5 Clinical Must-Haves From 5 Restorative Educators
1. PowerMix™ Automatic Impression Material Dispenser
“Many challenges can present themselves when obtaining an accurate dental impression. The PowerMix from Clinician’s Choice is an impression delivery system that solves a variety of chairside impression issues. You will immediately notice the power and speed in which the impression material dispenses from the unit. Not only is the tray filled fast, but without the preliminary setting of the material, especially on a full arch tray where slower mixers or hand dispensing units can allow the first material extruded to begin its setting phase. In addition to respecting working time, speed is essential when you are controlling moisture and ensuring patient comfort. Featuring a variety of impression materials for crown and bridge, dental implants, and diagnostic models, the PowerMix is a portable, cost-effective power impression mixing unit and an excellent addition to the restorative dental team’s armamentarium.” – Fred Peck, DDS, FAACD
Dr. Fred Peck is a Cincinnati area-based family dentist. Being accomplished in cosmetic dental techniques, Dr. Peck has been asked to share his skills and knowledge with his dental peers and lectures all over the United States. Dr. Peck never stops learning, he is an Accredited Fellow of the AACD and a graduate of The Kois Center and the Dawson Academy. The Kois Center is a self-funding learning center that focuses on evidence-based dental teaching, taught almost exclusively by Dr. John C. Kois. To learn more about The Kois Center visit, www.koiscenter.com.
2. Quad-Tray® Ultimate™ Posterior
“The Quad-Tray Ultimate Posterior tray is my go-to impression tray for any type of impression material. We all look for key features of our impression materials such as high tear strength and low contact angle, but we sometimes forget the material is only as good as the impression tray it is placed in. The rigid Quad-Tray Ultimate Posterior’s low side walls, longer handle, smooth, light-weight aluminum construction and low-profile distal bar make it easy to place in the mouth and comfortable for the patient while providing a distortion-free impression every time. Consider adding the Quad- Tray Ultimate Posterior into your day-to-day routine!” – Ron Kaminer, DMD
Dr. Ron Kaminer is a member and educator with Catapult, an educational platform that aims to provide relevant, actionable and pragmatic CE. Through the Catapult education program, Dr. Kaminer has been inspiring dentists with his technologically advanced, thought-provoking programs and his passion for technology and minimally invasive dentistry has allowed him to educate dentists around the globe. Visit www.catapulteducation.com for course details and dates.
3. Cling2 Resin Optimized Temporary Cement
“In restorative dentistry, doing indirect restorations requires fabrication of provisionals while the final ceramics are being produced at your dental laboratory. Usually, not a great deal of thought goes into the provisional cement selection while the patient is awaiting the ceramic units. I use Cling2. This temp cement changes that. Cling2 cement comes in a dual-barrel syringe, and is easy to dispense and place inside the temporary before seating. Clean-up is simple because of the unique polycarboxylate formulation, which helps it release in large pieces. When the temp is removed, most of the cement is in the temp, which makes clean-up a breeze. This is a must-have in my operatories.” – Rob Ritter, DMD
Dr. Robert Ritter and Dr. Christopher Ramsey are the founders of The Protocol, a 2-day course that provides the latest information about patient acquisition, online presence, body language as well as dental material selection, digital chair side scanning, advanced provisional techniques and ceramics. The Protocol covers every aspect in a timeline to help the dentist apply those skills back in their office the following week. Quite simply, there is no other educational program out in the market right now like The Protocol. Visit www.theprotocollive.com for more course information and dates.
4. Template® Ultra Quick Matrix Material
“Whether you are preparing a custom matrix for a crown and bridge prior to preparing the tooth or you have a Class IV fracture that you want to have a rampart to be able to do that first layer, it is important to have accurate and strong margins. Alginate or putty type pre-impression do not provide the accuracy required, so in my practice I use Template from Clinician’s Choice. Template is a medium flow impression material that has great detail and a 30-second intraoral set time. After a temporary has been fabricated, the Template impression can be kept as a permanent record that can be re-used in the event the temporary fails prior to cementation of the final restoration.” – Bob Margeas, DDS
Dr. Bob Margeas is currently an adjunct professor in the department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa and is Board Certified by the American Board of Operative Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Margeas is a member of the Hands-OnLine LIVETM faculty, where he provides both live and on-demand hands-on courses focused on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. To learn more about Hands-OnLine LIVE and register for upcoming course visit, www.handsonlinelive.com.
5. Zircules Nano-Filled Core Material
“Throughout my career I have always used core build-up materials to get ideal preparations. When I started using Zircules, it was a game changer. The small precise tips, the stiffness, immediate setting time was like no other. The preparation feels just like a tooth. The durability and handling were so much easier and predictable. I highly recommend this core material for aesthetics and core build-ups. It has made my restorations lasts longer and have great translucent character similar to tooth structure.” – Dean Vafiadis, DDS
Dr. Dean Vafiadis received his dental degree and Prosthodontic specialty training at New York University College of Dentistry. He is currently the Director of the Full-Mouth Rehabilitation CE course at NYU and an Associate Professor of Prosthodontics at NYU College of Dentistry. He is the founder of the New York Smile Institute in NY which is an educational center, full service laboratory and learning facility as well as a private practice location for a multi-specialty practice for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry. To learn more about the New York Smile Institute visit, www.nysi.org.
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