1st day highlights from Chicago Midwinter 2019

By Tony Edwards, DrBicuspid.com editor in chief

February 22, 2019 -- CHICAGO - The Chicago Dental Society 2019 Midwinter Meeting is one of the largest annual dental meetings in the U.S. with almost 30,000 dentists and dental professionals attending. DrBicuspid.com offers a look at a busy first day of the meeting, covering new products, Dentsply Sirona being awarded three Dental Excellence Awards, practice management content, and more.

Dentsply Sirona wins 3 Dental Excellence Awards

DrBicuspid.com CEO Craig Overpeck presented Dentsply Sirona CEO Don Casey with the three Dental Excellence Awards his company was awarded by the readers of DrBicuspid.com.

Dentsply Sirona was awarded Best New CAD/CAM product for the Dentsply Sirona Hub data storage unit. The company won the Best New Dental Equipment Product award for their SiroLaser Advance Plus diode laser. The company also took the award for the Best New Endodontic Product for its GuttaCore obturators.

DrBicuspid.com CEO Craig Overpeck presents Dentsply Sirona CEO Don Casey with a Dental Excellence Award
DrBicuspid.com CEO Craig Overpeck (right) presents Dentsply Sirona CEO Don Casey with a Dental Excellence Award at the Dentsply Sirona booth at the Midwinter Meeting.

Protect your practice from hackers

On the black market, dental charts are now more lucrative than Social Security numbers, and hackers are willing to dive through dumpsters for valuable patient information. At the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Dr. Pat Little shared how to protect your practice from the fastest-growing form of identity theft in the U.S.

AAPD CEO highlights kids' education

February is Children's Dental Health Month. DrBicuspid.com spoke with John S. Rutkauskas, DDS, CEO of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), to learn ways that dentists can celebrate the occasion.

Dr. Rutkauskas shared how dentists can use oral health-related stuffed animals, called Mouth Monsters, to educate and motivate children. In addition, he discussed common misconceptions parents have about their children's oral health and some plans for AAPD in 2019.

New product: Carestream Dental debuts milling system

Carestream Dental has introduced a new milling system at the Chicago meeting.

The CS 3100 milling system offers four-axis wet milling for crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers using a variety of materials, including hybrid resins, ceramics, and zirconias. The self-contained system comes with Exocad's Exocad2 Chairside CAD software, which allows the capture of new digital impressions while a separate restoration is being milled.

See the mill at booth No. 3602.

New product: 3Shape launches new scanners and software

3Shape has introduced new scanners and software at the Midwinter Meeting.

The new E4 scanner can accurately scan full arches within seconds. The E4 is equipped with four 5-megapixel cameras and skips the bite and die scans to save time. At a show demonstration, the scanner completed a full arch scan in 8 sec, about 12 sec faster than its predecessor, the E3. It will officially launch in August 2019, according to the company.

E4 scanner
3Shape introduced the new E4 scanner at the Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

3Shape also introduced the Trios 3 Basic, an entry-level model of its signature intraoral scanner. Unlike the higher-end Trios, the Trios 3 Basic is a wired-only device that does not include access to all 3Shape apps. The scanner price will start at $23,500, the company announced.

See the devices at booth No. 5027.

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