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Dec. 1, 2011
This is a product that evolved because a dentist saw a need for a simple way to take an intraoral image to help a patient understand the solution to a problem.

Joe Blaes, DDS

Intraoral Dental Viewer from DrQuickLook™

This is a product that evolved because a dentist saw a need for a simple way to take an intraoral image to help a patient understand the solution to a problem. Dr. Robert Clark of Syracuse, N.Y., had a vision that he invented and brought to market. The Intraoral Dental Viewer needs no training, no software, and no computers. What makes DrQuickLook™ different is the viewer. Patients hold the viewer in their hands while the doctor or assistant points out problems. I have always put a large image on a large monitor, so I was wondering how the patient would react to a 3.5-inch LCD screen. The reaction was amazing! Patients actually feel an ownership when they hold the viewer and position it any way they want so they can clearly see. They ask more questions so that they can completely understand the problem and solution. When you stop and think about it, almost everyone has become accustomed to looking at small screens on their smartphones. Recently, a man next to me on the airplane was watching an action movie on his iPhone. The key here has to be simplicity. This viewer was designed so that you can show someone how to use it in one minute. There are no cords, no computers to set up, and no headaches for my team. I would be ashamed to tell you how many dental toys are in my storage room because my team did not use them. Your team will take to this viewer immediately. With DrQuickLook,™ you can freeze sharp, crystal-clear images one at a time and then zoom by 3x. It has a live survey mode that makes patient conversations easier. DrQuickLook™ does not store or print images; it's really a patient dental viewer. It provides patients with a visual understanding for personalized dental care. Patients will visibly see calculus deposits, caries, fractures, and fillings. Also, for patients, looking at a screen in their hands 12 inches away is empowering. It is perfect if you do not have or want a traditional intraoral camera. If you already have a traditional intraoral camera, consider using DrQuickLook™ as a back-up dental viewer for simplicity and quick ease of use. After treatment, you can show patients a great final result. This is a product you need in your office. Be sure to visit for more information.

RelyX™ Luting Plus Automix Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Cement from 3M ESPE

For years my assistants have complained about mixing powder and liquids. Their main concern was about the proportions that they were dispensing from bottles. Do you pack the powder into the scoop? Do the dropper bottles dispense the same size drop each time you squeeze the bottle? Do you hold the bottle straight up and down or at an angle? I never had the correct answers for them. Are your assistants tired of hand mixing powder and liquid, or paste to paste? Then it is time to switch to the faster, better, easier way of mixing a resin-modified glass ionomer cement. The RelyX™ Luting Plus Automix Cement puts an end to loading, measuring, and hand mixing. The automix tip design self-mixes the two pastes as they are being dispensed. The result is a much more precise delivery of the cement directly into the restoration. Guesswork is eliminated. This is the only RMGI cement with a tack light-cure option so you can remove excess cement faster. Once excess cement reaches a gel state, it can be easily dislodged in large sections from the margins with a suitable instrument. With this cement, you get molecular bonding to the tooth surface without the use of a separate tooth conditioner. There is little, if any, postop sensitivity, and it offers sustained fluoride release to benefit caries-prone patients. For more information, visit

WiFi System by Schick Technologies

One of the problems that continues to plague dental office design is wires and tubing. Wires are always getting in our way. We trip on them, roll over them, damage them (causing costly repairs), get tangled in them, and are forever looking for a place to plug them in. By eliminating the need for a hard-wired connection between the computer and sensor, Schick WiFi offers the ultimate in "hot swappability," allowing clinicians to move quickly and easily between operatories without having to drag along cables and computers. This is because Schick WiFi uses RFID technology for instant communications between the sensor and computer without a USB connection. Schick Technologies brings a new level of freedom and flexibility to dental digital radiography with Schick WiFi. With no cumbersome sensor-to-computer cable to get in the way, this system gives clinicians unobstructed movement for placing the sensor. It also integrates the unique Schick AimRight positioning system to ensure precise imaging and diagnostics, as well as patient peace of mind. Compatibility problems have been solved by this new system. Schick WiFi is compatible with Schick CDR Elite sensors of all sizes, as well as several popular imaging software products and practice-management systems. This means existing CDR Elite users and new customers alike can maximize their imaging investment by integrating this new system on their terms. Every Schick WiFi System is installed, serviced, and supported by Patterson Dental, one of the most trusted partners for services, supplies, training, and technology. Every system is supported by Patterson's 100% satisfaction guarantee and the dental industry's most comprehensive warranty program. Schick users enjoy the benefits of the new Patterson Technology Center — the dental industry's leading technology support center for digital radiography. You will find freedom, flexibility, and modularity in this one innovative digital imaging system. Be sure to visit for more information.

S-Max pico from NSK Dental

This is an innovative air turbine, high-speed handpiece — with an ultra mini-head and super-slim, stainless steel body — that is excellent for pediatric cases and any case in which visual access is difficult. This handpiece has been developed for minimal intervention that requires excellent visual access to the teeth for minimal removal of tooth structure and complete removal of the carious lesion. The handpiece is designed to be used with short shank burs to maximize durability and cutting efficiency. S-Max pico's design includes water spray and cellular glass optics, and it delivers greater operational visibility and flexibility with increased patient comfort. Be sure to visit or call (888) 675-1675 for more information.

To have Dr. Joe Blaes present his lecture, "Pearls For Your Practice®," for your study group or dental society, please call (866) 274-4500.

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