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Tomorrow's dental office today

June 3, 2010
The National Museum of Dentistry opens a new exhibit that showcases some of the most technologically advanced dental treatment systems available for dental offices.
BALTIMORE — The National Museum of Dentistry opens a new exhibit that showcases some of the most technologically advanced dental treatment systems available for dental offices. Tomorrow’s Dental Office…Today, opening June 5, features cutting-edge dental technology — from digital X-rays that expose patients to less radiation, to foot-operated computers — that improve the quality of procedures, reduce patients’ time in the office, and improve oral health.

Tomorrow’s Dental Office…Today is made possible through the support Benco Dental, the largest privately owned, full-service distributor of dental supplies, dental equipment, dental consulting and equipment services in the United States.“The Tomorrow’s Dental Office…Today exhibit gives us an opportunity to feature some of the latest advances in dental care, showing how far the techniques of modern dentistry have come and their positive impact on the public,” said National Museum of Dentistry Executive Director Jonathan Landers.

Dentistry has changed dramatically over time. Visitors can literally stroll through dentistry’s past and peer into its future in the galleries of the National Museum of Dentistry, from the hand-forged iron tools of the early American dentist on horseback, to the 19th century office of Father of Dentistry G.V. Black, to the cutting-edge”dental equipment available today. The museum shows how dental care has evolved and oral health has improved through the ages.

“We were honored to be selected to put together the Tomorrow’s Dental Office… Today exhibit for the National Museum of Dentistry,” said Benco Dental President Charles Cohen. “It’s an exciting venture, bringing dental technology to the general public.”

Tomorrow’s Dental Office…Today features:

  • Dental operatory equipment from A-dec that was developed to optimize patient ease and comfort in the treatment room while enabling dentists to perform more efficient dentistry.
  • The A-dec 500 dental chair, featuring a slim headrest and backrest to give the dentist more leg room under the chair. For the patient, the anatomically formed backrest and seat cushion reduce pressure points.
  • The A-dec 5580 treatment console and storage unit, made of water-resistant materials to allow for the efficient storage and delivery of supplies, while providing a flat-panel monitor, pivoting work surface, and assistant’s instrumentation.
  • The PaX-Duo3D Cone Beam CT unit from Vatech, featuring switching technology for digital panoramic radiographs or CT scans. The unit has dedicated sensors for each system and an imbedded camera for proper patient positioning.
  • The LAVA Chairside Oral Scanner from 3M ESPE, a digital impression system that allows the dentist to both capture and view continuous 3D images, as well as create precise digital impressions.
  • The SP Newtron LED advanced piezoelectric device from Acteon, which uses ultrasonic vibrations and an array of tips for tooth cleaning, root canal procedures, periodontal surgeries and cavity preparation. The LED lights provide illumination for procedures in the back of the mouth.
  • The SoproLIFE (light induced fluorescence evaluator), an intraoral camera and cavity detection device in one. Switching to blue LEDs allows the dentist to see variations in the health of a tooth’s dentin, which can aid in decay detection and decay removal during treatment.
  • The MiniLED Autofocus 2 dental material curing light from Acteon that automates the curing process through a complex telemetry system.
  • The Cleankeys keyboard, featuring a flat surface that can be wiped down and easily disinfected.
  • This Snapshot X-ray sensor from Instrumentarium Dental, providing the latest in digital intraoral radiology technology. It captures X-rays via a digital sensor rather than on film, providing patients with less radiation and dentists with enhanced diagnostic tools.
  • The SIROLaser Advance from Sirona, providing preset therapy programs for laser applications in the fields of periodontics, endodontics, surgery, and pain relief.
  • The SWERV3 Magnetostrictive Ultrasonic Scaler from Hu-Friedy, delivering a full range of power for efficiently removing calculus on the teeth while still providing patient comfort.
  • The SmartLite PS by Dentsply, used by the dental team to cure a variety of dental products ranging from cements and adhesives to composites.
  • The NOMAD Pro handheld X-ray unit by Aribex, the first for intraoral use. The unit’s lightweight and rechargeability allow for its use on humanitarian missions in remote areas and for dental forensic identification following mass disasters. The internal shielding and external backscatter shield protect the operator, making it extremely safe to use.
  • The Dental R.A.T., a foot-operated computer mouse and keyboard for hands-free computer use. Developed by a frustrated hygienist to allow for single-person periodontal charting, the unit has become even handier as more patient information is recorded and stored digitally.

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