Say goodbye to the whine of the drill.
The new Creighton University School of Dentistry building will be equipped with the latest dental technology: electric hand pieces, by Swiss company Bien-Air Medical Technologies.
Bien-Air was the first company to introduce electric hand pieces to the U.S. in 1995. It has since become the world’s largest manufacturer of electric motors for dental use.
“Dental students know this is a new technology for the future,” says Marla Mattinson, director of academic affairs for Bien-Air. “It creates that excitement for everyone knowing that Creighton is going to have a beautiful new school with state-of-the-art technology.”
According to Bien-Air general manager Arthur Mateen, 30 dental schools now have electric hand pieces and 60 percent of U.S. dentists use them.
“It’s important to note that this doesn’t change the way dentistry is done. It is a better, more current technology for dentists to cut teeth, prep teeth with much more ease and efficiency,” Mattinson says.
In fact, the hand pieces will improve dentistry for both dentists and patients. That annoying drill noise? It is significantly reduced with electric hand pieces. The pieces now cut smoother and faster, and are more ergonomic for dentists.
Over time, materials used to restore teeth have changed. Before, metal was the primary material, but it can become toxic after years of use. The U.S. market has now switched over to newer materials: zirconia and ceramic.
Creighton’s new dental building will have $2.8 million worth of equipment for a reduced cost of $880,000, thanks to the David Mosimann Foundation, named for the founder of Bien-Air.
“The foundation has given a donation to Creighton to install these systems in the school to make sure students have access to technology,” Mateen says.
Quieter drilling sounds and faster dental appointments? The new equipment will be a win for both patients and dentists.