Seeing is believing with SoproLIFE!


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They say seeing is believing. So is not seeing, not believing? Well in some cases yes! That’s where medical devices like X-rays and intraoral cameras come into their own.

Patients often don’t know or understand what procedures or treatments are required to address problems. They are also apprehensive of the costs and being ‘sold’ unnecessary treatments by their practitioners, especially when money is tight.

Similarly, dental practitioners can only diagnose and treat what they can see. While loupes, X-rays and bulky microscopes may be of assistance in this respect, most examinations are still made by eye with just the help of a dental mirror.

This has proven ineffective in picking up problems, especially early interventions in asymptomatic cases. While many dentists and oral health therapists are confident in their visual assessments, even they ‘cannot see what they cannot see’.

Case in point is small fissures and failing restorations covering carious tissue and micro-cracks which may be allowing bacteria to enter the tooth pulp or root.

Sometimes these fissures are completely benign. At other times they may be covering early onset caries and painful tooth decay. And not all are picked up by X-rays.

As one of the world’s leading medical imaging equipment manufacturers, Acteon has developed a range of easy to use and precise intraoral cameras to aid clinicians in their diagnosis.

The aim is to allow both dentist and their patients to ‘see what they cannot see’.

Increasingly, intraoral cameras are being used for patient education, and importantly for the practitioner – for increasing case acceptance.

This makes the choice of a high-quality camera with additional built-in caries detector such as the unique SoproLIFE from Acteon a wise choice, both clinically and economically – providing a return on investment many times over.

Being able to display an image on the patient monitor has proven quite a game changer in many practices, according to A-dec Product Manager, Angie Wong.

“Many of our SoproLIFE customers are telling us that they no longer have to ‘sell’ treatments to patients,” she said. “Instead, the patients are very willing to have their procedures performed and are even ‘self-diagnosing’ some of their own oral health issues by what they can see, including cosmetic treatments.”

Sopro’s Macrovision provides magnification of up to 110 times, revealing details otherwise not visible to the naked eye or with X-rays. This enables close monitoring of micro fractures and their development. Images can be captured at the swipe of a finger.

By making use of the auto fluorescence of dentine under certain light, SoproLIFE can detect decay, often missed by X-rays, even in its earliest stages. It differentiates healthy dentine from infected tissue, so you can excavate only the diseased tissue for the practice of minimally invasive dentistry.

The SoproLIFE camera can be built into most A-dec delivery systems so it is instantly available at your fingertips, or can connect via USB to a laptop to display live images.

Since its launch, SoproLIFE  has successfully been implemented internationally and is a world leader in its field. It has won many awards and is even used as a reference for diagnosis in many prestigious universities.   

For more information on the SOPROLIFE call your A-dec dealer on 1800 225 010 or visit

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