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Isolite Saves My Butt Again
Author: Mike Barr
Date: 01/30/2012 06:43pm

This week, I had 2 particular patients that presented clinical challenges. In both cases, treatment involved lower posterior teeth. I’ve written about the Isolite in this blog twice before: "Win the Isolation Battle with Isolite," and "Isolite Saves the Day."

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3M ESPE’s Disposable Intraoral Impression Syringe
Author: Mike Barr
Date: 08/23/2011 01:53pm

Previously, there have been 2 ways to inject the wash material around the preparations. You could use a traditional single-chambered intraoral syringe into which you’d have to place the already-mixed wash material. So, you mix it, put it in the syringe, and use it immediately and you and your assistant do your best getting your timing right with loading the tray material. Both reusable and disposable versions of the single-chambered intraoral syringe have been around for a long time.

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V3 Rings Mean Rock Solid Posterior Composite Contacts
Author: Mike Barr
Date: 05/09/2011 01:45pm

As our profession has evolved from amalgam to composite for posterior direct restorations, one of the biggest clinical challenges has been creating consistently good proximal contacts. A number of gizmos have come through the marketplace promising to solve this vexing issue. I've tried a number of them with varying results.

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Chairside Denture Reline Magic!
Author: Mike Barr
Date: 04/15/2011 03:33pm

In the past, chairside reline materials left out a lot to be desired—they were messy, they were smelly, they stung the tissues, they tasted bad, they were very exothermic and could even burn the soft tissues, and the result was always less than satisfactory. The old chairside reline materials tended to delaminate and stain, too. Basically, they sucked. But, they were better than nothing for those patients who simply would not relinquish their dentures for any amount of time.

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