One of the amazing new products I had a chance to preview at the ADA was a new digital impression device from Brontes. The system is now being developed by 3M which purchased Brontes earlier this year. The actual digital impression device is in clinical beta testing and not yet available but is expected to be on the market soon.
This will compete with the CaDent product which I recently mentioned. The Brontes has a different system to capture the digital impression and can take a full arch. This is one of the most exciting developments since digital x-ray and will in my mind have an even greater impact on the profession.
Over 50 million dental impressions are performed in the U.S. each year for the production of almost all dental prosthetics and appliances, including crowns, bridges, implants, braces, aligners and retainers. The average dentist takes several impressions each day in spite of the costly, time consuming, inconsistent, and unpleasant process.
Digital tools for production have been available to the dental industry for many years, but all of these tools start with the same problematic physical input – the dental impression. Brontes will enable a long overdue digital revolution by taking 3D digital data directly from the patient’s mouth and removing the barriers to digital production.