Top 50 Technology Products 2010


Dentistry Today’s First Annual Readers’ Choice Top 50 Technology Products, selected on the basis of lead generation, represent some of the profession’s most innovative technology products.
 

DIGITAL IMPRESSION SYSTEM - 3M ESPE

After debuting with a regional rollout, the 3M ESPE Lava Chairside Oral Scanner (C.O.S.) is now available to dentists nationwide, allowing offices across the country to experience the productivity boosts achieved with digital impressioning. Additionally, the scanner’s upgraded software, Lava Software 2.0 for C.O.S., offers dentists greater ease of use. With nationwide availability and a full list of approved indications that includes crowns, multiple adjacent units, inlays/onlays, 3- to 4-unit bridges, seated implant abutments, and veneers, it is now easier than ever for dentists to prescribe traditional PFM or sophisticated CAD/CAM restorations and experience the benefits of digital workflow. Data shows that the precise restorations created with the Lava C.O.S. bring dramatic productivity gains and attract new patients to dental offices. By using the Lava C.O.S. to create detailed 3-D impressions, dentists have reported a 41% reduction in seating times for single-unit crowns. For more information, call (800) 634-2249 or visit 3mespe.com/lavacos.








 

CANCER DETECTION DEVICE - AdDent

The Microlux/DL diffused oral cancer illuminator is designed to enhance dental examinations of the oral mucosa and help identify abnormal lesions found on the soft tissues of the mouth. With its advanced LED technology, combined with it being used in conjunction with AdDent’s nontoxic acetic acid solution, abnormalities can be detected in their early stages when they can be treated most successfully. It is painless, noninvasive, inexpensive, and easy to use. The Microlux is a multipurpose device. The accessory light guides include the Transilluminator (2 or 3 mm), lighted mirror, endo probe to detect root fractures, illuminated perio probe in 3, 5, and 7 mm, and a micro mirror for surgical procedures. All light guides can be autoclaved and a barrier sleeve is available. For more information, call (203) 778-0200 or visit addent.com.




 

CARIES DETECTION AID - Air Techniques

Spectra is a handheld, noninvasive imaging instrument that visually aids in the detection of caries. Using exclusive fluorescence technology, LEDs project high-energy light onto the tooth surface, causing cariogenic bacteria to fluoresce. Software interpolated images of the tooth depict various stages of enamel and dentin caries in blue, red, orange, or yellow, while showing healthy enamel in green. It is an ideal complement to x-rays during patient exams, allowing you to capture, store, compare, and retain your Spectra images. It is the only handheld imaging device on the market that provides numerical and color readings to measure the extent of decay with unmatched precision. Support a minimally invasive treatment approach with simple, dependable, early caries detection. It is now FDA-cleared and includes a 3-year warranty. For more information, call (800) AIR-TECH or visit airtechniques.com.
 

DENTAL CHAIR - A-dec

The A-dec 300 system allows unprecedented integration of technology for its class and is well positioned to fit small spaces and conservative budgets. It offers customers a midlevel platform choice that’s lower in cost than the A-dec 500 yet maintains the high performance, service, and support that distinguish A-dec products. A-dec 300 offers a complete solution, including patient chair, delivery system, light, monitor, and assistant’s instrumentation, and it incorporates a compact control head that supports 2 electric motors, integrated floor box, small base plate, and dedicated left/right support center in one of the smallest dental equipment solutions available. Everything is designed with efficiency in mind, from the ultrathin 1-in thick backrest that provides optimal access to the oral cavity to the 13.75-in to 29.5-in vertical range that allows doctors of all heights to sustain posture and position arms at sides. For more information, call (800) 547-1883 or visit a-dec.com. Outside the United States, call (503) 538-7478.
 

ELECTRIC OPERATIVE MOTOR - Aseptico

The US-made AEU-5000 Electric Operative Motor easily converts any standard air-driven delivery unit to a powerful electric motor system. Offered with a 2-year warranty, its features include a compact console with an intuitive user interface and a large, easy-to-read, backlit display. Its powerful, 40,000-rpm brushless micromotor is compatible with AHP-72MBFO-XL Mont Blanc 1:5 increaser, AHP-77C/CS 1:2 surgical, AHP-63MBFO-XL 1:1 standard, and 8:1 AHP-88MN/MNP MicroNiti endo handpieces. Its LED intensity is user-adjustable and maintenance-free. It has 5 programmable presets per handpiece ratio. An optional under-counter bracket is offered for versatile positioning in any operatory. For more information, call (866) 244-2954 or visit aseptico.com.
 

INTRAORAL CAMERA/CARIES DETECTION DEVICE - ACTEON North America

SOPRO LIFE (Light-Induced Fluorescence Evaluator) is 2 devices in one; a high-end intraoral camera with excellent image quality that functions in 3 modes (portrait, intraoral, and macro) as well as a caries detection device. By depressing a single button, SOPRO LIFE switches its lighting from 4 white LEDs to 4 Blue LEDs, utilizing autofluorescence technology that allows users to see variations of a tooth’s dentin health state. It can be used for detection of caries for both occlusal and interproximal areas, which are often missed by traditional x-rays. It can also be used during the excavation process to assist the dentist, ensuring that all diseased tissue is removed while preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. SOPRO LIFE is not software-dependent and is backward-compatible to all SOPRO docking stations. For more information, call (800) 289-6367.








 

SOFT-TISSUE LASER - AMD LASERS

Affordably priced and offering 2.5 W of power and 3 customizable presets, the Picasso Lite soft-tissue dental laser is one of the most easy-to-use dental lasers in the world. Designed specifically to replace the use of scalpels and electrosurge in the treatment of soft tissue, it cuts and coagulates tissue with reduced trauma, bleeding, and necrosis of tissue. It can be used for soft-tissue surgery, including troughing, gingivectomies, frenectomies, exposing implants/teeth/ortho brackets, and treating aphthous ulcers and herpetic lesions. Featuring an ultra-compact, lightweight, and sleek design, Picasso Lite comes complete with an easy-to-learn set-up DVD, accessories, a world power adapter, and 2-year warranty. According to Alan Miller, President/CEO of AMD LASERS, the company offers Picasso and Picasso Lite lasers free of charge to universities and dental schools globally to illustrate its commitment to education and charity. For more information, call (866) 999-2635 or visit the website amdlasers.com.
 

ALL-TISSUE LASER - BIOLASE Technology

The Waterlase MD Turbo all-tissue laser increases treatment acceptance, attracts new patients, and prevents cross-contamination. It offers a minimally invasive alternative to drills with injections for many restorative procedures—welcome news for anxious or fearful patients. With the proprietary YSGG wavelength (2,780 nm), up to 8 W of power, and turbo handpiece, there is no noticeable difference in speed when cutting hard-tissue compared to conventional high-speed drills. It also provides therapy for moderate to advanced gum disease, promoting new attachment and removing calculus. It can also clean and disinfect root canals after endodontic instrumentation. A February 2009 Journal of the Canadian Dental Association article showed bacterial contamination rates following resterilization of used dental burs and endodontic files can range from 15% to 58%. As most Waterlase procedures utilize single-use tips, this cross-contamination potential can be eliminated. Hands-on training is included with every Waterlase purchase. For more information, call (888) 424-6527 or visit biolase.com.








 

DENTAL CHAIR - Belmont Equipment

The new Bel-20+ dental chair is designed with a rugged, stylish appearance that complements any operatory. Beneath the good-looking exterior, Belmont has incorporated high-quality, time-proven components to produce a durable and reliable chair that can be counted on to perform for years to come. It utilizes a low-profile, dual-axis headrest for optimal positioning of the oral cavity to access patient’s upper and lower arches. With the seat backrest fully reclined, patients can be lowered all the way down to a mere 10.6 in from the floor, as measured from headrest support bar. This permits operators to maintain a healthier and more ergonomic working posture. For more information, call (800) 223-1192 or visit belmontequip.com.




 

DIGITAL IMPRESSION SYSTEM - Cadent

The iTero’s powder-free system scans quadrants and full arches, which allows the clinician to easily take digital impressions of single-unit cases, as well as more complex restorative and cosmetic full-arch treatment plans—including fixture-level implant impressions. On-screen visualization of the scan in real time ensures that preparations are perfectly completed and that there is adequate occlusal clearance to achieve the best cosmetic and restorative outcome. The result is a reduction in seating time and an increase in patient satisfaction. For more information, call (800) 577-8767 or visit cadentinc.com.













 

INTRAORAL DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM - Carestream Dental

When you’re selecting an intraoral digital radiography system, trust the pioneer of intraoral digital radiography. The KODAK RVG 6100 Digital Radiography System combines KODAK reliability with the advantages of digital technology, resulting in highly advanced, state-of-the-art imaging tools. The RVG 6100 System boasts a high true image resolution and is the natural choice for dental professionals who seek maximum precision in both complex and routine examinations. For more information, call (800) 944-6365 or visit kodakdental.com.
   

CAD/CAM SYSTEM - D4D

Discover unparalleled accuracy, versatility, and ease of use. The E4D Dentist System defines an ultramodern standard for chairside CAD/CAM systems. Its high-speed LASER scanner takes a digital impression to create a 3-D image without the use of contrast agents. Innovative software guides the operator from scanning to milling, creating beautiful restorations from a variety of proven materials. For more information, call (800) 645-6594 or visit d4dtech.com.











   

DENTAL CHAIR - Dansereau Health Products

The Infinity Dental Chair is the latest edition to Dansereau’s full line of dental chairs offered directly to the dentist. A rugged steel frame with 800-lb lift capacity, an ultrathin seat back, and drop down are the integral parts of the chair, and the introduction of memory-foam cushions provides the best comfort for the patient. For more information, call (800) 423-5657 or visit dhpdental.com.










   

DIGITAL X-RAY SENSORS - Dent-X (ImageWorks)

EVA digital x-ray sensors provide more than great value. This rugged sensor is about the thinnest on the market, making it simple to position. Its value makes it an ideal choice for any practice, while providing exceptional image quality. EVA Systems come with the remarkable EVAsoft Imaging Software. EVAsoft integrates to every popular practice management software. Its Keep-On-Top feature allows viewing x-rays while editing a pa­tient’s chart. The ProIntegrate feature enables a link between the software to share patient information. It can also be used directly with other imaging software using the universal driver. For more information, call (800) 592-6666 or visit imageworkscorporation.com.
   

DIGITAL X-RAY SENSORS - DentiMax

With the introduction of Microsoft Windows 7, dental offices wishing to go digital are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase new computers that are compatible with digital x-ray sensors. Most digital x-ray sensors only work with older 32-bit technology and not with the latest 64-bit version of Windows 7, the version of Windows that comes preloaded on almost all new computers. These new, 64-bit compatible digital x-ray sensors fix this dilemma, making it possible for dental offices to choose the latest in digital radiography and computer technology. The sensors, offered in adult and youth sizes, produce an impressive, crystal-clear, film-like x-ray image. In addition, DentiMax’s powerful, easy-to-use imaging software bridges to virtually all practice management systems, including Dentrix, Eaglesoft, SoftDent, and Easy Dental—making the DentiMax sensor a universal sensor. For more information, call (800) 704-8494, visit dentimax.com, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
   

HANDPIECE - DENTSPLY Midwest

The MIDWEST STYLUS ATC handpiece features Speed-Sensing Intelligence and Superior Turbine Suspension, technologies that solve 2 longstanding challenges facing dentists: load-based variations in speed that can cause stalling and bur deflection and chattering that occurs at high speeds and can affect accuracy and precision. Speed-Sensing Intelligence automatically optimizes the delivery of power, under load, to provide smooth, consistent cutting speeds for unmatched efficiency and fastest removal of material. It maintains the speed regardless of the load. Its Superior Turbine Suspension allows the handpiece to operate at high speeds, under load, with no noticeable bur deflection or chattering. This provides outstanding control. No handpiece on the market addresses these challenges so effectively. The result is a cutting experience that is smoother and more effortless, efficient, and powerful than any other handpiece being offered today. For more information, call (800) 989-8825 or visit Stylusatc.com.
   

HYDRO-ABRASION DEVICE - Danville Materials

The PrepStart H2O hydro-abrasion unit sprays a conical jet of warm water around the abrasive stream to capture virtually all dust. Air-abrasion is now almost totally dust-free. The warm water, which further improves patient comfort, starts and stops instantly with air/abrasive flow. Utilizing the H2O, practitioners can treat patients without injections, treat most conservatively, and treat on diagnosis. It is also available as an accessory for all PrepStart units already on the market. With a screwdriver, it can be retrofitted to a PrepStart in less than 15 minutes. For more information, call (800) 827-7940.



   

INJECTION COMFORT SYSTEM - DentalVibe

The DentalVibe utilizes patented VibraPulse technology to send a soothing message to your patient’s brain, effectively closing the “pain gate” and allowing for a comfortable and predictable injection. Patients love the vibe and dentists report less stress administering palatal and block injections. It is cordless, portable, and easily affordable for every office. Since launching in June, the DentalVibe has already been featured on 5 newscasts. Dr. Steven Goldberg, a graduate of NYU Dental School, invented it. He was inspired by the work of Dr. Howard Melzack, one of the authors of the Gate Control Theory of Pain Management in 1965. Goldberg aligned science with technology and may have changed dentistry forever. For more information, call (877) 503-VIBE or visit dentalvibe.com.





   

INTRAORAL CAMERA - Digital Doc

The IRIS USB intraoral camera is a precision optical instrument with features like the positive stop 5-point Focus Wheel, so you always get the picture and focus you want and the uniquely designed USB connector that fits in a standard delivery unit. The IRIS handpiece provides light, and it has power and dual-capture buttons for fingertip control. An elegantly streamlined profile has a much smaller, specially designed soft-tip with brilliant 8-point LED lighting, and Sony’s Hi-Resolution CCD all combine for the finest picture quality. Digital Doc’s award-winning customer service is the cornerstone to a successful relationship with their users. Digital Doc is also proud to offer a 2-year parts and labor warranty on all camera models. For more information, call (800) 518-1102 or visit digi-doc.com.
   

LED CURING LIGHT - DENTSPLY Caulk

The SmartLite Max LED curing light has all of the features of an LED curing light you are looking for, providing confidence in all your light-cured restorations. This light combines 2 LEDs in the tip to provide multiple-wavelength output for stress-free curing confidence. It features cordless or corded operation—if you run out of battery during a procedure, plug the power cord into the handpiece and continue working. The SmartLite Max LED curing light also provides 4 different output modes, including standard, ramp, boost, and pulse. With these features, as well as a large curing area, sealed construction, a built-in radiometer, and a unique lens to provide better curing over distances, the SmartLite Max LED curing light is the most complete LED curing light on the market today. For more information, call (800) 532-2855 or visit smartlitemax.com.










   

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