Friday, August 30, 2019
As technology continues to evolve, so does the way you practice dentistry. New products and innovations enable clinicians to do things faster and better, while also improving patient outcomes.
Every year, Cellerant Consulting Group recognizes the technologies that make dentists better at what they do. These technologies improve efficiencies and simply make life easier. Some are brand new products you might not know about yet, while others are proven technologies that win this award year after year.
All 25 of this year’s winners, chosen by an unbiased panel of dental technology experts, will be showcased at the 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress, which is set for September 5 to 7 in San Francisco. Attendees will have the chance to work with the technologies first hand and hear panelists talk about the winners in the Digital Future of Dentistry Technology Expo.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the 2019 Best of Class (BOC) Technology Award Winners:
OccluSense by Bausch combines traditional articulation techniques with a digital presentation, according to the company website.
The battery-powered OccluSense® handheld uses a practice’s local wireless network to transfer data recorded from the OccluSense sensors to the OccluSense®-iPad-App. The flexible, color-coded sensors record masticatory forces in 256 pressure levels.
The thin, flexible material makes it possible to record both the static and dynamic occlusion, with the red-coated sensor marking the occlusal contacts on the patient’s teeth. The handheld device records the masticatory forces captured by the sensor, and then transmits the recorded data to the app. Recordings and live mode, as well as the occlusal force distribution, can be viewed in 2D, 3D or in a combo view.
Along with the device, the system comes with an inductive charger for wireless power transfer, a test sensor and a box of 25 OccluSense sensors.
BlueLight Analytics checkUP
checkUP gives clinicians a better understanding of proper curing times, according to the company website.
With checkUP, dentists can accurately and routinely monitor curing light output, track materials and generate precise cutting times based on each light reading. It is designed to save clinicians time and money while also improving patient outcomes. It also allows dentists to organize their materials all in one place.
checkUP is powered by artificial intelligence that leverages a database of more than 1 million data points on light and materials being used around the world.
Vista Dental Products Phasor Composite Heating System
Phasor™ uses near-infrared technology to rapidly warm any manufacturer’s composite compules, according to the company website. It only takes a few seconds for the system to heat composite up to 150°F/65°C. The materials then maintain that temperature throughout the procedure. Heating composites has been proven to offer many advantages, including allowing it to flow better and adapt better while reducing the risk of voids within the restoration.
SICAT Software Suite
SICAT’s 3D open software suite is a fully integrated, chairside solution that allows total digital workflow from any CBCT and DI to create predictable clinical outcomes, according to the company website. The suite includes SICAT Implant, SICAT Air, SICAT Endo and SICAT Function. The suite offers clinicians an effective workflow and accurate surgical guides.
New BOC Winners
Ivoclar Vivadent Bluephase G4
The Bluephase G4 LED curing light features Polyvision technology to guide users and Polywave technology to allow curing of any dental material. It is designed to help intelligently cure dental materials by providing clinicians with automated assistance. The light detects if the handpiece moved during curing, and depending on the degree of the movement, it emits a vibration alert or automatically extends the curing time by 10 percent. If the movement is severe enough to possibly compromise the curing process, the Bluephase G4 automatically shuts off so the curing cycle can be repeated.
ChairsideCAD software is compatible with almost any open architecture scanner and capable of designing chairside restorations such as crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers. Integrated communication software allows practices to use the software to collaborate with dental labs. It features numerous automations and a simple user interface.
Carestream CS 9600
The CS 9600 cone beam imaging system can be adapted to any dental practice and almost any clinical situation. It is capable of capturing 2D panoramic images, 3D cone beam images, 3D face scans, and 3D dental model scans and is controlled via an intuitive touchscreen interface. A retractable seat makes it possible to capture images of seated or standing patients, and Live Positioning Assistant along with video monitoring make it easy to set up the patient to capture the correct image in one shot. Low dose imaging options can reduce patient radiation exposure.
OMNICHROMA is a universal composite that esthetically matches every patient, from A1 to D4, with one shade, according to the company website. With Smart Chromatic Technology, the composite’s uniformly sized supra-nano spherical fillers (260nm spherical SiO2-ZrO2) allow it to match all 16 VITA classical shades.
Dentsply Sirona Primescan
The Primescan intraoral scanner is capable of acting as a standalone digital impression solution or can be connected to a chairside CEREC system. It features patent-pending intraoral scanning technology that uses high-resolution sensors and shortwave light to capture up to one million 3D points per second. Optical high-frequency contrast analysis is used to more accurately calculate the scan data, and the Primescan can scan depths up to 20 millimeters to capture detailed digital models of deep preparations or subgingival areas.
Henry Schein ONE OmniCore
Offered by TechCentral, OmniCore is an all-in-one network infrastructure solution that provides complete networking and storage services for larger practices. Through this “hardware as a service” IT solution, customers can pay a monthly fee for TechCentral to provide all of the hardware and services needed to run a network infrastructure. The team automatically maintains, updates and replaces components as they become out-of-date.
DEXIS Titanium by KaVo
DEXIS Titanium by KaVo is designed to provide new levels of image quality, durability and ease of use. The integrated sensor components reduce noise and produce detailed diagnostic images, even at low radiation doses. SMART features make using the sensor more convenient, with gesture recognition that allows the sensor to track movements to initiate imaging protocols. A light on the sensor indicates if it is properly connected, and it automatically turns off if there is a problem, protecting patients from unnecessary radiation exposure. The sensor features a termo-plastic resin casing to stand up to daily use and sterilization.
SleepArchiTx Turnkey Sleep Solution
SleepArchiTx offers a comprehensive, turnkey solution for general dentists and specialists who want to integrate sleep services into their practices, according to the company website. This includes the expertise of board-certified sleep physicians, experienced sleep diagnosticians and treatment planners, orthodontists, general practitioners, a portfolio of advanced sleep appliances and extensive billing services. The solution gets dentists started in dental sleep medicine and supports practices as they grow.
LED Apteryx XVWeb + 3D Module
XVWeb 3D allows for cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and stereolithography (STL) datasets to be accessed, viewed, and shared securely via any compatible web browser in real time. The dental imaging software platform uses Microsoft Azure cloud technology to deliver clinical image storage, optimization and analysis as a subscription service.
Patient Prism call tracker software monitors and manages the way dental teams handle inbound phone calls. The company also provides training to improve staff performance. The software uses patent-pending call visualization technology, known as CallViz, so dentists don’t have to listen to individual calls. The software alerts offices within 1 hour of a failure to convert a new-patient call into a booked appointment.
2 Time BOC Winner
Garrison Dental Solutions Composi-Tight 3D Fusion Sectional Matrix System
Composi-Tight 3D Fusion rings produce optimal tooth separation for tight contacts, according to the company website.
The green Wide Prep ring hugs and supports the matrix band without dimpling it, making it possible to restore challenging wide preparations in one step. The Soft-Face™ silicone tips hug matrix bands to the tooth, which virtually eliminates flash and saves clinicians time. All three rings feature Ultra-Grip retention to anchor them to the teeth. Rings will stay in place on the distal of the canine, on a malpositioned tooth, or on top of a rubber dam clamp.
The advanced design and materials allow the separator rings to open easily while also providing more separating force. The Tru-Stack™ design allows for convenient MOD/multi-tooth restorations.
3 Time BOC Winners
The EyeZoom is the first dental loupe with adjustable magnification and offers 3x, 4x and 5x settings. The technology allows users to view the operating site from multiple perspectives with the magnification required for the case.
Ultradent Gemini 810 + 980
The Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser’s dual-wavelength technology combines the optimal melanin absorption of an 810 nanometer wavelength diode laser with the optimal water absorption of a 980 nanometer wavelength diode laser, according to the company website. The powerful laser features 20 watts of power, which means faster, smoother cutting with less tissue tagging. It also has a sleek design and a simple user interface with 19 present procedures. The Bluetooth foot pedal allows for wireless control while the autoclavable handpiece makes sterilization simple.
The Tornado handpiece is designed to make dental procedures more efficient and can deliver up to 30 watts of power for precise and rapid cutting. The Accu-Spray Quattro Mix™ spray system and the Accu-Chuck PreciPlus™ vibration-canceling bur-retention mechanism work together to reduce handpiece noise. Custom designed ceramic bearings provide durability and further noise reduction, while the bur locking system eliminates vibrations.
4 Time BOC Winners
MMG Fusion ChairFill
MMG ChairFill software uses artificial intelligence to track available chair time and mines records to locate patients who need the most profitable procedures, and then contacts them to fill open slots. The system also works to attract patients to fill last-minute cancellations. Not only that, it can automatically run and track marketing campaigns to provide reports on marketing effectiveness and ROI. It also can help manage a practice’s reputation by increasing the number of positive patient reviews.
WEO Media provides customized marketing plans that include website development, online marketing activities, or direct-to-consumer marketing. Websites are designed to be responsive, with integrated SEO. Online marketing efforts include pay-per-click, social media and online patient review efforts. Video production and graphic design services also are available.
5 Time BOC Winner
The EyeSpecial C-III digital dental camera is designed exclusively for dentistry. It is well suited for intraoral photography, dental and orthodontic case presentations, and to capture images at the bench in the laboratory. The camera offers 12 megapixels of resolution, intuitive one-touch operations, a lightweight, sleek body design and a large LCD touchscreen. Images can be instantly transferred and uploaded onto a computer, tablet or smartphone.
6 Time BOC Winners
DDS Rescue is designed to duplicate programs and data. If a practice ever experiences an issue, such as server failure, theft or a natural disaster, it can be back up in as little as 10 minutes through a failover server, or have the ability to view patient information online if necessary.
Bien-Air iOptima INT
The iOptima INT is a space-saving electric handpiece system that is easily integrated into a delivery system. It can manage restorative dentistry, endodontics, implant treatments, and control piezo scalers from a tablet. The control is compatible with MX2 motors for restorative and endodontic dentistry and MX-i micromotors for implant and oral surgery cases. The iOptima app controls the handpieces and motors from the tablet, allowing users to follow preset protocols or save custom programs. It can be controlled from the Apple iPad or iPod Touch.
Ultradent VALO Grand
The VALO Grand curing light features a 12 mm lens that is designed to provide even curing across the entire surface of a typical 10 mm tooth. The power buttons are located on the underside of the light to make it easy to switch between the three curing modes. With a custom multiwavelength LED light, the VALO Grand is capable of polymerizing all light-cured materials and can penetrate ceramics to cure beneath a restoration. The durable, lightweight light is built from solid aluminum.
7 Time BOC Winner
3Shape TRIOS 4
The TRIOS 4 intraoral scanner features built-in fluorescent technology that enables dental professionals to detect surface caries early without the need for another scanning device.
The scanner will soon come with a dedicated transillumination smart tip designed to help identify possible interproximal caries that are undetectable to the eye, and to do so without emitting radiation. This is the first launch within the company’s new ‘Smart Tip’ platform.
TRIOS 4 also comes with TRIOS Patient Monitoring. The software enables doctors to compare scans and track changes in teeth over time. Along with these enhancements, TRIOS 4 provides the same wireless ergonomics professionals had with TRIOS 3, with no increase to the unit’s size or weight.
You can learn more about all these products at the ADA meeting in San Franciso.