COLOGNE, Germany - So getting to the International Dental Show from the U.S. required a red-eye flight, translating into a very poor night's sleep.
But arrive we did in wintery Frankfurt, where we had to disembark onto the tarmac before going through immigration.
I actually had my first meeting before I even left the airport, where I learned about the new digital Captek restorations (Argen). The Captek coping is fabricated from a scanned model, giving excellent accuracy when full ceramic restorations may not be indicated.
After that I met up with Paul Feuerstein, DMD, and we took the train to Cologne.
I did not have a lot of time on the convention floor on Tuesday, but I did see some interesting new products from Bien-Air Dental. They are working on an iPad controller for the Trios intraoral scanner and an iPod touch to control an electric handpiece.
I also saw something I have not seen in years: gold partial dentures.
And I came across a new intraoral microscopic camera that looks very interesting.
That's all for now -- lots more to come, though, from Cologne this week, including details on Carestream's new digital impressioning product line. Stay tuned!
Marty Jablow, DMD, lectures and consults extensively about integrating technologies into the modern dental practice (www.dentaltechnologycoach.com).
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