3M ESPE // Dental Retraction Capsule, 2013
This retraction capsule was developed for the artificial retraction of gingiva from the tooth neck. By using contrasts of matte and glossy surfaces, but also relief-like height differences, it renders the impression of a high-quality product at first glance. The cylindrical shape with rounded edges provides pleasant haptics and a well-controlled grip. The asymmetric fin underlines the friendly character of the capsule. Upon retraction, the tapered and elongated capsule tip can be easily inserted into the sulcus without injury. The conical geometry allows for easy mechanical displacement of the tissue. In addition, the attached orientation ring simplifies precise intra-oral handling.
Statement by the jury
»In designing this retraction capsule, the smallest details of use were considered for every single future working step.«