Inside Dentistry
March 2017
Volume 13, Issue 3

Aquasil® Ultra+ Smart Wetting Impression Material

A trusted brand gets upgrades focusing on key clinical benefits

Jason H. Goodchild, DMD

Recently introduced Aquasil Ultra+ Smart Wetting Impression Material is an upgrade in the well-established Aquasil line of polyvinyl siloxane impression materials and has been specially designed to help clinicians in three key areas.

First, impression materials that are used intraorally need to work in the presence of moisture (ie, hydrophilic) not just when they are cured but, more importantly, when they are uncured. To provide hydrophilicity where it’s needed most—in the mouth—Aquasil Ultra+ material was designed with a market-leading, low-contact angle as tested on uncured samples at intraoral relative humidity. For the clinician, this translates to improved accuracy of impressions, potentially leading to better-fitting restorations that will require less chairside adjustments.

Second, impression materials must be strong at the time of mouth removal to prevent tearing. Impression material is syringed into a sulcus creating thin cross sections and when adequate gingival retraction is not created around equi- and subgingival preparations (such as in cases where retraction paste is used instead of retraction cord), these small extensions of material can be at greater risk for tearing. To prevent tearing of thin extensions of material and the loss of precious detail, Aquasil Ultra+ material was designed to feature market-leading tear strength at both the time the material is removed from the mouth and after 24 hours of setting. This benefit provides confidence to the clinician that the material placed into the mouth will be completely retrieved, and also allow laboratory technicians the opportunity to create extremely accurate working models.

Third, there is no single impression material that will satisfy the infinite number of clinical situations. For single-unit cases, a fast-set material may be ideal, but for larger prosthetic cases or removable denture impressions options, additional setting times and viscosities may be needed. Aquasil Ultra+ impression material offers five different viscosities (xtra-light, light, medium, heavy, and rigid), two setting times (fast and regular), and several delivery options (Digit® Targeted Delivery System, 50-mL cartridges, and DECA™ cartridges). With all of these variations of Aquasil Ultra+, clinicians can match the most appropriate viscosity, timing, and delivery for each specific clinical situation.

Getting the final impression done correctly is vital to a successful outcome, and one of the keys to accomplishing it is picking the right impression material. Aquasil Ultra+ Smart Wetting Impression Material was designed with key clinical benefits to give clinicians the best chance for recording an outstanding impression.

For more information, contact:
Dentsply Sirona

About the Author

Jason H. Goodchild, DMD, is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a clinical education manager focused on North America, in the Clinical Affairs Department at Dentsply Sirona Restorative.

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