If you must go to one meeting and don't mind the cold weather, this one has it all. My week started with a meeting with the principles of Dentra, a new Practice Management analysis program. You can get a preview at http://www.dentra.com/ . Then off to the Oral Health America gala which is a benefit for this organization. $400,000 was raised to help children have access to dental care. You can learn about their good work at http://www.oralhealthamerica.org/ . This black tie (optional) event is a who's who of dentistry and a chance to see me in a tux.
From that point on it was meeting after meeting- in fact Thursday and Friday were pretty much every hour on the hour. I was able to update on new products (electronic bruxing monitor from Finland), reincarnations of companies ( see the new Discus and new Denmat), updates in intraoral scanning as well as lab scanning of impressions, and more. Also announcement of an interesting merger of SciCan, MicroMega and SycoTec. Here are a few of the interesting items:
Apex locator that can read your files while in the handpiece http://www.medicnrg.com/
New research on performance enhancing mouthguards http://www.bitetech.com/
New compact inexpensive digital camera http://www.dinecorp.com/
Totally cleanable wireless computer keyboard http://www.cleankeys.com/
Caries detection with fluorescence ( reported here last year) http://www.soprolife.com/
New High def online CE http://www.dentaledu.tv/
and lots of secret new stuff......
I did miss my meeting with the new digital intraoral scanner from Israel and I apologize to my friends there at http://www.densys3d.com/ I will give a full report here as soon as I update my information.
Of course there was plenty of social time, meeting up with old friends, making many new ones, going to a great event at the top of the Sears tower ( going out on the glass balcony on the 103 floor) and staying up very late. Chicago is a great city and I will not be waiting until next February to get back there.