Patents Examined by Yogesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10245129
    Abstract: A tooth bleaching device provided with: a production device that produces an active component for bleaching a tooth; a mouthpiece in which a supply opening, through which the active component produced by the production device is supplied inside the oral cavity, is formed; and a connecting part that connects the production device and the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Nagayama, Risa Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10238277
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments integrate a camera into an intraoral mirror. Integrating a camera into an intraoral mirror provides an efficient way to record and display what is visible to the healthcare provider in the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dental SmartMirror, Inc.
    Inventors: Gidon Oded Elazar, Dan Zidkiahu Harkabi, Joshua Israel Wachspress
  • Patent number: 10231804
    Abstract: An implant is provided with an upper portion in which an internal socket extends. The implant can be tightened by a turning instrument which has first lateral surfaces that can cooperate with corresponding second lateral surfaces in the internal socket. One or more of the first and/or second lateral surfaces is/are arranged completely or partially with friction-enhancing means. The implant and the tool are arranged with interacting parts which extend beyond the first and second lateral surfaces and completely or substantially take up bending moments which act in or on said portion or are directed toward said portion and occur in the event of skewing, or a tendency toward skewing, between the implant and the tool. The arrangement counteracts mechanical stresses in said portion, the latter being able to retain its original shape even in the case of implants with small dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NOBEL BIOCARE SERVICES AG
    Inventors: Lars Jorneus, Sanel Duric
  • Patent number: 10231801
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for tracking teeth movement correction. One method embodiment includes using a set of positioning appliances shaped to move teeth through a number of successive stages of arrangements of an expected teeth arrangement model where each stage corresponds to a particular positioning appliance, mapping a current teeth position based upon positions of a number of physical markers attached to a number of physical teeth, comparing the positions of the number of physical markers with a corresponding number of virtual markers positioned on a number of virtual teeth of a stage in the expected teeth arrangement model, determining whether midcourse correction is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Viacheslav V. Korytov, Roman A. Roschin
  • Patent number: 10201405
    Abstract: A dental assembly for vertical attachment of an implant to a dental abutment for restorative dental procedures is disclosed. The implant includes a cylindrical body having an interior bore formed between a distal end and a proximal end. An abutment interface is formed on the proximal end of the cylindrical body. The interface includes a radial annular interior surface and a flat annular stop surface circumferentially bordering the interior bore. The assembly also includes an abutment including a stem and a post coupled to the stem. An interior bore is formed through the stem and the post. The abutment includes an interface section between the post and the stem. The interface section may include an annular radially curved exterior surface proximate to the post. The radially curved exterior surface and the circular flat surface interfaces with the abutment interface of the dental implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Bellanca, Dan P. Rogers, Stephen M. Herrington, Ross W. Towse, Ralph E. Goodman, Zachary B. Suttin, Isabel Scalise, Michael Bobby
  • Patent number: 10204443
    Abstract: According to a dental image display device, a dental surgical operation device, and a dental image display method, a 2D captured image of a tooth as a surgical operation target that is captured with visible light in an articulation face direction, and an articulation face direction converted 2D image obtained as a result of displaying 3D information, which is acquired on the tooth and includes information on a root canal inside the tooth, two-dimensionally on a predetermined plane in the articulation face direction, are displayed in correspondence with each other on a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: J. Morita Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Jürgen Richard Fleer, Teruji Nakai, Masakazu Suzuki, Tomoyuki Sadakane
  • Patent number: 10195457
    Abstract: Intraoral phototherapy devices receive light from an associated light source and propagate the light into an oral cavity of a patient. The device comprises a light guide that receives light from an external light source. The light guide comprises a main body portion made of an optically transparent soft flexible biocompatible polymeric material sized and shaped to conform to contours of the oral cavity when inserted therein to direct the light to targeted regions of the oral cavity. The main body portion comprises a pair of spaced apart side wings sized and shaped to be received between a patient's teeth and cheeks on opposite sides of the oral cavity and a center flap intermediate the side wings for transmitting and directing the light to targeted regions of the oral cavity. A controller delivers light to the light guide in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lumitex, Inc.
    Inventors: Vedang Kothari, Peter W. Broer
  • Patent number: 10182889
    Abstract: A magnet assembly for a dental magnetic attachment comprising a cup-shaped yoke of substantially Ni-free ferritic stainless steel, a permanent magnet received in a recess of the cup-shaped yoke, a seal member sealing an opening of the cup-shaped yoke, and an abutment-welded portion of the seal member and the cup-shaped yoke; the seal member comprising a center portion of substantially Ni-free ferritic stainless steel; an intermediate portion of substantially Ni-free austenitic stainless steel having a nitrogen content of 0.5-2.0% by mass, and a peripheral portion made of substantially Ni-free ferritic stainless steel having a nitrogen content of 1.3% or less by mass, smaller than in the intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukyo Takada, Masatoshi Takahashi, Akira Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10182893
    Abstract: The invention relates to a denture, made of teeth, in particular prefabricated teeth, and of a denture base made of a gingival material, comprising cavities for teeth in which cavities for the teeth are mounted, in particular attached by bonding, characterized in that the denture base (12) is produced by a CAD/CAM process forming the cavities (20) for the teeth (14), and in that cervical areas (40a) of the teeth (14) extending through the basal surface (16, 18) of the denture base (12) are removed, in particular abraded or milled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Thomas Baaske, Konrad Hagenbuch, Christian Frei, Markus Heinz, Ronny Watzke
  • Patent number: 10179034
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for planning a bracket system (1) for the correction of malpositions of teeth (2), comprising a plurality of brackets (3) and an arch (4) wherein at least one platelet (6) per tooth is mounted on certain tooth surfaces (5) of the teeth to be corrected (2), a three-dimensional optical image (50) of the tooth region to be treated is created, the platelets (6) have registration elements (10) comprising registration points (11) and the registration points (11) have a characteristic form for registration in the three-dimensional optical image (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA INC.
    Inventor: Christian Schiemann
  • Patent number: 10172690
    Abstract: A heater assembly made of positive temperature coefficient (PTC) material such as barium titanate ceramic that may be self-regulating. A dental compule that holds a dental (e.g. composite) material may be made from thermally conductive plastic and/or electrically conductive plastic that is self-heating when an electric current is passed through the compule. A compule may be generally cylindrical and include an electrically conductive polymer that may exhibit PTC characteristics while generating heat when electric current is applied to the polymer, two flat contact areas each disposed along one portion of the generally cylindrical compule, an orifice or opening positioned at one end of the compule, an inner chamber; and extrudable dental material held within the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AdDent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Friedman, Alex Lippay
  • Patent number: 10172692
    Abstract: Rapid palatal expander provided with a first and a second main body actuatable to be moved along a longitudinal slide direction by an actuator element, and connected to at least one first and one second thread-like support arm intended to interact with opposite portions of a dental arch. The support arms comprise a transversely projecting portion, which is engaged in a shape relationship within an enlarged portion of a shaped seat obtained in the two main bodies. The shaped seat is extended on the external surface with an insertion opening of size at least equal to the transversely projecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VISOTTICA INDUSTRIE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Rinaldo Montalban
  • Patent number: 10136962
    Abstract: An improved rotary endodontic file includes a multi-planar pre-curved apical portion having a first and a second curvature. The pre-curved apical portion begins at about one-third to one-quarter of the working length as measured from the tip end of the endodontic instrument. The first and second curvature permit the file to continually search and engage the walls of a tooth root canal in a forced inside-forced outside manner. As the file works its way down, it breaks free of any ledges encountered, probes lateral- and delta-type openings, and does not allow the file to stray from the curvature of the canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dentsply Sirona, Inc.
    Inventor: William B. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10136975
    Abstract: An oral cavity suction system that incorporates a disposable saliva ejector residing along the interior of the patient's cheek that utilizes a single planar, double leaf shaped plate design that is embossed on their inner faces with a series of arced ribs and folded about its midpoint. The arced ribs form a series of channels about perimeter of the device that directs saliva into a trough running along the linear axis of both of the plates to direct this saliva into a connected “U” connector that hooks around the patient's cheek. A sterile suction tube is also connected on one end to the “U” connector suction tube and on its other end to a quick connect fitting that mates to a tube adapted with a fitting for connection to a high volume suction pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Hari Mark Reyes
  • Patent number: 10136968
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices, kits, and methods for planning and carrying out surgical interventions and/or radiographic imaging, particularly dental implant radiographic imaging or surgical interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ISETHCO LLC
    Inventors: Ingram Chodorow, Ryan Held
  • Patent number: 10136964
    Abstract: An orthodontic positioning device and methods for making an orthodontic positioning device including a first patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in one of an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The first appliance includes a hook configured to receive an orthodontic elastic band. The orthodontic positioning device also includes a second patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in the other of the upper jaw and the lower jaw. The second appliance includes a cutout operable to expose an orthodontic elastic band receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Artem Borovinskih, Anton Terekhov, Rene Sterental, Mikhail Minchenkov, Ivan Pavlov
  • Patent number: 10130453
    Abstract: A bite registration device is provided that can be placed within a patient's mouth and adjusted to a desired position relative to the patient's maxillary and/or mandibular teeth while permitting visual inspection of the patient's anterior teeth during acquisition of the bite registration. The bite registration device is also configured to permit introduction of bite registration material without having to remove the device from the patient's mouth once optimal positioning has been established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel M. Winter
  • Patent number: 10117723
    Abstract: A method produces a dental drill that has a shank and a work section. The shank contains a centrally arranged, continuous first channel. The work section contains one or more continuous, spiral-shaped further channels. The first channel and the further channels open into a common chamber connecting the shank and the work section. The shank is sintered with the work section in order to form a one-piece, sintered component that encloses the chamber connecting the shank and the work section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Arno Friedrichs
  • Patent number: 10098531
    Abstract: A visualization apparatus and a system for enhancing hand-eye coordination during a medical procedure are provided. The visualization apparatus includes an elongate support member, a head member, an operating head element, and a processor. The head member connected to the elongate support member at a predetermined angle includes an angled wall for mounting a reflector. The operating head element connected to an upper end of the head member mounts and supports an objective lens. The objective lens focuses light from an operating field to a reflector to create an image of the operating field. An eyepiece lens accommodated in the elongate support member or the head member magnifies the created image. The processor operatively communicating with an image receiver processes and transmits the magnified image to a viewer. The orientation of the magnified image on the viewer is similar to the orientation of the operating field, thereby enhancing hand-eye coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Honkookin, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jiwen Chun, Andrew Youngho Chun, Angela Soyoung Chun, Jennifer Miseong Chun
  • Patent number: 10092086
    Abstract: An oral care implement has a head portion with tooth cleaning elements on a front surface thereof and a reservoir containing a fluid. A delivery member extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver the fluid from the reservoir to an applicator that may be positioned on the rear surface of the head. In one aspect, the applicator and the delivery member may be separate components that are fluidly coupled to one another. The applicator and the delivery member may both be formed of a capillary material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Thomas J. Boyd, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Bruce M. Russell