A look at some of the recently announced products from the dental industry.
Described as the first thermo-viscous bulk-fill composite, VisCalor Bulk provides clinicians with the viscosity of a flowable composite and the sculptability of a packable composite in a single material. The material is designed to be warmed before placement, allowing it to flow into the prep, and then as it cools to body temperature, it becomes sculptable. The material features an 84% fill rate by weight, and shrinkage of just 1.44%, and it can be cured to depths of up to 4 mm. It is suited for use as a restorative base, liner, or capping layer. The material achieves its high flowability through a new Thermoviscous Technology based on a new monomer system and a novel silane coating on the glass fillers.
Why this material stands out:
Although the material offers physical properties that make treatment more efficient and less complex, it also stands out by doing a great job of blending in. The material has a low water absorption and is available in 4 shades—Universal, A1, A2, and A3—which help it provide optimal esthetics. Additionally, the capsules are optimized for warming, and the narrow tips allow enhanced access to posterior preps for bubble-free application.
VOCO America Inc
888-658-2584 | vocoamerica.com
Bellus3D Dental Pro provides a powerful and easy-to-use 3D face scanning solution, enabling dentists to incorporate 3D facial scans into the dental treatment planning process. Extraoral images can be captured in as little as 10 seconds and then easily aligned with digital impressions and 3D CBCT images. This allows the application to quickly and easily create before and after simulations for engaging patient presentations. Built-in smile design and facebow guide planes make for easy placement of face scans into virtual articulators within 3Shape Dental System, exocad, and other digital dental planning software platforms.
The possibilities this software unlocks:
Beyond adding a new dimension to treatment planning and case presentation, Dental Pro is designed to make case collaboration simple. Clinicians can collaborate with colleagues and dental labs via the Dental Pro Web application. This allows the digital models created in the software to be shared with labs for fast, accurate digital dental design. The files can be exported into standard CAD file formats for use with a range of design solutions.
A single-shade, flowable composite, OMNICHROMA FLOW is designed to match any of the 16 VITA Classical shades with just 1 composite. Indicated for class I through class V restorations in both the anterior and posterior, the material is designed to add efficiency to treatment while allowing practices to reduce and simplify the restorative materials inventory. The material offers optimal physical properties, low shrinkage, and high wear resistance to allow for the creation of esthetic, durable direct restorations. Also available is OMNICHROMA BLOCKER FLOW which is used to assist with shade matching when there is not enough tooth structure available, such as with large class III or IV restorations or when staining needs to be blocked out.
Why this material is notable:
The original OMNICHROMA composite made a huge impact when it was launched as it offered a previously unknown simplicity to many restorative cases. OMNICHROMA FLOW features the same Smart Chromatic Technology that provides the shade matching capabilities of the original OMNICHROMA material but offers the flowable consistency that is ideal for creating restorations in certain clinical situations.
Tokuyama Dental America
877-378-3548 | omnichromaflow.com/us
A next-generation patient engagement platform, Curve GRO is designed to provide a solution to patient communication and records within a single database. Not only does this provide a more convenient workflow, but it is also said to reduce costs and improve the patient experience. It automatically manages patient reminder campaigns and updates the schedule once a patient confirms their appointment. When used with a rules-based campaign, its Smart Action List function automates customizable campaigns. Curve GRO also offers 2-way conversational texting for patients who need to either change an appointment or ask questions.
866-351-0749 | curvedental.com
Featuring EveryShot X-Ray Capture technology, the Clio Prime offers superior image quality. The sensor captures 16,384 shades of gray in each image, and the EveryShot X-Ray Capture ensures each one of those shades is used to provide contrast across a wide range of exposure levels. This is designed to reduce the need for retakes and provides dentists with confidence in their diagnoses. The Clio Prime also features a new ComfyCorner design for an anatomically aligned design, allowing for easy positioning for clinicians during a full mouth x-ray. The sensor’s clipped corner shape is designed to improve positioning in both the anterior and posterior and is said to improve patient comfort.
888-266-7682 | sotaimaging.com
Zen CP+ is designed to relieve tooth sensitivity by delivering minerals to the tooth surface and dentinal tubules. Using CAPOSAL® microsphere technology, which reacts with saliva, the gel distributes small particles consisting of calcium phosphate that penetrates the dentin tubules to release calcium and phosphate ions for rapid mineralization. The minerals are formed deep in the dentin tubules and are said to be unaffected by acid or wear. Zen CP+ does not contain milk-derived proteins, making it safe for patients with allergies.
DenMat Holdings, LLC
800-433-6628 | denmat.com
The OCTOdent is an extraoral aerosol device designed to remove and filter bacteria, viruses, toxic vapors, and contaminants from the immediate area to protect dentists, hygienists, and assistants. OCTOdent is a stand-alone, hands-free mobile device that features a flexible source suction duct to capture and filter out dangerous aerosols during aerosol-generating procedures. The unit is available in 3 models—ST, HP, and XT. All 3 models feature a 360-degree arm with 36 inches of reach and a brushless motor for quiet operation. The ST and HP models use 4-stage UltraHEPA H13 filtration, and the XT uses 6-stage UltraHEPA H13 filtration.
870-224-0966 | octodent.com
The Polaroid P31 is a 3-in-1 caries detection device that includes an intraoral camera and a transilluminator all in 1 unit. With the press of a button, users can easily switch among all 3 functions. The P31 can capture white light (natural color) images, fluorescence images, and transillumination images at the same time and display them side by side for easy comparison. Its Dual Fluorescence modes allow users to view healthy teeth in a green or natural color, while carious biofilm glows red. The P31’s Liquid Lens optics with autofocus enable the device to go from macro close-up out to infinity.
844-789-5050 | polaroidhealth.com
Designed to alleviate discomfort for patients during crown and bridge removal, the Easy Remover System can help control the intensity and frequency of microstrokes to enhance results and reduce patient stress. Its non-reloading mechanism maintains continuous contact with the porcelain and reportedly fits onto all brands of electric air motors. The system makes up to 20 micro-strokes per second and features 5 intensity settings for improved control. Each kit comes with a wide range of inserts to suit all prosthesis configurations, including 1 handle, 4 tips, 3 wire tips, and a set of 3 additional wires.
909-560-2217 | vakkerdental.com
The AireO2 is new patient management software that helps health care professionals effectively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and its related conditions and treat and monitor affected patients. Designed in collaboration with Lyon Dental, AireO2 includes enhanced billing services and practice management systems. The software is designed to make it significantly easier for sleep disorder health care providers to manage their growing caseloads and increase the number of patients they can treat.
Vivos Therapeutics, Inc
866-908-4867 | vivoslife.com
Sonicare 9900 Prestige
Said to be the most advanced Sonicare electric brush, the 9900 Prestige features SenseIQ technology. By sensing a user’s brushing style and adapting as they brush, the Prestige can deliver a personalized cleaning experience. Its sensors detect applied pressure, cleaning motions, and achieved coverage. The all-in-1 brush head is designed to remove plaque and stains, and provide gum care. The angled bristles reportedly help remove 20 times more plaque while providing flex to compensate for extra pressure. The Prestige integrates seamlessly with the Philips Sonicare app, which offers usage and frequency reports.
800-682-7664 | philips.com