Patents Examined by Ralph Lewis
  • Patent number: 10307223
    Abstract: A dental tool for removing a dental aligner secured to teeth may include a first contact point that is configured to contact a biting surface of the aligner; a second contact point that is configured to contact a gumline end of the aligner; and a third contact point that is configured to contact a lateral surface of the aligner. A method of using the dental tool to remove the dental aligner from teeth is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Ross E. Aronson
  • Patent number: 10307230
    Abstract: A denture-securing device is provided that is usable to substantially secure a denture within a mouth. The denture-securing device may be used with top dentures, bottom dentures, or other configurations of dentures. The denture-securing device may advantageously secure dentures without requiring use of adhesives. The denture-securing device may also reduce the likelihood of food getting under dentures, provide a firm yet soft and comfortable fit, and minimize rocking of lower dentures. The denture-securing device may advantageously be secured to gums using a suction fit through saliva or other sources of moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Bondezz Corp
    Inventor: Joseph C. Scivoletto
  • Patent number: 10299893
    Abstract: Provided are orthodontic devices to orthopedically expand the upper jaw including a pre-formed arch wire adapted to conform to the interior contours of a patient's mouth. The arch includes a rear portion positioned at a level about a patient's rear molars and includes a first end and a second end adapted to slidably engage associated buccal tubes. The arch also includes a front portion positioned at a level above a patient's gingiva and into the patient's vestibule, and a rise portion between the rear portion and front portion that changes the effective level of the arch wire from the rear portion to the front portion. The device also includes a means for attaching the wire to the molar teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Haas
  • Patent number: 10292800
    Abstract: A device, method, and system are provided for aiding in dental treatments. Such devices may include or consist of a dental gum guard. The dental gum guard preferably includes an at least partially arch-shaped flexible drape designed to conform substantially to a gum ridge anatomy. Preferably the dental gum guard has a plurality of holes, such as pre-configured cut-out holes (e.g., of varying diameter). The holes may allow for customized insertion over the teeth. The dental gum guard preferably provides a dry field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Sanders
  • Patent number: 10285780
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hand instrument for manual use in dental care, which includes a substantially elongated handle (2), to at least one end of which is arranged a construction for detachably connecting a head part (3) extending substantially from the central axis of the handle (2) and possibly including at least one bending. The construction by which the handle (2) and the head part (3) is arranged detachably connected includes a tightening element (4) axially positioning itself between the handle (2) and the head part (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LM-Instruments OY
    Inventor: Toni Luoto
  • Patent number: 10285779
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dental and/or surgical instrument (1) comprising a motor that drives a tool by way of a tool holder (24, 25, 27) situated in the head of the dental and/or surgical instrument (1), the tool holder (24, 25, 27) being supported in the head of the dental and/or surgical instrument (1) by at least a first ball bearing (21) and a second ball bearing (22), in which the first ball bearing (21) and the second ball bearing (22) are positioned in a cartridge (10) which is inserted into the head of the dental and/or surgical instrument (1), and in which the cartridge (10) comprises a single bore (80) for the mounting and guiding of both the first ball bearing (21) and the second ball bearing (22). The present invention additionally relates to a cartridge (10) to be inserted into the head of such a dental and/or surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: S├ębastien Juillerat, Marc Schenk
  • Patent number: 10271924
    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: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Hoybjerg
  • Patent number: 10271923
    Abstract: Orthodontic positioning devices, and related methods and systems, are disclosed for use with one or more orthodontic elastic members. The disclosed devices are configured to couple with an orthodontic elastic member so as to react a force from the elastic member into the appliance to, for example, generate traction forces on the patient's teeth to produce a desired occlusion. A positioning device includes a patient removable tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth. The appliance includes a hook configured to interface with an orthodontic elastic member. The hook can be configured to be offset from a surface of a tooth when the appliance is coupled with the patient's teeth and no elastic member is coupled with the tooth. The hook can be curved so that the hook is more retentive on the aligner. The hook can be reinforced so that the reinforcement resists deformation when the elastic is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Kuo, Artem Borovinskih, Shiva Sambu
  • Patent number: 10265150
    Abstract: A system for fabricating a dental restoration to restore a plurality of teeth in a dentition of a patient is described. The dentition includes a restoration dental arch and an opposing dental arch. The restoration dental arch includes a restoration site and the opposing dental arch is opposite the restoration dental arch. The system includes an impression apparatus, a motion capture apparatus, an interference model generation system, and a restoration design system. The impression apparatus is configured to capture an impression of the dentition of the patient. The motion capture apparatus is configured to capture a plurality of location data points that represent the locations of the opposing dental arch relative to the restoration dental arch. The interference model generation system is configured to generate an interference model for the restoration site. The restoration design system is for designing a restoration using the interference model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Willard Hultgren
  • Patent number: 10265144
    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: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jim McBride, Gonzalo Covarrubias, Souhail Toubia, Bradford Staph
  • Patent number: 10258434
    Abstract: A low profile winged impression post having snap-in features eliminates the need for individual impressions of the mandibular and maxillary arches as well as a separate bite registration when registering a dental implant. The low profile impression post is retained by a press fit which eliminates the cumbersome task of screwing in the implant post. The time and steps needed to produce a stone model for construction are shortened. The same low profile impression post can be scanned optically for accurate placement in a virtual three dimensional space model of the jaw. A physical model can be generated in rigid polymer from the virtual scan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Evollution IP Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal B. Gittleman
  • Patent number: 10251558
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for measuring and displaying dental plaque are provided, and the method includes the steps of dividing near infrared light output from a light source into measurement light and reference light, applying the measurement light toward a tooth in an oral cavity and scanning the tooth with the measurement light, producing interference light from reflected light and back-scattered light from the tooth and the reference light, generating an optical coherence tomographic image based on a scattering intensity value of the interference light, extracting a dental plaque region having a specific scattering intensity value from the optical coherence tomographic image, and quantifying the dental plaque. A method and an apparatus for measuring and displaying gingiva and/or alveolar bone are further provided. A method and an apparatus for quantifying dental plaque, digitizing the dental plaque, and generating an image of the dental plaque in a noncontact, noninvasive manner are thereby provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
    Inventors: Yasunori Sumi, Nobuyoshi Ozawa, Yohei Gonda
  • Patent number: 10251736
    Abstract: A root canal treatment apparatus includes a root canal treatment hand piece having a visible light camera which captures a visible light image of a tooth as a target of interest, and circuitry which detects a position of the root canal treating hand piece, and instructs display of three images corresponding to at least a tip position of a cutting tool attached to the root canal treating hand piece, an X-ray cross-sectional image of the tooth captured by X-ray CT image capturing beforehand, and the visible light image captured by the visible light camera such that the three images are displayed on a display in an overlapping manner in positional correspondence with one another, based on information on the position of the root canal treating hand piece detected by the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: J. MORITA MFG. CORP.
    Inventor: Teruji Nakai
  • Patent number: 10245122
    Abstract: A method of increasing movement of a tooth in a jaw having at least one tooth with an orthodontic brace thereon includes: (1) holding a handle of a device, the device having an elongate member extending from the handle and a screw tip at a distal end of the elongate member; (2) moving a sleeve along the elongate member to set a length of exposed screw tip; (3) locking the sleeve in place relative to the screw tip; (4) drilling a hole with the screw tip through a cortical bone of a jaw to increase movement of the tooth; and (5) stopping the drilling when the length of exposed screw tip has penetrated the jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Orthodontics and Education Association, LLC
    Inventors: Bryce A. Way, Christopher U. Phan, Dana Leigh Gelman Keiles, Richard Johnson, Phillip Abatelli
  • Patent number: 10231806
    Abstract: A tray appliance system is usable for obtaining a bite registration and includes a maxillary tray appliance and optionally a mandibular tray appliance. The maxillary tray appliance includes a first contacting portion that extends downwardly from a first base portion. The first contacting portion includes a first contacting surface, a first ridge line, and a first ridge line midpoint. The optional mandibular tray appliance includes a second contacting portion that includes a second contacting surface, a second ridge line, and a second ridge line midpoint. The first contacting portion and second contacting portion contact each other when a patient bites down with the maxillary tray appliance and the mandibular tray appliance situated in the patient's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jang-Ching Chou
  • Patent number: 10227697
    Abstract: A titanium 6 A1/4V alloy is provided with a surface topography that is similar to the Osseotite® surface produced on commercially pure titanium. Native oxide is removed from the Ti 6A1/4V alloy, followed by contacting the metal at ambient temperature with an aqueous hydrochloric acid solution containing a relatively small amount of hydrofluoric acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: T. Tait Robb, Bruce Berckmans, III, Ross W. Towse, Robert L. Mayfield
  • Patent number: 10226311
    Abstract: A self-ligating attachment intended to form part of an orthodontic appliance, the external surface of said attachment being provided with a groove for receiving an orthodontic arch. A elastic clip that can be reversibly moved between an open position forming an open passage allowing the insertion of the arch into the groove and a closed position sealing the groove. A base including an external surface that supports the attachment and an occlusal surface which is intended to rest on one of the patient's teeth, so as to hug the surface of the tooth. In addition, the base comprises a support for the attachment and said base assists in the guiding of the clip, cooperating with the attachment, as the clip moves between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: American Orthodontics Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Curiel, Philippe Salah, William Ayache
  • Patent number: 10219685
    Abstract: A dental apparatus includes a light irradiation unit for emitting a light to irradiate an oral cavity, an image capturing unit for image-capturing the oral cavity light irradiated by the light irradiation unit, and an output unit for outputting data for highlighting and displaying at least one of a plaque site and a calculus site on an image of the oral cavity based on an image captured result by the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shiho Hakomori, Koshi Tamamura
  • Patent number: 10219878
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher R. Goodman, Alan Mark Meltzer
  • Patent number: 10213275
    Abstract: A multifunctional diagnostic tray configured to clasp an oral structure when positioned in a mouth. The tray may be digitally designed from surface scan data of the mouth and manufactured. The tray provides a temporary positioning reference location that may be viewed in a tomography scan data set. The tray may be used to orient and verify the tomography scan data set and the surface scan data set to create a combined master data file that may be used to determine the appropriate location for a dental implant or other dental procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: IBUR, LLC
    Inventors: Randall C. Groscurth, Shoko U. Groscurth