As a beta tester for Sirona, I realize the complexity in design and engineering that is overcome in product development. Sirona spared no expense with R&D on the Schick 33 and they continue to make giant leaps in technology: the theoretical resolution limit of 33 line pairs per millimeter, updated imaging software with expanded capabilities for enhancement and customization, and the fact that it meshes seamlessly with existing Schick Elite platforms.
I particularly like--and so does my staff--the replaceable cable, which lets us quickly and easily change cables with a simple 1-step procedure. I also like Schick 33's presets. Sirona calls it clinical-task-specific mapping. I can click on a preset and images automatically default to the setting I need--general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, or restorative dentistry. When the image is captured, I can instantly adjust sharpness by moving my cursor left or right over the graphical slider.
We use all 3 sensor sizes (0, 1, and 2) in my practice. If we have a patient with special positioning needs, we also can take advantage of the different cable lengths (3, 6, and 9 feet) and switch them out quickly. Schick 33 has opened my eyes to newfound pathology and restorative needs for all of my patients. My experience has been enlightening and I treat all existing patients as new patients during their routine exam and cleaning. Perhaps most importantly, support and training are essential, and both Patterson Dental and Sirona rolled out the red carpet with support.
If you want to be a progressive dentist, you owe it to yourself and your patients to look into Schick 33. In the daily grind of wanting to grow our practices through new patients, we often forget about our most valued customers--our current and active patients. I am finding that I am more confident in my interpretation of 2D images from Schick 33, and this is directly affecting my patients' acceptance of their treatment needs. My staff is overwhelmed by our ability to see consistently crisp and detailed digital images.