Top 100 2008

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Restorative Material – DENTSPLY Caulk

  • With Ceram·XTM, a nanoceramic universal restorative material, ceramic filler particles 2 to 3 nm in size are used to optimize its physical properties, handling, and polishing. The particles are 40% smaller than currently used nanofiller particles. For more information, call (800) LD CAULK ([800] 532-2855) or visit caulk.com.

Implant – IMTEC

An addition to the successful Sendax MDI mini dental implant system, the 2.1-mm implant offers increased surface area with a standard thread design, enabling effective auto-advancement in dense bone. It incorporates mic-rothreading to enhance the healing and stability of connective and soft tissues while maintaining cortical bone. For more information, call (800) 879-9799.


Self-Adhesive Resin Cement – Pentron

Breeze self-adhesive resin cement is formulated with advanced resin technology to provide the strongest retention available in a self-adhesive automix cement. By eliminating the individual etching, priming, bonding, and mixing steps, Breeze en-ables the dentist to cement and place restorations quickly and efficiently, minimizing chair time and virtually eliminating postoperative sensitivity. For more information, call (800) 551-0283 or visit pentron.com.

Matrix Bands – Vident

Reusable stainless steel matrix bands, Walser Matrices feature a built-in spring system that enables the bands to adapt to the shape of the individual tooth. Simple to place with one hand movement and capable of saving hours of chair time per month, they can accommodate all restorative needs, including MOD preparations, extra-large molars, anterior teeth, terminal teeth, and even adjacent mesial and distal restorations. For more information, call (800) 828-3839 or visit vident.com.

Luting Cement – GC America

G-Cem is a new-generation, one-step, dual-cure, self-adhesive resin luting cement in a capsule. Its unique hy-drophilic chemistry incorporates the best of glass ionomer and seventh-generation adhesive technologies, resulting in a cement that delivers consistently high bond strengths regardless of whether the tooth is moist or dry. G-Cem has the lowest thermal expansion of all self-adhesive resin cements, making it ideal for all ceramic restorations, including CEREC and Procera. For more information, call (800) 323-7063 or visit gcamerica.com.

In-Office Whitening System – Ultradent Products

Opalescence BOOST in-office power bleach system includes Ultradentís patented, scientifically proven PF (potassium nitrate with fluoride) technology for stronger enamel, decreased sensitivity, and caries prevention. Unlike other systems that require the use of a light, Opalescence BOOST is chemically activated, and because the Opalescence BOOST formula is so powerful—it features a 38% hydrogen peroxide solution—a full treatment can be completed within a 1-hour appointment. For more information, call (800) 552-5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Ultrasonic Unit – ACTEON North America

The P5 Newtron XS piezoelectric ultrasonic unit features a portable irrigation system that enables the delivery of irrigants from a 300-mL reservoir that is easily refilled. The amount of liquid pumped to the treatment area reduces pathogenic germs and bacteria. The unit features the largest power range (0.1 to 10 W), the widest oscillation amplitude (4 to 200 µm), and the widest frequency range (28 to 36 kHz) currently available For more information, call (800) 289-6367 or e-mail info@us.acteongroup.com.

Endodontic Solution – EDS

Endo-CHX 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution With Surfactant is the only chlorhexidine product cleared by the FDA for endodontic use. It is used to irrigate and cleanse the root canal, removing germs that cause infection. It provides reduced surface tension to easily flow into the dentinal tubules. For more information, call (201) 487-9090 or visit the Web site edsdental.com.


Composite – Septodont Materials Division

N’Durance Composite features proprietary Nano-Dimer Conversion Technology that creates greater polymerization while maintaining a low volumetric shrinkage. The end result is an exceptionally strong material that offers superior wear resistance, great aesthetics, and virtually no postoperative sensitivity. N’Durance exhibits an unprecedented intraoral monomer final double bond conversion of 75%. No other material tested demonstrates such high conversion values. It can be used on all classes of anterior and posterior dental restorations. For more information, call (800) 872-8305 or visit septodontusa.com.

Film – Air Techniques

Available in Sizes 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4, SENSA intraoral D-Speed film, manufactured by Air Techniques with materials supplied by Fuji-film Corp, is for everyone who uses film. It works with every processor and brand of chemistry. Patients will be pleased with the extrasoft pack, and staff will appreciate the convenience of the easy-open design. Quality, dependability, and superb radiographs make SENSA film the preferred choice. For more information, call (800) AIR TECH.

Retainers – Align Technology

Offered by the makers of Invisalign, Vivera retainers are an effective, aesthetic retention solution that delivers 4 sets of clear, strong retainers to keep patients in working retention. The retainersí proprietary thermoplastic material is more than 30% stronger than other leading clear retainer materials, a critical quality for maintaining teeth in their desired position. For more information, visit viveraretainers.com.

Treatment Room Equipment – A-dec

The Decade Plus line of treatment room equipment begins with a streamlined dental chair fitted with sewn or seamless upholstery in a selection of 40 colors. The chair’s thin backrest allows operators to lower their hands into a more ergonomic operating position while patients are comfortably seated. A double-articulating headrest, 60˚ swivel, and quick-release armrests are standard. Traditional- and Continental-style Cascade delivery systems are available as value-priced, full-featured selections or as basic build-up configurations. For more information, visit a-dec.com or call (800) 547-1883.

File System – Guidance Endodontics

Offering increased productivity while reducing overhead and inventory, the V-Taper System features 3 core variable taper Ni-Ti rotary files and a series of apical accessory files for final shape. It allows users to complete molar and premolar canals using 2 to 3 files and anterior canals using 1 to 2 files. The variable taper rotary files allow for deeper apical shapes with fewer instruments and a more conservative access. For more information, call (866) 844-3636 or visit guidanceendo.com.

Ultrasonic System – Obtura/Spartan

The Spartan MTS, an ergonomically designed piezo-electric ultrasonic system designed both for endodontics and periodontics, contains microprocessor-controlled circuitry for precision and performance. Its sealed membrane panel allows for easy control and proper asepsis, and its handpieces are easily detachable for autoclaving. Coupled with Spartan’s CPR, BUC, KiS, SL, and PST ultrasonic instruments for surgical and nonsurgical endodontics, restorative dentistry, and periodontics, the MTS addresses your endodontic, restorative, and perio procedural needs. For more information, call (800) 325-9027.

Binocular Loupes – Heine North America

The German-made HR series Binocular Loupes represent Heine’s latest and most advanced optical achievement. The clarity, crispness, and resolution are unmatched by any other loupes on the market, and achromatic correction and exclusive lens coatings that reduce light refraction to only 0.03% ensure precise color and the brightest possible images. For more information, call (800) 367-4872.


Implants – Sterngold

ERA Implants are available with either a 2.2- or a 3.25-mm screw, with a machined or an acid-etched surface, and serve several purposes. One is to provide immediate stabilization for an overdenture, both on a temporary or permanent basis. The 3.25-mm ERA Implant is approved for permanent use by the FDA to immediately stabilize an overdenture. It also actually corrects misalignment of the screw. For more information, call (800) 243-9942 or visit sterngold.com.


Composite Tool – Garrison Dental Solutions

The Universal Composite Instrument, nicknamed the Skippy Special, combines 5 commonly used posterior composite hand instruments into one. Dr. Schuyler “Skip” VanGordon worked with engineers at Garrison Dental Solutions to combine 2 sizes of condensers that double as contact formers, a ball burnisher, an acorn carver for occlusal anatomy, and a thin blade into one instrument. For more information, call (888) 437-0032 or visit garrisondental.com.


Soft-Tissue Laser – Hoya ConBio

The DioDent MICRO 980 portable soft-tissue dental laser is one of the most efficient, versatile, cost-effective soft-tissue dental lasers on the market today. It is both extremely functional and incredibly intuitive, requiring minimal training to navigate its color touchscreen menus and safely perform soft-tissue treatments with superior results. For more information, call (800) 532-1064 or visit conbio.com.


Photography System – Kodak Dental Systems

The 7.1-megapixel KODAK P712 Dental Digital Photog-raphy System features the user-friendly design of previous Kodak dental digital cameras plus higher lens magnification (12x optical zoom and 3.3x digital zoom) and additional dental default settings: one for portraits and intraoral photographs and the other with enhanced lighting for mirror shots. For more information, call (800) 944-6365 or visit kodakdental.com.


Autoclave – SciCan

Offered as an alternative to conventional “round-chamber” autoclaves, the Statim 7000 autoclave uses steam-drying technology that boasts an industry-leading 12-minute dry cycle—with a full load. Not only does it accommodate 8×11-in IMS cassettes, it also incorporates its own filtration system that allows users to operate the machine with tap water. Additionally, it features RFID technology that provides automatic updates on the remaining life of the cassette seal (an industry first). For more information, call (800) 572-1211.


Restorative Appliance – Snap-On Smile

Snap-On Smile, a multipurpose restorative appliance, involves no drilling, no altering of existing tooth structure, and no injections. Noninvasive, meaning that it is reversible, it can be used for multiple modalities: raising veritical dimension in preparation for full-mouth rehabilitation, as an implant temporary, and as a cosmetic smile enhancement. A cleanser and antibacterial gel are offered for use with the appliance. For more information, visit snaponsmile.com.


Digital Imaging System – RFDENTIST

The all-in-one Digital Imaging System includes 3 submonitors for quick referral, a built-in video receiver for the wireless intraoral camera, a full-face camera, an x-ray film digitizer, digital x-ray and microscope inputs, and an optional panoramic x-ray viewer. Using the remote control, images from all these sources can be combined into a professional case presentation and stored onto the SD memory card. For more information, call (866) 646-3001 or visit rfdentist.com.


Cordless Etching Handpiece – Groman

The Cordless Etcher handpiece is an easy-to-use surface etcher designed to prepare dental surfaces for adhesive bonding, sealants, crown and veneer cementation, and all intraoral repairs. Disposable CO2 mini cartridges offering unprecedented portability and efficiency power the handpiece. Each one contains enough pressure to power at least 3 prefilled, no-mess EtchMaster tips. For more information, call (800) 906-9298 or visit gromaninc.com.


Self-Etch Adhesive – Heraeus Kulzer

The iBOND Self Etch adhesive is an all-in-one, seventh-generation bonding agent that etches, primes, bonds, and desensitizes with just one application. Replacing the former iBOND, it does not require mixing or the application of multiple layers. It offers (1) less technique sensitivity with high bond strengths to both dentin and enamel and (2) proven marginal integrity due to easy evaporation. For more information, call (800) 431-1785 or visit ibond-info.com.


Obturators – AXIS Dental

Compare the experience of seeing an x-ray in Soft-Core HD to putting glasses on for the first time and finally being able to see things clearly. Soft-Core HD’s enhanced radiopacity and orange gutta-percha offer improved visual contrast for a high-definition 3-D fill. Reformulated with a lower melting temperature, Soft-Core HD increases productivity by allowing you to complete your fills faster. For more information, visit axisdental.com or call (800) 355-5063.


Applicators – Denbur

Maxi-Brush disposable, elongated applicators, offered in small, medium, and large sizes, facilitate access to confined spaces such as canal spaces, periodontal pockets, or axial walls. They are ideal for applying a bonding agent into post-space preparations, onlays, inlays, and porcelain veneers. With a Maxi-Brush, apply a bonding agent to a traditional class I preparation or treat the entire cavity wall of a class II restoration in a single application. For more information, call (800) 992-1399.


Bonding System – Tokuyama America

Tokuyama Bond Force is a single-component, 1-application, seventh-gen-eration, fluoride-releasing, self-etching bonding system. Light-cured, it is designed to be used on both cut and uncut enamel and dentin. With pat-ented SR monomer, it creates a 3-D link to the tooth, generating an extremely strong bond to enamel and dentin. For more information, call (877) 378-3548.


Crown and Bridge Removal System – Metalift

The Metalift Crown & Bridge Removal System removes inlays, three-quarter crowns, full crowns, and fixed bridges without destroying them, thus allowing them to be re-used. The system is gentle on patients and their teeth. For more information, call (800) 928-9289 or visit the Web site metalift.com.