Dental Products Report-2013-01-01

Dental Products Report

REVIEW: Dr. Sean Vostatek says there's no competing with SDI’s Riva Luting glass ionomer cement

January 31, 2013

During my Pediatric Dental residency at the University of Iowa, I wanted to gain exposure to other products outside the traditional residency program that would enhance my knowledge and skills as a future pediatric dentist. So with the help of the other pediatric residents, we began a bi-monthly lunch and learn and this was how we were first exposed to SDI’s products. SDI’s Riva Luting quickly became a staple product because of its various enhanced and favorable properties.

REVIEW: Heraeus’ Venus® Pearl

January 17, 2013

The CPS Evaluation Team combined product reviews for the entire team consisting of dentists, assistants, hygienists, patient coordinators and the dental laboratory to review this product. CPS produced the following comments and reviews following its evaluation of Heraeus’ Venus Pearl:

New dental product: Viva! Patient Referral System by Whiter Image Dental

February 04, 2013

Based on a high quality custom-designed plastic card, the VIVA! Patient Referral System allows practices to track patient referral activity. The cards resemble credit cards with integrated magnetic strips, which are distributed to current patients to share with friends, family, business associates and others. It is said to provide low cost new patient acquisition. The premium quality acrylic cards are custom-designed with the practice logo and contact information. Text message activation on each card solidifies appointments. Viva Referral System

Handpiece Maintenance 101: The Basics

January 31, 2013

You probably know your practice should be following a number of handpiece maintenance procedures to keep your patients and employees safe, save money on your repairs, and extend the life of your handpieces. What is on your essential list when it comes to handpiece maintenance?

New dental product: Strada by Pentron

January 11, 2013

The interactive Strada website is designed to serve as an online resource and dialog hub for dentists. It contains open forums for discussions on a broad array of dental issues as well as access to helpful dental practice tools, patient education materials and problem-solving strategies. The site will be regularly updated with content including patient education modules, dental news and links to information for dentsists, their staffs and patients. Pentron 800-551-0283

REVIEW: Dr. Tony Hewlett on Sirona Dental’s Schick 33

January 31, 2013

Dr. Tony Hewlett was an early adopter of digital technology, making the switch from film x-rays to digital intraoral radiography back in 1996. A loyal Sirona customer, Dr. Hewlett has always employed Schick intraoral digital sensors and recently upgraded to the new Schick 33.

Implementing eco-friendly infection control

January 26, 2013

Preventing pathogen transmission among patients and dental health care personnel is the primary goal of infection prevention in the dental office. During the course of the work day, clinicians repeatedly perform hand hygiene, wear personal protective equipment, clean and disinfect surfaces (or apply surface barriers), sterilize instruments, maintain dental unit waterlines, and use single-use disposable items. These tasks often involve equipment and products that produce much waste, consume excess energy, and use toxic chemicals.

3 great ways to effectively communicate with your patients

January 25, 2013

If there is one thing we all need to really improve, it’s our communication skills. Not just in dentistry, but everywhere. However, because this is a magazine devoted to dentistry, I’ll keep my discussion to our beloved profession.

New dental product: IndiGreen Innovations MiniQUIKcaps by Practicon

January 31, 2013

IndiGreen Innovations MiniQUIKcaps are said to be ideal for smaller applications such as light handles, small control  panels and doorknobs. The mini-sized plastic barriers feature an elasticized edge and stretch up to 6 inches in diameter. Practicon 800-959-9509 www.practicon.com

New dental product: CS Practiceworks v7.5 by Carestream Dental

January 14, 2013

The updated CS PracticeWorks v7.5 practice management software includes two new eServices that are said to streamline reimbursement and online patient registration. ePostings streamlines the process of receiving and posting reimbursements from insurance carriers, removing the need to decipher detailed paper EOBs. eForms allows patients to complete registration paperwork online at home or at a computer when they arrive for their appointments.

New dental product: DD Sinus Lift™ Kit by OCO BioMedical Inc.

January 31, 2013

The DD Sinus Lift Kit™ contains all the instruments needed to perform a sinus lift procedure using the crestal approach. The technique allows for permeation of the blood supply from the osteotomy into the sinus cavity for enhanced healing and formation of new bone. All components in the kit are labeled for easy removal and return to the tray after autoclaving. There also is an extra compartment underneath the caddy for additional instruments. OCO BioMedical Inc.

THE LIST: Top 3 ways to motivate your staff

January 16, 2013

This new feature, promoted in print and online, is designed to offer quick bites for team development and practice success. We highlight best practices and best products in Top 3, Top 5 and Top 7 lists so that you can take the advice and be nimble in integrating into your practice. 1. Offer S.M.A.R.T. incentives.

New dental product: iNDi Night Guards® by Posca Brothers Dental Lab

January 31, 2013

iNDi Night Guards® indicate to both the patient and the dental professional when the night guard needs to be replaced. Once the patient has bruxed to the indication pad in the night guard, contact will cause a rip, tear or marking. This allows the patient enough time to schedule an appointment to have a new night guard fabricated before the current one is worn through and jeopardizes their teeth. The night guards are available in three types: iNDi Hard, iNDi Ply and iNDi Soft. Posca Brothers Dental Lab

Category Round-Up: Handpieces

January 18, 2013

Over the last decade many new technologies have been incorporated into dental practices including digital impression systems, diode lasers, digital radiography, LED curing lights, and caries detection devices, yet many individuals are using the exact same handpiece they have always used. Most likely this is an air-driven handpiece with a high pitched whistle and a moderate amount of torque.

New Dental Product: Planmeca ProFace from Planmeca

January 04, 2013

The Planmeca ProFace 3D facial scanning system is an option available for the ProMax line of 3D dental imaging units. It is said to produce realistic 3D facial photos as well as traditional x-rays. One scan generates both images. Alternatively, the 3D photo can be acquired separately in a completely radiation-free process.

Weekly new dental products roundup

January 11, 2013

This week's new dental products roundup features a several of web-related tools and services, an apex locator and a chairside inlay system. If you missed any of these items when they were posted individually during the week, don't worry, they're recapped here with links to the original articles. And don't forget to take a peek at the video in middle of this article. CAESY Cloud version 1.3

New dental product: Safegide guided dental surgery system by Safegide

January 17, 2013

The Safegide three-dimensional guided dental surgery system uses formulations of x-ray visible plastics molded in layers to provide anatomic information inside the jawbone when using a dental x-ray machine. It is said to reduce the technical difficulty, duration, risks and costs of introducing implant surgery to the average dental practice. Using the system, surgery is said to become accurate and predictable without the CBCT scanner or relying on a dental laboratory. The straightforward, three-step process is said to be intuitive.

REVIEW: Build-it FR — 'I wish all materials worked like this...'

January 31, 2013

Dr. Norman Dahl is always on the lookout for products that make him more efficient or improve patient care. If he finds something better than what he’s currently using, he doesn’t hesitate to make the switch. But after using Pentron’s Build-It FR Core Material for nearly a decade, he doesn’t envision making a switch any time soon. Why? He simply hasn’t found anything better. Here’s why ...

New dental product: Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Spray and Wipes from The Bosworth Company

January 31, 2013

Designed for use on a broad range of surfaces, Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Spray and Wipes are ready-to-use non-bleach disinfectants. They are said to be ideal for powerful cleaning in the most sensitive patient areas. The spray and wipes have a 30-second to 1-minute kill time on most bacteria and viruses. They have a light scent are non-corrosive and provide one-step cleaning. The Bosworth Company 800-323-4352

Check out CAESY Cloud version 1.3 from Patterson Dental [VIDEO]

September 14, 2013

With improved functionality and presentation updates, the CAESY Cloud version 1.3 online patient education portal features Smile Channel content, a redesigned interface, tag filtering, playlist options and more.

New dental product: Narval CC™ mandibular repositioning device by Great Lakes Orthodontics

January 16, 2013

The CAD/CAM custom-made Narval™ CC mandibular repositioning device (MRD) is designed for patients with mild to moderate OSA, as well as those who are unable to comply to CPAP treatment. It also is a first-line treatment for snoring in the absence of OSA. The CAD/CAM technology through selective laser sintering is said to ensure a precise fit and comfortable retention, enabling a high degree of customization to suit the complex dental anatomy of individual patients.

REVIEW: Hygienist Angie Mott on the ease of ClikRay, ClikStik and ShaRing systems

January 31, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Gillen, President /Design & Engineering for ClikTech, at the 2012 RDH Under One Roof in Las Vegas, where he was demonstrating both the ClikStik™ and the ClikRay™ system for digital and x-ray film radiography. With some hesitation I listened to what he had to say…from there my interest was sparked.

New dental product: Xyli-Spray from Hager Worldwide, Inc.

January 31, 2013

Alcohol-free Xyli-Spray fresh breath spray is 100% sweetened with natural Xylitol. It is said to help with bad breath relief while also providing a convenient and easy way for patients to enjoy the dental benefits of Xylitol. Hager Worldwide, Inc. 800-328-2335 www.hagerworldwide.com

Take handpiece maintenance to the next level

January 31, 2013

Feel like your office has the basics down? There are likely many areas in your operatory that you are not considering. Remember to flush your vacuum lines on a daily basis to prevent buildup of debris inside the lines and pump. Buildup will reduce suction or damage the pump. Cleaning the vacuum valve and trap should also be done weekly. Cleaning and maintaining your dental waterlines is crucial to your overall operatory maintenance to prevent biofilm, but it also plays a role in handpiece maintenance to prevent blocked waterlines.

Your prescription for smarter marketing

January 31, 2013

It’s January, and everyone knows what that means: New Year’s resolutions. To be sure, it’s a good time for dentists to assess the status quo, evaluate both successes and failures and set specific objectives to work toward in the dental practice during the coming months. This time of year also presents an opportunity to recommit to those strategic goals that may have been pushed to the back burner as more pressing needs arose.

Weekly new dental products roundup

January 31, 2013

The Weekly new dental products roundup is roped in and ready to go. If you've missed new product information posted during the week, now's the time to catch up with links to complete articles on each product and a video featuring those products at center stage of this article. iNDi Night Guards® Posca Brothers Dental Lab

New dental product: Inclusive® Tooth Replacement Solution expanded by Glidewell Laboratories

January 31, 2013

The expansion of the Inclusive® Tooth Replacement Solution now accommodates a number of popular implant systems including Astra Tech, Biomet 3i, Nobel Biocare, Straumann and Zimmer. Clinicians who want to take advantage of this restorative-driven solution featuring custom tissue management, but who prefer to place their existing implant system can now prescribe the open platform solution.

REVIEW: Dr. Lisbeth Skibsted on 3Shape's TRIOS scanner

February 27, 2013

After owning her own Denmark practice for 21 years, Dr. Lisbeth Skibsted joined a large medical practice situated in a health care building in Denmark. The complex includes 26 medical doctors, general practices, 12 physicians, chiropractors, a wide range of specialists, and her dental practice with 3 dentists, 2 hygienists and other staff. With a special interest in implants and cosmetics, Dr. Skibsted is always looking to learn about new techniques and new technologies.

New dental product: Grandio®SO Inlay System by VOCO America, Inc.

January 10, 2013

The chairside Grandio®SO Inlay System is described as an all-in-one solution kit with all the matching components to fabricate 15 indirect composite inlays. The process is said to be quick, easy and saves costs of CAD/CAM equipment and lab bills. The kit reportedly can achieve the same high quality as lab or CAD/CAM produced composite inlays. Inlays also can be fabricated extraorally using the kit.

When is it time for a new handpiece?

January 31, 2013

You’ve done everything right, and your handpiece has served you well, but there comes a time when a repair is no longer cost-effective. When it’s time to make a purchase, what should you consider?

New Dental Product: Viive Practice Management Software from Henry Schein Dental

October 23, 2013

Mac-based Viive practice management software features patient-centric workflow on a simple and clean platform. The new workflow takes advantage of the Mac operating system to provide access to all available management tools directly from one patient screen, streamlining task management to a single click.

New dental product: Micro EtchMaster by GromanDental.com

January 31, 2013

The unidose Micro EtchMaster powder blasting instrument is designed for pretreatment of metal, ceramic, porcelain and composite restorations. The tips do not clog and operate without overspray. They are powered by chairside air via a simple adapter. The tips are said to provide ideal surface preparation prior to sealants, composite and porcelain repairs, crowns, veneers, brackets, bonding, plus localized stain removal and surface polishing. GromanDental.com

New dental product: Indigreen ECOtip™ Earth-Friendly High Volume Evacuator Tips by Practicon

January 15, 2013

Made from renewable, sustainable paper, Indigreen ECOtip™ Earth-Friendly High Volume Evacuator Tips are a high-performance alternative to plastics. They are said to provide exceptional stiffness, durability and function. The tips have a food-grade coating that virtually eliminates moisture absorption and fraying during use. Practicon 800-959-9505 www.practicon.com  

New Dental Product: SmartTrack™ aligner material by Align Technology, Inc.

January 04, 2013

Highly elastic SmartTrack™ aligner material is said to deliver gentle, more constant force to improve control of tooth movements with aligner treatment. When the aligner is stretched, the material returns more closely to the programmed aligner shape to improve tracking. 

New dental product: Bite Block Baggies by Flow Dental Corp.

January 31, 2013

Latex-free Bite Block Baggies are designed to cover and protect the bite block, positioning arm and x-ray media from contamination. The baggies are used by assembling the x-ray, bite block and positioner and then placing those parts into the baggie. After use, rebag for the next patient. They can be used with phosphor plate and x-ray film holders, are economically priced and are packaged 500 to a box. Flow Dental Corp. 800-356-9729 www.FlowDental.com