bite registration material When selecting bite registration materials to be used for interocclusal records, some characteristics that we'd like to see are:

  • Accuracy

  • No resistance to closure during the registration

  • At least moderate rigidity when set

  • Ease of handling

ACU-flow – A Fast-Setting Bite Registration Material

During our on-campus courses, we use a product from Great Lakes Ortho called ACU-flow for diagnostic bite records. ACU-flow is a quick setting addition-reaction polyvinylsiloxane (PVS) that meets all these characteristics when used appropriately.

bite registration materialThe problem that some participants find when using this material is that it may actually set too quickly to be able to capture an entire arch. While a fast set-time bite registration material is great for smaller segments or even to record a quadrant, it can be problematic if the bite registration material sets early. As the ACU-flow sets, it becomes increasingly firm, which could cause the mandible to deflect without the operator's awareness resulting in an inaccurate record.

bite registration materialA simple solution is to chill the ACU-flow in the refrigerator. Chilling the bite registration material will increase the working time without sacrificing any accuracy. This step only slightly increases the effort required to express the bite registration material from the cartridge.

In my practice, I find that chilling one or two tubes at a time provides me with enough bite registration material for multiple records if I need it. I leave the rest at room temperature to get the quick set that I've become used to.


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Commenter's Profile Image Grady Twohig
November 10th, 2014
What's that plastic in the anterior...where do you get those?
Commenter's Profile Image Darin Dichter
November 11th, 2014
Hi Grady, The plastic in the anterior is a Lucia jig, also from Great Lakes Ortho. It is being used here to deprogram the muscles and disclude the posterior teeth. I hope that helps! Darin