Printer Friendly

AMERICAN DENTAL LASER PREVIEWS KINETIC INSTRUMENT DESIGNED TO PREPARE TEETH FOR FILLINGS

 AMERICAN DENTAL LASER PREVIEWS KINETIC INSTRUMENT
 DESIGNED TO PREPARE TEETH FOR FILLINGS
 COLOGNE, Germany, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- American Dental Laser (NASDAQ: ADLI) unveiled a prototype instrument today that uses kinetic energy to perform the most common procedure in dentistry -- preparing a tooth for a filling.
 The new instrument, the KCP 2000, makes no direct contact with the tooth and performs the procedure in a quieter, gentler fashion than the dental drill. It was designed to complement the company's dental lasers, which perform a number of advanced procedures but cannot remove enamel.
 The instrument is being demonstrated here this week at the world's largest dental convention, the International Dental Show, which is expected to attract 30,000 dentists from around the world. The preview is part of the company's product evaluation prior to making the decision whether to put the instrument into production.
 The KCP 2000 uses an inert particulate borne in an air jet to remove tooth decay and structure and shape the filling site. In contrasting the KCP 2000 to the dental drill, American Dental Laser said:
 -- The KCP is quiet compared to the high-pitched whine of the drill.
 -- Many procedures can be performed without anesthesia.
 -- Clinical research indicates the KCP avoids the micro-cracking of the tooth that can be caused by the vibration and friction of the drill.
 -- It enables superior bonding of fillings to the interior surfaces of the tooth.
 -- It is as safe or safer than the drill.
 American Dental Laser's president, Daniel S. Goldsmith, said the idea of using kinetic energy in restorative dentistry was suggested to the company by noted Texas dental lecturer and researcher, J. Timothy Rainey, DDS, MAGD. Dr. Rainey granted an option to American Dental Laser to acquire all of his technology and proprietary rights in a kinetic energy device. Dr. Rainey was familiar with early experiments in the field and has continued this research to the present time. American Dental Laser subsequently entered into a research and development contract with Texas Airsonics, a private company that had refined kinetic energy applications outside dentistry. American Dental Laser has options from Texas Airsonics to acquire existing and future patent rights, distribution rights, and manufacturing rights covering use of the technology in dentistry.
 KCP 2000 prototypes have been tested at American research institutions for safety and efficacy and American Dental Laser said the results have been very favorable.
 If American Dental Laser puts the KCP 2000 into production, the company estimates the instruments would be available to dentists in some foreign markets as early as August but offered no estimate of when the instrument might be available in the United States.
 American Dental Laser, headquartered in Troy, Mich., develops high- technology products for dentistry and markets them worldwide. The company's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol ADLI.
 -0- 4/6/92
 /CONTACT: Eric Fris, chief financial officer, American Dental Laser, 313-637-3713/
 (ADLI) CO: American Dental Laser ST: Michigan IN: MTC SU: PDT


JG -- DE011 -- 5248 04/06/92 09:59 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Apr 6, 1992
Words:500
Previous Article:FUJITSU, NEC AND TOSHIBA INCORPORATE RAMBUS TECHNOLOGY ON NEW GENERATION OF DRAMS AND LOGIC DEVICES
Next Article:BELL ATLANTIC TO OFFER ADVANCED FACSIMILE SERVICES FOR BUSINESS


Related Articles
AMERICAN DENTAL LASER, INC. ANNOUNCES DECISION TO PROCEED WITH NEW KINETIC CAVITY PREPARATION INSTRUMENT
AMERICAN DENTAL LASER REPORTS LOSS IN FIRST QUARTER
AMERICAN DENTAL LASER REPORTS LOSS IN FIRST QUARTER
AMERICAN DENTAL LASER SIGNS NEW DISTRIBUTOR
No Needles, No Drills -- FDA Approves New Dental Laser
Ion Laser Technology Signs Distribution and Sales Agreement with Dental/Medical Diagnostic Systems
OPEN WIDE: LASER OK'D FOR CAVITIES.
Lasers Blaze New Trail in Dentistry.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters