It can be challenging to mark an occlusal contact on glazed ceramic restorations. Untreated articulating paper does not leave a mark, necessitating the need for an alternate technique. Articulating ink ribbons leave smudge marks and inaccurate readings. To avoid this frustration, try these clinical tips:
1. Use AccuFilm II articulating paper with a very small amount of Vaseline rubbed on both sides. The paper should appear “wet” without having any volume of Vaseline remaining (Figure 1).
2. Dry the teeth and restoration to be marked with a cotton 2 x 2 followed by high evacuation suction and an air spray.
3. Place the articulating paper between the arches and have the patient tap their teeth together lightly.
4. Adjust and polish as required.
5. After cementation/bonding, increase the intensity of the tapping and grinding in excursive movements.
This should relieve some of the frustration that may occur when attempting to mark occlusal contacts on glazed ceramics.