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How to use plumber’s tape in sim lab

Plumber’s teflon tape can have many uses in dentistry. It is relatively inexpensive, and can be found in your local hardware store. Plumber’s tape is a great alternative to mylar strips for isolation when doing anterior restorations to protect adjacent teeth from etch and bonding agent. The tape can also be used to isolate adjacent teeth when restoring anterior teeth with veneers or composite. The tape sticks to the adjacent teeth and allows for better contours and great contact. Prior to adding the tape, dry the teeth as it will aid in adherence. In this video, I have demonstrated using plumber’s teflon tape in a class IV anterior composite.

For more information, check out these posts:

Occlusion Design: Plumber’s tape for dentistry

Dentistry Today: Using plumber’s teflon tape to enhance bonding procedures

~Stephanie Sadler, Tufts ’14

Stephanie Sadler

Stephanie is a 4th year dental student from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After graduation she is returning to Florida to practice. She hopes to return to her home country of Jamaica to practice dentistry in the future.

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  1. Interesting idea. Each day, people and professionals around the world come up with interesting and innovative ways to improve procedures. This idea of using plumbers’ tape is pretty fascinating.

  2. Greg says:

    Tried the Teflon tape for the first time and it works quite well!

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