This roundup of matrix systems features products designed to restore anatomic proximal contours and contact areas.
As composite restorations grow in popularity and replace amalgam as the material of choice, a reliable matrix system has become more important than ever. Unlike amalgam, the difficulty of condensing composite presents clinicians with a challenge in recreating a tight interproximal contact. When restoring with posterior composites, it can be frustrating and time consuming to have to trim excess composite that has been extruded beyond the preparation margin around an interproximal box.
A good matrix system can save the day, as well as time in your operatory. Your matrix system should deliver these benefits: recreating the natural tooth shape and interproximal contact, sealing the proximal and gingival walls of the prep, and overcoming the thickness of the band you are placing. With that in mind, we bring you 8 products designed to help in your composite restorative techniques.
DualForce™ Sectional Matrix System
DualForce is a complete matrix system designed for use with most Class II composite restorations. Featuring unique dual nickel titanium wires and independent interproximal separators, DualForce Rings provide significant, balanced separation force and an excellent matrix/tooth seal. The bands wrap the tooth snugly to reduce flash and finishing time, and a proximal contour and curved marginal ridge ensure that a natural contact position and shape are created every time. DualForce Active-Wedges ensure a complete marginal seal.
The Palodent 360 circumferential matrix system features a revolutionary design that lets clinicians achieve tight contacts with anatomically natural contours without an awkward retainer or applicator—all with a simple twist of their fingers. Palodent 360 features an anatomically shaped matrix band to provide predictable, tight contacts that replicate natural tooth anatomy.
The Omni-Matrix disposable retainer and matrix is a superior circumferential matrix band solution. It’s a simple restorative tool designed to perfectly customize to any preparation. The band’s circumference can be easily adjusted by twisting the handle, and the pivoting head allows it to access any quadrant of the mouth. Once the restoration is complete, the Omni-Matrix band easily releases without disturbing the restorative material. The innovative shape allows superior procedural visibility and patient comfort, and the ultrathin, burnishable stainless steel adapts to all preparations. It is available in winged and wingless styles to meet case needs.
Composi-Tight® 3D Fusion™ Sectional Matrix System
Garrison’s Composi-Tight 3D Fusion Sectional Matrix is engineered to successfully complete a wider variety of Class II composite restorations. This comprehensive kit includes 3 varieties of separator rings, 5 sizes of matrix bands, 4 sizes of interproximal wedges and a ring placement forceps. It is indicated for use in posterior Class II MO/DO, MOD and wide preparation restorations. The system draws on Garrison’s more than 20 years of sectional matrix leadership to produce a comprehensive and easy to use system.
Premier X5 Sectional Matrix System
The Premier X5 Sectional Matrix System, which features 5 components, is said to achieve optimal Class II composite restorations. The X5 ring is designed to have strength and stability for separation force and interproximal contacts. Features include the reusable resin rings that can be autoclaved up to 5 times, anatomically shaped matrices, tight contact delivery, low cost compared with that of NiTi ring systems, compatibility, and ease of use.
VursaWedge and Anatomical VursaWedge
VursaWedge features a proprietary split-wedge design that solves Class II procedural inefficiencies such as gingival seal, matrix contour, and proximal contact issues, all in 1 easy-to-use device. It is now available in new sizes and designs to expand its capabilities. Innovations include 2 new sizes—medium and large—and the addition of the Anatomical VursaWedge designed specifically for use in challenging furcation cases. The wedges provide a better seal at the gingival margin and less flash.
The Getz Contour matrix bands “Dixieland Band” creates anatomically contoured contacts with minimal burnishing for your best, tightest interproximal contacts. Made of high tensile strength stainless steel that will not tear under stress. Available in .002-in regular and .0015-in ultrathin sizes.
GC OCCLUSAL MATRIX SYSTEM
GC OCCLUSAL MATRIX SYSTEM allows the dentist to restore perfect occlusal surfaces and undertake multiple restorations in different parts of the mouth. This product can be used as an upper and lower quadrant or simply connect the handle of the left and right matrix trays together to accommodate a full arch. The full arch matrix tray pair has 4 preset positions.