Highlights from the California Dental Association’s biannual conference.
CDA South wrapped up last week in Anaheim, California. Nearly 600 companies packed the 130,000-square-foot exhibit hall at the Anaheim Convention Center. The DPR team was there to check out the latest in dentistry, and to soak up a little California sun in the process.
Companies from around the world showcased new products as well as innovations in technology and software. Everything from state-of-the-art milling machines and intraoral scanners to operatory furniture and handpieces were on display at this year’s show. We’ve put together a list of the five coolest products we saw at the conference.
1. DEXcam 4 HD
DEXIS launched its next generation intraoral camera, the DEXcam 4 HD, at CDA South. The new camera features the award-winning features of its predecessor, as well as new high-definition imaging with an innovative acquisition software, DEXcapture.
By using this camera, clinicians can create highly detailed, true-to-color photos that are said to remain clear even when enlarged, allowing patients to better understand their diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the images can be sent directly from patients’ records to partnering doctors. The camera was on display on the show floor, and users could see the improved imaging results first-hand from several surrounding screens.
2. CS 8100SC 3D
Carestream Dental expanded its popular CS 8100 3D CBCT system to include a cephalometric imaging option and several new 3D applications.
While other scanning celphalometric units scan vertically and can take anywhere from eight to 25 seconds, the CS 8100SC 3D reportedly scans horizontally and takes as little as three seconds. The system includes exclusive Carestream Dental imaging software.
In addition to the cephalometric capabilities, the CS 8100SC 3D includes several updated 3D applications, including an optional prosthetic-driven implant planning module and the CS Adapt module, which allows doctors to customize panoramic and cephalometric images’ look and feel to suit their clinical needs. The entire workflow was showcased from the Carestream Dental booth, demonstrating the increased possibilities for practicioners who leverage all of their imaging solutions together.
3. Shofu HC Block/Disk
Shofu Dental Corporation recently launched its new HC Blocks and Disks, proprietary hybrid ceramic materials for CAD/CAM-based restorative dentistry with CEREC. We got to see them at CDA South, and saw how they are formulated to bring Shofu’s material prowess into the CAD/CAM world.
The blocks and disks are available in multiple shades and translucencies, and are said to have remarkable stain resistance and excellent polishability for lasting esthetics. The blocks are bilayered and modeled after the layering of natural teeth with a chromatic opaque dentin layer and a translucent layer of enamel.
The materials can be used for minimally invasive inlays and onlays, cosmetic veneers, full crowns for anterior and posterior teeth, and implant-supported restorations.
4. FiltekTM One Bulk Fill Restorative
3MTM had its Filtek TM One Bulk Fill Restorative on display, giving conference attendees the chance to experience using the new material. CDA attendees could try out the product on a model, and no doubt every dentist who used the product did so much more smoothly than the DPR editors who tried!
Designed for the posterior, the unique optical properties and improved opacity of the bulk fill material are said to enable the simplicity of one-step bulk placement – up to 5 mm – with improved esthetics. With 3M’s unique Smart Contrast Ratio Management technology, the product is designed to feature increased opacity without reducing depth of cure.
The material is available in five shades.
5. X-Mind® Trium
ACTEON North America showcased its new X-Mind® Trium 3D CBCT device. The upgradeable system is said to provide exceptional image quality and facilitates osseointegration with instant volume measurement and bone density assessment.
The machine works with the ACTEON Imaging Suite and produces all scans in STL format for export into surgical guide design software. The software also has a virtual endoscope feature for airway evaluation and nerve canal tracing for improved implant planning.