Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Make Your Restorative Dentistry Easier & Better with Addent's Calset

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When it comes to restorative dentistry, most of us are always on the hunt for ways to improve our techniques and to also improve our clinical results.
Every once in a while, we get lucky and something comes along that helps with both of those things.  However, when that “something” is also super affordable, that’s the dental win-win-win trifecta.  The Calset composite warmer from Addent is one of those products.
The Calset is a device that warms the composite.  It plugs into an AC outlet and gently warms the composite to one of three temperatures.  The user selects whether the temperature is 98°F, 130°F, or (my preferred setting) 155°F.  The device can hold a composite dispenser with a compule loaded in it as well as 4 other compules, composite syringes & instruments.
There have been plenty of studies done over the years that show warm composite provides a better cure with better polymerization for stronger restorations & even better depth of cure.  Warm composite also has a more workable consistency which means easier placement and easier adaptation to the preparation.
Here is what the company has to say:
The Calset Composite Warmer increases the flow of composites up to 68%. The reason this is so important is that it makes the composite so much easier to work with. Now a heavily filled material can be used on posterior teeth with no compromise to the strength of the restoration.
By warming composite, the properties change in a positive way. Once the composite has been warmed to 130°F or 140°F, and the composite is cured immediately after placement, a greater depth of cure is experienced in the same amount of curing time, hence a much stronger restoration.
When the composite is warmed, it becomes more flowable. By becoming more flowable, the composite has much better adaptation to the tooth structure, which decreases microleakage significantly. When a flowable is used prior to composite placement, the shrinkage is much greater since the resin is very thin and there is very little filler. When composite is warmed, you are still using a heavily filled material, therefore the shrinkage is much less.
The price?  The unit pictured above is $520.  There are also several different variations and models to choose from.  I’ve been using the Calset in my office for about 10 years and absolutely love it.  It’s one of those devices that just makes you life easier and your clinical results better.
Addent also makes other great products which I’ll review from time to time.

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