Patents Examined by Ralph Lewis
  • Patent number: 11000346
    Abstract: A bone foundation guide system and method, the system could includes a bone foundation guide including a body forming an open surgical space, the body further having a bottom contoured to reversibly affix to exposed bone of a dental surgical site and a top contoured to match a bottom side of a dental implant surgical guide; at least one anchoring strut that removably attaches to the body with an apex of the anchoring strut further denoting one or more indentations for matching up with and receiving one or more portions of one alveolar ridge that opposes another alveolar ridge supporting the dental surgical site; alternatively to the anchoring struts and a tissue spacing gasket, the dental implant surgical guide that removably connects to the body; and alternatively to the anchoring struts or the dental implant surgical guide, the tissue spacing gasket that removably connects to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL DENTEX, LLC
    Inventors: Armand C. Jusuf, Daniel R. Llop
  • Patent number: 10993781
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to an orthodontic appliance removal device that includes a shaft defining a longitudinal dimension. The shaft includes a shaft proximate end and a shaft distal end, and a lateral portion proximate to the shaft distal end extending transversely away from the shaft in a direction generally orthogonal to the longitudinal dimension. The lateral portion includes a lateral portion proximate end that is adjacent to the shaft distal end, and a lateral portion distal end configured to contact an orthodontic appliance. A handle section is also coupled to the shaft adjacent to the shaft proximate end. In another embodiment, the orthodontic appliance removal device is a multi-tool device which further comprises a seating device for seating an orthodontic appliance and/or a toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: John W. Cain, Jennifer K. Tully
  • Patent number: 10993785
    Abstract: Systems and methods of repositioning teeth, using one or more appliances for installing on a patient's teeth are described. The appliance includes an arch shaped member; a plurality of spring members coupled to or provided on the arch shaped member; and a plurality of securing members for securing to a corresponding plurality of the patient's teeth on a one-to-one basis, the securing members being supported by the arch shaped member. The arch shaped member and the plurality of springs, together, comprise a two dimensional structure having a length dimension and a width dimension with varying widths along the length dimension, that is bent into a three dimensional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Brius Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Seyed Mehdi Roein Peikar, James Sylvester Wratten, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10987200
    Abstract: A dental restoration cementing device for cementing a dental restoration is disclosed having a closable axial passage to a base having a hollow interior which is open into an occlusal direction. The device includes a preferably elastic body portion dimensioned to tightly fit into the hollow interior of the base via the passage of the dental restoration. The device further includes a hollow cementing portion extending from the body portion. The cementing portion has a lateral opening which is located outside the base when the body portion is fitted into the hollow interior of the base such that a pathway is formed from the interior of the cementing portion through the lateral opening into a gap between the dental restoration and the base. The dental restoration cementing device allows for precisely, quickly and cost efficiently cementing the dental restoration to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: VALOC AG
    Inventors: Titus Fischler, Felix Fischler
  • Patent number: 10987197
    Abstract: The invention relates to an odontological biomaterial called “ANCLA Post”. The post is used as a reconstruction means in anterior and posterior teeth, the cylindrical, conical design of the extension and anchor-shaped design of the apical end allowing forces to be adequately distributed to prevent the fracturing of the tooth and to keep same repairable and usable for a long time. The post is characterized in that it is made of fiberglass, resin or polymer, and is white and radiopaque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSIDAD IBEROAMERICANA, UNIBE
    Inventors: Leandro Edgardo Feliz Matos, Elvin Alberto Mancebo Pacheco, Dulce Concepcion Pereyra Guerrero
  • Patent number: 10980614
    Abstract: Systems and methods of repositioning teeth, using one or more appliances for installing on a patient's teeth are described. The appliance includes an arch shaped member; a plurality of spring members coupled to or provided on the arch shaped member; and a plurality of securing members for securing to a corresponding plurality of the patient's teeth on a one-to-one basis, the securing members being supported by the arch shaped member. The arch shaped member and the plurality of springs, together, comprise a two dimensional structure having a length dimension and a width dimension with varying widths along the length dimension, that is bent into a three dimensional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brius Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Seyed Mehdi Roein Peikar, James Sylvester Wratten, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10966808
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light-curing device, comprising a plurality of individual LED chips, each associated to a reflector, which LED chips are in particular each separately controllable and are arranged about a common central axis, in particular in each case at the same distance, and comprising reflection elements of the reflectors which adjoin one another, wherein the distance of the reflectors from one another is in each case substantially less, in particular less than a fifth, of the reflectors' diameter. The reflection elements (14, 16, 18, 20) are arranged like a clover leaf and are part of a common reflector body (10) which separates the reflection elements (14-20) from one another by means of dividing walls (30, 32, 34, 36), and the reflector body (10) has externally on the reflection elements (14-20) reinforcing walls (40) which—in relation to each cone (14, 16, 18, 20)—lie opposite the central axis (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Bruno Senn, Markus Pauler
  • Patent number: 10966804
    Abstract: A connecting element, a base unit and a cleaning head for use in an oral care appliance are disclosed. The connecting element is configured to engage operatively with the cleaning head and the base unit to form a first connection and a second connection respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Willo 32 SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Raphaël Ouin, Alexandre Georges Gabriel Laurent
  • Patent number: 10959808
    Abstract: The invention provides a unitary cordless dental drive apparatus in a first embodiment having a handpiece with a cantilever arm 18 extending outward and positioned to allow a dental nose cone 26 to be connected. An activating switch 20 is located at the free end of the cantilever arm 18 in a position that is convenient for manipulation by a user. In a second embodiment, a contactor 22 is mounted below the cantilever arm 18? to contact the nose cone 26? when pressed. In a third embodiment, a standard dental office foot pedal 90 is connected to a wireless transmitter 80 for sending a signal to a receiver 92 located within the handpiece 70 for activating the handpiece 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Feldman, Zachary D. Blume
  • Patent number: 10959811
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing a dental appliance can include a body having a perimeter and a pry lip extending from the perimeter of the body. The pry lip includes a terminal ridge surface and an inclined surface disposed between the terminal ridge surface and the perimeter of the body. The apparatus for removing a dental appliance can be incorporated in a dental system which includes a dental appliance and the apparatus for removing a dental appliance. The apparatus for removing a dental appliance can be configured such that it fits within an area defined by an outer edge of the dental appliance. Thus, the dental appliance and the apparatus for removing the dental appliance can be stored within a dental appliance container with an internal cavity that closely conforms to the shape and size of the dental appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Sharon M. E. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10952825
    Abstract: A dental implant structure includes a fixture fixed to an alveolar bone, an abutment coupled to the fixture and configured to attach an artificial tooth thereto, and a coupling element configured to couple the fixture and the abutment to each other. In the dental implant structure, the fixture includes a lower fixture portion fixed to the alveolar bone and an upper fixture portion coupled to the abutment, a first thread is formed on a part or all of a surface of the lower fixture portion so as to be fixed to the alveolar bone, the lower fixture portion has a shape extending along a rotation axis of the first thread, a second thread is formed on a part or all of a surface of the upper fixture portion, and the upper fixture portion has a shape extending along a rotation axis of the second thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Taewon Tech. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Woong Park
  • Patent number: 10952824
    Abstract: A patient-specific dental implant abutment may comprise an abutment base that attaches to a dental implant, the abutment base comprising a base top, a base bottom, and a base side, the base side continuously connecting the base top and base bottom together, the abutment base constructed to removably attach to a dental implant. The device may further comprise a set of abutment caps, each abutment cap comprising a cap top connected to the cap bottom, the cap bottom removably attaching to the top of an abutment base in a manner that the cap top does not contact an emergent sulcus, wherein each abutment cap has a different cap top that is constructed to handle at least one function relating to a phase of a dental implant surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL DENTEX, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R. Llop
  • Patent number: 10945819
    Abstract: A pluggable implant is disclosed that is comprising an implant body extending between a distal end and an apical end, and comprising a cavity extending from the distal end towards the apical end, the cavity capable of accommodating a plug insertable from the distal end towards the apical end, such that when the plug is fully inserted and located in its apically-most position, the plug seals the cavity. Moreover, there is a method for plugging a hollow implant is disclosed, the implant comprising an implant body extending between a distal end and an apical end, and comprising a cavity extending from the distal end towards the apical end; wherein a plug is removably inserted into the implant through the cavity from the distal end towards the apical end such that when the plug is in fully inserted position and located in its apically-most position, the plug seals the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Global Machining Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hagay Jacobsen, Aaron Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10932555
    Abstract: An oral care appliance and a method of controlling pressure in the oral care appliance are disclosed. The pressure inside a mouthpiece of the oral care appliance is controlled by an actuator. The actuator is triggered when a targeted threshold value of an operational characteristic is reached. Automatic control of the pressure in the mouthpiece enhances both cleaning efficiency and user comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Willo 32 SAS
    Inventors: Hugo De Gentile, Alexandre Georges Gabriel Laurent, Jil Abed Michel Chabaro
  • Patent number: 10932888
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket having a bracket pad (2), and a bracket body (1) extending from the bracket pad. The bracket has a slot (4) for receiving an orthodontic archwire. The slot has a proximal slot side face (4a), a distal side face (4b) and a slot ground face (4c). The bracket has at least one archwire support structure (5a, 5b) that forms a support surface (6a, 6b) in a plane of the slot ground face. The support surface is spaced from the slot ground face. The archwire support structure forms a flat and protrudes in a dimention generally parallel to a slot cross axis. The invention help maximizing the tip control in an orthodontic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ralf M. Paehl, Dietmar Blees
  • Patent number: 10925703
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are disclosed for simultaneously cleaning multiple teeth, such as one or both dental arches. The Dental Cleaning Apparatus (DCA) includes a cleaning engine enclosed in a main housing, a fluid tube, and a mouthpiece. The cleaning engine includes a fluid circuit having a number of pumps and solenoid valves, and a programmable controller to control the solenoid valves and other operations. The fluid tube includes a number of separate tubes for injection and evacuation of cleaning fluid from the interior of mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is generally made from a flexible and supple material, such as silicone, and may have bristles of various shapes. The cleaning engine alternates the mouthpiece between a relaxation state and a contraction state to effectively scrub the surface of all enclosed teeth simultaneously. It may automatically learn and adjust the vacuum pressure needed for each user to optimize cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Willo 32 SAS
    Inventors: Alexandre Laurent, Jean-Marie de Gentile
  • Patent number: 10925696
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an implant unit comprising: an artificial dental root including a plate portion having a first side surface and a second side surface extending along the horizontal extending direction of the alveolar bone and opposed to each other, and a base portion protruding from the first side surface at the upper end of the plate portion, penetrating through a surface of the alveolar bone, and being implanted into the alveolar bone; and at least more than one abutment formed on the upper end of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Kwang Seob Kim
  • Patent number: 10918464
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adaptor system for a dental prosthesis. The adaptor system comprises an abutment and an adaptor, wherein said adaptor is adapted to connect to a prior art or new implants and is also connected to the abutment by a rotational connection. The adaptor and the abutment are secured to the implant by a screw that retains the angular position of the abutment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Jacob Bendat
  • Patent number: 10918470
    Abstract: A wireless teeth whitening system includes a mouthpiece that is devoid of any electrical circuitry so that it may easily be cleaned and sterilized. A control module may be coupled to the mouthpiece. This module has an electrical circuit board with LEDs and heating elements mounted on it. When the control module is coupled to the mouthpiece, the system may be used to whiten teeth. The control module includes a battery that may be inductively charged, and may be wirelessly controlled via Bluetooth from a mobile application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Levine, Jordan Goncalves
  • Patent number: 10912631
    Abstract: A temporary cylinder for snap-in retention with an elongate dental implant includes an elongate body extending from a first end to a second end, the elongate body being generally cylindrical and having an upper portion and a lower engagement portion and the temporary cylinder's lower engagement portion includes a male irregular hexagonal plug, and wherein the dental implant includes a female regular hexagonal socket, and wherein the male irregular hexagonal plug and the female regular hexagonal socket are configured for inter-engagement with each other, and the fitment of the irregular hexagonal plug and regular hexagonal socket together with one another results in a frictional fit when inter-engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: EVOLLUTION IP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Haibo Fan, Boris Simmonds, Fred J. Molz, IV