A look at some of the recently announced products from the dental industry.
3M™ Attest™ Mini Auto-Reader 490M
Designed to help dental practices feel secure in the proper functionality of in-office sterilizers, the 3M Attest Mini Auto-Reader 490M can produce sterilization monitoring results in just 24 minutes. Designed to work with 3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicators 1491 and 1492V, the Mini Auto-Reader is small in size to easily fit on a counter, and described as easy to use. The large display can be viewed from across a room and features a countdown timer to indicate when results will be ready. The system can be connected to a computer via USB for documentation of test results.
Why this test system deserves a look:
Most practices are currently using spore tests to meet sterilization monitoring requirements, which are often due weekly. However, whether using an in-office or mail-in spore test, these tests can require 24 hours and up to a week before results are known. This means, if a sterilizer is not functioning properly, clinicians could be continuing to use it to process instruments, and then using those instruments on a patient before being alerted of the malfunctioning sterilizer. With the Attest Mini Auto Reader, practices can be assured that instruments are properly sterilized with almost immediate results.
CS 8100 2D and 3D Evo Editions
Capable of providing enhanced digital 2D and 3D extraoral imaging and improved diagnostic capabilities, the CS 8100 2D and 3D Evo Editions feature advanced software to produce improved imaging. 2D panoramic and cephalometric imaging with the CS 8100 Evo Edition and the CS 8100SC Evo Edition feature Tomosharp technology, said to make image quality less dependent on patient positioning. Additionally the CS Adapt Anatomic filter family features an improved processing engine. The Evo Editions of the CS 8100 3D and CS 8100SC 3D offer access to the same features as the CS 9600 CBCT system, such as CS MAR metal artifact reduction and Advanced Noise Reduction help preserve key image details while cleaning up image imperfections.
Why these imaging systems stand out:
All of the Evo Edition imaging solutions updates are based on improved software and enhanced algorithms. This allows 2D imaging systems to capture the entire jaw in a single acquisition and then reconstruct the best possible image based on the area of the image with the sharpest anatomy. Because the updates adding new features to the Evo Editions of the CS 8100 family of imaging solutions are all software-based, this allows practices that already own a CS 8100 to easily update their 2D or 3D imaging solution to an Evo Edition.
BluTube® Dental Unit Water Purification Cartridge
Designed to make dental waterline treatment less labor intensive, the BluTube elutes a non-allergenic and elemental iodinated resin to control microbial contamination in dental waterlines. The two-cartridge system provides a waterline sanitization solution for up to one year, and aligns with the American Dental Association’s Best Management Practices for amalgam separators.
Why this solution stands out:
Dental waterline treatment is a part of every practice, and while it is rarely a time consuming process, it is something that must be regularly completed, and can be easily forgotten during a busy day at the practice. With the BluTube installed at a practice, waterline treatment can be checked off the to do list for an entire year, and setting a simple calendar reminder to change the tube once per year is an easy way to ensure the practice always has safe and clean water.
EDITOR’S CHOICE When combined with MMG’s AI-driven Task Manager, the UC tool becomes invaluable for improving efficiency.
[ PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE ]
Unified Communications (UC) is said to provide your practice unprecedented ability to prioritize, streamline, collaborate, and connect both externally with patients and internally with staff. It is designed specifically for dental practices to automate, simplify, humanize, improve, or expedite all interactions. The UC tool is part of MMG Fusion, the all-in-one software suite working to market, manage, and grow practices. The second of four products being released within the new MMG Manage suite of services, UC is the central communication hub for all practice interactions and its efficiencies generate more time for both the practice and the patient.
[ SHOE SANITIZING STATION ]
The UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station
The UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station is the first and only proactive disinfection solution that uses a patented combination of Ozone + UV-C light for superior disinfection results. This combination is said to be 110x more powerful at eliminating pathogens than using UV light alone. It has been proven to eliminate coronavirus, MRSA, C. diff, E. coli, Candida Auris, Staphylococcus Aureus, Klebsiella Pneumonia, and other similar pathogens in 8 seconds, resulting in cleaner and safer environments. In conjunction with your current practices of using booties, shoe baths, and sticky mats, this is an additional layer of protection for your infection prevention program, particularly in high-risk areas.
[ CLINICAL LAMP ]
The K-Lite lamp is a device that allows the removal of excess or unwanted dental materials such as composites or adhesives. Examples include orthodontic brackets, attachments and retainers, residual cements, etc. It can assist in the identification of certain bacterial byproducts found in plaque, calculus, and in infected dentine, and it is easy to use. The dual portable flashlight guided by a glass fiber optic consists of a White LED (6000° K) for transillumination (i.e. visualization of opalescence, crack lines, and fractures); and a UV-A LED (violet light) that, when directed onto composites or adhesives with fluorescent components, calculus or plaque, makes them easier to detect.
[ HYGIENE INSTRUMENTS ]
First Line™ Kits
First Line Kits are instrument recommendations to supplement your current hygiene set-ups any time there is contraindication to using power scalers and aerosols. Most clinicians use a power scaler for heavy debridement and have fine hand scalers, curettes, explorer, probe, and mirror to round out their kit. However, there are contraindications to power scaling, such as infectious or communicable disease, non-shielded pacemakers, implant defibrillators, or p
roblems swallowing or gagging. The First Line Kit—Area Specific features Amazing Gracey scalers alongside posterior and anterior scalers; the First Line Kit—Universal includes universal curettes instead of the Gracey scalers.
[ FACE SHIELD FOR LOUPES ]
EDITOR’S CHOICE An anti-fog coating provides superior optical clarity.
Featuring a large breathing room that comfortably fits over optical accessories and extra wide air vents for maximum airflow, the iVisor Loupe is described as the company’s most comfortable reusable visor and shield kit. An adjustable cinch cord and thick foam bumper provide exceptional user comfort. Visor and shields can be easily decontaminated by cold sterilization for reuse. It easily fits over glasses, loupes, and lights and is designed to protect against sprays, splashes, and spatter of bodily fluids. Shields can be reused after contamination by simply washing with warm water and soap or cleaning with a disinfectant solution. Available in three sizes with a respective rear opening of 8, 9, and 10 cm.
[ ROTARY INSTRUMENTS ]
Horico® Lion Diamond Burs
Horico® Lion diamonds, including the new AuFG 172G 014 and AuFG 172G 016, which feature coarse-grit diamond particles to quickly, efficiently, and precisely cut through zirconia, lithium disilicate, and other hard ceramics, are now part of an expanded line of burs. Engineered and manufactured with close attention to detail, durability, and long-term performance, the German-made burs provide rapid, cool cutting, making them particularly useful when endodontic access must be acquired through hard glass-ceramic restorations. Tested and ranked “best in class” by Clinicians Report for use on hard ceramics, the diamonds are available in packs of five.
[ ORTHODONTICS SOFTWARE ]
DIBS AI software is designed for orthodontic practices looking to create more robust treatment plans and improve the speed and precision of bracket placements. The integrated software platform has been developed to largely automate the process of patient case setups, provide predictive outcomes for treatment plans, and offer the latest in print technology with extremely accurate 3D-printed bracket transfer appliances (commonly known as IDB trays). It frees up precious doctor resources by shortening the time required for bonding appointments, as well as reducing overall treatment time through significant decreases in the need for wire bending and bracket repositioning.
[ PATIENT COMMUNICATION ]
PracticeMojo, an automated patient reminder, recall, and patient communications platform, has launched new integrated features to help dentists better communicate with their patients and improve office efficiency. The solution comes at a pivotal time for dental practices, who must incorporate digital solutions to care for patients and protect patients and staff. The new Managed Plan allows dentists to provide patients with HIPAA-compliant online patient forms and COVID-19 questionnaires to eliminate the need for patients to complete in the waiting room.