Midwest Stylus ATC: The Latest Evolution of A Critical Dental Tool

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 01/07/2011
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We have made some amazing changes over the history of the dental handpiece, and there have been some major advances? starting with a high-speed turbine, then adding water spray, a fi ber optic light, and fi nally, creating an electric handpiece. These advances have all made our lives easier, but the cost of implementing electric handpieces into our offi ces can be prohibitive. Personally, I fi nd electric handpieces heavy and the small amount of twisting torque upon starting the unit feels unnatural in my hands, so I have stayed with air-driven units.

Of all the materials and tools that we use in our practice every day, perhaps one of the most underappreciated, but also most essential, is the tiny precision turbine-driven drill.

We have made some amazing changes over the history of the dental handpiece, and there have been some major advances? starting with a high-speed turbine, then adding water spray, a fi ber optic light, and fi nally, creating an electric handpiece. These advances have all made our lives easier, but the cost of implementing electric handpieces into our offices can be prohibitive. Personally, I fi nd electric handpieces heavy and the small amount of twisting torque upon starting the unit feels unnatural in my hands, so I have stayed with air-driven units.

Less Weight, Less Expensive

We now have an air-driven handpiece that offers the advantage of electric motors, without the added weight and expense. I have been using the Midwest Stylus ATC from DENTSPLY for a year and have found several advantages, most notably, how comfortable it is in my hand and the improved torque over traditional air-driven handpieces. One of the fi rst things you will notice when you pick up this unit is the weight. It feels solid and yet very light, making it comfortable to hold for even longer procedures.

When it comes to speed, the ATC unit is able to maintain 330,000 rpm especially under load, which is one of the things that differentiates this product from more traditional air-driven turbines. Heavy loading is the point where traditional units typically bog down, lose their cutting effi ciency, and begin to chatter. The delivery of power with the Stylus ATC is smooth, and quiet. I have noticed a less-shrill pitch with this product. This low pitch and tone create a more relaxed environment for me and my patients.

Power When You Need It

Midwest Stylus ATC?s Speed Sensing Intelligence (SSI) automatically optimizes the delivery of power under load to provide smooth, consistent cutting speeds, offering exceptional effi ciency and fast removal of material. This feature gives feedback to the unit to go into ?turbo? mode when it senses that the unit is beginning to slow down, which allows for greater torque at the crucial moment.

I would encourage you to keep your eyes open to some of the newer developments in dentistry and give this unit a try. I have been very happy with mine.

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