Schick 33 - An Eye-Opening Experience

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I have a passion for technology because it bridges the gap of communication between clinician and patient. This year, I decided to give myself some- thing that would make my experience as a dentist more enjoyable. Ironically, on the day of my 33rd birthday, I write this article to express my enthusiasm for a product that has honestly blown me away: the Schick 33 intraoral digital sensor. I thought 2D imaging had plateaued. Schick 33 by Sirona has completely changed my opinion; it’s a huge step for- ward in providing clarity and significant improvement in diagnostic imaging. The images provided by Schick33 are unlike any 2D images that I have seen. As a general dentist, it is my responsibil- ity to be the best diagnostician for every pa- tient. Schick 33 opens the door for compre- hensive dental care. It improves diagnostic acumen for general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, and restorative dentistry.
Quality Images
As a beta tester for Sirona, I realize the complexity in design and engineering that is overcome in product development. Sirona spared no expense with R&D on the Schick 33 and they continue to make giant leaps in technology—the theoretical reso- lution limit of 33 line pairs per millimeter, updated imaging software with expanded capabilities for enhancement and custom- ization, and the fact that it meshes seam- lessly with existing Schick Elite platforms.
Ease of Use
I particularly like—and so does my staff—the replaceable cable, which lets us quickly and easily change cables with a simple 1-step procedure. I also like Schick 33’s presets. Sirona calls it clinical-task-specific mapping. I can click on a preset and images auto- matically default to the setting I need— general dentistry, endodontics, peri- odontics, or restorative dentistry. Once the image is captured, I can instantly adjust sharpness by moving my cursor left or right over the graphical slider.
We use all 3 sensor sizes (0, 1, and 2) in my practice. If we have a patient with special positioning needs, we also can take advantage of the different cable lengths (3, 6, and 9 feet) and switch them out quickly. Schick 33 has opened my eyes to new- found pathology and restorative needs for all of my patients. My experience has been enlightening and I treat all existing patients as new patients during their routine exam and cleaning. Perhaps most importantly, support and training are essential, and both Patterson Dental and Sirona rolled out the red carpet with support.
You Owe It to Yourself
If you want to be a progressive dentist, you owe it to yourself and your patients to look into Schick 33. In the daily grind of wanting to grow our practices through new patients, we often forget about our most valued customers—our current and active patients. I am finding that I am more confidentinmyinterpretationof2Dim- ages from Schick 33, and this is directly affecting my patients’ acceptance of their treatment needs. My staff is overwhelmed by our ability to see consistently crisp and detailed digital images.

Neal Patel, DDS is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he served as the Implant Prosthodontic Fellow from 2006-2007. Before opening his private practice in Powell, Dr. Patel served as a consultant educating surgeons in the field of 3D-imaging, computer generated guided implant surgery, and the art of stereolithography in dental applications. Dr. Patel is known for establishing many of techniques and protocols for digital implantology and prosthetics. He is currently speaks internationally on advanced digitization in dentistry, CBCT and its applications, and dental practice management. He has published numerous clinical articles on advanced treatment techniques and procedures.