The editors of Dental Products Report® present a look at 5 of the most impactful endodontic products launched in the past year.
Of the dental specialties, endodontics made great strides in innovation in 2022. A variety of thinkers and innovators have created some of the most effective endodontic tools this year, including systems, lasers, and apex locators, among others, making endodontic treatment less intimidating for patients and more efficient for practitioners. This year, we looked at some of the newest endodontic innovations on the market and 5 stood out as industry game changers. Here are the top 5 endodontic products from 2022.
The EdgePRO laser-assisted microfluidic irrigation device is designed for endodontic procedures for cleaning and disinfection. The EdgePRO laser-assisted microfluidic irrigation device utilizes BIOLASE’s Er,Cr:YSGG 2780-nm wavelength technology. Using this technology, the EdgePRO irrigation device can make root canal procedures easier, more efficient, and safer for patient and practitioner. This laser technology can be used for debridement, cleaning, and disinfection.
ProTaper Ultimate is a fourth-generation endodontic system featuring a treatment concept based on 3 pillars: shaping, 3D cleaning, and filling root canal systems. The standard sequence of the shaping pillar includes 3 file types: slider, shaper, and finishers. The cleaning pillar is focused on eliminating pulp, bacteria, and debris and breaking down products when present. To facilitate cleaning, a highly flexible polymer cannula with a bifid apical flow channel can safely deliver the irrigant deep into the apical portion of the preparation. The obturation pillar will enable dentists to fill and seal the root canal.
The Wirele-X is described as a state-of-the-art, innovative apex locator incorporating advanced wireless technology to eliminate the need for long cables. The Wirele-X consists of a notably small apex locator unit and a 7-in high-resolution touch display screen. Measurements are transmitted from the apex locator to the display unit using Bluetooth technology. The apex locator together with the monitoring application display unit are designed to help achieve optimal performance and sustainable use.
Sonendo’s CleanFlow instrument is said to provide a less invasive option for root canal therapy. The instrument allows for a procedure that does not require sealing caps or depth gauges, and it contains a SoundBAR so that the inside of the tooth can be cleaned from the outside. CleanFlow is also said to incorporate a fluid management mechanism as well as a technology called SoundCue™ that enables audio cues when the optimal seal is achieved. This comes with a FlowView™ window for visual cues and monitoring.
X-Nav Technologies has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to expand the use of its X-Guide® Dynamic 3D Navigation system to aid dentists in delivering minimally invasive endodontic procedures. This allows the dentist to precisely navigate the drill to an exact location for more efficient endodontic procedures. Tools in the X-Guide software make navigation easy to integrate into the endodontic workflow including the virtual prep feature for planning and following an ideal drill path. X-Guide is a product by X-Nav Technologies, available from DEXIS.