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Inside Dentistry
January 2016
Volume 12, Issue 1

New to the Market

A | The Artistic Composite Kit

The Artistic Composite Kit features a selection of Shofu’s finest diamonds, carbides, and stones for finishing of anterior composite restorations. The instruments included in this kit are concomitant with “The Essence of Composite Art,” an artistic restoration concept developed by Frank J. Milnar, DDS, AAACD. Arranged in a sequence of logical steps, these carefully selected abrasives help clinicians create natural-like esthetics in an efficient manner.

The Artistic Composite Kit finishing technique supports minimally invasive dentistry. The protocol begins with creating a unified surface using fine and super fine Robot Diamonds in various shapes, including flame, round-end tapered cylinder, and more. These award-winning abrasives delineate seamless transitions from the tooth to the material by effectively prepping the surface for further characterization.

In the following steps clinicians can optimally prep the surface of their restorations: With a fine-grit T&F Hybrid Point diamond and an egg-shaped Robot Carbide Finisher, three facial planes (ie, the emergence profile, face of the tooth, and the incisal third) and secondary anatomy can be achieved. The selected hybrid point diamond cuts like a 12-fluted carbide but can operate at higher speeds to gently and efficiently mill composite layers.

In areas of the restoration where light-diffusing architecture is needed, a flame-shaped Dura-Green Stone delivers predictable results. This stone is impregnated with silicon carbide for fine cutting without heavy dust. Users can create macro and micro esthetics for the finishing step by using the 8-, 16-, and 30-fluted Robot Carbide Finishers. Also available in regular, fine, and ultrafine grits, these exceptional tungsten carbides are optimal in defining natural tooth anatomy.

A finishing system using artisan-selected abrasives is an indispensable element in achieving natural esthetics. Shofu’s Artistic Composite Kit includes the finest diamonds, carbides, and stones, all designed to help create a naturally appearing smile in a swift, predictable manner.


B | WaterLase iPlus® 2.0

WaterLase iPlus 2.0 provides dental practitioners with a clinical protocol and application that assists in the effective management of peri-implantitis. With the addition of the new REPAIR Implant™ protocol, the WaterLase iPlus 2.0 now provides pre-programmed settings and step-by-step applications for more than 50 procedures.


C | Luxator® LX

The Luxator LX mechanical periotome offers improved safety, precision, and access. With a reciprocating tip in a vertical direction, the Luxator LX secures cutting of the Sharpey’s fibers in a patient-friendly way. Its self-directing tip allows the periotome tip to follow the root surface, reducing the risk of bone damage.


D | BruxZir® NOW Milling Blocks

BruxZir NOW is a pre-shaded, fully sintered zirconia milling block system that enables clinicians to manufacture authentic BruxZir crowns in just one appointment. By combining the advantages of BruxZir monolithic zirconia into a convenient in-office milling block, BruxZir NOW enables clinicians to deliver high-strength BruxZir Solid Zirconia restorations without ever sending their casework out of the office. Once the restorations are designed and fabricated in-office, finished crowns exhibit flexural strengths greater than 1,100 MPa without requiring sintering, staining, or glazing.

Ideally suited for single-unit molar and premolar crowns, the chip-resistant durability of BruxZir NOW zirconia also makes it ideal for bruxers who have broken natural teeth or previous restorations.

BruxZir NOW zirconia is compatible with the TS150™ in-office mill from IOS Technologies, Inc, and available in 14 shades that correspond to the VITA Classical shade system. Restorations produced with BruxZir NOW blocks can be also designed, fabricated, and made ready for placement in less than an hour, saving clinicians time and expensive lab fees.


E | Lite Touch

The Lite Touch dental laser is a fast-cutting, high-energy non-fiber Er:YAG dental laser that combines innovation with art, as it is a smaller and lighter hard tissue laser than others on the market. Innovative Laser-in-Handpiece technology offers all the benefits of laser dentistry with the familiar feel of a turbine drill. With FDA clearance to perform cavity preparations, bone surgery, and a host of soft tissue procedures, this laser is a natural addition to any practice. Owners will also receive an all day, in-office training session by a certified dental laser hygienist.


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