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Convergent Dental Inc., a privately held dental device and technology company, announced that Solea™ was named one of Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” products for 2014.
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in 12 categories: aerospace, automotive, engineering, entertainment, gadgets, green, hardware, health, home, recreation, security and software.
“Winners of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New Award tend to change what the future will look like. This year’s 100 honorees are no different: they are all revolutionary in their respective fields,” said Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Cliff Ransom.
Recent Gallup Well-Being research found that more than one-third (35.3%) of Americans had not visited the dentist in the past 12 months. A major contributor to this oral health care epidemic is patients’ dread of the dentist. Solea is the first CO2 laser system cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue and the first Computer-Aided Preparation System for dentistry. The dental laser’s unique 9.3 µm wavelength and innovative application of computer controls enable the laser to replace the drill as the primary tool for hard and soft tissue surgeries. What’s more, Solea dentists deliver virtually soundless, painless and sensationless procedures that bear little resemblance to traditional patient experiences.
Convergent Dental’s customers report that 95 percent of their hard and soft tissue procedures are done with no anesthesia and soft tissue procedures are done with virtually no bleeding. Blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures represent a major leap forward in dentistry as practitioners are able to execute multi-quadrant dentistry, fillings on the fly and soft tissue procedures in a single appointment. Patients are now able to receive the care they need in a fraction of the time – and pain – they were accustomed to from traditional drills.
“We are thrilled to be honored by Popular Science’s editors as one of the world’s most innovative products,” said Convergent Dental CEO Michael Cataldo. “Convergent Dental’s CO2 dental laser Solea is changing what it means to go to the dentist by providing a technology that delivers fast, virtually painless, noiseless, anesthesia-free procedures that alleviate patients’ fears and encourage them to receive proper oral care to stay healthy and happy.”