Marty @ IDS 2013: Getting there not half the fun

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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.

Dr. Jablow arrives in snowy Frankfurt, Germany.Dr. Jablow arrives in snowy Frankfurt, Germany.
Dr. Jablow arrives in snowy Frankfurt, Germany.

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.

An iPod touch to control an electric handpiece by Bien-Air Dental.An iPod touch to control an electric handpiece by Bien-Air Dental.
An iPod touch to control an electric handpiece by Bien-Air Dental.

I also saw something I have not seen in years: gold partial dentures.

A display of gold partial dentures at IDS 2013.A display of gold partial dentures at IDS 2013.
A display of gold partial dentures at IDS 2013.

And I came across a new intraoral microscopic camera that looks very interesting.

New intraoral microscopic camera being shown at this year's IDS.New intraoral microscopic camera being shown at this year's IDS.
New intraoral microscopic camera being shown at this year's IDS.

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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