A leading dental implant provider has launched a pioneering new instrument that can significantly improve the consistency and quality of periodontal measurement.
Implantium has partnered with Professor Iain Chapple, head of periodontology at the University of Birmingham, to design and deliver a new double-ended force measuring probe.
Inconsistent probing pressure is a major source of measurement variation and discomfort for patients.
However, the new UB-WHO-CF15 Probe creates a standardisation of probing pressure, which not only improves the consistency and quality of periodontal measurement, but also reduces patient discomfort.
The double-ended instrument combines a World Health Organization (WHO) C-type end for screening periodontal disease, with a 15mm graduated end to enable detailed measures of probing pocket depth, recession, and attachment levels.
Its design also enables effective washer-disinfection and autoclaving.
Jason Buglass (above), director of Implantium, explains: ‘It is a real challenge to achieve consistent measurements with perio probes. Professor Chapple’s new probe is a big step forward from previous instruments.
‘By producing consistent measurement forces, more relevant comparisons can be made over time, in both the fields of research and standard monitoring. The design is ergonomic to reduce the risk of repetitive strain and the calibrated forces make it more comfortable for the patient.
‘To work alongside someone as experienced and highly respected as Professor Chapple has been a real pleasure. We believe the final product will be of genuine interest to the industry, and at a cost of just £85 + VAT, is an extremely cost-effective solution, too.’
Professor Thomas Dietrich, head of oral surgery at the University of Birmingham, says: ‘I generally think that this is a major advancement in perio. It’s a simple, but great idea, and it will vastly improve measurement quality.’