Q. Can the WedgeGuard be used as a matrix band?
A. No. The WedgeGuard is for protecting the adjacent tooth from unintentional damage. If you use it as a matrix it will create an overhang. After removing the metal shield, the wedge can then be used as a wedge, retaining all the qualities of a Triodent Wave-Wedge.
Q. The top of the WedgeGuard partially obscures my view of the cavity area and affects access. What can I do about that?
A. You can improve vision and access by cutting away part of the guard, for example with a high-speed diamond bur.
Q. What if the contact is too tight to insert the WedgeGuard?
A. If the contact point is too tight to get the WedgeGuard through, cut through the occlusal enamel into the carious lesion to weaken the marginal ridge. Once the marginal ridge is fractured off, it is easy to push the WedgeGuard through.
Q. How can I insert a matrix band with the wedge already in place when it is too tight?
A. If there is no room to slide the matrix directly in between the wedge and the cavity, slide the wedge out partially, then place the matrix, then push the wedge back in. Use a finger to trap the matrix against the side of the tooth while doing this to ensure it does not move.
Q. Does the WedgeGuard separate the teeth?
A. 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. The WedgeGuard will separate the teeth just slightly but that is not its function. Triodent gives the main job of separation to the V3 Ring or V-Ring, leaving the WedgeGuard free to fulfil its role firstly as an interproximal guard and then to provide an excellent marginal seal when the guard is removed and replaced with a standard matrix.
Q. Can I stack other wedges under the WedgeGuard?
A. Yes, you can. The wedge used in the WedgeGuard retains all the qualities of the Wave-Wedge.