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Getting a Handle on Indirect Restorations

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One such small problem was the difficulty of handling indirect restorations' especially inlays and onlays. These little guys aren't cheap, and the sight and sound of them hitting the floor isn't pretty. But that's a real possibility with all the slippery fluids we use with them, and then the nuisance at cementation time when you're trying to be accurate and your glove tips are covered in cement.

I tried all the various sticks and tricks suggested by other dentists but none were that trustworthy. Making your own handling device was often time-consuming and unreliable anyway, and unreliable pretty much summed up the sticks. Some might work once but none could really be trusted more than that in the same procedure either the adhesive would fail or the stick would just get in the way.

My solution was the Griptab, a mini handle that I stuck to the restoration with a very reliable adhesive. The adhesive also had the quality of coming off the restoration cleanly, when I wanted it to, not before. I made the Griptab to be used with Triodent's Pin-Tweezers, which made holding the Griptab even safer and the pin mechanism made maneuvering restorations an added bonus.

With the Griptab you can pick up and put down restorations crowns, veneers, inlays or onlays as many times as you like, and the adhesive is a unaffected by moisture so there are no worries through silanation, etching and so on. We've even taken the Griptab principle further with the Griptab Veneer and Crown Delivery System. This kit includes eight pin-tweezers and disposable trays marked with the tooth numbers, so you can organize a major restoration case before the patient arrives, presenting a professional image and eliminating risk and confusion.


Simon McDonald, BDS, is the founder and CEO of Triodent in New Zealand. To find out more about Griptab, go to or call 800.811.3949.

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