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Acrylic Temporization Kit


 
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Acrylic Temp Kit

Overall
 
4.0
Strengths
Allows finishing and polishing of acrylic provisionals without leaving the treatment room, which is especially important when more stringent laboratory asepsis requirements are taken into consideration. Before this kit, to properly polish an acrylic provisional, you needed to remove your soiled gloves, disinfect the provisional, go to the lab, polish it with a sterile rag wheel using pumice mixed with a disinfectant followed by some type of acrylic high shine polish, and then return to the treatment room followed by regloving. That is, of course, if you were adhering to universal infection control procedures. With this kit, the nuisance of laboratory polishing is largely eliminated. All the individual instruments perform their assigned tasks reasonably well. If you are accustomed to trimming a provisional with a sandpaper disc, you may or may not want to switch to the EF cutters, based on personal preference. The diamond disc is useful for establishing initial embrasure form when contouring bridges and splinted units, but is too stiff for definitive shaping in this delicate area. A more flexible sandpaper, aluminum oxide, or VisionFlex disc is more indicated for this task. The rubber polishing discs are very effective, with their knife-edged shape allowing access to all but the most restricted gingival embrasure areas of splinted units. A fine-tipped point shape would be a welcome addition to permit occlusal surface polishing.

Weaknesses
They leave a residue on the provisional. Coarse and medium discs wear down rather quickly. The residue, however, is easily cleaned off with soap and water. In addition, when the three different grits of rubber wheels are all mounted on mandrels and placed in the burblock along with the diamond disc and EF cutters, it becomes somewhat difficult to remove individual instruments.

BOTTOM LINE
Polish achieved with these instruments is quite acceptable for all but the most demanding of clinical situations (pumice followed by acrylic high shine is still necessary in these instances) and should only require about two minutes per unit to perform. Can also be used to polish composite provisionals, but you will not be able to achieve a high shine on these products with this kit.

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