DENTSPLY SIRONA (York, Pennsylvania; Salzburg, Austria) has announced the acquisition of gutta-percha material technologies from Healthdent Technologies International (Palmdale, California).
"Healthdent’s unique and innovative gutta-percha material technologies are an ideal addition to the Dentsply Sirona Endodontics portfolio and perfectly complement its range of leading nickel-titanium root canal preparation file systems,” says Bill Newell, senior vice president of chairside consumables and endodontics. “Thanks to Healthdent, we will be able to offer dentists an even more comprehensive end-to-end solution for safer, faster, and accurate root canal treatments.”
Healthdent and Dentsply Sirona have a long history together, as Healthdent has been supplying Dentsply Sirona with gutta-percha master cones for the ProTaper Gold and WaveOne Gold file systems worldwide in addition to ProTaper Next and Trushape file systems in North America. The formulation has been trademarked Conform Fit.
Healthdent was established in 1996 by Nathan Li, DDS, an expert in the development and manufacturing of gutta-percha. With Healthdent Technologies, Dr. Li created a patented gutta-percha formulation that enables high-precision injection molding of gutta-percha master cones that are compatible with the shapes created by multitapered file systems. These have consistently accurate dimensions, provide a lower melt temperature, and have favorable flow characteristics that provide better performance of the gutta-percha in warm obturation techniques.
Dr. Li will continue to support Dentsply Sirona as a consultant in order to ensure a smooth transition of the business and continued innovation.
“We are delighted with the acquisition of Healthdent,” says Valerie Baschet, group vice president global endodontics. “It reaffirms Dentsply Sirona’s commitment to endodontic excellence.”
Source: Dentsply Sirona press release 26 September 2017