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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
36 SePtember 2011 JUne 2011 TeASeR answers clinical hints Your Tachygrapher is delighted to report that at long last a TEASER was offered which was easy, but not so easy that all answers were correct. But it was still a bit of a challenge. We thank Hugh McConville (Rosebery 2018), a lifelong friend and fellow 1955 graduate, for donating it to the cause. There were two incorrect answers, but in keeping with our new policy, we no longer identify the submitters thereof, hoping thereby to encourage readers to ‘have a go’, but without the risk of being exposed to “hatred, ridicule or contempt”* by their colleagues. But the incorrect answers were nonetheless creative: “an adjustable device for measuring the circumference of natural teeth prior to the construction of ‘jam tin’ swaged gold crowns” and “a crown-puller...the fingers grasp the crown, winding the knob pulls it off...” ‘Jam tin’ swaged gold crowns will be an item completely foreign to most graduates yet to have their 50th birthday. But the item is actually a ‘pin vice’ or ‘gold inlay/crown holder’. It allows the technician or dentist to hold a gold inlay or crown securely while trimming/contouring/ smoothing/polishing it without the danger of losing skin from the fingers or dropping it because of the heat generated by the process. There is not much hand-finished precious metal restorative work being done these days, so the pin vice is becoming a dental item of yesteryear. But if a reader has a need for one such, she/he can have the item under discussion (after paying packing/postage costs), as neither Hugh McConville nor your Penman have a use for it. It is interesting to note that items of great dental utilitarianism become less relevant with the passing of time, and this TEASER is an excellent example. The correct respondents were, in order of receipt: Joseph Klar (Sydney 2000); Laurie Purcell (Bangor 2234); James Auld (Wellington Point 4160); Peter Strazds (Reynella 5161); Harry Akers (Brisbane 4000); Arthur Mills (Orange 2800); and John Paterson (Auchinflower 4066). The above graduated between the years 1965 and 1977 (mean 1970). Thus the TEASER is an example of the changes in dental techniques over the last 40 years. But this early technology is not foolproof. Harry Akers’ tale is a warning: “While putting a final polish on an inlay prior to cementation...I inadvertently released pressure on the jaws...the inlay flew out the window and was never seen again... there was some angst for both patient and dentist in re-doing the wax pattern”. All correct respondents’ names were written on slips and placed in the hat, extras slips pro rata according to Clinical Hints submitted. Margaret drew the winner, who was Arthur Mills, who increased his chances of winning the handsome, inscribed, antiqued metal ADA inscribed paperweight threefold by accompanying his answer with clinical hints. Go ye forth and do likewise. Honorary Clinical Associate Professor Barrie RD Gillings, 121 Bannockburn Road, Turramurra 2074. Phone: 02 9144 3787; Fax: 02 9440 9159; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * The legal definition of slander/libel. Start on the ADA homepage and click on the Members Login tab on the main navigation bar. Enter your login details. If you haven’t got a member login, click on “Click Here to Register” and follow the prompts to create your login and profile. www.ada.org.au Once you’re in the Members’ area, click the “Library” tab on the left hand navigation bar and this will take you to the Library portal. Start exploring using the various links on the Library’s homepage. Search the catalogue and access full text articles. Find the latest issue of a journal or explore online ebooks. 1 2 3 4 As an ADA member you have free access to a huge collection of printed, digital and audio-visual resources that will count towards your CPD hours. Visit the ADA National Online Library to boost your CPD hours. If you have any questions or would like to talk to one of our helpful team of librarians call: 02 8436 9960. How to find the ADA National Online Library.
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