AGD holds Annual Session in Philadelphia


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A crowd fills the AGD exhibit hall soon after it opens. (DTI/Photo Anna Kataoka-Wlodarczyk, DTA)
Dental Tribune USA

By Dental Tribune USA

Tue. 26. June 2012


PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA: Between the hands-on workshops, the Welcome Reception and the general session on social media, opening day of the Academy of General Dentistry’s Annual Session was filled to the brim with things to do and products to see. But it was only just the beginning. During the next two days, there was plenty more to explore in Philadelphia.

From numerous continuing educational offerings to networking opportunities to new products, the world of dentistry was at the fingertips of meeting attendees.

Carestream Dental introduced its new CS 1600 multi-use intraoral camera. According to the company, it’s got the widest focus range on the market (1 mm to infinity), is easy to use and features the same unique liquid-lens autofocus technology as Carestream Dental’s 1500 intraoral camera. It also has a sophisticated 18-LED illumination system and an optional polarizer filter to reduce glare.

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Ultradent Products showed off Edelweiss, a uniquely engineered composite veneer system that it first launched in May. It’s billed as a low-cost, esthetic alternative to custom lab veneers. According to the company, each composite veneer in the Edelweiss system is laser sintered, combining a high-gloss, uniform surface with a thermally tempered base. Ultradent intends Edelweiss as a solution for those seeking a lower-cost alternative to custom lab veneers, unlocking the opportunity for dentists to offer esthetic smiles to more patients.

Shofu introduced BeautiSealant, a tooth-colored, fluoride recharging, pit and fissure sealant with a self-etching primer that speeds treatment time by eliminating the need for phosphoric acid etching. According to the company, the product helps preserve healthy enamel that is easily demineralized with harsh acid-etchants while still maintaining superior bond strength. Seeping deeply into pits and fissures, the HEMA-free primer bonds equally to enamel or dentin, preparing the tooth surface for a secure and long-lasting bond.

For those who wanted to grow their practices, Viva Concepts has a novel idea: you can hand out gift cards to your existing patients, which they can pass along to friends and family members. With a selection of more than 20 card templates and the option of custom designs, you can pick your design and create a specialized offer. A magnetic stripe on the back of the card is a swiper that is used when the card is redeemed and makes patient referrals easy to track.

There were plenty of products on display at VOCO America, including its new Quick Up implant pick-up system, which is designed to eliminate the risk of interlocking. Made specifically for bonding attachments, Quick Up can also be used for reattaching secondary elements, such as bar retainers, in a denture. With everything in one system, Quick Up is designed to improve workflow and chairside efficiency.


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