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Importance of a reliable sectional matrix

By on 23 September 2019

Young dentist, Laura Beresford Pratt, explains why once she’d tried Palodent V3, she couldn’t go back to using  any other sectional matrix system.

Class II restorations are something I perform every day as part of my private practice in Hailsham, East Sussex. Therefore, the materials that I use need to enable me to deliver long-lasting aesthetic restorations to my patients. Key to that is finding a sectional matrix that can give me reliable contact points even for deep cavities.

I was introduced to Dentsply Sirona’s Palodent V3 system in 2015 during my foundation year and it immediately impressed me. In particular the accurate contact points I could achieve with it, especially in comparison to the circumferential matrices I had used before.

Keeping in contact

The design and methodology of the Palodent V3 Sectional Matrix System makes creating predictable, tight contact points and a natural tooth shape much more achievable. The matrix band is shaped to fit snugly around the tooth and is thin so that contact is easier to achieve. It is then held firmly in place by the wedges and the ring.

I found that without the Palodent V3 matrix, I would often achieve a weak contact point where the teeth might not be touching at all or the contact point would be very narrow. The sectional matrix provides a longer contact, which helps minimise the risk of fracture, caries and periodontal disease.

When using the system I am able to perform composite restorations in really deep cavities. Instead of relying on the amalgam to push the matrix band out, the Palodent V3 matrix band is already in a good position for an effective composite restoration. I now use it for all my class II restorations that require a matrix band.

When I joined my current practice, I requested that we start using the Palodent V3 System and was delighted when my request was granted. It was at this time that I was introduced to the rest of Dentsply Sirona’s Class II Solution; universal adhesive Prime&bond active, bulk fill SDR Flow+ and capping composite Ceram.x Spectra ST (formerly Ceram.x Universal), all of which which I now use and give me an extra edge as they were designed to work together.

Success linked to quality of materials

My restorative failure rate is low, which I believe is partly due to the quality of the materials I am using, in particular the matrix band, which is the foundation of a long-lasting restoration. Repeat treatments and the consequent loss of valuable chair time can be a significant drain on practice budgets. My low failure rate and the added efficiency that Palodent V3 and the rest of the Dentsply Sirona Class II family has made possible means that I can fit in more treatments, which is a win for both me and my practice.


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Laura Beresford Pratt

Laura Beresford Pratt

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