Product Reviews

V3/V4 Ring and Matrix system

17 February 2016

Whilst many readers will be familiar with this system already, those that are not will find it uniquely placed to deliver quick & reliable, tight convex contact points when compared to straight sided bands such as the Tofflemire or Automatrix systems.

Whilst those systems are excellent for four or more surface fillings, the V3 ring and matrix system is extremely convenient for interproximal restorations. Simultaneous use of two bands can also be useful for MOD style restorations.

There are three notable components to this system, which was originally designed by a dentist (and it shows):

1. Clamp (or ring)

The V3 system has a more recent version, the V4 ring – with translucent clamp sides. 

The V3/V4 clamp is great for a few reasons – it has anatomical two pronged sides that sit either side of the interdental papillae and allow easy seating of the interproximal wedge. The design also keeps the matrix band tight against the gingival margin of the cavity and pushes the matrix slightly outwards to meet the neighbouring tooth.

2. Matrix

Stainless steel and Teflon coated types are available. I choose to use the Teflon coated versions which brought an end to using artery forceps and pulling hard to remove matrices after a successful contact point was built. These are arguably the best part of the system, as the manufacturer has managed to create a convex, kidney shaped matrix that allows truly anatomical restorations. It is rare that an excellent contact point isn’t established on the very first go, even without burnishing. 

They come in different heights, normal, medium and deep. The deep band even has a small kink designed to replicate the DEJ anatomy. 

3. Wedge

These are also uniquely anatomical, with a triangular, curved design that sits above the papilla and follows the curvature of the gingiva. It slides easily under the clamp.

In order to use the system a proprietory set of clamp forceps is recommended. Whilst a pair of proprietary tweezers can be bought which lock into the deliberately placed circular grab points on the matrixes and the wedges, I rarely end up using them.

The only downside to the system is its inability to cater for four or more surface restorations which need a band entirely encircling the tooth.

In summary, whilst not the cheapest, the incredibly well thought out design of this system makes it one I can’t do without. 

V3 Ring – ~$330 for two. Green for molars, yellow for premolars.
Wedges $65 for a pack of 100
Forceps $80
Matrix bands $150 for $90 (Teflon coated)

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About the author

  • Dr Stephen Liew

    Dr Stephen Liew has been a member of the ADA Victorian Branch Council since 2011 and was appointed to the ADAVB Executive in 2012. Most recently elected as the ADA Victorian President from 2015-16, he previously served on multiple ADAVB Committees including the Professional Provident Fund Policy Advisory, Constitution & Policy, Oral Health & Sports/Social Committees. 

    Stephen was a member of the Dental Health Services Victoria Voucher Scheme Advisory Panel, and represented the ADA on the Melbourne Dental School Curriculum Advisory Committee. He worked with Fairfax Media in 2015 to produce the nationally circulated oral health article ‘Caring For Your Teeth’. He is an ADAVB Recent Graduate Mentor & completed the Health Workforce Australia Health Sector Leadership Program in 2011. He currently serves on the ADA Federal Working Party for the Australian Medical Council Revalidation of Dentists. 

    He is a partner at the Camberwell Dental Group in Victoria with surgeries in Camberwell & Clayton, and has worked rurally at the Cobram District Hospital and Goulburn Valley Health. 

    He has provided volunteer dentistry in regions including Nepal, Northern Territory remote aboriginal communities and Gippsland.