RESTORATIVE AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY ISSUE | APRIL 2022
A successful restoration has good longevity, resistance to decay, and great esthetics. They can solve an array of problems ranging from wanting to improve the look of your smile to serious pain, discomfort, and infection. It is no wonder that restorative dentistry costs approximately 46 billion dollars in the United States annually. While the technique is paramount to the success of restorations, there is much more to learn about the products we are using and their characteristics than one would expect!
A review of dental composites: Challenges, chemistry aspects, filler influence, and future insights
Composites Part B: Engineering 2021, Alireza Aminoroaya et al
Despite our best efforts and the good intentions of our patients, treating decayed teeth is something that will always be at the forefront of our day-to-day practices. More than 90% of adults and approximately 20% of people in all age groups in the United States and more than one-third of people in all age groups worldwide have experienced tooth decay. With these staggering numbers, it’s important to acknowledge that decay can still affect teeth that have since been restored. While there are many effective restorative materials out there to choose from, they often come with their own drawbacks and limitations that unfortunately may result in retreating a tooth that has since been considered restored. The following article will strategize how to overcome the different shortcomings of dental composites and discuss the different properties and their effect on the longevity of a restoration.
Composite veneers: The direct-indirect technique revisited
Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry 2021Newton Fahl Jr. et al
The introduction of veneers into the world of cosmetic dentistry has allowed millions of people to transform their smiles from stained, chipped, or uneven to beautiful, bright, and functional. Veneers can be customized for the patient based on their style, budget and needs and are a great option when aiming for a conservative approach. While a direct technique is common, the direct-indirect technique with its more broad indications has gained the interest of many clinicians. This technique for composite veneers combines the advantages of both the direct composite placement technique and the indirect veneer technique to not only provide excellent esthetics and enhanced gingival health but gives the operator more control and the patient less chair time. The following article will examine the direct-indirect composite veneer technique, as well as outline critical steps and tips for clinical success.