Sunday, February 24, 2008

What was cool at the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting

The Oral Health America Gala is a dinner attended by dental industry leaders and Oral Health America friends, the Gala & Benefit raises funds for school oral health services for children without routine access to dental care, and gives Oral Health America the opportunity to increase the visibility and public understanding of oral health. Please donate by going to the Oral Health America web page and Dentsply will match your donation.

Well I have returned from the annual trek to Chicago for the Mid-Winter meeting. The weather cooperated this year. No fear of impending snow or ice.

So what was cool?





The most interesting thing I saw was something that no dentist will use but your lab will.The SensAble Dental Lab System, the World’s first CAD/CAM solution based on 3D force feedback for designing digital restorations, including an integrated solution for scan, design, and output to 3D printing for the production of metal partial frameworks as well as crown and bridge substructures. The virtual wax up is then printed and a resin wax up is created. The wax up is then cast.

There is no way to describe the feeling of controlling the device. This device is truly innovative.

Kodak has launched there 9000 3D- This extraoral imaging system gives 2D panoramic imaging and 3D images. This imaging system can give quadrant 3D images with less radiation then a CBCT. The software is very simple to use. Go to the Kodak web site and watch the video.

3m was demonstrating the Lava 3D digital impression system. It looks like the cost will be $24k. See the previous blog entry on the Lava 3D. So digital impression systems are coming. It will be interesting to see how quickly they will be adopted.

Gendex has the lowest cost CBCT machine at $119k with the new GX-CB500 powered by iCat. This CBCT was creating a buzz because of the price. It looked to be a nice no frills CBCT. Learn more on the Gendex web site.

Lots of Diode Lasers are available and they are the fastest growing segment of dental lasers. The newest will be from Technology4Medicine and their new Fox Diode Laser.

DENTRIX is getting ready for a new major release, Dentrix G3. More information on G3 in an upcoming blog entry.



Aribex has a new smaller and lighter version of the Nomad handheld X-Ray System. I am a Nomad user and my staff really like using the Nomad more then the X-ray heads on the wall. I will be providing more information on the Nomad Pro in the future.




Lime Technologies
is selling their Ozone unit for dentistry. The unit is different from the Healzone but the unit is not FDA approved.

Look for enhancements to the Demand Force patient reminder software in the near future. Demandforce Dental is an online patient communication system that integrates seamlessly with your existing practice management software to send the reminder messages.

RF America/Video Dental
has released a USB Intra oral camera based on their popular wireless camera. I will be doing a full review when I get one in my hands.

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