My wife says I am not handy, and I tend to agree with her. But when in need of a quick fix, I reach for duct tape for some minor repairs. It actually can be used for a wide array of “fixes,” from tent repair to making prom dresses.
Dentistry can get the same value from Teflon tape (aka plumber’s tape). The number one use for me as an endodontist is balling or wicking it up to cover the access before temporizing. It seals well, but more importantly, it is extremely easy to remove without those pesky fibers going everywhere like a cotton pellet.
Besides endodontic access, my colleagues use it as cover for the implant screw, making it easy to go back and tighten the screw in a few months or ever if necessary. Other popular ideas: Use the tape in anterior cosmetic work to protect adjacent teeth during cementation of crowns. It can also be used as a retraction cord and has the same advantages as in the endodontic situation where fibers cannot leave as clean a field as the tape.
As you can see, there are so many uses for Teflon tape. Grab some, give it a try today, and tell me what you think.
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