USING A LASER?
In the field of laser dentistry, many doctors use AccuFilm® for laser tip initiation. This “carbonization” of the tip partially prevents laser light from exiting the fiber, essentially turning the tip into a hot glass rod that is primed to vaporize the soft-tissue that it directly contacts. You simply move the flat surface of the laser’s fiber tip across a piece of AccuFilm and this will effectively block the tip. So, you see, like many Parkell products that handle multiple tasks, AccuFilm is much more than just an exceptional occlusal marking system!
For decades, AccuFilm has been the standard for marking occlusion. Why? Well for starters, it measures the thinnest—a mere 21 microns thick. As a result of its super thinness, patients don’t sense anything between their teeth when they are biting down. It doesn’t take years of study to figure out that thicker products not only increase the size of the marks left on the tooth, but they also stimulate proprioceptive reactions that deviate the mandible.1,2
A study presented in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation not only showed AccuFilm I and AccuFilm II as being the thinnest of the products tested (see chart below), but also determined that AccuFilm elicited muscle activity similar to that of natural occlusion.3
What also separates AccuFilm from other occlusal marking systems is its elasticity—it has the highest plastic deformation of all major brands of articulating paper. AccuFilm stretches and stays that way so there’s no chance of distortions on the marks due to rebound or breakage.
Also Available—Brush-on AccuFilm® IV!
AccuFilm IV Marking Liquid works on high spots inside crowns, proximal contacts, etc. It’s a liquid that provides clear, smudge-free markings on glazed porcelain and polished metal. AccuFilm IV dries instantly, even in moisture. Clean-up is a breeze using the solvent.
1 Schelb E, Kaiser DA, Brukl CE. Thickness and marking characteristics of occlusal registration strips. J Prosthet Dent. 1985;54:122-126.
2 Halperin GC, Halperin AR, Norling BK. Thickness, strength, and plastic deformation of occlusal registration strips. J Prosthet Dent. 1982;48:575-578
3 Helms RB, Katona TR, Eckert GJ. Do occlusal contact detection products alter the occlusion? J Oral Rehabil. Article published online 29 DEC 2011, DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2842.2011.02277.x