I’ve written about the Optragate before: Optragate for Full Arch Prep & Impression
I use it mostly when performing restorative treatment on multiple anterior teeth. With the Optragate in place, I have unfettered access and visibility of the teeth. It also helps the patient relax, as it holds the mouth open without any effort.
Today I had a patient in for eight upper extractions and an immediate denture.
My assistant asked if I wanted to use the Optragate. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it. But, it sounded like a great idea, and it was!
With the Optragate inserted, I had a perfect view and access. All eight extractions were done much more easily without having to simultaneously retract numb lips and cheeks. But, even better was the suturing! Suturing without having to retract was SO much easier!
Ask your supply rep about the Optragate (Ivoclar Vivadent). Get a box and try’em out! It’s that third and fourth arm you wish your assistant had!