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.


The Solaris LED portable headlight, which can be attached to any loupe or worn on a headband, is the only LED on the market that has a completely user-serviceable cable. It eliminates the need to replace the entire headlamp if the cord should fail. The headlight produces 80,000 lux, and its small power pack with rechargeable batteries weighs only 6.6 oz. For more information, call (888) 360-0033 or visit



Discovery Center2 is the latest achievement in wireless intraoral imaging. With a state-of-the-art touchscreen monitor and integrated software, it literally puts the innovation of wireless imaging at your fingertip. An all-in-one imaging station, it requires no additional computer equipment and is perfect for adding intraoral imaging to any operatory. Wirelessly capture images directly to each patient’s folder with one click on the camera. Your saved images will be displayed as thumbnails for simple cataloging or removal. Export your patient images with ease for hassle-free photo printing using the included SD memory card. Import your own images as well via SD or USB input. Discovery Center2 features a 19-in LCD touchscreen, built-in DVD player and speakers, 3 USB ports, and one SD card slot, and it includes a stylus, mouse, keyboard, and SD Card. Its wireless DiscoveryCAM2 features a true optical lens. For more information, call (866) 578-5533. In Canada, call (866) 578-5522.

3-D CBCT SYSTEM - Suni Medical Imaging

The Suni-3D HD is the only small field of view 3-D CBCT system for the dental and endodontic markets designed for affordability and high-definition images. It boasts the lowest price in the market ever for 3-D systems, providing entry into 3-D imaging at a price never before seen in the US market. It is designed with a 5- x 5-cm focused field of view, making it ideal for endodontic and implant procedures. This small field of view provides only the information you need, meaning lower doses of radiation for the patient and less liability for the doctor. The system, which can be upgraded to include a panoramic imaging sensor should future needs dictate, has an 0.08 voxel size, among the elite voxel sizes currently in the profession, providing image definition and anatomical landmarks that cannot be seen by traditional 2-D imaging. For more information, call (800) 438-7864 or visit


CAD/CAM SYSTEM - Sirona Dental Systems

CEREC AC is the most advanced dental CAD/CAM system available. It is the only system on the market that combines all the great features of a market-leading digital impression machine with the ability to also connect to chairside milling for the ultimate in patient service and practice efficiency. It utilizes the latest intraoral imaging technology to help dentists harness the full potential of digital impressions. Thanks to CEREC Bluecam, capturing half-arch and full-arch impressions and then creating multiunit restorations of the highest aesthetic quality is a reality. It provides the best balance of speed, ease of use, and precision for both chairside CAD/CAM applications and stand-alone digital impressions for use with CEREC Connect labs nationwide. For more information, call (800) 873-7683 or visit


LOUPES - SurgiTel

The design of micro loupes (Micro250/2.5x and Micro300/3.0x) was centered on the creation of loupes that could be worn all day without the discomfort of more traditional systems. Matching one of SurgiTel’s exclusive Oakley frames to Micro loupes creates a fantastic combination of magnification, comfort, and style. It not only improves your vision and posture but also brings loupe comfort to a new level. SurgiTel’s lightweight LED headlight (Odyssey Mini LED) can be used with these loupes. For more information, call (800) 959-0153.



Soft-Core didn’t just simplify the obturator, it simplified heating the obturator. Its all-new Soft-Core compact heater provides a simple and consistent way to completely heat Soft-Core obturators. And with no moving parts or bulbs to replace, the maintenance-free heater will provide years of service. Now available is a new, low-cost introductory kit that includes one 6-pack each of Nos. 20, 25, and 30 Soft-Core Classic obturators, 18 matching size verifiers, one heater, and one post space bur. For more information, call (800) 346-ENDO or visit the Web site


The newest addition to SciCan’s autoclave family, the Bravo fractionated vacuum chamber autoclave sterilizer incorporates both pre-vac (to remove air) and post-vac (to help drying) cycles to ensure perfect steam penetration for any load, and true to SciCan’s Statim reputation for speed, it provides rapid cycles for unwrapped instruments. Available in 120V and 220V and in both a 10-in, 17-L and 21-L chamber size, it offers numerous sterilization cycles with a wide array of parameters, allowing users to choose the appropriate cycle for the load, be it solid instruments, delicate hollow instruments (handpieces, Phaco, etc), or textiles. Unlike many other simple chamber autoclaves, Bravo uses only fresh, distilled water for every cycle. It has been designed for the option to pull distilled water from a container as far as 6 ft away and then push the used water directly to the drain, freeing up valuable staff time. For more information, call (800) 572-1211 or visit

LED CURING LIGHT - Ultradent Products

VALO LED curing light offers unsurpassed accessibility, accuracy, and efficiency in a sleek body designed to deliver the right amount of power in the right place. Its optimized power output, broad-spectrum custom LEDs, and precisely collimated beam provide consistent and uniform cures. By offering 3 curing options (standard power, high power, and a new plasma mode), it has the ability to cure all types of restorations with the touch of a button. With a 3-second time cycle and built-in 2-second safety delay, the plasma mode has been said to rival plasma arc lights in its level of rapid cure. VALO’s aluminum, wand-style body is lightweight and durable, and it has a sapphire-like coating for a virtually scratch-resistant surface. For more information, call (800) 552-5512 or visit

DENTAL TREATMENT CENTER - Velopex International

The Aquacut Dental Treatment Center lets you select and build the system in the most affordable manner. Purchase the complete unit outright or just the modules that suit your needs. It uses powder, air, and water to cut with a slurry. It offers greater cutting efficiency at lower air pressures, making it the ideal choice for clinicians. There is no heat, no vibration, no bad odors, and no turbine noise. It makes cavity preparation, composite repair, and preventative resin restorations quick and easy, and stain removal/prophy­laxes can be completed quickly with fantastic results. A 3-in-1 syringe lets you wash and dry with the same handpiece. It can also act as a sandblaster/microetcher to tidy up lab work or clean up debonded crowns. For more information, call (888) 835-6739.



The cordless VITA Easyshade Compact, the second generation of the VITA Easyshade device, delivers instant, accurate shades in both VITA 3D-Master and VITA Classical shades, regardless of lighting conditions and other elements that can lead to improper shade measurement. It eliminates the subjectivity often found when shade-taking with the naked eye caused by reasons like eye fatigue and ambient light. As with the original Easyshade, the Easyshade Compact has the ability to measure an overall tooth shade or provide a sectioned map of the tooth from the neck to the middle and incisal edge. Its LED provides consistent lighting and minimizes the need to replace the bulb. The Easyshade Compact features simple icons (making the controls much more intuitive and efficient), and its transparent infection-control sleeve has been improved for easier application. For more information, call (800) 828-3839.

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