Tools of the trade: Optrasculpt

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placement and contouring instrument

by Dr Ann Duong, Preventive Dentistry, Braddon, ACT

One of my colleagues was using Optrasculpt and really liked it. She suggested I give it a go and I’ve found it to be a very effective tool. I use it with a lot of my anterior aesthetic restorations now. It’s nice when a recommendation pays dividends.

What’s good about it

Optrasculpt is a placement and contouring instrument. One end looks like a flat plastic and is used for placing the composite resin. The other end is a small, round pad used for contouring and smoothing.

I dip the Optrasculpt pad in a dipping resin which makes it easier to apply and shape the composite resin. It’s easy to flick between ends so the procedure keeps running smoothly.

I like using this tool for anterior aesthetic restorations. If the restoration is on the labial surface, the pad does a really good job at smoothing and you can’t see the join between the resin and the tooth. It provides a really nice finish.

Generally, I use one type of composite, Filtek Supreme XTE. It can be used in a variety of applications and for layering, and it works well with the Optrasculpt. Filtek Supreme XTE is a bit firmer than other composites so the Optrasculpt allows me to push down and smooth the resin to get a nice finish and a seamless transition between tooth and resin. 

The Optrasculpt is autoclaveable but the rounded pads are single-use items.

What’s not so good

The rounded pads come in two sizes—small and regular. I don’t really use the small one; I do everything with the regular size. If you’re not used to how to fit the pads, it can be a bit fiddly the first few times.

Where did you get it

Ivoclar

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