Photo of dental hygienist from Gene Messenger, DDS, giving a patient a digital radiograph

Gene Messenger, DDS, is no stranger to technology. This “high-tech” dentist created his Berkshire County, Mass., practice with the goal of utilizing only the most innovative technologies on the market. In August 2012, while searching for the most advanced digital radiography technology, Dr. Messenger attended the debut of the Schick 33 digital intraoral sensor at the CEREC 27 and a half event. He was so impressed with the image quality that he placed an order on the spot because he felt having a state-of-the-art intraoral digital sensor was indispensable to his practice.

Saying “Yes” to Schick 33

At the time Dr. Messenger invested in the Schick 33, Messenger Digital Dentistry had already been using the full Sirona digital suite. In fact, the practice made the initial switch to digital radiography over 20 years ago and was relying on an earlier version of Schick’s digital sensors. Dr. Messenger felt that Sirona’s newest sensor, Schick 33, would bring his practice even more sophistication.

“It was a really a no brainer to invest in the Schick 33 sensor,” said Dr. Messenger. “When I saw the live demonstration, I noticed right away how much more enhanced the images looked and how superior the software quality was. I knew it was time to upgrade my practice, and ordered 10 sensors.”

The upgrade to Schick 33 was seamless. The sensors were installed in just a few hours and hygienists were using them on patients that very same afternoon.

Improving Pathology

The Schick 33 provides Dr. Messenger with greater visibility than ever before.

With industry-leading resolution, the Schick 33 sensor often reveals cracks, caries and other lesions in the teeth that might have previously gone unnoticed. Dr. Messenger often adjusts the software settings to view his patients’ images according to their specific diagnostic needs and enhances images to take a closer look.

“Without a question, my hygienists are getting better imaging and I’m getting better pathology, thanks to the Schick 33,” said Dr. Messenger. “The best way to describe Schick 33’s imaging is to first think about looking at an image with big, thick glasses. Then, imagine looking at that same image with 20:20 vision, if not better. Schick 33’s images are crystal clear. We can see everything from caries to decay, and so can my patients. It’s helping me to perform highly sophisticated diagnostics.”

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