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In dentistry as in life, seeing is believing. But as a dentist you can often only see what’s on the surface and not the underlying tooth structure, especially interproximal caries or below occlusal pits. The same goes for your patients.
That was until the advent of the revolutionary SoproLIFE and SoproCARE intraoral devices that couple high resolution cameras with the power of fluorescence to literally see beneath the surface. The SoproLIFE (Light Induced Fluorescence Image) is about the same size as a standard intraoral camera, but its powerful diagnostic ability sets it apart from both traditional cameras and earlier attempts at producing electronic caries detection aids.
SoproLIFE and SoproCARE cameras are now in widespread use by dentists, therapists and dental specialists who use the devices to aid their diagnosis and treatment planning and greatly enhance case acceptance.
SoproLIFE’s powerful 115x magnification provides sharp images in macro mode, while the unique ‘diagnostic’ and ‘treatment’ modes use fluorescent light to help identify and differentiate healthy tooth structure from demineralised, ‘infected’ and ‘caries-affected’ dentine.
See what X-ray’s don’t
The resultant images seen on a video screen provide a strong visual indicator of problem areas such occlusal or interproximal decay—even in its earliest stages, together with demineralised dentine that is not visible to the naked eye or on X-ray images.
Healthy dentine glows bright green under fluorescence, while areas of demineralised dentine range from dull green to grey, indicating potential future trouble spots for monitoring.
In ‘diagnostic’ mode, caries—which may be hidden behind benign looking pits and fissures—glows dark red on the video monitor, indicating a problem requiring further investigation.
When used in ‘treatment’ mode during actual excavation of the tooth, SoproLIFE displays the extent of caries by the intensity of colour of the affected dentine. Angry red material indicates high-level caries infection, while orange shows affected scar tissue that may be conserved.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
The level of clinical detail obtained by SoproLIFE supports minimally invasive dentistry where only seriously infected caries is removed and as much natural tooth as possible can be preserved to encourage healing of the remaining tooth structure for a stronger restoration.
SoproLIFE is also a clear winner in patient education and case acceptance as it paints a powerful graphic image of the problems identified and enables ‘before’ and ‘after’ comparisons of teeth under examination. It may also provide insights when patients are reluctant to undergo X-rays.
All Sopro cameras provide an invaluable medico-legal record of all treatments performed. This is especially useful with new patients or those that have been referred on to establish a baseline of oral health.
Build patient trust
When used in this way, Sopro cameras build patient trust and confidence in the practitioner. It is truly a case of “seeing is believing” and strongly underpins case acceptance.
Experience has shown displaying these images to patients, involves them in case presentation and acceptance, making Sopro an extremely useful ‘practice builder’ and education tool.
Sopro, SoproLIFE and SoproCARE cameras are available from A-dec and authorised Acteon distributors. Phone 1800 225 010 to find your nearest A-dec dealer.