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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-16

A novel technique using arti-spot coated on fleximeter strips to determine the clearance during tooth preparation in fixed partial denture


Department of Prosthodontics, Rajas Dental College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission13-Aug-2014
Date of Acceptance24-Mar-2015
Date of Web Publication14-May-2015

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Soma Sundaram Prasadh
Reader, Department of Prosthodontics, Rajas Dental College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.155027

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  Abstract 

The amount of occlusal clearance during tooth preparation for fixed partial denture is more crucial and critical phase of fixed prosthodontics. Improper tooth reduction leads to compromise in structural durability and failure of the restoration. Over reduction affects the biological principles of tooth preparation. This article uses color coded fleximeter strips coated with arti-spot to determine the amount of clearance during tooth preparation in fixed partial denture.

Keywords: Arti-spot, clearance, flexi meter strips


How to cite this article:
Prasadh SS. A novel technique using arti-spot coated on fleximeter strips to determine the clearance during tooth preparation in fixed partial denture. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2015;15:14-6

How to cite this URL:
Prasadh SS. A novel technique using arti-spot coated on fleximeter strips to determine the clearance during tooth preparation in fixed partial denture. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 18];15:14-6. Available from: http://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2015/15/1/14/155027


  Introduction Top


Tooth preparation in fixed partial denture is more critical and crucial phase in fixed prosthodontics. Improper clearance will lead to fracture of the restoration and jeopardize the structural durability of the prosthesis. [1] Improper tooth reduction such as excessive occlusal clearance than the recommended amount will lead to failure in the retention and resistance property of the prosthesis and will cause irreversible pulpal damage and affects the biological principles of tooth preparation. [2] Varying methods and techniques were used to determine the occlusal reduction, this article describes the use of arti-spot coated on color coded fleximeter strips to determine the amount of occlusal clearance during tooth preparation.


  Technique Top


  • Color coded fleximeter strips are placed on the occlusal surface of the prepared tooth. The color coded strips are available in 3 colors, pink, green, and blue (Bausch flexi strips - Germany) [Figure 1]
    Figure 1: Color coded fleximeter strips

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  • The colors indicate the thickness of the strips. Pink (1 mm × 1 mm), green (1 mm × 1.5 mm), blue (1 mm × 2 mm)
  • The surface of the strips is painted or coated with Arti-spot and placed on the occlusal surface of the prepared tooth [Figure 2]
    Figure 2: Strips coated with Arti-spot

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  • After evaporation of the arti-spot solvent, it leaves a thin film of color. Every contact of the opposing teeth on the dry color will partially remove the pigment, making the basic material shine through the interferences can be easily detected [Figure 3]
    Figure 3: Arti-spot marks on prepared tooth

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  • Any interference or lack of clearance will be indicated on the paint on the flexi strips. Each color strips indicate the amount of clearance to be given, and the coated arti-spot indicate the interference area to be reduced to give proper tooth clearance [Figure 4].
    Figure 4: Arti-spot marking on opposing cusps

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  Discussion Top


During tooth preparation for fixed partial denture occlusal clearance is more crucial to ensure long-term success of the restoration. Improper tooth reduction such as excessive occlusal clearance than the recommended amount will lead to failure in the retention and resistance property of the prosthesis and will cause irreversible pulpal damage and affects the biological principles of tooth preparation. [2] Varying methods were used such as the use of a piece of folded blotting-paper, [3] wax guide, [4] periodontal probes. [5] Fleximeter strips are also used to measure the amount of clearance by placing on the prepared tooth, but this will give only the clearance but does not show the area of interference and area of insufficient reduction. Arti-spot is a new easy use contact color for testing occlusal surfaces and for the inside of castings [Figure 5]. Arti-spot was formulated to identify contact interferences that prevent accurate seating of the dental restorations. Arti-spot film is resistant to saliva, and the thickness of the dry film is only 5-10 microns. In this technique, using an arti-spot spray coated on the flexi strips will give the amount of interference and the area of insufficient reduction. Hence, the area of interference can be easily removed, and adequate clearance will be there for the prepared tooth.
Figure 5: Arti-spot material

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The amount of occlusal clearance during tooth preparation can be accurately determined using arti-spot coated with fleximeter strips. The fleximeter strips gives the amount of clearance and arti-sport gives the areas of interference to be reduced.

 
  References Top

1.
Shillingburg HT, Hobo S, Whitsett LD, Jacobi R, Bracket SE. Fundamentals of Fixed Prosthodontics. 3 rd ed. Chicago: Quintessence; 1997. p. 122-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Goodacre CJ, Campagni WV, Aquilino SA. Tooth preparations for complete crowns: An art form based on scientific principles. J Prosthet Dent 2001;85:363-76.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Limpinsel W. Measurement of occlusal reduction for cast restorations. J Prosthet Dent 1985;53:838-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Yu A, Lee H. A wax guide to measure the amount of occlusal reduction during tooth preparation in fixed prosthodontics. J Prosthet Dent 2010;103:256-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
Saravanamuttu R. A dynamic method for assessing the occlusal reduction of preparations. J Prosthet Dent 1988;59:116-7.  Back to cited text no. 5
    


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