Townie® Poll

Handpieces & Operatory Equipment

Poll conducted from 9/7/2005 To 10/6/2005

Are you considering the use of electric handpieces in the future?
743 total votes
70%
Yes
30%
No
If yes, when?
409 total votes
18%
0-3 months
7%
3-6 months
42%
6-12 months
33%
I am not considering a purchase
If no, why not?
218 total votes
24%
Cost
48%
No Perceived Need
14%
Want More Information
15%
Other
What is the most important perceived benefit you expect while using an electric handpiece?
400 total votes
26%
Faster cutting
24%
Smoother running
7%
Cleaner margins
37%
Quieter
2%
Less hand trauma
4%
Less patient trauma
What is the perceived disadvantage that is most important to you?
430 total votes
57%
Cost
8%
Change in technique
20%
Weight of attachment
2%
Too much hassle for staff
13%
Don't think there is value
Do you perform endo procedures with a specialized attachment (e.g. 1:6)?
443 total votes
65%
Yes
14%
No, I use a lowspeed
21%
No
Does your hygienist use prophy attachments on your e-style motor?
434 total votes
26%
Yes
50%
My hygienist uses a separate prophy handpiece
24%
None of the above
Do you use cassettes for instrument sterilization?
435 total votes
35%
Yes
65%
No
Do you use a separate sterilizer for your handpieces?
439 total votes
22%
Yes
78%
No
Do you plan to purchase a laser in the next 12 months?
443 total votes
11%
Yes
89%
No
If not, what is the most important reason?
379 total votes
59%
Cost
1%
Size
7%
Lack of training
27%
I use other instruments
6%
I am planning on purchasing a laser
Do you use an intraoral camera in hygiene?
442 total votes
55%
Yes
45%
No
Do you use a chair-mounted monitor for patient entertainment/education?
439 total votes
39%
Yes
47%
No
14%
I do not have a monitor in my office for patient entertainment/education
Do you store images (x-ray and camera) in the patient's electronic file?
440 total votes
50%
Yes
50%
No
Do you transmit images to specialists and insurance companies via the Internet?
445 total votes
35%
Yes
61%
No
4%
I do not have Internet access at my office
Do you use a separate internal processing indicator in each of your sterilization pouches when processing your instruments?
439 total votes
44%
Yes
56%
No
Do you use a double cord retraction technique when packing retraction cord?
441 total votes
39%
Yes
61%
No

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