Top 50 Technology Products 2011


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

AIR-DRIVEN HANDPIECE - J. Morita USA

The TwinPower Turbine high-speed product line includes 3 compact head designs: standard, mini, and the new 45° featuring redirected airflow for patient safety. Its unique, double-impeller rotor design offers up to 22W of power for smooth, efficient cutting even under high load conditions. A pressurized air system prevents the intake of contaminated aerosol and other particles into the airline, resulting in superior infection control. TwinPower Turbine handpieces offer a compact head that offers enhanced maneuverability and superior access. A uniquely designed grip features a ceramic coating that enables a relaxed hold of the handpiece and improves durability. This product line also offers safe rapid braking within 2 seconds, ceramic bearings, LED coupler option, direct connection to popular coupling systems, and a 2-year warranty. For more information, call (888) JMORITA (566-7482) or visit morita.com/usa.





 

LED CURING LIGHT - Kerr

Demi Plus LED Light Curing System represents the next generation in premium curing light technology and features a number of design enhancements. Powered by Demetron Technology, it holds the profession's first self-cleaning "cap and swipe" battery design, which simplifies charging, and its exterior is composed of Valox resin, a high-performance plastic that is lightweight yet highly durable. Additional enhancements include an extended turbo light guide that improves access for posterior procedures and a 3-year warranty. In addition to these enhancements, the Demi Plus maintains the same features as previous curing light models. The wand is lightweight and ergonomic, while the Periodic Level Shifting technology drives cool, continuous high output to deliver a true 5-second cure for shades A3 and lighter without generating excess heat. And as with all Demetron lights, a whisper-quiet fan prevents the unit from overheating and extends the overall life of the LEDs. For more information, call (800) KERR-123 or visit kerrdental.com.



 

ORAL DISEASE DETECTION DEVICE - LED Dental

The VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System features updated optics technology, a unique cordless design, and affordable pricing that now make it easier than ever for dental practices to detect oral cancer and other forms of oral disease, and the system received 510(k) clearance from the FDA, making it available for sale in the United States. It shines a blue light into the oral cavity and excites natural tissue fluorescence. When viewed by the clinician through the Vx's patented filters, abnormal tissue typically appears as an irregular, dark area that stands out against the otherwise normal, green fluorescent pattern of surrounding healthy tissue. Exams take only a few minutes and are completely free of any pain or inconvenience for patients. LED Dental has sold more than 6,000 units of the first-generation VELscope device since its introduction in 2006. For more information, call (888) 541-4614 or visit velscope.com.









 

AMALGAM SEPARATOR - Medidenta

Innovation and efficiency are at the heart of Medidenta's amalgam waste disposal program, and by utilizing this program, dental offices will be equipped with an amalgam separator, an amalgam waste disposal unit, and a vacuum line cleaner all for a profession-low entry price and low monthly service plans. Medidenta's M.A.R.S amalgam separator features an ISO mercury recovery rating of 99.9% and is maintenance-free for its life cycle, which means never having to change a filter. You can install it and forget it for at least 3 years until it is time to replace the separator at no charge. For more information, call (800) 799-3858.











 

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM - MyRay/Cefla Dental

With MyRay's innovative Hyperion X7, users not only benefit from the most intuitive pan and ceph scan process but also from MyRay's small-field VT plug-in. Explore a 4- x 4- x 10-cm area in transversal slices to survey bone availability and accurately plan single implant sites. Comfort, efficiency, and user-friendliness make this intelligent extraoral radiography machine an instant winner for any dental practice. It applies utmost sophisticated kinematics to accurately follow patients' complex morphology for constant image magnification. Morphology Recognition Technology automatically identifies patient size and all parameters required to ensure correct x-ray exposure. It completes scans in less than 9 seconds and offers the choice of 15 programs, including bitewings and temporomandibular joints. Ceph imaging is available and incorporates smart solutions for increased patient comfort. For more information, call (800) 416-3078 or visit myrayamerica.com.

 

iPad INTERFACE - MacPractice

The MacPractice iPad Interface with ePrescribe is designed with Apple's Web App development tools. It provides remote and network communication from an iPad to dental offices that use MacPractice DDS. Utilizing the interface, dentists can create new patient records in MacPractice from the iPad and post procedures and diagnosis from outside the office or in an exam room. Daily practice activity reports can be reviewed easily from outside the office, notes can be sent between the office staff and the doctor, and e-mail can be sent to patients and referring providers. Office schedules and patient photos can be viewed, and dentists and assistants can review and record patient vital statistics and chronic diagnoses and review prescription history and allergies when seeing a patient, all on an iPad. For more information, visit macpractice.com.

 

LED LIGHT - MK-dent

In contrast to the conventional LED, which is used in applications from a simple flashlight to the brake lights of a car, the MK-dent LED captivates by a special property— the characteristic of the light itself—to meet the diverse needs of dentistry at the highest level. A unique method of displaying white light allows the MK-dent LED to produce one-of-a-kind natural daylight at a color temperature of 5,500K. Other LEDs produce a cold, artificial-looking light with a bluish cast. Dentistry's basic requirements for the detection of contours and shading are difficult to clear when using regular LED lighting. For more information, visit mk-dent.com.



 

MICROSCOPE - Magnified Video Dentistry

The new MagnaVu Dental Procedure Scope 3 produces precise, clear, highly magnified images and eliminates the need for magnified loupes or microscopes, thereby reducing back, neck, and eyestrain. By incorporating the scope and a more ergonomic posture position during procedures, dentists can reduce aches and pains and may actually prolong their careers by eliminating the need to constantly bend or twist over the patient. In fact, musculoskeletal disorders are the No. 1 reason for dentists retiring early. Imagine being able to perform lengthy procedures with your head up, looking straight ahead at highly magnified images on a high-resolution 19-in video display placed at eye level. The updated MagnaVu PS 3 Scope has a longer down tube leading to a new, triple-axis swivel at the scope head, providing additional movement, more visibility, and better viewing angles than in the past. For more information, call (877) 556-6587 or visit magnavu.com.

 

DIGITAL STUDY MODEL - ORTHOpix

With the ORTHOpix affordable, nonproprietary solution you can view high-resolution digital study models in the free Adobe Reader software. It allows you to have access to the interactive PDF file from any Internet location. You can e-mail the PDF file to colleagues and patients and import the PDF file into your practice management software for easy access. The files are backed up on ORTHOpix servers at no additional cost. You can send impressions or stone casts. There are no gimmicks, tiered pricing, or startup costs. For more information, call (888) 777-1945 or visit orthopix.com.









 

CBCT SYSTEM - PreXion

The new, cost-effective PreXion3D Elite with CLEARimage Scanning Technology is dedicated to providing dentistry's highest quality, highest definition, low-radiation dose, and most diagnostic 3-D and multiplanar CBCT images. Its features include the following: (1) profession-leading 0.15-mm focal spot; (2) up to a 53% reduction in radiation and a 50% reduction in scan time; (3) powerful, intuitive software with implant planning, fusion/stitching function, and nerve and endodontic tracing tools; (4) proven advanced training and customer support; and (5) a "green" computer/server, reducing energy consumption by 50%. The inherent deficiencies and limitations of 2-D radiographs make cone beam computed tomography scans a valuable tool to investigate and diagnose anatomy in both 3-D and multiplanar reformation images. The ability to view 3-D and multiplanar reformation images slices in cross-section, long axis, and oblique directions and angles gives dentists unprecedented ability to accurately diagnose and treatment plan. For more information, call (855) PREXION or visit prexion.com.





 

INTERPROXIMAL CLEANING DEVICE - Philips Sonicare

AirFloss is a breakthrough interproximal cleaning device that uses advanced microburst technology to blast air and water droplets between teeth to remove 99% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. A simple and effective way to clean between teeth, Sonicare AirFloss was reported by 86% of users to be easier to use than floss. With a simple point and press, one-handed, one-button operation, it produces less than a teaspoon of water per whole mouth clean in 60 seconds. For more information, call (800) 682-7664 or visit sonicare.com.







   

INTRAORAL CAMERA - Panasonic

The new EJ-CA01UP intraoral camera achieves outstanding color reproduction of teeth and gums using Panasonic Digital Signal Processing technology, and its auto-focus feature excels at close-up image capture from zero mm to infinity with a newly developed multiple-lens design. Equipped with an image stabilization feature, the camera also compensates for hand movement and reduces the need to recapture images. The camera has several viewing and playback options, including simultaneous viewing of multiple still images on a monitor as well as connecting to a PC or printer. Panasonic's range of full high-definition monitors completes your total dental imaging solution. For more information, call (201) 271-3254 or visit panasonic.com/visionsystems.

   

COSMETIC SIMULATOR - SNAP Imaging System

The SNAP cosmetic simulator now provides marketing materials on how to easily reach out to patients and potential patients via the reception area, bridal shows, health clubs, the web, and much more. You can produce realistic "before and after" cosmetic simulation photos in less than a minute and patients can take home the images to show the spouse, family, and friends. For more information, call (866) 987-7627 or visit the Web site snapdental.com.













   

HANDPIECE - SciCan

Designed to offer flexibility to meet a clinician's specific needs, E-STATIS Advantage Electric Handpieces now come equipped with the new Advanced E-STATIS Short LED Micromotor. The E-STATIS SLM is 35% shorter and lighter than today's current motors, and the touchscreen is equipped with customizable settings for both operative and endodontic procedures, including torque control and auto-reverse. For more information, call (800) 572-1211.









   

INTRAORAL RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM - Suni Medical Imaging

SuniRay digital radiography system is the favorite among dental practitioners for how easily and quickly it captures and analyzes dental radiographs. With its one-click image enhancement, it displays crystal-clear images even in the toughest areas. And its ergonomic design ensures easy positioning and optimal patient comfort. SuniRay sensors also integrate seamlessly with all major practice management programs. For more information, call (800) 438-7864 or visit the Web site suni.com.





   

LED CURING LIGHT - Ultradent Products

The VALO broad spectrum LED curing light features a custom LED pack that produces high-intensity light capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials (395 to 480 nm). It can penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements, similar to a high-quality halogen light. The optimally collimated beam ensures that maximum energy is delivered to the curing site with a slim 5° head and sleek design. This also allows it to provide direct and easy access to all parts of the oral cavity. Machined from aerospace aluminum and the latest technology in componentry, VALO is one of the most powerful and durable curing lights available. The VALO Cordless offers all the benefits of VALO plus the freedom of mobility only achieved with a cordless light. Operating on 2 small, inexpensive, environmentally responsible, rechargeable batteries, VALO continues to outshine the competition. 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.

   

DIGITAL PANORAMIC IMAGING - Vatech America

The new PaX-Flex is the most versatile product offering to date by Vatech America. It features options for all modalities and configurations, including cone beam computed tomography, true digital panoramic, and cephalometric imaging. The PaX-Flex provides clients with an affordable digital panoramic imaging system. The option of field upgrading to cephalometric and CBCT can occur at any time a practice's imaging needs develop. With multiple CBCT fields of view upgrade options, patient exposure can be limited based on clinical need. Featuring an easy-to-navigate, user-friendly, built-in, optional 10.4-in LCD touchpanel, patient-positioning and image capture can be performed simply and accurately. Powerful, robust software and client support is included to satisfy the demands of any dental practice to make the PaX-Flex a welcome addition to any dental practice. For more information, call (888) 396-6872 or visit the Web site vatechamerica.com.











   

FILM DIGITIZER - VIDAR Systems Corporation

The Dental Film Digitizer creates digital images from analog dental film for primary diagnostic use. It is the only scanner on the market available that meets US and European guidelines for dental applications, and the digital image can legally replace the original x-ray film. Providing an efficient and affordable solution, the digitizer is ideal for dental offices that are already using digital intraoral imaging but have not yet made the conversion with their panoramic and cephalometric imaging equipment. For more information, call (800) 471-7226 or visit the Web site vidar.com/dental.



   

ULTRASONIC SCALER - Vista dental Products

The piezo Pilot offers unprecedented power in a quiet, compact, lightweight design, and its innovative features and state-of-the-art circuitry give the user the widest range of amplitude settings for high-end performance. It has a greater power range than average. Its low range is great for normal endodontic applications and its midrange for perio and hygiene, but the exceptional feature is its upper range. It was tested with piezo surgical tips and found to have enough power to do both endodontic and implants. The Pilot is available in 6 colors with matching autoclavable handpiece sleeves and includes a set of 4 ultrasonic hygiene tips or endodontic tips. For more information, call (877) 418-4782 or visit vista-dental.com.

   

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