Beads for your practice: Strauss Diamond Occlusinator PRO Kit

Painters are lucky. They can sign their painting in the corner so everyone knows who made it. We don’t do that in dentistry. We cannot sign our restorations with a cool signature for all to admire. Or can we? Have you ever seen a composite that you placed on a rappel and just found out it was yours? Not because you remember doing it or remembering the patient or seeing the chart, but because you can tell by looking at it that you did it.

I believe we all have styles in our anatomy of direct restorations. The occlusinator can help perfect this style so it looks less like a restoration I done and more like a real tooth.

The Occlusinator PRO kit comes with a bur block and a hand instrument to place anatomy into a composite resin restoration. The hand instrument is called the PPS (poster packer and sculptor) and is a four-in-one instrument. This helps us pack and quickly adapt the composite to the occlusal surface and achieve primary anatomy. Two ends of the PPS are packers (0.8mm and 1.5mm in diameter), and two ends are burnishers (acorn and ball). It works very well for its purpose: to quickly and efficiently pack and shape composite for posterior restorations.

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The other part of the Occlusinator Kit is used after the initial shaping and hardening of the composite. The five-piece finishing bur block is designed to accurately and neatly achieve ideal occlusal anatomy. Three of the burs are acorn shaped with a stop edge to prevent gouging. These burs carve occlusal grooves into the restoration at a perfect 97 degree angle with 50 micron diamond particles. This avoids unnecessary damage to the enamel. Examine the natural anatomy around the tooth to be restored and choose an acorn finishing bur that matches the appropriate depth. I call the different depths superficial, deep and deep. I usually err on the shallower side and go up a depth if I need to.

The next two cutters are called “X-Mas Tree” finishing cutters. They have 15 micron diamond particles for a nice and smooth final finish. They have varying degrees of depth on particle placement, so larger restorations require a deeper bur. Small restorations require shallower ones. These burs will help you put on a final smooth finish without obliterating the anatomy you put in place with the tassel burs.

I think we all aspire to be better clinicians than what I call “fingerprint dentists”. Fingerprint dentists press a composite into the tooth with their thumb and whatever it looks like, it looks like. Having tools like the Occlusinator Kit can help us get good results quickly and easily, so much so that you might struggle to identify your restorations when recalling. Solo home run into right field for the Occlusinator!

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