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Dawson Quick Tip: Using Teflon Tape Instead of Cotton Pellet

About a year ago I started using plumber's tape (teflon tape) in any access that I wanted to be able to retrieve.

 

 

For example, I called the endodontist that I use, and I asked them when they leave an access and seal it after doing a root canal to use plumber's tape instead of a cotton pellet that I got to go in there and try to get out.

For implant cases, where I want to possibly retrieve that, maybe I'm trying it in for a month or two, I'm going to come back re-tighten the screws. Or even if I'm sealing it with composite, an access hole, I put plumber's tape in there rather than any other material.

It's easy to access, it seals real well, and it's just been a great change that I made about a year ago.

Don't forget to communicate that to your endodontist, so that they utilize it also.

Glenn DuPont, D.D.S. graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1979, and joined the practice of Dr. Peter Dawson and Dr. Reuben “Pete” Roach in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since then he has been learning, practicing and teaching concepts of restorative dentistry. Dr. DuPont is a past president of the Pinellas County Dental Association and American Academy or Restorative Dentistry. In addition, he is a senior faculty member of The Dawson Academy and an Affiliated Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry. He is a member of the the American Equilibration Society and is involved with many other study groups and professional organizations. Dr. DuPont has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally.