A look at 10 products from the past year that caught the attention of the Dental Products Report® editorial staff.
Every year the bulk of the products showcased in the Dental Products Report®Top 100 are chosen by you, the readers, but this list features products chosen by the editorial staff. The products on this list were all featured on the cover of an issue or tagged as Editor’s Choice selections inside the publication. Each was singled out as a significant innovation at the time it debuted, and although some of them did not earn the same volume of web traffic and reader response inquiries as the other 90 products showcased in this issue, they are still deserving of recognition as notable new technologies and solutions to help dental professionals provide top-quality care now and in the future.
[ 3D X-ray System ]
PORTRAY is a nanotechnology-based 3D imaging system offering high-resolution x-ray image quality. The 3D intraoral system produces a stationary, high-resolution x-ray 3D image using carbon nanotube-based x-ray sources. The images provide an x-ray stack allowing for layer-by-layer virtual dissection of the oral cavity, with depth information and removal of structural overlap, as well as a loupe feature for concentrated 3D reconstructions. An articulating arm enables the x-ray source to be placed in any configuration. A l. PORTRAY’s software connects with existing practice management systems.
[ Injection Delivery ]
CALAJECT helps clinicians deliver pain-free injections. The system controls the flow rate, ensuring a smooth, gentle stream of anesthesia. The light pen grip provides a relaxed working position and good finger support shows where the needle can be kept perfectly still in situ. The unit’s touch screen displays actual injection pressure. The acoustic signal indicates the flow rate and the unit is operated by a separate foot controller. Automatic aspiration occurs when pressure on the foot pedal is eased. The system can be used with standard dental needles and cartridges.
[ Dust Shield Bur ]
Abbott-Robinson™ Dust Shield Bur
Buffalo Dental’s new Abbott-Robinson™ Dust Shield Burs are said to block grit from entering the handpiece. The Dust Shield Burs are designed to protect handpieces from dust and premature malfunctions for a longer life span. Abbott-Robinson Dust Shield Burs are said to block 95% of grit from entering the handpiece, expanding the life span of the handpiece and saving the dental practice money. These burs will be available through order from preferred dealers.
[ Resin Cement ]
Predicta® Bioactive Cement
Predicta Bioactive Cement is designed to fill and seal microgaps and prevent microleakage by encouraging hydroxyapatite. It is a self-adhesive, self-etching, dual-cure resin cement indicated for luting crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and posts. It is said to offer outstanding bond strengths across a range of indications without the need for primers, and contains 10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate for strong bonds to zirconia. Predicta Bioactive Cement is formulated for optimal viscosity and consistency to allow easy handling and cleanup. It is highly radiopaque with a low film thickness for complete seating of restorations with no postoperative sensitivity.
[ AI X-ray Analysis Software ]
The first FDA-approved artificial intelligence (AI) radiographic review application, Second Opinion quickly reviews patient images and flags potential issues including incipient caries or the early signs of a periapical radiolucency. By reviewing every x-ray as it is captured, Second Opinion provides real-time feedback while also reviewing a practice’s historical x-rays for missed treatment opportunities. The AI-powered platform delivers its image analysis quickly, allowing the technology to be used seamlessly within existing patient workflows.
[ Digital Design Service ]
Originally named 3Dme Crown, Dentbird Crown is an automatic crown design module that uses a patient’s 3D scan data and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to automatically generate a crown prosthesis design in seconds. Dentbird Crown’s AI automatically finds the tooth that requires crown design, identifies and suggests an optimized margin line for the prosthesis, and after considering the surrounding and antagonist teeth, creates an optimal crown design in seconds. The crown design can be downloaded in common file formats (.STL, .OBJ, .PLY, etc) and sent to a 3D printer or milling machine for an immediate prosthesis production. Dentbird Crown can be accessed and used from anywhere after registration.
[ Diode Laser ]
The Hulaser K2 Mobile Cordless Diode Laser is lightweight at 135 g, including the battery. This diode laser has 22 preset programs and 4 memory settings for clinician convenience. The K2 features a first-of-its-kind adjustable fiber length system designed to ease access to difficult-to-reach areas in the mouth. It is designed to be efficient, durable, and powerful with 3.5 W of continuous power and up to 6 W pulse. It features autoclavable optic fibers, aluminum front cap, and silicone front covers, which are cost-effective and hygienic. The K2 laser is available through any Polaroid HealthCare full-service dealer.
[ 3D Printed Removables ]
Designed for additive manufacturing, Valplast flexible partials come with an unconditional lifetime warranty against breakage and fracture of the denture base. Featuring the same properties as the original Valplast, the 3D-printed partials are said to fit more than 95% of the time with fewer adjustments. The printing process is efficient and cost effective compared to other flexible partial workflows. The fast and easy digital workflow makes uploading scans or downloading shipping labels directly from the platform easy and simple. These partials are esthetic, comfortable, noninvasive, and metal free.
[ Clear Aligners ]
Described as “orthodontics as a service” CandidPro from Candid brings an end-to-end approach to helping general and orthodontic practices provide patients with clear aligner therapy. When planning treatments, CandidRx is designed to use step distalization to move teeth back and out to the side, which can help avoid interproximal reduction, which can be damaging to enamel. CandidScan and CandidApp help patients keep up with their treatment. The CandidPro system was built with dental professionals in mind, making every step of the process easier, more efficient, and more cost-effective.
[ Myofunctional Therapy Program ]
Described as a complete telehealth home care solution, MyMouthWorks is an end-to-end myofunctional therapy program. With MyMouthWorks, clinicians can conduct an initial patient assessment and then assign a program disorder—open bite, overbite, underbite, crossbite, tongue thrust, temporomandibular joint dysfunction disorders, lingual frenectomy, and sleep apnea. Next, users download the MyMouthWorks mobile app, and the patient begins a 16-week program. Clinicians monitor activity on the Doctors Dashboard. Notifications and reminders empower and reward patient adherence, reducing the need for in-office visits.