How To Efficiently Create Great Restorations

Dr. Troy Schmedding

Troy Schmedding, DDS, is a 1993 honors graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He maintains a private practice in Walnut Creek, California, where he focuses on esthetic and functional dentistry. An accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he lectures both nationally and internationally on esthetics and restorative materials. Schmedding also serves as a key opinion leader for numerous manufacturers, helping develop and bring new products to market. Contact him at

Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report June 2021, Volume 55, Issue 6

Using the Occlusinator from Strauss Diamonds, along with its various features has made posterior restorations more efficient and simple.

When I was in dental school, we learned to create primary and secondary anatomy of the posterior teeth by carving wax blocks according to diagrams in a flip chart. It was very straightforward.

By the time I actually started placing restorations in patients’ posterior teeth, things were less clear. It seems every professor we asked had their own protocol for the placement and postcure finishing and polishing of direct esthetic restorations.

In essence, they left us to find our own way of finishing polish restorations to our own satisfaction. Now, 25 years later, I have found a system that I wish I’d had in school.

The Occlusinator from Strauss Diamond and its corresponding Posterior Packer Sculptor (PPS) instrument simplify the technique and save time, materials, and steps. Efficiency is more crucial than ever.

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