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In-Depth Focus

March 1, 2008
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Sirona Dental Systems introduces CEREC® Connect

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CEREC Connect is the world’s first and only complete online dental communication platform that offers Web-based digital model transmission from the dental office directly to the lab. Bringing more than 20 years of Sirona’s CAD/CAM leadership, CEREC Connect is designed exclusively for CEREC and inLab users. It enables CEREC dentists to eliminate physical impressions by electronically transmitting a digitally scanned impression to the inLab laboratory of their choice.

While other digital impression-taking systems exist, Sirona now enables labs to fabricate digital restorations without the need for a conventional physical model. In the near future, Sirona plans to offer labs the ability to create a physical model from the CEREC digital impression. “Our plan is not to insist on model-less dentistry,” remarked Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM for Sirona. “As the sole provider of the model-less digital restoration process, the next step will be to offer laboratories both options, and let them decide on their own when they’re ready to transition to the digital method.” For more information, visit

Septodont introduces “N’Durance” new composite chemistry

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Septodont has introduced a truly innovative composite material unlike anything on the market for more than 30 years. N’Durance Composite utilizes Nano technology and proprietary Dimer Acid chemistry. “N’D” Conversion Technology has unique chemical qualities that create greater polymerization of the resin monomers while maintaining a low volumetric shrinkage. N’Durance composite demonstates how the right chemistry can make a noticeable difference in the look and function of composite restorations. Its micro-particle sized fillers enhance the physical properties in the area of strength, elasticity, and color reactivity.

With an unprecedented intraoral monomer conversion (final double bond conversion of 75 percent), no other material tested demonstrated such high conversion values. Contrary to traditional monomer conversion/shrinkage values, N’Durance maintains the high conversion rate while maintaining a low volumetric shrinkage. It is indicated in all classes of anterior and posterior direct restorations. For more information, call (800) 872-8305 or visit

Hemaseal & Cide is the top-rated desensitizer

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Hemaseal & Cide, by Advantage Dental, Inc., is the top-rated desensitizer as evaluated by the world’s leading independent non-profit evaluation group. It was also evaluated as the “best” antimicrobial. Recent studies suggest it is your best insurance to maintain long-term dentin bonds with self-etch and total etch systems. The action of 4% chlorhexidine with HEMA and water infuses or is drawn into the bond zone like no other product. No other product will rehydrate the bond zone better. As it combines with your adhesive of choice or cement, it will provide no-excuse excellence for you and your patient under all restorations.

A further benefit is its ability to allow you to treat extremely deep caries lesions, which previously might have been endo cases, with restorative procedures. Full details of all benefits, studies, evaluations, and testimony are available by request or online at A technique article of deep caries treatment is available online or by request at (800) 388-6319.

3M™ ESPE™ Pentamix™ 3 Mixing Unit

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3M ESPE announces the introduction of the state-of-the-art Pentamix™ 3 Automatic Mixing Unit, featuring faster speeds and a smaller footprint than any other automatic mixing and dispensing system in the industry. Boasting twice the speed of the Pentamix™ 2 Automatic Mixing Unit, the Pentamix 3 allows for longer usable working time to reduce stress for doctors and assistants, and consistently provides homogenous, void-free automatic mixing at the touch of a button.

Its new, sleek design and easy-to-use features ensure accurate dispensing of the materials and comfortable handling for users. New Penta™ cartridges feature product names, working times, and setting times printed on the cartridge lever for clear visibility when the device cover is closed, reducing the potential for error and waste. With a more compact, streamlined design, the Pentamix 3 mixing unit requires less valuable counter space than other automatic mixing units, and may be wall-mounted. For more information visit or call (800) 634-2249.

Comfort Plus Premium Saliva Ejector: A new direction in suction!

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Finally — a saliva ejector that does its job without locking on tissue and traumatizing patients! Crosstex launches its new Comfort Plus Saliva Ejector tip — the perfect design for delicate, soft, mucosal tissue. The sleekly designed tip keeps oral tissue from blocking the suction, and facilitates uninterrupted fluid removal. Your patients’ mouths will be comfortable during the appointment and after, and you will be more efficient.

Comfort Plus saliva ejector is perfectly bendable, yet firmly holds the shape you create. Your suction placement and fluid removal are manageable, predictable, atraumatic, and reliable, even under a rubber dam, out of your field of vision. Order through your favorite dental dealer. For more information, call (800) 223-2497 or visit

BISCO features “color on command” technology

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The D.T. LIGHT-POST ILLUSION from BISCO is the most advanced and esthetically pleasing post on the market. Its patented color-on-command technology makes it more appealing than ever. When the post is placed intraorally, the intrinsic color of the post disappears, allowing it to blend into the natural dentition. If retreatment or removal is ever required, the post will reappear on command by simply spraying cool water.

With flexural strength exceeding metal posts, its modulus of elasticity is similar to dentin. The low modulus reduces stress and eliminates root fractures. The post bonds to tooth structure and core build-up composite, while its design respects morphology and conserves tooth structure. Radiopaque and available in four sizes each with dual tapers, it accommodates many clinical situations. The posts come with a six-year limited warranty (U.S. only). To take advantage of an introductory offer, call BISCO at (800) 247-3368 or visit for more information.

Brasseler USA’s new preventive care product line

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Brasseler USA’s new hand instrument sterilization cassettes available in a variety of sizes offer supreme versatility and organization for your practice. Careful hand instrument processing ensures a long instrument life for maximum value. In addition to protecting instruments from breakage during processing, this innovative cassette line provides a perfect opportunity to organize instruments by procedure with optional color-code rings. In addition to the nine-count cassette (pictured), 10- and 16-count cassettes with side compartments for storage of accessories, odd-sized or ring-handled instruments are offered. There’s even a handpiece sterilization cassette with a silicone-mat insert to hold handpieces securely in place during sterilization. To order, call (800) 841-4522. To learn more, visit

DentalEZ® Group incorporates solid glass rod technology

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DentalEZ Group reintroduces the StarDental® 430 SWL® high-speed handpiece, now featuring new solid glass rod fiberoptic technology. The new fiberoptics provide considerably brighter light and longer durability, backed by a five-year warranty. Made with StarDental-patented ceramic ball bearing turbines, the newly designed 430 SWL possesses all the attributes of the classic 430 SWL handpiece. Its durable stainless steel construction and scalloped handle is designed to minimize debris build-up and enhance its balance and feel. Its small head, only 11 mm in diameter, greatly facilitates overall access and maneuverability. Its low noise level (dBA) reduces the possibility of auditory damage while reducing patient anxiety to provide a more pleasant patient experience. StarDental 430 Series handpieces may be autoclaved at 121° or 135°C to assure sterility. For more information, call (866) DTE-INFO and press “2” for DentalEZ customer service or logon to

E-Woo Picasso series is World’s No. 1 dental CT

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Designed specifically for radiology imaging centers and hospitals, Picasso Master offers the largest FOV of 20 cm x 19 cm to capture a three-dimensional image of the entire oral maxillofacial anatomy from a single scan in 360 degrees. A complete view of all facial structures including TMJ, airways, and sinuses provides a reliable diagnostic image to oral maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists for more accurate analysis of bone structure and tooth orientation. It is ideal for dental implant treatment planning. E-Woo’s Web site contains the complete Picasso dental CT model line and specifications. U.S FDA approval is pending. Call (888)-EWOOUSA or visit for more information.

DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties introduces new Endo Access Kit

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The Endo Access Kit provides an organized approach to successful endodontic access. Drs. Cliff Ruddle, John West, and Pierre Machtou designed the kit to assist the clinician in gaining proper access when performing root canal treatment and retreatment. The complete, organized set of eight rotary cutting instruments provides quality and precision for initiating, progressively expanding, and finishing the access preparations. These instruments enable the clinician to remove the whole pulp roof for access to all canals, obtain direct root canal access (without interference) for better endodontic quality, and create an irrigation reservoir during root canal treatment. Accomplishing these clinical objectives provide a correct basis for the restoration. The Endo Access Kit is available from DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties. For more information or to place an order, call (800) 662-1202 or visit

Hu-Friedy announces new Enzymax® Spray Gel

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Hu-Friedy announces the extension of its Enzymax® dual-enzyme ultrasonic detergents to include a ready-to-use spray gel designed for instrument precleaning. Now, Hu-Friedy offers a complete line of cleaning and care products. With the new Enzymax Spray Gel, instrument cleaning can begin while instruments are waiting to be processed. A ready-to-use, pH-neutral, dual-enzyme gel that maintains moisture and helps prevent debris from drying onto instruments when they cannot be processed right away. It helps dissolve blood, tissue, and other debris, which eliminates the need for scrubbing and reduces the chances of splashing like other soaking precleaning solutions can. Simply spray the gel directly onto soiled instruments, allow to soak, rinse if desired, and process instruments as usual.

Designed with a corrosion inhibitor, it protects instruments and cassettes from discoloration and corrosion, and has a fresh scent. In addition, the gel can be used as a linen spot remover. For more information, call (800) HU-FRIEDY.

Heraeus Kulzer introduces Venus® Temp C&B

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Patients undergoing a temporary restoration can now enjoy the same esthetics found in final restorations with the newest product from Heraeus Kulzer: Venus Temp C&B. At the same time, dental professionals will appreciate the product’s unique combination of strength and beauty. It is indicated for the fabrication of esthetic temporary crowns and bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers, and its unique and proprietary formula makes it ideal for long-span bridges.

“The new Venus Temp C&B gives our patients a true mirror image of what their final restoration will look like,” say John Cranham, DDS, PC and Shannon Pace, DA, II of Cranham Dental Seminars. The Venus brand is the first and only brand to marry both direct composite solutions and indirect porcelain solutions in an integrated and simplified approach to esthetic restorations. For more information, call (800) 431-1785 or visit

Greatly reduce anesthetic injection pain with VibraJect

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The VibraJect Needle Accessory vibrates the needle at a high frequency during injections. This stimulates the nerve endings and blocks the transmission of the low-frequency pain-sensing nerve cell signals. Therefore, patients only sense vibrations, not the injection. The VibraJect adapts to most dental syringes, is easy to use, and available with rechargeable batteries.

Included in the VibraJect Kit is the VibraShield, which keeps hands and fingers away from needles during recapping to prevent needle sticks. The VibraJect is effective for all types of injections including block, intraligamental, and palatal. And, there’s no need to change your injection technique or syringes. Simply clip the VibraJect onto your syringe, turn it on, and deliver your injection. Order direct from ITL Dental by calling (800) 277-0073, e-mail [email protected], or visit for more information.

Ivoclar Vivadent introduces Tetric EvoFlow

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Tetric EvoFlow is the latest nano technology composite to join the Tetric family. The addition of “Evo” to the name indicates that it is based on innovative nano-technology and offers the respective advantages. The properties of Tetric EvoFlow are ideally matched to those of Tetric EvoCeram, and can also be combined with other composite restoratives.

With Tetric EvoFlow, the radiopacity for A-D shades has been further increased to 360 percent Al (the highest in the industry), so that it can be even more easily identified on X-rays.

Tetric EvoFlow features a well-balanced filler technology, which combines fillers of various types and sizes as well as color pigments and modifiers. The restorations can be polished quickly and easily and feature an excellent chameleon effect, which leads to optimized handling properties, and restorations that blend in/disappear. In addition to the conventional shades, the range includes two new darker shades, IVA5 and IVA6, specially developed for restorations of cervical lesions in elderly patients. For more details, log on to

Root ZX II features new curing light and safety feature

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The world’s best-selling apex locator, Root ZX II, now offers a new LED curing light handpiece. Its highly concentrated light beam delivers an exceptional depth of cure and maintains 80 percent of its power at a distance of 10 mm. A multi-jointed cord allows for easy attachment (or substitution) of handpieces. A long touch-file holder is available to be used with the probe cord. It features a fork-like tip that allows the clinician to get an apex reading by simply touching the file. Additionally, a new safety feature, Auto Torque Slow Down, offers added protection when preparing the canal with the low-speed handpiece. The file automatically slows down as the torque load approaches its set limit. Other Root ZX II features include a 96.2 percent accuracy rate, ability to work in wet canals, easy-to-read display screen, no zero-adjustment, automatic calibration, and power-off function. For more information, call 888-JMORITA (566-7482) or visit

Mama Gums — The easy way to irrigate!

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For those of you who love convenience (and multitasking), you can do a superb job irrigating your teeth and gums in your shower. With this simple, sensible, and inexpensive tool, you can spritz your mouth and your body at the same time. You may not use your favorite irrigating solutions, but the ease and convenience will more than compensate for it, especially for those who wouldn’t be irrigating otherwise. Twenty to 30 seconds more in the shower is all you need to literally flush away the germs from mouth to toes. If you want to irrigate a second time at your sink with your special solutions, you can do that, too, for added effectiveness.

Go beyond what brushing and flossing alone can do! For a limited time, $29.95 includes Sheila’s new 20-page book, Oral Health Made Simple (a $6.95 value.) Order online at

KaVo GENTLEray® 980 soft-tissue diode laser

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This new GENTLEray 980 soft-tissue diode laser is the easiest to integrate into your practice. It delivers excellent clinical results and outstanding ease of use with the handpiece design you know and trust from KaVo. The 980 nm wavelength provides the best combination of clean cutting and excellent hemostasis in a wide range of soft-tissue indications. The well-balanced, patented KaVo handpiece provides individual adjustment of the fiber length in combination with excellent touch and feel. The direct fiber running through the handpiece ensures maximum transmission of laser energy reaches the treatment point.

The GENTLEray 980 is available in two versions, Classic and Premium. The Classic is the perfect starter unit. The Premium is equipped with additional features such as a water cooling handpiece and GENTLEpulse® micro-pulse technology. The Classic can be easily upgraded to the Premium, which makes it the only diode laser that expands with the doctor’s needs and experience. For more information, call (888) ASK-KAVO (275-5286) or visit

New Carbide Crown Prepping Instruments from KOMET

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The new Carbide Crown Prepping Instruments are superior to previous prepping instruments because they allow for precise and controlled tooth reduction while providing a finished surface comparable to that achieved by using a diamond finisher. Designed by Donald J. Alexander, DDS, of Jacksonville, Fla., the instruments provide quick, smooth, and chatter-free cut patterns. The residual finish allows for both gross and finish work to be accomplished using the same instrument. The flat-ended bur H837KRU — available in two sizes — is ideally designed for crown preparations that use a porcelain-butt margin. The round-ended bur H881U is more suited to create a chamfer for Alumina or Zirconia CAD/CAM copings. The cutting surface of both forms are the same as the H4MCL bur, which has a special D-toothing for quick and efficient cutting of crowns and bridges made of conventional metal alloys. Its cylindrical form lets you know the cutting depth, and the finish is so good that there is no need for an additional finishing instrument. For more information, call (800) 208-1630 or visit

Drug-free pain management

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SockIt!™ Oral Pain Gel has undergone FDA review and release for management of pain of all oral wounds, lesions, and ulcers. It is applied directly to extraction sites and other affected areas. This unique product contains no drugs; it consists of 100 percent natural food (all plant) ingredients. It is nontoxic and gentle to the delicate cells involved in the wound healing process.

SockIt! gel adheres to and protects injured tissues from further irritation and contamination. The gel binds cations at the site of injury and inhibits their entry into nerve cells, preventing initiation of the pain impulse without causing the numb sensation characteristic of anesthetics. After professional application in the office, send it home with the patient to use as often as needed for safe, continuous pain management. Patients report postextraction pain relief with little or no reliance on prescription narcotics. SockIt! gel also inhibits growth of microbial pathogens implicated in dental caries, periodontitis, candidiasis, and infective endocarditis.

Several major insurance companies have reimbursed for SockIt! gel. For more information, call (800) 755-0044 or visit

CROWNKING™ Crown Prep Carbides

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Preparing teeth for crowns is one of the most time-consuming steps in a dentist’s practice. The CROWNKING carbide “crown preparation bur” with its unique teeth geometry reduces clogging and heat generation, thus making tooth preparation faster and cooler. The tip of the bur is designed for smooth, exact margins with minimum gingival abrasion. The CROWNKING carbides provide impressive multi-preparation durability. Priced as low as $3.20 each, CROWNKING carbides are an excellent value and match the most popular diamond burs for crown and bridge preparations.

Robert DeRice, DMD, reports: “It’s the fastest, smoothest-cutting bur I have ever used for a crown preparation — and no clogging!” For more information, call Microcopy at (800) 235-1863 or visit

Miltex N-Tralig® syringe is now 100 percent stainless steel

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Miltex Dental, a division of Miltex, Inc., introduces a new and improved N-Tralig syringe. The very popular N-Tralig syringe has undergone some product improvements. The syringe is now being manufactured from high-quality German stainless steel. Because of new manufacturing techniques, Miltex now has the ability to make all parts of the N-Tralig syringe out of stainless steel, thus increasing the life expectancy of this great instrument.

The N-Tralig syringe delivers precisely 0.2 cc of anesthetic, has a positive ratchet action, and protects against the breakage of anesthesia cartridges. The slow infiltration of anesthetic during the Periodontal Ligament Injection (PDL injection), prevents dislodging the tooth and helps to numb that specific tooth. The 30-degree adapter handles even the most difficult-to-reach injections with ease. The syringe comes with a solid and a window barrel. For more information, visit or call (866) 854-8300.

The new Oral-B® CrossAction Pro-Health

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You’ve never seen a toothbrush that can multitask like this one! The Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health is an “all-in-one” toothbrush that features the unique combination of three features to provide seven oral care benefits. They will not only leave your entire mouth cleaner, but also healthier. A unique combination of CrissCross® bristles, soft gum stimulators, and a textured tongue cleaner allows you to clean your whole mouth — all with just one brush!

It removes hard-to-reach plaque, reduces gingivitis, cleans along the gum line, polishes away surface stains, removes odor-causing tongue germs, stimulates gums, and is gentle on enamel. Oral-B’s CrossAction Pro-Health can change the way you brush your teeth by helping you clean your whole mouth. It is available in retail stores for $4.49. For more information, visit

Zila Pro-Select® Platinum – the next generation in ultrasonic scaling

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Zila, Inc. introduces its next-generation Pro-Select Platinum piezo ultrasonic scaling system for periodontal therapy. Ultrasonic scaling is rapidly becoming the standard of care for both prophylaxis and periodontal disease treatment. It is designed to be the world’s most comfortable, ergonomic, and easiest-to-use ultrasonic scaler and heated irrigator. New features include LED handpiece that illuminates the oral cavity to improve clinical visibility, digital display for easy viewing of settings and functions, upgraded multi-function foot pedal for full control of all operations, and a closed, three-bottle system that provides a choice of medicaments.

“The improvements in the Pro-Select Platinum resulted from significant feedback from dental professionals and patients,” said Dave Barshis, Zila Pharmaceuticals vice president and general manager. “The Pro-Select Platinum virtually eliminates the need for hand scaling during a hygiene appointment, significantly improving effectiveness and productivity while maximizing patient comfort.” For more information, visit

PreViser’s Oral Disease and Risk Assessment Software version 3.0

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PreViser’s Oral Disease and Risk Assessment Software version 3.0 is now both Windows- and Macintosh-compatible, and includes improved treatment recommendations, simpler networking setup, and the ability to translate the program into non-English languages by licensing partners. The new version adds a new report correlating a patient’s current periodontal health status to American Academy of Periodontology guidelines for treatment planning. Videos are online at To learn more, visit or call Carl Loeb at (360) 941-4715.

Opalescence Boost Whitening System with PF from Ultradent

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This in-office whitening system appeals to those patients who want whiter teeth immediately. Opalescence Boost offers immediate results with a simple syringe-to-syringe chemical activation that does not require a light. The syringe-to-syringe mixing ensures freshness and convenience. Research studies are available showing that chemical activation gives the highest quality in-office whitening. Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of bleaching, but Ultradent Opalescence Boost controls sensitivity with PF desensitizing agents already in the whitening formula. Potassium Nitrate acts as an analgesic or anesthetic to prevent pain, while the fluoride acts primarily as a tubular blocker, plugging the holes and slowing down the fluid flow that causes sensitivity. Its PF technology works with two mechanisms of action — one affecting fluid flow and the other a direct effect on the nerve. The PF formula also protects the teeth with stronger enamel and caries prevention. Contact Ultradent at (800) 552-5512 or visit to order or for more information.