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by Dr Robyn Edleston, Marius Small Animal Veterinary Clinic, Tamworth, NSW
We do quite a few dentals at our practice as we have a lot of geriatric patients and pocket pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. This machine is very efficient, and the high-speed handpiece works very well.
What’s good about it
It’s nice to have a fast, efficient dental system with a built-in LED light and water. Prior to this, our high-speed was a lot slower and I needed a nurse to syringe water over the site while I did the cutting. I also used to wear a headlamp but now the LED light illuminates the spot where I’m working.
The first time I used it was with a cat that needed all its teeth removed. In the past, that job would have taken two or more hours. I had the job done in 90 minutes. Sectioning teeth with the high-speed was like a hot knife going through butter. The difference was incredible.
The unit also has a low-speed handpiece with a polishing head on it. The nozzle in the middle of the unit can supply water or air, or both. CLR can be added to the water bottle so antibacterial is liquid applied as we work.
The unit comes with its own compressor and the maintenance is quite simple. The filters need to be changed every 12 months and the oiling and general maintenance is pretty straightforward.
What’s not so good
When we received the unit, there was no manual. We had to go online and print it out. I’m not sure if that’s standard or just an oversight. The instructions for cleaning, sterilising and oiling were not all that clear. I had to ring IM3 to confirm we were doing it properly because that’s how you get longevity out of the machine. I will say that the support from IM3 has been excellent.