What's going into your patient's mouth?
The importance of made in USA
When you are about to make a purchase, do you ever ask yourself, “Is this American made?” That question is not as simple as a matter of national pride. When factors such as safety, economic security and health are weighed in, the gravity of that question becomes more apparent.
The importance of manufacturing key healthcare products domestically, versus relying on foreign countries, has become very obvious as of late. Due to a reliance on foreign manufacturers, many of our front line health care workers did not have the PPE they so badly needed during the pandemic. Fortunately, several domestic manufacturers stepped up to the plate in an attempt to fill the void. A perfect example of this is Minnesota native, Mike Lindell. Lindell shifted 75% of his production at My Pillow to manufacture 50,000 cotton face masks a day. The masks were not available to the public and they were only distributed to healthcare workers across the country.
Another great example is Mylan, a pharmaceutical company, with US headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Mylan restarted production of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets at its West Virginia manufacturing facility in the U.S. to meet the increased demand resulting from potential effectiveness of the product in treating COVID-19.
Although we are a small business, Kinder Krowns has been determined to do our part in helping front liners and our customers get the PPE that is so difficult to find right now. Over the past few months, we’ve sent out hundreds of packages to customers with our 3D printed face shields and mask strap extensions (ear savers). Many of those customers used the face shield during emergency situations, when they would otherwise have not had protection. This gave us real insight on the seriousness of the situation.
Aside from supply chain security, when you buy domestically manufactured goods, you can be confident that the raw materials are high quality. Other countries do not adhere to the same safety regulations and are not subject to the same oversight. Dentists,
patients, labs and insurers alike are showing increasing concern about the content of restorative materials. In a recent study, 74.8 percent of dentists surveyed said they would like every case to include a certificate attesting to the quality and content of the material that was used.
Many states are now requiring a Material Content Disclosure that disseminates information on point of origin, and materials used to the dentist, and patient (parent). Unfortunately, this is not a requirement for preformed pediatric crowns, and we believe it should be. Our CEO, Todd Mayclin, CDT, weighing in on the topic said, “Mayclin Dental Studio is on the cutting edge of dental manufacturing. While some other brands have resorted to outsourcing their manufacturing abroad, we’ve been able to maintain consistent quality, safety and pricing by leveraging the skills of our dental laboratory technicians, management and world-class equipment.” Mayclin Dental Studio (Kinder Krowns), is located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, proudly employing skilled dental technicians from the greater Minneapolis area.
The next time you place an order for health care products, will you ask yourself “Is this American made?”
Staycation - CE without the hassle of travel.
Whether you are a current user looking for tricks to maximize your efficiency with Zirconia Kinder Krowns, or new to zirconia, our on-site training can be personalized to meet your needs. We are flexible on the amount of time you can allocate in your busy schedule and we’re also available in the evening or weekends. In fact, most offices prefer either a weeknight, Saturday or Sunday training so they don’t miss a day of production. In regards to cost, the workshop fee is $250 per attendee with a minimum of 4. If you have a larger group, contact us for information on reduced rates. For more information contact us at 877-557-6967.
Patient Specific Kinder Krowns®:
Everyone has those cases where off the shelf prefabricated crowns might not fit just right. Not only is this true with your pediatric cases, but also your patients with special needs. The word “compromise” shouldn’t have to be used when restoring these kinds of cases.
That’s where the incredible digital technology Kinder Krowns has at its disposal comes in. Even if your office isn’t digital, you can still give your patients the best treatment possible. Even if our XL anterior or posterior crowns won’t work for a specific case, we can do “custom” restorations for just a few dollars more than a regular Kinder Krown. And you can still do it in one appointment with proper planning.
Call us up, give us all the details about your most difficult restorative cases, we’ll walk you through the process. On many cases, we can send you a prepped model showing exactly what the preparation should look like.
All of our restorations are made in the U.S. As we mentioned in another article in this newsletter, all pediatric restorations are not made in the U.S. The workflow would be more than challenging using a lab for something like this in South Korea.
Kinder Krowns can take your challenges and turn them into successes. Those successes turn into referrals. If you can imagine it, we can do it! Even if you can’t imagine it, we can do it!
Bring on the challenge!
Kinder Krowns is proud to partner with another great American company to distribute Acero stainless steel crowns. Acero 3S crowns are crafted from surgical-grade 316L stainless steel. They are more resistant to corrosion than 304 stainless steel used by other brands. Our stainless steel crowns are pre-contoured with shallow occlusal anatomy to preserve healthy tooth structure, with less tooth reduction required.
Acero Narrow Crowns were developed to address the challenges of restoring primary first molars with large interproximal caries. Acero Narrow Crowns maintain all the desirable traits of the 3S molar crowns but with a 12% reduction in mesial-distal width to compensate for the space loss due to mesial drift of the 2nd primary molar.
Make the switch to Acero Crowns and pay as low as $3.25 per crown! Contact us at 877-557-6967 or visit KinderKrowns.com to place your order today!
We’ve teamed up with Pascal International to offer their
quick acting hemostatic cotton pellets. Epidri cotton pellets contain 1.9 mg racemic epinephrine HCl on average per pellet. They are designed to aid in retraction and control bleeding quickly allowing you to keep your procedures moving. Each box contains approximately 350 size 3 cotton pellets.
• Average content 1.9 mg racemic epinephrine HCl per pellet
(that’s more than 3 times the epinephrine of a competing brand)
• Normal tissue moisture activates pellet.
• For rapid activation, dip in water, just prior to application.
• Supplied in a spring loaded, self dispensing, plastic container.
When you buy 2 boxes of pellets at $31.95 ea. you will receive a Retrax Locking, Multi-Use, Tweezer Free! (Retail Value $39.00)
Get a Grip on Zirconia Pediatric Crowns:
The future without try-in crowns is NOW!
You have most likely seen aggressive propaganda over the past few years touting a pink crown, specifically used for intra-oral try-ins to combat “contamination”. First off, “contamination” leads the audience to believe that zirconia pediatric crowns cannot be disinfected, which is false – they are 100% autoclavable. Zirconia can withstand incredibly high temperatures without affecting the structural integrity, shade or finish. To put things into perspective, after applying the ceramic glaze, we fire Zirconia Kinder Krowns® at a temperature of 900°C (considerably higher than the standard autoclave temperature of 212°F).
What makes Zirconia Kinder Krowns® different is the intaglio. During the manufacturing process, we add screw-like threads to the crown walls, which mechanically locks the restoration to the tooth. These threads also significantly increase the surface area for the cement to chemically bond to the crown. The chemical bond to ceramics in general is weak, therefore it is imperative to incorporate mechanical retention. This key difference has been a part of our design since Zirconia Kinder Krowns® officially launched in 2012.
One of the most common questions we are asked by new and potential customers is “After intra-oral try-ins, how do you clean Zirconia Kinder Krowns®?” For years our customers have simply been cleaning the intaglio with water spray to remove blood and debris. If they find dried blood that’s not easily removed, they use a cotton swab with alcohol to clean it. The mechanical retention eliminates the need for a second set of crowns that are only to be used for try-ins.
The truth behind the pink facade is that injection molded crowns lack mechanical retention. They cannot contain undercuts and rely purely on chemical adhesion. Since they lack this critical feature, you are required to use a separate crown for intraoral try-ins and a special cement. Even after following this recommended protocol, clinicians continue to have issues with debonding. The zirconia we use in dentistry is zirconium dioxide, and the oxide part is where bonding happens. It is the functional phosphate groups that bond to the zirconia. After a crown is tried into a patient’s mouth, the bonding sites on the zirconia crown become occupied by phosphate groups found in the saliva.
If you’d like to take things a step further, a recently discovered cleaning method is to wipe the intaglio of the crown with gauze that is soaked in 5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl). After wiping the inside of the crown, rinse with water, followed by air drying. The concept is that NaOCl breaks down the phosphate groups from saliva and blood, so they can no longer bond to the crown’s surface.
Sandblasting the intaglio surface of traditional zirconia crowns (patient specific) is one common cleaning option after try-ins.
Clinicians use 30-µm to 50-µm alumina for 10 seconds at 30 psi (2 bar) to clean the bonding surface, after being “contaminated”. Attempting to “mimic sandblasting” during the injection molding process only adds additional surface area for the cement to bond chemically. Again, injection molded crowns cannot contain true mechanical retention otherwise they would not release from the mold.
As Todd Mayclin, CDT, CEO best put it, “Our customers tell us that they want things simple. What’s simpler than using the actual crown you will be cementing?” If you’d like more information or a free sample kit visit www.KinderKrowns.com/upgrade or call 877-557-6967.