Tool of the Trade Review: Richwil Crown and Bridge Remover


by Dr James Mumme, J Mumme & D McAuslan, Chatswood, NSW

A prosthodontist put me onto this product years ago. It’s a very small jube that you immerse in hot water so it becomes thermoplastic. When a crown has been temporarily cemented and it’s a bit difficult to remove, the patient bites down on the warmed jube. Once it sets, the patient opens their jaws and it will pull off the temporarily cemented crown.

What’s good about it

It’s just a really handy thing to have around. When trial fitting a crown, it can occasionally get caught and become very difficult to remove. This does the job and doesn’t damage the teeth or the crown. It’s such a simple technique yet it works beautifully. It’s also possible to speed up the process by spraying the softened jube with a triplex syringe once the patient has bitten into it.

There’s nothing worse than struggling to get a crown off and, obviously, it’s better to avoid the situation. However, when the situation occurs, this very simple product can get you out of a lot of problems. They only cost $65 for 50 so you can have a packet sitting in a cupboard without breaking the budget. Hopefully, I won’t use 50 in my lifetime.

What’s not so good.

There’s not much that can go wrong with them and it does its job very well. The patient requires a good opposing tooth to bite down against as it will only work if the opposing tooth is in a good state.

Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas.

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