DrBicuspid.com staff presented the 2017 Dental Excellence Award trophies at the recent Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. The annual awards recognize outstanding new products and services.
DrBicuspid.com Editor-in-Chief Tony Edwards and National Sales Manager David Hurlbrink presented the glass trophies to the six winning companies that attended the conference. At the end of each year, DrBicuspid.com readers submit nominations for each of the eight award categories. A panel of industry experts then votes on the winners. Two of the companies were not able to attend the meeting.
Water Pik senior marketing manager Scott Headley accepted the Best New Consumer Product award for the Waterpik Cordless Advanced water flosser. The water flosser is more compact than Waterpik's countertop design and features a rapid charge system and electronic pressure control.
Adam Busch, Dentsply Sirona CEREC marketing product manager, accepted the Best New Operatory Product award for the CEREC SpeedFire sintering furnace. The furnace sinters and glazes full zirconia restorations chairside for single-visit treatment.
Forward Science CEO Robert Whitman accepted the Best New Preventative/Hygiene Product award for SalivaMAX oral rinse. The rinse is a prescription-only supersaturated calcium phosphate powder formula that mimics the properties of saliva to help relieve xerostomia symptoms.
Dentsply Sirona product managers Robert Lorenz and Javid Tokhi accepted the Best New Diagnostic/Imaging Device award for the Sicat Air 3D software. With the imaging program, practitioners can analyze a patient's upper airway and create a corresponding treatment plan.
Emily Boge, RDH, and Lewis Meyers, director of sales and marketing at American Eagle Instruments, accepted the award for Best New Instrument/Device for the Boge 513 scaler. The scaler, which Emily Boge created, has both a sickle end and a hoe end.
Matthew Coggin, vice president and general manager of OraPharma, accepted the Best New Restorative Material award for the Ossix Volumax scaffold by Datum Dental. OraPharma distributes the collagen scaffold, which was designed for guided bone regeneration and guided tissue regeneration.
Fortunate Practice Management, which won the Best Practice Management Consultant award, and Open Dental, which won the Best New/Updated Software/Service award for the 15.4 Beta and 15.3 Stable software, were unable to attend the meeting.