Innovation drives our profession. Fortunately, dentistry has some amazing “renaissance” type of thinkers who are constantly problem solving from outside the box, inside the box, and under the box.
Dentistry presents its practitioners with some unique situations and unique problems that go along with those situations. We are fortunate that we have companies that not only help solve those problems, but also approach these problems in ways that allow them to be solved while giving our patients or our practices maximum benefit in the process.
DPR GROUP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR KEVIN HENRY AND DR. JOHN FLUCKE DISCUSS DPR'S 2014 INNOVATOR PROFILES:
This is something, the importance of which, cannot be emphasized enough. I am continually impressed with solutions that incorporate the core principles that ensure quality dentistry, but also bring enough of the current cutting-edge science of materials to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients.
The following 17 companies offer these types of solutions. Click through each of them to see just a sample of what kind of innovations they're presenting our industry, and follow the links to read in even more detail.
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From the KaVo Innovator Profile: "The newest addition to KaVo’s high-speed collection, the MASTERtorque M8900 L now has 20 percent more power (compared to 6500BR) at 23 Watts, the same industry leading noise level of 57 dB, and NEW Direct Stop Technology (DST). Direct Stop Technology stops the bur in less than one second (on average) when the doctor steps off the foot control. This increases working efficiency and reduces the potential for soft tissue damage."
Päivi Linteri, Product Manager, Instrumentarium, on the OP300 Maxio: "With OP300 Maxio, we were not only able to provide all the renowned ORTHO-PANTOMOGRAPH product features, such as stable patient positioning, but also introduce new ones like Automatic Dose Control for panoramic modality or the additional 3D fields-of-view."
Innovator: Pelton & Crane
Emily Brooks, Senior Marketing Manager, Pelton & Crane: "Furniture and cabinetry are a direct expression of the practice’s personality. It’s important to consider the image you want to reflect when making these choices. Choosing cabinetry that is functional and beautiful ensures clinicians are reaping the benefits of ergonomic storage, and projecting an image of professional excellence to patients."
Adam Palermo, product manager for DEXIS, on the CariVu: "It’s a whole new world in caries detection--it has been reinvented. Not only have we moved beyond fluorescence with a better technology, we’ve made the unit easy to use and fully integrated with one of the world’s best imaging software programs, DEXIS."
Mike Heyn, Business Unit Director of Airbex on the NOMAD: "The NOMAD brought about the first true change in the way dental professionals take X-rays. How many homes do you walk into and see a corded phone on the wall anymore? The same holds true in the dental practice. Why hang a wall-mounted X-ray? Times have changed."
Dr. Justin Moody, owner of an i-CAT FLX: "With i-CAT FLX, I have access to detailed and precise information for more precise treatment planning and implementation. The insights that I gain into the patient’s specific dentition allow me to achieve accuracy and also to avoid potential surgical and restorative complications."
Innovator: Kerr Dental
Dr. Michael DiTolla, DDS, FAGD, Director of Clinical Education and Research, Glidwell Laboratories, on the SonicFill from Kerr: "When I started practicing back in the Dark Ages, dentistry was fun. Now I see how far we have come and how everything is so much faster and more efficient today. For example, look at a lot of direct composites that are being done today. We used to have to put on six to seven layers and cure incrementally. With SonicFill, I can do bulk fill in a single step."
Innovator: Chicago Dental Society
Dr. Susan Becker Doroshow, 2015 President of CDS, on the 150th Midwinter Meeting: "The benefits of attending a live program-interacting with speakers, networking with other professionals, handling new products on the exhibit floor, to name just a few-make this continuing education format one that will never be supplanted by online learning. The Chicago Dental Society’s longevity and reputation as the leader in scientific dental meetings has given us a competitive edge."
Innovator: Henry Schein
Rhett Burnham, Director of Product Management, Practice Management Solutions at Henry Schein: "We get feedback from beta testers and focus groups prior to launching any new product or update. We have an online “suggestion box”, so customers can request product enhancements or submit ideas for doing things better. This allows us to create innovative solutions, like Dentrix Ascend and Viive, which give dentists more choices."
Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice: "MacPractice is the leading Apple software development company for doctors. Patrick Clyne, MacPractice’s President, directed the development of the first dental software with a graphical user interface, integrated tooth charting, QuickTime audio, intraoral video capture and integrated digital X-rays."
Innovator: ZEST Anchors
Dr. Michael Scherer, DMD, MS, FACP, Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics: "When the ZEST LODI System was introduced, I decided to implement it into my practice because, as a prosthodontist, I needed a narrow diameter dental implant that had little compromise for my patients with narrow ridges. I needed an implant that utilized the most effective, popular, and researched attachment system on the market that I know I can stand behind for years to come."
Dr. Paul L. Child Jr., DMD, CDT, Execusive Vice President, BISCO: "TheraCal LC is our best-selling product for a reason--it’s another unique BISCO product and it works! We’ve received a lot of feedback from clinicians who are implementing this amazing product into their restorative dentistry daily.
Reports of decreased sensitivity in deep preparations to reduced number of endodontic procedures are being conveyed as more clinicians discover this product."
From the NSK Innovator Profile: "This handpiece maintenance system can be implemented with the simple touch of buttons. It offers preset oil volume for each type, consistent cleaning and lubrication, chuck-cleaning function, low oil cost, and a compact body."
Innovator: DENTSPLY Caulk
Richard Burde, Senior Brand Manager for indirect restoratives at DENTSPLY Caulk, on the Aquasill Ultra Cordless system: "Dental laboratories confirmed that all of the marginal detail was present and found the impressions acceptable. Crowns that were made from the impressions were clinically successful and fit well.
The result is possible because the pneumatic digit power™ Dispenser places the Aquasil Ultra Cordless Tissue Managing Impression Material directly into the sulcus through the ultra-thin intrasulcular tip capturing the finest marginal details."
Dr. Robert Convissar, DDS, FAGD, on Zolar lasers: "I love the fact that it offers both disposable tips and a long fiber-optic cable. I much prefer the long fiber-optic cable, which reduces overhead drastically. A 3-year warranty is a fantastic deal, and I also love the fact that both the duty cycle and the Hz can be adjusted. The more variability built into a laser, the better able the doctor is to treat patients’ different tissue types."
Dr. Howard Golan, BIOLASE owner: "The WaterLase cuts and heals with water. Period. Water is the most important substance in the human condition. We use water to limit the negatives associated with dentistry. The WaterLase changes dentist and patient perceptions of what going to the dentist and taking care of their oral health means"
From the Sunstar Americas Innovator Profile: "Developed in collaboration with dental professionals, the GUM Micro Tip toothbrush is equipped with bristles featuring the latest in manufacturing technologies, such as 'micro-feathering splits at each bristle’s end and a Dome Trim design."