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These technologies reflect the changing landscape of the dental industry and make up our top 10 technology products of 2020.
Dental technology is constantly evolving, and cutting-edge ideas will continue to significantly affect the industry in a variety of ways. New technologies are opening the door for improved patient care, making trips to the dentist quicker and less painful for patients.
Technology also increases efficiencies for practices and gives clinicians more options. This year has seen an increased adaptation of digital dentistry, including chairside CAD/CAM systems, 3D printing, intraoral scanners and x-ray sensors, and CBCT units. These technologies reflect the changing landscape of the dental industry and make up our top 10 technology products of 2020.
This 3D printer can produce precise parts from more than 10 materials and is designed to work with the next generation of dental materials. Resins can be swapped with a simple cartridge system, and the 3B printer can be used to produce crown and bridge models, clear aligner models, diagnostic models, surgical guides, occlusal splints, wax patterns for casting and pressing, and digital dentures with a selection of 4 base shades and 6 tooth shades. It’s backed by a dental-dedicated service team, and its powerful software helps streamline workflows.
617-702-8476 | dental.formlabs.com
This open system 3D printer is designed to print 405 nm print resins using the proper file with its advanced software. It features high-resolution 47-μm capability and is equipped with Wi-Fi and autocalibration. Included with the printer are Alpha 3D Nesting Software with no annual fees, 2 spare LCD panels, 2 resin vats, 1 build platform, and 1 resin vat film sheet.
800-626-5651 | whipmix.com
PinkWave features patent-pending QuadWave Curing Technology that is said to increase composite hardness by more than 20% while also decreasing shrinkage by 15%. The light has a large curing area and offers standard, ramp, and boost curing modes. It also can be used to detect cracks and caries with its built-in transilluminator.
Vista | Apex
877-418-4782 | vistaapex.com
Radii Xpert’s target assist technology is designed to keep the light correctly placed over the restoration being cured. The 1500 mW/cm2 light intensity over a 4-mm aperture and wavelength of 440 nm to 480 nm cures all composites without the need for extended wavelengths. Its smart technology includes an LCD display and a countdown timer.
800-228-5166 | sdi.com.au
The CS 8200 3D multimodality system includes 2D panoramic imaging, CBCT imaging, 3D object scanning, and optional cephalometric imaging. The added enhancements of larger fields of view (FOV) and advanced algorithms help clinicians see more. The EndoHD mode delivers high-resolution scans (75 μm) of the finest details of root canal morphology.
800-944-6365 | carestreamdental.com
Capable of both wet grinding and dry milling, the CEREC Primemill can produce single crowns from a variety of materials in less than 5 minutes. Featuring 2 spindles and 4 motors, it also has a 7-in touchscreen interface with guided workflows, a camera capable of identifying material blocks, and an RFID reader that scans tools to track their life span.
844-848-0137 | dentsplysirona.com
Designed for dental hygienists, this system includes proven step-by-step clinical protocols for pocket therapy and periodontal debridement. Epic Hygiene offers dental laser technology to patients for minimally invasive and pain-free treatments that allow for quicker procedures and faster recovery times.
855-292-5690 | go.biolase.com/epichygiene
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This intraoral x-ray sensor features KaVoTough engineering in both the sensors and the cable, which are said to be 3 times more resistant to damage or functional failure. The open architecture software allows the sensor to be integrated into most imaging and practice management software.
888-ASK-KAVO | kavo.com
The Emerald S provides rapid image capture that is capable of capturing full arch scans in less than 2 minutes. Its shade assist technology is designed to automatically capture tooth shades for simplified shade selection. Designed for seamless integration, the Emerald S also features an ergonomic design for clinician comfort.
630-529-2300 | planmeca.com
The iTero Element 5D combines a trio of scanning technologies to provide both digital impressions and a way to detect and monitor interproximal caries. The TimeLapse software allows patient scans to be compared over time. The Element 5D reportedly can capture a full-arch scan in just 60 seconds.
408-470-1000 | itero.com