PRODUCTS TO SEE AT THE
The exhibit hall for the annual dental conference in New York City’s
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will be open on Nov. 26-29
Editor’s note: The information below regarding products featured at the Greater New York Dental Meeting is provided by the manufacturers.
GREATER NEW YORK
DENTSPLY SIRONA — Cavitron Touch Ultrasonic Scaling System
The Cavitron Touch Ultrasonic Scaling System is designed to be user-friendly while also providing features for an improved scaling experience.
It features the Steri-Mate 360 rotating handpiece combined with a featherweight cable for improved tactile sensitivity during the scaling procedure.
Also included as part of the system is the wireless Tap-On Technology foot pedal – designed to reduce leg and ankle discomfort associated with
continued foot pedal usage. For more information, please visit: dentsplysirona.com/en-us/products/preventive/ultrasonic-scaling.html.
PREVENTECH — Esamate Handpiece
Introducing the new esamate MW (Midwest) low speed handpiece. Infection prevention
compliance is only the beginning …
CDC guidelines recommend that “dental handpieces and associated attachments should
always be heat sterilized between patients,” adding “if a semicritical item is heat-sensitive, DHCPs should replace it with a heat-tolerant or disposable alternative.” Additionally, they state, “if a semicritical item
does not come in contact with mucous membranes or non-intact skin, it does not require heat sterilization.”
Most practices utilize a plastic barrier on the handpiece to prevent cross contamination. Currently, 39 state dental boards subscribe to the CDC Guidelines.
In 11 states1, state dental practice acts mandate the heat sterilization of handpieces. (state dental practice boards in California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South
Carolina, Virginia, and Washington require semicritical items to be sterilized after every patient.) It’s not a recommendation. It’s the law. More states are expected to enact this policy.
The esamate MW handpiece is lube-free and features a durable stainless steel housing, making it heat sterilization tolerant and compliant with the dental practice acts in all 50 states. It weighs just 3. 2
ounces, offers a 360-degree swivel and connects quickly and easily to esa disposable prophy angles. Esamate MW provides proven air-driven performance. No recharging or batteries! It’s also backed by
a two-year warranty. For more information, call (800) 474-8681 or visit preventech.com
PREMIER DENTAL PRODUCTS CO. — BioCoat
Julie Charlestein, the president and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, answered the questions below about Biocoat, a bioactive resin pit and
What is the coolest thing about SmartCap Technology? How does it work with BioCoat?
It’s fascinating, actually. Imagine a bubble, or better yet, a whiffle ball. The whiffle ball is pliable to some extent yet even though there are holes in it, it does not
lose its shape. SmartCap Technology is similar to the whiffle ball on a microscopic level. SmartCap technology consists of tiny microspheres that contain, in this
case, ionic solutions of fluoride, calcium, and phosphate. The microscopic holes in the microcapsules are only big enough to allow these ions to move in and out
of the microcapsule, but it does not lose its shape—or technically, the microcapsule’s volume is conserved, which is one of the unique features of SmartCap.
When glass ionomers release fluoride, they are losing part of themselves; they are deteriorating. When fluoride and calcium and phosphate are released from SmartCap, the microcapsules keep their
shape so shrinkage of the sealant (BioCoat) is minimized. But cooler still is the fact that the microcapsule recharge every time you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Because they maintain their
shape, they can “recharge” with new fluoride ions.
We know that BioCoat continues to release fluoride for several months after it is placed. BioCoat pit and fissure sealant protects teeth, has minimal shrinkage, and releases fluoride ions for extended
periods of time. The microcapsules in SmartCap technology are responsible for this.
Why is BioCoat better for your patients?
Like most sealants, BioCoat helps protect vulnerable teeth by sealing the pit and fissures. Unlike other sealants, BioCoat is a resin sealant with all the benefits of a GIC. Besides the outstanding adhesion and durability you’d expect from a resin sealant, BioCoat’s extended release of fluoride and calcium and phosphate ions provides a continuous secondary protection mechanism. Remineralization
ions released directly at the margins and to adjacent tooth surfaces assist in breaking the early, precarious demineralization cycle that occurs with the constant changes in the oral environment—and
continues to do so for the life of the sealant.
What are BioCoat’s handling properties like?
The SmartCap microcapsules in the sealant enhance the flowability of BioCoat by acting like micro-ball bearings so delivery is bubble-free and smooth. The filler aids in the handling of the sealant just
as you’d expect fillers to do, but the important thing about the filler in BioCoat is that its optimal size allows for penetration and adaptation into the smallest pits and fissures for a secure seal while at
the same time allowing movement or access of the minerals into and out of the microcapsules.