Friday, February 28, 2014

Pulpdent Launches ACTIVA™ Bioactive Restorative and Base/Liner

Breakthrough bioactive materials partner with teeth and saliva to enhance dental health

WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS February 20, 2014 —Dental professionals have become accustomed to seeing bold claims made on behalf of dozens of new dental products each year, yet few if any of those products end up living up to their promises or making a meaningful impact on the practice of dentistry. Every so often, however, a new product line truly deserves to be called a “breakthrough.” ACTIVA restorative and base/liner, which were launched today by Pulpdent Corporation at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, are one such product line.

Up until now, the materials available to dental professionals for restoring a tooth have done little more than plug a hole. Amalgam, composite and glass ionomer restoratives have had little in common with the tooth structure they replaced other than the shape and perhaps the color. Now ACTIVA bioactive restorative makes it possible to create restorations that actively release and exchange calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions while being dynamic with the function of the tooth.

Not only that, this new bioactive restorative:

• Delivers amazingly life-like aesthetics.
• Functions like real tooth structure by absorbing and dispersing forces to deliver exceptional strength.
• Seals with unmatched marginal integrity.
• Requires no bonding agents.
• Contains no Bisphenol A, no Bis-GMA and no BPA derivatives.

“ACTIVA isn't merely an incremental improvement over the status quo,” said Ken Berk, Pulpdent president. “It’s a true breakthrough that should, and we think will, change the future of dentistry.”

The key to performance of ACTIVA products is the fact that they are formulated with a bioactive resin matrix and bioactive fillers. In fact, ACTIVA is the only product the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has allowed to make this claim, which means that ACTIVA represents an entirely new category of bioactive dental products.

ACTIVA combines all the benefits of composites and glass inomers while eliminating the disadvantages associated with those materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE-Restorative combines the esthetics, strength and resilience of composites with bioactive properties and fluoride release that are superior to glass ionomers. ACTIVA BioACTIVE-Base/Liner has greater fluoride release and bioactive properties than glass ionomers in a strong, resilient resin matrix that will not chip or crumble. It adheres to dentin and does not require etching or bonding agents. 1,2,3,4,5,6

ACTIVA products are also the first bioactive dental materials with an ionic resin matrix, a shock-absorbing resin component, and bioactive fillers that mimic the physical and chemical properties of natural teeth. They are durable and wear- and fracture-resistant, chemically bond to teeth, seal against bacterial microleakage, and release and recharge calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions with the surrounding teeth.

For more information about ACTIVA products, please visit www.activabioactive.com.

References

1. Fluoride ion release and recharge over time in three restoratives. University testing. Accepted for publication. Accepted for publication AADR 2014.
2. Zmener O, Pameijer CH, Hernandez S. Resistance against bacterial leakage of four luting agents used for cementation of complete cast crowns. Accepted for publication Am J Dent.
3. Zmener O, Pameijer CHH, et al. Marginal bacterial leakage in class I cavities filled with a new resin-modified glass ionomer restorative material. 2013.
4. Flexural strength and fatigue of new Activa RMGIs. University testing. Accepted for publication. Accepted for publication AADR 2014.
5. Deflection at break of restorative materials. University testing. Submitted for publication.
6. Comparison of Mechanical Properties of Dental Restorative Material. University testing. Accepted for publication. AADR 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Zila's Dental Assets Will Be Transferred to DenMat with Operations Moving to DenMat's Central Coast California Headquarters by April 2014

This will extend the portfolio of DenMats dental lasers to include the Sol, SL3 and the popular handheld NV diode lasers. MJ


LOMPOC, Calif., Feb. 20, 2014 DenMat, a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative esthetic dentistry and advanced oral health solutions for dental professionals, announced today that it has acquired substantially all dental assets of Fort Collins, CO based Zila, Inc. Zila manufactures and markets to dentists and hygienists a portfolio of proprietary oral hygiene products dedicated to the detection, prevention and treatment of gum disease, and the management of oral health.

Building upon a broad range of dental equipment, materials, and esthetic lab services, DenMat will integrate Zila's soft tissue and oral hygiene-focused products into its expanding portfolio. These products, which include Rotadent® professional power toothbrush, Atridox® antibiotic for treatment of periodontitis, soft-tissue management essentials, and a line of soft-tissue surgical lasers, will enable DenMat to offer to dental professionals a one-stop-shop for preventative soft-tissue management and enhanced oral hygiene.

"This acquisition is a major milestone for us," said Steve Semmelmayer, CEO of DenMat. "DenMat is not only acquiring a trusted line of professional oral hygiene products but is also expanding its North American sales and customer care team to support this significant product line growth and entry into the oral hygiene market. Zila's products are a perfect fit with DenMat's current suite of oral health and esthetic solutions that help dentists and hygienists provide the highest standard of patient care."

Building on its goal to offer dental professionals a broad range of high-quality choices, DenMat's addition of Zila's products follows DenMat's recent acquisitions of restoratives and impression products from Royal Philips Electronics, including Splash® and Precision® impression materials, Vanilla Bite™ registration material, Perfectemp® crown and bridge material, and Flashlite™ curing lights. Similarly, DenMat recently acquired PeriOptix, Inc., a California-based company known for high-quality magnification and illumination technologies for dental and medical professionals.

David Speights, CEO of Zila, Inc. stated "We are thrilled to know that the legacy of Zila's products will continue on with such a strong and well-respected global dental organization in DenMat."

Certain Zila operations including sales, marketing, R&D, and manufacturing are expected to move to DenMat's facility in Lompoc, California by April 2014. DenMat has secured additional operations space near its 100,000 square foot Lompoc world headquarters.

About DenMat Holdings, LLC: DenMat Holdings, LLC is a leading provider of cosmetic, restorative and clinical product solutions that help dentists deliver exceptional smile enhancements. Serving more than 86,000 dentists worldwide, the company's portfolio of professional products includes award-winning restoratives, cements and adhesive materials. Innovative products and new distribution partnerships continue to position DenMat at the forefront of the dental industry―from Lumineers®, the most patient-requested thin veneers in dentistry, and Snap-on Smile®, to innovative diagnostic and clinical solutions including VELscope® and PeriOptix®, as well as noted brands like the Flashlite® Magna 4.0 curing light and Splash!® VPS impression materials. DenMat's Lab is recognized as a leading laboratory for both minimally invasive and traditional-preparation restorations, while DenMat Education offers continuing education programs for the dental industry. For more information, visit www.denmat.com or call 1-800-4DENMAT (1-800-433-6628).

About Zila, Inc: Based in Fort Collins, CO, and with manufacturing facilities in Batesville, AR, and Fort Collins, CO, Zila is a fully-integrated, oral hygiene company dedicated to the identification and marking of abnormal oral lesions suspicious for pathology, the detection, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, and the management of oral health. Zila designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of proprietary products sold exclusively and directly to dental professionals. All Zila products are proudly made in the U.S.A. For more information about Zila, visit www.zila.com.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cochrane Review Confirms Clinical Benefits of Triclosan/Copolymer Formula in Colgate Total® Toothpaste

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New York, NY (February 21, 2014) - Triclosan/copolymer, the antibacterial active system employed in Colgate Total® toothpaste for preventing plaque and gingivitis, recently received a very positive independent review. The review was conducted by the Cochrane Oral Health Group which carries out systematic reviews of primary research in human healthcare and health policy that are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based healthcare.

Entitled “Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health,” the Cochrane Review evaluated the effects of triclosan/copolymer containing fluoride toothpastes, as compared to traditional fluoride toothpastes, for the long-term control of caries, plaque and gingivitis in both children and adults.  

The Cochrane Review evaluated 30 studies dating from 1990 to 2012 in which 14,835 participants
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were randomized to receive either a triclosan/copolymer containing fluoride toothpaste or a traditional fluoride toothpaste that did not contain triclosan/copolymer. The toothpaste used in the studies containing the triclosan/copolymer system and fluoride was Colgate Total®. 

The resulting data highlighted the many clinical benefits of using a triclosan/copolymer containing fluoride toothpaste and concluded there was no evidence of any harmful effects associated with the use of triclosan/copolymer toothpastes.

Some key findings of the Cochrane Review include:

·       After six or more months of use, fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan/copolymer provided a 22% reduction in plaque as compared with traditional fluoride toothpaste. It also provided a 41% reduction in plaque severity as compared with traditional fluoride toothpaste.

·       After six or more months of use, fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan/copolymer provided a 22% reduction in gingivitis compared with traditional fluoride toothpaste. It provided a 48% reduction in gum bleeding compared with traditional fluoride toothpaste.

“I commend the Cochrane Oral Health Group for taking the time to conduct a rigorous review of the clinical studies performed on the fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan/copolymer,” remarked Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos, Global Director, Scientific Affairs and Research Relations for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. “I have no doubt that this noteworthy review will draw further attention to the topic of gum disease, which is a prevalent oral health issue. The most recent national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES) showed that 3 out of 4 US adults have experienced gum bleeding, which is a sign of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease with multiple potential harmful health effects. This is one of the many reasons that I feel that gum disease deserves a significant amount of time and attention. I am pleased to confirm that
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one of our most noteworthy contributions to helping to combat this disease is our introduction of the triclosan/copolymer system to fluoride toothpaste, which is found in our line of Colgate Total® toothpastes.”

For the full text of the Cochrane Review, please visit

For more information about all Colgate Total® products, please visit www.colgateprofessional.com. 

About The Cochrane Oral Health Group

The Cochrane Oral Health Group comprises an international network of healthcare professionals, researchers and consumers preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials in oral health. The Oral Health Group is one of 53 review groups around the world belonging to The Cochrane Collaboration: an international non-profit and independent organization, providing up-to-date evidence-based information about the effects of specific healthcare intervention on health outcomes. For more information, please visit www.us.cochrane.org. 

About Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals

Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive, a consumer products company, and a leader in the oral care market with both over-the-counter and therapeutic professional products. For more information, please visit www.colgateprofessional.com. 

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s website at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Join me for CE in Manhattan

When: Thursday, February 27, 2014 7-9pm 
Where: Casa Nonna
  310 West 38th St.
  New York, NY 10018
Who should attend: Dentists, Hygienists & Assistants
Cost: $89 dentist • $40 team (dinner included)

Learning Objectives: Soft tissue lasers and the benefits associated with early oral/head-neck screenings

The technologies of today, such as VELscope Vx® and soft-tissue diode lasers, have dramatically improved accuracy of detection and treatment, improved the level of patient care, and provided an additional revenue stream for the general dental practice. Are you or your hygienist performing a white light only exam during routine dental check-ups? Are you still packing cord to expose margins prior to taking an impression for a crown? This course will change the way you practice and includes hands-on training!

• Hands-on oral examination training
• Interpretation of abnormal findings through fluorescence technology
    and its efficacy
• Clinical applications and benefits of soft-tissue diode lasers
• Coding, billing, and record keeping protocols

Wine & Dine with DenMat
and earn 2 CE Credits!
Register today!
Contact: Allison Comerford at
646-937-4609 or call
1-800-4DENMAT
(1-800-433-6628)
www.denmat.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

Portfolio of Leading Dental Brands Form KaVo Kerr Group




Washington, DC – Feb 20, 2014 – Henk van Duijnhoven, Senior Vice President of Danaher’s
Global Dental Business announces the formation of the KaVo Kerr Group, a global portfolio of leading dental brands and the designation of Danaher’s $2B global dental business.

KaVo Kerr Group strategically unites leading dental consumable, equipment, high tech and specialty brands under one global platform. KaVo Kerr Group is a global dental business with over 500 years of combined experience. Their products and services primarily serve the general practitioner, dental specialist, hygienist, institutional and special markets customers. KaVo Kerr
Group brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis, Sybron Endo, Orascoptic,
Pelton & Crane, Marus, DCI Equipment, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. The portfolio of brands is uniquely interconnected by common values of trust, experience, choice, quality and smart innovation.

“KaVo Kerr Group formally links our world class dental brands and companies together under one identity with shared values and a lasting commitment to the dental profession,” says Henk van Duijnhoven, President of KaVo Kerr Group globally. “With over 500 years of combined experience, market leading brands and common core values, KaVo Kerr Group creates a strategic affiliation for our portfolio of dental brands. The formation of KaVo Kerr Group enables us to better serve dental professionals and healthcare providers who purchase a broad range of products and brands. The integrated organization helps accelerate our desire to bring new innovation, enhanced clinical workflows and a winning customer experience by better leveraging our respective clinical, technological and R&D capabilities.”

Each KaVo Kerr Group operating company will continue to market themselves under their current brands and go-to-market strategies with firm commitments to their customers and local markets. KaVo Kerr Group and its brands are distributed in virtually every dental market in the
world including North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Asia Pacific.
“KaVo Kerr Group will continue to be offer a broad portfolio of dental brands with a unique combination of consumable, equipment, high tech and specialty products and services,” says van Duijnhoven.

About KaVo Kerr Group:
KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of dental brands and operating companies that share common values of trust, experience, choices, quality and smart innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis, Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton &
Crane, Marus, DCI Equipment, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves the dental profession.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Apple release very important update for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and Macs


Apple released" iOS update, iOS 7.0.6.

According to the notes provided in the summary screen, iOS 7.0.6 is a security fix for SSL connections.

The defect in the security software could allow unauthorized access to documents, email, and other personal information stored on iOS devices and Mac OS X computers.  The revelation that these publicly unscheduled software updates shows how serious the SSL software defect really is and how responsive Apple is to ensuring their customer's safety.

This is a VERY IMPORTANT SECURITY UPDATE. Go to your Settings icon and the General/Software Update.


Apple indicated that there would also be an updated made available for desktop and laptop computers running Mac OS X software.



KaVo Kerr Group Featuring Twenty New Products at Chicago Midwinter


I got to examine and play with many of these products while at the meeting.  If you are in the market for loupes check out the Nano HD as they are light and bright. I was impressed with new Implant Direct impression system. The CariVu for non ionizing caries detection which will do Class II's!

Washington, DC – Feb 14, 2014 – Matt Garrett, Vice President Marketing for KaVo Kerr
Group announces plans to feature twenty new products at Chicago Midwinter. KaVo Kerr Group, a portfolio of leading dental consumable, equipment, high tech and specialty brands will feature twenty new products at the Chicago Mid-Winter meeting beginning Thursday, February 20, 2014. KaVo Kerr Group brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis, Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco.

“In celebration of the formation of KaVo Kerr Group and our outstanding portfolio of brands, we are excited to announce twenty new products that will be featured at this year’s Chicago Midwinter meeting. Our commitment to enhancing the standard of care that our clinicians provide through efficient workflows and simplification of dentistry will be on full display in Chicago,” says Matt Garrett, Vice President of Marketing. “We are thrilled to be delivering a broad array of innovations represented by brands our clinicians use and trust every day.”

KaVo Kerr Group cited the following list of new product previews:
 
KaVo – New MASTERtorque M8900L handpieces featuring greater cutting power and patented Direct Stop technology
 Kerr – Enhancements to the award winning SonicFill and introduction of the new Demi Ultra Curing Light
 DEXIS –New CariVu caries detection device, DEXIS Mac software, DEXshield radiation reducing sensor holder and DEXIS photo digital app
 i-CAT – New i-CAT FLX MV CBCT featuring award winning FLX technology and new
Tx STUDIO 5.3 treatment planning software
 Axis/Sybron Endo – New ElementsFree cord-free Obturation unit and TF Adaptive NiTi file system
 Implant Direct –New Custom Direct Abutments and InterActive implant systems
 Instrumentarium – New Op300 Maxio featuring a new medium field of view digital panoramic imaging system
 NOMAD –New Pro II handheld intra-oral x-ray featuring the award-winning portable I/O with new improved industrial design
 Orascoptic – New Nano HD loupes featuring high definition, lightweight, comfortable loupes
 Ormco –New Lythos digital impression featuring the patented AFI scan technology, Damon Custom appliances
 Pelton & Crane – New 3000 dental chair featuring the Narrow Back Advantage and new enhanced industrial design
 Marus – New NuStar SII dental chair featuring new styling and patient comfort features

About KaVo Kerr Group:
KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of dental brands and operating companies that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis, Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves the dental profession.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Award for the DEXIS® Platinum Digital Intra-oral X-ray System!

Winner In Digital Radiography Claims Yet Another Peer-Elected Award
DEXIS continues to add to its honors with The Dentists’ Voice 5-Star Peer Review 

Hatfield, PA (February 11, 2014) DEXIS is very pleased to announce its 2013 win from The Dentists’ Voice, a dental products review portal dedicated to dental healthcare providers, which can aid in making an informed choice regarding an investment in dental equipment. The annual 5-Star Peer Review Award is bestowed upon the dental products which have an Overall Performance rating of 4.6 or above based on reviews posted during the calendar year.

Participating users posted comments such as, I have been using DEXIS for almost 13 yrs. It‘s the best technology out there! I wouldn't want to practice dental hygiene without this super diagnostic tool! and “The integration with this sensor into my Dentrix software is so seamless that I think they have set the bar for all sensors.

In response, Carsten Franke, Sr. Director of Marketing for DEXIS, stated, “We extend our gratitude to those dental professionals who have provided their reviews on The Dentists’ Voice. Recognition from the dental community is always especially meaningful to us.”  Complete reviews can be seen at www.thedentistvoice.com/dexisplatinum

Offering a true peer-to-peer informational experience, the site’s objective review process provides a way for dentists to learn from other dentists’ experiences with products and services. Reviews are only accepted from dentists, hygienists, and other team members who use the products and services every day in their offices. Each review source is verified prior to posting to ensure that there are no anonymous sources. The review is unbiased, and companies are not invited to fund their products and services listed. For more information on The Dentists’ Voice, visit www.thedentistsvoice.com.  

About DEXIS
DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. In 1997, DEXIS introduced digital radiography on laptop computers — making it the first truly portable and affordable digital X-ray system. In 2001, DEXIS became the first intra-oral digital radiography system to be accepted by the American Dental Association into the highly prestigious ADA Seal Program. Today, DEXIS is the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well-respected dental publications. For more information on the DEXIS Imaging Suite of software products and the DEXIS® Platinum Sensor,

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ritter Dental USA Debuts High-End Ultimate Comfort Dental Unit During The Chicago Midwinter Meeting



San Antonio, TX February 18, 2014 – Ritter Dental USA will be introducing its new Ultimate Comfort dental unit at booth # 4025 during The Chicago Midwinter Meeting from February 20th – February 22nd.

“The Ritter Ultimate Comfort has all the features and quality that discriminating dental professionals expect from a high-end dental unit,” said Ritter Dental USA CEO Fred Battah. “Whether you operate a dental clinic or dental spa, Ritter has a German-made dental unit or patient chair to fit your needs and budget.”

At the heart of the Ultimate Comfort Dental Unit is the Ultimate Comfort patient chair. The following are just some of the standard features:

·       Heavy-Duty Chair Frame with 550 lb. Patient Load Capacity
·       Ergonomic Design
·       Left/Right Conversion
·       3 Free Programmable Positions Total 5 Programs
·       Large Headrest and Double-Articulated Movement
·       Chair Swivel 45° Each Direction Left/Right
·       Hydraulic Chair Movement
·       180° Left/Right Traditional Delivery System
·       Self-Contained Water System
·       Seamless Upholstery Available in 8 Different Colors

The Ultimate Comfort dental unit’s fully-integrated delivery system includes, but is not limited to the following components:

·       Halogen Light  Switchable to 8000 and 25000 Lux
·       Optional LED Light
·       Hanging Delivery System with X-Ray Viewer, Auto Lamp Switch, Safety Air Cut-Off Switch, Touch Panel with 3 Chair Programs, Adaptable for Left or Right-hand Use.
·       All Inclusive Foot Control with Chair Movement, 2 Programed Positions, Speed Control Pedal, Water Spray On/Off Switch, and Chip Blower Button.
·       Assistant Package with Saliva Ejector, High Volume Ejector, Air/Water Syringe, and Integrated Touch Pad Controls.

Dental professionals can find out more about the complete line of Ritter dental units, including the Ultimate Comfort at booth # 4025 during the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. Details and product literature are also available at www.RitterDentalUSA.com, by emailing info@RitterDentalUSA.com, or by calling toll-free 855-807-8111.

Ritter Dental USA

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Ritter Dental USA is the sister company of Ritter Concept GmbH, which is headquartered in Germany and designs and manufactures, world-class dental equipment that includes treatment chairs, stools, operatory lights, autoclaves, air compressors, suction units, instruments, intraoral cameras, handpieces and implants. For more details, visit www.RitterDentalUSA.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.

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A Brilliant New Approach To Caries Detection-CariVu

Combining a unique technology with ease-of-use, the new DEXIS® CariVu™ is a valuable tool in the dentist’s diagnostic armamentarium.

Hatfield, PA (February 20, 2014) DEXIS is pleased to announce the introduction of CariVu, a compact, portable caries detection device that uses unique, patented transillumination technology. This exciting new product provides the ability to easily detect a range of carious lesions (occlusal, interproximal, secondary/recurrent,) and cracks, and yields an easily interpreted image that is stored with the patients other images. Incorporating easily into current workflow, CariVu serves as a valuable adjunct tool for the identification of tooth decay when used with clinical and radiographic examinations.

CariVu embodies a modern version of transillumination technology that has been evolving for over a decade and has been shown, in some cases, to both find lesions earlier than with X-ray, as well as represent the lesion’s structure very accurately. Also, design improvements have led to a product where the light source and other electronics needed for image capture are housed sleekly in a light-weight handpiece that can interact with the DEXIS software. The system also utilizes flexible, autoclavable tips. This improved usability speaks to the hallmarks of DEXIS imaging solutions of ease-of-use and patient comfort.  

This new system employs near-infrared light which, in images, turns the natural tooth transparent and the caries dark similar to radiographsand thus, in a view that is familiar to clinicians. Not only are CariVu images easy to read and understand, they are captured and stored with the patients other images. Since all intra-oral X-rays, camera and CariVu images for the select tooth appear side-by-side, the clinician can quickly compare them to make a diagnosis and decide on a course of treatment. These images can be shared with patients so that they may better understand the need for preventive or restorative care.

The technology behind CariVu offers an advantage in diagnosis of caries over systems that rely on fluorescence reactions which is typically denoted by colors or numeric values. In laboratory testing on the comparison of these two technologies, this new transillumination device showed that the view of the lesions on the images correlated well with their actual physical conditions. Thus, with CariVu, the dentist gains a more accurate view of the actual carious lesion’s shape and size, not just an indication of the presence of decay.

CariVu Indications for Use: The DEXIS CariVu is designed exclusively to support the identification of open or incipient carious lesions above the gingiva and for monitoring the progress of such lesions. Indications: Detection of smooth surface caries, detection of occlusal caries, detection of proximal caries, detection of initial caries, detection of secondary caries and detection of cracks

About DEXIS
DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. In 1997, DEXIS introduced digital radiography on laptop computers — making it the first truly portable and affordable digital X-ray system. In 2001, DEXIS® became the first intra-oral digital radiography system to be accepted by the American Dental Association into the highly prestigious ADA Seal Program. Today, DEXIS is the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well-respected dental publications. For more information on the DEXIS Imaging Suite of software products and the DEXIS®Platinum Sensor, visit www.dexis.com.