Solving the open vs closed tray impression dilemma. When to use open and closed tray impressions

“Be a Dentist,” they said. “It’s easy. No stress at all…”

Your patient is in the chair, tray in place, material surrounding the closed tray impression transfer posts. Time is up, material has set and now you attempt to dislodge the tray.  Great!  It’s mechanically locked into place.  Now your patient is wide eyed and you’re reaching for your handpiece.  “No stress at all.”   What happened?

The following is a quick reference on choosing when to use the Open Tray and Closed Tray ...

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