How Dentsply Caulk’s Aquasil Ultra Cordless tissue management system makes life easier for one clinician and dental assistant

March 10, 2014

Issue 2

Taking impressions just got easier at Boca Dental Aesthetics.

Taking impressions just got easier at Boca Dental Aesthetics.

That’s because Dr. Leon Gerard and his Florida-based team began using Dentsply Caulk’s Aquasil Ultra Cordless, a new tissue management impression system. The system makes it possible to take impressions without packing retraction cord, which saves him time and makes patients much more comfortable.

Dr. Gerard has used the system since it was released in October and loves what it has meant for his patients and his practice. He even dedicated a section of his website to the new impression system, complete with case photos and information about how the system simplifies the impression taking procedure.

Here, Dr. Gerard and his dental assistant, Emily Williams Braziel, tell us how Aquasil Ultra Cordless has improved impression taking in their practice.

What Dr. Gerard says about Aquasil Ultra Cordless

The concept of not having to use gingival retraction cord immediately attracted me to Aquasil Ultra Cordless.

I thought about it after I saw a demo and it just seemed like it was one of these revolutionary concepts, really a must have. Patients don’t like the experience of having those retraction cords packed. If there is some way of avoiding that, that’s the way to go.

Aquasil Ultra Cordless is pretty easy to use. It’s very quick and it saves a huge amount of time because you don’t have to pack retraction cord, especially if you’re using it on a multiple unit case.

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To not have to double pack retraction cord saves a huge amount of time. And if you’re working on an endontically treated tooth, you can prepare the tooth and take the impression without administering a drop of anesthetic.

That saves time and patient discomfort as well. And the accuracy of impressions so far has been great.

We make patients aware of this new system and they’re all for it, especially patients who have experienced a lot of crown and bridge work and are familiar with the packing cord step. When I explain we can do it without packing cord they are ecstatic. Packing retraction cord is an uncomfortable process, and remains uncomfortable post-op as the gums heal up. And if you’re talking about a full-arch case, that period of discomfort could last a week or more.

I’ve had full-arch crown and bridge patients tell me it took a few weeks for the gums to settle down from packing retraction cord. This is a really revolutionary approach to that. I’m really very enthusiastic about the system.

I can’t say enough about this system and the whole concept of it. I really think it’s revolutionary.

What dental assistant Emily Williams Braziel says about Aquasil Ultra Cordless

With Aquasil Ultra Cordless, there is less discomfort for patients because we don’t have to pack cord. We can do a crown prep on a root canal tooth and you don’t have to numb the patient to pack the cord. It cuts down the procedure time and you don’t have to use the anesthetic.

Aquasil Ultra Cordless probably saves me at least 30 minutes each appointment. It saves a lot of time because with other systems you have to pack the retraction cord, and if the patient isn’t numb and is feeling it you have to call the doctor back in for more anesthetic. Aquasil Ultra Cordless eliminates that and makes it easier on the patient, so really the patients benefit from it.

Patients remember previous appointments where we did crowns and we had to pack cord. When we tell them about this product and that we don’t have to pack retraction cord, the look on their face is like they won the lottery.

They hate it. It’s tedious, especially if it’s multiple units and you have to pack two sets of cords. It’s a lot.

I was excited when Dr. Gerard decided to purchase this product. We mostly do crown and bridge so I do a lot of retraction cord. I didn’t enjoy that part of the appointment because not only is it extra work for me, it’s uncomfortable for the patient. I would encourage any dental office to give Aquasil Ultra Cordless a try.