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Dr. Frank Milnar works with a patient during his session on ‘Combining Esthetic Principles When Restoring Complex Anterior Restorations’ during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. (DTI/Photo Sierra Rendon, DTA)
Feb 26, 2013 | News USA

Meeting review: Chicago Dental Society’s 148th Midwinter Meeting

by Fred Michmershuizen and Sierra Rendon, DTA

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The weather outside was dreary, but inside the Chicago Dental Society’s 148th Midwinter Meeting, held Feb. 20 to 23, there was plenty to be excited about. For those who were interested in innovative products in the dental industry, the exhibit hall was the place to be. In addition, a wide variety of educational opportunities were available, from lectures to workshops to live dentistry.

Dr. Frank Milner spoke in a live dentistry lecture on “Combining Esthetic Principles When Restoring Complex Anterior Restorations” on the exhibit hall floor. The live patient demonstration involved creating a composite veneer diastema closure, and attendees could receive up to 3 C.E. hours for attending.

Another live patient demonstration, offered by Dr. Ahmad Eslami and Dr. James Stein and titled “What’s the Latest in Implant Technology,” featured the latest technology for implant diagnosis and treatment planning, bringing together CBCT-guided implant surgery as well as the integration of CAD/CAM restorative techniques.


Dental Tribune strolled the aisles of the exhibit hall to see what was especially exciting at this year’s event. Here is a short list of some of the many highlights:

3Shape demonstrated its recently released Dental System 2013, revealed the next-coming innovations in Dental System 2014, and showcased the latest developments to the TRIOS digital-impression solution. Additionally, 3Shape presented its latest technology wonder, the D900 lab scanner. The scanner packs four high-resolution 5 MP cameras, providing speed, high accuracy and color scanning using 3Shape RealColor Technology.

Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT), a Canadian diagnostic device company, introduced the Canary System to U.S. dentists and hygienists. The Canary System offers breakthrough technology for evidence-based detection and monitoring of dental caries without the need for dental X-rays. The system uses “Energy Conversion Technology,” a combination of Photothermal Radiometry and Luminescence Technology (PTR-LUM), to identify and measure tooth decay.

Henry Schein introduced the beta version of Dentrix Ascend, its first cloud-based practice management system designed with advanced features for single and multi-site dental practices. With final release expected later this year, the Dentrix Ascend beta provides dentists with an early view of how the new system streamlines daily operations, blends electronic services directly into practice workflow and takes advantage of today's advanced cloud technology.

Gendex introduced SRT, Scatter Reduction Technology, to its award-winning GXDP-700 cone-beam 3-D system. This new feature allows clinicians to reduce artifacts caused by metal or radio-opaque objects such as restorations, endodontic filling materials and implant posts. The use of SRT image optimization technology delivers 3-D scans with higher clarity and detail around scatter-generating material.

Dental laser manufacturer and distributor Biolase turned its booth into a “Total Technology Pavilion,” offering hands-on demonstrations of the company’s laser systems, cone-beam devices and digital oral scanning technology. Visitors to the booth could attend an educational presentation, use a graphical touchscreen to access information on soft-tissue procedures, and speak with company representatives about various products.

Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co. turned its booth into a “Performance Zone,” offering practice management consulting, efficiency consultations, information on recycling, and products for specialty instrumentation.

Ivoclar Vivadent launched its new OptraSculpt Pad, a modeling instrument for composite filling materials, and Marketing Manager Jonathan VanNortwick gave Dental Tribune a demonstration. The pad is a contouring instrument with special foam attachments designed for efficient, non-stick forming and shaping. The surface is designed to prevent pullback of composite resins and ensure the creation of even surfaces. It features reference scales on the handle, to help ensure professional, esthetic results.

Sunstar launched EasyThread Floss, for patients with braces and other orthodontic appliances, bridges, implants and other unique oral hygiene needs. The floss comes packaged in a traditional dispenser that effectively isolates each strand to eliminate tangles and waste. Sample envelopes containing five individual strands are available.

HealthFirst introduced the Tru-Align device, designed for the elimination of scatter radiation to the head and neck for patients undergoing X-ray procedures. The device reduces exposure by 60 to 90 percent.

Brasseler USA held a press conference to announce advancements in bioceramic nanotechnology for endodontic treatment. EndoSequence BC Sealer, introduced in 2009, is a component of Brasseler’s complete obturation system. Unlike conventional sealers on the market, BC Sealer utilizes moisture naturally present in dentinal tubules to initiate its setting reaction. The material does not shrink.

Dr. Allen Ali Nasseh, a practicing endodontist from Boston who has completed 4,000 procedures using the material, presented results of various cases. “The physical properties of bioceramics will allow us not only to change the way we fill a root canal but, more importantly, how we do endodontics,” Nasseh said.

Mike McLaughlin, national manager – endodontics for Brasseler USA, also spoke at the press conference, offering more information on the product.


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