Photo of dental hygienist from Dr. Neal Patel, DDS, taking a digital radiograph on a patient

Dr. Neal Patel, DDS, wants Infinite Smiles to exude modern dentistry, so he designed the Powell, Ohio, dental practice around the latest digital technologies. The six-operatory office features innovative equipment, such as Sirona’s Schick 33 digital intraoral sensors.

The sensor is a real game-changer in his office and the industry, remarks Dr. Patel. Its advanced imaging capabilities completely altered his perception of 2D imaging and changed the way he diagnoses and communicates with patients.

Catching What Used to be Missed

“When Sirona introduced Schick 33, it was a huge step forward in terms of 2D image quality and resolution,” said Dr. Patel. “The capabilities of Schick 33 blew my mind. The clarity and the accuracy of the imaging made me much more comfortable and confident in diagnosing in 2D imaging than ever before.”

With industry-leading resolution and a dynamic image enhancer tool, Schick 33 gives Dr. Patel unprecedented control over his patients’ images. He uses the sensor to identify lesions and dental abnormalities. Intraoperatively, the sensor’s images also help him to define both angulation and bone crest for proper implant placement. He feels Schick 33 improves his diagnostic acumen and allows him to detect abnormalities earlier than ever before.

Enjoying Exceptional Ease of Use

“One of the many benefits of having Schick 33 is that my team can rely on it to produce quality images every time,” said Dr. Patel. “The sensor is easy to use and the images are always crisp and highly detailed. The team no longer worries about allocating time to take extra images, as they are capturing the ‘right’ shot on the first try.”

Infinite Smiles uses all three Schick 33 sensor sizes (0, 1, and 2). According to Dr. Patel, the team appreciates the ability to move a sensor from one operatory to another easily, and they enjoy the simplicity of the Schick 33’s interchangeable cable technology for treating patients who require special positioning.

Once images are captured with Schick 33, they are immediately loaded into the image management software, enabling Dr. Patel to review, store or share the images with ease. Two Schick 33 features he often utilizes are the image management tools—to magnify and manipulate the images—and the presets—the clinical task–specific mapping feature that defaults the software settings to optimize the image for general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics or restorative dentistry.

Dr. Patel is a digital technology advocate, explaining that it allows him to deliver the most comprehensive dental care to his patients, and since the adoption of Schick 33, he’s significantly improved his clinical outcomes.

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