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    5 ways composite advances can change your workflow

    From bulk fill and curing to manufacturing control, composite technology is changing the way doctors operate.

    Composite technologies continue to evolve, making workflows better and easier with each generation. Current composite advances are improving doctors’ workflows further, giving patients better outcomes.

    We spoke with representatives from Ultradent, 3M and Kerr to find out how they think composite advances are changing and improving doctors’ workflows.

    Control and handling

    Doctors must be able to easily control their composites. If they are too sticky or unwieldy, clinicians get less than optimal results. Manufacturers are improving overall handling characteristics to ensure that doctors have an easier time.

    “Before launching Mosaic Universal Composite, we facilitated a number of pre-launch activities to gauge the overall clinical impression of the product,” Andrea Bailey, Ultradent’s global brand manager for composites and crown and bridge materials, says. “Our evaluators’ initial comments had a lot to do with the level of control related to the handling. The most resounding comment was, ‘It doesn’t stick to the instrument!’ They also noticed that it manipulates well – that they didn't have to fight against it as they were shaping, sculpting and adapting the composite.”

    Ultimately, easier to handle composites streamline the doctor’s workflow and deliver more expected, reliable outcomes.

    “The doctor's workflow and efficiency becomes more streamlined with Mosaic because they're not wasting time dealing with a material pulling, sticking, tugging or slumping as they use it,” Bailey says.

    Related reading: Five things you need to know about composites

    Esthetics

    Esthetics may be the most important quality to patients – they want their restorations to be as natural and lifelike as possible.

    At Kerr, Charles Christianson, global product manager, says their Harmonize Universal Composite was formulated in a way that is ideal for anterior restorations.

    “We did a massive outreach to doctors to figure out what they want out of a product,” Christianson says. “What we see is universal composites, while they need to play everywhere in the mouth, are generally getting pushed toward the front in anterior restorations. This is because of bulk fill adoption. Not everyone is there yet, but there is a movement.”

    Finding the correct shade seems like a straightforward affair, but in reality it can be difficult. Bailey says that Mosaic was designed to easily achieve the best balance and combination of shades for both easy and complex cases.

    “We felt that a two-layer approach (dentin + enamel) provides the most natural result,” she says. “We've seen simple cases where a single enamel shade was all that was needed. On the other hand, we've seen a number of impressive cosmetic cases that utilized multiple shades. As a universal, nanohybrid composite that is esthetic with high polishability – while also strong enough for posterior use – Mosaic can span a very broad range of restorative capabilities.”

    Up next: Making bulk fill material easier to handle ...

    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Dental Lab Products. He is also the ...

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