Dr. DiTolla’s Clinical Tips – Bite-Chek®
Chairside Magazine: Volume 10, Issue 2
It sure would be nice if every crown we sent to you not only dropped into place, but also never needed any occlusal adjustment. And while the occlusion should always be perfect on the model, it’s clearly not always like that when the crown is tried in the mouth. I have proven to myself that this is nearly always due to the temporary crown being in place for two weeks rather than for two days (we all know how much occlusal adjustment is necessary if the temp has been in for two months or two years; it’s not pretty).
Until the day when all of us can cement crowns in two days (you’ll need a digital impression device), we are going to have to adjust our restorations. Microcopy recently introduced Bite-Chek®, an articulating paper with a built-in handle that lets you avoid dirtying another instrument. It’s a 19-micron-thick, double-sided black film that marks both arches simultaneously. The built-in handle gets thicker at the anterior to keep your gloves from getting marked. Bite-Chek performs well in both wet and dry situations, and I have found that it marks everything from solid zirconia to cast-gold well.