From the Podium: Gazelle
Find out why Parag R. Kachalia, DDS, believes that Gazelle polishers:
• Simplify restoration polishing with choice of a 1- or 2-step process with no polishing paste needed.
• Withstand anatomic variations for effective and efficient polishing of all areas of a restoration.
While the polishing system we were using at the university was adequate, we were always looking for something that would give us a better result with fewer steps. Additionally, we wanted something that performed consistently and would not leave debris on the restoration because it was easily breaking down. Gazelle was an easy choice to address these needs.
Keeping Up with Nanocomposites
Composites have evolved over time, and today’s advanced materials are blending strength with polishability. The issue that we run into frequently is that the new nano-based composites can have a beautiful finish, but the older generation of finishers and polishers were not really developed for these materials. Many were developed for microfills, which are much easier to polish. To this end, the Gazelle polishers were developed specifically for the advanced materials we have today.
The Gazelle polisher is a very simple product to use—choose the gloss value based on 1 or 2 steps with no sterilization or additional polishing paste needed. Because it’s meant for single-patient use and then discarded, you get a predictable result with all cases. I also appreciate that they are supplied sterile in individual packaging.
I have found that the polishers’ high-quality material allows them to hold up longer, retain their shape and flexibility, and not break down easily. The construction of the polishers also allows access to the various anatomical forms without damaging the polisher. In the past, I would often take my polisher to an area of occlusal anatomy, and the tip would easily get destroyed. I have not found this to be the case with Gazelle.