Presenting the Dental Product Innovations Named Winners of the 2022 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award.
Each year, a select panel of dental technology experts gather to discuss the state of dental technology and debate which products deserve to be recognized as the best.
The panel consists of the editors of leading dental publications and recognized speakers and experts in the many areas of technology in dentistry.
Instead of trying to determine which products are the tops of their individual categories, this panel seeks to identify the products that are breaking new ground and expanding the possibilities within the world of dentistry. There is no minimum nor maximum number of awards to hand out, but after a lengthy dialogue, the products with the biggest potential to enhance both dental patient care and dental practice operations are named recipients of the Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award.
Where: Practices looking to take dental hygiene treatment to a new level.
When: Every prophy appointment.
Why: To provide patients with a higher level of biofilm removal, thus eliminating the main etiologic factor for caries, periodontal, and peri-implant infections.
How: Using the Guided Biofilm Therapy treatment protocol to refocus preventive treatment around a customized, risk-based biofilm management solution.
Biofilm science dates back to 1979, the relationship between oral health and systemic health has never been more significant, and the prevalence of periodontal disease in the US is abysmal. The AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master addresses these issues directly, bringing the latest technology into the dental practice while enhancing profitability. A home run!”
When: Whenever a restoration or appliance is being designed.
Why: With a wide range of indications, and multiple expansion modules, ChairsideCAD can help digitize almost any workflow.
How: Compatible with multiple scanners, this open-architecture software platform is highly flexible, allowing a practice to apply digital workflows wherever and however they best fit.
This design software is easy to learn, easy to use, and allows the doctor or lab to create almost anything dental including restorations, surgical implant guides, dentures, bite splints, and more. You can then mill or print things in-house, or send the designs to your favorite lab.”
When: Anytime an orthodontic patient needs monitoring or follow-up care.
Why: To optimize your time and improve your patient care via remote image capture and AI-powered image management that can detect and automate a response to more than 130 clinical observations.
How: Whether noting tooth movements or detecting poor aligner fit, the AI image management can help patients and providers track progress and avoid issues.
A hardware and software system designed to be your eyes away from the office. The ScanBox pro delivers images for use in monitoring oral issues and orthodontic movement, while AI-powered DentalMonitoring connects with patients and tracks progress. DentalMonitoring is an all-in-one solution for your teledentistry needs.”
When: Whenever images need to be accessed and used.
Why: To consolidate all 2D and 3D patient images in a single place with easy access to tools for diagnostics, treatment planning, patient presentation, and communications.
How: With integrations into multiple leading practice management platforms and compatibility with leading imaging systems, DTX Studio is designed to connect everything.
We have all this information that we can gather from a patient, including CBCT, intraoral radiography, intraoral scans, and photography, and DTX Studio creates a space where all this data can live in 1 place, while offering the benefits of treatment planning, design, 3D navigated implant surgery, and providing the highest level of communication with your specialists. This is a huge step forward in digital dentistry!”
Where: Any practice placing or restoring implants.
When: When accessing or sealing the implant screw channel.
Why: This easily placed, biocompatible PTFE material is the first of its kind designed specifically for dental implant screw access channels.
How: The medical grade material is designed to fit implant screw cannels and is easily dispensed, placed, and removed to make implant cases more efficient.
Something so simple can be a solution I didn't know I needed. A Teflon cord that fits perfectly into an access channel for my implant restorations is an elegant solution that makes covering the implant screw easy.
How: With Nobio QASi antimicrobial technology integrated into the resin matrix, this composite is designed to help reduce demineralization and secondary caries.
If only there was a way to help prevent recurrent decay from happening. Now there is. Infinix is a new composite that contains an antibacterial molecule built right into the resin matrix. This molecule never needs to be recharged and never wears out. Bacteria that come in contact with it die. It’s just that simple.”
Where: Any dental practice wanting fast, accurate sterilizer testing.
When: Whenever biological indicator testing of a sterilizer is required to ensure instruments undergo proper
sterilization before reusing them on patients.
Why: Testing sterilizer effectiveness in-house streamlines workflows and reduces the risks of contamination while waiting for the results of lab tests.
How: With the ability to quickly test 3 different biological indicators, and a connection to cloud-based software, the MiniBio creates a complete, automatic, and traceable system to avoid human error.
Sterilization monitoring can be troublesome and expensive. Why not keep the process in your office? The MiniBio unit is an incredibly precise incubator and testing device that can provide proof of successful sterilization in just 25 minutes.”
Where: Any practice can use a lightweight electric handpiece designed for safety, performance, and durability.
When: With the smallest head with 4-port water spray, Nova maintains easy access for large and small cases.
Why: Smart Logic® motor technology allows Nova to accomplish high and low speed with a single attachment.
How: Compatible with standard-length burs, the small head enhances visibility, while slim neck and lightweight stainless-steel design make it comfortable to use.
Bien-Air has come up with an incredible next generation electric handpiece. The Nova is the smallest head handpiece that has 4-port water spray, among many cutting edge features. It’s a handpiece that is powerful, dependable, and sleek. This thing is born to run!”
Where: Any practice bonding direct or indirect restorations.
When: Whenever an adhesive is needed.
Why: With its ability to help avoid postoperative sensitivity and increase durability of the marginal integrity of the restorations, RE-GEN Universal Adhesive increases clinical success and improves the patient experience.
How: It has outstanding bond strength, and because it contains Bioglass 45S5, it helps prevent sensitivity and recurrent decay.
Re-Gen is incorporated into many restorative products, and allows you to construct longer lasting restorations for better restorative outcomes.”
Where: Technology-forward practices that like to stay at the center of the care loop throughout the life cycle of a patient’s treatment journey.
When: At every stage of the practice’s treatment and follow-up workflow.
Why: Patients want high-quality care delivered conveniently and comfortably.
How: In just 34 seconds, The Grin Scope can provide a comprehensive intraoral scan video that allows the doctor and care team to deliver on demand support and clinical oversight.
For dentists who treat orthodontic cases, one of the costs is the short ‘check’ visit. Grin’s platform allows these visits to be done remotely using AI-guided photos captured on the patient’s cell phone.”
Where: Practices looking to digitally connect to labs via 3Shape Unite, or mill and print chairside with a wide range of systems.
When: With accurate edentulous scanning, 3Shape TRIOS is suited for scanning all indications from single crowns and clear aligners to complex denture and implant restorations.
Why: Doctors wanting to go digital need a scanner that is simple to use and supported with high-quality service. As the unprecedented 10-time winner of the Cellerant Award, professionals could not choose and trust a better product.
How: With its ergonomic design, AI, cutting-edge scan engine, and wireless connectivity, TRIOS is easy to use for a wide range of indications.
3Shape is constantly innovating their scanner technology. Scans are fast, accurate, and having a wireless scanner provides so much versatility. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!”
Why: To achieve optimal implant positioning based on the patient specific treatment plan.
How: With a robotic arm that provides feedback and prevents the implant from being placed incorrectly, YOMI provides physical, visual, and audio cues to keep implant placements on plan.
YOMI by Neocis has taken guided surgery to a new level. Using haptic robotic technology, the software literally guides the handpiece to the proper positions, angles, and depth without the need to spend the time or money creating a surgical guide.”