Dentsply Sirona has acquired gutta-percha material technologies from Healthdent Technology International. Previously, Healthdent has supplied Dentsply Sirona with gutta-percha master cones for the ProTaper Gold and WaveOne Gold file systems worldwide in addition to the ProTaper Next and TRUshape file systems in North America. The formation has been trademarked as Conform Fit.
“Healthdent’s unique and innovative gutta-percha material technologies are an ideal addition to the Dentsply Sirona Endodontics portfolio and perfectly complement its range of leading nickel-titanium root canal preparation file systems,” said Bill Newell, senior vice president of chairside consumables and endodontics at Dentsply Sirona. “Thanks to Healthdent, we will be able to offer dentists an even more comprehensive end-to-end solution for safer, faster, and accurate root canal systems.”
Healthdent’s patented gutta-percha formulation is designed to enable the high-precision injection molding of gutta-percha master cones that are compatible with the shapes created by multi-tapered file systems. These cones have consistently accurate dimensions that are considerably more accurate than conventional gutta-percha cones, according to the companies. The formulation also is designed to provide a lower melt temperature and ideal flow characteristics that provide better performance of the gutta-percha in warm obturation techniques.
Located in Palmdale, Calif, Healthdent Technologies was founded in 1996 by Nathan Li, DDS, an expert in the development and manufacture of gutta-percha. Li will continue to support Dentsply Sirona as a consultant to ensure a smooth transition of the business and continued innovation.