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Special Issues
November 2015
Volume 11, Issue 4

The 2015 Honorees: Pride Institute’s Best of Class Technology Awards

Figure 1 | Bien-Air iChiropro

Bien-Air's iChiropro implantology motor comes with pre-programmed operating sequences from the largest implant manufacturers, as well as integrated patient files on the iPad control interface. Users of the iChiropro can also save and export operation parameters, including patient data.

Figure 2 | DEXIS CariVu

DEXIS CariVu offers a unique experience in caries detection. The system is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented near-infrared transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal, and recurrent carious lesions, cracks, and fractures, and allows the clinician to save images for documentation.

Figure 3 | ACTEON North America SoproCARE

SoproCARE® was developed to answer the needs of the dental professional during caries detection, prophylaxis, and periodontal treatment in the clinical environment. Using patented fl uorescence technology, SoproCARE illuminates dental tissue to reveal occlusal caries, plaque, tartar, and gingival inflammation.

Figure 4 | 3Shape TRIOS 3

The sleek design of 3Shape’s TRIOS® next-generation impression scanner is a departure from its predecessors. A unique autoclavable scanner tip on the powder-free device allows the user to rotate the scan source from the mandible to the maxilla, capturing up to a quadrant in 25 seconds.

Figure 5 | Liptak Dental DDS Rescue

DDS Rescue includes an on-site unit—a failover server—for common network failures, which, in most cases, can get a dental office back up and running in 10 minutes. In addition to backups on the on-site failover server, the system routinely copies these files to the cloud.

Figure 6 | Propel Orthodontics Excelleration Drivers Series

The Excelleration Driver offers a depth limiter with LED indicator with proprietary surgical steel construction. The RT version has two disposable tip options and a large handle with textured grip for increased stability and control, and its proprietary tip construction ensures consistent integrity for the maximum number of micro-osteo perforations.

Figure 7 | ACTEON North America SoproLIFE

SoproLIFE® is two devices in one—a caries detection device and a high-magnification intraoral camera—and can switch its lighting from four white LEDs to four blue LEDs using autofluorescence technology to allow the end user to see variations of the dentin’s health state. SoproLIFE can be used for caries detection in both occlusal and interproximal areas, even in its earliest stages, which can often be missed by the eyes or x-rays.

Figure 8 | Digital Doc IRIS HD USB 3.0

The new IRIS HD USB 3.0 brings the smallest details into brilliant, full-screen, high-resolution focus. With dual-capture buttons and one-touch focus, control is always within reach. Extreme clarity in HD is obtained with the IRIS HD precision optical lens array and Sony’s advanced HD sensor for the finest picture quality.

Figure 9 | Imaging Sciences International i-CAT FLX

i-CAT® FLX offers a range of innovative features that deliver increased clarity, ease-of-use, and control. Image the full dentition in three dimensions at a dose lower than a 2D panoramic x-ray with QuickScan+. Visual iQuity advanced image technology delivers i-CAT’s clearest 3D and 2D images.

Figure 10 | IOS Technologies TS150

The TS150 chairside mill from IOS Technologies, a Glidewell company, provides convenient milling that may reduce turnaround time to less than 2 hours. This fast, efficient, and affordable open-source milling unit features a powerful air-driven 150,000 rpm spindle, and uses an orbital precision milling strategy to provide excellent marginal integrity.

Figure 11 | Doxa Dental Ceramir Crown & Bridge

Ceramir® Crown & Bridge is the first permanent luting cement that uses Nanostructurally Integrating Bioceramics (NIB) technology to create a resilient, more natural, biocompatible dental luting cement that integrates with natural tooth structure, is stable in the mouth, and exhibits tooth-like physical and mechanical properties.

Figure 12 | LED Dental VELscope Vx

The VELscope® Vx is a new instrument used in combination with traditional head and neck examinations to detect abnormal mucosal areas that may not be visible to the naked eye, including oral cancer and premalignant dysplasia. Cordless, portable, and rechargeable, it is a transformative technology that puts life-saving power in the palm of the hand.

Figure 13 | AMD LASERS Picasso

The integration of AMD LASERS’ Picasso line of soft tissue dental lasers enables every dental practice to provide treatment for soft tissue surgery, periodontal treatment, endodontic treatment, and laser whitening. With seven watts of power, eight customizable presets, adjustable volume, and aiming beam intensity, the Picasso is ideal for both first-time and expert laser practitioners and performs a wide range of soft tissue surgical, periodontal, and whitening procedures.

Figure 14 | Bien Air iOptima

The iOptima from Bien Air is equipped with the most advanced technology ever developed. The functionalities of the iOptima application and the performance of Bien Air electric instruments combine to drastically reduce the time taken for restorative and endodontic interventions, which can be pre-programmed with preset speed and torque parameters.

Figure 15 | Crosstex DentaPure

Originally developed for space to provide astronauts with clean, safe water, free of bacteria, viruses, and other harmful organisms, DentaPure® scientists have found a simple solution to bring DentaPure’s advanced technology into the dental office as the most effective and reliable dental unit waterline treatment available.

Figure 16 | DEXIS Imaging Suite

DEXIS Imaging Suite offers ease of use, fast workflow, and seamless integration with practice management software and hardware including cameras, pans, CariVu, and select 3D scanners. This software becomes the imaging hub for all types of intra- and extraoral radiographic and photographic images for use in diagnostics, treatment, and patient communication.

Figure 17 | Kerr Demi Ultra LED

Kerr Demi Ultra is the first and only curing light powered by state-of-the-art ultracapacitor technology. In practical terms, the U-40 Ultracapacitor-powered Demi Ultra is never more than 40 seconds away from being able to deliver 25 10-second cures, delivering convenience, efficiency, and reliability.

Figure 18 | Glidewell Laboratories BruxZir Anterior

BruxZir® Anterior is the latest advancement in the BruxZir Solid Zirconia product line. This highly esthetic restorative material is designed specifically to satisfy the esthetic and functional requirements of the anterior region of the mouth, exhibiting an average flexural strength of 650 MPa with translucency and color similar to natural dentition.

Figure 19 | Planmeca Sovereign Chair System

Planmeca Sovereign® is a combination of sophisticated engineering and the latest technology, wrapped up in award-winning design. The unique upright chair position is ideal for treatments such as prosthodontics, orthodontics, and extractions. The length of the motorized backrest can be adjusted to optimally position patients of all sizes. Available only on Planmeca Sovereign, this innovative feature guarantees the best possible comfort for the patient and optimal working ergonomics for the entire dental team.

Figure 20 | Kerr SonicFill 2

SonicFill 2 transforms tedious, repetitive posterior restorations into easy and reliable Single-Fill placement: filling carious lesions up to 5 mm in depth in a single increment with a single material—and no liner or capping layer.

Figure 21 | Solutionreach

Solutionreach is a robust offering of innovative solutions that make it simple for dental providers to manage relationships with active, inactive, and prospective patients. The unique technology introduces personalization to automation, giving clinicians the ability to build loyal, connected patient relationships while freeing up time to do what is most important—deliver the care they need to stay healthy.

Figure 22 | Air Techniques ProVecta S-Pan

ProVecta S-Pan brings a higher level of image sharpness in dental radiography to pave the way to faster and more precise therapy. A full adult panoramic x-ray is available in just 7 seconds and offers 17 image programs.

Figure 23 | Shofu EyeSpecial C-II

The EyeSpecial C-II is a smart digital camera intended for clinical photography, dental and orthodontic case documentation, and the bench in a laboratory. Equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor and a high-performance, 49-mm close-up lens, the EyeSpecial C-II captures high-quality images with ease and convenience.

Figure 24 | Ultradent VALO

VALO® uses a custom, multi-wavelength LED for producing high-intensity light at 395 nm to 480 nm, capable of polymerizing all light-cured dental materials. This intensity will also penetrate porcelain and is capable of curing underlying resin cements similar to a quality halogen light.

Figure 25 | Orascoptic EyeZoom

The first and only adjustable magnification loupe, EyeZoom, offers three magnification levels ranging from 3x to 5x. Developed to assist healthcare professionals view an operating site from multiple perspectives, the loupe conforms to fit each user’s individual preference. Co-engineered with Konica Minolta®, the patent-pending technology provides edge-to-edge clarity and high-definition resolution.

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