shozo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9504545
    Abstract: A dental contact adjustment tool. The novel dental tool includes a handle and a support structure for coupling a marking apparatus to the handle such that the marking apparatus is at an angle appropriate for delivering a marking medium to an interproximal area of a tooth. In an illustrative embodiment, the support structure includes an angled shaft having a first end coupled to the handle and a second end coupled to a retaining mechanism for holding the marking apparatus at a substantially right angle to the shaft. The marking medium is a transferable medium that will transfer from a tooth to an artificial crown upon contact. In the illustrative embodiment, the marking medium is graphite, and the marking apparatus includes a solid piece of graphite held by a retaining body adapted to interface with the retaining mechanism of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Neil Stewart McLeod
  • Patent number: 9480540
    Abstract: Dental assemblies and related methods of making are provided. The dental assemblies include a dental article with a bonding surface an adhesive having both a compressible material and at least one hardenable dental composition extending across the bonding surface. The compressible material is coupled to the dental article by a first quantity of hardened dental composition extending at least partially through the compressible material and contacting the bonding surface. The hardened dental composition extends over less than the entire bonding surface. Adjacent portions of the compressible material contain a second quantity of unhardened dental composition, preserving flexibility of the compressible material. Advantageously, this configuration was found to enhance bond reliability and facilitate manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., Ma Thazin Aung, Lee C. Yick, James D. Cleary
  • Patent number: 9468506
    Abstract: The present application relates to a fitting for insertion into a dental implant in an insertion orientation defining a central insertion axis (X) and an insertion direction (D) of the fitting. The fitting includes at least one resilient spring member being expandable perpendicularly to the insertion axis (X) of the fitting for impeding a movement of the fitting relative to the dental implant along the insertion axis (X) when inserted into the dental implant. It further includes an alignment feature for rotationally aligning the fitting relative to the dental implant about the insertion axis (X). The alignment feature can extend further in the insertion direction (D) than the spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Nobel Biocare Services AG
    Inventor: Philipp Brun
  • Patent number: 9457125
    Abstract: A medical implant is for insertion into a bone. The medical implant may include a zone having a polymer material configured to transition from a solid condition to a softened condition when exposed to electromagnetic radiation, and be flowable into interspaces of the bone in the softened condition. The medical implant may include a light-conducting portion configured to conduct the electromagnetic radiation from a radiation source to the zone when the medical implant is inserted into the bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Wolf-Friedrich Baehre, Kurt Ruffieux
  • Patent number: 9439608
    Abstract: A method for deriving shape information of a person's skull and dentition, including the steps of: taking an impression of the person's dentition, taking a first scan of the person's head, while the person is wearing the impression, taking a second scan of the impression alone, combining the scans, deriving the shape information from the combined scans. Advantageously the method further includes the step of taking a third scan of the person's head alone without the impression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MEDICIM NV
    Inventors: Filip Schutyser, Pieter De Groeve, Tinne Van Delm, Wouter Mollemans, Kevin Suestens, Gwen Swennen, Nasser Nadjmi
  • Patent number: 9433480
    Abstract: A modular dental implant including a body portion, a sleeve, and an end cap. The sleeve may be formed of porous material, such as a porous metal material to promote bone ingrowth. The sleeve is positionable around a core of the body portion and the end cap is attached to the core of the body portion such that the sleeve is positioned between the head of the body portion and the end cap. The sleeve includes one or more anti-rotation features formed in the upper surface and/or lower surface of the sleeve configured to interact with one or more anti-rotation features formed in the lower surface of the head of the body portion and/or the upper surface of the end cap which prevent rotation of the sleeve relative to the core of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Zimmer Dental, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Pelote
  • Patent number: 9433482
    Abstract: A human body implant structure includes: a support anchor which is embedded into a bone body; a support base which is placed on and fixed to an upper portion of the support anchor; and a lost-part compensation part which is mounted on an upper portion of the support base, wherein the support anchor and the support base are configured to be detachably fitted to each other by way of the taper fitting structure where the support anchor and the support base are brought into close contact with each other, and a stepped portion which is formed of an upper surface of the support anchor is formed on a boundary between a female threaded hole which is vertically formed in the support base and a vertical hole formed in the upper surface of the support anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Arthro Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsunehisa Shimoda
  • Patent number: 9427290
    Abstract: A dispensing device for a dental substance is provided which has an outlet for the dental substance, and a valve for opening and closing the outlet. The device is switchable between a storage mode and an operative mode. In the storage mode a cannula is locked in the device and the valve opens the outlet, and in the storage mode the cannula can be released from the device and the valve closes the outlet. The device may facilitate handling and may be relatively inexpensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andreas Johannes Boehm, Marc Peuker, Alexander Walter, Peter Müller
  • Patent number: 9402696
    Abstract: A pin connector for attaching an orthodontic force module to an orthodontic appliance is configured to preferentially bend in a middle segment along an elongate pin body of the pin connector. The pin connector includes an elongate pin body and an extension rod extending laterally from an end of the pin body for interconnecting the pin body and an orthodontic force module. The elongate pin body includes first, second and third segments, with the second segment having reduced cross-sectional diameter relative to the first and third segments so that pin body preferentially bends in the second segment rather than the first and third segments when attaching the orthodontic force module to the orthodontic appliance. This provides a preselected amount of distance or play between the orthodontic force module and the orthodontic appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Colby M. Radmall, Robert A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9398939
    Abstract: An artificial tooth system, including a denture-engaging body portion, a first recess formed in the denture-engaging body portion, and a pivot base positioned within the first recess and operationally connected to the denture-engaging body portion. A generally spherical ball connector extends from the pivot base. A pivot platform is pivotably connected to the generally spherical ball portion and a resilient ring is positioned around the generally spherical ball connector and situated between the pivot base and the pivot platform. A membrane is sealingly connected around the pivot base and the pivot platform. The tooth also includes a crown portion with a second recess formed in the crown portion, wherein the pivot platform is positioned within the second recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon Ray Morehead
  • Patent number: 9393060
    Abstract: A biodegradable medical device including at least one biodegradable material and having an initial shape and at least one evolved shape. The evolved shape is different from the initial shape. The initial shape is adapted to change towards the evolved shape due to an external stimulus. The medical device has a tension loaded to a predetermined tension level. The medical device is adapted to restore the tension to the predetermined tension level for at least 2 weeks in physiological conditions, or conditions simulating the physiological conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bioretec Oy
    Inventors: Kaarlo Paakinaho, Harri Heino, Pertti Tormala, Timo Allinniemi
  • Patent number: 9393085
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance includes a first connector member, selected from one of a connector element and an element receiver, and a second connector member, selected from the other of the connector element and the element receiver, is coupled to a patient. The connector element and element receiver cooperate to secure and release the orthodontic appliance to and from the patient. The connector receiver includes a housing and a clip, wherein the housing receives the connector element and the clip is movable along an axis between a release and blocked positions, but is biased toward the blocked position. The connector element is capable of being inserted into and removed from the housing when the clip is in the release position, and the connector element is captured within the housing when the clip is in the blocked position. A method for coupling an orthodontic appliance to a patient is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventor: Jason A. Mohr
  • Patent number: 9387055
    Abstract: A set of orthodontic appliances is releasably connected to wall portions of a bonding tray that is used in an indirect bonding procedure. A quantity of dental sealant is applied to wall portions of the tray, and is subsequently transferred to enamel surfaces of the patient s teeth when the bonding tray is placed in position over one of the patient s dental arches. The dental sealant tends to reduce the formation of plaque in regions of the patient s tooth surfaces adjacent the orthodontic appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., James K. Mah
  • Patent number: 9375300
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes computing device related, systems, and methods for identifying force placed on a tooth are described herein. One method includes receiving initial orthodontic data (IOD) including teeth data; creating a virtual set of teeth from the IOD; receiving dental appliance information including at least one of dental appliance material properties and characteristics; virtually placing a dental appliance, formed from the dental appliance information, onto the virtual set of teeth; and determining one or more forces applied to the teeth based on information from the IOD and dental appliance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vadim Matov, Igor Faradjev, Bastien Pesenti, Sergey Geyn, Konstantin Tenzin
  • Patent number: 9375299
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for performing dental hygiene having a motorized cleaning device which includes a water intake component and an oppositely positioned water exit component; a power component operatively connected to the motorized cleaning device; a floss component attached to the water exit component; a reservoir component operatively connected to the motorized cleaning device; and an aqueduct component attached to the reservoir component, wherein the aqueduct component traverses the motorized cleaning device, wherein the aqueduct component is positioned to direct pressurized water onto the floss component, and wherein the aqueduct component includes a first end attached to the reservoir component; and a second end that contacts the water intake component of the motorized cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Seemie N. Syed
  • Patent number: 9364305
    Abstract: An animal dental cleaning device for cleaning the teeth of a domesticated or non-domesticated animal while the animal is participating in a pulling game with another animal or person, such as tug-of-war, is provided. Methods for cleaning teeth of animals using an animal dental cleaning device while the animal is participating in a pulling game with another animal or person are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Ky S Lynch
  • Patent number: 9358080
    Abstract: A dental separator ring includes an elastic body having a first end and an opposed second end spaced from the first end. The body has three axes defined by a front to rear reference line of the body, a side to side reference line of the body, and a top to bottom reference line of the body. A first surface engager is connected to the first end of the body by a first connector, and a second surface engager is connected to the second end of the body by a second connector. The first connector allows motion of the first surface engager in all three axes, and the second connector allows motion of the second surface engager in all three axes. A third surface engager and a fourth surface engager that allow motion in all three axes may also be included in the separator ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: David J. Clark
  • Patent number: 9345558
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket for coupling an archwire with a tooth includes a bracket body configured to be mounted to the tooth and a clip. A clip slot extends through the bracket body transversely to the archwire slot. Upon deflection of the clip, it contacts the bracket body at locations that were not in contact before the deflection. The clip may also have various forms and include various structures that cooperate with the body when the clip is deflected to restrict or stop the deflection. The orthodontic bracket may include a securing mechanism that is configured to secure the resilient ligating clip in the closed position. A method of manufacturing a shaped unsintered body for use in manufacturing an orthodontic bracket is provided. A portion of the sinterable particles may be removed using a stream of energy to yield a plurality of posts which are then deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Todd I. Oda, Andres Rodriguez