People keep telling me no one has caries anymore—and it’s all because of better awareness and great hygiene. I would beg to differ. Maybe this is a regional concept, but I see rampant caries in all ages in my practice.
It’s not unusual to see a patient with quadrant caries. These can be difficult and time consuming to restore. Well done direct posterior restorations take time, patience and skill. One of the most difficult situations is when you have two lesions adjacent to each other.
Kissing class II. That’s what we used to call them in dental school, and we had very little experience restoring these types of lesions. Creating a well-sealed restoration that has perfect contacts and is well contoured is the goal. Sometimes it’s more difficult than imagined.
While at the International Dental Symposium (IDS) in Germany this last March, I came across Walser Matrices from Walser Dental. The matrix system helps with this exact situation and several other predicaments we find ourselves in daily.
With German engineering, this spring loaded matrix will encompass both teeth at one time. Within 1 minute you get a “double” matrix around both teeth, which means you are ready to fill and restore them back to perfect contact and contour.
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