At the CEREC 30 celebration in Las Vegas, it was announced that Dentsply and Sirona will become one. Obviously this will be making waves throughout the dental industry because these are two of the most respected and largest dental manufacturers. Their competitors must surely be nervous as the research and development resources can be combined to develop and improve many products.
Dentsply is a dental company that covers many aspects of dentistry including: preventative, restorative, orthodontics, implants, endodontics, and prosthetics. Some of their more well-know brands in the preventative line up are:
- NuPro Prophy systems
- XCP xray holders
- Oraqix topical anesthetic
- Cetanest, Polocaine, Xylocaine injectable anesthetics
In their restorative line up they have many popular brands such as:
- TPH Spectra, SureFil direct composite
- Prime and Bond adhesives
- Aquasil Impression material
- Midwest Handpieces
Their orthodontic products include:
The endondotic division has always been strong with:
The implant selection includes:
The prosthetic choices cover all aspects of restorative dentistry from Ceramco ceramics, denture teeth, and denture materials.
Dentsply offers just about everything needed in a dental office and with combination of Sirona products, they just might cover every detail. Sirona makes dental operator equipment, Schick X-rays, lasers, and of course CEREC chairside and laboratory CAD/CAM solutions.
It will be interesting to see how Dentsply’s 3Shape intra-oral 3D scanner fits into the equation. Sirona’s CEREC System with its Omnicam has dominated the CAD/CAM world while the 3Shape scanner has done little in the market place.
I will speculate that the 3Shape scanner technology will be completely engulfed into the Sirona system. On Dentsply’s website, the intra-oral scanner is not even shown, that I can find. If this does not happen the 3Shape system will most likely be limited to digital scanning for labs.
Regardless, it is an exciting time for digital dentistry because the combined companies have tremendous resources (13+billion dollars) that can be used for the betterment of patient care.