Alminax Bite Registration material range from Kemdent: Work together, work better
Accurate bite registrations are important for all dental work, but especially so for more complex restorative treatment. A distorted bite registration will lead to extra time and money being spent, by the dentist or technician (or both), calling for readjustments or even remaking the restoration. The outcome of restorative or prosthodontic treatment can be dependent on the registration material.
Dentists consider several things when choosing a material, which range from its wettability and flexibility to detail reproduction and patient tolerance. Polyether and polyvinylsiloxane materials are popular choices, due to their reputed advantages when taking bite registrations.
Polyethers provide long-term dimensional stability, and have a long shelf-life, but their disadvantages include rigidity in the mouth, and an unpleasant taste and odour, which patients can find disagreeable.
Polyvinylsiloxane materials are less rigid and, unlike polyether, offer a neutral taste and smell, but polyvinylsiloxane can suffer from reduced polymerisation following latex contamination from the dentist’s gloves, which results in dimensional inaccuracy and lack of surface definition, leading to imprecise restorative fabrications.
Wax is another material that dentists may use, but again, selecting the one that will deliver the desired results can prove a headache. Creating an accurate wax bite registration, for example, requires a wax material that deforms evenly when bitten down on, and does not distort.
The Alminax Bite Registration material range from Kemdent provides a wax material that absorbs heat and softens quickly. When removed from the mouth, the material remains stable and does not distort, meaning the final restoration is not compromised.
Why does this matter? A questionnaire  explored communication methods and production techniques between the dental surgery and the lab. 24% of technician respondents indicated that more than half of prescriptions from the surgery provided an inadequate amount of information, with 13% having to chase the dentist for further clarification, and dentists were often difficult to contact during normal surgery hours.
Bite registrations are a small part of an often-complex process, but they play an integral role. The use of efficient materials such as the Alminax Bite Registration material, and effective communication methods between dentists and technicians, will smooth the workflow, save time, and lead to better outcomes for the patient.
Alistair Mayoh is the Marketing Director for Kemdent. For more information about the Kemdent Alminax Bite Registration material range, go to https://www.kemdent.co.uk/ or call 01793 770 256.
1] British Dental Journal. Communication methods and production techniques in fixed prosthesis fabrication: a UK based survey. Available online. https://www.nature.com/articles/sj.bdj.2014.643#ref-CR6. Accessed 3 Sep. 21.