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Inside Dentistry
Jan/Feb 2006
Volume 2, Issue 1

Practice Essentials


The Doctor as CEO Practice Management Resource
PracticeSource Publications, LLC, introduces The Doctor as CEO, a comprehensive resource for the busy doctor/manager. The boxed set contains all the information, worksheets, forms, plans, and templates necessary to help the clinician become a more effective manager. The Doctor as CEO provides clear, easy-to-implement solutions to a variety of practice-related issues, all of which can dramatically impact the bottom line. The set contains 3 perfect-bound books: Take Control of Your Overhead (In 7 Easy Steps), How to Assemble a Winning Team, and The Solution Forms Kit, which contains a library of templates, letters, and fill-in-the-blank forms to quickly and effectively address a host of practice needs. For more information visit

Sterilex® Ultra for Dental Unit Waterlines
Sterilex Ultra is the only product registered by the EPA to remove biofilms, prevent biofilms, and kill biofilm microorganisms in dental unit waterlines. It is so effective, it is only used once per week overnight. Named “Bio Product of the Year,” Sterilex Ultra meet the highest water standards.. For more information, contact your authorized dental dealer or contact Sterilex at 1-800-511-1659.

Waterpik® Dental Water Jet—An Alternative to Traditional Flossing
A 2005 clinical study conducted at the University of Nebraska demonstrated that when combined with toothbrushing, the Waterpik Dental Water Jet is an effective alternative to traditional dental floss for reducing bleeding, gingival inflammation, and plaque. The Waterpik Dental Water Jet delivers a unique combination of water pressure (1,200 pulsations per minute) and pulsation (55-90 pounds per square inch) to reach interproximally and subgingivally. It has been tested for safety and efficacy in over 45 clinical studies demonstrating significant reduction in one or more of the following: bleeding, gingivitis, subgingival pathogenic bacteria, and inflammatory mediators (IL-1b and PGE2). For more information, visit

Bausch High-Tech Articulating Film
Bausch Arti-Fol® Metallic is a new 12 µm high-tech film made of metallic polyester shimstock. The combination of a newly created color coating and metallic film offers the advantage of detecting high spots on ceramic or highly polished surfaces. The material is tear-resistant and ideal for checking interproximal contacts. For more information, contact Bausch Articulating Papers at 1-888-6-BAUSCH or

Dispensing Well Designed with the Hand in Mind
MicroWell.™ by Centrix, Inc., designed to fit the dentist’s hand at chairside, contains 4 deep tapered wells in a translucent light-blocking orange plastic. The unique design is easy to pick up and extremely stable in motion or when placed on a flat surface. Numbered wells allow for simple identification of solvents, and the disposable polyethylene plastic is low cost, allowing for single-use application. Spill-proof wells allow for the efficient use of a single drop of solvent and are designed to hold the Centrix Benda® Micro applicators. For more information, call Centrix at 1-800-235-5862.

LuxaFlow™ Fluorescence
LuxaFlow Fluorescence is an esthetically superior resin material that builds and fills bisacryl provisionals. It is a companion add-on-resin composite specifically designed to be used with Luxatemp Fluorescence. LuxaFlow Fluorescence light cures on demand, allowing greater working time for the clinician. It offers optimum flow characteristics for ease of repairing voids and margins. LuxaFlow Fluorescence is ideal for Class 1’s, blocking out undercuts, repairing enamel defects, and creating a seal in gingival interfaces, and it can be polished for superior esthetics. LuxaFlow Fluorescence is radiopaque and available in 5 shades plus opaque to provide precise color matching to the provisional. For additional information contact Zenith Dental at 1-800-662-6383, or

Variolink® Veneer Esthetic Resin Cement
Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.’s Variolink Veneer is a microfilled esthetic resin cement previously marketed under the brand name Appeal®. Variolink Veneer has been developed specifically for anterior restorations to provide shade flexibility, easy clean-up, superior high-gloss polishability, and low wear. Available in 7 light-cured, amine-free “value” shades, the cement features a light-cure Initiator System that ensures long-term color stability, polymerization on demand, and immediate high bond strengths for predictable long-term clinical success. The logical “value” shading sequence simplifies cement selection because shades are based on the true influences of the cement (ie, the “value” or relative brightness) on the esthetics of final restoration, rather than on the “color” of the cement. The Variolink Veneer system also includes try-in pastes that are perfectly matched to the cement for accurate previews of the final result. For more information, call 1-800-533-6825 in the U.S., 1-800-263-8182 in Canada, or send an e-mail to

Step Into Action With C8+ Foot Control Options
New foot control options on Sirona’s C8+ dental treatment center bring streamlined control to the dental operatory. Dentists can choose between the standard pneumatic foot controller and the more powerful Sirona C+ foot controller with integrated chair functions. The single foot control concept allows dentists to trigger all the relevant treatment functions using a single control system, with less floor clutter and more ergonomic access to the oral cavity. While both foot control options provide accurate control over all instruments integrated into the C8+, the advanced foot control provides greater sensitivity control when using electric motor driven handpieces and can also control chair functions. For more information, contact Sirona Dental Systems at 1-800-659-5977 or

Sirona by Kappler Premier Dental Cabinetry
The Sirona by Kappler premier dental cabinetry line combines Sirona Dental Systems’ advanced dental technologies with Kappler Furniture’s top-quality craftsmanship and cabinet design innovation. With patent-pending, standard features such as positionable work surfaces for the dentist and the assistant, pivoting drawers with built-in electrical chases for ancillary equipment, and an upper CPU storage cabinet, the Sirona by Kappler dental cabinets are designed to optimize the work space within the operatory. This unique, ergonomic design allows all necessary instruments and equipment to be positioned in close proximity to the oral cavity. The Sirona by Kappler dental cabinets can accommodate any instrument delivery style, including Sirona’s new C8+ Rear and Side Delivery Units. For more information, contact Sirona Dental Systems at 1-800-659-5977 or

New Book On Pulp Treatment

Save That Tooth, published by Pulpdent Corporation, describes evidence-based, research-supported techniques for treating the vital pulp and the pulpless tooth and offers insights gained through the author’s 6 decades of experience in dentistry. The book, authored by Harold Berk, DDS, DSc, FACD, FICD, FAAPD, Clinical Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and founder of Pulpdent Corporation, includes a broad range of clinical information, philosophical approaches, case studies, technical tips, and resources relating to saving teeth. Illustrated with full-color clinical photographs, medical illustrations, radiographs, and original artwork, the book has extensive references and suggestions for additional reading, as well as sections with helpful hints and frequently asked questions. Save That Tooth is available at a price of $80, including shipping. It can be ordered by calling 800-343-4342.

Low Fixed-rate Patient Financing From Capital One

Capital One‚ Healthcare FinanceSM has lower fixed-rate financing for patients. There’s never been a better opportunity to increase procedure acceptance and grow your practice. Call 1-866-292-4032 or visit today for more details. Enter code: D04199.

ADSTRA Introduces popCom™ Version 5.1

ADSTRA Systems’ version 5.1 of its ADSTRA popCom office communication software provides dental professionals with an easy and efficient means to communicate with each other throughout the office via the computer system network. Version 5.1 allows greater flexibility and a larger number of custom options, including the ability to define computer groups for sending messages. Users can custom define background colors and attach sounds to messages. Preferences can be tailored by both the office and the individual workstations within the practice. Users can define a default state for their individual workstations and can decide where they want their messages to appear, how long the text remains on the screen, and whether or not a particular sound is used to announce a message has arrived. For further information call 1-800-450-0220, or visit

CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2006 Released

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., announces the release of CAESY Smile Channel DVD 2006, the latest in patient education programming for the reception area. Smile Channel DVD 2006 has 12 new and 11 updated presentations. New presentation topics include onlays, orthodontics, and DIAGNOdent. There also are 8 new station breaks, featuring subjects such as sensitive teeth, sealants, and bonding. Smile Channel DVD 2006 contains two new original programs: Hayley, a talk show that profiles dental success cases, and Science in Dentistry, a dental education program with a charismatic host who keeps the presentations lively and interesting. In addition, Smile Channel DVD 2006 is now available in widescreen format. For more information, call 1-800-691-1980.or visit

Derma Prene® PI Latex-Free Gloves

The Derma Prene PI surgical glove is Ansell Healthcare’s newest addition to their popular Derma Prene glove line. Safe for use by latex-sensitive healthcare professionals and patients, Derma Prene PI gloves are made from synthetic polyisoprene and are light green in color for instant latex-free identification. Similar to the Derma Prene Ultra, which is made from neoprene, Derma Prene PI surgical gloves are powder-free to help eliminate powder-related postoperative complications. The reduced thickness of the gloves provides enhanced tactile sensitivity in the fingertips, while making double gloving easier and more comfortable. Their smooth finish allows for worry-free instrument and suture handling. For more information, visit

Pulpdent Embrace™ WetBond™ Resin Cement
The enhanced formula of Pulpdent Corporation’s Embrace WetBond Resin Cement has greater diametral tensile and compressive strengths, higher retention values, and it bonds to the slightly moist tooth. It is available in 2 viscosities: low (original viscosity) and medium. The choice of 2 viscosities satisfies all clinical applications and personal preferences. With Embrace WetBond Resin Cement, no bonding agents are required and it is not necessary to etch dentin. No sensitivity has been reported, and testing indicates that Embrace resins are durable and provide an exceptional seal against microleakage and wash out. For more information, call 1-800-343-4342 or visit

Piezo Power-Tip

Designed for use with its TurboPIEZO™ ultrasonic scaler, Parkell’s Burnett Power-Tip delivers as much as 70% more power than conventional thin tips and is designed for removal of tenacious interproximal and subgingival calculus that cannot be reached by normal high-power tips. The basic design is reportedly similar to that of the magnetostrictive Burnett Power-Tip that Parkell has offered for approximately 10 years. The new piezo version of the Power-Tip costs $64.95 and reportedly fits not only the TurboPIEZO scaler ($699) but also most EMS scalers. For more information, call 1-800-243-7446 or visit

Learn More About the Evolution of the Endopore® Hybrid Implant

Innova Corporation’s Endopore Hybrid Implant was developed to address the interest in early loading of dental implants. Expanding upon the design of the original Endopore implant, the hybrid features self-tapping threads added to the coronal region of the implant, providing immediate stability. A unique porous surface provides 3-dimensional bone growth, allowing for shorter implant lengths. To learn more about the Endopore Hybrid Implant, dentists can request an article detailing its scientific rationale and clinical application, which was published as a supplement to Inside Dentistry. To obtain a copy, call 1-800-898-6261 or e-mail

Sirona Integrates Satelec Mini L.E.D.™ Curing Light Into C8+

Dentists looking for strength and versatility in an LED curing light will embrace the new Satelec Mini L.E.D. Curing Light, which can be integrated directly into the Sirona C8+ dental unit. The strongest curing light available today, it has the ability to polymerize 2 mm of any composite in only 6 to 12 seconds. The Satelec Mini L.E.D.™ combines anodized aluminum handpieces and latest generation SMD electronics into an ergonomic design that facilitates better practitioner performance. With 3 modes (fast, pulse, ramping) for optimal curing on all types of composites, the Mini L.E.D. will adapt to any curing need, in any environment. For more information, please contact Sirona Dental Systems at 800-659-5977 or

Full Arch Intraoral Dental Mirror

The Full Arch Intraoral Dental Mirror from Novus Dental Supplies is designed to provide the highest quality digital photo in dentistry. It displays a clear, accurate picture of both the maxillary and mandibular arch of your patient’s mouth in 2 simple photos. By capturing a complete and accurate digital photo, the Full Arch Intraoral Dental Mirror will help to present a clear treatment plan to both your patient and their insurance company as well as ease the overall acceptance process. Occlusal, buccal, and lingual models are offered. Further information and direct ordering can be found at

Seminars to Help “Stop Cancellations Now”

Would you like to help your patients get the treatment that they need and that they say they want? Do you want to fill your schedule with the type of cases that you want to be doing? Would you like your patients to honor their appointments? Then join Paula Harris of Dental BootKamp to learn valuable skills to help you hear what your patients are saying when they cancel or fail to schedule, use patient-financing options to help patients get the treatment they need and want; decrease lost chair time; have a full schedule every day; and go from diagnosing treatment to completing treatment on every patient. Seminars are scheduled for Boston (March 17); Seattle (April 7); Houston (June 2); Orange County, California (July 21); and Nashville (July 28). Tuition is $199.00 (with $199 certificate toward upcoming Dental BootKamp). For more information, call 1-800-336-3053 (ask for Pat).

SmilePix Cosmetic Imaging Service

SmilePix is a cosmetic imaging service for dentists that is an alternative to investing time and money in an in-house imaging system. Thanks to a marriage of several new technologies including digital cameras, photo editing software, and the Internet, dentists can now offer patients an actual photo of themselves that shows how their own smile could improve with various cosmetic enhancements. The dentist begins the process by taking a photo of the patient’s smile using a digital camera. The dentist then sends the photo to SmilePix along with instructions regarding the specific changes to make to the teeth. SmilePix artists digitally enhance the photo to reflect the doctor’s instructions. SmilePix can receive orders and transmit completed photo simulations entirely via the Internet or e-mail. There is no special software for the dentist to purchase and no lost “chair time” learning to use it. The doctor (or staff) can present photos to the patient in various ways, such as PowerPoint presentations, e-mail, or hardcopy print. For more information, call SmilePix at 1-866-532-1843 or visit

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