As if taking a good first impression isn’t already hard enough, it becomes that much harder when you’re taking an open-tray implant impression. Because what’s more fun than when you try to literally fish-out the open tray screw head under the goopy PVS? Oh, idk, torturing myself by studying for NBDE Part I again…NO THANKS! To make your life easier, next time place a small cylinder over the top of the screw head before seating the impression tray. We recommend a plastic coffee stirring straw, cut to length just longer than that of the screw head. Doing this will allow the straw to peek out of the PVS, be removed, and leave an access channel to retrieve your screw.