Thursday, January 16, 2020

Phasor Composite Heater Continues to Impress

 


I’ve been a big of warming composites for a few years now.  Practicing in the Kansas City area, sometimes in the winter it gets downright *cold*.  On those days, when we would start our schedule, the office was still warming up a bit and the composite was still cool from the thermostat dropping the temp overnight.  To help make the composite easier to handle and more sculptable, I began to use a composite warmer.

That simple step quickly showed me that, no matter what the temp, warm composite is a dream to work with.  My only problem was that the moment the composite cartridge left the warmer, it began to cool a bit.  If only there was a way to keep it warm right up to the point of placing it into the preparation...

Enter Vista Dental’s Phasor.  I received a prototype device about 20 months ago (the device has been on the market a bit over a year) and I was hooked.  

As you can see from the picture above, the Phasor looks like a typical composite dispensing gun, but the similarities end there.  The Phasor has an LED array at the end of the barrel and this LED array emits infrared light that warms the composite right in the compule.  This also obviously keeps it warm right up to the point that it is delivered into the prep.

The device is powered by a rechargeable battery and heats the composite to three user selected temperatures.  The material is easy to express and a dream to work with in its softer state due to the warming.

It takes the device about 20 seconds to warm the material so I start the device in its warming cycle as I start the process of etching and applying the bonding agent.  That way by the time I’m ready to dispense, the Phasor is warmed up and ready to go.

This device has  proven to be hugely valuable to my clinical routine and is used on almost every restorative procedure I do.  The device is and continues to be *highly recommended*!!!

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