Tools of the trade: Contact Pro 2

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Contact-Pro-1by Dr Jodie Dobson, Dobson Dental, Ferntree Gully, VIC

This is a clear plastic, double-ended instrument that’s used to create really tight contacts with composite resins. It’s very handy and I use it pretty much every day.

What’s good about it

This instrument is perfect when doing a large interproximal MO or DO using a Tofflemire or Siqveland. The Contact Pro 2 will ensure a nice tight contact in this situation. You can use it as a lever to push against the next tooth or you can pull against the tooth if you are doing a MO on a molar.

My first layer is often a flowable resin around the margin. When that’s in place, I’ll push on the band, levering against the next tooth. The next increment will be a compressible resin that I’ll compress into place with whatever instrument I’m using. Then I’ll put my Contact Pro 2 into that resin and push against the next tooth. While I’m doing that, my nurse positions a light up against the instrument which spreads the light through the resin. Once the instrument is removed, there is a little hole that simply needs to be filled with a bit more resin. It works every single time and you get a great contact.

What’s not so good

Over time, because it’s made of a clear plastic material, the finer parts snap off. I’ve had a couple of occasions where I’ve had to extricate the end out of some composite resin. However, the drawbacks are well and truly outweighed by the positives.

Where did you get it

Amalgadent.

 

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