Method Or Material For Testing, Treating, Restoring, Or Removing Natural Teeth Patents (Class 433/215)
  • Patent number: 10335248
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a custom surgical stent. A human third molar tooth bud ablation system for use in a tooth bud ablation procedure that results in tooth agenesis. A tooth bud ablation procedure that results in tooth agenesis. These methods, systems, and procedures may include and/or use ablation probe tips and/or stents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRIAGENICS, INC.
    Inventor: Leigh E. Colby
  • Patent number: 10327870
    Abstract: Methods and devices for subperiosteal minimally invasive aesthetic ridge augmentation and reconstruction, including of the mandible and maxilla. Implementation of procedures that manipulate the tissue to accept an implantable article are carried out. The reconstruction or augmentation involves selecting a surgical site at which an implantable article is to be installed, making one or more incisions in the tissue remote from the selected site, developing a tunnel leading to the site, forming a pouch under the periosteum at the site, and positioning an implantable article, such as a bone graft, in the pouch using the tunnel as the passageway. Implementations may include forming a customized bone graft to address a specific defect, and providing specially configured instruments for use in carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Ernesto A. Lee
  • Patent number: 10314493
    Abstract: A plaque detection apparatus (70) and method make use of an excitation source (72), a light detector (74) and a controller (76). The excitation source (72) outputs wavelength modulated light (?ex) to an evaluation site (80) that has a periodically changing wavelength centered around a wavelength corresponding to a non-linearity in an absorption and/or a fluorescence excitation spectrum for a chosen plaque. The chosen plaque exhibits spectral characteristics different from non-chosen plaque and/or interfering species. The light detector (74) detects light (?site) (84) received from the evaluation site (80), including site reflected light (?refl) and/or site emitted light (?em). The controller (76) operatively couples to the excitation source (72) and the light detector (74) for controlling the excitation source to output the wavelength modulated light and detecting plaque as a function of the detected light (?site) and at least one higher harmonic of the wavelength modulation frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Olaf Thomas Johan Antonie Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10299887
    Abstract: The provision of dental restorations can be improved by generating a cold atmospheric plasma inside the mouth of the patient and then applying that cold atmospheric plasma onto a dental restoration site. The dental restoration site can be composed of either or both of dentin and enamel. Further, the provision of dental restorations can also be improved by introducing a dental adhesive onto a dental restoration site and treating it with a cold atmospheric plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Nanova, Inc., Curators of the University of Missouri Office of Intellectual Property Admin.
    Inventors: Qingsong Yu, Hao Li, Meng Chen
  • Patent number: 10292799
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for whitening teeth, including both a tank (16) for at least part of the whitening product in solid or semi-solid form, and a tank (17) of a product in liquid form and means designed to mix the products in powder form and in liquid form before they come out of a nozzle (14), the device also includes a duct (18) leading to the nozzle (14) and operatively connected to a pressurized energy source (219) from which, on command, a flow of gas extends; operatively connected in an intermediate position of a first stretch (18A) of the duct (18) there being the tank (16) of at least part of the whitening product; operatively connected in an intermediate position of a second stretch (18B) of the duct (18) there being the tank (17) of product in liquid form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Chiara Domenica Sergi
  • Patent number: 10285778
    Abstract: An ablation procedure. The ablation procedure may be applied to tooth buds and result in tooth agenesis. The ablation procedure may be applied to lesions or tumors. A method for using a tooth bud ablation system in a tooth bud ablation procedure for ablating a tooth bud, said tooth bud having a middle, said procedure resulting in the agenesis of said tooth. The tooth may be a third molar in a human patient. A method for creating a third molar tooth bud ablation system including a custom surgical stent and an ablation probe tip for use in a third molar tooth bud ablation procedure that results in the agenesis of a third molar in a human patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TRIAGENICS, INC.
    Inventor: Leigh E. Colby
  • Patent number: 10282489
    Abstract: A method for designing a virtual abutment for manufacturing an abutment part of a dental restoration for a patient, the dental restoration further including a crown configured for being seated at the abutment, wherein the method includes loading a virtual anatomy surface into an electronic data processing device, the virtual anatomy surface expressing a target shape of the crown portion of the dental restoration; loading an obtained virtual abutment including a virtual abutment finish line into the electronic data processing device; and modifying the obtained virtual abutment by executing one or more computer implemented algorithms using the electronic data processing device, where the algorithms are configured to adapt the shape of the obtained virtual abutment such that the virtual abutment finish line of the modified virtual abutment is aligned with the virtual anatomy surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: 3Shape A/S
    Inventor: Rune Fisker
  • Patent number: 10258442
    Abstract: An oral irrigator includes a base having a pump mechanism, a reservoir housed within the base and fluidically connected with the pump mechanism. A handle with a jet tip is connected with an outlet from the pump mechanism to receive a pressurized fluid stream from the reservoir to direct a fluid at a surface inside an oral cavity. The oral irrigator also includes a radiant energy source and delivery system for directing radiant energy at a surface inside an oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Snyder, Gordon Haszier, Harold A. Luettgen, Kenneth A. Hair, Daniel Bernard Cover
  • Patent number: 10238478
    Abstract: An oral appliance is provided for delivering a medicament to at least a portion of teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside a mouth. The oral appliance contains an interior surface having a medicament disposed in or on at least a portion of and/or the entire interior surface of the oral appliance. The interior surface of the oral cavity is formed to fit contours of at least the portion of the teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside the oral cavity and is configured for holding the medicament in contact with at least the portion of the teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside the oral cavity to deliver the medicament to strategic areas in need of treatment. In some embodiments, computer, network and computer readable storage media are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Peter John Zegarelli
  • Patent number: 10242128
    Abstract: Tools in a system for the design of customized three-dimensional models of dental restorations for subsequent manufacturing. Dental restorations such as implant abutments, copings, crowns, wax-ups, bridge frameworks. Moreover, a computer-readable medium for implementing such a system on a computer. A system for designing at least one dental restoration, said system including: a display, means for acquiring and displaying a three dimensional dental restoration model of the dental restoration, and means for displaying a plurality of control points, each of the control points corresponding to a respective location on the dental restoration model, and each of said control points enabling manual customization of the dental restoration model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: 3SHAPE A/S
    Inventors: Rune Fisker, Tais Clausen, Nikolaj Deichmann
  • Patent number: 10213275
    Abstract: A multifunctional diagnostic tray configured to clasp an oral structure when positioned in a mouth. The tray may be digitally designed from surface scan data of the mouth and manufactured. The tray provides a temporary positioning reference location that may be viewed in a tomography scan data set. The tray may be used to orient and verify the tomography scan data set and the surface scan data set to create a combined master data file that may be used to determine the appropriate location for a dental implant or other dental procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: IBUR, LLC
    Inventors: Randall C. Groscurth, Shoko U. Groscurth
  • Patent number: 10195071
    Abstract: Bruxism, which is a human medical condition characterized by clenching of the jaw and/or grinding of teeth, leads to conditions such as severe tooth wear and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. Described herein is a biofeedback device that utilizes the human physiological reflex to open the mouth when the nasal airway is obstructed. The device and method blocks the nasal airway while clenching, but allows nasal respiration while not clenching. Clenching of the jaw and breathing through the mouth cannot happen simultaneously while unconscious.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: William Karl Vezina, Sue Margaret Vezina
  • Patent number: 10173072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for cosmetic treatment by light comprising: at least one light emission source (10); a reference surface (5) fixed with respect to said light emission source, at least one distance sensor (20) for measuring a distance between the reference surface (5) and a cosmetic treatment area (30) of the skin, a microcontroller (3) suitable for controlling the emission power of each light source (10), in which the emission power of each light source is slaved to the distance measured by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Thi Hong Lien Planard-Luong, Andre Beaufils
  • Patent number: 10162935
    Abstract: A visible light imaging system includes acquisition circuitry, an image generator that generates at least one of a visible light image and a visible light video with light sensed by the acquisition circuitry, a memory, and a controller. The controller, in response to executing instructions of the memory: launches a scan application, visually presents a first soft tool that retrieves an identification of a subject of interest to an imaging study based on a user input, obtains at least one of a visible light image and a visible light video, which is generated by the acquisition circuitry and the image generator for the subject, associates the retrieved identification of the subject and the at least one of the image and the video, and transfers the at least one of the image and the video, the identification of the subject, and the association to a data repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Uma Pidathala, Roshan Davis, Swapnil Vinod, Sitaram Baldwa
  • Patent number: 10130450
    Abstract: A laser induced thermo-acoustical system has a waveguide for propagating laser radiation to an absorbing layer of a tip. The tip has an absorbing layer serving to absorb the laser radiation propagating through the waveguide. The absorbing layer has such an absorption coefficient that upon absorbing the laser radiation the absorbing layer heats up to boil a quantity of a liquid when the tip is surrounded by the liquid. A laser induced thermo-acoustical method calls for providing a waveguide for propagating laser radiation to the absorbing layer of the tip to be at least partially absorbed by the absorbing layer and to boil a quantity of the liquid surrounding the tip and generating the stream of liquid. The laser induced thermo-acoustical streaming of the liquid is used, in particular, for the treatment of a root canal and periodontal pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: IPG Photonics Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory B. Altshuler, Andrei V. Belikov, Alexei V. Skrypnik
  • Patent number: 10117010
    Abstract: A mouthguard configured to receive wireless audio signals and transmit these audio signals to a user via bone conduction may include one or more wireless antenna, a controller, a power storage device, an external power and/or data port, and one or more bone conduction speakers. The mouthguard is inserted in the user's mouth to protect against dental injuries as well as to enable communication between the user and a remote audio source. The inner surface of the mouthguard contacts the user's teeth for transmitting audio content to the user and audio content is transmitted to the wireless antenna of the mouthguard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Cole Garrett Spector, Greyson Evan Spector, Cade Wolfram Spector, Sawyer Beckett Spector
  • Patent number: 10098676
    Abstract: A surgical implant which includes: a first anchoring portion comprising two first arms movable between an inserting position and an anchoring position, in which the first arms are spread apart so as to be anchored in a first bone; a second anchoring portion to be anchored in the second bone; and an intermediate portion connecting the first anchoring portion to the second anchoring portion. The intermediate portion comprises: a recess; and a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion that are remote from one another. Bringing the first connecting portion and second connecting portion closer together moves the first arms from the inserting position thereof to the anchoring position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NOVASTEP
    Inventors: Loïc Girod, Grégory Gledel, Gilles Audic, Marc Augoyard, Romain Augoyard, Tristan Meusnier, Stéphanie Valentin
  • Patent number: 10086228
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a mouth-opening training device with which continuous rotational movement and anterior sliding movement of the temporomandibular joint can be performed smoothly, the device thereby being capable of guiding the movement of the mandible so as to trace an actual mandibular mouth-opening movement. The mouth-opening training device is provided with: an upper member, the base end of which is grasped and the tip of which can engage with a user's maxilla; a lower member, the tip of which can engage with the user's mandible and a portion of which is in contact with the upper member so as to allow sliding; and a connecting section for connecting the upper member to the lower member so as to allow sliding and allow opening and closing. As the tip of the upper member is opened with respect to the tip of the lower member, the lower member moves in the direction of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION TOKYO MEDICAL AND DENTAL UNVIERSITY
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 10076393
    Abstract: An oral appliance is provided for delivering a medicament to at least a portion of teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside a mouth. The oral appliance contains an interior surface having a medicament disposed in or on at least a portion of and/or the entire interior surface of the oral appliance. The interior surface of the oral cavity is formed to fit contours of at least the portion of the teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside the oral cavity and is configured for holding the medicament in contact with at least the portion of the teeth and/or soft tissue areas inside the oral cavity to deliver the medicament to strategic areas in need of treatment. In some embodiments, computer, network and computer readable storage media are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Peter John Zegarelli
  • Patent number: 10070944
    Abstract: A resin MMF/reimplantation device is provided with a dental arch bar that includes an elongated pliable splint and a plurality of individual spaced apart attachment members. The pliable splint includes an interiorly facing side surface and an exteriorly facing side surface. The pliable splint includes a curable component that cures from a moldable state to a rigid state in less than one minute upon being activated. Each of the attachment members is partially embedded in the pliable splint with each of the attachment members having a protuberance portion extending outwardly from the exteriorly facing side surface of the pliable splint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Lawrence D. Singer, Mark C. Domanski
  • Patent number: 10032269
    Abstract: A method of determining an indicator for the stability of a bone implant comprises providing a two- or three-dimensional image mage of a bone at a location where a bone implant is planned. Then determining a bone structural parameter, which is typically representative of trabecular bone texture at said location, from the two- or three-dimensional image, by a texture analysis of a two- or three-dimensional grey scale image in a region of interest at said location where the bone implant is planned. Finally, an indicator for the stability of the planned bone implant after implantation is determined from the bone structural parameter and from implant stability data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Christophe Lelong, Renaud Winzenrieth, Franck Michelet
  • Patent number: 10022205
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide an implant that enables functional periodontium formation around the implant after transplantation of a dental implant. In some aspects of the present invention, a tooth germ tissue-derived or a periodontal membrane tissue-derived cell mass is placed on the surface of the implant, and the surface of the implant on which the cell mass is placed is the whole or a part of the surface which is surrounded by the alveolar bone of the recipient at the time of implant transplantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ORGAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Tsuji, Masamitsu Oshima
  • Patent number: 9974630
    Abstract: An IR laser bite plate for orthodontic remodeling is disclosed, and the device can be combined with vibrational forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Heacock, Michael K. Lowe
  • Patent number: 9968419
    Abstract: Provided is a soft flexible oral appliance having protuberances that mimic naturally occurring dental Tori. An upper, palatial appliance and a lower, mandibular appliance may be used in conjunction or separately to alleviate a variety of disorders, improve facial tone, and increase physical performance. The appliances are lightweight, thin, and do not prohibit normal speech patterns when in use. Small protuberances are strategically molded along key surfaces of each appliance to stimulate nerves in the tongue and affect forward protrusion. Forward positioning of the tongue dilates the airways of the throat improving breathing while the use is sleeping, playing sports, or talking. It also reduces bruxing, or grinding of the teeth. A method is further provided, for adding protuberances to other types of oral appliances, thereby conferring some of the benefits listed above on appliances originally intended for other dental uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Ramiro Michael Alvarez, Jose Sergio Alvarez, Wayne Carl La Velle
  • Patent number: 9937105
    Abstract: The invention provides a high strength dental composition including polymerizable dental resins. The dental composition is useful as restorative material and for making various dental devices, such as artificial teeth, crowns and bridges of high strength dental polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin J Sun
  • Patent number: 9934333
    Abstract: A method for designing a virtual dental restoration for manufacturing a dental restoration for a patient, said dental restoration including an anatomy portion and a sub-gingival portion, wherein the method includes: obtaining a virtual anatomy surface expressing a target shape of the anatomy portion of the dental restoration; and creating a virtual sub-gingival surface for the sub-gingival portion of the dental restoration; where the created virtual sub-gingival surface is shaped such that it contacts the virtual anatomy surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: 3SHAPE A/S
    Inventor: Rune Fisker
  • Patent number: 9931188
    Abstract: A dental color key having at least two different color patterns or samples with different tooth colors. The entire surface area of the color key (10) may be smaller than the buccal and/or labial surface area, that is to say the vestibular surface area of two teeth, and the color patterns or samples (12) are attached adjacent to one another and particularly mounted to one single tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Gottfried Rohner, Diethard Bertsch, Michael Brotzge
  • Patent number: 9901744
    Abstract: An oral treatment device that emits light onto surfaces of a user's teeth. In one aspect, the oral treatment device includes an intraoral mouthpiece. The mouthpiece may comprise a lamp support structure comprising a lamp support surface; first and second lamps, each of the first and second lamps comprising a plurality of light emitters that generate light which is emitted from a rear surface of the lamp; each of the first and second lamps mounted to the lamp support surface, thereby forming a lamp assembly, each of the first and second lamps operably coupled to a control circuit having a power source; and a lamp retaining component coupled to the lamp support structure, a lower portion of the first lamp and an upper portion of the second lamp retained between the lamp retaining component and the lamp support surface of the lamp support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett, Evaristo Delgado, Kathryn Neal, Patrik Johansson, Mark Lowenthal
  • Patent number: 9867997
    Abstract: A handpiece assembly for laser treating a target surface and a laser system are disclosed. A handpiece assembly for laser treating a target surface includes a cable connector that is detachably coupled to a power supply and control module. The cable connector is configured to receive power and control signals from the power supply and control module. The handpiece assembly includes a laser module configured to receive the power and control signals from the cable connector and to generate electromagnetic energy based on the received power and control signals. The laser module is a replaceable module that is detachably coupled to the cable connector and a handpiece. The replaceable module allows a particular laser module to be removed from the handpiece assembly and replaced with another laser module. The handpiece assembly further includes the handpiece configured to receive the electromagnetic energy from the laser module and to direct the electromagnetic energy to the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BIOLASE, INC.
    Inventors: Dmitri Boutoussov, Rolf G. Kojima
  • Patent number: 9844426
    Abstract: A digital dental tray system is described including a dental tray shaped to at least partially surround a plurality of teeth and a plurality of three-dimensional (3D) optical imaging elements attached to the dental tray. Each of the 3D optical imaging elements comprises a structured light projector to project a light pattern onto one or more teeth of the plurality of teeth and a camera to capture an image of the one or more teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yossi Atiya, Avi Kopelman, Erez Lampert
  • Patent number: 9801603
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for detecting dental caries and an X-ray imaging apparatus and, more particularly, a method and apparatus for detecting dental caries and an X-ray imaging apparatus that can automatically detect occurrence and the degree of progress of caries by processing dental X-ray images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: VATECH Co., Ltd., VATECH EWOO Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Se Yeol Im, Dong Wan Seo, Tae Hee Han
  • Patent number: 9795345
    Abstract: The invention relates to manufacturing a surgical guide to be placed in a patient's mouth. The patient's mouth is scanned to obtain surgical-region scan data at a region where an implant is to be located. The patient's mouth is also scanned in the opened position to acquire dental conditions opposite from the surgical region to obtain opposing-condition scan data. A virtual model is developed using the surgical-region scan data and the opposing-condition scan data. Using the virtual model, a surgical plan is developed that includes the location of the implant to be installed in the patient. A virtual surgical guide is also developed based on the surgical plan. The dimensions of instrumentation to be used with the surgical guide are checked to ensure they will fit within the mouth by use of the opposing-condition scan data. After checking, final surgical-guide manufacturing information is obtained for manufacturing the surgical guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet 3I, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Berckmans, III, Zachary B. Suttin
  • Patent number: 9773306
    Abstract: A method for quantifying caries, executed at least in part on data processing hardware, the method comprising generating a digital image of a tooth, the image comprising intensity values for a region of pixels corresponding to the tooth, gum, and background; extracting a lesion area from sound tooth regions by identifying tooth regions, extracting suspicious lesion areas, and removing false positives; identifying an adjacent sound region that is adjacent to the extracted lesion area; reconstructing intensity values for tooth tissue within the lesion area according to values in the adjacent sound region; and quantifying the condition of the caries using the reconstructed intensity values and intensity values from the lesion area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Liangliang Pan, Jiayong Yan, Wei Wang, Lixing Shi, Victor C. Wong
  • Patent number: 9763760
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for irradiating an object, in particular for light-curing a dental object by means of a first radiation, the apparatus comprising at least one radiation source for emitting the first radiation, the apparatus further comprising at least one radiation sensor for measuring at least a second radiation, and the apparatus further comprising a housing. The second radiation is the first radiation reelected by the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventors: Bruno Senn, Wolfgang Plank, Gottfried Rohner
  • Patent number: 9757339
    Abstract: The present invention contemplates induction of immunological tolerance thereby providing permanent allograft acceptance. This method obviates the need for a lifelong regimen of immunosuppressive agents which can increase the risk of infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. Immunological tolerance is thought to be mediated by regulatory T lymphocytes (Treg cells) with immunosuppressive capabilities. A therapeutically relevant platform comprising artificial constructs are contemplated comprising numerous soluble and surface bound Treg cell stimulating factors that may induce tolerance following allograft transplantation. Such artificial constructs, being the size of a cell, have surface bound monoclonal antibodies specific to regulatory T-cell surface moieties and encapsulated soluble regulatory T-cell modulating factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: University Of Pittsburgh—Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher Education, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
    Inventor: Steven R. Little
  • Patent number: 9730768
    Abstract: A method of automatically producing or reproducing a customized AGP (Anterior Guidance Package) equipped splint for a patient with or without a severe malocclusion is provided. The method of automatically producing or reproducing an AGP equipped splint according to current invention comprises of combining Virtual Articulation, CAD (Computer Aided Design)-CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) method with AGP and special retentive piece technology. The method of the current invention enables a patient with or without a severe malocclusion to receive his/her customized AGP equipped splint or a replacement thereof automatically without visiting the dentist again and again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Kelly Lucas
  • Patent number: 9717577
    Abstract: A non-custom dental treatment device includes a moisture-resistant barrier layer that is flexible so as to conform to a plurality of differently-sized and shaped dental arches during use. The moisture-resistant barrier layer comprised of wax, paraffin wax and/or polyolefin. The dental treatment device also includes a substantially solid dental treatment composition adapted so as to be initially substantially dry to the touch and so as to become sticky and adhesive to dental tissue when moistened. The substantially solid dental treatment composition includes at least one tissue adhesion agent and at least one active agent, such as a dental bleaching agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce S. McLean, Dan E. Fischer, Peter M. Allred
  • Patent number: 9700380
    Abstract: A method for providing procedure guide information using a surgical guide for a dental implant, including: causing a computed tomography image and an oral scan image of a patient to acquire a combined three-dimensional image; selecting a fixture corresponding to a preset implant placement position, preparing the surgical guide in which at least one guide hole configured to guide drilling of a hole used to place the fixture is formed, and causing information about the placement of the fixture and information about drilling guidance to be calculated and prepared as information about a procedure report; outputting the procedure report; and delivering the output procedure report according to information about delivery of the surgical guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: DIO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin Chul Kim, Jin Baek Kim
  • Patent number: 9682039
    Abstract: An oromucosally absorbable liquid composition for administration to a human patient comprises one liquid containing a pH-sensitive pharmaceutically active together with one or more optional suitable pharmaceutical excipients in a first compartment; and a second liquid at pH greater than 5 containing a buffer or alkaline components together with one or more optional suitable pharmaceutical excipients in a second distinct compartment; the first and second compartments maintaining separation of the first and second liquids during storage and allowing for mixing of the two liquids to form an oromucosally absorbable composition at the point of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: MUCODEL PHARMA LLC
    Inventor: Madhu Hariharan
  • Patent number: 9662183
    Abstract: An electro-orthodontic appliance is provided that helps accelerate orthodontic tooth movement through the application of a controlled electrical current to gum and teeth, thus stimulating osteogenesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Lowe, Lawrence W. Swol
  • Patent number: 9662182
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of fabricating a dental splint for stabilizing mobile or unstable teeth or firmly rooted teeth to prevent orthodontic relapse. The fabricating of the dental splint includes the steps of: a patient's dental arch to determine if lingual reduction is required, creating a representative model of the patient's dental arch, manipulating the representative model to select a group of teeth to be included in the dental splint and to define the height and length of a one-piece extracoronal component customized to the dentition of a patient; fabricating the one-piece extracoronal component, dry fitting the fabricated one-piece extracoronal component to confirm proper fit, and adhering the fabricated one-piece extracoronal component to the mobile or unstable teeth, wherein the one-piece extracoronal component adheres to the lingual aspect of the teeth and appears substantially non-visible facially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Williams
  • Patent number: 9655692
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated, pre-programmed or custom-made guidance package is provided. The Anterior Guidance Package (AGP) of current invention is comprised of one maxillary guidance component and one mandibular guidance component produced in many shapes and sizes. Those components are attached to a maxillary retention piece and a mandibular retention piece, respectively when the mandible is at a point defined by an operator to provide ideal anterior guidance for the mandible, or to provide specialized guidance for a damaged stomatognathic system. In contrast to all current bruxism or Tempor-mandibular disorders (TMD) appliances, the AGP according to current invention provides a wide range of features and options including three-dimensional control, superior mechanical advantage and preferable vertical dimension at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Kelly Wade Lucas
  • Patent number: 9655818
    Abstract: A multi-film delivery system for a multi-component tooth whitening, desensitization and remineralization composition is disclosed which comprises a first orally dissolvable film made of a liquid-soluble or liquid dispersible polymer system containing a peroxide activation compound or complex and desensitizing agents and/or remineralizing agents and/or anti-inflammatory agents, and a separate second undissolvable film containing a tooth whitening peroxide compound, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, stabilizers and thickeners, and/or desensitizing agents and/or remineralizing agents and/or anti-inflammatory agents, which, when applied together on teeth surfaces, the peroxide activation compound/complex on the first film activates the peroxide compound on the second film, and accelerates the release of active bleaching radicals for accelerated whitening action. The first and second films are maintained separate from one another until application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Bo Tao
  • Patent number: 9636198
    Abstract: A dental whitening system has a removable heating component that includes a heating plate having a heat generator. A positioning element, such as a dental tray, is used to position the removable heating component inside the person's lips, over and proximate to the person's teeth, so that heat from the heating plate is directed to the person's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: J-Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Kodama
  • Patent number: 9616005
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing a dental bleaching device including a dental bleaching composition and a barrier layer. The bleaching composition includes a dental bleaching agent, a generally linear high molecular weight polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and/or polyethylene oxide (PEO) tissue adhesion agent that imparts adhesiveness, a rheology-modifying agent such as fumed silica or fumed alumina that reduces or eliminates stringiness otherwise caused by the high molecular weight PVP and/or PEO, and a carrier. The barrier layer may comprise a dental tray or strip. Dental treatment devices including a barrier layer and a quantity of the dental bleaching composition positioned adjacent to the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Allred
  • Patent number: 9605949
    Abstract: A displacement sensor includes a light source unit configured to apply light with different plural wavelengths in a direction oblique to a measurement region of a planar measured object, a spectroscope configured to measure spectral distribution of light reflected by the measurement region, a feature amount extracting module configured to extract a feature amount of the spectral distribution, and a displacement calculating module configured to calculate displacement of the measurement region based on the extracted feature amount and a relation between displacement and a feature amount acquired previously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Tsujii, Naomichi Chida, Kazufumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 9597359
    Abstract: Described is a method of forming a mineralized material by co-culturing epithelial cell, such as ameloblast, and mesenchymal cell, such as osteoblast or odontoblast, in a mineral-stimulating medium. Also described is a matrix seeded with epithelial cells and mesenchymal cells and infused with a mineral-stimulating medium capable of forming a mineralized material in the matrix. Methods of manufacturing such compositions and methods of treating mineralization-related conditions are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Mao, Mo Chen
  • Patent number: 9597162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vibrating orthodontic device (1) to be used as an adjuvant for the treatment of correcting malocclusions, the capture comprising vibrating devices (5 and 6) that promote teeth vibration, improving movement of teeth, reducing pain and the time of treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Celestino José Prudente Nóbrega, Rogerio Amaral Tupinambá, Gustavo Ravanhani Matuck, Jorge Luis Guedes Alves
  • Patent number: 9566132
    Abstract: Various methods and systems for designing a restored smile are provided. One method includes receiving scan data of a patient's teeth, developing a digital model of the patient's teeth via a computing device, where the model represents the patient's teeth based upon the scan data, creating a dental treatment plan to restore one or more teeth from an initial condition to a successive condition, and wherein a final condition of the one or more is based on the one or more teeth having at least one planned additional restorative tooth structure provided therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Stone-Collonge, Eric E. Kuo, Rick M. Matty, Fabio Pettinati, Thomas Maurer, Dzmitry Sanko
  • Patent number: 9566137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for validating a drilling template for producing an implant-borne tooth replacement before performing an implant drilling. The drilling template produced is placed on dental structures of a jaw area that is to be provided with the tooth replacement. A measuring element is inserted into the drill guide of the drilling template, wherein the measuring element and at least one partial region of the dental structures not covered by the drilling template is measured using an optical three-dimensional measuring method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SIRONA DENTAL SYSTEMS GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Hehn