A custom tray hack using Play-Doh

Ah, the custom tray, the standard by which the dental profession is judged. At least that’s how it sometimes seems to me when we are tested on making them in the sim lab for multiple hours and with rigorous criteria. One day we will all use triple trays, or maybe just scan our patients’ mouths and send the file off to the lab. But in the meantime, we will work with the slightly fishy-smelling triad material. I use Play Doh to block out my casts for custom trays. Not only is it easy to work with, but leaves little to no residue on your casts, a common problem when using baseplate wax on your casts…

A quick and inexpensive method to create a land on your master impression

thumbnailEvery dental student knows how much time and energy is spent making a perfect master impression. But for many of us, the job does not end after the impression is made. Improperly boxing and pouring the impression can lead to critical errors. Once you have collected the proper materials, this method of creating a land on any type of impression is simple and cost-effective. Read on for step-by-step instructions and a video how-to.