Greater New York Dental Meeting · December 1–4, 2019 Vol. 14, No. 3 DEC. 3 2019 Scenes from Monday at the GNYDM See some friendly faces, meet some international colleagues and attend some presentations. Teaming up to grow your practice Program uses actionable data to improve patient care, team collaboration and profitability. Keep the tradition, get the beneﬁts Resin cement combines the benefits of bonding with the simplicity of traditional cementation. »pages 4–8 »page 16 »page 18 Coming soon (or even sooner) By Robert Selleck, today Staff n With its proximity to the close of the tax year for many attendees, the Greater New York Dental Meeting has long been known for its “good-time- to-buy” schedule on the calendar. But with its size and four days of exhibits, the meeting also is frequently used as an effective launching pad for new products, services and other innova- tive advancements. New or improved offerings can be found throughout the 2019 exhibit hall. In booth No. 4013, you can find the new BioSonic UC150 Ultrasonic Cleaner from COLTENE. The Swiss- 8see SOON, page 3 3 In the exhibit hall’s Social Media Café, from left, are dental hygiene students Marcella Valenti, Camille Tabban, Jessica Sofen and Lara Jabar. They’re in their first year at Bergan Community College in Paramus, N.J., and at their first GNYDM. (Photos/ Robert Selleck, today Staff) Just picture this By Robert Selleck, today Staff n Live procedures are again on the agenda today in the Live Dentistry arena. At 9:45 a.m., Sunil Thanik, DMD, demonstrates the LANAP protocol (for teeth) and LAPIP (for implants), spon- sored by Millennium Dental Technolo- gies. At 2 p.m. Justin Chi, DDS, presents “Modern Materials in a Digital Era,” sponsored by Glidewell Dental. sored by Shofu, Ron Kaminer, DDS, explained how he uses the Shofu EyeSpecial digital camera and digital scans to boost patient acceptance and predictable outcomes. The 1:30 p.m. session listed Fred- erick Solomon, DMD, with “Guided Veneer Delivery System,” sponsored by FirstFit. At 3:30 p.m., it was Karla Soto, DMD, and Christian Coachman with “The Light Dentistry Concept — Invisalign Go and DSD Direct.” Two more live demonstrations are In Monday morning’s session, spon- scheduled for Wednesday. 5 Ron Kaminer, DDS, describes hov he uses the Shofu EyeSpecial digital camera along vith other digital tools in his practice to improve patient acceptance of a variety of restorative procedures. Shofu sponsored the Monday morning session on the Live Dentistry stage, ‘Blending Nev Technology for Predictable Dentistry.’ (Photo/Robert Selleck, today Staff)
4 scrapbook Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 Scenes from Monday 3 Elizabeth Malcolm, left, and Gina Susino of EDS/Essential Dental Systems (booth No. 2003). SafeSiders HF helical flat rotary instruments and the Endo- CSV cordless endo motor are among the nev products at EDS this year. 5 The team members at DentalEZ (booth No. 3406) stand ready to assist meeting attendees vith a vide range of products. 5 From left: Walter Czyrsky, Sean Oven and Nicolas Rohde, PhD, of vhf camfacture AG (booth Nos. 1027 and 1217), one of the many companies exhibiting in the German Pavilion. 5 The Korea Pavilion is one of several special areas set aside on the shov floor. 4 Welcome to the 2019 Greater Nev York Dental Meeting. 5 Diella Tali-Williams, left, and Heather Fischthal have plenty of nev products to shov you at Benco (booth No. 1617). 5 Ben Chacko of ContacEZ (booth No. 3424). Photos by Fred Michmershuizen, today Staff
Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 scrapbook 5 3 At the Glidevell Dental (booth No. 4414), there are alvays plenty of friendly faces on hand to greet meeting attendees. 5 Dr. Edvard Feinberg, left, visits vith Lavrence Taub of TAUB Products (booth No. 2908). 5 Jennifer O’Doherty of Pulpdent Corp. (booth No. 3108). 5 Tiina Holkko of Finland at the Futudent booth, No. 1405. 3 Dr. Hovard S. Glazer, presenter of ‘Nev Materials and Products You Need to Be Purchasing,’ pauses for a break during his talk. Biodentene bioactive dentin substitute, available from Septodont (booth No. 3291), vas one of the many products discussed during the half-day seminar. 5 Dr. Jeffrey Babushkin has a seat at RGP Dental (booth No. 1015), assisted by Jason DeCosta. RGP offers ergonomic seating for the entire dental office.
6 scrapbook Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 5 Robert Mopper, left, and Ed Matthevs of Cosmedent (booth No. 3017), vhich is offering its nev ROCK Cement and many other innovative products. 4 Annika Svenson, left, and Maryann Minucci of VOCO America (booth No. 2600). One of the many products available at VOCO is Admira Fusion x-tra, a restorative that allovs for simple and fast restorations using just one universal shade. 5 Zach Moore of White Tovel Services (booth No. 3121). 5 From left: Karen McPartlin, Alexa Parathyras and Al Cuellar are ready to assist dental professionals at Henry Schein (booth No. 4126). 5 Dr. Gregori M. Kurtzman of Silver Spring, Md., one of the many educators here at the Greater Nev York Dental Meeting, is offering tvo half-day presentations today — ‘A Restorative Dentist’s Viev: Preserving Teeth for Better Long-Term Results’ from 9 a.m. to noon and ‘Conservative Restorative Endodontics and Preserving Teeth: A Hands-On Workshop’ from 2 to 5 p.m. 5 From left: Brittany Gray, Nicolle Marquette and Kay Hickey of Zirc (booth No. 3316). 5 Dr. Wilson Chediek, Sao Paulo Dental Association president, vith a handful of Brazilian dentists. About 800 dentists traveled to GNYDM from Brazil this year. (Photo/José Antonio Rosario for today)
8 scrapbook Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 4 In an exhibit- hall classroom session Monday morning, sponsored by Dentatus, Paul Petrungaro, DDS, presents ‘Managing Challenging Situations vith Narrov Body Implants.’ (Photo/ Robert Selleck, today Staff) 5 Marc Vernick, left, and Douglas Dries of Wells Fargo (booth No. 3815) stand before the Wells Fargo vagon, a mode of transport that is immortalized in a catchy song of the same name in the popular musical ‘The Music Man.’ 5 Incoming Chairman Dr. James Doundoulakis and departing Chairman Dr. Lauro Medrano vith a group of international dental leaders on Monday at GNYDM. (Photo/José Antonio Rosario for today) 5 Lonie Avila, MC of the GNYDM’s Leadership Conference Breakfast. (Photo/José Antonio Rosario for today) 5 From left: Tracy Thompson, Bo Sutch, Mark DeVore, Matt Boven and Mike Soreco at the Biotec and Porter Instrument Co. booth (Nos. 5215 and 5216). 5 From left: Jami La Haye, Erin Merkel and Annie Ethridge of Tess Oral Health (booth No. 2915). 5 Departing GNYDM Chairman Dr. Lauro Medrano vith GNYDM Education Director Avery Sandiford. (Photo/José Antonio Rosario for today) 5 From left: Ginny Perez, Raul Ramdayal, Elisabeth Gramatges and Cecil Armbrister of DNTLIT Dental IT Solutions (booth No. 1419).
Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 exhibitors 11 5 Stop by the Henry Schein booth, No. 4225, here at the Greater Nev York Dental Meeting. (Photo/Fred Michmershuizen, today Staff) AD Henry Schein supports Bahamas Dental Association’s ‘Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Dental Health Relief’ program Company donates $100,000 in product and equipment to help BDA support public health lective strengths to mobilize support for those most in need,” Dr. Joyous Pickstock said. By Henry Schein Staff n Henry Schein recently donated $100,000 in supplies and equipment to support Bahamas Dental Associa- tion’s (BDA) first “Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Dental Health Relief” pro- gram. The company’s support, together with International Dental Federa- tion, National Dental Association, the Ministry of Health, Remote Area Medical, International Medical Relief and Christian Dental Society, helped ensure free oral-health assessments and treatment could be provided to students younger than age 21. “The event exemplifies Henry Schein’s public-private partnership model to advance oral health, and we are committed to providing organiza- tions, such as BDA, with the health care supplies they need to support public health,” said Jennifer Kim Field, vice president, global social responsibility. “We hope our role can help get community members back on their feet and begin to rebuild.” The event supported BDA’s global mission of sensitizing citizens from more than 200 member countries around the world to the importance of oral health, and its correlation to overall general health and well-being. “With thousands of residents dis- placed and in need of essential health care and hygiene products, it is cru- cial that the private sector work with industry partners to leverage our col- Here in New York To learn more about Henry Schein’s lineup of products and technology, visit its booth, No. 4225.
12 exhibitors Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 ‘The new interface makes the learning curve shorter’ An interview with Thomas Weldingh, 3DISC deputy group CEO cost of many digital technologies. Here in New York By Brendan Day, Dental Tribune International n At this year’s Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), U.S.-based 3DISC, an award-winning provider of digital X-rays, 3-D imaging and scan- ning technology, has launched the lat- est version of Heron IOS, its solution for intraoral scanning. At the event, Dental Tribune spoke with Thomas Weldingh, 3DISC deputy group CEO, about the benefits the Heron IOS provides for the entire dental team. 3DISC is showcasing the latest version of its Heron IOS solution at GNYDM 2019. What beneﬁts does this version offer? The biggest thing is the new Heron IOS software interface, which we’ve based on our in-house software platform and is case-management AD To learn more about 3DISC’s range of products and technologies, visit booth No. 2522. You may also follow 3DISC at www.3DISC.com, Facebook. com/3DISC and twitter.com/3DISC_ Inc. 5 Thomas Weldingh. (Photo/Brendan Day, Dental Tribune International) designed to be highly intuitive and easily engaged with by the dentist, the lab and the patient. The new interface makes the learning curve shorter for the dental professional while increasing digital workflow performance, reducing the patient’s chair time. We have also put a great deal of effort into optimizing the workflow and overall performance of this scan- ner in a new major software update. This new version of Heron IOS fea- tures a new storage element and technology designed to significantly reduce the processing and storing time required for the large 3-D images generated during intraoral scanning — an aspect that is often overlooked when comparing overall workflow speeds between scanners. In addition, this new version of the Heron IOS offers improved accuracy regarding bite alignment, even with full-arch cases using our two-bite registration procedure. 3DISC debuted the Heron IOS at the International Dental Show in 2017. What has the feedback from your customers been to this point? It’s been very good. We’ve come to market with a complete intraoral scanning solution at a price point that really appeals to dentists who, while interested in going digital, haven’t really invested in it to this point owing to the high initial investment Could you explain 3DISC’s pricing model for the Heron IOS? We are trying to make things simple for the dental professional with our products, and our pricing model is no exception. Heron IOS is available for a one-time affordable payment — there are no mandatory licensing fees or ongoing costs, and it comes with free upgrades. It’s very easy, then, to calculate your return on investment when moving from analog to digital. In addition, 3DISC will soon have a new ROI calculator on its website for customers to calculate their prac- tices’ ROI for the Heron intraoral scanner. What else is 3DISC highlighting at GNYDM 2019? In addition to order management and scanning, we have developed an easy method of practice-to-lab communica- tion called HeronCloud. The software is designed to be highly intuitive, boasting a fast learning curve that provides fast and easy collaboration with the lab through the cloud.
14 exhibitors Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 Interview with Daniel Ferrari, head business segment dental at Sulzer By Dental Tribune International Here in New York n In your product portfolio, you have Helix and T-Mixer™ mixing tips from MIXPACTM. The T-Mixer prod- uct range is continuously growing because of the recent introduction of the T-Mixer Colibri™ plus. What are the differences between both mixing technologies? What are the beneﬁts for the dentist? Thanks to its advanced technology and compact, shorter design, the MIXPAC T-Mixer offers material sav- ings up to 40 percent compared to the Helix mixing tips. Additionally, the T-Mixer enables easier, more precise and safer handling and application of the material. The shear and elasticity forces generated inside a T-Mixer result in a more homogenous distribution of individual molecules in comparison to conventional Helical mixing tips. The T-Mixer has received multiple awards from independent dental test institutes: the Dental Advisor and Clinicians Report. Sulzer has been competing against copies of patent-protected mixing tips for a several years – for both the beneﬁt of patients and dentists. How can clinicians ensure they are using original Sulzer products? To learn more about Sulzer products and technology, visit booth No. 4631. Sulzer is committed to protecting its products. Genuine MIXPAC tips can be identified by the MIXPAC logo located on the retaining ring and the CANDY COLOR™ quality seal. We highly recommend that dentists continue to make sure that they actu- ally receive the original mixing tips from Sulzer. Because of our system approach, Sulzer guarantees high performance and top application results when using the entire MIXPAC system — dispenser, cartridge and mixing-tips from Sulzer. For the dental industry, Sulzer provides a huge product portfolio of mixing and dispensing systems with MIXPAC products for the OEM Material Manufacturers as well as Transcodent™ branded products for the dental trade business. What are some of the product highlights at the GNYDM? And how can U.S.-based customers receive Transcodent products? For GNYDM 2019, we have two trade product highlights: the Transcodent Flexible Steel™ irrigation needles with its double-side vent irrigation needles with Luer Lock that increase safety and efficacy of endodontic irri- gation. And the Transcodent Painless Steel™ Injection Needles, which are designed for effective and safe deliv- ery of anesthetic solution to ensure optimal patient comfort. Both prod- ucts from Sulzer ensure that dentists’ daily practice life is much easier with the highest patient comfort possible. U.S. customers can purchase Transcodent products directly by contacting our U.S. Sales Manager Nancy Robbins, (603) 475-5890, nancy. email@example.com or by contacting their local dental supplier. Sulzer is known as a supplier of high-quality products. Can you provide an example as to how you ensure the highest quality level possible during the production process? The key difference is our 360-degree business model approach. With our ISO certified production environ- ment and cutting-edge manufactur- ing technology combined with using the best raw materials and extensive quality processes, Sulzer effectively merges Swiss quality with German engineering throughout the entire production process. 5 Daniel Ferrari, head business segment dental, at Sulzer. (Photos/Provided by Sulzer) 5 Transcodent Painless Steel dental injection needles. 5 Transcodent Flexible Steel irrigation needles. Cosmedent launches new resin cement By Cosmedent Staff n Cosmedent, a highly respected dental company for more than 40 years providing solutions to many of dentistry’s most frustrating obsta- cles, recently announced the launch of Cosmedent ROCK Resin cement. Cosmedent’s new ROCK Resin cement is a dual-cure, self-adhesive resin cement used for the permanent cementation of ceramics, zirconia, lithium disilicate and metal-based restorations. With its proprietary set- ting technology, ROCK resin cement sets faster and more completely than other self-adhesive cements, accord- ing to Cosmedent. Its thin film thickness makes it easier for clinicians to seat restora- tions without the hassle of occlusal adjustments related to too thick a Here in New York To learn more about Cosmedent prod- ucts, visit booth No. 3017. 5 The nev ROCK Resin cement is a dual-cure, self-adhesive resin cement used for the permanent cementation of ceramics, zirconia, lithium disilicate and metal-based restorations. (Photo/Provided by Cosmedent) cement layer, the company asserts. ROCK Resin Cement is easy to use, Cosmedent says, with fast clean-up, superior marginal adhesion, virtu- ally no post-op sensitivity and is a real time-saver for clinicians and patients. Visit Cosmedent at booth No. 3017 and see for yourself why Cosmedent’s new ROCK Resin cement may be the ideal choice for luting all your perma- nent restorations.
16 exhibitors Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 Benco helps practices grow with Dental Intelligence The independent dental distributor aligns with a Utah-based company known for software used to track, analyze, manage and grow dental practices By Benco Dental Staff n Dental Intelligence, a leader in helping dental practices use actiona- ble data to improve patient care, team collaboration and practice profitabil- ity, has aligned with Benco Dental, one of the nation’s largest independ- ent dental distributors. Their shared goal: helping all den- tists in the United States grow in ways that are important to them and their patients. “All of us at Dental Intelligence are thrilled with this opportunity to be aligned with a dynamic organiza- tion like Benco. We love how focused they are on addressing and resolving the many unique challenges faced by the dental industry today,” said Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intel- ligence. “Our company has a single vision: To help dental practices to do more and even better dentistry, more effi- ciently. Everything we do revolves around this purpose — and we’re passionate about succeeding. Benco’s commitment to helping the practices they work with achieve greater suc- cess makes them an ideal partner for Dental Intelligence. We’re so excited to work together.” The Pleasant Grove, Utah-based company connects to a doctor’s practice-management software, then analyzes instantly, automates, finds opportunities and communicates. Dental Intelligence smart tools work to make sure nothing falls through the cracks, while saving time, helping more patients and increasing produc- tion, the company asserts. Among the smart tools utilized: • Morning Huddle: A presentation, automated with the click of a button, that in 15 minutes unites the dental team with clear and measurable goals, reviews yesterday, today, tomorrow and next week, celebrates victories and creates teaching moments. • Call Insight: A smart caller ID that improves patient experience and displays valuable patient opportuni- ties. • Today’s Follow Ups: A daily communication assistant that auto- generates call lists for appointment 3 Dental Intelligence vorks behind the scenes to gather data, analyze and find opportunities for dental practices. Their desktop dashboards, shovn, provide complete transparency and eye-opening insights available instantly. (Photos/Provided by Benco Dental) offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innova- tive solutions and caring family cul- ture. Within the past 88 years, the com- pany has grown from a single down- town location to a national network that includes five distribution centers and three design showrooms: one at the company’s Pennsylvania head- quarters, one in Southern California and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune best workplaces in health care and biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE top companies for executive women for the second consecutive year and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 profes- sionally trained sales representatives and more than 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco. com or call (800) GO-BENCO. Here in New York To learn more about Benco products and technology, visit booth No. 1617. You may also visit benco.com or call (800) GO-BENCO. confirmations, hygiene recare and unscheduled treatment. “Benco Dental and Dental Intel- ligence share a passion for innovat- ing to help dentists achieve more,” said Terry Barrett, chief marketing officer at Benco Dental. “This product delivers measurable results through a remarkable combination of hind- sight, insight and foresight so users learn from what has already hap- pened, respond better to what’s hap- pening now and anticipate how to react smarter and more efficiently in the future.” About Dental Intelligence Dental Intelligence is one of the world’s smartest softwares, accord- ing to the company, and is used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices. Dental Intel- ligence tries to simplify the team’s 5 Dental Intelligence CEO Weston Lunsford daily activities that are most impor- tant in improving patient health and increasing profitability in the prac- tice. To learn more, visit www.dental- intel.com. About Benco Dental Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is one of the largest privately-owned dental distributors in the United States,
18 exhibitors Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 The beneﬁts of bonding meet the simplicity of traditional cementing TheraCem is indicated for luting crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and all types of posts By Dr. Joseph Kim n BISCO’s next-generation resin cement combines the benefits of bonding with the simplicity of a tradi- tional cementing protocol. TheraCem is a dual-cured, calcium- and fluoride-releasing, self-adhesive resin cement indicated for luting crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and AD 3 Simple and easy clean-up of TheraCem. (Photo/ Provided by BISCO Dental Products) all types of posts. Delivering a strong bond to zirconia and most substrates, along with easy cleanup and high radiopacity, TheraCem offers clini- cians reliable and durable cementa- tion of indirect restorations, accord- ing to the company. The self-adhesive feature means no etching and no priming or bond- ing of prepared dental surfaces. This means greater predictability in preparations with subgingival margins, where etchants or bonding agents may cause bleeding. With TheraCem, a clean, prepped dentin or enamel surface is all that is needed to achieve excellent bond strengths, with the added benefit of sustained calcium and fluoride release. TheraCem also forms a strong bond to most substrates, including zir- conia restorations, without the need for separate chemical primers. TheraCem is easy to clean up with hand instruments and floss. For deeper subgingival margins, TheraCem is kind to the gingiva, although the margins should be thor- oughly inspected to ensure complete removal of excess cement. Because of innovative chemistry, TheraCem achieves a high degree of chemical conversion, which ensures long-term durability without the need for refrigeration when it is not being used. For clinicians, this means that peace of mind can be nearby and ready to use in every operatory. All of these time-saving features translate to decreased chair time and frustration for both clinicians and patients. TheraCem is true simplicity and durability through cutting-edge chemistry. Here in New York To learn more about TheraCem, avail- able from BISCO Dental Products, stop by booth No. 1200, call (800) 247-3368 or go online to bisco.com.
20 exhibitors Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 Glidewell Dental to host inaugural Guiding Leaders Summit at oceanfront resort in 2020 Two-day conference designed to create an unparalleled experience for women in dentistry By Glidewell Dental Staff n Glidewell Dental, an industry- leading provider of dental labora- tory services, products, technologies and clinical education, will host the Guiding Leaders Summit, a dynamic conference designed to equip women in dentistry with the latest dental procedures and leadership training that elevates them to new levels. This two-day event will take place April 24–25 at the luxurious Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif. “We’re excited to create this to extraordinary empower women in dentistry,” said Stephenie Goddard, executive vice opportunity president at Glidewell Dental and visionary of Guiding Leaders. “We believe in being innovative, so we have designed an exceptional con- ference that is intended to provide a unique experience that’s unlike other dentistry events.” The Guiding Leaders Summit will include prominent speakers, break- out sessions, panel discussions, a vendor expo and an onsite booth to update professional headshots. Each morning, yoga sessions will be AD Here in New York For more information on Glidewell Dental and its technology and prod- ucts, visit booth No. 4414. offered at the beach, and participants will have ample opportunity for net- working during the event including hosted cocktail receptions. continuing The conference will provide a range of education courses that cover diverse areas from clinical and digital dentistry to practice management and leadership development. Attendees will have an opportu- nity to select up to eight sessions from topics, such as “Choosing the Right Cutting-Edge Technology to Grow Your Practice,” “7 Simple Strategies to Build a Successful Brand on Social Media” and “Reduce Stress by Unlock- ing the Power of Mindfulness.” Dr. Rella Christensen, who co- founded the Clinicians Report Foun- dation, a nonprofit, educational research institute, will be the key- note speaker on the opening day. As a renowned author, researcher and lecturer, Christensen will share with attendees the latest in clinical research as well as her experiences as a woman in dentistry. “I’m excited about speaking at the inaugural Guiding Leaders Summit. It is going to be a phenomenal event for women in our profession,” Chris- tensen said. “I look forward to sharing the information and experiences I have had with the new leaders.” The conference will be a well- rounded event where women can discover current dentistry trends, develop as a leader, as well as build a strong support network with col- leagues, the company asserts. “It is essential to have a variety of tools to be successful within this field,” Goddard said. “Therefore, we want women to leave the summit equipped in more than one area. Our goal is for them to receive educational training while being rejuvenated so they return to the practice ready to make a bigger impact in dentistry.” The Guiding Leaders Summit is geared toward women dentists, hygienists and office staff, as there will be topics that are relevant to all roles within the practice. Participants can earn up to nine hours of continu- ing education credits by attending both days. Early-bird registration for the event ends in January. For more information or to register, visit guidingleaders.com/summit.
22 exhibitors Greater New York Dental Meeting — Dec. 3, 2019 Dentapen: The next-generation CCLAD By Septodont Staff n The Dentapen’s lightweight, ergo- nomic design sets it apart from the competition, according to Septodont, the company behind it. There are no cords, no console and no long tubing. The entire device fits in the palm of your hand. It is smaller and lighter than many traditional syringes. It allows dentists to give slow, consistent injections, thereby reducing patient discomfort and pain. It’s common knowledge that many patients fear going to the dentist, and the No. 1 reason why is they fear get- ting injections. That fear may be the result of a bad experience or it may be because many injections hurt. They hurt because many dentists deliver an entire cartridge of anesthetic in less than 20 seconds. Local anesthetics are acidic, and delivering anesthetic quickly stings. It’s like squirting some lemon juice on a cut. Slowing down an injection allows the body to raise the pH of the anesthetic, thereby reducing the sting. AD Here in New York To learn more about the Dentapen, stop by the Septodont booth, No. 3219. Dental injections can also be pain- ful and damage tissue because of pres- sure variations. A human hand just can’t maintain even pressure in the same way that a computer-controlled device can. Too much pressure and the patient will experience pain. Using the Dentapen will improve the patient experience by provid- ing more comfortable and consistent injections, according to the company. With a Dentapen, dentists can focus more on the patient and less on their technique. The intuitive design of the Den- tapen means there is no steep learn- ing curve. It isn’t necessary to adapt a technique to the device, but rather the device allows a dentist to use the same techniques as a standard syringe but improves upon the result. Assembling and operating the Den- tapen is simple, according to the com- pany. There are two choices of grips that allow you to hold it like a tradi- tional syringe or like a pen. It accom- modates standard dental anesthetic cartridges and needles — no need for special proprietary supplies. It offers three speeds and two modes, making it easy to choose the right options for each type of injection. The Dentapen was designed with patient comfort and safety in mind. That is why it includes automatic aspi- ration. To aspirate, simply activate the flow by pressing down on the finger grip, and stop the flow by pressing it a second time. The plunger will retract a little, creating the negative pressure needed for aspiration, and then return to its starting position. Every time the flow is stopped, aspi- ration will occur. With a Dentapen, injections are more comfortable for patients, more comfortable for dentists and more consistent and predictable, accord- ing to the company, which asserts the Dentapen from Septodont is the ideal solution for dentists looking to improve their practice. 5 The Dentapen can be held like a syringe or like a pen and is probably smaller than you might think. (Photos/ Provided by Septodont)