For over 45 years, 3M ESPE has been leading the way in the field of dental impressioning. Now the innovative Retraction Capsule sets another milestone: it is a simple and effective means of gingival retraction.
Easy sulcus access and effective opening due to the capsule’s fine tip
Effective gingival deflection, clean and dry sulcus area, plus lasting and robust haemostasis
Convenient and time-saving procedure: 50% faster than using cords* (*Source: Field test with 227 dentists worldwide in 2010 and 2011)
"With the new 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Product I was most impressed with the ease-of-use, unit-dose, application system and the efficiency"
Dr. Nicola, Italy (participant of the worldwide user field test)
The Dental Advisor is recommending 3M ESPE Astringent Retraction Paste for digital and traditional impression taking.
Typically, the paste should be left in the sulcus for a minimum of 2 minutes to achieve good retraction results. If a hemostatic device is applied for a too long time it may exert unwanted negative effects on the tissue health. Therefore, the hemostatic retraction paste must be rinsed off completely after this time.
How long can one store the capsule outside of the blister?
The capsule should be taken out of the blister prior to application. It should not be stored outside the blister.
How many teeth can be treated with one capsule?
The content of one unit-dose capsule is sufficient to treat up to 3 teeth. The capsules are for single use and must not be used on more than one patient.
What is the orientation ring for?
The orientation ring corresponds in size and position to the perio probe. It is a feature for more precise and easy intra-oral handling.
Why is there a lower risk of bleeding/post haemorrhage than with cords?
Cords consist of small fibres that may be incorporated in the coagulum. When the cord is removed the wound might be opened again.
The paste is washed off by air-water spray and suction resulting in a clean and dry sulcus area.
How can one judge if the retraction effect is sufficient?
The preparation margin should be clearly visible in the impression.
The amount of excessive impression material (‘flash’) that covers sulcular areas below the preparation margin is not important.
Does the 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste influence the setting of impression materials?
As with all astringents, the 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste may inhibit the setting of A-silicones (VPS) and Polyethers. The paste must be completely rinsed off with air-water spray and suction prior to impression taking.
A survey in Western Europe with customers (n=13) using a digital impression system (3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner) confirmed the suitability of 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste for retraction prior to the digital impression:
92% stated that 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste is a very suitable product for gingival retraction
100% stated that 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste has very good haemostatic properties
85% stated that 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste is well suited to place the retraction paste into the sulcus
77% stated that 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste makes the retraction process more efficient
92% would recommend 3M™ ESPE™ Astringent Retraction Paste to their colleagues