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Research Articles

A proximal contact adjustment and interproximal relief method

Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

June 2007 - Local Dentist’s New Technique Revolutionizes Crown Seating Worldwide. As Published in the May 2007 Edition of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

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Vancouver, Washington - More than 30 years ago, local Vancouver dentist Dr. Daniel Kim began searching for a better crown seating method.

He was determined to find a simple technique that would improve worldwide dental health care by enhancing patient comfort and functionality immediately after the final cementation of indirect restorations, crowns and inlay/onlays.

Dr. Kim spent more than thirty years researching and documenting his findings to establish his recently published theory. After many years of experience in his own dental practice, Dr. Kim documented his theory that it is critical that microscopic clearance or passive contact be restored to relieve pressure between contact surfaces of the new restoration and the adjacent teeth.

Dr. Kim’s theory, published in May, 2007 by the prestigious Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, is referred to as “Interproximal Relief.” Dr. Kim also invented ContacEZ Diamond Dental Strip to help dentists worldwide achieve interproximal relief.

Striving for better dentistry throughout his professional career, it has now become Dr. Kim’s mission to promote the simple technique of restoring interproximal relief using ContacEZ Diamond Dental Strip.

About the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, now in its 56th year, is the official publication for 31 leading U.S. international prosthodontic organizations and is the leading professional journal devoted exclusively to prosthetic and restorative dentistry. It features timely, original peer-reviewed articles on the newest techniques, dental materials, and research findings. Color photos illustrate many step-by-step procedures. The Journal serves prosthodontists and dentists in advanced practice. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry is included in Index Medicus and CINAHL.The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry is the highest ranked Prosthodontics title by number of citations on the 2002 Journal Citation Reports®, published by Thomson Scientific.

Adjust-Clean-Polish: A simple 3-step technique for perfect crown seating

Dental Economics

July 2016 - ContacEZ Founder Dr. Daniel S. Kim published in Dental Economics article.

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Any athlete can tell you how important it is to give 100% of your effort from start to finish. After all, few races are won by runners who slow to a relaxed walk just before the finish line, and baseball players cannot just call it a day after playing well for six innings.

This same idea is just as critical for us as dental practitioners. For us, the final steps of many procedures are integral to the long-term health and viability of the work we have done for our patients. This has a direct effect on the health and viability of our practices; patients rarely recommend or return to dentists who have provided them with short-lived restorations.

This is, perhaps, most readily seen when seating crowns. Even a perfectly made crown can fail within two years if it is not seated properly. In developing ContacEZ, and through my own clinical research and the feedback of my colleagues, I have established a system of three key steps that should be taken during the interproximal finishing of every crown: adjusting the proximal contact, removing trapped cement debris, and polishing to remove surface roughness.

The full article can be accessed on the Dental Economics website by clicking here.

The financial importance of interproximal relief for your patients and your practice

Dental Economics

October 2016 - ContacEZ Founder Dr. Daniel S. Kim published in Dental Economics article.

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Being both dedicated dental care professionals and capable small-business owners, many dentists come to know the operating expenses of their business like the back of their hand. Your mileage may vary, but you probably know the costs of expenses both large and small for your office. You can give an average ballpark monthly figure for employee wages, rent, supplies, and so on. But let me ask you what may sound like a strange question: How much money do you lose by not properly adjusting tight proximal contacts?

The full article can be accessed on the Dental Economics website by clicking here.

An evaluation and adjustment method for natural proximal contacts of crowns using diamond dental strips

General Dentistry

August 2013 - ContacEZ Founder Dr. Daniel S. Kim published in General Dentistry.

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Dr. Daniel S. Kim, the founder and inventor of ContacEZ, a leader in manufacturing diamond strips and dental products, has published an article titled "An evaluation and adjustment method for natural proximal contacts of crowns using diamond dental strips: a case report."

In his article, he presents an innovative method of crown seating using diamond strips. Dr. Kim's simple, consistent method makes it easier for clinicians to provide comfortable and long-lasting restorations with minimal time and effort.

The following are excerpts from the article.

The term proximal contact area refers to the area of proximal contour height on the mesial or distal surface of a tooth that touches its adjacent tooth in the same arch.... A properly restored proximal contact should offer passive contact or microscopic clearance that relieves pressure between the proximal contact surfaces of indirect restorations and adjacent teeth.

Adjust the proximal contacts of the glazed crown on the working stone model by passing an ultrafine 0.05 mm diamond strip until the strip encounters light resistance.... This procedure eliminates guesswork about the accuracy of a crown’s proximal contacts.

Thanks to diamond dental strips, laboratory technicians can provide clinicians with consistent indirect restorations that fit properly, and dentists can restore natural proximal contacts and achieve patient comfort and functionality immediately after definitive cementation, with minimal time and effort.

Simplifying Accurate Evaluation: Adjustment of Proximal Contacts

Dentistry Today

January 2010 - ContacEZ Founder Dr. Daniel S. Kim published in Dentistry Today article.

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"Simplifying Accurate Evaluation: Adjustment of Proximal Contacts" uses the ContacEZ Restorative Strip System to create perfect contacts.

ContacEZ founder and president, Dr. Daniel S. Kim, was published in the January edition of Dentistry Today in an article on proximal contact adjustment. Writing with Co-Author Dr. John A. Rothchild, Dr. Kim lays out the proper procedure for seating an indirect restoration using the ContacEZ Diamond Dental Strip, Serrated Dental Strip I, and Final Polishing Strip.

This article can be accessed on the Dentistry Today website by clicking here.

Complete Marginal Seating of Indirect Restorations

Inside Dentistry

March 2010 - Writing with Co-Author Dr. John A. Rothchild, Dr. Kim lays out a consistent clincal procedure for seating indirect restorations with ideal proximal contacts.

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"Complete Marginal Seating of Indirect Restorations" uses the ContacEZ Restorative Strip System to create a consistent clinical procedure for seating indirect restorations with ideal proximal contacts.

ContacEZ founder and president, Dr. Daniel S. Kim, was published in the March edition of Inside Dentistry. Writing with Co-Author Dr. John A. Rothchild, Dr. Kim lays out a consistent clincal procedure for seating indirect restorations with ideal proximal contacts.

This article can be accessed on the Inside Dentistry website by clicking here.

The ContacEZ Restorative Strip System was introduced in January 2008 and consists of five strips:

  • ContacEZ Diamond Dental Strip (Black, 0.06 mm,fine abrasive diamond) the ideal proximal contact adjuster
  • ContacEZ Serrated Diamond Dental Strip (Orange, 0.05 mm, extra-fine diamond) the proximal contact adjuster with sawtooth
  • ContacEZ Serrated Dental Strip I (White, 0.035 mm, no diamond) the interproximal cleaner
  • ContacEZ Serrated Dental Strip II (Blue, 0.065 mm, no diamond) the dental saw
  • ContacEZ Final Polishing Strip (Gray, 0.04 mm, ultra-fine diamond) the proximal surface polisher

Perfect Contact: Achieving consistent contacts using the ContacEZ Lab Diamond Strip System

Dental Lab Products

February 2010 - ContacEZ founder and president, Dr. Daniel S. Kim, was published in the February edition of Dental Lab Products magazine in a Bench Mastery article.

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"Perfect Contact: Achieving consistent contacts using the ContacEZ Lab Diamond Strip System" uses the ContacEZ Lab Strip System to create perfect contacts.

ContacEZ founder and president, Dr. Daniel S. Kim, was published in the February edition of Dental Lab Products magazine in a Bench Mastery article. Writing with Co-Author Dr. John A. Rothchild, Dr. Kim lays out a consistent procedure for proximal contact restoration of crowns in dental labs that is easily coordinated to dental offices.

The ContacEZ Lab Strip System consists of three, single-handed and reusable ContacEZ dental strips with varying diamond grains on one side:

  • The ContacEZ Lab Diamond Strip (Clear, 0.08 mm, medium-fine abrasive diamond, serrated) the dental lab adjuster
  • The ContacEZ Diamond Dental Strip (Black, 0.06 mm, fine abrasive diamond) the ideal proximal contact adjuster
  • The ContacEZ Final Polishing Strip (Gray, 0.04 mm, ultra-fine diamond) the proximal surface polisher