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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.
Use of SlickBands or SlickBands XR with their non-stick coating will greatly simplify matrix band removal. Additionally, our Matrix Forceps with their carbide teeth, provide excellent grip on ultra-thin matrices for easier removal.
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.
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”.
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.
"I just love what you guys come up with! After all, you're dentists really. These wands are absolutely the most sensible solution to one of those problems that we don't even know we have, we just get along with the hemostats, etc. When you see these Wands you say, "Why didn't anyone think of that before!" I have a few retired dentists as patients and one was in today and said just that. He couldn't believe how simple and great these are. Thanks!"
"Garrison are experts at innovation and finding solutions for our patients. Their Composi-Tight 3D sectional matrix system is a perfect example of this. They place significant focus in designing and developing instruments to perfect Class II restorations, which gives me absolute trust in their products and they continue to surpass other kits on the market.
I have used their 3D system since it was launched, which offers an impressive combination of clever design, simplicity and technique to help create correctly shaped restorations that one can see time and time again. The tooth, the periodontal tissues and the clinician all benefit in achieving sealed, tightly bound proximal contour and contacts. It is an essential piece of kit that every clinician should have. The A+Wedge is their latest addition to their portfolio and complements the sectional matrix system in a predictable way."
"The new Marginal Elevation bands from Garrison are a true revelation! Their reduced height and pronounced curve makes close adaptation of the bands to the deep margin easy without having to resort to cutting standard matrix strips. By allowing us to raise the margins of deep restorations without removing the rubber dam they are a must for anyone providing adhesive dentistry!"
"3D rings are the real topic of Garrison's systems. The "v" shape of the ring that fits in the interproximal area allows a good fitting between the cavity margins and the matrix in the buccal and palatal walls. This results in an easier positioning of the composite masses close to the cavity margins and also the final remodeling usually necessary at the time of removal of the matrix will be very minimal. The rings also permit a divergence of the interproximal dental elements, and this causes a great point of contact. Garrison systems make Class II restorations simpler and more predictable and also reduce the operating time of the finishes when the matrix is taken off."
"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."
"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."
"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 corrected...it is outstanding!"