Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. North Carolina dentist permanently surrenders license after investigation into patient's death
    Leland, N.C.-based oral surgeon Mark Austin, DDS, surrendered his license to the State Board of Dental Examiners after the board's investigation into a patient's August 2020 death, NBC affiliate WECT reported Aug. 16.
  2. Sage Dental partners with Straumann Group to provide AI-powered care
    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sage Dental is partnering with Straumann Group to offer its patients new digital intraoral scanners and AI-powered monitoring for orthodontics treatments.
  3. 12 dentists making headlines
    From a new leadership appointment to a letter sent to Congress, here are 12 dentists making headlines:

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  1. Biolase adds 3 dental leaders to board
    Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Biolase recently added three dental industry leaders to its board of directors.
  2. Maine Veterans' Dental Network granted $35K from Northeast Delta Dental
    The Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services is partnering with eight clinics to provide dental treatment to veterans thanks to a $35,000 grant from Delta Dental Northeast, Bangor Daily News reported Aug. 15.
  3. Study offers potential ADA solutions for dental eligibility, benefits verification challenges
    Nashville, Tenn.-based Change Healthcare recently provided four recommendations to the American Dental Association for improving dental eligibility and benefits verification for dental practices.
  4. Former ADA trustee dies at 78
    Former American Dental Association Trustee Frank Eggleston, DDS, died July 25 at the age of 78.

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  1. Biolase sees increased revenue in Q2
    Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Biolase released its second-quarter financial results, showing a large increase in net revenue and laser technology sales.
  2. ADA pens letter to Congress requesting dental coverage program for low-income seniors
    American Dental Association President Daniel Klemmedson, DDS, MD, sent a letter to Congress Aug. 12 advocating for a program dedicated to providing dental coverage to low-income Medicare seniors.
  3. Fire at Washington dental office causes $300K in damages
    A fire at a Washington dental office Aug. 11 caused about $300,000 in damage, The Daily News reported Aug. 12.
  4. Today's Dental Network makes first network expansion, adds pediatric dental practice
    Tampa, Fla.-based Today's Dental Network recently partnered with Si McAninch, DDS, the organization's first practice expansion since it formed in July.
  1. 8 updates for Aspen Dental in 2021
    Chicago-based Aspen Dental has reached multiple milestones this year.
  2. 'The dental industry is in the midst of an existential crisis': 8 dentists discuss threats to the field
    Rising costs, staff recruitment and retention, and insurance reimbursements are among the top dental industry threats dentists are thinking about today.
  3. Georgia orthodontist dies of COVID-19
    A 67-year-old orthodontist from Canton, Ga., died Aug. 7 from COVID-19, 11Alive.com reported Aug. 11.
  4. Zimmer Biomet sues rival Integrated Dental Systems
    Warsaw, Ind.-based Zimmer Biomet filed a lawsuit Aug. 9 against Englewood, N.J.-based Integrated Dental Systems, accusing the rival company of infringing trademarks with its dental implant systems, according to court documents.
  5. DSO buys group of Arizona practices for $60M
    Tempe, Ariz.-based Menlo Dental Transitions on Aug. 11 announced its aggregate sale of multiple Arizona dental practices to a dental partnership organization.
  6. Health center pays $350K to settle allegations of improper Medicaid dental billing
    New Haven, Conn.-based Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center has entered a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments, paying $350,000 to resolve allegations that it improperly billed Connecticut's Medicaid program for dental services, according to an Aug. 11 news release from the state's justice department.
  7. Heartland Dental adds new clinical supply procurement platform
    Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental will begin using Dentira to aid its practices in dental clinical supply procurement.
  8. Dental student debt rises $233K+ since 1980 & 10 other ways US dental education has changed
    From costs and demographics to advanced education programs and clock hours, dental education in the U.S. continues to rapidly change.
  9. Pearl gains patent for fraud detection AI system
    Dental artificial intelligence company Pearl recently obtained a patent for its new AI system used to detect dental insurance fraud, waste and abuse.

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