Isolation & Retraction

August 12, 2019

One of the keys to success in the field of endodontics is proper irrigation. In my opinion, it’s more important what you take out of the tooth than what you put in it. To properly remove as much of the tissue, bacteria and debris out of the tooth many medicaments are n...

June 13, 2019

Our needs for retraction with crown and bridge have changed. There are several ways to get a nice impression, and knowing this will help reduce procedure times, make your seats more predictable and keep practice overhead in alignment.

Packing cord has been a standard fo...

June 13, 2019

The reality is, all details matter and the oral environment must be kept meticulous to have restorations that are well placed. Unfortunately, many of the materials we use in dentistry are not forgiving to the harsh oral environment, especially when they are exposed to...

March 5, 2019

How do you prefer to handle tissues and hemostasis before making an impression or scan for your crowns and bridges? Traditional measures typically involve using retraction cords and a hemostatic agent such as aluminum chloride or ferric sulfate. One cord is placed usin...

September 10, 2018

Trying to add the sharp and scary clamps can push kids over the edge. They are already scared, and you fumbling around with the rubber dam can become quickly frustrating. Next thing you know, the decision is to forgo the rubber dam altogether. This sacrifices safety, a...

September 10, 2018

PRODUCT UPDATE: When I first reviewed the DryShield system in April 2018, I highlighted many of its qualities, such as its ability to allow for better saliva control, blood splatter, and retraction of the tongue and cheek. But sometimes, when you are so excited about t...

May 10, 2018

Remember back in dental school how frustrating isolation was? That’s because we punched a quadrant of holes, placed the clamp, stretched the dam over it -- and then it would rip. At that point, you had to go to the dispensary and get a new dam. After you finally isolat...

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