Dental Patents (Class 206/63.5)
  • Patent number: 10307232
    Abstract: Packaged orthodontic assemblies include a chamber, an orthodontic appliance, and a support structure engaged with the appliance to secure the appliance in the chamber. The support structure can include a post complemental to a partially enclosed passage, typically an arch wire slot, in the appliance body. The support may orient the wall sections of the enclosed passage at an acute angle relative to a chamber side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Alan F. Conley, John A. Verdouw
  • Patent number: 9867682
    Abstract: A package (1) for a dental implant (2) comprising a housing (5) with a compartment (51), closable liquid-tight by cover (4) and for receiving a first section (2?) of the implant (2), and an area (19) for a second section (3) of the implant (2). The area is separated rated from the compartment (51) by housing wall (8). A passage (35) in wall (8) connects the compartment (51) and area (19). The housing wall (8) comprises a removal slot (9, 36) for removal of the implant when the cover (4) is open without separating the sections (2, 3). The package (1) has a fluid cartridge (12) and an associated release element (18) and the fluid cartridge (12) can be opened by way of the release element (18) when the cover (4) is closed such that fluid located in the fluid cartridge (12) can flow out into the compartment (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: THOMMEN MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Falko Schlottig, Uwe Werner, Daniel Iranyi, Matthias Gunthart, Nico Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9855113
    Abstract: A method for preparing a dental prosthesis, the method includes: selecting a tooth matrix out of a group of tooth matrices that differ from each other, wherein each tooth matrix comprises an inner cavity; wherein a tooth matrix is has an appearance of a tooth; and attaching at least a wall of the inner cavity of the tooth matrix to an intermediate element that is connected to the prosthesis core, remaining tooth structure or to the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Amiram Vizanski
  • Patent number: 9694554
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and method to crumple paper from a dispenser that stores the paper on a paper roll wound around an airshaft. The paper roll sits within a dispenser, and the paper roll contacts a shelf section inside the dispenser. The paper is dispensed from the paper roll through a crumpler on the shelf section. Crumpling paper occurs by contacting a protrusion on the crumpler against the paper to crumple the paper as the paper passes through the crumpler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: DANCO PACKAGING SUPPLY COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel J. Mulvey, Daniel E. Mulvey
  • Patent number: 9629702
    Abstract: A porous material for insertion cleaning of instruments is provided, such porous material including an at least partially open-cell foam body and a surface configured to enable an instrument having contaminants to be inserted into the body. The body may be configured to substantially grip the instrument to remove a substantial portion of the contaminants from the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Jordco, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Johnsen, Hal J. Oien
  • Patent number: 9414893
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to providing a sterile container protecting various surgical grafts, implants and devices from incidental contamination and damage during operative procedures. The design includes an inner box to contain the items, and an outer box to protect the exterior of the inner box from contamination in the event of fall or other contamination, such as from airborne particles or liquids, fall from the sterile field, or by non-sterile handling. In the event of fall or contamination of the outer box, the surgical staff will be able to recover the inner box and its contents in sterile and unspoiled condition without difficulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel R. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9144481
    Abstract: A package for a dental material comprises a compartment for holding a first substance of the dental material and an open reservoir at least partially formed by a wall of the package. The package is adapted such that the compartment and the reservoir are connectable for fluid communication. The reservoir accommodates a second substance of the dental material retained at a surface of the reservoir wall. The package preferably enables easy mixing of the dental material from the first and second substance, thus preferably facilitate a preparation and use of the dental material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Alexander Walter, Marc Peuker, Michael Sogl, Dieter Poschmann
  • Patent number: 9084658
    Abstract: The process for duplicating mucosal tissue or tooth structure for use in a prefabricated dental restoration includes first selecting a characterization strip and a base layer having a desired oral cavity color or characteristic. The selected characterization strip is then placed on the selected base layer and the two are rolled together into a composite. The composite is then formed into a portion of a prefabricated dental restoration, wherein the color and characteristics of the composite duplicate mucosal tissue or tooth structure. In this regard, the composite may be bent into a denture base or otherwise shaped into an artificial tooth for use in dentures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dental Illusions, Inc.
    Inventor: Uriel Yarovesky
  • Patent number: 9060913
    Abstract: A instrument holder is disclosed that is adapted to be attached to a side edge of a surgical table in an operating room and that includes a magnet by which metallic instruments are attachable to the holder for staging during performance of a medical procedure in the operating room. The magnet further may assist in retaining and/or stabilizing the holder in its attachment to the side edge of the table. The holder may include grooves for receiving certain types and/or sizes of instruments. During performance of a medical procedure the holder may be moved to a different side edge of the table. The holder preferably is contained within a plastic, transparent, pliable sleeve for maintaining sterility of the holder, whereby the holder is reusable in subsequent procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: H & M INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Sean Hensler
  • Patent number: 9044292
    Abstract: Provided are methods of improving the wear resistance and aesthetic properties of dental articles though use of ceramics and microparticles, as well as dental articles having an abrasion resistant microparticle and ceramic coating thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Bhaskar V. Velamakanni, Todd D. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150144510
    Abstract: A package for a tooth treatment product is disclosed. The package includes an inner container and an outer sleeve having at least one open end for receiving the inner container, the outer sleeve including a window through which the tooth treatment product is visible to a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Karim HAMDOUN, Martin Jay MAROTTI
  • Publication number: 20150136624
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present invention, and inventive system, is a new and novel dental apparatus containment system with cleaning tool and method of use for retainers, dentures and/or invisalyn trays, clear alighers or other removable dental hardware. In one embodiment of the present invention, the present invention is comprised of a clamshell construction with a hollow interior and a solid plastic exterior. In one embodiment of the present invention, the interior of the lower clamshell has a base with an extension protruding from the base preferably designed to clasp a toothbrush or other bristled cleaning device. When engaged the clamshell may contain both the dental apparatus and the cleaning tool, secured in the clasp, in a fully encapsulated apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald W. Konig
  • Publication number: 20150086943
    Abstract: Two-part implant for attachment of artificial teeth comprising a base body having a bone contact surface and a soft tissue contact surface. The soft tissue contact surface is at least partially hydroxylated or silanated which results in an improved soft tissue integration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: STRAUMANN HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Frank Schwarz, Jurgen Becker, Marco Wieland, Michel Dard
  • Publication number: 20150079538
    Abstract: A cartridge for storing root canal filling material cartridge and an applicator device for use with the cartridge to deliver root canal filling material. The cartridge includes its own heating mechanism, built-in the cartridge body. The heating mechanism includes an electrical heating element provided around the chamber of the cartridge body, which contains root canal filling material packed in the chamber. Electrodes are provided on the exterior of the cartridge body for the heating element. The cartridge is inserted into the barrel/chamber of an applicator device, with the cartridge electrodes coming into contact with electrodes provided on the applicator barrel/chamber walls, providing external power to the heating element on the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan Y. LI, DaQing WU
  • Patent number: 8973747
    Abstract: Package (1) for an implant (2), in particular for a dental implant, comprising a housing (5) with a compartment (51) that can be closed by way of a pivotable and/or slidable cover (4) so as to be essentially liquid-tight, said compartment being intended for a first section (2?) of the implant (2), and an area (19) for a second section (3) of the implant (2), said area being separated rated from the compartment (51) by way of a housing wall (8), wherein a passage (35) connecting the compartment (51) and said area (19) is provided in the housing wall (8) for a transition section (3?) between the first section (2?) and the second section (3) of the implant (2), and wherein the housing wall (8) comprises a removal slot (9, 36) for removal of the implant when the cover (4) is open without separating the sections (2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Thommen Medical AG
    Inventors: Falko Schlottig, Uwe Werner, Daniel Irányi, Matthias Günthart, Nico Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8950577
    Abstract: Provided is an implant fixture storage case capable to prevent mistake in combination. The implant fixture storage case comprises an implant fixture holding member (20) for holding an implant fixture and which has a length based on the implant fixture to be held, and a storage main body (10) on which a value related to the length of the implant fixture is displayed, and which holds the implant fixture holding member thereinside and has at least one part being transparent, and a position display means (12) provided to the storage main body based on a position of an end portion of the implant fixture holding member, wherein the end portion of the implant fixture holding member and the position display means are viewable at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, Kinya Nihei, Seiko Muraoka
  • Patent number: 8950576
    Abstract: The present invention relates to bags made from medical-grade paper for sterilization, with sterilization-process indicators and pigmented-adhesive-based safety features, which is easy to handle and use and can be used to store materials, more particularly surgical medical material, for sterilization. Such bags are produced using medical-grade paper that is treated on the surface thereof with a microbiocide for sterilization, and, owing to the structure and design thereof, allow safe, rapid handling of the sterilized material placed within, since there are visual indicators that guarantee the hermetic closure and sealing thereof. Furthermore, generally, the invention has printed indicators that change color depending on the sterilization process carried out on the bags and on whether said process was carried out correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Albert Pla Andreu
  • Publication number: 20150021211
    Abstract: An oral appliance cleaning and storage device includes a housing, a top cap, and a bottom cap. The housing includes a first/wet compartment configured for receiving an oral appliance and a second/dry compartment configured for receiving at least one cleaner, breath mint, or other accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Robert H. CHASTAIN
  • Publication number: 20150021210
    Abstract: A pod for shipping a prepasted orthodontic appliance including a compartment having a cover or lid. The appliance includes uncured adhesive on its base and is removably attached to the underside of the lid and removable from the pod upon lifting of the lid. It is thereafter removable from the cover for placement on a tooth. The appliance is removably mounted on the lid by a compressible element frictionally engagable with an opening or openings of the appliance. When the lid is in closed position the appliance is suspended above the bottom of the pod so that the uncured adhesive does not touch the interior walls of the pod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew C. Kesling
  • 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 Radel® 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
  • Publication number: 20140374282
    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: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, JR., Alan F. Conley
  • Publication number: 20140360894
    Abstract: A carpule to store lower dosage amount of dental anesthetic solution includes a tubular extrusion, a stopper, a front cap, and a color-coded band. The front cap is connected with a front opening of the tubular extrusion while the stopper is slidably engaged with a rear opening of the tubular extrusion. An inner diaphragm of the front cap is exposed through a central opening of the front cap so that the dental needle can be traversed into the tubular extrusion through the inner diaphragm. Additionally, the cross-sectional diameter of the central opening is similar to the cross-sectional diameter of the front opening so that the front cap is able to provide an expanded surface area for the dental needle to traverse through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Ethel Marlene Miles
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8794433
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a package assembly for placing it on a surface and for storing and/or delivering substances, preferably dental substances, comprising: at least one container with at least one base and at least one lid; and at least one hinge connecting the base and the lid; wherein the base and the lid comprise at least a first and second lever; the first and second levers are provided at the container essentially on the side of the hinge and; a projection of the first lever onto the surface and the second lever extend with their free ends essentially in a direction away from the hinge; and wherein the container can be opened or the lid can be removed from the base by moving the ends of the first and second lever towards to each other. The invention is further directed to a method for providing dental substances, a kit with an assembly, as well as the use of an assembly and a method for storing and/or delivering dental substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Marc Peuker, Arno Hohmann, Dieter Poschmann, Michael Knee
  • Patent number: 8789701
    Abstract: An oral care kit includes a sachet having a ring shaped 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: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Publication number: 20140202892
    Abstract: Packaging system for dental implants allowing the conditioning of different types of implants due to its height regulation capacity that, additionally, eases the handling and the removal of the packaging implant by a gripper-shape mechanism, reducing damages or contamination risks of the implant before the usage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: JJGC INDUSTRIA E COMERCIO DE MATERIAIS DENTARIOS S.A.
    Inventors: Geninho Thome, Alexsander Luiz Golin, Ilderaldo Jose Lucca, Ivanio Pereira da Silva, Milton Roberto Souza
  • Patent number: 8763796
    Abstract: A dispenser including a first sheet defining at least part of one or more cavities; a second sheet defining at least another part of the one or more cavities; a plurality of pull covers attached to at least one of the first sheet and the second sheet; and a plurality of floss portions each located in a corresponding cavity of the one or more cavities, wherein when a pull cover of the plurality of pull covers is separated from the first sheet or the second sheet, a corresponding floss portion of the plurality of floss portions is removed, from a corresponding cavity of the plurality of the one or more cavities. One or more of the floss portions may be attached to, or formed integrally with, a corresponding pull cover of the plurality of pull covers. A weakened area may delineate a pull cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Publication number: 20140166508
    Abstract: Packaging device (1) for a dental implant (2), comprising first (10a) and second (10b) means of lateral retention of the implant (2), which means are respectively fixed to two mutually opposite first lateral parts (11a) and (11b) of the peripheral lateral wall (4). At least one of the two first lateral parts (11a, 11b) is movable between a first position, in which the first (10a) and second (10b) means of lateral retention of the implant (2) are situated at a first distance from each other, and a second position, in which the first (10a) and second (10b) means of lateral retention of the implant (2) are situated at a second distance from each other, the second distance being shorter than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ANTHOGYGR
    Inventor: Hervé Richard
  • Publication number: 20140141387
    Abstract: A keeper for an implant comprising (a) a keeper body made of a soft-magnetic material, which comprises a recess for receiving a head of an abutment having a female thread, and a female thread extending along a center axis to have communication with the recess and having a larger nominal diameter than that of the female thread of the abutment; and (b) a stepped screw member comprising a small-diameter screw portion threadably engageable with the female thread of the abutment, and a large-diameter screw portion threadably engageable with the female thread of the keeper body; the keeper body being strongly fixed to the abutment by the stepped screw member, when the keeper body is rotated in a threadably engaging direction, after the female thread of the abutment threadably engages the small-diameter screw portion, and after the female thread of the keeper body threadably engages the large-diameter screw portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8695800
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding and packaging device for a tooth implant, with an elongate cylindrical receiving element (12) which has a cylinder wall (14) and at least one end wall (16), wherein the end wall (16) has an opening (18) for receiving a tooth implant (50), and the cylinder wall has a longitudinal opening (20) in this region. It is proposed that the longitudinal opening (20) extends over the entire length of the cylinder wall (14), that at least two grip elements (22, 24) which are mounted opposite each other on the cylinder wall and extend outward are provided, and that the cylinder wall (14) is manufactured from an elastic material such that, by application of a force, the opening (18) in the end wall (16) can be widened in order to introduce or remove a tooth implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: inpac Medizintechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Kaczorowski, Ralph Hermann
  • Patent number: 8657108
    Abstract: A packaging container is constructed by a packaging container main body with a lid portion, and a label adhered to an upper surface of the packaging container main body. An accommodating portion main body of the packaging container main body has a first flange portion around an accommodating portion, and second flange portions positioned at right and left side ends of the first flange portion and extending in an outward direction from an upper end of each of step portions having the same height as a thickness of the lid portion. Further, an engagement concave portion engaging with an engagement portion of the lid portion is formed in a front portion in the center of the first flange portion, and the label is adhered to upper surfaces of the lid portion and the second flange portions to seal the container main body, and is unsealed by a cut line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: GC Corporation
    Inventor: Kinya Nihei
  • Patent number: 8651865
    Abstract: A set of one-piece angled abutments, each abutment including an angled stump, a short intermediate cylindrical portion, and a lower threaded portion, wherein the placement of the starting point of the thread within the first round in the lower threaded portion of each abutment determines the angular orientation from 0° to 360° attained by the stump once the abutment is fully tightened to an implant located in the patient's mandible, the set has a variable number of abutments depending on the value of the constant angular offset chosen for spacing the beginning of the thread of each abutment included in the set, each set being defined by a constant angular offset with a value which is a divisor of 360 and the sets of abutments being accompanied by a circular box to easily select the abutment that attains the ideal angular orientation for a patient's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Vicente Gabriel Faus Badia
  • Patent number: 8637128
    Abstract: A package for holding fluid material suitable for preserving a dental implant is disclosed. The package has a capsule and a cap. The capsule is formed exclusively of cyclic olefin copolymer with an impermeability to moisture of less than 5% fluid loss per year and the cap is formed of low density polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Straumann Holding AG
    Inventor: Vincent Jemelin
  • Publication number: 20140021070
    Abstract: A package (1000) of oral care implements comprises an enclosure (100) having an internal cavity (110), a retainer (200), and a plurality of oral care implements (300) detachably mounted to the retainer (200) in a fixed orientation relative to one another. The retainer (200) and the oral care implements (300) are disposed within the internal cavity (110) of the enclosure (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Yi Jun Le, Feng Zhi Zhang
  • Patent number: 8631931
    Abstract: The present document describes a storage box for at least one of a dental prosthesis and a dental appliance. The storage box comprises: a container portion capable of holding a liquid; a holding area substantially within the container portion and for placing the at least one of a dental prosthesis and a dental appliance; a cover for placing over the container portion; and an external covering material substantially covering the container portion and the cover. In another embodiment, a separator divides the holding area in two or more parts. In another embodiment, the cover comprises a groove in which a seal can be lodged to hermetically seal the opening upon closure of the cover. The cover may also have a lip to hold liquid in the cover until the cover is sufficiently closed to release the liquid into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Danielle Patenaude
  • Patent number: 8622206
    Abstract: Improved peel-to-open packages including sachets, pouches, and the like are disclosed. The packages are made of substrate layers removably adhered together using an adhesive pattern of seal(s) that are characterized by peel forces. The adhesive pattern is designed to provide for controlled opening of the packages, in some embodiments to a predetermined stopping point, such that any product(s) contained therein are presented to the consumer for removal. Further design features include, but are not limited to, offset tabs, textures, color variations and text, which may further provide for easy, intuitive opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Miles Miller, Randy Joseph Lakes, Matthew Joshua Brewer, Barbara Ann Cappel
  • Publication number: 20130327658
    Abstract: The present invention relates apparatus for holding material to be dispensed in a surgical setting, and in particular that: (a) allows for small portions of material to be dispensed efficiently, (b) resists evaporation of volatile agents in the material being dispensed, (c) reduces exposure of the material to light and actinic radiation during intermittent use, and (d) supports autoclaving in order to fulfill sterilization standards in surgical setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: FARDA HOLDINGS LTD.
    Inventor: Mohammad Reza Nouri
  • Publication number: 20130319883
    Abstract: A mouthrinse containing chitosan or pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salt thereof with fluoride ions, for use against erosive tooth demineralization, and kits containing chitosan or pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salt thereof with fluoride ions, wherein one of the two active agents is comprised in a mouthrinse, are described. The mouthrinse may furthermore comprise dissolved tin, in particular stannous ions. Mouthrinses containing chitosan or pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salt thereof with fluoride ions are tested in the treatment or prevention of erosive tooth demineralisation caused by citric acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: GABA INTERNATIONAL HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Dally Moya Argilagos, Cornelia Scheffel, Turan Matur, Andre Brunella
  • Publication number: 20130313131
    Abstract: Method for producing a patient-specific bracket body (7) for a modular bracket (1) having a pad (3) and a bracket body (7), which comprises the following steps: a) providing a raw bracket body (9) having a spacer section (9d), b) establishing a first parameter for cutting through the spacer section (9d), a distance of a resulting cut surface of the spacer section (9d) from the slot (11), in order to establish a suitable height of the bracket body (7), c) establishing a second parameter for cutting through the spacer section (9d), a cutting angle to a mesio-distal axis, in order to establish a suitable torque value of the bracket body (7), d) establishing a third parameter for cutting through the spacer section (9d), a cutting angle to an occlusal-gingival axis, in order to establish a suitable rotation value of the bracket body (7), e) cutting through the spacer section (9d) according to the three established parameters, whereby a bracket body (7) is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: DW LINGUAL SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Hoang Viet-Ha Julius Vu, Dirk Wiechmann
  • Patent number: 8584838
    Abstract: A container (10) for mixing components, the container including a main body (12) defining a main chamber (17), a liquid receptacle (16), and a plunger (18). The main chamber has a distal end (26) which has an end cap (28). The main chamber also includes a central aperture (30) sealed by a frangible membrane (38). In use, the plunger causes liquid in the liquid receptacle to be pushed through an internal wall (22), having a weakened portion (24) therein, into the main chamber to mix the liquid with a powder contained in the main chamber. The liquid and powder are mixed to form a paste that is accessed by an applicator which is used to break the frangible membrane (38). The paste is preferably of the type used in dentistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: SDI (North America), Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua James Cheetham
  • Patent number: 8584298
    Abstract: A finger mounted instrument cleaner (2) of the type having an elongated semi-circumferential protective body (4) to desirably wrap around a finger. The protective body (4) has a volume of absorbent foam or cleaning member (22) thereon and a securing means to engage a finger. The securing means comprises a semi-circumferential finger clasp (12) pivotably conjoined to a first side of said protective body by a flexible juncture or flexion pivot (10) and a clasp securing extension (18) contiguous to an opposing second side of said protective body. The finger clasp (12) and clasp securing extension (18) have a predetermined number of ratchet teeth formed thereon. Desirably pivoting said engaging clasp (12) to communicate with clasp securing extension (18) engages the ratchet teeth to form a variably interlocking circumferential union with said protective body (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Brian D. Viscomi, Dominic Anthony Viscomi, Julie Glazer
  • Patent number: 8499531
    Abstract: A method and system for producing, marking, and packaging ingots for use in fabricating dental prosthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Aalba Dent Inc.
    Inventors: Vince Benetti, Wolfgang Ott
  • Publication number: 20130180870
    Abstract: A packaging container is constructed by a packaging container main body with a lid portion, and a label adhered to an upper surface of the packaging container main body. An accommodating portion main body of the packaging container main body has a first flange portion around an accommodating portion, and second flange portions positioned at right and left side ends of the first flange portion and extending in an outward direction from an upper end of each of step portions having the same height as a thickness of the lid portion. Further, an engagement concave portion engaging with an engagement portion of the lid portion is formed in a front portion in the center of the first flange portion, and the label is adhered to upper surfaces of the lid portion and the second flange portions to seal the container main body, and is unsealed by a cut line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: GC Corporation
    Inventor: GC Corporation
  • Patent number: 8413811
    Abstract: A dispenser container assembly for storing and dispensing a medical/dental device comprises a support section, including first and second opposed clamshell halves pivoted together at a flexible hinge. Each clamshell half has a contact edge mating with a like contact edge of an opposed half to form a contained space therein. Each contact edge also has a feature mating with a like feature of an opposed contact edge to produce a mounting aperture for supporting a medical/dental device within the contained space. A cap section has a closed end and an open end that engages the support section to maintain the first and second opposed clamshell halves in a closed condition and to enclose an exterior portion of the medical/dental device supported in the mounting aperture of the support section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Arendt
  • Publication number: 20130075282
    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: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, JR., Alan F. Conley
  • Patent number: 8348050
    Abstract: A dispenser including a first sheet defining at least part of one or more cavities; a second sheet defining at least another part of the one or more cavities; a plurality of pull covers attached to at least one of the first sheet and the second sheet; and a plurality of floss portions each located in a corresponding cavity of the one or more cavities, wherein when a pull cover of the plurality of pull covers is separated from the first sheet or the second sheet, a corresponding floss portion of the plurality of floss portions is removed from a corresponding cavity of the plurality of the one or more cavities. One or more of the floss portions may be attached to, or formed integrally with, a corresponding pull cover of the plurality of pull covers. A weakened area may delineate a pull cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 8342841
    Abstract: A storage device is provided for holding bone implant surgery articles. The storage device includes a body defining a plurality of openings capable of holding at least one rotatable drill bit that may be mounted on a drill and used to form a bore in bone and at least one implant container that holds an implant capable of being placed in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zimmer Dental, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson Vogel, Charles Howlett, Mojtaba Esfahni
  • Publication number: 20120325690
    Abstract: A personal hygiene containing apparatus includes a folded matchbook-like envelope structure and at least one plurality dental cleaning devices detachably secured to the envelope structure. The outside of the envelope includes advertising materials. The dental cleaning devices may be floss toothpicks having a reflective surface and may be individually sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Ronald Brodkin, J. Randall Timko
  • Patent number: 8303307
    Abstract: Holding element for a dental implant including: an engagement section adapted for engagement with a manipulating tool; a retention section joined to the engagement section and adapted for engagement with a package, in particular an ampule; and a clamping section joined to the retention section and adapted for connecting the holding element to the dental implant, the clamping section including a force transmission element, wherein the clamping section further includes a clamping element provided with an elastic means extending in a non-compressed position thereof at and beyond the outer perimeter defined by the force transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Straumann Holding AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Mundwiler, Daniel Günter, Miodrag Lazic, Marcello Memmolo, Stéphane Courvoisier