Joe Blaes, DDS
Kodak RVG 6000 digital radiography system. Have you noticed that the brand names have changed over at PracticeWorks? What was once PracticeWorks and Trophy Radiology is now Kodak Dental Systems. What is interesting about great companies coming together is that there is usually some impressive innovation released to market shortly thereafter.
What you are seeing now is the emergence of a true leader in dental digital radiography — Kodak. Eastman Kodak has applied its innovative thought process to radiography for more than 100 years and the release of the new Kodak RVG 6000 digital radiography system is no exception. Using a Kodak exclusive sensor with optical fiber technology, the 6000 yields the highest resolution digital radiographs in the industry. Their design engineers must have asked themselves where the sensor control should be located for the most convenience and efficiency. Their answer — in the sensor cable close to the patient so it can be easily activated and you can stay focused on patient care. A complete set of custom RINN positioners makes proper sensor placement easier and faster, and with high-speed USB 2.0 technology, the Kodak 6000 acquires and displays images in just seconds.
Kodak Dental Imaging Software lets you process, store, and retrieve your intraoral images as well as integrate them with Kodak's digital panoramic, cephalometric, photographic, and practice-management technologies. This allows you to communicate results immediately and to provide a professional, reassuring image of your practice. So if you are considering a digital radiography system, be sure you include the Kodak RVG 6000 digital radiography system in your investigation. Order from www.kodak.com/go/dental or call (800) 944-6365 for more information.
Bien Air Optima MX™. An innovative concept comes out of Switzerland to make your clinical life even easier. Bien Air announces more improvements in their electric handpiece.
First, a new micromotor that is brushless and autoclavable. The MX motor has outstanding output with speeds ranging from 100 rpm to 40,000 rpm, with full torque. In other words, the handpiece will cut tooth in that entire range of speeds. This motor is very quiet at all speeds and does not vibrate.
Second, the control panel looks like a palm pilot and is just as efficient. The Optima MX allows you to preset the handpieces at certain speeds so when you change to the slow-speed handpiece, the desired rpm is already set and ready to go. Simply touch the screen and you are ready to go. If you are not using an electric handpiece, do yourself a favor and try one. You will never go back to an air-driven handpiece after experiencing the constant torque, low noise, and no vibration.
Patients will appreciate your concern for their comfort and the technology to produce an even better treatment. You will find that it takes less time for your restorative clinical procedures — patients really like that. When considering your purchase of an electric handpiece, be sure to take a look at the Optima MX. I am sure you will be as impressed as I was. Order from your dealer or call (800) 433-BIEN for more information or an in-office demonstration. You may also visit www.bienair.com.
Celara removable prosthetic system by Dentovations. Recently, I visited with the inventor of Celara for a demonstration of the unique denture system. How would you like to decrease the number of patient visits needed to make a denture? It makes sense to me to do it in the least amount of steps and visits possible. That is what the Celera system is all about — providing you with a predictable method to deliver quality dentures to your patients in the fewest number of visits.
This system allows you to decrease the number of visits by eliminating the need for base plates and bite rims. A wax pattern of the existing denture is quickly and easily produced creating a highly predictable 3D blueprint that is used to obtain all patient records on the first visit, assuring quick and concise communication with the laboratory technician. This revolutionary and affordable product has been successfully used in more than 40,000 cases to increase profitability while providing greater satisfaction for patients. The trial kit comes with a great instructional video/DVD. To order, call toll-free at (866) 323-5272. You also can visit Celara at www.celaradenture.com.
Kerr Fill-In™. This is an innovative material delivery system designed to prevent cross-contamination. Fill-In is a two-component (catalyst and base) bisacryl temporary crown and bridge material in a Unidose® delivery system for both short- and long-term temporaries. The Fill-In syringe easily fits into your hand for easy dispensing — no more bulky cartridges that are difficult or impossible to keep clean in the treatment room. This material has a low shrinkage rate and high flexural strength combined with a very low exothermic reaction. That translates to a properly fitting temporary after it sets and no patient reaction to excessive heat. The results are speedy finishing and polishing thanks to the higher fill load.
Fill-In is available in four shades — A1, A2, A3.5, and XL. One syringe of Fill-In is sufficient for up to a three-unit bridge. It is compatible with light-cured composites for repair and characterization. Order from your dealer or call (800) KERR-123 or visit www.kerrdental.com for more information.