Tools of the trade: Dry Tips and Neo Drys

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by Dr Roslyn Dick, Rochedale Dental Group, Rochedale, QLD

 

I use both these products and they both work perfectly well. The decision on which one we stock is made by our ordering coordinator who always finds the best deal.

 

What’s good about it

It’s a small pad that is impervious to liquid on one side with a plastic mesh that allows saliva and water to enter on the other side. Inside is an absorbent material. It’s placed between the cheek and the teeth on the buccal surface where it collects saliva from the parotid gland, and other sources of moisture. It helps keep the cheek out of the way so the assistant can use the evacuator easily. A dry working area is provided without needing to place several cotton rolls. I find it is also protection against getting soft tissue caught in rotary instruments.

They come in two sizes and are comfortable for most patients. There can be occasions where they dig into the cheek, but that can be modified by flexing them in your fingers before use.

For a half-hour appointment, one pad is all that’s required. For a longer appointment, I might use two or three. It all depends on the patient’s saliva flow.

I’ve been using these for about 15 years and couldn’t do dentistry without them. A cotton roll simply doesn’t work as well.

 

What’s not so good

If a patient doesn’t have a lot of saliva flow, it can stick to the cheek. However, a squirt of water between the dry tip and the cheek is all that’s needed to remove it without damage to the buccal mucosa.

 

Where did you get it

Erskine Dental (for Neo Drys).

Adam Dental Supplies (for Dry Tips).

 

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