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.
 

OPERATORY LIGHT - DentalEZ Group

An alternative to halogen-based operatory lights, the everLight LED operatory light provides color-corrected lighting, precise light pattern, and energy-efficient features that are simply not possible using traditional halogen lighting. It encompasses a long life of 30,000-plus hours, 10 times longer than halogen, reducing the need for regular replacement of light bulbs. Users will enjoy substantial savings on monthly energy expenses since it uses less than 35 W of energy, 70% less than halogen-based systems. No reflector or fan is required for the ultraquiet everLight because it is 100% true direct LED lighting and remains at a consistent, cool temperature, and its LED composite setting will not cause prematuring on composite materials. It is offered with a 3-year warranty combined with a 6-year warranty on its engine components (switches, LED driver, and lens), is ergonomically equipped with a standard third-axis rotation, allowing limitless positioning for optimal illumination. For more information, call (866) DTE-INFO or visit dentalez.com.
 

REMOTE ACCESS TOOL - Dentrix

Dentrix is the leader in dental practice management systems with more than 30,000 dentists using Dentrix to improve their practice operations and profitability. With the release of Dentrix Mobile, dentists can now use their smart phones and mobile devices to get fast, secure access to current information about patients, appointments, medical alerts, and prescriptions—anytime, anywhere. Dentrix also provides powerful new tools to help dentists increase their profitability. With Dentrix Practice Advisor, dentists get easy-to-read reports to compare the financial and operational health of their practice to profession benchmarks, so they can identify areas to improve to increase profitability. Practice Advisor doesn’t stop at just reporting, it also offers consultant-endorsed recommendations on the actions the practice should take to improve these key areas of the business, helping to take the guesswork out of the practice analysis. For more information, call (800) DENTRIX or visit dentrix.com.
 

SOFT-TISSUE LASER - Discus Dental

NV Microlaser delivers the full capabilities of much larger desktop soft-tissue lasers in a cordless pen-sized package. A laser has never been this easy to use—and numerous design and clinical awards are the proof. It is activated by a wireless footpedal, providing better flexibility and mobility than hand-activated lasers, while allowing unobstructed access and visibility with posterior procedures without loss of dexterity or finger fatigue. The first of its kind, NV remains the smallest, lightest diode laser in the world and is proudly backed by Discus Dental’s world-class customer service and support. Every NV includes a full-day, hands-on certification course to ensure successful implementation of laser technology into your practice. For more information, call (800) 217-8822 or visit discusdental.com.
 

ULTRASONIC SCALER/POLISHING UNIT - Deldent USA

The JETSONIC 2000M combination ultrasonic scaler/polishing unit incorporates patented advanced digital scaler circuitry that automatically tunes all 25-K and 30-K scaling inserts. Just select your favorite inserts and you’re ready to go. The micro-chip feedback control system ensures optimal scaling efficiency with minimum input power for all power settings. Unique sensor technology automatically identifies and controls either the scaler or polisher functions, thereby eliminating the need for manual handpiece selection. A power-surge mode that increases the power for each power setting and makes light work of those tenacious deposits can be activated by simply double clicking on the footswitch. Releasing the footswitch instantly returns the power to the previously memorized power setting. Following Deldent’s highly successful Jetpolisher 2000 polishing unit, the unique patented and highly efficient H.S.T air-polishing system has been incorporated into the JETSONIC 2000M. For more information, call (877) 626-8872.
 

DENTAL CHAIR - Ergonomic Products

The patented 3 Series Ultra Luxury dental chairs are equipped with a combination of features that are unavailable anywhere in the dental profession, including: (1) hydraulic traverse, ideal for positioning patients in sedation or dental microscopy; (2) heat and massage; (3) integrated memory foam; (4) Ultraleather; and (5) self-tensioning sedation/surgical slings. The chairs carry a profession-leading 5-year warranty and are extremely rugged and durable in their construction. For more information, call (866) ERGO-4-US or visit ergonomic-products.com.






 

AIR-ABRASION DEVICE - Groman

The unidose EtchMaster tip is the ultimate powder-blasting instrument for intraoral prophy and abrasion procedures. The EtchMaster tips never clog and operate without overspray, unlike traditional air polishers and sandblasting equipment, saving you time and money. The tips are powered by your chairside air via a simple handpiece adapter. Achieve perfect surface preparation prior to sealants, composite and porcelain repairs, crowns, veneers, brackets, bonding, plus localized stain removal, and surface polishing. For more information, call (800) 906-9298 or visit gromandental.com.







 

INTRAORAL LIGHTING SYSTEM - Great Lakes Orthodontics

The eBite intraoral lighting system provides a wireless and rechargeable illumination solution for oral examination. Lightweight and portable, eBite provides full illumination of intraoral workspace, and quick, reliable isolation of the quadrant. The system features autoclavable silicone bite blocks designed for optimal patient comfort, a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery, and convenient docking cradle. The eBite system is ideal for a variety of applications in general dentistry, orthodontics, dental hygiene, and periodontics. Charging time is about 40 to 60 minutes, and eBite will operate for approximately 2.5 to 3 hours per charge. For more information, call (800) 828-7626 or visit the Web site greatlakesortho.com.









 

LOUPES - HEINE North America

The HR Binocular Loupes in 2.5x magnification feature a patented, new 3-point articulation system that allows for a 10° higher angle of declination than through-the-lens loupe systems, and the all-new i-VIEW for S-Frame allows users to completely adjust the angle of declination from zero to 45°. This unprecedented level of angle of declination range helps to reduce back and neck pain and helps to ensure good posture while you are working. The flip-up adjustment of the loupes has a patented, new feature as well; simply twist the sterilizable side lever, and the optics will turn up and out your view. Never worry about having to readjust your angle of declination or break your sterile field. For more information, call (800) 367-4872.
 

ULTRASONIC SCALER - Hu-Friedy

SWERV3 brings you the latest in magnetostrictive ultrasonic scaling. It’s an effective, versatile scaler that is designed specifically for the comfort of dental professionals and their patients. It features finely tuned electronics, which improves control and scaling effectiveness in all clinical indications, helping dental professionals provide optimal care. A full range of power settings provides procedural versatility and optimizes clinical efficacy. The lightweight, well-balanced handpiece is designed to enhance clinical ergonomics by reducing muscle strain. Hu-Friedy designed the SWERV3 with a smooth touchpad control panel for ease of disinfection. This ultrasonic scaler also features color-coded lighted displays, which provide a visual queue for identification of current settings. An autopurge function helps facilitate proper waterline maintenance. For more information, call (800) HU-FRIEDY or visit swerv3.com.
 

DENTAL ISOLATION SYSTEM - Isolite Systems

Based on Isolite Systems’ award-winning Isolite dental isolation technology, the IsodryTi dental isolation system comfortably retracts the patient’s tongue and cheek, protects the throat, and keeps the mouth gently propped open with continuous suctioning of the dental patient. With the tongue out of the way and a dry field in which to work, dental procedures are completed 30% faster on average with less stress for the dental professional and improved comfort for the dental patient. The IsodryTi utilizes the patented, all-in-one Isoflex mouthpiece. The unique shape and softness of the mouthpiece comfortably allows fluids and debris to be aspirated from deep within the oral cavity. Single-use Isolite mouthpieces are available in 5 sizes to fit the spectrum of patients from small child to large adult. For more information, call (800) 560-6066 or visit isolitesystems.com.





 

LED CURING LIGHT - Ivoclar Vivadent

The bluephase 20i is the next generation of bluephase LED polymerization lights. Similar to the bluephase G2, it features patented “polywave” LED technology, producing a halogen-like broadband spectrum (380 to 515 nm) encompassing all current photoinitiators and materials used in dentistry. It represents the highest level of intensity (2,000 mW/cm2), and as a result, it provides more efficient curing times for all materials and all indications—particularly extensive restorations. Battery-operated, the bluephase 20i is equipped with 4 easy-to-use programs, including a new “Turbo” program offering a quick 5-second cure for all shades of composite while preserving the health of the pulp and gingival tissue. Based on the award-winning ergonomic design of the classic bluephase curing lights, it features the proven “Click & Cure” backup power supply that eliminates delays due to depleted batteries, and its internal, virtually noiseless fan provides continuous cooling. For more information, call (800) 533-6825. In Canada, call (800) 263-8182.
   

AUTOMIX DISPENSER SYSTEM - Kettenbach LP

Designed for prefilled 5:1 foil bags, the Plug & Press Dispenser System is a high-performance automix dispenser for bulk-packaged impression materials. It can mix and dispense a wide range of viscosities, providing users with a homogenous, void-free impression material designed to simplify any dental procedure. The Plug & Press system is clean, reliable, fast, and easy to use, and it offers material cost saving compared to using 50-mL cartridges. And with its reliable discharge force, it enables users to significantly fill any tray faster and easier. For more information, call (877) KEBA-123 or visit the Web site kettenbach.com.






   

LED LIGHT CURING SYSTEM - Kerr

The Demi LED Light Curing System is now available in a dual-pack configuration that contains 2 handpieces, 2 batteries, 2 light shields, 2 eight-mm Turbo+ light guides, one charger base that accommodates 2 handpieces, and one power supply. For busy practices with multiple operatories, the ability to purchase 2 Demi lights is not only convenient but also represents a 28% savings compared to buying 2 separate lights. Compact in size yet packed with features, including a 5-second cure, the Demi LED light is cordless for portability, and it offers multiple ergonomic operating accommodations to reduce hand/wrist stress. It contains a built-in whisper-quiet fan, keeping it cool and extending the overall life of the LED, and exceptional battery technology allows for longer working time, which can last 3 to 4 days when the battery is fully charged. For more information, call (800) KERR-123 or visit kerrdental.com.
   

ANESTHESIA DELIVERY SYSTEM - Milestone Scientific

The Wand STA System with Dynamic Pressure Sensing Technology is a computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery system that produces local anesthesia predictably and consistently. It provides 3 unique benefits: (1) it offers an objective means to guide the clinician to the proper injection site, PDL, to perform a STA-Intraligamentary Injection, which can replace the mandibular block as a primary injection; (2) it provides real-time pressure feedback, ensuring accuracy and safety throughout the injection; and (3) it offers predictable, profound anesthesia with almost immediate onset. The pencil-grip handpiece is ergonomically designed for precision and accuracy. The Wand STA system delivers anesthetic below the patient’s pain threshold, resulting in a virtually pain-free injection. For more information, call (800) 862-1125 or visit milestonescientific.com.








   

NI-TI ROTARY DEVICE - Medidenta

All rotary Ni-Ti systems are excellent in creating a crown-down effect, but they do not irrigate or cleanse the lateral canals that are breeding ground for bacteria, which in effect increase post-op pain and inevitable retreatment. The MM1500+, with its cavitation effect, effectively cleanses the lateral canals and greatly reduces post-op pain and patient recalls. It is a must-have complement to all Ni-Ti rotary systems because: (1) it requires no installation; (2) it offers great visibility and accessibility; (3) it removes the smear layer; (4) it facilitates safe and rapid canal flaring and/or debridement; (5) it offers superior cleansing with the irrigation and cavitation effect; and (6) it is user-friendly and patient comforting. For more information, call (800) 221-0750 or visit medidenta.com.
   

OBTURATION SYSTEM - Meta Biomed

E&Q Master cordless gutta-percha obturator system delivers fast, effective results. You can produce dense, easily controlled, fully dimensional obturation of even the most complex root canal system. Designed for sequential use, the E&Q Master Pen heats up to 320°F (160°C) in only one second for perfect down packing, condensation, and cutting of traditional gutta-percha. It ensures a smooth backfill. It also has: (1) simple, user-friendly operation that accommodates a variety of techniques; (2) a slim, lightweight ergonomic design that is comfortable to hold; (3) a thermo-plasticized method that saves time; and (4) low voltage lithium-ion batteries that provide 2 hours of continuous operation (an extra battery is included to eliminate downtime). The pen softens and condenses gutta-percha within the root canal, and the tip cools in seconds for safe removal. Efficient heating optimizes vertical condensation. For more information, call (888) 400-META.
   

WIRELESS DIGITAL SYSTEM - MyRay/Cefla Dental

X-pod is a wireless digital system that allows users to capture diagnostic-quality x-rays and review them on the integrated handheld touchscreen. It comes with multizoom functionality, image-enhancing tools, and tooth-association charts to give dentists maximum flexibility on the go. A high-capacity lithium-polymer battery allows recharge-free daylong use. With chamfered edges and rounded corners, X-pod’s 3-layer, 25 line pairs/mm sensor is designed for maximum patient comfort. It features a thin, fiber-optic plate to improve image definition and protect the silicon receptor from direct x-ray exposure. With X-pod, dentists are free to collect hundreds of images on the 2-GB SD memory card, organize them in patient-dedicated folders, and share them with any computer using Bluetooth 2 wireless connectivity or a USB cable. X-pod is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and the company includes free imaging software for use on office computers. For more information, call (800) 416-3078 or visit myrayamerica.com.
   

GUTTA-PERCHA SYSTEM - Obtura Spartan

The Obtura III Max is the preferred instrument for all backfill procedures. This new and improved unit features better ergonomics and user-friendly features, such as: (1) an enhanced thermal protector that reduces heat around patient contact surfaces, (2) cartridge-free operation that eliminates midprocedure filling hassles, (3) advanced connectivity that eliminates downtime for charging, and (4) an updated design and new unit face control for even easier handling overall. With a quick heat-up time, the Obtura III Max provides an actual temperature read at the tip of the needle, as well as an LCD display of the temperature to ensure accurate setting at all times. With more than 25 years of trusted clinical performance, this device also has a 2-year warranty to fully guarantee its users a durable and dependable product. For more information, call (800) 344-1321 or visit obtura.com.
   

CURING LIGHT - Parkell

The Aurora S3 curing light features a slim, ergonomic design and an easy-access head to reach all areas of the mouth. Its compact size and extended-life lithium-ion battery (120 curing cycles per charge) allow easy portability. Three LED lights and a parabolic reflector enhance its speed of cure and provide a constant level of irradiance across an 11-mm curing area. Its wavelength range ranges from 420 to 480 nm. The Aurora S3 provides convenience in the form of one-button control function and versatility with 3 preprogrammed curing modes of 3-second or 20-second curing power at 1,000 mW/cm2, and 10-second turbo power at 1,300 mW/cm2. Visual and audible indicators make mode adjustments quick and effortless. The Aurora S3 comes with a 2-year warranty plus a 90-day risk-free trial (valid only when purchased directly through Parkell). For more information, call (800) 243-7446 or visit parkell.com.




   

HANDPIECE UPGRADE SYSTEM - ProDrive Systems

The ProDrive System’s patented, triangular bur shank enables the turbine to lock the bur into place, resulting in greater concentricity, providing superior torque transfer, smoother handpiece operation, and improved overall control. ProDrive Upgrade Turbines are available for leading brand handpieces, such as KaVo, DENTSPLY Midwest, Star Dental, and W&H. Experience superior margin integrity, cut definition, and noticeably smoother cutting with reduced vibration and chatter for all procedures. The exclusive bur-lengthening feature allows safe extension by 3 mm, providing smooth and high-precision cuts in difficult-to-reach areas. ProDrive Systems offers a full selection of diamond and carbide burs manufactured in Germany by Meisinger. For more information, call (866) 937-8882 or visit prodrivesystems.com.







   

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