Articles by Dr. Davidson

Preparing for success with digital impressions

During the last decade, dentistry has seen a dramatic shift from full-cast gold (FCG) and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations to metal-free, all-ceramic restorations. This shift has been caused by an explosion of dental ceramic technologies, which now allows dentists to provide both strength and esthetics.

As with all new technologies, there is a slight learning curve that, if approached correctly, can actually permit dentists to conserve more tooth structure while creating better preparations.

I have been working with digital dentistry and doing same day all ceramic crowns since 1997. I have been teaching the use of CAD/CAM systems and preparing teeth for all ceramic restorations since 2000. I have personally taught more than 800 dentists these techniques.

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The versatility of Traxodent improving digital dentistry

Traxodent is proving critical to my practice for improving clinical outcomes and easing chairside problems. The more I use Traxodent, the more uses I find for it. This is how Premier describes Traxodent and its use.

“Traxodent is a paste retraction and hemostatic system for use prior to impression making, cementation, bonding procedures or wherever hemostasis and retraction is required. Traxodent paste contains 15 percent aluminum chloride — a proven, effective hemostatic agent.

“Traxodent can be dispensed directly from the sleek syringe into the sulcus and be adapted to a variety of techniques. The absorbent paste displaces soft tissue and works synergistically with the astringent properties of aluminum chloride to create retraction.

“Fluid is absorbed while Traxodent occupies the sulcus. After two minutes, Traxodent is rinsed away, leaving an open, retracted sulcus.

“The Traxodent hemostatic retraction system provides predictable tissue management for accurately detailed impressions with less retakes.”

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