Tools of the trade: Creative Colour Pink Opaquer

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pink opaquer

by Dr Sonika Sharma, Comprehensive Dental Care, Queanbeyan, NSW

This opaquer is a very effective product that neutralises any greyness. It can be used with non-vital teeth and for repair of old PFM crowns. If the patient doesn’t want to replace the crown, it works beautifully at covering the greyness and stopping it from showing through.

What’s good about it

I find the pink opaquer to be the most effective. When using white or any other colour of opaquer, it can be very difficult to colour-match properly and the tooth can end up looking a bit grey. By layering composite over pink opaquer, it matches very well and gives the best result.

It’s very easy to use. You just do your prep, etch, place a bonding agent, add pink opaquer and then layer the composite over it. I’ve been using it for 10 years, mainly on front teeth as it creates such a good result for cosmetic repairs. 

Not only does it fix the problem of grey-coloured teeth showing through, it makes the restoration almost invisible. If you’re doing composite layering on an adjacent tooth, it will seamlessly match to create a nice natural smile.

What’s not so good

You need a good sense of colour to truly make an opaquer work. If you use too much or too little, the results are not going to be optimum. You also have to be careful when using it near the gingival third. If you don’t completely cover the opaquer with composite, it will show through as a white line.

Where did you get it

Erskine Dental

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