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3M ESPE Lava� all-ceramic system

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The Lava™ all-ceramic system from 3M ESPE is an innovative CAD/CAM technology for all-ceramic crowns and bridges, producing high-strength, reliable restorations with excellent aesthetics and an outstanding marginal fit. At the heart of the Lava all-ceramic system is a framework that consists of zirconia supplemented by a custom veneering ceramic. To develop this framework, the system employs three steps: scanning, computer-aided framework design, and milling of pre-sintered zirconia blanks — the size of which has been digitally calculated and increased to compensate for shrinkage during sintering in a special high-temperature furnace. Available in eight shades of zirconia framework for a truly natural tooth appearance, the Lava all-ceramic system provides one of the most durable all-ceramic restorations available today.

For more information, call 3M ESPE at (800) 216-9502 or visit www.3MESPE.com/labproducts.

Ivoclar Vivadent introduces Odyssey® diode laser

Ivoclar Vivadent introduces the Odyssey® diode laser, the most user-friendly, compact, portable, and affordable soft-tissue laser for dentistry to date.

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Featuring a laser wavelength of 810+/-20 nm, the Odyssey provides convenient settings for crown lengthening, gingivectomy, gingivoplasty, operculectomy, frenectomy, excision and biopsy, tissue retraction, and treatment of soft tissue conditions such as aphthous ulcers and gingival hyperplasia. Additionally, preventive indications for hygiene and periodontal care can be enhanced by the laser. Bacterial decontamination and debridement of diseased tissue can also be administered quickly and efficiently using the laser.

Featuring the first-ever retractable fiber optic system and a simplified control panel, the Odyssey is an economical, quality-made laser that meets aesthetic and restorative demands.

For more information, visit www.GetOdysseyLaser.com.

New KaVo small-head electric high-speed

KaVo America introduces the new 25LPA electric-driven, high-speed attachment for E-style electric motors such as the brushless KaVo ELECTROtorque plus.

The 25LPA features the smallest head in the industry and new angulations for better access in the molar region. It is the only small-head attachment with triple spray for efficient and safe cooling of the preparation and bur.

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Maximum speed on electric motors is 200,000 rpm. KaVo's unique triple-gear system distributes the load better than conventional double gears, resulting in less wear and longer life.

The 25LPA has a new surface coating for improved grip and tactile feedback. In addition, it has a built-in, replaceable microfilter for improved and consistent spray quality. KaVo's proven cellular optic glass rod withstands thousands of sterilization cycles without light degradation, and is backed with a five-year warranty.

For more information, call (800) 323-8029 or visit www.kavousa.com.

Microtip� offers improved diagnostic accuracy

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AdDent introduces the new Microlux Microtip™. The Microtip is now available for improved diagnostic accuracy of transillumination of posterior caries. The Microtip has a very small output diameter of only 2 mm, and acts as a point source providing increased image resolution on the occlusal surface. The new Microtip is available in addition to the 3 mm standard light guide.

For more information, contact your local dental dealer or AdDent, Inc. at mail@addent.com, or call (203) 778-0200.

ADSTRA introduces "Auto Take" option

ADSTRA Imaging™, a unique software solution for dental-image management, launches version 3.7 that includes an auto-take mode for capturing X-rays with Planmeca sensors in user-defined series. ADSTRA Imaging is fully integrated with all Planmeca digital intraoral, panoramic, and cephalometric X-ray devices (Dixi, Dixi®2, Dimax, Proline, and ProMax).

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ADSTRA Imaging provides the practitioner with the ability to capture, manipulate, and store images from various digital devices including Air Techniques, Dentsply Gendex, Planmeca, Schick, Sirona, and Soredex, any intraoral or digital camera, and flat-bed scanners. The direct integration of these devices eliminates the need for any bridges with manufacturer software, giving dental offices real flexibility and choices in using the digital devices that are best for them. A unique indexing technique permits the user to quickly create presentation for patients using images of "before" and "after" treatment.

American Dental Cooperative (ADC) is the exclusive United States distributor for ADSTRA SYSTEMS, the developer of a complete suite of dental software — ADSTRA Imaging™, ADSTRA Charting™, and Practice Made Perfect®, a comprehensive practice-management system. Practice Made Perfect also offers practice-specialty modules.

For more information, please call ADC at (800) 929-4232 or visit www.adstra.com.

Smile Channel DVD 2004 releases in December

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CAESY Education Systems, Inc., announces the release of Smile Channel DVD 2004 this December. The reception area patient-education program includes more than 50 presentations that play on a 90-minute loop, covering aesthetic dentistry, new technologies, general interest, and preventive dental care for children.

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Smile Channel DVD 2004 features seven new presentations, including presentations on sensitive teeth, failing amalgams, and HIPAA; two aesthetic dentistry presentations; and two Smile Power presentations, "Confidence is Contagious" and "Invest in Yourself." In addition to the new presentations, 12 of the existing modules have been updated with new images and 3-D animation. For more information, visit www.caesy.com, or call (800) 444-6035.

Vista-Blue� detects cracks and more!

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Vista Dental Products introduces Vista-Blue™, a water-soluble Methylene Blue solution used for the identification of cracks, calcified canals, root canal orifices, and carious dentin. The convenient unit-dose packaging of Vista-Blue provides an aseptic and efficient method for crack detection. To use, gently "twist-n-push" the gray micro applicator brush into the solution reservoir. Apply Vista-Blue to the tooth surface, wait 5 to 10 seconds, and rinse with water. Vista-Blue instantly reveals the most difficult-to-see cracks and canals without the mess and guesswork. One Vista-Blue package includes 30 unit-dose applicators. Introductory offer — Buy four, get one free.

Additional product information and samples are available through Vista Dental at (877) 418-4782 or through the use of the Reader Service Card.

Edge-Ease comfort cushions

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Invented by a dental hygienist, Edge-Ease X-ray comfort cushions can be applied to film packets and digital sensors to provide an extremely comfortable edge for radiographic procedures. They are simple to apply and adhere to the packet or sensor surface, eliminating any chance of accidental aspiration. Edge-Ease allow for easier film placement, protect soft tissue from film packet or sensor abrasion, increase patient comfort, and reduce the number of retakes. Since they eliminate discomfort, patients will bite harder on the film holder, which pushes the film more periapically — providing better diagnostic radiographs.

Edge-Ease is available in two sizes — Edge-Ease blue fits the long edge of size 2 film and digital sensors; Edge-Ease white fits the short edge of size 2 film and digital sensors. Edge-Ease is available through most major dental dealers. For a free sample, call (800) 648-9729.

Be prepared for emergencies with Criti-Kit

Prepare your office for a medical emergency with Banyan's all-new Criti-Kit. This comprehensive medical emergency kit is specifically designed for the dental office setting, and adheres to the same organizational standards as the original Banyan Stat Kit.

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Concerned about keeping your kit up to date? It's easy! Just sign up for the Criti-Kit Automatic Update Program and you will automatically receive an annual replacement of all items with expiration dates for a low annual fee. There's no better way to be prepared for a medical emergency.

The Banyan Criti-Kit, item CK100 is $245; Criti-Kit AutoUpdate is $70 annually. To order or for more information, call (800) 351-4530 or visit www.critikit.com.

Manual of Dental Implants

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The Manual of Dental Implants is designed to initiate dental students, general dentists, dental hygienists, and staff into the world of implant restorative dentistry and maintenance. While there is no substitute for clinical training, this manual seeks to address a broad range of issues. It is designed to be adaptable to any implant system and almost any clinical situation. The manual is usable at multiple levels of knowledge and training for which the reader can continue to benefit. A section of definitions is included along with an appendix which contains a multiple-choice quiz to test your comprehension of the material presented, along with a bibliography and resources available for those who are interested in obtaining more information.

For more information, call (800) 837-5394.

Non-snagging absorbent dental rolls

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Garrison Dental Solutions introduces all-new Dry Rolls™. Dry Rolls provide moisture control equivalent to traditional cotton rolls without the long fibers that can contaminate procedures and snag rotary instruments. Dry Rolls have a smooth, non-fibrous outer casing surrounding a cellulous core that eliminates bur snagging and prevents fibers from contaminating procedures. Doctors can now cut preps with the tissue retraction and moisture control benefits of a dental roll with confidence. Dry Rolls are specifically designed to replace cotton rolls in all of today's demanding dental procedures. Sealants, orthodontic bonding, cosmetic bonding, impressions, and crown seating all can benefit from the unique features of Dry Rolls.

For more information or to order, call (888) 437-0032 or visit www.garrisondental.com.

New CoreX — a light-cured buildup material

Temrex now offers CoreX for easily and quickly building up missing tooth structure for crown-and-bridge procedures.

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The specially formulated core buildup material has perfect consistency for easy application. It will not slump and is easy to mold, carve, and contour. CoreX, which has excellent biocompatibility, cures to a depth of 10 mm in 40 seconds. CoreX comes in a 4.5 g syringe or a box of 25 unidose corpules, each with .35 g of material.

For more information, call (800) 645-1226 or visit www.temrex.com.

Gonon master post extractor kit

Dent Corp.™ now offers an improved, stainless steel Gonon master post extractor in a kit, specially designed for removing whole or broken posts inside the root canal in three easy steps. The extractor may be used on posts made of steel, gold, and stainless steel.

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The new kit now combines a screw post remover. By using one of the four special counter-clockwise mandrels, screw post removal is easy and successful. The kit contains a Pointer drill, four trephine burs sized 1.15 mm to 1.60 mm ID, four tubular taps (RH), four CCW taps, set of washers, and pliers with screw knob.

To order or for more information, call your dental dealer, (800) 454-9244, or visit www.dentcorp.com.

"Give a Smile for the Holidays" program

Sullivan-Schein Dental has launched its new "Give a Smile for the Holidays" program as part of the company's efforts to support charitable organizations within the dental community.

"Give a Smile for the Holidays," featured in a new, 16-page holiday flyer, introduces personalized holiday cards for the first time to the Sullivan-Schein Dental customer base.

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At the same time, the company will contribute 10 percent of all holiday card revenue to select, dental-related charitable organizations, including the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH) and the ADA Foundation (ADAF). The NFDH supports 60 programs in 33 states, linking 10,000 volunteer dentists and 2,500 laboratories with individuals in need of dental care.

For more information on the "Give a Smile for the Holidays" program, call (800) 686-4200.

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