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Family owned and operated, International Dental Arts has an absolute commitment to the highest quality dental restorations and services in the industry.
From our humble beginnings in 1984 to our growth into one of the largest dental lab production facilities in the United States, our commitment to unbeatable service and quality has remained the same.
If you have a question about any of our services, please feel free to contact us for direct assistance.
IDA team members are ready to assist you.
Q. What protocol do you recommend for alginate impressions?
Application: Before going in with the tray material, apply the material onto the occlusal surface of the teeth with finger pressure, and apply to the borders and undercut areas with a catheter syringe.
Material: We highly recommend the Accudent Alginate from Ivoclar. This material is extremely accurate when handled correctly. We do not advocate for fast-set materials, as they seem to begin to set up prior to even entering the oral environment. Pour up the impression immediately. We recommend using Silky Rock stone with a mechanical mixer.
Q. What is the best impression technique for capturing my margin in a crown and bridge impression?
Cord packing is a must! packing is a must! Begin by packing a small cord, followed by a large cord. As you begin to pull out the large cord, follow behind it with the tip of your syringe of light body, and continue around the full prep using an excessive amount of material. Leave in the small cord and take the impression with heavy body material. If the small cord comes out when the impression is removed, leave the cord in the impression.
Q. What type of impression material do you recommend?
Impergum, a polyether, which also has other brand names such as Polygel, is a good choice. Polyethers seem to work well in most all situations of crown and bridge.
Q. In the world of digital impressioning, what systems are the best band for your buck?
The iTero Scanner is still proving to be the best technology on the market for the price. The models we receive from them are high quality and the restorations fit every single time. The new iTero model, the Element, is extremely user-friendly and fool proof. No more guesswork on goop and stone, just dependable results every time. See more Digital Dental Technology options from IDA here.
Q. What is the latest in regards to gold crowns since gold is so expensive?
We are seeing a trend towards Zirconia. My personal preference is still a good, old-fashioned gold crown, but I definitely understand where the price of gold has become a major factor in prescribing gold crowns. At IDA, we offer a Blaze gold crown (AU 5%, PD 32%, IN 30%, ZN 1%) that is much more economically sound and offers the beauty and strength of gold at a much lower price.