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Keystone’s First Annual LATAM Seminar a Big Success

MIAMI, Fla. – Keystone Industries has been expanding their dental-industry boundaries wider than ever before over the past couple years and the impact was felt amongst members of the Latin America dental community this May.

The Sheraton Miami was home to Keystone Industries first annual LATAM Dental Seminar, which was dedicated to customers from Latin American countries in Central and South America. The seminar, which was held May 20-21, provided attendees all the necessary training and knowledge to take their dental businesses to the next innovative level by using the Keystone product lines. Guest speakers and presenters touched on all the big-sellers, as well as some lesser-known technologies looking to hit the ground running in the Latin American market.

Meg Shank from Apavia (above) talks about the water filtration technology and its impact on the dental industry.

Meg Shank from Apavia (above) talks about the water filtration technology and its impact on the dental industry.

Dennis Urban, CDT, a key opinion leader in the dental and denture field, who has given lectures around the world, gave his presentation on removable technology followed by a live demonstration of denture processing with our Diamond D acrylic and the Tecnoflask, Keystone’s new microwavable denture flask.

On top of this big hit, Mike Prozzillo, VP of Sales, and Derek Keene, VP of Marketing, spoke to the attendees about mouthguards and thermoplastics Keystone offers, as well as how important Pro-Form mouthguard protection is to athletes in the United States. “The movement for oral protection is spreading into Central and South America through sports like soccer (futbol), MMA fighting, and boxing. With our biggest and best customers from these countries south of the United States attending this seminar, it was very beneficial for their market,” said Prozzillo.

Other speakers at the seminar included Sales Manager Wayne Allen, who shared knowledge and expertise of the acquired Bosworth product lines and the benefits it provides to dental practices, and Meg Shank of Apavia, a company that recently became exclusive international partners with Keystone for water filtration technology, who spoke about the impact and importance of water filtration in dentist offices and how it will be growing over time.

A happy group after the seminar!

A happy group after the seminar!

Throughout the two-day seminar, attendees were highly informed and trained on cutting-edge dental products, and have given raving reviews of the overall event.

The video below contains footage from the LATAM Seminar we hosted in Miami, FL from May 20-21 2015. You will see the attendees from 10 different countries being trained on various Keystone products to better their businesses in the dental field across Central and South America. You can also view photos from the event on our Facebook page and get more information on our products online at http://www.keystoneindustries.com/en/home.

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Successful Strategies For a Win-Win Relationship With Your Dental Lab [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a leader in the dental manufacturing industry, we here at Keystone aim to take that leader position and share information to those throughout the industry, in hopes of providing insight on how to better their work, practice, or reputation. This post can surely benefit doctors working on building a relationship with a dental lab!

Dr. Ken Newhouse explains in a recent article and infographic (see below) how success in dental practices is measured by their relationships with clients, employees, partners, and most importantly – the dental lab.

“Solid relationships with patients and vendors, especially with your dental lab, can carry you through challenging times and tight deadlines and give you an edge over your competitors,” Newhouse explains in the article on DentistryIQ.com. “I think one of the biggest mistakes dentists make is to treat their dental lab as a disposable resource that can be replaced if the lab owner and employees don’t “kiss the ring on bended knee.” Operating with the attitude that the world revolves around you and your practice is a long-term prescription for failure.”

Click the infographic below to enlarge it and read all of its contents. To ensure your dental lab is producing some of the best work possible to suit your needs, check out our dental lab products store on our website and make sure they’re using some of the best products in the industry!

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Diamond D® Impact for Implants

Today’s implant prosthetics call for high performance materials. Diamond D® is the highest performing high impact acrylic on the market today. Independently blind tested, Diamond D is proven to have the highest impact strength amongst competitors. The acrylic also has outstanding tooth and acrylic bond, ideal for “space limited’ cases, and superior adhesion to metal when used with metal bonding primers. Smooth, doughy packing consistency allows easy workability.

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Diamond D® Denture Acrylic gets packaging makeover

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Diamond D gets a fresh new look for 2014.

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Keystone Industries is excited to announce new packaging for its Diamond D® Denture Acrylic. This new look will match the quality that’s inside the packaging.

Keystone Industries Diamond D Denture Acrylic has unsurpassed beauty, fit and function. Thanks to its superior strength qualities, this denture acrylic not only meets industry standards but also is a cut above all the competition.

Diamond D combines artistry as well as technical expertise that go above the rest of the competition. The ultra-impact acrylic has exceptional flexural strength to make it the strongest denture acrylic in the market. The versatile shading and spectrophotometer shade matching technology ensures the right color variations and translucency found in natural tissues of the mouth. Also, the high-quality acrylic allows for excellent bonding to denture teeth and delivers unsurpassed fit and function.

Available shades: Original, Light, Light Reddish Pink, Chroma Essence, and Dark Veined. Original, Light, light Reddish Pink and Dark Veined match all the industry standard shades. Meanwhile, the new Chroma Essence provides a vast range of colorization.

Diamond D is scientifically proven to be the strongest denture acrylic in the market. A scientifically sound double blind study proved Diamond D had the best impact strength against the competition. With unmatched impact strength, Diamond D ensures some of the best dentures any laboratory can make. The impact strength – the measure of toughness – is significantly better compared to competitor acrylics.

For more information on Diamond D or any Keystone products, contact Keystone Industries toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131 or fax (856) 663-0381.

Keystone Industries, 616 Hollywood Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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The history of athletic mouthguards

Could you imagine football without helmets, soccer without shin pads or even basketball without a hole cut out of the bottom of the basket? It’s amazing to consider the evolution of sports equipment – from where games started and where they have come.

Oftentimes, though, it’s hard to imagine a primitive version of the game. Helmets, shoulder pads, and yes, even the mouthguard didn’t always exist. Through the years, the mouthguard has played a huge role in sports protection and now has become as much of a staple in protection as any other piece of equipment. But how did the mouthguard come to be? What is the best type of mouthguard? And what injuries do they prevent? Well, the history of the mouthguard has taken us a long way and now plays an important role in keeping athletes in the game smiling.

The mouthguard origin: Giving a puncher’s chance

While it’s somewhat unclear the exact origin of the mouthguard, historic references have gone back to about the turn of the 20th century. Boxing appeared to be the first sport in which mouthpieces were used, as boxers originally fashioned primitive mouthguards out of cotton, tape, sponge and even small pieces of wood. Woolf Krause, a London dentist, developed a mouthguard or ‘gum shield’ in 1890 to protect boxers from debilitating lip lacerations. These injuries were quite common and hindered boxing competition during this time. Krause’s gum shields were originally made from gutta percha and were actually held in place by clenching the teeth. Later on Philip Krause, Krause’s son, modified the design and made the from vella rubber. The earliest recording of a U.S. mouthguard-type device was in 1916 when Thomas Carlos, a Chicago Dentist, designed a mouthpiece for U.S. Olympian Dinnie O’Keefe. The next few years, there are a handful of other dentists who claimed to create or modify the first mouthguard.

The McTigue/Sharkey fight played a major role in mouthguards in boxing.

The McTigue/Sharkey fight played a major role in mouthguards in boxing.

Mouthguards become prevalent in 1927 during a boxing match between Mike McTigue and Jack Sharkey. McTigue was clearly winning the fight, however, a chipped tooth severely cut his lip and forced him to forfeit the match. From then on, mouthguards become commonplace for boxers and also opened the possibilities for mouthguard use to flourish.

Three years following the infamous McTigue/Sharkey fight, mouthguards found its way into dental literature. Dr. Clearance Mayer, who was a dentist and also a boxing inspector, wrote about how custom mouthguards could be created from impressions using wax and rubber. He also suggested using steel springs to reinforce the materials.

Evolving the mouthguard: Everyone’s wearing it now

Finally in 1947, a major breakthrough was made when Los Angeles dentist Rodney O. Lilyquist used transparent acrylic resin to form the first acrylic splint. This mouthguard was molded to fit over the upper and lower teeth and made for a much more unobtrusive object. During this time, dental injuries were responsible for around 24-50% of all American football injuries. The Journal of American Dental Association picked up Lilyquist’s technique, which led to nationwide recognition. Dick Perry, a UCLA basketball player, was the first known athlete to use an acrylic mouthguard. Later on Frankie Albert, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was the first known professional athlete to wear this type of mouthguard.

During the 1950s the American Dental Association (ADA) started researching mouthguards and promoted the mouthguard benefits to the public. By 1960 the ADA recommended the use of latex mouthguards in all contact sports and by 1962 all high school football players in the U.S. were required to wear the mouthguards. The NCAA followed suit in 1973 and made mouthguards mandatory. Since the promotion of mouthguards the number of dental injuries have dramatically decreased.

Presently, mouthguards are standard or required in many sports. The ADA recommends mouthguards to be used in 29 sports: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Mouthguard smorgasbord: Colors, styles, decals, oh my!

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Mouthguards are more hi-tech than ever, allowing for maximum protection.

Today there are plenty of mouthguard options that range in price, style and protection. The typical mouthguard is called a boil-and-bite, which can be purchased at any athletic store. These mouthguards are inexpensive options to protect the mouth. However, the drawbacks include less protection, bulky and a short lifespan. The other type of mouthguard is more custom made. These require an impression cast of the patient’s dentition as the initial step. The mouthguard is then made from this cast. Vacuum formed guards are made from single or multilayered polyethylene. Other techniques include pressure lamination to sandwich material together under high pressure.

These custom designs, such as vacuum forming, helps create a true custom mouthguard. With better retention and secure fit, it’s more protective and enables the athlete to breath and talk freely. Custom mouthguards also enable athletes to be more selective about their styles, color and even decals on the mouthguard. Professional athletes are often seen wearing these custom mouthguards and of course, all levels of athletes look to imitate the pros.

Smile and thank your mouthguard (and dentist)

Now that mouthguards are mainstream, what kind of protection do mouthguards offer? What are the benefits?

Mouthguards are mostly used in sports where deliberate or accidental impacts to the face and jaw may cause injury. Mouthguards protect injuries such as missing teeth, lacerations, cracked teeth, injured gums, and bone damage. Mouthguards may also reduce or prevent concussions during an impact to the jaw. Now, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually by mouthguard use. Athletes who don’t wear a mouthguard are 60% more likely to suffer damage to the mouth.

However, not all mouthguards prevent face, head and mouth injuries. Customization and personalization of mouthguards greatly increase the protection through a more form-fitting appliance. The tighter the fit, the less chance the mouthguard will fall out during impact. To get the fully custom fit a dentist needs to take an impression of the athlete’s mouth. That impression is then cast in stone and the mouthguard material is formed around the cast. This will create a nearly perfect match and form of the mouth and teeth; thus, providing better retention and enabling better breathing and communication.

These custom mouthguards spread the force of the blow over all the teeth that are covered by the mouthguard. They stop violent contact of upper and lower teeth. They also keep lips away from misaligned teeth, which protect the lips, teeth and orthodontic treatment (example: braces). Mouthguards always hold the jaws apart to act as shock absorbers and prevents upward and backward displacement of the condyles in their fossae. This alone can help reduce concussions.

Mouthguards are here to stay

It’s hard to refute the importance of a mouthguard. Whether it’s a high impact sport or a low impact sport, someone’s mouth, teeth and head are always vulnerable. With the evolution of the games came the evolution of protection. Mouthguards are beginning to be the norm, instead of the exception. Because of that, mouthguards have become better protectors, easier to use and of course, they look good too. Soon, it’s going to be hard to imagine sports without mouthguards.

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Watch these Versacryl Videos Part 5

Here are some more videos done by Mr. Mohamed Al Emary, owner of Alemary Dental Lab, using our Keystone products. He particularly likes Versacryl due to its workability properties.

This unique product has been developed to create thermo-adjustable relines. Imagine having the luxury to simply heat a denture and re-adjust the fit in seconds and if it’s not satisfactory the procedure can be repeated anytime by the dentist, the technician or even the patient themselves.

The Versacryl Reline is not a regular “soft reline” material. It is a heat sensitive liner that softens in warm water between 120F – 205F. At body temperature the Versacryl has an extremely comfortable cushiony effect that yields to pressure and actually creates better suction than conventional soft liners.

Versacryl is a cross-linked acrylic denture material guaranteed to create a chemical bond with all other denture acrylics. Versacryl is available in Heat Cure or Self Cure and no special equipment is needed to process.

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Watch these Versacryl Videos Part 2

Here are some more videos done by Mr. Mohamed Al Emary, owner of Alemary Dental Lab, using our Keystone products. He particularly likes Versacryl due to its workability properties.

This unique product has been developed to create thermo-adjustable relines. Imagine having the luxury to simply heat a denture and re-adjust the fit in seconds and if it’s not satisfactory the procedure can be repeated anytime by the dentist, the technician or even the patient themselves.

The Versacryl Reline is not a regular “soft reline” material. It is a heat sensitive liner that softens in warm water between 120F – 205F. At body temperature the Versacryl has an extremely comfortable cushiony effect that yields to pressure and actually creates better suction than conventional soft liners.

Versacryl is a cross-linked acrylic denture material guaranteed to create a chemical bond with all other denture acrylics. Versacryl is available in Heat Cure or Self Cure and no special equipment is needed to process.

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