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    The laminar impression technique

    Gary A. Schoenrock, D.D.S. Holland, Ohio

    The laminar impression technique is a precise, rapid, and predictable alternative to traditional methods of impression-making in fixed prosthodontics. A preliminary impression is made using plastic triple-arch type trays and high-stiffness vinyl polysiloxane jaw relation registration material. After tooth preparation, tissue management, and retraction this registration can be used for provisional fabrica- tion. Two holes are then drilled through the facial wall of the tray into the region of the preparation. The tray is replaced in the mouth and light-bodied vinyl polysiloxane impression material is injected into the holes by using an automix- ing gun system. (J PROSTAET DENT 1989;62:392-6.)

    T he unique advantages of double-arch impres- sion techniques have been well outlined in the literature and are widely used.le4 This article describes an impression technique for fixed prostheses (the laminar impression technique) that takes advantage of the desirable aspects of double-arch impressions with improvements in the tech- nique.


    The laminar impression technique uses double-arch plastic trays. The trays are produced by several manufac- turers, and the type or size selected depends on the loca- tion and type of prosthesis and the anatomic variations of the patient.

    A tray should be selected that will allow closure of the teeth into maximum intercuspation without interference, The most common interference is with the high sidewalls of plastic trays. Bite registration trays that do not have high sidewalls are preferred by some dentists.

    Fig. 1. Three posterior triple-bite type impression trays. Note variation in width.

    Fig. 1 illustrates three different posterior trays showing variation in width. Such a selection accommodates most patients. Anterior and full-arch trays are available to accommodate almost any clinical condition.


    tray clears the distal aspect of the upper terminal molar and avoids interference with the mandibular dentition.

    2. A vinyl polysiloxane registration material (Blu- Mousse, Parke11 Products, Farmingdale, N.Y. or Regisil, L. D. Caulk, Milford, Del.) is mixed and applied evenly to both sides of the tray.

    1. Before tooth preparation, an appropriate tray is seated in the upper arch to ensure that the crossbar of the


    3. The tray is reseated and the patient instructed to close in maximum intercuspation. The occlusion should be verified on the contralateral side for correct closure (Fig. 2).

    4. After polymerization of the registration material, the tray is removed from the mouth and set aside.

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    Fig. 2. Impression tray positioned in mouth.

    Fig. 3. Molar full-crown preparation.

    The materials recommended for this technique have two main advantages. First, they mix to a fluid consistency, which allows easy closure of the teeth and minimizes the likelihood of inaccurate recording. Second, these materials set rigidly, which minimizes distortion from tray deforma- tion. Double-arch impression methods have been criticized for distortion of the plastic trays when impression materi- als of insufficient stiffness are used.

    5. Preparation, tissue management, and retraction are carried out according to the preference of the dentist (Fig. 3).

    6. Two holes are drilled through the plastic tray from the facial aspect (Fig. 4). The holes correspond to the mesial and distal interproximal spikes of the registration mate- rial mesial and distal to the preparation area. These holes should be approximately 2 mm in diameter and can be prepared with a suitable bur (No. 702 straight handpiece) of 3/32 inch twist drill.

    7. A large round bur (No. 10) is used to relieve the reg- istration material (approximately 0.5 mm) in the cervical region of the preparation. This procedure ensures that the critical cervical interproximal margin will be reproduced in adequate thickness by the secondary impression.

    Fig. 4. Holes prepared in preliminary registration with No. 702 straight bur. Holes should correspond to mesial and distal interproximal areas.

    Fig. 5. Prepared tray ready for final impression proce- dure.

    8. The tray is reseated in the mouth and the patient is instructed to close into the indentations of the registration material (Fig. 5). The contralateral occlusion is again ver- ified.

    9. The secondary impression is produced with a Iow-vis- cosity vinyl polysiloxane impression material. My prefer- ence is for an automixing and dispensing system (Express, 3M Dental Products, St. Paul, Minn., or Extrude, Kerr Dental Products, Romulus, Mich.). These systems have the advantages of convenience, speed, and consistency of mix (Fig. 6).

    10. A mixing tip with an intraoral tip attached (Fig. 7) is positioned on the cartridge and inserted into one of the holes previously drilled in the tray.

    11. The wash material is injected into the tray. Injection continues until the material issues from the exit hole of the tray and runs clear of fluid contaminants such as blood and saliva. This flushing effect yields impressions of unusual sharpness and detail. The tip is withdrawn from the tray,



    Fig. 6. Vinyl polysiloxane automixing delivery system.

    Fig. 8. Intraoral tip placement in tray hole and injection of impression material. Excess extrudes from exit hole.

    Fig. 7. Disposable plastic mixing tip and intraoral deliv- ery tip.

    with injection continuing during withdrawal to prevent sucking of some wash material from within the impres- sion (Fig. 8).

    12. After polymerization, the impression is removed and inspected (Fig. 9).


    Excellent provisional restorations can be made when the laminar impression technique is used. After the prelimi- nary registration is obtained and after tooth preparation is complete, autopolymerizing tooth-colored acrylic resin or bis-acryl plastic (Pro-Temp, Premier Dental Products, Norristown, Pa.) is placed in the preparation part of the impression.

    The tray is then replaced in the mouth over the lubri- cated preparation and the provisional material is allowed to cure. After removal of the provisional material from the impression, it is necessary to clean the impression with al- cohol to remove acrylic resin or bis-acryl plastic residue that may interfere with adherence of the impression mate- rial to the registration material.


    This versatile technique can be used for both-anterior and posterior prostheses, multiple units, and short-span fixed partial prostheses.

    Fig. 9. Final impression.

    For fixed partial dentures, a section of the polymerized registration material between the two abutments is re- moved. This trench then becomes a connection that al- lows the injection of wash material to both abutments at once. Only two holes are drilled in the tray, one at the me- sial aspect of the mesial abutments and the other at the di- stal aspect of the distal abutment.


    When the laminar impression technique is used, the oc- clusal registration, opposing arch impression, and final im- pression are combined in one modular unit. By achieving multiple objectives, a significant time-saving is achieved over more traditional methods.

    Precision injection of the wash material avoids waste of excessive impression material. In addition, injection into an open system does not generate compressive forces that can force impression material intramucosally and cause a foreign body reaction until removed.5-7

    The flushing action of injecting a continuous flow of im- pression material aids in the removal of sulcular contam- inants and produces clear, detailed impressions of critical regions.

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    The laminar impression technique is an alternative to traditional impression methods. The simplicity, speed, predictability, economy, and precision in the impression procedure makes it a useful technique.


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