Dr. M. asks:
I do a lot of veneers. One of the problems I occasionally have is when cement hardens interproximally before I can remove it. What I like to do is remove the cement when it enters its gel state. If I am not fast enough, this turns into a real nightmare sometimes where I have to use very narrow diamonds and finishing strips. I saw the advertisements for the QwikStrip Serrated Strips (Axis) and I am wondering if this is the answer to this problem. It looks like the plastic bow that holds the strip will limit cervical penetration so I do not have to worry as much about tearing up the interproximal papilla. What have you found with this product?
According to Axis: “QwikStrip™ Serrated Strips are designed to make crown and bridge clean-up quick, safe and simple after cementation of crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays or onlays…The depth limiting design prevents soft tissue irritation, while the unique handle provides a comfortable grip for optimal tactile control, giving easy access to interproximal spaces. No more cutting of the patients’ lips or gums with the firmly embedded strips.”