The second part of a series showcasing the top 50 dental products chosen by the DPR editorial team.
Each year, the dental industry is presented with a myriad of products that make promises to revolutionize and transform the way dentistry is practiced. Some of the claims end up being a bit of hyperbole-perhaps a product is good or an iterative update to a useful product, but it might not be something that makes people wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
And then, on the other side, there are a class of products that stand apart. The ones that truly do shape and shift the dental industry in such ways that bottom lines are improved, that jobs are made more efficient and, of course, that patients are better cared for. Those are the type of products we’ve picked for our top 50 editor’s choice products of 2016. These products blew us away throughout the year, and we’re proud to bring you this roundup of the solutions pushing dentistry forward.
To find out more about each product, simply click on the company name and you'll be taken right to that product's website, or call the number provided. This product review is part of our Top 100 in 2016, and we hope you'll enjoy seeing the top products, web articles, E-books, webinars and videos we thought really made this year great.
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Dentsply Sirona’s all-new Cavitron Touch™ Ultrasonic Scaling System reportedly allows users to experience an intuitive touchscreen interface, customizable power settings and Tap-On™ Technology. In addition, the Steri-Mate® 360° fully rotating handpiece, is designed for free-flowing movement and access within the oral cavity.
Midwest E Plus
Perform a broad range of procedures with the power and flexibility provided by the new Midwest® E Plus Electric Handpiece Attachments. They are designed to easily let you apply your skills to the fullest with confidence, accuracy, and efficiency. Featuring a 20-percent-smaller head for easier access, titanium shell for reduced weight and ceramic head bearings for extended durability, the new attachments offer many reasons to upgrade. Seamlessly integrate electric into your existing treatment center with the Midwest E Plus system.
DEXIS for Dentrix Ascend
DEXIS for Dentrix Ascend is a cloud-based imaging solution built exclusively for Dentrix Ascend to help quickly capture and store images to the cloud, eliminating the need for additional digital imaging software, and automating daily procedures, such as insurance billing, to enhance efficiency and productivity in the dental practice. It also features seamless integration with Dentrix Ascend, an enhanced digital workflow, quick access to images from the cloud, and automatic upgrades and backups.
CariVu Software 2.0
CariVu™ Software 2.0 is a software update for CariVu™, the compact, portable caries detection device that uses transillumination technology to detect a range of carious lesions and cracks. Enhancements include: a fully redesigned interface with a sleek modern look and further intuitive, streamlined functionality; Quick Capture, which saves CariVu images into the patient record; Same-Tooth Comparison Aid for easier diagnostic comparison and monitoring changes over time; On-screen Acquisition Guidance; and 5-Second Video Capture.
DMG America LLC introduced the DMG MiniDam, a new style of latex-free gingival protection device that reportedly is small enough to be placed quickly and easily, protects the proximal area during treatment and provides comfortable gingival coverage for patients. Its unique shape is said to allow it to self-stabilize around adjacent teeth, where it securely maintains its position without the use of clamps.
G-ænial™ Sculpt is a compactable, universal composite that features the same high density, uniform dispersion nano-filler technology found in G-ænial™ Universal Flo. The material is formulated to provide a strong, wear resistant and radiopaque finished restoration with beautiful esthetics. A self-shining effect enables simple rough finishing with a bur to bring the restoration to a beautiful luster and will continue to increase in polish over time. It is available in 17 shades in syringe or unitip.
Henry Schein Dental Surgical Solutions introduced the new iSy® (pronounced “EZ”) implant system. iSy, manufactured by leading implant provider Camlog and exclusively distributed by Henry Schein, is a play on the words “intelligent system.” It is designed to optimize implant treatment efficiency while minimizing the complexity of treatment planning, enabling practitioners to choose a digital, conventional or combined treatment workflow.
EverEdge 2.0, Hu Friedy’s latest innovation in hand scaling instrumentation, is designed to help clinicians achieve the best clinical outcomes. Hu-Friedy developed EverEdge 2.0 using a proprietary heat treatment process and enhanced finishing techniques. The optimized steel has optimal edge retention and wear characteristics engineered to last the entire life of the instrument. Since it’s not a superficial coating, these characteristics cannot be removed through use or sharpening. EverEdge 2.0 Scalers can be resharpened at any point to extend their life and value.
EverEdge 2.0 line with Gracey Curette designs
Hu-Friedy has added Gracey Curette designs to its line of EverEdge 2.0 hand instruments. Gracey Curettes, a series of double-sided, area-specific instruments, are said to be ideal for the successful removal of deposits from root surfaces. The Gracey curette blade design features one lower cutting edge, which allows adaptation to a specific tooth surface. The Gracey curette blade is offset from the shank at 70 degrees to the side, enabling the blade to be used on a specific group of teeth.
i-CAT FLX V-Series
The i-CAT FLX V-Series is an upgradable solution that allows you to start at one sized field of view, but provides the flexibility to add additional fields of view as your practice needs change. Choose the i-CAT solution that’s right for your practice now, and be confident knowing that your investment can grow as your practice grows. All systems now leverage the full FLX technology across each solution-ensuring you get the best image quality and capabilities for your diagnostic needs.
SpeedCEM Plus is a self-adhesive, self-curing resin cement with light-curing option. It reportedly provides the optimum combination of performance and user friendliness. With its optimized formulation, the cement is especially suited for restorations made of zirconium oxide and metal ceramics, and the cementation of restorations on implant abutments. The material achieves a high bond strength to zirconium oxide, non-precious metal such as titanium, and dentin without exposure to light.
Johnson-Promident introduced the PrometheusTM Coupler, a line of quick disconnect couplers with self-contained LED fiber optics that reportedly fit all your favorite fiber optic handpiece brands. Prometheus™ Couplers are said to create bright white LED light with no additional power source or fiber optic system needed.
Engineered with pronounced, cross-cut GSQ toothing, the large-diameter K251GSQ.HP.060 cutter is suited for work on soft acrylics and other materials that tend to clog similarly constructed, non-ceramic instruments. The cutter operates at the high speeds needed for efficient, superior-quality work on large surfaces. With bright white heads constructed of durable, high-performance ceramic, the cutters are offered in GSQ or ACR toothing, and pair intuitive, gentle operation with absolute precision for shaping, trimming and cutting.
CLEARFIL SE Protect Unit Dose
Kuraray America, Inc. introduced CLEARFIL SE Protect Unit Dose, its newest version of CLEARFIL SE Protect. CLEARFIL SE Protect Unit Dose reportedly has all the same features as CLEARFIL SE Protect, which includes the MDPB Monomer a specially treated fluoride that contributes to a strong bonding layer and superior bond strength and durability from the original MDP monomer. This self-etch, light-cure bonding agent is said to now offer ease of use, as well as disposal after patient treatment.
Lares Research introduced a new ProStyle line of high speed handpieces. The new handpieces reportedly offer many advantages over the company’s prior models, including improved ergonomics and optics. Lares ProStyle high speed handpieces are said to feature new solid-rod cellular optics for brighter, longer-lasting illumination. The new, ergonomically optimized grip diameter and gentler handle bend radius also reportedly reduces hand fatigue and provides better control.