Gathering new knowledge and techniques and staying abreast of the latest news and technology in dental surgery is not always easy. In this article, we’ve consolidated some recent news about dental innovations you might have missed that can improve your patients’ experience.
Electronic Anesthesia Delivery
According to a recently-published study by Brazilian researchers, dentists may soon be able to easily deliver effective anesthesia with the help of an electric current and topical gel solution. Imagine avoiding the issue of needle fear entirely! As quoted in Dentistry Today, study author Renata Fonseca Vianna Lopez says, “Needle-free administration could save costs, improve patient compliance, facilitate application, and decrease the risks of intoxication and contamination.”
Innovation in Luting Composites
Variolink Esthetic by Ivoclar Vivodent is esthetic light- and dual-curing luting composite that may make ceramic and composite restorations easier and more durable. According to Stephanie Huth, DDS, “In the past, the time-consuming removal of excess luting cements before and after polymerization represented a disadvantage of the adhesive cementation technique.” Advantages of Variolink Esthetic include easy removable of excess material and controllable balance between flowability and stability. It pairs perfectly with Adhese Universal (also Ivoclar Vivodent).
WaveOne Gold: The Latest in Canal Shaping
New single-file endodontic mechanical file system WaveOne Gold (DENTSPLY) is a reciprocal shaping file and an updated version of the Primary WaveOne system. Improvements over the Primary WaveOne system include the alternating offset parallelogram-shaped cross section, which helps avoid taper lock and the screw effect and a new supermetal, called Gold-Wire. According to Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, this material is “80% more flexible, 50% more resistant to cyclic fatigue, and 23% more efficient, compared to its Primary WaveOne M-Wire predecessor.”
The Latest in Intraoral Cameras
The Mouthwatch Intraoral Camera has been called “the most popular new product of 2015” by dentalcompare.com. These cameras are affordable enough to keep in every treatment room and integrate easily with dental practice software to provide quick and easy imaging. Using cameras can facilitate case presentation to the patient and education about the state of a patient’s dental health through visuals. This improved camera offers clear images, ergonomic design, and options for connectivity that really make it more than an imaging devices, but also a communication tool.
Staying informed about the latest products, technologies and techniques allows you to provide the best dental care possible. The latest innovations may even save your practice time and money! Stay tuned for more round-ups of dental news in the future.