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Equipment Product News

March 1, 2004

Versatile dental microscopes

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Seiler Precision Microscopes is pleased to announce a new dental office microscope, the SSI-202/402 series. This new dental scope, ideal for all dental procedures, offers three magnifications with bright halogen illumination featuring a dual port for quick lamp changing should a bulb fail during a procedure. In addition, the SSI series offers a fully adjustable pantographic arm and the ability to add video accessories. Floor, wall, ceiling, and table mounts are available.

The SSI-402 has all the features of the SSI-202, but also comes with a motorized focusing system controlled by a convenient foot switch.

For more information, call (800) 489-2282 or visit

New KaVo PROPHYpearls are clog-free

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KaVo America introduces a unique, new, air polishing powder — KaVo PROPHYpearls. PROPHYpearls are made with calcium carbonate powder. The salt-free formulation eliminates the salty taste associated with sodium bicarbonate powder routinely used with air polishing systems.

In contrast to conventional sharp-edged cleaning particles, PROPHYpearls are smooth, soft, round, and gentle to tooth structure and surrounding tissues. They are extremely efficient as they roll over the tooth with an infinite number of contact points for optimized cleaning performance. Plus, there is no chemical reaction with air humidity, keeping your air polishing system clog-free.

KaVo PROPHYpearls can be used with the KaVo PROPHYflex air polisher, as well as all other manufacturers' air polishing systems — a "pearl" of a product!

For more information, call (800) 323-8029 or visit

PrepAir air abrasion handpiece

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The PrepAir is a major breakthrough and is the result of four years of development. Performance and precision is equal or superior to large systems costing more than 10 times the price!

The PrepAir allows the most conservative treatment without anesthetic. Treat on diagnosis and treat multiple quadrants in one appointment. The PrepAir offers a great increase in productivity and patient comfort.

The PrepAir is a fully self-contained handpiece requiring only a connection to house air. A finger-button control gives instantaneous on/off response and eliminates the need for a foot pedal. Abrasive flow is even and minimal to greatly reduce overspray. Interchangeable nozzles rotate 360°. Both .015" and .019" nozzles are included, with 9-foot air line and quick-connect. It is fully autoclavable; uses 27µ alumina. Call Danville Engineering at (800) 827-7940.

KODAK digital dental camera system

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Eastman Kodak Company announces its newest digital photography solution for dentists: a new, easy-to-use, quality digital camera solution with a "direct from the camera" printing solution for even more value and convenience.

The new KODAK DX6490 Dental Digital Camera System includes everything needed to capture, as well as print, high-quality digital dental images and download them to computers — The KODAK EASYSHARE DX6490 Zoom Digital Camera is a four megapixel, auto-focus camera, preconfigured for dental photography and featuring a 10X optical zoom, 16 MB of internal memory and a 64 MB memory card; a KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock 6000, which recharges the camera batteries and enables images to be printed directly from the camera or downloaded to a computer — all with the push of a button; a high-quality KODAK Dental Close-Up Lens II that can be quickly and easily mounted on the camera for macro views; a dental positioning grid on a large 2.2-inch LCD screen to enable consistent, correctly positioned dental views; and KODAK EASYSHARE Software.

The system is designed to work right out of the box, with an easy-to-understand "Dental Digital Photography Guide" so that even those unfamiliar with dental photography can be taking high-quality photographs in a short time.

In addition, dentists and staff now have more choices after capture, including high-quality prints directly from the camera, or download images to a computer. From there, images can be incorporated into imaging software or dental practice-management applications, printed, or archived.

The KODAK DX6490 Dental Digital Camera System is available from leading dental products suppliers. For more information, call (800) 933-8031 or visit

New PrepMaster® disposable air abrasion system

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Groman, Inc. announces its PrepMaster® air abrasion system. PrepMaster is a revolutionary new abrasion system self-contained in a disposable, single-use handpiece. PrepMaster is powered by the existing compressed air system and is prefilled with 6.2 grams of 27-micron aluminum oxide powder. A similar unit prefilled with sodium bicarbonate also is under development for use by hygienists.

PrepMaster is able to make precise cuts with excellent fingertip power control and includes a dual power setting. PrepMaster also offers excellent visibility and access to the oral cavity with a tip that rotates 360° and produces minimal overspray. PrepMaster is available through your local dental supply dealer.

For more information, call (954) 649-8008, or email to [email protected].

Thermal gutta percha condenser

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Parkell introduces the Thermique — a solid-state, thermal condenser that simultaneously heats and condenses gutta percha, eliminating the need for an open flame or red-hot instruments. The tip instantly heats to the preselected temperature. As gutta percha is condensed, it flows against the sidewalls and into lateral canals.

Thermique comes with three calibrated tips corresponding to fine, medium-fine, and medium tapers. The tips can be easily bent to conform to curved canals — part of a proportional feedback system that maintains precise temperature within the canal. The control unit includes a rechargeable battery with massive capacity (3 amp hours). A warning light indicates when the device requires charging, and, if power becomes too low for operation, the unit automatically shuts itself off.

The Thermique with charger and three condenser tips costs $699. For more information, call (800) 243-7446 or visit

Airsonett Airshower mobile air purifier

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Airsonett, Inc., offers a new Swedish mobile air purification system that delivers "clean room" quality air directly to the breathing zone of the patient. A unique, one-of-a-kind technology, the patented Airshower is a self-contained, mobile air purifier based on the principle of nonturbulent displacement air flow.

The height-adjustable Airshower is placed approximately 20 inches above the individual's head. The clean, slightly cooled air moves slowly downward and, because of its slightly higher density, displaces ambient air with negligible turbulence and mixing. This creates a zone of clean air quality around the head of the seated or supine individual.

Airsonette is a sister company of AirSon AB of Angelhom, Sweden, involved in medical sales. Founded in 1981, AirSon is a leading provider of "clean room" technology to companies such as Ericsson and Volvo.

For more information, call (706) 579-2226 or visit

TurboGas™ cuts twice as fast

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CRYSTALMARK Dental Systems announces TurboGas™ as an option for all new CRYSTALAir™ model DV-1 air abrasion units. A patent-pending innovation, TurboGas acts as a turbo boost enabling you to cut through enamel and prep dentin at twice the speed of conventional compressed-air units. While still using one-fifth (on average) the amount of abrasive of other devices, a TurboGas-equipped machine approaches the cutting speed of a rotary handpiece, and is faster than a laser. Additionally, there is no increase in patient sensitivity when compared to the same setting as compressed air.

Switching between TurboGas and compressed air is accomplished with the flip of a toggle lever. Older CRYSTALMARK and Kreativ Mach 4 units can be retrofitted with TurboGas at the factory. For more information, call (888) 264-4337 or visit

Opti-Link™ dental microscope system

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Let Expanding Images, Inc. equip you with the ultimate space-saving, easy-to-install microscope system. The Opti-Link™ System requires only 14 inches of space when not in use. Engineered for the legendary Leica MS5 binocular microscope, it offers one of the finest color and image resolution lenses in the world. EI's newly designed vertical extension arm (VEA) helps to prevent unnecessary neck and back strain. Imagine having five loupes of different magnification located at your fingertips instead of on your head. Ask about EI's success pack that includes a unique video camera.

Visit and see the live video recording. For a 30-day, no-risk trial offer, contact Dr. Gerard Cuomo at 866-EYE-FULL (393-3855).

3M ESPE introduces faster LED curing light

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3M ESPE introduces the Elipar™ FreeLight 2 curing light, a new cordless, high-intensity LED curing light capable of curing compatible materials in half the manufacturer's recommended cure times.

Elipar FreeLight 2 curing light has an intensity of approximately 1,000 mW/cm² — more than double the intensity of the original Elipar FreeLight. This allows 50 percent cure-time reductions for compatible materials that use photoinitiators in the wavelength range of 430 nm to 480 nm (camphorquinone). The new curing light has four time-settings for curing time between 5 and 20 seconds, making it 10 times more efficient than halogen bulbs, with no age-deterioration. Angulated light guides revolve 360° for hard-to-reach spots. No fan is required and operation is silent. The ventless unit is quick and easy to clean for excellent hygiene.

For more information, visit, or call (800) 634-2249.

ADA accepts first defibrillators

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The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs announces the awarding of its first Seal of Acceptance for a defibrillator to the Philips HeartStart OnSite and HeartStart FR2+ defibrillators.

Defibrillators provide treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a leading cause of death in the United States. More people die from SCA than from breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, house fires, handguns, and traffic accidents combined. While CPR may help prolong the window of survival, it cannot restore a normal cardiac rhythm.

SCA is an electrical malfunction of the heart typically associated with an abnormal heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation. Defibrillation is recognized as the definitive treatment for ventricular fibrillation.

For more information, call (800) 934-7372 ext. 7176, or visit

MagniCam for super-closeups

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If you need a super closeup of a chipped molar, mouth sore, or need to document changes in teeth color or shape, reach for the new Digital MagniCam from JJ Communications — the first PC accessory camera with an optical zoom function that can enlarge images up to 150 times.

The $199.95 "digital microscope" produces highly magnified color images of any object or area too small to be captured in detail by a standard camera. Connect the MagniCam to your PC via USB cable, frame the shot on your monitor, select the desired magnification, and press the button. The resulting 320,000-pixel image can be imported into your digital-imaging software for manipulation and/or archiving, and can be printed or e-mailed.

The MagniCam also can double as a web cam for video-conferencing. Contrast, brightness, saturation, and sharpness are adjustable via included software.

MagniCam works with any Pentium 166Mhz or higher PC with a USB port, 32MB memory, Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP, and monitor with minimum 640x480 resolution and 16-bit color. (64MB memory and 24-bit color are recommended.) It ships with an application CD, a stand, a 3.5-foot USB cable, and a sanitary cover for taking mouth, ear, and nose photos. Replacement covers are available separately.

The Digital MagniCam is available at and from select retailers, catalogs, and specialty stores.

Spaceline Feel 21 by J. Morita

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The Spaceline Feel 21 patient support and delivery system has been developed to prevent unnecessary musculoskeletal stress during daily practice. The biomechanically derived design meets the highest standards of ergonomics. This helps to reduce back, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand ailments, which impair both clinicians' health and the potential to achieve peak performance. The effortless access to instruments improves the operator's productivity. With one light directed to the mandible and the other to the maxilla, the touchless fixed twin lights are intended to eliminate any need to adjust the lights while reducing the potential for cross-contamination.

For more information, call 877-JMORITA (566-7482) or visit

Midmark M series automatic sterilizers

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Midmark Corporation's new M9 and M11 Ultraclave automatic dental sterilizers feature improvements that make them even more efficient and easy to use, including an electronic air valve that removes 94 percent of the air from the chamber during presterilization, and a new, improved, automatic-opening door that quietly dissipates steam and provides fast and efficient drying of instruments. The sterilizer's convenient front water-fill reservoir maximizes space utilization and convenience, and a new user-friendly LCD text display indicates cycle selector, temperature, and exposure time. The display also prompts the user for directions. The programmable settings can be customized to create different cycle parameters for special sterilization needs. The display also features maintenance prompts to remind users when a cleaning is recommended.

For more information, call (800) MIDMARK (643-6275).

Bacteria-resistant TPE cords

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Autac, Inc., a leading manufacturer of retractile cords, announces its TPE cords for a variety of dental applications. Designed to be resistant to bacteria, the TPE cords present an alternative to Neoprene and offer enhanced retractile properties not offered by PVC.

The cords can be used for handpieces, irrigation devices, and various lighting purposes. The cords' retractile properties provide an easy reach for clinicians and patients, while remaining compact for storage.

Available in 12 to 28 AWG, the cords are customized to handle varying amounts of amperage. The cords are offered in 12", 24", 36", and 48", which extend on a 1:5 ratio. Customized lengths and ratios also are available — up to a 12-foot retracted length extending 60 feet — to meet specific needs. The cords meet UL/CAS specifications.

To learn more, call (800) 243-3161 or visit

Universal transfer stand is versatile

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Great Lakes Orthodontics Ltd. introduces the new Universal Transfer Stand designed to allow the SAM Facebow and Single Toggle Transfer Fork Assembly to be used on a variety of articulators, including Denar, Panadent, Hanau, Whipmix, Artex, and KaVo.

With one of the specially designed transfer stands, the SAM facebow and transfer fork assembly can be easily attached to the articulator. Articulator owners don't have to buy a new articulating system to obtain the precision results SAM is known for.

For more information, contact Great Lakes Orthodontics Products customer service at (800) 828-7626, or send e-mail to [email protected].