Tokuyama Rebase II Review
I don’t deal with a lot of removable prosthetics. But, I do see some. And, anything that makes that part of my practice easier and better is a good thing.
Denture relines have always been a bit of a hassle. For the best results, I’ve traditionally taken an impression and sent the case to the lab. The patient would have to go a day without his or her denture. But, the result was usually quite good, as the reline is processed under heat and pressure. However, patients REALLY don’t like going without their dentures.
Several years ago, I had a patient with very loose old upper denture, and she NEEDED a reline. She had been married for 25 years, and her husband did not know she wore a denture. Nevertheless, she consented to giving up her denture for a day and said, “I guess he’ll finally find out.” Of course, when she returned I had to know what happened at home. She said he was so shocked that she had to find a way to interject some humor into the situation. With his jaw agape, she told him, “That’s nothing! Wait ’till I unscrew my leg!”
Chairside Relines Used to Be Yucky!
In the past, chairside reline materials left out a lot to be desired. It was messy. It was smelly. It stung the tissues. It tasted bad. It was very exothermic and could even burn the soft tissues. And, the result was always less than satisfactory. The old chairside reline materials tended to delaminate and stain, too. Basically, they sucked. But, they were better than nothing for those patients who simply would not relinquish their dentures for any amount of time.
Even the Label is in Japanese
One one of the dental forums, I had heard about this Japanese chairside hard reline material. It’s called Tokuyama Rebase II. It’s a powder and liquid that you mix together. When combined, it produces a creamy resin that flows where you want it but stays put, as well. It has no smell. It doesn’t sting. It doesn’t burn. It has no taste. It’s really amazing stuff. And, it STICKS to the old acrylic. In fact, you have to be careful not to drip it on your dental unit (plastic cover), because it won’t come off! You’ll have to grind it off. Ask me how I know.
You Can Be a Japanese Superhero!
Patients don’t complain like they used to with traditional acrylic chairside reline materials. This stuff is a pleasure to work with. And, the resulting reline is very homogenous, dense, and blends in nicely with the old denture acrylic. And, the fit is exquisite! I promise you’ll be impressed.
Having the right tools and dental “weapons” can save the day and create very happy patients. All you Dental Warriors should seriously consider giving Tokuyama’s Chairside Reline Material a try. It’s not cheap. But, it’s not crazy expensive, either. Schein lists it at $104 for the complete kit. And, you’ll get a bunch of relines out of it. Get the FAST SET version. It still gives you plenty of working time. I’m telling you it’s nothing like you’ve ever tried before. It’s so good, I don’t do lab relines anymore.