Self Illuminating Cheek Retractor
An illuminating cheek retractor capable of being affixed into the oral cavity of a patient and providing light for the examination of oral cavity; without any external power source.
The device uses chemical luminescence to illuminate the oral cavity with uniform intensity and high color rendering index (CRI) almost mimicking the natural light. The chemicals are replaceable, making the device perpetually reusable.
a) the cheek retractor is reversibly inflatable;
b) a fiber reinforced latch and adjustable screwis provided, to control unrestrained opening or closing, thereby minimizing the damage due to the uncontrolled elastic reflex of the material;
c) the chambers housing the fluid reaction are lined with a reflective coating on the inner surface to aid in better and uniform illumination;
d) a valve at the split junction is provided capable of attaching reversibly attachable components, for providing multi-functionality, the purpose of detachable components is to facilitate easy cleaning and sterilization;
e) a tongue guard with adhesive base chemiluminscent pads are provided to be attached on the undersurface of the tongue area for the dual purpose of isolation and illumination; and
f) nitrous oxide can be delivered through the retractor efficiently as an anesthetic.
- Easy to refill
- Easy to clean
- Easy to sterilize
- Portable–therefore can be deployed anywhere
- No need for constant adjustments
- Independent of any setup requirement,
- Chemical luminescence–no external power source
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Stage of Developments
The current invention can be used
- in emergencies, power affected dental or ENT hospitals, areas with limited electricity, relief camps–natural emergencies, war affected areas, geographically remote areas etc; and
as an ancillary to conventional Dental Operatory Lights (DOL).
- It can also replace the existing conventional lighting systems.
The dental industry as a wholewas valued at approximately US$ 100 billion in 2015 according to a report published by the Dental Trade Alliance (DTA), and is projected to reachUSD250 billion by 2020.
The Indian dental care services market US$ 1.16 billion and oral care market US$ 1.8 billion.The potential size of India’s dental market is vast and is expected to become one of the largest single country markets for overseas dental device and materials exporters.