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.
 

HEARING PROTECTION SYSTEM - Audiology Solutions

Research has identified a link between the use of dental equipment and permanent, noise-induced hearing loss in dentistry. Hearing loss is considered the most common work-related injury and is 100% preventable. DentalEar is the only self-forming, high-fidelity hearing protection system designed specifically for dentists and dental professionals. It allows you to protect your hearing while still allowing for clear, natural communication between patients and staff. It utilizes a flat, 15-dB filtered system that keeps speech sounding exactly the same but reduces the sounds in the hazardous range to keep you safe. The patented medical stent technology is thermally activated to custom fit your ears each time it is inserted—no need for messy, time-consuming impressions of the ears. It’s comfortable enough to wear all day and offered with a risk-free trial period. For more information, call (800) 362-8153.

 

HANDPIECES - DENTSPLY Professional

Midwest Stylus ATC is the highest-rated (based on several studies), fastest-growing handpiece in the nation (based on SDM data). It solves 2 longstanding challenges facing dentists: (1) load-based variations in speed that can cause stalling and (2) bur deflection and chatter that occur at high speeds, which can affect accuracy and precision. The 2 features that do this are speed-sensing intelligence (SSI) and superior turbine suspension (STS). SSI automatically optimizes power for constant speed under load. STS allows the handpiece to operate at high speeds under load with no noticeable bur deflection or chatter. The combined result is improved cutting performance. Numerous publications and reviewers have said it’s the best handpiece available. For more information, call (800) 989-8825 or visit stylusatc.com.





 

DESKTOP SCANNING SYSTEM - Great Lakes Orthodontics

The Maestro 3D Desktop Scanning System is a fast and affordable digital model-generating system that creates fully rendered 3-D models from intraoral scans, bites, or existing models with unprecedented accuracy, clarity, and resolution. It is designed with intuitive viewing software and analytical tools that allow the doctor to efficiently manage and edit digital STL files, perform complex measurements, create virtual bases and occlusal maps, and analyze patient cases. Maestro 3D saves time, money, and preserves office space by archiving patient models digitally. For more information, call (800) 828-7626 or visit greatlakesortho.com.

 

ANESTHESIA DELIVERY SYSTEM - Accutron

Used for the delivery of nitrous oxide, Accutron’s ClearView Single-Use Nasal Hood features a double hood design with a clear (transparent) outer hood and a brightly colored and lightly scented inner hood. Offering visual assurance to the clinician, condensation collects in the transparent outer hood when patients breathe through their nose. The soft inner hood creates a desirable nasal/facial seal, and the selection of colors and scents engage patients of all ages. Its low profile allows the clinician a better field of view and easier access to the mouth. Latex-free and individually wrapped, ClearView is available in a variety of scents and unscented gray. For more information, call (800) 531-2221 or go to accutron-inc.com.

 

FURNACE - Vident

The VITA ZYRCOMAT 6000 MS, a low-noise, high-speed sintering unit, is designed especially for high-temperature sintering firings and all dental ceramic substructure materials. By utilizing a material-friendly procedure with a controlled cooling phase of up to 400°C, it can sinter bridge substructures with up to 9 units and fully anatomical restorations in only 80 minutes. Hailed as a good solution for increasing profitability in CEREC offices, the unit features a firing chamber designed with a capacity of up to 25 units, while its pull-out/fold-away trays safely accommodate all work pieces. Fully automatic temperature calibration is possible thanks to the use of high-performance heating elements made of molybdenum disilicide. For more information, call (800) 828-3839 or visit vident.com.

 

DIGITAL SENSOR - Schick Technologies

Schick 33 from Sirona is the latest addition to the profession-leading Schick Elite platform. Touted as one of the most advanced sensors in dentistry, it delivers an unparalleled combination of high-resolution images and dynamic image enhancement. The Schick 33 allows for an unprecedented level of diagnostic control. Paired with new imaging software and a theoretical resolution limit of 33 line pairs, dentists can review, store, and share enhanced images from a variety of clinical perspectives—general dentistry, endodontic, periodontic, and restorative. The Schick 33 digital intraoral sensor accommodates the needs of every dental practice with its user-friendly dynamic image enhancer and image preferences. For more information, call (718) 482-2010 or visit schickbysirona.com.

 

IMPLANTOLOGY MOTOR SYSTEM - Bien-Air

The iChiropro is a revolutionary implantology motor system controlled from an iPad and equipped with some of the best-performing attachments ever designed. Its 20:1 L Micro-Series contra-angle handpiece is equipped with an internal irrigation system for greater comfort, and the lifetime-lubricated ceramic ball bearings of its MX-i LED motor ensure an exceptional service life, with no maintenance required. The multiuser iChiropro application incorporates the complete sequences of the leading implant manufacturers, including Camlog, Straumann, Nobel Biocare, Zimmer, DENTSPLY, Biomet 3i, Astra Tech, and more. It also offers the option of saving and exporting operation data in the form of graphics and tables. This data is attached to the patient file built into the control interface. Available from the Apple App Store, the iChiropro application will regularly offer new functions to ensure that this extraordinary implantology system is constantly updated. For more information, call (800) 433-BIEN (2436) or visit ichiropro.com.

 

CURING LIGHT - Kerr

Demi Plus, powered by Demetron Technology, is the next generation in premium curing lights. It combines sophisticated engineering with design advancements that enhance performance and deliver consistent cures while allowing you to focus on what’s truly important—your practice. Demi Plus builds upon this legacy and continues to offer the same compelling features that have made the Demi such a commercial success. The positive contact charger guarantees a snug fit between the contacts on the handpiece and the charger base, allowing you to get the most out of every charge. The exterior is made from Valox resin, a high-performance plastic that will protect and extend the life of your unit. The extended turbo light guide enables better application with improved access (plus 28% additional reach) for posterior procedures. The 3-year warranty ensures that you get the most value out of your premium investment. For more information, call (800) KERR-123 or visit kerrdental.com/demiplus.

 

DIODE LASER - AMD LASERS

The Picasso represents a dramatic breakthrough in laser technology that has led to a remarkable breakthrough in price. With an unprecedented level of affordability, the multifunctional, soft-tissue diode laser offers comprehensive clinical results in surgical, periodontal therapy procedures, and bleaching. The Picasso’s innovative design, 7W of power, 8 programmable presets, color touchscreen, multilingual menu, option of disposable tip system or strippable fiber, wireless foot control, standard 2-year warranty and low annual operating cost make Picasso the one of the only complete laser solutions for dentists who want the flexibility to integrate laser technology throughout their practice. For more information, call (866) 999-2635 or visit amdlasers.com.

 

FILM DIGITIZER - VIDAR Systems

The VIDAR Dental Film Digitizer is the first digitizer to be designed for analog film, enabling dental professionals to create medical-quality images for primary diagnostic purposes from analog x-ray films. It can digitize intraoral, panoramic, and cephalometric x-rays in seconds. Digitized images can replace film as the legal original, with seamless integration into patient records. For more information, call (800) 471-7226 or visit vidar.com/dental.

 

LED CURING LIGHT - DENTSPLY Caulk

The SmartLite Max LED curing light has all of the features of an LED curing light you are looking for, providing confidence in all your light-cured restorations. This light combines 2 LEDs in the tip to provide multiple wavelength output for stress-free curing confidence. It features cordless or corded operation. If you run out of battery during a procedure, plug the power cord into the handpiece and continue working. It also provides 4 different output modes, including standard, ramp, boost, and pulse. With these features, as well as a large curing area, sealed construction, a built-in radiometer, and a unique lens to provide better curing over distances, the SmartLite Max LED curing light is one of the most complete LED curing lights on the market today. For more information, call (800) 532-2855 or visit smartlitemax.com.











   

AMALGAM SEPARATOR - HealthFirst

The Rebec Catch Hg 400, part of the Catch Hg amalgam separation series and environmental program offered by HealthFirst, is one of the most durable amalgam separators on the market. ISO-11143 tested at 99.86% removal efficiency, it removes mercury amalgam and other solids from dental waste water, ensuring your practice is doing its part to protect the water supply. This turnkey solution is easy to install and maintain, which minimizes office downtime. Plus, with scalable collection units to fit your office needs, you only have to recycle the waste collector one time each year—guaranteed. The Rebec 400 is small enough to fit in even the tightest spaces yet has one of the largest holding capacities on the market. You can combine all this with a lifetime warranty and HealthFirst’s complete environmental program. For more information, call (800) 331-1984 or visit healthfirst.com.

   

INTRAORAL DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY - 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 suni.com.

   

CBCT SYSTEM - PreXion

The cost-effective PreXion3D Elite with CLEARimage scanning technology is dedicated to the highest-quality, highest-definition, lowest-radiation dose, and most diagnostic 3-D and MPR CBCT images, with see-more/do-more HD technology. It possesses (1) a profession-leading 0.20-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, (4) fusion/stitching function and nerve and endodontic tracing tools, and (5) proven, advanced training and customer support. Deficiencies and limitations of 2-D radiographs allow 3-D CBCT scans to provide you with an unprecedented ability to accurately diagnose and treatment plan. For more information, call (855) PREXION or visit prexion.com.











   

HYDRO-ABRASION DEVICE - Velopex International

Aquacut Quattro is painless, drill-free dentistry. It is the ideal tool for minimally invasive and cosmetic dentistry. With no direct contact to the tooth, it produces no vibration, turbine noise, heat generation, or smell, and it greatly reduces the need for local anesthesia. The twin powder chambers permit both cutting and prophy using air slurry polishing. You can combine it with Sylc for Aquacut, which is a desensitizing bioactive powder for enhanced prophy, cleaning, and stain removal. For more information, call (888) 835-6739 or visit velopexusa.com.

   

COSMETIC SIMULATOR - SNAP Imaging Systems

The SNAP Cosmetic Simulator is now offered with 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 snapdental.com.







   

CURING LIGHT - 3M ESPE

Increased power, versatility, and speed of cures are available to dental professionals through the power of the Elipar S10 LED curing light. Its one-piece stainless steel casing makes it durable and virtually unbreakable, and the simple 2-button operation provides one cure mode for all indications and a tack cure mode. The Elipar S10 curing light comes equipped with a 3-, 10-, and 8-mm light guide that offers up to 3 times more intensity than comparable devices. Enabling a light intensity of up to 1,600 mW/cm2, the 8-mm light guide gives dental professionals even higher optical power than before. A new coating offers long-term protection against fingerprints and stains. For more information, call (800) 634-2249 or visit 3mespe.com/elipars10.









   

INTRAORAL CAMERA/CARIES DETECTION DEVICE - ACTEON North America

SOPRO LIFE is 2 products in one. It’s a high-end intraoral camera with excellent image quality that functions in 3 modes—portrait, intraoral, and macro—as well as a caries detection device. By depressing a single button, it switches its lighting from 4 white LEDs to 4 blue LEDs, utilizing autoflorescence technology and allowing the end user to see variations of the tooth’s dentin health. It can be used for detection of caries for both occlusal and interproximal areas, which are often missed by traditional x-rays. SOPRO LIFE is also designed to be used during the excavation process to help the dentist ensure that all diseased tissue is removed while preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. It is not software-dependent and is backward-compatible to all SOPRO docking stations. SOPRO LIFE is compatible with Windows 32 and 64 bit and Mac OS. For more information, call (800) 289-6367 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





   

DIODE LASER - DenMat

The Sapphire Portable diode laser is the ideal laser for both a first-time user as well as an adjunct workhorse for the seasoned dental laser practice. Clinicians can perform multiple procedures with minimally invasive precise incisions while eliminating bleeding at the site and accelerating healing time. Finger-touch control makes the Sapphire easy to use, and it also includes an optional footpedal to relieve hand fatigue. It features 3W of continuous output and 5W of peak pulse output at an 808-nm wavelength as well as convenient disposable tips that don’t require stripping or cleaving of fiber. It also contains an internal lithium-ion battery that allows for up to 40 minutes of continuous operation at full power. This permits the clinician to move between operatives and experience the benefits of portable laser technology. For more information, call (800) 445-0345 or visit the Web site denmat.com.

   

ALL-TISSUE LASER - BIOLASE Technology

The Waterlase MD Turbo all-tissue laser increases treatment acceptance, attracts new patients, and prevents cross-contamination. It offers a minimally invasive alternative to drills with injections for many restorative procedures—welcome news for anxious or fearful patients. With the proprietary YSGG wavelength (2,780 nm), up to 8W of power, and turbo handpiece, there is no noticeable difference in speed when cutting hard-tissue compared to conventional high-speed drills. It also provides therapy for moderate to advanced gum disease, promoting new attachment, and removing calculus. It can also clean and disinfect root canals after endodontic instrumentation. A February 2009 JCDA article showed bacterial contamination rates following resterilization of used dental burs and endodontic files can range from 15% to 58%. As most Waterlase procedures utilize single-use tips, this cross-contamination potential can be eliminated. For more information, call (888) 424-6527 or visit biolase.com.









   

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Top 50 Technology Product 2012