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ASI’s Advanced Endodontic Systems® provide a significant advantage in the final frontier of obtaining predictable and more thorough root canal disinfection. ASI first introduced an endodontic irrigation wand in 1999 and has become a leader in developing ergonomic and efficient methods for the delivery of popular irrigating solutions such as NaOC1, chlorhexidine, and EDTA. As evidence-based research and irrigation techniques have evolved, ASI has continued to develop innovative solutions to meet these enhanced methodologies for endodontic irrigation. ASI’s current wide product offering of irrigating options provides the most effective and practical solutions available on the market and are all manufactured in the United States.
ASI Micro Irrigation SystemASI’s Micro Irrigation System’s irrigation platform begins with the standard micro irrigator handpiece or irrigator. The irrigator is a wand-style handpiece, which accepts any standard luer-type needle and delivers any common irrigant of choice with a finger-friendly push-button design. Each irrigator is color coordinated (red, green, or orange) and utilizes a dedicated color-coordinated reservoir bottle for holding ample amounts of solution (NaOCI, chlorhexidine, EDTA, and alcohol). To provide total control of irrigant flow, each irrigator has an individual flow control, also color coordinated, to change the rate of delivery from a slow drip to a steady microstream. ASI’s Micro Irrigation System then can be completely customized to deliver any irrigation/disinfection techniques with optional upgrades such as sonic vibration, heated in-line solutions, positive pressure irrigation, apical negative pressure, and micro evacuation. ASI’s sonic vibra-tion: safe yet highly effectiveGentle, yet highly effective sonic vibration is generated using compressed air from the dental unit that creates a sonic movement of the irrigating needle to safely and effectively agitate the solution in the canal. This action provides improved disinfection by extending the reach of irrigation solutions into the tubules and anatomical variations within the canal. Since sonic energy is considerably less powerful than ultrasonic, there is minimized potential for unintended cutting action or transportation of the canal. Activation of the sonic vibration is easily controlled by foot pedal, and the intensity can be adjusted by a knob control. ASI’s system also uniquely provides for the simultaneous delivery or evacuation of irrigating solutions while sonically agitating to provide both time efficiency and practical use.Heated solutionsFor those who desire the improved efficacy of disinfection achieved via heating of the irrigating solutions, ASI offers an in-line heating system within the delivery tubing that allows the selected irrigant to be set for the desired point-of-use temperature. As an added advantage, ASI’s point-of-use thermostat-controlled in-line heater only heats the solution prior to delivery from the handpiece and therefore does not erode the strength of the solution remaining in the reservoir bottle.Apical negative pressure In addition to our many positive pressure models, ASI’s negative pressure irrigation models provide for suction of the irrigating solution to be pulled up through the needle, allowing for enhanced safety and the potential for greater near apex disinfection by allowing the irrigation to be used at near to full working length. Tubing over the needle allows for fresh irrigant to be supplied, pulled down into the canal, and evacuated through the needle. Due to the small size of the irrigating needles used, which can clog easily, negative pressure should only be used as a finishing instrument for final disinfection.Simultaneous suction ASI’s line of IrriVacTM brand irrigators provide not only the convenience of one-handed irrigation with suction but also gives the ability for the operator to control precise timing of delivery of solution. The IrriVacTM models can increase the volume of fresh irrigant into the canal by steadily introducing new solution while removing spent irrigant solution, all without the need for a dental assistant. The IrriVacTM is available in either a positive pressure or negative pressure versions.ASI Endodontic Delivery SystemsSince their introduction in 1994, ASI is well known in the industry for its fully integrated delivery units marketed under the registered trade names Advanced Endodontic System® and Advanced Dental System®. The Integrated Dental Delivery Series allows dentists to customize their own delivery system with all their preferred dental instruments, including obturation, apex locators, electric motors, ultrasonics, and more. All ASI carts are operated by one foot control to improve performance, efficiency, and comfort. ASI offers a very diverse line of ergonomic styles to accommodate every practice type and desired location of the equipment within the operatory.Stand-alone or integrated irrigationFor years, ASI’s advanced irrigation technology was easily added as an option to any of the Integrated Dental Delivery Systems. However, now, for those who already have a fully equipped office with existing dental units, ASI is providing stand-alone portable Irrigation Systems that can be purchased separately and allow everyone to benefit from the use of these practical and effective instruments. Visit www.asimedical.net or call a sales associate at 800-566-9953 for more information.This information was provided by ASI Medical Inc.
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RACINE, WI – Science has shown that irrigants are more effective when they are electro-mechanically activated. Acoustic streaming and cavitation of endodontic solutions has been shown to significantly enhance cleansing of difficult anatomy. Studies have shown that low frequency (Sonic) oscillation (160-190Hz) was not sufficient in creating acoustic streaming or cavitation within the canal space.
EndoUltra™ is the only cordless, compact, battery operated piezo ultrasonic (40kHz) activation device. Only EndoUltra™ is capable of producing acoustic streaming and cavitation in small canal spaces, resulting in significantly improved debridement, disruption of biofilm, improved penetration of irrigants into dentinal tubules, and the removal of vapor lock. Resulting in improved outcomes.
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