Crown and bridge dentistry is a staple of restorative practices. Most of us need to make provisional restorations for our patients while they wait for their permanent restorations to be fabricated by the laboratory.
There are numerous techniques that exist to make a provisional matrix, ranging from alginate to thermoplastic materials, and each has its pros and cons. In some cases, to gain speed of set you lose detail, and if you want detail you need to wait an extended period of time. The ideal material has enough body to properly load and stay on a triple or quadrant tray yet flow around the contours of the teeth and pick up anatomy. At the same time, the set material should be easy to remove from the mouth and reseat with a bis-acrylic resin.
Template by Clinician’s Choice combines all the properties we search for in an ideal matrix material. It has the right amount of flow to capture incredible detail, releases easily, and maintains stability, yet sets intraorally within 30 seconds. This high level of detail mixed with speed is the perfect blend, allowing us to make appointments more efficient for our patients.
This material’s properties enable us to use it as a lingual matrix for class IV restorations when it is directly applied to the mouth. Most materials slump away from the teeth; however, this material stays in place while it sets. Since we began using this material 18 months ago, we’ve found it has substantially reduced chair time because of its quick set time and accuracy. When provisionals come out of the detailed matrix, there is simply less finishing that needs to be done and appointments can be wrapped up more predictably.
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