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.
 

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.







 

PORTABLE LED HEADLIGHT- PeriOptix

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 perioptix.com.










   

WIRELESS INTRAORAL IMAGING DEVICE - RF America

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 suni.com.











   

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 cereconline.com.











   

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.







   

OBTURATION DEVICE - SybronEndo

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 sybronendo.com.
   

STERILIZER - SciCan

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 scican.com.
   

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 ultradent.com.
   

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.













   

SHADE-TAKING UNIT - Vident

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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