The 36th Australian Dental Congress with its theme: "The Future is Here" was a great success by all accounts with a focus on innovation and development in clinical practice, materials and equipment.
The event a the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was spearheaded by an impressive line-up of local and international speakers, among them industry figures and celebrities who provided a comprehensive, informative and entertaining range of information related to the practice of dentistry.
Complementing the Congress was a comprehensive dental industry exhibition showcasing the advances in technology that have made their way into the practice of dentistry in Australia.
Nowhere was this more evident than on the A-dec stand, a popular drawcard among congress and exhibition attendees where a number of new technologies and products were on display.
Seen for the first time at ADC15 was a new concept from Acteon - the PSPIX personal phosphor plate system described by French manufacturer, Acteon, as the world's first 'personal' imaging plate scanner.
The compact design and easy to access new PSPIX unit is the smallest imaging plate scanner on the market for the personal in-surgery convenience of individual operators. While small in size, the PSPIX is big on features, producing clear images in seconds: users no longer need to move to another room to scan images, while the small footprint means it is easily accommodated on any bench-top.
Also seen by many for the first time was the latest breakthrough in handpiece technology from the world's pioneer in handpieces and LED technology, W&H, the exclusive supplier to A-dec Australia.
The new W&H Synea 'Vision' handpiece features ultra bright mini-LED's utilising a totally new 'ring lighting' effect similar to a high end close-up camera lens that eliminates shadowing from the handpiece bur.
In combination with W&H's patented LED+ colour corrected LED technology, Synea Vision ensures the optimum illumination of the treatment area - notably faithful reproduction of red tones in the oral cavity. This is especially important in identifying gum health and disease, and also in accurately shade matching dental enamel.
A-dec marketing manager, Simon Taggart, said there was a strong focus on the latest dental equipment technology including the PSPIX, Synea Vision handpiece and also the Sopro intraoral camera range which uses fluorescence to highlight de-mineralised tissue, dental caries, gum disease and plaque build-up not visible to the naked eye.
With the growing interest in bespoke surgeries, Mr Taggart said there was plenty of interest in A-dec dental cabinetry and the explanation by A-dec's equipment experts of the productivity benefits of the A-dec 'Preference®' cabinetry system.
"A-dec's cabinetry design features pass-through shelves and colour coded lighting to help staff with determining clean and dirty instruments for more efficient instrument processing and materials management. This system has been widely adopted in both public health and teaching institutions and private dentists for its productivity and ergonomic benefits," Mr Taggart said.
Mr Taggart said dentists at the ADC15 Exhibition also commented on the number of delivery options available from A-dec, with many established customers considering refurbishing their surgeries along with numerous new customers eager to get to know the A-dec product range.
A-dec was accompanied at the exhibition by a number of A-dec dealer stands from as far afield as South Australia, together with A-dec dealers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast who together offer one-stop shops including dental design, construction and fit-out, dental consumables and the entire range of A-dec equipment and handpieces, infection control systems and digital imaging solutions from A-dec partner suppliers.