Plural Patents (Class 206/369)
  • Patent number: 10470859
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a sterile dental pack is disclosed. The method includes preparing a first wrap and a second wrap; arranging a plurality of dental disposable supplies on the first wrap; and wrapping the plurality of dental disposable supplies within the first wrap and the second wrap to form an airtight container. Also disclosed is a sterile dental pack dispensing system. The sterile dental pack dispensing system may include a storage container with an opening, the storage container being configured to store a wrapped sterile dental pack; an output configured to receive the wrapped sterile dental pack from the storage container; and a fiber optic indicator configured to cause the wrapped sterile dental pack to move from the storage container to the output through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Paula Evette Nesbitt, Jarrett Anthony Scott
  • Patent number: 10363119
    Abstract: Dental prostheses may be manufactured based on electronic models of the prostheses. Manufacturing aids may be used to check manufacturing quality of the dental prosthesis and components thereof. For example, a jig may be used during and after the manufacture of the dental prostheses and systems and methods for using the same. A customized tooth die may be designed and fabricated to fit a dental prosthesis or components thereof in a jig for inspection. A customized jig may be designed and fabricated for inspecting a dental prosthesis or components thereof throughout the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventors: Donne Joseph Warden, Mark Ervin Olsen, Brian Paul Wallenfelt, Michael Craig Marshall, Minh Xuan Nhuyen
  • Patent number: 10219657
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for manufacturing a portable fluid dispensing device that comprises a hand-held applicator that includes a pocket that is configured to receive one hand of a user. The pocket partitions the hand-held applicator into a rear portion and a front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TACTOPACK, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Albert, Steven Bank
  • Patent number: 10143587
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for use in surgery to which a surgical implement is connectable in order to conduct surgery on a patient, wherein input means (7) for controlling operating parameters and display means (8) for indicating the operating parameters are provided, wherein the device (1) comprises a first display (9) which is essentially horizontal during operation and a second display (10) which runs obliquely upwards at an installation angle (A), wherein the device (1) exhibits position detection means (18) for detecting contactlessly communicating surgical implements (2, 14, 15) deposited on the first display (9) with regard to their positions on the first display (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: EOS GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Lucke
  • Patent number: 10010680
    Abstract: Pen needle packaging concepts provide sterile packaging which can be made with fewer small parts and which can be opened with one hand, streamlining the process of installing the pen needle on the medication pen. In some instances, the packaging operates as a sharps container to store the pen needle after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Amit Limaye, Yvonne Yan Wang, Joshua Herr, Abhijitsinh S. Raj, James Bates, Robert Banik
  • Patent number: 9914904
    Abstract: A multi-function cooling and thermo-sensitive rack includes horizontal bars, a base, positioning holes, connectors, a lateral frame, connecting holes, a temperature-displaying prompter, and N temperature sensors. The lateral frame and the base are connected through the connectors. The lateral frame and the base have their surfaces facing each other symmetrically provided with plural connecting holes thereon. The horizontal bars have two ends thereof received in the corresponding symmetrical connecting holes. The positioning holes are distributed over the surface of the base. The N temperature sensors have output ends thereof for outputting sensing signals connected with input ends of the temperature-displaying prompter for inputting the N temperature-sensing signals. The present invention is applied to apparatuses used in microbiology experiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HEBEI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Xiaohui Zhou, Le Xu, Jun Liu, Hao Liu
  • Patent number: 9903890
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, apparatuses and computer programs for estimating a measure of the gain and offset of a converter that generates, based on digital settings, reference voltages to be used as thresholds by a comparator in a photon-counting detector in an x-ray imaging system. Steps include selecting a first converter as a reference converter and a second converter as a target converter; assigning different digital settings to the reference converter to generate at least two different reference voltages to be used as thresholds by a comparator associated with the reference converter; and obtaining, based on photon count measurements, the number of photons registered in a photon counter associated with a comparator whose reference voltage is generated by the target converter. Based on the number of photons and the at least two digital settings, an estimate of the gain and offset of the target converter relative the reference converter results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PRISMATIC SENSORS AB
    Inventor: Martin Sjolin
  • Patent number: 9867679
    Abstract: Apparatus related to a dental shield. Light may be filtered or blocked through the dental shield to delay the curing of a light-cured adhesive or cement. The shield has an elevated portion designed to provide clearance sufficient for a bracket as well as a nose relief and breathing passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan B. Wiesemann
  • Patent number: 9862519
    Abstract: A supporting structure for concurrently supporting a plurality of containers having a predetermined length for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications comprises a carrier having a plurality of supporting means for supporting the containers on the carrier, optionally, at least in a first orientation (e.g. upright) or in a second orientation (upside-down or also upright). According to the invention the carrier is matched to the lengths of the containers such that the upper ends of the containers are arranged in the first position at the same distance to the carrier as the lower ends of the containers in the second position and that the upper ends and/or lower ends of the containers are accessible for a further processing of the containers while they are supported on the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Gregor Fritz Deutschle, Edgar Pawlowski, Joern Wassenberg, Andreas Reisse
  • Patent number: 9833529
    Abstract: Sterilization cassette systems, instrument retention systems for use with a sterilization cassette, and configurable instrument retention members are disclosed that are suitable at least for holding medical and/or dental instruments during sterilization in an autoclave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HU-FRIEDY MFG. CO., LLC
    Inventors: David W. Tipton, Timothy J. Fischer, David K. Platt, Chantel D. Willis, Jennifer Radovich Naylor, Marjavis J. Matthis, Mark Kurth, Timothy Payne, Philip Anthony
  • Patent number: 9326828
    Abstract: A holder for dental workpieces that are associated in a one to one relationship with the canals of a tooth has receptacles for temporarily storing the workpieces while the workpieces are not in the tooth. The receptacles are sufficient in number to store the workpieces with a single workpiece in each receptacle. The receptacles are arranged in a pattern that corresponds to the canal pattern in the tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Pavel Krastev
  • Patent number: 9314315
    Abstract: A device for holding small dental parts may include a bowl member having central recess defined by a recess wall that has an inner surface adapted to engage dental parts and an outer surface. A plurality of magnets may be arranged around the recess wall and may be position adjacent to the outer surface of the recess wall. Also, a magnetic bowl system, which provides a bowl member that is disposable to avoid cross contamination and a separate magnet holder member that is reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Wong Technology LLC
    Inventor: Alan Wong
  • Patent number: 8997761
    Abstract: A disposable mini-toothbrush comprises a brush and flosser head positioned at a first and second end of a handle portion. The brush head is comprised of a plurality of bristles that extend in opposite directions from a bristle supporting element. The plurality of bristles which extend in opposite directions facilitate cleaning of the upper and lower teeth without having to readjust grip by a user. The mini-toothbrush also comprises a first and second flat grip element to facilitate manipulation of the brush and flosser head while using only a thumb and at least one finger by the user. In its preferred embodiment, the plurality of bristles will be coated with dentifrice for cleaning is of the user's teeth and gums. A thin plastic cover surrounds and seals the toothbrush and provides a seal which maintains sterility during shipping and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Dean MacCauther Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8967378
    Abstract: A handheld toothpaste dispensing system that dispenses single serving portions of toothpaste in preformed shapes includes an outer housing surrounding an interior chamber. To load the dispensing system, a replaceable or refillable disk containing single serving portions of toothpaste assembled in spaced arrangement is inserted into the interior chamber of the dispensing device and is supported on a disk advancing mechanism. In operation, a button on the dispensing device is pressed to operate the disk advancing mechanism, thereby advancing the disk through a partial rotational movement and exposing the subsequent compartment on the disk within a dispensing opening on the housing of the device. The preformed shapes of toothpaste are removed from the disk for brushing by inserting the bristles of the user's toothbrush into the preformed shape of toothpaste and subsequently pulling the toothbrush away from the disk with the single serving toothpaste shape clinging to the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Edward Schapiro, Daniel M. Schapiro, Michelle Bacarella, Tom Ingolia, Steve Rittmanic
  • Patent number: 8936151
    Abstract: A tray assembly for use with dental instruments is disclosed herein having a tray, a plate having a top plane and a bottom plane and apertures, the apertures being horizontally configured to receive a plurality of receiver assemblies supported on a top plane via a receiver assembly support, a plurality of semi-cylindrical RadelĀ® instrument supports, a biasing instrument stationer whereby the instrument is friction held in stasis between the stationer and the instrument support, and a plurality of instrument stationers. The plate includes a plurality of aperture(s), at least one receiver assembly for receiving at least one medical/dental instrument inserted between the instrument support and the biasing instrument stationer, suspended within the tray. A kit is also disclosed for the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Abene, Benjamin G. Arany, Jr., Michael H. Averell
  • Patent number: 8925719
    Abstract: A package for prepasted brackets mountable on the teeth of a patient wherein the bracket is mounted in a pod and is removable from the pod with adhesive on the back of the bracket so it can be directly placed in position on the tooth of a patient. The bracket includes a body and a base and a layer of light curable or otherwise curable polymer resin on the base which is later curable by use of light energy or otherwise. The package includes a carrier for the brackets and is enclosed by a flap over the top of the pod and held in place on supports or tabs extending upwardly from the bottom of the pod to prevent the polymer resin on the base from engaging the bottom of the pod. Stabilizing structure is provided in the pod to inhibit shifting of brackets during shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TP Orthodontics, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew C. Kesling
  • Patent number: 8887913
    Abstract: A dental case including a substrate having a plurality of holes therein and a grommet matrix. The grommet matrix including a plurality of grommets each having a groove. The plurality of grommets are interconnected outside of said groove and the plurality of grommets are located at predetermined positions corresponding to the plurality of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy E. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140326626
    Abstract: An oral care kit includes a sachet having a reservoir for an oral care material configured around a central opening. The sachet has a first weakened portion for forming a dispensing nozzle. The oral care kit also includes an oral care implement sized so that a portion of the oral care implement fits through the central opening. The oral care implement is configured to be used to tear the first weakened portion of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 8875873
    Abstract: Orthodontic assemblies and related methods are provided where an adhesive coated orthodontic appliance is received in a container that includes a substrate and a lid having a retaining member. When the lid is closed, the retaining member is complemental to the shape of the appliance and engages with the appliance. By conforming to the shape of the appliance, the retaining member constrains the appliance from shifting in lateral and vertical directions within the container. When the lid is opened, the associated retaining member disengages from the appliance, thereby facilitating user access to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., Alan F. Conley
  • Publication number: 20140224825
    Abstract: A container for separating, storing, and dispensing dental picks includes a container to receive a sheet of dental picks, wherein the sheet of dental picks includes multiple interconnected dental picks, a separating device to separate the sheet of dental picks into singular dental picks, and a dispensing device to dispense the singular dental picks, one at a time. A method for separating and dispensing dental picks includes obtaining a sheet of dental picks, wherein the sheet of dental picks includes multiple interconnected dental picks, loading the sheet of dental picks into a container, separating the sheet of dental picks into singular dental picks, and dispensing the singular dental picks one at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Mark A. Studney
  • Publication number: 20140220508
    Abstract: A dental protocol for creating an osteotomy for an implant is disclosed. A first drill is selected having a tip to create a pilot hole in the bone surface of a patient. The first drill includes a first boring section to create a bore hole for a second drill and a second boring section to create a coronal area on the hole near the bone surface. A first drill hole is created on the bone surface having a depth compatible with the length of the implant with the first drill and a coronal area. A second drill for creating a second hole having a width compatible with the body of the implant is selected. A second drill hole is created on the bone surface with the second drill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BIOMET 3i, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Scalise, Andre J. Castillo, Miguel G. Montero, Dan Paul Rogers, Ross W. Towse
  • Patent number: 8739971
    Abstract: A stopper storage case has openings and drill blade insertion paths. The openings are large enough to allow a spring-like engagement portion of the stopper to pass. Each drill blade insertion path is large enough to allow a drill blade to pass. Concave parts extend from the respective openings to the drill blade insertion paths and can store stoppers of different lengths. Each of the concave parts has a protrusion to be engaged in a groove in the outer peripheral surface of the stopper. Stopper holding overhangs formed at the top of each concave part are elastic enough not to interfere with insertion of the stopper from above into the concave part and removal of the stopper from inside the concave part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Fujii, Hirotaka Yoshihara
  • Publication number: 20140092937
    Abstract: A multicompartment envelope or sterilization receptacle for receiving and storing medical instruments includes an adhesive flap for sealing multiple compartments within a single envelope. Individual compartments within the multicompartment enveloped can be opened while still keeping the seal of other compartments, thus keeping unused instruments sterilized. The multicompartment envelope or sterilization receptacle has an aperture for insertion of a heat-deforming color changing sterilization indicator device, where, after exposure to extreme heat, the sterilization indicator device deforms and cannot thereafter be inserted or removed from an aperture of a sterilization receptacle fitted for an unsterilized sterilization indicator device. Thus, the practitioner is assured of sterilized instruments in a sterilization receptacle, when an intact, color changed sterilization indicator device is within the aperture of the sterilization receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Morris Azad
  • Patent number: 8684177
    Abstract: In a hard material made stopper housing case to house a plurality of cylindrical stoppers for defining a drill blade entering depth of a dental implant fixture embedding hole at a jawbone when performing a dental implant treatment, the stopper has a spring-like locking part to be locked with a flange part projected from a shank part of a drill, the stopper housing case 1 has concave parts 2 provided in parallel and capable of respectively housing the stopper Y, and each of the concave parts 2 includes, at one side, a flange part insertion path 3 having a size preventing the spring-like locking part from falling out and being capable of inserting the flange part, and further includes, at another side opposite to the one side, a drill blade part insertion path 4 capable of inserting the blade part of the drill X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Fujii, Hirotaka Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 8662299
    Abstract: A modular system facilitates packaging, marking, handling, sterilizing, tracking, tagging and storing small components such as surgical screws. A small, suitably cylindrical or similar cell receives a screw or other component and seats the component in a predetermined orientation. A complementary cap is adapted to engage the cell from above, closing the top and retaining the component in the cell. The cap is also adapted for use as a tool for handling the cell and the component contained therein. A coupling between the cell and the cap allows the cap to be snapped securely on the cell under manual pressure; the coupling is further adapted to release on application of sufficient bending moment across the co-axis of the cell and cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kinamed, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ralph Pratt, Clyde Ronald Pratt, Robert A. Bruce, Richard L. Kendall
  • Publication number: 20140014544
    Abstract: Cassette (70) for a medical instrument (100) including at least one tray (1), the tray (1) having at least one holding means (10) for retaining the medical instrument (100). The holding means (10) has at least one magnetic element (20), in order to retain the medical instrument (100) and preferably a relief structure (13) which defines a seat (14) on which the instrument (100) can be securely retained by the magnetic element (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Straumann Holding AG
    Inventors: Guillaume Bugnard, Joachim Nafz, Klaus Kantorczyk
  • Patent number: 8579163
    Abstract: A dental rack and dispenser. The dental rack and dispenser can include a toothpaste compartment, the toothpaste compartment further having an openable cover and receiving a toothpaste canister through the openable cover, a toothpaste dispensing mechanism disposed inside the toothpaste compartment and operably coupling to the toothpaste canister, a plurality of openable toothbrush containers, each toothbrush container further having an interior for receiving a toothbrush therein, the interior of each toothbrush container being isolated from the interiors of the other toothbrush containers, and a wall-mountable structure coupled to the toothpaste compartment and the toothbrush containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Charmine Ellis
  • Publication number: 20130277254
    Abstract: A package (100) of articles, such as oral care implements (200) comprising: a tubular body (109) having a cavity (115), an open top end (167) and a closed bottom end (126). An annular wall (120) divides the cavity into a central cavity (125) and an annular cavity (115) that circumferentially surrounds the central cavity. A plurality of radial walls (130) extend from an outer surface (121) of the annular wall to an inner surface (112) of the tubular body and divide the annular cavity into a plurality of subcavities (135). At least one oral care implement is disposed within each of the subcavities. A cover (170) is coupled to at least one of the tubular body and the annular wall. The cover comprises a central opening (177) that forms a passageway into the central cavity and a dispensing opening (174).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas Hohlbein, Alan Sorrentino, James Kemp, Emily Fink, David Lee
  • Publication number: 20130277255
    Abstract: A package (1000) of oral care implements (100) comprising: a tubular body (1001) having an annular wall (1002) forming a cavity (1005), a plurality of inner walls (1010) in the cavity that divide the cavity into a plurality of subcavities (1006), a floor (1007) sealing a bottom end (1009) of each of the subcavities, and a roof (1003) sealing a top end of each of the subcavities; at least one oral care implement disposed within each of the subcavities; a plurality of slots (1030) in the annular wall, wherein each slot forms a passageway into one of the subcavities through which one of the oral care implements can be retrieved; a film (1020) sealing the slots, the film configured so that a portion of the film can be manipulated to provide access into one of the plurality of subcavities while the other subcavities remain sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Douglas Hohlbein
  • Publication number: 20120322024
    Abstract: Provided herein is a strip, shaped for the application to the labile surface of the front teeth and/or gums of a subject, which strip is provided with at least one oral care composition for delivery to a pre-determined area of the teeth and/or gums of the subject. Also provided herein are uses for delivery of compositions. Further provided are uses of the strip in combination with a dental device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Guy De Vreese, Robin List
  • Patent number: 8251249
    Abstract: A clam-shell container system can include first and second container pieces that are hingedly connected. The first container piece can include a perimeter and a hangable tab, the hangable tab having an opening configured to receive a rod. The hinge connection can be perforated, such that it breaks upon actuation of the hangable tab to open the container system. The second container piece can include a cutout in proximity to the hinge connection and the hangable tab. Accordingly, the cutout can provide clearance for the rotation of the hangable tab beyond the hinge connection. Further, the second container piece can have a perimeter having a shape substantially similar to the perimeter of the first container piece. The perimeters can form a substantial seal in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: PWP Industries
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Patent number: 8230994
    Abstract: A container for holding endodontic instruments that may include a base, a foam pad, a retainer, and a lid. The base may include a well with a bottom and sidewalls extending upwardly from the bottom to an open-ended top. The foam pad may be configured to hold one or more endodontic instruments inserted through the pad, and dimensioned to cover the open-ended top of the well. The retainer may be configured to clamp the foam pad over the open-ended top of the well so that the pad is tautly maintained in a holding position, whereby the foam pad is configured to hold at least a portion of an endodontic instrument within the well. The lid may be coupled to the base, and movable between an open position and a closed position that covers the foam pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Jordco, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Johnsen, Hal J. Oien
  • Patent number: 8196746
    Abstract: This hygienic or aseptic multi-pouch package includes one or more inner pouches, finger, multi-finger and full hand sized capable of being carried by a card holder which is removably stored within an outer pouch. The inner pouch is suitable for use as a finger pouch which may be used to clean teeth or for similar purposes. When only one inner pouch is hygienically removed at a time, the remaining pouches can be conveniently resealed within the card holder in the outer pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Duane L. Storandt
  • Publication number: 20120132555
    Abstract: A kit for lubricating dental floss comprises a flat base coupled to a panel defining a plurality of channels each containing a floss piece formed as an elongated loop having a bend and two free ends, lubrication zones, and compartments filled with lubricant, essentially formed of a flexible membrane, facing the respective lubrication zones. Each compartment includes dispenser orifices located near the bends, such that the vicinities of bends are lubricated upon a user's depressing on the membrane. An optional kit comprises a panel including cells each having dry and lubricant cavities, floss pieces each having a bend and two free ends, whereat the floss piece's middle portion is located in the lubricant cavity, the free ends are located in the dry cavity, and a flat cover coupled to the panel sealingly covering the cells. Preferred types of the floss and lubricant for the kits are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Zoya Lavrova
  • Publication number: 20120074011
    Abstract: A stopper storage case has openings and drill blade insertion paths. The openings are large enough to allow a spring-like engagement portion of the stopper to pass. Each drill blade insertion path is large enough to allow a drill blade to pass. Concave parts extend from the respective openings to the drill blade insertion paths and can store stoppers of different lengths. Each of the concave parts has a protrusion to be engaged in a groove in the outer peripheral surface of the stopper. Stopper holding overhangs formed at the top of each concave part are elastic enough not to interfere with insertion of the stopper from above into the concave part and removal of the stopper from inside the concave part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto FUJII, Hirotaka Yoshihara
  • Publication number: 20120046631
    Abstract: This Invention Marries Proximity And Convenience With The Placement Of A Hermetically Sealed Pouch Containing The Cleaning Products Of Baby Wipes And Disposable Trash Bag By Directly Attaching This Pouch To The Disposable Diaper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Joshua Pardue B., Branden Kakugawa
  • Patent number: 8075849
    Abstract: A retainer assembly for retaining a medical device in a container having a perforated wall includes a retainer with a rigid support portion having at least one leg and a flexible, resilient instrument holding portion intimately bonded to the support portion so that the retainer is devoid of cracks and crevices between said portions. Each leg has a free end and an axial passage extending into the leg from that end so that the retainer may be positioned on the container wall with each opening in register with a perforation therein. A fastener extends into the passage of each leg and the underlying perforation from below the wall to anchor each leg to the wall under pressure thereby providing a seal between each leg and the wall. Various retainer embodiments and a method for making same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward D. Riley
  • Patent number: 8074799
    Abstract: For easy washing and sterilizing of a holding tray for drill bits used in a dental implant operation, a holding tray X includes a tray main body 1 made of a hard material capable of autoclave sterilizing and holding members 2 made of an elastic material capable of autoclave sterilizing, the tray main body 1 includes holding plates 1b and holding member supporting plates 1c on a back surface of a substrate part 1a having rows of linearly aligned through holes 1aa for drill bits, the holding plates 1b include half circular cylindrical recessed parts 1ba at portions corresponding to the through holes 1aa, the supporting plates 1c have a fixed interval to a plane 1bb along the recessed part 1ba, and the holding members 2 are detachably held between the holding plates 1b and the supporting plates 1c to hold the drill bits together with the recessed parts 1ba.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Fujii, Yusuke Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8047842
    Abstract: A single use, reciprocal reverse rotation, endodontic file includes a plurality of spaced apart helical flutes with spiraled lands therebetween. The lands have an edge with a positive cutting angle when the file is rotated in one direction and a scraping angle when rotated in the opposite direction. The file provides for sequential rotation of a selected angle in a forward direction followed by rotation of a slightly less angle in a reverse direction. In one embodiment, the cross-sectional area of the flutes is concave polygonal-shaped at a proximal end of the file and square-shaped at the distal end. In another embodiment, the cross-sectional area of the flutes is convex arcuate-shaped, the lands lying normal to the central longitudinal axis of the file. The handle portion of the file may be configured for use in a rotary handpiece or for manual rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: William B. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110155628
    Abstract: A pack of oral care items that allows for simultaneous opening and easy access to the items contained in the pack. The pack of oral care items includes two or more flexible packages. The flexible packages may be arranged in parallel. One flexible package may be an inner package that is located substantially within another flexible package that forms an outer package. The inner package may include an integral burst pouch configured to release a liquid into an interior space of the outer package while keeping the interior space of the inner package dry. Each flexible package includes a frangible region located at or adjacent a top portion and at least one oral care item is disposed within an interior space of each flexible package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Khoa T. Lien
  • Publication number: 20110139651
    Abstract: For easy washing and sterilizing of a holding tray for drill bits used in a dental implant operation, a holding tray X includes a tray main body 1 made of a hard material capable of autoclave sterilizing and holding members 2 made of an elastic material capable of autoclave sterilizing, the tray main body 1 includes holding plates 1b and holding member supporting plates 1c on a back surface of a substrate part 1a having rows of linearly aligned through holes 1aa for drill bits, the holding plates 1b include half circular cylindrical recessed parts 1ba at portions corresponding to the through holes 1aa, the supporting plates 1c have a fixed interval to a plane 1bb along the recessed part 1ba, and the holding members 2 are detachably held between the holding plates 1b and the supporting plates 1c to hold the drill bits together with the recessed parts 1ba.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto FUJII, Yusuke Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20110068031
    Abstract: A container for holding endodontic instruments that may include a base, a foam pad, a retainer, and a lid. The base may include a well with a bottom and sidewalls extending upwardly from the bottom to an open-ended top. The foam pad may be configured to hold one or more endodontic instruments inserted through the pad, and dimensioned to cover the open-ended top of the well. The retainer may be configured to clamp the foam pad over the open-ended top of the well so that the pad is tautly maintained in a holding position, whereby the foam pad is configured to hold at least a portion of an endodontic instrument within the well. The lid may be coupled to the base, and movable between an open position and a closed position that covers the foam pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: James B. Johnsen, Hal J. Oien
  • Patent number: 7910632
    Abstract: An assembly for use in orthodontic treatment includes at least two articles, and each article includes an orthodontic appliance as well as an adhesive that extends across the base of each appliance. The adhesive of at least one article differs from the adhesive of at least one other article in terms of composition, properties or characteristics, such that the adhesive can be tailored to enhance the bond between the particular selected appliance and its intended tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., Joan V. Brennan
  • Patent number: 7854316
    Abstract: A dental implant package includes a main body having a partition portion that is formed therein and separates a fixture accommodation space accommodating a fixture of a dental implant from an auxiliary accommodation space accommodating any of a healing abutment and a cover screw, wherein a first opening and a second opening are formed at both ends of the main body, a leveler accommodated in at least a part of the fixture accommodation space and supporting the fixture accommodated in the fixture accommodation space at a predetermined height, a first cover detachably coupled to the main body and blocking the first opening, and a second cover detachably coupled to the main body and blocking the second opening. The fixture and any of the healing abutment and the cover screw can be stored with a simple structure. Also, the fixture and the healing abutment or the cover screw can be easily pulled out during an implant operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Megagen Implant Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Bum Park, Kyoung Ho Ryoo, Seok Kyu Choi, Hae Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 7841464
    Abstract: A packaged assembly includes a container with a chamber and an orthodontic appliance received in the chamber. The assembly also includes a quantity of orthodontic adhesive material that is received on a release surface in the chamber. The appliance is detachably mounted on a support and is relatively movable when desired in order to bring a base of the appliance into contact with the adhesive material for transfer of the adhesive material to the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., Russell A. Jordan, Joan V. Brennan, James D. Christoff
  • Publication number: 20100288659
    Abstract: The present invention is a hygienic toothbrush holder. In several embodiments the invention is a hygienic toothbrush holder with enhanced drainage features comprising a sloped interior floor for drainage of fluids to an attached extended lip so that fluid can proceed into a sink or other drainage system. In several embodiments it is necessary to have a raised base so that the extended lip can clear a lip of a sink. Other surfaces of the toothbrush holder could be sloped as well to further aid in fluid drainage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: KAYLA DANG
  • Publication number: 20100230312
    Abstract: A package for displaying a plurality of items where the package has first and second containers connectable between an open position and a closed position, each container having an outer surface having at least one elongated protrusion, the at least one protrusion having a head end and a tail end, the head end extending further outwardly from the package than the tail end, and an inner surface having at least one inner cavity aligned with the at least one protrusion, the cavity having a depth varying along the protrusion and configured to receive one of the plurality of items, wherein the head end of the at least one protrusion of the first container is proximate the tail end of the at least one protrusion of the second container in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Alan Sorrentino, Robert Moskovich, Andreas Haefliger
  • Patent number: 7726470
    Abstract: A packaged orthodontic assembly includes a container with a chamber and an orthodontic appliance received in the chamber. A quantity of a first orthodontic adhesive material is applied by the manufacturer to the base of the orthodontic appliance. A second orthodontic adhesive material is also received in the chamber in initially spaced relationship to the first orthodontic adhesive material. The practitioner can elect to bring the first orthodontic adhesive material into contact with the second orthodontic adhesive material when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., Joan V. Brennan, James D. Christoff
  • Patent number: 7722837
    Abstract: A retainer assembly for retaining a medical device in a container having a perforated wall includes a retainer with a rigid support portion having at least one leg and a flexible, resilient instrument holding portion intimately bonded to the support portion so that the retainer is devoid of cracks and crevices between said portions. Each leg has a free end and an axial passage extending into the leg from that end so that the retainer may be positioned on the container wall with each opening in register with a perforation therein. A fastener extends into the passage of each leg and the underlying perforation from below the wall to anchor each leg to the wall under pressure thereby providing a seal between each leg and the wall. Various retainer embodiments and a method for making same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Polyvac, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward D. Riley
  • Patent number: 7527147
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for organizing and loading orthodontic appliances, for example orthodontic brackets, onto set-up trays. The system includes an organizer tray which holds a set-up tray in a fixed orientation, and also holds a plurality of packages of orthodontic brackets in predetermined relationships to bracket staging areas on the set-up tray. Bracket packages and the organizer tray are configured so that the brackets are presented in the same orientation, when in their packages held by the organizer tray, as they will have when transferred to the set-up tray. As a result, the brackets can be loaded onto the set-up tray from the packages without re-orientation. The organizer tray has a storage base that holds supplies of packages of the different brackets of a given set so that the organizer tray can be reloaded with packages. Preferred organizer tray and package configurations are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Corcoran, John Payne