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The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center bustles with activity shortly after opening of the 2017 Yankee Dental Congress. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)
Jan 31, 2017 | News USA

Meeting Review: 2017 Yankee Dental Congress

by Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

BOSTON, Mass., USA: The 2017 Yankee Dental Congress was held Jan 25 to 29, and dental professionals gathered from throughout the Northeast to partake in a wide array of cutting-edge educational opportunities and to view the latest products and technology. On the exhibit hall floor, more than 450 companies and organizations were on hand, offering everything needed to run a successful practice.

Many different courses were offered on a range of topics — from general dentistry to endodontics to hygiene, and everything in between. The lecture halls were filled with informative presentations, and many of the classrooms lining the perimeter of the exhibit hall floor were standing-room-only.

Highlights included “3-D Printing High-Precision, Low-Cost Surgical Guides,” presented by Michael Scherer, DMD; “Food as Medicine: How Food Choices Change Your Mood, Brain and Body,” presented by Janine Pardo, MD; and “National Dental Pulp Laboratory Dental Pulp Cells: From Basic Biology to Regenerative Medicine,” presented by Matthew Wilgo.

Among the many exhibitors was Armor Dental, a privately held dental device company that recently launched Mouth-Mate, described as “the world’s first patented dental healing aid to improve oral health at home.” According to Armor Dental, Mouth-Mate enhances patient care following oral surgeries, periodontal procedures and cosmetic dental procedures including implants, bone grafts, soft tissue grafting, tooth extractions, laser procedures and orthodontics.

Katherine Haltom, DMD, and Larry Joyce, DMD, were on hand in the exhibit hall to demonstrate Mouth-Mate. Also, Cherie Le Penske, CEO, presented Mouth-Mate at RDH’s New Product Panel Event.

“The success of every patient’s dental procedure is highly dependent upon compliance and good oral hygiene during the recovery period at home but clinicians cannot follow their patients home to make sure they are doing what they are told,” Haltom said, in a press release issued by Armor Dental before the meeting.

“Mouth-Mate allows the dentist to extend their excellent care from the office into the patient’s home, which will improve biofilm management and oral health for patients,” the company said.

Many other product demonstrations and educational opportunities were being offered in the exhibit hall.

At Henry Schein Exclusives, attendees could learn more about many products, including the Monoject Disposable Dental Injector. Exclusively distributed by Henry Schein, Monoject is described by Henry Schein as the first all-in-one injection system for the dental practice. The injector is individually packaged, containing a fully operational syringe with the needle attached and drug cartridge pre-loaded, and is ready to use. Once opened, a dentist can activate the drug cartridge and needle and administer to the patient.

According to Henry Schein, when the injection is completed, the dentist disposes of the entire assembly. No disassembly is required for direct disposal. The patient-friendly design is intended to provide a more relaxed and confident patient experience than found with traditional metal dental syringes, the company says. Articaine HCl 4% with Epinephrine 1:100,000 with Monoject Disposable Dental Injector (Articaine Hydrochloride and Epinephrine) Injector Solution is currently available in two needle sizes, 30 gauge short and 27 gauge long. Demonstrations are available.

Henry Schein also featured live patient scanning demonstrations with Planmeca PlanScan, 3Shape TRIOS and 3M True Definition Digital Impression Scanners.

Shofu Dental Corp. was showcasing its proprietary EyeSpecial C-II digital dental camera, which was developed exclusively with the needs of dentistry in mind. According to Shofu, the camera achieves predictable and consistent clinical photographs for case documentation, diagnosis and treatment planning, patient communication and education, insurance verification, legal documentation and dental laboratory collaboration. Equipped with a 12 megapixel sensor and FlashMatic module — a proprietary system of ring and dual-point flashes — this smart camera demonstrates true-color reproduction with an exceptional depth-of-field range, according to the company.

At St. Renatus, dental professionals could learn about FDA-approved dental anesthetic Kovanaze (tetracaine HCl and oxymetazoline HCl) Nasal Spray. According to the company, this is the first product that allows for dental anesthesia to be administered through a nasal spray without using a needle.

Kettenbach was offering its Futar brand family of bite registration materials. The line includes Futar, Futar Fast, Futar D, Futar D Fast, Futar D Slow and Futar Scan. The company says that now, with six times the choice, Futar bite-registration materials enable practitioners to choose the appropriate material to fit their particular needs. Whether a practitioner is looking for high final hardness, comfortable working times or a “scannable” material, the Futar line has it all, according to the company.


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