Top 50 Technology Product 2012


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

APEX LOCATOR - DentCorp

This portable, microcomputer-controlled apex locator RomiApex A-15 is a modern device engineered for precise apex localization during root canal treatment. It possesses precision measurements to 0.25 mm in all conditions. The portable unit provides graphic display and audio where the current position of the endo file is reflected. Features include the root wizard tracking algorithm, the root zoom, virtual apex predetermined point, a built-in self-test and protection, fully automatic, and auto shutdown. The set includes the (1) RomiApex A-15 apex locator unit, (2) cradle, (3) AAA battery, (4) measuring cable, (5) file clips, (6) lip clips, (7) touch probe, (8) and user manual. It has a 2-year manufacturer warranty. For more information, call (800) 454-9244, visit dentcorp.com, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





 

COMPOSITE MANIPULATION INSTRUMENT - Brassler USA

The ET 3000 is the first device to effectively address both stickiness and lack of flow, 2 of the biggest challenges when working with composite resins. Utilizing a specific frequency and range of oscillating motion, the ET 3000 (patent-pending) eliminates the frustrating stickiness and tugback of composite resins. It also increases the flow of composite resins up to 30%. This enhances your ability to achieve the cavity adaptation and surface anatomy that you desire. Compatible with any type of composite, the ET 3000 is a powerful ally for every procedure involving restorative resins. For more information, call (800) 841-4522 or visit brasselerusa.com.
 

HANDPIECE - SciCan

The E-STATIS Advantage is equipped with the advanced E-STATIS SLM motor, (short, led, micro motor) weighing only 62 g with a length of only 2.6 in. It has a unique, software-based touchscreen that offers a range of customizable settings for both operative and endodontic procedures. It is also modular. It can function as a tabletop electric handpiece system or it can be integrated directly into an existing dental unit. Other features include auto reverse, torque control, and light intensity adjustment. The E-STATIS Advantage is designed to offer flexibility to meet your specific needs. It has a 3-year warranty. For more information, call (800) 572-1211.









 

ELECTROSURGICAL SYSTEM - Ellman International

The new RadioLASE 3 generator enables dentists and oral surgeons to cut and coagulate soft tissues with extreme precision. Operating at 4 MHz, it minimizes heat dissipation and cellular alteration, giving you the precision you require with the versatility you need. It requires less set-up time, is easier to use, more cost-effective, safer, and clinically proven to cause less thermal damage than lasers. For more information, call (800) 835-5355 or visit ellman.com.

 

MOUTHGUARD MAKER - DENTSPLY Raintree Essix

The Funky Tool lets practices create custom-colored sports mouthguards and removable appliances right in their offices. Attached to the Dreve Drufomat Scan thermoforming machine, the Funky Tool allows patients to express their individuality by selecting their favorite colors, the colors of local sports teams, or even their school colors. These standout devices are natural conversation starters that generate peer envy, patient buzz, and word-of-mouth referrals. The 6-piece Funky Tool set includes a cutting table, cutting guide, heating pan, chimney unit adapter, and pressing lid. For more information, call (800) 833-8733 or visit essix.com.



 

ORAL CANCER DETECTION DEVICE - AdDent

The Microlux Transillumi­nator is a multipurpose unit that provides a multitude of uses. By inserting the standard 2- or 3-mm light guide, the unit is a high-output transilluminator and caries detector. The light guides include (1) a 2- or 3-mm light guide for screening cracks, fractures, and subgingival calculus, (2) the illuminated mirror, (3) the DL light guide for oral cancer screening, (4) the endo lite to detect root fractures and interproximal decay, and (5) the illuminated Perio Probe in 3-, 5-, and 7-mm increments. All light guides can be autoclaved or sleeved. Transillumination helps to visualize crown fractures, caries, root canal orifice, and root fractures. It also aids in locating the orifices of a root canal and placing the light source on the buccal or lingual cervical region of the tooth. For more information, call (855) 211-3413 or visit addent.com.

 

INTRAORAL DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY - MyRay/Cefla Dental

MyRay engineers developed Hyperion with an open design and face-to-face positioning for comfortable and precise patient positioning. First-in-class kinematics and automatic morphology recognition grant constant magnification and supreme image quality. It has 28 different imaging programs that include wide-focus pano, multiple TMJ, bite-wings, and sinus projections, which make Hyperion X7 a real winner in any practice. Its volumetric tomography function allows browsing a 4-cm section of 1-mm thick transversal slices, and the built-in library facilitates planning single implant sites. Hyperion is ceph-ready and comes with free imaging software and an iPad app to pilot the machine from anywhere in the office. For more information, call (800) 416-3078 or visit myrayamerica.com.

 

ELECTRIC HANDPIECE - Aseptico

The AEU-5000 electric handpiece system converts your existing 4-hole connection to a powerful electric handpiece for high-speed, endo, low-speed, and many other dental applications. It is quieter and has more torque than your existing pneumatic highspeed. Features include the ability to use your existing rheostat foot control, digital torque control, a large back-lit display, and a 40,000-rpm electric micromotor with LED fiber-optic illumination. It is compatible with 1:5, 1:2, 1:1, 5:1, and 8:1 e-type handpieces. Five programmable presets per ratio can be enabled or disabled based on user preference. For more information, call (866) 244-2954, visit the Web site aseptico.com, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

INJECTION COMFORT SYSTEM - DentalVibe

Invented by NYU graduate Dr. Steven G. Goldberg, the patented, award-winning DentalVibe uses microprocessor-controlled vibrapulse technology to send soothing pulsations deep into the oral mucosa. This stimulation is picked up by the submucosal nerve endings, sending a message to the brain, effectively closing the pain gate. This allows for the comfortable administration of intraoral injections. Adults and children are reporting painless injections, and a listing on DentalVibe's dentist locator allows new patients to easily find you. Cordless and easily affordable, DentalVibe is currently used by thousands of dentists in the United States and in more than 25 countries. For more information, call (877) 503-VIBE (8423) 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 a uniquely designed USB connector fits into a standard delivery unit. The elegantly streamlined handpiece, with dual-capture buttons, has a much smaller, specially designed soft tip with brilliant 8-point LED lighting and Sony’s Hi-Resolution CCD to combine for the finest picture quality. Providing a camera is the beginning of a relationship with its doctor/owners, not the end. There is a 2-year parts and labor warranty on all camera models, and Digital Doc’s award-winning customer service is the cornerstone to a successful relationship with users. For more information, call (800) 518-1102 or visit digi-doc.com.







 

DIGITAL X-RAY SENSOR - DentiMax

The award-winning DentiMax digital x-ray sensors produce phenomenally clear images. To accomplish this, the sensors use the latest CMOS active pixel chip and a profession-leading high-sensitivity scintillator with built-in circuit board. And, with a width of just 5.5 mm, the sensors are the thinnest CMOS sensors on the market. Add in extreme, rounded corners with smooth edges, and you have the ideal sensor for patient comfort. In addition, the DentiMax digital sensor system is an open system that allows you to capture images from virtually all digital panoramic x-ray machines, intraoral cameras, and flatbed scanners. Also, DentiMax’s imaging software integrates with almost all practice management systems. For more information, call (800) 704-8494 or dentimax.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 PrepStart units already on the market. With a screwdriver, it can be retrofitted to other models of PrepStarts in less than 15 minutes. For more information, call (800) 827-7940.

   

CAD/CAM SYSTEM - D4D

The E4D Dentist system defines an ultramodern standard for chairside CAD/CAM systems, combining laser scanning, DentaLogic design, and precision milling to produce inlays, onlays, full crowns, and veneers. The E4D Design Center, powered by DentaLogic 2.0 software, guides the operator from scanning to milling. The graphical interface, familiar workflow, and dentist-designed tools have the ability to complete up to 16 units simultaneously. E4D’s high-speed laser scanner takes a digital impression of the preparation and neighboring teeth to create a 3-D image without the use of contrast agents, while Rapid Scan allows automatic capture of digital images at the operator’s preferred speed. Smart Scan Technology provides powder-free laser capture of hard and soft tissue, impressions, or models, automatically providing feedback to the operator prior to each scan so detail and accuracy are optimized, less time is spent scanning, and movement is minimized. For more information, call (800) 645-6594 or visit d4dtech.com.

   

OBTURATION SYSTEM - B&L Biotech USA

The Beta Obturation device is designed for warm gutta-percha techniques such as backfilling a canal with warm vertical obturation or with a complete fill technique (injecting from the apex up). Perfectly complementing B&L’s Alpha heat source, the Beta unit provides simplicity, operator ease and comfort, and durability into a cordless injectable obturation gun. Equipped with a durable rechargeable battery and mounting easily in a charge cradle, the Beta will give more than 4 hours of continuous use on a single charge. Design features include a patented 360° swivel needle, al-lowing the operator to change the angle of entry to any canal. It’s especially convenient for hard-to-reach maxillary cases. The handpiece is lightweight and ergonomic for operators with large or very small hands. With many doctors now using multiple endodontic devices in their practice, this reliable, cordless obturation device helps reduce clutter. For more information, call (877) 452-9651 or (949) 581-3636, visit bnlbio.com, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

DISPOSABLE HANDPIECE - Azenic

Field-tested and expert-endorsed, the Azenic DHP disposable high-speed handpiece is the new standard of care in dentistry. Offering amazing power, torque, and cutting efficiency, you can use the low-cost DHP to tackle harsh reduction cases, crown preparations, and surgical procedures, protecting your expensive handpieces from costly wear and tear. Individually wrapped, single-patient-use, sterile, and disposable, with the powerful DHP on hand, you don't have to worry about busy days, equipment breakdowns, and emergency cases, assuring your practice and your bottom line stay on track. Better yet, the DHP is 100% recyclable and easy to order through authorized national dealers. For more information, call (888) 347-7576 or visit azenic.com.

   

CAD/CAM SYSTEM - Sirona Dental Systems

CEREC AC is the only CAD/CAM system that combines the great features of a market-leading digital impression technology with the ability to connect to chairside milling for the ultimate in patient experience and practice efficiency. It delivers the fastest acquisition speeds on the market and provides a quick return on investment. It utilizes the latest intraoral imaging technology to help dentists harness the full potential of digital impressions. CEREC AC provides the best balance of speed, ease of use, and precision for chairside applications, and it creates standalone digital impressions for use with Sirona Connect Labs nationwide with no additional scanning fees. For more information, call (800) 873-7683 or visit cereconline.com.







   

ORAL DISEASE DETECTION DEVICE - DenMat

The VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System is one of the most powerful tools available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. It 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. The device shines a blue light into the oral cavity and excites natural tissue fluorescence. When viewed by the clinician through the its 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. The VELscope Vx empowers clinicians to see better and provide a higher standard of care for their patients. For more information, call (888) 541-4614 or visit velscope.com.











   

ORAL IRRIGATOR - Philips Sonicare

AirFloss is a breakthrough interproximal cleaning device from the makers of the No. 1-recommended power toothbrush brand by dental professionals in the United States (based on sales and recommendation figures). It removes plaque from between teeth with quick bursts of air and microwater droplets, providing a simple and effective alternative for those patients who won’t use traditional string floss. In just 60 seconds, Sonicare Airfloss uses less than a teaspoon of water to remove up to 99% more plaque between teeth than brushing with a manual toothbrush alone. It’s equipped with easy-to-use features like the guidance tip that allows you to simply point and click for easy, one-handed use. For more information, call (800) 676-7664 or visit sonicare.com.

   

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM - Vatech America

PaX-Duo3D Plus offers one of the most efficient 2-in-1 solutions, featuring autoswitching technology for panoramic and CBCT sensors. It provides high-quality panoramic and 3-D images for dental specialists at an affordable price. Diagnosis and treatment are completed more efficiently, with options to choose the optimal field of view size for CBCT imaging and utilizing autofocus technology for panoramic acquisition. For more information, call (888) 396-6872 or visit vatechamerica.com.







   

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. DentalEZ is the first company in the United States to design an operatory light with 100% true direct LED technology that remains at a consistent, cool temperature. It provides extremely precise lighting and is equipped with 9 color temperature/intensity settings to meet all operative needs, including more focused, shadow-free, color-corrected lighting. Its natural daylight illumination mode provides clearer oral cavity visibility and extremely precise shade matching. The LED EverLight provides energy-efficient features simply not possible using traditional halogen lighting. It encompasses a long life of more than 30,000 hours, 10 times longer than halogen, reducing the need for regular replacement of light bulbs. Dental professionals will enjoy substantial savings on monthly energy expenses as the everLight uses less than 35W of energy—70% less than halogen-based systems. For more information, call (866) DTE-INFO or visit dentalez.com.

   

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Top 50 Technology Product 2012