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Planmeca Viso: 'Flagship' CBCT Offers Premium Images and High-End Usability

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Planmeca Viso: 'Flagship' CBCT Offers Premium Images and High-End Usability

A “flagship” is defined as the ship in a fleet which carries the commanding admiral. So when Planmeca calls the new Planmeca Viso its “flagship CBCT unit,” authority is implied. Planmeca Viso represents the next big step forward in 3D imaging technology.

A leader has a versatile skill set and accordingly, Planmeca Viso offers 2D, 3D, and cephalometric imaging. It’s equipped with a large 25 cm x 30 cm flat-panel sensor that can capture 3 cm x 3 cm volumes up to 30 cm x 30 cm, and offers the industry’s largest single-scan volume of 30 cm x 19 cm, covering the entire maxillofacial area. Planmeca Viso offers 120 kV tube voltage for optimized image quality for challenging imaging cases, reducing artifacts and ensuring higher-contrast images.

The manufacturer calls Planmeca Viso “an ideal combination of premium image quality and high-end usability,” reflecting the fact that design enhancements in CBCT are twofold. There’s the design of the physical unit as well as the design and functionality of the accompanying software.

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Planmeca has aimed to improve patient comfort with Planmeca Viso’s occipital support that provides stability without compromising patient comfort. This patient positioning device also provides an unimpeded view of facial tissue.

Patient positioning is done directly from the CBCT unit’s control panel utilizing four integrated cameras and a live patient view. Users can actually see the patient live from the control panel for flexible and precise FOV positioning. The touch panel allows the user to freely select the region of interest and adjust the height and width with the touch of a finger.

Software Enhancements

Planmeca Viso is also designed to incorporate the best of Planmeca’s 3D imaging technology to produce clear, diagnostically rich images by correcting motion, noise, and distortion caused by restorations while substantially reducing patient radiation dose. With Planmeca CALM, the CBCT analyzes and compensates for patient movement during a scan to provide improved images, and virtually eliminate retakes.

Additionally, all Planmeca CBCT units offer the Planmeca Ultra Low Dose imaging protocol, which allows clinicians to acquire 3D images at significantly lower effective patient doses without a statistical reduction in image quality. The Planmeca Viso CBCT can also be equipped with Planmeca ProCeph one-shot cephalostat.

For large institutions, Planmeca Viso offers the Planmeca PlanID connectivity option, which features an integrated RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tracking system for user and patient identification.


Planmeca Viso offers advanced technology to support some of the most difficult procedures involving dental implants, impacted teeth, corrective jaw surgery, cleft lip and cleft palate repair, facial infections and injury, and snoring/sleep apnea.

2D dental programs include a panoramic program with clear diagnostic imaging, adjustable angles and positions; true extraoral bitewings; TMJ lateral and periapical; 2D views with scout and preview images in 3D with the ability to save as a 2D view; and Planmeca ProCeph cephalostat (optional equipment).

3D dental programs include tooth with a localization of target area, teeth with an expanded view area, jaw, face, and skull. 3D ENT programs include nose, sinuses, middle ears, temporal bones, airways, and vertebrae.

Optional 3D specialty programs include Planmeca ProFace highly detailed 3D facial photos; braces protocol that offers optimized exposure settings for imaging patient with brackets when designing braces; Planmeca 4D Jaw Motion, offering real-time jaw movement in 3D; and model scans for impressions and plaster casts.

Overall, Planmeca allows users to stay on the cutting-edge, advancing their diagnostic capability, improving their efficiency, and enabling them to keep more procedures in-house, which contributes to return on investment.

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How to Navigate Root Canal Procedures with More Confidence

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How to Navigate Root Canal Procedures with More Confidence

Patients are sensitive to the words “root canal”… and so are dentists who don’t have a lot of confidence in their endodontic technique! It’s why many general dentists refer the work out to a specialist, but in doing so, lose valuable practice revenue.

Confidence is no longer a question of technology, as many dentists have access to advanced 3D imaging that helps them visualize the canal. The real problem is not being confident in the execution of a technique-sensitive procedure.

As described by Dr. Dan Fischer, founder of Ultradent, the basic concept of irrigation in endodontics is to get the smallest cannula down close to the apex, but just short of the foramen, and to irrigate from the bottom up. “It is imperative to start from the bottom to prohibit trapping air in the canal, because it is very difficult to displace an air bubble when you're filling the canal from the top down,” Dr. Fischer explained. “However, the deeper the canal, the more difficult it is to get the cannula down to the apical region of the tooth.

An added challenge is that root canals often have curves with sharp turns that make navigation difficult. Given these challenges, Ultradent designed NaviTip delivery tips with exclusive flex tip technology.

What Makes NaviTip Different?

Unlike traditional endodontic tips, the cannula of each NaviTip tip is slightly rigid through the base and center, but flexible at the tip to allow it to bend and snake through each canal. Each NaviTip is smoothed and rounded to allow the tip to slide past corners, rather than scraping and potentially ledging as it proceeds through the canal. This unique design gives clinicians the ability to precisely deliver any irrigant, intracanal medication, and sealant exactly where needed.

Each NaviTip is also equipped with a tight-fitting rubber stop that further facilitates accurate delivery and helps prevent the risk of extrusion through apical tissue. The patented Lok-Tite technology, with double threads, lock the tip into place for increased security and wings for easy attachment and removal.

Technique Tips

To help you get the most from your money while performing endodontic procedures, Ultradent has provided some safety and economical guidelines:

-> Test the tip first.

Before expressing any material into the canal, always express a bit onto a gloved finger or another surface to make sure there aren’t blockages and that the consistency of the material is right. This helps prevent overexpression and possible penetration of the chemistry through the periapical tissue.

-> Never reuse an endodontic tip.

For the safety and health of the patient, NaviTip tips should never be reused under any circumstance. Buy tips in bulk to get the most out of your office’s supply budget. Ultradent also encourages customers to take advantage of its discounts throughout the year.

-> Consider using a sideport tip.

The NaviTip 31 ga Double Sideport Irrigator tip directs the flow of irrigant laterally towards the canal wall, minimizing the possibility of expressing beyond the apex. This tip has the world’s smallest cannula, according to Ultradent, which makes canal irrigation safe, allowing it to navigate even the smallest and most intricate spaces. Watch this video to see how this NaviTip works.

-> Pair the right chemistry with the right tip.

Pairing the right chemistries with the right tips is not just a technique advantage—it’s also an important safety measure. Ultradent has removed the guesswork by formulating each chemistry’s viscosity for a preferred NaviTip. For instance, you can express Ultradent’s MTA Flow repair cement easily and smoothly through Ultradent’s 29 ga NaviTip tip. Watch the video below to see this NaviTip in action.

Learn more about how NaviTip tips and irrigants are made for each other on Ultradent’s website, and gain the confidence you need to keep more endodontic procedures in-house.


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Ergonomic Endodontic Instruments Help Reduce Hand Fatigue

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Ergonomic Endodontic Instruments Help Reduce Hand Fatigue

Clinicians use endodontic hand instruments such as explorers, spreaders, pluggers, and excavators regularly, so having a set that is designed with ergonomics in mind will help reduce hand fatigue and the long-term effects of aggressively pinching instruments during procedures. Paradise Dental Technologies (PDT) endodontic instruments feature PDT’s signature lightweight resin handles that have knurling up to the instrument shank for easier handling.

The double-ended DG 16 Explorer is made of flexible, strong steel and has an ultra-light resin handle that provides the tactile sensitivity clinicians need when they are evaluating the pulp chamber and root canals. The D11 Endo Spreader provides access to difficult canals, enabling the compaction of filling materials without compromising tactile sensitivity. The D11T Endo Spreader has a slightly thinner diameter for accessing more difficult-to-reach canals.

PDT offers four Endo Pluggers for condensing gutta percha into canals: 1/3, 5/7, 9/11, and the Glick Blade, which features a paddle-shaped end for placing materials and a spreader-shaped end for condensing it. PDT’s three styles of Endo Excavators, 31L, 32L, and 33L, can be used to access and remove debris from the pulp chamber.

Like PDT’s other full lines of dental instruments, its endodontic instruments are made with the finest materials and processes available and are designed to help keep career-ending musculoskeletal disorders at bay. To explore the endodontic instrument line, visit PDT's website!

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Retraction in the Digital Workflow

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Retraction in the Digital Workflow

TraxodentOver the years, technological advancements have given way to a multitude of changes in dental practice and patient care. A restorative digital dentistry (RDD) workflow is a result of these changes, an ever-evolving practice model that allows for more accurate and less invasive impression capture, improved restoration design and, ultimately, better procedural outcomes.

RDD can be divided into two workflows: “partially digital” and “totally digital.” The partially digital workflow more closely adheres to traditional workflows in that it uses impression material to capture dentition chairside. Digital processes are incorporated after the physical impression is sent to a laboratory where digital scanning, printing, designing and milling occurs. Totally digital RDD forgoes a physical impression and instead utilizes intraoral scanning technology to obtain a digital impression. Instead of capturing a negative image of dentition with impression materials, intraoral scanners produce a virtual replica of the clinical situation. This approach offers a potentially more accurate depiction of dentition and can solve a number of issues associated with traditional impression-taking techniques, including errors caused by impression materials and trays, and die stone setting.

Despite the fact that intraoral digital imaging has advanced to the point of “‘over-delivering’ by consistently and quickly acquiring quality data,” the technology still has its limitations. Currently, intraoral scanners don’t allow for visibility through gingiva. This means that without soft tissue displacement, it is not possible for the scanning device to “see” the actual margins of the tooth and an accurate impression cannot be captured.

To displace tissue prior to an intraoral scan, retraction methods used in traditional impression-taking should be implemented. Approaches include the single- or double-cord retraction technique (wherein the second cord is removed immediately prior to scanning) and tissue removal with a diode laser. Gingival retraction paste, such as Traxodent® by Premier Dental, can also be used for tissue management before scanning. Traxodent, wither alone or with the aid of a Retraction Cap, can help gently retract gingival tissue allowing for an unimpeded view of the preparation by the scanning device.

Another limitation of intraoral scanners is that they cannot scan through blood, saliva, or fluids.  So in addition to tissue retraction, the area being scanned must be dry and hemostasis achieved before scanning can be completed. Featuring aluminum chloride and proprietary clay, Traxodent is designed to deliver predictable hemostasis and drying by absorbing excess fluids without irritating or discoloring surrounding tissue.

After placing Traxodent in the sulcus for just two minutes, the paste expands, gently opening the sulcus for capture. Rinsing with water, Traxodent is easily removed and leaves no residual material behind.  The result is a clean and dry field ready for the perfect digital impression.

To learn more and purchase Traxodent and other tissue management products for your practice, visit Premier’s website.



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Increase Production with an Integrated Patient Communication System

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Increase Production with an Integrated Patient Communication System

Distinguish Your Practice from the Competition

Forward-thinking dental practices are incorporating patient communication systems that minimize effort and maximize efficiency. The digital transformation of 2019 triggers new demands from tech-savvy patients who rely heavily on business reviews and exceptional customer care. By streamlining everyday tasks, a strong platform increases efficiency across the board, prompting genuine reviews from devoted patients. As competition and consumer demand increase, recognizing the need for a unified communications platform will better align your dental practice for success with today's patient.

Personalizing Patient Communication

Mobile connectivity has empowered patients, and while every practice has an office phone, most are not using it accordingly. A digital patient communication system can turn the office phone into a smartphone, utilizing easily customizable features such as, appointment reminder texts, and missed call texts. The "sorry we missed your call," text message trumps the delayed call back, increasing patient response rates and dramatically decreasing no-show rates. Instant gratification has become an expectation of a dental patient, and practices of today must act quickly, respond quickly, and be concise.

Optimal Patient Experience

The front desk is often the first and last component of a patient’s experience. The productivity here can make or break your dental practice. It is extremely important to ensure everyone has the necessary tools to exceed patient expectations. With a brilliant patient communications system, phone calls are more productive; applicable information is displayed before and during the call so the front desk staff can easily identify who is calling, and how he or she can be helped. The patient’s name, next appointment, treatment history, and even unpaid balance prompt a more meaningful conversation from the start. The office that has this information accessible, consistently outperforms the one that must repeatedly put patients on hold. Understanding the importance of maximizing communication efforts will lead to a growth in patient visits, and additional revenue.

To learn more about a highly rated patient communication system, and get a $30 Amazon card for doing so, request a demo with Weave today.

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Lighthouse 360 Remains Peer-to-Peer Favorite for Patient Communication

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Lighthouse 360 Remains Peer-to-Peer Favorite for Patient Communication

It was 2013 when Lighthouse 360 achieved one of the highest product evaluation scores in the history of Dental Product Shopper magazine, scoring 4.9 out of 5 points. Technology changes over the years, new services become available, and companies make updates. Such was the case for Lighthouse 360, and they were willing to go back to the sounding board in an evaluation update. The results speak to the value Lighthouse 360 continues to bring to customers.  

Here are 4 key takeaways from the updated Lighthouse 360 product evaluation:

1. The platform helps dental practices save time, reduce no shows, and keep their schedules full.

Evaluator feedback: “Lighthouse 360 has been a game-changer for us. Our cancellation, no-show rate is way down, and most patients rave about the service.” — Peter J. Schott, DMD

Here are some of Lighthouse 360’s innovative new features:

-> Fill-in: finds and fills last-minute cancellations automatically

-> Treatment Plan Reminders: automatically follows up with patients who have not yet scheduled treatment

-> Two-Way Texting: texts patients right from the Lighthouse portal

-> Patient FastTrack: lets patients register (and even eSign forms) right on their smartphones

-> Automated Treatment Plan Reminders: helps improve case acceptance by motivating patients to return to complete their care

2. Lighthouse 360 helps dental practices create and maintain a great online reputation on Google and other major sites.

Evaluator feedback: “Every single one of those [Google] reviews is a result of Lighthouse prompting the patient to complete one,” said Grace Billman, an office manager in Marathon, FL. She added that the practice receives many new patients because of positive online reviews. 

3. Unlimited live support from highly trained customer service agents.

Evaluator feedback: “Customer service,” “staff acceptance/satisfaction with the service” and “patience acceptance/satisfaction with the service” were all criteria that were each rated 4.9 out of 5.

4. Gathers suggestions for improvement from customers and implements some of them into future software improvements.

Many of the new features mentioned above came as a direct result of suggestions from real Lighthouse 360 users, and each was refined over time with extensive feedback by the dentists and office managers who use the software every day. This feedback allows Lighthouse 360 to continually add new features and enhancements. As a recent example, the Patient FastTrack feature recently saw major enhancements, including:

-> Customizable Questions: choose the patient info that matters most to your practice, including insurance, medical history, contact info, and more

-> Editable Patient Agreements: access standard privacy and financial agreements, or easily edit or add your own custom agreements that patients can sign electronically

-> PMS Autofill: feature securely delivers patient data to your Lighthouse portal, and for select software, now writes the info directly into your practice management software

-> Improved Patient Forms: now includes top-requested fields, like insurance info, and streamlines the patient experience for even simpler registration

Watch the full evaluation recap video below:

Evaluators’ Choice Repeat

Lighthouse 360 was again tapped for an Evaluators’ Choice Award, based on a survey that asks hundreds of DPS evaluators about their favorite products.

Keep in mind that the Lighthouse 360 evaluation surveyed the company’s current customers. The Evaluators’ Choice Awards surveyed DPS evaluators at-large. These independent evaluators are tuned into the latest products that can make them more efficient in their practice. The fact that many of these individuals rely on Lighthouse 360 speaks to the platform’s reputation and growing acceptance in the profession.

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Kettenbach Gets a New Look

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Kettenbach Gets a New Look

Even after 75 years, Kettenbach continues to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes delivering dental impression and bite registration material, such as such as Panasil, Identium, Futar and Silginat, to clinicians. In fact, last year the company was named a Top 100 Innovator at the fifth German Mittelstands-Summit.

The company knows that like its products, so too must its branding evolve, and Kettenbach is now in the process of unveiling a new look and feel across all of its products, websites and materials.

Kettenbach’s updated logo leverages the core concept of the original, but puts a more contemporary spin on it that better reflects its growth in dental technology. Kettenbach also is using the circles from its logo to help communicate about its products. You’ll also see more reader friendly and engaging Kettenbach websites, with product information organized more intuitively, so you can find what you’re looking for faster.

Kettenbach will be displaying its new logo, along with product information, at CDA-Anaheim May 16-18. Make sure you visit their team at Booth #2131 and #640!

You may notice that quite a few brands have taken the opportunity recently to examine their branding and make some updates. According to Inc.’s article “Why 2019 Is the Year of the Rebrand,” many leading companies are looking to expand their connection with customers. When a company has a successful rebranding effort, the new look and feel, according to the article, “drives a company's innovation strategy and informs its culture, creating a positive feedback loop on the customer experience as a result.” 

Of course, even the best rebranding efforts are in vain if the product and service behind it are lackluster, but Kettenbach is committed to continuing to provide clinicians with the products they need to help patients achieve their best level of oral health.

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Patient Education: An Option or an Obligation?

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Patient Education: An Option or an Obligation?

How many times have you joined a professional organization but not taken advantage of its breadth of resources? We’ve all been guilty of this. But when the organization puts a patient education platform right at your fingertips as part of your membership—and the resources could benefit your entire practice—it’s important to take advantage.

Spear Education poses an interesting question: is educating patients an option, or is it your obligation? Based on the results of a survey of 500 patients, it appears to be the latter.

According to the survey conducted by Spear:

-> 95% of patients want to understand treatment options

-> 91% want payment options if treatment was not covered

-> 78% felt it would be helpful if their dentist offered patient education videos

The results speak to the importance of communicating with patients in a way that they understand. A separate Spear survey that studied the reactions of 400 other adult dental patients revealed that:  

-> 91% of patients would move forward with treatment after seeing a patient education video

-> 86% felt repairing a cracked tooth prevents more work in the future and understood the consequences of inaction

-> 84% felt “wait and see” was a bad choice for small cracks as they became aware of the problem

Education throughout the Patient’s Journey

Recognizing that patients learn and engage differently, Spear’s Patient Education platform offers several components, beginning in the lobby or waiting area, then following the patient through treatment or consultation, and finally, engaging the patient post-treatment.  

Before the Appointment

-> Fire TV stick and Apple TV – Stream videos to the monitors in your waiting room, giving patients compelling, research-driven visuals that highlight specific conditions and procedures. These videos not only explain conditions, but also help patients clearly visualize the consequences of inaction.

Learn more about Patient Education videos in your lobby or waiting area: 
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During Treatment/Consultation

Having the visual aid of a chairside video at your fingertips eases patients into the conversation about their overall oral health and specific condition. As visuals help tell the story, you can speak to patients on their level and remove friction from the informed consent process.

->Draw and annotate – Pause videos on the tablet app and use a drawing tool to make key callouts.

-> Email or text – Instantly share treatment recommendations with patients who prefer to review details on their laptop or mobile device.

After the Appointment

  • -> Custom print sheets - Automatically create handouts, including postoperative instructions, that reflect your practice’s branding and standards, giving patients information to carry home to learn how to protect their investment.

    -> Online embeds - The cycle of patient education continues, as you can place videos on the practice website to educate new or returning patients. The videos are subtitled to be American Dental Association-compliant.

Se Habla Espanol

Spear Education recently announced that dentists can now communicate with patients through Spanish-language subtitles on animated videos. Sparked by member requests, the new feature is currently enabled on nearly 160 chairside videos and will be included with all future Patient Education chairside video releases.The platform also provides dentists and their teams with a library of lobby videos.

To access this feature, simply turn on the closed-captioning functionality and from the “cc” icon at the bottom of the screen, select “Espanol” from the menu to turn on subtitles.

Learn more about Spear’s Patient Education platform at

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Celebrate Axsys’ 25th Anniversary with a Special Online Sales Promotion

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Celebrate Axsys’ 25th Anniversary with a Special Online Sales Promotion

Receive 25% Off Your First Materials Order

A specialist in digital manufacturing technology, Axsys Incorporated is celebrating its 25-year legacy of industry excellence with a special online sales promotion. Axsys offers a comprehensive line of CAD/CAM software, scanners, milling machines, tooling, furnaces, hard and soft materials as well as FDA-cleared implant components.

From now until May 31st, new Axsys customers will receive a discounted 25% off their first order of AxZir Zirconia Discs, Suprême Glass-Ceramic Blocks and Ingots and Polident PPMA CAD/CAM Discs. A class-leading product, Polident PPMA has been independently proven to be one of the highest strength PPMAs available. As seen in Ohio State University findings published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Polident PPMA reduces tooling costs by an impressive 150%.

“For 25 years, Axsys has provided customers with digital manufacturing solutions from what are viewed as the leaders in CAD/CAM industry. We’ve helped thousands of customers, from two-man shops to Fortune 500 companies, successfully implement sophisticated CAD, CAM and CNC systems, increase productivity and realize greater profits,” says Steve Braykovich, President of Axsys Incorporated.

Axsys is known for its extensive industry experience, longevity and world-class support. Customers cite these factors as highly beneficial to their business and the reason they choose Axsys for their dental materials needs. Dr. Khaldoun Attar, DDS remarks, “Axsys’ extensive global manufacturing and CAD/CAM experience is unlike any other supplier or distributor of this technology. No one else can do what they do or match their level of support.”

To learn more about this special 25% off promotion, visit Axsys Dental Solution’s website at After registering as a new user, the special discount is automatically calculated and applied—no promo code necessary.

About Axsys Dental Solutions

A division of Axsys Incorporated, Axsys Dental Solutions provides open, digital dental solutions to dental professionals throughout North and South America. Axsys offers a comprehensive line of CAD/CAM software, scanners, milling machines, tooling, furnaces, hard and soft materials as well as FDA-cleared implant components.

With over 25 years of CAD/CAM and manufacturing experience across a wide range of industries, Axsys possesses unmatched expertise and a broad network of software, materials and machine suppliers. Axsys leverages these resources to provide clinicians, dental labs and milling centers with open products and services, empowering them to remain competitive and profitable in the modern digital dental world.

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How ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT Helps Prevent Restoration Failure

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How ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT Helps Prevent Restoration Failure

Bioactive materials help prevent restoration failure over the long term by addressing the primary reason restorations fail in the first place: degradation of the bonding layer. Bonding agents tend to degrade over time, causing micro-leakage that can lead to secondary decay and restoration failure.

When it comes to cementation, restoration failure usually happens at the margins. Some traditional cements are soluble and wash out over time. The solubility of these cements combined with the degradation of traditional adhesives can result in micro-leakage. Additionally, continuous pH changes within the mouth and biofilm formation at the gaps can adversely affect some cements and break down the remaining tooth structure.

Unlike some traditional dental cements, ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT from Pulpdent Corporation participates in a dynamic ionic exchange with tooth structure that continuously seals the margins of the restoration.

SEM Analysis of ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT after 21 Days in Saline

Compared to the no-saline control, scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), after 21 days in saline, show a significant increase in calcium and phosphorus ion concentrations and a decrease in carbon and silica ions, indicating that mineral apatite deposits are forming on the surface.

Figure 1. ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT Control, no saline 3000x

Figure 2. ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT 21 days in saline 3000x

Source: Surface deposition analysis of bioactive restorative material and cement. Chao W, Perry R, Kugel G. J Dent Res 95 (Spec Iss A): S1313, 2016 (

ACTIVA BioACTIVE-CEMENT can be used for a wide variety of indirect restorations, including zirconia crowns and bridges, lithium disilicate, resin ceramic crowns, PFMs, stainless steel crowns, implant crowns, and post cementation.

For more information about Pulpdent’s ACTIVA BioACTIVE materials, visit


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Go Green with Direct Dental’s BIO Line

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Go Green with Direct Dental’s BIO Line

You probably already have some environmental friendly initiatives at your practice, such as recycling amalgam and using electronic medical records. But what about the products you use during treatment—are there opportunities to use greener options?

Directa Dental has made transitioning to some environmentally friendlier options easy, offering three new fossil-free BIO products that are not only green, but retain the same high quality as Directa Dental’s other products, so you can feel confident using them.

BIO products are made from plastic generated by raw materials like sugarcane and bamboo, both renewable resources.

The BIO line includes:

  • BIO Cups

These cups, made of bamboo, reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and are an environmentally friendly alternative to your current disposable cups.

  • Hygovac BIO

Hygovac BIO aspirator tubes come in two sizes, but each has the same diameter as other Hygovac tubles, so it’s simple to swap them in. They provide the same reliable suction as the original. Hygovac BIO is made from Green PE, a biobased polyethylene made from sugarcane.

  • Hygoformic BIO

The Hygoformic BIO is the greener version of the original moldable saliva ejector with tongue holder. Dentists have used the original Hygoformic for more than 50 years, and the saliva ejector’s fossil-free iteration continues this legacy. Hygoformic BIO is also made from Green PE.

BIO products are all recyclable, and when you recycle these products, the same amount of carbon dioxide that was captured during the cultivation process is released.


Interested in learning more about these greener choices? Directa Dental will be showcasing them as part of its “The Future of Your Practice” campaign at booth No. 630 at CDA-Anaheim May 17-19. You can also learn more at any time by visiting

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Simple Yet Sophisticated Single-Use Matrix Bands

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Simple Yet Sophisticated Single-Use Matrix Bands

Whether placing composites or amalgam, successful Class II restorations require establishing tight proximal contacts and good anatomical contours. To achieve this level of precision, dentists often make use of metal or plastic bands known as matrices. These devices are secured around the crown of a tooth and confine restorative materials so that the clinician can more easily and predictably maintain contours and contacts.

While many product options are available on today’s market, it can be a challenge to find a matrix band that is not only be reliable and effective, but efficient and easy to use as well. Additionally, because of interaction with gingiva during the procedure, an ideal matrix band should be biocompatible and limit trauma to soft tissues. Moreover, exposure to saliva, blood and possibly infectious pathogens mean re-usable matrices need to be cleaned and sterilized between procedures, a task which can prove difficult given most bands’ complex surface morphology.

Medicom offers an innovative solution to these common problems with Pro-Matrix™, the next generation of matrix bands. A convenient, single-use option, Pro-Matrix is designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of modern dental professionals. Pro-Matrix is available in two band sizes with color-coded handles: wide (6mm, blue) and narrow (4.5mm, green), each measuring 0.038mm in band thickness. For patient comfort and safety, the retainer handle features smooth edges and the adjustment screw is completely enclosed within the plastic housing to protect soft tissues. Pro-Matrix is pre-assembled and has a tapered neck for easier placement, greater visibility and valuable time savings.

Featuring a sliding band deflector and smooth tightening mechanism, Pro-Matrix delivers a perfectly snug fit for both large and small restorations. As a result of this versatile functionality, Pro-Matrix can help streamline inventory. The band is made from recyclable materials and is intended for single-patient use, minimizing clean up and eliminating the risk of cross-contamination. For composite restorations, Pro-Matrix can be used in conjunction with a wedge to slightly separate teeth and better establish contours.

For even tighter interproximal contacts, Medicom has released Pro-Matrix™ Curve. This version combines the original Pro-Matrix’s innovative design features with a pre-contoured matrix band. The curved band promotes better contacts and reduces cupping by establishing a smooth external surface against which to pack restorative material. Pro-Matrix Curve is available in two band sizes with color-coded handles: wide (6mm, orange) for molar and larger restorations and narrow (4.5mm, yellow) for pediatric and premolar dentition.

Industry professionals have widely praised Pro-Matrix for its unique features, simple yet sophisticated design and overall ease-of-use.[1] To learn more about why so many dentists are choosing Pro-Matrix and order the product for your practice, visit Medicom’s website.