When placing a splint, do not push the strip into interproximal spaces because it goes against the fundamental principles of composite mechanics. For detailed explanation, please click here.
Determine the right shade of composite at the very beginning of the appointment. If a difficult shade, try different composites and/or combinations of composite without bonding agents. It is important to do this before drying the working area as dehydration of the tooth will alter the color.
Do not leave the fibers exposed, always cover them with a layer of composite. If placing a splint on teeth with large interproximal spaces, apply a thin layer of composite resin and close the interproximal spaces between the marginal ridges
Similarly, when using Dentapreg splinting strips for ortho retainers, do not use just drops of composite to attach it to the teeth (as is often done when using orthodontic wire). Instead, cover the entire strip with composite. That way the retainer is smooth, does not irritate soft oral tissues and is durable.
To insure a dry working area, the use of rubber dam is highly recommended.
To insure the adjoining teeth during crown restoration stay clean, use teflon tape to cover them. This will make finishing and cleaning easier.
To isolate interproximal areas, use a matrix. Garrison blue matrixes are a good choice because of the curve and because they stay easily in place.
If you find Dentapreg® strips sticking to your instruments too much, coat your instruments with a bit of bonding agent for easier handling.
Using a burr, remove the composite layer on top of the strip first. Once you come to the fiber strip you can use a scaler to detach the strip from the teeth. You can use orthodontic pliers as well.
Fabricating a dental bridge directly in your office is an economical solution for a high quality temporary that could easily serve the patient for many years. This also reduces chair time for the patient and the doctor alike as this is typically a one visit procedure. To make an indirect bridge, simply take an alginate impression of the prepared teeth and prepare the bridge on the resulting model. Once the bridge is fabricated, set the bridge with an appropriate cement. Using the indirect method provides a more precise and esthetic result.
Pulp chambers of incisors are large and usually asymmetrical. Even if you use the largest prefabricated post available, it is usually not stable in the root canal. You can stabilize it by adding some Dentapreg® PINPosts.
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