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ACTEON presented its full range of intra-oral and extra-oral products at DENTAL BERN in Switzerland this year. (Photograph: Marc Chalupsky, DTI)

Interview: “The perfect combination for every dental practice“

By Marc Chalupsky, DTI
June 22, 2016

ACTEON is one of the few companies with a full range of intra-oral and extra-oral products. As a specialist in small dental equipment, imaging and consumables, the Europe-based group attracted a great deal of interest at last year’s International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany with its new PSPiX2 intra-oral scanner and X-MIND TRIUM extra-oral imaging device. Dental Tribune Online spoke to Marc Colin, general manager for the Benelux and Scandinavian region at ACTEON, about the industry’s response to both products and the technologies’ continuous improvements.

Dental Tribune Online: PSPiX2 was introduced at IDS last year. How have the feedback and response been so far?
Marc Colin: PSPiX2 has seen outstanding success and sales since IDS last year. It is still the smallest personal digital image plate scanner on the market. As we offer single-user and cost-effective multi-user versions, dentists can easily decide to which chair it will go without the need to block the machine in advance. From a hygienic point of view, we have seen an increase in disinfection requirements in many countries. Now, the units contaminating parts, such as the plastic trays, are fully autoclavable. Furthermore, PSPiX2 is compatible with all of the major software packages. After all, in developing new products, the software management must always be taken into consideration. Last year, we were still working on Apple integration, but now the system is fully MAC-compatible.

Finally, it is convenient for the patient. If the dentist is undertaking endodontic treatment and using a microscope, PSPiX2 allows him or her to see within 10 seconds if the file is well positioned and if the apex has been located. This preview tremendously eases treatment and the dentist does not have to move. At IDS, we achieved a number of intuitive sales. After the short time needed to demonstrate the device’s functionality, many dentists responded instinctively and purchased the unit.

Now, we can say that PSPiX2 is in operation everywhere and working exactly the way we wanted it to be. Owing to the ergonomic and compact design, speed, automatic processing and very detailed images, I am proud to say that PSPiX2 has been the most successful product among all of its competitors.

PSPiX2 is not the only intra-oral scanner on the market. What makes it different to other products?
Most competing products do not provide previews of the image directly on the machine. Rather, one has to connect it to a computer and then go to the machine. Furthermore, PSPiX2 offers the capability of sending the file to any device. In addition, only PSPiX2 can be disinfected easily and completely. For instance, the Netherlands has very strict hygiene requirements and it is very difficult for the user to comply with these using scanners from other manufacturers. Also, the plate does not have to be guided, which means that anyone can scan the plate and create the image. PSPiX2 simply yields the information needed. It will even tell the user if the plate has been inserted incorrectly. This ease of use and compact design could be considered the perfect combination for every dental practice. Moreover, most competing products are more expensive, which is certainly yet another advantage of PSPiX2.

Also launched at IDS was the X-MIND TRIUM panoramic dental unit. Having been on the market now for over a year, what has the response from dentists been?
The feedback has been excellent, especially concerning the machine’s 3-D panoramic imaging options. Basically, X-MIND TRIUM works as a downgrade from a 3-D to a 2-D, but it can be upgraded to 3-D and/or cephalometry at any time, which is a capability that many current users appreciate. At first, a dental practice might only need some core functionalities, such as 2-D imaging. Once the practice becomes more successful and needs additional options, such as 3-D implant planning, X-MIND gives these choices. Furthermore, if an image up to the last molar is required, the four field of view sizes, ranging from 40 × 40 mm to 110 × 80 mm, allow for an improved diagnosis. Having an accurate and reliable image, whether 2-D or 3-D, is of vital importance for every dentist, since the diagnosis and treatment plan are based on this image. Consequently, ACTEON has always striven to develop easy-to-use software and devices. Dentists do not have the time to learn to use complicated software and technology.

Speaking of software, we can truly claim to have one of the easiest and the most comprehensive software programs on the market. One of my personal highlights of this open software is the implant library. Our integrated implant library is free to use and continually updated. Also, we have developed a metal artefact reduction filter that is probably one of the easiest and fastest on the market. With this, one can recalculate the images after scanning to obtain a very sharp and detailed view of the implant. In addition, the software gives dentists the ability to create reports for their patients within minutes. Implant surgery has to be understood by the patient to give him or her maximum confidence in his or her decision. Dentists can use the image, together with the printed report, to explain the treatment plan, and the patient could then take it home. This report includes the implant planning, osseointegration, bone density, a panoramic view and 3-D views. Finally, our CBCT technology and the various predefined examination options lead to considerably less radiation than does a conventional CT scan.

Many dentists are still hesitant to integrate 3-D technology into their practice. The most common preventative and restorative treatments do not require 3-D imaging. What would you tell them?
We recommend it to at least every dentist who wishes to place implants and perform endodontic treatment, such as root-end resection. Before CBCT, dentists were basically blind and now they never want to go back. CBCT technology supports exact measurements of bone density, providing important information for implant and root canal treatment planning. In these cases, X-MIND TRIUM is truly superior. We have conducted a study with Swedish dentist Prof. Lars Sennerby on our WhiteFox and X-MIND TRIUM units. It proved that our machines allow for Hounsfield unit calibration, and this is unique within the industry. Many dentists thought it impossible—but ACTEON made it possible.

Thank you very much for the interview.

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