Did you know that effective retraction of lips and cheeks during dental procedures is considered to be one of the most important factors that influence the success of the treatment. The best possible treatment conditions are created by effectively isolating the treatment field.
Many methods are uncomfortable for patients
The most common method used in dental practices involves retracting the oral soft tissue with a dental mirror or a dental suction and placing cotton rolls to absorb the saliva. In many cases, however, the auxiliary aids used are too small for fully retracting the oral soft tissue. As a result, parts of the treatment field may remain obscured. Furthermore, it is difficult to ensure effective infection control – particularly in situations where the anatomical conditions are complex or the patient shows poor compliance. Most of the conventional equipment used for retracting the lips and cheeks is hard and inflexible and therefore disliked by patients. Consequently, unconscious defensive reactions may be triggered. These devices often require considerable manipulation in order for them to fulfil their task. This is almost as cumbersome as the retraction of soft tissue with an oral mirror – for assistants and dentists alike.
OptraGate, the soft and flexible lip and cheek retractor offers help in these situations. It fully retracts the lips and cheeks with ease. Nevertheless, the soft and flexible material offers patients a comfortable experience. OptraGate enables them to keep their mouth open over longer periods of time, since the device gives them “restful” support. Therefore, any disruptive flinching reactions can be reduced or prevented altogether. In addition, the dental team is provided with a full view of the treatment field, which is now easy to reach. A dental mirror and suction may still be needed to control the tongue. With the retractor in place, this situation is mastered efficiently and selectively. Moisture control is further enhanced by using additional auxiliary aids, such as parotid pads or sublingual cotton rolls. This all contributes to increasing the comfort and efficiency of dental treatments.
Did you know how easy it is to position OptraGate in the patient`s mouth?