The problem with final impressions is that they are so … final. This is truly one time when “good enough” really isn’t. This is one time when the procedure has to be perfect if I am going to get the result I am after. That’s why I always use two hands to syringe the impression material. Let me take you back a few years. Remember when you had to mix the goo on a pad and put it into one of these before you could syringe it around the prep(s)? I can handle one of these with one hand, no problem. My troubles started when we were introduced to the “simplicity” of the self-mixing materials that we could mix and syringe at the same time. Put a little tip on this gun and it becomes the intra-oral syringe.  Maybe I’m just a teeny bit clumsy, but I had a hard time trying to control the gun compared to that simple, sleek, metal syringe. I need to use two hands to do it well. That’s where this comes in … These retractors open everything up and let me use two hands to apply my impression material. (They also let me get great scans with my CEREC blue cam.) The secret is the little “paddle” that pushes out the cheek and creates clearance. I LOVE them and want to thank Jim Fay for introducing them to me. Sadly, the company that made the ones Jim gave me is no longer making them, but a couple companies still make them and they are available through both Patterson and Schein. Learn more about dentin adhesives, as well as, esthetics, occlusion and treatment planning from the Spear Digital Suite. View the free lesson: Dentin Adhesives.  


Comments

Commenter's Profile Image Alex Greenwald
September 25th, 2013
Have you tried the digit system used with Aquasil impression material? Great ease of use with no mess afterwards.
Commenter's Profile Image Gary DeWood
September 25th, 2013
Yep - it's great!
Commenter's Profile Image Gerald Benjamin
September 26th, 2013
The biggest problem is that span in the handles of the gun is too large for those of us with small hands. We have been searching for a gun with a smaller span for quite some time but they all appear to be of the same size. I have often thought of an air driven impression gun.
Commenter's Profile Image Gary DeWood
September 26th, 2013
There is an air driven, foot controlled unit on the way - set for unveiling on October 1st!
Commenter's Profile Image Ken Titel
October 17th, 2013
What are these retractors called? Patterson wasn't sure what I was after and my description of "Gary's Retractor" was inadequate
Commenter's Profile Image David Feinberg
October 17th, 2013
I'm testing DENTSPLY's new Aquasil with an air driven variable speed dispenser. No labwork back as of yet, but no intraoral tip hand cramps.
Commenter's Profile Image Gary DeWood
October 17th, 2013
E-mail me for the order number.
Commenter's Profile Image Jim Boggess DDS
October 22nd, 2013
Gary, Could you please email with the catalog # as well; I can't seem to find these retractors. Thanks
Commenter's Profile Image Christine Fialka-Eshenko
November 27th, 2013
I am interested in the retractors as well. Do you have the proper name & catalog number? Thanks