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Sept. 1, 2003
The editors of THE DENTAL ADVISOR™ proudly bring you the "Shared Secrets" column. Every other month we will feature dental products and equipment...

John W. Farah, DDS, PhD

The editors of THE DENTAL ADVISOR™ proudly bring you the "Shared Secrets" column. Every other month we will feature dental products and equipment that have received top ratings in THE DENTAL ADVISOR. Take your practice to the next level with the help of our "Shared Secrets."

Soft Tissue Trimmer
AXIS Dental (888) 654-2947
+ + + + 1/2, Vol. 20-3

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Soft Tissue Trimmer is a ceramic-tipped rotary instrument for use in a high-speed handpiece. It is a surgical instrument indicated for gingival contouring, exposing deep cervical caries, widening of the sulcus prior to crown and bridge impressions, and uncovering implants. The instrument is used at 300,000-500,000 rpm without water spray, which enhances coagulation. Soft Tissue Trimmer is reusable, and the ceramic tip has proven to be durable even after repeated sterilization cycles. The long shank allows access into deep areas, exposing deep margins or subgingival caries. Dentists found it useful for minor soft-tissue removal with little to no bleeding.

KaVo America Corp. (888) 528-6872
+ + + + +, Vol. 20-3

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RONDOflex is a portable air-abrasion handpiece that easily connects to any delivery system using KaVo's Multiflex coupler. It operates at a minimum of 46 psi supplied by a standard office compressor. The handpiece is lightweight and has an integrated powder canister. It comes with four tips and both 27 µm and 50 µm aluminum oxide powder. The handpiece is reliable, and dentists did not experience any clogging. RONDOflex offers portability and convenience for intraoral air-abrasion procedures as well as for abrading the internal surfaces of crowns prior to cementation.

Coltène/Whaledent, Inc. (800) 221-3046
+ + + + +, Vol. 20-3

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ParaCore is a dual-cured, fiber-reinforced composite core build-up material. It is provided in either a hand-mixed or a convenient automix version. Both formulations contain fluoride, are radiopaque, and are supplied in a bright white or dentin color. The automix material is easy to use, has good flow and adapts well to the prepared tooth surface. The set material has good resistance to cutting, and the surface of the prepared core is very smooth. The Intro Kit also includes ParaForms plastic core forms to aid in shaping the core when little coronal tooth structure remains.

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John W. Farah, DDS, PhD, and editor of THE.DENTAL.ADVISOR™, maintains a full-time dental practice in Ann Arbor, Mich., and lectures internationally on dental products and materials. John M. Powers, PhD, and editor of THE.DENTAL.ADVISOR™, is a professor of restorative dentistry and biomaterials at UT Health Science Center at Houston. He also is director of the Houston Biomaterials Research Center.

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