A look at many of the recently announced products in the dental industry.
Designed to provide versatile, highly detailed 3D images, the PreXion 3D Explorer PRO is said to be the first cone beam imaging system with a retractable cephalometric arm suited for use in periodontics, endodontics, implantology, oral surgery, orthodontics, and other applications. The accompanying software provides a range of features including custom patient education videos, remote image access, and customizable 3D templates.
What sets this imaging system apart
The cephalometric arm expands when needed and retracts when not in use, saving approximately 2 ft of space in the practice. With a focal spot of just 0.3 mm, the system is designed to capture images with fields of view ranging from 5 cm by 5 cm to 15 cm by 16 cm. The 15-by-16-cm field of view is captured using what is reportedly the industry’s largest flat panel detector, which can capture the scan in a single pass to reduce distortion, scatter, and radiation exposure. Even in HD and endodontic CT modes, the scanner can capture an image in just 20 seconds, which is said to improve image quality while reducing radiation exposure for patients.
Designed to provide a 3D printed denture solution that doesn’t compromise on strength or esthetics, the Flexcera materials from Desktop Health include Flexcera Base and Flexcera Smile. The Flexcera materials are approved for exclusive use with EnvisionTEC 3D printers and can be used in a workflow to provide same-day dentures without sacrificing quality. The Flexcera materials are designed to give the resin the flexibility of plastic and the strength of ceramic. Flexcera is expected to be commercially available in the United States and Canada by the end of June.
Why these materials are different
Both Flexcera Base and Flexcera Smile were developed to provide the strength of a ceramic restoration while retaining the denture properties derived from long-chain chemistry of denture material. The solution can be used to produce up to 8 dentures in less than 2 hours. The materials offer high fracture and moisture resistance to provide durable prosthetics. Flexcera Smile is said to be 3 times more resistant to fracture, and Flexcera Base reportedly provides 2 times more moisture resistance than other market offerings.
Developed by a dentist and former Dyson engineer, the Loupe Face Shield uses a nano-optical visor that helps reduce eye strain. It is reportedly less reflective than other visor plastics. Additionally, the Loupe Face Shield features an adjustable clearance to allow for virtually any loupe and light setup. Described as lightweight and comfortable, it is designed for use by dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.
How this face shield is different
The Loupe Shield’s nano surface optical visor is said to be 10 times less reflective than the standard PET plastic used in other visors. It also allows 97% of light to pass through compared with 87% in the PET visors, which is designed to reduce glare, enabling clinicians to see with great clarity while reducing eyestrain. Plus, the entire visor slides forward up to 9 cm, allowing enough room for nearly any loupe or light.
Developed by Exan Software, the new Consistency of Care software module from Henry Schein One integrates dental and medical patient records, reflecting an increased interest among health care providers to offer comprehensive services to patients. The module is open architecture software that supports the growing need for interoperability and information sharing between dentistry and medicine. The Consistency of Care solution within axiUm allows dental schools to communicate patient health records to their medical counterparts, regardless of a medical school’s software.
This integration provides faculty and students with a holistic view of a patient’s health, ensuring best practice principles and the highest patient care standards.
Exan, a Henry Schein Company
888-808-6223 | exansoftware.com
Designed to reduce the spread of aerosols from dental procedures without compromising patient comfort, the new AERO HVE Wide Mouth is a single-use hybrid device. Said to significantly reduce the risk of airborne aerosol movement caused by instruments used in a dental setting, the device sets the standard in both safety and high volume evacuation, offering a patent-pending, 22-mm swivel distal opening, lip-retraction, and 3-hole external aerosol control. Its unique full HVE evacuation valve provides complete backflow protection. The AERO lineup now offers 2 aerosol evacuation solutions that allow for maximum suction and aerosol collection without compromising patient comfort or professional workflow.
Dove Dental Products
855-800-3683 | dovedentalproducts.com
Based on the Nociceptive trigeminal inhibition tension suppression system mechanism of action, GrindRelief PRO does not require models, laboratory fees, or multiple appointments. Invented and patented by a dentist, the appliance features a unique Central Power Bar to prevent bite-through and reduce harmful muscle activity by 60% or more. The Power Bar creates pressure on the upper and lower midlines simultaneously. It can be fitted to upper or lower arches in 5 to 6 minutes and it can be refitted if needed. Extending only to the first premolars, it is designed to be more comfortable than horseshoe splints for better patient adherence.
Grind Guard Technologies, LLC
877-401-1224 | grindreliefpro.com
Designed to provide a smart handpiece compatible with the KaVo MULTIFlex™ coupler, the Aeras 400 Flex features RFID technology to allow for inventory monitoring and enhanced safety adherence. A part of DENTALEZ’s Star handpiece line, the Aeras 400 Flex provides the maximum cutting power supported by the MULTIFlex coupler. The handpiece is lightweight and balanced and features a small head size for enhanced visibility and navigation. Standard features include multiport water spray, LED lighting, LubeFree Technology, and in-office turbine replacement.
866-383-4636 | dentalez.com
MouthWatch has made several new additions to its TeleDent platform, designed to provide more clinician and patient benefits. The new online patient intake form allows patients to request a teledentistry consultation. Mobile patient portal access is designed to make it easier for patients to access the patient portal via a cell phone so they can schedule a virtual consult or message their provider. Team texting allows team members to send messages to patients. Virtual team support lets the team manage the platform from their smartphone.
877-544-4342 | mouthwatch.com
These new sterile single-patient use burs are designed to be quick and efficient. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes for almost any restorative procedure, they were developed with ISO standards in mind. The burs are packaged in a class 7 cleanroom using gamma irradiation sterilization. The new line includes diamonds and carbides that are said to be ready for use straight out of the packaging, which also includes an inventory countdown.
888-566-3887 | kometusa.com
Vyne Trellis is a web-based, dental billing platform designed to help dental practices improve and manage their revenue cycles, exchange encrypted health information, and determine real-time eligibility of patient benefits. It offers several new revenue cycle and claims management options to practices. The platform’s features include: web-based user interface to support and simplify secure, remote billing teams and workflows; real-time benefit plan eligibility verification; and an electronic attachment submission solution that boasts connections to more than 800 payers across the country. Plus, it gives dental practices the ability to enroll in Vyne Trellis’ Electronic Remittance Advice Benefits and Features Option.
The portal validates each claim submission before submitting it to a payer, preventing rejected claims and improving efficiency.
866-712-9584 | vynedental.com/trellis
The Second Order Bend Pliers Set was prototyped with the dental professional in mind to effectively complete the crucial finishing stage with precise case refinements. Keeping the archwire bending intraorally near the bracketed teeth eliminates the need to remove the archwire to make the bend, which in turn, helps eliminate common bending errors. Designed by Progressive Orthodontic Seminars head instructor David Dana, DDS, exclusively for Progressive Dental Supply, the set includes 4 stainless steel instruments with unique bending beaks. Two 1-sided step pliers accomplish 8 bends each (4 on each arch). Two Z bend pliers are capable of 4 bends each (1 per quadrant).
Progressive Dental Supply
714-973-2266 | smilestream.com
Quip’s new Clear Aligner Service is designed to offer its customers professional-quality clear aligners, combining at-home convenience with the lasting care of professionally administered orthodontic treatment. The new platform offers virtual consultations and smile simulation. Users can upload photos of their bite to get an estimate on how long their case will take, the cost, and a visual of the outcome. Eligible candidates book an in-person appointment with a clinician, where they are examined to ensure they are a good fit for a clear aligner. Each patient receives a remote monitoring device and a quip smartbrush. Case monitoring is done at home by a dedicated orthodontist through the quip remote monitoring app.
An alcohol-free foaming sanitizer, One For All delivers extended protection in-between hand washings. It is formulated to kill more than 99.9% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses (including human coronaviruses) in less than 15 seconds. Its active ingredient, benzalkonium chloride, is 1 of 3 FDA-compliant ingredients for hand sanitizers and kills germs on contact. The hand sanitizer is fortified with patented Nanodex™ technology, which has been shown in laboratory testing to kill germs for up to 24 hours. Nanodex forms a long-lasting barrier on the skin that continues killing germs until it is washed off. Described as an ideal solution for dental practices, it can help protect patients and staff by limiting the spread of bacteria in the office.
Ho Dental Company
702-430-9847 | hodentalcompany.com
Designed specifically for VOCO’s VisCalor composite line, this rapid warming dispenser is an ergonomic device that enables the warming of VisCalor in 30 seconds while maximizing the work time to as much as 2.5 minutes. The warmer uses Near-Infrared Technology in tandem with VOCO’s newly designed unit dose capsules. These capsules are formulated with a special plastic that improves heat transfer and allows for the quick warming of VisCalor’s TVT polymers. While heat energy is absorbed by the composite, the dispenser reportedly does not become hot or allow the material to become too warm to damage to the pulp. The device has an autoclavable sheath for infection control and is powered by a lithium battery that can be charged via a mini-USB cable.
VOCO America Inc
888-658-2584 | vocoamerica.com
Planmeca’s Romexis all-in-one software will now be integrated with Henry Schein One’s web-based service, Digital Dental Exchange (DDX). This is designed to help enhance communication between dental practices and dental laboratories, deliver connectivity between practice management software and lab-management applications, and make it possible to share data between practices and labs. Using Romexis, customers can send CBCT files, intraoral scans, and patient images to DDX with the click of a button. Dentists can also use DDX to create a new case—prepopulated with the patient’s information—and transfer and store multiple patient files about their case to the lab quickly and securely.
800-718-4598 | planmeca.com
The new Isolite Anterior Isolation System is designed to provide continuous, hands-free HVE suction throughout a procedure. Clinicians can perform procedures efficiently on a dry field in the anterior region with superior HVE suction and retraction. The moisture reduction and isolation ensures that bonds dry more effectively and remain intact longer. With the new isolation system, users can achieve excellent visibility and access to the anterior region with lip, tongue, and cheek retraction. Additionally, the soft and flexible polymer mouthpiece, which accommodates the upper and lower lip frenulum, provides patient comfort. The Isolite Anterior Isolation System is a complete system that connects directly into your chair’s HVE and is meant to be a permanent addition to your dental chair. It comes with an adapter that allows you to keep your existing HVE line.
805-560-9888 | zyris.com