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    I Use That: Resurge Ultrasonic Cleaner

    What one clinician thinks about the latest cleaning solution from Dentsply Sirona.

    When Dr. Scott Dickinson, DMD was beta testing the Dentsply Sirona’s new Resurge Ultrasonic Cleaner, he kept asking his staff if they were using it. He couldn’t hear it. They assured him they were. It was just that much quieter than the ultrasonic unit they had been using previously. He was surprised—and impressed. He called it his first aha! moment with the new equipment.   

    “Ultrasonics tend to be that thing that when you turn it on, everyone in the office knows it’s on. It’s like a squeaky wheel,” Dr. Dickinson says. “When the Resurge runs, you don’t know it’s on.”  

    His second “aha! moment” was when his instruments came back squeaky clean from their first run through the ultrasonic unit. No composite or bonding agent remained that tends to accumulate over time, build up that Dr. Dickinson admitted had probably been there a while. He asked his assistants if they had scrubbed them before putting them in the new unit. They hadn’t. The Resurge had blasted everything off. 

    “I said, ‘I’ll take it! At that point, I knew I wanted one,” he said. A week later, his rep delivered Dr. Dickinson’s new Resurge unit to his busy practice. 

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    A better workhorse

    Ultrasonics get plenty of use, running in some practices at least a dozen times a day. It’s a part of the daily routine that most dental professionals don’t think about very much. Everyone throws their instruments in the ultrasonic after they use them. Dr. Dickinson admitted that after practicing 19 years, he never paid attention to the ultrasonic unit. It was only after he agreed to try the new one that the ultrasonic was on his radar at all.

    “It’s like the dishwasher,” Dr. Dickinson explains. “All of a sudden you get a new dishwasher and you are like, ‘Whoa! My dishes have never been clean like that before. What’s going on?’ That’s the way it was when I got to use the unit. It looked cool, and it was significantly better than the ultrasonic I had used prior to it.”

    The quiet operation and the powerful clean are not the only benefits that Dr. Dickinson experienced. He also appreciates the digital self-timer that he can run for different things. “Most ultrasonics have those old kitchen timers, where you spin the dial, and they count down,” he says. “They go ‘ding,’ and then they turn off. Sometimes they get stuck. This one is different. It’s just nice. It’s clean. You can set it for any time you want.”

    He also appreciates the size of the unit. Dr. Dickinson estimates he sees a patient an hour. His hygienist does, too. Then they have overflow patients as well. That means the practice goes through many instruments in a day. “I run a busy office, but this ultrasonic is big enough that I only run it every two hours versus some of the smaller ones that I would run constantly,” he notes. 

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    Dr. Dickinson cleans his instruments in cassettes and can get six cassettes in there per cycle. “It accommodates a busy office,” he says about the 2.0-gallon unit he purchased.

    Dr. Dickinson thinks the little things can make a big difference in the patients’ perception of the practice, including the appearance of the sterilization bay. After all, patients walk by it and look in there. It makes an impression. “Your sterilization bay needs to look sterile, clean, and modern. He compared the appearance of other ultrasonic units to props from “Lost in Space,” the 60s Sci-Fi televisions show. 

    “‘Danger, Will Robinson!’” he says, laughing, “They are 1950s technology. We can do better. This is the first time I have ever seen anybody put effort into making something like this look nice. The Resurgence Ultrasonic is very modern; it’s streamlined; it’s digital. It has a LED light read out.”

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