This patient case illustrates how a general dentist is required to have an excellent understanding of dental materials because there are many different indications for adhesive dentistry. In the past, it was necessary to carry multiple bonding agents to account for not only the different surfaces being bonded, but the different materials being used. Universal bonding agents, such as VOCO's Futurabond U, can be used in a great many different circumstances. But not all can satisfy each of the clinical indications described above, and the patient in this case is like many other patients we see on a daily basis.
While dental amalgam has been the most popular dental filling material for a century and a half, new research is introducing an exciting alternative that could actually help repair teeth damaged by caries.
Posterior maxillary restorations have reportedly never been easier. Watch how this revolutionary base composite flows and self-levels, adapting to the anatomy of the proximal box and providing a smooth interface for the overlying restoration. SDR™ technology reduces polymerization stress by up to 60 percent, allowing bulk fills up to 4 mm.
A University of Missouri engineer who has developed a “flowable” dental composite that can be injected in a cavity and hardened through a high-intensity light, recently received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to produce this product on a commercial scale.
Dentistry’s renewed emphasis on minimally invasive treatments affords patients the opportunity to receive highly esthetic and natural-looking restorations that preserve as much of their natural tooth structure as possible.