This weekend, I was among a special group of seven dentists from DentalTown.com that was invited up to St. Paul, Minnesota for a meeting with the folks at 3M ESPE (dental division). 3M ESPE was interested in interfacing with real world dentists to evaluate some of their products and provide feedback.
This was my second time visiting 3M, and I was impressed all over again. 3M is truly an amazing company. And, the people that represent 3M are stunningly smart.
The two days we spent at 3M included a mix of work and play. We enjoyed presentations by the braniacs intimately involved in developing 3M ESPE products. We also got hands-on experience with those products including some that haven’t even made it to market, yet. Very cool stuff! 3M was VERY interested in our feedback and input. And, it was a very open environment. We also had a Mythbusters-style “battle of the bonds” where we used different techniques with 3M’s top-secret new bonding agent. And, then we had an opportunity to test it against other brands. Last year I won the “gold medal” with the best result. But, this year, I was knocked off the winner’s podium by Dr. Howard Goldstein. Lots of laughs and jabs, too, amongst the Dentaltown dentists who are all old friends at this point.
We also got to play with 3M’s newest version of the Lava COS digital impression system. Very, very cool. Rather than capture a series of still images, it uses a video capture of the prepared tooth or teeth, the opposing arch, and the bite.
Friday night, we were treated to a baseball game in 3M’s corporate suite. Watching a game from a catered suite is…. SWEET! The Minnesota Twins faced the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately for the Twins fans, they lost 8 – 1.
We had a lot of fun, and we learned of the focused commitment 3M ESPE has made to creating the best dental products in the world. The effort they put into research and development is incredible. And, the results speak for themselves. Thanks to Dentaltown and 3M ESPE for inviting me. It was an honor. Special thanks to Keith Haig, Peter Golden, John Stefanick, and the rest of the fine people at 3M ESPE!
All but three of the photos provided by Jenn Robertson of Gold Dust Dental Lab.