Q: What is Template used for?
A: To fabricate the temporary matrix and/or to form a lingual matrix for the composite layering technique.
Q: What makes a Template matrix better than one made from putty or bite registration material?
A: Template has better flowability which means that it can capture highly defined hard tissue detail, resulting in greater accuracy than putty or bite registration (and greater accuracy means less adjusting and finishing time required). Furthermore, Template’s working time and set time is much faster than putty and sets quite hard, but not brittle like bite registration can be.
Q: Can Template be used for anything other than provisional impressions?
A: Yes, Template is an excellent material for the lingual matrix technique. When you use Template for the lingual matrix technique, you can pre-shape and refine the lingual surface while you’re restoring the tooth, leaving only the polishing step to complete the restoration.
Q: Is Template reusable?
A: Yes, Template can be stored for use in the case of a fractured temporary.
Q: Can a Template matrix be trimmed?
A: Yes, Template is easily trimmed using a sharp scalpel.