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Icon Acid Syringe for Tooth Preparation

February 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

No more drill?

If you’ve shied away from hard tissue lasers and you hate the mess with air abrasion, but you know that your rotary drill is antiquated, check this out: acid. Yep – now you can prepare teeth for fillings with the same stuff that burned off the face of the Joker…kind of.

Acid erosion is blamed for significant oral health concerns these days, but like many things in science, measured and monitored doses of acid can be used for good. The Icon acid syringe can perform 15-minute fillings with “no pain and no unnecessary loss of healthy hard tissue.”

Here’s how it works…

  • First, a rubber barrier is placed around the tooth to be prepared.
  • A small amount of acid gel is injected onto decayed tooth enamel.
  • Over two minutes, the acid etches the tooth’s surface.
  • After heat drying the area, ethanol is used to clean the tooth.
  • The dentist places the composite or glass ionomer filling and cures it.
  • Badabing. All done.
  • See the video here.

The German “Icon” by DMG is on sale in some parts of Europe, but not yet in Brittan. While this innovative system is impressive, many techniques are under development to replace the traditional dental drill. A plasma jet, for one. So stay tuned – dental science is about to really take off!


DMG Chemisch-Pharmazeutische Fabrik GmbH
Elbgaustraße 248
D-22547 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 84006 0
Fax: +49 (0) 40 84006 222

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Tags: Clinical · Dental Equipment

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Barry Polansky // Feb 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Wow! Just yesterday I had a patient stop me in mid-injection to ask if I heard of this technology. Patients love any talk of losing the drill. The market is ready — hopefully, so is the technology.
    You guys beat the press with this.

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