Thursday, December 18, 2014
Now we come to the heart of the annual Dentalcompare year in review lists. Products are what make Dentalcompare work, and we try to keep you up to speed with the details on the most important and exciting new products to hit the industry.
Our directory contains thousands of listings, and products can be compared side-by-side. Throughout the year we add new listings, and these always draw a solid audience. It’s clear that keeping up with the latest developments is important to you, and judging by the new products you paid attention to this year digital dentistry is worth watching. Of course that’s not all to be found on this list.
Read on for the Top 10 New Dental Products of 2014.*
10. Dentrix Ascend Cloud Based Practice Management Software – Previewed in beta for a year before officially launching, the cloud based version of this leading practice management platform was an exciting development for many computer-focused clinicians. Not just a port of the server-based software, this cloud solution was created from the ground up to provide practices with seamless access to practice information from anywhere with an internet connection.
9. CS 3000 Milling Machine – The production side of Carestream Dental’s CS Solutions CAD/CAM system is a precision chairside mill capable of working with a growing list of materials. As an open technology, it gives dentists an intriguing option for producing crowns and other restorations chairside.
8. PlanScan Intraoral Scanner – When Planmeca acquired E4D it brought a new level of excitement to this dental CAD/CAM system. Since that acquisition this digital impression unit has been given a new name, a new color scheme, some new capabilities and a range of compelling new integrations with other systems. If you think you knew the technology when it was branded as E4D, it’s worth giving PlanScan another look.
7. CS 8100 3D Cone Beam System – The second Carestream product to make this list, the CS 8100 3D is a cone beam unit built with the same small footprint as its panoramic predecessor. Compact, stylish and capable of powerful 3D image capture, this system is a part of what makes cone beam one of the most interesting areas of dental technology.
6. Isovac Dental Isolation Adapter – The first product on this list that isn’t necessarily high tech, the latest innovation from Isolite is designed to make it easier than ever to install and implement the company’s namesake isolation and retraction system. With simple setup, cleanup and use, the Isovac is compatible with just about any operatory set up.
5. Galaxy BioMill System – Another CAD/CAM product to draw a crowd, this launch from BIOLASE brought the leading maker of dental lasers into the digital dentistry arena. An open-architecture system that combines a 3Shape TRIOS digital impression unit with proprietary software and a powerful chairside mill, this is certainly a system worth a look from any practice considering chairside crown production.
4. CariVu Caries Detection Device – There was no shortage of buzz around the launch of this device from DEXIS. However, it’s not just the fact that CariVu is capable of helping clinicians spot caries that makes the technology so compelling. A real benefit is the ease of use and the way the transillumination images from CariVu are integrated into DEXIS Imaging Software for a complete patient imaging record.
3. EyeSpecial C-II Digital Camera – Documenting your work is one of the best ways to make sure you are constantly improving as a clinician, and this camera from Shofu is designed to make that process as easy as possible. A point-and-shoot digital camera seems like a simple thing, but with this model all the adaptions for work in a dental environment have already been completed. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and makes getting great intraoral or extraoral shots as simple as can be.
2. SuniRay 2 Digital Intraoral Sensor – Digital sensors are the most popular product category on Dentalcompare, but it’s not every day that a new sensor is introduced. This year Suni made that splash with an update to its already popular SuniRay sensor. With low radiation requirements and clear x-ray images, this new sensor earned all the attention it received.
1. Solea Dental Laser – Sometimes a product comes along to turn a category on its head. That’s exactly what Convergent Dental did when it launched Solea. A CO2 laser with unheard of hard tissue cutting speed and precision, and the ability to provide most treatments without the need for anesthesia, this product is making the masses pay attention to the possibilities of hard tissue lasers again. Lots of people are curious about what makes this laser different, and that’s why it takes the title as the most popular new product on Dentalcompare in 2014.
*The 2014 Top 10 lists are based on Dentalcompare traffic measured during the 13 month period from October 2013 – November 2014.