Saturday, March 30, 2013

OSHA Boot Camp Webinar

 Dental professionals pave the way to health and safety in all aspects of dentistry, especially for our patients and the practice’s reputation. Is your product efficient & effective?
FIRST EVER Hands-­‐on Webinar: You will have some gathering of supplies per post registration instructions.
  • Understand your choice of disinfectants
  • Critique pathogen claims
  • Discover kill time – killing what?
  • Investigate your disinfectant – could it be hurting
    your health?
  • Discover product choices available
    After registering, you will be instructed what to bring to the program. See you there.
    You will earn one (1) CE for active participation, 3 Polls and completed evaluation.
    Thursday April 4, 2013
    6:00 PM PST/ 6:00 PM MST /8:00PM CST/9:00 PM EST
    Webinar will last one hour. Fee – FREE
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Join Me At The Eco-Dental Conference

Join me in beautiful Sundance Utah on May 3-4 for a great conference with some incredible presenters. 

Gary Takacs
Howard Farran, 
Mary Govoni, 
Paul Feuerstein, 
John Flucke,
Bill Roth
James Kuester 
Kevin Henry 
 Mark Abramson,
Start Your Day the Yoga Way at the Green Dentistry Conference!
Eco-Dentistry Member Dr. David Hennington will be leading morning yoga specially designed to address physical/mental/emotional issues that are commonly seen with dental personnel (and their partners). Read more on the EDA Blog!
Register now for the Green Dentistry Conference and receive ONE YEAR of FREE MEMBERSHIP ($468 value). Only 50 spaces left, so register today! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Actresses Without Teeth

Here are is a great use of Photoshop many folks who could use dentures, pictures of

Actresses Without Teeth

click on the link to view the pictures

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fluoride in Drinking Water Cuts Tooth Decay in Adults

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia, has produced the strongest evidence yet that fluoride in drinking water provides dental health benefits to adults, even those who had not received fluoridated drinking water as children.

In the first population-level study of its kind, the study shows that fluoridated drinking water prevents tooth decay for all adults regardless of age, and whether or not they consumed fluoridated water during childhood.

Led by UNC School of Dentistry faculty member Gary Slade, the study adds a new dimension to evidence regarding dental health benefits of fluoridation.

"It was once thought that fluoridated drinking water only benefited children who consumed it from birth," explained Slade, who is John W. Stamm Distinguished Professor and director of the oral epidemiology Ph.D. program at UNC. "Now we show that fluoridated water reduces tooth decay in adults, even if they start drinking it after childhood. In public health terms, it means that more people benefit from water fluoridation than previously thought."

The researchers analyzed national survey data from 3,779 adults aged 15 and older selected at random from the Australian population between 2004 and 2006. Survey examiners measured levels of decay and study participants reported where they lived since 1964. The residential histories of study participants were matched to information about fluoride levels in community water supplies. The researchers then determined the percentage of each participant's lifetime in which the public water supply was fluoridated.

The results, published online in the Journal of Dental Research, show that adults who spent more than 75 percent of their lifetime living in fluoridated communities had significantly less tooth decay (up to 30 percent less) when compared to adults who had lived less that 25 percent of their lifetime in such communities.

"At this time, when several Australian cities are considering fluoridation, we should point out that the evidence is stacked in favor of long-term exposure to fluoride in drinking water," said Kaye Roberts-Thomson, a co-author of the study. "It really does have a significant dental health benefit."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chewing efficiency and electromyographic activity of masseter muscle with three designs of implant-supported mandibular overdentures. A cross-over study

ANN ARBOR—A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from fillings, according to University of Michigan researchers. Elsyad MA, Hegazy SAF, Hammouda NI, Al-Tonbary GY, Habib AA. Chewing efficiency and electromyographic activity of masseter muscle with three designs of implant-supported mandibular overdentures. A cross-over study. Clin. Oral Impl. Res. 00, 2013; 17.



The aim of this study was to compare the effect of three designs for implant-supported mandibular overdenture on the chewing efficiency and electromyographic (EMG) activity of masseter muscles.

Material and methods

Eighteen edentulous patients received new maxillary and mandibular dentures (control, CD) before implant placement. After using the dentures for 3 months, patients were randomly divided into six blocks (three patients/block) and received four implants in canine and first molar areas of the mandible. Following osseointegration period, new duplicate mandibular overdentures were successively connected to the implants with: (i) ball attachment on two implants (2BOD), (ii) bar attachment on two implants (2ROD), and (iii) bar attachments on four implants (4ROD) in a random order. Chewing efficiency was measured using chewing gum, and EMG was recorded during clenching (with or without food). Evaluations were made 3 months after using each of the following prostheses: CD, 2BOD, 2ROD, and 4ROD.


All implant-supported overdentures showed a significant increase in chewing efficiency and EMG values when compared to CD. These values increased significantly with 4ROD when compared to 2BOD or 2ROD prostheses. There was no significant difference in chewing efficiency and EMG between 2BOD and 2ROD prostheses.


Four-implant-supported overdentures seem to present a functional advantage vs. two-implant-supported overdentures, independent of the chosen attachment system.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Measuring mercury: common test may overestimate exposure from dental amalgam fillings

ANN ARBOR—A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from fillings, according to University of Michigan researchers. Scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings slowly release mercury vapor into the mouth. But both the amount of mercury released and the question of whether this exposure presents a significant health risk remain controversial.
Public health studies often make the assumption that mercury in urine (which is composed mostly of inorganic mercury) can be used to estimate exposure to mercury vapor from amalgam fillings. These same studies often use mercury in hair (which is composed mostly of organic mercury) to estimate exposure to organic mercury from a person's diet.
But a U-M study that measured mercury isotopes in the hair and urine from 12 Michigan dentists found that their urine contained a mix of mercury from two sources: the consumption of fish containing organic mercury and inorganic mercury vapor from the dentists' own amalgam fillings.
Laura Sherman"These results challenge the common assumption that mercury in urine is entirely derived from inhaled mercury vapor," said Laura Sherman, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and lead author of a paper in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. A final version of the paper was published online March 20.
"These data suggest that in populations that eat fish but lack occupational exposure to mercury vapor, mercury concentrations in urine may overestimate exposure to mercury vapor from dental amalgams. This is an important consideration for studies seeking to determine the health risks of mercury vapor inhalation from dental amalgams," said U-M biogeochemist Joel D. Blum, a co-author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
The study by Sherman, Blum and their colleagues demonstrates that mercury isotopes can be used to more accurately assess human exposure to the metal—and the related health risks—than traditional measurements of mercury concentrations in hair and urine samples. Specifically, isotopes provide a novel chemical tracer that can be used to "fingerprint" both organic mercury from fish and inorganic mercury vapor from dental amalgams.
Mercury is a naturally occurring element, but more than 2,000 tons are emitted into the atmosphere each year from human-generated sources such as coal-fired power plants, small-scale gold-mining operations, metals and cement production, incineration and caustic soda production.
This mercury is deposited onto land and into water, where micro-organisms convert some of it to methylmercury, a highly toxic organic form that builds up in fish and the animals that eat them, including humans. Effects on humans include damage to the central nervous system, heart and immune system. The developing brains of fetuses and young children are especially vulnerable.
Joel BlumInorganic mercury can also cause central nervous system and kidney damage. Exposure to inorganic mercury occurs primarily through the inhalation of elemental mercury vapor. Industrial workers and gold miners can be at risk, as well as dentists who install mercury amalgam fillings—though dentists have increasingly switched to resin-based composite fillings and restorations in recent years.
About 80 percent of inhaled mercury vapor is absorbed into the bloodstream in the lungs and transported to the kidneys, where it is excreted in urine. Because the mercury found in urine is almost entirely inorganic, total mercury concentrations in urine are commonly used as an indicator, or biomarker, for exposure to inorganic mercury from dental amalgams.
But the study by Sherman, Blum and their colleagues suggests that urine contains a mix of inorganic mercury from dental amalgams and methylmercury from fish that undergoes a type of chemical breakdown in the body called demethylation. The demethylated mercury from fish contributes significantly to the amount of inorganic mercury in the urine.
The U-M scientists relied on a natural phenomenon called isotopic fractionation to distinguish between the two types of mercury. All atoms of a particular element contain the same number of protons in their nuclei. However, a given element can have various forms, known as isotopes, each with a different number of neutrons in it nucleus.
Mercury has seven stable (nonradioactive) isotopes. During isotopic fractionation, different mercury isotopes react to form new compounds at slightly different rates. The U-M researchers relied on a type of isotopic fractionation called mass-independent fractionation to obtain the chemical fingerprints that enabled them to distinguish between exposure to methylmercury from fish and mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings.
In addition to Sherman and Blum, co-authors of the Environmental Science & Technology paper are Alfred Franzblau and Niladri Basu of the U-M School of Public Health. Funding was provided by the John D. MacArthur Professorship to Blum and by a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health training grant and a Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Grant to Basu.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 Launches Launches to Help Dentists Evaluate, Purchase, and Implement New Generation Dental Software, and  Electronic Records Systems

New Website is an Objective, Online Educational Resource

Issaquah, WA – March 21th, 2013 – was recently launched as the dental industry's first objective online resource dedicated to new generation dental software solutions including electronic dental records (EDR) and electronic health records (EHR). A quick site tour is available via an introductory video.

The architect of the site is Mike Uretz, a 30 year healthcare software veteran who for the past decade, specialized in helping individual practices, multi-clinic groups, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and hospitals successfully evaluate software, structure contracts, manage vendor issues, and implement solutions. A nationally-known healthcare software speaker and educator, Uretz also serves as's Executive Director.

Why is Uretz focusing on helping the dental industry?  “Next generation dental software is becoming become much more sophisticated and complex with the explosive growth of new technologies and capabilities,” explains Uretz. “I saw a need for an objective online resource to help dentists navigate through this confusing maze of information, and provide guidance and recommendation in the selection, purchase and implementation of these technologies.”

Whether a dentist chooses to upgrade to newer generation software offerings from their present vendor or decides to purchase software from an alternative vendor, can be a valuable resource.

At the core of, is its “Knowledge Base Engine,” a robust search tool that enables site visitors to search relevant case studies, articles, and surveys published about dental software and electronic health records.

The Knowledge Base is unique because it is searchable by categories and filters out the irrelevant results that often turn up in a typical Google search. It also provides article abstracts and “lessons learned” summaries. “Dental professionals can gain a wealth of useful information without wasting their valuable time,” says Uretz.

Other unique features of are the following:

·      Selection, Purchase, and Implementation Checklists- Based on over a decade of use with practices, these checklists give a roadmap, including recommendations, of detailed steps necessary for successful software selection, contract review, product implementation and vendor management

·      What's the Buzz –Industry news and commentary regarding software-related topics, trends, and issues.

·       Insider Tip of the Week – This where industry experts share their experience and insight on how dentists can avoid making mistakes when selecting, purchasing and implementing their software solutions.

·       Meaningful Use Watch – Your source for the most current and relevant information on this misunderstood EHR federal incentive program, including information for dentists on how to take advantage of the reimbursement dollars available .

·       Grants & Funding – Real time access to a national database of grants and funding opportunities, including information on who to contact, timelines, and how to obtain the funds.

·       Press Room – Online archive of published articles and columns.

·       Vendor Hub – A resource for anyone seeking dental software and IT services. This section includes product overviews, case studies, videos, quick links to compare offerings and much more.

Uretz adds that it's time for the dental industry to pay full attention to the advent of new generation software technologies, including more sophisticated clinical and electronic records systems. The recognition of the need for practice efficiencies, the oral systemic connection, the introduction of diagnostic coding models, and the need to share information more efficiently between general practitioner and specialist are driving these newer software models  “It's on the horizon, approaching rapidly, and it's in the best interest of all dental professionals to become educated and prepared to ensure a successful implementation.”                                                
The dental industry is currently where the medical industry was ten years ago in the adoption of new practice management and clinical software technologies. During the past decade, there were best practices established, and many lessons learned.  According  to Uretz. “Dentistry can avoid many of the pitfalls experienced by medical practices. Dentists actually have an advantage.”


Designed to be an objective online resource free of vendor bias, can assist dental professionals in the process of new generation dental software, electronic dental records, and electronic health records selection, acquisition, implementation, and operation . For more information, please view the introductory video. The site is the vision of Mike Uretz, a 30-year IT veteran and nationally-recognized expert in healthcare software and electronic health records who frequently writes and lectures on the topic. Contact Mike to speak at your event or meeting, at or 425-434-7102.

Friday, March 22, 2013

IDS Day 4 and 5 The Rest of the Story

Day Four of the 2013 International Dental Show (IDS):

I came across some interesting products in the Planmeca booth, including a cone-beam CT scanner that is a medical unit that can also be used in dentistry. It is a fully adjustable sit-down unit that carries a pretty hefty price tag: 250,000 euros. I liked the cool green pod!

Planmeca is also releasing its own combination intraoral scanner and software and milling machines. No word on when this unit will be available in the U.S., but it does use open architecture so you can build your way up from a chairside scanner to in-office milling. The scanner seemed a little large but did have a nice feel.

PlanScan from Planmeca 

I also saw the MIA3d, a scanner from Densys3D, an Israeli company that is hoping to enter the U.S. market later in the year. They will be upgrading to color images.
MIA3d from Densys3D
Other highlights included several low-power, noncutting diode lasers for disinfecting periodontal pockets and endodontic canals. One example is the Helbo from Bredent. A blue dye is injected into the pocket or canal, and the diseased tissue absorbs the dye, making the cells more susceptible to destruction from the laser energy.
Helbo from Bredent
I also came across a couple of interesting dental chairs, including a high-end chair from Chirana that was selling for only 30,000 euros ($39,000). These chairs are not available in the US but the company is looking for a US distributor.
Dental chair from Chirana
There was also a company selling implant component clones starting at 39 euros ($51). was displaying copies of most of the well-known brands, but it has no U.S. distribution at this time. I thought they were selling implant clones also but they do have their own branded implants. offers low-cost implant clones
Not all products are high tech! A low-tech product was these plastic flexible bur blocks from BurButler, an Irish company. The bur blocks were developed by Dr. Paul Moore for his own use, and you order them direct from his website, Look for U.S. distribution coming soon -- likely in the next month.

At the end of the day, I stopped for a quick snack at the Cologne train station before


heading back to the hotel to change for the Strictly Dental Party, the final get-together for everyone working and attending the IDS.

The party is held in an old factory that is now a nightclub, and it's a fun night filled with all you can eat and drink, plus bands and a disco. It gives everyone a chance to wind down after a long week and have fun with 2,500 of their closet dental friends. There was even an ambulance parked out side just in case. I had a wonderful time and got in late good thing the next day I had no early meetings and decided to sleep a little later.

Day 5 at IDS It's time to put a fork in it.

Well I did get onto the convention floor a little later then normal thanks to a wonderful time at the Strictly Dental Party the night before. I headed right for the Chinese Pavilion.  On the last day no one wants to ship any equipment back so there are many deals to be had on lots of differnt products.
If you have ever seen all the different Chinese dental products on eBay then this section of IDS is for you.You can have fun and wheel and deal to your hearts content.

My buddy Dr. Dale Miles is an oral radiologist who has written many books on radiography and cone-beam CT technology, and now he has developed a software product called Easy Writer. After you do a cone-beam CT scan, you are legally responsible for interpreting any pathologies in the scan, whether it involves your treatment plan or not. The Easy Writer walks you step by step through the interpretation of your cone-beam CT scans. Through words and pictures, you can efficiently generate a very detailed report for your dental records. The software seems easy to use and can help you become more proficient in reading CT Scans. There are great images to show you exactly what you maybe seeing along with recommendations on flow up and referral. Remember if you don't know what it is... REFER!

AdDent has released an updated version of its popular shade matching light. The new Rite Light 2 has multiple lighting scenarios, including daylight, incandescent, and mixed lighting. This allows you to more accurately judge shades using multiple lighting conditions. 

Another interesting device was the Impla Sonic (KMG), an ultrasound machine that claims to promote osteoblastic activity and alveolar bone growth after implant placement. I have no idea if this works, but it was interesting concept.

Impla Sonic

Now for the the most interesting thing I saw at IDS: DigitalPrep from B&D Dental Technologies. This is a concept whereby you take a preoperative impression of a tooth or teeth either with a polyvinylsiloxane (PVS) impression or scanner. The file of the preoperative tooth is then virtually prepared. A model of the virtually prepared tooth is then printed via stereolithography, and a cut-down jig is produced so that you can then accurately prepare the tooth. From the virtually prepared tooth, a crown can be fabricated at the same time. So, in effect, you can now deliver a final crown at the preparation appointment in less than 30 minutes in many cases. Currently, there are some limitations, but you can do a single tooth or up to a four-unit bridge.

 Half way through Saturday the decison was made to cut out early and go relax so off to the therm we went. The Therm is an adult water park and spa. So relaxing before heading home then next day is a great idea before a 9 hour plane ride.
I stopped back to see thre Dom Cathedral at night

 So up early and a bid farewell to Cologne Germany. I took the train back to Frankfurt airport and it was snowing again.

  I hoped for an on time departure and a quick flight back to the US. It all worked out and I was back in NJ for dinner. So consider coming to a future IDS

March 10 - 14, 2015
March 21 - 25, 2017

You won't be disappointed but remember to make your hotel reservations a year in advance.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

IDS Days 3- IDS Is In Full Swing!

Day 3 IDS 2013

The sun was shining today as I got to the convention.

Philips, which announced updates to the AirFloss and the Flexcare. AirFloss now has a self-firing function to speed up your flossing. Unfortunately, this new AirFloss will not be available in the U.S. for some time, according to the company. The new FlexCare Platinum has three levels of intensity and three modes.

Acteon has some interesting new products: the ultrasonic scalers the Newtron P5 and P5XS. The flagship P5XS can deliver medicants for periodontal treatment and also disclosing solution to aid in finding plaque and removing it while scaling. There is also iPad control if desired. Both units have an LED light in the tip, which can be white or blue, to help identify plaque.

Acteon's X-Mind unit is an x-ray head that can integrate with a Sopix sensor. The sensor plugs into the x-ray unit and automatically shuts off the x-ray generator when the proper amount of radiation is received. This reduces x-ray exposure to the patient.

Acteon has released a new intra oral camera, the Soprocare. This camera is a intra-oral camera, does caries detection and can also observe plaque and gingival inflammation. This new unit is currently in my office and I will be posting about it.

EMS has launched new Air-Flow powders for the Air-Flow Handy 3.0 air polisher. There are 2 models one that is just for supraginigval polishing and another that can do both supra and sub gingival root polishing.These different powders can be used both supra- and subgingivally.  Talk to your hygienist about this as it may make her job much easier.

3M ESPE has a new impression material, Imprint 4. It is a fast-setting, self-warming A-silicone material capable of setting in 1:15. It gives off a slight warmth and has a mint flavor. The material did not get hot and not sure what the real benefit of the warming is and why it is needed to make the material set faster. The mint flavor was a plus.

Lythos orthodontic scanner from KaVo
Kavo was showing Lythos an orthodontic scanner that would allow you to take digital orthodontic models. Clear aligners can be constructed from the models along with trays for bracket placement and cementation. Not sure if this will mean a digital prosthetic scanner may not be far behind?

Sirona was launching 25 new products at IDS. Most in the the digital dentistry catagory. The new products include  lab and chairside milling machines, plus a lab impression scanner and more aesthetic milling blocks for use in the Cerec milling machine.

Sirona is also offering a very interesting combination of cone-beam CT (CBCT) images: Cerec scanning and facebow mounting along with soft-tissue imaging to enhance complex treatments involving temporomandibular joint disorder therapy and changing occlusion. The images can all be combined so that final results can be accessed and splints can be made to determine patient acceptability prior to doing the definitive restoration.

Another interesting use of CBCT is for sleep apnea analysis. You can view airway volumes and segmentation. After appropriate jaw repositioning has been determined, an oral appliance can be ordered from the digital information. I had my face scanned with this Sirona system. You can now manipulate soft tissue by combining the facial scan along with CBVT and Cerec scans. From this facial scan a 3-D model of my face was printed by 3-D Systems.

There were many laboratory companies showing there 3-D printing capabilities. You may not know that much of the metal work that is currently being done by your lab is all being done digitally.

 I found a booth that had a  tiki bar and
I ended the day listening to music in the Brazilian pavilion.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

IDS 2013 In More Detail Day 1 and 2

I had the pleasure of attending the International Dental Show 2013. The worlds largest dental event held every other year in Cologne Germany. This year over 125,000 visitors came through the turnstiles from 56 countries.  This is a dental trade show. There is no continuing education classes per se although there are demonstrations and education in the vendors booths.

IDS started foe me in the Newark Liberty International airport as I met with a representative from Capek to learn more about the new digital Captek (Argen) restorations  The Captek coping is fabricated from a scanned model, giving excellent accuracy when full ceramic restorations may not be indicated. I have done a full mouth reconstruction using digital Captek restorations including an implant and I must say that I was happy with the outcome and the patient was ecstatic.

I flew from Newark NJ to Frankfort Germany. After only 2.5 hours sleep I disembarked from the plane only to be met by snow. I walked down the stairs of the plane onto the snowy tarmac and was wisked away by bus to the terminal.

I met up with my lecture partner Dr. Paul Feuerstein and then we took a train to Cologne. It is supposed to be a high speed train and only take 1 hour. Due to the weather the train was almost an hour late and we stood shivering on the train platform until it's arrival. The trip took almost two hours. wed checked into the hotel and then had to get some translation assistance to purchase local train transportation tickets so that we could go the one stop from downtown Cologne to the Kolenmesse where the IDS is held.

Ultimately we made it to the convention floor around 4pm that afternoon about 2 hours later then planned.

One of the first booths I visited was the Bien Air booth. They make excellent electric handpieces that I use daily in my office. I appreciate the quality and innovation. Previously the were using an iPad to control their iChiroPro motors but are now expanding the iPad controllers to integrating with the 3 Shape Intra Oral Scanner ( more to come on this)

and using an iPod touch to control the electric handpiece motor. 

I walked around and for a bit and saw some other items including an intra oral microscope camera and an ozone machine. Then it was off to some company party's. The Kettenbach Party was held at the Koln Sky which gave beautiful views on downtown Cologne and the Dom Cathedral. It was now time to head back to the hotel and get Day some much needed rest.

Day 2 started with more snow and a quick train ride to the convention site.
It was quite evident that this meeting was all about digital dentistry and scanners both intra oral for the dental office and impression and model scanners for the dental laboratory.

Carestream is releasing both an intraoral scanner (the CS 3500) and a milling machine (the CS 3000). The CS 3500 The unit has a small handpiece

and is able to scan impressions if you own a Carestream cone-beam CT system. You place the impression into a special jig and you basically take a conebeam image of the impression. 


The scanner produces color images and will have the usual software checks in place to ensure that there is adequate clearance and no undercuts before sending the open architecture STL file for milling.
The unit is currently in development and should be ready for the US market later this year.

I saw two new phosphor plate scanners: Air Techniques has released a new phosphor plate ScanX scanner that processes single plates quickly, Here is a photo of the new ScanX in my office.

and Soredex has an updated version of its Optime phosphor plate scanner. My office continues to use the original Optime scanner on a daily basis.

Orange Dental is a large equipment company based in Germany that will be entering the U.S. later this year with a digital x-ray sensor that is compatible with Windows and Macs. Orange also has an intraoral disinfection device that can be used in periodontal pockets and during endodontic procedures.

But the most interesting product from Orange Dental is a digital periodontal probe that makes charting your patients' periodontal condition simple. I saw this probe at IDS 2 years ago and was intrigued. With this periodontal  probe, all the vital information such as pocket depth, recession, and bleeding points can be easily recorded and then directly saved by placing the handpiece back into the USB-connected docking station.

Then the patient's periodontal information is directly uploaded into the software. Currently they are using there own periodontal charting software but look for integration with the popular practice management software programs in the US.
This perio probe will make periodontal record keeping much easier and your hygienist happier as no one will need to come help her record the perio charting.

Digital periodontal probe

Edelweiss Dental was releasing a new high end composite that will be great for direct veneers and demanding cosmetic cases called Inspiro. It handles a little stiff but that makes it great for sculpting. The composite does not stick to the instrument. If you want to have the composite flow a little easier they showed me a composite placement instrument that vibrates. Kerr's  Compothixo -- which is not available in the U.S. -- is powered by a AAA battery and energizes the composite to decrease the viscosity of the composite. Various tips are available for use in carving and sculpting composites.

So that was all from the first 2 days at IDS 2013. 

Look for further information on Days 3-5 at IDS in the next few days on the blog.