post in root canal. Then take the ordinal'}- stick}- wax used for crown and bridge
work and build up and mold the desired shape of base. The stick}- wax burns out as
well as the inlay wax, and has the advantage of firmly holding the pin in place while it
is being molded, clings to the uneven surface of the root, giving the operator a better
chance to shape correctly.
Manv times a root canal is found that is very small and difficult to enter with a
smooth broach. To make a very serviceable instrument that will easilv enter the
smallest root canal is to take a small broach and grind off the barbs. This leaves a
good tempered instrument, that will easily enter the smallest canal and also serve as
an efficient explorer in locating entrance to canals that cannot be seen with the mirror.
A most excellent root canal filling can be made by dissolving white gutta percha
in oil of eucalyptus. The oil will have to be boiled before all the gutta percha is dis¬
solved, then by adding a small quantity of chloroform a mixture thin enough for in¬
sertion in canal is obtained. It has the advantage over chloro percha that it does not
shrink after remaining in canal for some time. When more antiseptic properties are
needed, incorporate iodoform, thymol, or aristol with the substance as needed.
To keep a mouth mirror from clouding in the mouth and vet be able to see clearly
in it, rub a thin solution of soap over the surface.
The limited space allotted to this short article only allowed of the writing of the
few ideas mentioned above. We sincerely hope that it contains something of merit
and worth}'of trial. If it does and aids one in some way in his daily work, renders
some case more easilv to be handled, saves a few moments time to a busy man, then it
will not have been in vain.
—C. G Segars.
"Common sense ought to know that in an age of general competition things can¬
not be made or sold for less than their market value, and hence it is absurd to talk
about cheapness. But there is something more important than that to be understood,
something that touches the welfare of a whole nation—namely, that a habit of doing
bad work is degrading, like a habit of telling lies. Thoroughness of work is honesty
of character, without which no nation can progress."
— Westminster Gazette.