Ultrasonic Scaling and Irrigation Unit
The Pro-Select Platinum functions as 2 instruments in 1—an ultrasonic scaler and a heated
Introduced at the 2007 American Dental Association Annual Session, the Pro-Select Platinum is Zila’s next-generation piezo ultrasonic scaling system.
Features that have been added to this new system include an LED handpiece that illuminates the oral cavity to improve visibility, a digital display for easy viewing of current settings and functions, an upgraded multifunction foot pedal for full control of all operations, and a closed, 3-bottle system that provides a choice of medicaments. Six evaluators participated in this Dental Product Shopper evaluation of Pro-Select Platinum. They rated the system on things such as ease of use, ergonomics, and effectiveness of plaque and calculus removal.
Ease of Use
According to the manufacturer, the Pro-Select Platinumautomatically adjusts the power level tomaintain the best tip effectiveness in a variety of clinical conditions. The universal tip technology allows users to use a single tip for both gross debridement and definitive root planing. In addition, the multifunction foot pedal allows for hands-free operation of all controls. When the evaluators were asked to rate the Pro- Select Platinum on ease of use, 4 rated it as excellent and 2 rated it as very good. One evaluator described the unit as “light-weight and easy to adapt in most areas.” Another evaluator said, “This is one of the easiest machines I have ever used.”
When asked about the importance of ergonomics when purchasing an ultrasonic scaler/irrigator, all 6 evaluators said it is very important. The evaluators were then asked to rate the ergonomics of the Pro- Select Platinum. Four evaluators rated the ergonomics as excellent and 2 rated them as very good. One evaluator described the unit as “easy on the wrist.” A second evaluator said, “The tip is shaped like a probe, so it’s easy to guide around the mouth.”
Plaque and Calculus Removal
The Pro-Select Platinum has a universal tip that allows users to go from gross debridement to definitive root planing in one step. When the evaluators were asked to rate the Pro-Select Platinum on ease of plaque and calculus removal, 4 rated it as excellent and 2 rated it as very good. One evaluator said, “Very nice, smooth roots when finished.” Another evaluator said, “As long as tips are switched out regularly, calculus is removed quickly and easily.”
According to Zila, the Pro-Select Platinum minimizes the need for anesthetics and hand scaling, which increases patient and operator comfort. When the evaluators were asked to rate the Pro-Select Platinum on patient comfort, 3 rated it as excellent and 3 rated it as very good. One evaluator said, “Even my most sensitive patients did well.” Another evaluator said, “Most patients tolerate [Pro-Select Platinum] without anesthesia for general calculus removal; deeper pockets sometimes require anesthetic.”
The closed, 3-bottle system of the Pro-Select Platinum provides users with a choice of medicaments during therapy. When asked to rate the system’s ability to perform subgingival irrigation with heated medicaments, 4 rated it as excellent, 1 rated it as very good, and 1 did not answer the question. One evaluator said, “Very easy to apply irrigation and comfort for the patient.” Another evaluator said, “I wish the entire machine had the heating element to it. This makes it very comfortable for the patients.”
When asked if they would recommend the Pro-Select Platinum to their colleagues or purchase the system in the future, 5 said definitely and 1 said probably. When asked to give their overall satisfaction rating for this ultrasonic scaler and irrigator, 4 rated it as excellent and 2 rated it as very good. One evaluator described the system as “very light, ergonomically friendly; patients like the light touch as well.” Another evaluator said, “Patients love this machine.”