Monthly Archives: May 2017

Strips Crowns in 5 Easy Steps

ACTIVA’s easy handling, flowability, and dual cure properties make it ideal for strip crowns, a fast and economical solution for children and cost-conscious adults. Here’s how to place strip crowns with ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE in 5 easy steps.

Step 1. Remove decay
Let’s say that a patient comes in with a fractured right central incisor (Fig. 1). Start by removing any decay (Fig. 2). Proximal tooth reduction is not necessary unless there is decay.  

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Figure 1. Shows fractured right central incisor

Strip Crown Figure 2

Figure 2. Decay has been removed. In this case a 2mm short bevel of the enamel edges would be ideal to facilitate a better transition from the material to the tooth.

Step 2: Select strip crown to match size of tooth
Select the strip crown and place incisal edge against the tooth to confirm it is the correct size. 

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Figure 3. Ensure strip crown is the correct size

Step 3: Fill strip crown with ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE
Prepare tooth surface using your usual etching and bonding procedure. Allow material to back fill the cavity. Always keep the tip submerged in the material to eliminate voids. Sheering action of the mix tip eliminates air bubbles.

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Figure 4: Fill strip crown with ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE

Step 4: Seat the strip crown
It is not necessary to put a relief hole in the incisal area of the strip crown as ACTIVA easily expresses out from the gingival area of the crown form.   

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Figure 5: Seat the strip crown

Step 5: Cure and clean up
Tack cure the material on facial and lingual sides and remove the semi-set excess.  Then cure for 20 seconds. Remove the crown form from the lingual side with an explorer. Trim and finish. 
Tip: If the crown form needs to be sectioned off, make a small slit on the lingual side with a flame shaped finishing bur and peel away.

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Figure 6. Remove crown form

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Figure 7. Completed strip crown restoration

About PULPDENT® Corporation PULPDENT® Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™, developed by PULPDENT, is a bioactive restorative material that behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. PULPDENT celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with continued commitment to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care. To stay updated on bioactivity and learn about the Heroic Dentistry Series, which demonstrates ACTIVA’s unprecedented capabilities, visit the Pulpdent blog.

ACTIVA Skeptic Turned Power User Shares Her Story

Dr. Alex Kurey has been successfully using ACTIVA BioACTIVE for the past year with patients of all ages.   She stopped by the Pulpdent booth at the Yankee Dental Meeting to share her feedback!

While a bit skeptical at first as a traditional packable/ flowable composite user, Dr. Kurey now uses ACTIVA BioACTIVE “pretty much exclusively for all composite restorations.” Dr. Kurey, who practices north of Boston, added that she can “fill 3 or 4 teeth really fast, whereas packable would take a lot longer to pack it in there and to cure it.” Her patients are pleased with the esthetics and very happy with how quickly Dr. Kurey can complete a restoration with ACTIVA BioACTIVE.

 

About Dr. Alex Kurey
Dr. Alexandra Kurey began seeing patients at Herzog Dental in June 2015. She was raised just outside of Charlotte, NC, and attended University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is a member of the ADA, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the North Shore District Dental Society. Dr. Kurey aims to create a trusting relationship with every patient she sees in order for them to find some ease during their dental appointment. Acknowledging that many patients arrive with a high level of dental anxiety, she approaches patients from an empathic perspective – treating patients the way she’d want to be treated. Dr. Kurey is dedicated to her profession, volunteering her time with Kiwanis International, serving as a Team Smile volunteer at Yankee Dental Congress, and offering time at local non-profit events to teach the importance of dental health.

About PULPDENT® Corporation
PULPDENT® Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™, developed by PULPDENT, is the first esthetic bioactive restorative material. ACTIVA behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. PULPDENT celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with continued commitment to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care. To stay updated on bioactivity and learn about the Heroic Dentistry Series, which demonstrates ACTIVA’s unprecedented capabilities, visit the Pulpdent blog.

It began with a dancing dentist

 In honor of Pulpdent’s 70th anniversary Apex360 has published a two-part series about the Massachusetts-based dental research and manufacturing company. It began with a dancing dentist, writes editor Zachary Kulsrud, and goes on to say that Pulpdent founder Harold Berk was a wet-finger dentist who loved to dance and made great martinis.

The series features an interview with Dr. Berk’s son Fred Berk who, along with his brothers Ken and Don, continues to lead this family-owned business. Part I describes the early history of Pulpdent, which grew from a small trading outfit to the leader in bioactive dental materials. Part II takes a close look at ACTIVA BioACTIVE, Pulpdent’s award-winning suite of bioactive dental products that imitate the physical and chemical properties of teeth. Activa is the first esthetic bioactive dental material.

In the interviews, Fred Berk talks about the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that pervades Pulpdent, reflecting that, “Medical devices are a serious business, and by deciding to pursue research, product development, and manufacturing, we did not choose the easy road. But Pulpdent has been—and still is—our sandbox. It has allowed us to be innovative and creative while demanding tremendous discipline. We have been free to follow our dreams without anyone telling us they are not possible, or would not be funded, and this has led to discoveries that improve dental care and point to the future of dentistry. It is an exciting time at Pulpdent.”

Fred notes that Pulpdent has new bioactive materials in the pipeline and to “watch for more Activa products in 2018.”

Part I: It began with a dancing dentist: How Pulpdent quietly became one of dentistry’s leading research, development, and manufacturing companies

Part II: Activa Bioactive: The story behind Pulpdent’s breakthrough bioactive restorative

About PULPDENT® Corporation PULPDENT® Corporation is a family-owned dental research, manufacturing company and leader in bioactive dental materials. ACTIVA BioACTIVE™, developed by PULPDENT, is the first esthetic bioactive restorative material. ACTIVA behaves much like natural teeth and stimulates the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and helps protect against decay. PULPDENT celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with continued commitment to product innovation, clinical education and patient-centered care. To stay updated on bioactivity and learn about the Heroic Dentistry Series, which demonstrates ACTIVA’s unprecedented capabilities, visit the Pulpdent blog.