Tools of the trade: Optrasculpt

composite contouring instrumentby Dr Alex Banic, Tewantin Dental Centre, QLD

Traditionally, composite is placed and shaped using metal instruments. Optrasculpt has a tip that is made of a foam with excellent non-stick properties. I originally saw Optrasculpt at a hands-on course during an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conference in the USA. As soon as it was available in Australia, I purchased it. Now I use it for every restorative procedure.

What’s good about it

The non-stick properties of the tip are fantastic. The disc-shaped tip is about 4mm in diameter and allows you to make a nice, smooth surface without dents.

It works amazingly well with anterior teeth. Its reasonably large surface makes it easy to move the resin around and it leaves the surface relatively smooth once you finish. You can also use it with posterior restorations but as the tip is 4mm in diameter it is not really suitable for very small restorations.

The tips are disposable, and the handle is autoclavable. They’ve recently released a few different shaped tips that make it much more versatile. There is a ball and a pointed tip that are adaptable to the moulding of shapes, cusps and grooves.

What’s not so good

Initially, only the disc-shaped tip was available, and I thought a variety of tips would be handy. They’ve gone ahead and fixed that problem by creating a range of different shaped tips.

Where did you get it

Ivoclar Vivadent  

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