BREA, Calif., U.S.: Dental practices are struggling during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and so too are the companies that supply them with equipment and consumables. Envista Holdings cut its operating costs by more than $100 million (€84 million) between April and June and still posted an operating loss of close to $108 million. Staggering drops in earnings are the current reality for Envista and its competitors, but the dental giant said that recovery in dental markets is picking up pace.
The development of a new product requires drive, curiosity and the ability to be open-minded in order to dig deeper and to pursue the information necessary to bring the product to life. The process can take several years, depending on its complexity, and the flexibility and responsiveness of the team involved make all the difference—like in the case of EssenSeal, a new-generation zinc oxide eugenol sealer featuring tea-tree essential oil launched by Produits Dentaires (PD) in 2019. In this interview, David Brendlen, the biomaterials engineer in charge of the R & D team, and Baptiste Reuse, R & D project manager at Produits Dentaires, explain the research, development and production process they followed for EssenSeal.