Dental Product Innovations: Highlights from the ADA Conference

Posted by on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Here on the blog, we aim to keep our readers informed of the latest trends and tools available today. A recent article from Dental Compare showcases some of the best of the best when it comes to dental product innovations, all highlighted at this Fall’s ADA session in San Antonio.

With products ranging from digital xray systems, to prophy pastes to cloud-based software, there is no shortage of innovation when it comes to dentistry, which is very welcome news for both dentists and dental patients. Click here to read the full summary.

Did you attend the ADA session? What new products have you come across that have changed your dental practice for the better?

ParaPost: Unlimited Possibilities for Restorations

Posted by on Monday, May 26th, 2014

As dental professionals, we save teeth. Occasionally when we save a tooth, we find very little clinical crown left to work with. While there are many systems available for placing build-ups on these teeth, if more than half of the tooth structure is missing, we need to call on more support.

Navigating the labyrinth of available post systems can be a trial-and-error process. We want a post that doesn’t just offer the support we require, but is also the least technique-sensitive. Another quality we look for in our post system is that it is versatile. Finding the drill for each post size shouldn’t turn into a hunting expedition. What if we choose a fiber post for an anterior tooth with a ceramic restoration? Is that system compatible with our existing post cement and build up material? It would seem logical to select a system that can integrate into each situation we may encounter and is able to join forces with the cements and build-up materials we already have on hand. This is where I have found the ParaPost line of posts to be one of the most versatile and functional systems available today.


Benefits of the ParaPost System

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Express Putty for Impressions: Because Time Is Money

Posted by on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

As dental professionals, we don’t just worry about making a good impression all day long; we take them all day long. We use impressions for nearly every service we provide; you would think we would all be pros by our three hundredth alginate. In a perfect world, perhaps, but impressions are never that cut and dry. There are a couple of tips for some of those tough to capture impressions that can increase our odds for success on the first attempt, and anything that saves us material and time is worth a try.

Invisalign Impressions

After the putty has begun to set, inject your wash and return to the mouth for the full set time.

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Integrity Temporary Crown and Bridge Material Lives Up to Its Name

Posted by on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Ahhh, the temporary crown; for some assistants, it offers them the opportunity to let their artistic ability shine. For others, it is merely one of those job requirements we struggle through, hoping we have enough vertical and enough clearance to make that baby last two weeks. I remember the days of free forming your blob of Snap acrylic and hoping we didn’t lock it into an undercut. The old folks out there remember after five to seven minutes of slipping it on and slipping it off; you had to run back and forth from the lab to adjust the bite. Fortunately, while Snap acrylic still holds a valuable place in our dental labs, dental science has offered us more efficient and accurate ways to create temporaries that last and are aesthetically pleasing, as well!

Pre-op impression with bite registration

Using a 2×2 for our pre-op impression saves us material while providing an accurate mold.

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Microlux Transilluminator: See What You’ve Been Missing

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

There is nothing terribly new about the concept of transillumination when it comes to getting a helping hand diagnosing teeth. Many times we act very similar to Columbo as we gather evidence to make a solid diagnosis. Where our eyes limit our ability to detect pathology, we have employed a number of devices to remove the guesswork. Yet even today, there are those tools that continue to pose the question, “How did we ever diagnose without this?” Microlux transilluminators are just this kind of product. Let’s take a look at why they have made a transilluminator a ‘must-own’ tool for every practitioner.

Tooth Fracture

Make the hidden glow like the fourth of July.

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Piezo Ultrasonic Scaler: Take Your Game to the Next Level

Posted by on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

For years the term ultrasonic was used in correlation with the hygiene department. Ultrasonic scalers have done wonders for countless numbers of patients when it comes to debriding the most tenacious of calculus build up. With technology changing by the minute, it can be hard to keep up with new applications for familiar equipment. This is precisely why there has never been a better time to take a second look at the Piezo Ultrasonic Scaler.

Why Piezo?

Piezo in Hygeine

The reduced flow with a piezo ultrasonic scaler offers the hygienist better visibility and increased patient comfort. | Image Source: Neil L. Starr DDS

The word “piezo” comes from the Greek piezein, which means to push, press, or squeeze. In contrast with magnetorestrictive scalers such as the Cavitron, copious amounts of water are not needed to cool the hand-piece. The fine mist used by the Piezo ultrasonic scaler to cool the tip and the tooth, alleviates that water-boarding sensation our hygiene patients are not too keen on, while maintaining visibility for the hygienist as well. One other nice feature the Piezo ultrasonic scaler boasts is less vibration in the hand-piece itself which leads to happier hands and happier hygienists. If you are a hygienist running her Cavitron all day, you know exactly what I mean!

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Discovery 360° Wireless Intraoral Camera Gives You the Perfect Shot Every Time

Posted by on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Anyone remember those days when our phones were stuck to the wall and the cord was about fifty feet long? You had to wrap it around your arm and let it out as you roamed around the house or you would find yourself tangled in a spiral cocoon by the end of your call. Even better was trying to untangle it once it had been overstretched and knotted up. Well, if you are too young to remember the days before cordless phones, chances are the story isn’t much different when it comes to our intraoral cameras. Hoping we can get the patient into a position for those posterior shots that won’t disconnect us from our USB ports isn’t always as easy as it was intended to be.

AF America IDS

The Discovery 360 wireless intraoral camera.
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Rinn Has Done It Again: Uni-Grip 360 Disposable Sensor Holders Make X-Rays a Breeze

Posted by on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

For years upon years we have been using Rinn to position and secure our x-films and sensors. Without question, Rinn has made getting those critical and diagnostic shots a breeze. Paralleling and bisecting angles are hardly an issue for new assistants, thanks to these great gadgets. The only downside to our Rinn Rings is the process by which we make them available to our next patient needing x-rays. Some practices leave them soak in cold sterile, some bag and autoclave them, and still others do both; I have even experienced a few that just spray and wipe them between patients. In a busy practice where we have several patients a day needing an FMX or BWX, we could find ourselves in a bind. This is where Uni-Grip 360 disposables become integral.

Rinn Rings

Not only are we running through sterilization pouches with the old Rinns, we have to find a place to store them all.
Image Source: Barbara J Kabes DDS

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Sof-lex: Finishing and Polishing Restorations with Ease

Posted by on Friday, April 18th, 2014

There is a wide range of products on the market that can assist us with bringing out the luster in our restorations. From cups to paste, and cones to strips, navigating the slew of products designed specifically to make our restorations shine can get tricky. This is where it comes in handy to find those products like Sof-lex that eliminate the need for a lot of mixing and matching with minimal waste. If there is one common theme you find me repeating like a mantra, it’s keeping it simple yet effective. Sof-lex helps us achieve both.

Sof-lex disks

Sof-lex comes with a full assortment of grits to obtain superior results.
Image Source: 3M

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Fiber Optic Handpieces: Go Towards the Light!

Posted by on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

These days we get a boost from technology throughout our practice. Digital radiographs that allow us to enhance images, intraoral cameras offer us the ability to let patients see what we see, and even our hygienists are wearing loupes to get our eyes the most information possible. However, we often find our handpieces to be one of those essential pieces of equipment that we keep a tight grip on when it comes to change. (Pun intended) When it comes to upgrading equipment, our handpieces are like a spouse; we have spent years growing used to them, and it could get pricey letting them go. Occasionally we have to take a good hard look at this relationship and ask ourselves if a more productive partnership is waiting around the corner.

Old Handpieces

Got a drawer that is collecting all those old handpieces waiting for repair?
Image Source: Heavenly Handpiece

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