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Designed for use with the V3 Ring, the Triodent® Wave-Wedge™ has unsurpassed sealing capability at the gingival margin. The wave-shaped wings compress on entry and flare again upon exit for easy placement and a true fit and seal.
Because the V3 Ring gives you all the separation you need, there is no need to drive a hard, rigid wedge. Wave-Wedges are softer and more flexible for easy placement and removal and to ensure a sealed band/margin interface. The anatomical design of the Wave-Wedge includes a hollow underside that perfectly accommodates the sensitive interproximal papillae. The flexible nature of the wedge also allows it to be placed without cutting or catching any gingival tissues. Other features and benefits include:
- Self-guiding for ease of placement
- Design accommodates gingival tissue and is stackable
- Strong, anatomical design
- Fine wave-shaped wings compress on entry and flare again upon exit for easy placement and ultimate seal
- Hollow underside allows another wedge to be placed from the opposite side of the embrasure
- Designed with a hole on one side for easy handling with the Triodent Pin-Tweezers
Indications for Use
The Wave-Wedge is designed to be used with the complete V3 Sectional Matrix System to ensure predictable, tight interproximal contacts. Use the V3 Wave-Wedge in all Class II restorations.
To protect the mesial aspect of the adjacent tooth during cavity prep, a WedgeGuard from Triodent was used.
Cavity prep complete. At this point the metal shield of the WedgeGuard was detached from the Wave-Wedge, leaving just the wedge behind.
The last increment of composite is placed.
In most matrix systems, the wedge creates the interproximal separation. But in the Triodent V3 sectional matrix system, the V3 Ring creates the necessary space between the teeth, which allows the Wave-Wedge to be more flexible so it can perfectly seal the gingival margin.
Gentle on Papillae
The anatomical design of the Wave-Wedge includes a hollow underside that perfectly accommodates the sensitive interproximal papillae. The flexible nature of the wedge also allows it to be placed without cutting or catching any gingival tissues.
Because wedges are so small, most are very easy to drop. The Wave-Wedge is designed with a hole on one side for use with the Triodent Pin-Tweezers. The tip of the tweezers has a small pin that perfectly and securely holds the wedge, so you can be sure the wedge remains in place.
The award-winning V3 Sectional Matrix System, for Posterior Composite Restorations, has the widest indications for use of any sectional matrix system.
Triodent's award-winning V3 Sectional Matrix System has the widest indications for use of any sectional matrix system. The system includes components that are all industry leaders, achieving perfect contacts and the best tooth anatomy.
Small Wave Wedge (Item Number: 302066): 100 x Small Wave-Wedges (White)
Medium Wave Wedge (302065): 100 x Medium Wave-Wedges (Pink)
Large Wave Wedge (302064): 100 x Large Wave-Wedges (Purple)
Q. What can I do if there is a gap at the bottom of the axial corner of the box with the Wave-Wedge in place?
A. The Wave-Wedge, because of its unique central concavity, has exceptional sealing capacity on the matrix at the gingival margin. However, if there is a gap, you can wedge from both sides, thanks to the hollow underside which allows you to stack the wedges.
Q. The point of the Wave-Wedge is quite sharp. Will it cut the gingival papillae?
A. The Wave-Wedge’s banana-shape design and tapered tip ensures the wedge is self-guiding, gliding through the embrasure without catching on the papillae. Moreover, because of the hollow underside, the papillae is accommodated and protected during the restoration. That is why the Wave-Wedge is ideally placed BEFORE cavity prep. Lubricating the tip of the wedge with a water-based lubricant or LA paste will also help it slide through without catching the rubber dam.
Q. Apart from the adaptive sealing qualities, what are the reasons for the central concavity in the Wave-Wedge?
A. The central concavity is actually the second feature in the Wave-Wedge’s bag of tricks. First up are the fine lateral wings at the point of the wedge. These compress easily as the wedge enters the embrasure, and then expand again as the wedge exits on the other side of the tooth. This is when the concavity comes into its own, effectively locking the wedge into place at its central point, and wrapping around the matrix at the gingival margin for a broad, adaptive and symmetric seal. It is also then in the best spot for positioning the V3 Ring.
Q. What is the hole for at the end of the Wave-Wedge?
A. While other wedges are easily dropped, Wave-Wedges and Triodent’s V-Wedges are secure in Triodent’s Pin-Tweezers which, as the name implies, have a pin at the end that goes into the hole. Because of the cross-over action of the Pin-Tweezers, the wedges will not fall out when the tweezers are held in a neutral position, and are very secure when the tweezers are gripped.
Q. Do Wave-Wedges separate the teeth?
A. Unlike the Wave-Wedge and Triodent’s V-Wedge, most wedges have a conflict of function, needing to be hard enough to separate the teeth but soft and adaptive enough to provide a seal at the gingival margin. Triodent gives the job of separating the teeth to the V3 Ring, allowing the Wave-Wedge to be focused on holding the matrix and sealing the gingival margin.
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