Professional Courtesy: New Year, New Office Gifts by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi

Dentaltown Magazine

by Thomas Giacobbi, DDS, FAGD, editorial director, Dentaltown magazine

As we begin 2020, the holiday season is officially in the rear-view mirror and you should be arriving at work with a fresh perspective on the year ahead. It would be easy to list some of the resolutions I made for the year ahead, but this month I’d rather spend some time on a few fun dental purchases I made during the holiday season.

I travel to many dental meetings throughout the year to meet with manufacturers and keep up to date on the latest issues facing our profession. The last meeting of the year, the Greater New York Dental meeting, starts the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when New York City is filled with dazzling holiday decorations and sidewalks of shoppers on Fifth Avenue. I, meanwhile, was inside the Javits Convention Center, shopping for things that could improve my dentistry.

The first item I purchased is one of those things that’s a bit of a sleeper. The Profin PDX handpiece has been around for a long time, but I never appreciated its appeal until I was with a group of opinion leaders learning about a new product. A couple of them said it was a must-have, so I made a note to check it out at the next dental meeting. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this handpiece could address some of the most common frustrations with finishing restorations and correcting the defects found in some existing fillings.

This Swedish handpiece has a 1.2mm reciprocating movement and a wide range of thin tips designed to recontour and polish the margins of direct and indirect restorations. Some of the most common indications are overhangs on Class II boxes and Class V finishing and embrasures. There is even a series of tips for IPR, if you specialize in clear aligners.

My next purchase was a smaller spend from Cosmedent—the CASI composite instruments in 3C (wide) and 3L (universal). This clever design is a thin, curved instrument for the manipulation of composite in the anterior as well as Class V restorations. The curve generally follows the natural curvature of the teeth and the thin blade makes it easy to trim away excess material during shaping. Of course, the coating is nonstick.

The final December discovery was free. Ivoclar is promoting its SpeedCEM Plus cement with a Performance Made Easy kit. Inside you’ll find everything you need to deliver a zirconia crown. There are samples of OptraGate, for isolation; Ivoclean which removes salivary contamination on zirconia; SpeedCEM Plus, a self-adhesive, self-curing resin cement with light-curing option; liquid strips to prevent an oxygen inhibition layer; and OptraGloss polishers. I’ll have a special video on this month with all the details.

Did you add something big or small to your practice for a better 2020? If so, please share it online in the comments section under this article at I’m also available via email

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