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Dentist John J. Stropko retires and hands his invention off to Racine, Wisconsin company.
After 6 decades in dentistry, Dr Stropko, microendodontist and inventor, has decided it is time to retire effective February 2021. He has decided to hand the manufacturing and sale of the Stropko Irrigator off to Vista Apex.
The Stropko Irrigator is an instrument used for precise control of air and/or water in any dental procedure (crown, bridge, restorative, endodontic, periodontic, surgical, implant, etc.) that requires irrigation or drying during the process. It is especially useful when performing procedures with the Surgical Operating Microscope (SOM) when precision and control of the irrigation is essential.
After receiving his DDS from Indiana University in 1964, Dr Stropko served as a captain in the Air Force Dental Corp until 1966. For the next 24 years he had a private practice limited to adult restorative dentistry. In 1987, Dr Stropko was accepted into the post-graduate endodontic program to study under Herbert Schilder, DDS, at Boston University and received his Endodontic Specialty Certificate in 1989.
In addition to producing the irrigator, Dr Stropko contributed to textbooks and published an extensive clinical morphology study in the Journal of Endodontics in June of 1998. In 1995, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, he was responsible for starting the micro-endodontic program at Boston University. The well-known lecturer has given numerous presentations and live micro-surgical demonstrations around the world. He currently is the Program Administrator for the Horizon Dental Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. He and his wife, Barbara, currently reside in Prescott, Arizona.
Vista Apex CEO Scott Lamerand is excited about the opportunity to carry on Dr Stropko’s legacy, saying, “Dr Stropko has made enormous strides in the advancement of micro-endodontics. His knowledge, commitment, and engagement made a profound difference that will have a lasting impact. We’re honored to have the opportunity to carry on his legacy.”