Hand-held Implement With Material Supply Patents (Class 433/89)
  • Patent number: 10441509
    Abstract: Computerized oral prescription administration with refillable medication dispensing devices and associated systems and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a substance dispensing apparatus includes a housing sized and shaped for handheld use, the housing having at least one wall and a biometric sensor coupled to the at least one wall; a processor in communication with the biometric sensor, the processor configured to determine whether an intended user's unique biometric attribute is detected by the biometric sensor based on input received from the biometric sensor; and a pump in communication with the processor, the pump configured to dispense a substance from a reservoir to a mouth of the intended user in response to the processor determining that the intended user's unique biometric attribute is detected by the biometric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BERKSHIRE BIOMEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Rouse, Susan B. Owen, Christy Corey, Carlton Chow, Michael Turi, Larry Bischoff, Steven Hartman, Robert Boyer, Richard Cronenberg, Michael Quinn, James Lynch
  • Patent number: 10390915
    Abstract: An oral care implement having an applicator. In one aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement having: a body having a handle and a head coupled to a distal end of the handle, the body extending along a longitudinal axis; a store of oral care material located within the body; an applicator on the body, the applicator having a plurality of outlets in fluid communication with the store of oral care material, the plurality of outlets located on a concave dispensing surface of the applicator; and an actuator operably coupled to the store of oral care material to dispense the oral care material through the plurality of outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, Kelly Gail Duncan, Matthew Lee Kolb
  • Patent number: 10335548
    Abstract: A syringe assembly includes a barrel fitted internally with a head of a plunger, an inner plug, an outer plug each slidably engaged to the barrel, and a collapsible framework. A first chamber for containing a solvent is between the head and the inner plug, a second chamber for containing a solute is between the inner plug and the outer plug, and a third chamber containing the collapsible framework is between the outer plug and a discharge end of the barrel. The head, the inner plug, and the outer plug move sequentially through the first, second, and third chambers, respectively, collapsing the framework between the outer plug and the discharge end for sequentially initially mixing the solvent with the solute in the second chamber, turbulent mixing the solvent and the solute in the third chamber, and injecting the solution through the discharge end from the third chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cinti Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander J. Wasson
  • Patent number: 10259635
    Abstract: A storage and mixing device includes a mixing compartment, two pistons that each extend from the mixing compartment and end in a displacement section, each piston defining a passageway having a first opening communicating with the mixing compartment and a second opening communicating with an inlet at the displacement section, and a housing having two piston guides and a cartridge compartment connected to the piston guide, each piston guide slidably receiving one of the pistons, and each cartridge compartment receiving a removable cartridge that includes a cavity for containing separate substances and an opening sealed by a cartridge seal. The displacement section of each piston includes a piercing member for piercing the cartridge seal of the cartridge arranged in the corresponding cartridge compartment, such that the displacement section enters the cartridge cavity and displaces the contained substance into the mixing compartment via the inlet and the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SULZER MIXPAC AG
    Inventors: Josef Ettlin, Daniel Strasser, Cedric Ullmann
  • Patent number: 9861461
    Abstract: A sling for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may be placed and stabilized using a midurethral sling stabilizer. First, a sling may be placed beneath the urethra in a position to support the urethra, without tension. The midurethral sling stabilizer may then be inserted in a manner where the distal end partially encompasses and stabilizes the sling through a partial aperture and stabilizes the sling in a desired position, without tension. Once the sling is stabilized in the desired position, the sheath may be removed from the sling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Joye Lowman
  • Patent number: 9788922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cleaning teeth by removal of dental biofilm. In one illustrative embodiment, a custom fit tray that fits over the teeth and seals against the gum of a mammal. A number of ports are embedded in the tray, each in fluid communication with a hose or line supplied with either a vacuum or an irrigant/fluid source. A small space between the tray and the teeth provides for fluid to flow around the teeth. A router may be connected to both an irrigant fluid supply reservoir and a vacuum pump to direct either fluid or vacuum to the various hoses with the routing changing over time for optimum cleaning. Air may be injected into the cleaning fluid in varying amounts, to create bubbles, water droplets, and/or boluses of the cleaning fluid to increase and focus the hydrodynamic forces of the fluid upon reaching the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Bennett H. Jacoby
  • Patent number: 9724179
    Abstract: An oral care device is disclosed. The oral care device includes a housing being at least partly formed of an electrically isolating material; a capacitor having a first electrode and a second electrode, the first and second electrodes being electrically isolated by the electrically isolating material of the housing such that they are not exposed to an outside environment of the oral care device; and a processor unit being electrically connected to the first and second electrodes. The processor unit is arranged such that during operation of the oral care device it determines a capacitance (x) of the capacitor in order to determine whether the oral care device is within a user's oral cavity or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Simeth, Philipp Jung, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 9668835
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a tissue management impression material and a method of application into the sulcus of a patient, whereby the tissue management impression material is a part of the final dental impression made when manufacturing a dental device, such as a crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Richard Pierson, Fuming Sun, Richard James Bennett, Robert J. Pieroni
  • Patent number: 9566379
    Abstract: The invention is directed to providing, at the exit from the nozzle of an irrigator, an intermittent gas-liquid jet for enabling effective cleaning, while being easy to use, A bulb (1) has an aerator introduced therein which is in the form of a tubular element (7) with open tips (71, 72) and a perforation region (73) in the side wall of the element (7), the region having at least one hole. The end of the tubular element (7) on the open-ended side is freely disposed in the cavity of the bulb (1), and the tip (71) is disposed with clearance from the base of the bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Anatoly Anatolyevich Kutyev, Andrey Vasilyevich Konin
  • Patent number: 9427335
    Abstract: A method for rinsing and delivering a bone graft. The method includes selecting a delivery syringe containing bone graft material wherein the syringe is coupled to a filter assembly, determining a bone graft:fluid ratio, washing the bone graft material, reconstituting the bone graft material to generate the bone graft with the predetermined bone graft:fluid ratio, and delivering the bone graft to a surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Biomet Biologics, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Ponticiello, Surinder Saran Mathur
  • Patent number: 9283059
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a tissue management impression material and a method of application into the sulcus of a patient, whereby the tissue management impression material is a part of the final dental impression made when manufacturing a dental device, such as a crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Pierson, Fuming Sun, Richard J Bennett, Robert Pieroni
  • Patent number: 9259300
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a dental material comprises a compartment for the dental material, a piston for extruding the dental material from the compartment, and a spindle drive for moving the piston and the compartment relative to one another. The spindle drive comprises first and second threads which are operable for moving the piston. The first thread has a first pitch and the second thread has a different second pitch. In one embodiment, the invention may provide a relatively inexpensive and reliable dental dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Emir Jelovac, Marc Peuker, Ozcan Donmez
  • Patent number: 9204946
    Abstract: The spray assembly for a droplet spray teeth cleaning system includes a guidance member at the end thereof. The spray assembly includes a nozzle through which a spray of liquid is directed to the teeth for cleaning. The guidance member is configured and mounted relative to the nozzle to provide a selected standoff distance between the nozzle and the teeth and includes a portion which is configured to fit in the interproximal space between adjacent teeth and gums, or against the frontal portions of the teeth, so that the user knows the location of the spray relative to the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Garrett Kotlarchik, Joseph W. Grez, Craig Black, Bart J. Massee, Paul Bas, Peter Alexander Wachters, Katrina Rockey, Wolter Benning, Jerry Wood, Paulus Cornelis Duineveld, Jozef Johannes Maria Janssen, Petrus Henricus De Leeuw
  • Patent number: 9125484
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a head (12), a handle (10), a neck portion (11) connecting the head and the handle, and a reservoir (15) located in the neck portion which contains at least one active agent. The implement has an activator (22) for activating a delivery device which delivers the active agent to one or more outlets (50). A wide variety of types of active agents may be administered at appropriate and accurate doses for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: John Gatzemeyer
  • Publication number: 20150118646
    Abstract: An application tip for dispensing a dental material has a tubular dispensing end made of a plastic material. The dispensing end being formed of a circumferential wall having a thickness T1 and which forms a dispensing opening of a diameter Di1 and having a diameter-to-thickness-ratio Di1:T1 at the opening which is 13 or greater. The wall thickness increases in a direction away from the opening. The application tip preferably facilitates appropriately depositing the dental material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Peuker, Andreas J. Boehm
  • Publication number: 20150111170
    Abstract: Aspects described herein pertain to restoring damaged portions of tooth or bone using plasma mediated deposition. In an embodiment, a biocompatible carrier gas is ionized to form a biocompatible atmospheric plasma stream. Restoration material, such as nano-scale powdered hydroxyapatite, is introduced into the plasma stream, which is then applied to a damaged portion of a bone or tooth. The restoration material is deposited on the damaged portion of the bone or tooth, thus restoring a shape and mechanical integrity of the bone or tooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Frederick R. Guy, SR.
  • Publication number: 20150086940
    Abstract: The invention concerns a hand apparatus (1), in particular for dental purposes, for dispensing a pasty filler mass (M) the viscosity of which can be reduced by supplying vibration energy, having an apparatus housing (5), having a container (4) for the pasty filler mass (M), having an exit nozzle (11) standing, in connection with the container (4), having a vibration generator (3), and having pressure production means (18) for exercising pressure on the pasty filler mass (M). In order to improve the transfer of vibrations in the region of the of the hand apparatus the vibration generator (3) and the container (4) are mounted movably with respect to the apparatus housing (5) and are directly vibration-coupled with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: KALTENBACH & VOIGT GMBH
    Inventor: WALTER MOSSLE
  • Patent number: 8961174
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a motor (20) which drives a first compound gear (28) having first and second portions (26, 32), the second portion driving a second compound gear (36). The second compound gear has one portion (38) which has teeth over only one half the circumference thereof. The apparatus further includes an air cylinder (12) and a rack (62) and a spring assembly (66) a sealing end portion (64) of the rack fitting in a fluid-tight relationship with the air cylinder, wherein the rack member is engaged by the one portion of the second compound gear, compressing the spring when the teeth thereon engage the rack member. When the no-teeth portion comes adjacent the rack member, the rack is released and the sealing end of the rack member is forced by action of the spring into the air cylinder, producing bursts of air. The second compound gear also drives a peristaltic pump, producing liquid in bursts which are directed to a mixing chamber 58, from which a stream of liquid droplets exit through exit 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Craig Kortick Black, Dainia Edwards, Skookumchuck Pong, Jonathan Kling
  • Publication number: 20150050615
    Abstract: Methods and devices for delivering precise metered amounts of dental material during a dental procedure. The invention provides devices and methods for restricting the delivery area of the exit of a dental compule or capsule, thereby providing a specific amount of dental material. The devices include applicator tips having a smaller fluid exit than that of the compule or capsule that can be mated externally wlth a dental compule or capsule to reduce the amount of instant dental material being delivered from the capsule or compule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gary J. Pond
  • Publication number: 20150037752
    Abstract: A syringe for injecting solid, hard and rough granular material includes: a longitudinal injection chamber having constant section and an internal diameter of less than 4.5 mm, having a distal outlet mouth for the flow out of the material, whose surface is the same as the injection chamber, and a proximal mouth, in which granular material is inserted; a plunger sealedly mobile along the injection chamber, joined to a stem which enters the injection chamber through the proximal mouth, the plunger having: a transversal section which sealingly couples with the surface of the injection chamber, and having an operative surface, facing towards the distal mouth of the injection chamber; and a body projecting longitudinally internally of the injection chamber, fixed substantially axially to the operating surface of the plunger, having a diameter that is less than 70% of that of the injection chamber and a length greater than 6 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: C.G.M. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Corrado Saverio Parmigini
  • Publication number: 20150017602
    Abstract: The present invention is a hand-held device for dispensing multiple controlled dosage of powered material having a main body, a cavity in the main body constructed and arranged to be operatively associated with an actuator for dispensing a medicament, an actuator constructed and arranged for dispensing said medicament from said cavity through a delivery device, and a tip attached to said second end of said main body, wherein said tip is constructed and arranged at a fixed angle relative to said main body to facilitate periodontal delivery of a medicament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Max Arocha
  • Patent number: 8920168
    Abstract: An oral care implement has a head portion with tooth cleaning elements on one surface thereof and a reservoir containing at least one active agent. A capillary channel extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver active agent(s) to one or more outlets. In one aspect, a vibration-producing device is provided to vibrate at least a portion of the implement to enhance the function of tooth cleaning elements and the delivery of the active agent through capillary action. A variety of active agents can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Thomas J. Boyd, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Bruce M. Russell
  • Patent number: 8915736
    Abstract: A curable dental composition comprising a monomer with a polyalicyclic structure element that can be used for filling and/or sealing of a root canal is described. Also described is a composition useful as a dental material and a method for preparing such a composition. New polymerizable monomers comprising at least one polyalicyclic structure element and certain ethylenic structure elements, which are particularly suitable for use in a dental composition, and the use of the new monomers in a dental composition are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Voco GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Blömker, Manfred Stepputtis, Reinhard Maletz, Manfred Thomas Plaumann, Nils Fontein
  • Publication number: 20140356807
    Abstract: The method of the present invention is directed to the storage and dispensing of a peroxide containing tooth whitening composition. During storage and subsequent use the composition in the storage chamber must be maintained segregated from the applicator surface. This is accomplished by delivering the peroxide containing tooth whitening composition from the storage chamber through a delivery channel having a length and a cross-sectional diameter sufficient to preclude the migration of moisture and the enzyme catalase from the application surface to the storage chamber. The composition is applied to teeth by means of bristles, a sponge surface or fibrillated surface. This applicator can be used with both aqueous and non-aqueous peroxide containing tooth whitening compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Prencipe, Suman Chopra, Joseph Thomas Norris, Adolfo Serrano
  • Publication number: 20140342308
    Abstract: The invention is a low-splash dental fluid distribution implement with the ability to evenly wear down tooth decay, diseased tissue, or undesired dentin in oral applications with live patients. The directed multi-beams of pressurized fluid are a combined plurality of individual beams paired in such a manner that the reflected fluid bursts are inwardly directed against each other. This canceling effect prevents damage to the oral tissues of the patient's mouth by curtailing outward bound bursts of fluid arising from the initial directed impact. Also, the outer edges of the strike zone receive a comparable force as that which hits the center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Arthur Kitchings Weathers, T. Wilfred Pye
  • Publication number: 20140342309
    Abstract: A cannula for a multifunction dental syringe includes a fastener bushing that is defined by a circular opening, an end wall, and a side wall comprising a circular cylinder. The cannula also includes at least two channels enabling fluids to be conveyed separately or together from the end wall to fluid projection orifices, and beginning in the end wall beside each other. The cannula is arranged so that the circular cylinder presents a cutout in the thickness of its wall. The cutout comprises, going from the opening, at least one segment extending in a direction other than the axial direction of the cylinder; followed by a longitudinal segment extending towards the end wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Marguerite Fournie, Sabrina Saurou
  • Publication number: 20140329198
    Abstract: Syringe tips for use with dental syringes, connectors for connecting syringe tips to a dental syringe, and combinations thereof are described. In one embodiment, a syringe tip has an elastic inner tube with a flexible proximal portion extending proximally beyond a shoulder of an outer tube. An elongate fluid passageway extending from an entrance at the proximal end of the inner tube's flexible proximal portion to an exit at the distal end of the inner tube. The outer tube defines at least a portion of at least one additional elongate fluid passageway. In another embodiment, a syringe tip as described above is provided in combination with a connector that includes a tubular shaped portion adapted to be received within the fluid passageway of the inner tube and wherein the distal end of the tubular shaped member includes fingers adapted to radially expand the inner tube over the tubular shaped member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Bernard S. ESROCK
  • Publication number: 20140322667
    Abstract: An article and method for an oral care appliance which generates successive bursts of liquid adapted to provide cleansing of the teeth. The appliance includes a housing and a system for providing successive bursts of liquid, comprising a source of liquid, a nozzle with a spray exit opening and a system for generating and delivering successive bursts of liquid through the spray exit opening. The appliance includes a controller which includes a learning mode initiated by the user. The appliance is operated by the user in a desired sequence when the controller is in the learning mode. The learned desired sequence is stored in memory of the controller, so that future operation of the appliance proceeds with the sequence of operation established by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Tyler Kloster
  • Publication number: 20140322666
    Abstract: The invention provides an oral care system comprising a gel in a pen dispenser, the dispenser comprising a chamber which permits dispensing of a measured amount of the gel, wherein the gel exhibits a Herschel-Bulkley yield stress of 10 to 230 dynes/cm2, a Herschel-Bulkley viscosity of 3 to 500 poise, and a Herschel-Bulkley rate index of 0.4 to 0.6, the specific viscosity permitting efficient application of the gel, as well as methods of using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Elva Chen, Sharon Kennedy, Yelloji-Rao Mirajkar, Suzanne Jogun, Michael Prencipe
  • Publication number: 20140302455
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for providing dental care using pressurized fluid. The pressure is obtained from the effervescence effect of the reaction of two active materials in the presence of the fluid. The pressurized fluid is provided to the mouth in a constant pressure and the apparatus is handy and may be operated in any angle with respect to the direction of earth gravity force. In some operational modes the pressurized fluid is provided in pulsating manner or in vibrating manner or in both manners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Pinchas SHALEV
  • Publication number: 20140248578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing container for a dental compound. The dispensing container comprises a chamber (15), a discharge tip (16) and a channel (17), which extends from the chamber (15) as far as a channel opening (18) arranged at the front end of the discharge tip (16). The discharge tip (16) has a jacket surface (23) tapering towards the front end. A cap (20) is provided which has an inner surface adapted to the jacket surface (23) of the discharge tip (16). According to the invention, the inner surface of the cap (20) has a plurality of guide webs (24). The invention also relates to a cap for a dispensing container of this kind. The dispensing container according to the invention reduces the likelihood of the dental compound being contaminated by particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Transcodent GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Fritze, Heinrich Spreizer
  • Publication number: 20140248579
    Abstract: The appliance (10, FIG. 1) includes a body portion (27) and a nozzle portion (30) through which a spray of liquid droplets exits from a distal end thereof for cleaning of dental regions. The nozzle includes an orifice (36) at a proximal end thereof adjacent the body portion, as well as a pump (38) for moving liquid into an area of the nozzle just forward of the orifice. A mechanical system (12, 13, 14) is provided for moving a plunger or piston element (16) first away from the orifice under tension, such as a compression spring (24), and then controllably releasing the plunger or piston toward the orifice, the plunger/piston moving with sufficient force that atmospheric air which has been drawn into the appliance between the plunger or piston is forced through the orifice at a sufficiently high rate of speed to produce a spray of fluid droplets for dental cleaning when the moving air comes into contact with the liquid in the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: DAINIA EDWARDS, TYLER G. KLOSTER, WOLTER F. BENNING
  • Patent number: 8813291
    Abstract: An oral care implement is disclosed comprising: an oral care region having cleaning elements; a body coupled to the oral care region; a gas outlet operably coupled to a gas source, the gas outlet disposed in the oral care region; an oral care material source storing an oral care material; an oral care material outlet operably coupled to the oral care material source, the oral care material outlet disposed in the oral care region; and wherein the oral care material outlet is spaced apart from the gas outlet. In another aspect, an oral care implement is disclosed comprising an oral care region having an elastomeric tooth cleaning element and an air outlet positioned adjacent the air outlet so that an air stream existing the air outlet causes a dynamic vibratory flexing action of at least a portion of the elastomeric tooth cleaning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez, Steve Sorrel, Philip Durocher, Bruce Russell, Thomas Boyd
  • Patent number: 8807394
    Abstract: A system comprises an automatic mixing and dispensing device for a dental substance, and a material container. The mixing and dispensing device comprises a reservoir for receiving the dental substance, and first and second pressure plates. The material container has first and second material chambers for containing components of a material. The first and second material chambers have first and second cross-sectional chamber areas. At least one of the first and second cross-sectional chamber areas is smaller than smallest surface area of the first and second pressure plates. The system helps facilitating preparation and handling of dental materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bruce R. Broyles, Marc Peuker, Alexander Walter, Manfred Harre, Karin Watzek
  • Publication number: 20140212835
    Abstract: An In-situ Tooth Filling System and Method Utilizing External Curing Step. The method and system utilizes the heat-/light-/vacuum-curing process normally available only in a dental laboratory. Like the conventional dental prosthetic production process, the filling is attached to the tooth void utilizing curable cement. Unlike the conventional (indirect) method, however, the instant method is completed totally within a single appointment in the dentist's office. The system utilizes fill stems that are made from curable filling material. These stems will become a part of the filling when the filling is cured. The filling is partially cured and then removed from the tooth for final curing in a vacuum oven that heat- and/or light-cures the filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Hamid Kheradmandnia
  • Patent number: 8770973
    Abstract: Medical handpieces for dispensing filling material are disclosed. Some handpieces comprise a connection device for a filling material container, a vibration unit for the generation and transmission of vibrations to the filling material and a conveying device for conveying filling material from the container. The vibration unit comprises a vibration exciter and a sonotrode, wherein the sonotrode and the connection device are movable relatively to each other for conveying filling material from the filling material container. In addition handpieces are described for dispensing filling material, the vibration unit of which is operable in an automated operating mode for pulsed power output on the filling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH
    Inventor: Hannes Wagner
  • Patent number: 8758010
    Abstract: A dental clinical apparatus having a function which conventional instruments for dental treatment have not had and having a novel constitution. The dental clinical apparatus includes a syringe which has a fluid jetting system for dental treatment and a plasma jet applying means for producing a plasma jet from the end by allowing a low-frequency high-voltage power supply to apply a low-frequency high voltage between electrodes on the outer peripheral surface of a rare gas tube through which a rare gas having a low dielectric breakdown voltage under the atmospheric pressure is flowed, and thereby causing electrical discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Yoshida Creation Inc., Osaka University, Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture
    Inventors: Michizo Yamanaka, Tsuneo Kawahara, Katsuhisa Kitano, Satoshi Ikawa
  • Patent number: 8753117
    Abstract: The appliance (10, FIG. 1) includes a body portion (27) and a nozzle portion (30) through which a spray of liquid droplets exits from a distal end thereof for cleaning of dental regions. The nozzle includes an orifice (36) at a proximal end thereof adjacent the body portion, as well as a pump (38) for moving liquid into an area of the nozzle just forward of the orifice. A mechanical system (12, 13, 14) is provided for moving a plunger or piston element (16) first away from the orifice under tension, such as a compression spring (24), and then controllably releasing the plunger or piston toward the orifice, the plunger/piston moving with sufficient force that atmospheric air which has been drawn into the appliance between the plunger or piston is forced through the orifice at a sufficiently high rate of speed to produce a spray of fluid droplets for dental cleaning when the moving air comes into contact with the liquid in the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Dainia Edwards, Tyler G. Kloster, Wolter F. Benning
  • Publication number: 20140154640
    Abstract: A dental hygiene device includes a reservoir for storing fluid. The reservoir includes an inlet and an outlet. The dental hygiene device includes a pump having a piston driven by a motor. The pump is in fluid communication with the reservoir. The piston has a forward stroke and a backward stroke for providing a pulsating fluid flow through the outlet of the reservoir. The dental hygiene device includes a transmission connecting the pump and the motor and means to provide intermittent pauses in the pulsating fluid flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Kwok Ting MOK, Wai Tong CHAN
  • Publication number: 20140106298
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clinical dispenser and applicator and, more particularly, to a clinical dispenser and applicator that is structured to hold and dispense a micro amount (one to several drops) of liquids/solvents in a clinical setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Dorothy Kassab
  • Patent number: 8696609
    Abstract: A multi-switch (24) for an oral care appliance includes a switch housing (28) having a hollow chamber (30) therein, a button actuator (32) with at least two O-rings (42) around the periphery thereof, and inlet and outlet channels (50, 52) connecting a source of compressed gas (18) with the housing chamber and the housing chamber with a mixing chamber (26), respectively. A pump (60) moves fluid from a reservoir (20) to the mixing chamber. The O-rings are positioned so that as the button actuator is actuated and then released, the outlet is closed and the inlet is opened, allowing gas to move into the housing chamber. The pump is actuated, and then the inlet is closed and the outlet opens, allowing gas in the chamber to move to the mixing chamber to produce a stream of fluid droplets, which are directed out through a nozzle portion (16) of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jozef Johannes Maria Janssen, Bart Gottenbos, Petrus Henricus De Leeuw
  • Patent number: 8690570
    Abstract: A container (10) for mixing and dispensing material comprising a body (12) having a main chamber (17), a dispensing nozzle (26), a liquid receptacle (14) and a plunger (18). The liquid receptacle (14) has a side wall (37) and a front wall portion (36) which is caused to break away from the side wall under pressure being applied by a plunger (18) so that the plunger and front wall portion can traverse the entire length of the body (12). This enables a charge of material in the main chamber (17) to be dispensed through a frangible wall or membrane (22) into the nozzle (26). The container 10 has a compression zone with a stepped region (50) for providing limited resistance to movement of the plunger and broken away end wall for use with low viscosity material for reducing the risk of uncontrolled extrusion of low viscosity material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: SDI North America Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua James Cheetham
  • Publication number: 20140093839
    Abstract: The invention includes a device for inserting a medicament within a body cavity of a mammal, and a cartridge for containing the medicament within the device, where the cartridge includes a housing, a retractable chamber for containing medicament disposed within the housing, and a substantially stationary member disposed within the barrel of the retractable chamber, where upon activation of the device, the retractable chamber is retracted about the substantially stationary member, thereby depositing medicament within the body cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Orapharma, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhangwen WU, Michael J. RELLO, James F. HOOPER, James R. LAWTER
  • Patent number: 8616879
    Abstract: A material capsule containing a reactive or caustic dental material and a separately attachable delivery tip having a metal cannula. A material capsule for placement in a syringe contains a reactive or caustic dental material for dispensing through a metal cannula. The material capsule is sealed for storing the caustic or reactive dental material, preventing prolonged contact with or proximity to the metal cannula of a delivery tip. Contact with the reactive or caustic dental material only occurs during actual dispensing. Transition portions facilitate dispensing of viscous material. External grips facilitate attachment of the delivery tip. The dispensing and accurate placement of caustic or reactive dental materials is facilitated, making dentistry easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Dubey, Jay Grady, David Saily
  • Publication number: 20130330687
    Abstract: The power dental appliance includes a handle/receiver assembly (12) and a nozzle assembly (14) which is attachable thereto. The nozzle assembly and the handle/receiver include portions which together define an interface arrangement. The nozzle includes an extending tubular member (30), with two sets of opposing sides with lateral grooves (42, 44) in one set of opposing sides (38, 40), near the lower end thereof. The handle/receiver includes a hollow upper portion (32), into which the tubular member portion of the nozzle fits, the hollow portion including mating projections in the form of ribs (46, 48) which mate with the grooves in the tubular member to prevent the nozzle from coming off the handle during operation of the appliance, but permitting removal thereof by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Dainia Edwards, Evert Alle Helfrich, Matthew Laurence Arksey, Ian Estle Graves
  • Patent number: 8602774
    Abstract: A process of whitening a tooth provided by the invention includes the steps of providing a delivery device for mechanical dispensing of a predetermined amount of a whitening composition to an applicator tip; dispensing the amount of whitening composition to the applicator tip; applying the amount of whitening composition disposed on the applicator tip to the tooth to be whitened; and allowing the whitening composition to remain in contact with the tooth for a period of time sufficient to whiten the tooth. Optionally, the process further includes the step of exposing the whitening composition to light. A gum or candy for tooth bleaching is detailed along with methods of use. A device adapted to dispense an amount of a dental whitening composition optionally includes a light source for activating the whitener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Bryan Wasylucha
  • Patent number: 8591230
    Abstract: The device includes a shim component constructed for use in the non-surgical treatment of interproximal carious dental lesions. A plunger may be provided for driving substances through a tube-like channel or bore in the shim component, or an electromagnetic energy-transmissive material may fill the channel, in either case for delivering to the site of the lesion a medium that is effective for directly or indirectly killing, or biologically damaging, the carious bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis Flanagan
  • Publication number: 20130295520
    Abstract: A full-voltage dental water jet of the invention includes a base, a pump, a suspension stand, a reservoir and a microcomputer control system. The base has a lower case and an upper case. The pump disposed in the lower case has an inlet and an outlet. The suspension stand having at least three engaging portions, a heat dissipating aluminum plate, a first standing portion and a second standing portion is disposed between the pump and the lower case. The reservoir is disposed above the base. The microcomputer control system is disposed in the upper case. The microcomputer control system has the function of adapting the dental water jet to the universal input voltage. In addition, the suspension stand made of the silica gel material reduces the operation noise and the vibration of the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Hsin Te Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20130260335
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed, inter alia, a method of making a dispensing device for dispensing a substance comprising a step of providing a mold having a mold space for receiving a solidifyable material. The method further comprises steps of providing a valve member having a first portion formed between first and second areas of an outer surface of the valve member; placing the valve member into the mold space such that at the first area is isolated from the mold space and at least part of the second area is within the mold space; displacing the first portion at least partially relative to another portion of the valve member; and solidifying the material in the mold space and thereby fixing the displaced first portion in place. In one embodiment, the method helps minimizing manufacturing costs and maximizing shelf life of a device filled with substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Marc Peuker, Andreas Boehm
  • Patent number: 8539630
    Abstract: An oral care implement with an air flossing system cleans debris from the teeth of a user. The oral care implement may include an oral care region having cleaning elements for engaging oral tissue. A body is provided for gripping the implement. An air source is disposed in the body for proving pressurized air to an air outlet. The air outlet is disposed in the oral care region for injecting the pressurized air to clean debris from the oral tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez, Steve Sorrel, Philip Durocher, Bruce Russell, Thomas Boyd