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CDA holds fall meeting in San Francisco

CDA attendees enter the Moscone South to head toward educational sessions and the exhibit hall. (DTI/Photo Sierra Rendon, DTA)
Robin Goodman and Sierra Rendon, DTA

Robin Goodman and Sierra Rendon, DTA

Mon. 26 September 2011


SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA: CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry was held Sept. 22–24 (Thursday through Saturday), offering attendees three days of dynamic speakers, numerous C.E. credit opportunities and exciting social events. The meeting, organized by the California Dental Association, featured more than 400 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest in dental technology, products and services.

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With hundreds of booths ranging from office equipment, ultrasonic equipment, syringes and accessories to implants and related materials, restorative products and much more, chances are very good that attendees were able to find what they were looking for.

Here are a few of the exhibitor booths of note that Dental Tribune America editors noticed when walking through the exhibit hall:

  • Dentapreg: According to Denta-preg, these pre-impregnated smart fibers of the same name offer superior clinical reliability because of a strong chemical bond between the resin and glass fibers. Hailing from the Czech Republic, the company is quite well known in the European markets, as well as in Japan and Israel. In the United States, the company is looking for opinion leaders to make their own assessment of the product, and for distributors. You do not need any special tools or equipment to use Dentapreg the product, and it is compatible with common adhesives and restorative composites.
  • Net IP Dental: If you want a total solution for your dental practice, then look no further than the friendly staff of this firm, along with its CEO, Armando Vasquez (who was actually at the booth). Net IP Dental will put your mind at ease when it comes to security, backups, media, remote management technology (the cloud) and a paperless office. If you comparison-shop for backup services, you’ll find the company does not have fees for items that other companies charge for, such as log monitoring and DVD return for the restoration of data.
  • DoctorBase: Move over Kung Fu Panda, because Doctor Base Panda is here! Why choose a panda to represent a website where patients can write their reviews of a dentist? Well, first off, you have to admit he’s cute. Second, “panda” also stands for “Patient ANd Doctor Analysis.” The site helps patients refer dentists to friends and family via word-of-mouth referrals from Facebook and by providing star ratings on Google.
  • OSHA Review: You use the office autoclave day in and day out and trust it’s doing its job, but is it? How do you really know? Now you can find out by taking advantage of OSHA Review’s sterilization monitoring. All you do is autoclave one of the handy strips in the envelope provided along with your instruments and then mail it to OSHA Review’s lab to see if it can grow anything from the strip (better the lab than your office, right?).
  • Dental Ear: Can you imagine having to retire because you’ve lost your hearing? It may sound far fetched, but it’s a true story for former maxillofacial surgeon Todd Erickson, who experienced permanent, noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss caused by exposure to the pneumatic surgical drills he used throughout his surgical career.
  • Staples Advantage: It’s not just for highlighters, toner and copy paper. Staples Advantage is a special program for CDA members that grants you deep discounts on those items as well as janitorial supplies, hand towels, labels, tissues, cups and a variety of standard office products. How much of a discount? Well, anywhere from 5 percent to 69 percent on some items.
  • Zila: As the maker of Rotadent, this electric toothbrush is a professional choice for advanced cleaning using microfilaments that can fit into tight interproximal spaces conventional brushes cannot reach. These MicroAccess filaments are combined with a 360-degree sweeping action found on the Rotadent Plus toothbrush.
  • Henry Schein Practice Transitions: For those needing some information on buying, selling or merging a practice, the experts at the Henry Schein Practice Transitions booth were on hand to help with some of those hard decisions.
  • Amazing Animation: For those thinking about purchasing some new artwork to brighten up a dental practice, Amazing Animation offered unique and fanciful artwork.
  • Hat Produce: For those who hate bringing home more stuffed animals or toothbrushes for their kids after another dental meeting, Hat Produce offered candy dentures, dentist costumes and dental bags full of quality plastic play tools.
  • MIS Implants: For those who have never purchased MIS implants before, attendees could get an excellent first-time buyer’s deal, including 15 SEVEN Implants, 15 complete prosthetic kits, one Aseptico 6000 motor, one surgical kit (external irrigation) and one handpiece (Mont Blanc 85).

There were a number of jam-packed educational workshops on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Some of the highlights included the following:

  • On Thursday at 11:20 a.m., the room for Bruce Christopher’s lecture on how to communicate effectively with the opposite sex was already half full and people were still trickling in for the 11:30 start. Christopher’s afternoon session focused on humor and peak performance in the dental practice.
  • Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan’s room didn’t have one empty seat in the audience when he spoke on “The New Art of Endodontics: Everything’s Changed Except the Anatomy” in the morning. He rounded out the afternoon with “The New Art of Endodontics: Gaining Procedural Mastery with New Tools.”
  • Among the sold-out workshops was Dr. Corky Willhite’s “Transitional Bonding: Adding Incisal Length for Function and Esthetics.” During this morning session, the audience was studiously bent over their work as he lectured. In the afternoon, he continued with “Making a Dark Tooth Light.”
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