A cross between a hard and soft tissue and a foaming agent, Gelfoam has many advantages for dental and oral care. This is because it is flexible, easy to form into a mould and safe to use. Its ability to harden while it is still soft, prevents it from crushing while it is under pressure during use and increases its ability to maintain shape after use. It also contains a sticky substance that allows it to adhere to surfaces and supports a range of dental functions such as occlusal stability, occlusal gradient correction, occlusal insulation, dental occlusal stability, denture maintenance and moulding of dental and oral cavities. In dental and oral surgery, Gelfoam Dental Sponges has been a help in providing relief to patients suffering from gum contouring.
Many surgeries rely on gelfoam dental sponges because of their absorbability and utility. After surgery, patients often place the gelfoam dental sponges in their mouth and use them to absorb liquids that could seep out during the recovery period. They are then placed in special mouth trays, which keep the gelfoam within the mouth and prevent it from being moved throughout the patient’s mouth and tongue. Dental gelfoam can be used both wet or dry, depending on personal preference and circumstances, and can be shaped into various patterns for different applications. It can be shaped like checkers or squares, with the end result being the same: it absorbs liquids.
The ability of gelfoam to absorb liquids is what sets it apart from other absorbable granular products such as polyethylene and polystyrene. Because it is capable of changing consistency even under pressure, gelfoam has the unique ability to retain the moisture needed for optimal hemostatic functions. If you’ve had a dental procedure, you’ve no doubt noticed that there is a significant amount of blood that accumulates inside your mouth after the procedure. This is caused primarily by hemostatic function – the body’s natural process to eliminate toxins by heredity. Unfortunately, our bodies are not perfectly adapted to performing this function, and the presence of an absorbable gelatin sponge can help to remedy this issue. A typical gelfoam application, once filled with the desired amount of blood, can be flushed out without causing excessive trauma to the gum.
For more complicated procedures such as those involving the jawbone, dental implant materials and the like, gelfoam can be used as a hemostatic support. By placing gelfoam over a titanium post insert, for example, the absorbable sponge can act as a buffer, helping to keep the implant material from exerting too much force on the jawbone while it is inserted into the jaw. Because of this property, the gelfoam can also be utilized in other situations that require special support materials to help ensure that a certain part of a structure does not buckle, for instance. The most common applications of this type of gelfoam are in the dental industry, but it can be used for just about anything you can think of.
While it is possible to purchase commercialized gelfoam dental sponges prepared from specially treated powdered and refined silica gels, it is probably best to make your own. One way to make your own gelfoam is to buy a small amount of raw silica gel and mix it together with water. You should then take a handful of this mixture and heat it until it becomes smooth and fluffy. Next, you can form it into a paste with your fingers by using a mandolin or a blender, which will form a gel like substance. After this, it can be further processed into a powder in order to make a thick consistency.
One example of how gelfoam can be useful in the medical industry is in the process of obtaining hemostatics. Hemorrhoids or piles as they are commonly referred to are extremely painful and if left untreated can lead to severe complications and in some cases permanent damage. One way to make the healing process easier and less painful is to use an absorbable gelatin dental sponge that has been treated with hemostatic chemicals. This type of dental sponge is ideal for treating inflamed hemorrhoids and has no negative side effects associated with it. It is also easy to use because it has a tapered shape that makes it easier to apply to a patient’s wounds.