Insight Ultrasonic Insert
Enhanced visibility and ergonomic flexibility are the hallmarks of this ultrasonic insert.
DenMat describes Insight as the only ultrasonic insert to combine enhanced visibility with ergonomic flexibility and precise water flow. Enhanced visibility is achieved with a dual-patented LED technology that uses ultrasonic energy to eliminate the need for additional equipment. According to the manufacturer, the LED illumination assists in proper instrument placement in hard-to-reach areas.
Ergonomic flexibility of the Insight insert is the result of a smooth 360-degree swivel that is incorporated into a soft, ergonomically designed grip. The user can rotate the insert to follow the line angle of the tooth without straining against a cord.
Dental Product Shopper invited 15 hygienists to use Insight in their practices for 4 weeks. They reported back on several features of the insert, including the effectiveness of the illumination, ergonomics of the swivel, and the ability to remove calculus and reach furcations.
The LED on the Insight ultrasonic tip is immediately activated so the user does not have to wait for illumination. According to DenMat, the additional visibility provided by the LED allows the user to work without interruptions caused by the need to adjust an overhead light. The manufacturer indicates that the light will increase the user’s proficiency in seeing and treating visually challenging areas.
When asked to rate the effectiveness of Insight’s LED illumination, 6 evaluators rated it as excellent, 3 rated it as very good, 2 rated it as fair, and 1 did not rate this feature. When asked about what they would like to see improved, 3 evaluators said they would like the light to be even brighter.
An evaluator from Arlington, VA, who said she would definitely recommend Insight, called the LED light her favorite feature, saying, “It is extremely helpful not only in aiding vision in posterior areas, but also in the mandibular anterior section.” Another evaluator, with 30 years of experience, said, “The illumination really enhances my ability to see proximal surfaces.”
Ergonomics of the Swivel
The smooth swivel of the Insight insert, according to the manufacturer, allows the user to switch from the maxilla to the mandibular with 1 hand. In addition, the precise rotation follows the line angle of the tooth without straining against the cord, and moving from the buccal to the proximal can be accomplished without removing the insert from the pocket.
Seven evaluators rated the ergonomics of the swivel as excellent, 2 rated it as very good, 4 rated it as good, and 1 rated it as fair. An evaluator who had purchased another manufacturer’s insert with a swivel tip said that it “tended to leak where the insert met the handle. [The Insight] fit wonderfully.” Another evaluator said, “I find the swivel much easier on my hand though there was a bit of a learning curve.”
Removing Calculus, Reaching Furcations
When asked to rate Insight’s effectiveness at removing calculus, 6 evaluators rated it as excellent, 4 rated it as very good, 4 rated it as good, and 1 rated it as fair. With regard to reaching furcations, 4 evaluators rated Insight as excellent, 4 rated it as very good, 5 rated it as good, and 1 rated it as fair (1 evaluator did not rate this item).
One evaluator said, “One of the inserts I tried was the Beaver Tail. It is the all-time best insert for extremely heavy calculus that I have ever used.”
Eleven evaluators said they would definitely or probably purchase Insight in the future and 12 said they would definitely or probably recommend it to their colleauges.
At the end of the evaluation, each evaluator was asked to give their overall satisfaction rating for Insight ultrasonic insert. Seven evaluators gave the product an overall satisfaction rating of excellent, 5 rated it as very good, 1 rated it as good, and 2 rated it as fair.
One evaluator summed up her evaluation by saying, “This is a wonderful product. The illumination is great, especially when cleaning the third molars.”
Another evaluator said, “I was pleased that after many runs through sterilization the tip still performed just as it had brand new.” And a third evaluator, from Greenville, MI, who gave Insight an overall satisfaction rating of excellent, said, “I loved it!”