Spotlight on Sensors: Best Practices for Selecting an Intraoral Sensor

Finding the right sensor for your practice requires research. After all, a good intraoral sensor can provide many benefits for you, your staff, and your patients. To facilitate this process, I have created a chart that highlights the features you should look for, how they benefit your practice, and the questions you should ask during the buying process.



Questions to Ask

Image Quality

    • Better image quality means more confident diagnosis· When patients can clearly see their problem areas, they are more likely to accept treatment

    • What are the line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm)?

    • Is that the true or theoretical resolution?


    • Well-designed and durable sensors will last for years, ultimately saving you money that would have been spent on replacements

    • Has the sensor undergone testing to ensure its reliability?

    • What is the average lifespan of your sensors?

Ergonomic Design

    • Rounded corners and reduced thickness increase patient comfort

    • User-friendly cable entry designs promote faster and more accurate patient positioning

    • What are the ergonomic features of your sensor?

    • How would a user position the sensor?


    • When sensors integrate easily into your existing practice management and imaging software, it can save valuable time and make the transition easier

    • Is the sensor compatible with my current software programs?· What needs to be done to integrate the sensor with my practice management/imaging software?


    • The right sensor—with the right price and financing—can have a positive impact on your ROI, paying for itself after so many uses· By buying a high-quality sensor, you can avoid hidden costs and replacement fees down the road

    • How many uses will it take for the sensor to pay for itself?

    • Are there any additional fees that I should know about?


    • A good warranty will protect you if your sensor stops working or malfunctions, saving your practice money that would have been spent on a replacement

    • What does your basic warranty include?

    • Are extended warranties available?

        • What does the extended warranty include?

Support and Service

    • When you have a good support team backing your technology, it reduces the chance of downtime caused by a malfunctioning or broken

    • What types of support services are offered?

    • What are your support team’s hours of operation?


    • User-friendly training can reduce downtime when transitioning to new sensors

    • When team members are properly trained, it eliminates positioning and other associated errors

    • What types of training programs are available?

        • Are they online?

        • In person?

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