Saturday, August 29, 2009

4 intraoral scanners on one stage

Left to right:
Patterson/Sirona/CEREC AC, 3M LAVA COS, Cadent iTero, Schein E4D

As far as I know, this is the first time all 4 current scan units have been presented together. My course at the Ohio State Dental Meeeting had representatives from each company show how each unit scans and in 2 cases, how to do a restoration design. Despite the fact this is a very competitive marketplace, we were able to make this work as a fantastic educational event. It was NOT a competition. The attendees went off after the class to the respective booths to gain further information. I have to thank the local reps as well as the corporate officials of the various companies who helped me put this together. I intend to put this on again several times in the future.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Spectra Caries Detection Unit Gets FDA Approval

I have had a chance to follow the evolution of this new device from Air Techniques which highlights carious lesions with Fluoroscopy. I will post some images and links next week as I am away in northern Maine struggling to get internet access. For now just go to and look at the Spectra.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blue Sky Bio-Implants and free planning software

This implant company is giving away implant planning software. It is called Blue Sky Plan and will allow you to design surgical guides. The software can be downloaded on the website and there are tutorials as well as online CE. Blue Sky Bio designs and manufactures implants, although the software is compatible with other brands.

Sunday, August 9, 2009 sold for $3 Million

This is sort of a dental post- we all love candy-more interesting is a look at the marketplace where domains are bought and sold. The big winner this year was which sold for over $5 million to ToysRUs. This one was purchased by a couple of cousins, age 23 and 31 who live near me ( I don't know them...yet). They actually have a company but hope to expand their sphere of influence and their pocketbooks with this one. Hey- if they invested that 3 mil in the market they would have about $1.8 mil now so let it ride guys. A little insight is here:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Windows 7 upgrade? Not that simple

According to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, only a few Vista products will be able to be upgraded to Windows 7. All others including XP will need a clean install- either wipe out your hard drive, install Win7 and then install all of your programs, etc. OR you may be able to install it with a dual boot situation although that could lead to issues. Here is a link to his article with a very clear chart.