The Top 10 New Dental Instruments and Supplies from 2022.
TECHNOLOGY and big-ticket equipment get plenty of attention from dentists looking to improve their treatments. Material advances and diagnostic tools also have an impact on delivering optimal oral care. But not to be overlooked are all the innovative instruments, gadgets, and supplies that assist clinicians in a variety of ways.
Here we take a look at 10 of the best new instruments and dental supplies from the past year.
[ NASAL HOOD ]
Double Hood Scavenger System
This nasal hood is a fully autoclavable scavenger breathing circuit designed to provide better delivery and monitoring. Its soft, single-use scented Double Nasal Hoods offer an excellent seal and lower profiles, giving dental professionals better sight lines into the oral cavity. The device’s oral exhalation valve is said to increase patient breathing comfort. Its outer hood sits closer to the patient’s face, increasing the scavenging efficiency of exhaled gases. The system also features a universal fit with other double scavenging circuits, allowing for use with Air Techniques’ existing systems.
[ UNIVERSAL INSERT TIPS ]
Ultrasonic Universal Insert Tips
Pac-Dent has announced the launch of its 25K and 30K magnetostrictive ultrasonic universal insert tips. These universal insert tips are for use with Pac-Dent’s South East Instruments Autoscaler Ultrasonic System. Features include a no-slip grip, the use of a base flow water delivery, magnetostrictive handpiece compatibility, and a 90-day warranty.
[ DISPOSABLE POLISHERS ]
Jiffy™ One Single-Use Polishers
For clinicians looking for a disposable, easy-to-use polishing system that delivers beautiful, natural shine on dental composite with minimal patient chair time, Jiffy™ One single-use polishers check every box without compromising end-result quality. With these polishers, dentists reduce the chance of cross-contamination while eliminating the worry of accidentally throwing out expensive multiuse polishers. The single-use polishing system can be used on patients in 1 or 2 steps. Dentists start with the medium grit polisher for a beautiful finish, with the option of following up with the fine grit polisher for extra luster. It is available in cups, points, and disks to best fit all needs.
[ ABRASIVE KITS ]
Restorative Abrasive Kits
The new line of Restorative Abrasive Kits will include a Composite Polishing Kit CA, a Porcelain & Enamel Polishing Kit CA, an Amalgam & Metals Polishing Kit FG, an Amalgam & Metals Polishing Kit CA, an Acrylic Polishing Kit HP, and a Zirconia Polishing Kit CA. Each kit contains a collection of components relevant to the needs of the indicated procedures. These kits are specifically designed for a variety of restorative materials and are said to deliver predictable and esthetic results.
[ APPLICATOR BRUSHES ]
Perfect Touch Micro Applicator Brushes
Available in a variety of sizes and colors, Perfect Touch Micro Applicator Brushes are used for placing etchants, sealants, and bonding agents. These brushes are bendable in any direction to allow precise application in hard-to-reach areas. The fibers hold solutions so there is no spilling, dripping, or waste. Disposable and intended for single use, the brushes have a lint-free brush tip, are nonabsorbent, and give optimal access to difficult areas. Perfect Touch Micro Applicator Brushes come in tubes containing 100 brushes and are offered in purple (fine), yellow (regular), green (regular), and blue (large).
[ CLASS II WEDGES ]
VursaWedge and Anatomical VursaWedge
Featuring a proprietary split-wedge design that solves Class II procedural inefficiencies, such as gingival seal, matrix contour, and proximal contact issues, all in 1 easy-to-use device, VursaWedge is now available in new sizes and designs to expand its capabilities. The new VursaWedge innovations include the release of 2 new sizes—medium and large—and the addition of the Anatomical VursaWedge that is designed specifically for use in challenging furcation cases. The wedges provide a better seal at the gingival margin that also results in less flash, and better results.
[ LED ADAPTER ]
ClearVue™ LED Bulb
The CAO Group has announced an upgrade for its ClearVue LED bulb. Light fixtures attached to dental chairs use halogen bulbs, which are not energy efficient and have relatively short lifetimes when used every day. LED lights consume less energy and have a longer lifetime. ClearVue is said to eliminate the hassle of changing the dental chair’s entire light fixture, as the LED bulb plugs into existing sockets. The bulb has a 15,000-lumen output, 5000K color temperature, and a 5-year warranty. A variety of industry standard chairs, including A-dec, Pelton & Crane, and Midmark brands, among others, can be retrofitted with ClearVue. ClearVue LED is said to have a longer life span and offer cost savings for practices.
[ SCRUBS ]
Members Only Scrubs
Members Only introduced a line of scrubs that are said to be setting new comfort levels for medical professionals. The goal is to create a dedicated “members” community that heals, uplifts, and empowers with Members Only scrubs. Constructed using premium 4-way stretch breathable fabric, the scrubs are designed to be antimicrobial, moisture-wicking, and antiwrinkle for superior comfort. With several styles for both men and women, most options feature a utilitarian design with ribbed ankle cuffs and 13 pockets on the scrub pants and a V neck design with 5 pockets on the scrub tops.
[ Impression tray ]
Fabricated using recycled materials, the Knockout Tray is designed for capturing impressions for implant restorations. It features a unique transparent design and tabs that are easy to pop out to create space for the implant coping. The tabs are easily removed from the area where implants have been placed using the end of a mirror handle, and the tray is available in medium and large sizes.
[ MICRO-APPLICATOR ]
With strength and durability, these biodegradable micro-applicators are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic applicators. Their bendable form makes them flexible for easy use, and the brush tips are gluten-free and lint-free. These applicators are biodegradable and compostable, come in recyclable packaging made from sustainable materials, and require less energy to produce than petroleum plastics. Fabricated using a food production straw by-product, they are biodegradable and compostable.