First impressions last, and nowhere is that truer than in
dentistry. After all, without the ability to take an accurate and stable replica of the patient’s teeth and soft tissue, it’s almost
impossible to get a well-fitting prosthesis or restoration. Dental
impressions are used to make anything that fits over or replaces teeth – from
mouth guards and braces to crowns and veneers.
A lot of the success of an impression comes down to the materials
that are used for the job. One area that people may find challenging is that
there is the hope one material can address every specific need.
But is that the right material for
When it comes to taking a dental impression, there
are several ideal characteristics of the materials. They need to be both non-toxic and non-irritant, with a reasonable set time and no unpleasant taste for the patient. It should be
accurate in terms of how it correctly reproduces the surface and its stability.
Plaster has a funny way of seeping into every corner and crevice, including your plumbing. If flushed down the drain, this adhesive (and hardening) substance, over time, can build-up in your pipework. Initially, this can just cause drains to flow a bit slower than usual. But, eventually, enough plaster can build up and completely seize the drain.
Whenever this does happen, unclogging a plaster blocked drain can be a costly, time-consuming task, in some cases requiring new plumbing. However, there’s a simple solution to stopping this from happening: Install a plaster trap.
If you’re a dentist then you’ve definitely noticed that while plaster traps make awesome filters for your draining system, sometimes they can give off an awful odor that’s just unpleasant at best and unbearable at worst. But what can be done about these stinky smells? Are we doomed to having stinky places to have our teeth checked out? Do dentists need to spend a fortune on plumbing bills? Or is there another way?