Dr Paul Renton-Harper of Renton-Harper Periodontics, Bristol
I selected the Dentaloscope because I needed a solution that also provided magnification for my nurse, and as I undertake teaching as well as treatment, I needed a means of recording procedures.
With Dentaloscope, one can easily run from a relatively low degree of magnification covering much of an arch through to a substantially more magnified view for the finer aspects of procedures. Posture whilst operating is improved as one is viewing the procedure on a screen with a second screen providing an image for the nurse. A key benefit with the Dentaloscope is that procedures do not have to be brought to a temporary halt in order to capture a photograph, and we feed the video signal into our computers to record the procedure.
The system is also proving useful for demonstrating areas of interest inside the patient's mouth to the patients themselves by means of the freeze-frame facility. The image quality appears higher than I had previously experienced with dental intraoral cameras, and still frames can be extracted from the recorded video where necessary.
The system is delivering on its promises and also integrates well into the surgery environment, since the head unit replaces the operating light and the control box can be hidden conveniently out of sight.
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Graham Browning of South Coast Dental Specialists, Wimborne, Dorset
The Dentaloscope is now my operating light, my microscope, my intra-oral camera and my teaching aid. I have used it to see margins whilst prepping crowns, when using my laser for crown lengthening, and in endodontic procedures in which I saw cracks in the floor of the pulp chamber that I could not see with my loupes. When placing implants, it is great to see another perspective on angulation, and when I equilibrate an occlusion the system shows me the marks in the upper jaw whilst I look at the mandibular marks. Through all of these treatments I can sit back, viewing the screen, in complete comfort.
You can magnify a tooth, freeze frame and explain the issue to the patient. The Dentaloscope is connected to my hard drive, so I can record my work for medico-legal, lecture and training purposes. Recorded procedures can be replayed immediately after surgery, and videos downloaded into a presentation so you can actually show a sinus membrane moving when discussing sinus grafts.
In endodontic treatment, you can see everything: cracks, accessory canals and pulp stones. Referrals are reduced, as is degloving as still photos can be captured with the pedal, maintaining sterility. In general dentistry, everything is made easier, be it periodontal therapy or clearing out stained fissures before placing preventative restorations. In my practice, the Dentaloscope is becoming indispensable.
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Clark Dental Ltd 6 Victory Close, Fulmar Way Wickford, Essex SS11 8YW United Kingdom
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