Patents Examined by Ralph A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 11185391
    Abstract: A mixer assembly with a static mixing element arranged within a mixing channel. The mixer assembly has an inlet end, for receiving components of a substance and a dispensing end for dispensing a mixture from the components. The inlet end comprises for each component an inlet and an associated non-return valve. Each of the inlets is connectable for fluid communication with the mixing channel via the associated non-return valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Andreas J. Boehm
  • Patent number: 11154375
    Abstract: A medical robotic work station includes a frame and a robotic manipulator mounted on the frame for performing a treatment procedure on a patient seated in a chair adjacent the frame. The patient is in a seating posture and support locations are provided on the frame for resting bony members of the patient. Sensors track movement and position of the body members of the patient during performance of the treatment procedure by the robotic manipulator. The robotic manipulator is adapted to perform at least one of a medical, a dental, an ophthalmic and an orthopedic treatment procedure. A physician sits at a display monitor of a physician's work station for programming, monitoring and verifying a robot program for controlling the robotic manipulator to perform the treatment procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: BRACHIUM, INC.
    Inventors: Hadi Abu-Akeel, George F. Wong, Jonathan W. H. Wu
  • Patent number: 11147653
    Abstract: A self-ligating orthodontic bracket has a bonding base adapted for attachment to the crown of a tooth. A body member is attached to the front surface of the base and extends forwardly to a front face. The base defines a torque angle with respect to the front face of the body. Gingival and occlusal projections extend forwardly from the body member. The projections have archwire slot surfaces which, together with a portion of the body member's front face, define an archwire slot. First and second channels defined in the projections are coplanar and are disposed at an angle to the front face of the body member that is substantially equal to the torque angle. A door is disposed in one of the first and second channels. The door is movable between an open position and a closed position to selectably provide or prevent access to and from the archwire slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TP ORTHODONTICS INC.
    Inventors: Andrew C. Kesling, Ricardo Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11141253
    Abstract: An oral care implement for dispensing an oral care agent includes a housing, reservoir therein containing an oral care fluid, and an electrical circuit comprising first and second electrodes connected to an onboard power source. Each electrode is in contact with the oral care fluid in the housing. An actuator, operably coupled to the power source, is configured to both selectively energize the circuit and activate dispensing of the oral care fluid. An electrical charge is applied to the oral care fluid by activating the actuator when dispensing the oral care fluid. When the fluid comprises a peroxide based tooth whitening agent, the dispensed fluid pH is increased by the electrical charge which improves the efficacy of the whitener. In one embodiment, the implement is a modular system including a powered base unit and one or more interchangeable cartridges each having a reservoir containing an oral care fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Erin Speicher, Leighton Davies-Smith
  • Patent number: 11141250
    Abstract: A suction tool for connection to a dental suction system can include an elongate body, a tip portion, and a screen mechanism positioned within the elongate body. The tip portion can extend over at least a portion of the elongate body. The tip portion can include an upper portion and a lower portion integrally formed with the upper portion and at least partially spaced apart from the upper portion by a recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SafeVac, LLC
    Inventor: Jessy Sidhu
  • Patent number: 11141241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for applying localized vibration directly to particular teeth with the upper and lower jaws. A headgear using an inner bow comprising at least two arms that inserts into the upper first molars and an elastic-type headgear strap attaches to the back of the neck and to the outside, or outer bow also having at least two arms. The inner bow and outer bow are coupled together generally in the center (or alternatively with at least one lateral extension that is off-centered) by an external extension. The external extension may further have a protrusion, that inserts into a corresponding orifice within a vibrating orthodontic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: John-Dean Voudouris, John Voudouris
  • Patent number: 11135035
    Abstract: A dental hand piece has: a hand piece head provided at the front end section thereof; and a connection section provided at the rear end section thereof, and the dental hand piece is used by connecting the connection section to a dental unit. The dental hand piece is provided with: a plurality of metallic pipes for providing communication between the hand piece head and the connection section; and an elastic resin member mounted so as to cover a portion extending at least from the rear end section of the hand piece head to the front end section of the connection section. The outer peripheries of the metallic pipes are embedded within the elastic resin member so as to be in close contact with the inside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: THE YOSHIDA DENTAL MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Kumachi, Mari Ito
  • Patent number: 11123161
    Abstract: A dental implant system can include an upper implant body coupled to a lower body with a cavity between the upper and lower implant bodies. The system can further include an anchor at least partially disposed within the cavity. The system can also include an abutment that couples to the anchor and serves as a mounting area for a crown. The anchor can be rotatable and swivelable, allowing the lower implant body to be implanted at an angle in bone while permitting the crown to be positioned in a natural tooth orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: JBSG MANAGEMENT LLC
    Inventors: Jim Mcbride, Gonzalo Covarrubias, Souhail Toubia, Bradford Staph
  • Patent number: 11116617
    Abstract: An oral care implement for dispensing an oral care agent includes a housing, reservoir therein containing an oral care fluid, and an electrical circuit comprising first and second electrodes connected to an onboard power source. Each electrode is in contact with the oral care fluid in the housing. An actuator, operably coupled to the power source, is configured to both selectively energize the circuit and activate dispensing of the oral care fluid. An electrical charge is applied to the oral care fluid by activating the actuator when dispensing the oral care fluid. When the fluid comprises a peroxide based tooth whitening agent, the dispensed fluid pH is increased by the electrical charge which improves the efficacy of the whitener. In one embodiment, the implement is a modular system including a powered base unit and one or more interchangeable cartridges each having a reservoir containing an oral care fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Erin Speicher, Leighton Davies-Smith
  • Patent number: 11096763
    Abstract: Orthodontic and/or dental treatment planning methods and apparatuses. In particular, described herein are methods of generating a plurality of potential treatment plan variations for the concurrent and interactive review of the treatment plan variations. Each variation may be optimized to best address the user's treatment goals, as well as approximating as closely as possible an ideal or target final position. Also described herein are orthodontic and/or dental treatment planning methods and apparatuses that allow a user to form, modify, and select a treatment plan from a plurality of different treatment plans, in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Akopov, Anton Lapshin, Samuel Blanco, Artem Kuanbekov, Eric P. Meyer, Andrey Maximov, Boris Likhtman, Michael Flanagan, Jason Ramos, Mitra Derakhshan, Roman A. Roschin, Rene M. Sterental, Adi Levin, Evgeniy Morozov, Alexander Belous, Olga Matusevich, Alexander Kulinich, Mikhail Nyukhtikov, Maria Shirshova, Olga Likhacheva, Irina Ivanova, Nikolay Yakovlev, Vladimir Grenaderov, Svetlana Makarenkova, Aleksandr Zhulin
  • Patent number: 11090139
    Abstract: A dental tool for resurfacing thread forms of a dental implant is disclosed. The tool includes a main body having a cylindrical member with a slot. A blade having a head is inserted in the slot to orient the head to protrude from the interior surface of the cylindrical member of the main body. The main body may be rotated into traversing a thread form of the implant. A compression sleeve is inserted over the main body. The compression sleeve has an open position and a closed position to hold the blade in the slot. The compression sleeve may be flexed by relative movement of the blades to resurface threads of a tapered dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher R. Goodman, Alan Mark Meltzer
  • Patent number: 11090135
    Abstract: A light transmitting probe for use in endodontic procedures comprises a light transmitting core and a metallic sheath surrounding said core. The metallic sheath defines a reflective inner surface. The probe further includes a plurality of apertures formed in the sheath, such that light can exit said probe through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SYACT, LLP
    Inventors: George Bruder, Sergio Kuttler, Anil Kishen
  • Patent number: 11089857
    Abstract: Described herein are methods for applying a color-altering material to the roots of the hair which reduce the amount of time needed between color applications. The color-altering material is applied horizontally with respect to the hair, and the natural color of the hair is left intact between the color-altering sessions. The methods of this disclosure incorporate the root growth into the overall color pattern of the hair, allowing a user to wait for a longer period of time in between color applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Lisa Anderson-Bisson
  • Patent number: 11083547
    Abstract: A self-ligating orthodontic bracket system comprising a bracket body, an archwire, a slot receivable for an archwire, either a passive or interactive clip, and a channel capable of receiving the clip. The clip comprises two arms having a combined total width that is greater than the width of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Alexandre Gallo Lopes
  • Patent number: 11083542
    Abstract: A magnetic tooth alignment device includes a first magnetizable element configured to be adhered to a tooth. The magnetizable element may be a magnet, a metal, or another magnetizable material. An aligner tray is configured to partially encase a plurality of teeth and the first magnetizable element. A secondary magnet holder is configured to partially encase the aligner tray. The secondary magnet holder includes a secondary magnet configured to magnetically interact with the first magnetizable element when the secondary magnet holder is partially encasing the aligner tray. An inner wall of the aligner tray includes a cavity and the inner wall is configured to stop movement of the tooth when the first magnetizable element enters the cavity and contacts the inner wall of the aligner tray. The aligner tray in implementations couples with the plurality of teeth using only a friction fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Christian Hoybjerg
  • Patent number: 11076934
    Abstract: A handling device for a dental tool having a) a body having an elongated shape configured to receive a prying load from an operator; and b) one or more receptacles through the body configured to retain at least a portion of a dental tool and allow an engagement portion of the dental tool to project therefrom substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the body; wherein the engagement portion is adapted to contact a portion of a dental covering along only one of a facial side or a lingual side of the dental covering and by being wedged between a gum-line and the dental covering; and wherein the one or more receptacles are configured to transfer the prying load from the body to the engagement portion of the dental tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Sami Maassarani
  • Patent number: 11058516
    Abstract: An orthodontic palatal expander may include a first shell configured to receive at least one tooth of a first posterior segment of a dental arch of a patient; a second shell configured to receive at least one tooth of a second posterior segment of the dental arch; and a split beam connected between the first shell and the second shell. The split beam may include a first beam comprising a relatively high modulus material, a second beam comprising the high modulus material, and a region between the first beam and the second beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard E. Raby, Chaodi Li, Fay T. Salmon
  • Patent number: 11058518
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the present technology includes a positioning member configured to position an orthodontic appliance during installation in the patient's mouth. The positioning member may comprise a first portion configured to be coupled to the patient's teeth and a second portion extending away from the first portion. The second portion may be configured to be detachably coupled to the orthodontic appliance. While the positioning member is coupled to the orthodontic appliance, the positioning member is configured to be positioned in the patient's mouth and coupled to the patient's teeth, thereby positioning the orthodontic appliance at a desired location adjacent a patient's oral anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Brius Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Seyed Mehdi Roein Peikar, James Sylvester Wratten, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11051908
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a patient anxiety management system for managing patient anxiety during a dental procedure. In one example, a patient anxiety management system is presented. The patient anxiety management system includes a control module that a patient can use to disactivate a medical device used by a dental professional by way of a trigger mechanism. Upon deactivating the medical device, a recording device, in communication with the control module, plays a recorded message to the patient during a programmable timeframe. Once the patient is calm, the system resets the medical device to an initial operation state by reconnecting but not reactivating the medical device so that the dental professional may resume the procedure when it is safe to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: David Newsham
  • Patent number: 11045283
    Abstract: A series of a palatal expanders increasing width can be used to gradually expand a patient's palate. Each palatal expander may have a palatal region flanked by teeth regions. The palatal region can have a plurality of anchor-receiving features (e.g., anchor interfaces) that allow the palatal expander to be attached to temporary anchorage device anchors that have been implanted into the patient's maxilla.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Riley, Eric Kuo, Chunhua Li