Texas Tip: Matrix Band Gaps
This month’s Texas Tip was written by Texas Center co-founder, Dr. Hal Stewart
It can be frustrating when doing an MO, MOD, DO composite and you cannot get the matrix band sealed completely at the gingival box. To proceed with a gap at the gingival box would result in an overhang. Here is a very quick and easy way to solve this problem and save a lot of time.
- Place band and wedge, if there is a gap (figure 1) then:
- Take a small cotton or sponge pellet
- Soak in your adhesive
- Wedge in on the non-prep side of the band, pushing the band in and closing the gap (figure 2)
- Proceed with your composite