Instructions for Use

Indications:

The Vac-Wedge ™ is indicated for interproximal placement between teeth to facilitate evacuation of fluids during direct placement of restorative materials.

Materials:

Wedge body: Polyethylene

Tubing: Silicone

Warnings:

To avoid inadvertent swallowing or aspiration of the wedge, always grasp the plastic wedge body with cotton pliers. Do not tug on the tubing as this will cause the wedge to disconnect.

Precautions:

The Vac-Wedge™ is non-sterile.

The Vac-Wedge™ is for single use only. Discard after use to prevent cross-contamination. Any use of this product inconsistent with the instructions  is at the discretion and sole responsibility of the practitioner.

DO NOT sterilize as this will cause permanent deformation of the wedge making it inoperable.  

Vac-Wedge Placement:

  1. Connect silicone tubing to wedge body at a 45 degree angle then push parallel towards the wedge body to ensure silicone tubing is completely seated over the barb connector. Caution: Incomplete seating will result in a weak connection, leading to a potential hazard for aspiration or ingestion of the wedge body.
  2. Insert cotton plier tip into center ring of saliva ejector tip to break open center ring. Insert tubing with cotton pliers. Manually compress the ejector tip until some resistance is felt when tugging on the tubing. Lack of tug back may cause the wedge to fall inside the saliva eject tip. A second wedge may be added if required.
  3. Adjust the length of the tubing by sliding tubing in or out of the saliva ejector tip.
  4. Bend saliva ejector tip and secure by placing inside the floor of the mouth.
  5. Activate suction. Test wedge by placing in fluids and verify fluids are moving through the tubing. If wedge is not suctioning, check for kinked tubing inside saliva ejector tip or excessive bending of the saliva ejector tip.
  6. Insert wedge into interproximal space and continue use as both wedge and saliva ejector. Three suction zones are active in the mandible when the wedge is lingually placed: 1. The floor of the mouth with the saliva ejector tip; 2. The zone lingual to the matrix band to assist in fluids pooling from the submandibular salivary glands; 3. The interproximal space between two teeth.
  7. Modify small wedge for tight spaces by burnishing side walls of wedge using cotton pliers or lightly shaving down the side walls with a dental bur, preferably a white stone, for very narrow spaces.
  8. Large interproximal spaces may require an additional wedge for proper retention. Any type of wedge may be used.
  9. Always grasp the plastic wedge body with cotton pliers when removing wedge from interproximal spaces. DO NOT tug on the tubing as this will cause the wedge body to disconnect.
  10. Any use of this product inconsistent with instructions is at the discretion and sole responsibility of the practitioner.