Clinical Uses of Our Occlusinator PRO and Roetzer Posterior Packer Sculpter (PPS) System

Developed by the same inventor of the R.A.P.T.O.R. System, the Occlusinator PRO system increases productivity, creates accurate occlusal anatomy, and has safe diamond-free edges and zones that prevent damage to the enamel and prevent over-carving of the occlusal composites. In the clinic, the Occlusinator PRO is most often used for Cl 1 2 and 5 composite restorations. Mating the Occlusinator PRO with the PPS, Strauss has a system that greatly improves “workflow” and therefore revenue as well as creating realistic posterior anatomy. 

When doing direct/indirect composites or whole tooth build-ups and composite crowns;  the OcclusinatorPRO and PPS next-level technology makes short work of the primary and secondary anatomy and is a must-have system for every restorative dentist in the clinic. Practitioners who are comfortable with their packers and burnishers typically go directly to the Occlusinator PRO after light curing the composite. Those clinicians report up to 50% time saving with the finish of the restoration–no rubber or silicone points required!

Class I Restoration

Class I composites restore occlusal surface damage and/or carious defects of posterior teeth. The PPS shaves time off of placing/packing, burnishing, and pre-sculpting the occlusion of unhardened composite.  Subsequent to light polymerizing this “shaped” material, the Occlusinator PRO takes over and finally sculpts and finishes the restoration.  Most clinicians report that no further polishing is required. Time is money in the operatory; that being said these clinicians report less/no bite adjustment and improvements in their anatomical carvings.

Class II Restoration

Class II composites restore defects/caries that affect one or both proximal surfaces as well as the occlusal aspect. As composite resin replaced amalgam, dentists quickly realized that composite is not “condensable” like alloy. We clearly needed an engineered placing/ packing instrument with different diameters.  The Roetzer PPS is such an instrument with multiple tips at both ends.  There is a robust ball burnisher opposite an acorn on one end and a 0.8 and 1.5 mm opposite each other on the other end. Whether a large, medium, small or fissurotomy width isthmus preparation, the PPS has it covered. Dentists are doing slot or box only interproximal preps–the 0.8 covers that need. Once the composite is placed in the proximal boxes and the isthmus, the ball burnisher will “push” the composite to the peripheries eliminating enamel/composite gaps.  Turning to the acorn provides the dentist with the 21 B-sized sculpter that forms the pits and grooves that form the “planar” anatomy. After light polymerizing the preshaped composite, the appropriate 50-micron diamond-coated acorn bur from the Occlusinator PRO is utilized to complete the pits and planes. The diamond-free safe edges/limit stops on the acorns prevent enamel nicking and carving too deeply.  The final finish of the pits and planes is accomplished with the Occlusinator PRO Xmas tree burs with their 15-micron polishing diamond.  This grit leaves the surface polished–most clinicians report not polishing any further.  The most fastidious clinicians go to the mini acorn to place secondary anatomy. The engineered angulation and shapes of the PPS and the Occlusinator PRO have done their work.  Time is money–it’s about workflow!

Class V Restoration

A large number of Class V restorations are placed each year.  The most difficult aspect of these composites is finishing.  Meticulous attention must be placed on avoidance of nicking or abrading the occlusal enamel that adjoins the composite.  Also, very narrow fluted carbides will “track” on the composite leave little grooves in the composite surface requiring polish points to be used. The large surface area of the Xmas tree eliminates the carbide “tracking”  The Xmas tree has a radiused tip that prevents abrading or nicking cementum at the gingival aspect.  Again, to quote one very accomplished prosthodontist,” I did not need to go over the surface with any other sort of polishers! This has become my go-to bur for class V’s!”

Occlusinator PRO and the Roetzer PPS are truly engineered for success.  Posterior composites do not need to take longer than amalgams-in fact they should take less time in light of the fact that composite does not fracture (in most cases) upon checking occlusion. Whether used together or individually, the Occlusinator PRO and PPS have made composites more fun to place with our evaluator clinicians!

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