Tools of the trade: Neoss Penguin

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implant stabilityby Dr Louis Ding, Refresh Smiles Dental, Cleveland, QLD

This is an instrument that quickly and accurately measures the stability of implants. It displays a numeric rating that indicates whether an implant is ready for restoration or loading.

What’s good about it

After an implant is placed, there is generally a wait of three or four months before it can be loaded. Often dentists check the implant by torque testing. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to the implant being loosened in the jaw.

The Neoss Penguin allows you to test the implant without applying any physical force. It is a handheld device with a magnetic multipeg that is placed against the implant. A numerical result appears on an LED screen and that indicates how well the implant has integrated. A result below 60 means the implant is not quite there yet and the patient will need to come back in a month or two. If the numerical result is extremely low then this indicates that the implant had failed and you need to start again.

It’s a better and more accurate method than a torque test as there is no chance of unnecessary damage to the implant. I also like that the multipegs can be sterilised and used again. Other brands supply single-use multipegs that require constant re-purchasing.

The Neoss Penguin makes implant work much more efficient and easier. Patients also love that they don’t feel any discomfort or pain. This is a wonderful little tool.

What’s not so good

The only negative is that you need to purchase specific multipegs for specific implants. If you do a lot of implant work in your practice then you will need to buy quite a few multipegs. But, as I mentioned, they can all be sterilised and reused.

Where did you get it

Neoss Australia

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