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Can I use a rubber dam forceps to open the rings?

We strongly recommend that you use Garrison ring placement forceps. They are specially designed to open our rings and for ease of use. Rubber dam forceps do not fit the rings well and you will not be able to open the ring wide enough in many cases.


What should I do if the contact is too tight, causing discomfort to my patient?

It is the combination of the separating force produced by both the ring and the wedge that stretches the periodontal ligament. Reducing the size of the wedge will lighten the contacts. Contacts that are too tight can be lightened with the use of a fine diamond finishing strip.


What is different about your 3D rings than other V-style rings?

Only 3D rings are designed with a firm core that directs the ring tension interproximally where it produces more separation. Only 3D rings have soft silicone on the face of the tines to “hug” the matrix band to the tooth. Flash is virtually eliminated. And only 3DXR and 3D Fusion rings are designed to tenaciously grip virtually any tooth preventing ring “spring-off”.


What if the tooth/teeth being restored are very far apart?

Composi-Tight matrix bands can be burnished further than a traditional matrix, but if the distance is too far you will need to employ one of the larger, wider matrices.


What is the difference between SoftWedge and other wood wedges?

SoftWedge is made from Lindenwood not Sycamore or Maple. It is more compressible and therefore adapts better to interproximal contours. It will then swell with moisture producing an excellent seal. SoftWedge is also longer than traditional wood wedges allowing for proper and complete penetration of the interproximal space.


Can Composi-Tight® be used with amalgam?

Composi-Tight was designed, developed and tested for use with composite. Due to the exceptional, tight contacts produced by this system it is not recommended for amalgam. Use SlickBands or ReelMatrix for amalgam restorations.


What if I have difficulty getting the sectional matrix bands in place?

Providing “pre-separation” will help. The preferred method is to use a Garrison FenderWedge during tooth preparation. The FenderWedge will start to separate the teeth while your are cutting the preparation. When the prep is complete, remove the FenderWedge and immediately place the matrix band. Using a traditional wedge for pre-separation will also work, but it will not protect the adjacent tooth from accidental burr contact.

Alternatively, placement of a G-Ring or 3D ring on the tooth for a few minutes prior to matrix band placement will also produce separation. After the ring has been in place for a few minutes, remove the ring and immediately place the matrix band.

Clinician Testimonial

Randall G. Cohen, DDS

Morrisville, Pennsylvania
"The learning curve on the other rings was that they sometimes would not stay where you put them because their contact points on the tooth surface were small and few. With these grippers, the rings hold steady the first time you seat them into position. Accordingly, MOD's are no more difficult than MO's or DO's. Congratulations on an excellent product!"
Clinician Testimonial

Fred S. Margolis, DDS, PC

Highland Park, Illinois
"As a pediatric dentist, I am always looking to provide comfort for my child patients, and at the same time, using products that allow me to perform excellent restorations. The new 3D Soft-Face rings help me do both."
Clinician Testimonial

Mark McOmie DMD

Chattanooga, TN
"Garrison continues to amaze me with their innovations. I didn't think the sectional matrix and slick bands could be improved, then they came out with the 3D XR. I stand is outstanding!"
Clinician Testimonial

Spencer Bloom, DDS

Chicago, IL
"Adjusted areas polished with the two eZr grits look like smooth glass when examined using my 4.5x loupes!"
Clinician Testimonial

Len Boksman DDS, BSC, FADI, FICD

London, Ontario
"This new modification of the ring makes a lot of sense, and since some newer ring designs allow for better wedge placement, this new design offers two benefits – allows the placement of the wedge and the ring over top of it more easily, and the interproximal extension provides better separating force while adapting the matrix creating less flash and less work for the dentist in finishing class II composites. It is a definite step in the right direction."
Clinician Testimonial

Louis Mackenzie, BDS

Birmingham. England
"The revolutionary design of the Garrison TN009 multi-function composite instrument makes it ideal for precise placement and shaping of direct composite restorations. With five non-stick tips it allow fast, efficient, predictable shaping of occlusal anatomy. If you only buy one specialized composite instrument, the TN009 could not be a better investment."
Clinician Testimonial

Stewart P. Rosenberg, DDS

Laurel, Maryland
"All I can say about the new products is "Incredible"! The new matrix bands are much easier to place and the longer length enables me to use them effectively to restore wide embrasures. The new Composi-Tight Gold retaining rings are far superior to anything I have ever used and, with the increased tension, provide the tightest contacts we have ever gotten on a consistent, predictable basis. I also love the new tip design of the ring placement forceps. It is a vast improvement over any other I have used, making placement a snap. Once again, Garrison Dental has raised the bar to a new level!"
Clinician Testimonial

Matthew A. Nejad, DDS

Beverly Hills, CA
"We produced the margin elevation band to facilitate the deep margin elevation technique which is becoming increasingly popular with adhesive dentistry. Properly performed, this technique allows for a conservative indirect restoration to be completed without additional invasive treatments. The use of this band and unique matrix shape allows the band to form a tight seal in deeper cervical areas where other bands would usually be unable to reach."
Clinician Testimonial

Phillip Howard, DDS

Seattle, WA
“I use the eZr system on all zirconia and e.max crowns. This product has been fantastic at polishing zirconia…much better than many other brands!”
Clinician Testimonial

Jack Griffin, Jr., DMD

Eureka, Montana
"Pinch Matrices are a terrific supplement to the Garrison ring and matrix systems. Awesome for creating contacts on both mesial and distal without using other full bands that use holders that are in the way and may pinch lips. They are versatile enough for fillings or build ups and work well with rings. Pinch Matrices are a real time saver and help make large restorations simple."
Clinician Testimonial

Matthew Holyoak, BDS, Dip Rest Dent (RCS Eng) MSc (Rest Dent)

Lancashire, England
"The 3DXR ring from Garrison Dental is a significant improvement on all previous rings; it is truly universal and I have not found any Class II restoration that it will not fit. The 3DXR has not flown across the room once! When used with the sectional matrices and WedgeWands (or A+Wedges), it helps to provide a tight anatomical contact area and highly predictable posterior composite restorations every time."
Clinician Testimonial

Randy Kovicak, DDS

Norton Shores, Michigan
"The Garrison system is the best way to get a consistently tight contact virtually every restoration you place."