Choice of Matrix System for Class II Composite Restoration; a Cross Sectional Survey among the Dentists
Tamsila Malik, Tahreem Malik, Asad Mahmood, Sharina Naz, Mustafa Sajid
Since last two decades composite material has been very famous for the restoration of posterior teeth. Formation of contact area mimicking natural contact area remained always challenging for a dentist in a posterior class II composite restoration. Objective of this study is to evaluate preference of dentists to use different matrix system for class II composite restoration. This cross sectional survey has been conducted in Multan dental college after taking informed consent from the dentists. A questionnaire was distributed among eighty five participants who included graduates, post graduate residents and post graduates. Three options for matrix system had been given to the participants; A=Universal matrix system or tofflemire, B=Sectional matrix system, C= Sectional matrix system with separating rings or palodent system. Forty were males and forty five were females included in the study (Table 1). Forty two graduates, thirty two post graduates and eleven post graduates residents filled the questionnaire (Table 1). Most of the participants (51%) were in favor of using universal matrix band and few (20%) were in favor of using sectional matrix system with separating rings (Table 2). Conclusion of the study is that most of the participants preferred universal matrix system due to ease in application and low cost. For graduates and general practitioners there is strong need of awareness regarding use of modern matrix system. Key words: Composite, Contacts and Contours, Class II restoration, Matrix system.