Inside Dental Assisting
Jan/Feb 2011
Volume 7, Issue 1

Pulpdent Trains Dental Assistants

Educational program on provisional technology was presented.

Pulpdent Corporation was invited to train 40 dental assistants on the subject of “New Technology Resins for Provisional Restoration” during the Greater New York Dental Meeting on November 29, 2010. The educational program was sponsored by the American Dental Assistant Association Foundation (ADAAF), which provides continuing education and valuable demonstrations by selected manufacturers to further the knowledge and skills of the member dental assistants.

Larry Clark, director of clinical affairs for Pulpdent, first presented a scientific program on the three provisional technology groups: acrylics (PMMA), bis-acrylics, and rubberized urethane. The strengths, weaknesses, and clinical techniques for the three different chemistries were reviewed in detail. The scientific session was followed by a hands-on workshop and demonstration using Tuff-Temp, the new rubberized-urethane provisional material from Pulpdent.

Tuff-Temp’s rubberized-urethane is strong, impact resistant, and fits tightly on the teeth. Breakage and debondings are minimized or eliminated. The material has the convenience and handling of a modern automix system, but does not shrink and stretch, break, debond, or lose its margins like bis-acrylics. It has the strength of powder and liquid acrylics but eliminates the mixing, odor, shrinkage, heat generation, loose fit, and recementations. Tuff-Temp grinds and powders, producing crisp and accurate margins that do not soften or distort. Finishing instruments do not gum up or clog. Tuff-Temp is dual-cure. It both self-cures and has a fast light-cure option that is also ideal for use with a clear vinyl polysiloxane template.

Dental assistants listen and learn at Pulpdent’s presentation during the Greater New York Meeting.

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