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The Blaster, although needs some modifications, can be a great addition to your armamentarium for restorative and adhesive dentistry.
As any restorative dentist worth his salt or, in this case, BOND would tell you, the best adhesion you can achieve, thereby increasing the life of your restoration, is to enamel.
It is critical to have a clean enamel surface with, if possible, some micro-abrasion if you want to achieve optimal adhesion.
I have been on the lookout for a product for my restorative needs that was also pocket-friendly when a senior colleague suggested the Esthetrix Blaster. It turns out this was my best investment of 2021.
Manufacturer/ Distributor: Esthetrix
Product URL: https://esthetrixglobal.com/product/blaster/
The Blaster consists of
- A handpiece, which is sleek and made of medical-grade titanium and steel as claimed by the manufacturer, and
- A round powder reservoir. You can unscrew it to add the powder as required. This part can easily fit into the dental chair's coupling, where we attach air rotor handpieces.
This easy attachment and the fact that it has no bulky structures that need a tabletop for housing are very user-friendly features of the Blaster. The box also contains some cleaning equipment to clean the unit after every use.
- One of them is Aluminium Tri Hydrate used for Biofilm removal and stain removal.
- The second one is a coarse Aluminium oxide powder, an admixed powder of Aluminium oxide, and Aluminium Tri Hydrate of 30 to 80 microns coarseness in combination. This powder can help clean and achieve microabrasion of the enamel surface prior to bonding procedures for direct or indirect restorations.
- Easy to use
- Small and compact design so easy to store
- Not very expensive (here I am comparing it to AquaCare, which is a bit expensive so not feasible for everyone to buy)
- Powders are economical
- You can visually appreciate a clean enamel surface, especially after removing temporary cement and cleaning the tooth prior to cementation.
- Easy to follow installation and maintenance videos
- Handpiece is detachable and autoclavable
I found the daily maintenance to be a bit laborious and cumbersome. Of course, you can train your dental assistant to do it, but if not done correctly, the handpiece could get clogged with the powder particles, so I prefer doing it myself.
I would have loved to use just one product for both - cleaning and micro etching. However, for micro etching, especially for orthodontic brackets or indirect restorations that need sandblasting, one needs to purchase another micro-etcher product.
There is no option to use just air or water.
Word of Caution:
Any air polisher or sandblasting device when used intraorally should be used with great caution because especially in areas with minimal or no attached gingiva left, there are chances of causing Emphysema. This can happen even while polishing composites with an air rotor so one just needs to be aware and take adequate precautions.
How to prevent this complication? Read the relevant post & discussion in the Facebook group RipeGlobal: Restorative Implant Practice Excellence
Warranty: One year warranty
The Blaster could use some modifications to make it more user-friendly in terms of functionality. However, I found it to be a great addition to my armamentarium for restorative and adhesive dentistry without being very expensive.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are solely the author's perspective and are completely unbiased. The author does not have any financial interest in the company whose materials/products are included in this article.
About the author:
Dr. Nisha Deshpande has been practicing restorative and esthetic dentistry in Thane for over 10 years. She is the Assistant Editor (Esthetic Dentistry), Dental Tribune South Asia
Dr. Nisha Deshpande graduated from Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai in 2007. She was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Gold Medal for scoring the highest marks in her final BDS examination, having topped the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) in 2006. She has received the Post Graduate Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA in 2011. She is a member of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry (ESCD) and the Indian Academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry (IAACD). She is currently pursuing the International Certification In Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry from Egas Moniz University, Caparica, Portugal.
We thank Dr. Anand Narvekar for his suggestion to add a word of caution and to provide a link to the RipeGlobal group discussion. Dr. Anand Narvekar is a senior dentist from Mumbai known for his expertise in photography. Dr. Narvekar has been an avid photographer since 1996 and is a Mentor in the leading photography forum – Photography Club Of India. Former chief photographer at MotorworldIndia dot com. He is a guest faculty at various dental institutes and academies. Follow Dr. Anand Narvekar here
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