Understanding Liquid Lens Autofocus Technology

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Understanding Liquid Lens Autofocus Technology

Everything You Need to Know About Liquid Lens Autofocus Technology

You may have heard about the IRIS X80 Liquid Lens Auto Focus Intraoral Camera, the latest addition to the Digital Doc family. You may be wondering why the current emphasis on liquid lens technology. In this article, you’ll learn what liquid lens technology is and how it works to deliver superior images at your dental office.

How Liquid Lens Technology Works

The liquid lens technology uses an electrowetting process to achieve the best autofocus capabilities possible. The process of shaping the oil drop is continuous, can be reversed, and all this happens quickly regardless of whether you would like to capture the image of a small or a large object. This is the primary reason why you can quickly shift from taking an image of a patient’s full smile and, in the next second, capture an image of just one arch.

Another key feature that you should know about liquid lenses is that they don’t contain any moving parts. This brings a huge benefit to dentists and staff at dental practices. The absence of moving parts makes intraoral cameras with a liquid lens more resistant to the adverse effects of vibrations and shocks.

Liquid Lenses Deliver Superior Autofocus

High-quality images can only be captured by your dental cameras if you have precise control of the focus of the device. A liquid lens camera delivers superior autofocus by making the subject of the image sharp while leaving the objects in the background to be blurry.

This capability explains why liquid lens technology has found its way into diverse aspects of other industries. The applications include:

  • Industrial data capture
  • Digital photography
  • Biometric data collection
  • Barcode reading

As you can see, liquid lenses are extremely valuable in settings that require capturing images of different objects whose distance from the camera keeps varying.

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Why You Should Start Using Liquid Lens Technology

Liquid lenses, such as the ones found in the IRIS X80 Intraoral Camera, bring flexibility to your dental practice. This flexibility is especially important if your practice is busy, and you frequently take different kinds of intraoral images.

If you still use traditional lens systems, you will notice that you spend a lot of time adjusting the focus manually in order to capture images of oral structures that differ in size. Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA can attest to the importance of having the best dental technology around. He says it saves you time and money.  The time you spend adjusting the focus for those different images would have been better used by seeing other patients and increasing the bottom line of the practice.

Retakes are also minimized when you use an intraoral camera with liquid lens technology. This is because you will always capture crystal-clear images on the first try.

Liquid lens technology has taken the world by storm, and our Digital Doc team is glad to be among the forerunners in bringing this technology into the world of dental imaging. You no longer have to struggle with your dental camera, thanks to the IRIS X80 by Digital Doc. Contact us today and schedule a virtual demo. You will see for yourself how the X80 is the best dental camera on the market. 

Dental Advisor 2020 Top Award Winner

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Dental Advisor 2020 Top Award Winner

About Dental Advisor 2020 Top Award Winner

The 2020 Dental Advisor awards are out, and once again, the IRIS Intraoral Camera made by Digital Doc has emerged as a Top Award Winner. Technology is always ever-evolving. The IRIS Intraoral Camera has been a Top Award Winner for eight years in a row, making it a testament to the cutting-edge technology and commitment to continuous improvement here at Digital Doc. Our team is dedicated to providing the best intraoral cameras on the market. Read on and discover what the consultants who evaluated the camera over a four-month period have to say.

The Consultants’ Comments

An intraoral camera is designed to be a diagnostic tool used by dentists. One of the comments that featured strongly among the consultants was the bright light that the IRIS Intraoral Camera has. These bright lights don’t wash out the colors inherent in the images captured. 

The consultants also observed that the barrier sheath fits well over the dental camera. This sheath has no effect on the quality of images captured. Image quality is important to us at Digital Doc, so we put great care into the design of the sheath so that dentists use the protective component while taking intraoral images. Infection control is ensured if the barrier sheath is used consistently.

It was also observed that the intraoral camera is easy to operate. Coming from a team of consultants, this is high praise as they used the devices for four whole months.

The image quality also got wonderful feedback. The consultants say the images are great, and the photos capture the details of all extra-oral and intra-oral structures. All this high-quality comes from a camera that is “lightweight with a slim head,” as the consultants describe the IRIS Intraoral Camera.

Clinical Tips When Using the IRIS Intraoral Camera

To get the best from the IRIS Intraoral Camera, the consultants who reviewed the device came up with some tips. They first advised that dentists and hygienists, as well as other dental care professionals, should dry a patient’s teeth before capturing images.

You are also advised to install a cable kit in each of your operatories. This is so it is easy to move the intraoral camera from one operatory to another by the use of a mini-USB connection.


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IRIS Intraoral Camera Features

IRIS, the best dental camera, has a sleek, stainless steel wand whose tip is narrow. This is designed like that so it can easily access all the parts of a patient’s mouth. The camera comes with a 15-foot cable, and this is more than adequate for work within an operatory. The capture buttons are strategically positioned on the sides of the camera wand. This allows users to use whichever hand they want, regardless if they are left-handed or right-handed.

The consultants report that it was seamless to integrate the camera with different dental practice management software, especially when the IRIS Intraoral Camera remained in the same operatory. The focus wheel has five positions for the user to choose to take a full-face image, one-surface image, two-surface image, a smile, or a macro image. Images exhibit trueness of color due to the LED lights which fully illuminate the field. However, the LED lights can be turned off if the intraoral camera user wants to capture an image of a dental x-ray, which has been backlit.

However, some technical issues can develop if you keep moving the IRIS Intraoral Camera from one operatory to another. 89% of the consultants who evaluated this dental camera found it to be better than ones on the market. They then concluded that they would switch to the IRIS dental camera. Only 11% said that the IRIS intraoral camera was no different from the existing ones on the market. All the consultants were in agreement that they would recommend the IRIS Intraoral Camera. This is based on their overall experience using this device during the lengthy evaluation period.

Add IRIS Intraoral Camera to Your Practice

The quality and usefulness of the IRIS Intraoral Camera are clear. It has been a Top Award Winner for the past eight years now and earns its great reviews. If you would like to learn more about how you too can acquire the best intraoral camera for your dental practice, contact Digital Doc today.

Digital Doc X80 Autofocus Training

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Digital Doc X80 Autofocus Training

All About Digital Doc X80 Autofocus Training

The Digital Doc X80 intraoral camera has liquid lens autofocus technology, which means capturing images is very easy. In this training guide, we will cover how to hold the camera and capture the 12 images in 2-minute series. We will also cover adding the sheath, disinfecting the camera and technical support. The goal of using the camera is educating patients so they understand what treatment is needed. Remember, patients are consumers, and consumers buy based on emotions and not logic. Image quality and ease of use are key to keeping you motivated to taking images for each patient. 

Holding the Intraoral Camera

You can hold the camera in two ways. For the face, smile, and lower arch photo, you can hold the camera in the palm of your hand and lay your thumb on the capture button. 

For the upper arch image and all intraoral images, hold the camera like a pencil, with the second finger on the capture button. With every image that you take, make sure to have a firm grip. For our 12 images in two minutes, the first four are elective dentistry photos. Some software programs allow you to save the patient’s photo as the patient identification photo for the dental practice. 

For full-face photos, brace the camera against your other hand, center the image until you see the patient’s head, including their hair. You can later comment on their hair when they get it cut. 

For full smile images, place three fingers on the chin of the patient in the groove found just below their lips. Brace the camera on your hand, using your hand as a fulcrum. 

Lower arch. Right after you finish capturing the full smile, feather your forefingers up and spread your fingers. Think of it as opposites; feather up to shoot down. Ask the patient to open their mouth wide, and slightly tilt the camera toward the lower arch before you capture the lower arch image.

Upper arch. Hold the X80 camera with the pencil grip described earlier. Place four fingers feathered down on the chin and place the camera between your first and second fingers. Have the patient open their mouth wide and stand the camera straight up. If the lips are covering the anteriors, have the patient smile while the mouth is open. 

Intraoral images. You may find it comfortable to capture intraoral images by bringing the patient chair back, and you do not need the overhead light for these images. You can take all the images inside the patient’s mouth with two fingers resting on the lower anteriors of the patient and seesawing the camera up and down. For lingual and buccal images, just turn the camera slightly and slide it across your finger 

So far in the 12 images in 2 minutes, we have taken face, smile, lower and upper arch. Now with your two-finger fulcrum, we will start with the upper right back lower molar, then move to the first molar and bi. Simply slide the camera across your fingers to then take the upper left molar, then molar and bi on that side. Turn the camera over and repeat on the lower left side, and then move to the bottom right side.

You have finished your 12 images in 2 minutes, and it requires ten seconds to take each image. You will be able to complete these images in under 2 minutes in no time. 

One additional image that is popular is the hygiene shot. For this, you will use two fingers. One will go under the camera resting it against number 8 and number 9. Your second finger is placed on the chin and the two fingers are spread like scissors. Here you will tilt the camera and capture the lower interiors to show buildups, stains and to show before and after images once cleaning is complete. These images are popular for building the value of what a dental office does.


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The sheath and Disinfecting the Camera

The sheath is primarily used to keep the camera from fogging. Place the camera light side down under the second layer of the sheath. Slide the camera in and then peel the top blue layer. These are designed specifically for IRIS cameras. The optically clear side is on the bottom. Make sure that the camera leans with this side down. 

Disinfecting. We recommend that you use Digi Wipes for disinfecting the IRIS camera and cable. This is an ethanol-alcohol product which studies have shown to kill four of the most difficult bacteria. You can also use standard Cavi wipes on the camera and cable; just don’t submerge the camera and cable in any type of solution.

To disconnect the camera, don’t pull from the cable. Instead, hold on the stainless part of the cable with a firm grip and pull the cable from the camera. To reconnect, line up the arrows and push back into the camera. 

Warranty and Tech Support

Your camera carries a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. For any technical support, please contact us at the Digital Doc corporate office located in Northern California. Call 1-800-518-1102. Our Digital Doc team is always happy to help.

Why an IRIS Intraoral Camera is Your 3rd Eye

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Why An IRIS Intraoral Camera is Your 3rd Eye

Why an IRIS Intraoral Camera

If you are still on the fence about upgrading to the latest intraoral cameras from Digital Doc, you should know that many dentists have referred to these HD cameras as their third eye. The following are some of the compelling reasons why dental practice owners are heavily relying on the IRIS X80 intraoral camera.

They Facilitate Patient Education

If you’re a dentist, you know how difficult it can be explaining dental terminology and treatment to patients. However, with the best intraoral camera, dentists discover that patient education is a breeze. All you have to do is show your patient the live imagery from the intraoral camera on the monitor. In real-time, your patient can see exactly what you’re seeing in their mouth!

When brought face to face with their dental problems, patients are more likely to agree to the proposed treatment plan. As a result, your case acceptance rates will skyrocket. Without the help of the best dental camera, patient education is a lot more complicated. 

Cameras Make Dental Visits Interactive

Patient buy-in is one of the hallmarks of effective dental care. However, this buy-in is often hard to procure since the dental visit tends to be dominated by the dentist or hygienist. Patients are therefore left as bystanders in their own treatment until the point at which the dentist issues instructions about what needs to be done.

With an IRIS intraoral camera, dental visits become way more interactive. Sometimes patients have no idea what is going on with their oral health until the very end of the appointment. However, with the IRIS X80 patients feel more comfortable interacting with their dentist or hygienist because they can see what is going on. Digital Doc’s intraoral cameras will easily increase patient rapport. 


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Insurance Claims Are Quickly Processed

When dentists say that an intraoral camera is a third eye, they’re not kidding. The high-quality images produced by Digital Doc’s intraoral cameras are remarkable. This makes insurance claims go a lot smoother. There’s no doubt that treatment will be approved once the insurer sees the images from the intraoral camera. 

Without the IRIS intraoral dental camera, chances are that your front desk will have to communicate back and forth between the insurance company, trying to convince them to accept claims.

Better Treatment Outcomes and Preventative Care is Improved

A dental office that uses an IRIS intraoral camera provides more accurate treatment plans to their patients. With the best intraoral dental camera from Digital Doc, dentists can look closely at each tooth and take note of the different shades on its surface, the texture, craze marks, translucency and other details of the tooth. Dentists who use the IRIS X80 intraoral camera can also catch dental complications sooner than later.  spend less and do  Thanks to Digital Doc’s intraoral cameras, you’ll truly be able to See More. Do More.

As you can see, an IRIS HD intraoral camera is indeed a third eye for dentists. If you, too, would like to enjoy the benefits of using a Digital Doc intraoral cameras, contact Digital Doc today and schedule a virtual demonstration.

Watch Dr. Zarah Ali, a dentist from Wellesly Dental Group, to hear why an IRIS intraoral camera is your third eye.

Have You Tried Our IRIS X80?

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Have You Tried Our IRIS X80?

Product Feature: Have You Tried Our IRIS X80?

In the world of intraoral cameras, Digital Doc’s IRIS X80 is one of the best in its class. If you are a dentist who would like to take efficiency, patient experience, and dental diagnostics to a whole new level, this intraoral camera is for you. In this article, we explore how some of the camera’s most sought out features can work best for your dental practice.

The Features That Make the X80 Truly Remarkable

Liquid Lens Auto Focus.  As a dentist who is serious about your work, you want intraoral images that are sharp and clear so that you can make the correct diagnosis. The IRIS X80 gives you just that while taking the extra work of focusing the camera. An internal computer automatically focuses where you point the camera, and all you have to do is press the capture button and bingo, you have crystal-clear images to work with instantly! 

8-Point LED Array. The autofocus function of our very own IRIS X80 intraoral camera would probably amount to nothing if this camera didn’t come with other great features like the true white 8-point LED array. This lighting system ensures that the area of the mouth you’re looking at is perfectly lit for the best HD image.

High-Performance Chemical and Impact Resistance. If you want to see the extent to which we take impact resistance, take a look at the unedited video footage below of an IRIS X80 being run over by a car and surviving the ordeal with just a tiny scratch.

As the video shows, the camera works just fine after the rough treatment! The seamless design and the materials we use ensure that the X80, the best intraoral camera on the market, will not be affected by impact and chemical exposure at your dental office.

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Plug-N-Play Ease. Any technology will succeed or fail to serve its purpose largely because of how it can be used. With the IRIS X80, you have no worries about ease of use since the device is a true definition of plug and play. All you have to do is unbox the camera, and you can start taking images immediately. No setup, no complicated user manual to learn. There are so many other unbelievable features of this camera that you should experience for yourself during an in-office or virtual demo

Why You Need the IRIS X80

Today, patients live in a world where they have access to the latest technology, and they expect their dental care provider to keep up with the times as well. The IRIS X80 is the best intraoral camera available today, so it will help you to meet the expectations of your patients.

The IRIS X80 intraoral camera is also great for your dental office in terms of the efficiency that it brings. Its ease of use means that patients can be in and out of the exam room quickly, so it frees you to see more patients on a typical day at work.

The superior images captured by this device are another essential feature that you cannot do without. In dentistry, like in any other medical field, the room for error is almost nonexistent. So, you have to have the best images possible to serve your patients. You can count on the X80 to be the best helper in your quest to provide excellent care to all your patients.

At Digital Doc, we would like to show you how adding the IRIS X80 to your dental practice will transform the way intraoral images serve you and your patients. Just sign up for a virtual demo on our website, and we will happily show you how remarkable this intraoral camera is. 

IRIS X80 Intraoral Camera

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We are thrilled to introduce X80, liquid lens autofocus HD camera.  This camera is plug and play. No training needed. The liquid lens goes from Full Face to Macro and stops on a dime.  We live in an HD world today and believe patients know the difference between SD and HD, then expect it. We expect to deliver industry-leading products that improves efficiency and case acceptance. We call it SEE More. DO More

Liquid Lens Auto Focus

The IRIS X80 intraoral camera comes with a Liquid Lens Auto Focus capability that means that you or your dental assistants will no longer have to press any buttons to focus the camera before capturing an image. The autofocus feature takes care of all this. All you have to do is press the capture button to have crisp, clear images of your patients’ dental structures. This is made possible by an internal computer that monitors the image that you would like to capture, and this internal computer adjusts the focus automatically whether you would like an image of a micro area or a wide-angle version.

Dual Capture Buttons

The fact that most people are right-handed has caused left-handed users a lot of grief because they have been compelled to adapt to using tools that aren’t designed with them in mind. You won’t have to worry about this thanks to the IRIS X80 intraoral camera. This exciting new digital camera comes with a capture button on either side so that you or your staff can use the button which corresponds to their preferred hand for performing such tasks. For those who are comfortable using both hands, the IRIS X80 now allows you to alternate the side you use to engage the capture button!

Ease of Use

Digital intraoral cameras just got a whole lot easier to use with the introduction of the IRIS X80. Users simply take the camera out of its box, plug it in and start capturing images right away! No need to tinker with multiple settings or read through a whole manual. This ease of use is a true time-saver in a busy dental office.

Impact and Chemical Resistant Body

Digital Doc is familiar with the different chemicals and chemical cleaners used in dental offices, as well as the likelihood that equipment will bump against surfaces from time to time. For this reason, the IRIS X80 intraoral camera has been designed to be highly resistant to impact and chemicals. Additionally, the body is seamless, further protecting the internal components from exposure to body fluids (blood and saliva, for example) and cleaning solutions. You can, therefore, be sure that your new IRIS X80 dental camera will serve you for years to come without easily succumbing to the effects of accidental bumps or chemical intrusion.

USB 2.0 Compatibility

The IRIS X80 intraoral camera will not require you to modify your present setup of the operatory, nor will it require you to buy any additional accessories so that you can use it. This new camera can be used with the standard USB 2.0 protocol so that it will fit seamlessly into your workflow.

The IRIS X80 comes with a load of other great features which you can experience for yourself by scheduling an in-office or virtual demonstration with us at Digital Doc. With the IRIS X80 intraoral camera, you will be able to SEE MORE and DO MORE!


HD Quality Dental Images with Dr. Delwin Hemingway

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HD Quality Dental Images with Dr. Delwin R. Hemingway

We recently spoke with Dr. Delwin R. Hemingway about his experience with intraoral cameras. Dr. Hemingway has been in the dental industry for over forty years now. His experience goes way beyond the average dentist. He started out as a dental lab technician and eventually became the successful dentist he is today. Throughout his journey, Dr. Hemingway was an associate dentist, a partner in a group practice, the owner and CEO of a large practice which employs several dentists, and a Fortune Executive Coach. Dr. Hemingway has earned the “Best Designed Dental Practice of the Year in 2006” and “Best Integration of Technology into a Dental Practice in America in 2006.” What’s his secret? His ability to provide quality care to his patients using the latest dental technology.

The Best Investment For Your Dental Practice

Dr. Hemingway’s best return he’s ever made was on an intraoral camera. He started using his first intraoral camera back in 1988 when DentaCam first came out. Today, Dr. Hemingway says, “The state-of-the-art intraoral camera is the IRIS intraoral camera from Digital Doc. We use it every day on almost every patient. We have eight operatories. We have one of these in every operatory so you don’t have to go find it, you don’t have to wait for it, you can pick up the camera and take your pictures. I find this as one of the best, if not the best, source for showing patients what’s going on. They understand what needs to be done. I couldn’t practice dentistry without an intraoral camera and IRIS gives me the clarity in the image that I’m looking for.” Dr. Hemingway continues to provide the best patient care using Digital Doc’s IRIS intraoral camera. For questions about our IRIS intraoral camera or any other Digi Doc products, contact us today to schedule a FREE demo!


The Remarkable Story of Dr. Tuyen Nguyen

Dr. Tuyen Nguyen

The Remarkable Story of Dr. Tuyen Nguyen

When you visit Dr. Tuyen Nguyen’s state-of-the-art dental practice in Rush City, Minnesota, you cannot help but be inspired by his story. Dr. Nguyen migrated from Vietnam to start his version of The American Dream. Dr. Nguyen’s story inspires anyone to believe that if they dream big, put in long hours of work and never give up, they too can live the life they’ve always hoped for.

Born towards the end of the Vietnam War, Dr. Nguyen, grew up when the Communists took over the country. They rigorously enforced their system upon the people and punished anyone who got in their way. Any form of money or power was considered a sin. People went so far as to throw money in the river so that they could avoid being punished.

Dr. Nguyen came from a family who valued skills and education. His parents worked very hard to become schoolteachers to earn a good living. After the Communists took over, his parents were only making ends meet. To increase their income, Dr. Nguyen’s mom ran many businesses from their home. She purchased peanuts in bulk, processed them, added value, and then sold them. She did the same with other items like oil, sugar, and rice. Later, she started a sewing business to make clothing for exporting companies.

Dr. Nguyen helped out in the family businesses. But he was a determined young man who had the desire to better his circumstances in life. Dr. Nguyen rode a bicycle 20 miles three times a week in order to complete a preparatory course for a Vietnam college entrance exam. Later, he found out that he did not qualify to get into medical school. Dr. Nguyen did, however, get into a physician assistant program. After three long years of training, he qualified for a physician assistant job, which paid $25 a month. Dr. Nguyen could of qualified for a job that paid $50-100 a month if he went to medical school. He decided to go back to Biên Hòaorked to work for his mother’s at-home banking business. Dr. Nguyen told himself that he would one day board a plane and leave for a foreign country where he would get a better education.

His dreams of a better education finally became a reality when Dr. Nguyen found a way to migrate to the United States. He left Vietnam, traveled to the Philippines in 1992 and moved to the United States in 1993. He started his education in the U.S. at a community college. Dr. Nguyen considered nursing, teaching, business, and being a hygienist as possible career paths. Eventually, he decided he wanted to be an electrical technician. He made his way to Saint Paul College to gain the knowledge and skills he needed. Then one of his prime supporters convinced him that he was capable of doing more than engineering. Dr. Nguyen was encouraged by his peers to aim higher in the career field several times.

Dr. Nguyen completed dental school in 2002 and embarked on acquiring his own dental practice, a dream he had in 2005. Dr. Nguyen didn’t just want any regular dental practice. He wanted a comprehensive dental practice with the latest technology, such as 3D cone beam x-ray, hard and soft tissue laser and intraoral cameras. With the latest technology, he could leverage his newly acquired professional skills in order to offer the best service to his patients. That dream of a state-of-the-art dental practice saw the light of day in 2009 when he organized a grand opening for the revamped dental practice he bought years earlier.

Where is Dr. Nguyen now?

Today, Dr. Nguyen’s dental practice has 12 dental chairs, each with its own intraoral camera. He credits a combination of many investments such as the IRIS 2.0 Cameras made by Digital Doc, the facility, the proper number of team members to additional training.  Training courses to better serve his patients with Implants, for example, IV sedation, sleep apnea.  If you want to grow your production to over $1000 per hour, this list is a great place to start.

How can that be? Dr. Nguyen, explains that the cameras, for example, enable him to SHOW his patients that his dental practice is more thorough in its work when compared to the other dental offices. A new patient who comes in knowing that he or she has four cavities discovers from the images captured by the intraoral cameras that there are seven or eight cavities! By SHOWING the patients the extent of their dental problems instead of merely TELLING them, Dr. Nguyen proves the superiority of his services. Consequently, case acceptance rates have soared, along with his income.

Looking back to the $25 per month at a physician’s assistant back in Vietnam to $1,000 an hour. Dr. Nguyen is truly thankful for how far he has come and he encourages those in his field to go after what they want in life. If he could make it, you can make it too!

Things to Remember About Intraoral Camera Maintenance

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Things to Remember About Intraoral Camera Maintenance

All dental offices know how important it is to take every step necessary to ensure infection control. That same zeal also needs to be devoted to taking care of and preserving the condition of the costly dental equipment which facilitates accurate diagnosis and treatment. The IRIS HD USB 3.0 Dental Camera, the XRay2Go or XTG Handheld X-Ray machine and the LUM sub-enamel illumination devices are examples of diagnostic equipment that every dental office should take care of properly. This article discusses some of the crucial disinfecting measures that will help you to not only maintain but increase the longevity of your equipment.

Step #1: Sheaths for Asepsis and Fogging

The IRIS camera sheaths are specifically designed for IRIS cameras only.  The optically clear side is on the bottom so you want to put the camera light towards the white paper.  The Sheath is not required to be used with the cameras since you can wipe the camera down with a disinfectant wipe; however, you will prevent fogging by adding the sheath. We all have those patients when we ask them to breath out of their nose and they do the opposite.  

Step #2: Refer to the User Manual

No two manufacturers make intraoral cameras the same way. It is therefore prudent for you to read the user manual of your IRIS intraoral camera and find out what the manufacturer recommends as the right way to clean or maintain this particular piece of dental equipment.

For example, one manufacturer may recommend that you use an alcohol wipe to clean the lens of the camera while another might forbid it. Follow the specific recommendations provided in the manual so that your camera isn’t damaged during the cleaning process. The advice of following the manufacturer’s instructions also applies to any other dental equipment that you may have, such as the LUM sub-enamel illumination device and the XTG Handheld X-Ray machine.

Step #3: Place Your Intraoral Camera on a Surface You Can Disinfect

The third step that you should take is to place the IRIS Intraoral camera on a sterile surface or on a disposable liner. Once the camera is on that surface, dispose of the gloves that you wore while taking intraoral images of the patient.

After taking the gloves off, proceed to wash your hands thoroughly. This added precaution is necessary because there’s a possibility that you came in contact with the patient’s fluids. After washing and drying your hands, wear fresh gloves and proceed with the next steps of the process.

Step #4: Wipe the Camera Down

You should always wipe down the entire camera using Digi Wipes, which are scientifically proven to have superior disinfection properties compared to other medical wipes on the market. Don’t use the wipes picked from the grocery store! The wipes used to clean your camera must be specifically designed for this role.

Step #5: Connect the Cable and Store the IRIS Intraoral Camera

Once the camera is dry, reconnect its USB cable and place the camera in a fresh sheath. Thereafter, place the camera in its storage place or on a sterile surface, such as a tray, if you intend to use it again. Discard the gloves you wore while cleaning the IRIS 2.0 Dental Camera for Windows.

The steps above should be mastered by every member of your staff. Insist that they follow those steps every single time without any exceptions. That way, your equipment will not be an instrument of cross-contamination or provision of inaccurate images.

Understanding Caries Detection Devices

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Understanding Caries Detection Devices

Over time, medicine has moved away from aggressive surgery to minimally invasive procedures as well as placing more emphasis on prevention and early detection. This change has been triggered by the need to lower the rates at which complications develop after surgery, as well as the need to reduce recovery time and the pain experienced by patients. Dentistry has also taken the same trajectory and caries detection devices, such as the LUM, have been introduced on the market in order to make it easier to catch caries early and reverse this condition before it costs patients their teeth. This article discusses some of the shortcomings of the traditional caries detection technology and also explores the benefits that the new crop of caries detection devices bring to the field of dentistry.

The Shortcomings of Traditional Caries Detection Technology

Radiographs: Radiography has been used for long in the fight against caries. However, this technology has one big weakness. Radiographs tend to be effective in alerting a dentist about the presence of caries once those caries have advanced and reached the dentinoenamel junction. In other words, radiographs can only detect caries with a high degree of accuracy once the bacteria causing caries has done so much damage that the dentine is starting to be exposed. This is unacceptable for dentists interested in minimally invasive dentistry since such severe damage requires invasive remedies or interventions.

Dental Explorers: dental explorers have also been used for long to examine the surface of teeth in order to find out which portions have caries. However, dental experts have been discouraging the use of these devices because the sharp tip of the explorer can compromise the portions of the teeth that are re-mineralizing. This can inadvertently give caries a chance to advance further.

The Benefits of Caries Detection Devices

The age of digital dentistry has ushered the dawn of caries detection devices like the LUM. These devices offer a variety of advantages or uses, such as the following;

Checking for caries before sealants are placed: Caries detection devices provide sub-enamel illumination so that dentists can use their findings to make various decisions. One of these pieces of information collected with the help of LUM is the state of any caries on the teeth before dental sealants are placed. This information can be captured more effectively once the caries detection tool is used alongside a high-quality intraoral camera, such as the IRIS HD USB 3.0 Dental Camera. The images captured can be analyzed thoroughly so that any caries detected can be treated before the sealants are put in place.

Assessing Re-mineralization Measures: Caries detection devices can also be used to monitor whether the measures to re-mineralize the teeth of a patient are working as expected, or not. The information gathered can be used to change the treatment plan if tangible results aren’t forthcoming, or a specific approach can be retained if it is bringing the desired outcomes. In this way, the time that would have been lost waiting for an ineffective method to bear fruit can be saved.

Monitoring Sealants: Caries detection devices have also shown their usefulness as a tool to help dentists to monitor the edges of dental sealants as time goes by. Any deterioration can be tracked so that a timely decision to replace the sealants can be made. This proactive approach could not have been possible if caries detection devices didn’t exist.

As you can see, caries detection devices like the LUM sub-enamel illumination device can add a whole new dimension to the ease with which your dental office can catch caries early. However, you should use these devices together with the other caries detection systems for better results. Contact Digital DOC for a virtual or in-office demo so that you can grasp how easy your work will become once this tool is available to you and your staff.