SYMPRO is a compact denture cleaning unit from Renfert especially suitable for cleaning removable dental restorations, orthodontic appliances, and splints. Dr Christopher Tuxford shares his experience in using the system and how he integrated it into his daily practice.
By Dr Christopher Tuxford
Trade Exhibition Stuttgart: Full aisles, lots of booths, practically information overload! Everything new, everything great and everything expensive. But then, I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I passed it by. Small, white-grey and unspectacular but somehow, something special. I only then realised that it was the Renfert stand where I had stopped. Laboratory stuff! I’m a dentist! What is that?
The friendly answer was on point: SYMPRO Denture Cleaning Unit; also for, or only for the practice. Great! The laboratory has something like that in large. It takes two to three hours to get the teeth back again. But then again, they looked new. Hence, I asked for more information. For 20 to 40 minutes of cleaning time, post-polishing is not necessary. Wow! And that works? Okay, the price was less than I expected.
Whilst waiting for the device to arrive, I did my research. It all sounded very positive. And then, at last, my first practice run. And then: it was all true, within 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the state of the denture, one can achieve very good results, which are very close to professional cleaning in the laboratory. Ideal for cleaning the dentures at the same time as the professional oral prophylaxis and be able to send the patient away with completely clean teeth.
It’s fair to say that now, approximately 80% of denture cleaning is done in the practice. The unit is now well and truly integrated within the daily practice routine and works reliably.
We see the dentures again, which were cleaned a few months ago. There are no increased deposits on the dentures that indicate any micro-abrasion that may have occurred. In the meantime, patients with dentures heavily discoloured due to smoking have spoken to us and asked directly for the denture cleaning service.
The plan to use the device for regular cleaning of the dentures from retirement home residents is currently still failing due to logistics. There is a need, but whether this will be paid for remains to be seen.
A year has passed. With the exception of new patients, there are hardly any dentures requiring significant and therefore longer cleaning times than more than 20 minutes.
Denture cleaning only takes less than 20 minutes and can be easily carried out during half a professional tooth cleaning session. I would say the introduction of the SYMPRO Denture Cleaning system into my dental office has been a great success.
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Published in Dental Asia November/December 2021 issue.