Moving Home to – 3M ESPE Dental Insights New Domain


Big news! We are moving the home of the blog to It is an exciting change that will allow us to amp up the blog, push out even greater content and give us the technical resources to enhance our reader’s experience.

You’ll notice the same great content, coupled with even easier access to the plethora of dental resources offered at the 3M ESPE website. Visit us at our new domain for the latest posts and make sure you bookmark it for easy return visits:

Singing off, for here – see you soon, at our new home!


3M ESPE’s Lava™ Ultimate Restorative – Still in a Class of its Own, Now Coded as a Porcelain/Ceramic

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Starting in 2013, the impressive resin nano-ceramic CAD/CAM material, Lava™ Ultimate Restorative now falls under the CDT Code’s broadened definition of porcelain/ceramic materials, thus allowing Lava Ultimate restorative to be classified as a ceramic – like other milled porcelain/ceramic materials – allowing for the same rate of reimbursement.

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Reader Roundup – Eight Trending Dental Stories

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Haven’t had any opportunities to comb the dental trades for industry news lately? I’ve got you covered. Below, I’ve gathered up some of the top trending stories from several of the leading oral health publications – from dental non-profits delivering outstanding care to tips to boost the bottom line of your practice.

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Sharing Our Appreciation for Dental Assistants

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Today’s dental assistants contribute to quality dental care, elevate clinic productivity and enhance the professionalism of their amazing team members. Join me in recognizing these valuable partners who help keep dental practices operating efficiently.

March 3-9, dental offices throughout the world celebrate Dental Assistants Recognition Week (DARW), by celebrating the significant contributions dental assistants make in helping to improve the oral health of their patients and the public.

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63 Innovations Propel 3M ESPE to “Most Innovative” for Eighth Consecutive Year

The team at 3M ESPE is ecstatic about being named the most innovative company in the worldwide dental industry for the eighth consecutive year. It is an honor to be recognized by The Anaheim Group, distributor of Dental Fax Weekly, for this prestigious award. The findings were published in the 2012 Dental Industry Review and based on new product approvals and international patents.

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Descending on Chicago for the CDS Midwinter Meeting!

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The Windy City is in our sights, and we are getting excited to showcase our latest innovations at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting. During the three-day dental event, Feb. 21-23, we plan on soaking in the latest dental trends while sharing our newest products with hands-on demonstrations and answering your questions with on-site oral-health specialists.

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Headed to The Yankee Dental Congress in Boston!

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The theme of this year’s Yankee Dental Congress, Building Bridges Through Innovation, Technology, Wellness, & Inspiration resonates strongly with 3M ESPE’s desire to keep customers innovative, which is one of the many reasons we are excited to attend.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2013 will be full of crowd-favorite speakers, cutting-edge procedures via live dentistry demonstrations, courses to boost CE credits, top-notch entertainment and much more. The Hynes Convention Center in Boston will be surging with high energy, education and dental innovation. The result: improving oral health care to help individuals live healthier lives.

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Give Kids a Smile Coming Close to Home

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Thousands of children in Minnesota face barriers to obtaining oral health care across the state. It isn’t only a problem in the Midwest; it is a problem that affects the nation as a whole.

I’ve discussed the amazing generosity of Give Kids a Smile in other parts of the country, but now that kindness is returning home to Minnesota for the 11th consecutive year, February 1-2.

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A Year in Review: Top Social Stories from 2012

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2012 was an exceptional year full of new product launches, innovations, honors, dental events and so much more – all helping to propel the dental industry forward.

Since we share so many of 3M ESPE’s successes and oral-health industry news updates on our social channels, we have the opportunity to understand what resonates with the members of our social communities.

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Igniting Innovation – 3M scientists inspire the next generation

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3M ESPE was honored to be named the most innovative company in the worldwide dental industry for its seventh consecutive year in 2012. We truly appreciate this recognition from The Anaheim Group, as our achievement is not only the direct result of 3M’s continued investment in research and development, but also our culture of collaboration.

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