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Dr. Charles R. Braga performs a laser procedure in the Live Dentistry Arena on the exhibit hall floor. The presentation, titled ‘The Lapip Protocol: A Laser-Mediated Solution for the Ailing and Failing Implant,’ was one of many educational sessions being offered throughout the Greater New York Dental Meeting. (Photo/Fred Michmershuizen, today Staff)
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Meeting Review: 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting

Post a comment by Sierra Rendon and Robert Selleck, DTA

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: At the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting, many different educational opportunities were offered to attendees — from seminars to workshops to live dentistry. In the exhibit hall, the very latest technology was on display. Whether it was healthier patients, a healthier practice or even a healthier world attendees were after, the meeting had everyone covered.

In the popular Live Dentistry Arena, attendees could learn from Dr. Thomas E. Dudney on “10-Unit Smile Design Case from Start to Finish” and Dr. Steven S. Glassman on “The Digital Restorative Solution: Live Invisalign Treatment and the Itero Element Intraoral Scanner.” Dr. Brian Harris of San Antonio presented “Maximize the Use of Composite Resin Materials to Grow Your Practice.”

Other offerings in the Live Dentistry Arena included “The LAPIP Protocol: A Laser-Mediated Solution for the Ailing and Failing Implant” with Dr. Charles R. Braga, and “Cavity Preparation with No Anesthesia: Soft Tissue with No Bleeding: How An All-Tissue Laser is Revolutionizing Dentistry” with Dr. David M. Fantarella, Dr. Jeff E. Rohde and Dr. David Garber.

In the World Implant Expo, speakers such as Dr. Jack A. Hahn, Dr. Suheil M. Boutros, Dr. Guido O. Sarnachiaro and Dr. George Arvanitis spoke in a variety of implant sessions. Each session offered three C.E. units.

In the Ortho Symposium, Dr. Jeremy Mao offered two sessions, “New Technologies in Dental Medicine” and “What Do Orthodontists Need to Know About Bone Remodeling and Bone Regeneration.” Each session offered three C.E. units.

In a Botox and Facial Fillers Workshop, Dr. Steven J. Clark offered a clinical presentation and demonstration featuring live patients and tips and advice from his 20 years in the industry. This full day offered six C.E. units.

The seventh annual Premier Dental Hygienists Program featured several sessions on a variety of topics, including “Dental Implant Debridement” and “Dietary Habits and Oral Health,” among others. Attendees could earn up to five C.E. units by attending the full day of topics. Other hygiene topics included “Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Providers” with Dr. Gwen Cohen-Brown.

During a Sleep Apnea Conference, meeting attendees could learn how to identify and treat snoring and OSA in “Fundamentals of Dental Sleep Medicine” with Dr. Leila Chahine and Dr. Jonathan A. Parker. This course offered six C.E. units.

New products on display

In the exhibit hall, attendees could find high-tech dental chairs with every option imaginable to bathe patents in comfort and enable practitioners to work as efficiently and effortlessly as possible — or attendees could even find a portable chair to be self-assembled from the same material used to ship fresh vegetables.

The material in that second chair is corrugated plastic, and its dentistry use is the brainchild of Dr. Gayle Cheatwood, a California-based dentist with years of dental-mission experience. A box of vegetables inspired him to construct a portable dental chair of the same material to help save his back from the stress of working with patients sitting in lawn chairs or reclining on tables. The result, which was on display in the Christian Dental Society booth, can be shipped anywhere in the world in a box that converts into a chairside table. The chair weighs less than 15 pounds, can be assembled in minutes and supports up to 400 pounds. The booth had an entire portable operatory on display that can be transported anywhere in four 50-pound bags (including a pressure cooker for instrument sterilization).

At the other end of the spectrum, meeting attendees could visit the Planmeca booth and see a chair that has its digital-based instruments, including scanning monitor, integrally linked to the practices clinical- and practice-management software — which when further linked to the cloud will enable monitoring of all activity in the chair from virtually anywhere in the world.

Extremes on the spectrum could be seen throughout the Greater New York Dental meeting exhibit hall, with every aspect of dentistry covered along every spectrum of patients’ wide-ranging needs.

In the Bisco booth, you could learn about the TheraCem self-adhesive resin cement with calcium and fluoride release.

Clearer, more comfortable vision could be found at Designs for Vision, with its new LED WireLess and LED WireLess mini headlights. The modular design enables you to attach these ultraportable lights to any loupe or other eyewear of your choice, with no wires or battery back involved.

An ultraportable headlight would be well suited for dental-mission work, such as that coordinated by Remote Area Medical, which could also be found. The organization operates mobile medical, dental and vision clinics in underserved areas across the world, most lasting two to five days.

Many companies offered giveaways.

Amazon Business started each day with plates of fresh cookies and cups of fresh-ground coffee on its counter. The cookies went quickly.

Kuraray had plush, pink platypuses with microfiber bellies suitable for cleaning phone and monitor screens. And a branded tote bag was available to carry literature, purchases and your friendly new screen cleaner.

At the Colgate, Crest+Oral-B and Sensodyne booths, attendees who listened to brief presentations could try products out and leave with a bag of samples. At the Waterpik booth, you could receive a free special edition Gracey curette by Nordent after viewing a seven-minute video presentation.

In the ACT Dental booth, visitors could sample various mouth rinses and leave with samples along with coupons and a trial-size offerings of the company’s Dry Mouth toothpaste and lozenges.

In the CareCredit booth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pillow Pets were available to U.S. dentists who already use or were interested in the company’s patient-financing programs. A different character was featured each day.

At the end of each day, attendees could pick up xylitol breath mints and gum in numerous booths, including HealthPlex.

International pavilions

The Greater New York Dental Meeting has long enjoyed a strong reputation as an international event, but this year’s exhibit hall conveyed an especially strong global presence with three major international pavilions — anchored by a German Pavilion that commanded a sweeping, high-tech presence on the exhibit floor.

Anchored by a scientific pavilion and spanning across four aisles nearby, the German Pavilion encompassed more than 10,000 square feet and featured more than 40 German dental companies — including some of the most recognized names in dentistry, such as Heraeus Kuzer, Bego, Hager and Meisinger, DMG Chemisch, Hoffmann Dental and VOCO.

Visitors could tour an interactive, futuristic science lab on innovation and research featuring state-of-the-art products from many of the companies. It’s the biggest single presence ever of the German dental industry at a U.S. event.

Also commanding a large chunk of real estate on the exhibit floor was the Korea Pavilion, spanning a stretch of aisles with more than a dozen companies represented. A number of educational sessions presented in Korean also were added to this year’s meeting agenda in addition to the session being presented in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian and French.

Yet a third international presence could be found, with a dozen different companies exhibiting in the Pakistan Pavilion, and the majority of the companies were at the Greater New York Dental Meeting for the first time. Naghman Iqbal, with Pak Surge, said the meeting had been successful for the 25-year-old manufacturer. He said the company had exhibited at many meetings in Germany, Korea, Poland and elsewhere but never in the U.S. until now, despite having a longstanding base of U.S. clients. The company manufacturers and sells a variety of dental instruments and specializes in forceps.

With years of planning required to coordinate and develop an international pavilion, it’s likely that the unusual surge in international pavilions at this year’s meeting had more to do with coincidence than a strong dollar or other factors. And it remains, true, too, that most companies based outside of the U.S. aren’t here as part of a coordinated pavilion effort.

Among the many examples was Abōva Health. The company was here from an Italy with a product being introduced to the U.S. market: The Teethan dental contact digital analyzer is so new here it’s still under review by the FDA, so not yet available for sale. But the high-tech device was on display in the booth, and Pietro Longo and Valeria Ferrari with Abōva could explain how the electromyography technology can analyze in minutes the activity of a patient’s masticatory muscles and generate an easy-to-read report.

Scores of other countries could be found represented throughout the aisles of the Greater New York Dental Meeting exhibit hall.

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