Do you struggle with trying to hold those little teeny-weeny-eeny inlays and onlays? I sure do. Coating them with porcelain etch and silane and bonding resin is a difficult proposition that usually results in equal amounts of material on and off the restoration The good news is there is product specifically designed for this purpose:

The Pic-n-Stic from Pulpdent has a waxy material on the end that can be pressed into the restoration to hold it. I have found them to be useful, but I’ve also wished they would “GRAB” more. At the last Posterior Partial Coverage Bonded Restorations course, one of our live patient treatment experiences, a participant with a very small inlay and onlay used a different technique. He bonded a mini-brush to the restoration using resin. It REALLY held on!

It can be easily popped off the porcelain once the restoration is seated and a Brownie Point removes resin without damaging the restoration.


Commenter's Profile Image 'Miguel' Melkers
October 17th, 2009
That is a really cool tip-thanks!! If you are interested in getting rid of porc etch and silane, you should really look into Interface. Amazing stuff and can be used intraorally....Unreal bond strengths...
Commenter's Profile Image Vivek Mehta
October 18th, 2009
What a cool idea!! Simple and elegant !
Commenter's Profile Image Doug Phillips
October 19th, 2009
When you use a microbrush to hold the restoration, the restoratin should be bone dry in the area that you contact with the microbrush (that has just enough bonding agent to contact the surface of the rstoration without flowing all over the place). You have to touch the microbrush that had bonding agent on it to the dry surface and cure for 10 seconds--if the restoration surface is dry--it will stick. Once the reatoration is seated--hold it in place with an instrument when you remove the microbrush or you will pull the restoration out of the prep. You can also use this technique on cast gold inlays and onlays.