3M ESPE Imprint 3 Quick Step
3M ESPE Imprint 3 VPS Impression Material is a system of addition silicone (VPS) impression materials. It is indicated for use in all impressions, including crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and implant abutments. The material is available in a variety of viscosities in both regular and fast setting times and is supplied in 50-ml Garant (automix cartridge) and Penta (Pentamix) delivery systems. The manufacturer’s instructions are presented in a colorillustrated, trifold guide containing tables outlining the different viscosities, colors, working and setting times, mixing devices, and combinations of the impression materials. Imprint 3 Quick Step and Imprint 3 Penta Putty were evaluated and are described separately in this report.
The faster setting Imprint 3 Quick Step impression materials are ideal for one- or two-unit impressions. Consultants evaluated the Quick Step Heavy Body/Light Body Intro Kit that contained two, 50-ml Garant cartridges of heavy-body material; one, 50-ml Garant cartridge each of light- and regularbody materials; mixing tips; intraoral tips; and tray adhesive. Eight consultants used Imprint 3 Quick Step in 64 impressions. This product received a 96% clinical rating.
The color-illustrated, trifold guide is useful and informative. Packaging is neat with individual compartments for the components. The ease of dispensing from the Garant cartridges was rated excellent. The consensus among consultants was a preference for the regular-body material versus the light-body material. They found that Imprint 3 light-body has a very low viscosity and handles like an extra-light, while Imprint 3 regular-body handles like a traditional light-body. Working time is adequate for one- or two-unit cases, and the 2.5-minute setting time was considered ideal. Imprint 3 Quick Step has a neutral taste and is easy to remove from the mouth. There were very few cases reported in which impressions needed to be retaken due to porosity or voids in the impression. The material is resistant to tearing and provides excellent reproduction of detail. Consultants reported that the blue-green and pink colors of the Quick Step materials contrasted well, which enhanced the readability of margins. Seventy-five percent of consultants rated Imprint 3 Quick Step equivalent to or better than their current impression material. Fifty percent would switch to this impression material, while 88% would recommend it to a colleague.
- Air can be used to improve adaptation of the lightbody material to the margins of the preparation.