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Reprinted from LMT's June/July 2011 issue

How to Process a Denture


Using the Palajet System
By Billy Goddard, AS, CDT

D
entures processed with the Palajet injection system from Heraeus Kulzer offer excellent fit, occlusion and
esthetics. Engineered for heat- and auto-cure acrylics, the system offers some distinct advantages. With the
Palajet, a Duoflask and Palapress vario acrylic, its possible to process two premium dentures in one flask,
doubling efficiency while doing the same amount of work as traditional flasking. Because of the unique amen-free
makeup of Palapress vario, the case can be processed in 30 minutes with no residual monomer. Palapress vario is dense,
plaque resistant, color stable and has no peroxide that can burn a patients tissue, giving you the speed of cold-cure
acrylic without its drawbacks.

step 3 Invest both arches in


the lower half of the flask, bring-
ing the plaster to the edge of
the wax; allow plaster to set.
step 2 Apply a thin layer of
Step 1 This wax try-in has Vaseline to the top and bottom
been approved by the patient half of the DuoFlask and on the
and doctor and the dentures are stone models. Place both arches
ready for processing. in the lower half of the flask and
check for clearance.
step 4 After the plaster has
fully set, sprue both arches for
injection. Place a main feeder
sprue from the injection hole to
both arches and a main connec- step 9 Using Heraeus Kulzers
step 6 Let the FloFlask set for
tor on the opposite side of the measuring device, measure the
20 minutes and then place the
flask. Run a small vent sprue that exact ratio of polymer to mono-
flask in the boilout tank.
connects to both arches and mer for the case. The device
exits the flask through the vent has two vials: the larger one on
hole. Next, apply a separator the left is for polymer and the
to the stone to allow for invest- smaller, right vial is for mono-
ing of the top half of the flask. mer. If processing one arch, pour
I use HiSep from Hi-Tec Dental the polymer and monomer up
Products because its efficient to the first line; if processing two
and creates a perfect separation arches, pour to the second line.
between stone-to-stone areas. I (Tip: Notice that the polymer
pour the HiSep onto the plaster vial is filled with roughly 75%
stone areas and blow the excess step 7 After 10 minutes in the pink and 25% clear polymer.
off immediately. boilout tank, open the flask and When processed, the acrylic
clean any remaining wax from remains pink, creating a chame-
the flask. Place the diatorics and leon effect to blend in with each
post dam. Clean the flask one individual patients oral environ-
more time and then apply the ment.
separating agent; I use Aislar
from Heraeus Kulzer.

step 10 Mix the polymer and


monomer and transfer the mixed
step 8 I use a dry cotton swab acrylic to the injection vial.
step 5 Secure the top half to remove the excess separator
of the flask by tightening the from the exposed teeth. Then I
flask bolts; its now ready to be clean the teeth again with a cot-
invested. I use FloFlask, a stone ton swab dipped in monomer,
blend from Hi-Tec Dental Prod- which removes any remaining Product Information
ucts that has the strength of particles. For more information on the Palajet
flasking stone combined with System, call Heraeus at 800-431-1785
the working properties of flow or email customer.serviceHKNA@
stone; it picks up minute details
heraeus.com. For information on
very accurately. Mix and pour
HiSep or FloFlask, call Hi-Tec Den-
(vibration optional) the FloFlask
to the top of the flask. tal Products at 800-859-2006.
step 11 While waiting for step 17 Using the Ren-
the acrylic to reach the proper fert plaster chisel, remove
injection state, apply two coats the remaining FloFlask stone
of Heraeus Palabond to the from around the acrylic.
necks of the teeth to create
step 14 Place the flask into the
Palamat Elite pneumatic cur-
a bond to the denture base.
ing unit and cure for 20 minutes.
Palabond is a precondition-
The Palamet Elite comes pre-
ing material that creates a
programmed with four curing
superior bond between acrylic
temperatures and a built-in
teeth and the denture base,
automatic pressure release timer.
and its an excellent choice for
repairing any acrylic product.

step 18 Use a stone wheel to


remove the excess sprue acrylic.

step 15 Open the flask and


gently tap both sides of the
step 12 Secure the flask stone through the open holes in
and the injection cylinder the flask. Once the stone shell is
into the Palajet system. free, use a Renfert plaster chisel
to remove the stone from the ABOUT THE AUTHOR
models (lower half of flask).

step 16 The sprues are ex- Billy Goddard, AS, CDT, is


posed so use a fiber cut disk COO of East Tennessee Dental Res-
to separate the sprues as torations in Kingsport, TN, a full
close to the models as pos- service laboratory founded by his
step 13 Turn the unit on to sible. After all the sprues have father in 1984. He is trained in both
initiate the piston that forces the been separated from the den-
acrylic into the flask with 60 psi fixed and removable and has trained
ture base, finish separating
of pressure. Hold for 10 minutes chairside with prosthodontists and
the two sides of the flask.
and then flip the piston switch general dentists. Goddard also vol-
off to release the pressure and unteers with the Virginia Dental
enable the flask to be removed. Associations Missions of Mercy.
step 20 Use a chisel to re- step 21 After being pum-
move the denture bases from iced and polished, the finished
the stone models. Place the dentures are ready for delivery.
dentures into a glass container
step 19 Remount the filled with Pattersons Plaster
denture arches and verify & Stone Remover and set the
the final occlusion. jar in an ultrasonic cleaner for
approximately 10 minutes.

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