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A look at many of the recently announced products in the dental industry.
[On The Cover]
The Medit i700 is the next-generation intraoral scanner from Medit that builds upon the success of the company’s Medit i500 model. Powering the new unit is a super-fast camera that captures up to 70 frames per second. This means more data with each pass, resulting in a smooth and quick scanning experience with realistic colors and a crisp image. The camera and other internal components have been reduced in size to create a smaller, lighter handpiece that weighs just 245 g (8.64 oz). The redesigned tips are now reversible and autoclavable 100 times, increasing comfort of use and ease of maintenance. The cable is also now detachable for easy maintenance and improved portability.
What Makes This Scanner Different
To further increase user comfort, a new remote-control mode has been developed to allow the clinician to always keep their hands on the unit to easily show scan data to patient. Because COVID-19 has increased everyone’s concerns about hygiene and safety, Medit has included a UV-C LED in the i700, making it the only device on the market with self-disinfecting capabilities. In addition, this fully open scanner runs on Medit Link software that features integration with various CAD/CAM providers as well as the company’s own apps for smile design, orthodontic simulation, crown fit, and other patient communication tools.
[On The Cover]
Robin the Robot
Robin is a social robot that utilizes peer-to-peer interactions to create a meaningful connection with young dental patients to reduce stress. A team of experts in hardware design, electrical engineering, software development, and machine learning, as well as occupational therapists and clinical psychologists, worked to create this first-of-its-kind, emotionally intelligent social companion robot able to perform a real-time analysis of children’s emotions and respond on the spot. Robin reduces anxiety through its cheerful voice, simple explanation of medical treatments, and distraction techniques such as games. The robot is designed to create a fun and entertaining environment in dental clinics to increase children’s positive emotions, making them feel more comfortable during procedures. It also makes the waiting time enjoyable not only for children but also for families.
What Makes This Social Robot Unique
Made of recyclable bioplastic, Robin has been developed using artificial intelligence-based, patent-pending technology that helps establish peer-to-peer emotional interactions. The technology allows it to build an associative memory and intelligently react to children by replicating patterns formed upon previous experiences (such as children’s emotions and behavioral patterns).
[On The Cover]
Maxima Pro 2AR™
Designed to help reduce aerosol generation during dental procedures, the Maxima Pro 2AR highspeed, air-driven handpiece from Henry Schein is an extension of the Maxima Pro 2 line and is described as a cost-effective option. The new high-speed handpiece is said to reduce emission of airborne particulates by an average of more than 90% when compared with a standard highspeed handpiece. It also features an active sealing system to help eliminate suck-back of fluid and particles. Along with its added safety features, the Maxima Pro 2AR also offers an ergonomic design, stainless-steel construction, and a high-strength alloy head. It can produce up to 20 W of power, is available in both optic and non optic models, and is compatible with most common handpiece connection types.
Why This Handpiece Stands Out
In addition to ergonomic and strength features, the Maxima Pro 2ARhandpiece is designed to help ensure the safety of dental professionals, especially as they serve on the front lines of essential oral care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is just the latest of many Henry Schein products designed to help foster a safer environment for patients and the dental team.
[ X-Ray Generator ]
Editor's Choice: It can be transferred between operatories, freeing up valuable space within the practice.
The CS 2400P is a portable, battery-free x-ray generator that is small enough to be handheld. Its battery-free recharging system is designed to be fast and convenient, enabling the unit to go from completely discharged to ready-to-go in less than 3 minutes. When charged, the CS 2400P is able to capture multiple shots before being recharged in seconds on the chairside charging dock. The CS 2400P’s exposure parameters are designed to be similar to those of a conventional generator (70 kv; 3,5 mA), so image quality is not sacrificed by the unit’s compact size or portability.
[ Fluoride Varnish ]
Formulated to deliver targeted, sustained release of calcium and fluoride for more than 24 hours, FluoroCal5% sodium fluoride varnish also provides immediate relief of sensitivity by penetrating and sealing dentin tubules. It contains tri-calcium phosphate (TCP), which studies have shown may help strengthen enamel and build more acid-resistant mineral when combined with fluoride. Indicated for application to enamel and dentin for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth, FluoroCal is available in a spearmint flavor and sweetened with xylitol to encourage patient compliance. It can be purchased in a 50 unit-dose package, and each unit-dose container is simple and easy to open.
[ Salivary Screening ]
mySaliva is the latest version of SillHa Software and is designed to enhance the company’s SillHa Oral Wellness System for salivary screening. The system is used by dentists and oral health care professionals to assess, educate, and collaborate with patients regarding their oral health and wellness. The mySaliva report offers a comprehensive assessment using 7 key analytes of oral wellness that are clinically validated and indexed in easy-to-understand, patient-friendly terms: low, moderate, or high risk for oral disease. Customizable fields allow for personalized feedback. Patients and health care professionals can then monitor and compare test results over time.
[ Milling Blocks ]
CEREC Tessera blocks are an advanced lithium disilicate ceramic for the CEREC workflow designed to accelerate the entire manufacturing process by shortening the glaze firing time–a crown can be fired in the CEREC SpeedFire in just 4½ minutes. High-strength glass ceramics are frequently used in large part to patients’ desires for natural-looking restorations. Lithium disilicates play an important role in this group of materials, with convincing results in all regions of the mouth and the ability to be used for CAD/CAM-fabricated restorations; ie, in CEREC Primemill. The blocks feature advanced material properties made possible by their optimized microstructure.
[ OSA Therapy ]
MyoCorrect is a new service in which trained therapists will provide Vivos-trained providers access to orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) via telemedicine technology as a component of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment. The service is designed to become an important value-added component in the treatment of OSA using the Vivos System. OMT therapists work to strengthen and improve function in the muscles of the lips, tongue, cheeks, and face and their related roles in breathing, sucking, chewing, swallowing, and some aspects of speech.
[ Extraoral Suction ]
EnviroKlenz® Source Capture System
The EnviroKlenz Source Capture System is a stand-alone air purifier with a suction hose that directly captures airborne pathogens and droplets that may escape from the patient’s mouth during dental procedures. It uses EnviroKlenz’s patented earth mineral technology in a “directed point of source” system for critical applications. Using 3 filtration methods, including the patented EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge, and the adjustable hose, you can manipulate the Source Capture System to draw air from the source point.
[ Polishers ]
Editor's Choice: These polishers are designed to provide clinicians with effective, proven solutions for chair-time efficiency and a better patient experience and clinical outcome.
The A.S.A.P. Dailies polishing system provides all-surface access for direct or indirect restorations, is designed for multiuse in a single day, and delivers consistent performance after multiple sterilization cycles as well as fast, efficient, and effective polishing. Diamond-impregnated A.S.A.P. Dailies create a high luster on most restorative materials, such as composite, zirconia, and lithium disilicate, eliminating the need for stocking inventory of multiple systems to polish different substrates. The A.S.A.P. Dailies technique is fast and simple and does not require the use of a polishing paste.
[ Fluoride Varnish ]
VOCO Profluorid® Varnish Piña Colada Flavor
VOCO recently expanded its Profluorid Varnish line with the addition of a piña colada flavor that tastes of coconut and pineapple. The varnish contains the same 5% sodium fluoride formulation as the other Profluorid Varnish flavors and is transparent white, with a low film thickness and smooth feel. It is delivered via VOCO’s proprietary SingleDose delivery system. Piña colada joins the existing Profluorid Varnish flavors, which include caramel, mint, cherry, bubblegum, melon, and cola lime.
[ Hand Instruments ]
Clear Collection Instrument Set
Created to make it easier to manipulate invisible aligners without the need to heat the instrument, the Clear Collection Instrument Set has been expanded with 5 all-new instruments. As more patients adopt these aligners, the need for greater flexibility in how they can be manipulated became increasingly apparent. For this reason, the HuFriedyGroup teamed up once again with Jay Bowman, DMD, MSD—who developed the design of the Clear Collection—on the expanded instrument set. These 5 new instruments provide new options for enhancing aligner treatments and include The Spot, The Petite Punch, The Clockwise and The Counter Clockwise Wedge, and The Eraser.
[ VentLess Vacuum ]
Mojave Vent-Less and VacStar Vent-Less
The Mojave Vent-Less and VacStar Vent-Less dental vacuum exhaust air filtration systems are ideal for high-rise buildings, current offices without vents, and any office that needs an upgraded vacuum system. Each model has a medical-grade, ultra-low particulate air (ULPA) filter with a 99.995% retention rate, ensuring that it’s safe to exhaust directly into the mechanical room. No longer are practices restricted by mechanical rooms that cannot externally vent. These systems eliminate the need to install a costly vent line. The Exhaust ULPA Filter with Diffuser is designed to provide maximum airflow from your vacuum equipment and help eliminate biological cross-contamination.
[ Desensitizer ]
Predicta® bioactive desensitizer gel is “bioactive” in that it treats dentin hypersensitivity the natural way by using the elements that are naturally found in the tooth (calcium and phosphate) and restoring them to the tooth in the form of hydroxyapatite plugs that quickly block the open tubules. Then, as calcium and phosphate ions continue to release, mineralization occurs to further seal the tubules. The desensitizer successfully treats sensitivity that results from gingival recession, bleaching, root exposure due to perio surgery, abfraction and abrasion lesions, and scaling and root planing.
[ Endodontics ]
The EndoPilot torque- and speed-controlled endodontic motor ensures efficient preparation of the root canal and the modern, integrated apex locator determines the exact, real-time file position during treatment. This all-in-one device contains a preprogrammed file library containing the parameters (eg speed, torque) of the F360, F6 SkyTaper, and EndoReStart files and other commonly used file systems. The operator also has the option to develop individually adapted sequences and save them. The large, easy-to-read, 7-in touchscreen allows easily navigated, user-friendly menu options.