"It makes good sense."

March 21, 2012

Issue 9

Dr. Lori Trost has used both Take One Advanced and AlgiNot in her practice for years, and describes them as products that both she and her patients can rely on. From predictability to money and time savings to flexibility, these materials have become mainstays in her practice. Here’s why.

Dr. Lori Trost has used both Take One Advanced and AlgiNot in her practice for years, and describes them as products that both she and her patients can rely on. From predictability to money and time savings to flexibility, these materials have become mainstays in her practice. Here’s why.

What do you like most about Take 1 Advanced?
The bulk of what I do is quadrant dentistry that requires impression material. The accuracy of Take 1 Advanced in a quadrant is excellent. I also like the idea that there are different options in the product line. Allowing you to customize your impression taking is huge in a product line. In my world, let’s say I’m going to use a faster set material if I want to capture just one tooth, say a crown. If I’m going to capture multiple teeth I need to extend my working time. I don’t want to use fast set here because I won’t be able to capture the detail and accuracy of what I need to reproduce. If I can stay in the product line I can go to a different working time. Between delivery systems and customization, viscosities and set time I can stay in one product line and I can really learn to master it.

Accuracy and dimensional stability also are  huge. When I remove a material from the mouth, it has to stay in place and maintain its dimensions until the restoration is made. There are a lot of things that could alter your material, but I look at my experience with this product and I know it’s going to be dimensionally stable now and it will be good in another week or two weeks. I know when I send it to my lab it’s going to be just like it was in my patient’s mouth.

What are the benefits of using AlgiNot versus alginate?
We all grew up in dental school mixing alginate with dust flying everywhere. It’s messy and a hassle to clean up and it needs to be poured almost immediately to ensure accuracy. If I have something I can take an impression with and let it sit on the counter until we have the chance to pour the model, it’s a good choice. It’s time savings and a cost savings, too. And it goes across a broad range of uses and needs in my practice, from initial impression to opposing dentition to Invisalign and ortho study models. An impression material needs to have the ability to be repoured at least twice to really work well in modern day practice, and this does that. You also have to look at what’s functional and you have to put yourself in the patient’s position. What’s comfortable and what’s going to capture what I need in a quick and easy fashion.

This product has cut our temporary making time by half so it’s great. Time equals money. I like to work smarter, not harder. It’s a headache to fashion a really good temp and this really cuts down the time. It’s awesome.