Highlights from the 2006 Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting

The 2006 meeting in Chicago attracted a record attendance of 34,449 with almost 7600 dentists!

There were a number of great speakers and a very busy exhibit floor, with lots to see and learn.

Just a small sampling of some of the new products we saw:

The new “KODAK CR7400” digital radiography system, a flexible system that can help make the move to digital radiography simple and affordable, with minimal practice disruption. The “CR7400” has a very similar workflow to film, minimizing the learning curve. The thin, flexible plates serve as detectors and capture images just like film and the scanning process converts them to digital images and the plates are then erased for reuse. The system is easy to use and integrate, and provides dentists using film with the benefits of digital imaging.

Sirona Dental Systems also had some exciting news to share at the meeting. They announced the launch of their new “SIROLaser” in the US and Canada. The new “SIROLaser” diode laser caters to a broad spectrum of applications in endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery. The “SIROLaser” operates at a wavelength of 980 nanometers and has a power output ranging from 0.5 to 7 watts. It is compact and easy to use.
They also announced the release of the “SIROTorque L + Brushless Electric Motor System”, offering the latest in brushless motor technology. According to Sirona, it provides the dentist with more power, less ambient noise and virtually no vibration.
Sirona also announced enhancements to their “Sidexis” imaging software and new functionality for the “ORTHOPHOS XG +”and according to Sirona, there will be future digital imaging develpments to come.
By the way, also look for “CEREC” 20th Anniversary celebrations to come in Berlin in March and later this year at the ADA Meeting in Las Vegas!

Nobel Biocare had a busy booth at the meeting. They are focused on offering dental professionals an integrated solution of crowns, bridges and dental implantsBeautiful Teeth Now. Among some of their key products;
“NobelGuide”the planning and surgical concept that enables the dentist to place an implant and fully functioning tooth in just one patient visit! “NobelGuide” takes advantage of “Procera’s” surgical planning software and the flapless surgical technique. According to Heliane Canepa, President and CEO of Nobel Biocare, the dentist can “offer a safe, predictable and complete root-to-tooth solution.
They also announced the introduction of a new concept for restorative implant dentistry, the “Procera Esthetic Abutment Selection Kit”. These Abutments are flexible, they offer same day placement and temporization, resulting in less chairtime and faster patient gratification.
Nobel Biocare is proud to a leader in innovative, integrated, esthetic dental solutions.

Ivoclar Vivadent certainly created a stir at their “IPS e.max” booth, with lots of colourful entertainment! “IPS e.max” is a new comprehensive all-ceramic system that incorporates both pressable and CAD/CAM techniques and their universal veneering ceramic. According to the manufacturer, “IPS e.max” delivers outstanding esthetics, high strength and predictable shade matching, even for the most complex combination cases.

The new “ROTOGRAPH-D” Dental Panoramic System from Dent-X offers direct digital acquisition technology, enabling dental offices to reduce exam execution times and costs to improve daily efficiency.

This is a very brief look at just a few of the many new and exciting products presented at this meeting. As always, Chicago was a great convention, offering its many visitors lots of opportunities to mix and mingle, learn and expand. Be sure to visit their website, www.cds.org for details on next year’s meeting!