by Dr Soroush Salimi, Dentists@Burswood, Perth, WA.
This is a light curing material suitable for temporary fillings. I use it as a temporary solution after I have prepared a tooth for an inlay or onlay, and for crowns and temporary fillings.
What’s good about it
This material is quick, effective and very easy to use. Normally, it takes at least five minutes to create a temporary crown or inlay/onlay with traditional acrylic-based materials but with Clip F it can be completed in about one minute. It also saves money as I don’t have to take an impression prior to tooth preparation.
Patient response has been very positive with no complaints. The temporaries made of Clip F usually stay in place and don’t crack or chip. In the past 10 years, I’ve only had a few occasions where this temporary material has fallen out. I am also impressed with how it holds up under occlusal load as failures seem to only occur by loss of adhesion.
I’ve used similar materials such as Telio but Clip F is my product of choice. It’s easy to manipulate, does its job well and patients rarely complain about sensitivity—what more could you ask for?
What’s not so good
It can be sticky and that makes it a bit difficult to shape. I always put a bit of bond on my fingers to roll it up into a ball and then press it into the cavity or over the prepared tooth. You can use a matrix but I’ve found that simple finger pressure works best. To make the occlusal adjustment easy, after placing the Clip F onto the tooth, I get the patient to bite down before curing the material. This means little to no occlusal adjustment is needed.
One last thing to note is that Clip F is also quite a translucent material so I mostly use it on posterior teeth where there is little aesthetic demand.