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Randy Garland, DDS

Randy Garland, DDS

Exceeding expectations What can you tell us about your background?
I grew up in southern Orange County and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at San Diego State University in 1983. There I met my future wife, Kim, at the...

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Scott A. Norton, DMD, MSD

Scott A. Norton, DMD, MSD

Focus on family, patients, friends, growth, and community What can you tell us about your background? For as long as I can remember, I wanted to make people smile. I always loved getting the class laughing in grade school. Looking back, I am sure...

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Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Empathy, tenacity, and perseverance are keys to this clinician’s flourishing practice  What can you tell us about your background? I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until I was 13 years old. My family relocated...

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Management of a tooth with a large internal resorption defect

Management of a tooth with a large internal resorption defect

Dr. Robert Slosberg facilitates accurate mapping and obturation of the resportive defect with CBCT imaging Abstract
A patient presented with advanced internal root resorption of tooth No. 9. The prominent location of this tooth...

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Pulpal diagnosis of teeth presenting with condensing osteitis prior to endodontic treatment — a retrospective study

Pulpal diagnosis of teeth presenting with condensing osteitis prior to endodontic treatment — a retrospective study

Drs. Brian Shaughnessy, Margaret Jones, Ricardo Caicedo, Joseph Morelli, Stephen Clark, and Ms. Jennifer Osborne review the occurrence of teeth presenting with condensing osteitis and their associated pulpal diagnosis over a 2-year period. Introduction Read More...

GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

Dr. Andrei Zoryan dispels some of the common myths surrounding carrier-based obturation Carrier-based gutta percha Carrier-based obturation (such as Thermafil®, GT® obturator, ProTaper® obturator [Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties]) is one...

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Life after root canal — it’s not just about having enough money

Life after root canal — it’s not just about having enough money

Dr. Robert Fleisher ruminates on how to prepare for retirement There are so many articles about everything that you become pretty much overwhelmed and can never expect to read them all. So you pick and choose. You like to learn about the latest and...

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Superior customer service

Superior customer service

Dr. Roger Levin presents the 10 top ways to help create a perfect dental team With the changes brought on by the economy, top companies are bringing in the best resources they can find to evaluate where their organizations stand. They want to know...

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Office Matters: Hard-piped filtered water system vs. self-contained bottled water system

John Bednar helps avert problems coming down the pipe If your office currently has a hard-piped filtered water system, now is a good time to consider if and when you should change to a self-contained bottled water system. A hard-piped filtered water...

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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.



“We are very excited to be a part of providing innovative solutions to our customers that allow them to achieve the highest ultimate level of canal system disinfection possible and to allow them to achieve it in a time-efficient, cost-effective, and convenient manner,” says John McPeek, President of ASI. “There are no other equipment manufacturers that specialize in endodontic systems that can deliver such a diverse array of product solutions for endodontic irrigation. Our solutions are not only effective, but also practical for the doctor and staff to use and cost effective in order to be functional in the dental practice. We have customers with more than 20 years of experience who believe their canals have never been cleaner. Our customers are excited, and so is ASI!”

Bridging the gap

ASI strives to bridge the gap between traditional hand delivery and evacuation of irrigating solutionsScreen_shot_2011-12-28_at_2.22.08_PM and overly complex, tedious, or costly machine-assisted devices.  ASI’s Micro Irrigation System harnesses the benefits of the simplicity of manual methods while simultaneously providing the desired improvement in the efficacy of disinfection with ASI’s machine-assisted technology. ASI’s diverse offering includes both positive- and negative-pressure styles of delivering irrigating solutions along with the ability to select intracanal sonic agitation of solutions with simultaneous delivery and evacuation, heated solution capability, and efficient micro evacuation.

This full line of irrigation products enables the delivery and evacuation of irrigation solutions to full working length and even partially within the elusive and difficult challenge of disinfection of lateral canals.

 

ASI Micro Irrigation System

Screen_shot_2011-12-28_at_2.22.17_PMASI’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 effective

Gentle, 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 Screen_shot_2011-12-28_at_2.22.32_PMconsiderably 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 solutions

For 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 Screen_shot_2011-12-28_at_2.22.43_PMsolution 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 Systems

Since 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 irrigation
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For 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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